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Identifying Second Year Tight End Breakouts

One of the unique positions in a fantasy football lineup is the tight end slot. The elite options are apparent each season and require significant draft capital. The second tier of possibilities is often a mixed bag of older veterans who have lost a step combined with young upstarts looking to take the next level. The rest of the tight end options are either weekly streamers or high-upside fliers. Regardless of how you choose to address this part of your lineup, the tight end position carries intrigue. Fantasy owners know they take longer to develop into productive players for both…...

Using The NFL Pace App To Uncover Hidden Values At Wide Receiver

In my recent piece, I used the RotoViz Range of Outcomes App to highlight three wide receivers who have a significant difference in where they’re ranked in the App compared to their current ADP. Continuing with another of our incredible tools, I’m going to use the NFL Pace App to uncover hidden values at the wide receiver position. The NFL Pace App is a fantastic tool to use when looking for passing vs. rushing trends, the overall pace of play, percentage of plays where teams go no-huddle, seconds between each play, and the total number of plays run. Some teams…...

Using The Range Of Outcomes App To Identify Wide Receiver ADP Disparities

The amount of data available within the RotoViz database is incredibly immense. One of my favorites, the Range of Outcomes App, uses historical data to predict and visualize player performance for this upcoming season. I will highlight three wide receivers who have a significant disparity between where the Range of Outcomes App (ROO) has them slotted and where their respective ADP stands as of today. The fantasy community tends to do a decent job of valuing players so that these differences will be fun.  Cooper Kupp – ROO WR3 This one immediately jumped off the screen. With a current Best…...

3 WR2s Who Offer More Value Than Their WR1 Teammates

I’ve talked quite a bit about roster construction in the past. I’ve frequently mentioned how it’s often just as important, and sometimes more important, who you don’t draft with each draft selection as it is who you select. The opportunity cost of each pick is something you should always be monitoring throughout the draft process. Savvy drafters know that different areas of the draft offer various pockets of player value that can’t be found elsewhere. Do you want an elite running back? You better select one in the first round. Do you want an elite tight end? You’ll probably have…...

3 Receivers to Target at the End of Your Draft Who Could Vault into Your Starting Lineup

Fantasy owners are continually trying to find the next value. We love to find players who we think have a higher perceived value than their current price suggests. While I have taken a different approach in the past and have focused on players I think you should “buy high” on, sometimes the value for individual players is too great to ignore. As you prepare for your redraft or best-ball leagues, identifying players who are being drafted as the WR3 on their respective teams can be a great, cheap way to find deeper value. The league continues to employ a more…...

These 3 Offenses With Quarterback Changes Might Be Poised to Explode

Every offseason brings new opportunities, new hope, and new possibilities. Teams look to reload and make the changes needed to get over the playoff hump. Others are looking to run it back to the Conference Championship or the Super Bowl. Still, others are rebuilding and addressing team needs via free agency or the draft. I’m narrowing my scope to focus on three teams that will have a new face under center entering the 2020 season. Whether through the draft or free agency, these squads bring fantasy intrigue to the table. Let’s take a closer look at several offenses to monitor…...

3 Sneaky Second-Year Breakout Candidates Poised to Be the Next D.J. Chark

Patience. That’s what we hear all the time as dynasty owners. We know it can take several years for our rookie draft picks to return on value and become consistent producers in both real and fantasy football. Some positions, like tight ends, can take even longer to develop. So, why do we lose patience so quickly? In a world dominated by instant gratification, the fantasy community is no different. Remember how bad the rookie season was for D.J. Chark? He was tossed aside by many after that year, despite his second-round pedigree and elite athleticism. Now, he’s being drafted as…...

Decoding The Browns Backfield: How Will The Coaching Change Impact Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt?

Welcome back to another installment of Decoding Backfields. If you’ve been tuning in for the last few pieces, you know this goes. If not, here’s the quick version. My goal is to decode a backfield with question marks surrounding a specific player value and anticipated production for this coming season. If you’d like to read my previous pieces, they are listed here: San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Houston Texans Green Bay Packers As we shift our attention to Cleveland, the Browns are once again treating us to exciting offseason. The offense is loaded with potential, and quarterback Baker…...

Decoding The Packers Backfield: Is A.J. Dillon The Future In Green Bay?

