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Devontae Booker

Denver Broncos

Booker Headed for PUP with Wrist Fracture

“The Denver Broncos suffered a significant injury before the first callisthenic of training camp as second-year running back Devontae Booker is expected to be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Thursday with a wrist injury.”

Fantasy Goo: Booker is currently being drafted as a late-round flyer or handcuff to CJ Anderson. People were down on him because of last-year’s performance, but with improvements in the offensive line and the oft-injured Anderson and old-man Charles in front of him I thought he had a chance to do something. Time to cross him off your pre-draft rankings and look to grab him off waivers after Denver’s week 5 bye.

07/27/17, 07:15 AM CDT by Wheeler


Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Not so Wacco About Flacco’s Back

Early reports from Rappaport were that Flacco would miss 3-6 weeks of camp due to a “disc issue” in his back, but it seems as though he just needs some rest. “MRI results looked clean and team seems confident discomfort will dissipate in short order. Lower back is tricky area but caught this early.”

Fantasy Goo: Flacco is currently going as the 23rd QB off the board, so this does not affect most drafters, but those playing in best-ball draft only leagues might want to look elsewhere for a second QB for now. Back issues tend to linger and pop-up at inappropriate times.

07/27/17, 07:01 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Starts Season on PUP

The Redskins have not released a specific injury, so we must assume that its connected to the shoulder or recurring concussions.

Fantasy Goo: I would hold off drafting any shares of Reed until the injury is confirmed. The Redskins opened training camp today, although unlikely it could be a new concussion or concussion-like symptoms, any new concussion issues will likely land Reed out of football.

07/26/17, 04:41 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Trevor Siemian

Denver Broncos

Siemian To Open Camp As Starter

Trevor Siemian will start training camp with first team. He and Paxton Lynch will rotate daily.

Fantasy Goo: While both have similar season total values, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both clearly benefit from opposite receivers. Lynch adds value to Sanders gets a boost due to the deep ball and Siemian boosts Demaryius due to short ball accuracy.

07/26/17, 02:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Cody Kessler

Cleveland Browns

Kessler Opens Camp as QB1

Mary Cay Cabot has reported that Cody Kessler will get the first crack as starting QB in Brown's camp per Hugh Jackson.

Fantasy Goo: Kessler has the highest upside of of the Brown's current QB's in 2017. DeShone Kizer may be the long term plan, but I like Kessler for fantasy production in 2017.

07/26/17, 11:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell To Holdout

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down a 5 year extension averaging $12 million per year, and still hasn't signed his tender. Now star WR, Antonio Brown is calling out for the RB to show up and play via Instagram.

Fantasy Goo: The $12 million would make Le'Veon the highest paid RB in the and 50% higher than the current bread winner, LeSean McCoy. To me this says that Lev is going to hold out and is willing to miss regular season games (and paychecks) to receive a massive deal.

07/26/17, 11:09 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jordan Matthews

Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews Knee Tendinitis Could Be Serious

Jordan Matthews has had a knee issue for the past month, so there is a chance it is more serious than tendinitis. This is a big story to keep track of through the Eagles training camp which kicks off today.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews is in elite company as one of only 5 WRs to open their career with 3 consecutive season with 65+ catches and 800+ yards. Joining Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Mike Evans. If this issue persists or worsens, that success probably wont be sustained through a fourth season.

07/26/17, 10:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Ty Works With The Footwork King

Ty has reportedly been working out with Rischad Whitfield out of Houston to improve his footwork. Whitfield has been credited for working with both Melvin Gordon and Le'Veon Bell prior to their respective breakout sophomore seasons.

Fantasy Goo: This is not a guaranteed success as he also has worked with the likes of Jaelen Strong and Josh Huff so take this news with a grain of salt. However, Ty could see a vast improvement with improved footwork he could hit more holes, and have the confidence to be patient and let blocking develop.

07/26/17, 10:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

Riddick Reportedly In Line for RZ Work

Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions homepage expects Cooter to utilize Riddick in the Red Zone more in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Riddick converted all 3 of his RZ targets into scores. But this report contradict's Warren Sharps analysis that shows rushing in the RZ has a 58% success rate vs 43% for passing. I'm calling this news fluff and still expect big things from Abdullah.

07/26/17, 10:07 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Throw More Coal Into The Jay-Train

Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins All-Pro caliber center, should be back and healthy for camp.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi averaged 18.8 fantasy points with Pouncey on the field compared to 9.0 without his star center. Expect Ajayi to have a sharp increase in price due to this news.

