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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

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12-Team PPR Mock Draft #1 (Pre-NFL Draft - April 20th, 2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 04/27/17

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Archer vs PyroLytics & winner vs StiffKitties

Meatbone vs PK & winner vs d-Rx

Staggs vs Whisperer & winner vs Houdini

OC vs Waz & winner vs Hartbeat

 

 

 


Round 1: Archer vs Pyro Lytics


 

QB Matchup: Archer gets a significant edge at QB, Wentz had some really nice games with Lane Johnson and the Eagles significantly upgraded their OL, but Carr also added a quality TE in Cook and can rely on Coop and Crabtree, with some big plays from Cordarrelle (Oakland loves C’s).

Advantage: The Archer


RB Matchup: At RB I believe Miller and Anderson will significantly outperform Woodhead and Prosise (too dependent on 3rd down and game script. Lytics RB bench is loaded though primarily with Mixon, he could win a couple games on his own for Lytics.

Advantage: The Archer


WR Matchup: Allen as a WR3 has huge potential. I gave bonus points to Hopkins over Thomas as he is a proven entity and I’m not completely sure he can match his performance from last year without Cooks taking away the defenses primary cover guy. Lytics takes the cake on WR’s but Archer gets a little bump for nice depth in Martavis and Maclin.

Advantage: Pyro Lytics


TE Matchup: Reed definitely gives a commanding advantage over Henry despite surprisingly nice rookie numbers, but he will see less looks with Gates still playing and Keenan Allen returning. Not much debate on this one Reed is a star when healthy.

Advantage: Pyro Lytics


K/DST Matchup: The kickers are a push and the Seahawks get a small advantage over the Panthers.

Advantage: The Archer


Full team matchup: Overall, Carr has a pretty significant advantage over the second year Wentz despite his new toys. The discrepancy in starting RB’s is too significant for Pyro Lytics to make up ground with his strong bench, but makes up a lot of that ground with 3 starting WRs who could all potentially end the year as WR1s. Jordan Reed reigns supreme at the TE position but his unavailability will cause serious harm with no backup TE. The strong RB core and probably top 5 QB put The Archer in a nice position and he wills out the victory in Round 1.

Winner: The Archer



 

Round 2: StiffKitties vs Archer


After giving Archer the W in round one he has another competitive team in the next round in Stiffkitties who went heavy on RB early 4 of the first 6 rounds.


 

QB Matchup: Despite the fantasy football community having a widespread agreement that in order to optimize your team’s output, wait on QB rather than taking a top guy. That being said, it’s hard to argue against what Aaron Rodgers has done the last few years. Carr definitely is one of the QB’s that can contest the firepower of a Rodgers. Rodgers will be consistently atop the QB rankings for the next few years until the cliff is in view.

Advantage: StiffKitties


RB Matchup: Zeke is a stud and wins the matchup against almost anyone. Archer has significantly better depth with more proven players. Leo Fournette is a rookie and has consistent issues with his ankles, Marshawn isn’t in the league as of late and at 30 he will certainly be a part of an RBBC in Oakland, and Dion Lewis has 4 other guys who will lineup in the backfield in NE. 

Advantage: The Archer (barely)


WR Matchup: The WR cores here are fundamentally different with StiffKitties going high variance high upside players and The Archer for a high target high floor collection of Nuk, Edelman, Moncrief and Martavis. Cooks should see success in NE but there are only so many targets to go around, Tyreek Hill is a polarizing player but he is more of a flex than an WR 2, then the rookies Williams and Davis are also question marks as we have to look at disappointing seasons from Treadwell and Doctson last year. 

Advantage: The Archer


TE Matchup: Rudolph has Bradford looking for him early and often. This is about as even of a matchup as you will find at TE. Rudolph was a target monster last year with 132. I expect regression from Rudolph as the last time he was targeted 90+ times he went on to experience injury issued and struggled to stay on the field for the next two seasons seeing action in only 15 of the possible 32 games. Hunter Henry is a bright young prospect as he had one of the better rookie TE seasons historically. Henry scored 8 TDs on only 36 catches, 22% of catches yielding touchdowns is not a sustainable rate, and he will likely see less than the 53 targets he got last year with Keenan Allen returning. 

Advantage: StiffKitties


K/DST Matchup: Kickers again don’t matter to me and I give the Patriots a slight edge over Seattle due to their offseason moves. The LOB struggled without Earl Thomas and the reports of Richard Sherman requesting to be traded don’t bode well for the 12’s in Seattle. The Patriots always seem to be a better fantasy defense than an actual defense and the addition of Stephon Gilmore and retaining Malcolm Butler give NE the clear advantage. 

