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About Jeff Smith - RotoBaller

I get to write about the NFL and fantasy football as a job. Does it get any better than that?

Jeff Smith - RotoBaller has written 59 articles so far, you can find them below.

Quarterbacks & Tight Ends Sending Out Warning Signals Going Into Week 10

Week 9 was another fun week, which featured some ridiculous fantasy studs, and obviously plenty of fantasy duds. Unfortunately, we have to talk about those fantasy duds, because we can't continue using them on a consistent basis at this point, can we? While Drew Brees has thrown 10 touchdowns over the past two weeks, it's... Read More

4 years ago

Chris Givens Could See an Increase in Targets

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: While Kamar Aiken is largely expected to be the man to fill the void left after Steve Smith's injury, Givens has plenty of upside worth talking about. Before Baltimore's bye week, Givens showed up nicely, catching three balls for 57 yards. While he had... Read More

4 years ago

Wes Welker Is Getting Another Shot with the Rams

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Congratulations to Wes Welker. One of the best slot receivers in NFL history is getting another shot in the league. According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN, the St. Louis Rams have decided to sign the veteran receiver after losing Stedman Bailey to a... Read More

4 years ago

Bryan Walters Is Worth a Look in Deep Leagues

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After seeing Bryan Walters catch 12 balls and receive 16 targets, resulting in 151 yards, it looked like he may be a sneaky waiver wire add. Then, Walters caught exactly one ball for five yards in a victory against the Buffalo Bills before... Read More

4 years ago

Nate Washington Has Developed a Connection with Brian Hoyer

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The Houston Texans got a weekend off to prepare for the home stretch, which means they also gave Nate Washington a chance to gear up for a big next few weeks. While I'd tread a bit lightly here due to the likely return of... Read More

4 years ago

Stevie Johnson Continues to Climb the Depth Chart

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: When it was announced that Keenan Lewis was heading the injured reserve, it was understandably a pretty brutal day for the San Diego Chargers. Well, Stevie Johnson looks poised to step up and do his best to fill the void. WhileAntonio Gates,... Read More

4 years ago

Cole Beasley Has Become a Favorite Target of Matt Cassel

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Time to jump back aboard the Cole Beasley train, it seems. Obviously, based on the percentage that he's currently owned, quite a few fantasy owners threw in the towel on him, which was probably the right move before Week 9. Well, Beasley turned... Read More

4 years ago

Wide Receivers Waiver Wire for Week 10: Beasley, Johnson, Washington and More

Week 9 is in the books, and to say that it was a crazy one would be an understatement. Antonio Brown was nearly record breaking, while we saw quite a few hot potential waiver wire wide receivers step up as well. Brown was the talking point, but there are a few players who you could... Read More

4 years ago

Quarterbacks & Tight Ends Sending Out Warning Signals Going Into Week 9

It was a pretty incredible week, complete with a few shocking performances, and one that nearly broke an NFL record. While Drew Brees and Eli Manning combined for 13 passing touchdowns in an incredible 52-49 game, we're going to talk about the players who were on the other side of things. There's always plenty of... Read More

4 years ago

Dwayne Harris Is Worth a Shot in Very Deep Leagues

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Everything in me wanted to stay away from any wide receivers in that ridiculous New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints shootout. I mean, the game featured 13 passing touchdowns. Well, I couldn't do it, and I'm adding Dwayne Harris to the... Read More

4 years ago

Brian Hartline Could See a Role Increase

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Who was that guy that showed up for the Cleveland Browns in Week 8? Alright, alright, I'm not going to sell the farm to get Brian Hartline on my fantasy team, but hey, if you have a deep bench or want a player... Read More

4 years ago

Marquess Wilson Could Step into Bigger Role

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: While both Matt Forte and Eddie Royal went down with injuries for the Bears in Week 8, we don't have much info on either. All we truly know is that Royal and Forte's injuries aren't season-ending, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago... Read More

4 years ago

Malcom Floyd Could Explode Against the Bears

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Malcom Floyd is a tough man to figure. He's had some solid games in terms of receiving yardage, specifically catching five balls for 95 yards against the Green Bay Packers three weeks ago. Unfortunately, he followed that performance up with a one-catch, seven-yard... Read More

4 years ago

Wide Receivers Waiver Wire for Week 9: Aiken, Floyd, Wilson and More

Week 8 was filled with a few brutal injuries that have left players sidelined for either the remainder of 2015, or at least for quite a few weeks. While we could list off a long run of players who suffered tough injuries, we'll just keep those guys in our thoughts and take a look at... Read More

4 years ago

Drew Brees, Eli Manning Combine for 13 Passing Touchdowns in Week 8 Shootout

The New York Giants and New Orleans Saints took part in a shootout for the ages on Sunday afternoon, and it's one that had the attention of the NFL world as the early NFL action began to come to a close. While the Giants and Saints went back-and-forth with early scores, leading to a 28-21... Read More

4 years ago

Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree Torch the Strong New York Jets Defense

