Popular Features

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings
    April 30, 2019
    2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings

    Davis Mattek’s 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings With the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up and in the books, it is time to get to Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings. Most dynasty leagues that I am in are ready to begin their rookie drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft class. The draft brought…

  • Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Tight End
    May 28, 2019
    Three Impending Fantasy Football Breakout Seasons

    These Three Fantasy Football Breakout Players Are Ready To Shine It is no secret that every year in fantasy football, players emerge who were just barely on the periphery of fantasy football relevance during fantasy football draft season. Last year at this time, you did not know who Phillip Lindsay was, James White was just…

  • Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
    May 8, 2019
    Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft

    Fantasy Insiders Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft It is Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft season! While I compiled my top 40 rankings of rookies for dynasty fantasy football purposes, we have yet to address Superflex dynasty leagues in the NFL365 package. I participate in the Fantasy Insiders SuperFlex Best Ball Dynasty league with…

  • Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy
    May 14, 2019
    Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets

    Ten Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets By this point, most RotoExperts readers are probably familiar with the concept of Zero RB drafting. Last week, I put together a list of ten Zero RB fantasy football candidates to help you in your fantasy football leagues. However, a less discussed strategy is the Zero wide receiver fantasy football…

  • Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Running Back
    May 30, 2019
    Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Running Back

    Five Running Back Fantasy Football Sleepers Finding late round running back fantasy football sleepers is the surest way to attain a league-winning roster. Phillip Lindsay and James Conner were legitimate league-winners at the running back position last year and they barely had ADP’s. Unlike most of our recent content, including the ULTIMATE Guide To Winning…

  • Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019
    July 15, 2019
    Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019

    Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019 Every single year, fantasy football leagues are swung by rookie running backs. Saquon Barkley was drafted as a superstar but Phillip Lindsay was a UDFA in 2018. Nick Chubb exploded in the second half of the season after Carlos Hyde was traded. Even Sony Michel returned value after…

  • 2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings premium
    July 12, 2019
    2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings

    2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings Maybe more than at any other position, fantasy football tiers rankings are important for quarterbacks and tight ends. You are going to be drafting a plethora of wide receivers and running backs regardless of their tiers. There isn’t going to come a point where you say…

  • Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers premium
    July 11, 2019
    2019 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings

    2019 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings Rankings for fantasy football are not an exact science. While rankings have to go in sequential order, there are these pockets that occur inside rankings where there is a real drop off between one number to the next. On the converse, there are pockets where a group of…

  • Melvin Gordon Trade
    July 11, 2019
    Fantasy Football What If: Melvin Gordon Was Traded

    Fantasy Football Implications: Potential Melvin Gordon Trade According to the one and only Adam Schefter from ESPN, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Gordon has asked for a new contract or to be traded before the start of the season. Similar to Le’Veon Bell, his holdout would not really impact the teams’ wins or losses. It…

  • The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019
    July 10, 2019
    The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019

    The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019 Many years ago, Bill Barnwell wrote a piece on Grantland highlighting TRULY deep fantasy football sleepers. These were practice squad guys, players who might not even make the 75-man cutdown roster in the preseason. The idea has always stuck with me as an idea. Every year, there…

Terrance West Trending Up, Chris Ivory Trending Down

RotoExperts Staff October 5, 2016 2:02PM EDT

The RotoExperts in the Morning have moved to FNTSY Radio, the only FREE 24/7 major Fantasy Sports Radio station on the planet! Find out more information by clicking here.

With a quarter of the NFL season in the books, it’s becoming a little more clear which teams are contenders and which teams are pretenders. Similarly, in Fantasy Football, we’re getting a clearer idea of which players are going to produce week-in and week-out, and which players are situational players or lottery tickets, or just players you simply can’t trust.

