Samuel Wallace

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What To Expect From Jalen Hurd In 2020

Speculation is one of the toughest aspects of fantasy football, especially in the dynasty community. If you’ve been around fantasy football long enough, you’ve likely come across different people touting their model for identifying prospects or how what shows up on film is more important than what shows up on paper. It gets even tougher to accurately project a player when he hasn’t played a regular-season snap and is heading into his sophomore season. Like I mentioned in a previous piece about Parris Campbell, how do you properly evaluate a rookie when there’s not much to assess?  Let’s peel back…...

3 Undervalued Wide Receivers to Target in Dynasty This Offseason

We are at the point of the offseason where rookie fever is reaching its peak. The combine is behind us, and the NFL Draft is fast approaching. The urge to either sell or acquire rookie picks is strong. However, I am here to suggest an alternative route, especially if your team is contending. As the league becomes more pass-friendly, there is value to be had at the wide receiver position deeper in drafts than ever before. Securing as many talented players is the goal of any owner, but sometimes identifying the best WR3 or flex value can be the difference…...

Which Middle-Round TE Should You Target In Dynasty Startups?

We are amid a resurgence at the tight end position. Yes, the position is still top-heavy thanks to perennial studs Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. However, savvy fantasy owners are starting to identify value and potential earlier in the process and later in rounds. Those of you who took a chance on Mark Andrews or Darren Waller last season, as an example, were richly rewarded. If you find yourself succumbing to the pressure of joining yet another startup draft this spring, you’re likely targeting a few players in your mind already. When it comes to the tight end position, balancing…...

Who Is the Real D.J. Chark?

To say that some were blindsided by D.J. Chark’s sophomore breakout would be a bit of an understatement. Check out this train wreck of a rookie season: Chark — a second-round draft pick who only posted 174 receiving yards without a score in his rookie season — was widely regarded as a bust. However, those dynasty owners who trusted the process and were patient were richly rewarded this past season. Now the question remains: after two seasons of polar opposite production, who is the real Chark? College Overview On paper, his college production was nothing special. Check out his total…...

Kenny Golladay is the Perfect Target for Win-Now Rosters

Fantasy owners should always be in win-now mode. A recent pet peeve of mine has been hearing owners talk about going all in and selling future assets to try to win a title. On the other hand, some owners speak about playing the long game of rebuilding by selling studs to acquire future capital. Yes, both can work. Sometimes your roster is limited by injuries, or maybe you inherited a slumping team. However, in my opinion, you should be structuring your team, your trades, and your future outlook around remaining in win-now mode for as long as you can. Kenny…...

Is Parris Campbell Ready To Take The Next Step?

How do you properly evaluate a rookie when there’s not much to assess? Enter Parris Campbell. Everything was set for a promising rookie season: Andrew Luck at quarterback Solid combine performance Second-round draft capital We all know how the quarterback situation changed. Couple that with a string of injuries that included a sports hernia, a hamstring injury, a broken hand, and a broken foot, and the body of work we can use to assess Campbell is limited at best. The question then remains, is Campbell ready to take the next step in his second season? College Production Campbell hails from a top-end…...

Is Preston Williams the Next UDFA Star?

Exceptions to the norm tend to throw people off their game. Take Phillip Lindsay, for example. The undrafted running back from Colorado became the first undrafted offensive rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He also became the first undrafted running back to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark in back-to-back seasons. Talk about a difficult player to appropriately evaluate. Another player who is primed to break the mold for what is needed to succeed in the NFL is Preston Williams. While his rookie season was cut short due to injury, I believe this undrafted player has untapped potential. On-Field…...

Identifying the Next WR2 in the Steel City

Trying to identify the next long-term WR2 in Pittsburgh is a fun offseason exercise. JuJu Smith-Schuster will regain control of the WR1 role with a presumable clean bill of health as well as the hopeful return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But two intriguing candidates are vying to play opposite Smith-Schuster in what could once again be an explosive Steelers offense. Let’s take a deeper dive into the dynasty outlooks for Diontae Johnson and James Washington. College Overview Taking a quick peek at the incoming metrics and production profiles of Johnson and Washington, one thing that jumps out initially is how…...

