Archive for November 30, 2011

Week 13 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s keep our Week 13 rankings rolling with a look at the best tight ends for the coming week. Who has the best matchup? Who has been struggling? Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  5. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  6. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
  8. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  9. Jake Ballard – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  10. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  11. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  12. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle Read more

Quick Hit: Is Perry Riley A Must Play IDP Option For The Remainder Of 2011?

According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times (click here for the article):

“I’m looking forward to watching second-year ILB Perry Riley when I go through the game again this week. He led the team with 14 tackles and now has double-digit stops in each of his three starts, according to the coaches’ review. He’s still without a forced fumble or sack, but those will come in time. For now he must continue to sharpen the mental aspect of the game. At least the Redskins appear to have found a long-term solution at one of the two inside linebacker spots, and in the fourth round, no less.”

In fact, over the past three games Riley has 34 tackles.

The Professor’s Thoughts:
We don’t touch on IDP leagues much here, though Riley’s performance is definitely worth noting.  He has improved each week and should continue to see ample opportunities to make plays over the remainder of the season.

Over the next few weeks the Redskins will take on the Jets, Patriots and Giants.  While the Jets’ running game has not been elite this season, we know that they are at least going to try to run the ball to take the pressure off of Mark Sanchez. Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Let’s continue our tour around the NFL by looking at the Top 50 wide receivers for the coming week.  How will Miles Austin’s impending return change our outlook of the Dallas Cowboys?  Has Mike Williams become a good play once again?  How should we value Andre Johnson?  Let’s look at these questions and all the rest:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  2. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Victor Cruz –New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  4. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  5. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  6. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  7. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Dallas
  9. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – vs. Oakland
  10. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  11. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  12. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

Has Roy Helu finally become entrenched as a must use option?  Where does the recently returned Peyton Hillis fall on the rankings? Is Steven Jackson a viable option despite an impossible matchup?  Let’s try to answer these questions and all the rest for Week 13:

  1. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Atlanta
  3. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  4. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  5. LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  6. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  7. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  8. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  9. Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
  10. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  11. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  12. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

The upcoming week is once again filled with many questions regarding quarterbacks.  Will Michael Vick be able to return to the Eagles huddle?  Will the Chiefs turn over the starting job to Kyle Orton?  Where will the Texans turn next?  Let’s take a look at how everything unfolds for the coming week: 

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  4. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  5. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
  6. Cam Newton– Carolina Panthers – at TampaBay
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – a tNew Orleans
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  11. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
  12. Vince Young – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: Marion Barber, David Nelson and More

by Will Overton

It’s crunch time in fantasy football leagues around the world. The playoffs are going to be starting within the next couple of weeks, and for most of us the trade deadline has passed in our leagues which means the only means we have to make changes to our teams is the waiver wire.

 At this point you have to start looking at upcoming schedules along with recent statistics, because its essential to be planning for the fantasy playoffs and looking for favorable matchups. So this week we’ll look at some players who had nice games and could be waiver wire targets this week. I’ll give my take on the legitimacy of the recent successes, but also look at prospect for future success in determining if these players are ones to buy or deny.

 Cleveland Browns Receivers: I am going to lump all of the Browns Receivers in one category because none of them are really owned in many leagues and there have been a variety of Browns receivers piquing interest on the wire this year. Mohammed Massaquoi was the guy at the beginning of the year who was supposed to be lead receiver, though it hasn’t panned out. Josh Cribbs has had his moments this year where he has had some success. Yesterday a new receiver emerges in Jordan Norwood who caught 4 passes for 69 yards and a TD. And Greg Little remains the teams most consistent receiver leading the team in targets again with 13 and catching his first touchdown of the season. No one other than Little is consistent enough to warrant a look in fantasy leagues, but Little has emerged into a nice option. The problem is that with five game remaining, four of them are against the Ravens and Steelers which give the Browns one of the worst fantasy playoff schedules out there. Little is still a somewhat appealing option, and he should be a good play against the Cardinals in week 15. I would stay away from all Browns unless in a deep league, but if you have to own one, it’s gotta be Little and no one else.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions: Week 12: Percy Harvin, Peyton Hillis & More

Just hours before the start of Week 11 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

Jeremy Maclin – Wide Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles
According to Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for the article):

“Maclin is listed as doubtful. His injured hamstring tightened in practice Wednesday, and Maclin hasn’t been on the field since. Riley Cooper will take his place if Maclin can’t go.”

