Fantasy Football: Winning a Championship; Isn’t that’s what its all about?

“Henry Thoreau said, ‘All want not something to do, but something to be.’ I’m proud of being part of an elite group.” ~ Todd Christenson

If you can resonate with this, you are on the path to the elite. The elite group of champions. A Fantasy Football Champion!

As far as this article goes, we’re not worried about SEO, to put it politely. This is about hard core football fans, those who suffer and prosper at he mercy of their team, from childhood, who not only surpass their own childhood, but give credit where credit is due. That is what the Raiders fashion is all about. While this would not be considered an epic George “Papa Bear” Hallas Historic Post, or a Bear Bryant ambitious coach up, this post can be considered an undersized linebacker post, a Mike Singletary tackle at the line of scrimmage.

It’s about avoiding embarrassment. Even if your are new, in your first year or two as a beginner.

The Week to Week Gameplan

My goal is to give you solid, info packed, and analytically proven methods, along with hot players from week to week that you have to pick up or start in your lineups.

When you making value based decisions on your fantasy team, you must first have an overall guide in choosing players that will help you in the long run. This means that while some players will help you in the short term, perhaps a long term solution may develop during the in season part of the year, where a player’s value will enhance, with as expected or unexpectanlty. This means that if your had an average to poor draft, you must not hesitate to pick up the guys that no one else bothered to consider drafting, or placed on waivers. The tool, below, is what I use the help you throughout the season, using the exact scoring formats of Draftkings and Fanduel, which is similiar to many Yahoo leagues to get you set up from week to week. Click on the Picture to get a Free Report.

Fantasy Football: Winning a Championship!

Making the Right Decisions at the Right Time

This also means that in order to win in a 10 team league, logically you only have a %10 odds chance of actually winning. While 2nd and 3rd place is not bad, you will not get the 1st place without taking logical chances, instead of always taking players that get you the minimum of 5 points per game. Must must be able to take risks and let it fly, like a quarterback who is not worried about throwing interceptions.

Make Trades?

This does not mean that you have to make any trades with other players at all. However you will need to pick up players from the Free Agent list.

What I’ll do to help you along the path is give you some trade value scenarios so that you can project value for your team, if you are drafting this way. If not, this strategy and trade value will help you to project the upside or risk, along with what you need, so that you can make use of this list coming up in the very next post for reference going into your season and through the end of your trade deadline for your league.

Why Bookmark for upcoming weeks?

Why would you come back to this list after 7 weeks of football? Because from week to week, there will be ups and downs from week to week. You will have a difficult time, if you try to pick up the flavor of the week. whereas, if you check the qualified list of trade value, based on upside from last year, and projected player value, you will know whether to pick up the flavor of the week, or pass for the next guy.

Top 100 Fantasy Football Players 2018: Favoring Upside

For the best of the best in the top 100 fantasy football players of 2018, you will have to make adjustments to your list. If you are keeping track yourself, or you can check back weekly, as we will set it up for you.

As far as deciding how the scoring would work in with these top 100 players, let’s say that these rankings are for a 1/2 point PPR,  (Point per reception) league. Fantasy Football top 100 players This scoring is common with many season long and daily league formats along with 4 points for TD passes and 6 points for Rushing or Receiving TD’s.

Top 100 Players for 2018

  1. Todd Gurley
  2. Leveon Bell
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. David Johnson
  5. Ezekiel Elliott
  6. Alvin Kamara
  7. Kareem Hunt
  8. Julio Jones
  9. DeAndre Hopkins
  10. Melvin Gordon
  11. Saquon Barkley
  12. Leonard Fournette
  13. Odell Beckham
  14. Dalvin Cook
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Kennan Allen
  17. LeSean McCoy
  18. Devante Freeman
  19. Mike Evans
  20. AJ Green
  21. Joe Mison
  22. Jordan Howard
  23. Mark Ingram
  24. Rob Gronkowski
  25. Christian McCaffrey
  26. Travis Kelce
  27. Davante Adams
  28. Zack Ertz
  29. Aaron Rodgers
  30. Adam Thielen
  31. Deshaun Watson
  32. Russell Wilson
  33. Alshon Jeffrey
  34. Brandon Cooks
  35. Stef Diggs
  36. Tyreek Hill
  37. Jay Ajayi
  38. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  39. Carlos Hyde
  40. Allen Robinson
  41. Amari Cooper
  42. Evan Engram
  43. Tom Brady
  44. Josh Gordon
  45. Jarvis Landry
  46. Greg Olsen
  47. Marvin Jones
  48. Lamar Miller
  49. Cam Newton
  50. Jimmy Graham
  51. Marquise Goodwin
  52. Drew Brees
  53. Hunter Henry
  54. Mike Crabtree
  55. Alex Collins
  56. Larry Fitzgerald
  57. Jordy Nelson
  58. Chris Thompson
  59. Darrius Guice
  60. Will Fuller
  61. Dion Lewis
  62. RaShaud Penny
  63. Demaryius Thomas
  64. Robert Woods
  65. Julian Edelman
  66. Jerick McKinnon
  67. Jamaal Williams
  68. Jimmy Garoppolo
  69. Tevin Coleman
  70. Golden Tate
  71. Dez Bryant
  72. Ronald Jones
  73. Robby Anderson
  74. Marshawn Lynch
  75. Sony Michel
  76. Carson Wentz
  77. Devin Funchess
  78. Nick Chubb
  79. Kyle Rudolph
  80. Kirk Cousins
  81. CJ Anderson
  82. Marlon Mack
  83. Corey Davis
  84. Tarik Cohen
  85. Chris Hogan
  86. Jordan Reed
  87. Bilal Powell
  88. Emmanuel Sanders
  89. Mohammed Sanu
  90. DeMarco Murray
  91. Royce Freeman
  92. Kenny Stills
  93. Delanie Walker
  94. Cooper Kupp
  95. Sammy Watkins
  96. Andrew Luck
  97. Jack Doyle
  98. Devante Parker
  99. Matt Ryan
  100. Patrick Mahomes

