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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Playoffs - Tight End Review


Can you believe the 2014 season is over? After 16 weeks of excitement and turmoil, we've got our champions. If you were one of the winners, congratulations on your success. If you were not a winner, good luck next year.  Now, let's analyze the Tight Ends of 2014, and rank how they did in weeks 14-16.

2014 Playoff Thoughts:
1) Rob Gronkowski (duh) was the most consistent and highest scoring player at tight end. He was a beast in 2014, and when healthy, is heads and shoulders above the rest.

2) Antonio Gates had a resurgence, scoring nearly 15 ppg in the playoffs.

3) Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce, and Martellus Bennett really disappointed in championship week.

4) Jason Witten and Jimmy Graham had decent, but not spectacular, playoff runs.

5) Dwayne Allen, Larry Donnell, and Kyle Rudolph struggled mightily. 
.5 PPR

Dynasty thoughts: 
A)  The 2014 TE class contributed almost nothing to the 2014 season. However, look for Amaro, Ebron, and Seferian-Jenkins to take a step up in 2015. Along with Jordan Cameron and Jordan Reed, they are buy low candidates.

B) Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and Michael Rivera all look like solid long term options.

C) How much longer can Gates, Olsen, Wilson, and Miller keep up the great play? Where did Vernon Davis go?

D) Some deeper sleepers could emerge in 2015, including Josh Hill, Richard Rodgers, and Luke Willson, so keep an eye on the waivers this offseason.


Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Playoffs - Wide Receiver Review

source: cover32.com

Can you believe the 2014 season is over? After 16 weeks of excitement and turmoil, we've got our champions. If you were one of the winners, congratulations on your success. If you were not a winner, good luck next year.  Now, let's analyze the Wide Receivers of 2014, and rank how they did in weeks 14-16.

2014 Playoff Thoughts:
1) Odell Beckham's final eight weeks of the fantasy year were outstanding, going for 69 recs, 1014 yds, and 8 tds in eight games. You needed very little else from your WRs in 2014, if you owned Beckham.

2) Julian Edelman, Julio Jones, and T.Y. Hilton all played well in the playoff run, but missed a week each due to injury. If you had a solid backup to each of them, you likely had a nice playoff run.

3) Antonio Brown and Alshon Jeffery were solid, consistent studs in 2014, never scoring less than 15.8 points in any of their games.

4) Emmanuel Sanders, Jeremy Maclin, and Kelvin Benjamin all struggled down the stretch.

5) If you were able to get past their week 14 dud, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Mike Wallace, and Demaryius Thomas were all nice playoff options.
.5 PPR

Dynasty thoughts: 
A)  The 2014 rookie class was phenomenal, with Beckham, Watkins, Benjamin, Evans, Landry, Matthews, Cooks, and Brown all looking to be long term contributors.

B) Another year of Peyton Manning watch... If he goes, one would have to drop expectations on Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. They could be potential sell high candidates.

C) The Vikings young WRs (Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson) were solid surprises this past season and may still be available on waivers in Dynasty formats.

D) Keenan Allen, Victor Cruz, and Pierre Garcon could be solid buy low candidates. 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Playoffs - Running Back Review



Can you believe the 2014 season is over? After 16 weeks of excitement and turmoil, we've got our champions. If you were one of the winners, congratulations on your success. If you were not a winner, good luck next year.  Now, let's analyze the Running Backs of 2014, and rank how they did in weeks 14-16.

2014 Playoff Thoughts:
1) Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, and DeMarco Murray were beasts for most of the year, and it continued in the fantasy playoffs. Additionally, C.J. Anderson, Joique Bell, Arian Foster, Matt Forte and Fred Jackson never dropped out of the top 16 over the final three weeks.

2) Jamaal Charles, Mark Ingram and LeSean McCoy all had less than stellar playoff performances.

3) Matt Asiata, Lamar Miller, and Jonathan Stewart were all under the radar contributors in the 2014 playoffs.

