Matt Wispe

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Could Amon-Ra St. Brown be the Darkhorse WR1 Candidate in 2021? USC’s Future NFL Draft Prospects

Welcome to the RotoViz Future NFL Draft Prospects series! We’ll be tackling all the top future NFL Draft prospects on the best teams in college football one university at a time. And no, we’re not talking just 2021. We’re peering into our crystal ball to predict the future of numerous prospects out as far as the 2024 NFL Draft! Don’t think that’s possible? Dive into the series here with us and see for yourself. We’ll take it one step at a time, position by position, to help you map out when and where to select these future playmakers for all…...

Is Everyone Overlooking Chris Olave in 2021? Ohio State’s Future NFL Draft Prospects

Welcome to the RotoViz Future NFL Draft Prospects series! We’ll be tackling all the top future NFL Draft prospects on the best teams in college football one university at a time. And no, we’re not talking just 2021. We’re peering into our crystal ball to predict the future of numerous prospects out as far as the 2024 NFL Draft! Don’t think that’s possible? Dive into the series here with us and see for yourself. We’ll take it one step at a time, position by position, to help you map out when and where to select these future playmakers for all…...

Devy Injuries Making Waves

Injuries happen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. However, these injuries can have positive impacts to teammate value. So far, this offseason, two potential top-20 devy wide receivers have sustained season-ending injuries. Another significant injury is causing ripples that could drastically impact the draft stock for a few teammates. Justyn Ross – Neck Ross was being prepared for a surgery related to Stinger-like sensations in early June when an X-ray revealed a serious neck condition that he was born with. Not only did this end his 2020 campaign, but it put his football career in doubt. Paired with the exit of Tee…...

8 More Late-Round Picks to Help You Dominate Your Best Ball Drafts

Before the draft, I took a look at a few late-round boom/bust draft picks to help win your best ball leagues. The general premise was to find players with a high weekly ceiling that wasn’t fully priced into their average draft position. Now that we’re beyond the draft and free agency, it’s a little easier to project early depth charts. There’s still some risk drafting before camps and preseason, but when you’re looking for players who will elevate your best ball squads, it’s the perfect time to take these late-round gems. As it has been in the past, the criteria…...

Trade Your Rookie Picks for These Veterans When You’re On the Clock

With the NFL Draft behind us, most dynasty leagues are shifting into rookie draft mode. And as most dynasty players will tell you, the best time to make a trade is when you’re sitting on the clock so this a near-optimum time to acquire slightly more proven assets. Since there are few better opportunities to capitalize on an owner’s appetite for the unproven, I’m going to identify a few dynasty assets I’m buying with each round of picks. Round 1 Pick Trades Trading out of a first-round pick can be clearly separated into two categories: Early Firsts and Late Firsts…....

The Top Late-Round Picks at Every Position

Nothing beats finding a high-upside player at the back of your best ball draft. Whether it’s Mecole Hardman providing nine double-digit scoring weeks or D.J. Chark, who became a starting level WR for nearly half the season, these late-round picks can often provide the needed boost to increase your team’s overall ceiling. So, with that in mind, I’m bringing back my series from a couple of years ago, where I look for players in the later rounds to help win your leagues. As it has been in the past, the criteria for these players will be: ADP outside of the top 150. Likelihood…...

Using Vacated Production to Identify Breakout Candidates

Having a breakout season is critical for a prospect’s profile. Sometimes the biggest hindrance for good prospects is being surrounded by other talented players that hog targets. This can lead to lower raw statistics and, more critically, a smaller market share. But every year, players leave the team either via graduation or declaring for the NFL draft and that opens up a void in the offense. The team over at DevyWatch pulled together a list of the vacated production for each college football team in the FBS. So, using that data, I’m going to identify a few players situated well…...

Are Fantasy Drafters Forgetting About Tee Higgins? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Tee Higgins appears to be the forgotten man in the WR class of 2020. Whether it’s Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs from the film community or the analytics darling, Jalen Reagor, Higgins is among the least discussed prospects of the year. But he still appears to be an early-round draft selection with a strong pedigree. Maybe it will be the forgotten man that becomes the star player from this year’s rookie draft. High School Pedigree Coming out of high school, Higgins was one of the most sought after players in the class of 2017 with offers from 22 schools. He was rated…...