My goal was not to make this exercise boring, but rather to look to the upside of players who potentially could be steals in the later part of this list. I will be putting this up in my top menu area “Fantasy Football Draft Board”

MLB Daily Fantasy Sports: Baseball Beginners Guide

When you are looking for some wins in MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball, and have not really experienced any consistent winning, you might need the beginners guide. Reason is, its not a simple sport to try and configure projections, and build lineups due to the complexity of the variance with batters.

Overview of Fantasy Sports for Beginners

I will get into fantasy football for beginners in the next article for your own reference, having that up in a few days, if not already after having viewed this article and/or videos. We will however focus on season long in football, since baseball season long is not having as much interest for people who would like to get into the game starting today.

If you would also like to check out my article 5 Ways To Profit From DFS MLB Vist this Page Also I will use Fanduel as the basis for the conversation

Pitchers

Pitchers are easy to at least establish as low variance players. This means that pitchers are a valuable fantasy baseball asset in any type of league whether daily or otherwise. Batters have a ton of variance, and any batter can be on or off the Studs list daily. For more explanation on the Studs along with balancing your sleepers and what to watch for in MLB Guidance, watch this video.

As you continue along in setting your lineups, always remember to consider a few important, actually VERY IMPORTANT factors because I could give you a lot of analytics and fire you some numbers, but that won’t be comfortable nor effective for you, unless you really do love the numbers side of baseball. While is can be very interesting, the numbers you need are in the Tool Here 

Batters

When we are speaking of batters, we are talking high variance. To understand Variance numbers and technical sides as well as fundamental sides to fantasy sports you can download the free report here. Since batters are high variance, we want to be sure we are grabbing a couple of possible studs for our lineups and filling out the rest of the lineups with good value plays, as you only need 4 out of 9 players to perform really well. The other 5 can take the 3 or even 0 points as long as the Pitcher and 3 batters give you a home run each and/or good perriphials, which are the BB, 1B,2B, and HBP stats that add up. 

In other sports it is simpler, but if you can master these scenarios night to night or day to day, you can make every week turn out to be profitable since that won’t happen every day as long as your are realistic in your expectations. 

Enjoy the Games friends. 

 

 

Draft.com Best Ball Power Rankings: 1-30

When you are drafting on draft.com using the best ball format, which is becoming a popular option for drafting in a real world fantasy football scenario, so that all serious about following a draft.com power rankings like this can be competitive in the actual scoring format that follow:

The actual scoring is a lot like scoring on yahoo, fanduel, ect. including .5 points for a reception, 4 points for a passing touchdown, and 0.04 points for a passing yard.

The interesting part of this is that it is no different then the scoring in fanduel. So no need to make any adjustments as far as your usual scoring goes, if you play on fanduel. The only differences is that there is no need for defense or kickers. Only pure offensive skilled positions, which is great!

Next as a brief overview of the actual scoring, since it is not head to head like fanduel, you must count on your total points scored. Those top scoring options will come from the following places:

1 QB’s, 2 RBs, 3 WR’s, 1 TE, and one Flex.

The Flex position will be the greater for the week of the rest of the RB, WR, or TE positions,

So if you have the allowed amount of 18 players on your roster, only 8 players will score from week to week. The advantage of course being, that you have plenty of backups ready in the events of injuries, bye weeks, or poorly

NFL Mock Draft: Fantasy sports draftperforming players from week to week. There is no free agent or waive wire pickups, or even any trades. Which is sort of a downside. So you have to basically choose a good draft pool of players, as you draft and forget it. No need to make any adjustments during the season, which leaves out that enjoyment of the game altogether. However, its much easier to manage.

