Archive for Player Analysis

Quick Hit: Is Darrin Reaves A Viable Week 5 Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember when who was going to get the carries in Carolina’s backfield was in question? Well, to an extent they still are but it’s because the top options have all gone down due to injury. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all banged up, leaving Darrin Reaves, an undrafted free agent, and a collection of castoffs remaining (though reports today state that Stewart could play).

Reaves figures to get the opportunity to lead the backfield, assuming Stewart is out, over the likes of Fozzy Whitaker & Chris Ogbonnaya. The question facing fantasy owners now is if he could prove to be a viable option against the Chicago Bears.

Panthers’ offensive coordinator Mike Shula was quoted by Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer (click here for the article) as saying: Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Could Tom Brady Return To Fantasy Viability In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Monday night’s game is just the latest installment of what has been an extremely disappointing 2014 campaign. The question facing fantasy owners is if he is even a viable option in any format, given his age and seemingly inability.

Just look at the numbers this season:

  • No game of more than 249 yards
  • No game of more than 1 TD
  • He’s already fumbled 5 times (he hasn’t had more than 6 in a season since 2006)

He hadn’t been throwing interceptions until the game against the Chiefs, but the other numbers are startling. It’s also not like the Patriots have been facing defensive juggernauts. Read more

Case Of The Dropsies: Three Running Backs To Consider Cutting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all want to hoard running backs, because productive options are often hard to find on the waiver wire. That said, there comes a point where keeping a guy stashed is more of a wasted roster spot than anything. Here are three players that, depending on your situation and league, you can likely move on from at this point:

 

Maurice Jones-Drew – Oakland Raiders
He returned to the active roster, but didn’t step back into a starting role.  In fact he had just 2 carries for 1 yard, as well as 2 receptions for 2 yards in Week 4.  While Darren McFadden was hardly impressive (72 total yards), he was the clear leader in the backfield.  At the same time, we continue to wait and see when Latavius Murray is finally going to get an opportunity (or should we say if he’s going to get an opportunity). Read more

Week 4 Observations & Musings: Selling Arian Foster & Andre Johnson, Jerick McKinnon’s Breakout & More

by Matthew Gordan

The Houston Texans represent a poor fantasy situation for me. Despite some name power, the offense simply underwhelms. It’s a grind-it-out attack better suited for real life than make-believe. I’d sell Arian Foster and Andre Johnson because of this, although Foster more so because of health (coming off back surgery) and Johnson because of quarterbacking (Ryan Fitzpatrick). The combination of system and current situation does not bode well for these two.

Coming into the season I thought the Titans could be a solid source of bye-week performers. With Ken Whisenhunt taking charge with young, talented skill-position players, things were looking up. I was wrong. Well, at least for now I am. Delanie Walker looks to be a very good option at TE, regardless of quarterback. With the season spiraling downward, it’s only a matter of time before Bishop Sankey takes the majority of RB reps. A bump in volume can never hurt. Other than that, the Titans are a wasteland. I’m surprised about the lack of usage regarding Dexter McCluster, the diminutive WR/RB hybrid. There’s still time though, so PPR owners should keep an eye on him. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Davante Adams Primed For A Breakout?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Robert Zizzo of Press-Gazette Media (click here for the article):

“On Sunday, Boykin couldn’t hang on to two catchable balls and Rodgers’ confidence in him as the No. 3 receiver has to be eroding. The first miss was on a back-shoulder play that his predecessor, James Jones, used to make in his sleep. The second came on the first play after Detroit took a 12-7 lead. It was a quick pass to the left and went right through his hands.”