Sell Zach Ertz and Replace Him With This Younger Alternative

I talked about roster management in a previous article and how it’s one of my favorite aspects of playing in dynasty leagues. Well, guess what? I have a roster management move you should make this offseason. I believe that if you wait any longer, the “sweet spot” that we’re in will close and the value won’t be the same. There are several reasons I believe you should do this, and I’ll cover them momentarily, but the heart of the move is this: sell Zach Ertz and buy a younger TE who’s a perfect replacement for Ertz in several ways. Why…...

Is a Secondary Breakout in Store for Michael Gallup?

If you drafted Michael Gallup as a rookie, you were admittedly disappointed. However, like everything in fantasy football, context matters. Gallup’s incoming measurables and draft capital were strong but not elite. His landing spot in 2018 came with some question marks such as: A quarterback who failed to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in a season during his career A team that averaged 26th in the league in pass attempts during the last three seasons A team that averaged fifth in the league in rushing attempts during the last three seasons However, we’ve seen some incredible growth throughout his first two…...

What To Expect From Jalen Hurd In 2020

Speculation is one of the toughest aspects of fantasy football, especially in the dynasty community. If you’ve been around fantasy football long enough, you’ve likely come across different people touting their model for identifying prospects or how what shows up on film is more important than what shows up on paper. It gets even tougher to accurately project a player when he hasn’t played a regular-season snap and is heading into his sophomore season. Like I mentioned in a previous piece about Parris Campbell, how do you properly evaluate a rookie when there’s not much to assess?  Let’s peel back…...

3 Undervalued Wide Receivers to Target in Dynasty This Offseason

We are at the point of the offseason where rookie fever is reaching its peak. The combine is behind us, and the NFL Draft is fast approaching. The urge to either sell or acquire rookie picks is strong. However, I am here to suggest an alternative route, especially if your team is contending. As the league becomes more pass-friendly, there is value to be had at the wide receiver position deeper in drafts than ever before. Securing as many talented players is the goal of any owner, but sometimes identifying the best WR3 or flex value can be the difference…...

Which Middle-Round TE Should You Target In Dynasty Startups?

We are amid a resurgence at the tight end position. Yes, the position is still top-heavy thanks to perennial studs Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. However, savvy fantasy owners are starting to identify value and potential earlier in the process and later in rounds. Those of you who took a chance on Mark Andrews or Darren Waller last season, as an example, were richly rewarded. If you find yourself succumbing to the pressure of joining yet another startup draft this spring, you’re likely targeting a few players in your mind already. When it comes to the tight end position, balancing…...

Who Is the Real D.J. Chark?

To say that some were blindsided by D.J. Chark’s sophomore breakout would be a bit of an understatement. Check out this train wreck of a rookie season: Chark — a second-round draft pick who only posted 174 receiving yards without a score in his rookie season — was widely regarded as a bust. However, those dynasty owners who trusted the process and were patient were richly rewarded this past season. Now the question remains: after two seasons of polar opposite production, who is the real Chark? College Overview On paper, his college production was nothing special. Check out his total…...

Kenny Golladay is the Perfect Target for Win-Now Rosters

Fantasy owners should always be in win-now mode. A recent pet peeve of mine has been hearing owners talk about going all in and selling future assets to try to win a title. On the other hand, some owners speak about playing the long game of rebuilding by selling studs to acquire future capital. Yes, both can work. Sometimes your roster is limited by injuries, or maybe you inherited a slumping team. However, in my opinion, you should be structuring your team, your trades, and your future outlook around remaining in win-now mode for as long as you can. Kenny…...

Is Parris Campbell Ready To Take The Next Step?

How do you properly evaluate a rookie when there’s not much to assess? Enter Parris Campbell. Everything was set for a promising rookie season: Andrew Luck at quarterback Solid combine performance Second-round draft capital We all know how the quarterback situation changed. Couple that with a string of injuries that included a sports hernia, a hamstring injury, a broken hand, and a broken foot, and the body of work we can use to assess Campbell is limited at best. The question then remains, is Campbell ready to take the next step in his second season? College Production Campbell hails from a top-end…...

Is Preston Williams the Next UDFA Star?

Exceptions to the norm tend to throw people off their game. Take Phillip Lindsay, for example. The undrafted running back from Colorado became the first undrafted offensive rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He also became the first undrafted running back to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark in back-to-back seasons. Talk about a difficult player to appropriately evaluate. Another player who is primed to break the mold for what is needed to succeed in the NFL is Preston Williams. While his rookie season was cut short due to injury, I believe this undrafted player has untapped potential. On-Field…...

