Fantasy Football for Smart People: The Preview Edition
Finally, the quarterback QB position. I kicked off this series by covering which drills to pay attention to at the running back RB position. Next, I looked at wide receivers WR. In the last post, I covered tight ends TE. This piece looks at what we can learn from to….
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In the first piece of this series, I talked about what inspired me to look at NFL Combine data for fantasy football. I also looked at the running back RB position. In the second piece, I covered wide receivers WR. This piece will take a look at the tight ends TE who have participated….
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In the first article on NFL Combine stats for fantasy football players to watch out for, I covered the running back position. Once again, I pulled this data from Pro-Football-Reference. I ended up serving as the start up Vampire. And those who are in Vampire Leagues of your own, I encourage you to share your teams and your stories!
I am a fan of the dynasty format, so I worked on a means of incorporating this into a dynasty league. The man rosters meant during the start up draft players would come off the board before the Vampire got to draft a team.
We created the league interface and encouraged all members to go with Vampire-themed team names. I went with Count Chocula. Then, during the season, in weekly match ups if the Vampire Team wins, they get to trade one of their players for a player of the same position on the opposing squad.follow site
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In addition, we added a few basic rules to help give structure to the format. And, well, you know how that last one turned out. I was pick 12, meaning I got to spend a few days watching the other 11 teams conduct a slow draft. Then, on Saturday afternoon, the draft wrapped up and I was free to pick my squad.
However, I only need to finish 11th to begin a turn around. The selection of QBs and TEs was fairly robust. I snagged two of each, and will hope to play some match ups. Big Ben definitely presented a potential top veteran performer though I was tempted to go with Alex Smith. Meanwhile, being dynasty, I wanted to snag a younger QB.
I think Trubisky, now playing in an offense from Matt Nagy, could be poised to take a leap. I felt like it was worth the grab. At TE, there were a number of lower-end TE2 options. Clay feels like someone who could provide a safe weekly floor, while I saw Ebron as a guy that, if it breaks right, could be a big performer with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.
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Running Back was the most difficult group, as those tend to go fast, especially in dynasty. There were a lot of hope and prayer options, but I decided to go with just four guys and watch the pre-season, and waivers, to see if I can find a diamond in the rough. Finally, WR was a place where I really tried to give myself some options. My best hope is for a guy that can break big in a given week and help put me over the top.
The WRs I took all have a chance to have a meaningful role with their team.
Matthews has an opportunity for a depleted Patriots WR corps, especially with Julian Edelman out for the first four weeks. Richardson was a hot free agent signing for the Redskins, and Lockett seems poised to take a bigger role in Seattle.
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