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In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or riddickmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at two young Lions skilled players: Theo Riddick and Corey Fuller.

RB-Theo Riddick, DET- The second year back’s usage is increasing each week that he is healthy and Reggie Bush is not.  He started the game over Joique Bell which was a little surprising.  At first blush, the back has quick feet, nice wiggle, and good balance that make him quite dangerous in space.  Between the tackles is a different matter as Riddick finished with three carries for five yards on the ground (he even got a few goal line carries over Bell).  Once the Lions fell behind by three touchdowns, the second year playmaker was in his element. The back got used as a receiver/back playing for the Fighting Irish, so he is quite accustomed to the role. Read More »

In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues.  This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two young IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts collinson how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing the Broncos rookie cornerback Bradley Roby and the Patriots linebacker Jaime Collins.

CB-Bradley Roby, DEN- This rookie corner faces teams every week in hurry up mode.  Because he played his college ball at Ohio State, this is just another day in the office for Roby.  The corner back plays physical when asked, jamming the receiver at the line of scrimmage or can play off up to ten yards depending on what the defensive call is.  It varied where he played: the slot, on the outside or deep middle.  Against the Chargers, Roby spent a great deal of the time chasing Keenan Allen around the gridiron.  He closes quickly on the ball with good anticipation.  When the corner is shadowing his receiver, he tries to keep the offensive player in front of him at all times. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of the series by looking at one of the most overlooked oliverrookie running backs in Branden Oliver.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus the Broncos to dissect his dynasty value.

I reviewed three of Oliver’s Buffalo college games; keep in mind that most of his opponents were against fellow Mid-American Conference teams. The first thing that I noticed was his height (5′ 6 1/2″) and his big, powerful legs.  The back has quick feet, gets low in the hole, and possesses a highly developed center of gravity that keeps him upright when most runners would go down.  Oliver uses this balance to squirt through small openings on the line of scrimmage while hiding behind the offensive line to gain a tactical advantage.  It was difficult to see him at times, even on tape. Read More »

In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues.  This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two young IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts vaccaroon how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing the Jets linebacker Demario Davis and Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.

LB-Demario Davis, NYJ- In Rex Ryan’s defense, the young linebacker got forced into lining up against various talented Patriots offense players: tight end Tim  Wright, wide receiver Julian Edelman, and running back Shane Vereen in pass defense.  Davis did not fare well against the tight end or wide receiver as he fell down a few times due to their suddenness versus his lack of quickness.  I was quite surprised that Tom Brady did not go after the linebacker more as he was clearly a liability in the Jets weak pass defense.  He did have some good battles with Vereen, but got beaten on the back’s second touchdown catch of the night. Read More »

In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or sanumoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at Jets quarterback Geno Smith and Bengals wide receiver Mohammed Sanu:

QB-Geno Smith, NYJ- This might have been the best game I saw from the second year signal caller, but it’s a far cry to say that he is more polished right now.  Against the Patriots, he made quicker decisions early on by finding an open receiver on his first or second read or deciding to scramble after the pocket crumbled around him.  I’m not sure if we will ever see him use the patience to scan the entire field before making a decision though.  The quarterback is improving on the little things: selling fake handoffs and pump fakes to slow down the rush.  I really like when the Jets roll him out to the right, this cuts the field in half for him which either opens up something downfield or creates a running lane for him to exploit.  The times Smith decided to run, he protected the ball, switching the pigskin to the arm nearest the sideline, and chose not to take unnecessary punishment. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of the series by looking at one of the highest rated jacerookie tight ends.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus the Patriots to dissect his dynasty value.

This is what I saw on his college tape: Amaro gets off on the line of scrimmage by uncoiling a nice punch creating space and follows up with quickness getting around the defender. The tight end lines up mostly uncovered as a slot receiver.  The former Red Raider blocks better on pass plays; however  he struggles sealing the edge by not giving the same effort on running plays.  When it comes to receiving, Amaro excels at route running, good footwork, playing more like an oversized wide receiver.  He runs mostly crossing routes and inside slants, so the tight end spends a lot of time jockeying for position and is one of the best hand fighters in his class.  The tight end sees most of his coverage from safeties, and linebackers with an occasional corner back throw in.   Getting separation is not really in his wheelhouse, so he fights  most of the time to come down with contested passes.   Amaro can bounce off would-be tacklers with his good center of gravity while keeping his legs churning like a running back.  When the tight end is near the end zone, Amaro will do whatever it takes to score. Read More »

In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues.  This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two young IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts swearengenon how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing the Texans safety DJ Swearinger and Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

S-DJ Swearinger, HOU- The young safety almost has the same kind of reputation that Al Swearengen, of HBO’s Deadwood fame has, aka trouble.  Both are brash and talk a lot of smack, check out the Falcon’s visit with the Texans on this year’s Hard Knocks if you don’t believe me.  Swearinger gets used all around the field for Houston: he lines up covering the slot receiver, across from the inline tight end, over the top as the deep middle, and as a dime linebacker.  Read More »

In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or hiltonmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at two exciting Colts: TY Hilton and Dwayne Allen.

WR TY Hilton, IND- Sometimes I just know when to pick them, it is hard to get better than a nine catch, 223 yard receiving, and one touchdown night in prime time.  If this game tells us the fantasy football world anything, it is that Reggie Wayne might be fading some, and that Andrew Luck’s trust along with chemistry in Hilton are growing exponentially.

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In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of the series by looking at one of the most teddybdebated quarterbacks who got dinged by his poor showing on his individual pro day, Teddy Bridgewater.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus the Lions to decide his fantasy outlook.

These are my thoughts after watching him in college:  First, the young quarterback doesn’t have the strongest arm in his class which can be seen by passes fluttering after throws of 45+ yards which affects his accuracy on deeper routes. He does have the arm strength and touch to complete the ball 30 yards falling backward though. Bridgewater is more accurate on short to intermediate throws and finds receivers in stride. The quarterback throws the ball where only the receiver can get to it, but doesn’t get a lot of air underneath the ball which makes it harder to catch his longer tosses. These dart throws are effective within 25 yards, but after that range he needs to improve, otherwise the quarterback will be easier to defend. Read More »

In fantasy football, there are some new trends that I enjoy writing about: dynasty leagues, and individual defensive player leagues.  This weekly column will combine two of those by discussing two young IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts barron how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr and Jaguars third year defensive end Andre Branch.

LB Anthony Barr, MIN- The former running back got selected as the 9th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  He is highly athletic and is mostly used in the strong side linebacker spot.  This means his first responsibility is dealing with the tight end.  Many NFL teams tend to run to the tight end side, so Barr deals with more blockers on the majority of plays.  This young backer is a solid tackler who delivers hard hits, but still has moments of being raw due to processing all the information to make the play. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of the series by looking at the first quarterback taken blakein the draft, Blake Bortles.  While he wasn’t going in the first round of most rookie drafts, injuries and poor performances may lead more teams to get him in their lineups than originally thought. Read More »

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