Advantage: StiffKitties


Full team matchup: Stiffkitties has a definite advantage with Rodgers and Zeke, but the team is very dependent on those two. Second rounder, Brandin Cooks, should be able to find success with the Patriots, but will probably have the highest variance on week to week output of any WR in the NFL, there are just so many mouths Brady will have to feed incorporating Cooks and Gronkowski back into the offense. Fournette is similar in that we don’t know what his availability regarding injuries will be and Marshawn still is unemployed. The Archer has such a nice floor and I think he would win more head to head matchups over the course of the season although the end of season points could go either way, henceforth:

Winner: The Archer




Round 1: PK Ripper vs. Meatbone


 

Both of these teams are rostering two very capable quarterbacks. While I believe that PK Ripper has the best pair of the two, it’s going to be Meatbone having the best upside; leaning heavily on starting Russell Wilson to get the job done every week.

QB Advantage: Meatbone +


At the running back position, I took into consideration workhorse opportunity. On any given week, PK Ripper can expect around 40 touches a week from Gurley and Ajayi. While Meatbone is banking on around 20 touches a game from Howard, the situational presence from Coleman cannot always be guaranteed. Not only do the roles of Gurley and Ajayi appear to be the more reliable week in and week out, the depth that PK Ripper has on his bench at the RB position looks fancy as well. Rob Kelley and Bilal Powell are in a very short line for a large share of carries from their backfield. I like Doug Martin after he serves his suspension but the waters are looking murky for him and even more so for LeGarrette Blount.

RB Advantage: PK Ripper ++


For wide receivers, both teams are represented by a stud at the position and favorable support. In my opinion, I have to give the advantage to PK Ripper’s squad by the smallest of margins. I believe Antonio Brown will finish as the FF WR1 and also believe that Willie Snead will reap greater PPR rewards this season than Kelvin Benjamin, who I’ve always been admittedly low on. Although sloppy on both sides, I feel that Meatbone has a bit more favorable WR depth to make due during his bye weeks or injuries. My gut is telling me that this position is a push, but ties are stupid so I’m giving the edge to PK Ripper.

WR Advantage: PK Ripper +


Keeping it simple for the tight end position, each team has a solid WR1 but there little doubt in my mind that Travis Kelce will outscore Tyler Eifert this season. Additionally, I believe that OJ Howard will be a Day 1 starter in the NFL and should be at least a TE2. In my opinion, both teams are rostering okay-enough TE depth and it simply comes down to Kelce vs. Eifert.

TE Advantage: PK Ripper +


For kickers, this comes down to opportunities for me. Sure Janikowski has lost a step since his prime days, but Hauschka is coming off an inaccurate season in Seattle and moving to the unforgiving conditions in Buffalo. I believe that Oakland will provide more opportunities for Janikowski than Buffalo for Hauschka.

K Advantage: Meatbone +


Oakland has a good defense, but I’m a sucker for Arizona’s.

Def Advantage: Meatbone +



In the end, it’s super close and there’s a lot to like about both of teams, but overall I am awarding the victory to PK Ripper.



 

Round 2: PK Ripper vs. d-Rx®


 

Once again, both teams are rostering very capable QB1 quarterbacks. Ultimately, it comes down who I feel is a lock for Top 5 QB numbers and that’s Tom freaking Brady. Both teams are looking at safe #2 options though. In a vacuum, I would prefer Dak over Tyrod but since they’re both second options, although maybe more than that for PK Ripper, it’s a wash.

QB Advantage: d-Rx® +


PK Ripper continues to rollout two starting running backs that are a lock for 20-some touches per game. I am a big fan of Devonta Freeman and his nose for the end zone but the timeshare and situational presence of Tevin Coleman will always be a bit worrisome. Christian McCaffrey is a well-deserved hyped rookie RB who should be capable of competing and succeeding at the NFL level, especially in PPR leagues but he doesn’t have a team yet and while I can consider an ideal scenario (Panthers? Broncos?), it’s not enough to shake the elevated floor of Gurley and Ajayi. Not to mention that, once again, PK Ripper’s RB depth of Kelley and Powell is favorable. Although this time, it’s closer to on par with d-Rx®’s Latavius Murray and, in a perfect world, Thomas Rawls.

RB Advantage: PK Ripper +


For wide receivers, both teams have a locked-in stud. While I would give the edge to PK Ripper’s Antonio Brown against d-Rx®’s Mike Evans, it’s too close to call. d-Rx® equipped PPR sweetheart Pierre Garcon and Marcus Mariota-favorite (not to mention one of my own) Rishard Matthews to round out his starting WRs. Not only do I think Washington’s Jamison Crowder will outperform San Francisco’s Garcon, I also feel that the Saints’ Willie Snead will outperform the Titans’ Rishard Matthews. Both team’s WR depth is kind of gross in my opinion and I don’t think it would sway PK Rippers starting WRs edge.