4) Latavious Murray and Andre Williams were solid RB2s this year, but will they have their chance to continue their success next year?

5) Frank Gore just won't stop. He's been incredible in fantasy football playoffs for his last 5 seasons. From 2009 to 2014 (excluding the 2010 season due to injury), Gore has averaged 97.8  total yards and 0.6 TDs per game.  That's called long term production folks!
.5 PPR

Dynasty thoughts: 
A) The 2013 NFL draft class has five highly ranked RBs as of the end of 2014, though none were picked in the 1st round.  Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, Gio Bernard, Andre Ellington and Latavious Murray could all be very productive in 2015. 

B) Can LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris bounce back?  We think so, making them solid buy low candidates.

C) We don't see Justin Forsett as the answer in Baltimore, so we would sell high if given the opportunity.

D) Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, and Jerick McKinnon could all be major contributors in 2015 as sophomores.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Playoffs - Quarterback Review


Can you believe the 2014 season is over? After 16 weeks of excitement and turmoil, we've got our champions. If you were one of the winners, congratulations on your success. If you were not a winner, good luck next year.  Now, let's analyze the Quarterbacks of 2014, and rank how they did in weeks 14-16.

2014 Playoff Thoughts:
1) Cam Newton (when healthy) was the best fantasy football quarterback of the 2014 playoffs... If you started him in weeks 14 and 16, you likely won the QB match-up... And since we all knew Cam was out for week 15, chances are you were able to grab a solid backup for that week.

2) Tony Romo and Matt Ryan were the most consistent QBs in the Fantasy Football Playoffs, scoring no less than 20 and 16.6 points respectively, over the stretch.

3) Ben Roethlisberger steadily scored worse each week of the playoffs, while Ryan Tannehill ramped up his performances over the playoff run.

4) Chances are, if you had Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, or Andrew Luck, you likely lost one of your three playoff games, as all five of the consensus star QBs, had a performance outside the top 20 in the playoffs.

5) During the FF Playoffs, Teddy Bridgewater, Alex Smith, and Derek Carr werebetter than Brady, Flacco, Rodgers, Kaepernick, Rivers, Manning, Brees, RG3, Stafford, Luck and Dalton.


Dynasty thoughts: 
A) Russell Wilson has been really good in 2014, it will be interesting to see how his production changes once Marshawn Lynch leaves. We still think he'll be a very solid FF QB for years to come

B) Teddy Brigdewater looks to be the frontrunner for Rookie QB with the most upside... Manziel, Bortles and Carr all have some work to do to catch up.

C) This may be the year to sell high on Roethlisberger. He had a massive year, but will be 33 next year, has taken a ton of punishment over his career, and L. Bell may become the focal point of the offense going forward.

D) Matthew Stafford is a solid buy low candidate. He had a rotten 2014, but still has a ton of weapons and another year with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, which should create a bounce back season.







Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 IDP Prospects



Now that the 2014 is wrapping up, let's take a look at potential IDP Free Agents that could be available off the waiver wire in your dynasty fantasy league right now. Guys who are primed for possible returns next year that you can hide on your roster now, before the season ends.  Gerald Hodges, Josh Evans, and  have some potential!

Gerald Hodges
Gerald Hodges is a former Penn State star who is getting his chance to play for the Minnesota Vikings in place of the injured Anthony Barr.  In his two starts, Hodges has been very good, averaging 8.5 total tackles and 2 passes defensed per game.  Hodges is 23 years old, and may find a spot as the starter at Linebacker as Jasper Brinkley and Chad Greenway are 29, and 31 years old respectively.


Josh Evans
Josh Evans is a former Florida Gator, who has had the luxury of staying in state for the start of his pro career. Drafted by Jacksonville in 2013, Hill is the starting Free Safety for the Jaguars.  Evans has been improved his numbers from 2013, increasing his total tackles from 58 to 80 already this season. Evans hasn't created big plays in 2014, but if they come in 2015,  Evans will be in line for a 120-130 point fantasy season.








