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This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their ebronmoney where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  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.  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/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

11.04 TE Eric Ebron, Lions

This ultra-athletic tight end had a slow first year in the league.  Ebron was the 13th tight end taken and is worth the pick here with upside alone.  I’m a strong believer in taking chances on players that play on good offenses in dynasty startups as he may never come at a cheaper price. Read More »

Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, here is a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy football tjyeldrookie drafts.  This the second part of a three-part series, because most leagues complete their rookie drafts before those long summer days that get filled with vacations, outside chores and activities.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

 Just right: TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville running back (average draft spot 1.06)

Despite what some fantasy pundits believe, this is still a running back centric game.  It is a huge shame that most runners have such a limited shelf life.  Yeldon has little competition for playing time, is a red zone threat,  and just as active in the passing game.  I took him at the 1.05 in a dynasty league where I desperately needed RB talent.
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This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put theirbperr money where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  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.  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/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

6.03 WR Breshad Perriman, Ravens

Perhaps because this was my selection, but getting Perriman as the 34th wide receiver off the board was great value in a start-up draft.  He should step right into the Ravens number one role right away.

6.07 RB TJ Yeldon, Jaguars

It looks like Yeldon will be the opening day starter.  The runner is solid near the goal line, has good agility and decent vision.  I’m not sure he should be the 18th running back off the board, but the back doesn’t have any threats to his playing time and can be a three down player. Read More »

Here is my final installment of rookie positional breakdowns, the defensive backs.  Like much of the other defenders, scheme plays a huge impact.  Strong safeties, in general, get more tackle landoncopportunities because they play closer to the line.  Rookie corner backs that play opposite top-tier teammates tend to receiver more targets which leads to more impactful chances to make tackles, breakup passes, and catch interceptions aka “the rookie corner rule”.  Here is a quick rundown of my top six defensive backs:

1. S Landon Collins, Giants

All the Giants starting safeties have left the organization.  This hard-hitting safety plays the run well and can do enough damage in pass coverage.  The New York linebacker corps is not that impressive, so he might lead his team in tackles. Read More »

This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put theirevans1 money where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  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.  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/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

1.01 QB Andrew Luck, Colts

Sure this is the best quarterback in dynasty to own and could be the highest scoring player again this year.  I believe Luck is a top eight to ten pick, but this early was a bit too soon for me.  After Aaron Rodgers, who got selected at 1.07, there wasn’t another one picked until the fourth round aka wait. Read More »

Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I wanted to create a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com jaelenstfantasy football rookie drafts.  This will be a three-part series, because most leagues complete their rookie drafts before those long summer days that get filled with vacations, outside chores and activities.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

Undervalued: Todd Gurley, St. Louis running back (average draft spot 1.04)

While Gurley is overcoming a serious knee injury, he still is the best runner the NFL has seen since Adrian Peterson.  In a rookie draft where I hold the 1.01, Gurley is my selection. Sure this is my choice on a team that I took over.   My roster needs a lot of work and I don’t need to count on him from day one.  I can understand him going after Amari Cooper, but not Melvin Gordon or Kevin White. Read More »

My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

The exploration of the 2015 NFL rookie wide receiver class with my dynasty fantasy eyes continues with my tenth thru eighteenth selections. Many of these players might not have a great year one, sopdiddy good thing that I am projecting out their first two to four years in the league when I rank them:

10) Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis

Much of his immediate value gets tied into TY Hilton.  In dynasty, if Hilton doesn’t re-sign with the Colts, your fantasy team got Andrew Luck’s deep threat for a deep discount.  Andre Johnson is not a young man, so even if Hilton stays, there is still room for Dorsett especially in leagues that award return yardage or that have taxi squads that allow you to stash him for a year. Read More »

My exploration of the 2015 NFL rookie draft class with my dynasty fantasy eyes continues with my top nine receivers.  A second article featuring my next nine wide outs will be out in the next couple DGBof days.  These rankings show my thoughts of their first two to four years in the league:

1)            Amari Cooper, Oakland

This wide out runs the smoothest routes and should get the most targets over the next few seasons over any other receiver in his draft class.  The Oakland defense is improving, but the Raiders will be in their share of shootouts.

2)            Breshad Perriman, Baltimore

He steps into the Torrey Smith role from day one. His quarterback, Joe Flacco, throws the best deep ball in the league, Perriman’s specialty.  Steve Smith is not the same player he was and the Ravens did not make huge improvements in the run game, so there should be plenty of touches available. Read More »

My review of the NFL Draft continues with my dynasty fantasy rankings of the first year running backs.  I am trying to consider their value two to four years down the road along with what they couldmel do year one.  Here are my thoughts:

1) Todd Gurley, St. Louis

He is the most explosive, physical runner in his class.  His knee issue might be a concern, but if you are a non-contending team, this should be your selection.  Gurley could sit out the first six games of the season, then again ask yourself, will it matter in a year?

2) Melvin Gordon, San Diego

Former Wisconsin running backs are usually inflated due to their dominant offensive lines.  Gordon is more explosive than most, has good foot speed, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.  This runner will start from day one and not look back. Read More »

After the third and final day of the NFL Draft, there were still fireworks left to muddy up the Jets quarterback situation, the Ravens backfield, and add intrigue to the Miami backfield.  I am taking a Draftquick look at some of the fantasy relevant players unearthed this past Saturday.  Players get listed in the order they were selected:

QB Bryce Petty, NYJ

The former Baylor signal caller did not adapt well to taking snaps under center in Mobile.  He is plenty athletic with a strong arm, but has sloppy footwork and is quite inaccurate.

WR Jamison Crowder, Washington

Duke’s “little engine that could” is more quick than fast and is a slot/return guy only.  He is not physical enough to play the outside.  I’m not sure if he will see the field in year one. Read More »

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