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3 years agoJackie Bradley Jr. entered the 2016 season teetering on being an overrated bust. Sure, he had a YouTube video of him throwing a ball out of Fenway from home plate, but circus antics don't keep you in the lineup after hitting .249 in '15. Bradley Jr. also had turned 26, which is nearing journeyman status in baseball. He showed everyone he was more than capable of taking the reins, hitting 26 homers and driving in 87 RBIs. Definitely, pick him up in the middle rounds of your '17 draft. He'll reward you for sure.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoLike Xander Bogaerts, his fellow member of the "Killer B Trio", Mookie Betts is ridiculously young, having just turned 24 in October. He didn't let his youth hold him down, hitting .318 with 31 homers and 26 stolen bases. Betts is truly the complete offensive package, garnering 214 hits and 113 RBIs. The scary thing is that he's only going to improve as he gets older - health permitting, of course. You have to have him in your Top 10 when it comes to ranking outfielders for your 2017 draft. He could be quite, quite special next year.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoIgnore the fact that Xander Bogaerts saw his batting average drop from the high .330s to .294 by the end of the season. He just turned 24 and is still learning about the rhythms of the baseball season - there were also times the team would play for nearly three weeks straight. That would wear anyone down. Look at the positives - he reached career-highs in runs, RBIs, homers, and stolen bases. Bogaerts is one of the best shortstops in the game, and he has a tremendous future ahead of him. Definitely, rank him among the Top Three shortstops when you're planning your 2017 draft.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoHanley Ramirez found that he was very comfortable at first base, and he showed it with his bat. Han-Ram smashed 30 homers, drove in 111 runs and hit a very respectable .286 during the regular season. His 111 RBIs were his highest totals since 2009. He didn't totally fall apart in the ALDS either, hitting .250. The important thing to think about heading into '17 is that he's got this experience under his belt and he knows what he's capable of - which could mean that he could be even BETTER, especially since he's only turning 33. Prioritize him when you rank your players at first base.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter a disappointing 2015 season that only saw him play 93 games, people were understandably skittish about Dustin Pedroia going into '16. Was his intense style of play starting to wear down his body at the relatively young age of 32 - he turned 33 in August? He definitely answered, "NO" to that, hitting .318 and scoring 105 runs. What was even more impressive was that he raised his average in September while many of his teammates saw theirs fall during the same month. Pedey did have a disappointing ALDS, hitting .167, but that shouldn't scare off anyone for next year. Rank him high among your second-base choices.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoTrevor Siemian was a limited participant in Monday's practice and looks to be on target to play Thursday night against the Chargers. This is good news for Broncos wide receivers as rookie Paxton Lynch looked every part the rookie in his first NFL start. Siemian will play through the pain of a separated non-throwing shoulder, but will certainly be a larger threat from the pocket than Lynch.--Robert Quast - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter three hits and a home run on Monday, Jayson Werth has now hit safely in all three postseason games. Werth went deep 21 times in the regular season, but his place in the lineup limited the RBI production. He remains a solid depth option heading into next season, as he managed to stay mostly healthy on his way to 525 regular season at-bats.--Robert Quast - RotoBaller
3 years agoBryce Harper recorded one hit, walked and scored twice, and managed his second steal of the playoffs on Monday. Harper's 21 regular season steals were a nice bonus, but the power numbers have taken a huge dip this season. Some of that can be attributed to injury, but it would be a reassuring sign for next season if Harper was able to regain his power stroke during the Nationals 2016 playoff run.--Robert Quast - RotoBaller
3 years agoJoe Panik went 3-for-4, including the all-important walk off hit against the Cubs, keeping his Giants alive for another day. Panik also walked twice in arguably the biggest performance of his career. He didn't have a great season, and he is likely still a guy you want to avoid in DFS contests, but the performance is definitely noteworthy.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuster Posey had his second multi-hit game out of three games against the Cubs, going 3-for-5 on Monday night. The best catcher in baseball also scored a run and drove in another. His DFS dollar value has decreased a lot, so there could be a lot of value in Posey depending on matchups. The power numbers are still not there for the 29-year-old, and they likely won't be there for these playoffs.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
3 years agoDenard Span went 2-for-6 on Monday night, picking up a double and triple against the Cubs. The veteran outfielder also scored a couple runs in a pivotal elimination game. The left-handed hitting Span is a good value play whenever he's up against right-handed pitchers.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
