Neil Dutton

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Theo Johnson is an Intriguing Prospect, but Will he be a Fantasy Factor in 2024?

After his offseason antics, Theo Johnson became a name to monitor among NFL draftniks and dynasty managers. His apparent lack of college production, allied to a fascinating athletic profile, made his NFL landing spot a point of interest. But what is the NFL getting in Johnson, and should fantasy managers be paying closer attention? Who is This Guy Anyway? Johnson does not, it must be…...

Brock Bowers Might be a Future Star at Tight End, But Does That Future Start in 2024?

I make it my business to limit how often I disagree with my colleagues here at RotoViz. These guys are some smart cookies, especially in their player breakdowns. But on at least one player, the great Kevin Szafraniec and I see things slightly differently. That player is rookie tight end Brock Bowers. Writing last month, Kevin opined: Even as part of a lackluster Raiders offense,…...

Planting Flags: Who Are the RotoViz Writer’s “Guys” in the 2024 NFL Draft?

With the 2024 NFL Draft mere days away, I thought it would be a good idea to let the readers know who are the apples of the RotoViz team’s eyes in this particular draft class. Not necessarily the best player, or the most discussed, but the players who have perhaps flown somewhat under the radar, but whose landing spot is something we will be watching…...

Sam LaPorta and his Merry Men: The 2023 Rookie Tight End Review

Sam LaPorta enjoyed one of the better rookie seasons for a tight end in NFL history. But he wasn’t the only fresh-faced newbie to come into the NFL at fantasy sports’ most toxic position in 2023. Indeed, the position has received a healthy boost of young talent in recent years. This talent is set to fill the void left by the inevitable drop-off from Travis…...

Noah Fant: The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

It may have surprised some when Noah Fant, hitting free agency for the first time in his NFL career, decided to stay with the Seattle Seahawks. Fant signed a two-year deal, which left me scratching my head initially. I had high hopes for Fant landing on a new team, with the promise of an expanded role in an offense and a chance to finally realize…...

Can Mike Gesicki Return to Fantasy Relevance with the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Cincinnati Bengals made a move to bolster their receiving corps on Tuesday. They signed former Dolphins and Patriots TE Mike Gesicki to a one-year deal. Gesicki has been productive in the past, and his signing seems to fit the Bengals’ approach to the TE spot in recent years. But does this move, in the grand scheme of things, matter? Finding His Feet Gesicki came…...

Will Zack Moss Get on a Roll With the Cincinnati Bengals?

It’s all changed at the running back spot for the Cincinnati Bengals heading into the 2024 season. The team signed former Indianapolis Colts RB Zack Moss to a two-year, $8m deal. They then announced they were releasing Joe Mixon, although this changed on Day 2 of the “Legal Tampering” period when the team decided to trade him to the Houston Texans instead. Just another normal…...

Will Saquon Barkley Fly High as a Member of the Philadelphia Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles broke the habit of a lifetime — well, maybe a few years — and devoted considerable financial resources toward a single running back at the start of free agency. Saquon Barkley, who has spent the first six seasons of his career as a member of NFC East rival New York Giants, has signed for the Eagles on a deal worth up to…...

Can the Dolphins’ New Free Agent Signing Help Elevate Tua Tagovailoa to the Next Level?

Jonnu Smith seems firmly entrenched in the journeyman stage of his career. The former Titan, Patriot, and Falcon tight end has landed on his fourth team after signing with the Miami Dolphins after the Falcons released him following the 2023 season. The deal could be worth up to $10m over two years, with the word “could” likely doing a lot of heavy lifting there. This…...

Is Quentin Johnston the Next Davante Adams, or the Next Stephen Hill?

Player development is not linear. It is important to remember this. Not every player is going to burst out of the blocks as a rookie and become a superstar. Similarly, not every slow starter in the NFL is destined for a career of frustrated hopes and dreams. The 2014 rookie wide receiver class spoiled it for everyone, with the playmakers that emerged from that group…...

2 Tight Ends Winners, 2 Losers, and 2 Who Could Have Shown More From the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

The Underwear Olympics are over for another season, with the 2024 NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror. The prospects have been prodded, poked, and posed endless questions. It’s been great fun. But what lessons have we learned about some of the prospects as draft season progresses to its next stage? I’ve had a look at six tight ends who all had different experiences over…...

Bijan Robinson’s Rookie Season Looked a Bit Like Trent Richardson’s, But There Is No Need to Panic Yet

Bijan Robinson came into the NFL heralded as the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley. His landing with the Atlanta Falcons, and Arthur Smith’s skills in utilizing the ground game in his offense, made mouths water at the prospect of what his first season in the league could be like. It’s fair to say that the early returns were . . . underwhelming. But…...

