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Summer is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their money where their mouth is in respect to ajplayer evaluation and strategy.  Despite my best efforts to cut down on the number of leagues I am in, I joined one more start-up league (still down to eight from eleven leagues last year).  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  Through a little of my influence, I coaxed the commissioner to use the Kentucky Derby format to pick our draft positions (I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format).  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2014/options?L=32962&O=17 Read More »

This is a very multi-layered question.  The most important part of any dynasty league is leadership.  Do you know the commissioner and is he trustworthy?  The internet is full of stories of dynasty teams not getting paid at the end of the year, rules getting changed after drafts without votes, and lopsided trades that take advantage of someone else’s naivety or stupidity.  Dynasty leagues fail because of the leadership more than any other reason.  Keep in mind, just because someone is a great owner in another dynasty league, it doesn’t mean they will be a good commissioner.   I hate collecting money, so I take my league’s money  that I commish to leaguesafe.com.  Less hassles, but full disclosure.   We all makes mistakes, heck, I once joined an existing league that replaced five owners, out of 14 owners, within four months.  By the way, constant owner replacement is a huge red flag.  Turns out the commissioner has won the league three years in a row.  Not only was his team stacked, but he owned almost half of the picks in the first two rounds.  Read More »

We are now in the “dead zone” of the NFL football year.  This is the time for making sure your dynasty fantasy football taxi squads are full.  Sure these aren’t superstar players, but just like penny stocks their value could soar if you get lucky.  Ifireworks based my write-ups on their performances during their 2014 collegian bowl games.

Jared Abbarederis, WR GB
The wide receiver did not have a very impressive bowl game as he finished with three catches for 27 yards.  He looked like a possession NFL receiver.  Abbarederis ran clean routes, fought for extra yardage, and was a solid run blocker.  The Badgers sent him in motion to try to create separation, but his hands were inconsistent as he caught the ball as much with his body as with his hands.   Abbarederis will need some time to develop to be a weapon in the NFL. Read More »

gallonWe are now in the “dead zone” of the NFL football year.  This is the time for making sure your dynasty fantasy football taxi squads are full.  Sure these aren’t superstar players, but just like penny stocks their value could soar if you get lucky.  I based my write-ups on their performances during their 2014 collegian bowl games.

Jeremy Gallon, WR MICH NE
I’m an admitted Michigan fan and love the athletic skills that the diminutive play maker (5′ 8″ 183 lbs.) displays on the field.  He gets used in the reverse game a lot.  Gallon has the shiftiness and ability to sink his hips to catch the defense off guard.  The wide out lines up on the outside and in the slot while outmaneuvering away from the jam.  He fully extends himself to make  receptions, grabbing the ball in stride, while keeping an eye on the yard marker.  More physical defensive backs knock him around a bit, but he has good balance to take advantage of over-aggressive ones. Gallon tracks the ball well in the air and makes adjustments mid-stream to secure the catch.  Don’t underestimate his athleticism as he threw for a two point conversion catching the defense unaware.  The young receiver could begin his NFL career as a returner and then wow a team for more playing time. Read More »

We are now in the “dead zone” of the NFL football year.  This is the time for making sure your dynasty fantasy football taxi squads are full.  Sure these aren’t superstar players, but just like penny stocks their value could soar if you get lucky.  I based my write-ups on their performances during their 2014 collegian bowl games.

Crockett Gilmore, TE BAL
The tight end was certainly not the best athlete on the field, but he was everywhere.  Gilmore lined up in the backfield, as a traditional tight end, and in the slot.  The young tight end was better at pass blocking than as a runcrockett blocker as he struggled to seal the cut-back lane.  I was impressed with the many different routes that he ran and he got targeted in the end zone only to be knocked down by a defensive back with no penalty he could have caught the pass with his frame and size).  Gilmore struggled to gain separation when safeties covered him, but had modest success (four receptions for 44 yards) when the tight end went against linebackers.  If he wants to have NFL success, Gilmore will need to attack the ball with his hands and not body catch as well as use his 6′ 6″ size as a weapon. Read More »

Do you ever get tired of the same old ways to decide your fantasy football draft order?  Picking names out of a hat was great in the 90s and letting your league software randomly pick is so 2000s.  What if you could have fun picking your draft kentuckyspot (adding a bit of strategy) and give every owner an email with the random draft order?  That, my friend, is the beauty of determining draft order using the Kentucky Derby method.

