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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

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Fantasy Football Tips To Stay Sharp This Offseason (Pyro Collaborative April 4th, 2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 04/04/17

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Offseason strategy by The Hartbeat:

 

There is no offseason for the NFL, immediately after their Super Bowl campaigns Bill Belichick turned straight to Free Agency and shook up the foundation of the team, spending $40 million on a new CB1 to replace the two starting Super Bowl Champion cornerbacks who departed the team (or is expected to in the coming days). Mike Shanahan flew out to the Bay Area and joined new GM, John Lynch, as Head Coach of the rebuilding 49ers that had a complete void at the quarterback position. Just like the NFL, your fantasy football rivals, otherwise known as friends, are also gearing up to kick your ass in the upcoming season too, as a wise man once said “Those who hesitate, masturbate”. You don’t want to be sitting around in December as your fantasy team actively shits the bed with your genitals in your hand waiting for something to happen.

 

This is the time of the year where you put in the research to figure out how you are going to put your team together in a way that will allow you to succeed. From the time you get your post Super Bowl hangover until the time that the NFL season kicks off with new fantasy action, this is the time to identify who are going to be your guys that you will roll with in the upcoming season. Figuring out who are going to be your guys, the core of your team is simple, who do you like routing for? Having players that you genuinely like on your fantasy team makes a huge difference, these are going to be the guys who you follow on twitter and Instagram to try to get a better idea if their minor foot injury is going to be inactive, play through the pain, or just go out there and be a decoy the whole game. Plus it makes fantasy a hell of a lot more fun when you are routing for the guys you like and they’re winning you money from your friends.

 

Once you know the guys that you are going to target then you have to figure out where you can grab them in the draft. Also, please be realistic. You’re not going to be able to draft Le’Veon, David Johnson and Zeke Elliot so it doesn’t make sense to entertain that idea. In order to figure out where you can grab these guys you have to mock drafts in order to get an idea as to how they will be valued. Go to http://draftwizard.fantasypros.com/football/mock-draft-simulator/ and have the ability to see where guys will fall. If you are in a recurring league where you will know your draft position this is just an added bonus as you can select where you want to draft from and in what league format applies best to your league.

 

 

Offseason tips by Waz:

 

I consider the offseason to be the most important, and exciting, time of the Fantasy Football season. During this time, NFL teams are either negotiating their players’ contacts, letting their free agents walk, or engaging in trades. For my season-long leagues, the offseason presents a fresh canvas to be painted, whereas, in my dynasty leagues, I look forward to the rookies being divvied among myself and other owners via a draft. While NFL teams are busy either cutting or shuffling their decks, many owners are doing the same for their Fantasy Football teams.

 

After the Super Bowl, the first thing I begin to focus in on is the Combine. It’s not at the start of the Combine where the focus begins, but it is the weeks that lead up to it that I devote most of it. Every offseason, I devote hours watching the tape of Combine invitees on DraftBreakdown. I don’t take a lot of notes, but I take some. Often, I find a prospect that stands out among his peers. When I find one of those players, I find every scouting report that I can on them, study it, and cross-reference each one against the rest. I do not intend to align myself with the opinions or, at times, natural bias within the reports. Instead, I bounce my opinions off of them and question either why they align, or most importantly, are not aligned with theirs. Regardless, I put the work in and I strengthen my opinions by understanding the opinions of others.

 

After the Combine, my opinions are either slightly strengthened or weakened with each player’s measured metrics. Yet, I will not let a poor 40-yard dash time drop a player that I like off my radar. Trust what you have learned in the tape and don’t let the numbers be the say-all. At this stage, my rankings show signs of rigidity, although they continue to remain fluid. Additionally, Combine results may shine a light on players that I may not have focused enough time on yet.

 

After the Draft is where my offseason analysis, rankings, and projections become even more rigid. From here, you get an idea of which rookies will have an immediate impact, which will have an impact in one-to-three seasons, as well as how the situation looks for veterans. Some veterans will drop in value while others will rise. Offensive schemes will come to fruition and from projecting and understanding those, you will be able to develop analytical and methodical opinions that will act as the backbone for your own finalized tiers, rankings, and projections.

 

Furthermore, I join a dozen or more MFL10 best ball leagues that give me an understanding of average draft position (ADP) and similarly-related drafting trends. Getting a head start on consensus ADP and being able to monitor habits of drafters gives you an advantage when it’s time to draft for your season-long or dynasty leagues. Gaining insight of how the drafts fall, whether through the repletion of MFL10s or mock drafts, should pay off dividends.

