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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.


Jake Butt An Interesting Week 3 Streamer

The Baltimore Ravens have allowed an average of five receptions and 60.5 receiving yards per game through the first two weeks to opposing tight ends, making Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt an interesting Week 3 streaming option in PPR formats. Butt has seen a 13 percent target share over the Broncos' first two and his 77 receiving... Read More

1 year ago

Demaryius Thomas A Low-End WR3/Flex Play In Week 3

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has just 11 receptions, 81 yards, one touchdown, and 14.1 fantasy points through the first two weeks despite leading his team in targets, making him no more than a low-end WR3/flex play heading into his Week 3 matchup with the Ravens. Baltimore has allowed just 112.5 yards per game... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders A Solid WR2 In Week 3

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has put up more fantasy points than all but eight wideouts throughout the first two weeks. However, he will face a tough challenge on Sunday against a Ravens defense that has allowed just 112.5 yards per game to opposing receivers. Baltimore's secondary showed signs of vulnerability in Week 2... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman A Flex Option In Week 3

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman has been on the wrong end of a timeshare with fellow rookie running back Phillip Lindsay through the first two games of 2018. Freeman is the only Broncos back to have found the end zone on the ground this season despite seeing an almost even split in red zone... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Faces Tough Road Test

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has been a fantasy gem after putting up 178 rushing yards, 6.14 yards per carry, and 27.3 fantasy points (11th among RBs) through the first two weeks. However, he'll face his toughest test yet as the Broncos head to Baltimore to face a Ravens defense that has limited opposing... Read More

1 year ago


Case Keenum Not Worth The Risk In Week 3

The Denver Broncos head to Baltimore to face a Ravens defense that has allowed the fewest yards per pass attempt (4.47) through the first two weeks. The Ravens secondary was abused by quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of Week 2 (surrendering four passing touchdowns), but Baltimore went on to... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Quiet Once Again

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton caught one pass for nine yards Sunday as the Broncos defeated the Raiders 20-19. It's been a slow start for the highly-touted sleeper prospect, but Sutton has now seen at least five targets in each of the Broncos first two games and was determined out of bounds after review... Read More

1 year ago

Demaryius Thomas Struggles With Drops Sunday

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas brought in just five of 11 targets Sunday en route to a mere 18 yards. The 11 targets are a good sign for Thomas' fantasy prospects moving forward, but the talented wideout has struggled with drops over the course of his career, making his three drops Sunday a bit... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Nearly Puts Up Second Straight 100-Yard Day

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders now has an astronomical 93.3 percent catch rate and is averaging 115.5 yards per game through Denver's first two contests after catching four of four targets for 96 yards in the Broncos 20-19 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. Sanders will look to keep things rolling in Week 3... Read More

1 year ago

Monday Night Football Matchups and Starts/Sits (Week 2)

Six quarterbacks have put up 30-plus fantasy points thus far in Week 2 (prior to Sunday Night’s game), Ryan Fitzpatrick is on pace for 6,552 passing yards (Peyton Manning owns the all-time record with 5,477), Patrick Mahomes has tossed more touchdown passes (10) than any QB in NFL history through the first two weeks, cancer... Read More

1 year ago


Jake Butt Showing Promise

After missing his entire 2017 rookie season due to an ACL injury, Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt opened the season catching two passes for 29 yards against the Seahawks in Week 1 and followed up his debut effort with a four-catch, 48-yard performance Sunday in the Broncos 20-19 victory over Oakland. Butt has now... Read More

1 year ago

Devontae Booker Once Again a Non-Factor

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker received just three carries Sunday afternoon in the Broncos 20-19 victory over the Raiders, gaining 17 yards. Through two games, Booker has accounted for five carries and 21 yards while adding two receptions for another 11 yards. At this point, there's no reason for Booker to be rostered in... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Scores First NFL Touchdown

Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman found the end zone for the first time of his career Sunday in the Broncos 20-19 victory over the Raiders. The one-yard, goal-line plunge saved fantasy owners from what was otherwise a silent afternoon from the rookie back. Freeman finished with 28 yards on eight carries and the aforementioned... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay Records First 100-Yard Rushing Day of Career

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries Sunday afternoon in Denver's 20-19 victory over the Raiders, becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history with 100-plus scrimmage yards in each of his first two games. Lindsay's 14 carries paced all Broncos RBs, and his 15 touches were more than... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Disappoints Sunday

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum heated up late Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't quite enough to put up the fantasy numbers needed to justify a start this week. Keenum completed just 19 of 35 pass attempts for 222 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception, finishing with the day with 14.48 fantasy points. The Broncos receivers... Read More

