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The Ditch List: Moving On From The Recent “Hot” Adds & More (D.J. Moore, Tyler Lockett & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:

 

Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – Wide Receiver
It was the first time Russell Wilson had attempted more than 26 passes since Week 2 (he completed 26 of 39 attempts), so that is a promising development, though Lockett wasn’t a beneficiary of the increased opportunities.  Lockett actually tied Doug Baldwin for fourth on the team in targets (4) as they both trailed:

  • Nick Vannett – 8
  • Mike Davis – 8
  • David Moore – 7 Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Wide Receiver Edition: Week 9: Devin Funchess, Doug Baldwin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers
vs. Tampa Bay

Funchess has been the Panthers’ top receiver this season, though there was a bit of a shift in Week 8:

  • Devin Funchess – 3 receptions (3 targets), 27 yards, 0 TD
  • DJ Moore – 5 receptions (6 targets), 90 yards, 0 TD Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Golden Tate Heads To Philadelphia (Deep League Sleeper, Agholor & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was an interesting decision to see the Detroit Lions jettison Golden Tate at the deadline, as he had been the team leader in targets (69) and yards (517).  That said the development of Kenny Golladay and the recent surge from Marvin Jones (7 receptions for 117 yards and 2 TD) likely helped make the decision easier.  While they will obviously hold down the top two spots in Detroit moving forward, let’s take a look at the impact that Tate’s move has on himself and others:

 

Golden Tate
His best role is playing out of the slot, where he can work the middle of the field and help to move the chains.  That’s going to have an impact on Zack Ertz, at least slightly, though is anyone really worried about his usage moving forward? Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Demaryius Thomas Traded To Houston (Sutton, Coutee & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It wasn’t a surprise that the Denver Broncos decided to deal Demaryius Thomas at the deadline, nor was it a surprise that the Houston Texans were in the market for a wide receiver following the injury to Will Fuller.  The question now facing fantasy owners is the impact the move has on the outlook not just for Thomas, but Keke Coutee and Courtland Sutton as well.  Let’s take a look:

 

Demaryius Thomas
Thomas gets an upgrade in quarterback, going from Case Keenum to Deshaun Watson, though you have to wonder how much of an impact that will have.  Thomas has watched his production consistently decline in recent years, as his yards/reception continue to drop: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Winners & Losers From The Amari Cooper Trade (Jalen Richard & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There had been rumors about the Raiders shopping WR Amari Cooper, but with them looking for a first round draft pick in return there was skepticism about a deal being made.  However the Dallas Cowboys decided to meet the price tag, as they try to revitalize their passing attack and capitalize on a struggling NFC East.

Who are the biggest winners and losers from the deal?  Let’s take a look:

 

Winner – Jalen Richard (RB, OAK)
Between the loss of Cooper and with Marshawn Lynch heading to IR, there are suddenly a significant number of touches for the taking.  While Doug Martin should get an opportunity to absorb some of the carries, it’s Richard who likely gets the biggest boost in value.  He’s already been a force in the passing game (31 receptions for 253 yards) and he’s shown an explosiveness running the football over the previous two seasons: Read more

Snap Count: Is Michael Gallup Finally Primed To Break Out?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Cowboys’ Michael Gallup entering the season, but through the first six weeks the production/opportunity just hadn’t been there.  Things appear to be changing, though, as you look at the snap count from yesterday’s game (courtesy of USA Today):

  1. Michael Gallup – 56
  2. Allen Hurns – 54
  3. Cole Beasley – 53
  4. Deonte Thompson – 15 Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Disappointing Performers (Marvin Jones & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:

 

Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns – Running Back
There has been talk all season about getting Johnson more involved in the offense, and with the sudden trade of Carlos Hyde the hope was this would be his shot.  Instead we saw the status quo, with Nick Chubb absorbing the opportunities left behind:

  • Chubb – 18 carries for 80 yards and 1 TD
  • Johnson – 1 carry for -4 yards, 4 receptions for 23 yards Read more

Deep League Sleeper (Week 7): Is Keke Coutee A Better Play Than Will Fuller?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of Houston Texans’ wide receivers the first name that comes to mind will always be DeAndre Hopkins, and rightfully so.  While the expectation was that Will Fuller would operate as the #2 receiver, over the past three weeks he appears to have been overtaken for that role:

  • Keke Coutee – 20 receptions (27 targets), 193 yards, 1 TD
  • Will Fuller – 8 receptions (11 targets), 97 yards, 1 TD

While Fuller has battled a hamstring injury, so has Coutee so it’s tough to use that as an excuse.  It’s also interesting that Fuller’s production has regressed significantly since Coutee made his NFL debut (he missed the first three games with his hamstring injury). Read more

Fantasy Fallout: With Devonta Freeman Hitting IR, Is Ito Smith A Must Own Option?

Dan Quinn on Freeman: “It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 16, 2018


Going on the IR means that Freeman will be sidelined for at least 8 weeks, so he won’t be eligible to return before Week 14.  Considering that he won’t be trustworthy initially, especially if the Falcons running game proves capable in his absence and the risk that his number of touches will be a mystery, those in yearly formats can safely move on. Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Disappointing Performers (Derrick Henry & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:

 

Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – Running Back
Remember when there was optimism about the Titans’ Derrick Henry, when we knew DeMarco Murray was going to be heading elsewhere in the offseason?  It didn’t last too long, as the team imported Dion Lewis to complement him (instead of giving him the opportunity to carry the load).  Through six weeks that’s exactly what it’s been, as the two have seen a relatively even split in terms of touches: Read more