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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood


Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.


08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!


Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.


08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast


Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.


08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly


In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.


08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride


He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.


07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packersnews.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top


Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.


07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role


In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.


07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense


Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.


07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas


He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.


07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE


Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.


07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role


“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.


07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty


LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.


06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.


Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.


06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Awesome Pyro graphic for Mock Draft that pyromaniac.com writers did last week

12-Team PPR Mock Draft #1 (Pre-NFL Draft - April 20th, 2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 04/27/17

by   The Archer


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Mock Draft #1 - PPR - 12-man from April (Pre-NFL Draft)


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Archer vs PyroLytics & winner vs StiffKitties

Meatbone vs PK & winner vs d-Rx

Staggs vs Whisperer & winner vs Houdini

OC vs Waz & winner vs Hartbeat

 

 

 


Round 1: Archer vs Pyro Lytics


 

QB Matchup: Archer gets a significant edge at QB, Wentz had some really nice games with Lane Johnson and the Eagles significantly upgraded their OL, but Carr also added a quality TE in Cook and can rely on Coop and Crabtree, with some big plays from Cordarrelle (Oakland loves C’s).

Advantage: The Archer


RB Matchup: At RB I believe Miller and Anderson will significantly outperform Woodhead and Prosise (too dependent on 3rd down and game script. Lytics RB bench is loaded though primarily with Mixon, he could win a couple games on his own for Lytics.

Advantage: The Archer


WR Matchup: Allen as a WR3 has huge potential. I gave bonus points to Hopkins over Thomas as he is a proven entity and I’m not completely sure he can match his performance from last year without Cooks taking away the defenses primary cover guy. Lytics takes the cake on WR’s but Archer gets a little bump for nice depth in Martavis and Maclin.

Advantage: Pyro Lytics


TE Matchup: Reed definitely gives a commanding advantage over Henry despite surprisingly nice rookie numbers, but he will see less looks with Gates still playing and Keenan Allen returning. Not much debate on this one Reed is a star when healthy.

Advantage: Pyro Lytics


K/DST Matchup: The kickers are a push and the Seahawks get a small advantage over the Panthers.

Advantage: The Archer


Full team matchup: Overall, Carr has a pretty significant advantage over the second year Wentz despite his new toys. The discrepancy in starting RB’s is too significant for Pyro Lytics to make up ground with his strong bench, but makes up a lot of that ground with 3 starting WRs who could all potentially end the year as WR1s. Jordan Reed reigns supreme at the TE position but his unavailability will cause serious harm with no backup TE. The strong RB core and probably top 5 QB put The Archer in a nice position and he wills out the victory in Round 1.

Winner: The Archer



 

Round 2: StiffKitties vs Archer


After giving Archer the W in round one he has another competitive team in the next round in Stiffkitties who went heavy on RB early 4 of the first 6 rounds.


 

QB Matchup: Despite the fantasy football community having a widespread agreement that in order to optimize your team’s output, wait on QB rather than taking a top guy. That being said, it’s hard to argue against what Aaron Rodgers has done the last few years. Carr definitely is one of the QB’s that can contest the firepower of a Rodgers. Rodgers will be consistently atop the QB rankings for the next few years until the cliff is in view.

Advantage: StiffKitties


RB Matchup: Zeke is a stud and wins the matchup against almost anyone. Archer has significantly better depth with more proven players. Leo Fournette is a rookie and has consistent issues with his ankles, Marshawn isn’t in the league as of late and at 30 he will certainly be a part of an RBBC in Oakland, and Dion Lewis has 4 other guys who will lineup in the backfield in NE. 

Advantage: The Archer (barely)


WR Matchup: The WR cores here are fundamentally different with StiffKitties going high variance high upside players and The Archer for a high target high floor collection of Nuk, Edelman, Moncrief and Martavis. Cooks should see success in NE but there are only so many targets to go around, Tyreek Hill is a polarizing player but he is more of a flex than an WR 2, then the rookies Williams and Davis are also question marks as we have to look at disappointing seasons from Treadwell and Doctson last year. 

