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In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of trethe series by looking at running back Tre Mason.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Washington to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college:  The young back is very sudden and explosive with impressive foot speed.  Mason is lacking in leg power/strength, so he takes what the defense allows him, instead of imposing his will.  The runner uses good leverage getting small and darting through minute creases. He has a great sense of balance and falls forward gaining additional yardage by always keeping his feet chopping. One of his best attributes is his vision which allows him to find the best angles.  Mason has a fantastic jump cut which helps him separate from defenders with ease. Read More »


In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or stacymoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I decided to watch the St. Louis Rams second year running backs Zach Stacy and Bennie Cunningham in action against Tampa Bay.  I own either Stacy, Cunningham, and/or Tre Mason in three leagues with a desire to understand what is going on. Read More »

The NFL preseason is now over.  Many younger and/or fringe players are fighting for roster spots on NFL and fantasy football teams as you read. We got slight glimpses into the thought pattern of some teams with how much or how little theselandry athletes played and others we will never know.  Here are my general thoughts about some of the more interesting younger players or free agents from the first half of their last preseason game.

Rams vs. Dolphins

The later the game, the leaner the talent is to find.  With that being said, Miami rookie receiver Jarvis Landry keeps on getting better.  He catches passes in traffic, and gets to the ball at its highest point.  The former LSU wide out fights for extra yardage and uses his body to block the defensive back from getting to the ball.  For the Rams, second year Stedman Bailey appears to be the best receiver on the Rams, despite his four game suspension.  He runs crisp routes, looks to bail his quarterback out of trouble, and has a good catch radius.  Shaun Hill will miss his calming presence over four games.   Rookie runner, Tre Mason, isn’t close to taking carries away from Zach Stacy, Bennie Cunningham is clearly the better runner right now.   Mason gets knocked around in pass protection, catches the ball with his body, and doesn’t seem to have a lot of lower body strength.  That isn’t to say that the young back can’t get small in the hole and learn how to pass block well, but it isn’t going to be this year. 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 »

Today I’m reviewing the fantasy rookie draft connected with the 14 team league that I did a replacement owner draft (yesterday’s article).  The most interesting part of this draft is that only around half of the owners had picks in the first bridgewaterround.  There were two power player teams that were willing to trade out for a high price.  I took a few notes on some picks that either surprised me or were good value.  For inquiring minds, you can find the rookie draft here:

1.08 WR Marqise Lee, Jaguars

Despite being able to start five wide receivers, I found this selection to be quite high.  Will he be the WR1 or WR2 or WR3?  There are still some injury concerns floating around with him and this was the earliest I saw him drafted. Read More »

Since most of us are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, I am continuing my three-part weekly series discussing the trends that are occurring in fantasy football rookie drafts.  When a trend isn’t sankeyreally changing like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans get drafted one and two in almost every single draft, then I will discuss other players unless their draft position is changing dramatically.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

Although I did not mention this in my first article, newly minted Titans running back Bishop Sankey gets selected third overall in most fantasy rookie drafts.  While I do think he is a relatively safe rusher, this screams opportunity over talent.  There is little upside when an owner decides to go with Sankey over a more talented skill player like Saints Brandin Cooks.  Running backs are a dime a dozen in the NFL these days and I would rather have someone who could ascend, not just tread water. Read More »

The excitement of 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 running back dynasty fantasy rankings get based on a two to three-year window, not their immediate impact.  Talent and situation get considered here.  This position, more than any other, is the most fluid and volatile on your fantasy teams. There are only a few good situations this season for teams that needed starters and/or had carries available.sankey

1. Bishop Sankey, Titans- The safest back in the draft landed in the most running back starved team.  Sankey will not overwhelm you with his athleticism, but he will be a safe 250 touch back.  He can pass block, catch the pigskin, and looks good near the goal line.  I consider him this year’s Zach Stacy aka solid and not exciting. He should be the first back chosen in your rookie drafts near the middle to end of the first round. His situation got a little better with the news that Shonn Greene just had knee surgery. Read More »

The 2014 rookie running back class is one of the weakest in years.  Every back seems to have some good skills and some glaring holes in their game.  Auburn’s lead back Tre Mason is no exception while he has a lot of wiggle; I have some t masonserious doubts if he can be a starter at the next level. Now a potential wrist injury may even impact things to a greater degree.  To get a better idea of the skills he can bring to the NFL, I reviewed four of his 2013 games against Florida State (national championship game), Alabama, Missouri, and Texas A&M.  All of these opponents have plenty of NFL caliber defensive players, so his skill set will be easier to compare to NFL level talent.

At the Combine, Mason measured in at 5’ 8” 207 lbs. and ran a good 4.5 40 time, but looked dreadful in pass protection drills.  I didn’t see an elite athlete who can make a huge difference in the NFL.  He might be a volume back if he reaches his high upside.  The son of one of the founding members of De La Soul looks more like a larger version of Atlanta Falcons Jacquizz Rodgers aka short with quick feet and hips but lacking the power to be an NFL starter.  When you look at Rodger’s NFL production or lack thereof, you can tell that isn’t exactly a compliment. Read More »

We have already heard that this year’s draft class is weak at running back, so why bother with ranking more backs?  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as every runner on this secondary list has some of the same skills that you can find in thecrowell top seven backs.  Some of them don’t have a lot of experience at the position, didn’t get the carries, or were too slow/injury prone.  Many of these backs will get pushed down your rookie drafts into the third, fourth, and fifth rounds with the talent found elsewhere.  That doesn’t mean that they can’t help you win, if you grab the right one.  These rushers got ranked by skill set before we all get caught up in what NFL team selects them in the draft.

8. Storm Johnson, Central Florida

The junior hasn’t started many games as he was a transfer from the University of Miami, but he certainly put together an impressive year.  He has a slashing running style, possesses good balance, and is a good short yardage back.  Johnson didn’t get asked to pass block much; however, he is a good receiver out of the backfield.  He is raw, but malleable.  I see him having the body type that can hold up to the NFL punishment. Read More »