Maclin is too big of a risk to trust this week, especially with a 4:15 PM start time.  Cooper proved to be a viable option last week, picking up 5 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.  Against a much more porous passing defense in the Patriots he is a viable low-end option for those in three receiver formats.

Percy Harvin – Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings
According to Tom Pelissero (via Twitter):

#Vikings have downgraded Adrian Peterson to OUT for Sunday.”

Harvin was given five carries a week ago against the Raiders and could play an even bigger role in the running game against the Falcons today.  Couple that with the targets he’ll get in the passing game (he has six receptions in each of the past two games) and he’s an easy play this week. Read more

Black Friday Sale: Pre-Order The Rotoprofessor 2012 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Today!

Like in past years, the guide will first be released between January 1 and January 15 (I will know a more solid date as we get closer) and you will then receive updates about every two-to-three weeks from the release date until the start of the season.As I’ve said there will be new features added this season. The first of which will be Top 5 prospect lists for 2012 for each team, in addition to the Top 50 overall prospect list that has been included in years past.

For those who have never experienced the guide, it is delivered through e-mail as an Excel spreadsheet and also includes:

  • Over 500 player projections
  • The Rotoprofessor’s quick take on every player projected
  • Expanded Rankings (i.e. Top 30 Catchers, Top 100 Starting Pitchers)
  • Top 300 Overall
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2012 list (on the website, I will only be releasing a Top 20 list)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2012 by team (New for 2012)
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • And more

If you pre-order the guide this weekend (through November 27), you can get it for $5 (the regular price this season will be $6). Make sure you keep checking back for more details and be sure to reserve your copy of the guide early!

By The Numbers: Week 12: Matt Ryan, Cedric Benson, Victor Cruz & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 12:

5 – Consecutive scoreless games for BenJarvus Green-Ellis
If he was guaranteed to get ample touches maybe our view of him would be a little bit different.  Unfortunately, one thing we know about New England is that you should take nothing for granted.  He’s had as many as 20 carries just twice this season.  He’s had eight carries or less in two of his previous four games.  There’s too much risk to consider him a must play option.

39 – Roy Helu’s average rushing yards per game over his past three games
We have all been waiting for him to take over the lead back duties since he posted 74 yards on 10 carries in Week 2.  Since then Mike Shanahan has done nothing but repeatedly frustrate fantasy owners, as he refuses to turn to any running back on a full-time basis.  Helu, who should have been given an opportunity by now, continues to wait his turn.  He has yet to score a touchdown and has not yet had more than 10 carries in a game.  If the Redskins should ever hand him an opportunity he would likely be a good play in all formats.  Until that happens there is too much risk involved. Read more

Quick Hit: Is Johnny White A Sleeper Worth Stashing?

According to Joe Buscaglia (via Twitter):  

“According to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, Fred Jackson has been put on Injured Reserve. Season over. Fracture to fibula bone.”

Jackson’s season ends with 934 yards and 6 TD on the ground, as well as 39 receptions for 442 yards.  C.J. Spiller is expected to get the first opportunity to carry the load, with the newly signed Tashard Choice and Johnny Walker working behind him.

The Professor’s Thoughts:
Spiller has shown much more upside catching the ball, as opposed to carrying it and there’s always the potential that he falters as an every down back.  In 24 career games he’s had just 95 carries, never breaking a run for more than 26 yards and only once has had more than 35 yards in a game.  He’s just never proven that he can handle regular carries. Read more