The Houston Texans Might Have the Next Andrew Luck at Quarterback in C.J. Stroud

Sometimes, we are successful not because of the decisions we made, but because of the decisions we did not make. And sometimes, we are successful because of the decisions someone else did not make. It is early days, of course, but right now the Houston Texans are the big winners because the Carolina Panthers chose to draft Bryce Young. This left them free to select,…...

Bryce Young’s Rookie Season Looks a Lot Like Zach Wilson’s, But Perhaps He Still Has Trevor Lawrence’s Upside In His Range of Outcomes

Being the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is often daunting. Especially if you are a quarterback. There is usually a strong reason behind how that team came to select you with that pick. Namely, they suck. But in the case of Bryce Young, the Carolina Panthers made a blockbuster trade to go up and get their guy. This, they hoped. would help stop…...

Evan Can’t Wait: Week 18 Tight End Plays for DFS

For most of the free footballing world, the 2023 fantasy football season is over. Titles have been won, belts have changed hands, and prize money is being collected. Fun times for the winners and those who did not taste triumph thoughts are already turning to next year. (Unless your league is playing in Week 18, of course, which, if so, I applaud and am baffled…...

So Close You Can Taste It: Fantasy Championship Week Tight End Streamers

It all comes down to this. Week 17 is fantasy football championship week. This is the final step on the journey that began back in August. (Unless you’re in one of those leagues that plays on until Week 18, in which case I salute you and am scared of you in equal measure.) Congratulations on beating the odds and making it this far. But don’t…...

Kraft Your Perfect Tight End Play in Fantasy Semi Final Week: Week 16 Tight End Streamers

We are so close to the end, I can almost taste it. There is just one round of games left to navigate before we start crowning fantasy champions. It’s been a slog, with injuries destroying so many seasons it’s hard to keep track of them all. But we are so close. Maybe you need a little helping hand this week with your roster, especially at…...

Go for the Gleam: Week 15 Tight End Streamers

In many fantasy leagues worldwide, Week 15 marks the beginning of the playoffs. The time for mistakes has passed. Every lineup decision has to count. From here on out, it’s survive and advance. Or lose and go home. This is why we lift all those weights. With this in mind, you may need a steady helper at the tight end spot as you begin your…...

A Likely Candidate: Week 14 Tight End Streamers

Week 13 of the NFL season might have offered fantasy football fans a glimpse into the future. At the tight end position, at least. Sam LaPorta, a 2023 rookie, led all TEs with 29.0 PPR points. As Shawn Siegele points out, LaPorta is on his way to the greatest fantasy season by a first-year TE ever. Second-year player Trey McBride was not far behind with…...

Standing Pat: Week 13 Tight End Streamers

Incredibly, there are still bye weeks left in the 2023 NFL season. I know, right? I hate it too. But here we are. With this in mind, you may find yourself once more in need of help at the tight end spot in fantasy football. If this is the case, then you are reading the right article. I am here to present the names of…...

Theo Johnson is an Intriguing Prospect, but Will he be a Fantasy Factor in 2024?

After his offseason antics, Theo Johnson became a name to monitor among NFL draftniks and dynasty managers. His apparent lack of college production, allied to a fascinating athletic profile, made his NFL landing spot a point of interest. But what is the NFL getting in Johnson, and should fantasy managers be paying closer attention? Who is This Guy Anyway? Johnson does not, it must be…...

Brock Bowers Might be a Future Star at Tight End, But Does That Future Start in 2024?

I make it my business to limit how often I disagree with my colleagues here at RotoViz. These guys are some smart cookies, especially in their player breakdowns. But on at least one player, the great Kevin Szafraniec and I see things slightly differently. That player is rookie tight end Brock Bowers. Writing last month, Kevin opined: Even as part of a lackluster Raiders offense,…...

Planting Flags: Who Are the RotoViz Writer’s “Guys” in the 2024 NFL Draft?

With the 2024 NFL Draft mere days away, I thought it would be a good idea to let the readers know who are the apples of the RotoViz team’s eyes in this particular draft class. Not necessarily the best player, or the most discussed, but the players who have perhaps flown somewhat under the radar, but whose landing spot is something we will be watching…...

Sam LaPorta and his Merry Men: The 2023 Rookie Tight End Review

Sam LaPorta enjoyed one of the better rookie seasons for a tight end in NFL history. But he wasn’t the only fresh-faced newbie to come into the NFL at fantasy sports’ most toxic position in 2023. Indeed, the position has received a healthy boost of young talent in recent years. This talent is set to fill the void left by the inevitable drop-off from Travis…...