3 years agoMarquise Goodwin is a world class athlete, a skill set the Bills have used to burn defenders on the deep ball. However, this Sunday things were a little different. Goodwin caught 2-of-6 targets for only 13 yards, but scored his second TD of the season. The six targets were a season high for Goodwin after receiving five each of the previous three weeks. His TD came from six yards out in the fourth quarter, which sealed the deal on the Bills victory. It is nice to see Goodwin getting involved on short passes and getting red zone work, when in the past he was mainly used as a deep threat only. If Goodwin can capitalize on those deep balls while also catching a few short passes, it would give his value in fantasy a nice boost. Goodwin is someone to take a look at in deeper leagues only for now, but keep an eye on his production over the next few weeks.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoRobert Woods had a down game on Sunday against the Rams. Woods caught 2-of-6 targets for only 26 yards. QB Tyrod Taylor wasn’t the sharpest on Sunday which played a big role in this mediocre performance, but coming off of a seven catch 89 yard performance in Week 4 this game is a disappointing one from Woods. It will be hard to predict when these receivers will have a good game given how little the offense passes, but Woods is still the top WR on this team until Sammy Watkins returns (late this season or next season). Next up for the Bills are the 49ers, who have been better against opposing QBs compared to RBs, so expect a heavier dose of the running game again next week as opposed to the passing game.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoCharles Clay was the Bills leading receiver on Sunday, catching 5-of-5 targets for 73 yards. This makes back-to-back weeks for Clay with five receptions after being completely shut out in Week 3. It looks like OC Anthony Lynn has finally found the right way to use Clay in this offense. He is one of the top playmakers the Bills have now with the loss of Sammy Watkins, and with the lack of options at WR. This level of impact from Clay should be expected moving forward. Those who are in need of a bye week fill in or just want someone to replace their current TE should look Clay’s way. The 49ers come to Buffalo for Week 6. San Francisco has ranked just outside the bottom 10 teams in terms of stopping TEs, so look for another solid game from Clay next week.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoLeSean McCoy was electric against the Rams on Sunday, rushing 18 times for 150 yards, while catching two passes for eight yards. This game brought another 20 touches for McCoy, who has received less than 20 touches only one time this season (19 in Week 2). His consistent touches and solid play make Shady a top-five fantasy RB moving forward. This Bills offense loves to run the ball, and even with Mike Gillislee vulturing a TD this week Shady is an every week start. Next up for Buffalo is a home game against the 49ers, who are amongst the five worst teams in the league at stopping the run.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoTyrod Taylor limited his mistakes on Sunday en route to a 30-to-19 victory over the Rams. Limiting his mistakes meant taking fewer chances, which limited the stats he puts up. Taylor went 12-of-23 passing for only 124 yards, with two TDs and no INTs. He also rushed for 28 yards on five attempts. It is great to see him leading the Bills to victory, but from a fantasy perspective Taylor needs to gain more than 150 yards of total offense to continue being effective. Up next for the Bills are the 49ers, who have also been good at limiting QB play this season. Expect to see about the same level of impact from Taylor next week. Given how little he produces, he makes for a tough start week-to-week even with how much he runs the football.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoThe San Francisco Giants battled back from a 3-0 deficit to rally late and take a 5-3 lead. The Giants called on closer Sergio Romo, but he was unable to hold the leas as Kris Bryant connected on a two-run home run to tie the game. Romo settled down to toss two innings, allowing only those two runs.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
3 years agoMadison Bumgarner came into Monday night's NLDS start as arguably the greatest playoff pitcher in the long history of baseball. Bumgarner came in with a 23 inning scoreless streak, but Jake Arrieta smashed a three-run home run in the second inning to account for all three runs that the Giants' lefty gave up. Bumgarner labored through five innings, giving up seven hits, the aforementioned three runs and and a walk with four strikeouts.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers running back Charles Sims was placed on the Injured Reserve prior to Tampa Bay's Monday night game against the Panthers. There was no signal of this coming until it went down. Sure, Sims had missed the entire week of practice, but there were no reports of anything major looming or a suspicious test result causing alarm among the coaches. Regardless, the results are what are they are and now Sims is on the shelf for at least eight weeks. That means that Jacquizz Rodgers will be the one to spell Doug Martin when he presumably returns after Tampa Bay comes out of their bye week to tangle with the 49ers in Week 7. Sims had totaled 116 yards and a TD on 41 carries and 14 catches on 19 targets for 112 yards and a receiving TD through the first four games of the season.--Nick Mariano - RotoBallerSource: Adam Schefter
3 years agoBuccaneers tight end Cameron Brate caught one ball on three targets for 38 yards against the Panthers on Monday night, as Tampa Bay’s tight end got extremely open down the left sideline and Jameis Winston was able to find him. It was an extremely conservative gameplan from the Buccaneers, with their admittedly banged-up defense still able to limit a Cam Newton-less Panthers squad. Winston only completed 18 passes on the night, but there’s a lot more to take out of the 18 targets that Brate had tallied over the previous two games. While the Bucs do enter their bye week now, their schedule is quite favorable over the next several weeks when they return to action (@SF, vs. OAK, vs. ATL, vs. CHI). Brate should be a low-end TE1 candidate in each of those games.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries caught one ball for 11 yards on Monday night against the Carolina Panthers in the Bucs' 17-14 victory. The Tampa Bay slot man only saw one additional target to that one that he hauled in, as he was wide open running across the middle of the field, but was overthrown. That illustrates the theme of the night from Jameis Winston, but Humphries is still a nice PPR commodity moving forward. He’s likely worth holding onto through the Bucs’ bye week for fantasy owners in PPR formats, and has a good chance of feasting on San Francisco’s secondary in Week 7 and Oakland’s defense in Week 8.