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In-Season Articles

Must-Draft Running Backs for 2021 – Part 2

In Must-Draft Running Backs for 2021 – Part 2, Curtis Patrick shares his 2021 fantasy running backs who won’t cost you a top-50 pick — but could win you a fantasy football championship.  In 2019, Curtis gave you Austin Ekeler long before anyone else had solved the Chargers backfield riddle. In 2020, he put you on Kareem Hunt when he was still being drafted at RB30…...

Must-Draft Running Backs for 2021 – Part 1

Curtis Patrick shares his 2021 fantasy running backs who won’t cost you a top-36 pick — but could win you a fantasy football championship.  In 2019, Curtis gave you Austin Ekeler long before anyone else had solved the Chargers backfield riddle. In 2020, he put you on Kareem Hunt when he was still being drafted at RB30 by ADP. Who’s up in 2021? Must-Draft Running Backs…...

5 Heavily Discounted RBs With the Star Potential to be 2021 Smash Plays

Shawn Siegele looks at five heavily discounted RBs who were much better than advertised in 2020. Dave Caban has just finished the new Advanced Stats Explorer which provides a wealth of charting data for our 2021 subs. Accuracy percentages for QBs from clean and pressured pockets Broken tackles, yards after contact, and evasion rates for RBs A wealth of route data for WRs and TEs,…...

Year 2 Wide Receivers Are Still the Biggest Edge in Fantasy, and These 2 Phenoms Going In The Middle Rounds Look Like the Next A.J. Brown or D.K. Metcalf

Sam Wallace identifies his favorite wide receiver targets in the fifth and sixth rounds based on current redraft ADP. As I wrap up my WR Target Series, it’s important to note the various emerging themes. The focus has been on roster construction through the lens of single quarterback redraft leagues, and different tiers and styles of players have surfaced. In Part 1, I outlined a…...

4 Undervalued Foundation Backs: Can You Build Your Fantasy Teams Around These Out-of-Fashion RBs?

Shawn Siegele looks at four potentially undervalued foundation backs and judges whether human or machine is right. One of my favorite things about the RotoViz tools is the way they allow you to ask different questions and come at player value from different angles. When we use the Projection Machine, we can use the data on team tendencies, player histories, and teammate competition to craft…...

A Tight End to Target in Each of The First 10 Rounds of Your Redraft Leagues

If you are like me, you would have multiple tight end spots in your standard redraft teams. Most people are not like me, however, and would almost happily kiss goodbye to the most volatile spot in all of the fantasy sports. Most leagues insist on starting at least one, however, and that should suffice for now. When to target a TE in your drafts can…...

Can the 2021 Fourth-Year Breakout Class Follow in the Footsteps of Antonio Brown and Tyler Lockett?

Shawn Siegele dives into the class of fourth-year breakout options who hope to follow in the footsteps of Antonio Brown and Tyler Lockett. For many years, third-year WRs were the most coveted asset in fantasy. That infatuation has long since gone the way of the dodo, but the vestigial disillusionment leaves an opening for savvy owners. And the best way to take advantage isn’t to…...

The Next Calvin Ridley Can Be Found In The 9th Round Plus Another Explosive Rookie To Add To Your Arsenal

Sam Wallace identifies his favorite wide receiver targets in Rounds 9 and 10 based on current redraft ADP. In my Decoding Backfields series, I focused on the tenets of roster construction and the importance of opportunity cost when selecting running backs. As I start my WR Targets Series, we’ll be using some of those insights to help us locate WRs with upside at their current…...

What History Can Tell Us About Fantasy Football Sleepers and How to Locate Them in 2021

Shawn Siegele uses the RotoViz tools to break down the history of sleepers in fantasy football. How do we find the deep impact players in 2021? This is Sleepers Week on Stealing Bananas. Ben Gretch and I are looking at how to find them, what their impact is, and which targets we’re drafting in 2021. One element that I mention on the show but wanted…...

