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Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:00

Is he worth drafting at his ADP? Miles Sanders

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders has the swiss army knife potential you'd like out of a fantasy running back. But is he worth drafting at his current ADP? Right now Sanders is getting drafted at No. 85 overall according to Fantasy Football Calculator. Just behind guys like Kareem Hunt and Lamar Miller and just ahead of Jordan Howard and Ronald Jones II. Why he's intriguing as an immediate fantasy contributor One of the biggest factors Sanders has going for him early on is his draft capital. The Eagles invested a 2nd round pick in him. The last time they drafted a running back that high was LeSean McCoy in the second round 10 years ago. McCoy went on to put up some spectacular numbers with Philadelphia. Including a 17 touchdown campaign in 2011 and he won the rushing title in 2013. Plus, the offense in Philly is built for Sanders. Doug Pederson and backs like Sanders go together like lamb and tuna fish. Pederson likes to run quick hitting plays out of the shotgun to get running backs in space so they can make guys miss. Guys like Darren Sproles and Corey Clement have thrived in that set…
The 'What Can This Rookie Do For You' series aims to show how drafting this player will benefit your fantasy team. It illustrates his strengths and weaknesses. What scheme he would fit best in, and what kind of fantasy stats he could put up. Today, we're looking at current Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson out of Memphis. Two words comes to mind when describing Henderson. Explosive and efficient. With 4.49 speed, Henderson is far and away the most explosive back in this draft. He's decisive when he sees the hole, getting up to speed quickly at the first level. Watching him rip off big gains when the Memphis offensive line opened up massive holes for him was a thing a beauty. Savvy in the open field Another key strength of Henderson was his efficiency. Henderson rushed for 8.9 yards per carry over his last two seasons. Once he's through the first level, he's fast enough to outrun most linebackers at the second level. He's also savvy enough to take the angle away from safeties and defensive backs. This results in him rarely getting chased down by faster defensive backs. FreeGifMaker.me Notice how Henderson gets skinny to break through…
Editor's note: Landing spot and age are the two most important variables when it comes to drafting a fantasy running back in our opinion. However, talent matters as well. This series aims to show you what a running back could do at the next level. How he can be used, what systems he fits in, can he catch, and more. To sum Montgomery up. He's a magician in the open field with his lateral movement to elude defenders. He also has good balance to keep his feet under him after contact. He's a good pass catcher and could be an excellent screen pass back at NFL level. His biggest weakness is his initial burst. He doesn't accelerate quickly through the hole which means faster NFL defenders closing the gap on him too often. He wouldn't work well in a gap system. But he's an ideal zone-blocking runner. Plus his pass catching ability makes him versatile. He could line up in the slot for some teams like Christian McCaffrey in Carolina. Let's look at some clips that illustrate these points. Good pass catcher This is one of the areas where Montgomery really excels. He has soft hands, gets up field quickly…
Editor's note: Do running backs matter in the NFL anymore? The short answer is 'yes.' But they don't matter nearly as much as their landing spot. This series shows you what a running back does well. That's all. So this what you might see him do at the NFL level. Once again, what team drafts him and how they use him is A LOT more important. So don't take this as direct advice to draft him as of yet. This series is meant to make you aware of the player and what he can do. Today we're taking a look at Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary. A very fascinating back who is fun to watch. Singletary is not quick. He's definitely not fast in a straight line either. But he has some very impressive traits. Traits that translate to the NFL level immediately. He could contribute to your fantasy team as a rookie, but it's highly unlikely he blows the doors off the stat sheet. If he does contribute to a fantasy team, it would be likely be later in the season. He would have to wait until a starter gets injured. He could also contribute if he's playing behind a…
Saturday, 06 April 2019 00:00

What This Rookie Can Do For You: RB Justice Hill

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Editor's note: This is not direct advice telling you to draft this particular player. The 'What Can This Rookie Do For You' series aims to show you the traits of each running back. What scheme could lead to the most fantasy points for him. And any other noteworthy things. Justice Hill is an explosive runner with the burst to rattle off big chunks of yardage in the right system. We will dive into what that system is and how he could be effective for an NFL team and your fantasy team. Hill's combine numbers illustrate his burst ability. He ran the fastest 40-time at the 2019 combine among running backs (4.40). He also tested among the highest for the broad and vertical jump. This explosiveness is shown on the field with his ability to change strides and accelerate. But although he ran a great 40, there are some things about his game speed that don't exactly translate to the field. Hill frequently gets chased down by defenders in the open field. Meaning he's not as fast in pads as he is in shorts. But even though the tape didn't show Hill as a true home run hitter, there's still a…
Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:00

