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In-Season Articles

Brock Bowers May Just Be the Best TE Prospect We Have Ever Seen, But Could His Landing Spot with the Raiders Limit His Ceiling?

The NFL potential of Brock Bowers has been well-documented this offseason here at RotoViz, as both Blair Andrews and Shawn Siegele have provided fantastic articles detailing Bowers’ standing as a true generational prospect. In a landscape where the term “generational” is being slapped onto players seemingly every year, Bowers lives up to the hype. While his talent is not in question, Bowers’ landing spot in…...

The NBA is Teaching Us a Lesson We Should Apply to Our Dynasty Leagues

Full disclosure: I have been a fan of Dallas area sports teams since I was a kid in the early to mid-eighties and grew up in the northern suburbs of the DFW Metroplex. It’s been a pretty good ride for Dallas in terms of sports lately. As frustrating as they are, the Cowboys made the playoffs, a Dallas-based golfer has maintained his two-year stranglehold on…...

Ladd McConkey Lands in a Desert of Pass-Catching Talent in Los Angeles, But Can He Take Advantage?

Ladd McConkey probably isn’t what most people think of when envisioning a University of Georgia WR recruit in the Kirby Smart era. A three-star recruit listed as low as 158 pounds heading into college, he played high school football in a small town called Chatsworth, GA, near the border of Tennessee, and his only other offers, according to ESPN’s recruiting information, came from Army, Georgia…...

Jonathon Brooks was a Workhorse Before Injury Derailed His Final College Season, But Can He Earn the Same Role With the Panthers in 2024?

After waiting his turn for the opportunity to lead Texas’s backfield, Jonathon Brooks showed signs of being the next great running back to emerge from the Longhorns’ storied program. Then disaster struck on November 11th against TCU, as Brooks’ breakout season ended prematurely due to a torn ACL. The injury was not enough to scare off the Carolina Panthers, as the team traded up to the…...

Correlation, Causation, Humility-Based Drafting, and the Importance of a Top-10 QB: How the Falcons Talked Themselves Into Michael Penix and How You Can Profit

While the Falcons’ selection of Michael Penix at No. 8 overall was a head scratcher — especially after the team signed Kirk Cousins — we can at least take solace in the fact that some explanation for the pick has since been made public. Here’s Albert Breer explaining how head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Terry Fontenot pitched owner Arthur Blank on the notion…...

Perpetual Reloading and the Permanent Championship Window: 2024 Rookie Draft Edition

Shawn Siegele breaks down all seven of his FFPC rookie drafts in the RotoViz TriFlex format. He provides his favorite options in all rounds and explains how to create blockbuster deals that help you and your trade partner win (while the other 10 managers lose).  Our dynasty approach is built on two intertwined ideas: Perpetual Reloading and the Permanent Championship Window. We use one to…...

Troy Franklin Checks (Almost) All the Boxes and Is the Steal of Every Draft

When we’re talking about players who check all the boxes, we typically mean that they are players who perhaps don’t jump off the page, yet they do a little bit of everything. Justin Jefferson’s prospect profile didn’t wow us with massive market shares or blazing speed, but he was good at everything: he declared early, he broke out early, he hit all our favorite production…...

Malik Nabers Isn’t the First Wide Receiver Selected in 2024 Rookie Drafts, But Could He Be the Dynasty WR1 Come 2025?

In most years Malik Nabers would have been the clear-cut WR1 in rookie drafts, while also being in contention for the overall 1.01. But 2024 is definitely not most years. Sporting the deepest quarterback class in recent memory, in addition to a wide receiver group that rivals the fabled class of 2014, the value that can be had in the first round of Superflex rookie…...

Pygmalion, Cinderella, and J.J. McCarthy: The Transformative Nature of Meeting the Right People at the Right Time

J.J. McCarthy, the National Championship-winning QB of the Michigan Wolverines, wasn’t tasked with much passing volume in the Jim Harbaugh system but finished with a 27-1 record in two seasons as a starter, his only loss coming in the 2022 semifinals against TCU. In large part due to a lack of counting stats, McCarthy started the draft process as a second-tier prospect in the minds…...

Brian Thomas Jr.’s Final Season Was His Only Good Season, But It Was Spectacular: How Does He Fit Into a Crowded Jacksonville Offense?

