ESPN Standard league Values

I used the composite projections supplied by Fantasy411 @ http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/ to make hitter and now Pitcher values for ESPN standard leagues.  Use these values to help you in your ESPN standard leagues.

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The composite projections take an average of up to 14 different projections.  This gives you a great average of all high and low projections.  Which makes these very safe estimates.  I feel that these values should are then also very safe. I feel anyone you can get at the prices listed here is a good value.This means that there is a little wiggle room for the players you have a good feeling about.  You will need to make adjustments for players values as the position battles work themselves out.

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ESPN Standard league Values

I used the composite projections supplied by Fantasy411 @ http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/ to make hitter values for ESPN standard leagues.  Use these values to help you in your ESPN standard leagues.  Look for Pitcher Values soon!

Composite Projections ESPN Standard Hitter Values

Catcher Rankings

1. Buster Posey
      He should have plenty PA with the new Posey rule in effect to help protect him from injury.  This is not to mention the fact that the Giants seem to find ways to keep his bat in the line up by utilizing him at first base and DH in interleague play.  So you can expect non typical PA for a Catcher from Posey.  This makes him my top catcher this year.

2. Carlos Santana
     Santana is another candidate who will have a high PA total for a Catcher as the Indians used him at first base and DH last year.  Now there is even talk of putting him at third base.  I am not sure how that will work out but it shows their commitment to get him to the plate. 

3. Joe Mauer
     It may be the last year we can list Mauer under the catcher section.  This is good news for this year, however he does not have the power to be a top level first baseman. With that said his double digit home runs and .300 plus average and counting stats look great at catcher.  Lets hope that they find him 20 games at catcher so he can continue to help fantasy owners fill their catcher spot.

4. Yadier Molina
     If we were talking about real baseball he would be the top catcher no doubt!  However, this is fake baseball and he still is a guy you want.  They have to beg him to come out of the line up.  He has a very good line up around him that combined with a plus .300 average and double digit power will give you good counting stats from a catcher.

5. Jonathan Lucroy
     Hitting his prime years Lucroy could have breakout potential.   He has upside of 20 home runs and .300 average. I could see him ending the year as the top catcher. He has hit .320 in 2012 and had 18 HR last year.  He is a good value as the fifth catcher.

6. Brian McCann
     If he can stay healthy he should be a great fit for the Yankees.   He hit 20 plus homer runs for 6 staight years in Atlanta.  With the change in scenery he may approach 30 Home runs.  If you wait and can get McCann late he is a steal.

7. Wilin Rosario
     There is a lot to love about Wilin, power, average, and Colorado.   But, wait he had just a 1% bb rate in the second half! This does not make me feel very comfortable as we’ve seen this kind of plate discipline wreck a guys potential. [See Francoeur]  If he can not find a way to take a walk it could lead to a major step back. I will avoid him this year but, I understand why some will take the chance.

8. Matt Wieters
     He has had 20 plus home runs the last three years, but his batting average and obp have not been impressive.   He shows the ability to improve and catchers are often late bloomers. So he is a good choice if you miss out on top catchers or wait till late in single catcher leagues.

9. Salvador Perez
     If you are looking for a breakout candidate Sal may be your man.  He is young enough to take the next step, has shown the skills, and I think it is only a matter of time till he breaks out.   He has the ability to hit .300 with 20 plus bombs.

10 Wilson Ramos
     He could be a top catcher if he could stay on the field.  16 round trippers in under 300 at bats. With his good contact rate he could be an average helper, too. In single catcher leagues he is a great option as there will be good options on the free agent list if he can’t stay on the field.

11. Evan Gattis
     El oso blanco forced his way into 354 at bats.  The Braves let McCann walk so he will have a shot at 400 to 500 at bats and maybe more if the use him in left field again.   Be aware that the Braves brought in Doumit and have Bethancourt climbing the organizatioal ladder.   One or both may steal PA from the white bear. He is a great story and carries a big stick so 20 to 30 home runs are possible. We will see if he can handle the role or if he will end up chasing odd jobs again.

