FantasySports.org » football guys http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 The Week That Was, Week 1 Edition http://fantasysports.org/week-week-1-edition/ http://fantasysports.org/week-week-1-edition/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:44:05 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4992 We like to think that before Week 1, we have the first clue as to what’s going to happen on the field. We don’t have a lot of data points heading in. We have to guess (which kind of happens every week, to be honest), and even if you knew exactly how every team’s going ...

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We like to think that before Week 1, we have the first clue as to what’s going to happen on the field. We don’t have a lot of data points heading in. We have to guess (which kind of happens every week, to be honest), and even if you knew exactly how every team’s going to perform, that funny-shaped ball doesn’t always bounce the way you’d like.

Eagles Nation was in epic panic mode when the Jaguars took a 17-0 lead. Cleveland fans were apoplectic when the Steelers headed into halftime leading 27-3. Fantasy players are going to react in similar fashion to Week 1 results.

Some of us started Bernard Pierce over Mike Wallace in the flex. Some of us thought a Tony Romo-Dez Bryant “stack” was as guaranteed to satisfy as my “onion burgers” fresh off the grill. Some of us have some waiver shopping to do.

This column will highlight some of the best “the week that was” articles/podcasts so you know what happened and what to do next, or at least how to pass the time during the Week 1 hangover.

This sucker was posted before the Sunday night game commenced. I commend Rumford Johnny of 2 Mugs FF for getting over his Patriot sadness to post his “Recaps, Daps & Kneecaps” recap/waiver wire article.

Best lines include “The Bengals were as sexy as old lady underpants” and “Derek Anderson sucks less than Josh McCown”. Daps will be your waiver pickups and kneecaps are the guys who look good on paper but will not help you much.

Perhaps ESPN will have a 30 for 30 regarding what happened to Sports on Earth. What we know is Mike Tanier landed on his feet at Bleacher Report, upgrading their talent a bit since the days when I wrote there. This week he brought his Monday Morning Hangover to the Bleach. This week’s edition was called A Farewell to Flags.

Some of Mike’s finest one-liners include: “The only person in the stadium who thought the Panthers planned to chuck it deep was Lovie Smith.” (referring to Lovie Smith’s cover-2 or bust strategy against the WR-challenged Panthers)

“(Hugh) Jackson should rename his offense the Tantric Coast.” (referring to the Bengal Coast offense, which teased fans with field goals all day before the glorious release of a late A.J. Green TD)

“His new Ravens offense combines watching paint dry with watching grass grow: It’s like watching paint grow.” (chatting about Gary Kubiak bringing all of the most boring parts of his Texans offense to an underperforming Ravens squad)

The next one’s a listen. You think “dang, those Football Guys at The Audible really post a lot of episodes” and then the season starts. Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom do weekly previews of all the games and by Monday afternoon, two episodes of review-y goodness appear on my iPhone as if by magic. I think Sig takes the edge off Cecil’s radio-personality tendencies and it’s like you’re eavesdropping on the best football conversation you’ve ever heard at a bar.

Quote of the podcast: “Brian Schottenheimer is a slug trail on everything in this offense.”

Speaking of waiver-wire wonders, John Paulsen (he’s not on any fantasy writer league waivers, point per article format) looks at Allen Hurns and whether he’s the next Kevin Ogletree in “Do Surprise Week 1 Studs Continue to Produce?”

This article’s more about the stats than the one-liners, showing in purty chart form all 27 wideouts who were either drafted in the 11th round or later in the past seven years who scored 18 or more fantasy points in Week 1 and how they did in the entire season. Legedu Naanee is on the list, spoiler alert.

Even if you’re not a fan of the slideshow format (sorry, JJ), NumberFire’s content is always worth your time and Here’s a list of 9 Things JJ Learned in Week One.

JJ is also perplexed as to why the Chiefs gave Jamaal Charles fewer touches than he had in any game from last year. We also found out that Mr. Late Round QB’s Steelers are pretty great at offense, although I knew that seeing as one of my fantasy opponents started Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

There’s an onslaught of content every Monday, so I thought it would help to post five of my favorites. Enjoy, and remember we have 15 more weeks of this nonsense.