Julio Jones, for example, is a monster. Matt Ryan and he produced 300 yards together this past Sunday (Ryan threw for an eye-popping 503 yards total! In one game!) and they possess the number-one ranked offense in the league. Their running back picture remains a little muddy, but it’s safe to say that both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are FLEX starters at worst, and RB2/borderline RB1 at best. Still others seem to have major question marks or have washed out completely. Namely, Jamaal Charles (very sparingly used against the Steelers on Sunday night), Thomas Rawls (he looks to have been usurped by Christine Michael regardless of health), and Arian Foster (true, he might regain his throne when healthy, but the Dolphins’ running game has been abysmal, and it’s safe to wonder how well that offensive line will be able to block for him if his injuries linger). Let’s look at a few players who are gaining value now, and a few who are slipping. Remember, this is not a full-season forecast, but rather a week-to-week look at players who might be worth going after, or ditching altogether.

Trending Up:

Terrance West is the RB1 for the Ravens for the time being. Photo Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire

Terrance West is the RB1 for the Ravens for the time being. Photo Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire

Terrance West – For those of us who have waited with West on our benches for these first few weeks, we were rewarded for our patience with a 113-yard, one touchdown game from the newly anointed starter in Baltimore. West looked good (5.4 YPC), and no longer has Justin Forsett to worry about as the Ravens jettisoned the older player to make this picture a little clearer. Rookie Kenneth Dixon could be back as soon as this week, but I would imagine they’ll work him back slowly from his knee injury, making West a safe RB1 against a Washington squad that is putrid against the run, having surrendered 702 total yards from scrimmage to opposing running backs thus far.

Isaiah Crowell – Some numbers for you to store in your brainscape about Crowell: Zero, Four, Three, Two. No, that’s not the combination on his luggage. Zero is for the number of wins the Browns have; Four is their number of losses. Three is how many quarterbacks have started for the team in those four games thus far, and two is where Crowell ranks in terms of rushing yards in the NFL. He has touchdowns in three of the four contests, has rushed for 120 or more twice, and is doing it on relatively limited carries (he hasn’t had more than 18 in a game yet), making his 6.5 YPC best in the league. Hue Jackson is doing well for this youngster, and the arrows are all pointing way up for the 23-year old Crowell. Start him with confidence as a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.

LeSean McCoyShady has a tough slate of games upcoming with tilts against the Rams, Niners, Dolphins, Patriots, and Seahawks all before the Bills’ late bye. However, after dismantling two perennial Super Bowl favorites in successive weeks, perhaps there are no worries in Orchard Park. McCoy has 384 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns through as many games. He is a borderline RB1 despite the schedule, but should be in all lineups each week because of his usage, particularly with Sammy Watkins now expected to miss significant time.

Trending Down:

Todd GurleyNothing seems to be working for the wunderkind this year. He’s yet to top 100 yards in a game, has had three contests of 47, 51, and 33 rushing yards, and aside from Week 3’s fortunate two-TD performance, the end zone has been hard to find for Gurley. These next three weeks’ games against the Bills, Lions, and Giants should be telling and we’ll know what’s in store for Gurley this year. Simply put, defenses are challenging Case Keenum, a very average quarterback, and daring him to throw. What’s even more strange is the Rams are 3-1 after winning three in a row against the Seahawks, Bucs, and Cardinals – none of whom are slouches. I’m not writing Gurley off yet, and you have to be sweating a bit if you have him on your team, but do not sit him (he’s too good, and always a big play threat) yet. Give it these next couple of weeks. But I wouldn’t be afraid to trade him after a good game either if you can get some solid value in return.

Giovani BernardMore than anything, Bernard’s usage is the most maddening aspect of his season thus far. With only one touchdown on the year, and a 2.7 YPC average thus far, it seems that Bernard and Jeremy Hill are firmly in platoon mode, making it hard to trust either back as more than a FLEX play. Bernard excels in space, and has had a 100-yard receiving game this year (the game with the lone touchdown, sadly). The talent is there, and it remains to be seen if Hill contracts another bad case of fumble-itis, or if the return of Tyler Eifert will open things up. It should also be noted the last three games for the Bengals were against the Steelers, Broncos, and Dolphins, all stout run defenses. Hold Bernard, but if you bench him for a week in favor of a better option, you won’t hear any complaints from me.

