24 Ridiculous Ways to Improve Fantasy Football

Sep 02

24 Ridiculous Ways to Improve Fantasy Football

Sometimes, I can’t sleep. So I think. Very dangerous, I know. In this case, though, I thought about a bunch of (completely unreasonable and irrational) ways that our beloved Fantasy Football game could be even better! How can you improve the Mona Lisa? How can you make apple pie taste even better? How can you make “Old School” funnier!?! It’s as if I decided to play God, and redo the Fantasy Football world the way I would like for it to be. (That’s what I’d probably do if I were God, let’s face it. World peace and healthy donuts can wait for another day.) 24 Ways to Improve Fantasy Football I completely understand that these are unreasonable things to request, but join me in imagining how good life would be if we could make some/most/all of these things happen. 1. Sunday Inactives Must Be In 3 Hours Before Gametime No more late-morning pressure to get your lineups set! With all of us adding leagues to our plate every year, and the addition of Daily Fantasy Football to our task list, things are pretty crazy around 12pm ET on Sundays. If they named players active/inactive by 10am ET, then we could use that extra time to relax and think out our lineups. 2. NFL Sunday Shows Must Not Air at the Same Time If I had my druthers, I’d give the NFL Network from 8-10am ET, with CBS/FOX going from 10-11am ET, and ESPN wrapping it up with the Sunday NFL Countdown from 11am-1pm ET. 3. FoxSports1, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Channel or ESPN2 Will Have a Fantasy Show Every Day at 3pm ET The Fantasy Sports Channel on SiriusXM is not only one of their most popular channels, but it’s also one of the stickiest and the one that has the most interaction with its listeners. If any of these Cable TV channels were smart, they would have a daily show that featured Fantasy Football news and notes. There’s TONS of content that can be culled for it, with daily appearances from stat geeks from numberFire, Football Outsiders, Pro Football Fantasy Focus, RotoViz and more. These should really be hour-long shows. And even if you weren’t home to watch...

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Early Fantasy Football Drafters Beware!

Aug 28

Early Fantasy Football Drafters Beware!

Never hold a Fantasy Football draft before the preseason is over – this should be the universal golden rule. However, seeing how it isn’t a rule and sites like Yahoo, Draft Kings and CBSsports.com like to hold drafts prior to the end of exhibition play, you need to have a plan B. There has to be a backup plan for that moment, your starting quarterback or tight end goes down with injury. There are easy alternatives, such as drafting a backup player for that position but that’s not always the best answer because odds are you’re drafting him late and he’ll be a backup in real life too. So how can you bypass this issue? Don’t be like the Carolina Panthers and look within for an answer to an injured player. Given Devin Funchess could be the next big thing, but as far as backup starting wide outs go – the cupboard is thin in Carolina. The NFL odds at TopBet.eu still have the Panthers out in front in week one but by a very slim margin. Why is this surprising? They’re playing Jacksonville! So how can you avoid getting caught with your pants down? Always be ready. Midnight, 1am, 2am, etc. Have your finger on the button. Going into each preseason week, narrow down a player in the free-agent bin at each position and watch your guys like a hawk. Of course the better alternative is to not draft early, nevertheless though you thought you’d outsmart the game. In a recent draft that I conducted, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was selected in the second round. Less than 48 hours later, his season was over. The team owner acted fast and sunk his hook into Reggie Wayne knowing that he’d be headed to a new team this week. There’s been rumors swirling around his name for weeks and finally it happened, he went to New England. Had that team owner not been ready and prepared, his whole season could’ve gone down the drain. He was able to replace a starter with another likely starter though. Just goes to show, you have to be ready. He was on-guard, completely and devastatingly heartbroken but on-guard. He scoped his guy and made a move right when Nelson landed on the turf at Heinz...

