Fantasy Fatcast: 2014 Mock Draft 1st Round

Nov 07

Fantasy Fatcast: 2014 Mock Draft 1st Round

The fellas take a step back to look two steps forward, as they break down what they think the first round of a 2014 Mock Draft would look like. In this podcast, Bleacher Report’s Eric Mack, SI.com’s David Gonos and host Brett Tresky take turns making picks for a faux first round mock in Fantasy Football. They also take a look at a new game at DraftDay.com, called, “QB Start ’em, Sit ’em,” in which there are 10 different player matchups between two different quarterbacks. You pick who you think will do better out of each of those matchups, and then your total score is added up for your score. That’s what makes it different than Draft Day Rapid Fire, actually. In that game, they don’t add the scores up – just the number of correct picks. New Sports Internet Radio with Fantasy FatCast on BlogTalkRadio 2014 Mock Draft First Round Of course, there were plenty of running backs taken in the first round of our 2014 Mock Draft, but at the end of the draft, there were a handful of surprising picks, including some wide receivers. 1.01  Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Gonos made the first pick, going with the best fantasy player so far this season. In 9 games, Charles has already matched his career high with eight total TDs. His 47 catches this season are a career high, as well. He likey Andy...

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterback Mess Continues

Oct 31

Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterback Mess Continues

Former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly began his tenure as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles with great fanfare. After an impressive first half and opening game victory against the Washington Redskins, the mainstream sports media gushed that professional football would be forever changed. Perhaps the biggest overreaction came from ESPN bloviated that Riley’s up-tempo offense would ‘revolutionize’ the NFL. Riley is by all accounts a smart guy and a first-rate coach. He may go on to have considerable success at the professional level and its even possible that he could “revolutionize” the game. But what has become apparent since then is that it won’t happen this year. Simply put, he just doesn’t have the right personnel on hand in Philadelphia to make the vaunted Oregon “blur” offense work. The quarterback position may be the most problematic. During the offseason, the mainstream media thought that Michael Vick was the perfect fit for Kelly’s offense. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Anyone familiar with what Kelly did at Oregon knows that the offense is predicated on good decision-making by the quarterback — and Vick has been a poor on-field decision maker throughout his career. What’s Next For Eagles Quarterbacks? A spate of injuries to the Eagles’ quarterbacking corps has further complicated Kelly’s task. Vick was the first to go down which initially was addition by subtraction. Vick is easily the most overrated player in the league. He’s never learned to play the position of NFL quarterback and is especially bad at reading defenses. He’s done the same thing he’s always done — rely on his athleticism, which at age 33 isn’t what it once was. Vick is also brittle and injury prone. His quick exit last week with a re-aggravated hamstring injury was hardly a surprise. Injuries play a big role in betting lines being shifted by the bookies. Before you make a sports bet, make sure to look through SportsBettingPal.com for well researched sports betting picks. When Vick first went down, Nick Foles took over and had some initial success. Foles isn’t a bad quarterback and is still learning his craft at age 24. His decision making isn’t great at this point either, however, and he suffers...

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Week 9 Sleepers to Consider

Oct 31

Week 9 Sleepers to Consider

With six teams on bye weeks last weekend, and six teams on byes this week, many owners are looking for some Week 9 sleepers. Last week, many owners scraped the bottom of the barrel to fill their rosters. How did you do if you took my advice? Same as usual — about half and half. Eli Manning had his best game of the year. By that I mean he didn’t throw four picks. But 246 yards isn’t horrible. Hey Eli, how about mixing in a TD here and there? The Denver Broncos did feature two backs on Sunday, like I said they would. Too bad Ronnie Hillman wasn’t one of the them. The Patriots managed to get a win without a great effort from Tom Brady. The ground game was there for New England and so was my pick Brandon Bolden who had a TD, 22 yards rushing and a couple of catches. Somehow, I continue to pick the “one-hit wonders” — Leonard Hankerson managed to score, but it was his only catch. Did Rueben Randle  even step on the field for the Giants Sunday? All I know is he was wearing a horse collar when the game was over. The Packers continue to keep rolling with half their receiving corps injured. Jermichael Finley’s replacement Andrew Quarless had a couple of catches for 13 yards. Not exactly stellar. Time to fill in those empty roster spots with this week’s picks… Week 9 Sleepers   Luke McCown QB, Bears Why am I high on a backup QB like McCown? Because he’s facing the Packers. Green Bay has not exactly stopped fantasy QBs in their tracks this year. Try McCown if your guy is on the bench. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams Richardson has fallen out of favor with St. Louis in recent weeks. But Zac Stacy limped off the field at the end of the game last week. Richardson should see more work this weekend. Grab him if you’re in need of a flex player or RB. Rod Streater WR, Raiders Oakland plays the Eagles this week and they simply do not defend the pass very well. Even Terrelle Pryor can have a good game through the air against Philadelphia, so consider him one of my Week 9 sleepers, too. Streater has been been getting more...

