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  1. 7 points
  2. 5 points
    Not everyone plays 10 team standard leagues with no keeper incentive.
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  6. 4 points
    Lewis has fed guys in the past. Rudi Johnson, Cedric Benson, BJGE are examples of that. They were also roughly about 80-90 rush attempts less than their average over the previous 5 years. If they can get back up to their average, that's significantly more carries to go around.
  7. 4 points
    I look at it almost the opposite. The whole reason zero RB was at such a frenzied peak last season, and the reason it didn't work well, is because everyone was doing it because they saw it work in 2016. Much like @ponza88 said, the value pick is generally where people are neglecting. For years and years everyone fought over RB's early in the draft with the thinking that if you don't get some of the top ones early, you'll be screwed. Then a handful of people realized that you could go WR-WR and get two WR1's, then throw in a handful of high upside RB's later, and buck the trend. It worked when most people were still fighting over RB's early because you had your pick of the WR's - zigged when others zagged. Last year the tides kind of turned based on some success with zero-RB the year before, and all of a sudden RB's were somewhat undervalued early. It seemed like half the teams in my drafts were going zero-RB, and it left a lot of RB talent on the board early. And going WR-WR didn't pan out so well when lots of others were doing it. Now this year so far it seems like, as you say, it's back to the old school RB-heavy days. And IMO it's ripe again to take top WR's early while the pickings are good, and grab some high upside RB's later. Like anything it will be hit or miss, but so is every other player at every position after the first couple rounds. You're essentially just taking BPA regardless of position, and if there is a run on RB's early then there is clearly more talent left elsewhere. The other part of this strategy that is overlooked is that all those guys that go RB-RB to start the draft are not looking at RB's in the next few rounds as much. They are trying to fill their holes elsewhere, like WR. So while you're sitting pretty at WR, you can pick your spot with the RB's you like. In the first two rounds where everyone is taking the highest ranked RB's, you're kind of a slave to just taking the next name that falls to you at that position. In round 4 when most of the RB-heavy guys are looking at WR's, you have a bit more flexibility in deciding which RB's on the board you do like and which you don't, and targeting certain ones. TL;DR - I don't think there is any one strategy that is foolproof, and I think you can win drafting a team any way you choose. Really it comes down to picking the right players. But just looking strictly at talent value left on the board, there are a lot more 'sure fire' WR options late 1st and 2nd than there are RB options. And just because everyone zigs doesn't mean you have to, too.
  8. 4 points
    To me it's still a case of Joe Mixon v. Marvin and Bill. They have all the tools, provided Cordy Glenn/the rest of the team stays healthy. They got kinda boned in the NFL draft when it came to lineman slipping, but if Billy Price is worth the first round pick they paid and Cordy Glenn plays 16 games, their line could see THE biggest improvement in football this year. Lines are sometimes/often defined by their weakest links, but Cedric Obguehi (sp?) probably WAS that weakest link last year and he was the Left Tackles. Dude got smoked all 2016 at Right Tackle and the damn Bengals moved him to Left like it was a disguise-able issue. The rest of the line isn't great, but if Cordy can hold his own and Billy Price is worth the pick, the interior/blindsight should be greatly improved. I don't think John Ross, even if he's fully healthy and geared up, produces more than a typical Taylor Gabriel-esque line, but if he just runs that kind of stretch route-tree with Andy/AJ still being a decent combo, Mixon should realistically have some room to run, and I think we did see enough of the talent last year. I think Marvin Lewis at this point is just like a piece of driftwood or something. I don't trust him to hold anything up. I don't trust him to make good decisions. I understand they have a cheap owner and they couldn't find someone to bring in they particularly liked, but honestly I just feel like this team is set up to be a loser. I think Marvin's set up to be a loser. I think he's a Pagano and like Pagano I think he's drifting towards Fisher/Fox territory, to where it just feels like the game kinda passed them and they don't have mind / energy to reinvent. They think if they keep pushing the buttons they pushed once it's just going to go back to being fixed. And I just don't think it will. Bill Lazor is also someone I have little-to-no faith in. Both as a general tactician and as a OC for a Running Back. He was part of the infamous Lamar Miller season where Lamar never got run ever. People can point to hindsight of Lamar's recent volume all they want, that was a far superior Run Blocking OL, and he would start games with like 7/76 and then never be heard from again. Attitude seems to be they believe a lot in Mixon, and I believe in their heads they want to stress Mixon and stress running the ball. But when it ultimately comes down to it, the moment the chips go down, and I think they will quite often this season, I expect Bill Lazor to call plays like I've seen him call plays before, and that means calling the pass play he believes will set up the team the best and also not churn up the clock as much. I also expect Gio and Walton even to get their play on 3rds and even occasional drives. They've used many rotational back systems in Cincinatti, and while I don't think Mark Walton gets major play in 2018, I think just the fact that they drafted him says that they want a new Gio to replace the old Gio, and Gio's always been a bit more than just a COP in terms of snaps and carries. I don't have Mixon ranked that far off his ADP. So it's not like I'm saying I'm not touching him or anything. But I think that's the battle. I absolutely just do not trust this CS this year. There's not many CSs that I trust less. Now, if they get their own young, sought after offensive mind in the coaching market next year, along with maybe a QB, THAT is when I could see Mixon really start to take off. Don't like him as much with the cards on the table as they are.
