Shawn Siegele

Author of the original Zero RB article and 2013 NFFC Primetime Grand Champion. 11-time main event league winner. 2015, 2017, 2018 titles in MFL10 of Death.

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Michael Thomas Sets Records As Surprise WRs Make Their Case to Dynasty Owners

Shawn Siegele looks at all the top wide receiver performances from Week 16, including big games from Sterling Shepard, Diontae Johnson, and Steven Sims Jr. Championship weekend featured a title-winning fourth-down score from Tyler Boyd and monster performances from two legends. Michael Thomas and Julio Jones combined for 22 catches and 58 points. Beyond the three studs, the finals were littered with big performances from low-profile names. We’ll dive into these key dynasty stashes after a quick look at Michael Thomas’ record-setting season. 145 With 12 more catches against the Titans, Thomas broke Marvin Harrison’s record of 143 receptions in…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the fantasy playoffs – is when her patience nearly runs out. What’s she rewarded with? A husband who’s then absorbed by a full slate of Saturday games the weekend before Christmas! Happy holidays, honey! Regardless of where you finished this season, Week 16 was filled with a lot of “I really…...

The 3 and Out: League Wide Expected Points

The 3 and Out uses several RotoViz Apps to uncover significant workload changes; league, team, and player-specific trends; and hidden but powerful statistics. Earlier in the week, Blair Andrews explained why we care about expected points. Today, we’ll take a quick look at 2019 expected points through a league-wide lens while continuing to determine how “normal” 2019 was. Once the offseason hits in earnest, we’ll take a much deeper dive. As I did in Weeks 14 and 15, I turned to the RotoViz Screener to gather the data discussed in this article. In specific, I searched for team level expected…...

Zero RB Watch List: NFC Week 16 – Miles Sanders Is a “Buy High” Candidate

Blair Andrews examines the running back workloads for the most contentious NFC backfields ahead of Week 16. Every fantasy team can use a breakout RB, whether their owners drafted them as Zero-RB squads or not. The Zero RB Watch List helps to find these breakout stars before they hit. But it also helps you understand which of the high-profile backs you should be buying and selling based on workload shifts. We’ll use the RotoViz Screener and the NFL Stat Explorer to dive into the advanced stats for the NFC backfields where battles still rage, focusing on expected points (EP), fantasy…...

QB Streaming for the Championship Game

Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 16 of the 2019 fantasy football season. Before reading this article, just know that around here, we don’t recognize week 17 fantasy football championships. You can debate the merits of those leagues elsewhere, but for my article, the season ends this week. So with that, our fantasy season has almost come to an end. But before we strategize taking on the ship, let’s take a look back at how we got here: Two years ago, it was Deshaun Watson (before his awful injury) and last year,…...

Best Ball Win Rates – 2019 QB Results Demonstrate the Value of the Roster Construction Explorer

Shawn Siegele breaks down the quarterback position in best ball and looks at the results from Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen in three different ADP windows. Lesson 3 of the Best Ball Workshop focused on the QB position. The takeaway: QB is more important than you think and easy to exploit. Was that the case again in 2019? To answer that question, let’s take a quick look at the key intel from the Roster Construction Explorer. QBs drafted in the first five rounds return a win rate of 6.5% Drafting two QBs between Rounds 6 and 12 has…...

Week 16 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming

The Process Before I look to Week 16 it is important to observe if the selection process was effective. Here is a recap of last week’s recommendations. If you need a refresher on what to look for when analyzing kickers, read the Week 2 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming article.  Name, Team Stat Line Week 15 Rank 1 Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers FG 3/3 XP 1/2 T – 3 2 Daniel Carlson, Oakland Raiders FG 3/4 XP 1/1 T – 3 3 Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers FG 1/2 XP 5/5 T – 9 4 Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans   FG…...

Week 16 Buy Low Report – Lights, Kamara, Action for Championship Weekend

The Strength of Schedule Streaming app allows you to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge that gives you the opportunity to buy players right before they explode in plus matchups. Welcome back to the Buy Low Report. As usual, we will combine insight from the SoS Streaming App and the RotoViz Screener to identify players who are buy-low candidates. The SoS Streaming App reveals matchup data for each fantasy position. The Screener reports expected fantasy points (EP) — which measures the value of a player’s opportunities — and fantasy points over…...

