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Takeaways From the First Week of Preseason Action

Quick takeaways from the first week of preseason action, including thoughts on Raiders running back DeAndre Washington, Cardinals RB David Johnson, and more. Raiders Running Backs: DeAndre Washington had a strong game including a 25 yard run and a 32 yard reception, but played behind both Latavius Murray and Jamize Olawale. Washington should finish the preseason ahead of Olawale on the depth chart but if he doesn’t then that’s probably more relevant than the highlight plays. Cardinals RBs: David Johnson had all but one of the RB touches while Carson Palmer was in the game. The one touch he didn’t get was a first down run for Chris Johnson. That run

Preseason Quick Hits: Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and More

Real (preseason) football is finally here. Here are some quick takeaways from the first night of action, including thoughts on Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and more. Matt Jones was the starter in the Washington backfield, but it wasn’t all good news. On their first third down they pulled Jones in favor of Chris Thompson. Then they did it again on their next third down, with Thompson catching a pass for nine yards. Jones may end up being the starter, but he may also end up as just a two-down back, which isn’t a great path to success in PPR formats. Thompson

RotoViz Rankings: The Top 12 RBs For 2016

The writers here have been tinkering with our proprietary staff Projection Machine all offseason long to bring you the goods. The rankings goods, that is. Today, we bring you our top 12 RB projections. 1) Lamar Miller, Houston Texans Projection: 16.3 PPR FPPG1 This may be a shock to you… unless you read Charles Kleinheksel’s piece on this exact projection from earlier in the offseason. Nothing’s changed, Mr. Miller is still on top. What does the RB Similarity Score App2 say? The sim scores give Miller a median projection of 15.0 PPG and a high-end projection of 17.2 PPG. That’s pretty

Using The Draft Optimizer To Get Comfortable With Zero RB

Personally, I have no doubt that the Zero RB strategy is the dominant approach in your typical PPR league. But I understand not everyone feels that way. Even our own Ben Gretch, a Zero RB believer who has tried to remove people’s doubts, has described the strategy as “uncomfortable.”

The Five Cheapest WRs With WR1 Upside

While a lot of the work we do here at RotoViz and a lot of my own personal research is quantitative, I often find myself categorizing players in a more qualitative sense for the purposes of planning my draft strategy. That leads to questions like, who are the cheapest wide receivers with WR1 upside?

Yes, It Actually Does Matter That Blaine Gabbert Is Bad

One of the more bewildering things I’ve seen this offseason is people hyping up Blaine Gabbert. When confronted, the supporter will inevitably say something like, “It doesn’t matter if he’s bad so long as he scores fantasy points.”

Early 2016 Projections: The New York Giants, Including a Disappointing Sterling Shepard

Now that the NFL draft is over and the high-impact free agents have found their homes, we can starting doing some early 2016 fantasy football projections. Today: the New York Giants, including a disappointing projection for Sterling Shepard that shows that being a WR2 isn’t that inherently valuable.  First things first, using our staff projection machine I set some baseline team-wide assumptions: For average point margin, I went with the league-wide median as I don’t project the Giants to be a particularly good or bad team. I went with the means of their 2014 and 2015 numbers for pass tendency (how often

Case Study: A 2QB Mock Draft

I don’t have any intention of playing in any 2QB fantasy football leagues this year, but I do think it’s important to dabble in other formats to stay flexible and open up your thinking. So when I saw that Joshua Lake was looking for people to participate in 2QB mock drafts, I jumped right in.

Takeaways From the First Week of Preseason Action

Quick takeaways from the first week of preseason action, including thoughts on Raiders running back DeAndre Washington, Cardinals RB David Johnson, and more. Raiders Running Backs: DeAndre Washington had a strong game including a 25 yard run and a 32 yard reception, but played behind both Latavius Murray and Jamize Olawale. Washington should finish the preseason ahead of Olawale on the depth chart but if he doesn’t then that’s probably more relevant than the highlight plays. Cardinals RBs: David Johnson had all but one of the RB touches while Carson Palmer was in the game. The one touch he didn’t get was a first down run for Chris Johnson. That run

Preseason Quick Hits: Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and More

Real (preseason) football is finally here. Here are some quick takeaways from the first night of action, including thoughts on Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and more. Matt Jones was the starter in the Washington backfield, but it wasn’t all good news. On their first third down they pulled Jones in favor of Chris Thompson. Then they did it again on their next third down, with Thompson catching a pass for nine yards. Jones may end up being the starter, but he may also end up as just a two-down back, which isn’t a great path to success in PPR formats. Thompson