Review of “Fantasy Life” by Matthew Berry

If you are looking for a book that will make you a better fantasy player this is not it.  Matthew Berry was able to write a whole book and not even give one piece of mediocre advice on how to make your team better. He did not get into stats, much less deep secret stats that the pros use to win their leagues.  What was he thinking?

Turns out he was writing more about the “life” part of the title. TMR (Talented Mr. Roto AKA Matthew Berry) was going to take you on his journey to a happier life.  He does go at length on how you can make your league better. But, really he is telling stories about enjoying your league and life.  Although, I am not sure how getting a tattoo that someone else picks for me makes my life more enjoyable. TMR’s book should be a must read for all you fantasy league commissioners out there.  It will help you find ways to bring your league together. Mostly, it may help you find ways to have even more fun with the people in your league.

I found the book to be very interesting for a different reason than I thought I would.  I found that we have something in common even though Matthew Berry and I have had very different journeys in life. The book was truly about finding a way to enjoy life. I feel that this book should be read by every high school kid or college student looking for direction in life. Nowadays we push our youth to find a career. To pick a path to security or wealth. This is all well and good except, we have so many people unhappy with their jobs and lives.

TMR is able to show you how he was able to find happiness by following his dream. That even though he was somewhat successful in his past career he was not happy. For me this story hit home. I have always felt that people should try to find a career/job that makes them happy. Look work is still work, but if you love what you do the bad days will not seem so bad.

I am an oddity when it comes to finding a career. I know every boy growing up at some point says they want to be a fireman. For me it was different. I got my first job in a factory and joined the volunteer fire company at age 14. I quickly realized that working in a hot factory doing the same task every day was not for me. I also found a second home at the firehouse. I found it fun to go out and help my neighbors, whatever their emergency was. I set out to make firefighting my career. I joined the Army reserves at 17 years old knowing that it would help me land a position as a firefighter.  I attended basic training between my junior and senior years of high school. I then set off to college to earn a degree in Fire Science.  While at college I lived at a firehouse for free as long as I responded on calls for them.  I was offered a firefighter position at age 20. 19 years later I still love my job.  There are bad days at work. I always say those are the days they pay me for. I still love helping the community however I can. I will never be a millionaire as a firefighter, but I feel wealthy in life. I believe that this is the point Matthew Berry is trying to make in his book Fantasy Life.

Matthew Berry did a great job of mixing life and fantasy sports in this book. The book is written in the same way that he writes articles for ESPN and the way he hosts his podcasts for ESPN.  His work always has more in it then just fantasy.  Some people may not like all the fluff, but I think that he is able to spice up a sometimes vanilla topic of fantasy sports.  I mean there are only some many ways to say here are my top QBs this year. The book is inspirational to the point of, find what you love to do in life and then do it. Sometimes you have to climb out on a limb and take that risk to enjoy life.  Hey I am a firefighter, I know about risk.  Take a risk and download the book. From what I know about Matthew Berry he does not even care if you read it.  Although, I suggest that you do.

By Chuck Amspacher @captainchuck46

WR ADP Ranks as of 8/18/2013

It always amazes me when I watch teams drafting that go right down the sites cheat sheet.  Barring the fact that they are filled at that position they will let their site pick for them.  Why even show up for the draft if this your plan? Just let it auto pick. The key to winning your league is the draft.  You need to prepare for it.  Find ways to get the players you believe in.

There are many reasons for differences in drafts.  You will see the “Homer Effect” when there are many people in your league from the same area. This will create an area for you to take advantage of.  Use your leagues Homerism against them.   Let them reach for their favorite players and steal the ones they let slip by. This works even better in auction leagues where you can run the price up on them.

There are also differences in league set up that can change the way players are drafted. “Format Effect” creates areas for you to take advantage of when you play in a non typical league. Most information out there is set to the sites typical league.  Most of your league mates will only use the standard information. You would do yourself a great service to find those market advantages in your format.

