Fantasy Football Draft Strategies 2020


Draft Strategy Articles from 2020
Fantasy Football Best Ball Draft Analysis 8 4 2020
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec Fantasy Football Best Ball Draft Analysis 8/4/2020 with Emil Kadlec of FootballDiehards.com drafting from the sixth position in a 12 team best ball draft. Using Underdog Fantasy website. 8/4/2020 Full screen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cddh4CUsTag ...


FootballDiehards: Williams Opts Out, Edwards-Helaire's Stock Rising
By Bob Harris
Bob Harris With Damien Williams opting out due to Covid-19, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaires stock is suddenly on the rise. Should you pay? Also, LeSean McCoy joins the Buccaneers and we take a quick look at possible ramifications. https://youtu.be/R0tdvaEDJVA ...


Predicting the Target Leader on Every Team AFC
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak In this two-part series, well look at every team and give a quick rundown of the betting favorite to lead the team in targets plus one darkhorse who has a chance of usurping the leader. The darkhorse might not be the second-most-likely player to lead the team in targets ...


4 Players to Fill the End of Your Deepest Rosters
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Drafting Christian McCaffrey was the quickest way to build an insurmountable lead of your competitors last year. Everyone wants to be the hero that nails the first round mega-breakout but if you didnt have a top-three pick in 2019, it was impossible to do that. The 2020 ...


3 late Round Tight Ends You Can’t Afford to Pass On
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Waiting until late in the draft to select a tight end has become commonplace for many fantasy drafters and the strategy is largely viable because of the hit-rate of these players. The best tight end performances typically come from the very top-end players being drafted ...


3 Handcuffs to Win Your Draft
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Handcuffing a running back is typically done to lower a fantasy teams floor by ensuring that, if the starting back goes down, you arent stuck without an elite asset until that back returns. Instead, you end up with a lite version of your star back in the form of their b ...


2020 Best Ball Team Building
By John Laub
John Laub 2020 Best Ball Roster Construction     With a heavy heart, I sit down and begin writing. Last week, I took three days away from fantasy football analysis to reflect on the peaceful protests demanding an end to police brutalit ...


Do Teams Give Impending Free Agent Backs More Touches
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Free agency is one of the few times NFL teams do nothing but tell us what they think of their own players and a handful of players available in the market. In press conferences and statements, coaches can praise a players route-running improvements, laud someones expand ...


Gridiron Scholar’s 2020 Best Ball Dream Team
By John Laub
John Laub Gridiron Scholars       2020 Best Ball Dream Team       For millions of Americans, the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has turned life upside down, and the impact will alter our nation and culture w ...


2020 Rookie Class Overview Post Draft Fantasy Style
By Evan Tarracciano
Evan Tarracciano There is something very soothing putting aside the disharmony and chaos of the world outside and focusing on football that I find cathartic. Letting the stress of the world pass by for a few moments and taking a breather while I write this article is refreshing - in a ...


Top-5 Fantasy Winners of the NFL Draft
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak 5. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas The Cowboys could not come to a contract agreement with Dak Prescott and were forced to hit him with the franchise tag. Theyll either be paying the ultimate price by giving him a mega-deal next season because of h ...


QB Metrics: What They Tell Us About Fantasy Value
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall The greatest predictor of future performance is past performance. Narratives, superlatives, expectations, and exclamations surround every group of rookies making the jump from the collegiate ranks to the pros. Every year a generational talent is touted as something spe ...


2020 Rookie Class Overview Post Draft Fantasy Style Pt2
By Evan Tarracciano
Evan Tarracciano Wide Receiver Considered by many to be the best crop of talent at the position since the historic 2013 class, the list of exceptional talent on display here was breathtaking. Though it can be argued who the top player was based upon skills ...


Do Rookie Quarterbacks Have Predictable Tendencies
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Most times, when a rookie quarterback enters the league, pundits will claim that the young passer will lean on a specific target, the tight end position, or any number of random archetypes. Daniel Jones was expected to lean on Saquon Barkley but the latter was injured f ...