1 year ago


Broncos Defense Struggles Against Oakland Sunday

After putting up six sacks in Week 1, linebacker Von Miller and company struggled to get any type of pressure on Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Sunday, sacking him just once in the game and finishing the day with zero fantasy points. Carr completed a robust 90.6 percent of his passes in this one (the... Read More

1 year ago

Brandon McManus Hits Game-Winner Sunday

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus connected on a 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Broncos to a 20-19 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. Denver's offense struggled to get going against this Raiders defense all afternoon, but McManus hit on both of his field goal attempts (39, 36 yards)... Read More

1 year ago

Dak Prescott - Patience Is a Virtue

Let me make one thing clear before we get into this: I am a New York Football Giants fan. When I bleed, only half of my blood reacts to the oxygen and turns red. The other half remains blue. (Blood actually is never blue, and the whole oxygen changing blood from blue to red thing... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos Defense Remains a Top-10 Option in Week 2

The Denver Broncos will face an Oakland Raiders team in Week 2 which has an offensive line far superior to that of Seattle's, which conceded six sacks to Von Miller and company on Sunday. Don't let that scare you away from this Broncos defense/special teams unit. Raiders guard Gabe Jackson has been limited in practice,... Read More

1 year ago

Brandon McManus Among the Top Kicker Options in Week 2

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus finished Week 1 with 13 fantasy points, which was more than every kicker not named Greg Zuerlein. Oh and by the way, Zuerlein's Week 1 opponent -- Oakland -- will be in Denver on Sunday, so look for McManus to pick up where he left off -- Oakland also allowed... Read More

1 year ago


Demaryius Thomas On Pace for Sixth 1,000-Yard Season of Career

After grabbing six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is on pace to finish the 2018 season with 1,008 yards and 16 touchdowns. Expecting 16 TDs is a bit absurd. However, expecting more than the 63 yards he accrued in Week 1 is anything but. Thomas... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders a Top-20 Receiver in Week 2

Not only did Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders see a 28.2 percent target share in Week 1 (15th highest among WRs), but he had a 90.9 percent catch rate, bringing in 10 of 11 targets. He also went for 135 yards and a touchdown. Look for Sanders to build on his early success with... Read More

1 year ago

Royce Freeman Is Still Relevant

Don't let all of the hype surrounding Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay cause a sudden case of amnesia when it comes to their other promising rookie and preseason darling Royce Freeman. There's no reason the two can't co-exist. Both saw 15 carries in Week 1 against Seattle and both turned those 15 carries into... Read More

1 year ago

Phillip Lindsay a Solid Flex Option in Week 2

We're not one to overreact based on one game, but you didn't spend 25 percent (maybe more) of your FAAB on Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay to watch him ball out on your bench, did you? After leading all Broncos RBs in touches Sunday against the Seahawks, Lindsay draws a Raiders defense which... Read More

1 year ago

Case Keenum Draws Favorable Matchup in Week 2

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum finished Week 1 with more fantasy points than all but 12 QBs despite throwing three interceptions. Take away the three turnovers and we're now looking at a top-five fantasy performance. Up next for Keenum and the Broncos is a home date with the Khalil Mack-less Raiders, who put up one... Read More

1 year ago


Brandon McManus Perfect on Sunday

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus connected on both of his field goal attempts (53 and 51 yards) while going 3-for-3 on extra points in the Broncos 27-24 victory against the Seahawks on Sunday. With an improved offense and the beneficial thin air at Mile High at his disposal, McManus figures to be among the top fantasy kickers... Read More

1 year ago

Broncos Defense Flexes Its Muscle

The Denver Broncos defense sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson six times, picked him off twice and forced three fumbles (recovering one) on their way to 12 fantasy points and a 27-24 victory. Led by Von Miller (seven total tackles, two tackles for loss, three sacks, four QB hits and a fumble recovery), this DST looks to once... Read More

1 year ago

Courtland Sutton Quiet Sunday

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton has some work to do if he's going to bring in those 10-plus touchdown passes which Emmanuel Sanders signed him up for after catching just two passes for 45 yards Sunday. Encouragingly, he averaged 22.5 yards per reception. Discouragingly, his 13 percent target share isn't likely to increase... Read More

1 year ago

Demaryius Thomas Scores on Sunday

It wasn't the biggest game for Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Sunday, but it was nice to see him find the end zone in Week 1 after averaging just 5.3 touchdowns per season over his last three campaigns. Thomas saw the second most targets on the team (10) in Denver's 27-24 victory over... Read More

1 year ago

Emmanuel Sanders Has a Monster Day

After seeing the success Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum had with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in Minnesota a season ago, many an Emmanuel Sanders supporter figured his skill set most closely matched that of Thielen/Diggs of all the Broncos receivers, making him the most likely to thrive with Keenum under center this season. Well, he got... Read More

1 year ago


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A Necessary Guide to Streaming Tight Ends in 2019

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