So here’s the list for top 100 since when drafting in a 12 team league, this will cover almost half of the players drafted. That’s 12 teams X 18 Players, = 216 total players drafted. So this does get deep.

One note before starting the list. Is that this list takes largely from the top total points scored the previous 3 years, since this is considered a points league and not a head to head, taking that element out of the game as well. However I have adjust according to Rookie projections, past injuries, and players in new offenses and teams.

Fantasy Football running back draft strategy
Fantasy Football running back draft strategy

Best Power Ball Rankings:

  1. Todd Gurley: If making the first overall pick, better not pass on the surest guy according to last year overall fantasy points scored, was the most elite.

2. LeVeon Bell: There should be no surprises here at the 2nd pick overall barring no injuries, but everyone is at risk for injuries.

3. Antonio Brown: As my next pick, he has shown no slow down in production compared to the rest of the pack in Wide Receivers. Far above the others.

4. David Johnson: Banking on Johnson to come back successfully from injury, the Cards will rely on him on all downs.

5. Ezekiel Elliott: Elliott could be taken ahead of Johnson if you prefer him, as he will also be the main workload on the team overall.

6. Alvin Kamara: This superstar stud, had many as many targets as some of the better Wide Receivers in the game, hopefully will do that again.

7. Kareem Hunt: Leading the league in rushing last year was unbelievable to me, as he hit quite a slump last year, not scoring many touchdowns.

8.Julio Jones: Here is where it gets a little tricky; Jones has an overall adp or Average Draft Position of 13.2, but go ahead and be fine with him as your #1

9.DeAndre Hopkins: You may also take Hopkins as your first pick if you pick this late based on his 3rd ranked WR Fantasy Points scored over last 3 years.

10.Melvin Gordon: A good, safe pick here, to get you Points. Remember though, overall, you have to try to win your league, Best out of 12.

11. Saquon Barkley: This is where $Money may come in, if he’s there at this spot late, you have to take him, because the rest carry risk, & limited upside.

12.Leonard Fournette: If you pick at this spot and get one of the prior guys mentioned, Great!, if not you may need to settle for Fournette

13.Odell Beckham: OBJ does have some upside. He just runs into other issues, making him a risk. Taking him here, is a great place to assess that risk.

14. Michael Thomas: Hopefully Thomas has more splash plays than he did last year, increasing his upside for longer plays and more touchdowns

15. AJ Green: At this stage in the draft, expect a run on Wide Receivers, to start filling out the rosters, even though he has a #22 overall adp.

16.Keenan Allen:  Even if the Running backs are all taken here, let them be. We have a different plan here at WFF (WealthyFantasyFootball)

17.Mike Evans: Even though Evan’s overall adp is 23.7 here as of now, when this is written, you can start gathering your high scoring Wideout here.

18.Dalvin Cook: Here, if your draft goes right, you are just looking for monster upside from a guy that has the ability if he can take over on 2-3 downs.

19.Devonta Freeman: Here is a safe 2 down pick, you may not want to pass up on if you have already draft a Receiver to balance your roster at the top.

20. LeSean McCoy: You might hope this guy is already gone, as he is aging and injury prone, but is the 2-3 down life blood of the offense.

21. Mark Ingram: Ingram should have no problem in at least providing the Saints backfield with a powerful punch. Will they be able to duplicate?

22. Jordan Howard: Howard, safe to say will continue to carry the workload on 1st and 2nd downs, unless T. Cohen gives more change of pace time.

23. Joe Mixon: Mixon will probably fall farther than 28, but he has the kind of potential upside you need in his sophmore season, without Jeremy Hill.

24. Christian McCaffrey: McCaffrey is an excellent value of a PPR Running Back. A staple in the Panthers offense for years to come.

25. Rob Gronkowski: I probably won’t be taking him in many drafts, as he is going higher, as I am favoring the next guy if I get him.

26. Travis Kelce:  Kelce appears to have improved every year. Keeping healthy, he should go well with the new QB, we hope.

27. Tyreek Hill: At this point in the ADP and draft, I hold off on QB’s and RB’s, as there are a few more WR’s worthy of consistent play.

28. Davante Adams: A lot of this has to do with Aaron Rodgers, probably the best Fantasy QB, when he’s healthy, as his #1 option.

29. Adam Thielen:  Theilen fell off towards the end of the season, but had a very good year. Maybe with Cousins at QB, he will be even more consistent.

30. Zack Ertz: If Ertz is available here, take him as the most consistent TE from week t week. Set it and forget it.

Now that your all set to start drafting, click one of the pics above to get started drafting your own team with a free entry!

 

Post NFL Draft Review: Short Term vs Long Term Impact on Fantasy Value

There is a lot of things to talk about during the best time of year, including the NFL Draft, so here is a brief post nfl draft review today:

I will give a per team summary of how they did in layman’s terms., including of course, the historical implication and fantasy impact:

One very viable issue that I am seeing with the state of franchises is the short term vs. long term building that GM’s are deploying. I will get into this per term as well.

