Tyler Loechner

Tyler specializes in DFS, redraft, and dynasty. He is a member of the FSWA and won the Best Football Series award in 2017. Tyler previously wrote for PFF Fantasy and Bleacher Report.

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The Worst Picks in the Early Rounds of Your 2019 Fantasy Football Draft

You’ve read up on draft strategy, roster construction, sleepers, deep sleepers, and league-winners — by now, you definitely know who you want to draft — but knowing who not to draft is equally important. You need to know both the best and the worst picks in every round of 2019 fantasy football drafts to come out with the best team. After showing you my favorite targets in each of the first round rounds of 2019 fantasy drafts, I’m now going to run through the worst pick in each of the first four rounds1 to help you avoid some bad picks…....

Leonard Fournette’s Huge Range of Outcomes: Should You Buy His Lotto Ticket at ADP?

Leonard Fournette is proving to be one of the most pivotal players in 2019 fantasy drafts. With his third-round ADP, he’s one of the earliest “risk” players you need to make a choice on. Do you buy Fournette at his current ADP, or do you pass on him and let one of your league mates deal with the volatility? Fournette’s rookie season comps were a mixed bag, and after an injury-riddled sophomore season, Fournette was being overdrafted in early 2019 fantasy leagues. In the words of RotoViz’s Cort Smith: Fournette was brutal last year. He limped his way to 439…...

Lamar Miller Out for 2019: The Fantasy Impact of His Injury on Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans backfield has done quite the August shuffle, first releasing D’Onta Foreman and then trading for Duke Johnson. Now, Lamar Miller has suffered an ACL injury and is done for the season — so what is the fantasy impact for Duke Johnson? Let’s dive right into it using some of the tools at our disposal here at RotoViz, including the Projection Machine. Can Duke Johnson handle a lead role? Johnson has never touched the ball more than 165 times in a season,1 and he has only eclipsed 100 rushing attempts in a season once2. This usage over the first four…...

Maximum Firepower: Top Targets in Each of the First 4 Rounds

As you prep for your 2019 fantasy football draft, you’ll need a shortlist of “your guys” for the first few rounds to serve as foundation players for your squad. So who should you start your fantasy draft off with? Fantasy seasons are not won and lost on draft day, but a strong draft will obviously go a long way in securing you a championship — and the first few rounds should provide your team with the most possible firepower. Here’s a list of my favorite player in each of the first four rounds, based on ADP.1 First Round: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina…...

You’re Now Allowed to Pay Attention to Jakobi Meyers and 4 More Takeaways from Saturday’s Preseason Games

Despite what you’ve been told, the preseason actually does matter — at least in the world of fantasy football. You can gain a serious edge on the competition by paying attention to the games and searching for deep sleepers just as they are waking up, such as the current front runner of #teampreseason 2019: Patriots rookie wideout Jakobi Meyers. We started these takeaway pieces with Thursday night’s game, and I’m here to bring you some key takeaways from Saturdays games, including Browns-Colts, Patriots-Titans, Chiefs-Steelers, Lions-Texans, and Cowboys-Rams. Jakobi Meyers makes his case as preseason MVP, but we might be overreacting Meyers has…...

Finding This Year’s George Kittle: 3 Breakout Tight Ends for 2019

Tight end is arguably the most interesting fantasy position as 2019 fake-football draft season ramps up. Do you snag one of the three elite options — Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, or George Kittle? Do you take one from the next tier — Evan Engram or O.J. Howard — or do you punt the position entirely? If you do punt at TE this year — which, according to math, about half of you will have to do,1 then which potential breakout tight ends should you be targeting? I’m turning to the RotoViz Projection Machine to evaluate which late round tight ends have the best chance of turning…...

Duke Johnson Traded To Houston: Fantasy Impact for the Texans and Browns

Duke Johnson asked for a trade away from the Cleveland Browns this offseason — making him the only player that wanted out of suddenly-exciting Cleveland — and he finally got his wish, as the Browns traded him to the Houston Texans for a 2020 draft pick. The move comes days after Houston cut ties with D’Onta Foreman, who was thought to be locked in to the team’s No. 2 position. Freeman’s release seemed to free things up for Lamar Miller, who suddenly had no competition for touches. This led Shawn Siegele to bump Miller up from 95 to 60 in his overall…...

Why Nobody Agrees on Robby Anderson’s Fantasy Outlook in 2019

Robby Anderson is proving to be one of the most divisive figures in the fantasy football community leading into 2019. By the sounds of it, Anderson will either be the top breakout star of 2019, or he’ll fall far short of expectations. There is apparently no in between, and few people seem to agree on his outlook. For example, on the same day in early August, two of fantasy football’s sharpest minds shared opposite new items regarding Anderson: Establish The Run’s Evan Silva highlighted some “promising observations” on Anderson’s training camp usage1, while Mike Clay of ESPN noted that Anderson…...

