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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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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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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RIP Mike: When Someone Dies in Your Fantasy League

Jul 09

RIP Mike: When Someone Dies in Your Fantasy League

Earlier this week, one of my leaguemates told me that Mike, our commissioner last season, passed away after a long battle with cancer. I had never met Mike in person, and in this league, he was basically a friend of a friend, but without question, he was one of the best guys in the league. I’ve had plenty of email discussions with him and I can’t ever think of one bad exchange. The league was likely going to close down last season as no one was stepping up to commish and the excitement was slowly waning over the past few years. But Mike stepped up, got a team for his wife Nicole, replacing a departed owner, and we had a great season overall. This Fantasy Football league dates back to 1989, and it’s the oldest league I’ve ever been in. I created it way back then, with just six teams(!), and it has lasted 25 years now. So I’m ultra appreciative to Mike and Nicole for saving it last season, and now we want to continue it – in honor of Mike as much as for our own enjoyment. Honoring Someone in Your Fantasy League So the question becomes, how can we honor a leaguemate that has recently died? I understand it’s a completely insignificant thing, this Fantasy Football, and in reality, it’s silly to even talk about something like this after someone’s death. But this was the only connection many of us in this league ever had with Mike, so honoring him in the league makes the most sense. I’ve been in hundreds of leagues over the past 25 years, including time at CBSSports.com and SI.com, and this is, thankfully, the first time I’ve ever been in a league where one of the participants has died. My question is – how do we honor him? Some of the ideas I came up with the night I heard about his death were the following: 1. Rename the league after him. In other words, our league becomes the [Name] Memorial Fantasy Football League. The only major problem with this is – what if someone else dies in our league in the next decade? 2. Name the Championship Trophy after him....

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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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