Rankings the 2019 Rookie Tight Ends
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Tight end is one of the most difficult positions to rank rookies. Most rookies at the position enter the league as backups and even the starters have a lot to learn. Route concepts can be more complex in the NFL for some tight ends while others have to adapt to the conc ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2019
3 Best Ball Passing Stacks to Target
By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak Before we get into the best passing stacks for the 2019 season, is stacking quarterback and their targets beneficial in the first place? Stacking in 2018 Receivers Each week, in a Best Ball league, we want to have one of the top-scoring passers in the NFL. The ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2018
Video review of fantasy football O-line rankings 2018
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec Emil Kadlec and Adam Hall review Adams O-line article and SOS articles and discuss players that are potential breakouts or busts. If you cant get it to go fujll view watch it on youtube:On YouTube     ...


Football Diehards Bob and Emil Show 2018 vol 1
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec In this installment of the Football Diehards' Bob and Emil Show, we look at the Browns' offense and set expectations for Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde and David Njoku. We follow up with looks into the Seahawks' and Buccaneers backfields. Are Chris Carson and P ...


Video Draft Strategy 3 with Emil and Armando 2018
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec Video Draft Strategy 3 with Emil and Armando 2018 with Emil at 11 and Armando at draft slot 8. It you cant get the video to full scree - you can use this link to do so on youTube. https://www.youtube.com/embed/LbPzgqBPbSI ...


What The Numbers Say About Success And Failure For Quarterbacks Pt 3 Success
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall Signs that point to wins For every standard that points to failure, there’s a counterpoint that projects success. This article focuses on the standards that are correlated with pro-bowls and all-pro awards. There is no full proof method for predicting a hall of fame c ...


What The Numbers Say About Success And Failure For Quarterbacks Pt 4 Rookie Projections
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall The Annual Question Every year the same question is on the lips of all football fans, which quarterback is going to be the talk of the league this year. Thankfully the model discussed in the past three articles has much to make everyone feel comfortable with any claim ...


Video Draft Strategy 2 with Emil and Armando 2018
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec Hello and welcome to the second draft strategy video with Emil Kadlec and Armando Marsal. In this draft Emil Kadlec has draft slot 2 and Armando Marsal has draft slot 12. We go through each round with our analysis as the draft progressed. We describe our strategies a ...


CROSSING THE LINE: Early-Draft RB Made Riskier by Poor Offensive Lines
By Gary Davenport
Gary Davenport The running back position in fantasy football is being hit harder than an open bar at a Wisconsin wedding in 2018. If you've already drafted, this isn't news to you. But if you haven't, you'll soon discover that tailbacks are absolutely flying off the board this year ...


Video Draft Strategy 1 with Emil and Armando 2018
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec This video draft strategy is our first of the preseason series featuring Emil Kadlec and Armando Marsal. We go over around by around strategy as the draft occurred. This is the best ball 12 team draft, PPR. Emil Kadlec at draft slot 6 and Armando at 10. Enjoy ...


What The Numbers Say About Success And Failure For Quarterbacks Pt 1 The Model
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall It’s QB or bust in the NFL Few positions in all of sports have the same impact as the quarterback. Due to their preeminence, the goal of finding a model that can predict quarterback success and failure lies at the heart of all scouting departments. No model is perfect ...


What the Numbers Say About Success and Failure for Quarterbacks Part 2 Failure
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall High Hopes Dashed Its always disappointing when a team puts their hopes and dreams into a player, only to see that optimism drained over years of piss-poor performance. Nearly as sad is a fantasy player picking up a quarterback hoping they provide stability, and pe ...


Double or Nothing - Eli Manning
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal Double or Nothing Eli Manning By: Armando Marsal It never fails, as a fantasy analyst there are going to be times where I will be wrong about a player. Last season was no different, as I was pretty pumped about certain players that did not quite pan out as I expe ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2017
Applying STOMP Fantasy Football Draft Theory & Analyzing the Results
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan Applying STOMP Fantasy Football Draft Theory & Analyzing the Results Stop what you are doing and read Emil Kadlec’s Introduction to STOMP Fantasy Football Draft Theory again: https://www.footballdiehards.com/fantasy-football-columns/html/STOMP-Fantasy-Football-Draft- ...


Upside Hunting: WR Draft Day Bargains
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy To get the most bang for your buck in a dynasty startup, you want to target players whose potential value is higher than their current price. Since I tend to avoid rookies, my favorite way to find these bargains is to look for players who have “red flags” that I feel h ...