Will Hill
Another Former Gator, Will Hill is a 24 year old stand-out safety for the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately for Hill, he's been suspended three times since 2012 for substance abuse. However, when playing, Hill is a real asset to the team and has produced solid fantasy numbers.  Hill will push for the starting free safety job next year as long as he stays out of trouble.  If you have room on your roster for a flyer, he might be your man.




Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 IDP Prospects


Now that the 2014 is wrapping up, let's take a look at potential IDP Free Agents that could be available off the waiver wire in your dynasty fantasy league right now. Guys who are primed for possible returns next year that you can hide on your roster now, before the season ends.  E.J. Gaines, Devon Kennard, and Craig Robertson have some major upside!

E.J. Gaines
This former Missouri Tiger has lit it up as a rookie cornerback in the Rams defense. The 6th rounder already has 61 tackles and 14 passes defensed with 2 weeks left in his season. Look for him to continue to develop into a real threat to get 100 (tackles + passes defensed) annually. 



Devon Kennard
This former USC stud has been a nice addition to the New York Giants starting LB core. The 5th round selection has 23 total tackles and 4 sacks in his last month of action. If Jon Beason returns next year, Kennard may have to wait his turn, but at 23 years old the guy has plenty of time to become an every down linebacker.





Craig Robertson
This former North Texas grad is currently a starting middle linebacker for the Cleveland Browns.  The 26 year old has average 9.4 total tackles per game since week 10. That rate, over the course of an entire season would net him 150 tackles.  We expect the 4th year man to continue to get better, and to own an ILB spot in the NFL for the next few year.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top 16 Fantasy Football Duds - Week 14


Week 14 of the NFL season is complete.  Many of you have won your first round matchup and are on to the next round of the playoffs. However, plenty of you likely started the players below, and had a tough time winning your matchup.  This list shows 16 of the top 80 offensive Fantasy Football Studs, who turned into Duds in week one of the playoffs.  Guys like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Jeremy Maclin, Dez Bryant, and Jimmy Graham were all very disappointing. If you had them, and lost, we feel for you... Better luck next year!

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Season Rank PLAYER Week 14 Pts Season Average WKs 1-13 Pts Below Average
4 Manning, Peyton DEN QB 3.70 22.93 -19.23
10 Brees, Drew NOS QB 12.00 20.11 -8.11
14 Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR 3.10 19.29 -16.19
18 Rivers, Philip SDC QB 10.40 17.56 -7.16
19 Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB 12.70 17.13 -4.43
21 Maclin, Jeremy PHI WR 9.60 17.36 -7.76
24 Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR 8.90 16.94 -8.04
29 Bryant, Dez DAL WR 11.20 15.81 -4.61
34 Cobb, Randall GBP WR 7.70 15.53 -7.83
46 Graham, Jimmy NOS TE 4.00 12.96 -8.96
55 Morris, Alfred WAS RB 3.20 12.48 -9.28
60 McCoy, LeSean PHI RB 3.00 12.08 -9.08
63 LaFell, Brandon NEP WR 4.10 11.73 -7.63
69 Gates, Antonio SDC TE 4.90 11.24 -6.34
70 Ingram, Mark NOS RB 5.60 14.87 -9.27

80 Bernard, Giovani CIN RB 5.10 13.56 -8.46



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fantasy Football Playoffs - Strength of Schedule

The 2014 Fantasy Football Playoffs are upon us. Here is your guide to team schedules and which offenses will have a better chance to shine.  Green means positive match-up while red means negative.  Enjoy the next three weeks, and good luck!