Advantage: The Archer


TE Matchup: Rudolph has Bradford looking for him early and often. This is about as even of a matchup as you will find at TE. Rudolph was a target monster last year with 132. I expect regression from Rudolph as the last time he was targeted 90+ times he went on to experience injury issued and struggled to stay on the field for the next two seasons seeing action in only 15 of the possible 32 games. Hunter Henry is a bright young prospect as he had one of the better rookie TE seasons historically. Henry scored 8 TDs on only 36 catches, 22% of catches yielding touchdowns is not a sustainable rate, and he will likely see less than the 53 targets he got last year with Keenan Allen returning. 

Advantage: StiffKitties


K/DST Matchup: Kickers again don’t matter to me and I give the Patriots a slight edge over Seattle due to their offseason moves. The LOB struggled without Earl Thomas and the reports of Richard Sherman requesting to be traded don’t bode well for the 12’s in Seattle. The Patriots always seem to be a better fantasy defense than an actual defense and the addition of Stephon Gilmore and retaining Malcolm Butler give NE the clear advantage. 

Advantage: StiffKitties


Full team matchup: Stiffkitties has a definite advantage with Rodgers and Zeke, but the team is very dependent on those two. Second rounder, Brandin Cooks, should be able to find success with the Patriots, but will probably have the highest variance on week to week output of any WR in the NFL, there are just so many mouths Brady will have to feed incorporating Cooks and Gronkowski back into the offense. Fournette is similar in that we don’t know what his availability regarding injuries will be and Marshawn still is unemployed. The Archer has such a nice floor and I think he would win more head to head matchups over the course of the season although the end of season points could go either way, henceforth:

Winner: The Archer




Round 1: PK Ripper vs. Meatbone


 

Both of these teams are rostering two very capable quarterbacks. While I believe that PK Ripper has the best pair of the two, it’s going to be Meatbone having the best upside; leaning heavily on starting Russell Wilson to get the job done every week.

QB Advantage: Meatbone +


At the running back position, I took into consideration workhorse opportunity. On any given week, PK Ripper can expect around 40 touches a week from Gurley and Ajayi. While Meatbone is banking on around 20 touches a game from Howard, the situational presence from Coleman cannot always be guaranteed. Not only do the roles of Gurley and Ajayi appear to be the more reliable week in and week out, the depth that PK Ripper has on his bench at the RB position looks fancy as well. Rob Kelley and Bilal Powell are in a very short line for a large share of carries from their backfield. I like Doug Martin after he serves his suspension but the waters are looking murky for him and even more so for LeGarrette Blount.

RB Advantage: PK Ripper ++


For wide receivers, both teams are represented by a stud at the position and favorable support. In my opinion, I have to give the advantage to PK Ripper’s squad by the smallest of margins. I believe Antonio Brown will finish as the FF WR1 and also believe that Willie Snead will reap greater PPR rewards this season than Kelvin Benjamin, who I’ve always been admittedly low on. Although sloppy on both sides, I feel that Meatbone has a bit more favorable WR depth to make due during his bye weeks or injuries. My gut is telling me that this position is a push, but ties are stupid so I’m giving the edge to PK Ripper.

WR Advantage: PK Ripper +


Keeping it simple for the tight end position, each team has a solid WR1 but there little doubt in my mind that Travis Kelce will outscore Tyler Eifert this season. Additionally, I believe that OJ Howard will be a Day 1 starter in the NFL and should be at least a TE2. In my opinion, both teams are rostering okay-enough TE depth and it simply comes down to Kelce vs. Eifert.

TE Advantage: PK Ripper +


For kickers, this comes down to opportunities for me. Sure Janikowski has lost a step since his prime days, but Hauschka is coming off an inaccurate season in Seattle and moving to the unforgiving conditions in Buffalo. I believe that Oakland will provide more opportunities for Janikowski than Buffalo for Hauschka.