The information below also affects the way a draft will go.  The “Site Affect” is how a site ranks players is reflected in their ADPs .   If that site likes a player, it is reflected in that players ADP. Inversely if they are down on a player it also is reflective in their ADP.   Below I have created a list of three different sites and their ADPs for WR.  I have listed them in order of the average of the three.  I also listed Standard Deviation(STDEV).  When the sites have large differences in the players ADP it will show a higher number for STDEV.  These are players that for some reason on site has more love or more hate for. You can then use this information to decide what players you want to target. By using this and my Counting Calories and ADP’s blog on how to make ADPs work for you, you can dominate your draft by having a plan on who to target and when to get them.

Remember, plan to draft the players you feel are going to make a difference.  Don’t lose your league on draft day by drafting the next guy on the cheat sheet, have a plan!

RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NFL FOX MDC STDEV AVG
1 Calvin Johnson, Det WR 9.6 8.8 5.42 2.2187 7.9
2 A.J. Green, Cin WR 15.6 18.1 13.78 2.1689 15.8
3 Dez Bryant, Dal WR 18.3 18.9 13.88 2.7416 17.0
4 Brandon Marshall, Chi WR 21.3 16.2 19.02 2.5548 18.8
5 Demaryius Thomas, Den WR 26.4 21.5 17.38 4.5156 21.8
6 Julio Jones, Atl WR 22.6 27.2 17.94 4.63 22.6
7 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR 33.9 24.8 26.6 4.8191 28.4
8 Roddy White, Atl WR 29.5 29.6 27.6 1.1269 28.9
9 Andre Johnson, Hou WR 30.3 30.5 32.16 1.021 31.0
10 Victor Cruz, NYG WR 37 35.3 37.08 1.0054 36.5
11 Vincent Jackson, TB WR 33.3 35.5 43.64 5.4469 37.5
12 Randall Cobb, GB WR 35.8 39.6 37.12 1.9293 37.5
13 Marques Colston, NO WR 43.8 44.1 43.78 0.1793 43.9
14 Wes Welker, Den WR 35.8 37.8 68.38 18.26 47.3
15 Jordy Nelson, GB WR 67.4 44.8 34.1 17.001 48.8
16 Dwayne Bowe, KC WR 57.1 59.5 37.22 12.23 51.3
17 Mike Wallace, Mia WR 48.8 51.5 53.82 2.5124 51.4
18 Reggie Wayne, Ind WR 46.3 45.2 66.76 12.143 52.8
19 Danny Amendola, NE WR 46.7 67.8 45.62 12.506 53.4
20 Hakeem Nicks, NYG WR 55.8 59.1 47.78 5.8217 54.2
21 Torrey Smith, Bal WR 68.6 70.9 39.92 17.261 59.8
