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Deep Deep Sleeper 2: Brandon Burks, RB, Troy

This is a continuation of my attempt to get as many off the radar guys into posts before draft night as possible. To give you a hint as to how I’m arriving at some of these names what I’m doing involves using the arbitrage function of the Box Score Scout. The arbitrage setting limits the comps to current year rookies. So all I do is find a player that has some specific traits, for example a receiving/high agility player like Darren Sproles, and then use the arbitrage setting. That puts me on players to investigate further and those are the…...

Deep Deep Sleeper 1: Robby Anderson, WR, Temple

We’re getting closer and closer to the NFL Draft so I thought rather than write up our 20th Corey Coleman post I would take the time to highlight some really under the radar guys who still have a snowball’s chance in hell of being fantasy relevant at some point in their careers. These are guys who, due to draft position or holes in their prospect resumes, are not the kinds of players you’ll be targeting in rookie drafts. They’re more the kind of players that you can keep an eye out for just in case they ever sniff a relevant…...

Jeff Driskel and YOLO QB 2016 Edition

Anthony Amico wrote a YOLO QB Power Ranking yesterday that I highly endorse because it puts Brett Hundley at the top of the list. I wrote about Hundley last year, and I continue to think he would be a good alternative for a team that finds itself in QB purgatory or is faced with the prospect of paying a large contract to a mediocre or bad QB. Unfortunately, now that Hundley has been drafted by the Packers the odds that he will play for another team before his second contract are greatly reduced. However, even if most teams can’t acquire…...

Deep Dynasty Sleeper: James Hanna, Athletic Marvel

This will be a short post because I don’t think there’s a lot you need to do right now from a dynasty standpoint; James Hanna is more of a wait and see guy. Here’s a heatmap from the Box Score Scout that shows some athleticism measures for James Hanna and some guys he’s similar to. Note that a few of the comps in that table are tight ends who just got new free agents contracts and whose dynasty value has probably doubled in the past couple of months (even if it doubled from relatively modest beginnings). Hanna has been in the…...

We Should Probably Fix Donte Moncrief’s ADP

Aaron Butler wrote a good piece at the start of the offseason where he argued that Donte Moncrief was the buy low of the 2016 dynasty season. However, Shawn Siegele wrote a piece later in which he argued that most of the IND fantasy assets are overvalued. Shawn made some good points related to Moncrief in that piece although it also preceded some important free agency news. I’m trying to buy Moncrief now for two simple facts. He’s in all likelihood going to be in a 600 pass attempt offense in 2016. His competition for targets goes: TY Hilton, Not…...

Tyler Ervin to the Packers? The Rookie Landing Spot That Could Shake Up Dynasty Drafts

I’m going to be honest. When I thought of this one it almost blew my mind. Before I get to how this would shake up rookie drafts let’s talk about how it could happen. According to Play the Draft Tyler Ervin might not even get drafted. The scouts that power the RSI disagree slightly but their rating would still imply something like a fourth round pick. So the Packers could use a non-premium pick on a player that could really be a boon to their passing game. In doing so they would telegraph a willingness to ditch their stone age…...

The Fantasy Football Twitter Accounts Under 4,000 Followers You Should be Following But Maybe Aren’t

This list is similar to lists that we’ve published in the past based on doing some very simple data mining of the Twitter API to come up with a list of fantasy relevant follows. I actually use these lists in Tweetdeck each day in order to stay abreast of the fantasy football zeitgeist.1 I always start this exercise with a list of fantasy relevant influencers and then I do some very simple number crunching of their followers. After some basic aggregation is done I delete any account with 4,000 or more followers. Sorry if you’re just barely too influential to…...

Leonte Carroo to the 49ers? – The Rookie Landing Spot That Will Shake Up Dynasty Drafts

Between now and draft day we’re going to speculate on some pie in the sky – too good to be true – landing spots, that if they happened would shake up rookie drafts. To be fair, those ideal landing spots don’t always result in great rookie draft picks (looking at you Bishop Sankey) and often if the player in question would have gone to a worse landing spot they would have been a better value (a la Odell Beckham being drafted to a team that already had a $10 million receiver and another recently-picked second rounder). But what is draft…...

Deep Deep Sleeper 2: Brandon Burks, RB, Troy

This is a continuation of my attempt to get as many off the radar guys into posts before draft night as possible. To give you a hint as to how I’m arriving at some of these names what I’m doing involves using the arbitrage function of the Box Score Scout. The arbitrage setting limits the comps to current year rookies. So all I do is find a player that has some specific traits, for example a receiving/high agility player like Darren Sproles, and then use the arbitrage setting. That puts me on players to investigate further and those are the…...

Deep Deep Sleeper 1: Robby Anderson, WR, Temple

We’re getting closer and closer to the NFL Draft so I thought rather than write up our 20th Corey Coleman post I would take the time to highlight some really under the radar guys who still have a snowball’s chance in hell of being fantasy relevant at some point in their careers. These are guys who, due to draft position or holes in their prospect resumes, are not the kinds of players you’ll be targeting in rookie drafts. They’re more the kind of players that you can keep an eye out for just in case they ever sniff a relevant…...

