Archive for Player Analysis

Does Duron Carter Have Sleeper Value in 2015?

by Ray Kuhn

Potential and buzz. After the 2014 CFL season, that is what was surrounding Duron Carter as he sought employment from an NFL team.  However as you know, situations like this are never as simple as they seem.

For starters, the majority of us have never seen Carter play live. But does that even matter?

Carter has a superstar pedigree, his father is Cris Carter, and he is also looks like he emerged straight out of wide receiver central casting. The younger Carter is 6-foot-5 and weighs in at about 205 pounds and certainly proved himself as a top receiver in the past two seasons.

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Third Year Receiver: Could Kenny Stills Be A Breakout Candidate?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Prior to the 2014 season we had labeled Kenny Stills as a potential sleeper (click here for the article). While he didn’t fully breakout the way we had hoped, we may have been a year too early with the label. He will be entering his “magical” third season in the NFL, and while a lot can change between now and the start of the season he appears to be in line for a major role in the offense.

With injuries piling up, Stills came alive in the second half of the season:

  • First 8 games – 24 receptions, 373 yards, 1 TD
  • Final 8 games – 39 receptions, 558 yards, 2 TD

Overall he averaged 14.8 yards per catch, helping to dispel the notion that he is nothing but a boom or bust receiver. Coming out of college, that certainly wasn’t the scouting report. Walter Football said (click here for the full report): Read more

Is Virgil Green A Potential Breakout Candidate In 2015? You’d Better Believe So…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post (click here for the article):

“The Broncos and their two-time Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas haven’t formally split, but they seem to be headed their separate ways.”

There is still time for the Broncos and Thomas to work out a deal, but with each passing day that seems to become less and less likely.  Where he lands and if he is simply a product of Peyton Manning is a story for another day, the question for today is if the Broncos already have an in-house replacement. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Stevie Johnson Return To Fantasy Relevance?

by Ray Kuhn

It might seem like ancient history, but in the not so distant past Stevie Johnson was actually a pretty good wide receiver. At this point, in early February, it is hard to look at much in fantasy football with too much certainty. However that also doesn’t mean we won’t try, as it is never too early to lay the groundwork for 2015.

First, let me qualify the statement about Johnson being a pretty good receiver. The three year stretch spanning the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons were very kind to him, but at the same time it also seemed like he was overrated as his public persona out-shined what he actually produced on the field. Regardless of that, it is hard to ignore the numbers that he put up with, for the most part, a sub-par supporting cast.

  •   2010: 82 receptions/1,073 yards/10 TD
  •   2011: 76 receptions/1,004 yards/7 TD
  •   2012: 79 receptions/1,046 yards, 6 TD Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could The Steelers’ Martavis Bryant Develop Into A Must Own Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Selected in the fourth round it’s easy to suggest that there wasn’t much expected from the Steelers’ Martavis Bryant in his rookie campaign. However, once he arrived in game seven it’s hard to argue the impact he had.

Just look at the numbers over the final 10 weeks and the playoffs, compared to Markus Wheaton:

  • Bryant – 31 receptions (58 targets), 610 yards, 9 TD
  • Wheaton – 34 receptions (53 targets), 433 yards, 2 TD

Bryant was clearly gaining the trust of Ben Roethlisberger and he proved that he can be explosive. Of course that never really should have been a question. Prior to the draft NFL.com had this to say about him: Read more

Breaking Down The Backfield: Is There Any Value In D. Herron Or Any Other Current Colts’ RB?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s clear that the Colts’ acquisition of Trent Richardson has been an utter disaster, with him ultimately being inactive for playoff games.  Ahmad Bradshaw as proven how capable he is with the ball in his hands, but he simply can’t stay on the field and can’t be trusted.  It’s very likely that the team addresses the position in the offseason, but let’s take a look at the running backs currently on the roster to try and see if there are any potential value:

 

Daniel “Boom” Herron
He proved to be a player this season, both running and catching the football.  Just look at the numbers:

  • Rushing – 78 carries for 351 yards (4.5 yards/carry) and 1 TD
  • Receiving – 21 receptions (26 targets) for 173 yards Read more

Breakout or Bust: Could Devonta Freeman Emerge In His Sophomore Season?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The expectations had been that Devonta Freeman would emerge as the go to running back for the Atlanta Falcons in his rookie season, despite the depth that they had.

Steven Jackson?  He was a 31-year old on the downside of his career.

Jacquizz Rodgers?  He was a consistent disappointment, unable to prove he could regularly run the football effectively.

Antone Smith?  He wasn’t even expected to be a factor.

No it was supposed to be Freeman, a fourth round selection, who would jump up and grasp the opportunity despite his less than stellar college career (1,016 yards, 5.9 YPC and 14 TD at Florida State in 2013).  Many felt that he could quickly emerge, especially after scouting reports like this one from NFL.com prior to the draft: Read more

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