Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 5-12

Aug 17

Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 5-12

The draft continues, and this will be part two of the Draft Strategy series. In case you missed the first two parts of the series check them out here: Prepping for the prep and Draft Strategy Part 1. This time we will be plowing through the fifth to twelfth rounds. These rounds are more of the needs based rounds while juggling value, breakout players, and roster needs. If you have followed my strategy you are likely without a quarterback or a tight end. You will also be balanced with a few running backs and wide receivers accordingly. Don’t worry about kickers or defenses yet, we will begin filling those needs in the final four to five rounds of your draft. We had sample draft in rounds 1-4 and we will continue on with that and keep building a roster that will make you competitive and championship bound. These are the rounds where you will find aging veterans, over-hyped pre-season talents, and plenty of other third tier or lower running backs and wide receivers. There are rounds aplenty to cover so we will get in to it. Draft Strategy Round By Round Round 5 It may be safe to assume the top three quarterbacks have been taken by round four. If not they simply have to be considered here. If they have been taken I would still hold tight for at least one more round. Same thing goes for tight ends. This is a very big round for young, and potential breakout receivers. Receivers like Michael Floyd, Cordarrelle Patterson, and DeSean Jackson who is coming off a huge 2013 on a new team are around based on ADP’s, however I have seen Cordarrelle and Floyd going as early as late round 3 or four. If they are still available here it would be hard to pass up.   Pick 2 overall: Michael Floyd– doubtful he is available here much longer, but for ADP sake he is here) Reality pick: Percy Harvin Pick 7 Overall: Shane Vereen– New England backfield is usually a messy question mark, but Vereen is a solidified pass catching and third down back. Plenty of upside and talent. Pick 11 Overall: Torrey Smith– Gets plenty of targets, and...

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Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 1-4

Aug 17

Fantasy Football: Draft Strategy Rounds 1-4

Well hopefully you are here after reading my last piece Prepping for the Prep, but even if not welcome and get ready to discuss some round by round Fantasy Football draft strategy. Now that you have a game-plan and some tools to use during your draft we can try and devise a strategy for each round and how it should vary depending where you are picking in the draft. This year more than ever the tide may be changing from your staple “First two rounds take running backs”  strategy. There are some newer strategies taking hold like the “Zero Running Back”, the more classic “Late Round Quarterback” or the “Go against the flow” style of drafting. I won’t really stand behind any of these strategies one-hundred percent, but will  likely go with a more hybrid strategy this season. There are serious advantages to all of the above methods, so why not try and use them all? Last year I was all in on the Running Back-Running Back draft and it did not go as planned. There were more top 30 picks at that position who finished well below their average draft position at the end of the season then most seasons. Doug Martin, David Wilson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson……The list goes on. What I am saying is I think I learned my lesson, and unless  I am getting proven talent like the big four backs (I will get in to that) or value at running back, I am looking elsewhere in the first two rounds. Be sure to utilize mine (Staff Rankings-davidgonos.com) and so many other experts in the industries rankings on fantasypros.com . I also primarily utilized their ADP for this article, and majority of my own draft prep.   Round 1: Picks One Through Four Go Running Back This will likely be the easiest section of them all. Because, when it comes to the top four there are only four guys I would consider, (possibly one other player on the edge, but he falls into the picks five through nine range). These picks should be te universal top 4 running backs. I would not complain if I had any of them, so choose who you like the most....

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Interrogate The Industry No. 10: JJ Zachariason