 

In the end, if there’s one piece of advice that I can give to people during the offseason, it’s that while you are faced with a plethora of opinions, rankings, and bias, do not lean too heavily on them. There will be many fronts and paths that you will be faced with and could follow. It will become overwhelming and you could be left in a stressful situation come your league’s draft since everything you’ve read or heard is all over the place. If you want to avoid situations like these or have a platform that you can trust for continued success, put in the work and lead by example.

 

 

PK Ripper’s Offseason:


I approach the offseason the same way I always do during the fantasy football season because for me there is no offseason. I am a fanatic my wife thinks I'm nuts (until I bring home the $poil$) and my friends who are league mates are always scrambling late August into early September to catch up to speed.

 

So where to start? Well picture this super bowl is over so is the previous season, now is the time to look back at your fantasy teams and see what you did wrong and what you did right, then look at end of season tiers and stats and look for team tendencies and retain that knowledge and keep tabs on free agency, coaches movement and the NFL draft. You can never be too prepared you must have the foresight to know which players will be next man up if a situation occurs and make sure you are ready to take advantage. Run mock drafts, (A LOT OF MOCKS!) at least one a week, so you can be familiar with ADP and try to build your teams different every time go RB/WR in one draft then go WR/WR in another and so on. Keep switching it up the point is to find which types of teams you feel good about ex: balanced, RB heavy or zero RB or QB & TE strength based this also will help you to be able to adapt on the fly when you draft and certain players you hoped for come off the board without panic.


Remember failing to prepare is preparing to fail.....

 


Stagg Party’s Offseason Tip:

 

One thing I am focusing harder on this offseason than any other is the team stats, not only for selfish reasons like wanting to be an NFL coaching staffs stat resource, but also it is really the first layer of fantasy football rankings and projections. When I talk about team stats I am not just talking about last year, but typically a three-year window for a team, what does said team like to do? Where do they like to throw, when do they like to throw, how far do they like to throw, in which direction do they like to throw, who plays receiver in that direction, etc, until the end of days. Team stats are so deep and varying, from formation usage to play calling when trailing, it can teach us so much about the game and lead us to better decisions in fantasy football.

 

Here is an example we know a team can only run a certain number of plays in any given game, and they typically run a range of plays near their average number of plays over the course of time, we can use this to figure out the likely number of plays in a season. Hypothetically we can also know that when a team is in a competitive game they will run the ball nearly as much as they throw it (50% run 50% pass). We now know what is likely to be the quarterbacks passing attempts. Using ball distribution by the quarterbacks over the last three years, we can then get a pretty strong idea of how many targets will go to the running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions. This allows us to make much more informed projections and rankings based off of what the numbers say.

 

There are so many interesting numbers and tendencies to look at on the team level, and gathering and digesting as many as you can, makes your decision making even more accurate. The applications understanding the team at the highest level are constantly progressing, and I like to stay with those trends.

 

 

d-Rx is tippin' better than Pippen:

 

The NFL has done a remarkable job of never letting forget that it is the most popular league in America. It seems like they never sleep, they don’t want to give the NBA or NHL even a fighting chance at grabbing fans from the NFL during it’s offseason. There is no offseason for the NFL, and you have to take the same approach if you want to become a perennial champion in everything fantasy that you due in any given season.

 

Twitter:

Our Twitter bio reads: “Winning fantasy football championships is a year-round process. We cover the relationship between human beings & the NFL, year round.” – and it’s a way life for us here at Pyromaniac.com. I’d say using Twitter religiously and making sure you are following all the beat writers, players, team handles and figureheads in the fantasy football industry is a terrific starting place for you to stay on top of it all from a most recent news standpoint. But on top of that, there are amazing people that are posting great charts, fantasy concepts and thoughtful really deep fantasy mindshare on Twitter. Stagg Party (@PyroStag), The Hartbeat (@pyro_hartbeat) and Waz (@WazNFL) are a couple of them, and here is a list of some other folks and outlets on Twitter that you should follow and will certainly learn a ton from:


@Cianaf, @FantasyADHD, @CDCarter13, @friscojosh, @MikeTagliereNFL, @ProFootballTalk, @RapSheet, @AlbertBreer, @FO_ScottKacsmar, @FO_ScottKacsmar, @Pat_Thorman, @AdamSchefter, @FFesq, @MikeReiss@SharpFootball, @beerswater, @ScottBarrettDFB, @PFF_Fantasy

 

Anyway, you get the idea – follow us and those and our boy Waz is coming up with a terrific directory of people to follow on Twitter and sites to use to help bring your fantasy football prowess up to the next level.

