Mike Braude

Co-Founder of Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues, Author at RotoViz, Draft Day Consultant, and University of Arizona Business Graduate.

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In-Season Articles

Boom or Bust: Why D’Onta Foreman Has Become A Zero RB Target

When using the Zero RB strategy, owners target wide receivers and tight ends in the early rounds. Even if an early running back is drafted, teams using this strategy generally are weaker at the running back position. If a Zero RB team can hit on running backs who have value later on in the draft, they are set up very well to succeed. This year D’Onta Foreman is one of the running backs who is an intriguing selection for Zero RB teams. Excellent Prospect Coming out of Texas, Foreman was an excellent prospect. He was extremely productive in college –…...

The Boring Round 2 Value You Don’t Want To Miss

After one of his least sexy seasons, one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers has slipped out of favor. In a season where you’ve got to scratch and dig and fight to find receivers for your fantasy squad, I’m here to show you that a little recency bias is giving you a discount on one of the league’s best players…....

Free: Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome

Originally published on May 2, Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome is part of our Memorial Day weekend look at the best of RotoViz. One of my favorite RotoViz pieces was written by Coleman Kelly on Rookie Derangement Syndrome. The term was coined by College Football Metrics writer R.C. Fischer regarding rookies being overvalued and second-year players being undervalued. The phenomenon typically takes place after the NFL draft each year…....

The Denver RB Winner Will Do the Same for You in Fantasy

With the draft behind us, depth chart battles take center stage, and one of the most important will take place at the running back position in Denver. In one corner we have the incumbent, Devontae Booker, a player the coaching staff has relentlessly praised to the local media. In the other we find third-round rookie Royce Freeman, a less flashy prospect than his 2018 peers but one who enters the NFL with a boatload of production. The winner should be one of the best picks of 2018…....

One High Pick to Avoid in PPR Leagues

Currently drafted 26th overall in MFL10s, Jordan Howard looks overvalued. After rushing for over 2,400 yards in his first two seasons, an early third-round pick may seem like a bargain in these RB-heavy times, but the situation has been gradually worsening for Howard in Chicago…....

An Almost Free Jordan Matthews Could Break Out For The Patriots

The Patriots signed WR Jordan Matthews, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract. While it’s clearly a back-end wide receiver signing and he’s not currently a lock to make the roster, there are still many compelling reasons to like Jordan Matthews. Matthews can be a very good player – I’ll explain why by examining his collegiate and professional career, and the current state of the Patriots offense…....

It’s Finally Time to Buy Eric Ebron

After a TE13 finish for the Lions last season, Eric Ebron was released and signed with the Colts. Ebron was selected No. 10 in the 2014 NFL draft — ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. — and has mostly disappointed in his short career…....

Let’s Hope The Super Bowl Breeds Aggressiveness and Innovation

If casual fans observed anything in Super Bowl LII, it’s how fun and exciting football can be when two effective offenses square off. To beat the Patriots, the Eagles needed to be aggressive and innovative. Coach Doug Pederson had to play to win. Too often in the risk-adverse NFL, head coaches are coaching to not lose their jobs – rather than making the best decision for their football team…....

This Former Star Wide Receiver is Being Ignored

While the fantasy community has accepted Pierre Garcon as a value, they have yet to come around on Jeremy Maclin. Although Garcon is consistently more expensive, I prefer Maclin…....

Boom or Bust: Why D’Onta Foreman Has Become A Zero RB Target

When using the Zero RB strategy, owners target wide receivers and tight ends in the early rounds. Even if an early running back is drafted, teams using this strategy generally are weaker at the running back position. If a Zero RB team can hit on running backs who have value later on in the draft, they are set up very well to succeed. This year D’Onta Foreman is one of the running backs who is an intriguing selection for Zero RB teams. Excellent Prospect Coming out of Texas, Foreman was an excellent prospect. He was extremely productive in college –…...

The Boring Round 2 Value You Don’t Want To Miss

After one of his least sexy seasons, one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers has slipped out of favor. In a season where you’ve got to scratch and dig and fight to find receivers for your fantasy squad, I’m here to show you that a little recency bias is giving you a discount on one of the league’s best players…....

Free: Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome

Originally published on May 2, Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome is part of our Memorial Day weekend look at the best of RotoViz. One of my favorite RotoViz pieces was written by Coleman Kelly on Rookie Derangement Syndrome. The term was coined by College Football Metrics writer R.C. Fischer regarding rookies being overvalued and second-year players being undervalued. The phenomenon typically takes place after the NFL draft each year…....

