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 [...]

Poll Result Analysis: RB Sleeper Candidate Targets

Over the last week, we posted a poll asking you which RB sleeper candidate was at the top of your targets list. The results varied throughout the week and Falcon rookie RB Devonta Freeman led most of the way, but things certainly changed after a full week of preseason games:














As you can see, the final results put 49er rookie RB Carlos Hyde at top when it was all said and done with Freeman trailing by a significant margin, although he was still way ahead of Brown rookie RB Terrance West and Seahawk second-year RB Christine Michael. Was this an overreaction to one preseason game? Are there concerns about Freeman’s pass protection? Did the end of Marshawn Lynch‘s quick holdout sour some on Michael? Let’s take a look at each player’s projections (as of 8/12), what they did in the first preseason game, and news that has come out during training camp.

Carlos Hyde, SF (120 carries, 565 rush yards, 6 rush TDs, 16 receptions, 95 rec yards) – With Frank Gore sitting out, Hyde got the start in the 49ers’ first preseason game and was impressive, rushing five times for 39 yards against the Ravens. He quickly showed that he’s more than a between-the-tackles runner, as he [...]

How the New Focus on Defensive Penalties may Affect IDP IDP Analyst Corby Yarbrough can be found on Twitter @Corby_Yarbrough.

Not that there is anything we as IDP players can do about it, but I just needed to vent my grief that an already inconsistent aspect of fantasy football has the potential to drive us even a little more crazy in 2014.

Week One of the NFL preseason is in the books, and if there are two things you heard about more than anything on the game broadcasts, it was the experimental length of the extra-point attempt for the next two weeks (33 yards) and that the league is cracking down on illegal contact and defensive holding on the that side of the ball.

Penalties have negated great plays and would-be stats since the dawn of fantasy football, but it sure seems like they are really out to get IDPs in 2014.

Thanks, Legion of Boom.

Thursday night’s slate of six games saw 25 flags thrown for defensive holding and nine for illegal contact. Friday night’s six games followed with 14 defensive holding penalties and 10 illegal contacts. By weekend’s end, according to Brian McIntyre, the number had risen to a total of 53 defensive holding calls, 27 illegal contacts, and 15 defensive pass [...]

USA Today Sports Weekly Mock Recap

On Tuesday, July 22, I participated in a 12-team, non-PPR mock draft with several industry leaders for USA Today Sports Weekly’s fantasy football special edition, which hits newsstands on August 4. I’ve been given permission to blog about the draft and my strategy, which is greatly appreciated, and I hope it sparks some discussion.

This was a non-PPR league with a relatively standard starting lineup – 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, W/R/T flex, K, D/ST. We were allowed to fill seven bench spots, as well.

I picked from the #9 spot, which I was excited to do because it’s a pretty interesting spot this year as most of the best RBs are off the board, and it could be an ideal spot for starting WR/WR or Graham/WR.

The draft grid is as follows (odd rounds read left to right, even rounds right to left. Click to enlarge):

Note that the empty 12th-round pick between Jordan Matthews and Carlos Hyde was meant to be Odell Beckham, and the empty 16th-round pick for Tuvey is meant to be Bryce Brown.

Here’s my team, and I’ll talk about my strategy afterward.

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Carson Palmer

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Ben Tate, Jeremy Hill, Chris Ivory, Carlos Hyde

WR: [...]

Training Camp Dates and Sites

The Bills got NFL training camps underway this past weekend and the rest of the league will get started throughout this week. The Giants and Bills will kick off the 2014 preseason in the NFL Hall of Game at 8 pm Sunday, August 3 in Canton, Ohio. The ninth edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will follow the Falcons this preseason. As for the rest of the league, here’s a complete breakdown of training camp dates and sites.

Arizona Cardinals

Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 25. Site: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz

Atlanta Falcons

Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24. Site: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.

Baltimore Ravens

Rookies: July 16. Veterans: July 23. Site: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.

Buffalo Bills

Rookies: July 16. Veterans: July 19. Site: St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, N.Y.

Carolina Panthers

All players: July 24. Site: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.

Chicago Bears

All players: July 24. Site: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.

Cincinnati Bengals

Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 23. Site: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.

Cleveland Browns

Rookies: July 23. Veterans: July 25. Site: Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.

Dallas Cowboys

All players: July 23. Site: City of Oxnard Fields, Oxnard, Calif.

Denver Broncos

All players: July 23. Site: Paul D. Bowen Memorial Centre, Englewood, Colo.

Detroit Lions

Rookies: July 22. [...]

The Prince Connection: Rodgers and Nelson

If you follow along over at my Twitter account @FG_Dolan (shameless plug), you’ve probably noticed my undying love for Jordy Nelson, and the fact that I’d happily welcome him onto any of my fantasy teams this year.

First of all, he’s madly productive as is: he hauled in 85/1314/8 last year and averaged 16.5 FPG in a PPR league. That was good enough to rank him #13 among WRs who played at least seven games last year. By definition, he was a borderline #1 WR in a 12-team PPR league. A knee procedure last summer might have scared some people, but it helped make Nelson more explosive and turned him into a durable force in 2013, and an incredible fantasy value to boot.

Once again, Nelson proved to be among the NFL’s elite in both catch rate and yards per target: 67.5% catch rate and 10.43 yards per target in 2013, well above the 58.6%/7.80 league average at the WR position last year. This has become a trend for Nelson, who continually grabs a high percentage of his targets down the field, more than most of his peers grab in the intermediate area.

But there’s also one more thing that we have to remember [...]

12-Team PPR Mock Auction Review, Strategy, and Lessons Learned

On somewhat of a whim, I decided to do some mocking on Wednesday night, but instead of trying to compare ADP numbers and working out the best spots to pick from, my idea was to run an auction. We ended up getting a 12-team PPR mock auction with a $200 cap done in a few hours, although with the informal atmosphere, a handful of teams ended up going on autodraft towards the end, which ruined some values and prevented some from getting their starters before these autodrafted teams started bidding for backups. That’s while I’ll be focusing on the roster I put together and explain my thought process as best as possible throughout the auction. Other than calling it a PPR, no real lineup requirements were discussed, once again, because of the informal process of gathering everyone to participate.

First off, here’s my team with the amount I paid for each in ():

QB – Colin Kaepernick (10), Josh McCown (1)

RB – Giovani Bernard (38), Montee Ball (36), Andre Ellington (39), Devonta Freeman (1), Andre Brown (1)

WR – Josh Gordon (2), Pierre Garcon (22), Cordarrelle Patterson (17), Michael Floyd (16), Tavon Austin (3)

TE – Jared Cook (2), Eric Ebron (1)

D – Browns [...]

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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About Tom Brolley

Tom Brolley

Brolley was blessed with the mobility of Peyton Manning, but lacked his encyclopedic football knowledge and rocket arm.

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