Archive for Player Analysis

Deep League Running Back Sleepers: Week 4

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you in a deep league and scraping the bottom of the barrel for a running back option this week?  Let’s take a look at two deep league options that are likely sitting on your waiver wire and could potentially make an impact:


Josh Robinson – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
Yahoo! – 1%, ESPN – 3.3%

It’s obvious that he’s well behind Frank Gore on the depth chart, with just 11 carries for 31 yards over the first three weeks of the season.  However this appears to be the perfect opportunity for Robinson to potentially get some work and show his abilities to the NFL masses.  There are two significant factors: Read more

What We Learned: Did Justin Forsett Save His Season?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Heading into last night’s game many were writing off the Ravens’ Justin Forsett, and rightfully so.  After all he entered Week 4 with a total of 29 carries for 124 yards and 0 TD, while adding 12 receptions for 41 yards.  For a player thought of as a potential RB1 entering the year, especially with Marc Trestman imported as offensive coordinator, the skepticism was legitimate.

Everything changed against the Steelers as he took the bull by the horns and dominated the game.  Forsett took 27 carries for 150 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, while his young understudies barely got a look:

  • Javorius Allen – 5 carries for 19 yards
  • Lorenzo Taliaferro – 3 carries for 13 yards Read more

Quick Hit: Is Calvin Johnson No Longer A WR1?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Michael Rothstein of (click here for the article) in regards to Calvin Johnson:

“Right now he is averaging 8.33 air yards per target, down 6.55 yards, on average, from last season. Johnson has never had a season in which he has averaged less than 13.45 air yards per target.

His yards per reception, unsurprisingly, are also way down. He’s averaging 9.95 yards per catch after not averaging less than 14.55 yards per catch in any other season.”

Just to further drive home the point Rothstein said:

“Since then, the Lions have taken only three shots of 15-plus yards to Johnson, according to ESPN Stats & Information: two against Minnesota and one against Denver. In Johnson’s career, he has never had fewer than 16 receptions of 15 air yards or more and no fewer than 44 targets in a season of that length. Last season, the Lions targeted Johnson 49 times on passes of 15 air yards or more.” Read more

Quick Hit: Has Jeremy Hill Fumbled Away His Starting Job?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jeremy Hill has been among the more disappointing players over the first few weeks of the season, and his playing time is one of the many concerns.  Just look at the snaps from Week 3 (courtesy of Coley Harvey via Twitter):

  • Giovani Bernard – 51
  • Jeremy Hill – 26

Geoff Hobson later tweeted coach Marvin Lewis’ reasoning for the split saying:

“Marv on playing time Gio over Hill: when we’re behind it’s Gio”

It makes sense in theory, with Bernard being the better option in the passing game, though the Bengals were actually up 14-0 at the end of the first half and 14-7 through three quarters.  So, at least for this past week, that explanation simply doesn’t make sense. Read more

Fantasy Training Room: Injury Outlook For Marshawn Lynch, Davante Adams & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries continue to mount in the NFL, with key fantasy players going down in Week 3. Here is a quick summary of injuries from Sunday’s games, but let’s take a more in-depth look at a few of these injuries now that the teams have provided some updates.

Davante Adams (GB WR)
Adams suffered an ankle injury during Week 2 against the Seahawks, leaving the game in the second quarter. He did return for the second half and started this week against the Chiefs. Unfortunately he reinjured his ankle in the first quarter against Kansas City and missed the remainder of the contest. It appears as if Adams will miss some time because of the injury so make sure you have other options on your roster. Read more

What We Learned: The Outlook Of The Lions & Broncos Running Back Situations

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last night’s Lions-Broncos game matched up two running back situations that are significantly in question.  Is there a changing of the guard coming in Detroit?  Is there a running back we can trust in Denver?  Let’s take a look at the performances of both backfields and try to determine the outlook of each moving forward:


Detroit Lions
Here’s a breakdown from Week 3 against the Broncos:

  • Ameer Abdullah – 8 carries for 23 yards (2.9 YPC)
  • Joique Bell – 10 carries for 6 yards and 1 TD (0.6 YPC) Read more

The Drop List: Three Players We Are Ready To Move On From (Charles Johnson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

In order to be active on the waiver wire you have to be willing to cut bait on someone sitting on your bench.  Sometimes that decision is easy, but that’s not always the case.  Here are three players who had been viewed as potential contributors this season that we’d be willing to move on from at this point:


Fred Jackson – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks
Everyone assumed that he was the primary handcuff to Marshawn Lynch, but with Lynch banged up in Week 3 it was it was Thomas Rawls who dominated the carries:

  • Thomas Rawls – 16 carries for 104 yards
  • Marshawn Lynch – 5 carries for 14 yards
  • Fred Jackson – 2 carries for 13 yards Read more

Deep League Running Back Sleepers: Week 3

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you in a deep league and scraping the bottom of the barrel for a running back option this week?  Let’s take a look at two deep league options that are likely sitting on your waiver wire and could potentially make an impact:


Lance Dunbar – Dallas Cowboys
vs. Atlanta Falcons
ESPN – 13.4%, CBS Sports – 25%

The Cowboys appear primed to be a team that goes run heavy, with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant already out and Jason Witten questionable (though expected to play).  When you are staring at Brandon Weeden under center and Terrence Williams as your best receiving target it makes sense.  That would mean a heavy workload for Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, so why would Dunbar be on this list… Read more

What We Learned: Redskins & Giants Running Backs (Matt Jones, Andre Williams & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were questions facing both the Redskins and Giants rushing attacks heading into Thursday night’s showdown. Did we gain clarity on either situation after New York’s 32-21 victory? Let’s take a look:


Washington Redskins

Rushing Yards
Receiving Yards
Total TD
Matt Jones11383.5000
Alfred Morris6193.2000
Chris Thompson22914.58571

It’s an interesting breakdown and speaks to where Morris may stand on the depth chart. Thompson is the team’s pass catching back, ultimately being targeted 11 times by Kirk Cousins, though he entered the game with just 1 reception on 2 targets so it’s hard to get overly excited. If the Redskins are in the game Thompson isn’t going to play a significant role and can still be ignored in all formats. Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Has Justin Forsett Lost “Must Start” Status?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Forsett, the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher a year ago, stood on the sideline for a portion of the fourth quarter and played a total of 42 snaps (51 percent of the Ravens’ offensive plays), which were just eight more than Taliaferro. This marked the first time in 13 games that Forsett hadn’t been on the field for over 60 percent of Baltimore’s offensive snaps.”

It’s a bit of a surprise, but it’s obviously a concern for fantasy owners.  Forsett was quoted in the article as saying:

“It’s just a rotation that we had going on,” Forsett said. “Coach was trying to keep me fresh throughout the game. So, we do that every now and again.” Read more