RotoViz Rankings: The Top 12 RBs For 2016

The writers here have been tinkering with our proprietary staff Projection Machine all offseason long to bring you the goods. The rankings goods, that is. Today, we bring you our top 12 RB projections. 1) Lamar Miller, Houston Texans Projection: 16.3 PPR FPPG1 This may be a shock to you… unless you read Charles Kleinheksel’s piece on this exact projection from earlier in the offseason. Nothing’s changed, Mr. Miller is still on top. What does the RB Similarity Score App2 say? The sim scores give Miller a median projection of 15.0 PPG and a high-end projection of 17.2 PPG. That’s pretty

Using The Draft Optimizer To Get Comfortable With Zero RB

Personally, I have no doubt that the Zero RB strategy is the dominant approach in your typical PPR league. But I understand not everyone feels that way. Even our own Ben Gretch, a Zero RB believer who has tried to remove people’s doubts, has described the strategy as “uncomfortable.”

The Five Cheapest WRs With WR1 Upside

While a lot of the work we do here at RotoViz and a lot of my own personal research is quantitative, I often find myself categorizing players in a more qualitative sense for the purposes of planning my draft strategy. That leads to questions like, who are the cheapest wide receivers with WR1 upside?

Yes, It Actually Does Matter That Blaine Gabbert Is Bad

One of the more bewildering things I’ve seen this offseason is people hyping up Blaine Gabbert. When confronted, the supporter will inevitably say something like, “It doesn’t matter if he’s bad so long as he scores fantasy points.”

Early 2016 Projections: The New York Giants, Including a Disappointing Sterling Shepard

Now that the NFL draft is over and the high-impact free agents have found their homes, we can starting doing some early 2016 fantasy football projections. Today: the New York Giants, including a disappointing projection for Sterling Shepard that shows that being a WR2 isn’t that inherently valuable.  First things first, using our staff projection machine I set some baseline team-wide assumptions: For average point margin, I went with the league-wide median as I don’t project the Giants to be a particularly good or bad team. I went with the means of their 2014 and 2015 numbers for pass tendency (how often

Case Study: A 2QB Mock Draft

I don’t have any intention of playing in any 2QB fantasy football leagues this year, but I do think it’s important to dabble in other formats to stay flexible and open up your thinking. So when I saw that Joshua Lake was looking for people to participate in 2QB mock drafts, I jumped right in.

Takeaways From the First Week of Preseason Action

Quick takeaways from the first week of preseason action, including thoughts on Raiders running back DeAndre Washington, Cardinals RB David Johnson, and more. Raiders Running Backs: DeAndre Washington had a strong game including a 25 yard run and a 32 yard reception, but played behind both Latavius Murray and Jamize Olawale. Washington should finish the preseason

Preseason Quick Hits: Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and More

Real (preseason) football is finally here. Here are some quick takeaways from the first night of action, including thoughts on Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Malcolm Mitchell, and more. Matt Jones was the starter in the Washington backfield, but it wasn’t all good news. On their first third down they pulled Jones in favor

RotoViz Rankings: The Top 12 RBs For 2016

The writers here have been tinkering with our proprietary staff Projection Machine all offseason long to bring you the goods. The rankings goods, that is. Today, we bring you our top 12 RB projections. 1) Lamar Miller, Houston Texans Projection: 16.3 PPR FPPG1 This may be a shock to you…

Using The Draft Optimizer To Get Comfortable With Zero RB

Personally, I have no doubt that the Zero RB strategy is the dominant approach in your typical PPR league. But I understand not everyone feels that way. Even our own Ben Gretch, a Zero RB believer who has tried to remove people’s doubts, has described the strategy as “uncomfortable.”

The Five Cheapest WRs With WR1 Upside

While a lot of the work we do here at RotoViz and a lot of my own personal research is quantitative, I often find myself categorizing players in a more qualitative sense for the purposes of planning my draft strategy. That leads to questions like, who are the cheapest wide

Yes, It Actually Does Matter That Blaine Gabbert Is Bad

One of the more bewildering things I’ve seen this offseason is people hyping up Blaine Gabbert. When confronted, the supporter will inevitably say something like, “It doesn’t matter if he’s bad so long as he scores fantasy points.”

Case Study: A 2QB Mock Draft

I don’t have any intention of playing in any 2QB fantasy football leagues this year, but I do think it’s important to dabble in other formats to stay flexible and open up your thinking. So when I saw that Joshua Lake was looking for people to participate in 2QB mock

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