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2015 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings

Aug 27

2015 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings

The beauty about Fantasy Football defenses is that different scoring systems can make a case for about two-thirds of the NFL teams to be viewed as possible starting defenses in Fantasy play. A prospective owner could be in a league that greatly rewards Fantasy points for sacks, but downplays turnovers or special teams play. Make sure you do the appropriate amount of research surrounding your league’s Fantasy scoring, in order to understand which defense/special teams are more valuable in your league, compared to others. Does your league give a ton of points for defenses that don’t allow a lot of points scored each game, or yardage gained? If so, then last year’s Lions defense would be much more valuable to your league than in most other leagues. That Lions defensive unit gave up the second-fewest total yards, and the third-fewest points, but they were just above-average in sacks and forced turnovers, with just two defensive touchdowns. One should target defenses with strong pass rushers and ball-hawking cornerbacks that turn soft passes into turnovers. Some defensive players on the move that you should be aware of include LB Akeem Ayers (St. Louis), CB Antonio Cromartie (N.Y. Jets), DE Darnell Dockett (San Francisco), DT Nick Fairley (St. Louis), DE Greg Hardy (Dallas), LB A.J. Hawk (Cincinnati), DE George Johnson (Tampa Bay), CB Byron Maxwell (Philadelphia), DE Pernell McPhee (Chicago), LB Brian Orakpo (Tennessee), CB Darrelle Revis (N.Y. Jets), DT Ndamukong Suh (Miami) and CB Tramon Williams (Cleveland). 2015 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings These DSTs are ranked for standard Fantasy scoring setups, with points for sacks, turnovers, yards allowed and points allowed. Defensive touchdowns and special teams touchdowns are also included. Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros Check out my other sets of 2015 Fantasy Football rankings: Top 30 Quarterbacks Top 70 Running Backs Top 70 Wide Receivers Top 30 Tight Ends Top 20 Kickers With 2015 Fantasy Draft Day closing in on us, we’ll be updating these rankings as the NFL Preseason wears on, so check back often. Let me know @DavidGonos if there are some defense/special teams you’d move up or down these 2015 Fantasy Football defense...

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2015 IDP Draft Results From a CBS Experts League

Aug 19

2015 IDP Draft Results From a CBS Experts League

Recently, I took part in a 2015 IDP draft with my old buddies over at CBSSports.com, along with 11 other Fantasy Football writers. They came from sites like RotoWire, USA Today, ProjectRoto and Pro Football Focus. So I thought I’d share those 2015 IDP draft results with you here! An IDP league, as you might or might not know, is a league that has offensive and “Individual Defensive Players,” rather than one defense/special teams, like most traditional leagues. Note that not all IDP leagues are scored the same, so I’ll share you the lineup requirements and the scoring rules, so you get a better picture of how this draft shook out. From my own personal perspective, I wasn’t real happy with the defensive players I ended up with, although, I’m happy with my players on the offensive side of the ball. I’m fine with being deficient on the defensive side, for now, because I believe that you can really make up a lot of ground on the waiver wire in IDP leagues. For instance, last year, I thought I drafted a much better team on the defensive side of the ball, but I still needed help from the waiver wire. Last year, players like DL Everson Griffen, LB Jelani Jenkins Danny Trevathan, LB Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr and DB James Ihedigbo were available off the waiver wire. Before we get into this 2015 IDP draft, I want to remind you that you can run your own 2015 IDP Mock Draft for free on the FantasyPros Draft Wizard. You can change all the settings to your league’s specifications, too, whether it’s an IDP or a regular draft. 2015 IDP Draft Results From a CBS Experts League ROUND 1 1 – Jamey Eisenberg (CBS) – Le’Veon Bell RB | PIT 2 – Heath Cummings (CBS) – Jamaal Charles RB | KC 3 – Justin Fielkow (Rotowire) – Antonio Brown WR | PIT 4 – David Gonos (SCFE) – Eddie Lacy RB | GB 5 – Tim Heaney (USA Today) – Adrian Peterson RB | MIN 6 – Team Brugler (CBS) – Marshawn Lynch RB | SEA 7 – Dave Richard (CBS) – Matt Forte RB | CHI 8 – Standig (CSN Washington) – Julio Jones WR | ATL 9...

