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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:

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 »


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 jjenkinsyoung IDPs.  I will give my scouting thoughts on how they played a particular week.  Today I will be discussing two young linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Preston Brown.

LB-Jelani Jenkins, MIA- The second year linebacker rose to the top of the Miami depth chart through solid dependable play.  Where he plays depends on situation, Jenkins lines up a lot as an inside backer on short yardage plays and as an outside backer in long down and distances.  He won’t wow you with his superior athleticism.  Instead the backer is a good open field tackler who reads plays quickly, flows laterally well, and can shed blockers using a solid base and good leverage.  Jenkins is fairly average against the run, as he mostly plays clean up by hitting the ball carrier once another defender slows them down.  Read More »

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 dalton2010.  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:

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.  Read More »

Due to the season ending knee injury to Kiko Alonso, the dynasty IDP world got sent into a tailspin.  One of the names that quickly emerged to replace him was third round pick, Preston Brown.  The rookie backer ran a 4.8 40 at the Combinepreston so the speed of the defense will suffer, but Brown brings other attributes to the gridiron.  I reviewed four of his games to get a better understanding of his skill set.  There wasn’t a lot of film available to me so I watched of his two 2013 games against Florida International and University of South Florida as well as two 2012 games against Cincinnati and Florida.  Read More »