Out with the old

Around this time last year our league manager and TND contributor,
Kent, brought up the idea of starting a dynasty league. Nine keepers, PPR scoring, return yards, etc. I had always been intrigued by the dynasty format and was very much in favor of the idea. It’s made up of a core group of people from our area who have been managing teams for years. While some are more proficient than others it’s inaugural season was fairly comparative. I had the honor of participating in the first ever Botdorf-Hill bowl (don’t ask. I’ll explain sometime) and got the thrashing of a lifetime. Seriously, I lost by almost 80 pts.
Two Sundays ago our first keeper draft took place in the familiar confines of the ESPN draft center.

QB: Matt Ryan
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Marshawn Lynch
WR: Percy Harvin
WR: Randall Cobb
WR: Pierre Garcon
WR: Stevie Johnson
WR: Wes Welker
Def: Seattle

So there’s no confusion in regards to the strategy our league follows the one QB, two RB, two WR, one TE, flex, special teams, and kicker format. The only non keeper of note that I was forced to cut ties with was Fred Jackson.
The decline of the aforementioned running back is what led to my first issue. The gaping hole in my RB 2 slot. I’m not even going to try to defend the keeping of the Seahawks defense but it’s admittedly borderline bush league. But I digress. I watched in horror as every RB I had targeted fell of the board one by one.
I ended up taking DeAngelo Williams with my first pick, which isn’t the worst pick in the world but beggars can’t be choosers when the season is on the line . Even with Cam Newton hawking an assload of touchdowns Williams still had enough upside that I can live with the pick.
Things got a little hairy in the later rounds. The halfback pool is about as shallow can be after the top 8 or 9. It’s astounding. I pieced together a decent running back corps from what was left (it’s also worth nothing I was not able to draft a WR or QB.) A reasonable selection of Vick Ballard, a high risk probably low reward risk in Ronnie Hillman, and pray and hope for production grab with Bernard Pierce.
Somewhere in the middle of that mess Jermichael Finley was also added. Sure to be an upgrade
over Gates, who was abysmal at time last year. Round it all off with a few post draft waver picks and the first dynasty draft was completed.
It’s going to be a hell of season. Finding a running back at some point during the season almost has to be a priority. Having Percy Harvin land on the IR is a huge blow that will no longer allow me to hide the holes in that position, though trade partners are scarce in a league as competitive as this one but due diligence and all that crap.
Lastly, we’re currently working on many improvements to our site as well as the podcast that will hopefully see the light of day before the end of the season. We’re lazy, we drink to much, we suck. We’d also like to do some giveaways so keep an eye out for that.
As always thank you for your readership and open a cold one for another year of agony and tears.

Your favorite blogger with love always
-Wes

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Potential Fantasy Stud of the Day #5

Vick Ballard

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Honestly, I’ve been having a really difficult time finding a running back that I’m willing to endorse as a potential stud. With the pass first mentality of the modern NFL it’s becoming ever more challenging to judge a RB’s value. But after some serious internal debate about even including a running back in this feature I’ve finally found my guy.

The same reason I have a slight reservation about T.Y. Hilton is also why I’m endorsing Vick Ballard. The Colts will more than likely run a more balanced attack than they did last year. Giving Ballard more opportunities  and hopefully ,for the sake of this article, a great fantasy year.

Potential Fantasy Stud of the Day #4

Browns vs. Eagles

Michael Vick

This one is probably going to spark some furious debate or cost me all of my readers in one shot. The second stud of the day is non other than Philadelphia Eagles QB, Michael Vick. I’m sure the tear Mr. Vick went on back in 2010 is fairly fresh on everyone’s mind. Call it a fluke, call it lack of game planing on the part of defenses, call it whatever you’d like. Fact of the matter is, it happened. And it was almost unprecedented.  Since then his track record is less than stellar. Last year was a trainwreck year for Vick. He was once again plagued by injury and an awful turnover ratio and by the end of the season  was relegated to playing second fiddle for Nick Foles. Why would I put my stamp of approval on a guy who hasn’t even been given #1 QB status? Chip Kelly is why.

Let us speculate that Chip Kelly is what everyone says he is.  A master game planner, offensive genius, and a proponent of ridiculous uniforms. Should the stars align we will not only see the Eagles in neon green by next fall but Michael VIck will have had a hell of a fantasy year. More than worth a late round pick and/or supplement to your dynasty roster. you heard it here first, guy!

Thanks for your time today and tomorrow I’ll spit some more fantasy truth for y’all.

as always with love from your favorite blogger

-wes

Potential Fantasy Stud of the Day #3

T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

 

T.Y. Hilton

At the behest of my friend Kent and soon to be member of the The New Damn Fantasy Football family, my next P.S.O.T.D. is Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver  T.Y. Hilton. I wasn’t sure whether or not I bought into this idea that Hilton had anything more than a fluke year but after taking a look at his numbers from last year I can say with a reasonable amount of confidence that this guy will be big for owners next. Hilton was fairly consistent last year, averaging almost 12 pts. a game in PPR leagues. Which included some huge numbers. Specifically a 28 pt game against the New England Patriots.

But here’s the catch.  Bruce Arians, the mastermind behind the offense for the majority of the season, is gone. what change this brings to the offense is yet to be seen but I’d count on a more balanced approach compared to the pass first logic that Arians employed. Still, even if Hilton takes a step back he’s more than likely better than most #2 wide receivers out there and deserves some consideration come draft day.

as promised you’ll get another dose of fantasy stud action later today. I’m just that nice of a guy.

-wes

No Fantasy Stud of the Day, today…probably.

Terrell Owens

I suck.  But it’s carnival season and it’s time to eat some cheap, but incredibly unhealthy, food. The round of golf I played today doesn’t help matters(where are my priorities?).  But I PROMISE if it’s not up today, I’ll do a double header tomorrow for you guys.

With love from your favorite blogger,

-Wes

Potential Fantasy Stud of the Day # 2

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Cecil Shorts

Okay, this might be a little bit of a stretch.  I might also be a little biased, because he helped me limp my way to the championship game in my dynasty-ppr league before succumbing to injury himself. I know, he’s either going to have Blane Gabbert or Chad Henne throwing to him, but in spite of that I think we’ll see a big year from the Mount Union alum. You’re looking at four games without their 2012 draft prize in Justin Blackmon, while Laurent “stud when I can stay on the field” Robinson is a free agent, leaving Mike Brown and Mohamed Massaquoi to round on the depth chart until Blackmon’s return.

Personally, I only see one outcome: targets and receptions. If you look at last years numbers, Mr Shorts had some MONSTER stretches. He had a huge week 8 against Green Bay with 8 receptions for 116yds. He cooled off for a game against Detroit, and then just murdered from weeks 10-13 combing for 20 receptions, 368 yds, 4tds, and 78.8pts(ppr). Will he duplicate the kind of success he had last year? I don’t know. I’m just a shitty blog writer. But if you’ve got a WR hole to fill and need a player with some huge upsides, Cecil Shorts is on my list.

Welcome, you fantasy slobs!

Well folks it’s almost that time again.

Preseason has begun and it’s soon time to exit that mock draft lobby, gather your clip board complete with 28 page cheat sheet, and get down to the real thing.

Last year saw the rise of the read option, rookies and first year starters becoming fantasy studs, and old favorites like Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson once again tore shit up… for those lucky enough to own them.

It’s gearing up to be another exciting year for the fantasy faithful, and we hope that veterans and fantasy newbies alike can enjoy this blog and contribute their thoughts and opinions for weekly match-ups and long term solutions to your roster woes.

Here’s to a great year.

-wh