Arizona:

The Cards took into account the long term and even short term, as their offense is instantly upgraded per the moves they made all over the board. They are helping to protect and equip the best pure pocket passer in the draft, as someone will also make an immediate fantasy impact besides just David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. With Christian Kirk, one of the better WR options in this draft, will be given opportunity to pick up some targets and Chase Edmonds, drafted in the 4th round should be able to project a viable handcuff option for Johnson.

Atlanta:

While Calvin Ridley their 1st round draft pick may not out targeting Mohammed Sanu for the 2nd most targets on the team, his slot receiving skills should provide another target with good upside on the roster. Ito Smith, drafted in the 4th round, would only be a third option for depth.

Baltimore:

While the Ravens are maybe the worst team in evaluating NFL WR talent, the TE position does much better, as they have drafted 2 in this year’s draft. Hayden Hurst may not make any impact this year. Lamar Jackson will be on the bench, and Orlando Brown, will need some work to step in as well, but they are making definitive moves for next year. The weird thing is the late round TE could be better than the one taken in the first round.

Buffalo:

The Bills are another team in need of WR’s but did not draft one until the 6th and 7th rounds, taking Austin Proehl and Ray-ray McCloud who have good pedigrees. Josh Allen has an aging Fantasy RB, whenever he is ready to step up, using his awesome arm and athleticism.

Carolina:

Taking the best receiver in the draft, D.J. Moore, the Panthers have depth at the position, and Ian Thomas is a great fit for the offense, in awaiting Greg Olsen’s retirement.

Chicago:

The Bears are doing what they do: Build up the defense, and Lines on both sides, traditionally. Anthony Miller adds an interesting prospect, to help light up the air, with Mitch Trubiskey in hopes of Carson Wentz like production. When the injuries hit, like they do, Miller will be in great fantasy position.

Cinncinnati:

The Bengals did not have an impressive draft, with their only splash player perhaps being Mark Walton, who won’t see the field much unless there are major injuries. Their focus was on the defense.

Cleveland:

I hope Cleveland proves everyone wrong by selecting Baker Mayfield. I still would have taken the safer #1 QB option. Their moves on offense indicate they must rely on their coach to bring in players that could cause some off the field trouble. If that can be done, there is a lot of talent around Mayfield in this draft.

Dallas:

With the need at WR, the have to rely on Gallup, so the fantasy opportunities will be there for Michael Gallup. They appear to be re-tooling instead of rebuilding for the future with moves for Conner Williams at G and Dalton Schultz at TE, to support Zeke and Dak long term.

Denver:

I like the move to obtain Courtland Sutton whom I believe was underrated in this draft class. He has the size and ball skills to make an immediate impact, if he can be utilized as the 3rd WR. Royce Freeman also has a chance to outperform his draft status as a 3rd round pick. Dashean Hamilton added to the mix adds depth.

Detroit:

The Lions show a commitment to the running game, as they add 2 offensive linemen, and Kerryon Johnson a back with impressive size, speed, and tape. He could be a steal, and help Matt Safford’s value in fantasy.

Green Bay:

With their late round selections, the Packers, who do a good job of drafting WR’s drafted 3. We don’t know which one has the best chance to break out, but their first one taken has good size at 6’3″, J’mon Moore.

Houston:

The Texans are still looking for the slot receive, a position teams are utilizing more than ever. The TE pick was another need filled as well with Jordan Adkins. However they failed to get enough help along the OLine, to protect Watson, which should have been a top priority.

Indianapolis:

Adding 2 guards and 2 RB’s were great moves for this team, shoring up the line and running game potential. Hines could be the next Terik Cohen.

Jacksonville:

This will be a dominating team, but not a fantasy team. The defense dominates, and only got stronger on both sides of the ball. DJ Chark could develop later into a deep threat.

Kansas City:

With no offensive players taken, look to their defense, in fantasy drafts. Always a good choice anyway along with Jax.

Los Angeles Chargers:

As one of the best sleepers of the draft, Justin Jackson, taken in the 7th round, could actually play if/when their #1 option gets hurt. Look out, as the rest of their draft was mostly defense.

Los Angeles Rams:

The Rams took a potential staring tackle someday in Joe Noteboom. Also a center to add depth for help for their fantasy studs.

Miami:

The Dolphins defintiely took the most athletic TE in the draft. That was also a need, following that up with D. Smyth from  N.D. and Kelem Ballage, who could provide fantasy value next year, or even this year.

Minnesota:

The Vikes took no one of any real fantasy football impact.