K Advantage: Meatbone +


Oakland has a good defense, but I’m a sucker for Arizona’s.

Def Advantage: Meatbone +



In the end, it’s super close and there’s a lot to like about both of teams, but overall I am awarding the victory to PK Ripper.



 

Round 2: PK Ripper vs. d-Rx®


 

Once again, both teams are rostering very capable QB1 quarterbacks. Ultimately, it comes down who I feel is a lock for Top 5 QB numbers and that’s Tom freaking Brady. Both teams are looking at safe #2 options though. In a vacuum, I would prefer Dak over Tyrod but since they’re both second options, although maybe more than that for PK Ripper, it’s a wash.

QB Advantage: d-Rx® +


PK Ripper continues to rollout two starting running backs that are a lock for 20-some touches per game. I am a big fan of Devonta Freeman and his nose for the end zone but the timeshare and situational presence of Tevin Coleman will always be a bit worrisome. Christian McCaffrey is a well-deserved hyped rookie RB who should be capable of competing and succeeding at the NFL level, especially in PPR leagues but he doesn’t have a team yet and while I can consider an ideal scenario (Panthers? Broncos?), it’s not enough to shake the elevated floor of Gurley and Ajayi. Not to mention that, once again, PK Ripper’s RB depth of Kelley and Powell is favorable. Although this time, it’s closer to on par with d-Rx®’s Latavius Murray and, in a perfect world, Thomas Rawls.

RB Advantage: PK Ripper +


For wide receivers, both teams have a locked-in stud. While I would give the edge to PK Ripper’s Antonio Brown against d-Rx®’s Mike Evans, it’s too close to call. d-Rx® equipped PPR sweetheart Pierre Garcon and Marcus Mariota-favorite (not to mention one of my own) Rishard Matthews to round out his starting WRs. Not only do I think Washington’s Jamison Crowder will outperform San Francisco’s Garcon, I also feel that the Saints’ Willie Snead will outperform the Titans’ Rishard Matthews. Both team’s WR depth is kind of gross in my opinion and I don’t think it would sway PK Rippers starting WRs edge.

WR Advantage: PK Ripper +


Still keeping it simple for the tight ends, each team has a solid TE1. Hell, one of these should be this year’s TE1 and the other is likely to be the TE2. Head-to-head, until something happens, d-Rx®’s Rob Gronkowski prevails. For each team’s backup, both are unknowns. I like Jared Cook’s opportunity in Oakland, but OJ Howard is ridiculously more talented and athletic. Assuming Howard lands somewhere that he can catch a football, it’s even for me (even though secretly, I’d take Howard most times today).

TE Advantage: d-Rx® +


It’s as simple as this: the Atlanta Falcons will score a hell of a lot more, and enable many more FG opportunities than the Buffalo Bills. Argue this if you want, but is it really worth your time?

K Advantage: d-Rx® +


Oakland isn’t a bad defense at all, but the Chiefs could have the league’s best this year; a Top 3 lock.

Def Advantage: d-Rx® +


So based on positional advantage, it would appear that d-Rx® would win this matchup. Problem is this scoring system is full of holes, stupid, and not to mention a bit lazy. While d-Rx® had the better QB, TE, K and DEF, RBs and WRs win games and championships. Not to mention that the QB and TE positions were awarded to d-Rx® by a very small margin. Therefore, given his running back and wide receiver strengths, and balance across the other positions, PK Ripper wins this matchup and moves ahead in the bracket.



 

Stagg Party vs FF Whisperer

 

QB Battle

The immortal Drew Brees is almost never out of the top 5 fantasy QBs end of season in fantasy formats. Even with the loss of Brandin Cooks, Drew will pass the rock more than anyone in the league. Kirk Cousins has a strong upside; he’s just not as consistent as Brees. Washington’s receiving core lost deep threat DeSean Jacson in the offseason, but balanced the loss with the signing of Terrelle Pryor. This isn’t enough for Cousins to usurp Brees though, especially when Marcus Mariota is the backup.