Noah Fant: The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

It may have surprised some when Noah Fant, hitting free agency for the first time in his NFL career, decided to stay with the Seattle Seahawks. Fant signed a two-year deal, which left me scratching my head initially. I had high hopes for Fant landing on a new team, with the promise of an expanded role in an offense and a chance to finally realize…...

Can Mike Gesicki Return to Fantasy Relevance with the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Cincinnati Bengals made a move to bolster their receiving corps on Tuesday. They signed former Dolphins and Patriots TE Mike Gesicki to a one-year deal. Gesicki has been productive in the past, and his signing seems to fit the Bengals’ approach to the TE spot in recent years. But does this move, in the grand scheme of things, matter? Finding His Feet Gesicki came…...

Will Zack Moss Get on a Roll With the Cincinnati Bengals?

It’s all changed at the running back spot for the Cincinnati Bengals heading into the 2024 season. The team signed former Indianapolis Colts RB Zack Moss to a two-year, $8m deal. They then announced they were releasing Joe Mixon, although this changed on Day 2 of the “Legal Tampering” period when the team decided to trade him to the Houston Texans instead. Just another normal…...

Will Saquon Barkley Fly High as a Member of the Philadelphia Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles broke the habit of a lifetime — well, maybe a few years — and devoted considerable financial resources toward a single running back at the start of free agency. Saquon Barkley, who has spent the first six seasons of his career as a member of NFC East rival New York Giants, has signed for the Eagles on a deal worth up to…...

Can the Dolphins’ New Free Agent Signing Help Elevate Tua Tagovailoa to the Next Level?

Jonnu Smith seems firmly entrenched in the journeyman stage of his career. The former Titan, Patriot, and Falcon tight end has landed on his fourth team after signing with the Miami Dolphins after the Falcons released him following the 2023 season. The deal could be worth up to $10m over two years, with the word “could” likely doing a lot of heavy lifting there. This…...

Is Quentin Johnston the Next Davante Adams, or the Next Stephen Hill?

Player development is not linear. It is important to remember this. Not every player is going to burst out of the blocks as a rookie and become a superstar. Similarly, not every slow starter in the NFL is destined for a career of frustrated hopes and dreams. The 2014 rookie wide receiver class spoiled it for everyone, with the playmakers that emerged from that group…...

2 Tight Ends Winners, 2 Losers, and 2 Who Could Have Shown More From the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

The Underwear Olympics are over for another season, with the 2024 NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror. The prospects have been prodded, poked, and posed endless questions. It’s been great fun. But what lessons have we learned about some of the prospects as draft season progresses to its next stage? I’ve had a look at six tight ends who all had different experiences over…...

Bijan Robinson’s Rookie Season Looked a Bit Like Trent Richardson’s, But There Is No Need to Panic Yet

Bijan Robinson came into the NFL heralded as the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley. His landing with the Atlanta Falcons, and Arthur Smith’s skills in utilizing the ground game in his offense, made mouths water at the prospect of what his first season in the league could be like. It’s fair to say that the early returns were . . . underwhelming. But…...

The Houston Texans Might Have the Next Andrew Luck at Quarterback in C.J. Stroud

Sometimes, we are successful not because of the decisions we made, but because of the decisions we did not make. And sometimes, we are successful because of the decisions someone else did not make. It is early days, of course, but right now the Houston Texans are the big winners because the Carolina Panthers chose to draft Bryce Young. This left them free to select,…...

Bryce Young’s Rookie Season Looks a Lot Like Zach Wilson’s, But Perhaps He Still Has Trevor Lawrence’s Upside In His Range of Outcomes

Being the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is often daunting. Especially if you are a quarterback. There is usually a strong reason behind how that team came to select you with that pick. Namely, they suck. But in the case of Bryce Young, the Carolina Panthers made a blockbuster trade to go up and get their guy. This, they hoped. would help stop…...

Evan Can’t Wait: Week 18 Tight End Plays for DFS

For most of the free footballing world, the 2023 fantasy football season is over. Titles have been won, belts have changed hands, and prize money is being collected. Fun times for the winners and those who did not taste triumph thoughts are already turning to next year. (Unless your league is playing in Week 18, of course, which, if so, I applaud and am baffled…...

So Close You Can Taste It: Fantasy Championship Week Tight End Streamers

It all comes down to this. Week 17 is fantasy football championship week. This is the final step on the journey that began back in August. (Unless you’re in one of those leagues that plays on until Week 18, in which case I salute you and am scared of you in equal measure.) Congratulations on beating the odds and making it this far. But don’t…...