 

Tiers:

Start ‘em early and refine ‘em often. Listen to our podcasts on the subject, watch our videos, read our Tiers pieces and see our updated version – but make them your own. Do your first version of tiers before or just after the NFL draft and then massage them throughout the offseason, preseason and training camps leading up to your draft – this exercise alone will have you prepared for your draft. We’ve all heard it many times before from people in our leagues – “I haven’t studied at all” – guess what dumbass, I’m about to tool on your like a Killer Whale does a seal - I created my first round of Tiers in April 5 months ago. Get it going early, be prepared - be ahead of the game, not a Picasso level cram job artist.

 

Monitor Offseason Moves by NFL Teams:

I like to look at offseason moves that each NFL team is making at a high level, and especially tend to pay attention to the offensive line. Who are teams signing, what void does that player fill, and how will it effect other players already on the team the upcoming season. Draft choices are important at many positions, it shows what a team thinks it needs thus who they have faith in and who they don't. Which players are returning from injury, will they be full-go in training camps, have they participated in OTAs - are they gonna bite you in the ass if you pick them in the third round (I'm looking at your Jamaal Charles). Coaching changes can be huge obvoously -it can change an offense so much, alter the confidence and timing of even the best players in a huge way, I mean look at Matt Ryan in year 1 under Shannon vs. what he did last year, in his second in that offense. Pay attention to all of these things - and use the intel to help you define your tiered rankings.

 

 

 

ØC's Offseason Tips and Trix

 

Twitter

Create your Beat Writer list on Twitter to follow the most recent transactions throughout the off-season. Keep a few main stream guys like Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter, but following specific writers on specific teams is the best way to get news straight from the source.


Off-Season League Involvement

Stay on top of your league. Not only does this keep everyone involved throughout the off-season (which makes it go quicker), but it will also nullify the drop-out rate. Fun ways to determine draft order can be incorporated in your “dawg days of summer” plan. For example:

My friends and family league (going on 6 years) has seen one person drop out. I believe this is due to the “extreme vetting” processes I put these people through as well as keeping them engaged throughout the year. For determining draft order, we utilize other fantasy platforms for the March Madness tournament, Masters, and NHL playoffs. A point system for how everyone performs in each determines the order in which someone gets to choose their draft position. So from early March to late June, all the league members are actively involved and working towards improving their draft position. There are hundreds of ways to choose draft order, but only a few keep you engaged year round.

 

NFL Draft

It goes without saying, everyone should watch the draft to determine current players that are getting pushed out or forced into a competition. Are you looking at a sleeper QB this year? Glennon for example? What if Chicago drafts a top quarterback? Immediately, Glennon is under pressure to perform with a popular rookie breathing down his neck. There are always consequences from each draft pick to consider.

 

Tiers

Using the Pyromaniac.com draft kit, anyone can create and update their own tiers. I like to start my tiers in July right before training camp due to the ridiculous amount of movement throughout the league. Then, I can begin to perfect my rankings based on camp battles, injuries, trades, releases, etc. Remember to keep on top of your tiers weekly and base said revisions on YOUR evaluations. Use the eye test and reports coming from each camp. Try to steer clear of the hive mind or trends that seem to inflate certain players for sometimes benign reasons. Stay true to what you believe and use the tools at hand.

 

Mock, Mock, Mock

Do at least one mock draft per week until August (with 4-5 mocks per week leading up to your draft) with the tiers you’ve created. Don’t believe a word of the “Post Mock Analysis” bull shit Yahoo or ESPN spits out. Those are based on their own projections that sometimes include Madden stats. Notice the trends and players who tend to shoot up the ADP list based on conjecture. Oh, Sam Bradford is having an “excellent” camp? Is he really worth the inflated 7th round draft price based on a coach’s opinion? Dont fall into the trap of drafting the way the other managers draft.

 

Coaches

If you’re struggling between players to keep on your “love” or “watch” list, make sure you know what kind of scheme or offense the coach tends to favor. Also, a skill position player on a team with a stout defense will mean more offensive opportunities for them. It’s always great to know the parameters in which said player is limited to or working within.

 

 

 

 

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