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Dynasty Stock Report: Looking At The Long-Term Outlook For Three RB (Peyton Barber & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners are always looking to find the next star running back, and in dynasty leagues that means grabbing any glimmer we see.  Let’s look at three young running backs who enjoyed varying days in Week 14 to try to determine their outlook for both 2017 and beyond:

 

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Despite breaking out in Week 13 (143 total yards on 27 touches), Barber was sent back behind the returning Doug Martin to start this one.  After Martin lost a fumble that all changed, and Barber again showed that he is currently the superior back:

  • Peyton Barber – 12 carries for 58 yards
  • Doug Martin – 10 carries for 26 yards and 1 TD Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 13: Kareem Hunt’s Outlook , Josh Gordon’s Return & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  As always it was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 13:

 

1) That Theo Riddick is never going to carry the load for Detroit…
With Ameer Abdullah out this was Riddick’s shot, but instead it was undrafted rookie Tion Green that led the backfield in carries:

  • Tion Green – 11 carries for 51 yards and 1 TD
  • Theo Riddick – 9 carries for 21 yards and 1 TD Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 12: DeMarco Murray Unusable?, Joe Mixon’s Breakout? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  As always it was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 12:

 

1) The Marlon Mack breakout may never come…
We’ve been waiting for the Colts to transition away from the veteran Frank Gore, but at this point we have to wonder if it will ever actually happen. For proof, here’s the Week 12 breakdown:

  • Frank Gore – 17 carries for 62 yards and 1 TD
  • Marlon Mack – 4 carries for 11 yards Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 11: Rob Gronkowski, Samaje Perine, Doug Martin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  It was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 10:

 

1) That Doug Martin has become a player to virtually ignore…
While Martin continues to see regular opportunities, he’s consistently failed to do anything with them.  Martin has now had at least 18 carries in four of his past five games, but the results have been ugly:

Matchup
Carries
Yards
Yards/Carry
TD
at Buffalo20492.50
vs, Carolina18713.90
vs. New York Jets20512.60
at Miami19382.00
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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Devontae Booker Breakout Moving Forward?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Denver Broncos appear to be a sinking ship, as they dropped their fifth straight game last Sunday night.  It will be interesting to see where things go from here, as the team will likely turn the page and start looking towards 2018 and beyond.  We are waiting for the potential QB of the future (Paxton Lynch) to get healthy and on the field, but we are starting to see a transition in the backfield.  Just look at the carry split from the Patriots game:

  • C.J. Anderson – 10 carries for 54 yards
  • Jamaal Charles – 8 carries for 38 yards
  • Devontae Booker – 8 carries for 24 yards

Anderson is signed for two more seasons, but he’s continually battled injuries and hasn’t been able to seize his opportunity (4.3 yards per carry, 1 TD on the season).  We all know that Charles isn’t the future, so that leaves former fourth round draft pick Booker. Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 10: Melvin Gordon, Sterling Shepard, Robert Woods & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  It was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 10:

 

1. That we wrote Isaiah Crowell off prematurely…
The Detroit Lions have struggled more with running backs who can catch the football, not run it, but Crowell has now posted back-to-back strong games (sandwiching the bye week):

  • vs. Minnesota – 11 carries for 64 yards and 1 TD (5.8 YPC)
  • at Detroit – 16 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD (5.6 YPC) Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 9: Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixon, Will Fuller & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  Before the week even began many were sabotaged by a few surprising scratches (Leonard Fournette and Zach Ertz), then you throw in the injuries ejections (A.J. Green) and there was a lot of obstacles.  It was a tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 9:

 

1) That the time has come to give up on Joe Mixon for ‘17…
We keep hoping that the breakout is coming, and this week with Jeremy Hill scratched it seemed like a good bet.  However it was yet another disappointing day, this time against the Jaguars, as he managed 31 yards on 13 carries (2.4 yards/carry).  He added 3 receptions and 15 yards, and his day was saved by a rushing TD, but he continues to fail to get things going on the ground. Read more

Deep League Sleeper For Week 9 – WR Trent Taylor

Trent Taylor – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
ESPN – 0.4%, CBS Sports – 1%

With Pierre Garcon lost for the season the 49ers receiving corps looks miserable (and that may be putting it kindly).  There were already questions with C.J. Beathard under center (until Jimmy Garoppolo is deemed ready), as you could argue that his play alone would limit anyone stepping into a role.  That said there is a chance that an under-the-radar option emerges, especially this week against an Arizona defense that’s allowing the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers.

Taylor, a fifth round rookie, actually had 5 receptions and 47 yards against the Cardinals earlier this season (both of which are his career best thus far).  He has the potential to step up and fill the void, as NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling published the following quote from Tony Franklin (Louisana Tech’s offensive coordinator) in June: Read more

With Deshaun Watson Out, How Far Does The Value Of DeAndre Hopkins & Will Fuller Fall?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The loss of Deshaun Watson sent shockwaves across football yesterday, as the NFL lost one of its brightest young stars who was breaking out in a massive way.  It’s highly unfortunate news and sends a ripple effect across fantasy rosters.

Obviously it’s not just trying to replace Watson (which is going to be extremely difficult), it’s the impact his absence has on the talent around him.  DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller had both appeared to be locked in weekly options, but with Tom Savage at QB can we still take that stance? Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 8: Deshaun Watson, T.Y. Hilton, Tarik Cohen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were a few noteworthy injuries from Week 8, like Jordan Reed’s hamstring injury, though it appears like we walked out relatively unscathed (at least compared to recent weeks).  That’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of storylines that fantasy owners need to be aware of.  Which situations are gaining clarity?  Who is looking likely to continue falling flat?  Let’s take a look at 10 lessons we learned from Sunday’s action:

 

1. I think we’re getting clarity in New England’s backfield…
New England continues to use a convoluted committee, with four different players factoring into the mix.  You would think that would nearly eliminate everyone’s value, but that’s not quite the case.  Look at the numbers from Week 8:

  • Dion Lewis – 17 touches, 54 yards
  • James White – 6 touches, 87 yards
  • Rex Burkhead – 11 touches, 83 yards
  • Mike Gillislee – 11 touches, 34 yards Read more