Upside Hunting: QB and TE Draft Day Bargains
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy ADP= Average Draft Position ECR= Expert Consensus Rank MBO= My Biased Opinion Disclaimer: The VORP statistics referenced in the Aaron Rodgers and Rob Gronkowski sections below can be misleading if applied or interpreted incorrectly. VORP analysis does not take int ...


Upside Hunting: RB Draft Day Bargains
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy ADP= Average Draft Position ECR= Expert Consensus Rank MBO= My Biased Opinion Jordan Howard ADP: RB8 ECR: RB8 MBO: RB4 Why He’s Being Doubted: 1. His athletic measurables are unspectacular and he doesn’t have breakaway speed. 2. He will likely be fa ...


Don’t Scoff at Goff and 3 More Preseason Observations
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros What should be believe and what is just preseason noise? That’s the fine line we walk when analyzing preseason action. Here are some of my key takeaways from last week’s games. LOS ANGELES RAMS Jarred Goff had an awful rookie season. This we can all agree on, and mo ...


Draft Strategy The Balanced Approach
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal Over the years there is one question that I consistently get asked as fantasy drafts approach. That question is, “what is your draft strategy in your leagues?” Truth be told, I have always been one to focus on receivers in the early rounds, even before the zero running ...


Zero RB - Running Backs to Target 2017
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal The zero running back strategy is one that is trending in today’s fantasy draft. This is when fantasy owners hold off on drafting a running back in the early rounds and focus their attention on other positions, mainly wide receivers. If you are taking this approach on d ...


Strength of schedule and breakout predictor, 2017—2018
By Adam Hall
Adam Hall What’s the best way to succeed that no one considers? When you close your eyes and think hard about what makes for a successful fantasy team what comes to mind? An elite quarterback, a receiving corps like the Giants perhaps? Or maybe it’s an offensive line like the C ...


2017 Football Diehards Staff Draft Analysis
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan We all love our home leagues and they are near and dear to us, but the Football Diehards staff league is as close to my heart as my family league. I am fortunate to be surrounded by and work with (and for) some of the most brilliant minds in fantasy football. When we pa ...


2017 The Curse Of 370
By Gary Davenport
Gary Davenport What It Is And Why You Need To Know About It In 2017 I’m as big a backaholic as anyone. An old-school fantasy football enthusiast who places a lot of importance on assembling a strong stable of running backs on draft day. While it’s become trendier to draft one or ev ...


Be Like Belichick- Exploiting Market Bias, Part Two
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy The Young and The Restless While we can use expert rankings and ADP data to try and establish “market value” for players, at the end of the day every league (and therefore every trade market) is different. By identifying the bias within yours you can target undervalue ...


Be Like Belichick- Exploiting Market Bias, Part One
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy Respect Your Elders While we can use expert rankings and ADP data to try and establish “market value” for players, at the end of the day every league (and therefore every trade market) is different. By identifying the bias within yours you can target undervalued pla ...


Fantasy Running Backs Circle of Talent two
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Cincinnati Bengals Talent - Joe Mixon Head coach Marvin Lewis is all in on Mixon saying, "He's off the charts talent-wise," Lewis said. "Big, fast, catch, run, see, smart -- and he's a 20-year-old kid. He's as smart as a whip. You know, I mean, those things are fun. ...


2017 Strength Of Schedule Your Blueprint For Success
By Michael Valverde
Michael Valverde The strength of schedule is an interesting instrument to use in fantasy leagues. It can be an incredibly useful tool or something that you toss out the window after Week 3. What it does very well is help a fantasy owner set a blueprint for success. By plotting each week ...


Youre On the Clock Allen Robinson
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal As fantasy owners, we tend to place a lot of emphasis on the previous season statistics in our decision making process and sometimes a little too much, if you ask me. Yes, it is very important to look at last year’s numbers, but before deciding on whether or not to draf ...


STOMP Fantasy Football Draft Theory - Strategies
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec STOMP Draft Theory (Strategic Targeting Of ADP Mapping) Click here for: STOMP Draft Tool (Keep your eyes open at all times during your draft!) Fantasy football managers are always looking for new and innovative ways to help them prepare for and exec ...


Crafting a 2 QB Fantasy Football Feast
By John Laub
John Laub   Click to go to: Crafting a 2 QB Fantasy Football Feast part II                    Crafting a 2-QB Fantasy Football Feast           Benjamin Franklin ranks among my favorite Americans, and I attempt to adhere to his sage advice. One of my beloved maximums of t ...