WR Advantage: PK Ripper +


Still keeping it simple for the tight ends, each team has a solid TE1. Hell, one of these should be this year’s TE1 and the other is likely to be the TE2. Head-to-head, until something happens, d-Rx®’s Rob Gronkowski prevails. For each team’s backup, both are unknowns. I like Jared Cook’s opportunity in Oakland, but OJ Howard is ridiculously more talented and athletic. Assuming Howard lands somewhere that he can catch a football, it’s even for me (even though secretly, I’d take Howard most times today).

TE Advantage: d-Rx® +


It’s as simple as this: the Atlanta Falcons will score a hell of a lot more, and enable many more FG opportunities than the Buffalo Bills. Argue this if you want, but is it really worth your time?

K Advantage: d-Rx® +


Oakland isn’t a bad defense at all, but the Chiefs could have the league’s best this year; a Top 3 lock.

Def Advantage: d-Rx® +


So based on positional advantage, it would appear that d-Rx® would win this matchup. Problem is this scoring system is full of holes, stupid, and not to mention a bit lazy. While d-Rx® had the better QB, TE, K and DEF, RBs and WRs win games and championships. Not to mention that the QB and TE positions were awarded to d-Rx® by a very small margin. Therefore, given his running back and wide receiver strengths, and balance across the other positions, PK Ripper wins this matchup and moves ahead in the bracket.



 

Stagg Party vs FF Whisperer

 

QB Battle

The immortal Drew Brees is almost never out of the top 5 fantasy QBs end of season in fantasy formats. Even with the loss of Brandin Cooks, Drew will pass the rock more than anyone in the league. Kirk Cousins has a strong upside; he’s just not as consistent as Brees. Washington’s receiving core lost deep threat DeSean Jacson in the offseason, but balanced the loss with the signing of Terrelle Pryor. This isn’t enough for Cousins to usurp Brees though, especially when Marcus Mariota is the backup.

 

Advantage: FF Whisperer

 

 

RB Battle

I usually have a strict no rookie policy when drafting (obvious occasional exceptions), especially before the draft. The best rookies tend to go to the worst teams, so a stand out combine talent could mean jack in-season. Dalvin Cook is Whisperer’s second RB and will most likely be switched in a rotating carousel of Abdullah, Ivory, and Gore. Staggs has two starters out of the gate along with major upside in Gillislee, Bernard, and Jamaal Charles (if he can find a gig).

 

Advantage: Staggs


 

WR Battle

If you know me at all, I think Dez Bryant and Davante Adams are two of the biggest jokers in the league. Inflated by touchdowns, hampered by injuries, handcuffed by drops and personality, there is just no way you can predict where they will finish. However, TY Hilton and depth of Eric Decker and Mike Wallace can sub nicely when either Adams and/or Bryant disappoints as they seem to do often. This packaged with the slight chance of big season performances from Bryant/Adams puts Staggs’ squad over Whisperer’s Julio Jones/Amari Cooper combo.

 

Advantage: Staggs

 

 

TE Battle

Greg Olsen on paper should easily defeat Delanie Walker, but last season they were separated by only two fantasy points. The blip on Olsen’s career seemed to be a direct effect from Cam’s overall shittiness, so hopefully they can get back on track which would improve Greg’s fantasy output, but the Titans have also vastly improved on offense, with direct positive consequences on Delanie.

 

Advantage: push

 

 

DST/Kicker

Dan Baily and the Denver Broncos defense easily outshines the Jaguars young but promising squad with the “on the bubble” kicker of Roberto Aguayo

 

Advantage: FF Whisperer

 

Winner: Stagg Party

Both rosters have clear strengths and weaknesses. Whisperer’s strengths at QB and cannot outlast Staggs’ much stronger combinations at receiver and running back, which is why he takes this very close this matchup. 



 

Houdini vs Stagg Party

 

QB Battle

Last year’s MVP in Matt Ryan will look to match the 2016 campaign and once again finish as a top 5 QB. Kirk Cousins has this ability as well, but the Washington offense and outside weapons don’t match that of Atlanta.

 

Advantage: Houdini

 

 

RB Battle

While the overall depth of Stagg Party’s running backs outweighs that of Houdini’s, there will be a lot more shuffling and indecision with who to start come game time. Carlos Hyde is on one of the worst teams in the league and the remainders are all in time shares. While Eddie Lacy will have to prove himself in a new offense, it would take two RB1s to overcome the power of LeVeon Bell.

 

Advantage: Houdini

 

 

WR Battle

We all know my distaste for Dez Bryant and Davante Adams. DT, Doug Baldwin, and Brandon Marshall all have WR1 upside and are much safer picks. Slight edge to Staggs with depth picks of Eric Decker and Mike Wallace, plus I’m in love with TY Hilton.