What This Rookie Can Do For You: Miles Sanders

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Editor's note: This is a quick post on Penn State running back Miles Sanders. Sanders is coming out for the 2019 NFL Draft this season, so we though it'd be a good idea to discuss what can do if you draft to him to your fantasy team. Whether that be in Dynasty or redraft or any kind of MFL10. It's all on the table. So in the limited film i watched, one thing that jumped out to be was Sanders' agility. You'll see in this clip that he has the ability to cut across a defenders body in the open field. So he can definitely be a back that can make defenders miss at NFL level. At 5'10, 211 lbs, he's a bit undersized but has the pad level to push defenders back. While he's not a force of nature when he makes contact, he still has some good power and would be a solid goal line option if he gets his number called on. He's not an explosive back, so don't expect him to rattle off 150 yard games at the NFL level. He's more of a skilled player. He has good hands, so he can catch the ball…
Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

What This Rookie Can Do For You: Josh Jacobs

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Editor's note: This series is meant to explain what rookie running backs can do for your fantasy team. A good running back also requires a good head coach, offensive line and quarterback to be successful in NFL. But these articles will aim to give you an idea of what could happen if this player lands in an ideal fantasy situation. Other articles on 2019 rookies: Rodney Anderson This article dissects Alabama RB Josh Jacobs The consensus among experts is Jacobs is one of the top running back prospects in 2019. Jacobs best strengths that will translate to great fantasy football stats include his angry running style and his unique catching ability for his size. First, his angry running style. Jacobs is the ideal running back size at 5'10, 220 lbs. But more importantly, his low center of gravity allows for him to blast through defenders while still keeping his feet under him. This allows him to generate plenty of yards after contact and he showcased this against tough college defenses last season. Of his 121 carries in 2019, he forced 33 missed tackles. That's a missed tackle forced once every 3.7 rushing attempts. This is the kind of production you…
Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

What This Rookie Can Do For You: Rodney Anderson

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Editor's note: In this series, we dissect how upcoming NFL rookies can help your fantasy football team. This is meant to show you what kind of stats he can pile up for you if you draft him. Of course, scheme fit, coaching philosophy, and offensive line skill are key as well. But this series seeks to isolate the particular player for what he can do by himself. Ideally, an NFL team will use his skillset to the fullest. Though that might not always be the case. To get the most out of this series, pay attention to what he does well and adjust it to the rules of your particular league. Of course, we don't know for sure which team will draft him. But this will be a good indicator of what to expect from him.
Giana Pacinelli of the the Huffington Post and 2QBs.com joins George Banko of Fantasyfootballhelpers.com to debate which receiver to draft, Randall Cobb or John Brown? Opening statements George: Randall Cobb is coming off a season where he scored his lowest touchdown total (4) since 2013. It was also the first time since that same season he failed to play in all 16 games. Here's why we can expect a bounce-back season from the seven-year Green Bay wide receiver. Giana: John Brown was set to have a breakout year in 2016, following his first 1,000-yard season. Instead, Brown had a disappointing 39-517-2 stat line through 15 games. His struggles had a lot to do with his diagnosis of sickle cell and a cyst on his spine. With both injuries reportedly under control, expect a second-go at a breakout season for the Arizona Cardinals WR2despite his slow return from a quad injury he suffered in practice at the end of July. Beginning arguments George: John Brown is an electric player when healthy for sure. Still, there are some things about Cobb's situation that I love. For one, he plays in a pass-happy offense. The Packers threw the ball on 64 percent of…
In this article, we take a look at a player's potential to outperform their current ADP (average draft position) and assess the risks and potential rewards of drafting them. We look at opportunity stats including target share, average depth of target, receptions, receiving yards and touchdown rate. This is not an article that will tell you to draft a player or not. Rather, it's taking a look at predictive stats that can serve as a good indicator of what kind of numbers a player will give you if you draft him. This article dissects Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews. 2016 season recap Matthews entered 2016 playing for a team coming off a tumultuous offseason. The Eagles ousted coach Chip Kelly after missing the playoffs for a second straight season, and replaced him with Andy Reid disciple Doug Pederson. With a new staff, it looked like Matthews role as a slot receiver might've changed to more of an outside receiver. Pederson entertained the idea of moving Matthews from the slot to the outside, but he eventually moved him back, dubbing him the perfect 'slot receiver.' So it's safe to assume Matthews won't be used in any other way going forward.…
Samaje Perine proved his worth at the University of Oklahoma. In 2014 he had a stellar year. In 2015 and 2016 the stat line would suggest a decline in his performance, but that is due in part to sharing snaps with Joe Mixon. Perine set the single game rushing record for all of the NCAA by tallying 427 yards. He averaged 6 yards per carry over the course of his 3 years in a Sooners jersey. Rob Kelley is Samaje’s only competition for snaps since Chris Thompson will get most of the receiving snaps from the backfield. Kelley only averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season. After losing Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson, the Redskins are going to need all the yards they can get on each play. This makes Perine the more desirable back. One of the qualities that Perine possesses that I admire is his ability to gain ground when he is tackled. TV announcers often say, "he did a nice job of falling forward to get the first down". I would not say that Kelley is bad at this, but Perine is great at it. Another thing I like is that unlike most big running backs, Samaje…
When we look to draft a player to our fantasy team, we often seek the most talented players we can find. However, looking at the coaches offensive philosophy and which players best fit their system can be very telling in terms of which players could see the greatest opportunity to see valuable snaps during the season. Sometimes, the player who's the best fit isn't the guy you'd expect, which often leads to them being great value picks in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Take Justin Forsett, who back in 2014 finished as a Top 8 fantasy running back with the Baltimore Ravens, for example. A castaway from the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, Forsett wound up flourishing in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking rushing attack, an offense that was tailor-made for Forsett's agility and quick decision making. Forsett finished that year with 1,267 yards and eight rushing touchdowns for a total of 201 fantasy points. Certain coaches often produce great fantasy options at specific positions. For example, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid employs a west coast offense which emphasizes short, quick throws in addition to screen passes. The perfect match for this offense is a running back that's explosive…
Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