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ATL @GB PIT @NO MNF @GB should mean some scores, after that two dome games vs. weak DSTs.
CAR @NO TB CLE If you somehow made the playoffs with Panthers, you're happy!
DAL @CHI @PHI IND DAL owners have to be thrilled as nearly all matchups are favorable.
DET TB MIN @CHI DET gets a healthy Megatron and an easy schedule.  Lookout!
GB ATL @BUF @TB Rodgers and company will not be slowing down anytime soon.
HOU @JAX @IND BAL Look for Arian, Andre and DeAndre to light it up for a few more weeks.
NO CAR @CHI ATL Brees looks primed for another late season stats explosion.
KC @ARI OAK @PIT ARI is tough, but then the schedule opens up nicely for KC.
BAL @MIA JAX @HOU BAL has warm weather, a home game against JAX, then more warm weather.
BUF @DEN GB @OAK Two pass happy games, then Oakland on the schedule.
CIN PIT @CLE DEN Dalton will get CIN's offense going against the next three opponents
CLE IND CIN @CAR Hoyer is in line for some good games over the playoff stretch.
JAX HOU @BAL TEN If you managed to make the playoffs with JAX players, you are feeling good.
NYG @TEN WSH @STL Easy few weeks for the NYG, look for Jennings, Beckham, and Eli to shine.
NYJ @MIN @TEN NE Tough to like any Jets offensive players right now, but the schedule is nice.
PIT @CIN @ATL KC Some pretty good competition for PIT, but they'll score plenty.
TEN NYG NYJ @JAX TEN's next three opponents are a combined 7-29… They'll score points.
CHI DAL NO DET Their bound to score plenty against DAL and NO, but not as many vs. DET
SF @OAK @SEA SD Nice start this week, after that... they're in some trouble.
DEN BUF @SD @CIN Nearly all of DEN's skill players are matchup proof.
IND @CLE HOU @DAL Nearly all of IND's studs are matchup proof.
MIA BAL @NE MIN Tough to read MIA, they could score a bunch, or could score nothing.
NE @SD MIA @NYJ Some decent matchups for the Patriots. Ride Brady and Gronk if you can.
WSH STL @NYG PHI Colt McCoy gives WSH a chance to put up a few more points, but not many.
ARI KC @STL SEA Tough sledding with a backup QB and injured skill players.
MIN NYJ @DET @MIA Bridgewater will have trouble putting up numbers this FF playoffs.
OAK SF @KC BUF Do not play OAK players, they cannot score and they have a tough schedule.
PHI SEA DAL @WSH Tough schedule, but at home for the next two should help.
SD NE DEN @SF Even though the schedule is tough, they should be in a few shootouts.
STL @WSH ARI NYG Could have a few nice games, but ARI will be a tough task.
TB @DET @CAR GB Two away games, followed by GB make TB a tough play this year.
SEA @PHI SF @ARI Toughest playoff schedule of all, but we still trust Wilson and Lynch to produce.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FFEE - 2014 Rookie WR Class - Best EVER?!


NFL.com has a great article (here) on some of the reasons why the 2014 NFL Rookie WR class has performed so well so far. Here are some interesting stats!

As a whole, the 2014 class is on pace to finish with nearly 200 more catches, over 2,500 more yards and 40 more touchdowns than any class from this century. Seven rookies have five or more touchdown catches, the most for any full season in NFL history.


The closest comparison of the 2014 class, is to the 1996 wide receiver class that featured two potential Hall of Famers as well as exceptional depth, with nine players topping 500 receptions and 8,000 receiving yards in their lengthy careers.

