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Some Auto-Generated Yahoo Silly Sally – Draft Summary

Sometimes in life we make mistakes. Ruthless Toothless will hopefully use this one as a learning opportunity, so in future drafts they will perform much better. After selecting eighth overall, they are projected to go 5-9-0 (1,449 points) and finish ninth in MBA League. They loaded up on ball carriers early, using three of their first five picks to scoop up RBs Jamaal Charles (second round), Matt Forte (fourth round), and Jonathan Stewart (fifth round). A lot will be expected of this group, as they are one of the highest-scoring groups of RBs in the league.

My Awesome Draft

Ruthless Toothless
1. (8) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou – WR) Snagging Nuk late in the first was a risk, but one that I was willing to take to see if I could grab JC or Shady in Rd 2.  I felt good passing on Gronk here.
2. (17) Jamaal Charles
(KC – RB)
I’ll take JC here all day!  Seems that I need to grab a handcuff or two now for piece of mind, but I think it will still be worth it.
3. (32) Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR) Missed Shady by 1 pick on the snake back.  DT will get his no matter who tries to step into the Sheriff’s shoes this year.  Just remember not to double down on Sanders too.
4. (41) Matt Forte
(NYJ – RB)
 I remember a time when Matt Forte would be picked in the middle of the first round.  That was only a few years ago!  The man is the 41st player picked this year?  I’m ready to see if he can prove all his doubters wrong this year in the Big Apple.
5. (56) Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB)  Solid
6. (65) Allen Hurns
(Jax – WR)
 Pundits are so low on the Jax pass offence this year.  Apparently I’m bullish as evidenced by the next two picks.  Hurns lit up the scoreboard huge last year.  If he can even get close to that production again, a 6th round pick is sounding bonkers.
7. (80) Blake Bortles
(Jax – QB)
 For a QB who scored (almost) 300 standard points this year (depending if you ask ESPN or Yahoo), how has he fallen so hard off the hype train??!  You would think he deflated footballs in the off-season and was forced to sit on the sidelines for 4 games this year or something.. cough… Brady.  BB should be good to go again this year.
8. (89) Kevin White
(Chi – WR)
 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I think Kevin White has comparables to Amari Cooper, but at the rock bottom price of an 8th rounder.  In a league that requires a 3rd WR on the field every week, I’m taking the flier.
9. (104) Travis Benjamin (SD – WR)  This speedster finally escapes the mess that is the Browns organization.  I won’t go into all the feels about the Browns right now.  Suffice to say that if Travis can make it work in CLE, I give him a good shot to make it work in SD too.
10. (113) Tyler Eifert
(Cin – TE)
 I was so happy with this pick.  I needed a top tier TE, but I remained patient and the 10th round seemed to be the time to make a move.  I thought that Eifert could beat that injury designation and come out to start the season strong.  Instead he landed in my IR slot and left me scrambling for any healthy TE to start the season.  Only time will tell if he can turn the thing around and have a repeat of the stellar 2015.
11. (128) Derek Carr
(Oak – QB)
 Got me a little bit of help from DC last year when I had a real stinker at QB.  The fact that I was able to get both my 2015 QBs back makes me 🙂  Will DC suffer a sophomore slump (a year late)?  He has to be better off than Teddy Bridgewater right?  Too soon?
12. (137) Jay Ajayi
(Mia – RB)
 I’m not rooting for it, but it seems inevitable at this point that Arian Foster succumbs to injury halfway through the season.  Ajayi looked a lot like the starter for the Phins most of the offseason.  I’ll wait around for a few weeks to see what happens.  You can’t go wrong with a potential starting RB in the 12th round for Pete’s sake.
13. (152) Zach Miller
(Chi – TE)
 Looks like he is all Miller no filler after all.  Except he’s questionable to play week 1.  Will I have to scrape the bottom of the barrel for whoever happens to lying around on the waiver wire?  (Yes, and I already have.  Picked up some Green fellow.  Not Ladarius)
14. (161) Buffalo (Buf – DEF)  Buffalo’s in Canada!!
15. (176) Nick Folk (NYJ – K)  Honestly, why do we pick K and D in the draft?  I’ve already dropped both to hoard 2 more players until the last possible moment where I will rotate in anyone who seems worthwhile.

 

 Ruthless Toothless out!

2016 Fantasy Football Mockstravaganza

TL:DR first:

  • Just say no to Le’veon Bell.
    • It doesn’t matter if he drops to you late in the 1st round.  You will need to waste a 5th rd pick on D Willy or sacrifice the first 3 games of the season.
    • Yes he was suspended in 2015, but you didn’t have to spend such a great pick on his backup.
  • Plan for Demarius OR Emmaneul NOT both
    • With the sheriff riding into the sunset, expect greater uncertainty and risk from both of these weapons.
    • I’d tolerate a risk on one of these guys to have a good year, but with the likes of Sanchez struggling to win that starting spot, both is a surefire way to white-knuckle through the 2016 season.
  • TE late
    • Yes I know how great of a season Delanie Walker and Jordan Reed had.  It’s still hurting your team to take them too early.
    • I’ve been tempted to do this myself.  See how my team got burned (or recovered) as a result.
  • Kevin White
    • I’ve taken him in nearly every mock.
    • I think his skills compare to Amari Cooper (I watched the combine 2 years ago)
    • Nobody has ever seen him play in the NFL = ultimate sleeper.  Fingers crossed.