22 Eric Decker, Den WR 58.8 65.4 57.46 4.2505 60.6
23 Steve Smith, Car WR 56.7 62.1 68.56 5.9379 62.5
24 Antonio Brown, Pit WR 67.9 64.1 61.7 3.1262 64.6
25 Pierre Garcon, Wsh WR 71.5 72.7 58.04 8.1397 67.4
26 DeSean Jackson, Phi WR 69.8 81.2 61.26 10.004 70.8
27 Cecil Shorts, Jac WR 81.3 80.6 53.6 15.794 71.8
28 James Jones, GB WR 60.6 72.2 84.56 11.982 72.5
29 Steve Johnson, Buf WR 86.8 83.9 68.98 9.5618 79.9
30 Anquan Boldin, SF WR 78.3 90.4 73.68 8.6344 80.8
31 Greg Jennings, Min WR 80.7 80.9 93.46 7.3099 85.0
32 Mike Williams, TB WR 100.3 99.5 59.16 23.525 86.3
33 Miles Austin, Dal WR 92.9 86.5 84.04 4.5737 87.8
34 T.Y. Hilton, Ind WR 89.9 92.6 83.16 4.8619 88.6
35 Tavon Austin, StL WR 81.5 120.2 79.36 22.986 93.7
36 Lance Moore, NO WR 102.1 101.1 81.2 11.789 94.8
37 Sidney Rice, Sea WR 89 107.6 88.2 10.977 94.9
38 Kenny Britt, Ten WR 110.2 103.9 71.36 20.845 95.2
39 Denarius Moore, Oak WR 115.7 135.2 87.34 24.066 112.7
40 Josh Gordon, Cle WR 119.3 125.9 93.88 16.907 113.0
41 Emmanuel Sanders, Pit WR 112.7 136.8 109.38 14.965 119.6
42 Chris Givens, StL WR 115.1 143.1 104.1 20.108 120.8
43 Michael Floyd, Ari WR 128.1 143.5 96.62 23.895 122.7
44 Brian Hartline, Mia WR 145.6 133.9 107.84 19.33 129.1
45 Malcom Floyd, SD WR 134.3 147.6 107.04 20.677 129.6
46 Alshon Jeffery, Chi WR 140 142 111.5 17.061 131.2
47 Justin Blackmon, Jac WR 146.1 121.6 127.3 12.82 131.7
48 Golden Tate, Sea WR 119.6 143.4 132.3 11.909 131.8
49 Kendall Wright, Ten WR 137.8 126.5 133.68 5.7186 132.7
50 Darrius Heyward-Bey, Ind WR 154.7 148.6 96.82 31.803 133.4
51 Rueben Randle, NYG WR 138.7 149.1 118.58 15.516 135.5
52 DeAndre Hopkins, Hou WR 131.4 144.5 131.4 7.5633 135.8
53 Cordarrelle Patterson, Min WR 140.3 149 122.88 13.3 137.4
54 Ryan Broyles, Det WR 137.6 150.4 136.24 7.8123 141.4
55 Greg Little, Cle WR 159 150.9 118.68 21.329 142.9
56 Aaron Dobson, NE WR 147 150 133.82 8.6072 143.6
57 Vincent Brown, SD WR 128.8 149.3 164.56 17.944 147.6
58 Jacoby Jones, Bal WR 142.7 144.4 167.74 13.992 151.6
59 Austin Collie, SF WR 153.3 150.8 1.7678 152.1
60 Andre Roberts, Ari WR 148.5 150.5 169.8 11.763 156.3
61 Brandon Lloyd, FA WR 143.1 148.5 209.48 36.865 167.0
62 Santana Moss, Wsh WR 147 148.8 209.64 35.657 168.5

