Unless you are a fantasy drafter that likes to try and grab a perceived elite defense early, you are most likely grabbing one with your last pick or two. Defense is not the most significant position for fantasy football. Most drafters will merely take the defense that they consider good and call it a day. People do not usually research a teams defense like they would any other fantasy position, but why not look at the early season schedule of teams? The position is one I believe you should stream throughout the season. Most of the time, the top 5 defenses never return their draft value. Instead of wasting a pick on a perceived set it and forget it defense, why not pick one up that many may not be thinking about? I am going to list the top 9 defenses that are being taken in drafts. I will then provide you with defenses that have good early season matchups that you can take with one of your last 2 picks. You will most likely need to stream the position at some point during the season anyway. If you can grab one with an easy start, you will provide yourself a little more time to plan for the future.Read more
The RB Handcuff, a very interesting fantasy player that has perceived value were anything to go wrong with the player that is ahead of them. We have seen backs explode when given the opportunity and prove that they were a talented option that was buried on a depth chart and we have seen RBs that are nothing special get a ton of work and produce for fantasy. It is tough to determine who a handcuff truly is especially in today’s NFL. Teams are using more than 1 back on a regular basis now and the true workhorse back is a rarity which is why they are so valuable in drafts. There are a ton of factors going into what makes a handcuff so I am going to run through the list of players that I do not think fully qualify. Handcuffs are players that will see a massive workload increase in the RB in front of them were to go down. They are also players that do not have a ton, if any, standalone value weekly as long as the starter is on the field. I will run through the list of names that are not Handcuffs in my personal opinion first and then I will go through and rank the 14 RB’s that I see as true handcuffs giving you a quick reason why on each. Let’s get started!Read more
Is Derrick Henry for real? Last year we saw a glimpse of what Henry was capable of doing at the end of the season, and maybe the Titans have finally figured out that their franchise quarterback is not very good. Maybe they finally figured it out!
Prior to Weeks 14 and 15 Derrick Henry
was competing with Dion Lewis for a running back by committee position, and it wasn’t until Week 14 when the Titans let Henry loose and he went for a 99 yard TD run that led to a 238 yard day with 4 TD’s. The next week we saw him carry the ball for 33 times for 170 yards and 2 TD’s.Read more
Last week I did 1 potential gem on each AFC team so this week we are moving on to the NFC. Finding value in your fantasy drafts is one of the most important things for you to do as a fantasy owner and I am going to give you some potential gems to target when heading into your drafts. To recap, I am considering a “Gem” as a player that is going in the double digit rounds or later. 1 team on this list will have 2 players as I am unsure of what you guys think on one of the players being considered a late round gem so I will explain when I get to that team. As with all of my lists this is based on half point PPR leagues so keep in mind that some players could be either more valuable or less valuable depending on how your league is set up. Without further ado, lets dive right in. Here is 1 potential fantasy gem for each NFC team! (ADP based on half point PPR 12 team leagues.)Read more
Finding value in players that are either forgotten about or ones that have been given up on can give you an advantage when working toward that ever elusive fantasy championship. I am qualifying these gems as late round to undrafted players that can either produce immediately for fantasy or as someone who can or will have value at some point in 2019. Upside is some of these players greatest strengths and I will be running down a varied amount of outcomes that these players could have over the course of 2019 so without further ado lets dive into the potential AFC fantasy gems! (All ADP is based on 12 team Half PPR league current ADP.)Read more
Lamar Jackson became the full time starter for the Ravens in week 11 last season for the Baltimore Ravens pushing Joe Flacco out the door to Denver via traded earlier in the offseason. With Flacco gone the team has put their full trust into their first rounder and will now let him lead the way for the foreseeable future. While the team will be one of the run heaviest in the league, Jackson is a very intriguing fantasy prospect in 2019. He had a massive rushing total in 2019 and while the team has stated they would like him to stay in the pocket more often this year, Jackson will still have a great chance at being the top rushing QB in 2019. His rookie season as a pass showed that he needs a lot of improvement, but heading into year 2 Jackson has sneaky upside as a potential breakout for fantasy based on his propensity to rush the ball alone. Lets dive into his rookie season stats and see if we can predict what his range of outcomes will be in 2019. (All stats are based on 4 point per passing Touchdown scoring.)Read more
