Week 8 Rest of Season Rankings

It’s nearly half way through the 2017 Fantasy Football season, and we have some updated Rest of Season Rankings (Standard Format):

 

QB:

  1. Drew Brees (NO)
  2. Dak Prescott (DAL)
  3. Tom Brady (NE)
  4. Russel Wilson (SEA)
  5. Kirk Cousins (WAS)
  6. Carson Wentz (PHI)
  7. Alex Smith (KC)
  8. Matt Ryan (ATL)
  9. Deshaun Watson (HOU)
  10. Jameis Winston (TB)
  11. Cam Newton (CAR)
  12. Derek Carr (OAK)
  13. Marcus Mariota (TEN)
  14. Matthew Stafford (DET)
  15. Phillip Rivers (LAC)
  16. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
  17. Tyrod Taylor (BUF)
  18. Andy Dalton (CIN)
  19. Jared Goff (LAR)
  20. Blake Bortles (JAC)

 

RB:

  1. Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
  2. Kareem Hunt (KC)
  3. Leonard Fournette (JAX)
  4. Todd Gurley (LAR)
  5. Melvin Gordon (LAC)
  6. Lesean McCoy (BUF)
  7. Devonta Freeman (ATL)
  8. Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)
  9. Jordan Howard (CHI)
  10. Carlos Hyde (SF)
  11. Mark Ingram (NO)
  12. Doug Martin (TB)
  13. Jay Ajayi (MIA)
  14. Lamar Miller (HOU)
  15. C.J. Anderson (DEN)
  16. Aaron Jones (GB)
  17. Alvin Kamara (NO)
  18. Adrian Peterson (ARI)
  19. DeMarco Murray (TEN)
  20. Christian McCaffrey (CAR)
  21. Ameer Abdullah (DET)
  22. Joe Mixon (CIN)
  23. Chris Thompson (WAS)
  24. Robert Kelley (WAS)
  25. Frank Gore (IND)
  26. Tevin Coleman (ATL)
  27. Jerrick McKinnon (MIN)
  28. Dion Lewis (NE)
  29. Derrick Henry (TEN)
  30. Matt Forte (NYJ)

 

WR:

  1. Antonio Brown (PIT)
  2. A.J. Green (CIN)
  3. Mike Evans (TB)
  4. Julio Jones (ATL)
  5. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)
  6. Michael Thomas (NO)
  7. Dez Bryant (DAL)
  8. Brandin Cooks (NE)
  9. Keenan Allen (LAC)
  10. Doug Baldwin (SEA)
  11. Tyreek Hill (KC)
  12. Jordy Nelson (GB)
  13. Stefon Diggs (MIN)
  14. Amari Cooper (OAK)
  15. Michael Crabtree (OAK)
  16. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
  17. Chris Hogan (NE)
  18. Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)
  19. T.Y. Hilton (IND)
  20. Jarvis Landry (MIA)
  21. Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
  22. Adam Thielin (MIN)
  23. Golden Tate (DET)
  24. Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
  25. Davante Adams (GB)
  26. Desean Jackson (TB)
  27. Pierre Garcon (SF)
  28. Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
  29. Devante Parker (MIA)
  30. Danny Amendola (NE)
  31. Sammy Watkins (BUF)
  32. Tyrell Williams (SD)
  33. Jeremy Maclin (BAL)
  34. Kenny Stills (MIA)
  35. Willie Snead (NO)
  36. Randall Cobb (GB)

 

 

 

 

TE:

  1. Rob Gronkowski (NE)
  2. Travis Kelce (KC)
  3. Zach Ertz (PHI)
  4. Evan Engram (NYG)
  5. Jimmy Graham (SEA)
  6. Cameron Brate (TB)
  7. Hunter Henry (LAC)
  8. Delanie Walker (TEN)
  9. Kyle Rudolph (MIN)
  10. Jordan Reed (WAS)
  11. Jason Witten (DAL)
  12. Jared Cook (OAK)
  13. Austin-Sefarian Jenkins (NYJ)
  14. Austin Hooper (ATL)
  15. Zach Miller (CHI)
  16. Coby Fleener (NO)
  17. Martellus Bennett (GB)
  18. Greg Olsen (CAR)
  19. Antonio Gates (LAC)
  20. Jack Doyle (IND)
  21. Eric Ebron (DET)

 

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Top 20 Fantasy Football Team Names 2.0

A few months ago, I made a list of 50 awesome fantasy football team names. Here is an updated list for anyone who needs a great team name before the season starts.