New England:

The Pats took Sony Michel as a potential starting back. However their system does not allow any one runner

New Orleans:

As a head scratching draft, no one knows why they ended up doing all that trading to get an edge rusher with the 14th pick. However, the WR they picked up in the 3rd round, may replace Willie Snead just fine, Tre’quan Smith with decent combine numbers.

New York Giants:

The Giants questionable moves in the real world, became a slam dunk for future fantasy owners of Saquon Barkley. Will Hernandez provides the muscle up front for him.

New York Jets:

Darnold surprisingly did not get a lot of help in this draft. The whole team needs a lot, so will this coaching staff be a good fit for Darnold in the coming years?

Oakland Raiders:

The Raiders did a great job potentially shoring up the O’line. This helps the fantasy value of Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, and Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. I don’t see the trade for Martavis Bryant making much of an impact.

Philadelphia:

The Eagels pick up a TE they don’t really need. But they don’t need anything. Dallas could potentially be in play for the 2nd TE to trusty Zack Ertz, which could put him in fine position in fantasy football.

Pittsburgh:

James Washington and Mason Rudolph could very well be in play this year and beyond. When Ben gets hurt, hopefully Mason will be ready to play this year. Washington seems in line to replace M. Bryant, but that does not provide enough targets unless someone gets hurt for relevancy.

San Fran:

Offensively the 49ers made some solid moves in the first 2 rounds. McGlinchey and Pettis should help right away, and provide fantasy relevancy to Goropollo and co.

Seattle:

Many people question the drafting of Rashaad Penny because of the other RB’s on the board. However moving on, this is their guy, with excellent size and speed.  The starting job is his to lose.

Tampa:

Tampa should get a huge instant fantasy impact from Ronald Jones. Strikingly similar to Jamall Charles, this is  a great move using the 38th pick for the bucks, and overall production for their offense.

Tennessee:

With no offensive player taken, look forward to Mariota, Corey Davis, and Derrick Henry should make big fantasy value this year.

Washington:

The redskins drafted Darrius Guice and something weird happened to his draft stock after being widely viewed as one of the best 1st round picks in the draft. The also took a OT from Louisville to help out the running game, increasing the fantasy value.

 

Fantasy Football Running Back Draft Strategy: Lower Tier RB

For Strategy on your draft day for 2018, we’ll get you an early start to your fantasy football running back strategy. This will dive into the lower tier RBs, hoping that some of these runners/receivers will give you the best chance to rotate running back while solidifying positions that have more variance from week to week such as WR, with 3 spots to normally fill at the position.

Here is a quick, early tier ranking of RB’s for 2018 to start with, not including the draft status of the rookies, but rather the overall ability and talent, along with readiness to work with a pro system at RB at the next level. This is obviously because this article is written before the draft.

One more thing: This list is built on upside for PPR or Point Per Reception scoring. This way you can potentially land a #1 running back or 2 in the first round.

  1. Todd Gurley
  2. David Johnson
  3. Alvin Kamara
  4. LeVeon Bell
  5. Ezekiel Elliot
  6. Saquon Barkley
  7. Leonard Fournette
  8. Kareem Hunt
  9. Melvin Gordon
  10. Devante Freeman
  11. Mark Ingram
  12. Jordan Howard
  13. Dalvin Cook
  14. Ronald Jones II
  15. Joe Mixon
  16. LeSean McCoy
  17. Christian McCaffrey
  18. Carlos Hyde
  19. Sony Michel
  20. Darrius Guice

This is clearly not the best list to actually draft by for a regular draft in which you might be looking for consistent, proven fantasy studs.

The reason a lot of rookies are included, is so that you can begin to see that while you don’t want to overvalue them in early rounds based upon their ADP or average draft position, you can think about some of these guys being steals in the late rounds. When you look at guys that have positive attributes such as Sony Michel and/or Ronald Jones, they have great breakaway speed and enough maturity to be a factor in the NFL from day one. Also Guice and Cook may not be very far behind Saquon Barkley when it comes to production at this level. So watch out!

If you look at the draft class, and actually taking these guys in your draft, practice in the mock draft room for free on Yahoo, or if you like to make it more official with a wager on it, go to Draft.com for a free $3 entry into a

Fantasy Football running back draft strategy
Fantasy Football running back draft strategy

draft that win profit you almost 3 times the cash that you put in for future drafts, as draft.com is the highest paid daily fantasy sports site on the planet. 

The RB Draft Strategy Final Breakdown.

  1. Think about using guys with high upside that may even split backfield carries, making them under owned and under valued such as last years Saints the year prior’s Falcons. Which team may have a 2 RB duo to compare this year. We will have to wait on the NFL draft results to give us a better idea.
  2.  Manage the best high upside matchups on a week to week basis, waiting for a rookie or 2nd year player to break out. Check out Gurley’s 3rd year results as the 2nd year was a flop based on nothing but the coaching scheme.
  3. Draft as many of these RB’s as you can. After all when drafting WR’s and TE’s high, you won’t need all the depth that you would when you go against the grain, and not worry about drafting a RB until the 3rd round. This is where you could look at starting to pick up Joe Mixon, a 2nd year player with a high floor, or a veteran like Lesean McCoy, who a lot of people will overlook because of age.
  4. In the worst case scenario you will balancing backs staring a different set of RB’s every week. In the best scenario, if you hit on one guy, you will have a superstar such as Gurley in the making.