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1996 Rd. Pick Team Receptions Yards TDs
Terrell Owens 3 89 San Francisco 49ers 1,078 15,934 153
Marvin Harrison 1 19 Indianapolis Colts 1,102 14,580 128
Keyshawn Johnson 1 1 New York Jets 814 10,571 64
Muhsin Muhammad 2 43 Carolina Panthers 860 11,438 62
Eric Moulds 1 24 Buffalo Bills 764 9,995 49
Amani Toomer 2 34 New York Giants 668 9,497 54
Joe Horn 5 135 Kansas City Chiefs 603 8,744 58
Terry Glenn 1 7 New England Patriots 593 8,823 44
Eddie Kennison 1 18 St. Louis Rams 548 8,345 42
Bobby Engram 2 52 Chicago Bears 650 7,751 35
David Patten UD New York Giants 324 4,715 24
Jermaine Lewis 5 153 Baltimore Ravens 143 2,129 17





Name Team Rec. Yards TDs FF Pts. PPR
 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 52 768 8 117 169
 Mike Evans TB 46 794 7 116 162
 Sammy Watkins BUF 45 649 5 90 135
 Brandin Cooks NO 53 550 3 80 133
 Odell Beckham NYG 31 463 3 63 94
 Jordan Matthews PHI 44 558 6 86 130
 John Brown ARI 34 468 5 72 106
 Allen Hurns JAC 30 475 5 72 102


Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 NFL Strength of Schedule - Weeks 11 to 13


Week 11 is upon us, and we'd like to take some time to check out which teams to target for solid production in the playoff push. Weeks 11 through 13 have some solid teams looking good down the stretch, including Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. Some of the tougher schedules are Arizona, Seattle, and the New York Jets.  Take a look, and prepare your roster for the playoff push!



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TEAM 11 12 13 OUTLOOK
ARI DET @SEA @ATL Palmer out + DET & SEA ahead = Not promising for ARI.
ATL @CAR CLE ARI ATL has an above average schedule through the next three.
BAL BYE @NO SD After the Bye, BAL should get the passing game going a bit.
BUF @MIA NYJ CLE Not bad, not good. Middle of the pack.
CAR ATL BYE @MIN They'll put up some nice stats with ATL and @MIN ahead.
CHI MIN TB @DET Next two home games should help CHI's offense improve.
CIN @NO @HOU @TB Three road games, but all should be decent matchups.
CLE HOU @ATL @BUF Next two are nice, Buffalo will be tough.
DAL BYE @NYG PHI Jump on the Cowboys after the bye, they'll score a bunch.
DEN @STL MIA @KC Nearly Matchup-proof, but KC usually plays tough at home.
DET @ARI @NE CHI Expect the Lions to get hot weeks 12 and 13.
GB PHI @MIN NE Really nice schedule for GB. Look for boatloads of points.
HOU @CLE CIN TEN Foster and the running game should work, the rest , unlikely.
IND NE JAX WSH Luck and IND should continue a torrid pace for the next three.
JAX BYE @IND NYG Fairly nice schedule after the bye, but JAX is not reliable.
KC SEA @OAK DEN Tough, easy, tough… About sums it up.
MIA BUF @DEN @NYJ The MIA running game will slow with  a slight uptick in passing.
MIN @CHI GB CAR MIN should produce, with CHI and CAR on the schedule.
NE @IND DET @GB NE has a tough stretch, but will likely score some points.
NO CIN BAL @PIT We see Brees and NO scoring well in the next three.
NYG SF DAL @JAX Home games, and @JAX look enticing for NYG.
NYJ BYE @BUF MIA Tough stretch for the JETS.
OAK @SD KC @STL OAK don't have much to look forward to right now.
PHI @GB TEN @DAL PHI will likely be in a couple of shootouts.
PIT @TEN BYE NO PIT will continue to put up points againts TEN and NO.
SD OAK STL @BAL SD should rebound nicely from a few tough weeks.
SEA @KC ARI @SF Not an easy road for the defending champions.
SF @NYG WSH SEA SF will have some ups and downs in the next three weeks.
STL DEN @SD OAK There really isn't much happening for the STL offense.
TB @WSH @CHI CIN Pretty good schedule for TB to get the offense clicking.
TEN PIT @PHI @HOU TEN's new QB should have some solid games coming up.
WSH TB @SF @IND TB and IND should be solid, @SF will be tough for WSH