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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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Fantasy Football Tips To Stay Sharp This Offseason (Pyro Collaborative April 4th, 2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 04/04/17

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Offseason strategy by The Hartbeat:

 

There is no offseason for the NFL, immediately after their Super Bowl campaigns Bill Belichick turned straight to Free Agency and shook up the foundation of the team, spending $40 million on a new CB1 to replace the two starting Super Bowl Champion cornerbacks who departed the team (or is expected to in the coming days). Mike Shanahan flew out to the Bay Area and joined new GM, John Lynch, as Head Coach of the rebuilding 49ers that had a complete void at the quarterback position. Just like the NFL, your fantasy football rivals, otherwise known as friends, are also gearing up to kick your ass in the upcoming season too, as a wise man once said “Those who hesitate, masturbate”. You don’t want to be sitting around in December as your fantasy team actively shits the bed with your genitals in your hand waiting for something to happen.

 

This is the time of the year where you put in the research to figure out how you are going to put your team together in a way that will allow you to succeed. From the time you get your post Super Bowl hangover until the time that the NFL season kicks off with new fantasy action, this is the time to identify who are going to be your guys that you will roll with in the upcoming season. Figuring out who are going to be your guys, the core of your team is simple, who do you like routing for? Having players that you genuinely like on your fantasy team makes a huge difference, these are going to be the guys who you follow on twitter and Instagram to try to get a better idea if their minor foot injury is going to be inactive, play through the pain, or just go out there and be a decoy the whole game. Plus it makes fantasy a hell of a lot more fun when you are routing for the guys you like and they’re winning you money from your friends.

 

Once you know the guys that you are going to target then you have to figure out where you can grab them in the draft. Also, please be realistic. You’re not going to be able to draft Le’Veon, David Johnson and Zeke Elliot so it doesn’t make sense to entertain that idea. In order to figure out where you can grab these guys you have to mock drafts in order to get an idea as to how they will be valued. Go to http://draftwizard.fantasypros.com/football/mock-draft-simulator/ and have the ability to see where guys will fall. If you are in a recurring league where you will know your draft position this is just an added bonus as you can select where you want to draft from and in what league format applies best to your league.

 

 

Offseason tips by Waz:

 

I consider the offseason to be the most important, and exciting, time of the Fantasy Football season. During this time, NFL teams are either negotiating their players’ contacts, letting their free agents walk, or engaging in trades. For my season-long leagues, the offseason presents a fresh canvas to be painted, whereas, in my dynasty leagues, I look forward to the rookies being divvied among myself and other owners via a draft. While NFL teams are busy either cutting or shuffling their decks, many owners are doing the same for their Fantasy Football teams.

 

After the Super Bowl, the first thing I begin to focus in on is the Combine. It’s not at the start of the Combine where the focus begins, but it is the weeks that lead up to it that I devote most of it. Every offseason, I devote hours watching the tape of Combine invitees on DraftBreakdown. I don’t take a lot of notes, but I take some. Often, I find a prospect that stands out among his peers. When I find one of those players, I find every scouting report that I can on them, study it, and cross-reference each one against the rest. I do not intend to align myself with the opinions or, at times, natural bias within the reports. Instead, I bounce my opinions off of them and question either why they align, or most importantly, are not aligned with theirs. Regardless, I put the work in and I strengthen my opinions by understanding the opinions of others.

 

After the Combine, my opinions are either slightly strengthened or weakened with each player’s measured metrics. Yet, I will not let a poor 40-yard dash time drop a player that I like off my radar. Trust what you have learned in the tape and don’t let the numbers be the say-all. At this stage, my rankings show signs of rigidity, although they continue to remain fluid. Additionally, Combine results may shine a light on players that I may not have focused enough time on yet.

 

After the Draft is where my offseason analysis, rankings, and projections become even more rigid. From here, you get an idea of which rookies will have an immediate impact, which will have an impact in one-to-three seasons, as well as how the situation looks for veterans. Some veterans will drop in value while others will rise. Offensive schemes will come to fruition and from projecting and understanding those, you will be able to develop analytical and methodical opinions that will act as the backbone for your own finalized tiers, rankings, and projections.

 

Furthermore, I join a dozen or more MFL10 best ball leagues that give me an understanding of average draft position (ADP) and similarly-related drafting trends. Getting a head start on consensus ADP and being able to monitor habits of drafters gives you an advantage when it’s time to draft for your season-long or dynasty leagues. Gaining insight of how the drafts fall, whether through the repletion of MFL10s or mock drafts, should pay off dividends.

