Archive for Player Analysis

Fantasy Football Stock Report: WR Edition: Devante Parker On The Rise & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that it doesn’t take much for a player’s value to increase or decrease as we head towards fantasy drafts.  It only takes a rumor or innuendo, or a minor injury that causes missed time, to send someone’s value spiraling in either direction.  Let’s take a look at a few players whose value has changed over the past few days for various reasons:

 

Davante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
Stock – Rising

After Thursday’s preseason game Jay Cutler was quoted by Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald (click here for the article) as saying this in regards to his new weapon, DaVante Parker:

“I think he’s kind of a faster Alshon, a little bit,” Cutler said. “He’s got a lot of range. Back-shoulder, over the top. He’s got great hands. And he can burn you up if you get [stuck] flat-footed.” Read more

Despite The News, Don’t Sleep On Washington’s Samaje Perine

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For those hoping that fourth round pick Samaje Perine would emerge as the lead back in Washington, by all reports there’s little chance of it happening.  Obviously there was reason for optimism after the draft, as Perine was coming off three consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons at Oklahoma while also operating as a TD machine (49 rushing TD over three years).

Incumbent Rob Kelley also didn’t show much in his rookie season, averaging a mere 4.2 yards per carry as he took 168 carries for 704 yards.  It all seemed to come together perfectly, but it just hasn’t worked out that way.

According to John Keim of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more

Fantasy Football Stock Report: Breshad Perriman Losing Appeal & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that it doesn’t take much for a player’s value to increase or decrease as we head towards fantasy drafts.  It only takes a rumor or innuendo, or a minor injury that causes missed time, to send someone’s value spiraling in either direction.  Let’s take a look at a few players whose value has changed over the past few days for various reasons:

 

Zack Ertz – Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles
Stock – Rising

Ertz was always a Rotoprofessor favorite, and with the trade of Jordan Matthews the chance of him seeing a high volume of opportunities only grows.  While many are pointing to Nelson Agholer as being the beneficiary of the increased looks, and it’s fair considering Ertz is already one of the most targeted tight ends in the NFL (he was one of only six tight ends to have 100+ targets in ’16), you can’t argue the rapport that he has developed with Carson Wentz.  Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Could De’Angelo Henderson Emerge In Denver’s Crowded Backfield?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are some big names in the Denver backfield, including C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley (as well as Devontae Booker and Bernard Pierce), but that doesn’t mean that a sleeper can’t emerge and steal the spotlight.  Enter sixth round pick De’Angelo Henderson, whose performance in the preseason opener is garnering ample attention.

In that game Henderson rushed 7 times for 54 yards and a TD, showing the skills that elicited this scouting report from NFL.com prior to the draft:

“Henderson is built low to the ground with the balance and power in his lower half to fight forward for additional yardage after contact. His courage, burst, and one-cut ability should appeal to zone-scheme teams while his pass catching and willingness to block gives him a chance to compete for a role on third downs. Henderson had prolific production throughout high school and college and plays with the mindset and confidence of a future pro. He’s undersized but has the skill to compete for a spot on an NFL roster right away.” Read more

After The Bills’ Flurry Of Trades, Is Zay Jones The Biggest Winner?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a surprising series of moves, with the Buffalo Bills in the middle of the action as there were a pair of blockbuster trades on Friday.  From a fantasy perspective we care about the skill players on the move:

  • Sammy Watkins traded from the Bills to the Rams
  • Jordan Mathews traded from the Eagles to the Bills

In regards to these two players, the outlook doesn’t change all that much:

Watkins moves from a run oriented offense in Buffalo to an offense that should center around Todd Gurley.  He is the clear top option in the passing game, though there are concerns about his health and the ability of his quarterback to get him the football (the QB concerns are arguably greater with the Rams).  Maybe his presence will help Jared Goff mature and develop, though time will tell. Read more

Is A Quarterback Controversy Already Brewing In Chicago?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When the Chicago Bears spent the second overall pick on QB Mitch Trubisky (after signing Mike Glennon in the offseason) you expected there to be a quarterback controversy at some point in 2017.  After one preseason game, though?  Obviously John Fox is saying the right thing, as quoted by Jeff Dickerson of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Our depth chart is not going to change after one game,” Fox said. “That’s a really good defense our first unit went against, probably one of the top three defenses in the league. You have to look at a lot of different things. I can understand how you guys might think [we could make a change], but we’re not going to change a whole lot after one game.”

That said, the results can’t be argued:

  • Mike Glennon – 2-8, 20 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
  • Mitch Trubisky – 18-25, 166 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT Read more

Draft Day Decision: Is Kareem Hunt An Easy Selection At His Current ADP?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft it’s easy to think that Kareem Hunt didn’t land in an ideal spot to produce immediately.  After all Spencer Ware is coming off a season where he rushed for 921 yards in 14 games, while adding 33 catches for another 447 yards.  However there are two red flags that hang over him:

 

1) Can he handle a full load over an entire season?
Just look at his yards per carry, which trended down as the season progressed:

  • September – 4.9
  • October – 5.1
  • November – 4.1
  • December – 3.3

That alone could ticket Hunt for a significant role before long. Read more

Will The Jets’ Bilal Powell Take Another Step Forward Or Is He A Bust In Waiting?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The New York Jets’ offense is among the worst in the NFL, with little to no hope across the board.  The quarterback situation may place them #32 in the league, as they either use the veteran (as well as aging and underwhelming) Josh McCown or the unproven (and potentially limited upside) youngsters in Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.  You can easily argue that there isn’t a Top 50 wide receiver on the roster (especially after the recent injury to their “top” option), and the tight ends are hardly difference makers.  There is one potential bright spot, though, and no it’s not the veteran Matt Forte (who we all know isn’t the future for the team)…

Welcome to the party Bilal Powell, who has the potential to be among the better running backs in the game.  He’s not a new name, as he was a fourth round pick all the way back in 2011, but until now he’s been viewed more as a complimentary piece.  Entering 2017, with the Jets already having an eye towards 2018 and beyond, the 28-year old should finally get an opportunity to produce. Read more

Setting The Draft Day Priority Of The Current Quarterback Competitions

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that we need to take the “news” early in camp with a bit of a grain of salt, as reporters talk about how certain quarterbacks are outplaying their counterpart.  A lot can change as players take the field in the preseason, and that’s where decisions will truly be made.  At the same time, we can’t ignore what’s being said as we prepare for our drafts.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the questionable situations and see what’s being said:

 

Denver Broncos
Trevor Semian vs. Paxton Lynch

This is one of the more intriguing battles, and according to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson (click here for the article):

First, Siemian. He is ahead in this race basically by default. He is solid and brings a pro mentality every day. But he’s also more steady than spectacular – a reality that speaks to what Elway and the personnel staff believe about him in the longer term. Read more

Buy Low Candidate: Why The Cardinals’ John Brown Is An Ideal Target

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was hard to explain the disastrous season endured by the Cardinals’ John Brown.  After a big sophomore campaign that saw him rack up 65 receptions, 1,003 yards and 7 TD the expectations were that he’d top those numbers in his “magical” third season.  Instead he endured the worst season of his career, setting career lows across the board:

39 receptions
72 targets
517 yards
2 TD

As the season progressed there was no explanation, but we recently got some answers.  According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more