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Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 5

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first four weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 5?  Let’s take a look:


Pittsburgh Steelers
at Jacksonville

As we said last week, streaming a defense against the Jaguars continues to make a lot of sense. With Blake Bortles at QB it’s a little bit riskier, but he is still a rookie who is going to need some time to adjust to the NFL. He threw 2 INT in his first start and saw Cecil Shorts go down with an injury yet again. Read more

Streaming Defenses: Week 4

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first two weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 4?  Let’s take a look:


Detroit Lions
at New York Jets
The strength of the Jets’ offense is running the football, but that plays right into Detroit’s defense.  Over the first three weeks the Lions have allowed just 63.7 rushing yards per game.  Assuming they can take Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory out of the game, which is easy to imagine, can Geno Smith and company beat them? Read more

Streaming Defenses: Week 3

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first two weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:


Chicago Bears
at New York Jets

Sure the Jets offense looked good, at times, in Week 2 against Green Bay but it’s hardly enough to make them trustworthy. As it is their best receiver, Eric Decker, could easily sit out this week after suffering a hamstring injury. They also struggled to generate any type of a rushing attack, which should be where the Bears are susceptible. However they did a good job of silencing the 49ers on Sunday night and could easily try to force New York to beat them through the air. Read more

Streaming Defenses: Week 2

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

One week in we are still trying to get a grasp of teams around the league.  Whose poor showing in Week 1 was an aberration?  Which defenses that impressed could maintain their strong start?  Let’s try to figure it out as we look at potential streaming options for Week 2:


Houston Texans – at Oakland
Ownership – ESPN (45.5%)

As expected Derek Carr struggled in his NFL debut and now he draws a Texans defense that has significant upside.  While the loss of Jadaveon Clowney hurts, it doesn’t suddenly make them a defense that can’t make plays. Read more

Streaming Defenses – Week 1 (2014)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s always tough in Week 1, especially since ownership percentages aren’t really set yet as drafts continue to rage on. For now, we are going to go with defenses that are generally ranked outside the Top 15 entering the season (though make sure to check your waiver wire):


New York Jets vs. Oakland
The Jets have been known as a defensive team the last few seasons, thanks to the presence of Rex Ryan. While there are definitely questions heading into the year, the problem is the secondary and not the front seven. Lucky for them (and fantasy owners), the Raiders’ passing game isn’t going to instill much fear, even with rookie Derek Carr getting the starting nod.

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Rules for Drafting In IDP Formats

by Ray Kuhn

Not all positions are created equal.

Don’t tell that to NFL players, coaches or general managers, but it is true… At least it’s true in fantasy circles.

For starters the majority of drafts focus on just four positions and in most leagues only one quarterback and one tight end are started, so that is where fantasy owners direct their focus. It is not that simple. Kickers and Team Defenses are started in just all about all formats, and in some leagues Individual Defense Players (IDP’s) are also part of the starting roster. So should each position be weighted equally in your rankings and on your draft boards?

Absolutely not, well at least if you want the best chance to win. It might be best to have a draft board for the “skill position” players, and another for the “ancillary” positions. Read more

Eight Draft Day Rules That Lead To Fantasy Football Success

by Matthew Gordan

Fantasy football is hard. What? Did you think I was going to say otherwise? Due to the relative ease with which injuries can occur during games (and practices), luck plays a much larger role in winning fantasy football leagues than any other sport. That’s not to say just any Joe Schmo can waltz into a draft and select a championship-level team. Research, along with the temerity to follow your gut, helps you succeed in “winning” the draft.

This article is not about sleepers or breakouts or any other type of player. Rather, I’d like to share with you my keys to leaving the draft with a solid foundation that will help set you up for a fun, winning season. Obviously there are multiple forms a league can take. Between the number of teams and style of stat categories, you will have to figure out how to best apply these opinions to your league.

1) Running backs are top heavy. There are only a few true “workhorse” RBs, players who will accumulate the majority of stats for their team. Most teams these days employ multiple RBs, thereby splitting their production. Passing is at an all-time high. Wide receivers are very deep, and also possess more players capable of breaking out. It may be “old-school,” but I definitely always try to draft a stud RB in the first round. If your league is NOT a points-per-reception league, go ahead and try to snag another top RB in the 2nd round. A realistic goal is to exit the first three rounds with two RBs and one WR. Read more

Draft Day Discussion: Looking At Strategies For Your Auction

by Rich Justmann

In an auction draft each manager is allocated a certain number of dollars with which to assemble his team. You need to understand that there is no other use for the money after the auction so spend it all at the auction or lose it.

The strategy below is based upon the following auction type.

$200 Budget
1 QB
2 RB
3 WR
1 TE
1 K

While there are many different approaches to an auction, the one I recommend as a guideline is to spend about 40%-45% of your budget on the RB1 & RB2 positions combined. For the typical $200 budget, this would mean spending between $80 and $90 on your top two running backs. Read more

Rich’s Random Ramblings: Three Fantasy Football Draft Mistakes

by Rich Justmann

It’s that time:  Fantasy Football!  OK maybe not yet.  We’ve only just begun the OTA’s but hey, it’s close enough.  I can almost hear Vince Lombardi “Gentlemen, this is a football” and Henry Jordan “Coach, could you slow down a little?”

Of course, with the advent of the football season comes the fantasy football drafts.  In this post I am discussing the mental side of the draft – not the rankings or the position sequence.  Rather, the focus is on your composure during the draft.  Here are three of the top mental mistakes fantasy football players make.

  1. Letting a bad pick influence your next pick.  Hey, to quote Rafiki, “It doesn’t matter.  It’s in the past.”  So if you made a bummer pick, forget it and make your next pick a good one.  Seriously, you don’t know if it really was a bad pick.  You’ll know for sure later, much later, but it may turn out to be your best pick of the draft! Read more

Streaming Defense – Week 15

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are a fantasy footballer who likes to stream his/her defense, let’s take a look at the best options as four NFL teams find themselves on byes:


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco
Are the 49ers an ideal team to stream a defense against?  Of course not, but the Buccaneers have been playing extremely well of late.  While it was against the Bills, they are coming off a week where they registered 7 sacks and 4 INT.  The week before that they picked off Cam Newton twice (and before that had 4 INT against Matthew Stafford).

It has hardly been an impressive season for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense, as they have allowed 32 sacks and only generated 178.3 passing yards per game.  Granted, they are a running offense, but Tampa Bay is in the Top 10 in rushing yards allowed (103.7 per game) and are tied for the sixth fewest rushing TD allowed (6).

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