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Fantasy Football Recap and Preview: August 18 Edition http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-recap-preview-august-18-edition/ http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-recap-preview-august-18-edition/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:24:56 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4858 Week 2 of the preseason is over, other than the slightly under hyped “RGIII vs. Manziel” game tonight. As drafts approach, what did we learn in the past week and what do we have on tap? Know Your Teams: Rich Hribar previewed every NFL team’s fantasy prospects in his XN Sports series. If you prefer ...

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Week 2 of the preseason is over, other than the slightly under hyped “RGIII vs. Manziel” game tonight. As drafts approach, what did we learn in the past week and what do we have on tap?

Know Your Teams: Rich Hribar previewed every NFL team’s fantasy prospects in his XN Sports series.

If you prefer recapping teams in audio form, Cecil and Sig are in the middle of their annual Preseason Watch List in which they review “every skill position player” on every NFL team.

If you want a daily fantasy football primer, listen to last week’s 2 Mugs Podcast with Ryan Forbes, Rumford Johnny, and Davis Mattek to talk about their strategies from last year.

Last week, I covered best-ball and redraft fantasy leagues. This week we’ll get into dynasty leagues and auctions.

Jeff Miller of DLF joined me for some mustache/Norv Turner talk (not as scary as it sounds) as last week’s Ask Your Fantasy Football Expert. This week’s interview will be with Joe Pisapia, discussing his new book The Fantasy Football Black Book.

Tomorrow I’ll give you some options for fantasy football team names.

My local keeper league drafts this Saturday, so I’ll recap the action next week if I remember anything and the authorities don’t need to get involved.

Happy fantasy football, y’all.

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Are You Mocking to Me? Mock Drafts Explained http://fantasysports.org/mocking-mock-drafts-explained/ http://fantasysports.org/mocking-mock-drafts-explained/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:47:42 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4709 Mock drafts are not just the key to prostate health (they’re not, totally kidding), they are the reason why you will triumph in your 2014 redraft leagues. Mock fantasy football drafts have a few different levels. Today’s post will get into what they are, why you should do them, where you can do them for ...

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Mock drafts are not just the key to prostate health (they’re not, totally kidding), they are the reason why you will triumph in your 2014 redraft leagues. Mock fantasy football drafts have a few different levels. Today’s post will get into what they are, why you should do them, where you can do them for free, and where can you do them for a small investment.

What is a mock draft?

A mock draft is basically a fake fantasy football draft. I know, a fake version of a fake league, how meta. You pick players as if it’s a real draft but it’s not. It’s for practice. Try stuff out, see what happens. A “fake” draft allows you to do quite a few things. It allows you to see how a draft may unfold. If you’re in a 12-team league, for example, and you know your draft slot, you can practice from that singular draft slot till the cows come home (they never do, at least in my case). If you don’t know your draft slot, try out every slot, and I recommend more than once. Get a feel for what kind of team you can get. If you pick at the turn, it’s critical to see what kind of talent drop-off happens when you wait 22 picks between selections. See what kind of RBs you can get if you start WR-WR. Want to draft a QB or TE early (I won’t tell JJ, I swear)? Try it.

I know it sounds crazy, but fantasy football has a lot to do with feelings. You have to find out what you really feel about, as well as think about, as many players as possible. Do you feel the urge to hurl if you select Trent Richardson, even if he falls to the seventh round? That’s important. Do you want to boogie like Peyton if the dancin’ MVP slides into the second round? Gravy. Or should I say, breadsticks. To be a thorough mocker, you shouldn’t be allowed to stop until you’ve selected every player in the top 300 of Fantasy Football Calculator’s ADP.

The more you mock, the better prepared you’ll be. For my local keeper league’s previous redraft, which happens every four years, I was taken aback when in one mock, quarterbacks flew off the board. In real life, that’s what happened and I was prepared. I didn’t panic like Blaine Gabbert in the pocket.

Where can I mock draft, smart guy?

The Fake Football has a mock draft tool, and like many fantasy-football draft applications, there’s a free version and a “pro” version. The free version lets you pick PPR or standard, the number of teams, your draft slot, starting lineups, and all that jazz. You can play anytime because you don’t have to find other mockers. Fantasy Football Calculator does mocks as well and includes the Football Guys’ “rate my team” so you’ll get an email after the mock telling you how you did. My Fantasy League has mocks that start every ten minutes and can be customized to any kind of league.