The Denver RB Winner Will Do the Same for You in Fantasy

With the draft behind us, depth chart battles take center stage, and one of the most important will take place at the running back position in Denver. In one corner we have the incumbent, Devontae Booker, a player the coaching staff has relentlessly praised to the local media. In the other we find third-round rookie Royce Freeman, a less flashy prospect than his 2018 peers but one who enters the NFL with a boatload of production. The winner should be one of the best picks of 2018…....

One High Pick to Avoid in PPR Leagues

Currently drafted 26th overall in MFL10s, Jordan Howard looks overvalued. After rushing for over 2,400 yards in his first two seasons, an early third-round pick may seem like a bargain in these RB-heavy times, but the situation has been gradually worsening for Howard in Chicago…....

An Almost Free Jordan Matthews Could Break Out For The Patriots

The Patriots signed WR Jordan Matthews, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract. While it’s clearly a back-end wide receiver signing and he’s not currently a lock to make the roster, there are still many compelling reasons to like Jordan Matthews. Matthews can be a very good player – I’ll explain why by examining his collegiate and professional career, and the current state of the Patriots offense…....

It’s Finally Time to Buy Eric Ebron

After a TE13 finish for the Lions last season, Eric Ebron was released and signed with the Colts. Ebron was selected No. 10 in the 2014 NFL draft — ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. — and has mostly disappointed in his short career…....

Let’s Hope The Super Bowl Breeds Aggressiveness and Innovation

If casual fans observed anything in Super Bowl LII, it’s how fun and exciting football can be when two effective offenses square off. To beat the Patriots, the Eagles needed to be aggressive and innovative. Coach Doug Pederson had to play to win. Too often in the risk-adverse NFL, head coaches are coaching to not lose their jobs – rather than making the best decision for their football team…....

This Former Star Wide Receiver is Being Ignored

While the fantasy community has accepted Pierre Garcon as a value, they have yet to come around on Jeremy Maclin. Although Garcon is consistently more expensive, I prefer Maclin…....

Boom or Bust: Why D’Onta Foreman Has Become A Zero RB Target

When using the Zero RB strategy, owners target wide receivers and tight ends in the early rounds. Even if an early running back is drafted, teams using this strategy generally are weaker at the running back position. If a Zero RB team can hit on running backs who have value…...

The Boring Round 2 Value You Don’t Want To Miss

After one of his least sexy seasons, one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers has slipped out of favor. In a season where you’ve got to scratch and dig and fight to find receivers for your fantasy squad, I’m here to show you that a little recency bias is giving…...

Free: Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome

Originally published on May 2, Corey Davis, Chris Godwin, and Rookie Derangement Syndrome is part of our Memorial Day weekend look at the best of RotoViz. One of my favorite RotoViz pieces was written by Coleman Kelly on Rookie Derangement Syndrome. The term was coined by College Football Metrics writer…...

The Denver RB Winner Will Do the Same for You in Fantasy

With the draft behind us, depth chart battles take center stage, and one of the most important will take place at the running back position in Denver. In one corner we have the incumbent, Devontae Booker, a player the coaching staff has relentlessly praised to the local media. In the…...

One High Pick to Avoid in PPR Leagues

Currently drafted 26th overall in MFL10s, Jordan Howard looks overvalued. After rushing for over 2,400 yards in his first two seasons, an early third-round pick may seem like a bargain in these RB-heavy times, but the situation has been gradually worsening for Howard in Chicago…....

An Almost Free Jordan Matthews Could Break Out For The Patriots

The Patriots signed WR Jordan Matthews, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract. While it’s clearly a back-end wide receiver signing and he’s not currently a lock to make the roster, there are still many compelling reasons to like Jordan Matthews. Matthews can be a very good player –…...

It’s Finally Time to Buy Eric Ebron

After a TE13 finish for the Lions last season, Eric Ebron was released and signed with the Colts. Ebron was selected No. 10 in the 2014 NFL draft — ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. — and has mostly disappointed in his short career…....

Let’s Hope The Super Bowl Breeds Aggressiveness and Innovation

If casual fans observed anything in Super Bowl LII, it’s how fun and exciting football can be when two effective offenses square off. To beat the Patriots, the Eagles needed to be aggressive and innovative. Coach Doug Pederson had to play to win. Too often in the risk-adverse NFL, head…...

This Former Star Wide Receiver is Being Ignored

While the fantasy community has accepted Pierre Garcon as a value, they have yet to come around on Jeremy Maclin. Although Garcon is consistently more expensive, I prefer Maclin…....

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