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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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TIGHT END: Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck

Tight End Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers

Now fully taking over for future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry will have a lot of opportunities to make big catches on a team that values and utilizes it's TE to the fullest. And you don't have to burn an early pick on him, as he is currently being drafted at the end of the 5th round.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: How To Maneuver An Auction Draft

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Doing your first auction draft is kind of like the first time you jumped into the deep end of the pool. You've heard about it, everyone who's done it seems to really like it - but then you look at this intimidating thing with suspicion and doubt and think "ya know, I was just fine in the shallow end. Why go over there?"

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SLEEPER DEFENSES: Five To Target

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The Patriots have added depth to the defensive line and employ a veteran staff in the secondary. The Jets, Dolphins and Bills are all starting second-year quarterbacks and with little support around them, the Patriots defense will feast on the young signal callers in 2019.

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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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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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GUT CHECK: Players To Target

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Every season, there are players that we in the fantasy football industry identify as players that are “our guys.” Each fantasy football player has their own “guys” that they will be targeting in every draft they participate in. Other fantasy ...

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SIMPLE FACTS: 1-100

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This is a list of 100 simple, yet interesting stats heading into the 2018 season. While these aren’t exactly “next level advanced statistics,” I still found them to be intriguing. 1. The Dallas Cowboys are 19-6 in games where Ezekiel ...

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WIDE RECEIVERS: 30+ Year-Old Potential

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In 2015, there were two Top 10 wide receivers over 30. In 2016, there was one. In 2017, there was one. If you remove Larry Fitzgerald from the conversation you have Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson as the only 30-plus wide receivers to have a Top 10 season in points per reception (PPR) league format over the last three years.

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DRAFT FOCUS: 4th-Year Players

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Todd Gurley had a season for the ages in 2017. He finished as the best fantasy running back in just about every scoring system out there. His usage in the receiving game is something that was not expected but was a pleasant surprise... He’s one of the safest fantasy options out there and will be the backbone of many fantasy teams this season.

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TOP-10: 2018 Bounce Back Players

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Every year there are players that don’t live up to the preseason hype, whether it be because of injuries, coaching, or the roster situation around them (specifically at QB for skill players). Every year there are also a handful of ...

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BUY/SELL: ADP Studs and Duds

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Weapons. Say it with me… weapons. That is exactly what Eli Manning is surrounded by in the New York Giants offense this season. From Odell Beckham Jr. to Sterling Shepard to Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. Eli has never had this much talent around him in his entire 14-year career.

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DRAFT BUSTS: Early Rounds

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The most common phrase around a draft is “You can’t win your draft in the early rounds but you can lose it.” It’s true and it’s something you should be worried about. Last year if you took Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles in Round ...

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FANTASY BUSTS: ROUNDS 4 – 6

RB Adrian Peterson Saints

Peterson a bust? Really!? Why yes, yes really. Why he is currently being drafted in the fourth round (ahead of the likes of Joe Mixon and Eddie Lacy) is beyond me. His highest yard total from last year was 31 whopping yards.

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DRAFT DAY VALUES: AFC South

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Weapons, weapons and more weapons! The Titans have now added Eric Decker to go along with first round selection Corey Davis. Mariota took a big leap last year posting double digit fantasy points in 10 contests despite subpar receiving options.

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5 UP 5 DOWN: Running Backs

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If Ameer Abdullah is healthy he is the lead back in Detroit and can be a dynamic runner. If you draft him as a RB3 and he does get hurt your level of investment won’t be high so it is a low-risk, high-reward situation.

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DRAFT DAY VALUES: AFC North

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Terrance West has proven he can be a viable option when given opportunity, posting six double-digit outings last season. He could be an excellent loaner RB3 for the first four weeks of the season especially at this price.

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LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: TE Edition

Tight End Hunter Henry San Diego Chargers

Drafting running backs and wide receivers is tough. Necessary, but tough. There’s a whole slew of strategy in drafting certain running backs and wide receivers early in the draft. Either you get who you want, or scramble to find someone ...

