Archive for Sleeper Spotlight

Deep League Rookie Sleeper: Could Curtis Samuel Emerge As The Panthers’ WR2?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The rookie getting the bulk of the attention for the Carolina Panthers is Christian McCaffrey, and rightfully so.  However he wasn’t the only player selected in an effort to help change the offense.  WR Curtis Samuel was an early second round pick, and while a hamstring injury has helped to derail his rookie campaign thus far the upside remains.

He made his preseason debut Thursday night, and as Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer noted (click here for the article) the team seemed intent to get him incorporated and up-to-speed in short order:

Mike Shula looked like he was trying to make up for lost time with Samuel. The second-round wideout from Ohio State, was targeted six times, most of which were quick hitters out on the edge.  Samuel finished with four catches for 15 yards, and a long catch of 7 yards. Those are pedestrian numbers, but it was signficant work for a player who – like Christian McCaffrey – was drafted to help evolve the offense. Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Can The Rams’ Cooper Kupp Be Jarvis Landry v2.0?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s a lot of hype growing for the Rams’ Cooper Kupp (though the fact that he’ll miss the third preseason game could deflate it, at least slightly).  A third round pick out of Eastern Washington, over his four year college career he never had fewer than 93 receptions (freshman year), 1,431 yards (sophomore year) or 16 TD (sophomore year).  Amazingly he was even better over his final two years:

  • 2015 – 114 catches, 1,642 yards, 19 TD
  • 2016 – 117 catches, 1,700 yards, 17 TD

Prior to the draft NFL.com compared him to Jarvis Landry, and we’ve seen the types of numbers Landry can post even with sub par quarterback play (110 catches in ’15).  Obviously the concerns with Kupp is going to be Jared Goff playing under center, but the “bust” has shown signs recently and has suddenly gotten a good group of weapons around him. Read more

Going Deep: Who Will Pick up the Slack with Julio Jones Sidelined?

by Ray Kuhn

We cannot understate how big of a blow it is to the Falcons that Julio Jones will be out of the lineup this week. Of course, it is clearly the correct call though. Atlanta should have no problem defeating the 49ers at home this week without their star receiver, and his health heading into the playoffs is more important.

But, that doesn’t take into account the issues you, as a fantasy owner, must overcome this week without Jones (your likely first round pick) at your disposal.

In most leagues, the waiver wire is pretty thin, and Taylor Gabriel has already been snatched up. But replacing Jones is not merely one mans job. Over 12 games, Jones has 72 catches for 1,253 yards, five touchdowns, and seven games with more than 100 yards.  Read more

Going Deep: Why We Should be Paying Attention to Robby Anderson

by Ray Kuhn

The New York Jets are a joke this season. This is true both in the standings and in fantasy circles. For the most part, Matt Forte has been underwhelming, Brandon Marshall has been a bust, Ryan Fitzpatrick has offered little to no value, and the Jets have been unwatchable.

But as the season winds down, that doesn’t mean we should automatically ignore them.

At this point in the season, there are four different categories fantasy owners fall into, and some could find themselves in multiple ones:

  1. A first round bye, and looking to set yourself up for Week’s 15 and 16.
  2. A first round playoff match-up, aka survival mode.
  3. Planning for next season; either in re-draft or dynasty formats.
  4. Looking to cash in DFS tournaments. Read more

Going Deep: Is Lance Kendricks a Sneaky Play This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

As we look at the battle, if you can call it that, between the Rams and Jets this week, there are two conclusions to be drawn. Neither team is a playoff contender, but New York is strong defensively and Los Angeles’ offense can be described as sputtering at best. With those assumptions, it draws clear conclusions about how to attack the game from fantasy perspective.

However, you should know by now never to take anything at face value, and a deeper look is often required.

Lance Kendricks generally isn’t a relevant fantasy option. With the tight end revolution we have seen over the past few seasons, Kendricks doesn’t fit in the athletic, game breaker mold that has been taking over the NFL. Seen more of a blocking, plodding tight end, Kendricks doesn’t draw much attention in fantasy circles as something more than a streaming or bye week option. Read more

Going Deep: Does Tyreek Hill Have Real Value This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

Let’s start off with a disclaimer; these are trying times in fantasy football. We are already in Week 9, and the playoffs will be here before you know it. So as you attempt to solidify your playoff position, you also must deal with six teams on bye this week along with a myriad of injuries.

That means, especially depending on your league, there are not many players who don’t have fantasy value to some degree this week. At the very least, all options should be considered.

And that brings us to Tyreek Hill who, after being more of deep league flier to start the season, is worth a legit look this week. Read more

Going Deep: What Should We Make of Russell Shepard?

by Ray Kuhn

So far this season, his fourth in the NFL, Russell Shepard has already eclipsed his career reception total. After going without a catch in his rookie season, Shepard had a combined seven catches in the next two seasons while spending the majority of his time on special teams.

Over the summer, especially prior to the beginning of training camp, quotes from coaches often don’t hold much value. One of the great skills of being a fantasy owner, is being able to differentiate news that has legitimate value from fluff. Shepard was one of the players Tampa Bay’s head coach, Dirk Koetter, praised as being in the wide receiver conversation for 2016.  Read more

Going Deep: Will Andrew Luck Connect with Chester Rogers?

by Ray Kuhn

Injuries. That is the theme this week for the Indianapolis Colts’ receiving corps. Andrew Luck has more injured receivers than healthy ones as he enters Week 7.

Luck will be facing the Titans without Philip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief, and Dwayne Allen. Quan Bray has also been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury leaving Rogers, Devin Street, and recently promoted Tevaun Smith to catch passes along with T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle. Read more

Going Deep: Is Breshad Perriman a Viable Option, Both for this Week & Beyond?

by Ray Kuhn

Potential. Breshad Perriman certainly has a great deal of it. Why else would he have been drafted in the first round of last year’s draft?

After a knee injury claimed his rookie season, Perriman has gotten off to a slow start this season. However, it is clear that we have yet to see the best Perriman has to offer. The question then, is when will we see it? Read more

Going Deep: Is Sammie Coates a Must Start This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

A 47-yard pass. At any point in the game, you can’t argue with a play like that. It is especially true, when that connection comes on the first play of the game as it did last week when Ben Roethlisberger connected with Sammie Coates.

After serving as a big play threat in the season’s first three weeks, Coates worked as possession receiver against the Chiefs last week. Entering Pittsburgh’s offensive explosion Sunday night, Coates had caught seven passes for 203 yards which works out to be an average of 29 yards per reception. Read more