2017 Fantasy Football Tips


Every team is in training camp right now getting ready for the up and coming season. Right now, you should be getting ready for your fantasy football season as well.

Mock Draft


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This is the perfect time to mock draft. Mock drafting now helps get your strategy together. I’ve started mock drafting a week or so ago. I have a friend who started soon after Independence Day (he’s won my league multiple times). This is equivalent to practicing for an event or a big game. Now is not the time to act like Allen Iverson about practice. By the time the real draft happens, you’ll be prepared and won’t be panicking.

Bell or Johnson


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Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers and David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals finished the fantasy season strong last year. Now, these 2 are projected to go 1 and 2 in most pre draft rankings. Both of them are versatile and are heavily featured in their respective team’s offenses. Honestly, you shouldn’t go won’t choosing either of them. Personally, I prefer David Johnson this year due to Bell’s injury history. Also, he’s currently holding out in training camp.

Avoid Drafting in the First Round
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Drafting wide receivers in the first round is starting to become a popular trend, but don’t shy away from the fundamentals: running backs are scarce. Last year, I did Antonio Brown was worth drafting with the 1st overall pick and he was (especially in a PPR league). With that being said, the two players you want to avoid drafting in the first round is Mike Evans and A.J Green. Both of them are elite wide receivers, but they’re not worth selecting that early. Mike Evans had a monster year last year, but the Bucs offense has upgraded this off-season. The additions of deep threat DeSean Jackson and first round draft pick O.J. Howard (tight end from Alabama) will take pressure off of Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. In theory, his targets should decrease. Same thing with A.J. Green. Cincinnati upgraded its offense by adding draft picks John Ross (wide receiver from Washington) and Joe Mixon (running back from Oklahoma). Along with a healthy Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton will have a plethora to choose from. If you can get any of these 2 studs in the second round, you’re doing something right.

Sleepers
Here’s a list of players that should enhance your team later in the draft:

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  • Christian McCaffrey (RB, Carolina)
  • Terrell Pryor Sr. (WR, Washington)
  • Dalvin Cook (RB, Minnesota)
  • O.J. Howard (TE, Tampa Bay)
  • Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Tampa Bay)
  • Eddie Lacy (RB, Seattle)

Fundamental Tips
Below are things you should consider:

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  • Quality running backs are limited (get them early).
  • Quarterbacks come a dime a dozen (no sense drafting Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers within the first 3 or 4 rounds when you can get the same quality from Kirk Cousins or Marcus Mariota later in the draft).
  • Tight ends and wide receivers are a dime a dozen as well in PPR leagues.
  • PLEASE WAIT as long as possible to draft a kick or defense/st.

Last, please remember to have fun. Being stressed out over your fantasy team will make the situation worse and less enjoyable. You may forget that you are a fan of the game. Enjoy yourself.

JGOOD

Fantasy Football Championship Week Edition: NFL Week 16


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 New England
15 San Diego
14 Houston
13 Pittsburgh
12 Tennessee
11 Green Bay
10 New York Giants
9 Kansas City
8 Oakland
7 Buffalo
6 New Orleans
5 Seattle
4 Cowboys
3 Los Angeles
2 Atlanta
1 Chicago

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Green Bay
14 Tennessee
13 New York Giants
12 Pittsburgh
11 San Diego
10 Cowboys
9 Kansas City
8 Washington
7 Oakland
6 Seattle
5 Miami
4 Los Angeles
3 Atlanta
2 New Orleans
1 Cincinnati

Championship Showdown (JGood)

Coincidentally in the week where the majority of fantasy football championships are taking place, I (Nino Brown) am going against D.Reed (Every Villian Is Lemons) in our league that we’ve been apart of since 2011. This is a chalk matchup of the first and second seed going at it. D.Reed is making his 4th consecutive finals appearance. Two years ago, we battled for the championship, but I came up short. I’ve been looking forward to this matchup since then. Good luck my friend.

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HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

 

QB
Philip Rivers (San Diego @ Cleveland)
Philip Rivers is coming off a sub-par performance last week against Oakland throwing for 206 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT!! Rivers owners should rejoice because he has a week 16 matchup against the winless Cleveland Browns!!! The Browns have allowed the most touchdown passes to opposing QBs with 31!! Rivers is a safe bet at the QB1 position for championship week!!!

Derek Carr (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Derek Carr has been downright awful as of late scoring a combined 14 points the past two weeks. This week, Carr and company play host to the Indianapolis Colts and their porous secondary!!! The Colts D surrendered 23 passing touchdowns with an average of 18 fantasy points a game to opposing signal callers!! Carr looks to be in for a “redemption week.”

RB
Todd Gurley (San Francisco @ Los Angeles)
Wait a second, is Todd Gurley on the hot list??!!! I know, I know…Gurley has been the ultimate fantasy “bust” this year, but before you disagree with the decision, just hear me out. The 49’ers are giving up an absurd average of 26 points per game to opposing RBs!!! Both teams in this matchup have problems moving the ball, therefore, I expect for it to be a close one with Gurley racking up a solid chunk of yardage!! All signs point to a productive outing for Gurley, and he is sure to find pay dirt in this one!!!