Chris Ivory Ivory followed up a terrible Week 3 (12 rushes, 14 yards) with a horrible Week 4 (eight rushes, 29 yards). He was outplayed and out-touched by T.J. Yeldon who produced 117 yards on 18 touches on the day in foggy London town. What was telling, though, was that Ivory was in later in the game when the Jaguars were trying to salt this one and bleed the clock. He’s certainly worth a hold, and perhaps the bye week will allow him to get even healthier before three cherry games against the Bears, Raiders, and Titans to follow. He’ll have RB3/FLEX appeal once the Jags are back, so don’t give up on him just yet.

Popular Features

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings
    April 30, 2019
    2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings

    Davis Mattek’s 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings With the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up and in the books, it is time to get to Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings. Most dynasty leagues that I am in are ready to begin their rookie drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft class. The draft brought…

  • Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Tight End
    May 28, 2019
    Three Impending Fantasy Football Breakout Seasons

    These Three Fantasy Football Breakout Players Are Ready To Shine It is no secret that every year in fantasy football, players emerge who were just barely on the periphery of fantasy football relevance during fantasy football draft season. Last year at this time, you did not know who Phillip Lindsay was, James White was just…

  • Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
    May 8, 2019
    Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft

    Fantasy Insiders Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft It is Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft season! While I compiled my top 40 rankings of rookies for dynasty fantasy football purposes, we have yet to address Superflex dynasty leagues in the NFL365 package. I participate in the Fantasy Insiders SuperFlex Best Ball Dynasty league with…

  • Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy
    May 14, 2019
    Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets

    Ten Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets By this point, most RotoExperts readers are probably familiar with the concept of Zero RB drafting. Last week, I put together a list of ten Zero RB fantasy football candidates to help you in your fantasy football leagues. However, a less discussed strategy is the Zero wide receiver fantasy football…

  • Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Running Back
    May 30, 2019
    Five Legitimate Fantasy Football Sleepers At Running Back

    Five Running Back Fantasy Football Sleepers Finding late round running back fantasy football sleepers is the surest way to attain a league-winning roster. Phillip Lindsay and James Conner were legitimate league-winners at the running back position last year and they barely had ADP’s. Unlike most of our recent content, including the ULTIMATE Guide To Winning…

  • Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019
    July 15, 2019
    Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019

    Justice Hill: Fantasy Football League-Winner In 2019 Every single year, fantasy football leagues are swung by rookie running backs. Saquon Barkley was drafted as a superstar but Phillip Lindsay was a UDFA in 2018. Nick Chubb exploded in the second half of the season after Carlos Hyde was traded. Even Sony Michel returned value after…

  • 2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings premium
    July 12, 2019
    2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings

    2019 Quarterback & Tight End Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings Maybe more than at any other position, fantasy football tiers rankings are important for quarterbacks and tight ends. You are going to be drafting a plethora of wide receivers and running backs regardless of their tiers. There isn’t going to come a point where you say…

  • Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers premium
    July 11, 2019
    2019 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings

    2019 Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Tiers Rankings Rankings for fantasy football are not an exact science. While rankings have to go in sequential order, there are these pockets that occur inside rankings where there is a real drop off between one number to the next. On the converse, there are pockets where a group of…

  • Melvin Gordon Trade
    July 11, 2019
    Fantasy Football What If: Melvin Gordon Was Traded

    Fantasy Football Implications: Potential Melvin Gordon Trade According to the one and only Adam Schefter from ESPN, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Gordon has asked for a new contract or to be traded before the start of the season. Similar to Le’Veon Bell, his holdout would not really impact the teams’ wins or losses. It…

  • The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019
    July 10, 2019
    The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019

    The Deepest Possible Fantasy Football Sleepers In 2019 Many years ago, Bill Barnwell wrote a piece on Grantland highlighting TRULY deep fantasy football sleepers. These were practice squad guys, players who might not even make the 75-man cutdown roster in the preseason. The idea has always stuck with me as an idea. Every year, there…