Want more info?  Hit me up for updates.

Last year I told you to use Fantasy Football Calculator to do your mock drafts because the system over at ESPN was so poor.  This year I can’t make the same recommendation.  There has been a glitch in their system where the countdown timer doesn’t function properly.  This has made it neigh but impossible to complete even a few mocks.

So, I continue to wallow in despair with the ESPN mock system.

 

Happy Drafting

P.S. I didn’t do any mocks for Yahoo this year.  Of course I’m in a Yahoo league now????

FF Mock Drafts – Yahoooooo 8 owner

Yahoo does fantasy different.  How do you do it?  I’ll show you:

Setup:

  • Same as standard ESPN leagues = 1 QB, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 D, 1 K
  • Differences = 3 WR instead of 2, no flex spot, 1 fewer bench slot

Note:

This is an 8 owner league.  It is a very different dynamic than the standard 10 team or oversized 12 team.  In 8 owner leagues, you must acquire only the topmost talent in order to gain an advantage over the rest of your team.  Depth does not help as much when every team is stacked to the rafters.

FF Mock Drafts – Every Position 12 Team

There have been many notable injuries since the last version of this post.  I’ve listed some big ones below:

  • Jordy Nelson will not be joining us for the 2015 season
  • Joique Bell has been on the PUP list for the whole preseason.  Abdullah has been looking promising in the preseason
  • Alfred Blue is the #1 replacement back for Arian Foster
  • Kelvin Benjamin is out for 2015

 

 

Questions? Comments?  I don’t know how many more mocks I can do now that I’ve been getting busy.  We’ll see.

 

Happy drafting.

-Z

FF Mock Drafts – Every Position 10 Team

Are you ready for some football?  I’ve been busy mocking.  Here’s every position for a 10 team league.  I’ll post the 12 team league version soon.  Yes, there are some recent developments of note:

  • Arian Foster is hurt (big surprise)
  • Joique Bell has been surpassed in relevance by Ameer Abdullah
  • Kevin White won’t play any preseason games

So keep cranking out those mocks.  I’ve finally got a good handle on how I’m going to draft this year.  Do you?

 

 

Free Agency Flustercluck

Be on notice.  The build up to the 2015 NFL season is in full swing.  Everything you knew about 2014 is now dead and gone. All your favorite players are all on different teams. Your first round QB lost his favorite target and the rushing champ is looking to abdicate.  Does anyone know what the fluck is going on??!  Let’s take a crack at it:

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The Ship! 8 Ways to Right it.

If you’re still reading, you’re in the championship this week…  Or you just really like to know about fantasy football advice that doesn’t pertain to you.  I’m hoping you haven’t made it this far just to falter on the goal line.  Demarco Murray broke his hand and you don’t know what to do about your #1 Running Back position.  You rode Run DMC’s coattails to victory these 15 weeks, now who will captain your wheelhouse?

Maybe you were somehow able to survive last week with Julio sitting one out after grabbing the NFL receiving yards lead just a week ago.  Good on you for your team having the depth to survive such losses.  More on how to taste that sweet victory after the jump:

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QB x 32: Week 14

How many teams are in your Fantasy Football league?  Is it a standard league with 10?  Maybe you’re in a deep league with 12 or 14.  Some gnarly “super deep” leagues have 20.  There are 32 NFL teams and none of them are on bye this week.  That means you have tons and tons of options about who to start at your quarterback position.  You might have 2 (or more) options on your roster right now, and undoubtedly more on the waiver wire.

The question we’ve all been waiting for:

Which Quarterback do I start?

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5 Rules for Your Playoff Push: Thanksgiving Special

Only 1 week remains until things get really interesting in the playoffs.  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to hunt the waiver wire.  This Thanksgiving isn’t all about Turkeys.  Big dog’s gotta eat.

With 1 game left, it’s pretty clear who’s in and who’s out.  Below are some tips that can help those who are on the fence.  The season hasn’t gone your way, but all you need is 1 more W to sneak into the back end of the fantasy post-season.  What can you do to increase your odds of punching your ticket to the big dance this year?
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Week 12: Last Minute Adds

Are you desperate for an add in one of the following categories?  I’ll help you out with the best option left at each position.  Let’s field a team with whatever is left available and ready to play right now.  I’ll try to keep the ownership rate below 20%, but no promises as there is less than 2 hours until kickoff.

Scoop up these injury fill ins before someone else grabs them, and next time don’t wait until the last minute!

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