All posts by Matthew James

Who Is Kareem Hunt?

Over the weekend, I started seeing former Toledo Rocket Kareem Hunt’s name popping up at seemingly noticeable increase. In the fantasy community, it stands to reason that this is largely due to Kansas City Chief’s reporter Adam Teicher sharing his belief that  Hunt would likely take on the lead back role in Andy Reid’s offense. Full disclosure: I could not remember hearing his name before, and had to learn more about who this potential #1 at RB was as a player.

We heard his name on Day Two of the 2017 NFL Draft, when the Chiefs traded up to select him 86th overall. That being said, I think if we’re being honest with ourselves, many of you reading this might share in my honest lack of knowledge on all things Kareem Hunt. Well, fantasy footballers, not anymore. Let’s examine Hunt as a player, and try to determine how he can help your fantasy team this season should he in fact be the Kansas City Chief’s new #1 runner.

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Projecting Christian McCaffrey

By the time you read this, the 2017 NFL Draft will have concluded, and for fantasy football enthusiasts, the ’17 fantasy season feels nearly upon us. Among the skill position players drafted in last Thursday’s First Round, one of the shiniest of shiny new toys for fantasy owners to pontificate is Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. The NCAA record holder for single-season all purpose yardage, McCaffrey’s  proverbial hype is justified. Just how much the rookie can help your fantasy team this season will likely be a heavily debated topic between now and September 10th, when McCaffrey’s Panthers kick off at San Francisco. Let’s take a look at how McCaffrey may measure up come fantasy football draft season. Continue reading Projecting Christian McCaffrey

Catching Fire: Drafting Your Fantasy Baseball Catcher

It’s a dirty and thankless job, and catchers are often an afterthought in the minds of many fantasy owners. That’s because there’s really no fantasy baseball value that rewards baserunners thrown out, perfectly framed pitches, or “most hitting tendencies studied.”  While no one can doubt their importance on the actual diamond, that importance is lost in translation when the position is viewed from a fantasy baseball perspective. Catchers typically generate less counting stat production than any other among the starting 9, and to put it bluntly, that can render them useless in the opinions of fantasy owners. It’s true that game-changing, seasonal outcome-affecting power catchers like Piazza and Pudge are a rare, if not altogether missing in fantasy baseball these days.

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