Maybe it’s just me, but with the proliferation of Draft Twitter and the multitudes of fantasy football sites, I believe it is important to know someone’s background before reading their work aka “don’t follow false prophets”. Speaking of myself and only myself, I have watched football for over 43 years of my 47 years on this earth. That alone, however, does not make me a good judge of football talent. I played football for four years between junior high and high school where I was a starting guard, sometimes center and began defense as a defensive end, but eventually played both inside and outside backer spots. Once again, that does not qualify me to be an expert at football, just some experience playing the game.
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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for junior running back Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Cardinals.
The most talented son of former Bronco receiver, Ed McCaffrey, only made one controversial move: he skipped his last bowl game. Christian is an exciting player that is hard not to like, but there is some concern that with his diminutive size he might not be able to carry the load as a full-time NFL running back. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the seven games I reviewed of the junior runner: 2016 contests versus USC, California, Rice, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts:
There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for redshirt junior wideout John Ross III, Washington Huskies.
WR-John Ross III, Washington 5’11” 190 lbs.
This Huskie weapon really broke out in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns after missing his entire 2015 season due to multiple knee injuries. How will he transition to the next level and will he be a first round NFL and/or fantasy rookie draft selection?
Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the redshirt junior playmaker: 2016 contests versus Alabama, USC, California, Oregon, and Arizona State. Most of these game videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts:
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 on 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.
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 moderate 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.
Can you feel the excitement in the air? Fantasy football is ready to go on tilt! All NFL training camps are opening this week. That means fantasy football players will get flooded with everyone’s sleepers and opinions for two months prior to the start of the regular season. Let’s use this time in a different way, by educating yourself to spot things. Find ways to exploit the news and the preseason games to your advantage.
Do not over-react to news
If you follow people on Twitter, find beat writers or national reporters that support their information. Has that writer been following the team for years with an ear to ownership or the coaching staff? Sometimes they could be getting the information spoon fed to them with some alternative motives, look into it and don’t trust blindly. Unless I’m hearing it directly from Adam Schefter or Steelers beat writer that I trust, I tend to wait for official word to come out.
This site is generally devoted to specific advice for and coverage of fantasy football, from draft strategies to rankings, news, and blog posts on various relevant topics. But with the NFL season rapidly approaching, we’re devoting this post instead to some of the tools that may help busy fantasy owners to stay on top of their leagues, from the draft, through game days, to the playoffs.
In a 2013 survey of NFL fan viewing and stat tracking habits, Verizon Wireless found some pretty interesting statistics: that 59.6% of viewers watch games at home, and 10.2% watch on smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, 34.8% of viewers claim to be socially active during games, and 26.6% claim to be involved with streaming (watching other games’ highlights, checking scores, etc.) while watching. What all of this means is that fans are increasingly engaged with digital media while watching football, using phones and tablets to keep track of not just a single game, but the entire league on game days? And, while fantasy was not a specific element of viewership covered in this survey, it stands to reason that fantasy concerns play a significant role in all of this stat tracking and game surfing.
But which mobile apps and tools should be keeping you busy on NFL Sundays? Obviously, the most important answer is the app for whatever fantasy league host you use, be it Yahoo, ESPN, etc. But beyond the app you use for your own league, here are a few cool tools to check out.
This is the final installment of my full disclosures of my dynasty fantasy football teams. My team, Ivanka Trumps All, is coming off its first title in 2013 and looking for more championships. This is my longest running league that started in 2010. The league began as a local NYC league with my friend Derek aka Swoop as the commissioner several years earlier. He was a member of my old Anakin’s Dynasty League (which lasted five years earlier) and liked the dynasty concept. Only about half of his New York league mates wanted to make the jump to a dynasty fantasy football league, so Swoop and I ended up mixing his local friends and several of my online friends to form this 12 team league. You can find the league here:http://www19.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/49187#0
This is a “starter IDP league”. Sometimes new IDP players are nervous about trying different things, so this league only starts four IDP positions: 1-2 LBs, 1-2 DLs, and 1-2 DBs with tackle heavy scoring. I attempt every year to get more defensive players added to no avail. On offense the starting lineup looks like: 1 QB, 1-3 RBs, 1-3 WRs, 1-3 TEs (6 starters between RB/WR/TE), and 1 K. All touchdowns are worth 6pts and the PPR concept stagers with 1pt for running backs, 1.25 for wide receivers, and 1.5 for tight ends. There are also bonuses for certain thresh holds: 5pts for 100 yards rushing or receiving (not combined) and 5pts for 300 yards passing. During the regular season, the rosters drop to 30 regular spots and four taxi squad slots for rookies and injured players listed as doubtful or worse.
QBs- Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, AJ McCarron (start 1)
Romo, when healthy, is a good starter who seems to get to 300 yards a lot with their porous defense. I picked up Dalton in a trade last year and am ok with him as a backup, but I don’t trust him or McCarron much. McCown helped carry me last season when Cutler got hurt and will only stay on this team if he is starting.
My tour around the NFL’s best defensive fantasy impact rookies continues with the man of many hyphens: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. This former member of the Alabama Tide made quite the impact against a lot of high-powered teams during his college career and plans to continue his excellent level of play with the Green Bay Packers. To get a good idea of the skills Clinton-Dix brings, I reviewed four of his 2013 college games against some of the nation’s most powerful offenses in Texas A & M, Auburn, LSU, and Ole Miss. It was easy to see that the Packers got a steal in the first round, but will that make him a fantasy IDP superstar?
It has been a fast and furious first two months of Dynasty Blitz. Since I am the only writer/owner, it is always good to step back and take analysis of how things are going. First, I would like to thank all of my Twitter peeps who re-tweet all of my articles which gets them read by more people every day. The views after the NFL Draft have been phenomenal. Secondly, I would like to personally thank the generous seven people that donated via PayPal. I’m not in this for the money, but being able to cover my trip to the Senior Bowl with donations every year would be nice. I’m only 15% there, so if you enjoy what you are reading, think of the value you are getting.
Speaking of the Senior Bowl, I will be re-posting my six article series on what I saw in Mobile so I get the chance to re-charge during the Memorial Day week. These give a lot of good observations on both the offensive and defensive players that you are considering in your rookie drafts. This will also give me a chance to re-load and work on new scouting reports ( 16 rookie IDP players), and articles about my new 14 team dynasty league that drafted in early February and the later rookie draft that just ended. For the next few Saturdays, I will feature myfantasyleague’s ADP to help us decide where rookie values are increasing and where they are falling. I also finished a replacement owner draft a week or so ago and the league is completing our rookie as well speak, so that will be a nice two article series. Plus I plan on re-working two of my favorite pieces: the art of trading in dynasty leagues and why vetoes should be allowed.