Since I have already done an article on 7 Players to Not Draft in 2019 I figured that I should follow up with the guys that are currently some of my favorites for the upcoming season. These are players that I am planting my flag on for the 2019 season and ones that I am currently doing anything I can to get. This is my list and my list alone so let me know who are your fantasy favorites for the 2019 season and suggest who you think should be on this list. I will, of course, update this as the off-season goes on so that they are up to date for draft season. Lets dive in!Read more
Everyone wants the have the big time receiver to pair with their Quarterback for their fantasy teams. If you have your starting QB in a good matchup and think he will have a good game then having his top WR to pair with him would be even better. Unfortunately, this can be hard to do especially with top fantasy QB’s with elite WR’s. It could be a lot harder to get pairings like Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton or Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams, but there are some very affordable QB/WR stacks that you can get on your roster and reap the rewards from. Here are 10 affordable QB/WR stacks you can target in your drafts. I will put their current average draft position next to each player so you know where to look for them.Read more
Year 2 is one of the biggest years for any NFL player. With the rookie jitters now gone and the adjustments to the speed of the NFL seemingly behind them, players look to step up and contribute more than they did year 1. Some of these players are already established for fantasy and are currently at the forefront of the minds of fantasy owners. So honorable mentions to the year 2 players that are already well established that I will not be mentioning here. They are Nick Chubb, Phillip Lindsay, and Sony Michel. All of these players are talked about regularly and I want to shine a spotlight on some players that are not talked about as much or have seen their stock drop a bit. Without further ado, lets dive into the year 2 RBs that can take a step forward.Read more
Dalvin Cook ended the 2018 season with 615 rushing yards, 4.6 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns. It wasn’t until week 12 when Cook reminded fantasy owners that he is an RB1. There are 3 important factors to consider here as you enter 2019 fantasy draft.
1) The Vikings waited for Cook to become fully healthy which payed off (unlike Fournette).
2) Mike Zimmer wants to make his team a run first offense, and it showed in the last few games.
3) The last and most important fact is that there is no more Latavius Murray. So, what does that mean for Cook? Well for one, it means the Vikings management fully believes he is healthy enough to be a running back workhorse for the team. As a result, all the goal line work will fall to him, which will make him a consistent fantasy producer. The early rankings show that Cook is the RB12 off the draft board behind guys like James Connor, Joe Mixon, and even David Johnson. In my opinion, Cook will have a breakout season and should be taken only after Melvin Gordon. Cook is young and healthy, he is also on a team that will never see a stacked box, and most importantly no timeshare.Read more
Targets. Targets. Targets. All I want is targets. Did I mention I want targets? The target opportunity, and sure both are the 1st options on their respectful teams; therefore, the targets will be close to identical for both players. Brown, who is arguably the best wide receiver to ever play the game of football, is now on a team with a lot of question marks. The biggest question mark starts with the quarterback Derek Carr. Carr is not a terrible quarterback by all means, but he is an obvious downgrade from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown will demand Carr to throw him the ball no matter the coverage just like he did with Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, the only difference is I don’t believe Carr can be as successful as Roethlisberger.Read more
Cleveland Browns Hype?
Now let’s talk about the newest Cleveland brown member, Odell Beckham Jr, who has a standalone value through his career of a WR1 all season whether it’s fantasy or real football. Beckham Jr. won’t have all the pressure solely focused on him because of Jarvis Laundry opposite of him, who is a back end WR2 in his own right. But let’s focus on Beckham Jr, the guy who last year came back from an injury and was a WR1/2. I believe numbers sometimes do lie and I think it’s the case for Beckham Jr, first he missed 4 games of the season and second and most important thing is that he was getting his targets from Eli Manning. I truly believe that Beckham Jr will put up solid numbers this season and will eclipse 1000 yards easily and accompany that with around 12 touchdowns. He should be the 3rd WR off the draft board following Deandre Hopkins and Devante Adams.Read more