  9. 4 points
    Personally I'm taking Collins over Mixon, Guice, and pretty much every 4th Round RB. Firstly, is it even definitive at all that he's in a better Offense? Alex Smith is coming off a great season... maybe he repeats. I'm not willing to put him a huge tier in front of Flacco for fantasy expectations for RB/WR. Ravens have Crabtree, Snead... Redskins have Richardson/Crowder? Doctson? I just don't see a big tier difference between these two. Secondly, the fumbling is legitimate. But is Kenneth Dixon really a bigger threat for playing time in 2018 than Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley, and Chris Thompson? The dude who's been hurt and suspended his whole career? I think people understand Alex Collins was good last year. I don't think they understand HOW good he was. He ran like one of the best backs in all of football. Reminded me a lot of a Lynch type, which I know is the easiest fantasy comparison, but a guy who runs with Speed, Power, and most notably some great balance. His highlight tape is one of the best from a RB in the NFL last year IMO. What I like particularly about Collins is that first run they show, at 0:51, his ability to maintain his balance through contact, and then reestablish balance quickly and get back to his running speed. He also gets a particular shoutouts by PFF for his vision, being used as an example of "superb vision," in an article that has nothing to do with him, and is just about defining good vision. I'll take a guy who competed in the NFL last year, excelled, and is the #1 RB on his team over any rookie not named Saquon Barkley. Kenneth Dixon is more of a cuff then a threat. All Collins has to do is not fumble.
  10. 3 points
    Who’s overreacting? This guy’s career is over. He’s going to hold out through the season and be rusty next year wherever he goes.
  11. 3 points
    Huh? This is nonsense. The Yankees have arguably the best assortment of prospects in all of baseball. And your trade proposal for Wheeler is utterly ridiculous. I probably wouldn't even give up Frazier for him. He's been straight bad his entire MLB career until about 1.5 months ago. Andujar has more of a track record of MLB success than him. Get real, man.
  12. 3 points
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    You guys are making a big mistake.
  14. 3 points
    Whether or not squatting all day long is bad for your knees (and it is), Ward has immediately shown a better running game too. Well, a running game at all. From 2016-2017, Taylor Ward stole exactly zero bases. Since moving to 3rd base, a rejuvenated, spry Ward has stolen 16 bases (he stole one today) and has been caught only once. That is a better success rate than Trout has had this season (I tried pressing all of the regular Twitter minor leaguer gurus for his sprint times, but turned up nothing). He has also been legging out some infield hits. Sounds a lot like an underrated Goldschmidt-type to me. So if we are seeing a high-OBP baserunning threat, then what better position for him than leadoff? I know Eckstei— excuse me, Fletcher— seems like the best candidate for that role because of the ever-present similarities between him and the 2002 fan favorite, and I’m not saying to remove him from the team. Nonetheless, the leadoff role should go to a player who can get on base at an amazing clip for Mike Trout to bat in. It should go to someone who can take the extra base when necessary and get themselves into scoring position. It should go to someone who is a joy to watch and who you will spend 40 dollars to see. Taylor Ward isn’t just the 3rd baseman of the future, he’s your new fan-favorite leadoff man. Feel free to include the source next time. https://www.halosheaven.com/2018/7/8/17546566/taylor-ward-might-actually-be-the-long-term-leadoff-solution-angels-los-angeles-anaheim-third-base
  15. 3 points
    If those are my only two options, I'd lean toward the E5 comp. His swing and miss woes of late are probably pretty overblown just due to the crazy injuries he had. He's probably not winning a batting average title ever, but a true talent 260 270 isn't a crazy projection imo.
  16. 3 points
    Think the argument above has been misunderstood. Anyway what I'm concerned about is the 5 CS in his last 5 attempts. That is a shocking number, considering Trea was 22/23 before that. Some leg injury could be playing a part that we haven't heard about. Hoping it's just fatigue. He is a small drink of water playing a very taxing position and already is approaching his career high no of AB's (yep). Have a nice long break Trea, rest up those leg muscles, and get yourself ready to run wild in the 2nd half- the Nats and fantasy teams need you.
