Archive for December 30, 2010

Week 17 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s take a look at how I would rank the Top 15 Defenses for Week 17:

  1. Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  3. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  4. San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  5. New York Giants – at Washington
  6. New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  7. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  8. Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  9. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  10. St. Louis Rams – at Seattle Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

Let’s take a look at how I would rank the Top 15 Kickers for Week 17:

  1. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  2. Josh Brown – St. Louis Rams – at Seattle
  3. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  4. David Buehler – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  6. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  7. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  8. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  9. Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  10. Billy Cundiff – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 20 tight ends for the final week of the NFL season:

  1. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  2. Jacob Tamme – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  3. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  4. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  5. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers - vs. Arizona
  6. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  8. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  9. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  10. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 40 wide receivers for the final week of the NFL season:

  1. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Washington
  2. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  3. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  4. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  5. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  6. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  7. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  8. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  9. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  10. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 40 runnings backs for the final week of the NFL season:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  4. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  5. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  7. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  8. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  9. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Seattle
  10. LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 25 quarterbacks for the final week of the regular season:

  1. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  7. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  8. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  9. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington Read more

2010 Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em – Week 17

by Ryan Lester of www.lesterslegends.com

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters (for the league’s that play the full season).
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Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions
Hill returned to throw for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added ten yards on the ground. He’s been effective when he’s been healthy. He makes a decent Week 17 start against the fading Vikings.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
Tebow threw for 308 yards and a touchdown against. He added 27 yards and a score on the ground. He has a tough draw against San Diego next week, so I wouldn’t roll with him.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em. Read more

Week 17 Rankings & Other Thoughts

Does your league extend to Week 17?  About 99% of leagues end with Week 16 games, but if you are in a league that continues into the final week of the season please let me know either here or via e-mail.  If there’s enough of an interest, I will happily post rankings up on the site.  If not, I will answer everyone’s questions in this post and we can handle it that way.
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I am always here to help out all of Rotoprofessor’s loyal readers and truly have appreciated everyone’s support throughout the season.  It has been an honor to share my thoughts and opinions with all of you and I hope that I was able to help you to your fantasy championships!
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However, with the end of the 2010 season simply means the beginning of preparation for 2011!  I want to make this site as good as it possibly could be and would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on what can be done to improve the site, whether it be content, variety of articles/writers or anything else you can think of.  My goal has always been to serve the readership and provide everything that they need to compete and win fantasy titles.
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Again, thanks to everyone and make sure you keep checking back here for all the latest updates.  Plus, don’t forget that just because fantasy football is coming to a close there is plenty of more fun to be had at Rotoprofessor.  Our baseball coverage (click here to view) is just getting started as we prepare for 2011 and our basketball coverage (click here to view) is in full swing.  Needless to say, there is always something going on here at Rotoprofessor.
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Thanks again to everyone for supporting the site and I look forward to 2011!

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions: Week 16

Just hours before the start of Week 16 I know many people have questions running through their heads.  Who should I start?  Who should I sit?
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Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – Wide Receiver
The Vikings and Eagles are scheduled for the Sunday night game in Philadelphia where the weather is going to play a huge role.  The northeast is primed to be hit with potential blizzard conditions, with Philadelphia projected to get 6-10” of snow.  Obviously, that is going to play a significant role in our fantasy decisions.
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The Eagles offense is too hot to sit, bad weather or not.  However, the Vikings are a completely different story.  Will the team risk Adrian Peterson’s health in the poor weather?  Honestly, it would appear a lot more doubtful then it did 48 hours ago.  They really have no reason to risk further injury for their franchise player, especially when their season is already over.  Depending on your other options, you seriously may want to consider alternatives (unless you have Toby Gerhart in place as a handcuff). Read more

Saturday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions (Fitzgerald, Austin & More)

The NFL is throwing fantasy players a slight curveball this week, and at the worst possible moment.  With titles on the line they added a lone Saturday night game, just to give us something extra to worry about.  Let’s take a look at some of the key decisions fantasy owners face in tonight’s Cowboys-Cardinals game and try to decide who we should start and who we should sit:
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Larry Fitzgerald – Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals
When John Skelton took over as quarterback fantasy owners were concerned.  Not that the quarterback play for the Cardinals could get any worse, but no one was sure that the rookie would be able to make the plays.  No one knew if the rookie would be able to put Fitzgerald in position to pile up the yards and find the end zone.
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Over the past two weeks Fitzgerald has 15 receptions for 197 yards.  It’s the most receptions he’s had in a two game stretch this season and the second most yards (he had 198 yards on 14 catches between Weeks 9 and 10).  Yes, he hasn’t found the end zone recently, but you have to think that those will come.  The fact that he is getting both receptions and yards is vital. Read more