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This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their ebronmoney 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

11.04 TE Eric Ebron, Lions

This ultra-athletic tight end had a slow first year in the league.  Ebron was the 13th tight end taken and is worth the pick here with upside alone.  I’m a strong believer in taking chances on players that play on good offenses in dynasty startups as he may never come at a cheaper price. Read More »

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This is an amazing time for dynasty fantasy football.  We are beginning to get some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put theirbperr money 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

6.03 WR Breshad Perriman, Ravens

Perhaps because this was my selection, but getting Perriman as the 34th wide receiver off the board was great value in a start-up draft.  He should step right into the Ravens number one role right away.

6.07 RB TJ Yeldon, Jaguars

It looks like Yeldon will be the opening day starter.  The runner is solid near the goal line, has good agility and decent vision.  I’m not sure he should be the 18th running back off the board, but the back doesn’t have any threats to his playing time and can be a three down player. 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 myfantasyleague.com 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 »

One of the most polarizing offensive weapons in the 2015 NFL Draft is Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong.  Some people envision him as more of a tight end due to his height and lack of foot speed.  jaelenstOthers see him as a receiver who can dominate jump balls in the middle of the field and use his physicality to force his way into the end zone.  I decided to review nine of his available games against USC, Arizona, Oregon State, Duke, Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin to get a better idea of what skills he brings to the next level.

WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State 6′ 2″ 217 lbs.

Cons:  The pass catcher is not fleet of foot; it takes several steps for him to get up to full speed due to him being a long strider.  Strong takes a bit of time to break down and change directions.  He allows the ball to get into his body, when making a reception on too many occasions. While Strong can make the occasional one-handed grab, he tries a little too much to make a spectacular play, instead of what the defense gives him.  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 donnellmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  One of these players is taking the Twitter and fantasy-verse by storm, Larry Donnell.  He had his own hash tag trending this past Friday.  The other, quarterback Mike Glennon, was a surprise starter his rookie year and got demoted due to a coaching change before the start of 2014.  Here are my thoughts:

TE Larry Donnell, NYG- Perhaps one of this year’s biggest surprises is the second year Grambling walk-on to the Giants tight end (nfl.com reports he is in his second year and rotoworld.com states that he is in his third season).  Of course, every week I try to evaluate at least one player from the Thursday night game and Donnell exceeded all expectations.  His versatility playing inline tight end, full back, split out-wide, and as a wingback impressed me.  When you first look at him, the young tight end looks all tall and lanky, but his amazing catch radius does the talking.  Donnell caught passes at the ball highest point, in his stomach, off his hip, and right out in front of his body in stride. Read More »

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 the series by looking at one of the top rookie picks inevans1 Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans.  You most likely spent a high rookie pick or a significant startup selection to get him on your roster.

Here is what I saw in college from the receiver: For the first moment you see him, it is clear that Evans is a big bodied, powerful, striding wide receiver at 6′ 5″ 225 lbs.  While he isn’t always a consistent hands catcher,  the young wide out adjusts well to the ball in the air. Evans has the body control to reach behind for a pass thrown at his hip in stride.  His concentration and athleticism make him a dangerous play maker.  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:http://www19.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/49187#0

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 »

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The era of “Air Coryell” seems to be back in San Diego.  QB Phillip Rivers has attempted at least 478 passes, thrown for over 4000 yards, and, at least, passed for 28 TDs in each of the past three years.  Rivers does not slow down for receivers’ injuries or holdouts (thanks for that Vincent Jackson).  Out of the past four years, Vincent Jackson lead Chargers receiver for two years and the other two years “Mr. Super Charger” himself, Antonio Gates, lead the team.  During the 2011 NFL Draft, the future of the Chargers WRs was much in doubt.  Vincent Jackson had filed a lawsuit against the NFL.  Every NFL organization had no idea who would be free agents, but it was very possible that both starting WRs Jackson and Malcolm Floyd could leave with little on the roster to replace them.  The Chargers decided bolster their receiving core by spending their 3rd round pick on local WR Vincent Brown, who played down the street at San Diego State. 

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