Fantasy Film Projector: Alvin Kamara

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When it comes to identifying traits in running backs that produce immediate fantasy value, proficiency in pass blocking, ball security, route running and receiving ability are often most important. These traits are valuable because they're important when avoiding turnovers, which is often the difference in a rookie running back playing vs. standing on the sideline. Opportunity is paramount when it comes to fantasy value, and if a player has to leave the game because he can't identify blitz pickups on third downs, he'll likely miss out on plays when his number is called on either a run or pass play. When that happens, potential fantasy points go out the window. Tennessee running back prospect Alvin Kamara is proficient in a few of these categories, but not enough to make him a running back you should immediately target in your redraft leagues unless he finds himself surrounded by a ton of talented teammates. He has good hands and turned plenty of screen passes into long runs while at Tennessee. You'll see in the clip above how he's able to use his balance to turn a short pass into a touchdown against ranked opponent Georgia. Kamara has good balance when he runs…
Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:00

Fantasy Film Projector: James Conner

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Editor's note: The Fantasy Film Projector is a process that identifies player traits correlated with fantasy football success. Those traits include receiving ability, route running, (points per reception leagues), play strength (goal line touchdown ability) and explosiveness (long distance touchdown ability). You can read past editions of the Fantasy Film Projector by clicking the links below. Jeremy McNichols, Boise State RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma RB James Conner models his game after Marshawn Lynch, and it's evident when you watch Conner run. He drags defenders like Lynch did and his 6'1, 233lb could give teams seeking an every-down power back plenty to be excited about. But despite his size and aggressive run style, there are causes for concern when it comes to his immediate fantasy value, specifically in the measurables department. Per Mockdraftable, the Pittsburgh running back posted a 4.6 40-yard dash time, which ranks in the bottom 24 percent among RBs. While his size is imposing, his strength indicates he still has room to grow as he only turned in 20 bench press reps, ranking him only slightly above the top 50 percent of running backs. For a running back of his stature, you'd like to…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

Fantasy Film Projector: Joe Mixon

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Editor's note: The Fantasy Film Projector is a process that identifies player traits typically correlated with fantasy football success. Those traits include receiving ability and route running (points per reception leagues), play strength and competitive toughness (goal line, short yardage traits for touchdown-based leagues) and explosiveness (long distance touchdown ability huge ceiling potential). You can read past editions of the Fantasy Film Projector by clicking the links below. Jeremy McNichols, Boise State RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma RB Mixon notes Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon compares a lot to Larry Johnson, the former Kansas City Chief running back. Things that stand out most with Mixon is ability to change direction at difficult angles but not lose speed through the transition which causes defenders to lose their angle. He's a very decisive runner who can tempo his running down to set up blocks, similar to what Le'Veon Bell does in Pittsburgh. He's a good receiver out of the backfield that transitions from the catch smoothly to get upfield and create more positive yardage. Not an overly explosive player in terms of breakaway. You wonder if he's going to have a lot of long runs in the NFL. But…
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