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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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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, 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 »

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 »

After the second day of the NFL Draft, fantasy dynasty owners now have more questions than answers concerning the Titans receiving corps, and the Lions and Browns running back roles.  I will maxxtake a quick review of what occurred and how it looks like it will affect your dynasty teams.  Players got listed in the order of selection in the NFL Draft:

2nd round

S Landon Collins, NYG

This physical player will be an instant impact player as the starter day one of mini-camps.  Collins should see plenty of tackle opportunities in the running and passing games with a not so impressive linebacker corps.

RB TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville

He is a quick footed runner, who can be a three down back for the Jaguars.  The back has good balance, sees the field well, moves great laterally, and has a nose for the end zone. Read More »

dresaMy last 2015 pre-draft scouting report is on the late round wide receiving prospect, Dres Anderson.  This Utah Ute is the son of former NFL wide out Flipper Anderson and had his college career unfortunately cut short by a knee injury in October 2014.  I reviewed three of his available games against Arizona State, UCLA, and Stanford to get a clearer feel for what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  These are my observations:

WR Dres Anderson, Utah, 6′ 1″ 187 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumps out on the screen is his skinny legs, while appearing quite fast in his college tape, Anderson doesn’t appear to have much leg strength.  He had issues breaking tackles and seems to lack the physicality needed to play on the line of scrimmage.  The receiver might be best suited to play in the slot where he can get a free release or at least have the room to create space since he has little wiggle to his game. Read More »

Now that the NFL Combine is over, the fantasy community is all about the rankings.  Here is a quick list with my initial thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  My rankings are very fluid and could change Draftdramatically before April 30th.  This is a minimalist list that will get more meat on it in later versions.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Read More »

It’s Day Two in Indianapolis and the day every dynasty owner loves the most..the offensive skill player day!  Remember we are getting a small glimpse into what each player brings to the next level, scoutingcombinenot the holy grail.  Here are some players that stood out to me during this day:

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The powerful running back looked smooth in drills showing off his loose hips and good hands.  He ran a slower forty than thought at 4.60.

WR Nelson Agholor, USC

He had a great gauntlet drill, catching passes in stride with his soft, attacking hands.  Agholor ran a solid 4.42 forty time, but his day ended early due to a dislocated finger. Read More »

Another highly regarded receiver who came to Mobile for Senior Bowl week was Ohio State’s Devin Smith.  Despite the national championship hype surrounding him, the wide out had a relatively dsmithquiet week of practices and game.  I reviewed five of his games against Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Oregon, and Alabama to get a better idea of what he can bring to an NFL team.  This is what I saw:

WR Devin Smith, Ohio State 6’ 1” 200 lbs.

Cons: While a receiver doesn’t have to be Hines Ward-esque as a blocker, I saw a variety of efforts from him.  Sometimes Smith did a good job squaring up the defender and took them away from the play, and then other times he barely looked the defense’s direction when he didn’t have the ball.  Why wasn’t this playmaker used on the gridiron more?  He appeared in only about a third of the Buckeyes plays, so were there unreported conditioning issues? Read More »

It’s day two in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl practices.  There was a lot more physical play than yesterday.  Tracking these players now before the hype gets out of hand could be the key to your dynasty fantasy season.  I have listed the players by practice (North or South) and then alphabetically.

North

RB David Cobb, Minnesota

The runner showed off soft hands and good hustle during practices today.  He keeps his legs pumping, protects the ball, and always falls forward. Read More »

It’s Senior Bowl’s Day One here in Mobile, Alabama.  The town is abuzz with all thirty-two teams in attendance.  The first day of practice is always a slow one as players are getting familiar with the coaching staffs and their new teammates.  Here are some initial thoughts from today’s practices (I have listed them alphabetically and separated them by squad).

North

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The muscular, athletic back got small in the hole using good wiggle to avoid contact.  Abdullah caught the ball well out of the backfield, looked good in the open field showing good burst, and straddled the sideline well, keeping his balance.  He doesn’t appear big enough to handle an NFL workload. Read More »