Updated QB Rankings

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Tom Brady is getting dropped here. He is also dropping in my rankings!

  1.  Aaron Rodgers stands as the #1 QB this year again.  He is consistent and a SAFE pick that will give you one of the top QB totals.  The only down fall is he will go in the first round.  If you want him you better use your mid to late first round pick to get him.  His ADP is 9.7 on ESPN http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/livedraftresults and Rotowire  www.rotowire.com has his ADP at10.7.  If he falls to the second round he is a steal.
  2. Drew Brees at number two and for many of the same reasons as Rodgers.  As with Rodgers, Brees is consistent and I feel safe in thinking he will out perform last years numbers with Payton reinstated as head coach.  They are pass happy in New Orleans.  If Brees controls his INT this season he could be the #1 QB at seasons end.  You will need to get him in the second round.
  3. Cam Newton is ranked here because he has the ability to carry you team with his legs.  He had a down year last year as a sophomore, but he did enough to show he is growing as a QB.   He is worth a second round pick to me.  However,  ADP put him in the third round.  I would take him sooner, but don’t let him go past the third if you do not have one of the two guys mentioned above.
  4. Matt Ryan has improved in each of his first 5 years.  Matty Ice may be the on the verge of another leap forward with the weapons they have around him.  He may bring the best value of any of the top 10 guys.  He currently is a fourth round pick according to ESPN ADP.  I would take him in the third.  If you go RB-RB with first two picks fill your QB slot with Ryan.
  5. Andrew Luck has proved he was the most polished QB to come out of the draft since the man he replaced.  He may end up better then some of the guys ahead, however I think there is always a chance he does not take any huge steps forward this year.  He will at some point in his career be at or near the top of this list.  So for those of you in keeper leagues,  get him before the 6th Round.
  6. Peyton Manning was no doubt the come back player of the year last year.  He came back from multiple neck surgeries to put up solid numbers.  I am way out there on this one I know.  But listen, he is 37 years old, he has had multiple neck surgeries, he will score almost 0 points in rushing, and the 37 TD is his highest total since  2004.  I know he is going in the 2nd round according to the ADPs I looked at, so I will not own Peyton this year.  I am okay with that.  You should be too.
  7. Matthew Stafford is ranked here for what he can do.  He has a high ceiling, just not sure I am buying he will ever get there.  He has the ultimate weapon in Calvin Johnson which helps his case.  With his ADP in the 6th round it seems others are not buying it either.  However,  my projections put him here.  What does this mean? Do I trust my projections or my gut?   If I still need a QB in the sixth I will draft him for his value in round sixth round.
  8. Tom Brady has a very different looking set of receivers this year.  He has lost Hernandez and Walker.  Who knows for sure when Gronkowski will be back.  Even then, how good will he be when he returns from his injuries.  Brady is now 35 years old and we may see him start to regress some.  This rank may be as much about him as it is about the other QB that are passing him.  We are seeing the position  depth grow at QB the last few years.  This depth and the NFL’s wide open passing rules may push QB’s up the board as their point totals get higher.  Add in the fact that there are more offenses featuring two RB.  This dilutes the RB pool even more.  I am not saying QB’s are going to take over the first round, however there should be more looked at more closely in the 2nd through 5th round.
  9. Colin Kaepernick has an ADP in the 4th round.  He was amazing last year.  But, I feel safer with the QBs ahead of him. His passing numbers will be hurt with Crabtree out for what will be most of your fantasy season.  Even though I projected him for around 600 yards rushing and  7 Rushing TDs, his passing numbers bring his overall point total down to this 10th place ranking.
  10. Robert Griffin may be one of the best QBs in the future.  Move him way up this list if you are drafting in a keeper league.  My concern is that he is being pushed to make Adrian Peterson type of return.  No one before Peterson has ever done that.  No one may ever do it again.  Watch him in preseason and see how he looks.  Move him up the list if he is going to be healthy.  I however am not going to risk a higher pick on someone coming off an ACL who relies so much on his legs.
  11. Russell Wilson is yet another player I may not own ranking him here.  I feel that he does not through the ball enough to be higher on this list.  NFL Defenses are going to make adjustments to all of the  running QBs.  If he is contained more in the pocket I see the INT rate going up and the Rushing yards going down.  We will see how this works out for the undersized QB.
  12. Tony Romo seems to be losing his shine after throwing 19 INT last year.  Yet, somehow puts up lots of fantasy points.    This is a much higher ranking then what I have seen in other places.  I really just put my projections together and where they fall they fall. His ADP is 78.9 with ESPN and 68.5 on Rotowire.  That is almost a full Round difference.  I would take him if he drops past 80 and fell like I got a good value.   I feel the next four QBs have a higher potential and may look to grab one of them.  However, he should be noted as a nice pick who puts up solid numbers year in and year out.
13 Andy Dalton
14 Eli Manning
15 Joe Flacco
16 Carson Palmer
17 Josh Freeman
18 Matt Schaub
19 Ryan Tannehill
20 Philip Rivers
21 Sam Bradford
22 Jake Locker
23 Alex Smith
24 Jay Cutler
25 Ben Roethlisberger
26 Michael Vick
27 Christian Ponder
28 Brandon Weeden
29 Matt Flynn
30 EJ Manuel
31 Geno Smith
32 Chad Henne
33 Blaine Gabbert
34 Matt Barkley
35 Jason Campbell
36 Kirk Cousins
37 Kevin Kolb
38 Matt Cassel
39 Colt McCoy
40 Matt Hasselbeck

Fantasy RB 13-24

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13. Maurice Jones-Drew – Bounce  Back year for MJD.  His biggest hill to climb is the lack of offensive options for the Jags.  With that said they will lean on MJD and he will return to form this year.

14. Steven Ridley – No reason to believe that Ridley can’t repeat last years numbers, as long as NE stays with Ridley as they did last year.

15. Matt Forte – I like Forte, but not as much as many others.  So ranking him here means I will not own him this year.  My issue is that Bush gets all the goal line action.  However, PPR leagues should move him up to top 12 RB.

