Archive August 2011

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Training Camp Wrap

A look around the league:

Stay For a Nightcap! - Cut Your Loses Edition

Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand were designated for assignment on Wednesay as Brian Sabean attempts to rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking ship that is the Giants offense. 

Tough Call on Tight Ends

It's no big secret running backs and wide receivers dominate fantasy drafts, especially in the early stages. Due to the lineup requirements of most leagues, mandating each team start multiple players from those positions, it makes sense. The question owners face, is when to veer off the traditional path to maximize value at the ancillary positions? Today I'll break down the tight ends.

My Portfolio

I've drafted five of my six leagues already, the last one being the NFFC 14-team Classic in Vegas on Saturday. So far here's my portfolio:

Top 20 Tight End ADP Trends

Drafting tight ends is usually split between two camps.  On one side, you have those that feel that you are gaining a significant edge over your competition by drafting a top guy fairly early, while on the other you have those that consider the position somewhat of an afterthought and are perfectly content waiting on the position and building up their running backs and wider receivers first and foremost.

The Bold and The Beautiful: Stats, Seahawks & San Diego

For the few short weeks leading up to the season, I will be giving out projections based on advanced statistics for this coming year; some of these will surprise you, some are expected.

Tuesday NFL Notes

Here are the latest notes from around the league on Tuesday:

Arizona Fall League Announces Roster

This afternoon the Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2011 season that will begin October 4th.

Fantasy Award Frontrunners

Fantasy MVP:

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees

While players like Jacoby Ellsbury (whose average draft position (ADP) according to Mock Draft Central was No. 63), Ryan Braun (ADP 10) and Matt Kemp (ADP 21) have comparably valuable numbers, Granderson (ADP 73) gets the nod in part due to his lower draft-day cost. Through Sunday, Granderson leads the majors in homers (38) and RBI (107), and is miles ahead of anyone in runs with 121 (Ellsbury is second with 95). Granderson has also been kind enough to chip in 24 stolen bases. That he is hitting just .278 is the only thing that keeps these other players (some of whom are hitting over .330) in the conversation.

Stay For a Nightcap - Hot Off the DL Edition

Freddy Garcia and Cole Hamels returned to their playoff-bound teams with playoff-quality starts Monday night. Injuries? What injuries?

In-Depth Analysis of the Chris Johnson Holdout

How the terms of the new CBA affect Chris Johnson's holdout.

NFL Standard League ADP Trends -- Top 50 Wide receivers

Obviously your goal, when drafting your team, is to load it up with as many no-brainer picks as you can.  You want players that you feel comfortable with leaving in your starting lineup, week after week, without worrying about the match-ups.  However, when it comes to wide receivers, the task at hand becomes much more difficult.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Dead of Summer Edition

Jered Weaver felt the Texas heat and it got the better of him Sunday night...

Sunday NFL Notes

Derrick Ward is lining up as the Texans' No. 2 back with Ben Tate the No. 3. Given that the Texans have arguably the best running game in the league, that's worth noting, especially with Arian Foster aggravating his hamstring. That said, it's an open question which back would get the bulk of the work should Foster miss any time.

A Look Back: Year 2 in Martz's Offense

- 7th in the NFL last season among qualified QBs with a 7.58 YPA
- 8th in the NFL last season in Interceptions (16)
- Sacked 12 more times (52) than any other NFL QB

Saturday NFL Notes

A lot of games equals a lot of news and a lot to digest with only a week and a half left of drafting.

Which Way do you Go?: Sleeper Wide Receivers

By all accounts, wide receiver is perceptibly shallower than in years past. How should you draft to address the position most efficiently? I'll volunteer my opinion. Also you'll find three receivers poised for big years who can be had for a fair price, and three deep-league wildcards.

Updated ADP RankingTrends for NFL Standard Leagues -- Risers and Fallers

As we get closer to the start of the NFL season, more and more draft results are coming in, giving us a much clearer picture as to where players are falling in line in NFL Standard snake drafts.  Tracking ADP movement is a great resource for you

Why Kenny Britt Will Not Be Suspended

Is Commissioner Roger Goodell willing to suspend a player for offenses that occurred during the lockout, which began March 10? This is one of the many legal controversies that have cropped up since the NFL and NFL Players' Association came to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement this month.

Stay For A Night Cap! - Come On Irene!

Thanks to a spitting Hurricane Irene hugging the eastern seaboard of the United States, several MLB weekend series are cut to one and done.

Mining for Fantasy Gold: Sleeper Running Backs

Ninety percent of conversations leading up to fantasy drafts each summer center around players likely to be drafted in the first handful of rounds. Will it really matter if you end up with Jamaal Charles, or Ray Rice? Vincent Jackson, or Hakeem Nicks? Probably not, but it's a persistent topic in columns and on podcasts. And while it's often said, "you can't win your league in the first two rounds of the draft, but you can lose it", the discussion always seems to center around the "how not to lose it" part, and neglect the rest. I'm here today to tell you how to win it! In this article I'm going to give you two guys you have to get! Along with two other, low-cost/high-upside options.

Friday NFL Recap

A look at Friday's events:

RotoWire Steak League

On Sunday, we auctioned the 14-team RotoWire Steak League. It's an IDP league (1 pt per tackle, 3 per sack, 5 per INT, 6 per TD), with 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DL, 1 LB, 1 DB and 6 reserves. Non PPR. Losers buy steaks and shrimp cocktails for the winners in addition to the entry fee. Here are the results below. The total budget was $200.

Yahoo Friends and Family League

We drafted this league on Tuesday - a 14-team, .75 PPR, with a little distance scoring (only 2-pt bonuses for long TDs), 1-QB, 2 RB, 2WR, 2 FLEX (WR, RB, TE), 1 K, 1 D. Here are the results - along with an audio clip of Yahoo!'s Andy Behrens talking about it on our Sirius XM show and Brandon Funston's post-draft Q&A.

Crucial Home Stand for Diamondbacks

Arizona begins a 3 game series against San Diego tonight followed by 3 against the Rocks. These are games they have to win.

Stay for a nightcap! Yo Adrian! Part Duex!

Thursday's recap:

Thursday NFL Notes

With three games on preseason slate Thursday night, Michael Vick fending off consistent pressure took the spotlight.

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Stay For a Nightcap! - Back From the Dead Edition

Javier Vazquez is back from the dead and he wants a spot on your roster.

Wednesday's NFL Notes

A look at Wednesday's notes:
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