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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:

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 »


Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I wanted to create a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on jaelenstfantasy 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.

Undervalued: Todd Gurley, St. Louis running back (average draft spot 1.04)

While Gurley is overcoming a serious knee injury, he still is the best runner the NFL has seen since Adrian Peterson.  In a rookie draft where I hold the 1.01, Gurley is my selection. Sure this is my choice on a team that I took over.   My roster needs a lot of work and I don’t need to count on him from day one.  I can understand him going after Amari Cooper, but not Melvin Gordon or Kevin White. Read More »

My glance around the 2015 NFL Draft continues with a glimpse into the heart and soul of defenses everywhere aka the linebackers.  Unlike the offensive skill players, some defenders rise and fall benardrickmdepending on the scheme that they play in.  Their athletic skill is important, but so is the role they will get featured in. Here are my thoughts:

1) Eric Kendricks, Minnesota

Although he is a little short for an inside backer, Kendricks is ultra-athletic and will get to play along his college linebacker.  It looks like he will play MLB and should be able to flow freely to the ball carrier. Read More »

With the first day of the NFL Draft completed, there are a few complicated positional situations, the Jets defensive front three, the Rams backfield, and the Colts receiving corps.  Here are some of Draftmy quick observations after five hours of sleep, done in order of selection:

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

The local signal caller gets a great target situation with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Doug Martin/Charles Sims.  The problem is their offensive line situation is not in the best shape.  With the Bucs defense a bit on the weak side, there should be plenty of opportunities for offensive production for Winston.  He is in a great situation to produce from year one on.

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

The Titans went with the only other feasible starting quarterback from day one.  Ken Whisenhunt has gotten the most from his quarterbacks, so this should be no different.  Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright should see an immediate uptick to their fantasy value.  The mobile Mariota might help create space for second year back Bishop Sankey.  I’m not as enthusiastic about his situation for his first two seasons. Read More »

One of the highest risers due to the results of the NFL Combine is Clemson’s linebacker Stephone Anthony.  He posted an impressive forty time of 4.56, ran a 4.03 seconds 20-yard shuttle, and stephoneajumped a 37 inch vertical.  This caused many draftniks, including myself, to review more of his work to see if these numbers translate.  I watched his games against Florida State, Syracuse, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio State to get a better feel for the skills he brings to the next level.  Here is what I thought:

LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson 6′ 3″ 243 lbs. 

Cons: His Combine results do not show up to that extent on the game film.  Anthony possesses tremendous straight line speed, but does not change directions that quickly.  He seems to be tightly hipped and runs a bit too high.  I thought he took a lot of bad angles and had to run around blockers, instead of stepping into them and shedding on the way to the ball.  The linebacker, at times, appeared flat-footed and did a lot of his damage as a clean-up tackler.  This means he usually was not the first to arrive, but made sure the ball carrier got brought to the ground.  Anthony has limited pass rushing moves and got quite handsy out in pass coverage.  There is a reckless abandon to his game.  Read More »