Bilal Powell (New York Jets @ New England)
Bilal Powell has been smoking hot over the past two weeks!! Powell was inserted into the starting lineup due to Matt Forte’s lingering knee injury!! It seems as if there is a new sheriff in the Jets’ backfield as Powell out-snapped Forte 137 to 19 the last two weeks!! While being heavily involved in both passing and running game, I love Powell’s upside this week, especially in PPR format!!!

WR
Julian Edelman (New York Jets @ New England)
I love Julian Edelman this week simply because of volume!!! Edelman has been targeted a whopping 50 times over the past 4 weeks!! With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Julian Edelman has become Tom Brady’s “security blanket.” I expect Brady to look Edelman’s way early and often in this one!! Whether standard or PPR, I love Edelman as a solid WR1 this week!!

Michael Crabtree (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Michael Crabtree is coming off a solid performance against the San Diego Chargers, catching 6 balls for 60 yards and a score!! Crabtree has a week 16 matchup against a beatable Colts secondary. Crabtree has been one of the most consistent WRs this year and still delivers even while playing alongside second-year standout, Amari Cooper. Crabtree makes a fine low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this week!!!

TE
Greg Olsen (Atlanta @ Carolina)
Over the past 2 weeks, Olsen is starting to warm up with 10 receptions for 172 yards! Although Olsen hasn’t found paydirt since week 9, I love Olsen and his week 16 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons!!! In Olsen’s week 4 meeting with Atlanta, he caught 6 passes for 76 yards and a score, therefore, I expect Olsen to find a way to duplicate his week 4 success and break his 6-week scoring drought!!

D/ST
New England (vs New York Jets)
The New England Patriots defense has been on a roll as of late, scoring double-digit points in 2 of their last 3 games!!! With inexperienced QB Bryce Petty coming to town, I see plenty of turnover opportunities in the works!!! New England makes for a top-tier defense this week which such a tasty matchup on the horizon!!
What’s Not❄

 

QB
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia @ New York Giants)
The Carson Wentz show was here today and gone tomorrow! I have no doubt that Wentz will be a great talent in the years to come, but the future won’t win your fantasy championship this week!!! You can’t afford many mistakes at any position so don’t get cute. Just stick with the sure thing and Wentz isn’t it!!!

RB
Matt Forte (New York Jets @ New England)
Matt Forte’s days may be numbered as the primary ball carrier in the Jets’ backfield! It seems as if Bilal Powell has all but relieved Forte of his backfield duties in both the passing and running game!! Over the past few weeks in Forte’s absence, Powell performed beautifully and with Powell’s recent emergence of “top dog” status, it would be wise to look elsewhere at the RB position!!

WR
Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ New England)
Brandon Marshall has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season!!! Marshall’s poor play is due in part to the inconsistency at the QB position with both Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Yes, Marshall is a big name, but that doesn’t mean he deserves a spot in your lineup!! With the lack of consistent play at the QB position in New York, Marshall should remain on the bench if you want to keep your title shot intact!!!

TE
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
The only problem I have with this matchup is that there is no consistency at the TE position on the Colts’ roster!! Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope, and Dwayne Allen all get targeted in the passing game (with Doyle leading the pack as of late) and now is not the week to play TE musical chairs!! During championship week you always wanna go with the sure thing but there is no such thing at TE on the Colts as of right now!!! Stay away!!!

D/ST
Indianapolis (@ Oakland)
The Colts defense put out a stellar performance against the Vikings last week scoring an uncharacteristic 18 points!!! The Colts week 15 defensive performance will be short lived as they travel to Oakland to take on Derek Carr and their high scoring offense!!! Opposing defenses has averaged 3 points per game when facing Oakland!! Don’t even think twice about benching them in this one!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 14: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 Minnesota
15 Cincinnati
14 New England
13 Tennessee
12 Arizona
11 Indianapolis
10 Tampa Bay
9 Atlanta
8 Pittsburgh
7 Detroit
6 Carolina
5 Washington
4 Dallas
3 Kansas City
2 San Francisco
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Cincinnati
14 Pittsburgh
13 Atlanta
12 Minnesota
11 Arizona
10 Carolina
9 Tampa Bay
8 Kansas City
7 Denver
6 Washington
5 Indianapolis
4 Detroit
3 Seattle
2 New York Jets
1 Dallas

Week 13 Points and Results
JGood: 99 pts (10-5) record; Overall: 955 pts (110-80)
D.Reed: 86 pts (8-7) record;  Overall: 971 pts (113-77)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

First and foremost, we want to say congratulations if you made the playoffs in your fantasy league(s). Most playoffs for fantasy football starts NFL week 14. At this time, we are aware that his is crunch time so we’ll be available via Twitter for any and every question or concern for your week’s matchup.

What’s Hot🔥

QB

Andy Dalton (Cincinnati @ Cleveland)

Andy Dalton is coming off of a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles throwing for 332 yards and 2 TDs!!! Even with top target A.J. Green out due to injury (hamstring), Dalton found no problem moving the ball through the air! In week 14, Dalton and company are on the road against a tasty matchup with the winless Cleveland Browns!! Dalton should see no drop off from his week 13 success!!

