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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 mallettmoney 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:

31.06 QB Ryan Mallett, Texans

He could be the starting quarterback for the Texans with his strong arm and limited pocket agility.  Mallett hasn’t exactly had the chance to play much sitting behind Tom Brady and then getting hurt in his second game starting last season.  The quarterback gets the strong running game of Arian Foster to run interference while throwing to some talented receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, and Cecil ShortsRead More »


There is nothing more elusive than what are Alabama backs chances at the next level.  Many reports state that the Crimson Tide beats the daylight out of their players with overly tough, physical tjyeldpractices leaving them more subject to injury in later years.  Do we look at first round bust, Trent Richardson and current Raider, for proof of this theory, or should we consider the Packers Eddie Lacy who appears to have adjusted well to the NFL?  I say we take both backs’ experiences and throw in TJ Yeldon’s game tape to get a full picture.  After reviewing four of his games against Auburn, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma, here are the skills that he brings to the NFL.

RB TJ Yeldon, Alabama 6’ 1” 226 lbs.

Cons:  The first thing that jumped out on tape was his explosion declined from 2013 to 2014.  It looks like the excessive college touches/hard practices, etc. took their toll on him. The back is an upright runner that has stiffer hips than I expected.  Yeldon doesn’t have a lot of wiggle and cannot create separation on his own.  His offensive line is responsible for a solid part of his production and the runner might be too patient waiting for holes to develop.  He needs to make quicker decisions, lower his pads, and run through defenders; instead of letting the defense dictate his approach.  As a receiver, the back lets the ball too much into his body instead of catches it cleanly and in stride.  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 hiltonmoderate 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 take a look at two exciting Colts: TY Hilton and Dwayne Allen.

WR TY Hilton, IND- Sometimes I just know when to pick them, it is hard to get better than a nine catch, 223 yard receiving, and one touchdown night in prime time.  If this game tells us the fantasy football world anything, it is that Reggie Wayne might be fading some, and that Andrew Luck’s trust along with chemistry in Hilton are growing exponentially.

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The time is drawing near. Preseason game three is the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football. The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against. The only evansconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different. I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used. My focus is on the first three-year players and this year’s free agents.  Here are my observations:

Bills vs. Bucs

The Bills defensive  front four collapsed the Tampa Bay pocket well, which hurried a lot of throws and shortened a lot of running lanes.  Unfortunately for Buffalo fans, EJ Manuel is looking worse, not better each week.  He does not set his feet, and rushes most of his throws.  The young quarterback got strip sacked for a touchdown and threw a pick when his tight end fell down on a route. Manual played better in the third quarter, but that was against the Buccaneer second and third team defenses.  Former Tampa receiver, Mike Williams, made a nice jump and stick the landing catch on the sidelines.  He also got behind his corner to score a red zone touchdown.

Doug Martin caught the ball well in stride, showed off a little wiggle, and got low on the way to a short yardage touchdown.  None of his backups are standing out in the preseason, so he should get the bulk of Tampa’s carries this season.  Rookie receiver Mike Evans does a great job of shielding his coverage away from the ball, and catches the ball at its highest point.  The young wide out gets sent out in motion to create the best one on one matchups.  He sprinted down the field 30 yards untouched to make a nice jump ball catch in the end zone.  I would be excited if I had him on my dynasty squad. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFL dunbarchanging landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Cowboys vs Ravens

The battle for Jason Witten’s backup job seems to be over.  James Hanna dropped his first target (a wide-open screen pass) that was on the other side of the field for the action , where the tight end had 40 yards of cushion.  After that play, Hanna saw the gridiron sporadically.   Gavin Escobar, however, showed good sideline awareness, and caught contested passes with a defender draped over him.  We finally got to see a glimpse of Lance Dunbar.  The third year former North Texas back demonstrated suddenness with good vision.  He catches the ball well in stride, but didn’t have enough space to maneuver around to be very effective.  His supposed competition, Joseph Randle, also looked good in space; but unlike Dunbar, Randle made too many errors.  The second year Oklahoma State runner bobbled a kickoff and looked like a kindergartener in pass protection.  Romo gets hit enough, he doesn’t need someone falling down to give the defense a better shot at smashing the signal caller. Read More »


