All posts by Steven Winant

Catch Rate or Targets: What’s on Your Mind When Drafting a WR?

From a fantasy perspective, there are two things that should come to mind when selecting a player: volume and potential for opportunity. Mediocre NFL players can have great fantasy seasons with opportunity and high volume. Particularly looking at WRs, a high number of targets allows a player greater opportunity to perform. The question remains, when does catch rate override volume? If a player receives 150 targets, but only catches 80 of them, is that volume beneficial? I am going to dive in and look at catch rate vs.target totals to determine which one is more indicative of future success.

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Rookie Tight Ends: Is History on Their Fantasy Side?

In 2016, it was difficult to find many consistent tight ends for fantasy purposes. It was the first time a tight end failed to reach double digit scores since 2006, where Antonio Gates had a league high 9 TDs. In 2016, Cameron Brate and Hunter Henry tied for the league high with 8. Some of this was due to injury, as players like Rob Gronkowski (8), Jordan Reed (4), Antonio Gates (2) and Tyler Eifert (8) missed multiple games. Now, in 2017, there has been an influx of young, tight end talent as three (O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku) were selected in the first round. Unfortunately, as history has shown us, rookie tight ends do not return much fantasy value in their first season. Except for dynasty drafts, rookie tight ends should essentially be left off your draft board, as many have underperformed in previous seasons. Even with his 8 scores, Hunter Henry still finished as the 11th best tight end according to FFtoday, which was the best finish since Travis Kelce finished 8th in his 2014 rookie season. Below, I’ll go through some current top tight ends to see how they fared in their rookie seasons.

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Fantasy Football TE’s: Breakouts, Sleepers and Busts

Every fantasy owner wants to identify the breakouts, sleepers and busts candidates in their fantasy football leagues. It’s these owners that select a RB in the 6th round who finish 5th overall at the position or a TE in the 10th round who finish 3rd overall at the position that bring home fantasy gold. For a position that was not very deep in recent years, TE in 2017 has a plethora of players that can finish inside or outside of the top 12 at the position. Lets take a look at one who could breakout, one who could bust and one (or maybe two) who could be overlooked in your fantasy draft.

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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

 

RB or WR: What should you draft first?

In previous years, wide receivers have been the hot commodity in fantasy drafts. With NFL teams employing two, and sometimes three, running backs per game, it has been difficult to own a workhorse RB. That being said, the risk of potentially owning a player in a timeshare has made star wide receivers make their way to the top of draft boards. Injuries can happen to any NFL player, but we have seen them affect RBs at a high rate. I am looking at you Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Le’Veon Bell. After the 2016 season, many RBs had elite fantasy seasons. Are RBs ready to reclaim their spot at the top of the draft? With the breakout of David Johnson, emergence of Ezekiel Elliott, and resurgence from DeMarco Murray, it may be time to mix up your draft board. Continue reading RB or WR: What should you draft first?

Was it Worth Waiting on a QB in 2016?

First off, congratulations to all who took down a fantasy championship this past week, as it truly is a wonderful feeling. Now, lets look back at how you possibly got there. Within the fantasy industry, there are many different strategies and concepts that are considered excellent ways to start off your championship run. One that I always consider is waiting on a quarterback. In 2016, was it worth waiting on a QB? Lets dive in to this past year’s statistics to see whether or not waiting on a QB was a beneficial strategy.

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Hot or Not: Championship Week Edition

The week we have all been waiting for is finally here! Week 16 of the fantasy football season, which for most is the fantasy football championship. For those who have endured, I’ll do my best to dig up who has the potential to be hot or not. This week brings about important fantasy decisions so lets get to it! Good luck to those who still remain standing!

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Hot or Not: Week 15 Edition

It was a productive week for the hot or not edition again. Andy Dalton did not set the world on fire, but he threw for 180 yards and 2 TDs. LeSean McCoy was able to put together over 100 combined yards and a TD. Dontrelle Inman, who should be owned universally, had another excellent game with 71 yards receiving and a TD. Super Mario couldn’t even throw for 100 yards against the no fly zone. LeGarrette Blount did find the end zone (thanks to Malcolm Mitchell being talked at the 1-yard line). Surprisingly, the Dolphins played well against the Cardinals and Jarvis Landry was able to gain over 100 yards but without a TD. If you’re still reading, that means you are still in the playoff race so lets get to it!

 

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Hot or Not: Week 14 Edition

Last week went well for the hot or not edition. Andrew Luck threw for 4 TDs against the Jets and Jeremy Hill found the end zone. Kirk Cousins threw for a TD and an INT, Jay Ajayi found it tough sledding on the ground and Allen Robinson barely had 30 yards receiving. The only player who did not hit was Brandon Marshall, as he had a poor showing on Monday night along with the rest of the New York Jets roster. With Week 14 here, it is time to find who you will want to have in your starting lineups to help you advance in the fantasy playoffs!

 

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Hot or Not: Week 13 Edition

As we head into the final week of most fantasy football seasons, lets review the Hot or Not for Week 12. Eli Manning was the only player who was hot, as he threw for 3 TDs. Thomas Rawls and Amari Cooper both put up duds, as neither player posted more than 38 yards. On the not side, Dez Bryant did not find the end zone and could only gain 36 yards when Josh Norman was covering him. Murray only averaged 2.4 ypc, but found pay dirt. Philip Rivers threw for 3 TDs and 1 INT. With only one week left in the regular season, it is time to find some players that can help you make the playoffs.

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