16. Frank Gore – The Question here is, How much gas is left in Gore’s Tank?  He is the main man in SF so if there is fuel in the tank he will be a good RB2 option.

17. DeMarco Murray – Injury concerns are the reason for this ranking.  A healthy Murray could be a top 12 back.  Draft and hope for health. Then go get a quality RB3 just in case.

18. David Wilson – Should be the man in NYG backfield.  However, watch how he and Andre Brown are used in the preseason.  Also, Handcuff Brown if you can.

19.  Reggie Bush – Now with the Lions and reported to be a key part of their offense this year.  Could be a nice sleeper for you.  PPR leagues should be drooling!

20. Darren McFadden – See DeMarco Murray

21.  Ryan Mathews –  For you Fantasy Focus listeners this is for you.  Mathews has been my fantasy kryptonite.  He should be better, but injuries and the fact he has not proven it makes him a risky RB2.

22. Montee Ball – Rookie, Skill, good offense, but can he protect Manning is the question.  If he can, he will be a top 12 RB.   However, he will not be on the field if he can not pick up the blocks in pass protection.  Great upside, at 22 ranked RB.

23. Le’Veon Bell – Rookie #2.  I feel that his upside is not as high as Balls.  His path to carries seems to be clearer.  He is a good fit for the Steelers.

24.  Darren Sproles – He is a RB by name, but a receiver is his job.  PPR league should take him as a strong RB2.  Non PPR leagues should not look at rushing totals.  They should look at the whole man and see someone who is a favorite target for an elite QB on a passing team.

2013 RB Fantasy Rankings 1-12

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  1.  Adrian Peterson –  I always have felt that Peterson was an injury risk.  But, last year he was able to heal quicker than anyone thought was possible from an ACL tear.(http://hofsportstalk.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/the-acl-injury-and-why-is-it-so-bad/)  Then he did not just play, he was incredible.  He ran for 2,097 yards.  Rewarding all those fantasy players who took a risk on him last year.  His owners in keeper leagues will be rewarded again this year.  However, he should be the #1 pick in all single year leagues.  This means that you better be picking first if you want to get him.
  2. Doug Martin – What a rookie season for Martin.  He had over 1400 yards rushing, 49 Receptions, over 400 yards receiving, and 12 total TDs.  He has a good situation in Tampa to repeat these numbers. In the end I could see upwards of 2000 combined yards and 14 TDs.  His ADP is 5.8 currently at ESPN (http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/livedraftresults). I would have no problem taking him #2 overall.  If you can get him at picks 3 through 6  or later, the other owners did you a favor.  Run up to the board and place Martin on your team with a big smile.
  3. Arian Foster – Many have Foster at # 2 in their rankings.  ESPN has his ADP at 2.9.  I have 1 big problem with this ranking.  His Receptions have gone from 66 in 2010, to 53 in 2011, and 40 in 2012.  His Receiving yards also have dropped from over 600 in 2010 and 2011 to just 217 last year.  That is a huge drop in value.  He has been consistent in Rushing yards and TDs. So, I still need to give him credit for that.  He is a good safe early first round pick.
  4. C.J. Spiller – I have been a big C.J. fan for years.  Up to last year I had little to show for my man crush on Spiller. He was finally given the opportunity last year and he made the best of it. He should take it to the next level this year with a new coach and new system.  I like him #4 overall.  His ADP at Mock Draft Central (http://www.mockdraftcentral.com/report_adp.jsp) shows I am not the only one with a crush on C.J.  His ADP is 3.64.  That means he may not even be there at #4.  If he is grab him.
  5. Trent Richardson – I want Richardson here for several reasons. First, he had a good start to his career last year and proved he could find the end zone.  Second, he had 51 receptions last year and even if that just stays stable its a great number from your RB. Third, If he can keep from being nicked up his overall numbers will improve.  I like him 6th overall behind Megatron.
  6. Jamaal Charles – What a year he had after ACL surgery.  Maybe, he should be higher on this list when you see he has 5.8 YPC in his career.  Yea, nobody has a better YPC than him.  His ADP’s put him in the area of the 7th pick.  I have no problem with that.  I like everyone above him here but, I would have no issue if someone took him above Richardson.
  7. Marshawn Lynch – Lynch is in a good situation in Seattle.  He has shown durability the last 3 years after having some injury issues early in his career.  A safe consistent pick.
  8. Ray Rice – One of the best duel threat guys in the league.  He has had 60 plus receptions in every year except his rookie season.  You will not see any drop in those reception numbers and maybe even an increase with Pitta out for the season.  His stock may rise as we see how the Ravens will make up for the lost of their possession receiver.
  9. Alfred Morris – If Rice is the Duel threat guy, Morris is the exact opposite of that.  Lets hope he improves on the 11 receptions he had his rookie year.  Even if he does not improve that number he is a solid first round option. As long as a certain coach, does not start some practice squad guy over him.
  10. LeSean McCoy – Shady McCoy had a rough season last year.  Lets face it the Eagles had a rough season last year.  I look for a bounce back year with Chip Kelly taking over the reins. McCoy is a perfect fit for what we perceive to be Chips offensive scheme.  Late first round is a good time to gamble on a return to form for LeSean.
  11. Chris Johnson – All he does is put up 1000 plus yards every year. Yes, he will never have a 2000 yard season again. He may not be a sexy pick, but he will not hurt you either. That is why he is here in the beginning of the second round.
  12. Steven Jackson – Here we are again with this pick.  All Jackson does is run for over 1000 yards every year.  Jackson has seen some decline in his numbers. He also was playing for some bad teams.  Maybe Jackson is rejuvenated now that he is on a good team.  On the other hand, he is now on the wrong side of 30.  He may be a high risk, high reward pick.