Heading into Week 8, the New York Jets boasted one of the top statistical defenses in the NFL. They ranked second in yards allowed per game at 283.2 and fourth in points allowed per game at 17.5. Preparing to face the defense for the 4-2 Jets should have been a daunting task--that was not the case for... Read More

4 years ago

Quarterbacks & Tight Ends Sending Out Warning Signals Going Into Week 8

Things are beginning to get more and more intense, as we close in on the halfway point of the 2015 NFL season. The trade deadline for many leagues is likely on the horizon, and it means that you need to be locked and loaded at every position, specifically at quarterback and tight end. While some quarterbacks... Read More

4 years ago

Michael Crabtree to Benefit from Raiders' Air Attack

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 61% owned on Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Michael Crabtree deserves to be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire, but unfortunately, 61 percent of people may have beaten you to the punch. The Oakland Raiders have no problem airing it out quite a bit, and rookie Amari... Read More

4 years ago

Has Michael Floyd Bounced Back?

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% owned on Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After the first three weeks of the 2015 season, if you had told me that I'd be featuring Michael Floyd in a wide receiver waive wire article, I would have called you crazy. Floyd had exactly two catches for 30 yards... Read More

4 years ago

Nate Washington a Garbage-Time Stud?

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 9% owned on Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: How about a little love for Nate Washington? The 32-year-old wide receiver was simply a favorite target for Brian Hoyer in their brutal loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Yes, the Houston Texans were literally playing from behind the entire game, but... Read More

4 years ago

Wide Receivers Waiver Wire for Week 8: Brandon LaFell, Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd and More

Week 7 gave us plenty of waiver wire options at wide receiver, but this week, it may be more about picking through your free agent list and finding which of the players below are actually available. Unlike many other weeks, when we can find players who are owned in less than 30 percent of leagues,... Read More

4 years ago

Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller Lead the Miami Dolphins to a Rout Over the Houston Texans

You can't get off to a much better start to your time as the interim head coach than Dan Campbell has. In fact, he's making a pretty strong argument for why he should become the Miami Dolphins' full-time coach. In Miami's second victory in a row, which pushed them to 3-3, they absolutely lit up the Houston Texans.... Read More

4 years ago

Three Interceptions Aside, Matt Cassel Will Start Over Brandon Weeden Moving Forward for Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys made a significant move during their bye week, switching from quarterback Brandon Weeden to Matt Cassel. It was a move that many fans and analysts expected to happen after the Cowboys had gone 0-3 with Weeden under center, but no one knew exactly what to expect from Cassel in his debut with the... Read More

4 years ago

Eli Manning, Jason Witten, Marcus Mariota, Martellus Bennett: Players With Warning Signals?

Eli Manning – QB, New York Giants Let's begin this by stating that Eli Manning is having a strong year. He's thrown 11 touchdowns against four interceptions, and had a beautiful three-game stretch where he threw seven touchdowns against just one interception. He finds himself on this list because we saw the Eli of old in Week 6 when... Read More

4 years ago

Quarterbacks & Tight Ends Sending Out Warning Signals Going Into Week 7

There's been the good, the bad and the ugly through six weeks of NFL action. More specifically, there's been a slew of quarterbacks and tight ends who have broken your heart repeatedly. Whether it's been inconsistent play for weeks, or just one or two weeks of struggles, the players listed below have all put out warning... Read More

4 years ago

Wide Receivers Waiver Wire for Week 7: Stefon Diggs, Cecil Shorts, Jamison Crowder and More

Week 6 is in the books, and there are officially no more win-less teams going into Week 7 after the Detroit Lions took down the Chicago Bears in overtime. This coming week is one that is loaded with wide receivers who are more than fantasy relevant being absent due to bye weeks. The Chicago Bears, Cincinnati... Read More

4 years ago

Bryan Walters Has Emerged Out of Nowhere

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Before this season, Bryan Walters had nine receptions for 84 yards and no touchdowns in his two-year career, and he remained an unknown until he emerged as a slot threat in Week 5. Over the last two weeks, he has caught 12 balls... Read More

4 years ago

Cecil Shorts Continues to Impress

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cecil Shorts has produced more with Brian Hoyer under center, so it comes as good news that Hoyer was locked in as Houston's starting quarterback going forward. Shorts is still heavily unowned, despite catching 1o of his sixteen targets for 150 yards over the last... Read More

4 years ago

Jamison Crowder Is a Bright Spot in Washington's Offense

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jamison Crowder is quickly becoming one of Kirk Cousins' favorite targets. While the Redskins looked pretty awful during their 34-20 loss to the Jets, Crowder was targeted nine times in an ugly Week 6 loss to the Jets, totaling four catches for 40 yards.... Read More

4 years ago

Dorial Green-Beckham Has Star Potential

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues, Keeper Leagues OWNED IN: 38% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Dorial Green-Beckham caught two touchdowns over his first three games, but then went without a catch in a low-scoring Week 5 loss to the Bills. Then, the rookie had his most productive performance in Week 6, catching three balls for 57 yards on... Read More

4 years ago

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