  17. 3 points
    Most overrated player in 2018.
  18. 3 points
    The "only" difference is their plate discipline? That's kind of a major thing. In fact, I'll even extend what you bolded. So what you're saying is take one of the hardest hitting players in baseball, add elite plate discipline, and you have Harper? I'll take that. Now perhaps you could read the conclusion of the article you post. Yes, a coin flip.
  19. 3 points
    Ahhh yeah, I completely forget about the addition of Austin. I don't think he'll oust Beasley from the slot, but they're definitely going to find ways to make sure he gets touches. He probably eats into Beasley's and Zeke's targets. This just further muddies things for a rookie WR, with so many mouths to feed, and a QB who doesn't offer the best opportunity with what you're getting. Hurns is probably the only WR on this offense i'd have on my bench to start this season, and that's with no real expectations to even start him at any point. That's how down on the Cowboys receiving corps I am.
  20. 3 points
    You just like that someone else is jocking curry for you lmao
  21. 3 points
    Obviously depends on league size, but I've been holding Suarez for over a month now since Tao pointed out that he may be more than a streamer. I have zero complaints, and he has been one of my most consistent pitchers in that span. I could see him being a streamer in 10 man league, but 12+ I'm riding this cat till the wheels fall off...
  22. 3 points
    Great 1/3 of an inning win! I'm just hoping that Maeda doesn't end up being the odd man out in the 2nd half and being sent to the bullpen like last year. I would think that Maeda has pitched well enough recently for that not to happen, but the Dodgers are really stacked with starters. I hope Maeda's "experience" working out of the bullpen doesn't work against him.
  23. 3 points
    I'm confused what the expectations are when one says they're too high and another that he's undrafted in back to back posts. Beasley isn't going to play outside. Terrance Williams can't catch with his hands. There's really only two candidates on this roster to be the "X" receiver, and that's Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup. He only needs to beat out Williams, who again I can't stress this enough, cannot catch with his hands, to get playing time. He only needs to beat out Hurns to be a #1 WR. Is it likely? I wouldn't say that. But the opportunity and path to success is pretty evident. You can knock any situation and QB you want, but at the end of the day, any owner who had Jermaine Kerse at the beginning of last season or Robby Anderson knows that the main WR, even on terrible teams, can be a productive, consistent Fantasy player. That's probably going to be Hurns or Gallup on this offense. By my count, on the ESPN pre-draft rankings (in-app) they WR53 and WR60 I believe. Maybe 52 and 59? Eitherway, Hurns is first. One of those two is going to finish higher than WR53. Barring injury, I'd pretty much guarantee that. If someone overvalues Gallup in my draft and jumps him up a ton, I won't get him. If they fall to that range, in a snake I'd love to get the cheaper one, and if I'm lucky I can get both for a couple dollars each in auction. CSB, but I have a deep, 12 team 2-RB 3-WR 1-SuperFlex 2-Flex league that also has stupid benches. In that league I'm targetting Hurns and Gallup in auction hoping I can get them for a total price that is limited.
  24. 3 points
    Bryce- .214/.365/.833 57/23/54/6 Gallo- .187/.296/.742 48/22/51/3 “Same season,” except Bryce is better in literally every single category, across the board. I get that Harper hasn’t been great. But some of us like facts here.
  25. 3 points
    Did Kenta just vulture me a .3 inn. win away from Kershaw? Nice!
  26. 3 points
    113.6 Exit velo. Apparently higher than any from a Met all year besides one Cespedes AB
  27. 3 points
    Barry can do anything. You mean Lamar Miller?
  28. 3 points
    Little of this post is correct. First, Dan Gilbert is a lot of things, but he paid his players and has the luxury tax bills and carry forward tax losses to prove it. "The Decision" was a disaster of his creation, not because, "oops, it's the world we live in". That's silly. Does anyone care Lebron filled out his rosters with cheap specialist shooters? This seems to be a new excuse for pyschofants. I don't think many care Ray Allen, Mike Miller or James Jones were his teammates. Wiggins was never going to be part of the team with Lebron. It was already agreed Love would be flipped for him. It was part of Lebron's demands before he came back. He didn't want to wait for Wiggins to develop. I don't think a lot of folks feel Cleveland should have been obligated to keep Wiggins. It's a false choice or narrative. Magic Johnson never had AIDS. He has HIV. Kyrie Irving didn't like a lot of things about Lebron, but he also saw Lebron wasn't committed to Cleveland and didn't want to be around to pick up the pieces when he shattered the franchise (for a 2nd time), so he forced his way out. Kyrie may be petty and lack self awareness but at least he could see two cars ahead when it came to Cleveland's future. I don't think your post illustrates the frustrations some folks have with Lebron, certainly it doesn't highlight the most important reasons....