 

 

NFL Draft Coverage: Top Prospect Research Sites

When attempting to research the top prospects in the nfl draft, there’s a lot of info and places to go for nfl draft coverage and research.

Let’s say you want to get ready for the top RB prospects for this year and hit on the right guys to make a run with your fantasy team for 2018. I

NFL Mock Draft: Fantasy sports draft

recommend the lower tier RB strategy as I have developed and used the strategy successfully in leagues including daily leagues and season long leagues. Here is an outline of the RB Strategy here.

Let’s start here with a top 10:

  1. Draftbreakdown.com

Draftbreakdown.com provides an easy to find place for in depth coverage prospect by prospect, of the nfl draft. This includes relevant youtube videos, articles, podcasts, and rankings. The only downside is that, many times you could try and look for a draftable prospect never to find him on the site. Some guys are added later, and there are a lot of prospects there that have no chance of getting drafted. Many will only have a couple tryouts on teams.

2. Youtube

Youtube of course has many videos stored for free use. Some good recommended channels specifically would be guys like Matt Waldman and Vock Lombardi, as you can search their names or use a general prospect name search. 

3. The NFL App

The app has many features including watching the draft such as on Roku or your tablet or phone device.

4. Walterfootball.com

Walterfootball has professional coverage in print format, not including videos that you can always pull up for quick reads and most current updates on any prospect in the NFL.

5. Combine Stats and Pro day Stats

This is the last and least of the important factors in gauging a players value at any position, as their physical attributes are measured and proven on the time clock, or measurement stick. This is found on nfl.com The pro day results can be found on walterfootball.com here

All of this is a lot of analysis but if your like me, and like to do your own research, since no expert really knows all of the factors heading into the draft. The Unknowns such as Johnny (Football) Maneiel and many countless others, the only thing you can truly count on %100 is unpredictability.

NFL Mock Draft: NFL Fantasy Draft Needs

Whey would I be talking about NFL Draft Needs in the same sentence as fantasy football rankings? What NFL team cares about making fantasy picks? None.

This is a fantasy site and therefore a fantasy article is here to pass the fantasy time away.

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NFL Mock Draft: Fantasy sports draft

in a perfect fantasy world, here is the order of the draft. However with the twist in this mock draft, we will only draft players that will be the best overall players who can help fantasy players needs. If the player does not help your fantasy team, we will not draft them. That does not actually exclude defense, because defense is also part of fantasy. So even if you do not play individual defensive players, we will consider players that will improve that position on your fantasy team as well. As another perspective on the projected best fantasy players entering into the nfl draft see my most previous article here

  1. Browns: Saquon Barkley RB

Without any surprises here, lets have the browns just take the #1 Valued Fantasy Option as there is no better skilled player, and potential to be worthy of a first round pick. The Browns get their man in a perfect fantasy football world. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson are find handcuff options for him. Just get him a quality lineman to enhance the experience for your fantasy team. Could also add the QB needed to balance the offense.

2. Giants: Sam Darnold QB

The Giants needing help at all positions take the best overall player available. So they decide to go with the safest QB and take him off the board, building for their fantasy quarterback of the future. Eli is not happy 🙁 At least they keep OBJ, not being able to trade him, contributing this year.

3. NYJ: Josh Allen QB

The Jets have a lot of fine options at the WR position but no one reliable to throw the ball to. Reminding them of Carson Wentz, they figure they can get him into the starter role sooner than later, providing impact as a sleeper on a fantasy team.

4. Browns: Quentin Nelson OG

How could the Browns pass on a QB? Shocking as it is, in the fantasy world, the 3rd best QB, won’t do your fantasy team any good according to history, and this guy will open things up for the fantasy browns to perform as a top flight fantasy team with their new weapons.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen QB

The Broncos have other needs but adding the potential to their fantasy team, makes for some interesting competition and maybe even a future star.

6. Colts: Kolten Miller OT

And so the draft, at least not the fantasy draft (aren’t all mock drafts fantasy anyway since none of them hold true?) goes well for the Colts as the #1 lineman is off the board, not according to Andrew Luck’s protection plan.

7. Buccs: Calvin Ridley WR

One thing the Buccs have not really tried successfully so far is to draft a compliment WR to Mike Evans and this could be the spot to do it, even though it seem early, this is the best available offensive player.

8. Bears: Bradley Chubb Edge Rush

The bears decide to be the bears, enhancing their team and individual defense, with an instant upgrade.

