Joe Mica

Passing Distribution Chart

Passing Distribution Chart

A common misconception among fantasy owners is many may believe that certain NFL teams, as a whole, will improve and therefore will generate more touches for everyone. Looking at NFL offenses from the last 3 seasons, the number of offensive plays called by all 32 teams from 2014 through 2016 averaged 61.8 plays per game. […]

The NFL Rookie Salad Bar

The NFL Rookie Salad Bar

I have been known to avoid rookies. Over time, I came to be labeled a rookie hater. I’m not completely against rookies – Honest. The attention I give to them might be likened to a buffet table. I do thoroughly enjoy a hearty salad filled with an assortment of raw vegetables, cheese and egg, topped […]

Beauty is in the O-Line of the Beholder

Beauty is in the O-Line of the Beholder

As fantasy owners, we realize that generally the success of an individual player may hinge on several factors. Either directly or indirectly, it may include his teammates, his coaches, the schedule/opponent and even his offensive line. But even the most stellar of statistics can be met with controversy. Take the Chicago Picasso sculpture at Daley […]

A Quick Glance at the 2017 NFL Coaching Changes

A Quick Glance at the 2017 NFL Coaching Changes

An associate at work has recently rekindled my appreciation for The Who. Why do I bring this up? Each season a new batch of coaches are hired to turn around a struggling NFL franchise. Are the new coaches “a substitute for another guy?” “Are the simple things we see all complicated?” The optimist would say […]

32 NFL Teams and 32 Things to Watch

32 NFL Teams and 32 Things to Watch

Players and situations I like “or don’t like” from each NFL team, one month prior to the official start of the 2017 NFL free agent period at 4:00 P.M. on March 9. Arizona: Who stands to benefit next can be up for debate. With the release of Michael Floyd, many see John Brown stepping into […]

NFL Usage Chart

NFL Usage Chart

An NFL scout needs to know more than just the rules and intricacies of the game. An NFL scout must be a student of game film so they can determine which players will benefit their team the most. In the fantasy world, most of us self-proclaimed fantasy scouts do not have access to game film. […]

Average Joe’s Preseason Ramblings

Average Joe’s Preseason Ramblings

The long wait is nearly over. The NFL season is almost upon us, and that means that over the next few days fantasy football drafts will be in full swing. If you’re reading this then you’re obviously looking for an advantage. I’ve been preparing for my drafts as well since I have a plethora of […]

The Ocho – An IDP Look at the Last 8 Games of 2015

The Ocho – An IDP Look at the Last 8 Games of 2015

More leagues are testing the boundaries by adding IDP (or Individual Defensive Players). Sadly, some owners may view the value of IDP somewhere in the range of the TE or K position, arguing that IDP just doesn’t matter. They may simply print up an ECR ranking of IDP players. Or lazily use the projected rankings […]

My Day at Bears Camp – August 1, 2016

My Day at Bears Camp – August 1, 2016

If you liked sports, perhaps at some point you hoped to have a career in sports. It’s every kid’s dream. Playing. Coaching. Broadcasting. Anything, because we love sports. Perhaps as years pass by and the dreams fade off into reality, you still may hold out a flicker of hope that maybe, someday, there’s still a […]

Early RB and WR Draft Results and Analysis

Early RB and WR Draft Results and Analysis

My die-hard fantasy football aficionados and I held our annual Suicide Draft recently for the 2016 season. The idea for the league happened one off-season about 6 years ago. It was May and most of our fantasy drafts were an agonizingly long 3 months away in August. As much as our fantasy withdrawal hurt, not […]

A Review of the “Short Body of Work” Fantasy Players

A Review of the “Short Body of Work” Fantasy Players

We’ve seen it before, right? A player has a phenomenal season statistically, seemingly coming out of nowhere, and he is rewarded with a huge contract for the next season. Or perhaps another player doesn’t make his mark until the playoffs, crucially stepping up at the right time. He too is rewarded with a gigantic contract […]

2016 Matchstick Men of Fantasy Football

2016 Matchstick Men of Fantasy Football

“Matchstick Men” is a term that refers to con men. It was also a 2003 film with Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell playing a couple of con artists. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s safe to say that most viewers don’t see the ending coming. The movie not only profiles a couple of con […]

NFL Free Agent Roulette

NFL Free Agent Roulette

The 2016 NFL free agency period begins March 9. Each year, dozens of players change NFL teams. And each year, fantasy football owners have renewed optimism when certain players fall into seemingly ideal situations. Perhaps their skill set matches nicely with the offensive scheme of his new team. Maybe the lack of quality players on […]

Passing & Touchdown Distribution

Passing & Touchdown Distribution

Distribution – Passing Planning out the next star of 2016 may be as easy as looking at the way in which offenses distribute the football to the skill players. Of course it goes without saying that not every NFL team makes the same amount of pass attempts. Nor do those individual passing games generate the […]

Season Splits: Risers and Fallers

Season Splits: Risers and Fallers

Coaches will sometimes break the season into quarters in an effort to win 4-game stretches. By the same token, some fantasy coaches will break the season into halves. The idea is to look at trends. Are there players who tailed off at the end of 2015? This may indicate fatigue or age. Are there players […]

Five Key Players You May Want to Wait On

Five Key Players You May Want to Wait On

Rob Gronkowski – Expert rankings have him going in the first round, while the average draft position (ADP) have him slipping slightly to 14 overall. I have no doubts as to his athleticism and ability. I do, however, have doubts as to who might be throwing him the football for one-third of the fantasy season. […]

Does a Good Passing Game Really Open Up the Running Game?

Does a Good Passing Game Really Open Up the Running Game?

Six hundred years ago, many theorized that the earth was flat. About 500 years ago, many theorized that the sun revolved around earth. (A survey in 2014 revealed that one-quarter of Americans still believe that.) Today, many fantasy owners truly believe that a good passing game will open up the running lanes. Some owners may […]

Quick Slant – Fantasy Football Draft: August Trends

Quick Slant – Fantasy Football Draft: August Trends

Generally the consensus rankings (a composite rank of several experts) and the “average draft position” (ADP) are fairly close to each other. However, looking at ADP can help identify if certain players are being drafted earlier than the experts’ consensus. It can also indicate if some fantasy owners are hesitating on other players. Here are […]