Dynasty Keep or Cut? How to Make the Choice With Young Players

Saying bye is never easy. Saying bye is even harder when you have to do it to someone you had faith in, but they let you down.1 Choosing who to keep or cut in dynasty will bring up these feelings every year. Each offseason, you are inevitably forced to say goodbye to players every year to make room for new roster hopefuls. But how do you know when it’s time to cut your losses with relatively young players? So far, our dynasty series has reviewed startup draft strategies and ways to prevent your dynasty team from getting old. Now it’s…...

How to Prevent Your Dynasty Team from Getting Old

Youth is one of the key variables in building a successful dynasty fantasy football team, but how do you know when your team is getting too old, and what strategy can you apply to get a leg up on the competition? For skill positions, the production window is short and the time to buy ahead of a production (and trade value) increase typically occurs earlier than many dynasty owners are aware. If your team is filled with late-20s players, you’ll be unable to compete within a few years. And the hardest part is that your dynasty teams only get younger…...

The Worst Picks in the Early Rounds of Your 2019 Fantasy Football Draft

You’ve read up on draft strategy, roster construction, sleepers, deep sleepers, and league-winners — by now, you definitely know who you want to draft — but knowing who not to draft is equally important. You need to know both the best and the worst picks in every round of 2019 fantasy football drafts to come out with the best team. After showing you my favorite targets in each of the first round rounds of 2019 fantasy drafts, I’m now going to run through the worst pick in each of the first four rounds1 to help you avoid some bad picks…....

Leonard Fournette’s Huge Range of Outcomes: Should You Buy His Lotto Ticket at ADP?

Leonard Fournette is proving to be one of the most pivotal players in 2019 fantasy drafts. With his third-round ADP, he’s one of the earliest “risk” players you need to make a choice on. Do you buy Fournette at his current ADP, or do you pass on him and let one of your league mates deal with the volatility? Fournette’s rookie season comps were a mixed bag, and after an injury-riddled sophomore season, Fournette was being overdrafted in early 2019 fantasy leagues. In the words of RotoViz’s Cort Smith: Fournette was brutal last year. He limped his way to 439…...

Lamar Miller Out for 2019: The Fantasy Impact of His Injury on Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans backfield has done quite the August shuffle, first releasing D’Onta Foreman and then trading for Duke Johnson. Now, Lamar Miller has suffered an ACL injury and is done for the season — so what is the fantasy impact for Duke Johnson? Let’s dive right into it using some of the tools at our disposal here at RotoViz, including the Projection Machine. Can Duke Johnson handle a lead role? Johnson has never touched the ball more than 165 times in a season,1 and he has only eclipsed 100 rushing attempts in a season once2. This usage over the first four…...

Maximum Firepower: Top Targets in Each of the First 4 Rounds

As you prep for your 2019 fantasy football draft, you’ll need a shortlist of “your guys” for the first few rounds to serve as foundation players for your squad. So who should you start your fantasy draft off with? Fantasy seasons are not won and lost on draft day, but a strong draft will obviously go a long way in securing you a championship — and the first few rounds should provide your team with the most possible firepower. Here’s a list of my favorite player in each of the first four rounds, based on ADP.1 First Round: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina…...

You’re Now Allowed to Pay Attention to Jakobi Meyers and 4 More Takeaways from Saturday’s Preseason Games

Despite what you’ve been told, the preseason actually does matter — at least in the world of fantasy football. You can gain a serious edge on the competition by paying attention to the games and searching for deep sleepers just as they are waking up, such as the current front runner of #teampreseason 2019: Patriots rookie wideout Jakobi Meyers. We started these takeaway pieces with Thursday night’s game, and I’m here to bring you some key takeaways from Saturdays games, including Browns-Colts, Patriots-Titans, Chiefs-Steelers, Lions-Texans, and Cowboys-Rams. Jakobi Meyers makes his case as preseason MVP, but we might be overreacting Meyers has…...

Finding This Year’s George Kittle: 3 Breakout Tight Ends for 2019

Tight end is arguably the most interesting fantasy position as 2019 fake-football draft season ramps up. Do you snag one of the three elite options — Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, or George Kittle? Do you take one from the next tier — Evan Engram or O.J. Howard — or do you punt the position entirely? If you do punt at TE this year — which, according to math, about half of you will have to do,1 then which potential breakout tight ends should you be targeting? I’m turning to the RotoViz Projection Machine to evaluate which late round tight ends have the best chance of turning…...