Aug 11

Interrogate The Industry No. 10: JJ Zachariason

It seems as if the closer and closer football season is getting, the more and more I want to Interrogate the Industry! “Everyone, I want to interview everyone” *Lets out an evil laugh*. Seriously though, the Baseball season still has my full attention ,but it is getting more and more difficult to stay focused, especially with the barrage of injuries this week to more big name players. What is going on this year? If you follow myself or David you have likely seen our latest infatuation, and what should be one of the most fun and challenging Daily Fantasy contests this NFL season. It is called Fan vs Machine on Skyllzone.com and you can read up more on it here : Gonos’ post and Chris’ post . I also want you all to keep an eye out for my continued Draft Strategy series on davidgonos.com and other Football related posts on fakepigskin.com. I am trying to stay busy, and also keep up, but will always try to answer any questions as soon as I can. Also, special thanks to FantasyRundown.com, a site everyone should utilize to find the best articles daily when it comes to fantasy sports. Of course, the player cards used below, and in every post now are provided by another favorite FantasyPros.com. Enough about me. Let’s get to JJ shall we? Interrogate the Industry #10: JJ Zachariason 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like.  When I first started doing all this, I was working as a project manager at a marketing agency. It was fine, but it wasn’t fulfilling. I opened up a Word document one day at work, and just started writing down everything I knew about fantasy football strategy. I have no idea what really prompted it, but day after day, month after month, I started putting concepts together that would become my first e-book  The Late Round Quarterback. (Chris: You really should check it out) I started blogging on LateRoundQB.com once the book launched, and didn’t turn down opportunities to write on other sites (DavidGonos.com being one of them). About six months after the book launch, I received a message from Evan Silva to do...

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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Prepping for the Prep (Part One)

Aug 07

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Prepping for the Prep (Part One)

It is officially draft season folks, and that means it is time for some draft strategy. I always enjoy digging in to player rankings, compiling spreadsheets, and discussing players ADP and hype on Twitter this time of year. I obviously am not alone, but maybe some of you need a little nudge or kick in the pants to get started. Obviously some of you may be fellow writers in the industry or established veterans in the game. That is fine and this may be aimed more at the casual gamer’s or novice’s to the game we love. However, there should be something for everyone in here. Over the upcoming weeks I will help guide you through your preparation round by round and based on different draft positions you may have in your draft(s), while also trying to encompass all formats. Auction leagues are a completely different beast so I will not be covering that format. I will primarily focus on Redraft/Dynasty formats. I will also be supplying tiers for you to use as well. So if you are new to this game, or even if you’re not, you may feel overwhelmed at first. You may be concerned about not knowing all of the players new and old, when to pick certain positions, or concerned you will not be able to hold back your adoration for your favorite local teams player and reach for him in the drafts. That’s where draft tools come in to play. Many will simply buy a Fantasy Guide (I recommend the Fake Pigskin draft guide if you do) of their choosing, highlighting a few players, and utilizing the top 300 (I would use none other than David Gonos’ rankings) enclosed. Can this work? Sure. However, you need to be aware there is more you can do, and having a draft strategy is critical to continued success. So what do you need to do to prepare for prepping in your leagues? Let me help: Prepping for the Prep 1. Know Your League(s) Rules and Scoring: This is the most critical step of all in my opinion. Many Re-Draft leagues (YAHOO, ESPN) have a standard format by default (QB, RB,RB, WR, WR, Flex, TE, DEF, K) and...

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Interrogate The Industry No.9: Zach Law

Aug 01

Interrogate The Industry No.9: Zach Law

After a busy week, a few technical difficulties and a blunder on my part I have returned with another Interrogate the Industry. This week I am featuring none other than Zach Law. Someone who has been doing a similar concept to this series, for far longer than myself. Disclaimer: I actually did not know of Zach’s series until well after I had started. Needless to say, I love it, and was glad that he was willing to partake in the interview for my relatively new series. It is nearly fantasy football season, and with that I will start to mix it up more with industry football folks, but will still stay true and keep interviewing baseball insiders too. I am also writing for a few more sites so if you enjoy my work and want to keep up with me keep an eye on fakepigskin.com and faketeams.com. I of course will be keeping everyone updated, share links, and answer questions on twitter so be sure to follow me @fantsychillpony too. Thanks as always for reading and let’s dig in. Interrogate the Industry No.9: Zach Law 1. Everyone got their fantasy industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. If possible include ups and downs, others in the industry who helped? I started at a site called xpertsports.com in 2005. Talk about going back in the past. After one year, I decided to do my own thing, first at a google blog and then on zachlawonline.com. I decided to get back into the game officially in 2011 and started the Ask Your Fantasy Football Expert series. I have worked with a few sites since then, including Bleacher Report, football.com, and The Sports Daily but for the most part I have done my own thing. 2. You seem to be very busy over on Zach Law Online already. Do you have larger aspirations, or more goals in the industry? It’s a good thing you asked. I’ve recently taken over at fantasysports.org (Chris: Congratulations!). This is an industry site so instead of doing rankings, which I personally don’t like doing, I’m going to be talking about what’s happening, like the recent DraftKings acquisition of DraftStreet. I’ll continue the...

