Sam Wallace

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In-Season Articles

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…...

It’s Kind of Crazy What the Right Kicker Strategy Does for You in Superflex Best Ball

Blair Andrews continues his look at FFPC Superflex best ball strategy. In this installment, we turn our attention to the all-important kicker position. It’s not quite right to say that kicker is the forgotten position in fantasy football. But that’s only because kicker is increasingly not a position in fantasy football. The FFPC is becoming a rarity in the fantasy industry as a format that still requires kicker selections in most of their leagues.1 In some ways, it’s a shame that the kicker position is no longer a staple of most best ball contests, because the proper kicker strategy is…...

Title Quest 2020: Pros vs Joes Best Ball Championship Part 1 – Planning the Draft

Curtis Patrick shares a look behind the curtain as he openly lays out the planning and execution of his 2020 FFPC Pros vs Joes Draft in hopes of adding another trophy to the RotoViz vault. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. 2020 marks my third year competing in the FFPC’s Pros vs Joes Best Ball Championship. Each year I’ve partnered with my good friend, Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football), as our original invite dates back to our Dynasty Command Center days. We’ve spent so much time together planning various fantasy ventures and talking dynasty strategy over the years…....

Functional Fantasy Points and Why You’re Overvaluing Volatility in Best Ball

Michael Dubner proposes the use of Functional Fantasy Points as a measure for volatility, and finds a counterintuitive result in the way you can use volatility to your advantage in best ball tactics. Will Fuller is a boom-or-bust option. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Reliable. You’ve probably heard something to that effect before, but have you ever wondered whether consistency actually matters in fantasy football? It makes intuitive sense that the way in which players score fantasy points matters, and there is some anecdotal evidence. In 2019, Fuller was one of the 10 most volatile WRs,1 and his above-average 10.8% Win…...

3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC North

All good things must come to an end, and as this is the final installment of the NFC portion of this series, 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters is no exception. Over the last several weeks, Neil Dutton and I have taken a look at players from every division who RotoViz rankers like more than those in FFPC drafts. Check out all of the past articles from this series below: 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC West 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC West 3 Players RotoViz…...

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…...

Swimming with Sharks: 7 Players RotoViz Analysts Let Fall in a Best Ball Mock Draft

Earlier this week, we went over seven players who went well ahead of ADP in a recent staff FFPC best ball mock draft. Rankings are cool and all, but it’s helpful to see which players RotoViz analysts are actually willing to reach for in an actual draft situation. Today, we’ll look at the flip side: Which players did our writers let fall? Who finally grabbed the falling knife? 7 Players Who Went Well Below ADP Derrick Henry…...

3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC West

Zachary Krueger and I have been going division by division to find players that RotoViz rankers are higher on than FFPC drafters. You can find all the previous articles here: 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC East 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC East 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC South 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC South 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC West Here are three players from the AFC West that RotoViz rankers think…...

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…...

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…...

It’s Kind of Crazy What the Right Kicker Strategy Does for You in Superflex Best Ball

Blair Andrews continues his look at FFPC Superflex best ball strategy. In this installment, we turn our attention to the all-important kicker position. It’s not quite right to say that kicker is the forgotten position in fantasy football. But that’s only because kicker is increasingly not a position in fantasy football. The FFPC is becoming a rarity in the fantasy industry as a format that still requires kicker selections in most of their leagues.1 In some ways, it’s a shame that the kicker position is no longer a staple of most best ball contests, because the proper kicker strategy is…...

Title Quest 2020: Pros vs Joes Best Ball Championship Part 1 – Planning the Draft

Curtis Patrick shares a look behind the curtain as he openly lays out the planning and execution of his 2020 FFPC Pros vs Joes Draft in hopes of adding another trophy to the RotoViz vault. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. 2020 marks my third year competing in the FFPC’s Pros vs Joes Best Ball Championship. Each year I’ve partnered with my good friend, Ryan McDowell (Dynasty League Football), as our original invite dates back to our Dynasty Command Center days. We’ve spent so much time together planning various fantasy ventures and talking dynasty strategy over the years…....

Functional Fantasy Points and Why You’re Overvaluing Volatility in Best Ball

Michael Dubner proposes the use of Functional Fantasy Points as a measure for volatility, and finds a counterintuitive result in the way you can use volatility to your advantage in best ball tactics. Will Fuller is a boom-or-bust option. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Reliable. You’ve probably heard something to that effect before, but have you ever wondered whether consistency actually matters in fantasy football? It makes intuitive sense that the way in which players score fantasy points matters, and there is some anecdotal evidence. In 2019, Fuller was one of the 10 most volatile WRs,1 and his above-average 10.8% Win…...

3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC North

All good things must come to an end, and as this is the final installment of the NFC portion of this series, 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters is no exception. Over the last several weeks, Neil Dutton and I have taken a look at players from every division who RotoViz rankers like more than those in FFPC drafts. Check out all of the past articles from this series below: 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC West 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC West 3 Players RotoViz…...

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…...

Swimming with Sharks: 7 Players RotoViz Analysts Let Fall in a Best Ball Mock Draft

Earlier this week, we went over seven players who went well ahead of ADP in a recent staff FFPC best ball mock draft. Rankings are cool and all, but it’s helpful to see which players RotoViz analysts are actually willing to reach for in an actual draft situation. Today, we’ll look at the flip side: Which players did our writers let fall? Who finally grabbed the falling knife? 7 Players Who Went Well Below ADP Derrick Henry…...

3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC West

Zachary Krueger and I have been going division by division to find players that RotoViz rankers are higher on than FFPC drafters. You can find all the previous articles here: 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC East 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC East 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC South 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC South 3 Players RotoViz Rankers are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC West Here are three players from the AFC West that RotoViz rankers think…...

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…...

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…...

Functional Fantasy Points and Why You’re Overvaluing Volatility in Best Ball

Michael Dubner proposes the use of Functional Fantasy Points as a measure for volatility, and finds a counterintuitive result in the way you can use volatility to your advantage in best ball tactics. Will Fuller is a boom-or-bust option. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Reliable. You’ve probably heard something to that…...

3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: NFC North

All good things must come to an end, and as this is the final installment of the NFC portion of this series, 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters is no exception. Over the last several weeks, Neil Dutton and I have taken a look at players from…...

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 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC West

Zachary Krueger and I have been going division by division to find players that RotoViz rankers are higher on than FFPC drafters. You can find all the previous articles here: 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters: AFC East 3 Players RotoViz Rankers Are Higher on Than FFPC Drafters:…...

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…...

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