All posts by Mike Fitkowsky

2017 NFL Combine: Winners & Losers

Monday night, NFL teams and prospects alike made their way home from Indianapolis as the doors closed to the 2017 NFL Combine.  As the dust settles on Lucas Oil Stadium, several prospects will go home smiling, knowing that their performance has improved their draft stock, while others will go home worried that they just ruined their shot at being a day one or two pick in the draft.

Which players improved their stock? And which would have been better off not showing up? We’ll look at some winners and losers from the combine that could be fantasy relevant for your team in 2017. Continue reading 2017 NFL Combine: Winners & Losers

2016 Fantasy Football Week 11 Standard & PPR Rankings

Our writers at The Fantasy Report have ranked players in both standard scoring and PPR scoring formats. We rank all starting QBs, 50 RBs, 60 WRs, 20 TEs and 20 DSTs. Any questions or comments? Find us on Twitter @Fantasyreport_

Standard Scoring PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Running Back Running Back
Tight End Tight End
DST DST

 

Week 9 Trade Targets

With week 9 looming ahead, we’re now in the home stretch of the fantasy football season. At this point, trade motivations become more clear. Do you need that final piece to make the playoffs? Or are you comfortably in the playoffs, and just looking to shore up your team? Whatever your reasons, here are 3 players to look at while negotiating your trades this week. Continue reading Week 9 Trade Targets

Ty Montgomery: Fantasy Dual Threat

The flex spot can seem like it’s a huge advantage when it comes to making fantasy football lineup decisions. The flexibility of a flex position allows you start more of your best players, regardless of position. However, the problem with the flex spot is that your opponent is also afforded this advantage. So, what if you could gain another flex spot that nobody else could use? That would obviously help to make your lineup that much better each week.

Ordinarily, it’s not possible to give yourself another flex spot. However, occasionally NFL teams will use a player as a real-life flex player. If your fantasy football host site deems this that player is truly a multi-position player, then you can use this player as essentially another flex spot. However, this player is often a fringe player, and is certainly not fantasy relevant.

Enter Ty Montgomery and the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading Ty Montgomery: Fantasy Dual Threat

2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs Stashes

The ultimate goal in fantasy football is to win a championship. Not only do you usually win the prize pool, you also get something to brag about until next season. The first step to enjoying this ultimate success comes in the regular season. It comes by drafting and maintaining a team that is capable of carrying you into the playoffs. By this point in the season, you may have a good idea if that’s something you have accomplished this year. However, getting there is only half the battle.

It’s not good enough to just get into the playoffs. I have seen plenty of great fantasy teams get taken down by bad match-ups or under-performing players. To counteract this, some owners will make trades or use the waiver wire to find players that have tantalizing playoff schedules. Of course, your ability to do this depends entirely upon how strong your roster is. If you’re a comfortable 6-0, you can probably count on making the playoffs. If you’re 3-3, your mind is going to be located more in the present.

So, which players can make the difference for you in the playoffs this year? Read on to find out. Playoffs will be considered weeks 14-16 for this article. Continue reading 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs Stashes

Week 6 Buy Low / Sell High

With Week 5 in the books, we are approximately a third of the way through the fantasy season. As a result, you should have a pretty good idea of where your team is headed. If you’re 4-1 or 5-0, you should be feeling pretty good about your odds of making the playoffs. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo trading. You will likely have at least one player that you feel is over-performing, and doesn’t seem likely to keep it up. Selling high on a player here can be particularly effective if you are trading with a desperate owner, who can’t afford to wait on their stud to start performing.

On the other hand, if you’re 1-4, or 0-5, it’s likely time to go into panic mode. With that said, you shouldn’t be running off and selling your assets willy-nilly. Instead, you should be making calculated acquisitions for players to help you improve your team, and hopefully squeak into the playoffs. You don’t want to be one of those owners I alluded to earlier, overpaying for over-performing players. At the same time, you need wins badly, so you can afford to be a little bolder with your trade talks. Continue reading Week 6 Buy Low / Sell High

Week 5 Buy Low / Sell High Candidates

Buying low, and selling high. Yet another business term that gets tossed around whenever fantasy teams are discussed. The idea is to trade away players that you feel have reached their peak value, and to acquire players that you feel are at their lowest value. This is a high risk, high reward strategy. You are, in essence, moving on from a player while they are performing and acquiring a player who is underwhelming. If the performing player continues their hot streak, this could end up being a huge mistake. Likewise, if the player you “bought low” on doesn’t improve, this can seriously hamper your team. On the other hand, if you get lucky with your acquisitions, they can be league winning moves.

Had you followed the advice in my pre-week 3 Buy Low / Sell High article, you would have made trades for T.Y Hilton, Allen Robinson, and Todd Gurley. You also would have traded away Latavius Murray, Matt Forte, and Tyrod Taylor. So far, those moves would have worked out alright for you.

So, without further ado, here’s who you should be buying and selling before week 5: Continue reading Week 5 Buy Low / Sell High Candidates

Highly Drafted Players to Drop

The Sunk-Cost Fallacy:

“Reasoning that further investment is warranted on the fact that the resources already invested will be lost otherwise, not taking into consideration the overall losses involved in the further investment.”

(via logicallyfallacious.com)

This is a philosophical concept from the business world that applies perfectly to fantasy football. Being afraid to release a player that you invested a high pick in, even when they have not returned on that investment. Sometimes you tell yourself that it’s just a bad stretch of games, that things will get better and you have to hold on. Other times you know there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but are scared that he will suddenly become fantasy relevant as soon as you hit the drop button. Either way, you are holding onto a player that is not helping your team win.

Recognizing this tendency in people will help your fantasy career. If you are able to cut-bait on a player whose name holds more value than it should, this can lead to you making key moves to help your team get to the championship. Now that’s not to say this strategy is without flaw. Like anything, there’s a risk that you could wrong. That once you bid farewell to your struggling player, he will ascend to fantasy stardom. On the other hand, you could hold on to the player for far too long, and miss out on some juicy waiver wire pickups.

However, just like a business, you want to recoup some of your investment. Before you outright drop a player, you should try to trade him. There may be someone in your league who is willing to “buy-low” on a player that they had liked before the season started. This gets harder to do with every week that the player underwhelms. Eventually you will get to a point where his value is so low that nobody will touch him. That’s when you have to cut your losses and ship him off to waivers.

Here are five players that are I feel are guys you should try to “Sell-Low” on (in standard 12 team leagues) while you still can: Continue reading Highly Drafted Players to Drop