Neil Dutton

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Fanball ADP Risers: 3 NFL Teams Make Big Changes

We previously looked at the risers and fallers in the world of high stakes best ball. Now let’s turn our attention to those who get their kicks over at Fanball. The platform is different, and so are the players who have become more popular in recent weeks. Here are six Fanball ADP risers on three different teams who have seen their stock rise over the last fortnight. ADP data is for the period of April 2-April 16. RB DeAndre Washington It may have escaped the attention of most NFL fans, but DeAndre Washington enjoyed a career season in 2019 for…...

Going Down: ADP Fallers in High Stakes Leagues

Earlier this week, I looked at five players who were experiencing a bump in popularity over at the FFPC. In the interest of balance, it’s only fair that we look at the other side of the coin. With that in mind, here are five situations where high stakes fantasy players have started to cool. Free agency did not exactly make these players winners, not in the eyes of those over at the FFPC…....

Moving On Up: Recent ADP Risers in High Stakes Leagues

At the time of writing, the NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place on time. At the time of writing, we should be getting a 2020 NFL season. Obviously a lot can change between now (whenever you are reading this) and then, but let us proceed with the assumption that there will be football in 2020. If this is the case, then there will be fantasy football in 2020. To that end, here are five players who have become more popular with drafters over at the FFPC in the last month. ADP Data is for the period March 7th…...

Is Harrison Bryant the Next Jonnu Smith? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article was published on January 30. We now have measurements from the combine to add to our assessment. How does Harrison Bryant’s combine performance change his NFL outlook? The winner of the award for the best tight end in college football is draft-eligible in 2020. Yet some ranking services seem to be less than impressed with him. This is a grave injustice, and I will not rest until everyone knows the name of Harrison Bryant. BACKGROUND A native of Georgia, Bryant played baseball and basketball in addition to football at John Milledge Academy. He was…...

Could Hunter Bryant Be the First Tight End Off the Board? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on January 6. We now have combine numbers. Did Hunter Bryant’s athletic measurements do enough to cement his place as one of the top tight ends in the draft? Hunter Bryant is one of the best young TEs in the nation. His 2019 success in concert with his athletic gifts no doubt played a part in his deciding to enter the draft in 2020. Bryant’s skills and pedigree will make him one of the top prospects at his position. BACKGROUND Bryant was born in Issaquah, Washington and attended Eastside Catholic High School in…...

Can Colby Parkinson Overcome a Disappointing Combine? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on January 23. We now have physical and athletic measurements from the combine. Was Colby Parkinson’s combine performance enough to move him up draft boards? Since 2010 there have been seven tight ends out of Stanford drafting by NFL teams. This includes players like Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper. 2020 should see this number rise to eight. Colby Parkinson is heading for the NFL. BACKGROUND Parkinson attended Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California. In a revelation that will come as no shock to anyone, he dabbled in basketball as well…...

Brycen Hopkins Is Old, But Can His Combine Make Up For It? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on December 30, 2019. Since that time, we have combine numbers. How does Hopkins showing at the combine change his NFL outlook? Read on to find out? If Brycen Hopkins needs any help in how to deal with the pressures of being a top draft prospect, he only needs to turn to his family for advice. Hopkins’s father, Brad Hopkins, was a first-round selection by the Houston Oilers in the 1993 NFL Draft. Hopkins Sr. played 13 seasons in the NFL, earning two Pro Bowl nods as well as an All-Pro berth in…...

Brandon Aiyuk Could Be the Next Deebo Samuel: A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

People keep telling me that this is a deep wide receiver class. People keep telling me to watch the movie Elf too. Yep, people tell me a lot of things. But for now, I am inclined to listen to the people telling me about the WRs. While this class doesn’t seem to have a Julio Jones or an Amari Cooper, there does seem to be no end of playmakers. One of these is a player I am very high on. He’s someone that coaches should look to find ways to get the ball to, whether it’s from a pass, a rush…...

Is Irv Smith the Next Ian Thomas?

Irv Smith Jr is the next player to attract our attention as we look back on the 2019 NFL rookies. Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings out of Alabama, where he caught 58 passes for 838 yards and 18 touchdowns between 2017 and 2018. He profiled as a “move” tight end in the NFL, a fact made all the more obvious by his combine measurables bearing closer similarities to wide receivers than TEs. From a production standpoint, his receiving numbers were comparable to other TEs of note. Smith appeared to be a player who was not exactly primed to…...

Dawson Knox Has One Incredible Comp, But Is It Enough for a Year 2 Breakout?

So it’s another rookie season you want to look back on, is it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This time around, the object of our attention is Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Knox came into the NFL without too much fanfare. He’d hardly been a mega-producer in college. In his defense, Knox was competing for targets with D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown. So his apparent lack of production can be partially explained away. He was a decent athletic prospect. But it would be a stretch to say his combine measurables were enough to knock anyone off their…...

Fanball ADP Risers: 3 NFL Teams Make Big Changes

We previously looked at the risers and fallers in the world of high stakes best ball. Now let’s turn our attention to those who get their kicks over at Fanball. The platform is different, and so are the players who have become more popular in recent weeks. Here are six Fanball ADP risers on three different teams who have seen their stock rise over the last fortnight. ADP data is for the period of April 2-April 16. RB DeAndre Washington It may have escaped the attention of most NFL fans, but DeAndre Washington enjoyed a career season in 2019 for…...

