May 22, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST 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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