Welcome back to the fifth (already?!) installment of my Decoding Backfields series. If you are joining for the first time, I recommend going back and reading through my previous pieces to get an idea of where I am going. San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Houston Texans All right, perfect. As we shift our attention to the Midwest, we are beginning to see a shift of philosophy within one of the league’s most historic franchises. Once known for its aerial attack that could run up the scoreboard and run teams off the field, the Green Bay Packers, under second-year…...

Decoding The Texans Backfield: Will David Johnson Have A Career Resurgence?

Welcome to my fourth installment of the Decoding Backfields series. In my last three pieces, I broke down the backfields for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins. Next up, an aging star and an underused, unappreciated asset. How will the Houston Texans backfield look heading into this upcoming season? Let’s take a closer look. David Johnson Peak David Johnson was a sight to behold. Eclipsing 400 points (PPR scoring), 2,000 scrimmage yards, and 20 total touchdowns rank among some of the best single seasons by a running back ever. A wrist injury derailed most of his 2017…...

Identifying Second Year Tight End Breakouts

One of the unique positions in a fantasy football lineup is the tight end slot. The elite options are apparent each season and require significant draft capital. The second tier of possibilities is often a mixed bag of older veterans who have lost a step combined with young upstarts looking to take the next level. The rest of the tight end options are either weekly streamers or high-upside fliers. Regardless of how you choose to address this part of your lineup, the tight end position carries intrigue. Fantasy owners know they take longer to develop into productive players for both…...

Using The NFL Pace App To Uncover Hidden Values At Wide Receiver

In my recent piece, I used the RotoViz Range of Outcomes App to highlight three wide receivers who have a significant difference in where they’re ranked in the App compared to their current ADP. Continuing with another of our incredible tools, I’m going to use the NFL Pace App to uncover hidden values at the wide receiver position. The NFL Pace App is a fantastic tool to use when looking for passing vs. rushing trends, the overall pace of play, percentage of plays where teams go no-huddle, seconds between each play, and the total number of plays run. Some teams…...

Using The Range Of Outcomes App To Identify Wide Receiver ADP Disparities

The amount of data available within the RotoViz database is incredibly immense. One of my favorites, the Range of Outcomes App, uses historical data to predict and visualize player performance for this upcoming season. I will highlight three wide receivers who have a significant disparity between where the Range of Outcomes App (ROO) has them slotted and where their respective ADP stands as of today. The fantasy community tends to do a decent job of valuing players so that these differences will be fun.  Cooper Kupp – ROO WR3 This one immediately jumped off the screen. With a current Best…...

3 WR2s Who Offer More Value Than Their WR1 Teammates

I’ve talked quite a bit about roster construction in the past. I’ve frequently mentioned how it’s often just as important, and sometimes more important, who you don’t draft with each draft selection as it is who you select. The opportunity cost of each pick is something you should always be monitoring throughout the draft process. Savvy drafters know that different areas of the draft offer various pockets of player value that can’t be found elsewhere. Do you want an elite running back? You better select one in the first round. Do you want an elite tight end? You’ll probably have…...

3 Receivers to Target at the End of Your Draft Who Could Vault into Your Starting Lineup

Fantasy owners are continually trying to find the next value. We love to find players who we think have a higher perceived value than their current price suggests. While I have taken a different approach in the past and have focused on players I think you should “buy high” on, sometimes the value for individual players is too great to ignore. As you prepare for your redraft or best-ball leagues, identifying players who are being drafted as the WR3 on their respective teams can be a great, cheap way to find deeper value. The league continues to employ a more…...

These 3 Offenses With Quarterback Changes Might Be Poised to Explode

Every offseason brings new opportunities, new hope, and new possibilities. Teams look to reload and make the changes needed to get over the playoff hump. Others are looking to run it back to the Conference Championship or the Super Bowl. Still, others are rebuilding and addressing team needs via free agency or the draft. I’m narrowing my scope to focus on three teams that will have a new face under center entering the 2020 season. Whether through the draft or free agency, these squads bring fantasy intrigue to the table. Let’s take a closer look at several offenses to monitor…...

