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The amazing time for dynasty fantasy football continues.  We are getting some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their mallettmoney 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

31.06 QB Ryan Mallett, Texans

He could be the starting quarterback for the Texans with his strong arm and limited pocket agility.  Mallett hasn’t exactly had the chance to play much sitting behind Tom Brady and then getting hurt in his second game starting last season.  The quarterback gets the strong running game of Arian Foster to run interference while throwing to some talented receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, and Cecil ShortsRead More »

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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 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 start this 2014 version of the series by looking back at Brandin Cooks.cooks

Here is what I saw in college from Cooks: The diminutive former Oregon State receiver, 5′ 10″ 189 lbs., has a huge catch radius, possesses great stop/start agility, blazing 4.31 40 speed,  along with good downfield vision. I see a rare combination of Steve Smith (big and my ball mentality) and DeSean Jackson (smoothness with acrobatics) to his game.  Cooks uses his smaller stature to motivate himself and demand the ball like Smith and Jackson do.  He has a solid 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 »

It had been awhile since I had dipped my feet into a dynasty fantasy football auction.  In my last auction article https://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 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 »

At dynasty blitz, I am watching each preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is very fluid, so please consider that this is only the beginning.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new barrteam additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

Saints/Rams

New Orleans seems committed to running the ball a bit more.  Former first round pick, Mark Ingram, ran hard and powerfully, using a stiff-arm while looking more physical than he did at any time last season.  The back bounced off defenders and pulled out a rare spin move.  Backup rusher, Khiry Robinson, looked good in space, caught the ball well, and jumped over the line of scrimmage to score a short touchdown.  Training camp reports have been positive about second year quarterback Ryan Griffin.  The signal caller has a quick release, shows good pocket presence stepping up to get away from danger, but still needs work.  If you are looking for speed/quickness, Brandin Cooks is willing to answer the call.  The rookie offensive weapon returned punts, ran inside and outside routes taking a few hard shots in the middle of the field. Read More »

Here is another one of the recent dynasty fantasy football teams that I built (start up in late February with the rookie draft in May).  I am the commissioner of this 14 team league and recruited most of the owners.  There are a few luminary cammanTweeters in this league like Brian Quinlan aka @The_Street_FA .    The PPR fantasy scoring features a tiered scoring: .5 pts for running backs, 1 pts for wide receivers, 1.5 pts for tight ends.  Passing touchdowns are worth 5 pts and all others are worth 6 pts.  It is tackle heavy scoring with return/rushing/receiving yardage all worth .1 pts per yard and passing is .05 pts per yard.  For the IDPs, it is a tackle heavy scoring system.  This is a super-flex league so every owner has a lot of flexibility: 1-2 QBs, 2-3 RBs, 3-4 WRs, 1-2 TEs, 2-3 DLs, 3-4 LBs, and 2-3 DBs.  Once again, the goal is to look at the composite of the team http://football22.myfantasyleague.com/2014/options?L=63805&O=07&F=0001:

QBs- Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Mark Sánchez, Ryan Griffin (start 1-2)

Since the draft got held before Newton’s injury and the NFL reveal of their schedule, I am happy with my starting quarterbacks.  Both can put up top ten numbers with one still reasonably young (Newton is 25) and Big Ben, who is 32, has another three to four years left of high fantasy production.  Since Roethlisberger did not get injured last season, I thought he played on borrowed time so I grabbed Gradkowski.  The only two quality backup quarterbacks on the waiver wire were Sánchez and Griffin.  Obviously Griffin is more of a project, but I will need to start one of them Week 12, because the Steelers and Panthers share the same bye week this season. Read More »

 

Once again I am giving full disclosure to all of my fantasy teams.  The next team I am exposing is The High Plains Drifters. This was a team I took over about a month and a half ago.  The two biggest reasons I took over the team was the fact giothat my friend, Ryan Berger aka the FFGhost, is the commissioner and that the team had rookie picks in spades: 1.03, 1.05, 2.03, 3.03, 3.05, 3.13, 4.03, 5.03, and 8.03.

The scoring was also interesting with 1 PPR for RBs, 1.25 PPR for WRs, 1.5 PPR for TEs, 5 points per passing TDs, 6 points all other TDs, and tackles worth 1.5 points for everyone but defensive linemen who get 2.5 points for each tackle.  When I took over the team, my tight end and linebacker situations were dire.  Through trades, the rookie draft, and waiver wire picks, I feel I built an improved team with a gaping hole at tight end, despite my best efforts.  Here is my team http://www17.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/10709#0: Read More »

breesBecause we are at a lull in the NFL and most dynasty fantasy football news, I thought this would be a great time to give full disclosure on my teams in all eight of the leagues that I am in.  I will cover each one in an article, the good and the bad.  Some are championship contenders and some are fixer uppers.  It is so easy to fall into groupthink and lose sight of what you are trying to build.  Hopefully this will give some insight into my philosophy and won’t be boring “let’s talk about my team” pieces.  I will start with my most recent dynasty team, Darwin’s Theory 3.  All touchdowns are worth 6 points, 1 PPR for all positions, and tackle heavy scoring.  You can find the league herehttp://www24.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/32962#0 : Read More »

This is the follow-up to yesterday’s article about the start-up dynasty draft.  We will now cover the highs and lows of the six round rookie draft that got held the week after the NFL Draft.  There were several trades that left a few of the teamsrichardson without picks for the first two to three rounds.  Keep in mind the starting lineups are as follows: 1-2 QBs, 2-3 RBs, 3-4 WRs, 1-2 TEs, 2-3 DLs, 2-3 DBs, and 3-4 LBs, so basically everyone starts one offensive flex (that could be a QB) and one defensive flex.  You can find the league here: http://www99.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/63805#0

The league has four first time dynasty owners and the rest of the league owners have three plus years of dynasty experience, but once the picks start flying all that is out the window.   Return yardage counts the same as rushing or receiving .1 points per yard, backs get .5 points per reception (PPR), wide receivers get 1 PPR, tight ends get 1.5 PPR, and all touchdowns are worth six points other than passing touchdowns (only worth five).  Let’s take a look at the six rookie draft rounds to see where you can find good values and not so good values, but keep in mind you can flex a quarterback (15 of them were in the top 25 scorers in 2013).

Round One

1.10 WR Brandin Cooks, Saints- The young receiver was great value here, but due to the quarterback flex aspect, players tend to slip a little.  Because this was my pick, I am more than overjoyed to brag about it. Read More »