Fantasy Football Tips 2016

This is one of my favorite times of the year. From now until February, the NFL will be on every Sunday. With preseason starting up, fantasy football is just around the corner. With that being said, here are some tips that should help you on your draft day.

Antonio Brown Is Special

The golden rule in fantasy football is that you always take a running back in the first round. However, Antonio Brown has become an exception to this rule the past 2 seasons. In 2015, he scored 243 fantasy points in standard play by racking up 1834 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown has been the “go-to guy” for Big Ben and the number go to guy in fantasy football. It is okay to draft him with the first pick.

Don’t Waste Your First Round Pick On…

O’Dell Beckham Jr, Ezekiel Elliott, and Rob Gronkowski. As talented as ODB is, I rather draft Julio Jones. Atlanta’s only weapon in the passing game is Jones (He led the league in targets last season with 136). Eli Manning has the return of Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard to utilize as well.  Please be cautious if you do decide to pick him in the first round.

I have nothing against Ezekiel Elliott’s ability, but I’m not drafting a player who hasn’t played a signal down in the NFL in the first round. The Dallas Cowboys has the best offensive line in football so it does seem enticing to draft Elliott early. However, in the famous words of Stephen A Smith, “The Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen”.

Last year was my first time taking Rob Gronkowski and it happened to be in the first round. By week 4, I’ve learned that tight ends are becoming a deep position. Plus, Tom Brady will miss the first 4 games. Taking Gronk in the second round is okay.

My Sleepers Consist Of…

Lamar Miller, Donte Moncrief, Kevin White, and Markus Wheaton. In my opinion, Lamar Miller was underutilized in Miami. The last season and a half, Miller showed he can produce when he touches the ball. He’ll have his chance to shine in Houston.

With Andre Johnson departure and Andrew Luck, finally healthy, Donte Moncrief has a high ceiling to be productive this season. TY Hilton will see double coverage far more times than not. This will enable Moncrief for one on one match-ups in a pass heavy offense. Let that sink in.

We will finally see what Kevin White can do on the gridiron. After missing his first season with a shin injury, White looks to fill the void of what the Chicago Bears offense was missing last season. White is 6’3″ and runs under a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. With the attention on Alshon Jeffrey, the Bears first round pick in 2015 could be a playmaker.

When Martavis Bryant missed the first 4 games last season due to a suspension, Markus Wheaton didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Now that Bryant is suspended all of the 2016 NFL Season, Wheaton will have all season to prove his value and explode on the fantasy football scene.

Just Stop

Matthew Stafford, Demaryius Thomas, and the San Francisco 49’ers. Stafford has talent, but he primarily benefited from having Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Now that Johnson is retired, Matthew Stafford has lost his security blanket. With the lack of talent on offense, he might consistently struggle. I rather draft Ryan Tannehill.

Demaryius Thomas has the ability to be a top 5 wide receiver in the league. He has exceptional hands and speed. The problem with him in fantasy football this year is his new quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez hasn’t been the most accurate quarterback and is known for his “Butt Fumble” (CLICK HERE TO WATCH). Unless Sanchez gets him the ball consistently, Thomas may be a flex option at best.

Last year, the Cleveland Browns was the team I said to avoid drafting any players from. Now, I wouldn’t advise drafting anybody from San Francisco. Carlos Hyde has some potential but the way their offense is presently constructed, teams might give him the “Adrian Peterson treatment” (putting 8 players in the “box” on defense to stop the run). We’re not sure if Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick will start, but neither is worth starting in fantasy football. Torrey Smith is a deep threat but the quarterback play is insufficient for Smith to be productive. At least Cleveland has Josh Gordon coming back week 5, pending reinstatement.

Always Remember

Simple but important tips:

  • Running backs are scarce (get them while you can)
  • Draft your quarterback between round 6 and 8 (they are a dime a dozen)
  • Do not draft a kicker until last 2 rounds (this should be a given)
  • Don’t reach for a player unless you think it’s absolutely necessary
  • Do your research before drafting (very vital)

If nothing else, have fun!


Hall Of Fame Debate: Marshawn Lynch

The past 2 off seasons, in addition to this one coming up, Beast Mode will be contemplating retirement. Coming over from the Buffalo Bills in 2010, Skittles has helped rejuvenate the city of Seattle after the days of Shaun Alexander (who!?). Besides that MVP season where he broke the rushing touchdown record within a single season, Alexander wasn’t productive with injuries being the main reason. Lynch also achieved what Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, and that Superbowl bound Seahawks team couldn’t do, and that’s win it all in 2014.


His first four full seasons in Seattle, Marshawn Lynch was flat out dominant, including the berth of Beast Mode in the first round of the 2011 playoffs against the New Orleans Saints (WATCH IT HERE). Even though Lynch hasn’t eclipsed 10,000 rushing yards for his career, it’s moments like that have left even a fairweather fan in awe.

Probably the most memorable is his moments with the media (WATCH IT HERE). He has been the workhorse for city and the engine to their car. The Legion Of Boom has solidified their defense while Skittles has stamped his legacy into the Seattle Seahawks history books. Will his contributions be enough to get into the pro football hall of fame? What do you all think? Leave your comments below!