9. 49ers: DJ Moore WR

As another option as the best WR in the draft the 9ers look for a replacement for the aging Peire Garcon, to help the new offense.

10. Raiders: Derwin James S

Helping their fantasy defense, which is already good with Kalil Mack on the edge, as one of the best individual defensive fantasy players, add another one at strong safety.

11. Dolphins: Darius Guice RB

About time for another offensive threat to help, for those times when injuries happen, set to compete and win against the starter they have, Guice may be a better all around back. Surprisingly pass on this next guy.

12. Bills: Lamar Jackson QB

The bills get the steal of the fantasy world draft, and pick up a superstar capable of being better than Deshaun Watson. Incredible!

13. Redskins: Baker Mayfield QB

Really this is not a bad spot to pick up a potential replacement for Alex Smith and although not ready, they can get him ready for next year.

14. Packers: Roquan Smith LB

The Packers decide to improve their fantasy defense instead of adding any more weapons at this time. They always make good personell decision.

15. Cardinals: Mike McGlinchey OT

Needing to get stronger here, it will help all of their offensive output.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton WR

The Ravens decide to get offensive, and hope for a deep threat to compliment all other. I think its a great match fantasy or not.

17. Chargers: Tremaine Edmunds LB

The Chargers get a steal, projected much higher, the add to their already good defense, enhancing to one of the best in the league.

18. Seahawks: Frank Ragnow C

The steady decline of the Seahawks is due in part to their offensive line. This pick will help in the real world as well.

19. Cowboys: Denzel Ward CB

While the Cowboys will be able to take a compliment WR at this spot, in this draft, there are none worth their value here as the Boys settle on taking a compliment to Byron Jones.

20. Lions: Mike Gesicki TE

This is a conceivable invite for the Lions to take a position of need here, giving Stafford more fantasy weapons.

21. Bengals: James Daniles C

With the Offensive QB options gone off the board, they don’t really need anything else. The best direction to go is to get the line shored up.

22. Bills: Minkah Fitzpatrick CB

With Offensive weapons in place to go along with Jackson, its time here to take the best player available off the board. Why didn’t the Raiders or Cowboys take him? Bad drafting teams.

23. Rams: Leighton Vander Esch OLB

As the best team heading into the draft, they opt to add depth and a certain need at linebacker, as their fantasy team is set!

24. Panthers: Nick Chubb RB

So the Panthers look for sort of a power running back replacement for James Stewart.

25. Titans: Christian Kirk WR

The Titans add an added role at WR, using Kirk but will he be able to be used like he should in this run oriented offense?

26. Falcons: Vita Vea DT

the Falcons get very happy with the steal here to make the defense fantasy worthy.

27. Saints: Hayden Hurst TE

Its a great name and great potential fit for a fantasy based offense.

28. Steelers: Mark Andrews TE

Pittsburgh also adding to that for Big Ben.

29. Jaguars: Will Hernandez OG

The offensive guard fills the offensive need, instead of drafting an original gangsta.

30. Vikings: De’Ron Payne DT

The Vikes add Pain to their defense, becoming the #1 overall fantasy defense for 2018 this year.

31.Patriots: Dallas Goedert TE

AS the run on TE’s sort of continues, his the Pats turn to build for the future.

32. Eagles: Marcus Davenport DE

The Eagles take the best overall player left, as they have no needs.

For more of an actual breakdown of the combine and other information on the nfl draft visit nfl.com

The Fantasy Sports Game – Re-Invented: New Strategies

For today’s post I wanted to get you some ideas for trying fantasy sports for the first time or simply trying again after failing. 

It’s not about winning the lottery. Its about developing the skills to use in research to get the best advantage in any game. 

First though, lets consider the time of year it is: 

We have MLB, NBA, and NHL all going on at the same time. When we eventually get into football season, shortly after the opening games in the NFL, we will have in the month of october, we will have all four major american sports going on at the same time, with NBA and NHL starting up during the month on different dates, and this being while the ALCS and NLCS is going on before the start of the world series. that will be an incredible time similar to this time of year, even though without football, having NCAA march madness going on. 

Here is the key shift in mindset to propose. 

I used to limit my fantasy sports to NFL. Now since I have advanced into MLB last season, heading into my 2nd season of playing, there are clearly opportunities to make skilled winning daily. If you can pick some games from the best slates using 2 out of 3 of these sports, that creates endless opportunities in DFS or daily fantasy sports. Of course when spring is finished, heading into the summer, there is only MLB. But that’s ok. the great thing about it, is teams play 6 days out of the week! What could be better. So you can easily see how the opportunities exist to adjust your strategy and skill set during these seasons. Even during the weekly NFL season there is never a time in which the other sports don’t play daily slates as well. 

So let’s waste no further time getting into what we do best. Get you some incredible tips for the day for beginner, or fresh re-start up strategy. 