This continues the breakdown regarding all of my existing fantasy football dynasty teams.  The SiriusXM Dynasty League has a bit of historical background that needs to be discussed first.  It was the brainchild of my good friend, Jim rg3Day (@FantasyTaz), who got asked at the Fantasy Football Fest held in Atlantic City in the summer of 2012 to start a superstar dynasty league.  This is a 32 team league with two separate conferences that do not play each other until the title game.  There are many fantasy football luminaries in the league with people from SiriusXM, PFF, Footballguys, Draft Sharks, the fantasy hall of famer Greg Kellogg (@Komments), and even Shane P Hallam (@ShanePHallam).  I am proud to say that I have made the playoffs in both years finishing fourth in my division and made a few changes to be even stronger this year.  The starting lineups are the following:  1 QB, 1-3 RBs, 3-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs, 1 K, -3 DTs, 2-4 DEs, 3-4 LBs, 1-3 CBs, 2-4 Ss and it is equal PPR scoring, 4pt passing touchdowns and all other touchdowns worth 6pts.  There is a somewhat tier based tackles scoring with linebackers getting the least amount for tackles with bonuses for sacks to defensive linemen.  You can find the league here:

QBs-Robert Griffin, Joe Flacco, Michael Vick (start 1)

Last season the quarterback position was a weakness on my team, but I made a trade that sent LB Alec Ogletree and my rookie 2.11 for Griffin and his 3.08.  I think it  worked out well for both of teams.  I am a bit weaker at linebacker now, but it is worth it for the upgrade at quarterback.  Flacco is a solid, but unspectacular backup and with Vick you never know. This is a strength in a 16 team league. Read More »

I have played fantasy football for over 20 years and there is nothing like the brand new startup draft.  After several years off from commissioning a league, I decided to get back on the horse and start a 14 team $200 dynasty league.  The vet trentrichdraft started at the end of February and the rookie draft began two weeks after  the NFL Draft.  Draft position got determined by the Kentucky Derby format where all owners emails get placed in a random number generator and whomever drew the first gets to choose their draft spot until the last owner is left with the last spot available.  We are using the three round reversal in both drafts for the first year and the team that picked 14th in vet draft will get to pick first in the rookie draft.  This made the 14th pick a coveted selection as that team gets four huge picks: the vet 1.14, 2.1,3.1, and rookie 1.1.

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: Read More »

Here is a snapshot of my pre-combine rookie RB and LB rankings.  If you want to hear Shane Hallam and I discuss these players click here:

Running backs

1) Trent Richardson, Alabama

2) Lamar Miller, Miami

3) Doug Martin, Boise State

4) David Wilson, Virginia Tech

5) Chris Polk, Washington

6) LaMichael James, Oregon

7) Robert Turbin, Utah State

8) Bernard Pierce, Temple


1) Luke Kuechly, Boston College

2) Zach Brown, North Carolina

3) Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

4) Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

5) Bobby Wagner, Utah State

6) Audie Cole, North Carolina State

7) Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State

If you want a more in-depth look click here:

Dynasty fantasy football never takes a break and neither do I.  For the last few weeks, I have taken a few notes here and there about the college players that have caught my eye while watching the many bowl games.  I have had some great conversations with Joe Everett and Shane Hallam about most of these prospects on my last three podcasts

Here are some of my thoughts about these players.  Keep in mind these thoughts are not fully developed; however they might give you a jumping off point if you are trying to get a general feel of these players.  Unless I mention it, these are my thoughts of their bowl game play only.

WR- Joe Adams (Arkansas)-  He showed great acceleration and vision on his long punt return.  Adams reads blocks well and is very smooth/agile.  He also showed the ability to make the tough catch in the slot.  He could develop into a player similar to a Danny Amendola. Read More »

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The bowl season is getting ready to start and if you are like me, you want to get a jump on the competition in your dynasty leagues.  Getting familiar with the 2012 rookie class before the rest of your league mates, in my opinion, is very important.  I like to use the bowl games to watch these potential members of “my team” to see them in high pressure situations and hopefully against some of the best competition they have faced all year.


Andrew Luck, Stanford

2011 stats: 70% completion rate, 3170 yards passing, 35 passing TDs, 9 interceptions

Andrew Luck is playing in the Fiesta Bowl as Stanford faces Oklahoma State on January 2nd.  Luck is now mentioned in the conversation as the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning and John Elway.  He is a top 2 fantasy rookie pick despite not knowing which team drafts him. For the rest of the article: