Archive for Player Analysis

Offseason Winner: Latavius Murray: Could He Actually Emerge As A RB1?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There had been rumblings that the Raiders were going to pursue DeMarco Murray this offseason. Whether they did and failed or it was pure speculation is irrelevant, because at the end of the day he’s not in Oakland. All the Raiders ended up adding this offseason was Trent Richardson and Roy Helu via free agency.

You would’ve thought that the team would’ve added a running back in a deep draft class. However, like free agency, that has come and gone and there was no addition.

Sure they can talk about a battle for the starting role, but is anyone buying?  Given the depth chart it’s certainly hard to imagine: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: NFL Draft Round 1: Who Is A Must Target & Who Can We Ignore?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books and there certainly were a few surprises, whether it was two running backs being selected (let alone coming in the first 15 picks) or the Colts adding another wide receiver to the mix.  What is the fallout from a fantasy perspective?  Let’s take a look at the skill players who were selected and see how they look for the coming season:

 

1) Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quarterback
Not a surprising pick, Winston should immediately step into the starting quarterback job and become a fantasy asset from Day 1.  He certainly has talent at wide receiver at his disposal, with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, as well as the developing Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end.  Sure we’d love to see another RB added to the mix (and maybe that comes on Day 2 or 3), but there’s potential in the three-headed monster of Doug Martin, Charles Sims & Bobby Rainey. Read more

Now In Cleveland, Could Rob Housler Finally Live Up The Breakout Hype?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Rob Housler has long been considered a potential breakout tight end, though he never seemed to get that opportunity in Arizona.  Part of the issue has been injuries, but over the past few years the numbers have simply regressed at an alarming rate (partly thanks to the presence of Bruce Arians and the scheme he was running):

  • 2012 – 45 receptions (68 targets), 417 yards, 0 TD
  • 2013 – 39 receptions (57 targets), 454 yards, 1 TD
  • 2014 – 9 receptions (17 targets), 129 yards, 0 TD

He was surprisingly behind the likes of John Carlson (33 receptions for 350 yards) last season, but he lands in an ideal location to rebuild his value.  The Browns are void of talent in the receiving game, thanks to the departure of TE Jordan Cameron and the suspension of WR Josh Gordon.  Sure the team brought in Dwayne Bowe, but that doesn’t mean much. Read more

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