Kraft Your Perfect Tight End Play in Fantasy Semi Final Week: Week 16 Tight End Streamers

We are so close to the end, I can almost taste it. There is just one round of games left to navigate before we start crowning fantasy champions. It’s been a slog, with injuries destroying so many seasons it’s hard to keep track of them all. But we are so close. Maybe you need a little helping hand this week with your roster, especially at…...

Go for the Gleam: Week 15 Tight End Streamers

In many fantasy leagues worldwide, Week 15 marks the beginning of the playoffs. The time for mistakes has passed. Every lineup decision has to count. From here on out, it’s survive and advance. Or lose and go home. This is why we lift all those weights. With this in mind, you may need a steady helper at the tight end spot as you begin your…...

A Likely Candidate: Week 14 Tight End Streamers

Week 13 of the NFL season might have offered fantasy football fans a glimpse into the future. At the tight end position, at least. Sam LaPorta, a 2023 rookie, led all TEs with 29.0 PPR points. As Shawn Siegele points out, LaPorta is on his way to the greatest fantasy season by a first-year TE ever. Second-year player Trey McBride was not far behind with…...

Standing Pat: Week 13 Tight End Streamers

Incredibly, there are still bye weeks left in the 2023 NFL season. I know, right? I hate it too. But here we are. With this in mind, you may find yourself once more in need of help at the tight end spot in fantasy football. If this is the case, then you are reading the right article. I am here to present the names of…...

Theo Johnson is an Intriguing Prospect, but Will he be a Fantasy Factor in 2024?

After his offseason antics, Theo Johnson became a name to monitor among NFL draftniks and dynasty managers. His apparent lack of college production, allied to a fascinating athletic profile, made his NFL landing spot a point of interest. But what is the NFL getting in Johnson, and should fantasy managers be paying closer attention? Who is This Guy Anyway? Johnson does not, it must be…...

Brock Bowers Might be a Future Star at Tight End, But Does That Future Start in 2024?

I make it my business to limit how often I disagree with my colleagues here at RotoViz. These guys are some smart cookies, especially in their player breakdowns. But on at least one player, the great Kevin Szafraniec and I see things slightly differently. That player is rookie tight end Brock Bowers. Writing last month, Kevin opined: Even as part of a lackluster Raiders offense,…...

Planting Flags: Who Are the RotoViz Writer’s “Guys” in the 2024 NFL Draft?

With the 2024 NFL Draft mere days away, I thought it would be a good idea to let the readers know who are the apples of the RotoViz team’s eyes in this particular draft class. Not necessarily the best player, or the most discussed, but the players who have perhaps flown somewhat under the radar, but whose landing spot is something we will be watching…...

Sam LaPorta and his Merry Men: The 2023 Rookie Tight End Review

Sam LaPorta enjoyed one of the better rookie seasons for a tight end in NFL history. But he wasn’t the only fresh-faced newbie to come into the NFL at fantasy sports’ most toxic position in 2023. Indeed, the position has received a healthy boost of young talent in recent years. This talent is set to fill the void left by the inevitable drop-off from Travis…...

Noah Fant: The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

It may have surprised some when Noah Fant, hitting free agency for the first time in his NFL career, decided to stay with the Seattle Seahawks. Fant signed a two-year deal, which left me scratching my head initially. I had high hopes for Fant landing on a new team, with the promise of an expanded role in an offense and a chance to finally realize…...

Can Mike Gesicki Return to Fantasy Relevance with the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Cincinnati Bengals made a move to bolster their receiving corps on Tuesday. They signed former Dolphins and Patriots TE Mike Gesicki to a one-year deal. Gesicki has been productive in the past, and his signing seems to fit the Bengals’ approach to the TE spot in recent years. But does this move, in the grand scheme of things, matter? Finding His Feet Gesicki came…...

Will Zack Moss Get on a Roll With the Cincinnati Bengals?

It’s all changed at the running back spot for the Cincinnati Bengals heading into the 2024 season. The team signed former Indianapolis Colts RB Zack Moss to a two-year, $8m deal. They then announced they were releasing Joe Mixon, although this changed on Day 2 of the “Legal Tampering” period when the team decided to trade him to the Houston Texans instead. Just another normal…...

Will Saquon Barkley Fly High as a Member of the Philadelphia Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles broke the habit of a lifetime — well, maybe a few years — and devoted considerable financial resources toward a single running back at the start of free agency. Saquon Barkley, who has spent the first six seasons of his career as a member of NFC East rival New York Giants, has signed for the Eagles on a deal worth up to…...