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught three balls for 36 yards on Monday night against the Panthers. We’ll give Jackson this, he’s consistent. The past three weeks have seen him catch three balls in each contest for yardage totals of 37, 38 and 36, respectively. We didn’t say it was consistently good, but that’s about as steady as it goes. Jackson has no fantasy value right now, and should’ve been dropped long ago. If anyone was still holding onto him in the hopes that a battle against a struggling Panthers secondary would spark a bit of a flame, you can safely move on now. Cam Newton being out really brought down the points total here, and both offenses were pretty conservative in their attack.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught six balls for 89 yards and a sweet 26-yard TD. Evans continued his strong season on Monday night, and has now caught a touchdown in four of his five games thus far in 2016. The 89 yards ain’t so bad either, as he saw 12 targets as the primary pass-catcher in a voluminous Buccaneers offense. He is able to use his size, speed and hands to consistently produce for fantasy owners even if Jameis Winston isn’t the best at delivering the ball on-target all the time. This is a bona fide #1 receiver folks, and the fun should only continue when the Bucs come off of their bye in Week 7 to face a San Francisco team that just made Drew Stanton look serviceable.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 30 times for 101 yards (long 13) with five catches for 28 yards. Rodgers was an absolute workhorse on Monday night despite barely having any work with the starting offense prior to the game. His previous career-high rush total was 18, and he only totaled 14 totes across the entirety of 2015. His freshness showed against Carolina, as he ran strong despite only averaging about 3.4 yards per carry, hitting the lanes hard and fighting for every inch. With the news that Charles Sims has been placed on the IR, Rodgers has clearly earned a role moving forward even with Doug Martin slated to return after the Bucs Week 6 bye. While Martin projects to take on some additional pass-catching work with Sims down, Rodgers will be a strong spell-back and should tally about 10-12 touches moving forward. He’s nothing more than a deep-PPR option for now, but it was still nice to see out of the 26-year-old vet.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoBuccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston completed 18-of-30 passes for 219 yards and one TD with four rushes for six yards and a fumble (which he recovered). It was a very difficult game for the second-year QB, as he squared up with lots of pressure in his face all night long and regularly overthrew his receivers even when the pocket was clean. Winston hasn’t shown the type of growth that we’d all like to see from last season’s number one overall pick, but he still has his flashes. The two-minute drill that set up the eventual game-winning field goal on Monday night was that flash. It was an all-around disappointing effort against a Panthers secondary that is quite beleaguered, as it seems like HC Dirk Koetter trusted Jacquizz Rodgers (35 touches) more than Winston as the game unfolded. Winston have two weeks now to prepare for a nice matchup against the 49ers in Week 7.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoThe Vikings went for 351 total yards in Week 5, putting up 31 points against the Texans despite playing without top wideout Stefon Diggs— in addition to Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Houston was particularly unable to stop Sam Bradford, who found Adam Thielen, a third-year wideout with just 426 career yards receiving heading into Sunday, for 127 yards and a score. Jadeveon Clowney managed four tackles for a loss and Whitney Mercilus recorded 1.5 sacks, but the rest of the defense — most notably the secondary — struggled to contain the surprisingly undefeated Vikings. It was clear from the beginning that Houston sorely missed defensive end J.J. Watt, and that is unlikely to change going forward.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller
3 years agoRyan Griffin had two catches for eight yards in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but left in the third quarter with a neck injury. He is now in concussion protocol, and his status for Week 6 remains uncertain. Griffin’s absence allowed C.J. Fiedorowicz to take on a more prominent role in Houston’s offense. The 24-year-old, who had been dealing with a knee injury leading up to the game, caught four passes on eight targets for a team-high 61 yards. He now has eight receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown over his last two games.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller
3 years agoJaelen Strong hauled in five of his career-high nine targets for 39 yards in Week 5’s loss to the Vikings. He has been targeted 19 times over the last three games, making his presence felt in his second NFL season. Braxton Miller, on the other hand, returned from a two-game absence to find his job as the No. 3 wideout had been stolen from him. He saw just one target, picking up 12 yards on the play. Miller should still make an impact for Houston this season, but Strong’s recent success likely indicates a light workload for the rookie for the foreseeable future. Strong could emerge on fantasy radars in deeper PPR formats if he were to post another strong game in Week 6.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller
3 years agoWill Fuller was a no-show in Week 5, catching just one of his six targets for four yards in what was his worst game as a pro. He has officially been overtaken by DeAndre Hopkins for the team lead in targets and receptions, and has now gone three consecutive weeks without a reception over 30 yards. Fuller’s potential isn’t going away, but it’s difficult to rely on a rookie — especially one as boom-or-bust as Fuller — on a weekly basis.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller
3 years agoDeAndre Hopkins caught just five passes for 56 yards against the Vikings on Sunday, but a fourth-quarter, garbage-time touchdown grab salvaged his week. It was his third touchdown of the year, and his first since Week 2. The 24-year-old star wideout has still only surpassed 60 yards once this year— he did so 11 times in 2015. Hopkins has not lived up to the first-round hype so far, but his ability to find the end zone has kept him right around the WR1 conversation.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller