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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numberFire: 16 Things to Know About Offensive Coordinator Changes in 2014

Aug 12

numberFire: 16 Things to Know About Offensive Coordinator Changes in 2014

This season, 13 NFL teams will have new offensive coordinators (or play-callers). Some big names are taking over new gigs: Norv Turner (now in Minnesota), Scott Linehan (Dallas), Gary Kubiak (Baltimore), Kyle Shanahan (Cleveland), and Hue Jackson (Cincinnati). The NFL track records of these four are readily available just about anywhere you look, and their impact has been examined just about anywhere. We’ve done it on numberFire, too. We’ve looked at Turner’s impact on Adrian Peterson’s pass-catching potential and Cordarrelle Patterson’s chance of breaking out this season. As for Linehan, Daniel Lindsey looked in-depth at the potential offensive juggernaut created in Dallas with Linehan’s arrival. Additionally, we discussed Lance Dunbar as a pass-catching threat. Kubiak got a similar treatment from JJ Zachariason, when Zachariason examined the hire for Baltimore way back in January. Dennis Pitta’s upside in Kubiak’s offense might be capped. Both Joe Redemann and I looked at the backfield situation, here and here, respectively. Hue Jackson in Cincy has its own manifesto. And Marvin Jones as a breakout candidate has been discussed, as has Tyler Eifert as a top-12 fantasy tight end. Also, Bill O’Brien could mean big things in Houston’s passing game. But there are seven new coordinators without an NFL tutelage, and they deserve some attention, too, even if it only comes from the collegiate ranks or as non-coordinator positions. So here are the things to know about the new, lesser-known coordinators in 2014. Read the rest at numberFire.com...

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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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“101 Fantasy Football Tips” e-book from 50+ Fantasy Writers

Aug 04

“101 Fantasy Football Tips” e-book from 50+ Fantasy Writers

Over the past couple months, I asked many of my Fantasy friends to help me write a book filled with great Fantasy Football Tips. Fifty Fantasy writers from dozens of websites wrote one tip each, and I mixed them in with 51 of my own Fantasy tips to create an awesome PDF. I’m proud to announce the creation of the very first “101 Fantasy Football Tips” e-book, on sale now for just $5. BUY THE E-BOOK HERE, pay $5 through Paypal, and you’ll get an email with a link inside to download the PDF to your computer or mobile device. You’d be hard pressed to find this many writers from this many different websites sharing their Fantasy thoughts and opinions in one place. I’ve been in the industry for 14 years and I’ve called in all my favors!!! (To be honest, I now owe all of these guys a huge favor because they came through for me in an awesome way. If I haven’t mentioned it in the past 24 hours, I want to reiterate, the Fantasy Sports industry is full of some awesome people!) 38 Different Fantasy Football Sites This e-book is over 200 pages long – with some tips checking in over 1,000 words, although, most of them range from 400 to 600 words long. Here’s a listing of all the websites represented by contributing writers in this book. @SportableNFL BleacherReport.com BretskyBall.com CBSSports.com CDMSports.com DavidGonos.com Empeopled.com FakeTeams.com FantasyFootballDrafting.com FantasyAlarm.com FantasyGuru.com FantasyKnuckleheads.com FantasyRundown.com FantasySharks.com FantasySportsLive.com FFConsistency.com FFToolbox.com FNTSYSportsNetwork.com Football.com FootballDieHards.com FootballGuys.com FoxSports.com GridironExperts.com KFFL.com LevelUpFantasy.com LockerRoomFantasySports.com NFFC.Stats.com ProjectRoto.com Razzball.com RotoExperts.com RotoViz.com RotoWire.com STATS LLC TheFakeFootball.com TheFantasyFix.com TheHuddle.com TradeDebate.com XNSports.com Basically, I asked each writer to share a tip they’ve discovered through their years of playing and writing about Fantasy Football. The topics covered in this e-book range from draft strategy, to commissioner tips, to auction drafting, to Daily Fantasy Football, IDP, Salary Cap Games, keepers, trading and waiver wire tips. We even have a total of 15 different tips associated with each position: QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, Ks and DSTs. 50+ Fantasy Football Writers, 101 Fantasy Football Tips Here are the writers involved and the names of the guys I owe a bunch of beers to: Salvatore Stefanile Cory...

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2014 Top 300 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Aug 02

2014 Top 300 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

This week, I was asked by Sports Illustrated to come up with my 2014 Top 300 Fantasy Football Player Rankings for their draft prep section. They’ll combine them on their site with the other SI writers, so we’ll have a consensus ranking, so I thought I’d print my Top 300 over here. There are certainly plenty of issues still up in the air, including Josh Gordon’s possible suspension, and whether or not it’s going to be for the full year or not. My rankings are as if he gets a half-season suspension. There’s little doubt that he’d rank among the top-three wide receivers in Fantasy Football in points-per-game, so a half-season is still pretty great. With that said, there’s also talk that it can only be a one-year suspension or no suspension at all. So I have no idea how to react to that in a Fantasy draft. For me, I’d roll the dice on him after about 100 players are off the board. 2014 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST | Top 60 via 3 Expert Mock DraftsTop 300 Rankings 2014 Top 300 Fantasy Football Player Rankings These rankings are based on a non-PPR, standard Fantasy Football league, using 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-FLEX, 1-TE, 1-K and 1-DST in their starting lineups. Rank – Player – Position – Team 1 – Jamaal Charles – RB – KC 2 – LeSean McCoy – RB – PHI 3 – Adrian Peterson – RB – MIN 4 – Matt Forte – RB – CHI 5 – Calvin Johnson – WR – DET 6 – Eddie Lacy – RB – GB 7 – DeMaryius Thomas – WR – DEN 8 – Jimmy Graham – TE – NO 9 – Dez Bryant – WR – DAL 10 – Marshawn Lynch – RB – SEA 11 – DeMarco Murray – RB – DAL 12 – Le’Veon Bell – RB – PIT 13 – A.J. Green – WR – CIN 14 – Giovani Bernard – RB – CIN 15 – Arian Foster – RB – HOU 16 – Montee Ball – RB – DEN 17 – Brandon Marshall – WR – CHI 18 – Alfred Morris – RB – WAS...

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“10 Fantasy Commandments” Sign – Great Fantasy Football Gift!

Aug 01

“10 Fantasy Commandments” Sign – Great Fantasy Football Gift!

A friend of mine created this 7-inch-by-7-inch sign for your wall or your desk that makes for a great Fantasy Football gift – either for your commissioner, a Fantasy friend or for yourself! For just $9.95, it’s at just the right price! You’ve probably paid more in Fantasy Football magazines this summer alone! You can put this on your desk (it comes with a dowel stand that allows it to stand upright), or you can hang it from your office or cubicle walls. A Fun Fantasy Football Gift For Anyone I came up with the commandments, so I really hope it makes you laugh like I hoped it would. Without getting too R-rated, I thought these were fun Fantasy commandments we should all live by! Click here to buy it for $9.95! “10 Fantasy Commandments” Thou shalt have several leagues, but love only one. Thou shalt not love thy fantasy team more than thy NFL team. Thou shalt always take thy commissioner’s name in vain. Remember NFL Sunday and keep it holy. Honor Peyton Manning’s father and mother. Thou shalt not commit murder, after losing on an MNF extra point. Thou shalt not commit adultery with opponent’s wife. Thou shalt not steal from newbies. Thou shalt not bear false injury news against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy opponent’s ridiculously good luck. Again, it costs just $9.95 plus shipping, which you can get shipped for $3.95 if you use the code “GONOS” – they usually charge more for shipping, but we asked for a reduced price for our readers. You can buy it here! Buy this Fantasy Football gift for the Fantasy person in your life – or just for yourself. Who roots for your team more than you!?! These “10 Fantasy Commandments” could someday save your Fantasy...

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