  29. 2 points
    I believe he’s being sarcastic ... because the same individual that just traded for Bell was posting mid-mental breakdown about how much of a “bum” he was.
  30. 2 points
    Such star power. 95% of the fans tuning in / in attendance are going to be like "who are these guys?" lol
  31. 2 points
    Bell’s ypc was down last year. His yards per reception was down last year. Don’t keep the blinders on and you’ll see the truth. He’s a system guy at best
  32. 2 points
    On rotoworld you fall out of flavor on a game by game basis. Unless you are Christine Michaels or Josh Gordon then you have an eternity.
  33. 2 points
    I think most of us here want to discuss actual rumors, not some fan’s wildest dream. That said, can’t imagine Wheeler could draw just Frazier, let alone another cheap, controlled MLB player.
  34. 2 points
    With Rodgers, you'd have to agree that the Packers offense improves tremendously than with Hundley, right? So at the very least, the Packers would have longer drives and increased TD potential right? Seems like that would benefit their #1 WR.... Again, regarding Adams' concussions, you're exaggerating. What's led you to believe that Adams could be done for the season if he gets another concussion? He missed 1 game from Trevathan's hit. You're not approaching this with an open mind. You believe what you believe, and you'll ignore any logical argument to the contrary. The Packers just signed him to a big contract. Why would they do that if Adams' concussion risk were as large as you think it is? For the past 2 seasons, Diggs has had groin issues, and those are significantly worse than concussions. With concussions, once a player returns to the field, he's symptom free. On the other hand, pulled muscles, unless allowed to heal fully, will linger and are prone to re-aggravation.
  35. 2 points
    Personally, I have Gallup over DJ Moore. Newton has never been an overly fantasy friendly QB either and Olsen and Funchess are much greater passing threats. Hurns is the greatest passing threat on the Cowboys, and Hurns and Gallup are both new players on the team. And Funchess is more talented than Hurns. And no one on the Cowboys will have an Olsen sized role. Zeke will run MORE, but Carolina's obviously going to run with McCaffery a lot. And he's going to take more targets. In terms of the first post regarding the Boys offense as a whole, I agree with you it may not be that great, but again, the bottom line for fantasy relevance is that you don't need to be great. You don't even need to be good. There's going to be positional battles on this team obviously. Yes Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are incumbents. But they aren't talented. Maybe it's just that simple to me. You guys seem to be acting like Beasley and Terrance Williams are going to be strong and legitimate road blocks. Neither one is particularly talented IMO, and I don't think the Cowboys feel that way either. Terrance Williams' entire value is that he's being paid nothing. That shouldn't effect his playing time at this point. They're trying to win. Gallup is the biggest investment in their future at the WR position they have. There's nothing holding him back if they believe he is as talented as Terrance Williams. I cannot stress this enough. That mofo (Williams) can NOT catch with his HANDS. He has to trap every ball against his body. He has made bone headed moves at the last minute of games, I believe had an offseason issue this year, and again, I believe the entire theory of the Cowboys "liking" Williams comes completely from his contract. The Cowboys have an out before Williams' contract becomes more expensive next year. Do you think they pick it up? I don't think so. Once a player gets on the field, it's open season. There's not that much competition for this guy to get on the field. Unlike Newton, who has two trusted, established receivers, in likely sets with Hurns and Gallup, the best two WRs will both be new. The avenue for value for Gallup is just so much closer and more obvious than DJ Moore's. If you overwhelmingly believe in Moore's talent, by all means. But the Cowboys with two, not-that-talented Holdovers and a brand-new "X" in Hurns is THE best place for rookie volume. Gallup has to perform, but I just don't believe we should view him as the "4th WR" because he could be the second or first before the season even starts. There's not that much holding him back IMO.
  36. 2 points
    In practice drafts, I’m taking Corey Davis in every one and I’m willing to overdraft him in the real one. I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts up more points than Mike Evans.
  37. 2 points
    I would consider dropping W Smith & picking up Marco. Keep an eye on Winker, Bauers, & Gardner, should you need to add an OF/Bench slot.
  38. 2 points
    Plus he is only two seasons removed from not being able to steal snaps from the plodfather.
  39. 2 points
    Any updates on this boozer?