07/26/17, 09:51 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

UPDATE: Dixon Out For Season

Dixon's surgery today was a repair of the meniscus rather than a trimming. This is the better surgery for long term use, but Dixon will not play in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Terrance West steps in line for a large workload, but the 2016 number one pass offense in terms of volume will see a high dosage of Woodhead and potentiall Buck Allen out of the backfield.

07/25/17, 05:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Vance McDonald

San Francisco 49ers

Niners Cutting McDonald?

“One of the final moves of the previous regime was to sign off on a contract extension for McDonald, who was guaranteed $9.1 million with his new deal in December. Now, McDonald is not assured a roster spot as he and the other holdovers face stiff competition from the newcomers who were hand-picked for the scheme.”
If SF cut’s McDonald they still have to pay him his 9 million guaranteed money and take a 3.5mil cap hit this year.

Fantasy Goo: McDonald was one of my early season deep sleepers, but rumors of SF wanting him out have caused me to back off. His draft price has dropped like a rock and now I’m thinking that these beat reporters are out of their mind. I’m going back to targeting McDonald in the 18th round or later. He could have a huge year in the Shanahan offense.

07/25/17, 12:56 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

Dixon Under the Knife

“The Ravens' need for another back intensified this week when the team learned that Dixon tweaked his knee while working out before training camp. Dixon, a second-year back, is believed to have a torn meniscus in his knee, according to sources. He'll have surgery today and the team will know more about the severity of the injury. This is Dixon's third knee injury since the Ravens took him in the fourth round of last year's draft.”

Fantasy Goo: This could set-up very well for Terrance West, but as someone who watched him in college, he’s not going to earn much more than what is blocked for him. If Woodhead is able to get back to full capacity we could also see a big year from him, especially in PPR. Either way this backfield is still looking like a committee that shouldn’t be considered until after the sixth/seventh round of your draft.

07/25/17, 09:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Lynch Not a Bell-Cow

“The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both Washington and Richard see an increase.”

Fantasy Goo: If Lynch is at full-strength he won’t need to be a bell-cow to out preform Murray’s performance from last year. Murray finished as the RB13 (std scoring) in 2016, despite being fairly inefficient behind a top-5 O-line. I expect Lynch will be there to take Murray’s vacated red-zone carries, but expect to see DeAndre Washington take a larger role in this backfield, especially when we get to the second half of the season, and your fantasy playoffs.

07/25/17, 07:36 AM CDT by Wheeler


Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB

Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.

07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?

"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.

07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role

“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.

07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod

Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.

07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot

As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.

07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?

"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.

07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler


A man using a stick to get leverage, how to obtain leverage in fantasy football

Negotiations - Fantasy Football Strategy by The Archer

Posted by d-Rx on 08/12/16

by   The Archer


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“Leverage is having something the other guy wants.  Or better yet, needs.  Or, best of all, simply cannot do without.” Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal.  Prior to his political campaign, Donald Trump wrote a book on making deals. Donald Trump’s book gave me insight to managing my in season fantasy roster.


In college, I took a class on negotiations and I was required to read The Art of the Deal. I took the knowledge I had learned in this class, Trump’s book, my economic class, and Toyota’s Manufacturing Company to synthesize a nasty trading component within my fantasy football strategy.  In the past two years, I have refined this strategy and average ~20 trades per league.  In this article, I will give you a brief understanding of my findings and how I apply these concepts to create my strategy within the season.




What is it? In the fantasy football community, it can range from tactical and strategical assets to player insight.


Real Leverage: These are assets that other perceive as assets, not what you perceive as assets. Let’s define assets before proceeding.  Assets in the fantasy football realm that have some tradable value no matter how great or how small.  An example, a stud wide receiver that everyone wants to own and a hyped running back that is competing for a starting position.  Both hold different value and yet both face a common enemy, injuries.  Injured players depreciate in value immediately.


Pitfalls: This is tricky because it is your perceived value.  It is likely, if you are reading this, you have more intellectual knowledge of the actual value of players than your league mates because they are not reading articles like this.  This poses a problem because odds are, they do not value a player as high as you do, no matter the risk.


Obtaining Leverage: You obtain leverage and power over your league mates by doing research on the players that are rising and falling throughout the season.  This is the most common way and you can assume most league mates are doing this.  Where you make your money is searching players on Twitter.  This will bring up any mentions of injuries or insight from beat reporters that give you a tactical advantage. 


