What is Chalk in DFS and How To Identify for Separation?

Chalk in DFS is the pool of players in your salary cap daily fantasy game that are highly owned. On a 10-15 game slate this should be anywhere from %25-95 such as on Fanduel.

This “Chalk is no so desirable in tournament games or contests that pay out over X5 your investment or games that pay out only around %10-15 of the contestants.

Chalk, however is desirable if you are taking into consideration the highest performing players depending on the sport. I will illustrate a perfect example of identifying chalk in an MLB contest, which has high variance compared to other sports,

High variance = less consistent players.

I will help to identify the most consistent pitchers in my article Fantasy baseball sleepers for rest of 2018 season here where I will get into on larger slates, except for sunday, as I have started to take that day off for football or other activities.

So what do most good DFS players do in MLB DFS to counteract the high variance? They look for Low variance Pitchers because that is the only low variance position on the baseball field. Next they look at players that have high OPS, Woba, and ISO to get Hot hitters to fill out their rosters.

In order to get hot players in Cash games or %50/50 along with head to head, they gain a high percentage of wins in these contests. I was surprised to learn that some professional DFS players win up to around %70 of their contests.

Here is a contest from the main saturday showing the owner percentage of each player I chose using the identifying marks described above to get these higher ownership players

What is Chalk in DFS

What is Chalk in DFS

Here is a video that shows it overall a bit better along with the process.

As you can also see, I separated myself with the winning advantage with 2 key differentiation players including my pitcher Fulty and my Util. spot, with Lucas Duda. Thats all you really need to win these type of higher cash investments.

As a fantasy player now for years, I have learned from experiences. Bank roll and strategy are essential to every sport. Don’t lose any more, visit DFSArmy for more instruction, coaching, along with the latest technology in analytics using the state of the art Domination Station today. Don’t hold back from a small investment in your game, earning an easy %20 on your returns instead of re-depositing monthly from your paycheck of hard earned money. Make it fun and safe!

Fantasy Football Prep 2018 WFF Predictions

Here is your Wealthy Fantasy Football Expert Fantasy Football predictions for the upcoming 2018 season.

What will I be predicting here????

Predicting things that very well have a chance to happen.

Am I recommending you follow every rankings referenced in thelink to my rankings at the bottom? know because it depends more on your draft and how it goes during the season long draft you have entered.

UPDATE: 8/16 @ 7:11am

Go to Fansided.com for week 2 pre-season notes, the best rundown I have found so far. Also download the playerline app to keep updates going throughout the day.

You can take a chance on one of the players such as the one I will get into and leave the rest of the picks to the conventional picks that every fantasy football analyst out there will continue to predict such as Todd Gurley # 1 followed by Bell…

Every year there are certainly unpredictable things that WILL HAPPEN.

The only thing you can do is hope for the best, since no one saw Gurley coming in as #1 last year, so here it goes. Nothing to lose mentality.

Bold Predictions

The Leading Rusher in the NFL and best fantasy football RB will be Dalvin Cook. 

Cook has proven reports from camp from the media showing him to be a much improved back from last year. And last year he was very good in limited reps. Since many of these type of predictions are never easy, I will go with Cook as my #1 option at the RB position if he falls to me. Its very difficult to repeat as a 1200 yard and 400 yard receiving year = 1600 yards from scrimmage, let alone repeat as the league leading rusher. Kareem Hunt is not likely to finish again with this crown, as Cook’s opportunity is better. The hype coming out of camp is that his knee is better than it was before the injury.. If that’s medically possible than great! I will buy in for now. A running team backed by a great defense. They are hungry to get him running as the main 3 down starter. He was on pace for nearly 2000 yards from scrimmage before the ACL tear according to NFL.com

The 2018 Pre-Season MVP will be…… 

Update as of 8/15/18: Well, I did allow one week to pass to decide this one, to get a bit better feel. While the pre-season has nothing to do with the regular season results, and it can be very boring, I will give these high performers of the pre-season a ride to Wins!

Demarcus Robinson WR KC, and Byron Marshall, RB Wash.

The Best Stack of the season will be:

That honor will go to Carson Wentz and Zack Ertz. Seriously, how have we reached the day when the QB/TE is a better stack then a QB/WR stack? This is the year of the RB and TE, taking pressure off QB’s to be the stuff teams are made of, and looking for alternative routes to playing the high octane, downfield passing models developed by QB’s like the 83′ draft class, Brett Favre, Brady, Manning, and Brees. These type of quarterbacks are aged, and/or not in play anymore. So we will see these other positions pick up, if all goes according to recent theory.

For my up to date Fantasy football Weekly PPR rankings, see my Draft Board Page.

That will do it for today, I may add more to these Bold Predictions in the coming days.

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Best Fantasy Football Strategy for 2018: Game Stacks

For those who are familiar enough with the fantasy football strategy of stacking here are some things to incorporate into your game for 2018.

Game stacks actually work best in other sports like MLB and NHL if you are into those types of sports. I will occasionally make an article on those topics as well for game stack. However the right 2 or 3 players from an NFL team or game will further enhance your ability to separate yourself from the field. I will now explain the strategy.

What is a Game Stack?

A game stack is not a traditional stack where you simply make a connection commonly used with a QB/WR combo or a TE perhaps joining the 3 together as well. With a traditional stack, NFL analytics can do well for you if you are able to understand the NFL game and choose the teams that are utilizing the analytics aspect of the game with teams that are successfully utilizing 4th downs for example, you will give yourself a huge edge!

An offense like the Philadelphia Eagles will be very interesting this 2018 year. Because they are aggressive and take more shots in the passing game on first to 4th down, they are taking the calculated risk of out scoring their opponent by perhaps a large number. So while this game stack strategy may be difficult to calculate who will even get the ball and get touchdowns, it may be easy to see, that the team the is opposite of them, depending on how good the offense is in the passing game. This team may have the opportunity to make big chunks of yards in the passing game as a general rule. The only problem is, with a defense as good as the eagles, you could have your team committing turnovers in this situation, running up the Eagles Fantasy DST. In this scenario, Eagles offense = Eagles DST game stack.

Whats the difference between a Game Stack and a Regular Stack?

A regular stack really gives no consideration the game within the game, or the total game opportunity for the opposing team as expanded on in the previous example. As a more simple example let’s say a team plays good defense, like to run the ball, and should be ahead vs. their opponent. You then have yourself a RB/DST game stack.

What are the best Stack Combos Overal?

Best Fantasy Football Strategy for 2018

As we can see according to the picture, the rule is that the QB-WR stack is the most viable option to use. You could also be creative with the RB-DST, RB-WR, QB-TE, and even WR-K.

Let’s get Real in NFL DFS

The odds of getting a large cash payout in the daily fantasy space is kind of rare. In order to obtain the very best daily fantasy football strategy for winning upwards of $1000’s of dollars it can be a realistic way, using enough game stack and regular stack lineups. Now most people are busy and have limited time to research NFL statistics all day.

However, you can runs 10’s to 100’s or even a 1000 stack at the touch of a button providing yourself with enough potential scenarios based on team analytics and the MOSTLY all wise vegas lines to be profitable each and every week provided you have the hedge of Cash games, or in other words contests where around %50 of the entries win profit!

How could such a task be operated?

Well how do professionals generate their lineups? Using Rules such as shown on screen here:

Best daily fantasy football strategy for stacking
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As you can see where the curser is, on CREATE NEW RULE, this tool with the DFSArmy allows you to create the exact type of stack you want and with diversification across as many lineups as you want.

You can join the research strategists who offer personal assistance and coaching through their war rooms and provide guidance weekly with exclusive articles, research, spreadsheets, and many more tools such as the one shown.

Would you like further evidence that this and other strategies shown works? Not only is their a wall of wins provided as the experts post their results, but here is showing the results of the quarter tournament and the winning that usually occur because of this similar strategy:

We are using Fanduel for this example

best fantasy football results 2018

As shown, I finished 21st of  of thousands and won an easy $20. The guy who had 3 finishes in the top 10 was “runningupacheck”, from the DFSArmy with the logo.

I had never seen or realized the extent of the dfs team of dfsarmy, and the results they are getting until I personally joined and started using all of their tools and coaching, to see greater results.

Most importantly, I have a good time this football season, and lower your losses with solid strategies for 2018

Want to Go deeper into my secret strategies for Wining %57 of my lineups

last year? Take a look at my article on finding the best consistent or 

non-consistent players whenever you need for your nfl drafts

Do you have any success stories to share?

Best Daily Fantasy Baseball Sleepers for Rest of 2018

In creating a valuable list of fantasy baseball sleepers for 2018, we will not be getting into season long leagues. It seems that at this point in the season it would be difficult to make a difference in these leagues.

We will focus on the daily game, and some possible guys to use in a daily tournament contest, or possibly a head to head contest. I invite you to one of these contests hosted by myself by clicking on one of the blue highlighted links, to change daily this week.

To build out this article I will have to add one daily prospect for a sleeper that I have discovered while playing on one of the sites such as Fanduel or DraftKings. So the order will come in which I find them daily over the rest of this week. Got it?


Best Daily Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
For Best Daily Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Updated Daily for Main DFS Slates

If you have a chance to notice, if you stay on the site here and do enough research you will find these are best recommended in terms of probably 3  most important MLB DFS Stats, being the most advanced.

Those would be Woba, WISO, and WOPS. These are weighted or adjusted numbers in terms of batting percentages vs. the opposing pitcher that take the matchup into account. You can google these baseball terms to learn more.

Remember, look at the matchups, stats, and Vegas lines, and most importantly, have fun as you make your lineups, and get the players you want..

Here is the Tournament Stack for Fri. 8/10/18:

This is for specifically the Main Daily Slate on Fanduel: 

Tier 1:

Tier 2:



How To Prepare for a Fantasy Football Draft for 2018

How would you prepare for a fantasy football draft for 2018. Well that could be one of 2 things. You could be getting ready for a live in person draft, getting snacks and drafts (Beers) ready, or you could even more likely entering a virtual draft room and preparing to win your draft, both of which are pretty cool.

In order to best prepare for any 2018 fantasy football draft you will first want to take into consideration the fantasy point factor.

What type of scoring system does your league use?

Is your league using PPR or General Standard scoring?

If your league is PPR scoring, you will have to focus on players that maximize their opportunities with Receptions. In Standard formats you will want to maximize your opportunities with Rushing attempts to balance out your rankings, going into your draft. For more help on that you can visit Sportsline.com for sheets on scoring on any site you might play on.

What Are you Chances of Winning and at what cost?

Whether you are in a paid or free season long contest, most people have the end goal in mind of finishing #1 in their league. What will it take to accomplish that? Excellent drafting and waiver wire management. That means that you must hit on high upside players, and not settle for players that have limited upside, even when they are consistent in their deviation from their mean score. See my article, Fantasy Football Starters of Consistency for more info.

What you measure the cost in terms of investment you will need to balance out the amount you used to do so with an expected return. In most leagues only winners 1-3 out of 10 players get any of their money back. In Yahoo Premium leagues, you get paid out a large percentage of the funds as long as you finish in the top 2, resulting in an around %80 payout to those top 2 players. You must however finish in the top %20 of your competitors.

Choosing between Consistent Players and Upside players.

The fact is, its not hard for any educated NFL watcher to figure out which players have the best opportunity in the nfl, based on things like depth charts, and salaries, all made available through the internet. The hard part is choosing how many high upside players to choose and how many more consistent players to choose in the same tiers of players.

The best way to balance your risk and sure reward is this: Take 3 sure fire players who will be the go to guys, or studs every week, and the rest can be higher risk players who have some potential to become #1 WR’s and RB’s in the league.

Here’s an example of a Low Risk and High Upside Drafted Roster in a 1/2 PPR League:

This would be best if you happen to be drafting towards the end of your round, perhaps with pick 9 out of 10. If you are drafting in the top 5 this year, I would advise taking one of the top tier RBs in standard or PPR, unless you are taking Antonio Brown.

Round 1: DeAndre Hopkins; a very consistent stud last season, rarely getting less than 100 yards and a TD. One of the higher target guys in the league as well.

Round 2: Julio Jones; Yes I took Julio as the 2nd best target monster in the league last year, and even though he did not have the upside, he can easily re-gain those monster 200 yard 2 td games this year.

Round 3: Joe Mixon; Somewhat of a risk perhaps, but tremendous upside, he should only be available by the start of round 4. Think of Todd Gurley getting started last season. This could happen for Mixon this year, with an improved O-line for the Bengals.

Round 4: Zack Ertz; Here we get right back to safety with The most consistent TE last year, almost winning me my yahoo league last year.

Round 5: Alex Collins: Since we now have 3 players who can carry the team if healthy for the year, we must fill out the RB position with the most upside again. Referred to as the Money position, Collins provides the #2 option we you’ll need.

Round 6: Roonald Jones III If you have a flex position, its been confirmed that Jones will carry a large workload in Tampa. Why is he not being drafted higher than the sixth round. Remember Kareem Hunt last year. Tamp should get it going early with J. Winston out.

As you might be able to see, without filling out this example of a roster, you can obtain high upside to win your league. I would also suggest stacking, more common in daily leagues, but taking for example Carson Wentz if taking Ertz, or taking Matt Ryan, if you also believe the Falcons will score a ton of points this year like I do if you have Julio Jones. This creates synergy in your fantasy football lineup.

Sizing up Your Competition:

How To Prepare for a Fantasy Football Draft for 2018

As you can see above, the competition for this Yahoo league is not great, as the player has a 0-0 record, unless they have played on other sites.

If you have played with and are familiar with your league you will know whether your league drafts all RB’s High or some other position.

In a 2 QB league which I play in yearly, QB’s are drafted much higher than normal drafts. If you see this trend happening in the first round, go get some QB’s.

If your strategy or outliers consist of more helpful tips feel free to leave a comment below, so we can approve it right away. Thanks

How To Find the Best Daily Fantasy Baseball Matchups for 2018

If you are looking for some of the best post all-star and best daily fantasy baseball matchups for the 2nd half of the 2018 season, this article will NOT focus on a common misconception.

What is the most common misconception for finding the best matchups? 

Using the best optimizer or projections from certain sites or tools.

Where to focus your Time?

Instead of focusing on some of the really great tools for finding the best matchups in this daily sport, or some consider, a profitable business, you will need to focus on the PROCESS of evaluation, rather than trusting in the right magic tool or projection system, along with and optimizer.

In order to maximize your winning percentage, let’s say on a smaller slate, of just one head to head lineup where you are only playing against 1 other player you would be best to research all of the following information.

When you have the tools such as above, you save yourself a TON of time in research. This way you can spend your time perfecting your own process for making relevant fantasy sports decisions, being well informed.

Since a lot of the data is more stabelized, it makes it easier to go according to the numbers, however, the sharks, or what the professional fantasy players are known as, can take advantage of many newbies or inexperienced people in contests this way as well. Therefore one needs all he or she can get when it comes to analytics and any edge they may obtain.

To get more on the tools, including the Domination Station, which allows you to adjust and set multiple lineups on a more advanced level take a look at my Best Fantasy Football Tools for 2018 Post.

This video basically breaks down how elaborate the tools and projections breakdown systems can be as you can find more like it on Youtube.com.

While I am not as experienced in fantasy baseball as in fantasy football, (that’s why this site has been focused on football), I will be working on perfecting my own process for 2018.

Best Daily Fantasy Baseball Matchups 2018

Instead of relying on 2017 methods used, as I have talked about in previous article, so I have decided to do more testing myself before sharing any one specific method, but promising however in a future article after the season restarts just the all-star break, since I have used different methods in the past, but as part of the learning process the, interestingly the things that worked last year for success has not carried over well this year, therefore not sharing them here, at least not in this article.

What I will Show on my Next Fantasy Football Post

In my next article I will get more specifically into fantasy football draft results, which is a very large topic, however, you can see my specific results of how I draft on a Yahoo paid fantasy league later this week.

Best Fantasy Football Research Tools for 2018

The goal of this article is to collect the best fantasy football research tools for 2018 and have you prepared like never before, so you can win more leagues than you ever have.

I will cover 3 main tools and their different purposes so that you can begin to see the total picture and gameplan for the 2018 football season. Here’s the breakdown as I will also explain WHY each category is important.

Benefits of All of these Tools combined:

If you used all of these tools combined you will have the very best chance to diversify your Cash and GPP lineups. In other words, the main benefit to using all of these tools likely at your disposal is that you can never completely lose on a given day and slate. You’ll have enough bank flow to be able to succeed in fantasy sports of all kinds, as to increase your bank roll every day you play! This also mathmatically increases your shots at the 6 figure payouts that happen on many of these daily format sites. I would first like to preface with one more question for you.

Will The Best Tools Make You Successful?

That answer depends on how you use the tools you decide to go with. While the tools are what you use. You will also want to get 5 other questions right for your Fantasy football teams. Who? Where? When? Why? How?

