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The time is drawing near. Preseason game three is the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football. The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against. The only constant hydeabout the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different. I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used. My focus is on the first three-year players and this year’s free agents.  Here are my observations:

Chargers vs 49ers

For the Chargers, it looks like tight end Ladarius Green will play as much as Antonio Gates.  Green went in motion quite a bit, got behind the defense a couple of times, but did not do anything of note.  Finally a defensive linemen stepped up for  San Diego, defensive end Corey Liuget applied pressure against the run and pass.  He knocked a ball in the air and stripped the ball out of Kaepernick’s hands while sacking him.  The Chargers need to find a pas rush to make up for their limited corner backs.

Signal caller, Colin Kaepernick, did not have a memorable first quarter.  He lost two fumbles within six minutes of the game starting.  It looks like he feels the pressure of the offense and holds onto the ball too long trying to free receivers downfield. While the young quarterback can throw darts past double coverage, it is in his best interest to find his dump off receivers first.  Rookie back Carlos Hyde has trouble running the ball without a clear lane.  He does get physical swatting defenders around, using a spin move, and showing good leg drive when he has room.   I am still leading the charge on rookie receiver/returner Bruce Ellington.  He looks good playing the slot, adjusting to the ball in the air, and making catches in stride. If the versatile playmaker needs to take a handoff or return kickoffs/punts, Ellington can do that too.  IDPers don’t sleep on safety Eric Reid.  He is a great open field tackler who likes to play the ball hawking role. Read More »

The time is drawing near. Preseason game three is the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football. The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against. The only evansconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different. I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used. My focus is on the first three-year players and this year’s free agents.  Here are my observations:

Bills vs. Bucs

The Bills defensive  front four collapsed the Tampa Bay pocket well, which hurried a lot of throws and shortened a lot of running lanes.  Unfortunately for Buffalo fans, EJ Manuel is looking worse, not better each week.  He does not set his feet, and rushes most of his throws.  The young quarterback got strip sacked for a touchdown and threw a pick when his tight end fell down on a route. Manual played better in the third quarter, but that was against the Buccaneer second and third team defenses.  Former Tampa receiver, Mike Williams, made a nice jump and stick the landing catch on the sidelines.  He also got behind his corner to score a red zone touchdown.

Doug Martin caught the ball well in stride, showed off a little wiggle, and got low on the way to a short yardage touchdown.  None of his backups are standing out in the preseason, so he should get the bulk of Tampa’s carries this season.  Rookie receiver Mike Evans does a great job of shielding his coverage away from the ball, and catches the ball at its highest point.  The young wide out gets sent out in motion to create the best one on one matchups.  He sprinted down the field 30 yards untouched to make a nice jump ball catch in the end zone.  I would be excited if I had him on my dynasty squad. Read More »

The witching hour is finally here.  Preseason game three, the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football.  The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against.  The only ebronconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different.  I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used.  Here are my observations:

Raiders vs Packers

The Al Davis era might be over in reality, but the legacy still lives on with recycled older players that might be over their heads along with a few young upstarts.  Newly signed receiver James Jones runs crisp routes, creates separation, but is not in sync with Matt Schaub.  I’m not sure any of the Raiders receivers are on the same page with their quarterback which might be a bigger problem sooner than later.  MJD looked great on one of his carries where he broke a few arm tackles and showed some burst on a 40 yard touchdown run.  Jones-Drew might have five more of those runs left in his body, but playing with this offense they might get used up quickly.  The reason for optimism in Oakland is the play of their two young linebackers, Sio Moore and Khalil Mack.  Moore applied inside pressure in both the run and pass games.  His motor is unrelenting and he delivers punishment on every blow.  He left the game with a strained neck which the backer can hopefully recover from quickly.  Mack reads and recognizes immediately what the offense is trying to do.  He picked off a screen pass and is constantly generating pressure in the running and passing games. Read More »

The witching hour is finally here.  Preseason game three, the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football.  The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against.  The only driconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different.  I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used.  Here are my observations:

Steelers vs. Eagles

Biases aside, this was an ugly game for Pittsburgh.  You could almost feel the shadow of the drug arrests from the day before on runners Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount.  Bell got touches early, bounced off some of the defenders, but left a lot of blocked openings unanswered.  The second year back took a head shot, but came back a series later.  Blount, however, appears strong/powerful at the point of attack with quick feet and good balance.  Rookie Dri Archer got sent in motion the majority of the time he lined up in the backfield.  The Eagles front seven seemed more ready for his quicks and wiggle than the other teams the Steelers faced as they did not allow many openings in the first three-quarters of play.  Chemistry issues plagued second year receiver Markus Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger.  Big Ben tried to get him involved early, but either their timing was off or Wheaton would bobble the pigskin.  Last week’s highlight reel, rookie backer Ryan Shazier, was less active.  He did not do as good of a job using his speed to prevent plays; instead the youngster spent most the game chasing down ball carriers several yards down the field.  Ertz caught him out of position twice.  Read More »

It had been awhile since I had dipped my feet into a dynasty fantasy football auction.  In my last auction article http://dynastyblitz.com/2014/08/13/auctions-league-aka-what-not-to-do/ , I found myself with four starting quarterbacks in a auctionsquarterback flex league investing 35% of my auction/salary funds (I got caught trying to price enforce).

By use of some savvy bidding, good nominations, and taxi squad demotions (players held there only cost 10% of their price with only rookies and second year players allowed), I recovered to get some good values in the auction and built up my individual defensive players (IDPs).  For me, the auction is over.  I might be able to trade a quarterback or two for better runners or receivers, but I am ready to make do with the team I built.  For the complete auction and league, click on the myfantasyleague here http://www4.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/26388#0 .  Before the season starts in this league, every owner must choose how many years to put on a player’s contract (rookies are automatically given a four-year contract).  Each contract goes up 5% each year, so that must be factored in when deciding the length of the contract.  Cutting a player early causes a 15% penalty for each remaining year (hopefully I haven’t lost you and I’m not lost on the rules myself). Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFLkbenjamin changing landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Chiefs vs Panthers

The return of Cam Newton disappointed to say the least.  He looked a bit gimpy at times, especially when he rolled away from impending blitzers.  The quarterback’s upper body is still shows the power to throw the ball on a wire 50+ yards downfield without a solid base.  Rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin got behind the defense a few times.  Once, Cam missed him with too much torque, but the second time Benjamin made the catch between three defenders.  It was a thing of beauty, because he caught the ball at its highest point and shielded the ball away from all three defenders.  Much injured Jonathan Stewart has some burst and power back, but how long will it last?   Good thing Carolina has one of the most dominant front seven defensive fronts in the league. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFL clowneychanging landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Falcons vs Texans

The hype train led by HBO’s Hard Knocks and most of the fantasy community including myself is cooling in regards to rookie running back Devonta Freeman.  He was the fourth member of the Atlanta backfield to show up.  Sure he looks more productive against his competition, but then again much of the defense he played against won’t be in the league.  The back got three snaps in the first half and one of those was for a kneel down play.  The young player who is for real is second year inside backer, Paul Worrilow.  He flows quickly to the ball, decoding the play almost instantaneously.  Worrilow plays the run a little better than the pass, hits hard, and holds his own in pass coverage.

The monster known as Jadeveon Clowney made his presence felt against the Falcons first team offense.  He anticipates where the ball is flowing, gets there before the offense, and strikes.  His combination of vision, speed, and power is uncanny.  Arian Foster owners take note, there are two backs that are vying for his scraps or an injury to him.  Jonathan Grimes runs with power and balance.  He is the steady back that has a little penance using a spin move or snaring a ball out of the air with his soft hands.  The rookie Albert Blue gets lower and is much more explosive.  The problem with Blue is that he doesn’t have the patience for the blocking scheme yet.  Ever since Mobile, rookie tight CJ Fiedorowicz keeps growing on me.  He is a good blocker who is always on the field and sneaks out for passes.  Considering the uncertainty at quarterback, the tight ends and backs might be the most popular offensive weapons.  Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFL dunbarchanging landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Cowboys vs Ravens