 

Advantage: Staggs

 

 

TE Battle

Graham finished with 3 more FF points than Olsen in 2016, but this was due to a horrendous year by Cam Newton. The question is, can he get back to Super Bowl form? If so, Olsen takes this match-up, but im not so sure the Panthers can.

 

Advantage: push

 

 

DST/Kicker Battle

Both team’s kicker and defense spots are a wash. The Vikings have a strong and attacking defense but the Jaguars are loaded with talent that hasn’t truly shown what kind of fantasy asset they can be. 

 

Advantage: push

 

 

Winner: Houdini

The first overall pick in LeVeon Bell is too much to overcome with a solid WR core and current MVP passing the rock. 


 

 

Round 1: Waz vs. ØC

 

QB Matchup: While late round QB may have made Waz’s roster deeper a matchup against Uber talented Andrew Luck is too much for Matthew Stafford. With Eli Manning also available as backup, ØC’s QB room just has more upside and a safer floor with two players to choose from if Luck has a bad matchup.

 

Advantage: ØC

 

RB Matchup: Waz going with the modified zero RB approach filled out his roster with capable pass catchers behind Melvin Gordon who had one of the heaviest workloads in the NFL when healthy. Those pass catchers give him a safe weekly floor for his RB2 and with an injury could prove even more fruitful. McCoy is a wash to Gordon in my opinion so comparing the RB2 spot and depth will make the decision for me. Mark Ingram was an easy choice as this was done before the Adrian Peterson signing, lucky for ØC he can see how that situation shakes out owning both, but Ingram’s upside is notably lower than before the signing. The upside on his squad is higher but the downside is also just as large.

 

Advantage: ØC by the skin of his balls

 

WR Matchup: WR’s are a bit easier to dissect as Waz is loaded with them, and all different types. AJ Green gives him huge weekly upside but with Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs, and Emmanuel Sanders just to name a few, it is impossible not to side with him here. ØC has some serious high ceiling with field stretchers galore, but in a PPR league, catches reign supreme.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

TE Matchup: If tight end is a crapshoot anything like last season, having options at your disposal is a good thing, and Waz has more outs. Ebron has shown flashes and Marty has put up some good numbers with potential for even more with Rodgers. Brate was a great value for ØC late, but if there is any regression in the TD department his season doesn’t look nearly as good especially with more weapons at Jameis Winston’s disposal.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

K/DST Matchup: A healthy Texans defense with Watt and Clowney could be monstrous especially with a scheme change in LA. At kicker side with the better offense, and Green Bay offers one of the best.

 

Advantage: Waz

 

Full Team Matchup: Waz wins this one by the skin of his teeth. His depth at wide receiver and tight end do it over the course of the season as Waz has five receivers who could legitimately catch 80 passes apiece. Waiting on QB allowed him to build up depth and in a PPR league he can get by with those 3rd down running backs on a weekly basis. Overall this is a tight win.

 


Round 2: Waz vs. Hartbeat

 

QB Matchup: Philip Rivers vs Matthew Stafford is like the wash of washes, they are in the same tier. Rivers has turned it over much more over the last few seasons but has also thrown more touchdown passes Fuck it it’s a wash.

 

Advantage: None

 

RB Matchup: Hartbeat’s RB corps is one of the strongest at the top with David Johnson and DeMarco Murray, behing that he features Isaiah Crowell who is a solid third running back and has Kenneth Dixon and D’onta Foreman filling out the roster.  Waz just can’t keep up with the production of his top two backs, but would possess a nice trump card if anything were to happen to Demarco in the form of Derrick Henry.

 

Advantage: Hartbeat

 

WR Matchup: While Hartbeat features a deep and diverse receiving corps, it just can’t stack up to the top five of Waz. Allen Robinson, Michael Crabtree, and Golden Tate form one of the top-three trios in the league, unfortunately he goes up against the best wide receiving corps out there.  

 

Advantage: Waz

 

TE Matchup: Zach Ertz may be a tier above Martellus Bennett and Eric Ebron in terms of upside, there is also some downside with the team adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to make for a more crowded passing game with a second year signal caller. Ertz has never been a touchdown machine, and Bennett has Rodgers throwing him the ball. Another tough call here, but Waz by a hair.  

 

Advantage: Waz

 

K/DST Matchup: A healthy Texans defense with Watt and Clowney easily takes the cake over the Tennessee Titans who struggled mightily last year. As for the kicker, Vinatieri gets a slight edge for consistency.

 

Advantage: Waz (bigger gap between defense and kicker)

 

Full Team Matchup: Waz pulls off the stunning upset. His pass catching depth at tight end and wide receiver help him narrow the gap. But if David Johnson scores anything like he did last season (one of the top-15 PPR seasons of all time) this matchup could easily swing the other way.

 

 

 

 

 

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