Jeff Driskel and YOLO QB 2016 Edition

Anthony Amico wrote a YOLO QB Power Ranking yesterday that I highly endorse because it puts Brett Hundley at the top of the list. I wrote about Hundley last year, and I continue to think he would be a good alternative for a team that finds itself in QB purgatory or is faced with the prospect of paying a large contract to a mediocre or bad QB. Unfortunately, now that Hundley has been drafted by the Packers the odds that he will play for another team before his second contract are greatly reduced. However, even if most teams can’t acquire…...

Deep Dynasty Sleeper: James Hanna, Athletic Marvel

This will be a short post because I don’t think there’s a lot you need to do right now from a dynasty standpoint; James Hanna is more of a wait and see guy. Here’s a heatmap from the Box Score Scout that shows some athleticism measures for James Hanna and some guys he’s similar to. Note that a few of the comps in that table are tight ends who just got new free agents contracts and whose dynasty value has probably doubled in the past couple of months (even if it doubled from relatively modest beginnings). Hanna has been in the…...

We Should Probably Fix Donte Moncrief’s ADP

Aaron Butler wrote a good piece at the start of the offseason where he argued that Donte Moncrief was the buy low of the 2016 dynasty season. However, Shawn Siegele wrote a piece later in which he argued that most of the IND fantasy assets are overvalued. Shawn made some good points related to Moncrief in that piece although it also preceded some important free agency news. I’m trying to buy Moncrief now for two simple facts. He’s in all likelihood going to be in a 600 pass attempt offense in 2016. His competition for targets goes: TY Hilton, Not…...

Tyler Ervin to the Packers? The Rookie Landing Spot That Could Shake Up Dynasty Drafts

I’m going to be honest. When I thought of this one it almost blew my mind. Before I get to how this would shake up rookie drafts let’s talk about how it could happen. According to Play the Draft Tyler Ervin might not even get drafted. The scouts that power the RSI disagree slightly but their rating would still imply something like a fourth round pick. So the Packers could use a non-premium pick on a player that could really be a boon to their passing game. In doing so they would telegraph a willingness to ditch their stone age…...

The Fantasy Football Twitter Accounts Under 4,000 Followers You Should be Following But Maybe Aren’t

This list is similar to lists that we’ve published in the past based on doing some very simple data mining of the Twitter API to come up with a list of fantasy relevant follows. I actually use these lists in Tweetdeck each day in order to stay abreast of the fantasy football zeitgeist.1 I always start this exercise with a list of fantasy relevant influencers and then I do some very simple number crunching of their followers. After some basic aggregation is done I delete any account with 4,000 or more followers. Sorry if you’re just barely too influential to…...

Leonte Carroo to the 49ers? – The Rookie Landing Spot That Will Shake Up Dynasty Drafts

Between now and draft day we’re going to speculate on some pie in the sky – too good to be true – landing spots, that if they happened would shake up rookie drafts. To be fair, those ideal landing spots don’t always result in great rookie draft picks (looking at you Bishop Sankey) and often if the player in question would have gone to a worse landing spot they would have been a better value (a la Odell Beckham being drafted to a team that already had a $10 million receiver and another recently-picked second rounder). But what is draft…...

Deep Deep Sleeper 2: Brandon Burks, RB, Troy

This is a continuation of my attempt to get as many off the radar guys into posts before draft night as possible. To give you a hint as to how I’m arriving at some of these names what I’m doing involves using the arbitrage function of the Box Score Scout…....

Deep Deep Sleeper 1: Robby Anderson, WR, Temple

We’re getting closer and closer to the NFL Draft so I thought rather than write up our 20th Corey Coleman post I would take the time to highlight some really under the radar guys who still have a snowball’s chance in hell of being fantasy relevant at some point in…...

Jeff Driskel and YOLO QB 2016 Edition

Anthony Amico wrote a YOLO QB Power Ranking yesterday that I highly endorse because it puts Brett Hundley at the top of the list. I wrote about Hundley last year, and I continue to think he would be a good alternative for a team that finds itself in QB purgatory…...

Deep Dynasty Sleeper: James Hanna, Athletic Marvel

This will be a short post because I don’t think there’s a lot you need to do right now from a dynasty standpoint; James Hanna is more of a wait and see guy. Here’s a heatmap from the Box Score Scout that shows some athleticism measures for James Hanna and some…...

We Should Probably Fix Donte Moncrief’s ADP

Aaron Butler wrote a good piece at the start of the offseason where he argued that Donte Moncrief was the buy low of the 2016 dynasty season. However, Shawn Siegele wrote a piece later in which he argued that most of the IND fantasy assets are overvalued. Shawn made some…...

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