 

  1. Jackin Goff
  2. The Antonio Brown Note
  3. Hooked on A. Thielen
  4. Suck my Lutz
  5. Cry Me a Rivers
  6. Clam Crowder
  7. Diggs Em
  8. The Tom Brady Bunch
  9. Colin Crapernick
  10. Sweeney Todd Gurley
  11. Capital Waynes Tax
  12. Beauty and the Beasley
  13. Clowney Fudge Sunday
  14. Revenge of the Smith
  15. Brate & Barrel
  16. Jameis Dave’s
  17. Fortewenty Blaze It
  18. Bad and Bouye
  19. Dalvin and the Chipmunks
  20. The Real Slim Brady

Why You Should Feel Comfortable Isaiah Crowell

A lot of experts have ranked Isaiah Crowell very high, but I have noticed that despite his high ranking in major sites like ESPN and Yahoo (he is ranked 21 and 26, respectively), he is often falling through the third round in standard leagues. This is probably due to the fact that he is not widely considered a big talent and his on the Cleveland Browns, who were absolutely atrocious last year (though not in fantasy). The purpose of this article is to explain why he is worth a pick in the late second or early third round.

First of all, Isaiah Crowell is nearly guaranteed to see a solid workload this year. The Browns will want to rely on their running game with DeShone Kizer at QB, and Crowell doesn’t have much competition in the backfield. The only noticeable RB is Duke Johnson Jr., and while Johnson could take touches on passing downs, Crowell is nearly a lock to receive early down and goal line duties.

Second, despite being on the Browns, Crowell is actually in a good offensive situation. As mentioned above, he should receive a solid workload this season. In addition to that, he is now running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. With stars like Kevin Zeitler, Joe Thomas, and Joel Bitonio, Crowell should have plenty of room between the tackles to produce.

Finally, while he might not necessarily be a big-name in the fantasy world, Crowell produced as RB14 last year, despite being on the Browns (which is one of his biggest fantasy concerns).

With everything looking up for Crowell, all evidence points that he should be able to outproduce his RB14 season last year and have a productive fantasy season for those who will draft him. He boasts a very high floor and a stable workload, making him a safe and logical pick in the 20-30 range.

Evaluating Draft Positions in a 10-12 Team Standard League

In Fantasy Football, your position is one of the most important factors in how successful your draft is. In this article, I will be analyzing different draft positions and how they affect draft strategy.

 

Top-3 Pick:

Recommendation: RB – RB/WR – RB/WR

If you end up with top 3 pick in the draft, you have a huge advantage against other teams. This is  because with your selection, you should choose either David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, or Ezekiel Elliot. The three are in a tier of their own and are running backs, which is a position that lacks depth.

With your second pick, you should take the best wide receiver or running back on the board, as you do not need to draft a quarterback or tight end this early.

With your third pick, draft the best wide receiver or running back on the board. Just make sure not to draft three running backs, you want at least some balance between your WRs and RBs.

As your draft enters the later rounds, balance your RBs and WRs because given your picks are very far apart, you will not be able to assume certain players will still be on the board when it is your turn to pick.

 

 

Mid-Range Pick (4-8)

Recommendation: WR-WR-RB

Getting a mid-range pick might not seem all that great, but it gives you a lot of flexibility. In the first round, assuming David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and Ezekiell Elliott have been taken, you should take a wide receiver. You will find consistent top-15 fantasy production from Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green, Julio Jones, or Mike Evans.

In the second round, unless if Jordan Howard or Melvin Gordon falls, you should take a wide receiver again. With a guy like Jordy Nelson, Dez Bryant, or T.Y. Hilton, you can secure another player who should give you consistent high-level fantasy production. You should draft a running back in the third round because if you wait until the fourth to pick a running back, you are unlikely to have two starting running backs on your team at the start of the year.

Especially in the later rounds, draft for value picks. Your picks are never too far apart, so if you have a sleeper that you don’t want to overdraft, you can usually wait a round instead of picking them too far above their ADP.

 

Late Round Pick (9-12)

Recommendation: RB – WR – WR

While getting a late round pick does give you a disadvantage, if you make smart decisions, you can have a great draft. With your first two picks, take a solid RB1 and a solid WR1. This will give your team more stability because you have two elite players.

With your third pick, take a second wide receiver. You can get a rock solid receiver here who will consistently earn you fantasy points. You could also take a quarterback here, but the only QB that makes sense this early is Aaron Rodgers.