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Week 9 Fantasy Fatcast: RBs Strength of Schedule, Keepers

Oct 30

Week 9 Fantasy Fatcast: RBs Strength of Schedule, Keepers

Bleacher Report’s Eric Mack and I join host Brett Tresky for another Fantasy Fatcast, where we discuss some trades in our leagues, some keeper decisions to make and the Week 9 matchups. But we also bring in DavidGonos.com columnist Devon Jordan to talk about his most recent article, which details RBs strength of schedule for the second half of the season. Which players are in for some tough matchups, and which guys should you target in trade as the second half gets a little easier? Hint: Darren McFadden and his Oakland Raiders have the third-toughest schedule for running backs over the rest of the season. That can’t be good. Week 9 Fantasy Fatcast Discover Sports Internet Radio with Fantasy FatCast on BlogTalkRadio Emack got a little chippy in the early going as we talked about our softball keeper league and how he hates our rules, or our selective implementation of them, and how he’s been snake-bitten in a couple leagues. We also talk about the future prospects of 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore (knee) to see where his keeper value lies for 2014. Our buddy Dwyne Philippen made a trade for him this past week and we discuss the merits of that move. Finally, we look ahead at the Week 9 matchups, and notice just how many excellent wide receivers get to take a breather this week. Players like Larry Fitzgerald, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson, Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Victor Cruz and Anquan Boldin will all be watching games from their couches this week – just like us! Granted, they’ll be snacking on gold Doritos, while we eat nacho flavored ones. The remaining RBs strength of schedule is really what you’ll enjoy the most I think this week. Good luck in Week...

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Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds

Oct 29

Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds

Before we get right into the Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds, I’d like to note; Marvin Jones should have been included in this column already. The reason he wasn’t is simple. Personal attachment to Mohamed Sanu. After watching his nifty three-week stretch last season, where he scored 4 times and was pegged as a Sleeper heading into this season, I discredited Marvin Jones. Instead though, it has been Jones who has carved out his own role in the offense and leapfrogged Sanu as a receiving threat in the most important area of the field. Detaching from our personal biases is an important Fantasy Football lesson. Unfortunately, for each time we stick with a guy and get burnt, it’ll in turn pay off just as often. Kenny Stills anyone? With all that being said, if we knew all the answers it wouldn’t be enjoyable. You are having fun playing Fantasy Football right? Do you think Jones scores again next week, or will it be Tyler Eifert, Mohamed Sanu or A.J. Green’s turn to cash in? Marvin Jones and Kenny Stills will be top Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds, so if you need a Wide Receiver target them if needed, but there are other options available. You’re here for your Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds though, so on with the show.   Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds   QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans Suddenly, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the Titans’ signal caller. Fresh off a Bye Week and a solid performance in his return to duty against the 49ers in Week 7. It was in Fantasy terms anyway, there is upside for Locker and the Titans as a whole heading forward. It is also no secret that their schedule is favorable from here on out. However, the St. Louis Rams put up a huge effort Monday against a powerful Seahawks team, giving up little and throwing Russell Wilson down 7 times. Perhaps this particular matchup isn’t as comfy as first projected. In the end, Locker is a viable option as a low-end Fantasy QB and weekly starter in 2 QB formats.   QB Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns The journeyman backup proved he can play a safe and responsible...

