Fantasy Football Writers

Evan Tarracciano

Evan Tarracciano

Crystal Ball Week 15 2018
(12/12/2018)

With the final few weeks of the 2018-19 Fantasy Football season upon us and the Holidays now in full swing, it becomes ever important to take a step back and reflect on what happened, what lessons we learned, and how to best apply them moving forward. As the clock rings in the New Year, it will m Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 14 2018
(12/5/2018)

With Week 13 officially in the rear-view mirror and the Fantasy Football playoffs beginning in the vast majority of leagues, the time is now for owners to hunker down and do some lineup preparation and planning. Working under the assumption that their team will make it a round or two, examining bene Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 13 2018
(11/28/2018)

“Again! Oh, blast it! Poop flirt, rattle crap, camel flirt! You blunder frattle beak struckle brat! Of a womp sack butt bottom fodder….” “In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.” Few things scream the h Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 11 2018
(11/14/2018)

Unbelievable. Nonsensical. Selfish. Making a stand. Long term planning. Foolish. There are many ways to describe the Le’Veon Bell holdout. Thumbing his nose at $14.5 million to prove a point that he was worth more elsewhere and sitting out an entire season seems incredibly foolish to many, but t Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 10 2018
(11/7/2018)

One of The Beatles more somber hits is the tune Yesterday, which describes how things can suddenly shift overnight, and what once seemed like constant peace of mind can be so easily shattered. The opening lyrics read: Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Not it looks as though theyre Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 9 2018
(10/31/2018)

Ever heard the phrase Ive got good news and bad news? The good news is that this weeks waiver wire options are plentiful, and (for the most part) widely available. There are a number of impact players who will at minimum make worthy FLEX options for the remainder of the 2018 season, providing hop Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 8 2018
(10/24/2018)

One of my favorite televisions shows to sit back and mindlessly enjoy is Family Guy. The humor may not be for everyone, and the punchlines and schtick can be repetitive at times, but overall the show does a wonderful job of walking the fine line between over the top and childish. Back in 2005 the Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 7 2018
(10/16/2018)

I participated in my first Fantasy Football league back in 2006, and in the decade and change that has passed, one key factor remains constant the owners who win the league are those who are best prepared, and can adapt when necessary. A quick look over this years group of running backs and tigh Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 6 2018
(10/9/2018)

When one takes a step back and puts Fantasy Football in perspective, it is rather comical how owners are affected by the extreme highs and lows that it presents. Few things are as exciting as the thrill of the draft and rolling with a well-executed team, having a player that youve backed since col Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 5 2018
(10/3/2018)

Ask anyone in our field what they think of the term Fantasy Expert, and the immediate reaction will generally be to cringe. Expert implies that due to the amount of time that we spend ranking, preparing, researching and constructing our thoughts, that our results will continually outperform others Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 4 2018
(9/26/2018)

Ill be brutally honest with you. I have many faults. Im a stressball. I hardly ever say no to a friend, no matter what the circumstances. My cleaning tendencies would make Monk proud. I have an addictive personality. But above all else, Im predictable, and a planner. I enjoy structure and loath Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 3 2018
(9/19/2018)

Youve been disconnected. Huh? What happened? All I did was The stream has been lost. Please click close to continue. Sigh. Yesterday was one of those nights were the ability to adapt to things on the fly and not let them bother you really came in handy. Though Im a techie at heart and le Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 2 2018
(9/12/2018)

Welcome aboard to another season of the Crystal Ball article! For those subscribers who havent read this in the past, the premise of the article is simple each Wednesday we will take a quick look at the most pressing topics stemming from the prior week, and also preview the upcoming contests as w Full Story

2018 top 10 NFL Draft Selections
(4/24/2018)

Speaking candidly, posting a mock draft is simply sharing your assumptions with others. No one truly knows how the first round will shake out, which players GMs favor or look down upon, etc. It is a guessing game. Additionally, it is near impossible to predict trades, which will have a cascading eff Full Story

Fantasy Playoffs Best-Worst Matchups Week 16 2017
(12/21/2017)

It’s the Final Countdown. Yes, cue in the glam-rock cheesy song written by the band Europe in 1986. Put that sucker on repeat, because the time is fast coming to a close where the 2017 Fantasy Football season will reach its end. In each of the past two week we’ve dived into which matchups eith Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 16 2017
(12/20/2017)

My gut is many things. Ever expanding. A real pain to get rid of. A spare tire around an otherwise chiseled body (hey, stop laughing!). Most of all? It’s trustworthy. Like many of you, I’ve gone against my gut feelings when setting a lineup or selecting a pick’em contest, only to wish that I Full Story

Fantasy Playoffs Best-Worst Matchups Week 15 2017
(12/14/2017)

