Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft


QB: Tony Romo, EJ Manuel

Tony Romo is one of the best values at quarterback in fantasy football. In this draft he was the ninth QB overall, and per usual will have no problem putting up 4000 plus yards with close to 30 touchdowns. Considering the offensive coordinator is now Scott Linehan, from the Lions, Romo will continue to throw a lot, if not more.

There were still a lot of quarterbacks on the board when I wanted to draft a backup, so I waited for EJ Manuel with my last pick. The jury is still very out on Manuel, but showed moments of promise in 2013. He should at least improve quite a bit in 2014 considering the efforts the front office went into securing a solid offensive line, and an impressive group of receivers starting with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Mike Williams.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cleveland Browns Fantasy Football Outlook

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Studs: Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon (Suspension Pending)

Jordan Cameron was one of fantasy's finest tight ends in 2013. The writing had been on the wall throughout the entire preseason that Cameron was going to breakthrough in a big way, and he performed as suspected. Cameron was fantasy fifth rated tight end in 2013 finishing with 80 catches, 917 yards, and seven touchdowns. While Jordan was a stud, he did have a few duds along the way, and a few games with under five targets.

However, 2014 could seen Cameron ascend to an even higher stardom, and cross the 1000 yard threshold. Last year, Cameron had to catch way too many passes from the likes Jason Campbell, and even worse, Brandon Weeden. This year Cameron could be catching passes from a healthy Brian Hoyer or even more likely Johnny Manziel. Regardless, whoever is throwing him passes, Josh Gordon may not see the field at all in 2014, thus further improving Cameron's shot at 1000 plus yards.

Not much needs be said about Josh Gordon. He might miss the whole season, but even if he plays four games he could be worth a speculative add for fantasy owners. He's great, we all know it, and it's a shame he can't stay clean.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Football Outlook

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Studs: A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard

A.J. Green has been nothing but a stud since entering the league. Particularly in the past two years Green has averaged 172 targets, 97.5 catches, 1388 yards, and 11 touchdowns. It won't get much prettier than that.

2014 should be no different for Green, however the Bengals offense is set to change to a more run oriented style under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. While Jackson will have the team running much more than Jay Gruden did a year ago, Green will still get his due, and as long as he can get his hands on the ball he will rack up yards. Green is likely going somewhere in round two, which is a high price to pay, but owners can expect his usual fantasy greatness.

Giovani Bernard had a somewhat what rocky rookie season after being the first running back drafted in 2013. That isn't to say he didn't have his big performances, Bernard made plenty of places on the ground and through the air often times making defenses look silly.

While he did have over 1000 total yards and eight touchdowns, there were plenty of times where Bernard's yards per carry dipped below four. Although, his 56 catches more than made up for it in PPR leagues.

While under new OC Hue Jackson, Bernard will run more, the Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill in the second round, and he is more than talented enough to poach quite a few touchdowns away. The upside is though, Bernard will be in for a lot of catches, and could even lead running backs in receptions. The downside, though, is that Bernard is being drafted in the second, sometimes even first round. That is way to high for a running back that somewhat struggled with yards per carries in his rookie season. Bernard could have a good year, but isn't worth the second round risk.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Predictions

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1. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd is one of this years more disappointing receivers, and fails to reach 900 yards.

2. Atlanta Falcons: Levine Toilolo will be this years version of Joseph Fauria, but with more yards.

3. Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith provides at least top 20 receiver value, and amasses over 1200 yards with eight touchdowns.

4. Buffalo Bills: Robert Woods leads the Bills in receiving over Sammy Watkins.

5. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin becomes the Panthers leading receiver, and is this years Keenan Allen.
 
6. Chicago Bears: Like Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery will largely disappoint owners that draft him as a top 10 receiver.

7. Cincinnati Bengals: Jeremy Hill leads the team with six rushing touchdowns.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Running Back Sleepers



2013 was a rough year for first round running backs, it was horrible. C.J. Spiller, Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, and Trent Richardson really left fantasy owners hanging. Entering 2014, all of those running backs value has greatly dropped even making some of them decent values.

However, why run the risks of getting burnt on a first round running back again? If fantasy owners don't feel like getting back in bed with first round running backs, there are plenty of options for those that want to take their own running back by committee approach.

Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 NBA Mock Draft

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As horribly dysfunctional as the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the past few years they have managed to be the luckiest team in the draft lottery. Somehow for the third time in four years the Cavaliers have wound up with the first pick. Their previous picks consisted of surefire number one overall pick Kyrie Irving and the head-scratching pick of Anthony Bennett last season. Most likely the Cavaliers won't shock anyone and pick one of the top three prospects.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Five Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers In 2014

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1. Robert Woods

When the Bills traded Stevie Johnson after drafting Sammy Watkins it put the spotlight on Watkins, but it also opened up a big opportunity for second-year receiver Robert Woods. In his rookie year, with rookie QB EJ Manuel, Woods put up 40 catches, 587 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. It is safe to assume those numbers would have been better had the Bills not had a revolving door at quarterback.

Regardless, it became clear last year that EJ Manuel had an eye for Woods, and the two seemed to develop quite a rapport. While defenses key in on Sammy Watkins, defenses could overlook Woods leading to a lot of opportunities. Not to mention, it is assumed that Woods is locked in for slot duties this year, and he could turn into Manuel's safety valve and go to guy.

At the moment, Woods is a decent WR5, but it shouldn't be a surprise if at the end of 2014 he is the Bills leading receiver.