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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

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Marlon Mack On The Verge Of A Breakout?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We mentioned it in our 10 Lessons Learned article on Monday (click here to view), but for the sinking ship that is the Indianapolis Colts it is fair to wonder how much longer it will be before a change is made at running back.  Just look at the performances for Frank Gore and Marlon Mack in Week 7:

  • Frank Gore – 9 carries for 34 yards (3.4 YPC)
  • Marlon Mack – 5 carries for 26 yards (5.2 YPC); 4 receptions for 40 yards

Gore, who is now 34-years old, has failed to impress all season long.  He’s averaged 3.4 yards per carry and has broken just one run of more than 16 yards (a 21 yard rumble in Week 3).  In fact he has only two games where he’s averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry and has gone four straight games without a TD. Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Cut Bait With Terrelle Pryor?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high expectations for Pryor in his first season in Washington, with expectations that he would operate as the top receiver for Kirk Cousins. However that hasn’t come to fruition, seeing his workload underwhelm (at best). After being targeted 11 times in Week 1, Pryor hasn’t seen more than 5 targets in each of the past five games. Making matters worse, the potential for a bigger workload seems to be decreasing by the week.

NFL.com’s Kevin Patra recently published the following quote from head coach Jay Gruden:

“We started Josh. We had a sub-pattern going and we’re going to get Terrelle in there later. We wanted to get Josh in there early,” Gruden said when asked about Pryor’s lack of playing time. Read more

Deep League Option: With Marshawn Lynch Out, Is There A Viable RB Play In Oakland?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We already know that Marshawn Lynch will miss Week 8, as he has been suspended for one game (barring him winning his appeal).  That leaves the Raiders with a committee of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard heading into a matchup with the Buffalo Bills.  The question is, will either of them emerge as a viable fantasy option for the coming week?

Neither were particularly productive running the football against Kansas City after Lynch’s ejection:

  • DeAndre Washington – 9 carries for 33 yards (3.7 YPC) and 1 TD
  • Jalen Richard – 9 carries for 31 yards (3.4 YPC) Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 7: Derrick Henry, Matt Ryan, C.J. Anderson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was “just another day” in the NFL, as we saw injuries impact our outlook, players with high expectations entering the day falling flat and others exploding onto the scene.  What are the biggest things that we learned from the action on the field?  Let’s pick through all of the performances and take a look:

 

1) I think I understand Tennessee’s backfield strategy…
With Demarco Murray battling a hamstring injury and Derrick Henry coming off a strong performance, this was supposed to be Henry’s chance to carry the load.  Instead Murray took the lead once again while Henry completely fell flat on the chances he was given:

  • Murray – 18 carries for 59 yards; 3 receptions for 17 yards
  • Henry – 13 carries for 13 yards; 2 receptions for 11 yards Read more

Three Deep League Sleepers For Week 7 (2017)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries are something all fantasy football owners have to maneuver around, and in deeper formats it’s never easy.  Who are some options potentially available on your waiver wire that could make an impact in Week 7?  Let’s take a look:

 

Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos – Wide Receiver
Emmanuel Sanders has already been ruled out with a sprained ankle, leaving Fowler to step into a starting role behind Demaryius Thomas.  Sanders has averaged around 8 targets per week, and as it is Fowler has 7+ targets in two of the past three games.  There’s obviously questions, as Fowler’s already 26-years old and has been unimpressive in his three seasons (34 games) in the NFL:

40 receptions (72 targets), 488 yards, 4 TD Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Don’t Be So Quick To Buy Amari Cooper After His “Breakout”

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Amari Cooper has been one of the bigger disappointments over the first few weeks of the season, but he exploded last night to the tune of 11 receptions, 210 yards and 2 TD.  Obviously the quick call will be that “he’s back”, but should fantasy owners be that quick with the declaration?

It was a monster performance against Kansas City, erupting for both TD in the first quarter of Thursday’s game.  Obviously looking at the pure numbers it’s impressive, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a red flag or two.  The real key number…

19 targets

Yes, he saw the ball head his way 19 times.  All of the other wide receivers and tight ends combined for 23 targets, with Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree getting 7 each.  Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 6: Jerick McKinnon, Adrian Peterson, Alvin Kamara & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was another crazy day around the NFL, with the biggest news being the injury to Aaron Rodgers (as well as Jameis Winston, though to a far lesser extent).  What are the biggest things that we learned from the action on the field?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Will we have to downgrade the entire Green Bay offense…
Obviously there is no replacing Aaron Rodgers, who could be lost for the season, but Brett Hundley looked inept when stepping in.  He completed 18 of 33 passes and threw 3 INT, as the offense looked pitiful.  The passing game did little and the running backs had no room to run, with Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery combining for 69 yards on 23 carries. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is A New Option Rising From The San Francisco RB “Mess”? (Breida & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Matt Barrows (via Twitter):

Kyle Shanahan says Carlos Hyde is going to be the first running back in games, followed by Matt Breida and the “hot hand” thereafter.

Considering how things played out in Week 5, this news shouldn’t come as a surprise.  All you have to do is look at the numbers and you can tell that’s the approach San Francisco was already taking:

  • Matt Breida – 10 carries for 49 yards, 3 receptions for 22 yards
  • Carlos Hyde – 8 carries for 11 yards, 1 reception for 7 yards

Breida has 19 carries over the past two weeks, though it’s a bit of a surprise that the 49ers have been so willing to replace Hyde.  It’s not like the veteran has been bad in 2017, with 332 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 2 TD as well as 18 receptions for 95 yards.  It’s also not like he has had ball security issues, fumbling once (Week 4) but it was ultimately recovered by the 49ers. Read more