For the premium option, try the Football Guys Draft Dominator, or the mobile version called FootballGuys Dominator. There’s a free version of the Draft Dominator (PC/Mac) so you can check out the functionality. To get the updated rankings, you need to buy the full version. With this tool, you will be able to set up your league, include any draft-day trades, and even have your “opponents” draft using different cheat sheets, kind of like in real life.

Get busy mocking, or get busy dying.

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Ask Your Fantasy Football “Guy”: Justin Bonnema http://fantasysports.org/ask-fantasy-football-guy-justin-bonnema-football-guys/ http://fantasysports.org/ask-fantasy-football-guy-justin-bonnema-football-guys/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:43:41 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4689 “Jake Locker is going to be a hot waiver wire pick up by Week 3.” When I get a Nashville guy and a newly minted FootballGuys staffer in my crosshairs, I have to get him in for an interview. Justin Bonnema didn’t approve of my attempt to nickname him “Bo Hunk”. I thought his dandy ...

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“Jake Locker is going to be a hot waiver wire pick up by Week 3.”

When I get a Nashville guy and a newly minted FootballGuys staffer in my crosshairs, I have to get him in for an interview. Justin Bonnema didn’t approve of my attempt to nickname him “Bo Hunk”. I thought his dandy of an avatar was worth it.

What was the experience like of participating in The Fake Football’s 2013 writer’s contest, how did it feel when you won and how did you spend your “winnings”?

Winning the Fake Football writing contest meant a lot to me. Winning, in any situation, is always one of my favorite things to do. But even more important than that was getting the exposure and support of the fantasy football community. One of the prizes was $100 in DraftDay credit. I immediately flipped that into tens of dollars. The other cash prize mostly spent on DFS, books and subscriptions to awesome websites.

How’d you get started in fantasy football writing?

It began with obsession, naturally. I used to get into these long email debates with my roommate about various players and situations. Those emails ended up getting longer and longer and required more and more research. After a while it was suggested that I start my own blog. But I figured the best course of action was to write for an entity that was already established. It was a natural transition that challenges me to this day.

What was it like working with Chet and Jeff at The Fake Football?

Horrible. Chet was constantly emailing me, asking when my next article would be out. Jeff was hitting up my pager nightly. I couldn’t get a moments peace.

Truthfully, those guys are pros and I’m honored that they featured my content and gave me a platform. The Fake Football is a great community that I will continue to be a part of. Without them, you and I aren’t even having this conversation.

What’s going to be your “beat” at Football Guys?

I will be focusing mostly on DFS. I can’t say that’s the entire reason they brought me on but it was definitely a selling point.

How’s the #fbgmock going and what’s it like to draft with these guys?

I’ve really enjoyed drafting with these guys. It’s definitely harder to surprise anyone. My strategy has been to take guys a little earlier than most because waiting on the players you want when you’re drafting with sharks is how you become food. I can’t wait to analyze final rosters and see how they change between now and September. And then analyze final stats post season. So far I feel pretty good about my mock team.

Are you a Titans fan? Is there any hope for the Titans this year as a team and as fantasy assets?

I’m a Cowboys fan by choice and a Titans fan by proximity. [Zach note: My best Titans memory of all time was watching them curb-stomp the Cowboys, led by Anthony Wright, in the 2000 regular-season finale, clinching home-field advantage and winning me a fantasy title. We played "to the whistle" of Week 17 in those dark days.] In general, I do cheer for them. I didn’t have an AFC team until I moved to Nashville in 2006. Obviously a lot has changed since then. A lot of ups and downs for the Titans (mostly downs). I was actually at the game when Vince Young (allegedly) threw his pads into the stands. As Cowboys fan, I was cheering wholeheartedly for the Titans to beat the Redskins. But things really got ugly. It was interesting to be downtown after such a discouraging loss. All in all, I support this team but I’ve gone the way of being a bigger fantasy fan than team fan.

As far as their projected success/failure for the 2014 season, I think they’ll surprise people. The AFC South is by no means a lock for any particular team. They have some serious talent between Wright, Hunter, Walker and Sankey. The need a healthy QB. Locker, if healthy, is going to end up on a lot of rosters this year. Book it.

Do you see yourself as getting into daily fantasy big-time this year?

I almost don’t want to redraft. Daily will be my focus week in, week out.

Is there a league that you want to win the most?