After committing to LSU ranked as a four-star recruit and 68th overall player (WR9) in the 2021 draft class according to 24/7 sports’ high school rankings, it took Brian Thomas Jr. until his junior season to fully deliver on the promise he showed coming out of high school. But when he did break out, Thomas didn’t hold back. In 2023, Thomas led all of college…...

Top 50 Rookies: How to Play Rookie Drafts with Tiers, Tradeback Options, and Comfort Levels for Each Pick

Shawn Siegele sets you up for dynasty rookie drafts in the FFPC and across the fantasy football landscape with a look at his current top-50 rookies, including upside scenarios, trade-back options, and comfort levels for each pick. After posting live updates to my top-50 rookies throughout draft weekend, this exercise takes on the project from a slightly different angle. We’ll explore 2024 dynasty values through…...

Film-Based Scouting, the Analytics Wars, and the Value of Highlights: The Ricky Pearsall Conundrum

Years ago it was fashionable to argue about whether NFL prospect scouting should rely on film-based evaluation, or on the analytics and “box score scouting.” If the “analytics wars” don’t seem as contentious now, it’s mainly because most people are tired of arguing. But it’s also because those who championed film-based scouting have in many ways come to see the value of the advanced analytical…...

On a Scale of Mecole Hardman to Tyreek Hill, How Good Can Xavier Worthy be in Kansas City?

After being heralded as the best true-freshman WR of all time, we have had to wait two long years to find out which NFL city Xavier Worthy would call home. Although Worthy’s projected draft capital has fluctuated since his historic freshman season, he saw his stock rise substantially after breaking the NFL combine record in the forty-yard dash. With the trauma of the Bengals’ infamous…...

So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance: 7 UDFA Running Backs to Watch in 2024

The running back position continues to be undervalued in the real-life draft. It’s even more challenging for undrafted RBs to make an impact in their rookie seasons. Since 2014, we’ve only had 14 RBs (6.5%) drafted in the first round out of 217 players. For context, 147 of the 217 running backs went on Day 3 since 2014. Over two-thirds of RBs (67.7%) went in…...

Pittsburgh Starts 2 Rookies and Other Offensive Line Shakeups Following the NFL Draft

Hitting offensive line draft picks is the best thing you can do for the trenches on that side of the ball. It’s still useful for fantasy to evaluate how much personnel turnover each team will work through up front, and how rookies fit in. I’ve detailed the correlation between offensive line continuity and production metrics over the past 10 years, six of those at RotoViz…....

Marvin Harrison Jr. Lands in Arizona: What the Landing Spot Means for the Pre-Draft Dynasty WR1

Marvin Harrison Jr. entered this weekend as the dynasty rookie WR1 by popular opinion and exited the weekend in the same state. Harrison is the son of a Hall of Famer, a former 4-Star recruit out of the vaunted St. Joseph’s prep in North Philadelphia, and a bona fide collegiate stud with two straight seasons of over 1,200 receiving yards and 14 TDs. On Thursday…...

Shawn Siegele’s Updated Top 36 Rookie Rankings Through Reality Round 4

Shawn Siegele continues to adjust his rookie rankings after Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Wow, Day 2 was just what it always is: thrilling, weird, heartbreaking, and more than a little bit odd when it comes to the players actually coveted by NFL teams. It’s also long. Ben Gretch and I streamed for almost five hours, covering the entire event for a special…...

NFL Draft 2024: Rookie Draft Tiers – A Live Day 3 Update

Blair Andrews is updating his rookie rankings live during Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Here he presents his rankings in the form of a four-round tiered rookie draft. Follow along for updates on player movement and value shifts as Day 3 progresses. Round 1 J.J. McCarthy leapfrogs Drake Maye by landing in a much better immediate situation. Throwing to one of the best…...

NFL Draft 2024: Day 2 Live Landing Spot Reactions

Blair Andrews and Kevin Szafraniec are bringing you live landing spot reactions during Day 2 of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned to this space for instant reactions, the fantasy implications, and valuation shifts for both the rookies and the veterans. Pick 33 – Keon Coleman, Buffalo Bills Keon Coleman landing with the Bills at pick 33 is about as good as it can get for…...

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