Can the Dolphins’ New Free Agent Signing Help Elevate Tua Tagovailoa to the Next Level?

Jonnu Smith seems firmly entrenched in the journeyman stage of his career. The former Titan, Patriot, and Falcon tight end has landed on his fourth team after signing with the Miami Dolphins after the Falcons released him following the 2023 season. The deal could be worth up to $10m over two years, with the word “could” likely doing a lot of heavy lifting there. This…...

Is Quentin Johnston the Next Davante Adams, or the Next Stephen Hill?

Player development is not linear. It is important to remember this. Not every player is going to burst out of the blocks as a rookie and become a superstar. Similarly, not every slow starter in the NFL is destined for a career of frustrated hopes and dreams. The 2014 rookie wide receiver class spoiled it for everyone, with the playmakers that emerged from that group…...

2 Tight Ends Winners, 2 Losers, and 2 Who Could Have Shown More From the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

The Underwear Olympics are over for another season, with the 2024 NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror. The prospects have been prodded, poked, and posed endless questions. It’s been great fun. But what lessons have we learned about some of the prospects as draft season progresses to its next stage? I’ve had a look at six tight ends who all had different experiences over…...

Bijan Robinson’s Rookie Season Looked a Bit Like Trent Richardson’s, But There Is No Need to Panic Yet

Bijan Robinson came into the NFL heralded as the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley. His landing with the Atlanta Falcons, and Arthur Smith’s skills in utilizing the ground game in his offense, made mouths water at the prospect of what his first season in the league could be like. It’s fair to say that the early returns were . . . underwhelming. But…...

The Houston Texans Might Have the Next Andrew Luck at Quarterback in C.J. Stroud

Sometimes, we are successful not because of the decisions we made, but because of the decisions we did not make. And sometimes, we are successful because of the decisions someone else did not make. It is early days, of course, but right now the Houston Texans are the big winners because the Carolina Panthers chose to draft Bryce Young. This left them free to select,…...

Bryce Young’s Rookie Season Looks a Lot Like Zach Wilson’s, But Perhaps He Still Has Trevor Lawrence’s Upside In His Range of Outcomes

Being the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is often daunting. Especially if you are a quarterback. There is usually a strong reason behind how that team came to select you with that pick. Namely, they suck. But in the case of Bryce Young, the Carolina Panthers made a blockbuster trade to go up and get their guy. This, they hoped. would help stop…...

Evan Can’t Wait: Week 18 Tight End Plays for DFS

For most of the free footballing world, the 2023 fantasy football season is over. Titles have been won, belts have changed hands, and prize money is being collected. Fun times for the winners and those who did not taste triumph thoughts are already turning to next year. (Unless your league is playing in Week 18, of course, which, if so, I applaud and am baffled…...

So Close You Can Taste It: Fantasy Championship Week Tight End Streamers

It all comes down to this. Week 17 is fantasy football championship week. This is the final step on the journey that began back in August. (Unless you’re in one of those leagues that plays on until Week 18, in which case I salute you and am scared of you in equal measure.) Congratulations on beating the odds and making it this far. But don’t…...

Kraft Your Perfect Tight End Play in Fantasy Semi Final Week: Week 16 Tight End Streamers

We are so close to the end, I can almost taste it. There is just one round of games left to navigate before we start crowning fantasy champions. It’s been a slog, with injuries destroying so many seasons it’s hard to keep track of them all. But we are so close. Maybe you need a little helping hand this week with your roster, especially at…...

Go for the Gleam: Week 15 Tight End Streamers

In many fantasy leagues worldwide, Week 15 marks the beginning of the playoffs. The time for mistakes has passed. Every lineup decision has to count. From here on out, it’s survive and advance. Or lose and go home. This is why we lift all those weights. With this in mind, you may need a steady helper at the tight end spot as you begin your…...

A Likely Candidate: Week 14 Tight End Streamers

Week 13 of the NFL season might have offered fantasy football fans a glimpse into the future. At the tight end position, at least. Sam LaPorta, a 2023 rookie, led all TEs with 29.0 PPR points. As Shawn Siegele points out, LaPorta is on his way to the greatest fantasy season by a first-year TE ever. Second-year player Trey McBride was not far behind with…...

Standing Pat: Week 13 Tight End Streamers

Incredibly, there are still bye weeks left in the 2023 NFL season. I know, right? I hate it too. But here we are. With this in mind, you may find yourself once more in need of help at the tight end spot in fantasy football. If this is the case, then you are reading the right article. I am here to present the names of…...

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