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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 »

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 stillsmoderate 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 Minnesota tight end Rhett Ellison and New Orleans wide receiver Kenny Stills. 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 coxon how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing some of the young Eagles defensive linemen: DT Bennie Logan and DE Fletcher Cox.  Too many times, defensive linemen are the scourge of the IDP world, only there to take up space and not contribute.  While neither of these are exactly household names, both may provide fantasy points to your team at a cheap price.

DT Bennie Logan, PHIL- This defensive tackle lines up just off the right should of the center.  Logan provides good initial pressure on both running and passing downs.  He is a better run stuffer than a pass rusher as always tries to occupy two offensive linemen to provide cover for his linebackers.  Logan moves a lot like an alligator, very quick and powerful straight ahead, but has trouble moving from side to side.  The defender can split the seam between a center and guard causing issues when running inside.  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 donnellmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  One of these players is taking the Twitter and fantasy-verse by storm, Larry Donnell.  He had his own hash tag trending this past Friday.  The other, quarterback Mike Glennon, was a surprise starter his rookie year and got demoted due to a coaching change before the start of 2014.  Here are my thoughts:

TE Larry Donnell, NYG- Perhaps one of this year’s biggest surprises is the second year Grambling walk-on to the Giants tight end (nfl.com reports he is in his second year and rotoworld.com states that he is in his third season).  Of course, every week I try to evaluate at least one player from the Thursday night game and Donnell exceeded all expectations.  His versatility playing inline tight end, full back, split out-wide, and as a wingback impressed me.  When you first look at him, the young tight end looks all tall and lanky, but his amazing catch radius does the talking.  Donnell caught passes at the ball highest point, in his stomach, off his hip, and right out in front of his body in stride. Read More »

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