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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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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Fantasy Football 2015 Wide Receivers Rankings: Top 70 WRs

Jul 24

Fantasy Football 2015 Wide Receivers Rankings: Top 70 WRs

Over the past 10 or 15 years, we’ve seen the wide receivers position climb to higher Fantasy worth, in a group, no less. It was just 20 years ago that Jerry Rice ran the position, as the only wideout to be considered with a first-round draft pick. But as we look at the 2015 Wide Receivers rankings, we see there are actually a few that should garner that distinction. But before we dive deep into these Fantasy WR rankings, I want to take a look back at some of the offseason news surrounding this Fantasy position. I want to share some quick opinions on some of the trades and free agent movements, as well as a look at how the youth at the position might have changed how Fantasy owners approach wide receivers altogether. Fantasy Offseason News for Wide Receivers Here’s a quick wrap-up of some interesting things that happened to the wide receivers position since the end of last season. Josh Gordon, Cleveland: For the second year in a row, Gordon was suspended for the year for substance abuse, but unlike last year’s suspension, this one isn’t getting overturned – and the team is firmly behind the suspension. Even when he played last year, he wasn’t the Fantasy star we remembered from 2013, as he reportedly had conditioning and playbook issues. Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas: Both superstar wide receivers got paid this offseason in a big way. As I mentioned in an article on About.com, you can consider a fat new contract a reason for a player to bust in a given season. These two guys are complete beasts, though, with above-average quarterbacks and offenses. On a scale of “bust” predictability, they have to be in the low percentages. Manning and Romo will still look to both of these guys as their main targets. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis: Johnson’s 2014 season was a disappointment, but now he goes to play with Andrew Luck, which is easily the best quarterback he has ever had. Johnson will serve as just one of many targets for Luck, but the two should match together well. His arrival shouldn’t inhibit T.Y. Hilton’s Fantasy value much either, but instead, take a chunk out of...

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Fantasy Football 2015 Running Back Rankings: Top 70 RBs

Jul 15

Fantasy Football 2015 Running Back Rankings: Top 70 RBs

Before we get too deep into our Fantasy Football 2015 Running Back Rankings, I thought it would be good to look back at some of the more interesting stories of last year and this past offseason. In other words, we have to look at some points where you’ll have to make some major decisions over. I’ll share my opinions, but once you look at the rankings, you’ll know what I think already. We’re going to talk about some of the free agency moves, as well as some interesting trades and roster changes made because of the 2015 NFL Draft. What Can We Learn From Last Year Let’s look at some of the major stories that have unfolded from last summer to now, and decide how it affects our game going forward. Le’Veon Bell Plays Awesome, Gets Suspended: Bell played well enough to be the No. 1 overall pick this season, in spite of the fact he rushed for just 3.5 yards per carry in 2013. He’s suspended for three games this season, though, so we have to decide if his points-per-game over  13 games (possibly more after appeal) is worth a first-round pick. I say yes, it is, because you’re still going to be able to use your RB3 in his place for those first three games. (By the way, draft DeAngelo Williams late!) Adrian Peterson Loses a Year, Returns for 2015: A.P. played just one game last season before he was suspended for what turned out to be the rest of the season. He’s back, but he’s also another year older, so is he worth a first-round pick? I say yes, he is. The fact the Vikings now have a developing quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, and a decent No. 1 receiver in Mike Wallace, makes me think Peterson will have more room to run than normal. And he’s likely pissed with something to prove. We like A.P. when he has something to prove. DeMarco Murray Goes to Philly: What did we learn from last season with Murray? We learned he’s as good as we thought he was, but he finally stayed healthy enough for it to make him a Fantasy stud for the entire season. Applying that for...

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What Does History Teach Us About the Top Fantasy Rookies in ADP for 2015?

Jun 20

What Does History Teach Us About the Top Fantasy Rookies in ADP for 2015?

Fantasy Football Rookies are like the world’s grab bag – you could end up drafting a first-year player that ends up scoring 10 touchdowns as one of the best at his position. But, sometimes just as often, you could end up with a stinker that pisses off his head coach and gets buried on the depth chart. Obviously, rookies represent a high-reward investment in many cases, but depending on where you draft them, they don’t necessarily have to be high risks. What I mean by that is – if you draft a rookie wide receiver later in your draft, like say Rounds 11 or 12, you could get a boom-or-bust player at a low cost. But if you are looking at a first-year player that’s expected to be the featured tailback on his new offense, then it’s going to cost you a fourth-round pick most likely. That’s certainly high risk, and the “reward” lessens the higher you select him. So I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look back over the past 15 NFL seasons to see which rookies were the top players entering Fantasy Football drafts. Then, I’m going to look at their final rank, at the end of the season, to see the average final value. Those that drafted Bishop Sankey last season understand how devastating it might be to draft the top rookie that turns into a Fantasy turd. Finishes For the Top Fantasy Rookies Since 2000 I went back over the past 15 seasons and looked at the Average Draft Position in each year on MyFantasyLeague.com, and then I compared the stats to the Fantasy points scored by position per year over at FootballGuys.com for each year since 2000. These players are considered for standard non-PPR Fantasy Football leagues only. 2014 Top Rookie Drafted: Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee, ADP 6.03 2014 Fantasy Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Hill had about 350 more rushing yards than any other rookie running back last season, ranking 10th among all running backs. Sankey, meanwhile, finished as the 42nd-best running back, even though he was taken about four rounds earlier than Hill’s 11.05 ADP. 2013 Top Rookie Drafted: Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay, 5.02 2013...

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Where to Draft DeMarco Murray in Fantasy Football in 2015?

Jun 19

Where to Draft DeMarco Murray in Fantasy Football in 2015?

DeMarco Murray just turned 27 years old in February, and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to re-sign the franchise’s new single-season rushing leader. He ended up signing with the Philadelphia Eagles because he liked what head coach Chip Kelly was bringing to the table with his high-octane offensive gameplan. Had Murray returned to the Cowboys, a very good case could have been made that he should be the No. 1 draft pick in Fantasy Football leagues in 2015. From his emergence as a healthy workhorse in 2014 to the fact that Le’Veon Bell is suspended for the first three games of the NFL regular season, and Murray would seem to be a no-brainer as the top pick. What’s interesting is that Murray grew up in Las Vegas and went to college at Oklahoma, which is still widely considered Cowboys territory – with the Chiefs coming in at a close second place. DeMarco Murray’s Talent as an NFL Back I’ve long held the belief that Murray was one of the best running backs in the league, but I always believed that he ran to contact. He loved to deliver a blow to would-be tacklers. His body eventually paid for it (as did his fantasy owners), and in his first three NFL seasons, he missed an average of close to four games per season. This past season, however, Murray was able to stay healthy (outside of a broken hand in Week 15 that he played through), and he finished 2014 as the best Fantasy running back in non-PPR leagues with 13 touchdowns and an NFL-high 1,845 rushing yards – nearly 500 more than second-place Bell. I’m curious to see what the 2014 season’s toll will take on him. Only six other NFL running backs have ever carried the ball more times than Murray’s 392 carries in the regular-season. Obviously, there’s going to be some regression, but does a huge season automatically mean a big dropoff in carries the following year? Not necessarily. Of the six players that had more carries than Murray in a single regular season, three of them had 315 or more the following year. (Coincidentally, LeSean McCoy – the player Murray is replacing — was the only other...

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3 High Upside Fantasy Football Rookies for 2015

Jun 06

3 High Upside Fantasy Football Rookies for 2015

As I’ve mentioned recently, I was asked to help with a couple 2015 Fantasy Football magazines, one of which asked me to write up some pieces on players I think will work as low-risk/high reward players. I went through all of my rankings, pulling out names I believe would fit into that category, and it dawned on me that I picked more than a few high upside rookies that I think will do well for 2015. First-year players make for great high-upside picks for several reasons, including the fact that players picked in the lower rounds or undrafted rookies sometimes get big breaks in training camp. And maybe their NFL coaches choose to use them differently than they were used in college. Also, they might be facing better competition, but they’re also possibly leaving systems that different fit them well, or they were stuck behind even better players. Remember Josh Gordon, Terrance Williams and Kendall Wright all came out of Baylor within one year of each other. Gordon and Wright, we were aware of, but Williams caught most of us by surprise, and he fit in well with Tony Romo’s offense in Dallas. And last year, Jerick McKinnon was a late-round speedster that the Vikings drafted, but if you were clued in on him early enough, you knew he’d make some Fantasy waves if something happened to Adrian Peterson. So I decided to discuss a few of those high upside rookies for 2015 here. This will give you something to think about for your late-round sleeper picks, and even for your early waiver wire choices. 2015 High Upside Rookies These first-year players make for interesting pickups late in your drafts. T.J. Yeldon, RB,  Jacksonville Sure, Yeldon wasn’t a late-round pick (early Round 2), but he did go to the Jaguars, and that instantly makes him an afterthought when you’re filling out starting lineups. But from a Daily Fantasy Football perspective, Yeldon could prove to be quite useful. He’ll likely be the Jaguars’ featured back, and as such, he’ll probably start with a relatively low FanDuel salary that undulates from week to week. The Jags are probably going to have to pass a lot, which might limit his touches, but...

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