Crafting a 2-QB Fantasy Football Feast part II
By John Laub
John Laub   Click to go to: Crafting a 2 QB Fantasy Football Feast part I                    Crafting a 2-QB Fantasy Football Feast                                         part II            Team 3: June 21, 2017   ...


Understanding Stackcuffing
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros In my last article on this subject I introduced the concept of Stackcuffing which is a mixture of old fashioned handcuffing which rarely applies in the NFL anymore and Stacking which is a DFS term which I found was being misused in describing putting two RB from the NFL ...


You’re On the Clock: Ezekiel Elliott
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal Being in the limelight might be something that some athletes enjoy, however, when the attention is mainly negative, it can become quite the opposite. Ezekiel Elliott continues to get buzz, but for all the wrong reasons. He is dealing with a domestic violence allegation, ...


Throwing ADP out The Fantasy Football Door
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal What is ADP? Average draft position, also known as ADP, can be defined as a report that lists players by the average spot that they have been drafted over a range of multiple fantasy football drafts. This report generates numbers such as an overall average, highest pic ...


Offseason vs In-Season for Fantasy Football
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros It is an interesting question right? When the question came to me my first thought was if I ask this on twitter it could be anything from 100 percent to zero in favor of in season. I figured about maximum two thirds to one third in favor of in season. My first attempt ...


MFL2X Fantasy Football Draft Strategies
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner My Fantasy League has recently added the MFL2X league option. MFL2Xs are similar to the draft-only MFL10s with the notable difference that 1st-through-5th place win double their entry fee (hence the 2X), as opposed to the winner-take-all 10X format of MFL10s. While M ...


Fantasy Football Running Backs What is a Name Worth?
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck A theme of my early fantasy articles has been depth. The players you need to know in case of injury or standout camp performance. Hit the waiver wire and win the weekend. Veteran running backs are the ultimate gamble, in real life and fantasy football. There are known n ...


Curbing your Enthusiasm in Fantasy Football MFL10s
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Enthusiasm is wonderful and often contagious. Sometimes it is the roar of the crowd pressing forward that motivates and other times it is our natural desire to get ahead of the pack and to find an edge that drives us further than we reasonably should. How do we temper ...


Taking Eli Manning as Your Fantasy Football QB1
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal The quarterback position is typically one that I wait until later in my drafts to address. Granted, everyone wants the Aaron Rodgers of the world, but I am not willing to invest an early round pick on this position as the margin in fantasy points between QB1 and QB10 is ...


Best Single-Season Fantasy Football Performances RB Edition
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner There is always a point during the NFL (and fantasy football) off-season where I like to take a step-back and relish on past greatness. As we get closer to the start of the NFL season and fantasy football talk continues build, I want to take a second to look back at the ...


Why does everybody playing fantasy football hate Tyrod?
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Tyrod Taylor is being drafted 18th QB off the board according to recent ADP. This despite finishing much better than that ADP each of the two last years. In this article we are going to look at both why everyone seems to hate Tyrod and why taking advantage of this bi ...


Buck Going Deep NFC
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck The first instalment of going deep previewed AFC receivers. Now it’s time to look at the NFC rosters and fish out potential WR3 or future options; players in line for an increased role due to injury, cuts or positive camp performance. Arizona Cardinals You’re not a ...


Fantasy Football Questions That Will Make You Queasy
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner While many members of the fantasy football community are unquestionably expecting certain players to have large roles in their respective offenses, I have some concerns as to whether these assumptions are, in fact, accurate. Below are four questions I will be pondering ...


Fantasy Football Best Ball Strategy Tips
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner While August is the time for season-long fantasy football drafts, most June drafts are Best Ball formats (i.e. MFL10). There are key strategy differences for season-long vs. best ball fantasy football leagues, which I will discuss in this article. 1. Optimize Roste ...


Fantasy Football Trading Part 2
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Know your league’s rules and your fellow league members. One of the lessons you’ll learn in this series is that to be good at trading, you have to access and put into practice good advice. Even if you’re in a league that doesn’t allow trading, these lessons will help y ...