 

In the end, if there’s one piece of advice that I can give to people during the offseason, it’s that while you are faced with a plethora of opinions, rankings, and bias, do not lean too heavily on them. There will be many fronts and paths that you will be faced with and could follow. It will become overwhelming and you could be left in a stressful situation come your league’s draft since everything you’ve read or heard is all over the place. If you want to avoid situations like these or have a platform that you can trust for continued success, put in the work and lead by example.

 

 

PK Ripper’s Offseason:


I approach the offseason the same way I always do during the fantasy football season because for me there is no offseason. I am a fanatic my wife thinks I'm nuts (until I bring home the $poil$) and my friends who are league mates are always scrambling late August into early September to catch up to speed.

 

So where to start? Well picture this super bowl is over so is the previous season, now is the time to look back at your fantasy teams and see what you did wrong and what you did right, then look at end of season tiers and stats and look for team tendencies and retain that knowledge and keep tabs on free agency, coaches movement and the NFL draft. You can never be too prepared you must have the foresight to know which players will be next man up if a situation occurs and make sure you are ready to take advantage. Run mock drafts, (A LOT OF MOCKS!) at least one a week, so you can be familiar with ADP and try to build your teams different every time go RB/WR in one draft then go WR/WR in another and so on. Keep switching it up the point is to find which types of teams you feel good about ex: balanced, RB heavy or zero RB or QB & TE strength based this also will help you to be able to adapt on the fly when you draft and certain players you hoped for come off the board without panic.


Remember failing to prepare is preparing to fail.....

 


Stagg Party’s Offseason Tip:

 

One thing I am focusing harder on this offseason than any other is the team stats, not only for selfish reasons like wanting to be an NFL coaching staffs stat resource, but also it is really the first layer of fantasy football rankings and projections. When I talk about team stats I am not just talking about last year, but typically a three-year window for a team, what does said team like to do? Where do they like to throw, when do they like to throw, how far do they like to throw, in which direction do they like to throw, who plays receiver in that direction, etc, until the end of days. Team stats are so deep and varying, from formation usage to play calling when trailing, it can teach us so much about the game and lead us to better decisions in fantasy football.

 

Here is an example we know a team can only run a certain number of plays in any given game, and they typically run a range of plays near their average number of plays over the course of time, we can use this to figure out the likely number of plays in a season. Hypothetically we can also know that when a team is in a competitive game they will run the ball nearly as much as they throw it (50% run 50% pass). We now know what is likely to be the quarterbacks passing attempts. Using ball distribution by the quarterbacks over the last three years, we can then get a pretty strong idea of how many targets will go to the running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions. This allows us to make much more informed projections and rankings based off of what the numbers say.

 

There are so many interesting numbers and tendencies to look at on the team level, and gathering and digesting as many as you can, makes your decision making even more accurate. The applications understanding the team at the highest level are constantly progressing, and I like to stay with those trends.

 

 

d-Rx is tippin' better than Pippen:

 

The NFL has done a remarkable job of never letting forget that it is the most popular league in America. It seems like they never sleep, they don’t want to give the NBA or NHL even a fighting chance at grabbing fans from the NFL during it’s offseason. There is no offseason for the NFL, and you have to take the same approach if you want to become a perennial champion in everything fantasy that you due in any given season.

 

Twitter:

Our Twitter bio reads: “Winning fantasy football championships is a year-round process. We cover the relationship between human beings & the NFL, year round.” – and it’s a way life for us here at Pyromaniac.com. I’d say using Twitter religiously and making sure you are following all the beat writers, players, team handles and figureheads in the fantasy football industry is a terrific starting place for you to stay on top of it all from a most recent news standpoint. But on top of that, there are amazing people that are posting great charts, fantasy concepts and thoughtful really deep fantasy mindshare on Twitter. Stagg Party (@PyroStag), The Hartbeat (@pyro_hartbeat) and Waz (@WazNFL) are a couple of them, and here is a list of some other folks and outlets on Twitter that you should follow and will certainly learn a ton from:


@Cianaf, @FantasyADHD, @CDCarter13, @friscojosh, @MikeTagliereNFL, @ProFootballTalk, @RapSheet, @AlbertBreer, @FO_ScottKacsmar, @FO_ScottKacsmar, @Pat_Thorman, @AdamSchefter, @FFesq, @MikeReiss@SharpFootball, @beerswater, @ScottBarrettDFB, @PFF_Fantasy

 

Anyway, you get the idea – follow us and those and our boy Waz is coming up with a terrific directory of people to follow on Twitter and sites to use to help bring your fantasy football prowess up to the next level.

