The DFS Virgin

By Ian Ginsberg

I’ve been playing season long Fantasy Football since 2003 and I have been a FANTASYGURU.com subscriber since shortly after.  If you’re reading this then you too are a subscriber and echo my sentiments when I say John and his staff are the best in the industry at breaking down the tape, evaluating every offensive and defensive player on the field, and giving us the fantasy angle to ensure we kick our family and friends’ asses.

This year I’m taking all that juicy info FG.COM has provided me and plan on losing my DFS Virginity. That’s right. I’ve been a little late to the DFS party, but I want to jump “all-in” this year.  Each week I’ll use the FG Player Rankings and Fanduel Player Salaries to formulate a few different lineups that I will enter into cash games as well as smaller tournaments.

All the while, hopefully learning from my previous weeks’ successes and mistakes to slowly become a winning DFS player and building a larger bankroll.

This isn’t going to be a “Get Rich Tutorial.” I’m not going to try and go out Week One and compete with the likes of Jeff Mans and Drew Dinkmeyer. That’s like going to [...]

2015 SiriusXM PPR Hosts’ League Draft Review, and a Thought on Zero RB

We recently received an email to the website asking us our personal feelings of the so-called “Zero RB” strategy that’s popped up in fantasy circles, but only seems to have exploded in recent years. As an avid fantasy player, I don’t subscribe to just one method of roster construction, but instead remain open to using whatever method I feel gives me the best chance of building a championship roster.

One question I get every year that, frankly, drives me nuts goes something like this: “Hey Joe, if I draw the #3 overall pick, is it best to go RB/WR/WR to open my draft, WR/RB/WR, or WR/WR/RB?” In my mind, this is an impossible question to answer. It’s entirely dependent on the players available at that given time. And never has that been more true than this year, when the #1 pick is as unappealing as I’ve seen it, and it’s possible the #1 player on your personal board falls out of the top five in any given draft. That’s why it’s so important to be fluid – as John Hansen says every year in his Draft Plan, it’s all about getting the best players. You can be inundated with tape analysis, [...]

Pre-season Podcast #4 (8/27) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience from John Hansen and Greg Cosell. We do recommend that you listen to the full podcast here, but if you can’t, enjoy the material below.

NFC

East

Topic: Eagles

The Gist: Only a small sample from Bradford but he had a nice 3rd-down conversion. They really need to play him a decent amount in the third preseason game, as he’s only had about 12 snaps. For Agholor, he was late off the line on the play that Bradford got drilled, but he should see a lot of snaps because of the volume of play the Eagles run. Josh Huff has flashed so far in camp and in the preseason, so the lineup will likely be Matthews, Agholor and Huff as the top WRs.

Topic: Cowboys

The Gist: Losing Orlando Scandrick really hurt, and with Brandon Carr being very up and down, the absence of Hardy early on, and the rookie status of Byron Jones, the defense is in trouble, which [...]

Pre-season Podcast #3 (8/21) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience. Here’s Greg Cosell and John Hansen discussing the state of the NFL and fantasy football. We highly recommend you listen to the podcast here, but if not, read on.

Note: As this was publish 8/24, information on podcast does not reflect performances after 2nd preseason game.

Topic: Johnny Manziel

The Gist: It seems Johnny Manziel has been taking some positive steps, and it shows on the field. He doesn’t seem chaotic either mentally or physically, and has started to develop a sense of rhythm to his play. In the second preseason game, there was really only one play when he panicked and took off (missed a wide-open Jennings for a would be touchdown), but Greg Cosell thinks Manziel’s TD throw may have been the best he’s thrown in his short NFL career. Just to clarify, however, Manziel seems improved, not great.

Topic: Tyrod Taylor and the Bills

The Gist: Taylor has very precise third down throws, and in the [...]

Brolley MFL10 Review (5/27/15)

I recently completed my first ever MFL10 with subscribers and Twitter followers. I’m using MFL10s to get draft practice and to get an early feel for where players could be drafted later this summer. I’ve also done an industry draft – you can call it an “expert draft” if you’d like – so I’m already two drafts deep for 2015.

I probably picked a bad two weeks to do my first MFL10, as I had a last-minute fishing trip and Memorial Day events the last two weekends, but I worked around it with the pre-draft settings.

I did draft a little differently for the MFL10 since it is a best-ball format – no roster management and lineups during the season. I was more willing to go for players that have some boom-or-bust games, since I don’t have to worry about trying to figure out when those big games are coming.

The entire draft can be found here, and here is how my MFL10 roster turned out.

QBs: Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Geno Smith

RBs: Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde, Andre Ellington, T.J. Yeldon, Bobby Rainey

WRs: Odell Beckham, Nelson Agholor, Allen Robinson, Brandon LaFell, Rueben Randle, Percy Harvin

TEs: Antonio Gates, Heath Miller, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

D/STs: Denver, Green Bay, Cleveland

I really wanted to Rob Gronkowski at 1.4, but he went right ahead of me so I went Odell Beckham. I have Antonio [...]

Fantasy Kickers and the New Extra-Point Rule

The long-rumored and predicted rule change in the NFL passed at the owners’ meetings this week – extra points are officially moving from the two-yard line to the 15, changing them from the near-automatic equivalent of a 19-yard field goal to a 33-yard kick. If a team wants to attempt a two-point conversion, the ball will remain on the 2. Essentially, this change is supposed to encourage teams to go for two more, and to make the one-point kick seem like less of a formality.

I have to imagine that both of these things will be accomplished. The NFL says that over the last 10 years, kickers have converted between 93% and 94% of field goals from the new distance, and during the preseason last year (when the rule was tested out), kickers converted on 94.3% of the longer extra points.