3 Sneaky Second-Year Breakout Candidates Poised to Be the Next D.J. Chark

Patience. That’s what we hear all the time as dynasty owners. We know it can take several years for our rookie draft picks to return on value and become consistent producers in both real and fantasy football. Some positions, like tight ends, can take even longer to develop. So, why do we lose patience so quickly? In a world dominated by instant gratification, the fantasy community is no different. Remember how bad the rookie season was for D.J. Chark? He was tossed aside by many after that year, despite his second-round pedigree and elite athleticism. Now, he’s being drafted as…...

Decoding The Browns Backfield: How Will The Coaching Change Impact Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt?

Welcome back to another installment of Decoding Backfields. If you’ve been tuning in for the last few pieces, you know this goes. If not, here’s the quick version. My goal is to decode a backfield with question marks surrounding a specific player value and anticipated production for this coming season. If you’d like to read my previous pieces, they are listed here: San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Houston Texans Green Bay Packers As we shift our attention to Cleveland, the Browns are once again treating us to exciting offseason. The offense is loaded with potential, and quarterback Baker…...

Decoding The Packers Backfield: Is A.J. Dillon The Future In Green Bay?

Welcome back to the fifth (already?!) installment of my Decoding Backfields series. If you are joining for the first time, I recommend going back and reading through my previous pieces to get an idea of where I am going. San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Houston Texans All right, perfect. As we shift our attention to the Midwest, we are beginning to see a shift of philosophy within one of the league’s most historic franchises. Once known for its aerial attack that could run up the scoreboard and run teams off the field, the Green Bay Packers, under second-year…...

Decoding The Texans Backfield: Will David Johnson Have A Career Resurgence?

Welcome to my fourth installment of the Decoding Backfields series. In my last three pieces, I broke down the backfields for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins. Next up, an aging star and an underused, unappreciated asset. How will the Houston Texans backfield look heading into this upcoming season? Let’s take a closer look. David Johnson Peak David Johnson was a sight to behold. Eclipsing 400 points (PPR scoring), 2,000 scrimmage yards, and 20 total touchdowns rank among some of the best single seasons by a running back ever. A wrist injury derailed most of his 2017…...

Identifying Second Year Tight End Breakouts

One of the unique positions in a fantasy football lineup is the tight end slot. The elite options are apparent each season and require significant draft capital. The second tier of possibilities is often a mixed bag of older veterans who have lost a step combined with young upstarts looking…...

Using The NFL Pace App To Uncover Hidden Values At Wide Receiver

In my recent piece, I used the RotoViz Range of Outcomes App to highlight three wide receivers who have a significant difference in where they’re ranked in the App compared to their current ADP. Continuing with another of our incredible tools, I’m going to use the NFL Pace App to…...

Using The Range Of Outcomes App To Identify Wide Receiver ADP Disparities

The amount of data available within the RotoViz database is incredibly immense. One of my favorites, the Range of Outcomes App, uses historical data to predict and visualize player performance for this upcoming season. I will highlight three wide receivers who have a significant disparity between where the Range of…...

3 WR2s Who Offer More Value Than Their WR1 Teammates

I’ve talked quite a bit about roster construction in the past. I’ve frequently mentioned how it’s often just as important, and sometimes more important, who you don’t draft with each draft selection as it is who you select. The opportunity cost of each pick is something you should always be…...

These 3 Offenses With Quarterback Changes Might Be Poised to Explode

Every offseason brings new opportunities, new hope, and new possibilities. Teams look to reload and make the changes needed to get over the playoff hump. Others are looking to run it back to the Conference Championship or the Super Bowl. Still, others are rebuilding and addressing team needs via free…...

3 Sneaky Second-Year Breakout Candidates Poised to Be the Next D.J. Chark

Patience. That’s what we hear all the time as dynasty owners. We know it can take several years for our rookie draft picks to return on value and become consistent producers in both real and fantasy football. Some positions, like tight ends, can take even longer to develop. So, why…...

Decoding The Packers Backfield: Is A.J. Dillon The Future In Green Bay?

Welcome back to the fifth (already?!) installment of my Decoding Backfields series. If you are joining for the first time, I recommend going back and reading through my previous pieces to get an idea of where I am going. San Francisco 49ers Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Houston Texans All right,…...

Decoding The Texans Backfield: Will David Johnson Have A Career Resurgence?

Welcome to my fourth installment of the Decoding Backfields series. In my last three pieces, I broke down the backfields for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins. Next up, an aging star and an underused, unappreciated asset. How will the Houston Texans backfield look heading into this…...

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