This is going to sound strange but I was invited into an 8 team league in 2009 via a work connection. Average age not including myself is probably about 53. These guys don’t even have Twitter accounts but they’ve been playing in the same league since before the internet. I figured I’d clean house. I played in three straight championships and lost every single one of them. To this day I have yet to win that league. There’s not even money involved. I just want to dominate.

The spouse question: Does your wife/sig other/girlfriend have any issues with your football obsession?

My fiance has been incredibly supportive of my habits. She allows me the TV all day Sunday and Monday nights. Even Thursday nights. She does her best to reschedule any and all social events around NFL games. She’s amazing. It helps that she’s a writer herself so she knows the importance of “research” and living your characters. [Zach note: Like Tony Romo. Such the character.] The compromise is that I can’t really watch many college games. Little does she know that I will soon be able invoke the “playoff rule” for college football.

Football or sex: Which do you think of more?

What is “sex”?

What’s your usual Sunday football tradition? Is there a go-to beer?

I don’t really have a tradition other than waking up early and overdosing on coffee and sideline reports. I do like to have quiet Saturday nights during the season. Sometimes I’ll go bowling. I also drink for volume on Sundays to counteract the stress, so Budweiser is my go-to beer (I’ll show myself out). [Zach note: We can rebuild him. We have the technology.]

Which football writers are on your must-read list?

Off the top of my head: Denny Carter, Rich Hribar and Shawn Siegele.

Tell me about a hobby/interest outside of football.

I’ve really gotten into photography this year and it’s something I’d like to have more time/money to do. I also love to bowl. In fact, I watch bowling whenever it’s on TV. [Zach note: Or re-watch Big Lebowski.]

Let me know about any sites/podcasts/contests that you’d like to ‘plug’.

I have to give a shout out to The Fake Football. Those guys are grinders. And obviously, much love to Footballguys.com. The combination of writers and apps makes them one of the best in the business.

Thanks, Justin, for the time and the attention. Follow him this fall and watch his progress at FBG.

If you want to check out my interview work of the past, you can get There Is No Offseason: The First 50 Interviews from the Ask Your FF Expert Series, and There Still Is No Offseason: Interviews 51-100 of the Ask Your FF Expert Series.

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10 Fantasy Football Leagues with Prizes to Check Out http://fantasysports.org/10-fantasy-football-leagues-with-prizes/ http://fantasysports.org/10-fantasy-football-leagues-with-prizes/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:08:55 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4251 Every Fantasy Football season, we find ourselves getting more and more excited as Draft Day nears. Then after we choose our players (usually too early because we goaded our commissioner into moving the draft up a couple weeks earlier), we find ourselves in no-man’s land. No games to watch. No drafts to do. So here’s ...

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Every Fantasy Football season, we find ourselves getting more and more excited as Draft Day nears. Then after we choose our players (usually too early because we goaded our commissioner into moving the draft up a couple weeks earlier), we find ourselves in no-man’s land. No games to watch. No drafts to do. So here’s what you do – join a few of these Fantasy Football leagues with prizes and make yourself a better player!

10 Different Fantasy Football Leagues with Prizes

Some of these leagues give cash prizes and some give out other cool things.

FootballGuys Players Championship

They’re calling it the “world’s largest online tournament,” with over $1.2 million in prizes, and an overall champion taking home a cool quarter million!

The entry fees are steep ($350!), but there are multi-team discounts, and there are a ton of winners beyond just your 12-team league’s champion ($1,500). If you make it into the championship rounds, the top 100 bring home cash, with the next top 100 getting a free entry into the 2014 contest, then the 201st to 280th-place finishers get a lifetime subscription to FootballGuys.com, and the 281st to 400th- place finishers get a three-year FootballGuys subscription.

Fantasy Football Players Championship

Are you a high roller? Then walk right this way, sir.

This site has a ton of different big-money leagues, as well as some cool regular-guy leagues, with entry fees dipping down to $77, $150, $250 and $500.

If you have an extra $10 lying around, you can join the High Society tournament. Oh, and you can loan me $1,000, just for fun.

They also use, in separate leagues, Victory Points scoring, which rewards the highest scoring and consistently high scoring teams. It also rewards teams that score the second-most points one week – and then lose.

Draft Masters Fantasy Football

RTSports.com hosts several Draft Masters leagues with different tiers of cash prizes. These leagues are pretty awesome because you draft your team – and that’s it. “All the fun of drafting, no daily management.”