On the season Boykin has been targeted seven times, picking up 2 receptions for 17 yards. Adams, meanwhile, has turned 10 targets into 7 receptions for 61 yards. Read more

Snap Count: Patriots Tight Ends: Looking At Rob Gronkowski & Tim Wright

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Has the snap count been lifted for Rob Gronkowski? Not quite, but at least his role expanded this week:

  • Michael Hoomanawanui – 44 of 73
  • Rob Gronkowski – 42 of 73
  • Cameron Fleming – 12 of 73
  • Tim Wright – 5 of 73

That equates to 57.5% of the snaps, up from 28 snaps played on Week 2 (41.8%). We knew he could be limited early on, but the offense needs to get him and others more involved in the passing game. Read more

Buy Low Candidate: Will Vincent Jackson Rebound With Mike Glennon Under Center?

by Ray Kuhn

Through three games 2014 has been a disappointment for Vincent Jackson and the same can be said for Josh McCown. Prior to exiting last Thursday’s blowout loss to the Falcons with a thumb injury, McCown had been having his share of struggles. The obvious conclusion, and a correct one, is that there was a correlation with Jackson’s lack of production.

Jackson’s struggles this season haven’t been for lack of targets. He only has 10 catches for 102 yards on the season, but was targeted 25 times. If he didn’t catch a touchdown against the Falcons, then the first three weeks of the season would’ve been a complete bust. Just to make matters worse, he has a small fracture in his wrist, though that doesn’t appear to be a concern as Jackson is slated to play this week without an issue.

Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as rookie last season, takes over under center for the Bucs and that should bode well for Jackson’s value. To make matters easier for Jackson, Pittsburgh’s top corner Ike Taylor will be sitting out with an injury. Read more

Takeaways From Thursday Night: A Resurgent Eli Manning, DeSean Jackson Disappears & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was an important Thursday night game on many levels, including a concussion to Niles Paul causing him to leave in the first half.  His availability for Week 5 is definitely in question, so if you are an owner start planning accordingly.  What are the other important notes?  Here are five things I’m taking away from the action:

 

1) Eli Manning appears to have gotten a grasp of the new offense…
It was a significant question throughout the preseason, as Manning and the offense in general struggled to get rolling.  However, it easily could’ve just been a matter of time after playing so long (and winning a pair of Super Bowls) in the old system.

Manning tore apart the Redskins last night, going 28-for-39 (71.8%) for 300 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT and even had a 1 yard rushing TD.  The interception was hardly his fault, as it was actually a completed pass in the end zone that Ruben Randle had knocked out of his grasp.  Manning has now thrown 8 TD over the past three weeks, averaging 270.3 yards per game in the process. Read more

Is Kirk Cousins A Must Start Option Tonight? Not So Quick…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kirk Cousins posted a tremendous Week 3 stat line, but does that mean he’s an absolute must start tonight against the New York Giants?  Obviously, after throwing for 427 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT the first thought is going to be yes…  However, we shouldn’t just snap to that judgment.

The Giants secondary was torched by Calvin Johnson in Week 1, and they have allowed the sixth most points to opposing quarterbacks on the season.  At the same time they are coming off a week where they picked up 3 INT (albeit against Ryan Fitzpatrick) and the pass rush has started to get things going a bit (6 sacks over the past two weeks).

Is that enough to convince us against using Cousins?  No, though it’s easy to argue that a secondary of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara are better than the numbers they’ve posted thus far.  It’s very easy to imagine them getting better and better and while the Redskins have skilled receivers, they aren’t Calvin Johnson (though few are). Read more

What To Make Of The Messy Browns’ Backfield: Is Crowell The Back To Own?

by Ray Lin

The fantasy news in Cleveland has been mired in controversy. It started with Josh Gordon’s suspension and continued on to the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Now, the controversy has spread to the backfield.

After perennially-injured Ben Tate sprained his knee in the season opener, the Browns have rolled out a committee of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. West was the heavy preseason favorite to be Tate’s direct backup and has toted the rock 47 times through three games, but Crowell has put up quite the fight.  Despite having 20 less carries than West, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama State has just as many first downs (10) as his counterpart while trumping him by a healthy margin in yards per carry (5.2 compared to 4.3). The competition is surely heating up from a playing time perspective as well, as Crowell played 28 snaps compared to West’s 30 in last week’s game against Baltimore. Read more