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FANTASY BUSTS: Rounds 1 – 3

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I would much rather have Michael Crabtree at his current average draft position (Round 4, Pick 10). I still love Amari Cooper in dynasty formats, but you’re overpaying for a WR2 (and an inconsistent one, at that) in the second round in redraft leagues this year.

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FIVE UP FIVE DOWN: Quarterbacks

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

The retirement talk this off season was a very real conversation Big Ben was having. Roethlisberger takes a beating every year and just keeps on going. This is one of his best qualities from a fantasy stand point. It also appears to be finally sneaking up on him.

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HANDCUFFS: Running Back

RB Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs

Kareem Hunt is an interesting case because of how well Spencer Ware did last season and the confidence that the Chiefs front office has in him by releasing Charles and claiming Ware as their guy. What makes the Hunt Handcuff scenario interesting is that Kansas City traded UP in the draft to grab Hunt, meaning they have big plans for the Toledo RB.

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VALUE PLAYS: Running Back

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I understand why people are scared off of Mark Ingram because of Adrian Peterson in the wings but I just don’t see him being a huge factor. He didn’t go to New Orleans to be the lead running back, he went because no one else wanted him as a lead running back and New Orleans took a flyer on him as a backup.

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DRAFT DAY VALUES: NFC North

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Remember this guy? When Ameer Abdullah was coming out of college there was a ton of hype surrounding him and rightly so. I distinctly remember watching a preseason game in 2015 where Abdullah put such a nasty move on a defender that his average draft position rose 12 spots that week alone!

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RED ZONE TARGETS: NFC East

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Odell Beckham dominated red zone targets once again. Beckham's 21 looks were fourth in the league, but he only hauled in nine of those passes (42.9%) after catching 11 of 18 (61%) in 2015. Overall, New York attempted 30% fewer passes in the red zone compared to 2015, so Beckham's target share was actually much higher.

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RED ZONE TARGETS: NFC West

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Larry Fitzgerald led the NFC West in Red Zone Targets Inside the 20 yard line and was actually more involved in the red zone in 2016 than he was in 2015. Fitzgerald got two more looks and seven more yards inside the 20, but his touchdowns fell in half- from eight to a mere four.

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LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: RB Edition

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With the addition of Adrian Peterson during the offseason, the Saints looked to provide Mark Ingram with a suitable backup to replace Tim Hightower, maybe even someone with whom to split time. And did they? Sure, as when Peterson is healthy he is a monster.

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DRAFT DAY VALUES: AFC East

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I typically would never advise taking a quarterback this early but when I look at the players going around the same time as Brady, its clear to me that "TB12" is the safest play. You are typically building the core of your team in the first 3 rounds and nailing these early picks is vital.

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FANTASY SLEEPERS: Tight End

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How in the world is last year’s TE2 going so late!? Blasphemy! The reindeer lead all tight ends in targets last year with a whopping 132. Sam Bradford showed a willingness to get Rudolph the ball all year, and he ended the season with 83 catches, 840 yards and seven touchdowns. I think he prances along that reception total, but with room for more in the yards and the touchdown department..

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DRAFT DAY VALUES: NFC East

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Given the fact that all aside from Blount contribute in the passing game, it’s safe to say the tools are in place for a second-year leap. Currently going in the 11th round of mock drafts, Carson Wentz could be a great draft day value. Just be sure to pair him with a solid QB2.

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FANTASY SLEEPERS: Way Too Early Edition

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You’re probably thinking about how awful he was last year, right? He only threw 18 touchdowns on the entire year. How awful! The key here is that he did throw for 4,206 yards last season, and that’s with the injuries to Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert, and A.J. Green. If those three can stay healthy (don’t forget about the valuable additions of John Ross and Joe Mixon) look for Dalton’s touchdown total to jump.

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DYNASTY STOCK MARKET: Defense – Vol. 2

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Watt is coming back from multiple surgeries and has been regarded as the top IDP or top DL in leagues for the past 2-3 years. This just cannot stand. Khalil Mack and Alec Ogletree both have a giant chance to outscore him hands down and Khalil Mack is being classified as a DE as of now. While I am sure the Watt can still produce good numbers for you, I implore everyone to not pay the king's ransom that he has been going for in the past and use your resources more wisely.

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