Archive for Player Analysis

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

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Latavius 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:

 

Andre Williams – New York Giants
at St. Louis

With Rashad Jennings re-injuring his ankle early in the Giants’ Week 15 matchup, there’s a good chance that he doesn’t even suit up this week (even if he does play, it’s unknown how big of a role he’s going to play).  While Williams had a big Week 14 (24 carries for 131 yards and 1 TD), he took a significant step backwards against the Redskins this past week (18 carries for 44 yards). Read more

Moving Targets: Week 15: Daniel Herron, Marquess Wilson & More

by Ivar Anderson

Here’s hoping you are still alive in the playoffs and working toward the league championship. To help you along, let’s take a look at the top 51 targeted players through Week 14 of the 2014 season.

As has been the trend all season long, wide receivers dominate the chart below. There are only three players in the Top 25 that are not wide receivers, and those are tight ends. The first non-receiver/tight end to make the list, at number 26, is PPR favorite Matt Forte. The only other non-receiver is no stranger to the list either, being Le’Veon Bell of the Steelers. By the way, do not expect to see Allen Robinson on the chart much longer, as he is out for the season and obviously will not be collecting any more targets this season: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is There Any Value In Minnesota’s Backfield?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Matt Vensel (via Twitter):

“Zimmer said he thought Asiata got too many carries yesterday. Says he wants to get Tate and Banyard more involved.”

Minnesota’s running backs had a tough draw against the Jets, but that doesn’t help to justify this split in carries:

  • Matt Asiata – 19
  • Ben Tate – 3
  • Joe Banyard – 1

It’s even worse, considering Asiata struggled averaging 2.8 YPC and failing to break a run of longer than 8 yards. Overall he’s averaged a mediocre 3.3 YPC on 118 carries for the season. At this point there’s little to learn and no reason for him to be the feature back. Read more

Five Players To Consider For Your Weekly League (Jay Cutler, Jeremy Hill & More)

by Ray Kuhn

There are just three weeks left in the NFL regular season and most fantasy leagues are now down to just four teams. For those teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs, the fantasy football season doesn’t have to end.

You can have a fresh start this week over at Fantasy Score and play in a weekly league, as you select a brand new lineup. With that in mind, here are five players who you might want to consider. Additionally, you can find a lineup below that I plan on using.

  • Jay Cutler, QB, $6,300- Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans: Out of the healthy quarterbacks taking the field this week, Cutler is the 10th highest priced option and he tied for 6th with 22.5 FPs on the season. Cutler will be missing one of his weapons, Brandon Marshall, but he still has plenty of others including Alshon Jefrrey, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 15 (Josh Gordon & 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:

 

Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
at New England

Could Wallace have a date with Revis Island for the coming week?  As it is Wallace has been a TD dependent option all season long (57 catches, 700 yards and 7 TD) and now he’s gone back-to-back weeks without finding the end zone.  In fact he hasn’t topped 70 yards since Week 3 and has been over 60 yards just once in the past eight weeks.  How are we going to be able to trust that? Read more

Moving Targets: Week 14: Drops, Increased Targets & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

It is playoff time and there is no better time of year in fantasy football, except maybe draft day. As you prepare to take your league’s trophy it becomes imperative to field the best possible team, though that goes without saying. Looking at who is getting targeted more frequently over the past few weeks can help you make a savvy wire pickup for purposes of bolstering your roster, or just to keep an opponent from getting a boost in production during this important time of the year. On to this week’s target chart: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Jonathan Stewart Worth Utilizing?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Joe Person (via Twitter) earlier this week:

“Ron Rivera: DeAngelo has a fractured bone in his right middle finger. Day-by-day.”

The day-to-day has turned into “out”, as we would’ve expected.  The fact is, though, should it really matter if Williams is available or not? Just look at the rushing production thus far this season:

  • Jonathan Stewart – 96 carries, 408 yards, 2 TD (4.3 YPC)
  • DeAngelo Williams – 63 carries, 219 yards, 0 TD (3.5 YPC)

Stewart has, at times, looked like the player that we had seen when he first burst onto the scene. Yet he hasn’t received more than 16 carries in any game (and no more than 12 over his past four games). Obviously health is always going to be a concern, but wouldn’t you think that Carolina would want to see if he could be a major part of their 2015 plans? Read more