Jameis Winston (New Orleans @ Tampa Bay)

In Jameis Winston’s last 7 games, he is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game and has thrown 14 TDs to just four interceptions over that timeframe!! Winston has a week 14 matchup at home with the Saints, who’ve allowed eight of the last 10 quarterbacks they’ve played to throw for multiple scores!!! New Orleans defense hasn’t played particularly well on the road, therefore, I see a great game in the works for “Famous” Jameis!!!

RB

Spencer Ware (Oakland @ Kansas City)

Spencer Ware was quite active in week 13 scoring one touchdown through the air and another score on the ground!! Ware’s day was salvaged by both TDs as he didn’t accumulate many yards from scrimmage (29 yards rushing & 23 receiving) This week, Ware has a home matchup against the Oakland Raiders. In week 6 against Oakland, Ware ran for a season-high 131 yards and a score on 24 carries, and I believe Kansas City would like to build upon that “ground and pound” success!! I believe they will look to get Ware the rock early and establish the run!!!

Lamar Miller (Houston @ Indianapolis)

Lamar Miller put up a stinker against the Green Bay Packers last week carrying the ball 14 times for a measly 22 yards and 1 reception for -4 yards (2 fantasy points total)!!! Miller looks to bounce back in a major way against the Colts who have surrendered the ninth-most rushing yards and the third most yards per carry to opposing backfields!! In week 6 against Indy, Miller ran for 149 yards and a score, and I believe this week will be much of the same!!! Miller is a great play in this one!!!

WR

Julian Edelman (Baltimore @ New England)

With Martellus Bennett a bit banged up and both Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola out due to injury, Julian Edelman looks to be the beneficiary of a huge uptick in targets!!! Edelman has seen a team-high of 40 targets in the last 3 games. With Baltimore giving up the eighth most points to wideouts, Edelman could be in store for a huge game in this one!!! I like Julian Edelman as a top 10 WR play this week!!!

Doug Baldwin (Seattle @ Green Bay)

Doug Baldwin has been somewhat of a fantasy disappointment over the past 2 games, but a week 14 matchup with the Green Bay Packers could be just the thing to get Baldwin back on track!! The Packers secondary has struggled against wideouts all season allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the position!!! With the Packers’ run defense being quite stout, Wilson my look to air it out with Baldwin reaping the benefits!!!

TE

Travis Kelce (Oakland @ Kansas City)

Even though Travis Kelce hasn’t found paydirt since week 10, Kelce still has TE position on fire with 3 straight 100+ yard receiving games in his last 3!!! Even with Jeremy Maclin eyeing a possible return this week, Kelce is still “top dog” in the Kansas City receiving core!! No matter the matchup, ride this stud during your playoff run!!!

D/ST

Vikings (vs Jacksonville)

Fun Fact: Did you know that Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles had more “pick-sixes” (11) in his career than wins!!!?? (10) Yep, it’s sad isn’t it!!

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What’s Not❄

QB

Ryan Tannehill (Arizona at Miami)

Ryan Tannehill is about as inconsistent as they come at the position!!! The Dolphins quarterback even fails to take advantage of his better matchups!! Watching Tannehill had to have been brutal for all Dolphins fans as he threw the ball for 226 yds 1 TD and 3INTS!!! He has a tough task this week against the number 2 overall defense in the Arizona Cardinals, therefore I’ll keep Tannehill riding pine in this one!!

RB

Devontae Booker (Denver @ Tennessee)

Devontae Booker hasn’t been all that productive since taking over the starting job from fellow backfield mate C.J. Anderson. The Titans have been a top 7 rush defense over the last month and that doesn’t bode well for someone so touchdown dependent as Booker. It’ll be in your best interest to shy away from Booker in such a crucial week 14 matchup!!!

WR

Allen Robinson (Minnesota @ Jacksonville)

I blame most of Robinson’s fantasy woes on Blake “Turn It Over Often” Bortles!! In most leagues, week 14 is the beginning of the playoffs and although it’s tough to bench a name like Allen Robinson, you can’t afford to start anyone off their name alone!!! He simply hasn’t had the production so it’ll be in your best interest to bench Robinson this week against one of the league’s top secondaries!!!

TE 

Martellus Bennett (Baltimore @ New England)

Just because Gronk is out doesn’t mean that Bennett will have automatic production!! Bennett still isn’t 100 percent healthy, and he just hasn’t been involved much in the passing game. He’s only caught 6 of 11 targets over the last 3 weeks, and now he’s up against a Ravens defense who’s among the top of the league in stopping the opposing TE position!! With playoffs implications on the line, benching Bennett may be a smart move this week!!

D/ST

Baltimore (@ New England)

Baltimore D has been an extremely solid defensive play the last few weeks, but a trip to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and company in prime time may very well fix that!! It’ll be tough to bench such a hot defense, but a matchup against the Pats on the road is one of the league’s tougher tasks!!! I’d look elsewhere for a defense this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)