I am not sure if it is a function of the two extra weeks afforded to us this year with the draft being pushed back on the calendar, but I feel like I have a better handle on things this year at this early stage. I have a lot of thoughts about drafting this year, and I do believe I’ve been influenced by the myriad statistical analysis articles we’ve posted this year (over 20 separate articles already in 2014).
I’ll obviously get to my thoughts out there as we move forward, but there are two things I’m focusing on more than usual this year, and they are:
The schedule – I’ve never studied it more than I have this year. It’s true that we just don’t know how each defense will perform this year, but do we know anything for certain when handicapping the NFL? Not really. We do know some teams will be particularly strong or weak against the run or the pass, and that’s something to hang your hat on. There is more depth than ever at the skill positions, so I believe an advantage can be gained this year by paying more attention to the schedule and the matchups. [...]
I have been working on a massive Post Free Agency Stock Watch, which is aimed at putting all the activity into perspective and conveying to readers how free agency has changed the fantasy landscape for 2014.
I use the word “massive” a lot because it describes most of the articles we do. I really want to continue to try to scale back our word counts because I know it’s usually too much. But on the other hand I insist on covering all the angles I think are important. So it’s a constant battle. For example, the writeup I did today on Montee ball, who is the top RB upgrade on my list.
I don’t think there’s any repetition in this entry, but it is very long, possibly “massive.”
I’m curious as to your thoughts on a writeup like this. Is it too long? I feel it has enough stats to back our endorsement of Ball, but are there too many? Or not enough? If you’re inclined, give me your thoughts below or on twitter (@Fantasy_Guru).
Note: This is actually not yet proofed or edited by anyone but me.
Montee Ball (Den) – The RB position is a young man’s game, yet when you play with [...]
I have been a little behind lately spending more time on more important things, and I missed two weeks ago also due to the holiday, but here are raw notes showing all if not most of Week 14’s “Just missed it” plays.
If you’re looking for perfect grammar and punctuation, don’t read this.
WR Mike Brown drops a TD pass on opening drive of game.
Maurice Jones-Drew loses balance on potential TD pass in red zone, goes down at 1-yard line. Lewis finishes drive off on next play.
Cecil Shorts nearly catches a TD pass but is rewarded on the next play anyway.
Chad Henne missed Shorts on a deep ball for a potential long score.
Troy Polamalu dropped a potential pick-six on the opening drive. He did score later in the game.
Antonio Brown barely stepped out of bounds on the final play of the game to take away the potential game-winning TD. And it would have counted.
Chief defensive TD taken off the board by replay on Robert Griffin III fumble call.
Deep ball to Tiquan Underwood for potential touchdown just tipped away by a Buccaneer defender.
Vincent Jackson had a touchdown taken off the board by replay, ruled that his foot stepped out of bounds on catch.
Here is another batch of just missed it type plays from Week 11. These are raw notes, so they were not edited for quality control.
Brandon Pettigrew lets one of his fingertips for a potential TD over the middle, continues to have suspect hands
Heath Miller dropped one in end zone going to ground
Bell tackled inside the 1-yard line on pass from Big Ben
Big Ben just overthrows David Paulson for a potential fifth passing TD down near goal line
Matt Ryan just misses Harry Douglas on pass in end zone late in blowout
Ryan Tannehill underthrows Mike Wallace for what should have been 51-yard TD
Brian Hartline fumbled at GL, but wiped out by penalty
TD from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates TD negated by illegal forward pass
1st-and-Goal from 3, Andre Brown runs down to half-yard line…Brandon Jacobs cleans up the TD
Colin Kaepernick to Jon Baldwin for 11-yard TD, Baldwin couldn’t hang on going to ground
Kaepernick picked off, should have been a pick 6, but fumbled out of end zone
Pierre Thomas tackled at the 1 on nice run, Jed Collins cleans it up
CK to Davis for 11-yard TD, Davis can’t hang on
Jimmy Graham catches passes at 1, but gets stood up
Drew Brees to Kenny Stills in [...]
Week 10 was an active week in terms of the Just Missed it plays for TDs or big plays. Here are our raw notes from our film reviews. If you have Victor Cruz, wouldn’t you like to know that he almost scored like 3 TDs as opposed to just looking at the Boxscore? I would.
Heath Miller just missed a potential TD grab, as the FS raked it out of his arms.
RG3 throws a heater off of Logan Paulsen’s hands in the end zone, obviously catchable but no touch from RG3 from just a few yards away
RG3 throws high to Garcon on slant for game-tying TD on GL target.
Santana Moss can only get one foot down in corner of end zone on potential game-tying TD
1st and goal, Ben Tate tackled at 1
Carson Palmer to Andre Roberts, who nearly makes catch in end zone, defensive holding called
Palmer to Roberts for 3-yard TD, incomplete
Case Keenum overthrows DeAndre Hopkins from 5-yard line
Vincent Brown should’ve had TD on long fade from Rivers in 2nd quarter but it fell through his hands…defender was in his face but the ball was perfectly placed—had to settle for another FG
Peyton Manning should’ve been intercepted early in the third as [...]