Going Down: ADP Fallers in High Stakes Leagues

Earlier this week, I looked at five players who were experiencing a bump in popularity over at the FFPC. In the interest of balance, it’s only fair that we look at the other side of the coin. With that in mind, here are five situations where high stakes fantasy players have started to cool. Free agency did not exactly make these players winners, not in the eyes of those over at the FFPC…....

Moving On Up: Recent ADP Risers in High Stakes Leagues

At the time of writing, the NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place on time. At the time of writing, we should be getting a 2020 NFL season. Obviously a lot can change between now (whenever you are reading this) and then, but let us proceed with the assumption that there will be football in 2020. If this is the case, then there will be fantasy football in 2020. To that end, here are five players who have become more popular with drafters over at the FFPC in the last month. ADP Data is for the period March 7th…...

Is Harrison Bryant the Next Jonnu Smith? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article was published on January 30. We now have measurements from the combine to add to our assessment. How does Harrison Bryant’s combine performance change his NFL outlook? The winner of the award for the best tight end in college football is draft-eligible in 2020. Yet some ranking services seem to be less than impressed with him. This is a grave injustice, and I will not rest until everyone knows the name of Harrison Bryant. BACKGROUND A native of Georgia, Bryant played baseball and basketball in addition to football at John Milledge Academy. He was…...

Could Hunter Bryant Be the First Tight End Off the Board? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on January 6. We now have combine numbers. Did Hunter Bryant’s athletic measurements do enough to cement his place as one of the top tight ends in the draft? Hunter Bryant is one of the best young TEs in the nation. His 2019 success in concert with his athletic gifts no doubt played a part in his deciding to enter the draft in 2020. Bryant’s skills and pedigree will make him one of the top prospects at his position. BACKGROUND Bryant was born in Issaquah, Washington and attended Eastside Catholic High School in…...

Can Colby Parkinson Overcome a Disappointing Combine? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on January 23. We now have physical and athletic measurements from the combine. Was Colby Parkinson’s combine performance enough to move him up draft boards? Since 2010 there have been seven tight ends out of Stanford drafting by NFL teams. This includes players like Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper. 2020 should see this number rise to eight. Colby Parkinson is heading for the NFL. BACKGROUND Parkinson attended Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California. In a revelation that will come as no shock to anyone, he dabbled in basketball as well…...

Brycen Hopkins Is Old, But Can His Combine Make Up For It? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article published on December 30, 2019. Since that time, we have combine numbers. How does Hopkins showing at the combine change his NFL outlook? Read on to find out? If Brycen Hopkins needs any help in how to deal with the pressures of being a top draft prospect, he only needs to turn to his family for advice. Hopkins’s father, Brad Hopkins, was a first-round selection by the Houston Oilers in the 1993 NFL Draft. Hopkins Sr. played 13 seasons in the NFL, earning two Pro Bowl nods as well as an All-Pro berth in…...

Brandon Aiyuk Could Be the Next Deebo Samuel: A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

People keep telling me that this is a deep wide receiver class. People keep telling me to watch the movie Elf too. Yep, people tell me a lot of things. But for now, I am inclined to listen to the people telling me about the WRs. While this class doesn’t seem to have a Julio Jones or an Amari Cooper, there does seem to be no end of playmakers. One of these is a player I am very high on. He’s someone that coaches should look to find ways to get the ball to, whether it’s from a pass, a rush…...

Is Irv Smith the Next Ian Thomas?

Irv Smith Jr is the next player to attract our attention as we look back on the 2019 NFL rookies. Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings out of Alabama, where he caught 58 passes for 838 yards and 18 touchdowns between 2017 and 2018. He profiled as a “move” tight end in the NFL, a fact made all the more obvious by his combine measurables bearing closer similarities to wide receivers than TEs. From a production standpoint, his receiving numbers were comparable to other TEs of note. Smith appeared to be a player who was not exactly primed to…...

Dawson Knox Has One Incredible Comp, But Is It Enough for a Year 2 Breakout?

So it’s another rookie season you want to look back on, is it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This time around, the object of our attention is Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Knox came into the NFL without too much fanfare. He’d hardly been a mega-producer in college. In his defense, Knox was competing for targets with D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown. So his apparent lack of production can be partially explained away. He was a decent athletic prospect. But it would be a stretch to say his combine measurables were enough to knock anyone off their…...

Fanball ADP Risers: 3 NFL Teams Make Big Changes

We previously looked at the risers and fallers in the world of high stakes best ball. Now let’s turn our attention to those who get their kicks over at Fanball. The platform is different, and so are the players who have become more popular in recent weeks. Here are six…...

Going Down: ADP Fallers in High Stakes Leagues

Earlier this week, I looked at five players who were experiencing a bump in popularity over at the FFPC. In the interest of balance, it’s only fair that we look at the other side of the coin. With that in mind, here are five situations where high stakes fantasy players…...

Moving On Up: Recent ADP Risers in High Stakes Leagues

At the time of writing, the NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place on time. At the time of writing, we should be getting a 2020 NFL season. Obviously a lot can change between now (whenever you are reading this) and then, but let us proceed with the assumption…...

Is Harrison Bryant the Next Jonnu Smith? A 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The original version of this article was published on January 30. We now have measurements from the combine to add to our assessment. How does Harrison Bryant’s combine performance change his NFL outlook? The winner of the award for the best tight end in college football is draft-eligible in 2020…....

Is Irv Smith the Next Ian Thomas?

Irv Smith Jr is the next player to attract our attention as we look back on the 2019 NFL rookies. Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings out of Alabama, where he caught 58 passes for 838 yards and 18 touchdowns between 2017 and 2018. He profiled as a “move”…...

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