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2015 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings and Strategy

Aug 15

2015 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings and Strategy

Every season, going on four years with DavidGonos.com, I have written an article about that year’s kickers, usually titled something like “2015 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings,” where I explain why kickers can make a difference in your Fantasy league. Last year, Jake Ciely from RotoExperts.com, decided to eliminate the position from the lineup requirements in the 2015 FLEX Fantasy Football League. At first, I thought it was annoying because I’m a purist and I think Fantasy Football leagues should have kickers and Fantasy Baseball leagues should start two catches (Rotisserie). Jake and I differed on both points. Until now. I have officially come around on the fact that kickers are no longer necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed filling out my FLEX league lineup last year because it meant I didn’t have to fumble around worrying about kicker bye weeks. Let’s face it, when you draft a kicker, and he goes on a bye week, you’re essentially not going to have that kicker again for the rest of the year. Someone else might pick him up before you get a chance, and you are left with the kicker you used in his place, while he was resting on his couch. So here we are — with another article about Fantasy kickers —but this one is going to be different. Good Kicker Strategy Articles! I decided to share some of my favorite articles about Fantasy kickers over the past summer, even though in doing so, you might leave my page! That’s OK — it’s just the 2015 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings and you’ll be lost without them!   “Trying to Predict Kicker Performance” This is a great article by ESPN’s A.J. Mass, as he tries to reason and rhyme his way into figuring out what to look for with kickers from year to year. One interesting stat he points out is worth looking at is “First Downs” gained by the offense. This is indicative of a  strong offense, but one that doesn’t necessarily score a lot of touchdowns, as they are moving between the goal lines.   “The Fantasy Kicker Mistake” The guys over at FootballDocs.com do a good job of explaining three reasons you really shouldn’t draft a Fantasy kicker earlier...

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Fantasy Football 2015 Tight End Rankings: Top 30 TEs

Aug 07

Fantasy Football 2015 Tight End Rankings: Top 30 TEs

We’ve already covered the entrees on the Fantasy Football menu, sharing my 2015 Fantasy Football rankings for quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, and now it’s time to dig into some of the side dishes, like the 2015 Tight End rankings! First, we’re going to take a quick look back at last season’s numbers at the tight end position compared to previous seasons. Then, we’ll tackle some of the offseason news and notes that affect our 2015 rankings at the position. This should not only share my perspective on why I ranked some guys higher and some lower, but it should also help you figure out how you want to rank tight ends this season. What Can We Learn From Last Year Let’s look at some of the major stories that unfolded from last summer to now, and decide how it affects our tight ends rankings going forward. Gronk Puts Together a Mega Year After a Tough Summer: There are people drafting Gronk in the first round of many Fantasy Football drafts, and I’ve even seen some websites rank him as a top-three overall pick. That’s too rich for my blood – remember that he has missed 15 games over the past three seasons. He loses Tom Brady to a four-game suspension, but I don’t think that he’ll have too much trouble with QB Jimmy Garoppolo throwing to him. I’m more concerned about his week-to-week durability. Jimmy Graham Heads to the Great Northwest: In one of the biggest stunners of an NFL offseason full of stunners, the Saints traded Graham to the Seahawks. Instead of Drew Brees’ heavy passing offense, he’ll now be in Russell Wilson’s balanced attack that leans more on Marshawn Lynch than anything else. Luckily, Graham is still so good he can take a hit like this to his value and still rank second at the position. This helps Russell Wilson more than anyone else in Fantasy. Zach Ertz Ready to Step Up in Philly: The Eagles lost LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin this offseason, so Ertz is my guy to pick up a lot of those targets. The Eagles traded Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, which should be a major improvement – if he can...

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Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for DFS Value in 2015

Jul 31

Top 10 Fantasy Golfers for DFS Value in 2015

If you look at the rankings for the 2015 top 10 golfers on the PGA Tour right now, you probably won’t see many surprises. It’s all based upon performance, which is public knowledge and it’s even ranked in the form of the FedEx Cup rankings. When it comes to Daily Fantasy Golf, though, your approach needs to be much different than just looking at the top 10. Not only because you can’t realistically draft many of these golfers at once because of the salary cap, but because the prices of many of these golfers is too high in comparison to what they will contribute in fantasy points. In this regard, let’s look at the Top 10 Fantasy golfers in the FedEx Cup rankings, and then show what you should be looking for when drafting your roster. Remember, you have 6 golfers to choose from, and there’s no way that you can choose 6 from the top 10 list because of price. Still, get a good start, and the rest of your roster will take care of itself if you haven’t spent too much to secure high scorers for yourself. Top 10 Fantasy Golfers in DFS Value   1. Jordan Spieth When you’re the No. 1 ranked golfer, everyone wants you on their roster. That doesn’t help you at all when you’re trying to get the top guy at a good price. Spieth is a great golfer for sure, but he has so-so value in daily leagues. He’s too expensive, and while he will give you good results, drafting him will hurt the rest of your lineup. Spieth has cost about $12,000 in tournaments, and that’s almost a quarter of your salary right there. If he can contribute more than 25 percent of your points, though, he can become a good buy. Take him on a case by case basis, but don’t count on him being worth the price often. 2. Bubba Watson Watson has played in 13 tournaments this year, and has finished in the top 10 in 6 of them. In 5, he’s finished in the top 3. Watson has great value in this respect as top 5 finishes in daily golf leagues have huge value. If you...

