I wanted to thank everyone who visited Rotoprofessor for the 2012 fantasy football season. Without you none of this would be possible and I really appreciate you helping make the site a success.
With the season winding down today I wanted to let everyone know that we would be taking at least a short break as we regroup and catch our breath. However, unlike in years past, football coverage will continue throughout the offseason. We aren’t going to be posting daily articles (like on the baseball side), but should be getting two or three up a week until things really pick up in June or July.
Thanks again to everyone and let’s start preparing for 2013!
by Ryan Lester of www.lesterslegends.com
Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 17.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson turned a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers into yet another case that he belongs in the discussion for Rookie of the Year. Wilson threw for four touchdowns. This is a week after running for three scores. He has 25 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and just 13 turnovers (10 interceptions, three fumbles). He played poorly in the first meeting with the St. Louis Rams, but he is an entirely different quarterback these days.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owens also had a tough matchup last week (New England Patriots). He only managed 42 yards on the ground, but he chipped in with 77 receiving yards. He has a more favorable matchup this week against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans rank 23rd against the run, allowing 127.5 yards per game. They are also one of five teams to have allowed 16 or more rushing touchdowns. Read more
by Will Overton
This isn’t the time to be going into Sunday afternoon blindly. If you have a championship on the line this week you have to make sure you have a team at full strength who are all ready to go.
Here is a list of some of the more notable names to be found on this weeks injury report and their most recent status updates. Sometimes just waking up on Sunday and checking things isn’t good enough. When your championship is on the line you need to be ready and have all your bases covered for all circumstances. Hopefully these updates will help you do that today:
Trent Richardson – RB, Cleveland Browns: Last week against Denver Trent Richardson sprained his ankle. Despite a desire to play this week Richardson has now been ruled out after not participating in a single practice all week long. Richardson didn’t want to be shut down, but the Browns clearly can’t do anything to risk their future. Montario Hardesty will start in his place, and even though he’s averaing 4.6 yards a carry, a start against Pittsburgh is still never a good matchup.
Hakeem Nicks – WR, New York Giants: Still suffering from a knee injury that has been nagging him for quite some time now, Hakeem Nicks has been a limited participant in practice this week after missing last week’s game. Nicks will certainly do anything he can to play in this crucial game against the Eagles, but he’s going to be a tough play. Nicks has struggled with production and this knee injury will only further hamper his big play potential. Nicks is still a possibility as a number three WR, but nothing more and even than you’re risking it. Read more
by Ray Kuhn
As the season draws to a close there is still one more week left of important roster decisions. For those of you battling to win some bragging rights this week, let’s take a look at your quarterback options.
- Drew Brees- New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – @ Minnesota
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – @ New Orleans
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland Read more
by Will Overton
Knowing who the top guys are at wide receiver is easy. Maybe your star has a better matchup than in the past or a worse one, but are you really going to bench them anyway? The decisions start to come when you get into the middle of this list. And those decisions may determine your championship this week. Here is the way I see the wide receivers rankings shaking out:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – @ Detroit
- Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – @ Indianapolis
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – @ Atlanta
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – @ New Orleans
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina Read more
by Will Overton
Often overlooked, kickers often play a much bigger role than anyone anticipates. Who should we trust this week? Let’s take a look:
- Stephen Gostkowski –New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Blair Walash – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – @ Cincinnati
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – @ San Diego
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Shayne Graham – Houston Texans – @ Indianapolis
- Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – VS. Chicago
- Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington Read more
by Ray Kuhn
This is it. Do you go for the solid option, or the higher risk but higher reward option? Who is still playing for something? Will every running back get their full workload? It is not only the workload the running backs themselves will see, but the rest of their offense and also the defense they are facing. With that being noted, let’s take our best stab at the Week 17 running back rankings.
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – @ Atlanta
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – @ Cincinnati
- DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – @ Denver
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – @ Indianapolis
- CJ Spiller – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
- Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas Read more
by Will Overton
What a difference between last season and this season at the tight end position. It’s been hard to find consistent value here this season, but a tight end still has to be played and you still want to make the best choice. Here are this week’s top 25 at the position:
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – @ Washington
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – @ New Orleans
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – @ Minnesota
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – @ Cincinnati
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – @ Indianapolis
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore Read more
by Will Overton
In my personal opinion the fantasy football season should be over. My own preference is to end my fantasy season in week 16 because you never know who is going to play in week 17 and who isn’t and that’s no way to determine a fantasy football title.
However, I respect those who want to carry the season out to the very end, there is something to be said for that mentality. And I know a lot of leagues do two week championship games with weeks 16 and 17. So Rotoprofessor is here for you and we’ll be here for you all week long.
One of the things you’re going to need to know if you’re competing this week is who you should be picking up off the waiver wire. If you own one of those guys who is going to be sitting things out this week you need to have your bases covered. There’s nothing worse than winning a fantasy title because you’re Quarterback only played one quarter in his game.
Here are some names I’d be keeping an eye on to add off the waiver wire this week:
Nick Foles – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: When Foles first took over the offense in Philadelphia from Michael Vick fantasy owners were quick to grab him and play him. He struggled right away and owners were then quick to forget him. Now he’s back on tract and going really well and he still seems forgotten in fantasy football. There may be only one week left, but owners should be taking notice. Foles has 5 TD’s and only 2 INT’s in the last four games, and he’s also run for a TD. He also has surpassed 300 yards twice and 250 three times in four games. Finally, he’s got the Giants this week who are really struggling to do anything on defense. Foles should be able to do the same thing to the Giants as he’s done to the poor Redskins and Bucs defenses and throw all over the place. It might seem risky to use a rookie to win your title, but this matchup seems pretty safe to me. Read more
Ladies and gentleman, it’s that time of year again! Yes, you have the holidays and all of that fun stuff, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s time for the release of the Rotoprofessor Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and now is the time to pre-order your copy.
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. Also like in year’s past, the draft guide is just going to get bigger and better! Among the new features this season will be a Closer Chart, as well as a Top 25 Sleeper list.
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 Staff’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
- Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
- Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
- Closer Chart (new for 2013)
- Top 25 Sleepers for 2013 (new for 2013)
Make sure to pre-order your guide today and gain an advantage over the rest of your league!!