  40. 2 points
    Let’s see if this breakout is for real and bring Ward up already. Sorry for the long post. Just an article about his plate discipline/walk rate. Taylor Ward’s career walk rate before today’s game was 12.6%. Since the beginning of 2017, it has been above 14%. He also walked twice today, so these will only improve. To get an idea of just how good your patience has to be to hit tier across two full seasons, here is the list of all players with at least a 14% walk rate in the majors for only this season. Fangraphs Put another way, Taylor Ward’s walk rate across the last two seasons has been just shy of Mike Trout’s career walk rate (14.5%). Outside of a rehab stint, only once did Trout have a walk rate above 13% in the minor leagues. Remember peak patience god Chris Iannetta? He never had a BB% in the minors over 13.3%. Ward has done it three of his four years as a professional baseball player. This patience is the reason that Ward has just over a .400 on-base percentage over the last two seasons. So to put it mildly, he has pretty much always had a fantastic eye. The power and speed (and the consequent hit tool) came later, thanks in part to the move from Catcher to 3rd base and also to a tweaked stance. Per MiLB’s website: Whether or not squatting all day long is bad for your knees (and it is), Ward has immediately shown a better running game too. Well, a running game at all. From 2016-2017, Taylor Ward stole exactly zero bases. Since moving to 3rd base, a rejuvenated, spry Ward has stolen 16 bases (he stole one today) and has been caught only once. That is a better success rate than Trout has had this season (I tried pressing all of the regular Twitter minor leaguer gurus for his sprint times, but turned up nothing). He has also been legging out some infield hits. Sounds a lot like an underrated Goldschmidt-type to me. So if we are seeing a high-OBP baserunning threat, then what better position for him than leadoff? I know Eckstei— excuse me, Fletcher— seems like the best candidate for that role because of the ever-present similarities between him and the 2002 fan favorite, and I’m not saying to remove him from the team. Nonetheless, the leadoff role should go to a player who can get on base at an amazing clip for Mike Trout to bat in. It should go to someone who can take the extra base when necessary and get themselves into scoring position. It should go to someone who is a joy to watch and who you will spend 40 dollars to see. Taylor Ward isn’t just the 3rd baseman of the future, he’s your new fan-favorite leadoff man.
  41. 2 points
    As a Phillies fan I can’t help but chuckle at how bad the nats misplayed the Harper Strasburg window... and now it’s closed. This arrogant team and management shut stras down bc they figured they’d be there year after year and 3 years later the phils and Braves caught them and now it’s all caput. I don’t blame Bryce for checking out on this team and giving 50% effort before going to NY in November
  42. 2 points
    I am one of those owners who needs Yangy to rejuvenate find what he had going for those first 6 weeks of the season. the last 4 weeks have been brutal. but when you play in a 20 team league finding a replacement is tough
  43. 2 points
    Lol this ain’t the first time mevins has posted an article that he thinks supports him, but he never read to the end. ??
  44. 2 points
    Yeah I’m getting sucked in a little on the Adams train. Both sides have made good arguments. From my understanding: Pros: Rodgaaaas td upside perception of no other WRs/ high target share % Cons: clearly least talented of round 2 WRs concussion history tough cb schedule jimmy graham great red zone threat perception of more rushes/ less passes for packers offense *perception= things people argued that we really won’t know until the season starts
  45. 2 points
    Dak's tertiary targets have not done well, let alone quaternary. Hell, Bryant was barely startable for most of their tenure together. Williams and Beasley have had flashes and brief stretches, but that's a ride no one really wants to go on. The pecking order for passing targets will look something like Hurns-Beasley-Zeke-Williams-??? imo. Gallup may rise up, but I'm not confident in Dak bringing a rookie WR into fantasy relevancy.
  46. 2 points
    Except Gallo isn't far off and Harper cost you a first round pick. LOL.
  47. 2 points
    I'll play: 2007 Laurence Maroney 2008 Sammy Morris 2009 Laurence Maroney 2010 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2011 BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Stevan Ridley 2012 Stevan Ridley 2013 Stevan Ridley/LeGarrette Blount 2014 Stevan Ridley/LeGarrette Blount/Jonas Gray 2015 LeGarrette Blount/Steven Jackson 2016 LeGarrette Blount Now ask yourself, were any of these RB's as dynamic and versatile as Lewis is in both the passing and running game. Did any of the RB's go to a team afterwards that had a Top 5 O-line as the Titans have this season. Were any of these RB's as efficient per snap as Lewis was.
  48. 2 points
    He added more drop to his changeup by changing the grip and it’s turned into an elite pitched. The whiff rate has doubled from last year. https://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfx.aspx?playerid=18498&position=P&pitch=CH