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About Leonard Francis II - RotoBaller

Former slightly above average athlete who now types words chronicling the things others do while playing sports. I pledge allegiance to the Giants, Yankees, & Knicks... Part-time husband, and father.

Leonard Francis II - RotoBaller has written 176 articles so far, you can find them below.


Courtland Sutton a Deep Sleeper in Week 5

The production hasn't been there for Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton, but he has seen at least five targets in three of the Broncos four games this season, which is encouraging. Demaryius Thomas is likely to draw Trumaine Johnson -- with Emmanuel Sanders getting more work in the slot -- and opposing No. 2... Read More

1 year ago

Demaryius Thomas Unlikely to Break Out in Week 5

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has had a disappointing -- to put it kindly -- start to the 2018 season. Despite leading his team in targets, Thomas currently sits 64th among WRs in fantasy points per game (prior to Thursday Night Football) which puts him behind the likes of Tavon Austin, Ryan Grant, and... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Draws a Favorable Week 5 Matchup

45.6 percent of the routes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has run this season have come from the slot. Not an astronomical number by any means, but seeing how Golden Tate, Jarvis Landry, and Dede Westbrook (who have all worked primarily from the slot this season) combined to average 104 receiving yards against... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay a Flex Option Week 5

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is a victim of circumstance. Clearly an extremely gifted back, Lindsay just so happens to share the backfield with another talented rookie in Royce Freeman - each eating into the other's fantasy value. The Broncos draw a Jets defense in Week 5 which has been middle of the pack... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Set to See More Touches Against the Jets

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says running back Royce Freeman is "hitting his stride" and "... needs more opportunities because he is playing good football.” Great news for fantasy owners. The Jets have allowed four rushing touchdowns to opposing backs this season (tied for the third-most) and ironically, Freeman's three rushing TDs are tied... Read More

1 year ago


Case Keenum Faces Make-Or-Break Week 5

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has been the lowest-rated pocket passer this season and while the Broncos invested heavily in him this offseason, his seat is beginning to get a bit warm. Keenum hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1 and has just three TDs on the season - compared to six interceptions (at... Read More

1 year ago

Brandon McManus Remains Perfect

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus connected on all three of his field goal attempts Monday night (46, 42, and 34 yards) in the Broncos 23-27 loss to the Chiefs. McManus is now a perfect seven-for-seven on the season and will remain a viable option at kicker given the Broncos struggles finding the end zone.

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Held in Check Monday Night

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught five of seven targets for 45 yards Monday night against the Chiefs - he also added 18 yards on one carry. Sanders has been Denver's most productive receiver through four weeks but has now failed to reach 50 yards in two-straight games -- and hasn't found the end... Read More

1 year ago

Demaryius Thomas Approaching Fantasy Irrelevance

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas received seven targets Monday night (tied for the team lead) but was largely held in check, picking up just 24 yards on four receptions. Thomas is now averaging 42 yards receiving over the Broncos first four games and has not found the end zone since Week 1. The targets... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Scores First Career Rushing Touchdown

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay plunged his way into the end zone late in the third quarter for the first rushing touchdown of his young career. Lindsay was once again productive on the ground -- picking 69 yards on 12 carries -- and will look to keep things rolling in Week 5 against the... Read More

1 year ago


Royce Freeman's Touchdown Streak Lives On

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman took eight carries and turned them into 67 yards and a touchdown Monday night in the Broncos 23-27 loss to the Chiefs. Once again, Freeman saw less touches than fellow-rookie RB Phillip Lindsay but remains a low-end RB2/flex option moving forward, given his affinity to find the end zone.

1 year ago

Case Keenum Fails to Capitalize on Favorable Matchup

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum completed 21 of his 33 passes for 245 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Broncos 23-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night. The same Kansas City Chiefs who came into the game allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing signal callers. After tossing three TDs in... Read More

1 year ago

Week 4 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

Week 4 didn't kick off with a bang, it was a shootout, and there's a good chance the week will go down guns ablazin' when the (3-0) Kansas City Chiefs take on the (2-1) Denver Broncos Monday night. If you haven't heard by now, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs boast one of the most prolific... Read More

1 year ago

Week 4 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2018 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

If you've read any of the prior iterations of Defense Streamers and Starts, first of all, thank you. Secondly, you might've noticed "by Leonard Francis II" and thought, "Who the hell is Leonard Francis II? And, more importantly, where's Bill?!" Well, Bill is out this week, so I'm stepping in to lead you to the... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos DST Untouchable in Week 4

