All posts by Stephen Halupka

Former D-III offensive tackle that has been playing fantasy sports for more than 10 years. I've also helped coach Pop-Warner teams in New Jersey from 2010-2013. I'm a football junkie who has been watching pro and college football as long as I can remember.

2017 Week 7 Rankings

Our site rankings for Week 7 of the 2017 fantasy football season are live. We rank in both standard and PPR formats from a variety of our writers. Check out rankings from Matt Jones, Mike Garza and Steve Halupka.

 

Standard PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Running Back Running Back
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Tight End Tight End
D/ST D/ST

For any rankings questions, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @FantasyReport_

2017 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

Are you ready for some football???? To help you with your week 1 lineups, the writers at The Fantasy Report are providing their week 1 rankings in both standard and PPR formats. Any Questions? Find us on Twitter @Fantasyreport_

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

 

2017 Rankings Debut

They are finally here, our 2017 rankings for Standard and PPR leagues. We rank all starting QBs, 50 RBs, 60 WRs, 20 TEs and 20 DSTs for both Standard and PPR leagues. Check them out below.

Standard PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Running Back Running Back
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Tight End Tight End
D/ST D/ST

Standard rankers are Steve Halupka and Mike Fitkowsky.

PPR rankers are Steve Winant and Matt Jones

 

Late Round Rookie RBs to Target

Every fantasy football player is looking to find the next Jordan Howard, that late round selection from the NFL draft that under the right circumstances can become an integral part of a winning fantasy football team. Howard was a top 30 most winningest player from a season ago (you can check out the full list here) and underlined the importance of being able to find rookies that have found landing spots where production can be found, especially at the running back position. Running back is the lifeblood of any fantasy football contender and one of the most injury prone positions, so being able to find one that could bring consistent value either late in your draft or on the waiver wire can be a big time boost.

This season there are a variety of running backs that were drafted in the 4th round or later that should prove to be either every week starters or players that will have value at some point during the upcoming fantasy season. Some of these players will be falling into great situations and others are just too talented to be on the bench for the entire year. I’ll break down a few of these potential contributors for the 2017 fantasy football season.

Continue reading Late Round Rookie RBs to Target

A New Way to Look at Special Teams Scoring

Over the course of the previous few seasons, there has been a growing trend of removing the kicker position from fantasy football leagues. Most feel that kicker scoring is either too random to predict (there is good data in the ethos to state otherwise) or should not have as big of an impact on fantasy as say a WR or RB. For those that believe the later, I agree, kickers should not determine outcomes of fantasy games or championships. Just because Justin Tucker goes 4/4 from 50+ on a Sunday in December, doesn’t mean that your team is entitled to win a league playoff game or the ultimate prize, a fantasy football championship.

We do have to remember that kickers are people too, not just on the field to be ridiculed when they miss a PAT or a tackle in the open field. They do belong in fantasy football, but I do believe they should have a slightly reduced role. The slack could be picked up by another aspect of special teams that is typically grouped in with defenses or an afterthought altogether, the return game.

In standard scoring settings (I’ll be using ESPN) all return TDs count for 6 points for an owner’s DST with no regard for the amount of return yardage that is associated with said return. Don’t get me wrong, there are leagues that do reward return yardage to deepen the pool of playable WRs and RBs, but this would be the grouping together of the “3rd phase” of the game into a cohesive scoring system. With a couple of small changes, the issue of kickers determining too much throughout a fantasy season can be addressed and properly grouped along naturally with the return game in what I’m calling Team Special Teams. Continue reading A New Way to Look at Special Teams Scoring

Talent vs. Situation: A Fantasy Football Debate

Everyone who has played fantasy football has, at one time or another had the following internal debate, “I really like this player’s talent, but this other player has such a better situation”. Now that situation might be a season long outlook or a weekly match-up, but nonetheless, fantasy football players’ are getting headache after headache, week after week, year after year regarding this very subject. There are those who believe talent triumphs over all (insert Player X’s name here truthers know who they are) while others believe that no matter how much talent a player has, their situation (Steelers’ running back, or Drew Brees’ tight end) can be a lone determining factor for draft slot or week-in-week-out playability. I won’t say that this article will answer the question of what’s more important, but I will strive to provide some concrete examples over this past season of each of these factors (talent or situation) having an impact on some of our favorite NFL players. Continue reading Talent vs. Situation: A Fantasy Football Debate

Future Forecasting: Eli Rogers, More than Meets the Eye?

This will be the first of a new series of articles looking forward towards younger players that have the potential to impact fantasy football teams in 2017. For those of you who are out of playoff contention in 2016 or play in dynasty leagues these should be useful as you look toward next season. Today I’ll start off with a young WR in Pittsburgh that has potential to help out fantasy owners in 2017.

Let me start by saying that Eli Rogers isn’t a “Transformer”, but the 2nd year wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers has made a bit of noise for fantasy owners in 2016. After an injury plague filled rookie season in which Rogers didn’t play, he burst onto the national scene in Week 1 of the 2016 season after catching a ricocheting TD off of the always sure-handed Sammie Coates (that’s sarcasm, kids).  Will Rogers be able to “transform” your fantasy team in 2017 with another year under his belt in the Steelers’ offense? Will be become anything more than a slot receiver that is relegated to a volume dependent play in PPR leagues? I’ll take a look at Rogers’ game tape from 2016 and let you know if he has the potential for more fantasy goodness when the 2017 season comes around.

Continue reading Future Forecasting: Eli Rogers, More than Meets the Eye?

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