Identifying the Next WR2 in the Steel City

Trying to identify the next long-term WR2 in Pittsburgh is a fun offseason exercise. JuJu Smith-Schuster will regain control of the WR1 role with a presumable clean bill of health as well as the hopeful return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But two intriguing candidates are vying to play opposite Smith-Schuster in what could once again be an explosive Steelers offense. Let’s take a deeper dive into the dynasty outlooks for Diontae Johnson and James Washington. College Overview Taking a quick peek at the incoming metrics and production profiles of Johnson and Washington, one thing that jumps out initially is how…...

Sell Zach Ertz and Replace Him With This Younger Alternative

I talked about roster management in a previous article and how it’s one of my favorite aspects of playing in dynasty leagues. Well, guess what? I have a roster management move you should make this offseason. I believe that if you wait any longer, the “sweet spot” that we’re in will close and the value won’t be the same. There are several reasons I believe you should do this, and I’ll cover them momentarily, but the heart of the move is this: sell Zach Ertz and buy a younger TE who’s a perfect replacement for Ertz in several ways. Why…...

Is a Secondary Breakout in Store for Michael Gallup?

If you drafted Michael Gallup as a rookie, you were admittedly disappointed. However, like everything in fantasy football, context matters. Gallup’s incoming measurables and draft capital were strong but not elite. His landing spot in 2018 came with some question marks such as: A quarterback who failed to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in a season during his career A team that averaged 26th in the league in pass attempts during the last three seasons A team that averaged fifth in the league in rushing attempts during the last three seasons However, we’ve seen some incredible growth throughout his first two…...

What To Expect From Jalen Hurd In 2020

Speculation is one of the toughest aspects of fantasy football, especially in the dynasty community. If you’ve been around fantasy football long enough, you’ve likely come across different people touting their model for identifying prospects or how what shows up on film is more important than what shows up on…...

3 Undervalued Wide Receivers to Target in Dynasty This Offseason

We are at the point of the offseason where rookie fever is reaching its peak. The combine is behind us, and the NFL Draft is fast approaching. The urge to either sell or acquire rookie picks is strong. However, I am here to suggest an alternative route, especially if your…...

Which Middle-Round TE Should You Target In Dynasty Startups?

We are amid a resurgence at the tight end position. Yes, the position is still top-heavy thanks to perennial studs Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. However, savvy fantasy owners are starting to identify value and potential earlier in the process and later in rounds. Those of you who took a…...

Who Is the Real D.J. Chark?

To say that some were blindsided by D.J. Chark’s sophomore breakout would be a bit of an understatement. Check out this train wreck of a rookie season: Chark — a second-round draft pick who only posted 174 receiving yards without a score in his rookie season — was widely regarded…...

Kenny Golladay is the Perfect Target for Win-Now Rosters

Fantasy owners should always be in win-now mode. A recent pet peeve of mine has been hearing owners talk about going all in and selling future assets to try to win a title. On the other hand, some owners speak about playing the long game of rebuilding by selling studs…...

Is Parris Campbell Ready To Take The Next Step?

How do you properly evaluate a rookie when there’s not much to assess? Enter Parris Campbell. Everything was set for a promising rookie season: Andrew Luck at quarterback Solid combine performance Second-round draft capital We all know how the quarterback situation changed. Couple that with a string of injuries that included…...

Is Preston Williams the Next UDFA Star?

Exceptions to the norm tend to throw people off their game. Take Phillip Lindsay, for example. The undrafted running back from Colorado became the first undrafted offensive rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl. He also became the first undrafted running back to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark in…...

Identifying the Next WR2 in the Steel City

Trying to identify the next long-term WR2 in Pittsburgh is a fun offseason exercise. JuJu Smith-Schuster will regain control of the WR1 role with a presumable clean bill of health as well as the hopeful return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But two intriguing candidates are vying to play opposite Smith-Schuster…...

Sell Zach Ertz and Replace Him With This Younger Alternative

I talked about roster management in a previous article and how it’s one of my favorite aspects of playing in dynasty leagues. Well, guess what? I have a roster management move you should make this offseason. I believe that if you wait any longer, the “sweet spot” that we’re in…...

Is a Secondary Breakout in Store for Michael Gallup?

If you drafted Michael Gallup as a rookie, you were admittedly disappointed. However, like everything in fantasy football, context matters. Gallup’s incoming measurables and draft capital were strong but not elite. His landing spot in 2018 came with some question marks such as: A quarterback who failed to eclipse 4,000…...

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