Will Cam Akers’ Combine Move Him Up Draft Boards? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Cam Akers played his final game for Florida State on November 30, but due to his athletic profile, he may have done more to improve his draft profile in the last month than he’d done during his three-year career with the Seminoles. Akers has become one of the hottest prospects over the past few weeks, but is it fully deserved? High School Pedigree Akers was an elite high school prospect. Per 247Sports Composite ranking, he was the top overall prospect in Mississippi, second overall RB nationally and the third overall player in the class of 2017. His final composite score…...

Does High School Pedigree Matter for WR Prospects? 3 Rules for Devy Drafts and 7 Players to Target Now

High school ranking is often used during the evaluation process to help determine the pedigree of a prospect. But does a wide receiver’s recruit ranking matter? Using the current ranking criteria for 247Sports, a five-star ranking means that a recruit is seen as a future first-round NFL Draft selection. By this standard, five-star recruits should be gold in devy drafts, and this should be a major factor when evaluating incoming rookies. Basis of Research Before I dive into the analysis of receiver prospects, it’s important to identify the basis of the work. For the college production, I looked at every…...

Could Amon-Ra St. Brown be the Darkhorse WR1 Candidate in 2021? USC’s Future NFL Draft Prospects

Welcome to the RotoViz Future NFL Draft Prospects series! We’ll be tackling all the top future NFL Draft prospects on the best teams in college football one university at a time. And no, we’re not talking just 2021. We’re peering into our crystal ball to predict the future of numerous prospects out as far as the 2024 NFL Draft! Don’t think that’s possible? Dive into the series here with us and see for yourself. We’ll take it one step at a time, position by position, to help you map out when and where to select these future playmakers for all…...

Is Everyone Overlooking Chris Olave in 2021? Ohio State’s Future NFL Draft Prospects

Welcome to the RotoViz Future NFL Draft Prospects series! We’ll be tackling all the top future NFL Draft prospects on the best teams in college football one university at a time. And no, we’re not talking just 2021. We’re peering into our crystal ball to predict the future of numerous prospects out as far as the 2024 NFL Draft! Don’t think that’s possible? Dive into the series here with us and see for yourself. We’ll take it one step at a time, position by position, to help you map out when and where to select these future playmakers for all…...

Devy Injuries Making Waves

Injuries happen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. However, these injuries can have positive impacts to teammate value. So far, this offseason, two potential top-20 devy wide receivers have sustained season-ending injuries. Another significant injury is causing ripples that could drastically impact the draft stock for a few teammates. Justyn Ross – Neck Ross was being prepared for a surgery related to Stinger-like sensations in early June when an X-ray revealed a serious neck condition that he was born with. Not only did this end his 2020 campaign, but it put his football career in doubt. Paired with the exit of Tee…...

8 More Late-Round Picks to Help You Dominate Your Best Ball Drafts

Before the draft, I took a look at a few late-round boom/bust draft picks to help win your best ball leagues. The general premise was to find players with a high weekly ceiling that wasn’t fully priced into their average draft position. Now that we’re beyond the draft and free agency, it’s a little easier to project early depth charts. There’s still some risk drafting before camps and preseason, but when you’re looking for players who will elevate your best ball squads, it’s the perfect time to take these late-round gems. As it has been in the past, the criteria…...

Trade Your Rookie Picks for These Veterans When You’re On the Clock

With the NFL Draft behind us, most dynasty leagues are shifting into rookie draft mode. And as most dynasty players will tell you, the best time to make a trade is when you’re sitting on the clock so this a near-optimum time to acquire slightly more proven assets. Since there are few better opportunities to capitalize on an owner’s appetite for the unproven, I’m going to identify a few dynasty assets I’m buying with each round of picks. Round 1 Pick Trades Trading out of a first-round pick can be clearly separated into two categories: Early Firsts and Late Firsts…....