You’ll draft 20 rounds of players, and the highest scoring team at season’s end – is the champ! These are 10-team leagues, with $19.95, $49.95 and $99.95 entry fees, with champions taking home $100, $300 and $600 respectively. Second place in each league also gets paid out, more than doubling their entry fee.

The National Fantasy Football Championship

These leagues have a bigger profile in baseball, it seems, but they’re big, powered by Stats.com, and they’re celebrating their 10th season!

Welcome to Best Ball play!

For $150, you’ll build a 35-man roster in a 12-team league, with no in-season moves. That means the computer picks your optimal lineup after the week finishes, which means your top scoring players at each position will be inserted into your starting lineup. The winner of these leagues gets $800.

That’s just ONE of their tournaments. They actually have a ton of different ones, and they have TWO main events, with $325,000 up for grabs.

The NFFC Live Event Locations include:

  • New York City: Aug. 30-31
  • Las Vegas: Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Sept. 4-7
  • Chicago: Aug. 30-31
  • Online: Aug. 28-Sept. 7

MFL10s

We talked about these leagues in more detail last week, in Davis Mattek’s piece.

Once again, these leagues let you draft-and-forget, as it plays out on its own throughout the entire NFL regular season, although, they also have traditional MFL10s leagues you can play in also.

For a $10 entry fee, you join a 12-team league – and you have the chance to win $100. It’s a pretty cool, simple setup. You can even choose to play the MFL50s, which costs $50 and pays out $500 to the winner.

FFToolbox.com’s $5 Mock Draft World Championships

Again, this is a fun offseason game that costs you next to nothing, and gives you a chance to win $5,000. You can choose if you want to draft in a PPR league or a non-PPR.

Christian Hardy took a closer look at this contest last week.

The coolest feature here is – if you don’t like the team you ended up drafting at the end of your mock draft, you can start over! For free!

You only submit the mock draft team you’re happy wiith.

NFL.com’s Prize Leagues, including Autographed Memorabilia

NFL ersey - Fantasy Football Leagues with PrizesI just think this is an awesome setup. For $45, you lock in a team in a 10-team standard draft. Winners get a hand-signed NFL jersey by an “NFL star.” Call me a sucker, but that sounds kinda cool. Hopefully, they don’t consider Bilal Powell and NFL star.

If the $45 fee is too much, you can do $25 for the chance to win an autographed football. Again, this is just a cool twist on prize leagues. And I imagine the NFL can get anyone they want for these autographs, so that’s cool.

For just a $10 entry fee, you can play in a league where the prize is a customized championship ring! Sounds weird, but kinda cool. If you’re just playing for fun, this seems like a cool league setup to try. Rookies and newbies should give this a shot!

They also have the Fantasy NFL Perfect Challenge. Pick the perfect lineup in any week of the season, and you could win some great prizes or possibly the $1 million grand prize. It’s free to play!

CDMSports.com’s Football Challenge

For over 20 years, these guys have been putting together great salary cap games, with Rotisserie-style scoring. For $39.95, you’ll grab a team and have a chance to win a $25,000 cash grand prize. The top 100 teams each cash, and the top 15 finishers are guaranteed to win at least $2,000.

CBSSports.com’s Prize Leagues

If you like drafting on CBSSports.com, then you want to stay comfortable with your money leagues. You can join public prize leagues here, with entry fees ranging from $39.99 to $999.99, and first-place prizes ranging from $200 to $5,000.

These are 12-team leagues, in non-PPR scoring formats, and you can even invite your friends to play in a prize league against you.

You’ll also be automatically entered to get a chance to win $10,000 in prize drawings.

ESPN’s Prize-Eligible Leagues

By playing in some of ESPN’s prize-eligible leagues, you can compete to win the grand prize, which is a Best Buy gift cards worth $3,500, or for second place, $1,000. or $500, for third place.

If you win your league, you’ll get 100 Winner’s Circle points, which can be combined with points from other ESPN games.

You can buy one team for $24.95, three teams for $49.95 or five teams for $69.95 – and if you have an ESPN Insider subscription, you get substantial discounts on your entry fees.

I do plan on drafting in several of these Fantasy Football Leagues with Prizes, so maybe I’ll end up seeing you in the championship game … Take it easy on me!

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