Yes if you can expand not only your knowledge of the games you dabbling in, but also how to assess the competition based on who you will be playing, Where you will be playing (or what site your playing on with what scoring), When you will be deciding to play (or what slate and how large of a slate), Why you will choosing a particular strategy on a given slate, and How you will execute the strategy you intend to choose and for what price, or how much the contest will cost you.

Best Optimizer

For the best lineups optimizer, you will need something that will give you an overall projected top plays of the day. This would ideally include the important parts of a statistical evaluation of players, of course.

Therefore, this tool, optimally used, can very well help you sort out players by watching the players you want and inserting them into a few (not a hundred) different lineups for the slate you are interested in.

The best tool for this purpose is the DraftDashBoard

Here is a Preview of what the Draft Dash Board looks like on the inside.

Best Fantasy Football Research Tools for 2018: Best Optimizer

As you can see, you can sort according to position, best players, browse teams, Studs, Sleepers, and even set and save your lineups for easy reference. You may also use the special Perfect lineups feature, but first make sure you go to DFS College to start. The current estimated price for the Optimizer tool is $30.00 but you should be able to get your first month trial run for $1 with this Offer Here. This will keep you covered year around with the 4 major american sports as shown.

Best Lineups Organizer:

For the best in end user friendly and practical application draftdashboard is great for beginner to expert use. For even higher end user experience in scaling up your earning in multiple contests, eluding to a more serious projection model layout, teaching you how to leverage the advice of some of the best dfs players in the world, you would not want to go without the proven strategies and testimonials of this site. It the best help for creating large amounts of cash and tournament lineups fast. Here is a Domination Station Preview:

You can get the Domination Station and set up for only around $10 more than the DD optimizer mentioned above, providing you a more robust optimizer, thereby providing you 2 options for any sport! Click here to get this DFS Army Domination Station VIP Membership

What’s to Come?

Here is a preview of the inside of the DFS Army Research Station. While this Screen shot does not show the NFL version due to not having been released yet, the time of release being after the 2017 football season, this should be included in your VIP membership mentioned above.

ntasy Football Research Tools for 2018 Research Station

As you can see, this is the all important Spreadsheet Version of your research statistics, matchups, and advanced analytics you will need to dominate any fantasy league. While Cash games may be easy to break down, the stacks as shown for example in NHL games becomes more complex, especially when combining the best stack plays, or players from the same teams, for the best chance to double your points from a score with and assist from the teammate. Take another look at the complete set of DFS Tools coming up along with the VIP membership, including Spredsheets, the best way to do complete research.

Cheat Sheet Anyone?

There is of course, a super low cost but limited option to get a great lineup in from an expert who has won the million dollar price in DFS. That would be found for $1 as well for the best lineup, under the articles tab. Many times this team would run through the best fantasy play options on a main slate, but I don’t believe they are running their podcasts at this time for some reason. Visit Sportsline.com/articles for that $10 monthly option along with a ton of great free information on that site.

Fantasy Football Podcasts

When you also want free advice, you may also search for podcasts on your App store, however some are paid. You can get more biased opinions this way, or you may also even find some statistical information that makes a lot of sense like Number Fire. I would suggest taking notes while listening to one of the more informative podcasts during your day.

One additional Important Tip:

You must think about the Standard Deviation and How you want to use it as everyone used it differently. Here is more explanation on that. 

If your a beginner needing more fantasy football help you may see my recent article, Fantasy Football Draf Strategy for Beginners for 2018 to get started there in your drafts.


Best MLB DFS Projection Algorithm for Friday 6/29/18

If your looking for a  large slate of fantasy sports opportunity to win money and do it consistently, the total algorithm system highlighted here today is draftdashboard.

I will give you a feel for the main 14 game slate, which opens up a lot of possibilities in fantasy baseball today.

I will give you some of the best matchups for the day in fantasy baseball.

I will give you some BvP or Batter vs. Pitcher numbers first, just for fun.

Infield DFS Plays

Edwin Encarnacion (Cleve): 1/2, 1HR vs. Blackburn (A’s)

Paul Goldschmidt (Ari) 1/2, 1 HR vs Suarez (SF)

Whit Merriield (KC) 1/3, 1 HR vs Gonzalez (Sea)

Daniel Murphy (Wash) 4/6 0 HR vs Pivetta (Phi)

Jose Abreu (Chi) 4/10, 1 HR vs Gallardo (Tex)

Outfield DFS Plays



How To Get Ready the Morning of or Day before for a Large Slate of MLB?