Reaction, as you might imagine, has been mixed. Many don’t feel it will be a big change at all, since it’s still a high-percentage kick that won’t be rushed by a ticking clock like a field goal would be, and NFL kickers are really good. Some kickers, as Connor Barth noted in the link above, welcome the change because they feel [...]

MFL10 Review: May 15, 2015

I recently finished up a #MFL10 draft that I put together with some of my followers on Twitter, a practice that Tom Brolley, Matt Camp, and I will be continuing throughout the summer with our friends at MyFantasyLeague. It’s a great way to scratch your fantasy itch early, and to shake off some rust and try new things. The people drafting in these leagues now are generally sharp fantasy addicts, so expect to be challenged, and at this stage of the game I tend to trust the MFL10 ADP data far more than anything else. Because they’re best ball leagues, you don’t have to worry about roster management and setting lineups. And heck, you can win $100, to boot.

Even though I do this for a living, at some point during the year, I’m going to have to do my first draft to shake off my own rust. So These MFL10s are a way for me to try out some strategies, see what I did right, and see what I did wrong. I took the experience I had from MFL10s last year and attempted to apply it to this draft, which I’ll briefly break down below.

The focus will obviously be on [...]

The LeSean McCoy Trade, RB Declines, and Chip Kelly

If you’re a 24/7/365 football nut, chances are you’ve already digested just about all you can about yesterday’s blockbuster LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso trade between the Eagles and Bills. I’ve gone on record on Twitter saying I don’t like the deal for Buffalo – McCoy is an eight-figure back coming off a down year, still a “star” in name but one in which I’d have been very concerned about investing a high fantasy pick even if he remained in Philadelphia.

Now, to be fair to McCoy, his disappointing season largely hinged on a slow start, coinciding exactly with a four-game suspension for athletic RT Lane Johnson. In the first four games of the season, McCoy went for 70/197/1 rushing (2.7 YPC), but over the final 12 games, he posted 243/1127/4 rushing (4.6 YPC), second in yards to only DeMarco Murray over the same span. This is the very solid line that Bills fans should be clinging to when hoping this trade works out.

All in all, McCoy finished with 313/1324/5 rushing. For the most part, if you told anyone investing a high pick in McCoy before the season that he’d play 16 games and carry 313 times, they’d have no problem making the [...]

Notable 53-Man Roster Cuts

Arizona Cardinals

 

Atlanta Falcons

RB Maurice Hagens, WR Freddie Martino, TE Jacob Pedersen, RB Josh Vaughan, WR Jeremy Ebert, WR Bernard Reedy, TE Mickey Shuler, WR Geraldo Boldewijn

 

Baltimore Ravens

TE Nathan Overbay, TE Phillip Supernaw, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, QB Keith Wenning

 

Buffalo Bills

QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, TE Dominique Jones, P Brian Moorman, WR Naaman Roosevelt, QB Jeff Tuel, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley

 

Carolina Panthers

WR Tavarres King, WR Marcus Lucas, RB Darrin Reaves, FB Michael Zordich, TE Mike McNeill

 

Chicago Bears

WR Armanti Edwards, RB Jordan Lynch, TE Jeron Mastrud, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Dale Moss, WR Chris Williams, OT Eben Britton, S M.D. Jennings

 

Cincinnati Bengals

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, QB Tyler Wilson, S Danieal Manning, H-back Orson Charles, WR Cobi Hamilton, WR Colin Lockett, FB Nikita Whitlock, HB James Wilder Jr.

 

Cleveland Browns

WR Nate Burleson, RB Dion Lewis, WR Willie Snead, TE MarQueis Gray, QB Connor Shaw, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi

 

Dallas Cowboys

RB Ryan Williams, WR Dezmon Briscoe, RB D.J. Adams, WR LaRon Byrd, WR Jamar Newsome, RB Phillip Tanner, TE Asa Watson

 

Denver Broncos

DT Kevin Vickerson

 

Detroit Lions

RB Mikel Leshoure, WR Kris Durham, RB George Winn, RB Emil Igwenagu, WR Andrew Peacock, WR Pat Edwards, TE Michael Egnew, TE Jordan Thompson

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Houston Texans

WR Lacoltan Bester, K Chris Boswell, TE [...]

Position Battle Playing Time for First Full Week of Preseason Action

We continue to update the position battles around the league, but in this blog, I thought looking at preseason playing time would be interesting. The depth chart doesn’t always tell the whole story and it’s certainly worth noting when players get in the game and who they get to play with, whether it’s with the first-team offense or the backups. If you’re looking for game reviews with stats, check out those our here. Let’s take a look at how the battles went in the first week of preseason action.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys 

The Battle: Lance Dunbar vs. Joseph Randle vs. Ryan Williams for team’s backup RB job (#2)

Dunbar: Did not play.

Randle: Started (DeMarco Murray Did not play) and played into the 2nd quarter

Williams: Second RB in after Randle in 2nd quarter. Played into 3rd quarter with backups.

The Battle: Brandon Weeden vs. Caleb Hanie for team’s backup QB job (#2)

Weeden: Started (Tony Romo Did not play) and played entire 1st half.

Hanie: Came in after Weeden and played entire 3rd quarter with backups.

New York Giants

The Battle: Rueben Randle vs. Odell Beckham Jr. for team’s starting WR job (#2) 

Randle: Started along with Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan. Played 1st half with starters and backups.

Beckham: Did [...]

About Matthew Camp

Matthew Camp

Camp has been a fantasy football player since 1997, when he remembers using the box scores from the New York Daily News.

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About Joseph Dolan

Joe Dolan

Joe is a son of the video-game age - his extensive knowledge of NFL rosters dates back to the early 1990s.


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Tom Brolley

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