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Rest of Season Strength of Schedule for All 32 Teams: Running Backs

Oct 28

Rest of Season Strength of Schedule for All 32 Teams: Running Backs

For the purpose of player evaluation, trade candidates, and rest of season rankings, I thought I would look at the team rest-of-season strength of schedule. For this article in particular, we will focus on running backs, but I will post more articles in the near future about other positions. How did I do it? Easy: I took each team’s remaining opponents, and averaged their average Fantasy points allowed per week total to get an opponent average points allowed total for the rest of the season. The results (Note: these numbers do not include the totals from Week 8): RankTEAM91011121314151617Total Rank 1PHIOAKGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL16.65 2GBCHIPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI16.59 3DALMINNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI16.56 4TENSTLJACINDOAKINDDENARIJACHOU16.21 5ARIBYEHOUJACINDPHISTLTENSEASF16.13 6BALCLECINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN15.92 7HOUINDARIOAKJACNEJACINDDENTEN15.91 8INDHOUSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAC15.90 9SEATBATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL15.80 10NYGBYEOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH15.78 11TBSEAMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO15.64 12SDWSHDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC15.59 13CLEBALBYECINPITJACNECHINYJPIT15.55 14CHIGBDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB15.36 15NEPITBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF15.34 16NYJNOBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA15.30 17SFBYECARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI15.18 18BUFKCPITNYJBYEATLTBJACMIANE15.15 19DETBYECHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN14.99 20JACBYETENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND14.99 21MINDALWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET14.88 22CARATLSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL14.82 23KCBUFBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD14.71 24PITNEBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE14.67 25STLTENINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA14.65 26CINMIABALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL14.63 27ATLCARSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR14.61 28WSHSDMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG14.60 29NONYJDALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB14.44 30OAKPHINYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN14.29 31MIACINTBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ13.34 32DENBYESDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK13.18 Reactions First thought: Thank god I have some players toward the top of the list. Second thought: Not only do the coaches in Miami hate Lamar Miller, the schedule gods hate Lamar Miller as well. Third thought: I really need to get a new job; this entire article, and most of the other articles I write, are composed while I am at my real job. But hey, I guess most people don’t have jobs that would allow them to do this. Final thought: If you ever want to stir up controversy among friends during a night of drinking, serve up some “Screaming Nazis” (half Jagermeister and half Rumple Minze)—also known as “Blackout Juice.” Friend A and Friend B of mine got into a fight on Friday night/Saturday morning because Friend A told my roommate that he could eat faster than my roommate (this is all after Friend A, Friend B, my roommate, and I had been heavily lubricated with much more alcohol than the four Screaming Nazis that each of us split). Friend B, feeling the effects of the Screaming Nazi, and in objection to Friend A’s assertion, decked friend A in the face: Thwack! I, on the other hand, after drinking a Screaming Nazi, made a fool out of myself on the bus back from the bars in front of a girl whom I used to have a college class with; she looks like a hot...

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Week 8 Sleepers to Consider

Oct 25

Week 8 Sleepers to Consider

This week, I am going to mix it up a little bit and look back at some sleepers I picked early this year and see how they have been doing as well as give you my picks for this week. But before we do that, lets see how last week’s group performed. If you thought Nick Foles played bad against the Cowboys’ pathetic excuse for a defense, I hope you stuck around to see Matt Barkley take the field. He made Foles look like Joe Montana. I’m not sure if this performance says more about Dallas’ defense, or about Chip Kelly’s QB situation…Yikes Speaking of QBs, I told you the one thing holding Chris Ogbonnaya back could be Brandon Weeden. Apparently Weeden has the reigns to the whole team because they are in reverse. The Cleveland Browns are the worst 3-4 team in the history of the NFL. Running back Joseph Randle had a reasonable day with 10 pts in PPR leagues. Sadly, that’s more points than the #1 overall pick in 80% of fantasy leagues, Adrian Peterson. I have to say, as a Peterson owner, I was a little confused as to why the Vikings abandoned the run 4 minutes into Monday night’s game vs the Giants. Was it to watch Josh Freeman rare back and chuck it 53 times and complete only 20 attempts? We might have a glimpse of why Freeman is no longer in Tampa Bay…Wow. Both of my receivers had good games. Cole Beasley had 6 catches for 53 yards and Jarrett Boykin tore it up for the Packers with 8 receptions for over 100 yards and a TD. Nice! I correctly predicted that Miami’s Charles Clay would hit pay dirt. Too bad that was his only catch. Now for this week’s sleepers! Week 8 Sleepers   Eli Manning QB, Giants Let’s face it, Eli Manning has had an awful year. Between the 15 picks, 3 fumbles, and a completion percentage well under his career average of  58.4%, it’s hard to find a lot to be complimentary of. But he is going to face an Eagles defense this weekend that doesn’t handle the pasing game very well. Time for Eli to have a big...

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