Rookie RB Analysis: Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars

It seems like Leonard Fournette has been on the NFL’s radar since he stepped onto the turf at LSU. He entered the Tigers backfield as the top recruit in the nation, and leaves with that title more-or-less unchanged.

Fournette had the pleasure of hearing his name called fourth overall in the 2017 draft. That decision by the Jacksonville Jaguars earned the young man from New Orleans a cool $27 million over the course of the next four years, and made him the sixth highest paid rusher in the league.

This decision took place in the modern NFL. A league which, as many are eager to point out, doesn’t value the running back position. However, by ponying up a top ten salary for Fournette, the Jag’s have put their money with their mouth is. They are saying that they believe Fournette can be a top tier running back for at least the next four years.

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AP or Beast Mode? Which do you want?

2013, what a great time to think back to, the year that both Orange is the New Black and House of Cards debuted, The Fast and the Furious was only on movie number 6, and Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson were top 10 fantasy running backs. Both were always taken within the top 5 of redraft fantasy league, and were depended upon to help their fantasy owners secure fantasy championships. Now it’s 2017, Star Wars is a hot movie franchise again, House is Cards is entering it’s fifth season, there’s still more Fast and Furious movies, and Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson are still names that fantasy players are wondering about. The questions are not the same, no more are you pondering top 5 ADP for either player, but now you’re wondering if either will have an impact on their new NFL team, or your fantasy team. Which should you choose first?  Well let’s find out.

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Deshaun Watson – Fantasy Star on the Rise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, Deshaun Waston is probably a household name. As the QB for Clemson, he’s been to the past two BCS National Championship games, both against Alabama and their stingy defense. Watson lost the 2016 matchup against the Tide, and came back to avenge the loss in 2017.

After one season of Brock Osweiler at the helm, the Houston Texans decided to go another direction. Last week, the Texans traded up to the 12th pick to draft Watson and end their revolving door at quarterback. Of all the places Watson could have ended up, Houston has to be one of the better landing spots for him.  From a fantasy perspective, it’s also a great landing spot for folks who want to draft Watson this season as well.

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Why I Won’t Be Drafting Adrian Peterson in 2017

If you’re reading this article in April, you’re pretty deep into the world of fantasy football. And as the NFL draft and OTAs turn into fantasy football season, you’re going to be reading a lot of strategy articles and player breakdowns. If you remember one piece of advice from the pre-draft portion of the upcoming fantasy football season, it should be the following…avoid landmines at all cost. One potential landmine is age 30+ running backs. We see it time and time again, running backs don’t decline in a linear way, they tend to drop off a cliff. Since 2012, there have only been 24 running backs over 30 to score more than 100 points in a season. Of those 24 running backs, only 6 have been 32 or older.

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Player Profiles – Mitch Haniger & Aaron Judge

It’s tough to make a change to your fantasy roster in April, you feel committed to the guys you’ve drafted. All you hear time and time again to not worry about a slow start in April, there’s still plenty of baseball left, however the flip side of that coin is you miss out on the guys who get hot in April by standing your ground.

I’m of the mindset that I hold my guys in April, I have enough confidence in my drafting and projections to hold tight and not let the first 4 weeks faze my team. That being said, I may regret not taking the risk on the players we’re going to talk about below.

Today I want to highlight two players, rookies no less, who have been making a huge splash the first three weeks into the season.

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Pocket Aces: Quietly Acquiring Some Stud Starting Pitchers

Heading into the 2017 season, the fantasy baseball experts, bloggers and general enthusiasts alike were nearly unanimous in singing the praises of breakout ace candidates like James Paxton, Lance McCullers, and Robbie Ray. What wasn’t to like about these young pitchers after all? Paxton increased his velocity late last year and was, for two months anyway, one of if not the best pitcher in baseball. At 25 years old, Ray entered 2017 coming off of a season which he posted an ace-like 11.25 K/9 (strikeouts per 9 innings pitched). The 23 year old McCullers was unhittable when healthy, and many projected with a full 2017 season of starts, he’d likely be a Cy Young candidate.

The hype has been justified so far. Ray’s command issues aside, all three have been great. To own any (if not several) of them is to be extremely hopeful for your fantasy baseball team’s chances in 2017. Unless you drafted them accordingly, however, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to roster any one of them for yourself now that the season is underway. With a handful of starts and a few hundred pitches under most starters’ proverbial belts, here are a few young hurlers who have also excelled early on. Having less overall fanfare than those previously mentioned, you might be able to acquire these pitchers’ services without breaking the bank for your re-draft or, even better, keeper/dynasty leagues.

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Hold the Line – Relievers

Almost two weeks into the 2017 baseball season and the view of each clubs bullpen is starting to become clear…unless you’re the Oakland A’s. Even as some closer roles are still undecided, it’s becoming clear who is in line to get holds for each team.

While this article has the most value for folks in holds leagues, there’s reason to read on if your league doesn’t count holds. A few weeks ago I wrote about how 3 good relievers could easily get you the combined stats of an ace. Most of the guys included in this article are of that ilk. Guys with high K/9 and low ratios that will do nothing but help you staff.

You’ll probably notice a few teams have several players on this list, and that’s because the teams that have had the most close ballgames will have the most holds (seems obvious enough). So you’ll see a team like the Rockies have several guys on this list as they’ve been in 6 games won by less than 2 runs so far this season.

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PGA DFS: RBC Heritage

Even though it feels like there should be a break after The Masters, the grind of the PGA never stops. Sergio Garcia finally earned that elusive major win in a playoff with Justin Rose. It was a great tournament from start to finish despite Dustin Johnson’s absence. The tour heads to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage this week.

Harbour Town Golf Links is a Pete Dye designed Par 71 that plays just over 7,000 yards. The description alone should lead you to a couple realizations as a PGA DFS player. A Par 71 course means that there will be 11 Par 4s instead of the usual 10. The yardage of Harbour Town puts this as one of the shorter courses on Tour. All of that adds up to the following key stats:

  • Greens in Regulation
  • Driving Accuracy
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Around the Green

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