Today, we will be looking at a scouting report for Damore’ea Stringfellow, the former Ole Miss Rebels. He hasn’t caught that many passes in college (102), but the receiver has averaged at least 13 yards a catch in every season. I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the redshirt junior wideout. The games reviewed were four 2016 contests against Florida State, Auburn, Memphis, and Mississippi State as well a 2013 games versus BYU when he played for the Washington Huskies. Here are my thoughts:
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In the 2016 NFL Draft class, there are superior athletes and then there are bullies. Former Mississippi State wide out De’Runnya Wilson out-bullies almost every defensive back he meets. Sure, he gets help by playing with a top five quarterback talent in Dak Prescott, but right now lets focus on the big man. I reviewed a few of his games against NC State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss (2014 and 2015), and Auburn (2014) to get a better idea of what skills and talents this young man will bring to the next level. This is what I saw:
The 2016 NFL Draft has athletes of all shapes and sizes for NFL teams and dynasty fantasy owners to fawn over. One of the more powerfully built receivers available this year is former Rutgers wide out Leonte Carroo. He is far from your typical receiver, but should find a significant role at the next level. I reviewed his games against Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State (2014 and 2015), Washington State (2014), and Tulane (2014) to get a better understanding of what skills and attributes that he brings to the NFL. Here are my thoughts:
With the 2016 NFL Draft still months away, it’s time to dig a little for your dynasty fantasy football teams. In this article, we will be discussing former Clemson wide out, Charone Peake. He certainly got my attention during the Combine with his athleticism, so I re-watched his game against Syracuse, a few highlight videos, and reviewed his Senior Bowl week. The former Orange man’s skills and attributes seem to translate to the next level; here are my thoughts:
Every dynasty owner is looking for that diamond in the rough. One such wide receiver in the 2015 rookie draft could be UNLV’s Davante Davis. I got to see him in Mobile during the beginning of the Senior Bowl week, but he left due to injury. After consulting my practice notes and watching games against Northern Illinois and Nevada, there was enough to evaluate what skills and attributes Davis can bring to the next level. Here are my thoughts:
WR Devante Davis, UNLV 6’ 3” 220 lbs.
Cons: The receiver is very raw and did not run precise routes. UNLV is not known to be a football powerhouse, so the level of coaching and instruction would not come close to what he would have gotten in a major college program. Davis doesn’t use his size to his advantage and lets the ball get into his body. He needs to do a better job of shielding defensive backs from the ball with his big frame.
One of the biggest offensive weapons that went to the Senior Bowl was Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates. While this year’s class is not as accomplished as the 2014 one was, there are plenty of exciting options to consider if your dynasty team needs some help. I reviewed three of his college games (LSU, Arkansas, and Texas A & M) along with his practices and the half game he played in Mobile. Here is what I saw:
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn 6’ 2” 201 lbs.
Cons: One of the most aggravating aspects of any football player is inconsistency. Coates shows varying efforts depending on the number of targets and plays designed for him. He doesn’t always catch the ball with his outstretched hands; instead the wide out uses his body too much to secure passes. The receiver is a long strider who takes time to get to full speed. His exaggerated foot chop makes him slower changing directions, which gives defenders a chance to keep stride with him.
The tour around my dynasty fantasy football leagues continues with my Farmington Strike Team. This was the league that got inspired by one of the horrible commissioners. I serve as a co-commissioner in the appropriately titled Legends of the Fall http://www7.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/14326#0 with Sam Thun aka @gridironguy. It originally started off as a 20 man keeper league, but increased to a 25 man keeper league in 2013 with cuts due in the spring from 35 roster spots. Technically this is not a true dynasty league, rather a big keeper one. Starting lineups are the following: 1 QB, 2-4 RBs, 2-4 WRs, 1-3 TEs, 1 K, 2-5 DL, 2-5 LBs, 2-5 DBs. All touchdowns are worth 6 pts other than 5 pts for passing touchdowns. This is a regular PPR league, save for 1.5pts for tight ends. For the IDPs, it is a tackle heavy scoring. I had a great team in 2012, winning the entire league and then crashed in 2013 with a second to last finish. Here is my team:
QBs- Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Locker, Zach Mettenberger (start 1)
Roethlisberger should be solid for the next 3-4 years, but Locker is a weak QB2. This league is always quarterback centric and I am never willing to overpay for a solid backup. Mettenberger got selected just in case of emergency.
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 teams 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).
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.
Since most of us are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I wanted to write a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy 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.
The easy trend to predict was Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans get drafted one and two in almost every single draft. These receivers seem to be the safest bets based on talent and situation. I don’t feel there is much of a difference in value between them, so if you receive an offer to more from the 1.01 to the 1.02 for something that could improve your team, make the move. If there is any thing as a sure thing, it is those two this year.
The excitement generated by the draft weekend has come and gone. Now is the time to put in the hard work as your rookie fantasy drafts are upon us. My dynasty fantasy rankings get based on a three to four-year window, not their immediate impact. Talent and situation gets considered here. This is where the meat and potatoes of the rookie draft values are this year, so get a few helpings of fantasy goodness with this position.
15. Allen Robinson, Jaguars- It’s a crowded Jacksonville wide receiver core with Marqise Lee, Ace Sanders, and Cecil Shorts. Robinson isn’t the most polished receiver with his body catching and fighting his hands to secure the ball. The receiver is great on bubble screens and plays designed to get him in space where he can use his athleticism. Robinson is a physical receiver who can come down with contested passes, but was lackluster against better college competition.
After watching Twitter and the internet since returning from Mobile, there is already a consensus of people’s opinions on the so-called best NFL Draft and fantasy prospects. Much of their talents get debated over and over. I want to take a few articles to discuss the “lesser known” for the lack of a better term. These are the players that have talent, but maybe play in smaller schools or are just less publicized than a Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins, etc. Here are a few more of those players that might be valuable come rookie draft time:
Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
The Clemson wide receiver not named Sammie Watkins had a very productive junior season with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. After you have adjusted your eyes to his 6′ 5″ 201 lbs. size, it is clear that the wide out enjoys run blocking as he steps up and gets in the defender’s face right away. You might be asking yourself, why does that matter? A big physical receiver that likes to block will see a lot of playing time versus a tall specialist who only gets work in three or four wide sets.