Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Surprising Top 10 Options & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The first two weeks of the season are in the books and we are slowly gaining some clarity to situations throughout the league.  While the elite are pretty obvious, there are some intriguing names who are proving to be viable options (like Alex Smith).  There are also some who we thought would be trustworthy who are quickly proving to be unusable in shallower formats (like Russell Wilson).  Who should we be using, who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings currently look:

 

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  4. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Minnesota Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: How To Proceed With Some Disappointing Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to cut bait on a slumping player, and those struggles get magnified when they come at the beginning of the season and the statistics are so apparent.  Knee jerk reactions could ultimately cost you, though, so you want to be careful with your quick trigger finger.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few slow starters and try to determine if we should be cutting bait and holding out hope:

 

Bilal Powell – New York Jets – Running Back
The expectation was that Powell would be the centerpiece of the Jets’ offense, considering the lack of talent overall.  However that simply hasn’t been the case, and this tweet from Brian Costello speaks volumes: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2: Carson Emerges In Seattle, WR To Target & More

by Will Overton

Another week is almost in the books and it was a fun one, with a lot more real fantasy points scored. If you happen to be staring at 0 – 2 you may be feeling a little desperate, or at least like you need to shake things up, though you don’t want to do something too irrational and hopefully I can help you decide who to grab and who to pass on.

Just for reference as we go along this season I try not to mention the same guys every week, which is why you won’t find Buck Allen on my list even though he is a must own right now. I also try to avoid guys owned in more than 25% of leagues, which is why you won’t see Marqise Lee.

So without further explanation, let’s get to breaking down this week’s waiver targets:

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jordan Howard, Odell Beckham, Stefon Diggs & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2 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:

 

Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – Running Back
Battling a shoulder injury Howard has been limited in practice this past week and that has led to speculation that he could face a decline in playing time.  Considering the emergence of Tarik Cohen in Week 1, as well as what could be a tough Tampa Bay front to run against (they added DT Chris Baker in the offseason), and the game flow could easily help to limit Howard though if you were concerned about him sitting all together don’t be: Read more

Three Week 2 Deep League Sleepers (Marlon Mack & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always on the lookout for the next next breakout player, the one we are going to target off the waiver wire.  While it’s not always easy to find, there are definitely a few players that are worth watching this week to see if they can show early signs of an emergence.  Who are they?  Let’s take a look:

 

Marlon Mack – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts
No one is going to argue against the Arizona defense, and they held the Detroit running backs to 51 yards on 22 carries in Week 1, but they also gave up passing plays to both backs:

  • Theo Riddick – 6 receptions (7 targets) for 27 yards and 1 TD
  • Ameer Abdullah – 3 receptions (4 targets) for 11 yards Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 2: Dez Bryant, Ty Montgomery, Matthew Stafford & 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:

 

Quarterback
Start – Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
Tampa Bay was forced to sit out Week 1 thanks to Hurricane Irma, but the passing game is in line for a huge 2017 debut in Week 2.  As it is the running game is in question, thanks to the suspension of Doug Martin and the uncertainty hanging over the other options.  There are no issues with Winston and company, however, as they should look to exploit a secondary that allowed 321 passing yards and 1 TD in Week 1 (they allowed big plays to tight ends, and lucky for Winston he has a pair to utilize as well as one of the elite receivers in the league). Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all want to ignore the kicker…  I mean really, we all don’t want to be bothered, do we?  However as is the case with defenses every point matters and it would be a shame if your week went bad because of decision you chose to ignore.  Let’s take a look at how things stand for the coming week:

  1. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Denver
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New Orleans
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Green Bay
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  5. Blair Walsh – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  6. Giorgio Tavecchio – Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Jets
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. New England
  8. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Atlanta Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Don’t underestimate the importance of Defense (and no, I’m not saying that just so you read this article). I want you to be victorious each week, and every point is just as critical regardless of the source. I’m not asking you to trade a running back for a defense, or even carry multiple defenses on your roster (I generally don’t), but just spend a minute or two evaluating the match-ups and your options and when you are setting your DFS lineup don’t take the selection lightly. Let’s take a look at how your options rank for this week:

  1. Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Jets
  2. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  3. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Houston
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Indianapollis
  5. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  6. Carolina Panthers – vs. Buffalo
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  8. Houston Texans – at Cincinnati Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 2: DeAndre Hopkins, Joe Mixon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 1 is in the books and for many of us it was disappointing, as there was a slew of disappointing performances and injuries.  Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – Quarterback
He’s expected to take over as the starter and presented himself well after relieving Tom Savage in Week 1 (12-23, 102 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  At the same time he’s a rookie starting on short rest and that itself brings an inherent risk that fantasy owners should not be looking to take.  Two quarterback formats are a different story, but if you only need one he’s not worth the risk until he proves otherwise.  This simply isn’t the week to trust him given the alternatives around the league.

Verdict – Too much risk Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 1 was kind of a bummer for fantasy football, with a lot of low scoring games and big stars not shining too brightly. Hopefully Week 2 is a different story, and I do believe it will be. While we have lost a few options to injury, with no bye weeks in play there are ample options and it won’t be easy to sort through them. Here is how I see it shaking out:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay vs. Chicago
  4. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta
  5. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Detroit
  6. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis
  7. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ New Orleans
  8. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. NY Jets Read more