8 Ludicrous Fantasy Football Efficiency Facts
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner Every year, there are a handful of players who have insanely efficient or laughably inefficient metrics. While some of these facts and projections are strictly for comedic purposes (i.e. Derrick Henry) and some are more realistic (i.e. Michael Thomas), all are interesti ...


Stackcuffing RB in drafts in 2017
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros I was having a nice discussion about stacking RB in MFL10’s on Twitter the other day and someone asked when did stacking take the place of the traditional word “handcuffing” which described drafting your stud RB’s backup. My reply was that the traditional term h ...


Early Best Ball MFL10 ADP Review
By Michael Dubner
Michael Dubner We are still early in the fantasy football draft season, and Average Draft Position (ADP) is all over the place. The ADP in June will look very different than the ADP in August, especially in the middle-to-late rounds. A lot can, and will, change by August. June MyFanta ...


Is the sexy pick the correct pick?
By Isaac Cruz
Isaac Cruz It’s a mistake that plagues fantasy football owners. It can have you making desperate trade offers and nervously scanning the waiver wire for any value to bolster your team. Wasting high draft picks on players with the ‘sexy’ name who fail to produce can cripple your ...


Buck Going Deep AFC
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck In season long fantasy football leagues, having the early waiver priority can pay off big time. Finding a breakout star or a couple weeks of high-level output is a great feeling. You beat everyone else to the party. What’s even better, grabbing that player late in your ...


Expecting the Unexpected: Lessons from the 2016 Fantasy Football Season
By Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy For as much time as enthusiasts invest in fantasy football, you would think that we could predict player performance with near certainty. Every year we obsess over analysis and repeat subjective narratives until we convince ourselves that they’re fact, and every year s ...


Analyzing MFL10 WR in 2016
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Analyzing MFL10 WR in 2016 The next position to study in my analytics of big weeks in MFL10’s takes us to the WR position. I studied the results for the top 64 WR broken out by points per game in the format. As I did for RB’s I have calculated the percentage of ...


RB achievements in MFL10’s in 2016
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros About a week or so ago I did an article on How to choose Defenses in MFL10’s and you can access that article here https://www.footballdiehards.com/fantasy-football-columns/html/primer-on-choosing-defenses-in-mfl10s.cfm. What jumped out at me as I did my study was that ...


The Gronk Effect: The Value at Tight End
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Having the best player and a decided advantage at one position is a good feeling heading into a fantasy football weekend. Two of the last three years, I drafted Rob Gronkowski. I was all in on winning that position, plus the upside the best tight end in the game brings ...


Primer on Choosing Defenses in MFL10’s
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Primer on Choosing Defenses in MFL10’s A couple of years ago there was a TV show called Everybody Hates Chris. Growing up it is so easy to feel out of the loop, and that everyone hates you. In picking Defenses MFL10 leagues this is not an illusion. Most I have spok ...


Current MFL10 Flexibility Trendspotting
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros As I mentioned I am older than most of you who probably will read this. One of the key lessons I have learned through experience is the difference between saying something and the willingness to do it. I mean change is hard and not everyone is cut out for it. One of th ...


Introduction to Trading
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Four ways to win at Fantasy Football There are basically only four ways we can help ourselves win at Fantasy Football and they are 1-Drafting 2-Who to start and who to sit 3-Waivers 4-Trading There is a ton of content out on the market on the first three but eac ...


Using Warren Buffett’s techniques to identify buying opportunities in Fantasy Football
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros Warren Buffett is one of the 3-4 richest people in the world. What makes him unique is that he is the only one of the richest people who made his fortune entirely by buying and selling stocks. It is not breaking any new ground to compare who has value and who is o ...


Fine tuning of MFL10s
By Tod Burros
Tod Burros The purpose of this article is to make sure those of you like myself who do a lot of MFL10 or best ball leagues are doing all the little things that can put ourselves in optimal positions to win each draft. This is not a beginner’s article but an article on fine tuning ...


A Pre-NFL-Draft Look at Late Round Sleepers
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan I know it’s only April, but many people are actively drafting, some of us at a feverish rate. You can follow along with all of my best ball drafts on our homepage, and read up on some best ball basics here: (https://www.footballdiehards.com/fantasy-football-columns/html ...