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Interrogate The Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu

Jul 17

Interrogate The Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu

All Star week is nearly over and with it another Interrogate the Industry. This week I was able to get Nick Raducanu (@projectroto) to answer some questions. It is hard to believe that this is the eighth one already, but with so many fantastic options in the industry to interview there could be countless more. Having a week off from fantasy baseball matchups and being able to focus on the All Star festivities in Minneapolis, roster tweaking, and of course my latest addiction MFL10′s, it was very nice. Hopefully some of my injury plagued teams are getting back on track I am planning on having a special insider for the tenth one, so get ready, or feel free to guess away. I am asking more questions so I will keep the intro on the short side this week and get right to it. Enjoy! –  Chris Meyers   Interrogate the Industry No.8: Nick Raducanu 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. I never really started out with a master plan to become a fantasy analyst or anything like that. I had been playing (and relatively succeeding) in fantasy sports for a while and one day just decided I’d start a Twitter account to dish out advice to anyone who wanted it. I had just finished 17th on the ESPN fantasy leaderboard that year, so I figured that gave me some credibility and I started the whole “FantasyTrade411/TraderX” thing on Twitter. People seemed to get into it and I eventually decided I wanted to give advice in more than 140 characters, so I bought a web domain and started a (very shoddy) blog using GoDaddy. I won’t bore you with the details of the twists and turns along the way, but that was just over three years ago and my road has involved many hours of late-night writing and drawing the wrath of a wife who (rightfully) thought I was spending too much time writing about fantasy sports. Writing about fantasy sports is most definitely a labor of love sometimes, but it’s been a fun journey that I’m thankful I’ve been able to explore. There are way too many people...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

Jul 02

Interrogate the Industry No. 7: Renee Miller

I am not going to lie, this week besides Interrogate the Industry (of course), I didn’t focus much on baseball. I guess I did slightly, as my oldest started her first season in T-Ball, but other than that my mind was on other things. Besides the entertainment of watching a mob of kids charge at a ball, or someone slug a ball off the tee and then proceed to sprint with a bat down third base, baseball was in the back of my mind. Fantasy Football season approaches, and with that Fantasy Football articles and preparation. I am doing most of my Fantasy Football work at Fakepigskin this season, and the 2014 draft guide will be out soon. I’ve completed my Football tasks so far with no issues, so I am back on the Fantasy Baseball kick, and will remain true to my favorite Fantasy sport the rest of the way. It has been a rough 1st half of the Fantasy Baseball season for myself and most of my squads. Between injuries and under-performing highly drafted players (Chris Davis, Jason Kipnis, and Justin Verlander are just a few) my teams have been fair to middlin’, or worse all season long. As for the Fantasy writing part of this season it has been awesome however. Being asked to be on podcasts, write for this site, join Fake Pigskin and perhaps even another big site if things go well, has left this season not feeling like a complete waste. There is still hope for some teams too. Hope all of your seasons continue strong, or to improve and see you next week!  I was excited to not only reach out to Renee Miller for this weeks post, but to get an exuberant “Yes” and willingness to participate was just as awesome. Interrogate the Industry: Renee Miller 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. I had been playing fantasy football for years before I considered joining the industry. I realized I might have something unique to contribute to the field one day when I was teaching a lab class on cognitive biases. The idea that our brains are basically designed in such a way...

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