AFC East Fantasy Football Preview: Miami Dolphins

I like to save the most intriguing for last.

There is a lot of excitement in South Beach with a slightly remodeled offense and signing the biggest (and meanest) free agent this off-season to help the team finally make the playoffs. The Fins signed DT Ndamukong Suh to fill a void and make an immediate impact on the defensive side. Ryan Tannenhill and Miami’s offense are primed for a big season with the addition of WR Kenny Stills and TE Jordan Cameron, plus the promise of young WR Jarvis Landry and RB Lamar Miller. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve expected big things from the Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin needs a big year to save his job after three straight years of mediocrity. Having yet to make the playoffs (or be over .500) since 2008, this may FINALLY be the year they break that streak but their season maybe just as fragile as years before. Continue reading AFC East Fantasy Football Preview: Miami Dolphins

The fantasy value of New England Patriots players without Tom Brady

The quarterback really is the core of a team, he is the person his teammates look to for motivation and support, and is one of the only players guaranteed to touch the ball on nearly every play on 1st, 2nd and 3rd down. When a quarterback struggles, so does his team, and when a quarterback is on a hot streak his team benefits. The QB truly is the cornerstone of the offense. Well on Tuesday the New England Patriots found out that the 4 game suspension against their cornerstone Tom Brady is being upheld by the NFL, and now fantasy players need to begin to look at their season evaluating Patriots players without Brady for 25% of their season. So I’m here to help you do that, evaluate the potential of Patriots players without Tom Brady

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Options

Well, here we are gearing up for the playoff run. Are you ready? Have you fine-tuned your team to the point that you feel like it can conquer any challenge thrown at you? Don’t get cocky. The answer is no. There is always a way to improve your squad. The best way to consistently develop your lineup is by constantly mining the waiver wire. There are always good options available throughout the free agent pool in mixed leagues. For those of you in AL/NL only leagues…good luck. Resources are scarce. Anyway, let’s get to the topic. This article will briefly examine a few free agent options available in the majority of ESPN leagues. Delino DeShields Jr., Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler (I know, it’s cheating to even mention him), Chase Headley and J.T. Realmuto all make intriguing cases to be snagged. Let’s quickly explore why they should be considered for your team. Continue reading Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Options

NFC East Fantasy Football Preview: Dallas Cowboys

How ‘bout them Cowboys? Coming off a season in which they were one Dez Bryant catch away from the NFC Championship Game, the Dallas Cowboys come into 2015 locked in as a top team in the NFC and possible elite fantasy offense. The only thing missing is one of their two top skill players in DeMarco Murray. He bolted Big D for the Birds in Philly this off-season, but the ‘Boys were able to keep Dez Bryant and sign him to a 5 year/ $70 million contract.

Having his top playmaker back makes Tony Romo a happy QB, but there are big questions surrounding the running game after the departure of Murray. Will the combination of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar be able to come close to equaling the production of Murray from 2014? Can the Dallas defense become fantasy relevant after picking up Greg Hardy this past off-season? Let’s find out. Continue reading NFC East Fantasy Football Preview: Dallas Cowboys

AFC South Fantasy Football Preview: Tennessee Titans

The final stop on our AFC South Fantasy Football Preview is the Tennessee Titans. Looking for Tennessee Titans players in the top-100 players drafted in fantasy football is sort of like what it would look like if we all had taken Matthew McConaughey’s advice from Season 1 of True Detective and walked “hand in hand into extinction” — there’s just nobody there. But fear not, fantasy football owners! There are a few Titans who have fallen under the radar and could provide a considerable return on your draft-day investment. Find out who has value and who doesn’t below the fold.

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Redraft vs. Dynasty League QB Values: Finding the Rising Stars

The Fantasy Report’s top ten ranked fantasy QBs for 2015 are as follows: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew luck, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, and Matt Ryan. Though everyone reading this would likely be pleased to have any one of these guys leading their squad this year, in dynasty leagues this is not the top ten ranked QBs. Dynasty leagues differ from redraft leagues in many ways, but none of these differences is more crucial than the following concept.

Redraft Success Formula: Talent + Good Situation = Highest Value

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Rest of Season Positional Rankings

As we head into the final two months and change of the fantasy baseball season, leagues are nearing the stretch run and trade deadlines are looming. Last week, I looked at some “diamonds in the rough” to target for the remainder of the season. This week, we will tackle my rest-of-season rankings. These rankings can be used as a base line to figure out the general value of guys. Go ahead and try to poach those who have been underachieving away from other teams. Use these rankings as a guide to come to a conclusion about players in the final 1/3 of the season. Without further ado, I present my rest-of-season rankings for the remainder of 2015.

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AFC West Fantasy Football Preview: Oakland Raiders

It was another year filled with heartache for the Oakland Raiders. Crappy seasons are becoming the norm for this franchise, and 2015 was no different. The Raiders finished 3-13 (0-8 on the road) and featured the worst point differential in the NFL at -199. They forced 253 points and allowed 452 on the season, including a 52-0 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Rams on 11/30. I’ll never forgive Tre Mason for what he did to me across multiple leagues that week. Since their Super Bowl loss in 2002, the Raiders haven’t had a season over .500. The last three years, the Raiders have gone 4-12, 4-12 and 3-13, respectively. Is there any reason for optimism in 2015? Let’s find out. Continue reading AFC West Fantasy Football Preview: Oakland Raiders

NFC West Fantasy Football Preview: St. Louis Rams

We round out our preview of NFC West teams with one of the more enigmatic rosters in the entire league, the St. Louis Rams.

Respectably, the Rams finished 6-10 in 2014 – including a home win against the eventual division champion Seattle Seahawks. In fact, if quarterback Sam Bradford had managed to stay on the field for any prolonged amount of time this team may have had a fighting chance to finish above .500.

The Rams have a competitive roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They return a defensive line that was already the stuff of nightmares, and they’ve bolstered their line interior with the addition of defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Athletic linebackers and a developing secondary led by a defensive visionary in Jeff Fischer make the Rams one of the more interesting fantasy D/ST’s in the league – but that’s not really what we’re here to talk about.

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MLB DFS Picks – July 24th

We have a nearly-full slate of games tonight with the only exception being the Cubs-Phillies game, which starts at 4:05 ET (those hipsters). As a word to the wise, Zack Greinke will not be starting tonight with the birth of his and his wife’s child. I know Zack is a big fan and avid reader of The Fantasy Report, so congrats, man. Continuing the buffoonery, let’s take a look at my recommendations for tonight’s DFS lineup. Continue reading MLB DFS Picks – July 24th

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