Early MFL10 Observations
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan February 27, 2017 was the day the itch was scratched for people like me. The fine folks over at My Fantasy League kicked the doors open to their MFL10 lobby, and I got busy right away. If you are unfamiliar with MFL10’s and the best ball format, you can read the primer ...


There is No Offseason MFL10s are Opening this Week
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan Do you get that empty feeling on Super Bowl Monday? I do. The finality of the football season hits me like a ton of bricks. Sixteen games are not enough. The 27 weeks of daily fantasy football, which include the pre and postseason, still does not feel like enough. There ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2016
Preseason Week 3 Stock up Stock Down Buyer Beware
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan Who knew the preseason could be as crazy as it has been so far? Former second-round draft pick Dorial-Green Beckham was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Dion Lewis underwent a second knee surgery, and Dak Prescott’s bust in Canton is already in the works, according to ...


Fantasy Thoughts Rookie-Watch
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley DeAndre Washington might be stealing fantasy football points from Latavius Murray sooner than anticipated. Washington ran the ball eight times for 43 yards, he caught a 32 yard pass, and he returns kicks. He can be a great FLEX option from day one if he continues to shi ...


ADP/Mock Movement Le'Veon Bell Josh Gordon Tom Brady
By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal It is draft day and you are on the clock. All the hard work you’ve put in during the offseason is about to come into fruition. However, it doesn’t always go as planned. There are now players who you had high in your rankings facing a four game suspension. There is also ...


Preseason Week 1 Stock Up, Stock Down, Buyer Beware Fantasy Football
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan The first week of the preseason is in the books. Looking back on the 16 games from the long weekend there are a few takeaways and players who stood out for reasons good and bad. STOCK UP Nelson Spruce, LA Rams Spruce secured six of his eight targets for 51 yards a ...


Flex League PPR Draft Recap
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan FLEX League Draft Board Last weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to our nation’s capital to participate in Jake Ceily’s Flex League draft. I could write a separate article about how cool the experience was, especially hanging out for the auction draft to watch h ...


Diehards Staff Draft Analysis and Predictions
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec Click here for: Diehards Draft Video - using scout.com/fantasy commissioner draft board here The Football Diehards staff got together for their first league draft since training camps opened. And what a time it was -- a 12 team PPR with 18 man rosters. The followi ...


Diehards Staff Draft Analysis
By Jen Ryan
Jen Ryan Click here for: Diehards Draft Video w/ Scout.com/Fantasy Commissioner Some of us (yes, me) may have been drafting since February at this point but the season really feels like it is gearing up when you participate in your first competitive roster management ...


USA Today Expert Mock Draft
By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec On July 20, 2016 USA Today ran a mock expert draft which we were fortunate to be in. The following is some pre-draft analysis video along with video and discussion throughout the 16 round draft. Hopefully this will be helpful in your draft preparation for this season. ...


Mock Draft: Strategy and Analysis, 2-QB League
By John Laub
John Laub       I first organized a fantasy football league in 1989: Long before the Internet or the media even recognized the game as a hobby. National television stations and the NFL frowned upon the underground industry, and local sports radio ignored the game. None of the ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2015
Dark Horse Players to Watch
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Dark Horse Players Josh Hill TE New Orleans Saints Hill is coming off a season where he caught five TD passes and that was playing behind the All-Pro Jimmy Graham, who has since been traded to the Seahawks. Hill is the starting TE for the Saints and everyone knows ...


Young Players to Watch
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Rookies Young Players to Watch Shakim Phillips is an undrafted rookie out of Boston College but is playing for the Steelers. He stands at a whopping 63 and weighs 203 lbs. Through three games he has shown flashes of big play ability, catching six passes for 102 yard ...


Veteran Faces in New Places
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Veteran Faces in New Places Frank Gore RB Indianapolis Colts Gore is coming off quite the career with the 49ers and last season alone he ran for 1,106 yards to go with four TDs. Gore is coming to a team that has the mentality of Super Bowl or bust with all the recen ...


2nd Year Fantasy Football Players to Watch
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley 2nd Year Players Who Are Ready to Break Out Troy Niklas TE Arizona Cardinals Niklas didnt do anything in his rookie season. He caught a whopping three passes in his first season. Much of that can be due to the fact that he had four different QBs throwing him the b ...