If you've been relying on the Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit, you might want to change that this week - all three of the Chiefs opponents this season have seen their DST end the game with a negative number in the fantasy points column. Yes, it will be interesting to see if Von Miller and... Read More

1 year ago


Don't Give Up on Demaryius Thomas Just Yet

Despite the lack of fantasy production, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas leads all Broncos in targets -- both overall and in the red zone -- and will be facing a Kansas City Chiefs secondary in Week 4 which has allowed five receivers to find the end zone through their first three games. Thomas is... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders a Must-Start in Week 4

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has not only been the most productive receiver on his team, he's been one of the most productive receivers in the league thus far. Through three games, Sanders' 42.4 fantasy points put him seventh at the wide receiver position, and with him facing a Chiefs defense which has already... Read More

1 year ago

Devontae Booker Among Week 4 Deep Sleepers

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker has lost practically every bit of fantasy value after entering the off-season as the presumed starter in this Broncos offense. Well, despite falling to the third option at RB, Booker's nine targets are one more than the eight which fellow RBs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman have seen, combined.... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Seeks to Find End Zone for Third-Straight Week

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman may not be the bell cow back many expected heading into the 2018 season, but that hasn't stopped him from finding the end zone in two-straight games. Freeman is tied for the third-most rushing touchdowns (2) through three weeks, and his 27.7 fantasy points put him 27th among RBs... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Primed to Bounce Back After Week 3 Suspension

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay couldn't ask for a better matchup to erase the memory of his Week 3 suspension than the one he draws this week - at home, in prime time, against a defense which has allowed opposing RBs to pick up 5.1 yards per carry. The Titans were the only team... Read More

1 year ago


Case Keenum Enters the Streaming Conversation

Even if we take away his five interceptions, Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum would barely find himself among the Top-20 fantasy QBs this season. However, if there was ever a game to stream Keenum, it'd be at home, Monday night, against a team which has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. (And, has... Read More

1 year ago

Death of the Workhorse RB

In a time, not too long ago, defense was king of the NFL. Pulverizing hits weren't just legal, they were glamorized. The rules of the game itself were slightly slanted in favor of those on the defensive side of the ball, and in order to find success, teams were forced to wear down the opposition... Read More

1 year ago

Jake Butt Done for the Season with Torn ACL

Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt suffered a torn left ACL during the walkthrough portion of Thursday's practice and will be out for the remainder of the 2018 season.

1 year ago

Jake Butt Limited in Practice Thursday

Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt was limited in practice Thursday and is being evaluated for a left knee injury. Butt looked to be a sneaky play heading into this Week 4 matchup with the Chiefs as Kansas City has allowed opposing TEs to pick up 102 receiving yards per game (second most). However, unless... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Won't Face Suspension After Week 3 Ejection

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay will not face a suspension after being ejected from the team's Week 3 matchup with the Ravens for what the referees deemed to be throwing a punch. The second-quarter ejection was unfortunate for both Lindsay and fantasy owners who had him in their lineups alike -- Lindsay had just... Read More

1 year ago


Demaryius Thomas Leads Team But Still Quiet Sunday

If there's a silver lining to be had here, it comes to us in the fact that Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught all five of his targets Sunday in the Broncos 27-14 loss at Baltimore. The bad news? Those five receptions resulted in just 63 yards. After being outplayed by Emmanuel Sanders through... Read More

1 year ago

Rushing Touchdown Saves the Day for Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders took a toss 35 yards to the end zone -- relatively untouched -- saving fantasy owners from an otherwise quiet afternoon. Despite a team-leading eight targets, Sanders brought in five receptions for just 38 yards as the Broncos offense struggled as a whole in their 27-14 loss to the... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Finds the End Zone for the Second Straight Week

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman got the Broncos on the board with a six-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter against the Ravens, finishing the day with 13 carries, 53 yards, one TD and adding a catch for five yards. Given Phillip Lindsay's second-quarter ejection, Freeman's line is a bit of a disappointment... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Continues Interception Streak Sunday

Another Sunday, another pass completed to the opposition by Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. He's now thrown an interception in each of the Broncos first three games, giving him nearly twice as many interceptions (five) as touchdowns thrown (three) on the season. Keenum finished the day 22-for-34 with 192 yards, zero TDs and 5.68 fantasy... Read More

1 year ago

Week 3 Start/Sit - Monday Night Football Matchup Analysis

Two of the league's top offenses will take the field Monday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) make the trip to Tampa to take on the surprisingly prolific Buccaneers (2-0); a statement which I did not see myself making heading into the season. Sure, most people figured this Steelers offense would be high-powered yet again... Read More

1 year ago


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