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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 »

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matthews2This rookie wide receiver class is one of the deepest in years.  The next eight wide outs that I will briefly discuss all have the ability to start in the NFL and be productive.  I have my doubts that more than one or two of them will become superstars, but they will be good depth for your dynasty team.  Each receiver has a wart or two that is pushing them slightly down the rankings. I have ranked them by skill level from the games and practices I have watched.

8. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

He is a physical player who can battle defensive backs up and down the field.  Matthews knows how to use his body to create space and has good hands.  His 2013 numbers were more of a result of a lack of other offensive weapons as he played more successfully with Jordan Rodgers (Aaron’s younger brother) throwing him the ball and Zach Stacy (now starter for St. Louis) running it.  He plays a bit stiff and is a long strider, but is athletic enough to be a great WR2 in the NFL.  If he ends up being a receiver in a target rich environment like Carolina or Oakland, Matthews could have even greater value than some on my first list. Read More »

richardsonThis year’s draft is full of talented wide receivers.  Today I’m going to discuss former Colorado wide out Paul Richardson.  The first thing you notice when you see him is he looks a lot like DeSean Jackson, only taller, as he is 6’ even and weighs 175 lbs. soaking wet.  While he did not have the fastest 40 yard dash time at the Combine, Brandon Cooks did (4.33), the former Colorado Buffalo wide out ran a quick 4.40.   To get a better understanding of the skill set this receiver will bring to the NFL, I viewed five of his 2013 games against: USC, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Colorado State.

This athlete is a play maker and is very exciting to watch.  I am going to discuss the great things I saw him do, but the first game I watched, against USC, was the game I will take the most from.  He had issues gaining separation with physical tight coverage.  Chances are that he will see that type of coverage on almost every down in the NFL so team’s will need to get him open in space through design by formation or send him in motion to dictate coverage.  This makes me question if he will ever become more than a dynasty WR2, but that’s not to say he won’t be a good player, but I doubt that he will ever be elite. Read More »

The period between free agency and the NFL Draft is my favorite time of year as a dynasty owner. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the upcoming season. Dynasty owners thrive on the uncertainty by crunching statistics and reading over team reports to find the next breakout players.

Around this time each year, I target a few players in my dynasty leagues that have breakout potential. Some of it is based on gut feelings, but mostly from watching game footage and finding players that have excelled in a limited role. Over the next few weeks, I will cover players I have targeted for my own teams. Last time I covered tight end Kyle Rudolph. Next up on my list of breakout candidates is Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker.

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The period before free agency and the NFL Draft is my favorite time of year as a dynasty owner. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the upcoming season. Dynasty owners thrive on the uncertainty by crunching statistics and reading over team reports to find the next breakout players.

Around this time each year, I target a few players in my dynasty leagues that have breakout potential. Some of it is based on gut feel, but mostly from watching game footage and finding players that have excelled in a limited role. Over the next few weeks, I will cover players I have targeted for my own teams. Leading off my list of breakout candidates is Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph.

 

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The Super Bowl provides dynasty league owners one last shot to scout prospective players before the next season begins. While your family and friends are talking about the commercials or rooting for their favorite team in the game – take careful note of some of the under-the-radar players. Last year I told you to keep an eye on WR Antonio Brown of the Steelers. Who will rise from relative obscurity this year to become another star? Read the rest of this entry at PFF Fantasy »

When I created the Hillis Factor metric this off-season to find breakout running backs, I did not anticipate the player whose namesake it was named after having a sub par season. Peyton Hillis has struggled with injuries on a lowly Browns team this year, but his breakout season from 2010 still created the perfect storm of placing a player who excelled in a limited role before the chance to see the field often. For the record, Hillis can still re-qualify for his own metric with a strong finish.

I will take the chance to review how the 2010 breakout running back candidates have done so far and look ahead to some running backs to target for the 2012 season. Here are the slants this week: Read the rest of this entry at PFF Fantasy »

Looking for my thoughts on what current players the 2011 NFL Draft class reminds me of using the premium data at Pro Football Focus?

I covered 23 players covered in total. Is A.J.Green the next Larry Fitzgerald? Can Cam Newton duplicate weekly numbers like Aaron Rodgers?

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Week 1 is in the books and dynasty owners can begin surveying the new reality of this NFL season. While it would be unwise to put too much stock into what we witnessed last week, some of the data helped clarify important long-term situations.

Here are the slants this week: Read the rest of this entry at PFF Fantasy»

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

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Every week during the preseason and season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. The fake games have ended, so bring on some real football! 

Well, Andy Dalton looked better for some of the game vs. the Broncos.  Too bad, it was until he had to throw in tight spaces (the end zone especially), which means Dalton will need to master that skill to continue playing Sundays.  Shipley was more active so it seems Dalton has found a safety blanket in him.  Delone Carter is still having issues blocking in the passing game.  He may be a fantasy option later in the season, but not now.  Also, Kerry Collins needs to knock off the rust on his beard and his play.

Tom Brady needed to play so he could dust off last week’s bad game versus the Lions.  Click for the rest here:http://draftbreakdown.com/preseason-final-week-blitzkrieg-part-1

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Please redhead community forgive me, but Andy Dalton is no Sonny Jurgenson. Will the red hair have an impact?  There is more concern if the Bengals can run the ball effectively with Cedric Benson (once jail time is served) as defenses can feed on a one-dimensional attack.  I can’t think of a team with a rookie quarterback that has better receiving weapons: AJ Green, Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, TE Jermaine Gresham, and scat back Bernard Scott.  New offensive co-ordinator, Jay Gruden, now faces the tough task of getting rookie Dalton ready to face NFL defenses that are unlike anything this TCU grad has ever seen.  What is his fantasy outlook this year and beyond? To read the rest click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2011-fantasy-football-rookie-report-andy-dalton-qb-cincinnati-bengals/