The Stupendous Six
By John Laub
John Laub The Stupendous Six Beyond the Top 100 ADP By John Laub Fantasy Football Diehards often fixate on their first three selections in upcoming drafts. While the top 36players dominate research and conversations among fantasy managers, astute alternative-reality ...


Un-drafted Rookies2015
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley The Best Un-drafted Rookies Wide Receivers Jaxon Shipley Arizona Cardinals Shipley comes from the University of Texas where he played some big time football. He has an older brother who is in the NFL and he has exceptional hands. He can slide into the slot WR posi ...


2015 Post-Draft Rankings
By John Laub
John Laub Distinguished Fantasy Freshmen The rankings reflect the potential for each player to impact fantasy rosters in 2015. In order to rate the freshmans outlook and assess a grade, the skills of a player, the organization that drafted him and the likeliness of earning a v ...


2015 Post-Draft Rankings Part II
By John Laub
John Laub Cum Laude 8. Breshad Perriman: Baltimore Ravens Grade: C+ The Ravens hired passing game guru Marc Trestman to lead the offense. During his two-year tenure in Chicago, Trestmans club averaged 4,036 yards passing and 31 aerial strikes. With veteran quarterback Joe ...


Best Free Agents Still Available
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Best Free Agents Still Available Quarterbacks: This is by far the most depleted position in free agency if your team still happens to be looking for a starter. Everyone on this list is a situational starter at best but better suited as a backup QB. Austin Davis Da ...


Free Agency: Winners and Losers
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Winners Losers from Free Agency Winners: Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks seem like a perfect pair. Graham is the top pass catching TE in the NFL and the Seahawks desperately need a consistent Red-Zone threat to throw to when teams stack the box to stop ...


Draft Strategy Articles from 2014
The Ultimate Fantasy Football Team
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Quarterbacks: 1- Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Rodgers gets the nod over Peyton Manning Drew Brees because I think he has better targets as a whole than either Manning or Brees. Rodgers also benefits from having the best RB of the three in Eddie Lacy, who takes a ton of p ...


Drafting a Tight End
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra One of the hardest positions to fill in fantasy football is the tight end position. Outside of New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham, from season to season, it is almost impossible to guess which NFL tight ends will put up consistent fantasy numbers. Moreover, deciding which roun ...


Tight Ends to Watch
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley When it comes to Tight Ends in the NFL these days there is essentially three classes of players. We have the Proven Commodities, The Up and Comers, and The Oozing with Potential. Here is a look into what the 2014 NFL Season will have to offer when it comes to TEs. Watch ...


Quick Hits from Week 1 in Preseason Football
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley This section is mainly going to be quick hits and thoughts from Week 1 in preseason football. This entire list is young talent in the NFL that you should keep your eye on as preseason continues. Carlos Hyde RB San Francisco 49ers Hyde has not skipped a beat sinc ...


Fantasy Football Draft: Valuable Late-Round Quarterbacks
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra QB Matt Ryan In 2011 and 2012, QB Matt Ryan averaged 4,448 passing yards and 30 TDs. The following season, fantasy football owners expected even better numbers from Ryan with the return of all-pro TE Tony Gonzalez and a lightning-fast WR Julio Jones. However, Ryan los ...


Fantasy Football Draft: Valuable Late-Round Wide Receivers
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra WR Sammy Watkins Being drafted fourth overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL draft was a dream come true for rookie WR Sammy Watkins. In interview before the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins said that his favorite football team, as a child, was the Buffalo Bills. Now, no ...


Number 1 Fantasy Draft Pick: LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles?
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra Number 1 Fantasy Draft Pick: LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles? Decisions, decisions! Who to pick first if you get the number-one draft-pick in your fantasy football draft? In most leagues, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles are at the top of the ranks ...


Drafting Jimmy Graham in the First Round
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra Without question, Jimmy Graham is the highest point-producing tight end in the NFL. Most fantasy football experts will tell you it is never a good idea to draft a tight end in the first round, and typically, that is the right answer for a broad audience. Yet, year after ...


Wide Receivers to Keep an Eye on
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley This list is composed of WRs that can be had in the later rounds of your fantasy football drafts. These are all guys that have breakout potential; guys that can have huge games for you one week then disappear by the next. These are guys that you should store on your ben ...