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A Great Custom Fantasy Football Draft Kit Helps Make a Great Draft Party

Jul 29

A Great Custom Fantasy Football Draft Kit Helps Make a Great Draft Party

There are plenty of Fantasy draft boards out there, but are there is really only one great custom Fantasy Football draft kit like the ones we have over at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com. And any self-respecting Fantasy draft party isn’t complete without a great draft board to post player picks and to keep the draft order straight. Fantasy commissioners everywhere love these draft boards because they make their lives much easier – it’s as simple as that. Fantasy owners love to make a big deal about going up and putting your players’ stickers up on the board, in many cases, using that sticker to tell people who you just drafted in a dramatic way. Hearing the groans (or the giggles) after you smoothed out that sticker on the board and said his name just made the draft that much more emotional. But now, we’ve evolved into a situation where we want a little more out of our draft boards. They’ve stayed the same for about a decade now, and we want some improvements! Custom Fantasy Football Draft Kit The commissioner really has to think about how he’s going to have the draft picks work at a live draft party. Is he going to just keep track, or will everyone have laptops and have their faces buried in a computer during the entire Fantasy draft. That’s no fun. And if the commissioner has to keep track of all the picks, he’s always going to be telling owners, “Nope, that guy’s already picked – pick someone else.” And it’s just a hassle. Plus, he’s trying to manage his own team. So why not have a custom Fantasy Football draft kit, with player stickers, and a draft board tall enough to see from anywhere in the room? Here are a few reasons you should buy this particular Fantasy draft board: Get your league’s name printed in big letters on your draft board! And not just your league name, but get your league’s slogan printer on there too! You can get the league name printed in one of three fonts: Basic, Old School and Team Spirit Other great Fantasy draft board features: 48-inches wide and 36-inches tall, this draft board is big enough to keep everyone...

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The Greatest Fantasy Football Draft Assistant Ever: Draft Wizard Review

Jul 28

The Greatest Fantasy Football Draft Assistant Ever: Draft Wizard Review

Before I start sharing my thoughts on the FantasyPros Draft Wizard, I first want to explain that I don’t called things “the greatest ever” often. So when I call this site the “greatest Fantasy Football draft assistant ever created,” I want you to know that it’s not hyperbole. As a matter of fact, there’s not a Fantasy Football draft assistant tool that even comes close. I’ve been using the Draft Wizard since 2013, and because I’m in a dozen or so drafts every year, the rules, scoring formats and keepers are oftentimes too much to keep up with, especially when you include the mock drafts I’m in every year. So this works great for the multi-league owner (you can load up leagues from CBS, ESPN, Yahoo!, MyFantasyLeague and RTSports. I’m going to go through all of the benefits of each of the individual features for this Fantasy Football draft tool. I think you’ll agree that it’s worth the price – and that no other Fantasy tool is as powerful. FantasyPros’ Draft Wizard There are actually several parts to this Fantasy Football draft assistant, so I’ll break each featured down, with explanations of their benefits. For those that might not realize, FantasyPros.com is a place where dozens of Fantasy Football experts from around the country submit their Fantasy rankings. Those rankings are then collated and averaged out to create their “Experts Consensus Rankings,” which is valuable all on itself. Fantasy Draft Simulator This is basically their mock draft simulator tool, which, as they explain, “is an efficient way to practice for your draft. It’s similar to doing a live mock draft except that you’re drafting against our computer algorithm (which uses a random selection of expert cheat sheets and ADP sources).” Once you “Start Drafting,” it will ask you to load your league’s configurations, like how many teams are in your league, which draft pick you’ll be selecting from in Round 1, what type of scoring system and which roster positions your league uses. Finally, you will choose which rankings you’d like to draft against – experts, ADP from various sites, or pre-draft rankings from various sites. For keeper leagues, you have to create the league and then manually add...

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