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Fantasy football is always evolving.  Six years ago there were less than 50 sites that discussed this great pastime of ours  Now, there are hundreds of sites dedicated to every kind of league imaginable.  I love fantasy football because you can dmartinbuild a solid foundation if you put the time into   studying.  Viewing film and following the local NFL beat writers will often help find the hidden nuggets of worthwhile information that others in your league may be missing.

Experienced players use every bit of information they can glean from any source to form new opinions, sometimes the direct opposite of years past.  They try out new theories and most will experiment when the stakes are low or there are no stakes at all.  The best place to do that is in a mock draft.  Mock drafts allow you to try different strategies while helping set up player values in other owner’s minds. Read More »

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The dynasty fantasy world is all-in on rookie players like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron, and Johnny Manziel.   Dynasty fantasy football championships are many times made by taking a different direction than most fantasyellington general managers would try.  One of those players is San Francisco 49ers receiver Bruce Ellington.  If you look at their receiving core, the rookie is not close to making an impact this season with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Stevie Johnson in front of him.  Also Colin Kaepernick made his big 2014 contract more by running the ball than by passing it.  The great equalizer in dynasty fantasy football is time and talent.  Ellington has both of those in spades.  After re-watching four of his 2013 college games against Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt, I am even more confident of his talent and his long-term outlook.  Let’s discuss what he brings to the table: Read More »

One of the greatest accomplishments a fantasy football dynasty owner can do is finding and connecting on a deep sleeper that will help you win your league.  I will tell you that it isn’t easy.  Many writers and “experts” use the word “sleeper” colemanrather loosely.  First, I am no expert.  My bills get paid at my real job in the accounting department.  I took two professional scouting classes, have some great knowledgeable friends (whom I still learn a lot from), and watch at least 16 football games a week (mostly professional during the NFL season, but lots of college tape during the offseason and a little high school during their school year).   So I am going to call undrafted free agent former Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman (who got signed by the Saints after the draft), my “sleeper.”   The first thing you notice about the rookie receiver is his size, 6’ 6” 225 lbs.  He is hard to miss when you watch him play. Read More »

My IDP scouting coverage continues with Oklahoma State’s cornerback Justin Gilbert.  Not only was he the first corner selected in the NFL Draft, but he also will get to play on the other side of the formation to all pro Cleveland Brown Joe gilbertHaden.  Gilbert has a unique skill set that will make him very impactful in dynasty IDP fantasy leagues that either start corner backs and/or reward return yardage.  I reviewed four of his 2013 college games against West Virginia, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Mississippi State to get an overall view of what makes him so dangerous and exciting. Read More »

The next impactful IDP player I want to discuss is the new Denver Broncos first round cornerback, former Ohio State Bradley Roby.  He had a few substance abuse issue reports that popped up close to the NFL Draft that helped him slide into the end of the first roundroby.  If he can take care of those issues, there is no reason to believe that he cannot make his mark in the NFL this season and on your IDP fantasy squad.  Because I am a huge Michigan Wolverines fan, the former Buckeye Roby is no stranger to me.  I re-watched four of his 2013 games against my beloved Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Penn State to get a better feel for what skill set he brings into the NFL. Read More »

Today I’m reviewing the fantasy rookie draft connected with the 14 team league that I did a replacement owner draft (yesterday’s article).  The most interesting part of this draft is that only around half of the owners had picks in the first bridgewaterround.  There were two power player teams that were willing to trade out for a high price.  I took a few notes on some picks that either surprised me or were good value.  For inquiring minds, you can find the rookie draft here:  http://football11.myfantasyleague.com/2014/options?L=48665&O=17.

1.08 WR Marqise Lee, Jaguars

Despite being able to start five wide receivers, I found this selection to be quite high.  Will he be the WR1 or WR2 or WR3?  There are still some injury concerns floating around with him and this was the earliest I saw him drafted. Read More »

The Vikings decided to re-boot their defensive end spots causing the exodus of Jared Allen to Chicago.  One of their choices was third round pick Scott Crichton from Oregon State.  In a defensive end class that was short on play makers, crichtonCrichton is a solid contributor, who might make an impact this season for your dynasty fantasy squad.  I watched four of his 2014 games against California, Stanford, Boise State, and Oregon to get a better feel of the skill level and talent he brings to Minnesota.  In every IDP league, you need good pass rushers at the defensive end spot if you want to compete.  Read More »

Another rookie linebacker that could make waves this year is former Florida State Seminal Telvin Smith.  Despite only starting his senior year, the rookie linebacker increased his college tackles and turnovers each year.  Usually some college telvinlinebackers struggle with their height being enough to play on the inside in the NFL, which is not the case with Smith.  He is 6’ 3”, but the linebacker only weighs 218 pounds.  I re-watched four of these games against Pittsburgh, Miami, Clemson, and Boston College to get a more well-rounded view of the skill set he brings to the Jaguars.  Read More »

Since most of us are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I am continuing my three-part weekly series (heck if it gets even more reads, I might add a fourth part) discussing the trends that are occurring in hillmyfantasyleague.com fantasy football rookie drafts.  The first article got based on 75 rookie drafts completed, and now we are over 400 rookie-only drafts!  When a trend isn’t really changing like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans get drafted one and two in almost every single draft, then I will discuss other players unless their draft position is changing dramatically.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

Some of these next selections may not be exciting per se, but these trends are important to note.  WR Odell Beckham, Jr, who got drafted by the Giants, has on average been selected sixth overall in fantasy rookie drafts.  Some people feel he is too much of a Victor Cruz clone and he will struggle to play on the outside.  One assumes risk with this pick because of the way the New York offense struggled last season.  Beckham is a safe, but unspectacular pick in the middle of the first round of dynasty fantasy rookie drafts.  I envision him to hold WR3-4 value this season. Read More »

IDP dynasty fantasy football is all about situations.  The first defensive player I wanted to write about was former Wisconsin inside linebacker, Chris Borland.  The new 49er is a bit undersized to play the position in the NFL, but he showed borlandme something during the Senior Bowl practices that helps vault him up my rankings.  I watched four of his 2013 games against Minnesota, Ohio State, Arizona State, and South Carolina for this article, along with a quick review of my notes from Mobile.  Read More »

My next stop on the IDP scouting report trail is LB/S Christian Kirksey, the former Hawkeye.  I reviewed four of his 2013 collegian games against Michigan, LSU, Minnesota, and Nebraska to get a better feel for what he brings to the kirkseyCleveland Browns defense and to your dynasty IDP teams.  I will admit it is somewhat difficult to project him at an inside linebacker spot, because he played more of a hybrid outside linebacker/strong safety role at Iowa.  Read More »