 

Advantage: FF Whisperer

 

 

RB Battle

I usually have a strict no rookie policy when drafting (obvious occasional exceptions), especially before the draft. The best rookies tend to go to the worst teams, so a stand out combine talent could mean jack in-season. Dalvin Cook is Whisperer’s second RB and will most likely be switched in a rotating carousel of Abdullah, Ivory, and Gore. Staggs has two starters out of the gate along with major upside in Gillislee, Bernard, and Jamaal Charles (if he can find a gig).

 

Advantage: Staggs


 

WR Battle

If you know me at all, I think Dez Bryant and Davante Adams are two of the biggest jokers in the league. Inflated by touchdowns, hampered by injuries, handcuffed by drops and personality, there is just no way you can predict where they will finish. However, TY Hilton and depth of Eric Decker and Mike Wallace can sub nicely when either Adams and/or Bryant disappoints as they seem to do often. This packaged with the slight chance of big season performances from Bryant/Adams puts Staggs’ squad over Whisperer’s Julio Jones/Amari Cooper combo.

 

Advantage: Staggs

 

 

TE Battle

Greg Olsen on paper should easily defeat Delanie Walker, but last season they were separated by only two fantasy points. The blip on Olsen’s career seemed to be a direct effect from Cam’s overall shittiness, so hopefully they can get back on track which would improve Greg’s fantasy output, but the Titans have also vastly improved on offense, with direct positive consequences on Delanie.

 

Advantage: push

 

 

DST/Kicker

Dan Baily and the Denver Broncos defense easily outshines the Jaguars young but promising squad with the “on the bubble” kicker of Roberto Aguayo

 

Advantage: FF Whisperer

 

Winner: Stagg Party

Both rosters have clear strengths and weaknesses. Whisperer’s strengths at QB and cannot outlast Staggs’ much stronger combinations at receiver and running back, which is why he takes this very close this matchup. 



 

Houdini vs Stagg Party

 

QB Battle

Last year’s MVP in Matt Ryan will look to match the 2016 campaign and once again finish as a top 5 QB. Kirk Cousins has this ability as well, but the Washington offense and outside weapons don’t match that of Atlanta.

 

Advantage: Houdini

 

 

RB Battle

While the overall depth of Stagg Party’s running backs outweighs that of Houdini’s, there will be a lot more shuffling and indecision with who to start come game time. Carlos Hyde is on one of the worst teams in the league and the remainders are all in time shares. While Eddie Lacy will have to prove himself in a new offense, it would take two RB1s to overcome the power of LeVeon Bell.

 

Advantage: Houdini

 

 

WR Battle

We all know my distaste for Dez Bryant and Davante Adams. DT, Doug Baldwin, and Brandon Marshall all have WR1 upside and are much safer picks. Slight edge to Staggs with depth picks of Eric Decker and Mike Wallace, plus I’m in love with TY Hilton.

 

Advantage: Staggs

 

 

TE Battle

Graham finished with 3 more FF points than Olsen in 2016, but this was due to a horrendous year by Cam Newton. The question is, can he get back to Super Bowl form? If so, Olsen takes this match-up, but im not so sure the Panthers can.

 

Advantage: push

 

 

DST/Kicker Battle

Both team’s kicker and defense spots are a wash. The Vikings have a strong and attacking defense but the Jaguars are loaded with talent that hasn’t truly shown what kind of fantasy asset they can be. 

 

Advantage: push

 

 

Winner: Houdini

The first overall pick in LeVeon Bell is too much to overcome with a solid WR core and current MVP passing the rock. 


 

 

Round 1: Waz vs. ØC

 

QB Matchup: While late round QB may have made Waz’s roster deeper a matchup against Uber talented Andrew Luck is too much for Matthew Stafford. With Eli Manning also available as backup, ØC’s QB room just has more upside and a safer floor with two players to choose from if Luck has a bad matchup.