 

Tiers:

Start ‘em early and refine ‘em often. Listen to our podcasts on the subject, watch our videos, read our Tiers pieces and see our updated version – but make them your own. Do your first version of tiers before or just after the NFL draft and then massage them throughout the offseason, preseason and training camps leading up to your draft – this exercise alone will have you prepared for your draft. We’ve all heard it many times before from people in our leagues – “I haven’t studied at all” – guess what dumbass, I’m about to tool on your like a Killer Whale does a seal - I created my first round of Tiers in April 5 months ago. Get it going early, be prepared - be ahead of the game, not a Picasso level cram job artist.

 

Monitor Offseason Moves by NFL Teams:

I like to look at offseason moves that each NFL team is making at a high level, and especially tend to pay attention to the offensive line. Who are teams signing, what void does that player fill, and how will it effect other players already on the team the upcoming season. Draft choices are important at many positions, it shows what a team thinks it needs thus who they have faith in and who they don't. Which players are returning from injury, will they be full-go in training camps, have they participated in OTAs - are they gonna bite you in the ass if you pick them in the third round (I'm looking at your Jamaal Charles). Coaching changes can be huge obvoously -it can change an offense so much, alter the confidence and timing of even the best players in a huge way, I mean look at Matt Ryan in year 1 under Shannon vs. what he did last year, in his second in that offense. Pay attention to all of these things - and use the intel to help you define your tiered rankings.

 

 

 

ØC's Offseason Tips and Trix

 

Twitter

Create your Beat Writer list on Twitter to follow the most recent transactions throughout the off-season. Keep a few main stream guys like Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter, but following specific writers on specific teams is the best way to get news straight from the source.


Off-Season League Involvement

Stay on top of your league. Not only does this keep everyone involved throughout the off-season (which makes it go quicker), but it will also nullify the drop-out rate. Fun ways to determine draft order can be incorporated in your “dawg days of summer” plan. For example:

My friends and family league (going on 6 years) has seen one person drop out. I believe this is due to the “extreme vetting” processes I put these people through as well as keeping them engaged throughout the year. For determining draft order, we utilize other fantasy platforms for the March Madness tournament, Masters, and NHL playoffs. A point system for how everyone performs in each determines the order in which someone gets to choose their draft position. So from early March to late June, all the league members are actively involved and working towards improving their draft position. There are hundreds of ways to choose draft order, but only a few keep you engaged year round.

 

NFL Draft

It goes without saying, everyone should watch the draft to determine current players that are getting pushed out or forced into a competition. Are you looking at a sleeper QB this year? Glennon for example? What if Chicago drafts a top quarterback? Immediately, Glennon is under pressure to perform with a popular rookie breathing down his neck. There are always consequences from each draft pick to consider.

 

Tiers

Using the Pyromaniac.com draft kit, anyone can create and update their own tiers. I like to start my tiers in July right before training camp due to the ridiculous amount of movement throughout the league. Then, I can begin to perfect my rankings based on camp battles, injuries, trades, releases, etc. Remember to keep on top of your tiers weekly and base said revisions on YOUR evaluations. Use the eye test and reports coming from each camp. Try to steer clear of the hive mind or trends that seem to inflate certain players for sometimes benign reasons. Stay true to what you believe and use the tools at hand.

 

Mock, Mock, Mock

Do at least one mock draft per week until August (with 4-5 mocks per week leading up to your draft) with the tiers you’ve created. Don’t believe a word of the “Post Mock Analysis” bull shit Yahoo or ESPN spits out. Those are based on their own projections that sometimes include Madden stats. Notice the trends and players who tend to shoot up the ADP list based on conjecture. Oh, Sam Bradford is having an “excellent” camp? Is he really worth the inflated 7th round draft price based on a coach’s opinion? Dont fall into the trap of drafting the way the other managers draft.

 

Coaches

If you’re struggling between players to keep on your “love” or “watch” list, make sure you know what kind of scheme or offense the coach tends to favor. Also, a skill position player on a team with a stout defense will mean more offensive opportunities for them. It’s always great to know the parameters in which said player is limited to or working within.

 

 

 

 

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