The prefix “semi” is Latin, meaning “half, partially, incompletely, or somewhat”. Therefore, Fantasy Football owners who have reached the semi-finals should be thrilled with their success this season, but realize that the journey is only half or partially, complete. The tides of fate are incredibly Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 15 2017
(12/13/2017)

“Enough about the past, how about we focus on the future!!” I stared at my computer screen for a moment and tried to comprehend what the Twitter follower was getting at. Followers of our website are no different than the writers. There is a reason that we refer to ourselves as “Diehards”. We aren Full Story

Fantasy Playoffs Best-Worst Matchups Week 14 2017
(12/8/2017)

With Week 13 officially in the books, the vast majority of Fantasy Football leagues have begun the next chapter in their quest to crown a champion – the playoffs. There is a fine line between every-week starters and streaming options with upside, and a significant factor in determining which categor Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 14 2017
(12/7/2017)

With Week 14 now upon us, the vast majority of Fantasy Football leagues have entered the final stretch run towards crowing a champion, beginning with the playoffs. Hopefully, a significant portion of you managed to make it in all of your leagues. If at some point along the way my advice or recommend Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 13 2017
(11/29/2017)

One of my favorite days during the calendar year is the start of the NFL Draft. Each team can look towards the future, bring in young talent and start anew. The look of utter joy on the faces of the prospects as they come to the stage and collect their jersey and hat, something which they have surel Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 12 2017
(11/22/2017)

As I sat and pondered what sort of direction this week’s article should take, I threw several ideas out to my wife. “Players to be thankful for” ? – Nah, overdone. “Players that have been turkeys all season and you can drop”? – More of the same. I was stumped. Luckily, my better half came u Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 11 2017
(11/15/2017)

Halfway through my Facebook LIVE chat yesterday afternoon, a follower approached me with a sit/start question, listing off several receivers to pick from. Though I usually don’t even begin to look at matchups until Wednesday afternoons (Tuesday evenings I have to run waivers in all of my leagues and Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 10 2017
(11/8/2017)

“Is it really a hobby if it stresses you out that much”? My wife posed this question to me Sunday afternoon, after she heard another litany of profanity in the midst of the Sunday Night Football game. In reality, it is a fair question, I suppose. Fantasy Football should just be a hobby for myself Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 9 2017
(11/1/2017)

Generally speaking, when comparing the NFL’s trade deadline to other major sports (most notably MLB), it is typically very quiet, and few (if any) Fantasy relevant deals occur. Enter 2017. Perhaps in part due to the rash of injuries which has happened around the league over the past several wee Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 8 2017
(10/25/2017)

Each of the past two weeks has been relatively sparse from a waiver-wire perspective, since little Fantasy relevant players have been thrust into starting roles worth adding. That said, as owners now enter Week 8 in the thick of bye-week madness, it is important to not sit idly. Just because little Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 7 2017
(10/16/2017)

One of the biggest decisions that Fantasy Football owners need to debate each week is weighing the floor versus ceiling of their players, and adjusting accordingly to set the optimal lineup. Starting players with high floors and low upsides on a consistent basis will decrease the overall volatility Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 6 2017
(10/11/2017)

Growing up in New York with a father who loved sports, I was indoctrinated to be a Giants fan from the very beginning. Some of my earliest memories of watching football came as the team captured championships in 1987 and 1991 during the Bill Parcells era, and celebrating with my family as “Big Blue” Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 5 2017
(10/4/2017)

One of the biggest keys to being a successful Fantasy Football owner is the ability to be adaptable, especially when dealing with injuries and bye weeks in the middle of the season. Having the ability to draw from a deep bench in times where lesser managers would fold under pressure separates playof Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 4 2017
(9/27/2017)

Desolate. A barren wasteland. Void of life or hope. At first glance you may think that I was referring to the Sahara, but in reality I’m glancing through the tight end position through the first three weeks of the Fantasy football season. In most magazines, articles and websites, owners Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 2 2017
(9/20/2017)

One of the more frustrating things to deal with as a Fantasy Football owner is injuries. Though there are methods to minimize the amount of damage they cause through handcuffing and selecting upside backups, ultimately they can derail and cripple a team. This season has started off with a flurry of Full Story

Crystal Ball Week 1 2017
(9/13/2017)

Draft day and Christmas are my two favorite days of the entire year. Each one carries an immense amount of anticipation, a culmination leading to meeting friends and family and the added bonus of a gift or two. Players, in a strange way, are akin to presents – you can’t wait to check them out, espec Full Story

crystal ball week 17 2016
(12/29/2016)

With Week 16 officially in the books, the vast majority of Fantasy Football leagues have crowned a champion, and have now begun their long hibernation until August of 2017. The more hardcore crowd (which I’m sure involves all of our subscribers, after all we aren’t called “Football Diehards” for not Full Story

crystal ball week 16 2016
(12/21/2016)