Getting Started

  1. Don’t let past experiences slow you down. Let’s face it. You were probably making bad financial decisions based on luck of players you pick, for no solid reason other than liking a guy who looks like a real player. From experience, you will have to find the right statistical data for any sport. Nothing is over simplified. Don’t flinch when it comes to the numbers. 
  2. Start developing your sustainable system. You want to be a technician. But you don’t want to take away from the fundamentals of the game. Respect that. 
  3. Every sport has its own specific strategy depending on where your playing and the scoring. For those used to playing on fanduel, that’s fine. You can continue to use their salary system and find the best bargains. However, to keep things interesting, you can consider signing up at Draft.com for live drafts that take place every minute there. While its  a different game there, if you have your research in place, you can be just as effective and efficient winning on draft.com as well. This app will get you into the game and excited about Free Wins! click on the picture for access
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I will let you go with those 3 key things when mentioning idealistic ways of getting more cash in your pocket, if you can paitently learn to outlast and let the projections normalize themselves in given sports. 

Here are a couple examples. 

In MLB, this was brought out on the NumberFire fantasy sports podcast. after looking at he deep stats such as wOBA and or WAR, these numbers normalize themselves after a certain number of games. That number of games being 60. 

When you take the example that just happened on opening day of MLB, Matt Davidson of the Chicago White Sox, hit 3 HRs, and 5 RBI’s. may seem like a mirage, especially with this quote directly from FanGraph’s. 

The Quick OpinionMatt Davidson hit for power in 2017, but he didn’t do much else. His extremely poor strikeout-to-walk rate, poor contact rate, and poor defense will likely relegate him to a reserve role in 2018.”

But.. why did this guy with just moderate power go beyond what he should be?  That’s the great part about it. This type fo performance merits something better than just a reserve role, or at least a hot streak in the making, that you can use before this normalization happens, if you are timing your lineups right, before any hot streak ends. This basic strategy has been used in any sport, and you can ride the wave, but then estimate when to get off of it. 

Would you like more strategies such as this one for Free? You could do a couple things: first for daily videos, on the Slates of the day visit Andy’s Youtube Channel for daily advice Also you could opt-into the form obove right, to be emailed daily with strategy specifics for your sport(s). But also see my article on the best fantasy sports sites that reveal real strategy. And finally you can always re-visit here for in depth tops concerning the seasons we mentioned, especially in fantasy football.

If this makes sense, drop a comment below, if not that’s fine as well, just comment. 

Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Report: Opening Day

For Opening day of fantasy baseball sleepers today let’s consider the following prospects for a good opening day performance shall we?

Just also be aware though, it can be very difficult to predict these breakouts, but based on the numbers to project, that we have available from small sample sizes, and not so numbers based projections as well we will throw some guys out there for you to think about, whether drafting or just waiting to see if their fantasy value picks up for you to consider stashing now or Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Report: Opening Daylater, when they are perhaps being brought up to the majors. Here are 5 players to keep your eye on, if not later when the opportunity presents itself. Also here are my best sites for fantasy baseball preparation this year.

Potential Consistent Stud: Kyle Schwarber

Schwarber may have already established himself as a MLB slugger but his slugging percentage could rise a lot more. If he can be compared at this point to first round fantasy draft picks such as Mike Trout, this would be one of the greatest sleeper jumps from year to year. At only 25 years old, Schwarber could take the leap. In one particular stretch of this 2017 year, out of 33 hits, 14 cleared the outfield wall.

Right behind him: Ian Happ

Really, how could you mention Schwarber without mentioning Happ as the leagues breakout player of 2017? With a .514, he will be productive in any fantasy league. Only 1 year older, Happ has come into his own, even beating Kyle’s record for most HR’s over any given span, reaching his 20 homers even faster! That was in his 89th game as opposed to Kyle’s 97th game, reaching that mark.

Not reached his potential yet. Amed Rosario

Rosario has most of the necassary tools to make it in the big leagues, as he is comparable with his electrifying speed, to Frascisco Lindor. He is young and can break the New York Mets lineup soon as possibly one of the league’s best in steals, enhancing his overall athleticisim.

Injury Prone Risk?: David Dahl

This is an up hill battle but as a minor leaguer, this sleeper should have a chip on his shoulder as long as he is healthy. Projecting at one time as a batting title contender, In 2016 he had a 17 game hit streak. I he can stay focused, he can be pushed to such a level in the best ballpark in baseball for the Rockies. 

Smallest of the Sample: Victor Robles

While Robles of the Nationals would be a injury only move to actually pick this guy up, if he gets called up from the minors, he has proven his small sample: 1.092 OPS in his opening 15 plate appearances. That is not 15 games, however but if the injury happens, look out, at least for a short to potential long term gig, depending completely on that injury status of any starting outfielders there. 

Keep in mind, its the earliest day ever for opening day, so get ready today.