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.

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

 

2016 Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings

Our rankings for week 10 of 2016 are live. We will be ranking all starting QBs, 50 RBs, 60 WRs, 20 TEs and 20 DSTs. Note the Colts, Raiders, Lions and Bills are all on bye. We will rank in both standard and PPR leagues with standard rankings arriving later today.

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

FanDuel Plays for Week 9

Last week was a rough week for most DFS players due to a ton of the more popular plays not exactly paying off. You’ll see that a majority of the plays in this column for FanDuel did not reach their intended multiple (2x for cash games and 3x for GPPs in order to cash). However, all was not lost, as the cash line in both GPPs and Cash games was reduced by about 35% across the board for Week 7, leaving the opportunity there to have a profitable day even with some struggles by what the consensus top plays are.

Roster construction can be crucial in if you are looking to turn a profit (and hey who isn’t). It’s important to remember that you should have a bit of differentiation from your cash lineups to your GPP lineups. That being said, there are certainly some “great plays” that you may want to roster for both types of games, but in order to limit your exposure to some big down weeks, you may want to play a variety of players across both formats.

I’ll quickly review the week that was in week 8 and look forward to week 9 with plays for both GPPs and cash games and even give you a potential cash game lineup.

Continue reading FanDuel Plays for Week 9

FanDuel Plays for Week 8

It’s hard to believe that the NFL regular season is almost half over. We’ve seen some highs (Odell Beckham Jr.’s 222, 2 TD day against the Ravens or Jay Ajayi running wild the last 2 weeks) and some lows such as the injuries to Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin. It’s important to remember that even though injuries can occur to affect an entire season for an NFL team, playing on FanDuel and other DFS sites is an entirely different animal. You get to use injuries and great match-ups to your advantage during a given week without having to scour a waiver wire like in season long leagues.

We may finally have some clarity with the Denver Broncos backfield as incumbent starter, CJ Anderson, went down with an injury that we think just might be season ending. Rookie Devontae Booker was already taking some work away from Anderson and now he gets the reigns to this potent Denver running game. At home, as a favorite and only coming in at $5600 on FanDuel, he should be widely owned in any format this week.

Enough about just one player, I’ll take a look at how my selections fared in week 7 and also take a look to week 8 for some of the best plays for cash games and GPPs on FanDuel. Continue reading FanDuel Plays for Week 8

2016 Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings

Check out our week 8 fantasy football rankings. We rank for both standard and PPR leagues. Reminder that the Giants, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Ravens and Dolphins are on bye. We rank all starting QBs, 50 RBs, 60 WRs, 20 TEs and 20 DSTs.

 

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