Archive for December 30, 2011

Week 17 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

by Will Overton

Kickers are considered to be the spot on your team that you don’t have to pay attention too. Most people think all kickers are equal, but it’s not necessarily true, and here is how I rank them for week 17:

  1. David Akers – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New Englad Patriots vs. Buffalo
  3. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego
  4. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  5. John Kasay – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  6. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears @ Minnesota
  7. Rod Bironas – Tennessee Titans @ Houston
  8. Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  9. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore
  10. Neil Rackers – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

by Will Overton

The number one choice seems like a no-brainer at this point considering the record breaking numbers put up by Rob Gronkowski this season, but only one team can have Gronk, so let’s look at the rest of the top 20 Tight Ends:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  4. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
  6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis
  7. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  8. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  9. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans @ Houston
  10. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

by Will Overton

It’s beginning to become the norm to have San Francisco at the top of this list and here they are once again. Let’s take a look at how things fall after the 49ers:

  1. San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland
  3. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  4. Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  6. Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati
  7. New York Jets @ Miami
  8. Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  9. Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  10. New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Recievers

by Will Overton

It’s time to take a look at the top wide receivers of the week. There are a lot of injuries and potential returns from injuries that could change these, but as we stand right now this is how I see the top 50 playing out:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  2. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle
  3. Wes Welker – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  4. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  5.  Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans
  6. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills @ New England
  7. Victor Cruz – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  8. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  9. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
  10. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver
  11. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  12. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants vs. Dallas Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

by Will Overton

It’s a good week to own one of the elite running backs in the league. Despite some uncertainty among a couple of the top backs playing time this week, the matchups for many of the upper echelon backs are very strong.

Arian Foster’s one of the backs clouded by uncertainty and so we have a different top back this week so let’s go to it:

  1. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  2. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati
  4. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis
  5. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland
  6. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  7. Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  8. Arian Foster – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  9. Ryan Matthews – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  10. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans @ Houston
  11. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills @ New England
  12. Willis McGehee – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Read more

State of the Professor Address

Things are starting to heat up here at Rotoprofessor with the NFL season coming to a close, the NBA season starting up and the baseball season just around the corner.  There are a few notes that I want to share with everyone as there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon:

  • On the baseball side we will be running several contests/giveaways this season.  Among the prizes that are going to be handed out are autographed baseball from Jesus Montero, Michael Pineda, Rollie Fingers & Ferguson Jenkins!  Make sure to keep checking back for all the details and to enter for your chance to win.
  • The baseball draft guide is getting close to completion and the first release will come in early January.  I still do not have an exact date, but it will be no later than January 15.  Don’t miss your chance to get all the information you’ll need to win your fantasy baseball league in 2012.  If you haven’t already pre-ordered your guide make sure to do so by clicking here.
  • We will be starting our final 2012 rankings in early January on the site.  These will be Top 15 rankings for each position so, if you want more, make sure to order the guide.
  • I am currently looking for writers on all fronts, whether it is baseball, football or basketball.  There are numerous opportunities, so if you have an interest in writing please contact me at and put the header of the e-mail as “Rotoprofessor Writer Search”.  Right now these will be unpaid positions, but that could change in the future.  I wouldn’t be looking for much, just an article or two per week.

It is an exciting time here at Rotoprofessor and I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.  You are all what makes this site what it is and I truly appreciate your support.

Waiver Worthy: Week 16 Fallout: Toby Gerhart, Roy Williams and More

by Will Overton

It is week 17 now folks. The last week of the season, where if you’re playing for something, you’re playing for everything, the championship title. If you are in that position, my hats off to you on a great season, but it’s time to seal the deal now.

In a way I am sure you feel an allegiance to the guys who brought you to this point in the season. And if you have healthy and productive players to play, than by all means play them. But, don’t assume that because you’re in the finals you have the best possible team going already and can ignore the waiver wire.

I played my championship game this past week and one of the things that won it for me were my waiver wire pickups. With Felix Jones questionable and a gut feeling about Kahlil Bell against the Packers I made that switch and it turned out pretty good for me.

You don’t want to go crazy with the tinkering this week, but you have to pursue all lines of thinking this week and see if anyone on that wire might be a better fit for you than what you already have. Here are the guys that might be popular waiver wire picks this week: Read more

Week 17 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Will Overton

The perils of week 17 are upon us. The questions about who will be playing and who will be sitting will rage on all week long and leave fantasy owners on the verge of pulling their hair out of their head with a championship hanging in the balance. Luckily there is still a lot left to be decided as far as home field, playoff positioning and playoff spots, so there shouldn’t too many QB’s taking the week off.

Still, this is one of the reasons I prefer to play my championships in week 16, but if you’re title is still hanging in the balance here are my rankings. These are subject to change as we learn who might be playing and who won’t be, because as of right now I can only go based on assumptions.

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints @ Carolina
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  4. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  5. Eli Manning – New York Giants vs. Dallas
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills @ New England Read more

Saturday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Decisions: Week 16: Kahlil Bell, Vincent Jackson & More

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? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – Running Back
He’s listed as questionable with a hamstring injury for the Cowboys matchup with the Eagles, though things do not look too promising.  With Chauncey Washington being promoted from the practice squad it is clear that the Cowboys are preparing themselves for life without Jones.

Even if he dressess, can we say for certain that he is going to be able to make it through the entire game?  There is way too much risk involved, especially with a 4:15 start time, to roll the dice on Jones.  Sammy Morris will likely get the bulk of the carries if Jones is out of action, though we really have no idea what to expect from him.  Consider him a risky FLEX play, but owners would be better served to look for alternatives. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
When Ryan squared off with the Saints earlier this season he went off for 351 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.  That type of performance against New Orleans hasn’t been an aberration in ’12 as they are allowing 256.1 passing yards per game as well as 22 TD and 8 INT.  In his last two games he has 7 TD vs. 0 INT.  Before we think either team could take their foot off the gas pedal, the Falcons need one more win to clinch a playoff berth and the Saints need to keep winning in order to secure a first round bye.  We all know what the Saints offense is capable of and the Falcons have the passing offense to keep up.  The points could be plentiful and, with the way Ryan has been playing, it’s impossible to have him on your bench.

Sit – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
The Browns are among the best passing defenses in the league, both by yards (188.4, third fewest in the league) and TD (14, tied for third fewest in the league).  In his last performance against Cleveland Flacco, who has been inconsistent all season, threw for 158 yards, 0 TD and 0 INT (his second straight start against them of fewer than 160 yards).  Throw in the fact that he has thrown for fewer than 227 yards in each of his past four games and how can you trust him with your fantasy season on the line? Read more