Archive for Player Analysis

Breakout or Bust: Will Kevin White Emerge In The Wake Of Cameron Meredith’s Injury?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Bears have lost WR Cameron Meredith for the season, so all eyes are falling on former first round pick Kevin White as the potential replacement.  It makes sense, but just how feasible is it to expect significant production?

The biggest question since being selected seventh overall in 2015 has been injuries to his legs, which have held him to 4 games over his two seasons in the NFL.  Of course they were unimpressive games as well, averaging just 9.8 yards per reception off of his 19 catches.  It’s only the preseason, but that trend has continued as he’s turned 4 catches into 32 yards with a long of 19 yards.

The question now is if the injuries have cost him a step (or two), which would significantly limit his upside and potential.  Remember, coming into the draft he was described by Walter Football as: Read more

Draft Day Strategy: How To Approach A Crowded Seattle Backfield (Rawls, Carson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Seahawks running back rotation was always going to be an interesting story, but preseason injuries have helped to further complicate things.  First let’s look at the performance in the all important third preseason game from Friday night:

  • Eddie Lacy – 4 carries for 21 yards
  • Chris Carson – 8 carries for 46 yards; 2 catches for 44 yards
  • Thomas Rawls – DNP
  • C.J. Prosise – DNP

Carson, who was a seventh round draft pick, has taken advantage of his opportunities and earned a spot on the final 53-man roster.  The big question is where he fits into the depth chart, especially early in the season.  While you would think he’ll be #4 initially, how long that lasts is a completely different question and a lot more complicated: Read more

Fantasy Football Stock Report: Surging Undervalued Receivers & 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:

 

ArDarius Stewart – New York Jets – Wide Receiver
The New York Jets offense appears to be a complete disaster, outside of maybe Bilal Powell, but that could offer opportunity for an under-the-radar option to emerge.  While he’s not at the top of the depth chart, would it really be a surprise to see the Jets’ third round draft pick out of Alabama rise to that role in short order?  It’s not like the “top” options offer much hope:

Player To Avoid: Why Stefon Diggs Isn’t Among Our Draft Day Targets

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Former fifth round draft pick Stefon Diggs has been a great weapon for the Vikings since the day he’s been drafted:

  • 2015 – 52 catches, 720 yards, 4 TD
  • 2016 – 84 catches, 903 yards, 3 TD

He’s been consistently good when he’s on the field, but that is one of the biggest questions facing him.  Diggs has missed 3 games in each of his first two professional seasons, and he also has operated more as a volume receiver (11.9 yards/reception).  Those two things are going to work against him, especially as the weapons around him improve.

Last season Minnesota lacked a running game, with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata sharing backfield duties.  That won’t be the case in ’17, as Minnesota added Latavius Murray via free agency and used it’s first pick to select Dalvin Cook.  They are both going to play a significant role in the offense, and while that may open things up it also could start reducing the available targets. Read more

Deep League Sleepers: Three Late Round Running Backs Worth Targeting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Those who play in the deepest of formats are always scraping the bottom of the barrel to try and find value in the later rounds of their draft.  Running back gets particularly shallow quick, so finding a potentially impact option in the fifteenth round or later is nearly impossible.  There are options, however, and here are three players worth targeting:

 

Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia Eagles
Average ADP – 198.3

There have been mixed reports regarding LeGarrette Blount and his status in the Eagles’ offense, but there’s no question that he’s struggled this preseason (9 carries for 17 yards and 0 TD) and has faced questions about his weight.  That could open the door for Smallwood to play a significant role, especially now that he’s healthy.  Offensive coordinator Frank Reich recently sung his praise, with this quote coming courtesy of Reuben Frank of CSN Philly (click here for the article): Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Can Austin Hooper Emerge As A Viable TE1 In 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Like most rookie tight ends, Austin Hooper made little impact in his first NFL season.  Playing in 14 games for the Falcons (starting 3) he turned 27 targets into 19 catches, 271 yards and 3 TD.  A third round pick, it would be easy to ignore him expecting a similarly minuscule role in the offense for his sophomore season.

That said Hooper is putting in the effort to take a significant step forward in his second year.  According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure (click here for the article):

Although Hooper’s play stood out this offseason, he was far from content. So the Northern California native recently joined Ryan for three days of workouts in Southern California, a routine Ryan started last season while connecting with the experts at 3DQB training. Read more

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