The battle for Jason Witten’s backup job seems to be over.  James Hanna dropped his first target (a wide-open screen pass) that was on the other side of the field for the action , where the tight end had 40 yards of cushion.  After that play, Hanna saw the gridiron sporadically.   Gavin Escobar, however, showed good sideline awareness, and caught contested passes with a defender draped over him.  We finally got to see a glimpse of Lance Dunbar.  The third year former North Texas back demonstrated suddenness with good vision.  He catches the ball well in stride, but didn’t have enough space to maneuver around to be very effective.  His supposed competition, Joseph Randle, also looked good in space; but unlike Dunbar, Randle made too many errors.  The second year Oklahoma State runner bobbled a kickoff and looked like a kindergartener in pass protection.  Romo gets hit enough, he doesn’t need someone falling down to give the defense a better shot at smashing the signal caller. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFLvaccy changing landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Titans/Saints

The young superstar receiver, Brandin Cooks, who was so active the week before had a quiet game.  He did get behind the defense a few times, but only connected once.  The rookie catches the ball in stride and has great sideline awareness.  Khiry Robinson, the second year back, showed some versatility lining up in the backfield and out wide.  He has quick feet, can get small in the hole, but did not stand out during the game.  Taking advantage of the preseason is exactly what Ryan Griffin is doing. The current third string quarterback is showing more touch and connected deep downfield.  Defensive end Cameron Jordan continues to dominate the line of scrimmage, throwing offensive linemen around, so he can get make the play.  The ball hawk award should go to safety Kenny Vaccaro.  He plays physical, forcing fumbles, and attacking on blitzes going untouched to sack the opposition. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football starters play a bit more, so we might get a few more glimpses into what each team will look like in the regular season.  Keeping up with the latest news is very m leeimportant as it can get you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Jags vs Bears

There wasn’t anything of note on the Bears side due to the broken collarbone of second year receiver Marquess Wilson.   The Jaguars brought out one of their biggest free agent acquisitions, running back Toby Gerhart.  He has good leg drive, uses a nice stiff-arm, and does well when running north and south.  His problems start when the runner gets forced to run east and west; Gerhart does not have the speed to turn the corner and usually gets spread out to cause a negative or unproductive play.  Rookie receiver Marqise Lee ran smooth routes, caught the ball in stride, and was heavily targeted.  The wide out tells a story with his routes.  On his touchdown catch, Lee played possum acting like it was a run play; then he reversed his direction sharply to break free into the end zone.  Even though Jaguars aren’t saying it right now, first round quarterback, Blake Bortles, is fighting for the starting job now.  The young signal caller gets the ball quickly, scans the field, and shows good ball placement.  Bortles looks confident in the pocket, stepping up from danger,  and sets his feet to deliver the pigskin accurately. Read More »

I admittedly haven’t done an auction league for a few years, so I smartly signed up for a money fantasy football dynasty auction league.  In this dynasty league, the price you pay in auction ends up as the contract price you pay the player for theauction length of the contract plus an extra five percent each year (you can dole out contract lengths after the draft is over).

This auction features a slow 12 hour clock draft on myfantasyleague.com that resets every time a higher bid gets entered.  Every team starts off with $300 of salary and each owner must roster 40 players with the option to hold five rookies or second year players acquired during the draft on their taxi squad.  The advantage of using the taxi squad is that a team’s salary cap is only charged 10% of their contract.

Auctions are a lot like Texas Hold’em tournaments.  They tend to last a real long time and good owners need to stay patient.  I kept my patience for two and a half days, but then I decided to try to play the bully and that didn’t go so well.  In my head, there needed to be a police officer making sure people paid the price for quarterbacks since it is a 14 team league that can play quarterbacks in a flex position aka “super-flex”.  My roster already had Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan.  So I smartly tried to raise the price on Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill since 17 quarterbacks got drafted.  Let’s just say that I have four quarterbacks on my team (35% of my budget committed to that position).

Thankfully I glanced over the rules prior to drafting and did not notice that there is no trading during the draft.  I can drop one of the quarterbacks before I sign them with no penalty, but I can’t do that until after the draft is over.  The league may vote to allow trades the last week of preseason.  I hope so, as my silliness with money management could be costly.

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