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In the 2016 NFL Draft, there are many running backs of all shapes and sizes.  One of the under the radar backs is Brandon Wilds of South Carolina. Wilds participated in the NFLPA Collegiate bwildsBowl and at the NFL Scouting Combine. Wilds was a lightly recruited 3-star prospect out of Blythewood, SC. He started the 2011 season fifth on the Gamecock’s depth chart at running back. The young man was thrust into the starting lineup against Tennessee in his freshman season, and responded with 137 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards on 31 touches. I reviewed several of his games (2015: Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee; 2014: Georgia, Florida) to get a better idea of the skills and attributes that this young man brings to the next level.  These are my thoughts:

RB – Brandon Wilds, South Carolina,  6’0” 215lbs Read More »

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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 jreedmoney 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

16.10 TE Jordan Reed, Washington

This third year oft-injured tight end did not have a good second season.  Reed missed five games last season while only had five fantasy impactful games.  2015 will be a make or break year for him.  Is he more talented than the 19th guy at his position, sure, but potential will only get you so far.  Huge risk/reward play here, I hope it works out. Read More »

My review of the NFL Draft continues with my dynasty fantasy rankings of the first year running backs.  I am trying to consider their value two to four years down the road along with what they couldmel do year one.  Here are my thoughts:

1) Todd Gurley, St. Louis

He is the most explosive, physical runner in his class.  His knee issue might be a concern, but if you are a non-contending team, this should be your selection.  Gurley could sit out the first six games of the season, then again ask yourself, will it matter in a year?

2) Melvin Gordon, San Diego

Former Wisconsin running backs are usually inflated due to their dominant offensive lines.  Gordon is more explosive than most, has good foot speed, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.  This runner will start from day one and not look back. Read More »

After the third and final day of the NFL Draft, there were still fireworks left to muddy up the Jets quarterback situation, the Ravens backfield, and add intrigue to the Miami backfield.  I am taking a Draftquick look at some of the fantasy relevant players unearthed this past Saturday.  Players get listed in the order they were selected:

QB Bryce Petty, NYJ

The former Baylor signal caller did not adapt well to taking snaps under center in Mobile.  He is plenty athletic with a strong arm, but has sloppy footwork and is quite inaccurate.

WR Jamison Crowder, Washington

Duke’s “little engine that could” is more quick than fast and is a slot/return guy only.  He is not physical enough to play the outside.  I’m not sure if he will see the field in year one. Read More »

Now that all pro days are in the books and I’ve gotten the chance to watch everyone on the list.  Here is this quick updated list with my thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  These rankings are very fluid and will get adjusted after the NFL Draft is overDraft. Any rankings in italics are upgrades.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

6. Shane Carden, East Carolina

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Read More »

Now that some pro days occurred and I’ve gotten the chance to watch more film.  Here is a quick updated list with my thoughts of this dynasty fantasy football draft class.  These rankings are very fluid and will get adjustedDraft again before April 30th. Any rankings in italics are upgrades.

Quarterbacks

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

6. Shane Carden, East Carolina

Running backs

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Read More »

When it comes to solid, yet unspectacular running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft, look no further than South Carolina’s Mike Davis.  He appears somewhere between fifth and tenth on most draftniks mikeydratings boards.  I reviewed five of his games against Georgia (2013 and 2014), Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi State to get a better feel for what skills and talents he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

RB Mike Davis, South Carolina 5′ 9″ 217 lbs.

Cons: The back gets caught, at times, dancing too much in the backfield (east and west) when he should be moving north and south.  This lack of decision-making will be more actualized in the NFL than it ever was at South Carolina.  Once Davis hits a pile-up, his legs do not appear powerful enough to move the cloud of dust any further, for a power runner I expected more power.  He is an adequate blocker in the passing game, but shows varied efforts which will put a quarterback at risk.  This could cause some teams to view him as more of a two-down back.  Davis also played behind a very good offensive line that might have made him appear to be a better player than he truly is. 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 »

It’s that time of year when I turn my focus to the college bowl games to gain insight. I will do my best to find some draft eligible players that could improve your dynasty teams. This article intends tokbell start conversations and encourage continued thought throughout the entire draft process. These are my observations based on the bowl games, unless otherwise indicated. There will be much more in-depth, thought-provoking discussions later in the offseason. I am listing these players alphabetically.

WR-Kenny Bell, Nebraska- Despite having a big head of hair, Bell is a smooth, fluid athlete that gets in and out of his breaks quickly.  He does a great job catching the ball in stride with his soft hands and runs crisp routes.  The receiver tracks the ball well in the air, gets separation and shields the pigskin from his defensive coverage.  Bell lines up all over the formation, and gets a clean release of the line using his hands and quick feet.  He knows where he is on the field at all times, toe-tapping near the sidelines showing good balance.  The wide out adjusted to the ball in the end zone getting his knee down to catch a touchdown.  Once Bell has the ball in his hands, he fights for extra yardage, not going down easily and uses a stiff-arm to get away from would-be tacklers.  As a run blocker, he could use some work, but he does get in front of his defender and sprung his running back for a touchdown in the red zone. 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 »