Duke Johnson Traded To Houston: Fantasy Impact for the Texans and Browns

Duke Johnson asked for a trade away from the Cleveland Browns this offseason — making him the only player that wanted out of suddenly-exciting Cleveland — and he finally got his wish, as the Browns traded him to the Houston Texans for a 2020 draft pick. The move comes days after Houston cut ties with D’Onta Foreman, who was thought to be locked in to the team’s No. 2 position. Freeman’s release seemed to free things up for Lamar Miller, who suddenly had no competition for touches. This led Shawn Siegele to bump Miller up from 95 to 60 in his overall…...

Why Nobody Agrees on Robby Anderson’s Fantasy Outlook in 2019

Robby Anderson is proving to be one of the most divisive figures in the fantasy football community leading into 2019. By the sounds of it, Anderson will either be the top breakout star of 2019, or he’ll fall far short of expectations. There is apparently no in between, and few people seem to agree on his outlook. For example, on the same day in early August, two of fantasy football’s sharpest minds shared opposite new items regarding Anderson: Establish The Run’s Evan Silva highlighted some “promising observations” on Anderson’s training camp usage1, while Mike Clay of ESPN noted that Anderson…...

Dynasty Keep or Cut? How to Make the Choice With Young Players

Saying bye is never easy. Saying bye is even harder when you have to do it to someone you had faith in, but they let you down.1 Choosing who to keep or cut in dynasty will bring up these feelings every year. Each offseason, you are inevitably forced to say goodbye to players every year to make room for new roster hopefuls. But how do you know when it’s time to cut your losses with relatively young players? So far, our dynasty series has reviewed startup draft strategies and ways to prevent your dynasty team from getting old. Now it’s…...

How to Prevent Your Dynasty Team from Getting Old

Youth is one of the key variables in building a successful dynasty fantasy football team, but how do you know when your team is getting too old, and what strategy can you apply to get a leg up on the competition? For skill positions, the production window is short and the time to buy ahead of a production (and trade value) increase typically occurs earlier than many dynasty owners are aware. If your team is filled with late-20s players, you’ll be unable to compete within a few years. And the hardest part is that your dynasty teams only get younger…...

The Worst Picks in the Early Rounds of Your 2019 Fantasy Football Draft

You’ve read up on draft strategy, roster construction, sleepers, deep sleepers, and league-winners — by now, you definitely know who you want to draft — but knowing who not to draft is equally important. You need to know both the best and the worst picks in every round of 2019…...

Lamar Miller Out for 2019: The Fantasy Impact of His Injury on Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans backfield has done quite the August shuffle, first releasing D’Onta Foreman and then trading for Duke Johnson. Now, Lamar Miller has suffered an ACL injury and is done for the season — so what is the fantasy impact for Duke Johnson? Let’s dive right into it using some of…...

Maximum Firepower: Top Targets in Each of the First 4 Rounds

As you prep for your 2019 fantasy football draft, you’ll need a shortlist of “your guys” for the first few rounds to serve as foundation players for your squad. So who should you start your fantasy draft off with? Fantasy seasons are not won and lost on draft day, but…...

Finding This Year’s George Kittle: 3 Breakout Tight Ends for 2019

Tight end is arguably the most interesting fantasy position as 2019 fake-football draft season ramps up. Do you snag one of the three elite options — Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, or George Kittle? Do you take one from the next tier — Evan Engram or O.J. Howard — or do you punt the position entirely? If…...

Duke Johnson Traded To Houston: Fantasy Impact for the Texans and Browns

Duke Johnson asked for a trade away from the Cleveland Browns this offseason — making him the only player that wanted out of suddenly-exciting Cleveland — and he finally got his wish, as the Browns traded him to the Houston Texans for a 2020 draft pick. The move comes days after Houston…...

Why Nobody Agrees on Robby Anderson’s Fantasy Outlook in 2019

Robby Anderson is proving to be one of the most divisive figures in the fantasy football community leading into 2019. By the sounds of it, Anderson will either be the top breakout star of 2019, or he’ll fall far short of expectations. There is apparently no in between, and few…...

Dynasty Keep or Cut? How to Make the Choice With Young Players

Saying bye is never easy. Saying bye is even harder when you have to do it to someone you had faith in, but they let you down.1 Choosing who to keep or cut in dynasty will bring up these feelings every year. Each offseason, you are inevitably forced to say…...

How to Prevent Your Dynasty Team from Getting Old

Youth is one of the key variables in building a successful dynasty fantasy football team, but how do you know when your team is getting too old, and what strategy can you apply to get a leg up on the competition? For skill positions, the production window is short and…...

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