Zero RB Watch List: AFC Week 16 – Josh Jacobs and James Conner Eliminate Committees

Shawn Siegele breaks down the AFC running back committees ahead of Week 16, including the impact of returning bell cows Josh Jacobs and James Conner. The RotoViz Screener and NFL Stat Explorer provide a smorgasbord of data as we dive into the advanced stats for every team. Much of our focus is on how RBs score their points. We use expected points (EP) and fantasy points over expectation (FPOE) along with carries and targets to better understand each player’s workload. Zero RB Watch List – AFC We’ve reached championship weekend. Let’s look at backfields with competitions or committees that could determine your fate. Cleveland…...

2019 Week 16 Tight End Streamers : It All Comes Down to This

It’s Week 16 people. While some teams may have to go through the formality of playing in Week 17, for the majority of folks This is it. This is why you lift all those weights. Why you make all those waiver claims. This is why you have to negotiate with fools in your league to pull off trades that in theory should benefit everyone. This is what you spend your FAAB to achieve. It’s Championship Week, and you need help at tight end to get you over the line. Let’s do this. As always, these players are available in at…...

Michael Thomas Sets Records As Surprise WRs Make Their Case to Dynasty Owners

Shawn Siegele looks at all the top wide receiver performances from Week 16, including big games from Sterling Shepard, Diontae Johnson, and Steven Sims Jr. Championship weekend featured a title-winning fourth-down score from Tyler Boyd and monster performances from two legends. Michael Thomas and Julio Jones combined for 22 catches and 58 points. Beyond the three studs, the finals were littered with big performances from low-profile names. We’ll dive into these key dynasty stashes after a quick look at Michael Thomas’ record-setting season. 145 With 12 more catches against the Titans, Thomas broke Marvin Harrison’s record of 143 receptions in…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the fantasy playoffs – is when her patience nearly runs out. What’s she rewarded with? A husband who’s then absorbed by a full slate of Saturday games the weekend before Christmas! Happy holidays, honey! Regardless of where you finished this season, Week 16 was filled with a lot of “I really…...

The 3 and Out: League Wide Expected Points

The 3 and Out uses several RotoViz Apps to uncover significant workload changes; league, team, and player-specific trends; and hidden but powerful statistics. Earlier in the week, Blair Andrews explained why we care about expected points. Today, we’ll take a quick look at 2019 expected points through a league-wide lens while continuing to determine how “normal” 2019 was. Once the offseason hits in earnest, we’ll take a much deeper dive. As I did in Weeks 14 and 15, I turned to the RotoViz Screener to gather the data discussed in this article. In specific, I searched for team level expected…...

Zero RB Watch List: NFC Week 16 – Miles Sanders Is a “Buy High” Candidate

Blair Andrews examines the running back workloads for the most contentious NFC backfields ahead of Week 16. Every fantasy team can use a breakout RB, whether their owners drafted them as Zero-RB squads or not. The Zero RB Watch List helps to find these breakout stars before they hit. But it also helps you understand which of the high-profile backs you should be buying and selling based on workload shifts. We’ll use the RotoViz Screener and the NFL Stat Explorer to dive into the advanced stats for the NFC backfields where battles still rage, focusing on expected points (EP), fantasy…...

QB Streaming for the Championship Game

Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 16 of the 2019 fantasy football season. Before reading this article, just know that around here, we don’t recognize week 17 fantasy football championships. You can debate the merits of those leagues elsewhere, but for my article, the season ends this week. So with that, our fantasy season has almost come to an end. But before we strategize taking on the ship, let’s take a look back at how we got here: Two years ago, it was Deshaun Watson (before his awful injury) and last year,…...

Best Ball Win Rates – 2019 QB Results Demonstrate the Value of the Roster Construction Explorer

Shawn Siegele breaks down the quarterback position in best ball and looks at the results from Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen in three different ADP windows. Lesson 3 of the Best Ball Workshop focused on the QB position. The takeaway: QB is more important than you think and easy to exploit. Was that the case again in 2019? To answer that question, let’s take a quick look at the key intel from the Roster Construction Explorer. QBs drafted in the first five rounds return a win rate of 6.5% Drafting two QBs between Rounds 6 and 12 has…...