 

These are good draft strategies, but they do not apply to all drafts. Despite what position a player is, if you feel like they are the best choice on the board, do not hesitate to pick them. These strategies are simply to guide you into picking a stable team.

The Top 50 Fantasy Football Team Names

With fantasy football sites like Yahoo  opening for the 2017 season, a list of potential team names appears to be in order. Below, we have 50 original fantasy football team names:

  1. Cry Me a Rivers
  2. Marcus MariGOATa
  3. The Antonio Brown Note
  4. Jackin Goff
  5. Bend it Like Beckham Jr.
  6. Colin Crapernick
  7. Hustle Like Russel
  8. Dak History Month
  9. Cheeseburger Eddie
  10. Sweeney Todd Gurley
  11. Riddickulous
  12. Capital Waynes Tax
  13. Dak Attack
  14. Zeke-a-zoid!
  15. Dezed and Confused
  16. Tucker up
  17. Frequent Flyer Myles
  18. Beauty and the Beasley
  19. A.J. 47
  20. Ballin Kaepernick
  21. Clowney Fudge Sunday
  22. Leonard Scorenette
  23. Like Mike Evans
  24. Mitch Perfect
  25. Revenge of the Smith
  26. Lacy’s
  27. Brate & Barrel
  28.  The Dougie Monster
  29. Easy Brees-y
  30. Kendrick Lamar Miller
  31. Kodak Dak
  32. The Skittles Slayers
  33. Marcus Mariyoda
  34. Watt the Heck
  35. Granny Alex Smith
  36. Jameis Dave’s
  37. RG3PO
  38. Fortewenty Blaze It
  39. The Eifert Tower
  40. It Ertz Wentz I go to the Bathroom
  41. Powell to the People
  42. The Great Blakes
  43. Bad and Bouye
  44. Pitch Burfict
  45. Dalvin and the Chipmunks
  46. Flute and the Blowfish
  47. The Real Slim Brady
  48. Kizer Chiefs
  49. Blair Walsh Project
  50. Keenan Peele

Paul Perkins: One of The Most Undervalued RBs in Fantasy Football

Ranking 28 on the FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings, (FantasyPros), Paul Perkins is not expected to explode this year. However, the conditions are right for Perkins to have a breakout year.

This offseason, the New York Giants released Rashad Jennings. They have no other talent at running back, so unless if they choose to pick a running back early in the NFL Draft, Perkins will start the season as the clear first string running back. Perkins is likely to receive a high workload, but he will also be running behind good blockers. The Giants had the 20th ranked offensive line this season (Pro Football Focus), but don’t let that fool you. They got their low ranking due to their abysmal tackles. They still have two elite run blockers in Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh.

Perkins is in a good team situation, but he also has the talent to break out this season. In his rookie season last year, he managed 456 yards on 112 carries (4.1 yards per carry). Perkins’ strengths as a runner come from his elite vision and  agile cuts. His play style is comparable to a poor man’s Jamaal Charles.

Paul Perkins isn’t necessarily an RB1, but his young age, ideal backfield situation, and potential talent make him a good late-round pick in standard leagues or a sneaky stash in dynasty leagues. Perkins has a good chance of attaining RB2 status next season.

Doug Martin Attends Offseason Team Workouts

 

On Monday, Doug Martin began team workouts. In December, Martin violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He then admitted himself to a rehab facility, from which he was released in February. While he is attending team workouts, Martin still faces a three game suspension. Martin’s suspension gives the Buccaneers the option to terminate his contract, which lasts through 2020. Releasing Martin now would free over 5.7 million dollars in cap room. The Buccaneers’ GM, Jason Licht said: “He looks, right now, as good as I’ve seen him since I’ve been here from a physical standpoint. Seemed to be in very good spirits. Excited to have him. Excited to see how he does out here in OTAs” (Fox Sports). While Martin’s spot on the Buccaneers is far from guaranteed, Licht’s optimism and Martin’s attending workouts are an indicator that Martin might return to the team in 2017.

 

If Martin returns to the Buccaneers in 2017, Martin’s role in the backfield will depend on how Charles Sims, his backup, performs in his absence. It will also be affected by whether or not the Buccaneers select a running back in the NFL Draft. In fact, if the Bucs take a running back in the first or second round, Doug Martin can be safely dropped in most formats. Despite the uncertainty regarding his status next season, Martin has the upside to eventually become an RB2 and should be rostered in most leagues, at least until the NFL Draft. If he is available in any keeper leagues, he is not worth using a high waiver spot, but is worth a free agent pickup.