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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


Are you the commissioner of your fantasy football league? This piece can help you come up with different rules and features to make any league more fun to play in.

Starting a new fantasy football league.

Posted by d-Rx on 08/14/16

by   The Archer


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So you started playing fantasy football and got the bug and joined 10 leagues on ESPN, but they all have the same format. This is fantasy football, not a paint by numbers set, so set up your own league. First and foremost, playing fantasy football is all about having fun. Therefore don’t feel like you have to start a league that has run of the mill scoring and starting positions. In this golden age of fantasy all of the major hosting sites allow you to customize your league, so make it your own. In this article I will examine many different ways that you can spice up your league with different roster orientations, scoring systems, league rules and much more, laying the foundation for forming a league of your own. Take the parts you like best and make your league interesting, unique and fun.



There are so many different things you can do with rosters to change the strategy and complexity of your league.


Roster limits

Your league can have a shallow or deep bench.


Deep bench – In this format teams usually have a 24 or 26-man roster, and this forces teams to make trades because the waiver wire is extremely thin.


Shallow bench – In this format teams have a 12-man roster, and with a limited bench there are more players available on the waiver wire, and trades can become more frequent with the abundance of bye weeks.



Starter lineups – This is one you can have a ton of fun with. Here are just some of the ideas of things you can do, let your imagination come up with the rest.

Multiple flex positions – Forget your standard format. How about start, one quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and the other four spots are flex plays.

Super flex – Taking the above idea a little deeper, make one of the flex spots a super flex so that an owner can play a second quarterback.

Standard plus one – You can have the original fantasy starting lineup using three wide receivers, but then add another starting spot for a flex spot. This increases the opportunities for trades as more players have a chance to be used.

Must start a rookie – Having to start a rookie player each week not only changes the weekly dynamic it dramatically changes the draft, as rookies with high potential are drafted early. Cam Newton was the #1 pick in d-Rx’s draft when he was a rookie.

Allow different formations – This is a more detailed change than having multiple flex positions. Create your own formations that teams must choose between: run and shoot (1QB, 5WR, 1TE), four horseman (1QB, 4RB, 1WR, 1TE), single back (1QB, 1RB, 4WR, 1TE) etc. This is all about your imagination.



Waiver wire changes - It stinks to allow the guy with the worst team to always get the first crack at available players that can help you win a championship.


Use a FAAB to determine weekly pickups – FAAB is a Free Agent Acquisition Budget. Each team is given a set amount (usually $50, $75, or $100). Each team uses this budget to blindly bid on free agents, and when they win a bid their total FAAB budget is reduced by the bid amount. Once a team spends all of their FAAB they can no longer make pick ups. So how much of your budget would you want to spend on a Week 1 breakout?


Supplemental drafts – This is great for leagues where owners don’t have a lot of time to spend each week on making pick ups. You can have a supplemental draft of three rounds after Week’s 3, 6 and 9. These drafts are the only chances teams have to make pick-ups on the year, and the order is always in reverse order of record. In the event of teams with the same record, ties are broken with the team with fewer points getting the higher pick. These picks can be traded, so these leagues usually have more active trading in them.


Limit total pick-ups allowed – Pretty simple, put a set number of your choosing, and each team will only be allowed that many pick-up transactions on the season.




Here is where you have the most control to determine which players are the most important, based on your scoring system. These are just some of the possibilities.

PPR – Everyone should be using PPR by now, but it is Points Per Reception and you can give .25, .5, 1pt or whatever you want per catch.

PPT – Points per touch. Not only are you giving points per catch, a player scores .25pts per carry, or a point denomination of your choosing.

Special Teams yards – Give players credit for kick and punt return yardage, but usually not at the same level as yardage gained by running backs and receivers.

Big time player or bust – Players do not start scoring points for yards unless they gain over 100 yards or throw for more than 300 yards.

Long TD Bonus – This can have many different variations, but here are two.

Scaled TD’s – There are leagues that have a TD of 0-9 yards worth 4pts and the total increase one point for every 10 yards. So a 35-yard touchdown is worth 7pts, and a 92-yard score is worth 13 points. That is just the points for touchdown. These are big time scoring leagues with high point totals.

Bonus levels – An extra point bonus for more than 30 yards, with an extra bonus point available for more than 50 yards and another for more than 75 yards. So an 80-yard touchdown gets the 6pts for the touchdown plus a bonus of 3pts more.

Jamarcus Russell – This scoring system rewards the bad players and hurts the good players. You get positive points for fumbles, interceptions, drops, low YPC and YPR averages, all of which are scored like touchdowns in regular scoring leagues. You lose points for touchdowns, receptions, yards and high YPC and YPR averages. Let the bad times role!!!

Multiplier Bonuses – This rewards players that have big games but don’t score touchdowns. Once a player reaches 100 yards their point values double. So normally it is 1pt per 10 yards, but after 100 yards it would now be 2pts per 10 yards. Same for quarterbacks once they reach 300 yards. If a player has 200 yards or 400 passing yards then their points double again to 4pts. 300 and 500 yards would achieve 8pts per 10 and 20 yards respectively.




