Preseason Football

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 […]

Football Keeper Decisions

Football Keeper Decisions

As the calendar turns to July, more and more baseball owners find themselves hopelessly out of contention and their attention will gradually shift toward football. We are still a month away from the start of draft season, so the most common discussion at the moment revolves around keeper options. This article will touch on 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 […]

NFL Preseason Waiver Wire

NFL Preseason Waiver Wire

As the season moves along, I will be focusing on hot waiver pick-ups each week. Today’s column will serve as a final look at a few under-owned players who may emerge as the next hot waiver claims once the games start counting. Many of us have a player or two on the back half of […]

Low Tier Fantasy Options that Could Become Valuable

Low Tier Fantasy Options that Could Become Valuable

As Fantasy Draft Week continues, we all are thinking about Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson and Dez Bryant, and we are praying to the Fantasy Football Gods, “Please, do not allow them to pull a Jordy Nelson!” Every year, we have sleepers and bust come to either save our fantasy season or demolish it. Like a […]

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. […]

How Scoring Format Impacts Positional Value

How Scoring Format Impacts Positional Value

A player’s value is determined by supply and demand. Going back in time to your Economics 101 class and picturing what those supply and demand curves might look like for each position can help you determine when to reach and when to wait on filling those specific roster needs. Format and draft position will play […]

Fantasy Football Busts of 2015

Fantasy Football Busts of 2015

Every year, fantasy owners are raving about how great they drafted, but every year the injury bug or the dreaded Bust happens. In 2014, we saw LeSean McCoy, who was a RB1 and a top 5 pick destroy fantasy owners hopes and dreams. However, the 2014 Poster Child of Busts Award goes to Montee Ball. Last […]

Fantasy Assembly Mock Draft

Fantasy Assembly Mock Draft

It is that time of the year. Everyone is getting ready for their drafts and testing out what strategies might work in mock drafts. We completed a slow mock draft via email so from start to finish there were a few things that would have changed had things been done in a two-hour period. The […]

Late Round Values for NFL Drafts

Late Round Values for NFL Drafts

Once the season starts, I will be writing about the hot waiver wire pickups each week. Today’s spotlight is on players who could prove to be some of this year’s premier draft values. We are looking at lottery ticket players that can be had in the final rounds of your 2015 draft, or possibly even […]

Try Not Sleeping on these Diamonds in the Rough

Try Not Sleeping on these Diamonds in the Rough

Training camps are in full swing and the preseason games are getting underway. Of course, everyone knows Aaron Rodgers, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson will be first round picks in fantasy drafts but the key to a successful fantasy season is finding those diamonds in the rough or what fantasy players call a Sleeper. Players […]

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 […]