Let’s take the time to define the difference between tactical and strategic advantages.  Tactical advantages are short term moves that range from a day to a couple weeks.  Strategic advantages range from a couple weeks to the end of the season. The idea is to convert what appear as tactical moves into strategic moves.  This is important because if someone perceives strategical significance, they are less likely to trade a player because they pose some advantage in the playoffs.




It starts with the draft.  In the first couple rounds, establish your core assets.  These are players you will not want to trade and should be conservative picks that you try to minimize the risk of injury and have a clear understanding of their expected performance.  In mid to late rounds, start targeting blue chip players that are viable starters/flex position/trade assets.  In late rounds, go with the players with hype or players that you know will do well barring injury. The goal is to end with players that are undeniably your starters, potential trade bait or starters if you so choose to keep them and absolute must trade players.




There are 3 types of negation objectives to consider; win-win, win-lose, and lose-lose. When assessing these types of negotiations, you want to be ahead, no matter the outcome.  They are elementary but let’s dig into them to identify their importance.


Win-Win: This is ideal for both league teams.  Doing a win-win trade is beneficial for establishing long term trade talks because of the vested interest in a “good” outcome. Identify bottom feeders and help them raise their fantasy potential. They are likely to miss out in the fantasy playoffs and I recommend keeping communications throughout the league with these teams. I recommend using this strategy early to mid-season once players start defining their potential. (Weeks 1-8)


Win-Lose: This can lead to negative future relations or an unwillingness to trade down the road and should be used strategically to separate yourself from the sharks in your league. I recommend waiting to use this strategy until mid to late season. (Weeks 7-13)


Lose-Lose: This strategy should be used as a last resort.  I attempt to stray from this negotiation type unless it is with my top competitor and I believe it will take a piece they need more than I need my own.  It is also beneficial to concede if the league doesn’t like your overall strategy of constant trading. Consider this a late season strategy (Weeks 10+) because your focus should be on hoisting that championship.



Building your Plan

Whatever your strategy be consistent but allow yourself enough room to be semi flexible.  This depends on your personal emotions on risk and how much you are willing to tolerate. I personally am semi-risk averse and make trades that surprise me.


Objectives: Identify what triggers your league mates to say “Yes” or “No” to a trade, understand league mate’s value across the league (College/draft pedigree, tangibles or intangibles, etc.)


Assumptions: What is the terrain of your league.  Are they likely to trade? Do you have to have landslide trades in their favor or are they likely to trade a lot once they see others doing it? It’s important that you identify this within your league or this strategy is moot.


Profiles: Are your league mates using the same strategy? Probably not, I have been in very few leagues with more than one to three trade sharks. Identify those who are unwilling to trade and those who are or could be open to it. More or less, profile each league member within your league.  As an active user, inactive user, trader, non-trader, risk averse, a risk taker, or a combination of the previous profiles. This is critical because assessing the landscape will lead to your success of implementing this strategy.


Positions: Positions are predetermined outcomes that you have carefully evaluated. I will explain all of them in detail below. It should be noted, when considering this, you are evaluating multiple trade offers and have identified positions with every league mate.


Most Desired Outcome (MDO): This is what you would like to attain and should be a win-lose position. In this case you are trading a player you’re looking to get rid of for a player you want.


Least Acceptable Outcome (LAO): You should decide if you are willing to accept a win-win or a lose-lose position to conduct the trade. For some, this may be a lose-lose proposition. This is the lowest trade you’re willing to accept in value.  Typically, you’re giving up a player lower than waiver wire material or the same (depending on strategy) for a player equal to waiver wire material or above waiver wire material.


Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA): This should be higher than your Least Acceptable Outcome but a check down you already have in place for your Most Desired Outcome. If you have a Lose-Lose Least Acceptable Outcome, this should be a win-win or win lose proposition to a lesser degree. You are still giving up a player you want to get rid of but you are trading for a player you weren’t seeking 1st overall.


Zone of Possible Agreement (ZOPA): This is more or less a win-win proposition. You will have to check down from your Most Desired Outcome and it is different than your Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement. At this point you are conceding your best case scenario to accept another player you find of value at or above waiver wire material and giving up a player you weren’t originally hoping to trade at or below waiver wire material.


Notes: Do not lose sight of your value regardless of trade talks. ALWAYS plan your trade positions in advance or you will undoubtedly accept lower value.  Anytime you are given a new trade proposal, you reassess your MDO, LAA, BATNA, and ZOPA.  Value should be assessed daily and especially if a player is returning or losing snaps/targets/carries, etc.