Here’s what you can do. Take a look at the matchups including depth charts for the following slate. You can use the drafdashboard as shown in the picture. This will have all of the upcoming matchups for all teams.

Best MLB DFS Projection Algorithm for 6/29/18

As you can see, the Cardinals matchup vs. the Braves info is not up yet. However you can get that info over on MLB.com

However the next morning, all of this info and more will be up on draftdashboard, including the depth charts along with starting picking, and vegas odds. The huge advantage to this depth charts feature is that you can go ahead and watch the players who would be to your advantage to consider for your lineups. This info is stored in your dashboard, even if your logged out, so you can quickly change your starting lineup on the fly, as long as you have enough players per position researched and watched on your dashboard. Shown below:

MLB algorithm dfs 6/29

Notice I am currently watching the projected 1,2,3 hole players for today.

For more info on strategies for DFS MLB see my most recent post:

5 Ways to Profit from MLB DFS







Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates for 2018

Everyone and their grandmother are looking for the best 2018 fantasy football breakout candidates. Only a few will find and obtain the real value from them.

When you have the feeling of drafting someone in the last few rounds that turns out to be able to drive your fantasy team to wins every week, that is the ultimate feeling in fantasy football success.

Of course if you are in a 15 round draft, you will need to be spending your last few picks, in my opinion on kicker and defense. That is simply because there is a lot of value at these positions that will not be drafted. So therefore, in basic, fundamental strategy, you will need to have your team drafted by round 13.

What History says

Let’s discuss for a moment, what recent history says about breakout candidates. You could search the internet for what may seem to be reliable information such as the 2017 fantasy football breakout candidates on fantasypros.com and see what is cooking there for this 2018 year. However, when diving into that fantasy football article, you will find that maybe 2 or 3 of those guys had breakout years last year. If you look back to 2016 you could say the same percentage of players were considered breakout. %20-30 percent.

So will these breakout candidates be any better? History will show. While I did not do an article like this last year or the year prior, the closest article I did was my Fantasy Football PPR Sleepers article. This was written in July the 30th 2017.

Other Considerations for Breakouts

In order to consider a breakout, we obviously do not consider money rounds as where breakouts could be taken. What are money rounds?

Money rounds are those rounds of the nfl draft as those where you must hit if you are building your team mainly by the draft. You could come up with some late round or day 3 gems but those are long shots at prospects whom the team feels could be a fit and a legitimate shot, per the measurements and film to fill a role on the team. Anything more is bonus.

Since we have more rounds in fantasy football, let’s consider breakout candidates in fantasy football starting in round 6 to make it interesting. We will go according to FantasyFootballCalculator Standard overal ADP to find these players.

Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates for 2018

Another consideration is that we don’t want to draft any player too early. Therefore a 8th round adp could have a greater upside possibly then a 6th rounder, but as fantasy football calculator says, “Never reach for a player again.”

Lastly, let’s make this a PPR league, or points per reception as I believe to be the more popular or better option for all types of fantasy leagues, from daily leagues to season long scoring systems. Also, let’s make it a 10 team league.

Best Breakout Candidates in Order of Priority (ADP)

#1 Ronald Jones – Buccaneers

Breaking news: Jameis Winston may miss multiple games for suspension for misconduct. The team is investigating.

Jones has already been mentioned multiple time in prior articles and I expect his draft stock to rise out of this official segment. But for now, this is where he stands as reports from camp have him getting 15-20 touches per game, and likely sharing some load of the work of course, but showing nice agility and pass blocking, as well as catching the ball in stride.

#2 Brandon Cooks – Rams

While this may not be likely to happen, his upside on becoming a better player in his overall game is there. However he is being drafted this low because there are a lot of options in this offense. The positive part for Cooks is that he has had the time to prepare, unlike Watson, who was traded to the Rams towards mid season, resulting in a player not familiar with the playbook. Cooks never got to his potential in New England but patience could pay off for L.A. and for fantasy owners.

#3 Micheal Crabtree – Ravens

It is not always the easiest thing to define a breakout candidate, but even though Crabtree had a breakout campaign in 2015 and 2016 according to memory, and since he had the down 2017 year, there is reason to believe he could bounce back strong. The switch from the 49ers to the Raiders a few years ago did him a lot of good. Remember when Steve Smith had his breakout revival in Baltimore? Crabtree could get similar results.

