Archive for Player Analysis

With Griffin Out, Is Garcon At Risk Of Falling Off The Fantasy Map?

by Ray Kuhn

With the news coming that Robert Griffin III will be out for at least eight weeks, publically the Redskins are saying all the right things about missing their star quarterback. Privately that might not necessarily be the case as there are rumblings that new coach Jay Gruden preferred backup Kirk Cousins anyways.  In fairness to Griffin it was only a little more than one game, but Gruden reportedly liked Cousins because he felt the former fourth round pick had a better grasp of the offense and the playbook. Granted it was against the Jaguars, but Cousins wasted little time making his presence felt completing 22 of 37 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Cousins also did that without deep threat and offensive weapon DeSean Jackson, who left with a shoulder injury (as well as without Jordan Reed). On the surface it seems that the Redskins offense would look more attractive to fantasy owners moving forward. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Will The Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon Hold Fantasy Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With news that Adrian Peterson is out, pending the outcome of his legal matters, the focus now goes to the other Vikings running backs. Matt Asiata carried the load last week and performed fairly well, but could Jerick McKinnon ultimately emerge as the team’s top option? Let’s take a look at him to see what could be there.

A third round pick out of Georgia Southern, there is no questioning his athletic ability. However, NFL.com may have summed him up best prior to the draft:

“Jack of all trades, master of none. Adjusted from a triple-option quarterbacking role as a junior to a tailback role as a senior and has enough athletic ability to warrant a chance as a change-of-pace back in the pros. Could even be tried as a return man and cornerback, where he began his college career. Would benefit from focusing on one position and will require some time to develop. Practice-squad candidate.”

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Five Takeaways From Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta: What’s Wrong With V. Jackson, QB Controversy In TB & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was the Devin Hester show last night, with a rushing touchdown, a punt return touchdown and even forcing a fumble in what was a joke of a football game. Of course, while some numbers are skewed there are still ample points that we can take away from the action. Let’s take a look at the five biggest stories from yesterday’s game:

 

1) Maybe we overvalued the upside of Davonta Freeman…
The prevailing thought had always been that, eventually, Freeman would emerge as the lead back for the Falcons.  While he opened the season buried on the depth chart, in last night’s blowout he had his chance to show that he held more upside than Jacquizz Rodgers (5 carries for 6 yards, 1 reception for 3 yards) and Antone Smith (4 carries for 50 yards and 1 TD). Read more

Thursday Night Lineup Decision: Should Doug Martin Be In Our Starting Lineup?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

All signs pointed to Doug Martin playing in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. On Tuesday Greg Auman tweeted:

“Bucs had RB Doug Martin and DE Michael Johnson working with first-string units at practice today. Bodes well for both on Thursday.”

He is listed as questionable on the injury report, and now there are new questions surfacing regarding his availability tonight:

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Quick Hit: Will Brian Quick Remain A Viable Fantasy Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you envisioned Brian quick emerging as the Rams’ top receiver in 2014 raise your hand. Anyone? For all those who are raising your hands, my guess is you are lying. It was almost impossible to imagine, given the other options, but through two weeks here we are.

The third-year receiver is making the most of his opportunities, and is far ahead of the rest of the other receivers in targets:

  • Brian Quick – 18
  • Jared Cook – 12
  • Lance Kendricks – 7
  • Benjamin Cunningham – 6
  • Chris Givens – 5 Read more

Quick Hit: Is Ahmad Bradshaw Emerging As A Viable Fantasy Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Over the first two games it’s clear that Ahmad Bradshaw has been the superior running back for the Colts. Last night he had 13 carries for 70 yards, while also adding 5 receptions for 26 yards and 2 TD. That came just a week after picking up 5 receptions for 70 yards (though he was only given three carries on Opening Day).

When healthy there has never been a question about Bradshaw’s ability, either as a runner (career average of 4.6 YPC) or receiver out of the backfield (he’s had as many as 47 receptions in a season). The problem has been his health, but as long as he stays on the field he should continue to be able to put up big numbers. Read more

Snap Count : Tennessee Titans Wide Receivers: Where’s Justin Hunter’s Breakout?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Jim Wyatt (via Twitter):

  • Nate Washington – 46 (94%)
  • Kendall Wright – 42 (86%)
  • Justin Hunter – 41 (84%)
  • Delanie Walker – 40 (82%)

While those pointing to the lack of a breakout for Hunter can’t use the snaps as an excuse, they actually can’t use the targets either. Just look at the target leaders over the first two weeks for the team:

  • Delanie Walker – 19
  • Justin Hunter – 14
  • Nate Washington – 12
  • Kendall Wright – 12 Read more

Week 2 Observations & Musings: Antonio Gates, Washington’s Skill Players & More

by Matthew Gordan

Ignoring the events of the week if you can, it was an exciting day in the NFL. Many heroes from last week fell back to earth, notably rookie wide receivers (unfortunately drops are not a fantasy stat). What were some of the biggest takeaway from yesterday’s action?  Let’s take a look:

Arguably the most interesting story was that of Washington and it’s backups. Kirk Cousins, filling in for the perpetually injured Robert Griffin III, and Niles Paul, filling in for the perpetually injured Jordan Reed, erupted in the win over Jacksonville. Both starters should be sidelined for at least a few weeks (if not several), giving Cousins and Paul ample playing time in the short term. There’s no debating Cousins has looked better than Griffin since the preseason, even though Griffin looked good in the early going yesterday. That being said, Cousins could be a sneaky good QB2 depending how Jay Gruden’s offense evolves. Read more

Snap Count: How Should We Value Shane Vereen/Stevan Ridley For Week 3 & Beyond?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston broke down the Patriots snaps (click here for the article), which was as follows for the running backs:

  • Stevan Ridley — 37 of 67
  • Shane Vereen — 20 of 67
  • Brandon Bolden — 10 of 67

Obviously the number of overall snaps were down significantly from Week 1, when the Patriots ran 86 offensive plays. The game plan was also significantly different, as Vereen was a focus in Week 1 playing 61 of 86 snaps (70.9%). This week he was down to 29.9%, as the Patriots focused on a ground based attack. Read more

Quick Hit: With Tyler Eifert Out, Is Jermaine Gresham A Viable TE1?

by Ray Kuhn

Unless you drafted one of the top few tight ends you are likely in a situation where streaming may be your best option. Now I’m not saying anyone needs to overreact to Jason Witten’s poor performance in Week 1, but if you lost Jordan Reed to injury then a replacement is needed. After you get past the top two tiers, playing the matchups and looking for values is the way to go.

Entering this season Tyler Eifert was a popular sleeper option even though he was going to share time with Jermaine Gresham. After catching four passes for 37 yards to start the 2014 season, Eifert dislocated his elbow and is currently on the short term injured reserve. Eifert joins Marvin Jones on the shelf, and now Andy Dalton is down two targets of his best targets.

We know that A.J. Green is the number one target; there is no question about that. Giovanni Bernard will also be a large part of the passing game, but someone has to pick up the slack for Eifert and Jones.

And that person will likely be Jermaine Gresham. Read more