Ever been approached by a friend and they start off the conversation “I have good news and bad news, which one do you want to hear first”? That same approach can be applied to this column for my readers. The good news? You made it to the championship! After all of the hours of prep work, solid dr Full Story

crystal ball week 15 2016
(12/15/2016)

Letdown. Disappointment. Heartache. Infuriating. Those were a few words which aptly summed up the first week of the Fantasy Football playoffs for many owners, and with good reason – a number of superstars fell woefully short of their projections, causing teams to face a quick hook. Of the top Full Story

crystal ball week 13 2016
(11/30/2016)

For the majority of standard-format leagues, Week 13 represents the final matchup of the regular season prior to the playoffs starting. Hopefully all of my thoughts and advice on players has been beneficial to our readers! This week’s options on the waiver wire were pretty thin compared to those in Full Story

crystal ball week 12 2016
(11/23/2016)

Now that a few days have passed after the conclusion of the injury-riddled mess that was Week 11, owners have had time to digest how their team’s future looks. In retrospect that was certainly one of the worst weeks that I can recall from the medical standpoint. It wasn’t just the volume of players Full Story

crystal ball week 11 2016
(11/16/2016)

Since most leagues use Week 14 or 15 as the start of the playoffs, we have officially entered the “home stretch” of the Fantasy Football year. Owners who participate in redraft leagues need to finalize the back half of their roster with upside players or handcuffs, if they remain on the wire. Recent Full Story

crystal ball week 9 2016
(11/3/2016)

As you’ll see below in my waiver-wire choices section, Week 9 promises to be a very interesting one, as several unheralded and unknown players will come into a sharp boost of playing time, due to starters in front of them sustaining injuries. While not many names will have a long-term impact, owners Full Story

crystal ball week 8 2016
(10/27/2016)

During my weekly appearance with Bob Harris and Mike Dempsey on the Football Diehards “7 and 7” segment, I was asked to create a team name that describes the 2016 Fantasy Football season so far. I had plenty of options come to my mind right away, such as “Why did I take a chance on Adrian Peterson” Full Story

crystal ball week 7 2016
(10/20/2016)

Typically, by the end of Week 6 in the Fantasy Football season owners have a pretty good idea if they are fielding a competitive enough team to vie for a playoff spot. This isn’t to suggest that savvy moves and smart trades can’t vault a team into contention that initially struggled, far from it. Be Full Story

crystal ball week 6 2016
(10/13/2016)

Where has the time gone and how have we already arrived at the beginning of Week 6 in the Fantasy Football season? As owners we are forced to wait for what seems to be an eternity each year for meaningful games to finally begin, but once the season arrives it is gone at the drop of a hat. Enjoy it w Full Story

crystal ball week 5 2016
(10/5/2016)

Hello and welcome to the second installment of the Roto Wizard’s Crystal Ball! Each week I review several hot topic issues which I’ve received inquiries about on Twitter, and provide my thoughts. Week Four of the NFL season wasn’t quite as catastrophic from an injury perspective, but there is plenty Full Story

FootballDiehards Weekly Facebook Chat Recap week 4 2016
(9/28/2016)

Each Tuesday evening, I host a question & answer video chat over on the Football Diehards Facebook page where I review the past week’s action and provide input on submissions that I’ve received. In case you aren’t already following the page, I’d highly recommend checking it out here: https://www. Full Story

Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings Getting prepared and initial thoughts
(6/15/2016)

Akin to the current trend of leagues adopting “PPR” as the preferred format for Fantasy Football, leagues are also trending towards adopting the dynasty/keeper aspect more frequently as well. The appeal (after all), is obvious – it rewards owners for selecting players during their draft who outperfo Full Story

fantasy football rankings and notes
(6/15/2016)

One of the mantras of Football Diehards is that it is ALWAYS Fantasy Football season. Between free agent signings, the NFL Draft and trades which have occurred during the offseason, there is always plenty of news which is changing the landscape. Since I began writing Fantasy content back in 2010, Full Story

2016 NFL Rookie Fantasy Football Review
(5/3/2016)

While the 2016 NFL Draft wasnt a particularly exciting one from a Fantasy Football perspective due to its defensive-heavy talent pool, several names were selected which will have an impact upon this upcoming season. Below are my personal rankings for offensive rookies, broken down by position. It is Full Story

The Dak attack is on! Senior Bowl 2016 review
(1/31/2016)

The Senior Bowl provides an opportunity for the top college football players in the country to showcase their talent in front of NFL scouts and head personnel. Considered by many to be an integral part of a players stock value entering the Draft, the Senior Bowl is one of the most-watched games at t Full Story