Now you have to figure out what type of league you want to have. Your league can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.


KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) – Join a basic ESPN league and FUCK OFF.


Redraft League – This type of league starts fresh each year with no roster carry over. Players will be drafted using the snake draft method. Draft order can be determined in many ways: random, reverse order of finish, allowing owners to chose which spot they want based on random or reverse order or any other way you want to torment the owners in your league.


Auction League - This format gives owners a budget, usually $200, which they use to bid on players. A team may bid as much as they want on a player, but they must fill their roster with at least $1 used for every available roster spot. Teams are not allowed to play with a short bench and spend more on their top players. Players are brought up for bid with each owner nominating a player per round. There is a lot more strategy in this format: bidding up players, holding out for players while other teams overbid early, not nominating players that you actually want and many more.


Keeper League - These leagues are usually associated with redraft leagues, but can also be utilized in auction formats. There is no set format, as leagues can have as little as one keeper, or as many they want. The cost for keeping a player also can vary depending on the league. Some leagues allow a certain number of keepers and then just start the draft with those players already on their respective teams. Some surrender their draft pick 2 rounds prior to the round the player was selected in the year before. Therefore if Devonta Freeman were taken in the 9th round last year, he would cost you your 7th round pick in this year’s draft. In auction format the price of keeping a player can be determined by a set increase based on the player’s price the previous year. This could be a set dollar amount or a % increase.


Dynasty League - These leagues utilize the auction format and can have many layers of complexity. In most of these leagues player salaries increase by a set dollar amount of a % increase.


Basic – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want every year with no restrictions other than salary increases.


Intermediate – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want with restrictions. Players have a contract status of A, B or C. Player is an A in his first year, and a C in his third year. A player must be dropped after his third year. Same as above, but after a player’s C contract year they may be Franchised or TAG’d. Each league may determine the number of franchised or TAG’d players.


Same as the intermediate with the addition of a rookie draft and reserve roster.


Rookie draft – Leagues have a one or two round draft of players that were drafted in the NFL draft prior to the league’s auction. The order can be determined by lottery, reverse order of record, the two teams that just missed the playoffs last year get the 1st and 2nd pick and the rest by reverse order or by loser bracket playoff. These picks can be traded and become a very valuable commodity. When teams are out of it they can be enticed to trade their high priced players for lower priced players with better contracts and rookie draft picks.


Reserve roster – Once players are drafted in the rookie draft they are then placed onto a team’s reserve roster. Leagues will determine the length of time that a player may remain on the reserve roster. Some have a two-year limit and some are unlimited. Leagues will determine the maximum number of players allowed to be retained on the reserve roster. Usually not more than five players in order to keep the talent pool from being depleted. This also prevents teams from stacking draft picks in one draft. When a player is activated he is assigned a price based on his draft pick. If he was the first pick in the draft he will usually be at least $10, and the price goes down as the draft goes on. Thus the 10th pick may only have a $3 price tag.




These leagues utilize the rookie draft but are more advanced in their contracts. Instead of utilizing the A, B and C method these leagues sign players to long-term contracts and have franchise and transitional tags for players. These leagues are trying to emulate the NFL as much as possible.


Long term contracts – A league will determine the cost for each year of a long term contact and once signed that player must be kept until the completion of the contract or face a buy out penalty. The buy out penalty may be the forfeiture of 25% of the remaining salary (for all years remaining on contract) paid in one year or amortized over the length of the contract taken from that team’s $200 budget.


Franchise tags – These leagues usually only allow you to franchise one player who you may keep as long as you wish for the franchise price, which is the average of the top five salaries at the position in the year that he is franchised.


Transitional tags – These leagues usually allow two players to be given a transitional tag. This allows the team that tags a player the right to match the price that player goes for in the transitional draft.


Transitional draft – Before the actual auction begins there is a transitional draft where players that are tagged are auctioned off. Their price starts where it currently is and all other teams (who do not currently have two transition tag players on their team) are allowed to bid the player up. Once the bidding stops the team that won the bid has the opportunity to raise their bid or leave it where it was. At that time the team that tagged the player has the option to match the new price or let the player go.



Empire League - This is a Dynasty league with two major differences that have major implications in how the league is approached.


1) Each year half of the pot goes to the winner and the other half goes into a rolling Emperor pot.


2) Once an owner wins the league two years in a row they collect the rolling Emperor pot and then the league ends.


The fact that the league ends is interesting, but this is all about the rolling Emperor pot. Each year the team that won the previous season will have a bulls-eye on them the entire season, and will obviously have a hard time making trades with anyone. This also keeps owners who have losing teams from getting disinterested, as they should be active to help prevent another owner from repeating and claiming the big prize.


There are so many different ways that you can set up your league, so don’t settle for the run of the mill basic when you can have a customized experience based on your own preferences. I just laid out a lot of different ways you can spice up your league, but there are so many more and it is only your imagination that is preventing you from creating them. This is fantasy football, but it should be your fantasy, so make your league unique and your own.



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