 

Advantage: ØC

 

RB Matchup: Waz going with the modified zero RB approach filled out his roster with capable pass catchers behind Melvin Gordon who had one of the heaviest workloads in the NFL when healthy. Those pass catchers give him a safe weekly floor for his RB2 and with an injury could prove even more fruitful. McCoy is a wash to Gordon in my opinion so comparing the RB2 spot and depth will make the decision for me. Mark Ingram was an easy choice as this was done before the Adrian Peterson signing, lucky for ØC he can see how that situation shakes out owning both, but Ingram’s upside is notably lower than before the signing. The upside on his squad is higher but the downside is also just as large.

 

Advantage: ØC by the skin of his balls

 

WR Matchup: WR’s are a bit easier to dissect as Waz is loaded with them, and all different types. AJ Green gives him huge weekly upside but with Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs, and Emmanuel Sanders just to name a few, it is impossible not to side with him here. ØC has some serious high ceiling with field stretchers galore, but in a PPR league, catches reign supreme.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

TE Matchup: If tight end is a crapshoot anything like last season, having options at your disposal is a good thing, and Waz has more outs. Ebron has shown flashes and Marty has put up some good numbers with potential for even more with Rodgers. Brate was a great value for ØC late, but if there is any regression in the TD department his season doesn’t look nearly as good especially with more weapons at Jameis Winston’s disposal.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

K/DST Matchup: A healthy Texans defense with Watt and Clowney could be monstrous especially with a scheme change in LA. At kicker side with the better offense, and Green Bay offers one of the best.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

Full Team Matchup: Waz wins this one by the skin of his teeth. His depth at wide receiver and tight end do it over the course of the season as Waz has five receivers who could legitimately catch 80 passes apiece. Waiting on QB allowed him to build up depth and in a PPR league he can get by with those 3rd down running backs on a weekly basis. Overall this is a tight win.

 


Round 2: Waz vs. Hartbeat

 

QB Matchup: Philip Rivers vs Matthew Stafford is like the wash of washes, they are in the same tier. Rivers has turned it over much more over the last few seasons but has also thrown more touchdown passes Fuck it it’s a wash.

 

Advantage: None

 

RB Matchup: Hartbeat’s RB corps is one of the strongest at the top with David Johnson and DeMarco Murray, behing that he features Isaiah Crowell who is a solid third running back and has Kenneth Dixon and D’onta Foreman filling out the roster.  Waz just can’t keep up with the production of his top two backs, but would possess a nice trump card if anything were to happen to Demarco in the form of Derrick Henry.

 

Advantage: Hartbeat

 

WR Matchup: While Hartbeat features a deep and diverse receiving corps, it just can’t stack up to the top five of Waz. Allen Robinson, Michael Crabtree, and Golden Tate form one of the top-three trios in the league, unfortunately he goes up against the best wide receiving corps out there.  

 

Advantage: Waz

 

TE Matchup: Zach Ertz may be a tier above Martellus Bennett and Eric Ebron in terms of upside, there is also some downside with the team adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to make for a more crowded passing game with a second year signal caller. Ertz has never been a touchdown machine, and Bennett has Rodgers throwing him the ball. Another tough call here, but Waz by a hair.  

 

Advantage: Waz

 

K/DST Matchup: A healthy Texans defense with Watt and Clowney easily takes the cake over the Tennessee Titans who struggled mightily last year. As for the kicker, Vinatieri gets a slight edge for consistency.

 

Advantage: Waz (bigger gap between defense and kicker)

 

Full Team Matchup: Waz pulls off the stunning upset. His pass catching depth at tight end and wide receiver help him narrow the gap. But if David Johnson scores anything like he did last season (one of the top-15 PPR seasons of all time) this matchup could easily swing the other way.

 

 

 

 

 

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