#4 Will Fuller – Texans

I am actually surprised here that his ADP here is not higher compared to those above him on this list. With Deshaun Watson balling out, it will come down to how consistent this unsustainable performance from last year can be. A lot of the Touchdowns were short catches towards or at the goal line.

#5 Corey Davis – Titans

If Davis does not break out this year, he will not make it to my list again. They have let a lot of WR’s go to now give him the opportunity, let’s hope he creates something with it going forward as the #1 WR in Tennesse.

#6 Royce Freeman – Broncos

Freeman is actually projected to go higher than a few of the guys on this list, however the Broncos make some weird decisions when it comes to their backfield and this year should be no different, as every time they get someone who could take over the main job, he gets benched out bolted out.

#7 Tevin Coleman – Falcons

While at best this would always project to be a shared RB combo, Freeman has come off some injuries and some wonder if he can carry as much load as he used to, with his smaller frame. Coleman boasts and excellent PPR rating, if he takes over more carries as well.

#8 Kerryon Johnson – Lions

A lot of the media doubt whether the Lions can actually run the ball effectively. It does seem as though the Lions are ready to commit to the running game, and if keeping from falling behind in games, this would prove to be effective, hopefully in the red zone.

#9 Devin Funchess – Carolina

In what appears to be a run heavy offense, they should attempt to open things up and that would include Funchess along with the rookie speedster they drafted to try and open things up when needed. Can he be a #1 wideout for the Panthers?

#10 Trey Burton TE – Chicago

As the #1 TE in a revamped offense, the 2nd year starter should rely on this guy in the redzone, as the QB showed a lot of upside flashes last season.

If you have any questions on how I went about this process in finding the best breakout candidates, leave a comment below or share your own candidates I missed.

Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings; Be Ready for Your Fantasy Draft

When getting ready, a bit early for the 2018 Rookie campaigns for fantasy football rookie rankings, you obviously will want your fantasy draft to go well at the rb position. 

Therefore this is the most critical position to be prepared for, and where you should spend the most time gathering more info on these rookies.

Hopefully you are already familiar through the combine, pro days, and draft process for what these RB’s bring to the table. Also after hopefully watching some of the 2017 college football season. We will also scatter some other positional players to look out for as well.

Here are the guys we are taking a look at if your are in regular daft or franchise type leagues where you are drafting only rookies and free agents on your team.

#1 Overall Pick: Saquon Barkley

As obvious as this move is, hopefully to your, you will hopefully not be wrong on this one. The first pick, will be a high enough caliber player in his class to actually lead the league in rushing. He compares to David Johnson and should have a much better rookie campaign then Johnson as DJ did not start for about the first half of his rookie season.

# 2 Rookie Pick: Ronald Jones

You have likely heard about the comparisons to Jamall Charles. How about the recent news of Jones getting 15-20 touches. This however does not mean that he will get 20 carries per game, but more likely 10-15 as some of these 15-20 touches will be receptions, good for PPR leagues. In any case, he does compare to Charles, hopefully without the injuries which occured later in Charles career.

#3 Rookie Pick: Rashaad Penny

With the surprise of drafting Penny this high, he automatically bolts himself into the top 3 overall in rookie plays for 2018 in fantasy football. 

The underrated Penny will not have much trouble adapting to the pro game despite his smaller school SDST upbringing. He has already made strides in the pass blocking skill set, an essential one for getting playing time and carries in the national football league. 

#4 Rookie Pick: Sony Michel

While I have been hesitant to put Michel on the rookie map this year, it appears the patriots have their man at RB this year. The problem in fantasy football drafts has always been the sharing of workloads in the backfield. Will the likes of Rex Burkhead, Mike Gelislee, Jeremy Hill, and James White interrupt his progress, making it annoying for Michel owners. It could be at least at first. But as the season progresses, he should get more than his fair share of opportunities as THE best blocking back in the draft, making sure he does not fumble as well. 

# 5 Rookie Pick: Calvin Ridley

Rounding out our list of guys to look out for and make an immediate impact in their rookie year, Ridley is the best candidate to make the #2 or #3 wideout spot for the Falcons work for his fantasy value during the 2nd half of the season, if not sooner. He can beat a corner in various ways, being down field short, or intermediate routes. 

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