Archive for Player Analysis

Why Michael Floyd Should Still Be On Fantasy Radars Heading Into 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Michael Floyd endured a miserable 2014 campaign…  That’s obviously not some earth shattering statement.  It was supposed to be his full breakout as he entrenched himself as one of the elite receivers in the league, but he instead managed 47 receptions for 841 yards and 6 TD.  Just how mediocre were those numbers?

  • Receptions – tied for 85th in the league
  • Receiving Yards – 41st in the league
  • Receiving TD – tied for 29th in the league

It would be easy to chalk his struggles up to the quarterback play, but that wouldn’t entirely be accurate.  With six games with Carson Palmer under center Floyd averaged 2.8 receptions (4.3 targets) and 43.3 yards per game.  Yes the Cardinals had significant QB issues, being forced to use Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley for extended periods of time, but it simply wasn’t the only issue. Read more

Is C.J. Anderson A Viable First Round Pick Or Top 10 Running Back In ’15?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Entering the season fantasy owners were focused on Montee Ball as the Denver Broncos running back to own.  When he got injured it was Ronnie Hillman who stepped up and filled the void, though only for a few weeks.  When he too went down the team finally turned to C.J. Anderson and the fantasy owners who did the same were handsomely rewarded over the final two months of the season:

165 carries
785 yards
8 TD

33 receptions
323 yards
2 TD

The undrafted sophomore also added 18 carries for 80 yards, as well as 6 receptions for 29 yards, in the Broncos playoff lose.  On the surface it would appear like Anderson is going to be the leader of the Denver backfield and a can’t miss fantasy option for 2015.  However we need to be careful, as looks can sometimes be deceiving. Read more

Early 2015 Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Latavius Murray Rise To RB1 Status?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Raiders have named Bill Musgrave their new Offensive Coordinator.  From a fantasy perspective this can only be considered a good thing, especially after the following quote came out courtesy of Vic Tafur (via Twitter):

“Asked Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: ‘Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it’s right up his alley.’”

Last season the Raiders inexplicably gave the bulk of the carries to Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, who put up the type of underwhelming performances that we expected.  McFadden managed 534 yards and 2 TD on 155 carries (3.4 yards/carry) and is now a free agent.  Jones-Drew was even worse, picking up 96 yards and no TD on 43 carries (2.2 yards/carry) and is likely to be cut. Read more

2015 NFL Prospect Outlook: The Underclassman

Underclassman often fill the NFL Draft, but which players are making wise decisions?  Which players should fantasy owners be closely monitoring?  We’ll be updating this thread over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep checking back.

  • Updated 01/06/14 – Penn State TE Jesse James has declared
  • Updated 01/04/14 – USC WR Nelson Agholer, Maryland WR Stefon Diggs, Kansas WR Nigel King & Colorado State RB Dee Hart have declared

 

Quarterbacks
Brett Hundley – UCLA

Some would argue that Hundley would’ve been better served to stay in college for one more year, though that obviously would’ve brought some injury risk.  It looks like he’ll be selected within the first two rounds, so it’s hard to argue against the decision, and hopefully he’ll land in a spot that will allow him to further develop and learn behind a veteran before being forced into action.

Fantasy Outlook – Could take a year or two to develop, but worth stashing in dynasty formats Read more

Player To Watch: Will The Chargers’ Dontrelle Inman Put His Name On The Map For ’15?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As the Chargers Dontrelle Inman exploded for 7 receptions and 79 yards last Saturday night, many fantasy owners were asking “who is this guy?” Given the constant flux of the Chargers wide receiving corps, it certainly makes sense to try and get to know him now as there is a good chance he plays a significant role in 2015.

Listed at 6’3″ and 205 lbs., the 25-year old spent 2012 and 2013 in the CFL before being signed by the Chargers this past offseason. Inman was a solid player in the CFL, as you can see from his numbers (courtesy of the Chargers official website):

  • 2012 – 50 catches, 803 yards, 5 TD
  • 2013 – 50 catches, 739 yards, 6 TD Read more

Moving Targets: Week 17: Kenny Stills, Marquess Wilson & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

As promised, here is the final week of target data for those of you still playing in Week 17. I will not rail against leagues that decide their champions in the final week of the regular season as there are plenty of others who can continue to do that. Instead, I will present the chart that sets forth the top 51 targeted players through Week 16.

As always it is no surprise that there are not many non-receivers in the chart. Rob Gronkowski is back atop the tight ends, having put up a 10 target game last week, while Greg Olsen dropped as a result of only having three targets against the Browns. Jimmy Graham has rebounded from that awful zero he put up in Week 13 to slot in as the third highest targeted tight end. Delanie Walker comes in at No. 4 among tight ends with a respectable 62 targets, although his production has dropped off of late.

Now, let’s take a look at the entire chart: Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 17 (Demarco Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns
at Baltimore

The matchup alone would worry you, as the Ravens have allowed the fewest points to opposing running backs this season. They also have been just as stingy in recent weeks, yielding the fourth fewest over the past  (228 yards, 1 TD). Read more

Moving Targets: Week 16: Latavius Murray, Harry Douglas & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Is your team still alive for your league’s championship? We certainly hope so, and how about some target information to help you get through Week 16! If you play in Week 17, first of all, why? Why subject yourself to that torment? Secondly, fret not, as this report will return one more time this season to help you plan for that most difficult time of fantasy football. Here are the top 50 targeted players through Week 15 for your perusal: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: What Jimmy Clausen Starting Means For The Bears’ Skill Players

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

By now we all know that Jay Cutler has been sat down for Sunday’s game, with Jimmy Clausen taking over.  The question isn’t if Clausen is a viable option against the Lions, because no one should even be considering him.  The real question is how does his taking the reins of the offense impact the other skill players?  Let’s take a look:

 

Matt Forte – Running Back
His usage in the running game has been down in recent weeks, most notably the last time he faced on the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.  In that contest he was given just five carries, taking them for six yards.  Sure he did add 6 receptions for 52 yards, but that’s hardly a consolation for owners.

The Lions have been among the stingiest defenses against opposing RB this season, allowing a league best 791 rushing yards.  The have allowed 82 receptions (second most in the league) and 700 receiving yards (fourth most in the league), and we know that it’s a major part of Forte’s game.  With Clausen potentially needing to check down and play it safe, Forte could rack up the receptions even more so than the last time out. Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Sammy Watkins & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
vs. Seattle

It’s the Seattle Seahawks, do we need any other excuse at this point? All of Arizona’s receivers are impossible to trust, but Fitzgerald is likely the only one you are actually considering using (19 targets over the past two games).  Of course, despite the opportunities he’s totaled 64 yards on 11 receptions.

As if the matchup wasn’t bad enough, at least part of his struggles have been quarterback play. With both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton out, the Cardinals are left with Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas under center. Read more