Archive for Rankings

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 12 Running Backs (Post Free Agency)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Usually we have a pretty good feel for the top of our running back rankings, though that’s hardly the case at this point as we head towards 2015.  A three-game suspension to Le’Veon Bell, who likely would’ve been at the top of the rankings, has helped to send things into chaos.  Throw in question marks up and down the rest of the rankings for various reasons and there’s little doubt that these are going to change between now and the beginning of the season.

How do they look at this moment?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  2. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  3. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  4. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  6. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Arian Foster – Houston Texans Read more

2015 Rankings: Top 12 Quarterbacks (Post Free Agency)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The NFL Draft is still a few weeks away (which also means we have a few weeks until our projections can become crystal clear), so there is no doubt that these rankings will change between now and the start of the season.  That said the free agency period caused us to reevaluate our early rankings as NFL franchises made some bold moves.

How far does Drew Brees fall, thanks to the remaking of the franchise?

Does Brees’ loss (aka Jimmy Graham) push Russell Wilson up the rankings significantly?

Here’s our first look on how our quarterback rankings look:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Back Packers
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Defenses

by Will Overton

It may seem like an easy decision to grab a defense this weekend, but what if you could use the couple hundred dollars you save by passing on the Seahawks and upgrade somewhere else? I’ not saying that’s what you should necessarily, but you should at least consider your options. This is how I see the defenses ranking for this weekend’s games:

  1. Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay
  2. New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  3. Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  4. Indianapolis Colts @ New England Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 12 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

And then there were four. We have one weekend of football left to play before we get to the Super Bowl. We’ve got four really good teams and what should be two really good games on tap. If you want to have a little extra fun with it try your hand at a weekly fantasy league. If you are going to do that I have the breakdown of which receivers you’re going to want:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  2. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ New England
  3. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  4. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  5. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay
  7. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ New England
  8. Jermaine Kearse – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are just four teams left standing and, as expected, they all boast top quarterbacks under center.  Who is the best of the best?  Let’s take a look at how we have them ranked for the coming week:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Yes the general feeling is that the Patriots have a tough secondary, but the Colts running game is questionable and we all know just how good Andrew Luck is.  Throw in the fact that Joe Flacco took them for 4 TD just a week ago and the expectations of a high scoring game and it’s certainly hard to bet against him. Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 5 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Calling this list top heavy would be an understatement. Rob Gronkowski is not only the best tight end of the week, but he is also one of the best options for the week in general. With a Super Bowl berth on the line, I expect tight ends to be utilized as security blankets and red zone threats. That being said, Gronkowski is the only player who I really think will have a match-up shifting performance bBut depending on how you put together your daily lineup, Gronkowski very well might not be feasible).

Let’s take a look at how the tight ends are ranked.

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  3. Luke Willson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  4. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  5. Andrew Quarless – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are. After 17 weeks of the regular season and two weeks of playoff action, it is down to just four teams. That means you have a 25% chance of picking the correct kicker. Let’s take a look at how I have them ranked for this Sunday:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 8 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

As we rank the running backs for the last time this season, I would like to thank you for following along for the past 19 weeks. With that being said, let’s just jump right into the rankings:

  1. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  2. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  3. Dan Herron – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  4. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  5. James Starks – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  6. Zurlon Tipton – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  7. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Robert Turbin – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay Read more

Rookies to Sophomores: Rankings The Top 10 Running Backs for 2015 (Hill/Hyde Lead The Charge)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It simply was not a very good year for rookie running backs, with only two players surpassing 750 yards. That doesn’t mean people from the class can’t or won’t develop, but it didn’t happen right away. Who has the best outlook, at least as of today, for 2015? Let’s take a look:

 

1. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
The only rookie running back to surpass 1,000 yards (1,124 to be exact), he should continue to form an impressive 1-2 punch with Giovani Bernard. While that will limit his PPR value, he’s going to clearly continue operating as the early down/goal line back. In other words, there’s a lot to like.

 

2. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
He didn’t have a banner rookie season, but the 49ers are moving in a new direction. They will have a new coach and it’s likely that Frank Gore will either be sent packing or see a significantly reduced role (Gore will be 32-years old at the start of the 2015 season and is also a free agent). With Hyde inline to replace him, it simply makes sense for the 49ers to use that money elsewhere. Read more

2014-2015 Divisional Round: Top 8 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

While it is not an exciting decision to make, just about all fantasy mediums require that you select a kicker. And that means it is important. So with that being said, here is how the kickers rank for this week.

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
  2. Steve Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Dallas Read more