The Top Late-Round Picks at Every Position

Nothing beats finding a high-upside player at the back of your best ball draft. Whether it’s Mecole Hardman providing nine double-digit scoring weeks or D.J. Chark, who became a starting level WR for nearly half the season, these late-round picks can often provide the needed boost to increase your team’s overall ceiling. So, with that in mind, I’m bringing back my series from a couple of years ago, where I look for players in the later rounds to help win your leagues. As it has been in the past, the criteria for these players will be: ADP outside of the top 150. Likelihood…...

Using Vacated Production to Identify Breakout Candidates

Having a breakout season is critical for a prospect’s profile. Sometimes the biggest hindrance for good prospects is being surrounded by other talented players that hog targets. This can lead to lower raw statistics and, more critically, a smaller market share. But every year, players leave the team either via graduation or declaring for the NFL draft and that opens up a void in the offense. The team over at DevyWatch pulled together a list of the vacated production for each college football team in the FBS. So, using that data, I’m going to identify a few players situated well…...

Are Fantasy Drafters Forgetting About Tee Higgins? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Tee Higgins appears to be the forgotten man in the WR class of 2020. Whether it’s Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs from the film community or the analytics darling, Jalen Reagor, Higgins is among the least discussed prospects of the year. But he still appears to be an early-round draft selection with a strong pedigree. Maybe it will be the forgotten man that becomes the star player from this year’s rookie draft. High School Pedigree Coming out of high school, Higgins was one of the most sought after players in the class of 2017 with offers from 22 schools. He was rated…...

Will Cam Akers’ Combine Move Him Up Draft Boards? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Cam Akers played his final game for Florida State on November 30, but due to his athletic profile, he may have done more to improve his draft profile in the last month than he’d done during his three-year career with the Seminoles. Akers has become one of the hottest prospects over the past few weeks, but is it fully deserved? High School Pedigree Akers was an elite high school prospect. Per 247Sports Composite ranking, he was the top overall prospect in Mississippi, second overall RB nationally and the third overall player in the class of 2017. His final composite score…...

Does High School Pedigree Matter for WR Prospects? 3 Rules for Devy Drafts and 7 Players to Target Now

High school ranking is often used during the evaluation process to help determine the pedigree of a prospect. But does a wide receiver’s recruit ranking matter? Using the current ranking criteria for 247Sports, a five-star ranking means that a recruit is seen as a future first-round NFL Draft selection. By this standard, five-star recruits should be gold in devy drafts, and this should be a major factor when evaluating incoming rookies. Basis of Research Before I dive into the analysis of receiver prospects, it’s important to identify the basis of the work. For the college production, I looked at every…...

Devy Injuries Making Waves

Injuries happen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. However, these injuries can have positive impacts to teammate value. So far, this offseason, two potential top-20 devy wide receivers have sustained season-ending injuries. Another significant injury is causing ripples that could drastically impact the draft stock for a few teammates. Justyn Ross…...

8 More Late-Round Picks to Help You Dominate Your Best Ball Drafts

Before the draft, I took a look at a few late-round boom/bust draft picks to help win your best ball leagues. The general premise was to find players with a high weekly ceiling that wasn’t fully priced into their average draft position. Now that we’re beyond the draft and free…...

Trade Your Rookie Picks for These Veterans When You’re On the Clock

With the NFL Draft behind us, most dynasty leagues are shifting into rookie draft mode. And as most dynasty players will tell you, the best time to make a trade is when you’re sitting on the clock so this a near-optimum time to acquire slightly more proven assets. Since there…...

The Top Late-Round Picks at Every Position

Nothing beats finding a high-upside player at the back of your best ball draft. Whether it’s Mecole Hardman providing nine double-digit scoring weeks or D.J. Chark, who became a starting level WR for nearly half the season, these late-round picks can often provide the needed boost to increase your team’s overall ceiling. So,…...

Using Vacated Production to Identify Breakout Candidates

Having a breakout season is critical for a prospect’s profile. Sometimes the biggest hindrance for good prospects is being surrounded by other talented players that hog targets. This can lead to lower raw statistics and, more critically, a smaller market share. But every year, players leave the team either via…...

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