Week 6: What Did We Learn?

This past week, we watched the New Orleans Saints give their rival Atlanta Falcons their first loss, saw Philip Rivers throw for over 500 yards (and lose), the Detroit Lions earned their first win (not happy), and Johnny Manziel was caught drinking. What did we learn though?


It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Supercam
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to actually notice what Cam Newton is doing in Carolina. The man is doing more than half the league while working with close to nothing. Outside of Greg Olsen and a somewhat Jonathon Stewart, the man doesn’t have anybody worth mentioning. To have the ability to go into Seattle and complete a game winning drive with seconds remaining in the game catches attention across the entire league. The Legion of Boom hasn’t played up to par at all this year but Seattle is still one of the toughest places to play on the road. Their defense gets a lot of credit. However, without Cam Newton, this team will probably bw worse than thw Detroit Lions.


Same Old Story 1a
It seems like it doesn’t matter how many weapons you put around Andrew Luck, the New England Patriots will find a way dominate the Indianapolis Colts. Even though the final score was 34-27, you felt that the Patriots was always up by two touchdowns at all times. New England’s defense is underrated and played really good defense. As for the Colts, the two main issues that have always held them back has been the offensive line and the run defense. Granted Matt Hasselbeck found success while starting in place of Andrew Luck the past couple of weeks, there’s no way your Right Tackle should be getting bullied consistently and your Guards get beat off thr edge on passing downs. The Colts was my prediction to make it to the Super Bowl. I’m not saying it’s not going to happen but they need to turn it around as soon as possible…OH and not to mention that fake punt/sneak debacle.


Same Old Story 1b
I’m pretty sure I mentioned how mediocre the San Diego Chargers are (about a week ago!), and the game against the Green Bay Packers proved my point. How does your star quarterback throw for 503 yards and lose the game? How are you stopped within 4 yards of the goal line with 2 time outs and 4 tries at the end zone? It’s things like this that I almost can’t comprehend because it’s inexcusable. That was only the 17th time in the history of the NFL that a quarterback has thrown for 500 yards in a single game. Somebody’s job has to be in jeopardy after that game. Even though it’s impermissible, I’m not surprised because after all, we are talking about the San Diego Chargers.


Contenders And Pretenders
Where to begin? I’m going on the record and saying that the Atlanta Falcons are a pretender for 3 reasons: the suspect defense, Matt Ryan, and Julio Jones. The Falcons are Julio Jones or bust because he’s a real game changer. The Falcons are also Matt Ryan or bust because he’ll lose you more games than win in meaningful games. I am prematurely throwing Seattle into the same category until their running game and secondary get their acts together. The same goes for Indy. Arizona is a contender even though they lost to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh will be a legitimate threat in the AFC when Big Ben comes back. The Denver Broncos are Peyton Manning or bust for the first time in the Manning era. Their defense is elite. New England and Green Bay are usually defense/quarterback or bust. The jury is still out on majority of the teams but time will tell like always.

The Kid


The first 5 baseball players that started my interest in baseball when I was a toddler were Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, and “The Kid”, Ken Griffey Jr. My dad told me about that Babe Ruth was the best player of his era and was second on the all-time home run list (behind Hank Aaron). I’ve used to see “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson on television quite often because how often do you see a 6’10 lefty pitcher? Chipper Jones was always relevant when I was kid. Besides the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves were known nationwide by fair-weather fans. I have nothing but respect for Chipper.


And then there’s Ken Griffey Jr. He’s easily my favorite player of all time. In his 22 year career, the Center Fielder hit 630 home runs (6th all time) with a .284 batting average. He also has 2,781 hits while knocking in 1,836 runs in his prolific career. Griffey was a 13 time Allstar, American League MVP back in 1997, 10 time Gold Glover (consecutive), and he also was a 7 time Silver Slugger. He led the AL in home runs 4 times and won the home run derby 3 times. I believed his impressive accomplishment was being named to the Major League Baseball All-Century team.

Junior’s stats for his 11 years in Seattle were off the charts, racking up 1,752 hits, 398 home runs, 1,152 RBIs, and 167 stolen bases. The 10 consecutive Gold Gloves all were in a Mariners uniform from 1990-1999.

Griffey has one of the remarkable swings you will see and his defensive abilities were outstanding. Here’s a clip if you need a refresher:
Ken Griffey Jr. Career Highlights


Personally, if it wasn’t for the injuries in Cincinnati (including season-ending injuries in 2002, 2003, and 2004), I believe he would be the all-time home run leader and arguably the greatest player of all time (The Greatest). Growing up, I wanted to play center field and wear number 24 because of him. I wanted his signature shoes. At one point, I wanted to bat left-handed like him even though I’m the opposite.


One of my favorite memories is when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox (Go South Side!) back in 2008. Just knowing one of the most transcending athletes of my generation was on one of my favorite teams and played only 20 to 30 miles away was mind-blowing.

In my eyes, he has first ballot trip to Cooperstown. This man was the complete package you could get from a player. He belongs in the conversation. People who heard of his name knows him by Ken Griffey Jr…and the people who grew up watching him knows him as “The Kid”