In this episode, Derrick, Stephen and Mike F are joined by new writer for the site Mike Garza and they discuss news and notes, play Who am I? and discuss running backs and break them down into tiers.
Chances are close to 100% that if you’ve ever played fantasy football then you’ve done a snake draft a time or two. Snake drafts are easy to understand and do a good job of getting the league balanced to start the season. Commissioners have been using the format since fantasy sports began, and analysts from every corner of the internet will tell you exactly how to approach them a hundred more times before the season arrives.
“But my league uses an auction draft, and none of that applies to me!”
An auction draft? Look no further. Let this be your guide. Continue reading Auction Draft Guide
Every fantasy owner wants to identify the breakouts, sleepers and busts candidates in their fantasy football leagues. It’s these owners that select a RB in the 6th round who finish 5th overall at the position or a TE in the 10th round who finish 3rd overall at the position that bring home fantasy gold. For a position that was not very deep in recent years, TE in 2017 has a plethora of players that can finish inside or outside of the top 12 at the position. Lets take a look at one who could breakout, one who could bust and one (or maybe two) who could be overlooked in your fantasy draft.
For years, fantasy experts have been preaching the value of taking a late round QB in your fantasy draft. Those that drafted Matt Ryan last year (or picked him up off the waiver wire) can surely attest to this strategy panning out.
This is the year that this strategy reaches its peak. As of now, no quarterback has an ADP higher than 22 (Aaron Rodgers). With the devaluing of the quarterback position, which is still the highest scoring position by far, there is plenty of value to be had in your late round quarterbacks.
So, which of these sleeper quarterbacks should you look to invest in? Read on to find out. Continue reading Late Round QB’s To Target In 2017
The best kind of fantasy football league, is a league where all members are engaged in what’s going on and feel like they have a chance to win. So with that understanding, the best way to keep members engaged is to find ways to make things as fair as possible. This is why many people prefer auction drafts, every player is available to everyone instead of being the guy who got the last pick in a snake draft and will never have a chance at a star player. Once the draft is over, wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to help keep things fair and interesting? There is! It’s called FAAB or free agent acquisition budget and it’s a better way to do waiver wire picks. Why you ask? Let’s explore. Continue reading Why you should convert to FAAB
The Fantasy Report is back. Steve Winant, Steve Halupka and newcomer Kurt Carriveau discuss NFL news and notes since the last podcast. Who is a better fantasy option, Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker? The team also goes through some player vs. player debates and give a preview of their standard and PPR rankings for the 2017 season.
It’s important to stay ahead of your fantasy competition year-round. That includes the doldrums of summer when it feels like there’s no advantage to be gained. The key free agents have inked their deals and analysts everywhere have given their opinions on who’s a good fit with their new club. Then everyone’s attention shifted to the draft and for good reason. Many fantasy championships have been won with key rookies contributing early, and that is where your opponent’s negligence can become your advantage.
Most fantasy owners will know the rookies who were drafted early on. Even your last place owner likely knows that Leonard Fournette has a decent chance to put up solid numbers as a starting tailback in Jacksonville. That said though, there is gold to be found if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, so let’s get our shovels and get dirty. With the 5th pick of the 2nd round the Buffalo Bills selected a WR from Eastern Carolina by the name of Isiah “Zay” Jones. Remember this name as draft day approaches, and you may find yourself hoisting a trophy in December.
It isn’t a secret that many people avoid playing Ben Roethlisberger on the road. The gap between his production at home and on the road is staggering over the past few years. Most people outright fade Roethlisberger in DFS when the Steelers are on the road. That’s obviously been a smart tactic since 2014 for DFS purposes. But it got me thinking about what, if anything, Roethlisberger’s road splits cost you in season-long leagues. In order to figure that out we need to unpack quite a bit. We’ll take a look at expected points based on ADP for quarterbacks, and then dive into some possibilities as to why Roethlisberger’s splits are the way they are.
Before we examine the actual fantasy implications of the extension, let’s take a look at the extension itself to see what they feel about Julian Edelman’s value. Before the deal was signed, Edelman was set to make $3 million in base salary and become an unrestricted free agent in 2018. The bonuses in his contract would’ve pushed his cap hit up to $5.75 million. The deal he signed this week means that he won’t be eligible to be an unrestricted free agent until 2020. His cap hit over the next three years are as follows:
- 2017: $7.4 million
- 2018: $5.16 million
- 2019: $4.66 milion
The front loaded structure of Edelman’s new contract makes them able to afford the splashy acquisition of Brandin Cooks. Cooks will only count $1.5 million against the cap in 2017 before it balloons up to $8.45 million in 2018. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 barring any contract extensions. I don’t necessarily see a scenario where they don’t restructure Cooks’ contract before then, but that’s the cap situation as it stands today. Continue reading Fantasy Implications of Julian Edelman’s Extension
In previous years, wide receivers have been the hot commodity in fantasy drafts. With NFL teams employing two, and sometimes three, running backs per game, it has been difficult to own a workhorse RB. That being said, the risk of potentially owning a player in a timeshare has made star wide receivers make their way to the top of draft boards. Injuries can happen to any NFL player, but we have seen them affect RBs at a high rate. I am looking at you Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Le’Veon Bell. After the 2016 season, many RBs had elite fantasy seasons. Are RBs ready to reclaim their spot at the top of the draft? With the breakout of David Johnson, emergence of Ezekiel Elliott, and resurgence from DeMarco Murray, it may be time to mix up your draft board. Continue reading RB or WR: What should you draft first?