At this point, you are asking, are trades really worth it if I have to do all of this? The answer is yes! In an economics class we discussed why countries trade.  The silver lining is that some countries can produce products easier/cheaper than other companies.  Below I will take two league mates and identify their capabilities.  One is better at drafting Wide Receiver talent and one is better at drafting Running Back talent. When managing a roster, you are limited to the amount of slots you can hold at any given time. In these slots, the goal is to maintain a high level of talent at each position. Each square below is 1 x 1.



Before The Trade:


Chart 1 for negotiations article

Let’s assume Team 1 has a probability of hitting on a good Running Back at 100% but a probability of hitting on a good Wide Receiver at 50%.  Let’s also assume Team 2 has a probability of hitting on a good Running Back at 50% and a probability of hitting on a good Wide Receiver at 100%. Both are efficient where the other is not. Their area under the line is equal at 16.


Now, assume Team 1 trades 2-Wide Receivers for 2-Running Backs to Team 2.



After The Trade:


After the Trade Chart - negotiations article


After the trade, the area under both Team 1 and Team 2 are equal.  The area is 18 this time, which is 2 boxes higher than before.  This was a win-win trade and we must remind ourselves that in real life, no two players are the same.  One would benefit more than the other but in theory, the two would be better off if the trade was perceived as equal.  In real life, the value of a player is always changing based on hype, momentum, injuries, and other unknown factors. It is your job as a fantasy team manager to continue to build leverage through trades.



Toyota’s Manufacturing Company

Toyota revolutionized the production in the automobile industry with the introduction of Just-In-Time.  This theory is to minimize costs by coordinating the arrival of materials only when you need them.  In fantasy, this comes with acquiring fantasy players before they blow up.  Some like to stream but I am encouraging you to trade for players before they blow up.  In fantasy, your goal should be to consolidate with premium talent whenever possible.  This will give you more points per week throughout the year. Toyota’s Just-in-Time theory is often called “lean” which is exactly what your team should be, lean and elite.


Toyota used another principal called Kaizen.  Kaizen is the principal that Toyota used to continuously improve their manufacturing process.  They would stop the line, investigate problems and ask lower level employees for their insight. They would redesign their process or product attempting to eliminate costs and materials used. In fantasy football, we are constantly attempting to increase our fantasy outputs on a weekly basis. What I am suggesting as that no matter how big the increment, you should constantly attempt to acquire better talent.  You should make tactical moves that are aligned with your strategic moves.



So, How does this all work?


Immediately following the draft, I contact the commissioner for a league roster.  If you’re in a public league, email the entire league with your number or email, while requesting theirs. You don’t always get people to respond but don’t lose hope.


Before going on, I want to make one thing clear.  You can use this multiple times or one time throughout the season, it is entirely up to you. 


Stick to a weekly regimen. My goal week to week is to identify players I don’t want to keep on my roster, players I want to trade for, and up and comers on the waiver wire. Once I’ve done this, I send feeler trades AFTER attempting to communicate.  Prepare the soil before deciding to plant or you may give up more than what is desired. ALWAYS trade through, 2 of your players for one, to create a hole in your roster if you believe there is better talent on the waiver than your lowest rostered player. Try to make this happen before the waiver deadline if your league has late waivers or immediate trade approval. Be realistic with yourself and don’t ride a dying opportunity too long. You have limited roster spots and avoid a bottleneck while your opponents get the players you wish you could. Trust your instincts. Over the course of the past 14 years, I have felt good about players and refused to trade because the stats are different than my qualitative research. Don’t get addicted. Trading is very addictive and it is wise to step away every once in a while. Never trade for more players than what you’re trading away unless you absolutely need it to compete. There is plenty of talent to stream or use in a trade up later.



Saved Arrows

Wrapping up, do not leave your trades up during a game where a player is involved. I have been bit before on a trade and the commissioner was not forgiving. Trust your gut and realize your league may not research or value players as high or low as you do. If you can recognize their perceived value, you can leverage it against them and constantly improve your roster. If you decide to use this strategy, it takes time and you can’t expect top level athletes immediately. Stay consistent and trust yourself, it has raised my performance in just the past two years. This strategy is only recommended in redraft leagues and variations of it can be used in redraft leagues. Good luck and thank you for reading. Follow me on twitter @raiderbuchanon



by The Archer (@raiderbuchanon)


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