Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This week we get some intriguing matchups, with some surprising teams surging towards the top of the rankings (and some better defenses with some very difficult matchups).  With your fantasy playoffs hanging in the balance are you willing to gamble?  Let’s take a look at how we’d rank things:

  1. Denver Broncos – at San Francisco
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  3. Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  4. New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  5. Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Los Angeles Rams – at Chicago Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you are reading this then I am guessing you have something big to play for this week, whether it’s a playoff spot or the first round of your playoffs. This is the time of the year where every little decision matters and every decision can win or lose you a fantasy football championship. I’m going to do my best to help you as I break down my Top 50 at the wide receiver position for this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland
  2. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay
  4. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta
  5. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings at Seattle
  6. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14 (2018): Corey Davis, Dion Lewis & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are always tricky, but when you have three of them it’s impossible to completely avoid.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tomorrow’s games and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – Quarterback
The Jaguars are seemingly in a free fall, though they did hold Andrew Luck to 248 yards and 0 TD despite 52 attempts in Week 13.  That doesn’t lead to a strong endorsement for Mariota, who has had his issues as he’s battled injuries for the bulk of the season.  A few weeks ago he was limited by a neck injury, though it didn’t cost him any starts, and he also missed Week 2 due to an elbow injury.  On Monday he was listed as “limited” due to a hand injury, according to Paul Kuharsky (via Twitter), just adding to the health questions that have been hanging over him all season. Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Already a questionable position to fill, injuries have helped to further deplete the alternatives for fantasy owners.  Greg Olsen is just the latest option to be lost, and if you don’t have one of the truly elite there’s a good chance that you are scrambling at the worst possible time.  Who are the tight ends worth utilizing as we prepare for the fantasy playoffs?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  4. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Denver
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  7. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries…  Injuries…  Injuries…  As most fantasy owners prepare for Week 1 of the fantasy playoffs they are forced to maneuver around a slew of injuries that will have a significant impact on their lineups.  Already ruled out are James Conner and Matt Breida and there are a slew of others who are either likely to be out (Melvin Gordon) or are questionable (Kerryon Johnson, Chris Carson).  With that in mind let’s take a look at how the rankings fall, with the knowledge that you need to keep a close eye on the news as the week progresses:

  1. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – at Cleveland
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Saquan Barkley – New York Giants – at Washington
  4. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  6. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Chicago
  7. Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. Atlanta Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It feels like the NFL season just started yet for most this week marks the beginning of the fantasy playoffs.  It’s amazing how quickly that “snuck” up on us, isn’t it?  Who are the quarterbacks we are ready to depend on?  Who could be worth the gamble?  Which bigger name are you willing to leave on your bench?  Let’s break it all down for Week 14:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  2. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  3. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Atlanta
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Cleveland
  7. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 (2018): Injuries Lead To Intriguing Opportunities For The Fantasy Playoffs

by Will Overton

The playoffs are upon us! If your league isn’t in the playoffs yet this should be your last week before you get there. This is the point in the year where you probably don’t have as much competition for waiver wire pickups, but who you grab and who you don’t is more important than ever. Let’s breakdown the top adds of the week:

 

Josh Allen – QB, Buffalo Bills
Last week in this spot I talked about how I liked Dak Prescott and Case Keenum as pickups for the playoff run and they are still my top targets to stream this week, but if you want someone a little deeper Josh Allen has some merit. Allen is really doing what Lamar Jackson is in Baltimore without the fanfare or attention from fantasy owners. Allen has thrown for 3 TD in the last two weeks, but it’s what he’s doing on the ground that should excite fantasy owners with 234 rushing yards the last two weeks combined. This matchup with the Jets bodes well for him to continue performing and looking ahead a matchup with the Lions should be solid for Week 15 as well. Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Disappointing Performers (Duke Johnson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:

 

John Brown – Baltimore Ravens – Wide Receiver
Brown’s production since Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback has been relatively pathetic:

Game
Receptions
Targets
Yards
TD
vs. Cincinnati11230
vs. Oakland17250
at Atlanta0400
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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Josh Adams, Marlon Mack, Stefon Diggs & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 13′s Sunday action 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:

 

Josh Adams – Philadelphia Eagles – Running Back
The Eagles play on Monday night, making this situation that much trickier for fantasy owners looking for clarity with playoff berths hanging in the balance.  Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News tweeted on Saturday:

Josh Adams was added to the injury report with a hip injury. He’s QUESTIONABLE for Monday.

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) December 1, 2018

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Wide Receiver Edition: Week 13: Josh Gordon, Tyler Lockett, John Reynolds & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

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:

 

Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams
at Detroit

In the first game since Cooper Kupp was lost for the season Reynolds had a big day, turning 6 receptions into 80 yards and 1 TD.  Of course that game was a shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs and it’s not like Reynolds was the favorite for opportunities:

  • Brandin Cooks – 12 targets
  • Robert Woods – 11 targets
  • Josh Reynolds – 8 targets
  • Tyler Higbee – 7 targets Read more