Robert Woods Is Being Drafted At His Ceiling – His 3 Discount Options Are Going At Or Below Their Floors

Shawn Siegele continues the Discount Series with a look at three WRs who can provide Robert Woods’ production without the WR13 price tag. Robert Woods’ price is crazy. Now Woods is a good player, and the Rams offense should be better. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a career year. But when relatively minor elements of a 29-year-old receiver’s profile are pushing his ADP…...

The Receiver RotoViz Can’t Stop Drafting – Plus 2 Other Late-Round Second-Year Breakout Candidates

Originally published August 5, Corbin Young reminds us of inexpensive second-year breakout candidates, including one who blew up in the first preseason game. In a recent article, I looked at three second-year breakout wide receivers. We used Blair Andrews’ previous research to help identify players. That article included three second-year receivers ready to breakout in 2021. But none of those three players are particularly cheap, with…...

Finding The Intersection Between Value and Upside: Three Tight Ends To Target In Single-Season Leagues

Sam Wallace uses the Strength of Schedule Streaming App to identify three tight ends with favorable early-season schedules that are also priced at a value. In my latest piece, I sought to identify three quarterbacks with the perfect blend of early-season value and upside for those in single-quarterback leagues. Today, the goal is the same, but the position is different: tight ends. A notoriously tricky…...

This Dead Zone Running Back Anchors Your WR-Heavy Start Like Aaron Jones, but at a Fraction of the Cost

Michael Hitchcock scours the running back dead zone for an option who can provide you with Aaron-Jones-level production, but without the Aaron-Jones-level prices. The running back dead zone is the talk of the fantasy football community this summer, and with good reason. Avoiding backs in Rounds 3-5 is one of the clearest ways to ensure you don’t lose your draft in the early rounds. But…...

These 14 WR Targets Help Turn a Questionable RB-RB Start Into a $500,000 Roster

Sometimes even Shawn gets pulled into the RB-RB start. He walks you through the process of turning this sub-optimal strategy into a juggernaut poised to win $500,000 in the FFPC. If you listened to the Zero RB series on Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and I explained why it’s such a dynamic force in PPR formats and how to execute it for optimal results. In an…...

Finding The Intersection Between Value and Upside: 3 Quarterbacks To Target In 1-QB Leagues

Sam Wallace uses the Strength of Schedule Streaming App to identify three quarterbacks with favorable early-season schedules who are also priced at a value. Fantasy football is all about value. Our goal is to maximize the return on every pick consistently. A first-round selection has to live up to lofty expectations, or we feel let down. Consequently, if a late-round pick doesn’t perform as well…...

This Dead Zone RB Is An Even Better Value Than Travis Etienne – And He’s Occasionally Available Much Later

Shawn Siegele looks at why the best running back option in the RB Dead Zone might not be one of the dynamic rookies. And unlike Travis Etienne, this 2021 value occasionally falls out of the Dead Zone entirely. We’ve spent a lot of time at RotoViz the last several years explaining why you want to be careful about exposure to runners who are usually drafted…...

Projecting the First Round of 2022 Fantasy Football Drafts and Using It to Create Upside in 2021

Shawn Siegele presents his 2022 first-round redraft projection and explains how it will help you win this season. On this week’s episodes of Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and I looked at the key metrics for predicting breakout seasons and avoiding collapse campaigns. In this exercise, I use the RotoViz research and tools to take a trip forward in our crystal ball. What will 2022 fantasy…...

History Says These 6 Early-Round Studs Are the Key to Winning Even When the Deck Is Stacked Against You

Shawn Siegele outlines the key tactics and the six crucial players to select if you begin your fantasy football draft with a slot-based disadvantage. There is no safe place in a fantasy football draft. The 10 highest-drafted players of the last four years were all RBs. Seven of them posted win rates below 5.5%. Four of those were miniscule win rates below 2.5%. But it’s…...

These 3 Ekeler Discount Options Should Change How You Attack the Dead Zone

Have the guts to search the RB Dead Zone for options? Shawn Siegele begins the Discount Series with a look at three RBs who can provide Austin Ekeler’s production without the first-round price tag. During our recent Zero RB series for Stealing Bananas, Ben Gretch and I suggested that the Dead Zone might be exactly where you want to look if you’re going to employ…...

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