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FANTASY FORECAST: The Curse of 325

Taylon Smith DAL tackles Saquon Barkley NYG

Every year, readers will point out how this season will be different, that their favorite runner will buck the odds … and every season, the math holds up. Don’t be unnecessarily reckless; if you’re at the top of your draft, convince some other suckers to grab Saquon Barkley or Christian McCaffrey.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 8 – AFC EAST

WR_Robby_Anderson_NYJ_1

While you’re sitting on the clock in the mid- to late-rounds in your draft rooms this summer contemplating which WR to take, I want you to take a moment and really consider “Mr. Anderson” (said in my Agent Smith voice for all you Matrix fans out there) over the other WRs left available to you .

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SIMPLE FACTS: Ninety-Nine to Know

RB Dalvin Cook MIN

From Week 12 to Week 17 of last season, Dalvin Cook averaged 18.3 points per reception (PPR) league fantasy points per game. If you extrapolate that average to a full 16-game season, Cook would have finished with 292.8 points in 2018, which would have resulted in an RB6 finish.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 7 – AFC WEST

RB Damien Williams KC

Many thought that after the stunning news of RB Kareem Hunt’s release from the Kansas City Chiefs last season that the team would struggle to find another RB to replace his awesome production. Right about that same time Head Coach Andy Reid told those doubters, “hold my beer.”

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WHITE PAGES: Looking Up James White

RB James White NE

Welcome back, friends and family. It seems like it’s been an eternity since we last met up. A lot has happened – Le’Veon Bell won the war by losing a season’s worth of battles, Tom Brady won yet another championship, Larry Fitzgerald continued to not age, and Thanos was finally defeated.

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DRAFT DAY: Tips & Tricks

Fantasy Football Draft

There are a few simple practices that you can follow to kick-start your team for the season. You won’t win your fantasy season with just a good draft, but it sure helps to start the season ahead of the competition in your league.

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DRAFT DAY: Players to Avoid Rounds 1-3

WR_Adam_Thielen_MIN_1

Thielen is a great story, but he is being drafted way too high in fantasy leagues. With an ADP of 3.09 he is going higher than some premium wideouts that will outperform him such as Amari Cooper (3.10), Stefon Diggs (4.05) and Julian Edelman (4.08).

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FANTASY IMPACT: The Affect Of Player Movement

RB James Conner PIT

The Steelers already had to cover for the absence of Le’Veon Bell last year and knew he would not be an option for 2019. That leaves James Conner as the starter that rolled up nearly 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. But, Jaylen Samuels was also effective filling in for three games when Conner was injured.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 5 – AFC NORTH

QB Baker Mayfield CLE

In Part 5 of my 8-part series into fantasy football's breakout stars for 2019, we move on from the NFC conference and dive straight into the state of the AFC. We will start our journey with one the roughest divisions in all of football; the daunting AFC North.

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QUARTERBACKS: Late Round Bargain Shopping

QB Josh Allen BUF

The Bills have improved the number and quality of weapons for Allen this offseason by adding wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley along with running back T.J. Yeldon. Beasley should act as a target-machine for Allen with John Brown being a reliable deep-ball threat. Yeldon’s pass catching skills make him a great third down target too.

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FANTASY DETAILS: The Calm Before The Storm

Fantasy Football Research

The lull in reporting during the four-week inactive NFL stretch can be a grueling one from a fantasy perspective, but that’s not to say that there isn’t a litany of responsible measures one who actively competes in high stakes leagues should be doing this time of year.

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DRAFT DAY: Late Round Gambles

QB Kirk Cousins MIN

Stock up on receivers, running backs, and tight ends early and then move on to quarterback... If Kirk Cousins falls to the 10th or 11th rounds he will be a bargain. He has great receivers and has had the extra time build a rapport with them.

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DRAFT STRATEGIES: Zero-RB Candidates

RB James White NE

With the departure of Gronk and his 72 targets from last year, James White is going to see some of those out of the backfield and a top-ten finish among running backs is not out of the question. Currently he has an ADP of 7.04 which is a steal at that price, for a back that could catch 100 passes this season.

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DRAFT DAY: Late Round Fliers

WR_Emmanuel_Sanders_DEN_2

Emmanuel Sanders is falling in drafts because we are now getting word out of Denver that he may land on the PUP list to start the season. Even though no player has come back from such an injury, I will take a chance on Sanders with a late pick, coming back healthy in Week 7 and rolling with him as a potential WR3.

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DRAFT DAY: Five Players to Avoid

QB_Tom_Brady_NEP_3

You don’t want to be sifting through the waiver wire early because your early picks were a bust. The players listed had great 2018 seasons but whether it’s personnel or location changes, the odds of them repeating their numbers this season are not very likely.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 2 – NFC SOUTH

TE O.J. Howard TB

In Part 2 of my eight-part series into fantasy football’s breakout stars for 2019, it’s time to tackle what could very well be the equivalent of nature’s bountiful bliss for fantasy purposes – the NFC South. In many regards, the NFC South boasts some of the biggest names in fantasy football -- period.

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FANTASY SLEEPERS: Six Wide Receivers To Target

WR Christian Kirk ARI & CB Casey Hayward LAC

It seems that every year fantasy owners are looking for a few wide receiver names to stash away on the back of their cheatsheets. You know the type of players I’m talking about ... young, speedy second- or third-year guys who are ready to break out ... provided that a little bit of luck comes their way.

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BREAKOUT PLAYERS: Part 1 – NFC North

RB Aaron Jones and QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

Jones firmly supplanted himself as the lead dog in Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers led offense down the stretch in 2018. Rodgers indeed noticed as well, as the team made him a focal point of the offense the last 7 games to the tune of 17 touches per game.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Do’s and Don’ts

RB_Todd_Gurley_STL_1

Add security to your roster be acquiring your star running back's back up. Although they may spend the entire season riding your bench, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your biggest investment is insured. This is especially true if your star running back already has an injury history.

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HIDDEN GEMS: Tight End Sleepers

Tight End Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers

Ever since I got involved in fantasy football over 20 years ago, I've had a bit of an affinity for the tight end position. While my fellow owners were boasting about which running back or wide receiver they landed on draft day, I was looking for that hidden gem on my tight end cheat sheet.

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RISK ASSESSMENT: Upside Players With Downside

RB Chris Carson SEA

Having a monopoly over the Seattle backfield is equal to a first round running back this year... Rashaad Penny has a real chance to take volume from Chris Carson (and maybe even the starting role eventually) but the current ADP of both players allows massive upside especially when drafted together.

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