New this season and starting this week, I am going to try to lay out the top storylines that I’ll be following for fantasy for each upcoming week. While I’m covering these storylines, I’ll also try to include some fantasy tips and tidbits. I’ll probably place these in my weekly strategy article, but I’ll also put it up on the blog.
I have 82 story lines for Week 2, so let’s get to it.
Pittsburgh (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)
Can Markus Wheaton build on the momentum he created in Week 1? He looks very good and jumped off the page a bit, so if so, that would be a great sign.
Will the Steelers game plan to get Heath Miller the ball more?
Can Le’Veon Bell, who looked fantastic last week, run well against another good defense? If so, there’s no reason to give Leg Blount meaningful carries.
Who carries the load for the Raven running game, or is it a full-fledged RBBC? Gary Kubiak would like one guy, but if Bernard Pierce isn’t effective and/or fumbles, Justin Forsett deserves a lot of opportunities. Can Forsett essentially be what we expected Ray Rice to be? They are similar players, but Rice is bigger and more powerful [...]
Here are the results of the 12-team PPR 3rd round reversal NFFC 20-round draft I participated in last night in New York City.
I was pretty pleased with the draft and felt I was generally ahead of the curve. While I did have to pay a premium for some players early, I did get solid value for others later. In a high-stakes draft, you have to be very proactive and draft players you like 1-2 rounds earlier than their ADP.
Here a few other notes from the draft.
I’m not a big fan of the 3rd round reversal when you’re picking at the top of round one. So 1 pick after I made my second pick, 23rd overall, round 2 ended and round 3 started with the team that drafted 12th. In a normal draft, I would have had a crack at either Julius Thomas, Andre Ellington, Shane Vereen, Roddy White, or Keenan Allen. I would have taken a WR there, most likely Allen (although I do love Roddy). That made me use my third and fourth picks on Michael Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson. I felt fortunate to get those two, but it would have been nice to get a crack at Allen. [...]
Update: There is no MNF game this week, so we’ll be doing a full projections/PDF/excel file update later this afternoon. You can generate a printable custom cheat sheet today that is as of Sunday evening.
Note: If you use the 1-page printable feature it does print out a pretty solid cheat sheet, updated today, it just spills into a second page.
To access the projections, just click “Projections” on the main navigation bar near the top of the page, or head here. You can access the custom cheat sheet here.
Just a quick note today for those drafting (Sunday, August 17, 2014) that I have updated projections taking into account the Friday and Saturday games.
The problem with doing this is our PDF cheat sheets and excel files are now behind what the projections and the custom cheat sheet have. When we do our main projection updates early and late in the week, it’s a MAJOR undertaking that takes about 10-12 hours of work by three different people, so this time of the year bothers me because I know people are drafting and want the latest information.
If that’s you, you can generate a printable custom cheat sheet today (or Monday) that is as of Sunday morning (I could certainly do another update before our big update with all the PDFs and excel files, and I will likely wait until the MNF game before I do that).
The custom cheat sheet isn’t as good as the PDFs, but again if you want the most current rankings and projections, it has it. Also note that the MyGuru app will also be updated today with these current projections.
To access the projections, just click “Projections” on the main navigation bar near the top of the page, [...]
As I hope subscribers can see, we are once again pushing hard to improve our offerings and our overall service, and I have another announcement regarding that endeavor today.
The biggest issue we face during the regular season is that there are only seven days in a week. We produce so much content in terms of early-week review of the big picture, and then we quickly need to turn our attention to the upcoming week. Some/most people want us to do that while we’re still in review mode on Monday and Tuesday.
At times, it can become unmanageable.
We crank out so much in terms of written words, but one thing I believe is lost on people is that we also have to, you know, watch the games. We’re all obviously watching on Sundays as the action unfolds, but we’re obviously all over the place switching from game-to-game, so we also need to sit down and watch each game early in the week. That’s time consuming, and it’s a significant thing on our plates each week. We typically break the games up among the staff, but it’s not easy to get a clear and comprehensive overview of the week that was, and again [...]