Fantastic Five Beyond the Top 100 ADP
By John Laub
John Laub Fantastic Five Beyond the Top 100 ADP By John Laub, The Gridiron Scholar Fantasy Football Diehards often fixate on their first two selections in upcoming drafts. While the top 24 players dominate research and conversations among fantasy managers, astute alternative ...


Rookies Who Will Make and Impact Immediately
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Sammy Watkins WR Buffalo Bills Everyone knows what Watkins brings to the table, he is big, fast, and athletic. He is not scared to go up and compete for any ball no matter how poorly it is thrown (and you know he will get his fair share of poorly passed balls coming ...


The Best Free Agents Available: And Who They Should Sign With.
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Here is a look at the best offensive Free Agents available by position and what team I think would be the perfect match for them to play for. Quarterback: Josh Freeman Freeman has went from Starter to FA longshot but there is still some value left in the tank ...


Cincinnati Bengals Offense Review
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Theyve been good, now its time to be great, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said in an interview with bengals.com, talking about A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Green is great. Last year he hauled in 98 passes for 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns. D ...


2014 Post-Draft Rankings: Distinguished Fantasy Freshmen
By John Laub
John Laub 2014 Post-Draft Rankings: Distinguished Fantasy Freshmen The rankings reflect the potential for each player to impact fantasy rosters in 2014. In order to rate the freshmans outlook and assess a grade, the skills of a player, the organization that drafted him and the l ...


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense Review
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Go big or go home. Thats the mindset first year Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith went selecting 6-foot-5 wide receiver Mike Evans from Texas AM seventh overall. In the second round they picked 6-foot-6 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington. ...


Brain Hoyer and Johnny Manziel compete to be the CLE starting QB
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Brain Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will compete to be the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback according owner Jimmy Haslam and new head coach Mike Pettine. Whoever ends up starting will have questionable weapons around them. The pending suspension of receiver Josh Gordon ...


LaMichael James Could Use a Change of Scenery
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley LaMichael James has almost done nothing as a San Francisco 49er thus far, so it is not surprising to hear his name floating around as trade bait. It is not the James does not possess the skill to perform at the professional level; he is just simply stuck on a roster wit ...


Reading Between the Lines of Free Agency
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley Free Agency has essentially came and gone, sure there will be a few additions and subtractions leading up to the season but the big names have moved and are with their prospective team to stay and hopefully improve whichever team they signed with. This entire segment is ...


2014 Quarterback Draft Prospects
By John Laub
John Laub When analyzing college talent at the quarterback position, both the objective (data and statistics) and subjective (eye-ball test) must be considered in order to rank the players. Because of the many different offensive systems and level of talent among opponents in the ...


Moving up the Depth Chart in 2014
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra Last season, Rashad Jennings played second fiddle to Raiders RB Darren McFadden. Lucky for him, McFaddens injury-riddled season meant a lot more playing time for Jennings and an opportunity to showcase his abilities and consistency. Its no wonder the Giants noticed him. ...


Top 5 RBs for the 2014 NFL Draft and What Team Should Draft Them
By Chad Stapley
Chad Stapley This quietly could be one of the best groups of RBs available to be drafted in some time and none of the RB prospects are getting the love they truly deserve. Here is a look at the top five RB prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft and which team they should be drafted by in o ...


Winning Fantasy Football Draft Strategies
By Marcella Surra
Marcella Surra There are several things you need to understand and do to become a fantasy football champion. First, you need to do your homework. Before your draft, look at the teams depth charts and find out which players are starters and which ones are back-ups. Find out if those st ...


Below the radar fantasy football running backs
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Free agency has opened up new opportunities and battles at the running back position. These players won't be the back bone of your fantasy squad but they could save the day when injuries arise. Knowshon Moreno finished as the 5th highest scoring running back in NFL.com ...


Will a Nutt and King lead Carolina?
By John Laub
John Laub Fantasy football fanatics have enjoyed tremendous production from Panthers QB Cam Newton during the past three seasons. However, enthusiasts are now concerned about the Carolina signal callers fantasy production after a puzzling off-season in which the Panthers jettison ...


Eagles should provide plenty of love to fantasy football owners.
By JJ Buck
JJ Buck Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love. Next year the Eagles should provide plenty of love to fantasy football owners. The Eagles front office spent the past week locking up pieces on their offense from center Jason Kelce to receiver's Riley Cooper and Jeremy Macli ...