Week 16 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming

The Process Before I look to Week 16 it is important to observe if the selection process was effective. Here is a recap of last week’s recommendations. If you need a refresher on what to look for when analyzing kickers, read the Week 2 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming article.  Name, Team Stat Line Week 15 Rank 1 Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers FG 3/3 XP 1/2 T – 3 2 Daniel Carlson, Oakland Raiders FG 3/4 XP 1/1 T – 3 3 Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers FG 1/2 XP 5/5 T – 9 4 Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans   FG…...

Week 16 Buy Low Report – Lights, Kamara, Action for Championship Weekend

The Strength of Schedule Streaming app allows you to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge that gives you the opportunity to buy players right before they explode in plus matchups. Welcome back to the Buy Low Report. As usual, we will combine insight from the SoS Streaming App and the RotoViz Screener to identify players who are buy-low candidates. The SoS Streaming App reveals matchup data for each fantasy position. The Screener reports expected fantasy points (EP) — which measures the value of a player’s opportunities — and fantasy points over…...

Zero RB Watch List: AFC Week 16 – Josh Jacobs and James Conner Eliminate Committees

Shawn Siegele breaks down the AFC running back committees ahead of Week 16, including the impact of returning bell cows Josh Jacobs and James Conner. The RotoViz Screener and NFL Stat Explorer provide a smorgasbord of data as we dive into the advanced stats for every team. Much of our focus is on how RBs score their points. We use expected points (EP) and fantasy points over expectation (FPOE) along with carries and targets to better understand each player’s workload. Zero RB Watch List – AFC We’ve reached championship weekend. Let’s look at backfields with competitions or committees that could determine your fate. Cleveland…...

2019 Week 16 Tight End Streamers : It All Comes Down to This

It’s Week 16 people. While some teams may have to go through the formality of playing in Week 17, for the majority of folks This is it. This is why you lift all those weights. Why you make all those waiver claims. This is why you have to negotiate with fools in your league to pull off trades that in theory should benefit everyone. This is what you spend your FAAB to achieve. It’s Championship Week, and you need help at tight end to get you over the line. Let’s do this. As always, these players are available in at…...

Michael Thomas Sets Records As Surprise WRs Make Their Case to Dynasty Owners

Shawn Siegele looks at all the top wide receiver performances from Week 16, including big games from Sterling Shepard, Diontae Johnson, and Steven Sims Jr. Championship weekend featured a title-winning fourth-down score from Tyler Boyd and monster performances from two legends. Michael Thomas and Julio Jones combined for 22 catches…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the…...

The 3 and Out: League Wide Expected Points

The 3 and Out uses several RotoViz Apps to uncover significant workload changes; league, team, and player-specific trends; and hidden but powerful statistics. Earlier in the week, Blair Andrews explained why we care about expected points. Today, we’ll take a quick look at 2019 expected points through a league-wide lens…...

QB Streaming for the Championship Game

Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 16 of the 2019 fantasy football season. Before reading this article, just know that around here, we don’t recognize week 17 fantasy football championships. You can debate the merits of those leagues elsewhere, but for my…...

Week 16 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming

The Process Before I look to Week 16 it is important to observe if the selection process was effective. Here is a recap of last week’s recommendations. If you need a refresher on what to look for when analyzing kickers, read the Week 2 Fantasy Football Kicker Streaming article.  Name,…...

Week 16 Buy Low Report – Lights, Kamara, Action for Championship Weekend

The Strength of Schedule Streaming app allows you to see which players have the easiest or most difficult upcoming schedules, a potentially league-winning edge that gives you the opportunity to buy players right before they explode in plus matchups. Welcome back to the Buy Low Report. As usual, we will…...

2019 Week 16 Tight End Streamers : It All Comes Down to This

It’s Week 16 people. While some teams may have to go through the formality of playing in Week 17, for the majority of folks This is it. This is why you lift all those weights. Why you make all those waiver claims. This is why you have to negotiate with…...

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