The Kentucky Derby method is easy to do.  First you need a random number generator.  FFtoolbox.com has one you can use or you can do a google search to find one.  The commissioner enters all the teams’ email addresses and hits generate.  Each team gets a copy of the order to pick their slots.  The first team on the list grabs whichever draft spot tickles his/her fancy.  The following teams get to select whatever draft spot is left until the last owner gets stuck with the leftover draft position.  If you select draft order the old-fashioned way, every team gets the luck of the draw, now it only affects one owner.  Read More »

Dynasty fantasy football is all about grabbing assets before their values quadruple.  Last year, the owners that invested in the likes of Alshon Jeffery and Nick Foles got highly rewarded for their insight.  I took a quick glance at stedmanmyfantasyleague’s ownership values of many 25 years and under players.  It was surprising how many under owned potential fantasy assets are laying on waiver wires in leagues or might be a small trade away from being on your fantasy roster.

WR Stedman Bailey, Rams 32.32% owned

This second year receiver is a splash of trouble and upside.  He will miss the first four games of 2014 due to performance enhancing drugs, but was dramatically increasing his playing time during the last quarter of the season.  The Rams wide receiver core does not have an elite talent, perhaps Bailey can get back to his West Virginia playmaking ways.  His upside is enough for me to take that chance. Read More »

Dynasty fantasy football is all about grabbing assets before their values quadruple.  Last year, the owners that invested in the likes of Alshon Jeffery and Nick Foles got highly rewarded for their insight.  I took a quick glance at cjmyfantasyleague’s ownership values of many 25 years and under players.  It was surprising how many under owned potential fantasy assets are laying on waiver wires in leagues or might be a small trade away from being on your fantasy roster.

RB CJ Anderson, Broncos 41.58% owned

Sure the Montee Ball era started in Denver towards the end of last season.  The Broncos kept this powerful, battering ram around despite only giving him seven carries last season.  If Ball falters and Anderson improves his pass blocking, this back could be very valuable with Peyton Manning occupying defenses.  His ownership should be double of what it is now. Read More »

Playing fantasy football is not about being the biggest, meanest, or even smartest player out there, it is about being adaptable to changing situations. Injuries, coaching changes and legal issues can all be hazardous to your fantasy team, but brucebeing able to think on your feet and adjust to these changes is what will make you a champion.

Draft strategy can evolve from philosophies that have nothing to do with fantasy football. I am always inspired by martial arts legend Bruce Lee with his “be like water” strategy.  I write an article about this every year, because it works.  Much like Bruce Lee’s movie, “Game of Death”, the strategy behind “being like water” is about adapting to your surroundings and using your opponents, aka leaguemates, weaknesses against themselves. Read More »

One of the hottest “sleeper” names in the rookie IDP fantasy football world is former LSU linebacker, Lamin Barrow, who got drafted by the Denver Broncos.  I decided to take a look for myself to see what all the fuss was about.  I reviewed threelamin of his games against Georgia in 2013, then also 2012 games versus Mississippi State and Arkansas.   I did not come away overly impressed, but let’s discuss what skills he brings to the NFL.  Sometimes in IDP fantasy football, situation can overcome talent.  Read More »

What kind of trader are you? Are you the free wheeling dealer? Are you the guy who worries about another owner getting over on you? Are you a trader that likes to offer only fair trades the first time? Maybe your style is to take a little hit nowtrader to build equity for later trades?

Maybe you are the guy who is always looking to win every trade? Are you the owner that sends out a ridiculous offer to gauge interest? Are you the guy that sits on trades forever hoping that they expire or get taken back? Or maybe you just hit reject without giving a reason? If you are more about the second set of questions, this article might not be for you… Read More »

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