Why running backs are a must-have in dynasty league rookie drafts

by Drew Osinchuk, April 16, 2018

When you draft a running back in the first round you get to see them in NFL action for a year then at that point you can decide if they are worth a long term investment. If you deem them unworthy of being a building block for your team you have a 79% chance of recouping or gaining on the value of the pick you had originally invested in them.

Running backs such as Royce Freeman are safer early-round investments in dynasty fantasy football as they maintain or increase value at a greater rate than their wide receiver counterparts.

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No one knew this hyper-explosive running back’s name until now

by Granola Jeremy, April 14, 2018

John Kelly has the College Target Share of an elite satellite back, yet lacks the athleticism to become one at the next level. Boston Scott has a lower College Target Share, yet elite satellite back athleticism.

When you draft a satellite back, you want that back to have similar metrics to Scott and his 125.9 (86th-percentile) SPARQ-x Score. Pass catching backs in the NFL need to be explosive, and Boston Scott has speed to burn.

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The deepest, most intriguing tight end stashes for fantasy football dynasty leagues

by Neil Dutton, April 13, 2018

A cursory look at the leading producers at tight end over the last few years shows a number of players plying their trade on a different team to the one that drafted them / gave them their initial chance in the NFL.
We will look at three players who may struggle to establish a significant role on their current team.

Formerly of Princeton, Seth Devalve has the pleasure/misfortune of playing for the same team as the almost uber-athletic David Njoku, which would logically cap his upside.  He also had the misfortune of having Hue Jackson as his head coach in 2017, a man quite incapable of calling plays designed to take advantage of both/either of his top two tight ends. 

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Why this free agent WR class is one of the best in NFL history

by Marc Mathyk, April 12, 2018

Although most would say that the smart money would be put on Allen Robinson as the wide receiver free agent signing of the summer, one needs to give Jordan Matthews the same consideration.
The Patriots still follow the similar old school approach to finance, and Jordan Matthews has the athleticism and past production to become one of this year’s sleeper.

Paul Richardson received a surprisingly generous contract based on one relatively productive year in 2017. Richardson is fast and athletic but has lacked consistency even when healthy.  Perhaps he can be the very poor man’s version of Tyreek Hill but needs to establish a good relationship with Alex Smith, who has not been a willing deep passer throughout his career.

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Fade these 4 fraud running backs in fantasy football

by Matthew Gajewski, April 11, 2018

Each season prior to the NFL Draft, a young, promising running back has his feature back duties vaporized by an incoming rookie. With the strongest incoming running back class in recent memory, many of the leagues fraudulent, place-holder backs find themselves at risk of losing work to the incoming class.

Each season prior to the NFL Draft, a young, promising running back has his feature back duties vaporized by an incoming rookie. Just as Todd Gurley crushed Tre Mason’s value in 2015, advanced stats and metrics point to the Bears upgrading Jordan Howard in the NFL Draft.

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These 3 deep truther wide receivers are finally ready to break out

by Marc Mathyk, April 10, 2018

There are three potential wide receivers who might discover that 2018 is indeed their time to shine. All of them were drafted in either the 6th or 7th round and all of them are extremely athletic. One is NFL sophomore Robert Davis, who was the only player drafted by Washington last year not to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s just hope it is athleticism that rises to the top and catapults all three of these individuals towards the spotlight so they can make a name for themselves. If they get the opportunity they deserve, there is a good chance they will run with it.

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The time is now to buy the 2018 free agent wide receiver class

by Mark Leipold, April 8, 2018

In a year with a weak rookie wide receiver class by most accounts, NFL fans and the dynasty community were treated to an excellent free agent wide receiver crop, highlighted by Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins and Jarvis Landry.

Jordan Matthews also scored eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. Matthews is an upper-percentile athlete by most metrics, and broke out at one of the youngest ages in the PlayerProfiler.com database while accounting for nearly 50-percent of Vanderbilt’s passing offense before turning pro.

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3 Trades NFL General Managers Need to Make

by Granola Jeremy, April 6, 2018

Cleveland has 74 million dollars in cap room, while the New York Giants currently have just under 5 million. That’s a massive difference. The Browns can offer Odell Beckham exactly what he wants monetarily. They can also reunite him with Jarvis Landry.

If Jon Gruden views Jordy Nelson as having the “It” factor and Jay Gruden still views Dez Bryant as a top receiver in the league, there is a chance that Jon also believes in Bryant as elite. The Raiders trading for Bryant would make sense if red zone potential and scoring touchdowns is your main concern.

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3 high-upside wide receiver prospects no one is talking about

by Marc Mathyk, April 3, 2018

Standing 6-2 and weighing in at 210-pounds, Jester Weah is one of the few 2018 wide receiver prospects to look the part of an NFL split end/X-receiver. Weah comes with some red flags and isn’t the perfect athlete. However, his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses.

Justin Watson’s best comparable on PlayerProfiler.com is Jordan Matthews. Both Matthews and Watson were dominant in college, both are fast and both have long arms and good hands. Matthews is more agile but Watson has more burst.

J’Mon Moore could be the next Cooper Kupp, who was a 3rd-round deal, and since Moore will not get drafted until later, he could be a late-round steal. If Moore can somehow land on a team that believes in his talent and gives him the opportunity, he could be dynasty gold.

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Best Ball Strategy: Chasing 2018 Breakout Players

by Matthew Gajewski, April 1, 2018

Projected to command significant volume in the NFL, Saquon Barkley came off the board at pick 1.09. Electrifying the combine, Barkley posted 96th-percentile or better across his 40-Yard Dash, Speed Score, Burst Score, and Bench Press, making his closest comparison David Johnson.

At this point, drafting running backs with a definite role, but room for growth in the event of an injury or breakout, provides upside for best ball lineups. In 2017 Burkhead posted a massive +59.6 Production Premium (No. 3) along with 5.5 yards per touch (No. 7). With Dion Lewis on his way to Tennessee, Burkhead appears to be the primary beneficiary in the Patriots backfield.

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