Counting Calories and ADP’s

Quarter Pounder with Cheese

Went to McDonald’s last week and found that they now tell me how many calories are in my fries.  Oh yeah, and what ever else I pick I get the bad news.  Great that’s just great!  Last thing I need to know when I am picking out my quick meal is how bad it’s going to affect my waistline.  I now have a choice to try to pick without looking at those numbers behind the Double Quarter Pounder or use them to save my waistline.  With my 39th birthday days away, it is not as easy to burn off that Double Quarter Pounder as it once was.   However, using those little numbers beside the menu choices I find that what I thought was a better pick was not as good as I thought.  The Quarter Pounder (the Single) is only slightly higher in points than the Premium Crispy Chicken Sandwich.  Now, don’t get me wrong there are better choices on the menu.  If I use the information they give me, it can help me plan for those times when my boys want happy meals or we need something in a pinch.

Average Draft Position (ADP) can be used to help you plan your draft too.  Every site out has them now, and you should use them. Preseason ranks are great, and I will make mine.  I hope you read them and use them.  Here is the question then.  How do you make those preseason ranks and ADP’s work together to come up with your draft plan?

Read those preseason ranks and notes, digest them, and think of what players you want.  Not their rankings, but what players you believe in.  You need to be reasonable with your wants.  I want a Double Quarter Pounder with the Large Fry.   I can’t eat like that anymore, and if you do not have the first pick, you can’t get Peterson.   This is where the ADP’s come in.  They let you know what you can eat.  I meant who may be available at your pick.  If you just use the preseason ranks, you will draft the next guy off the list.  This may be a guy you hate, don’t trust, or do not need.  Don’t get stuck on rankings.  What’s the point of reading and doing research before the draft, if you are just going to pick the next guy on the list.

Researching ADP’s prior to your draft will allow you to find out where the guys you want are going.  Now, don’t fall into the trap of just looking for values compared to ADP’s.  This is a way some people draft.  If you like popping tags at the thrift store, then this is the style you should use to draft.  However, I like to do my research and get the guys I think will have big years.  Okay, let me get to the point.  I will give you an example.  I am a huge believer in AJ Green.  His ADP is 14.4 at ESPN ( http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/livedraftresults).  If I want him and I am picking 11th, I better take him there.  You may say that he is not a first rounder.  You may be right. I might be crazy.  But, if I take him there, who have I lost?  Just the two guys at picks 12 and 13.  If I wait until the 14th pick, he may be gone.

The key is having a plan on who you want and when you think you can get them.  If you are a Russel Wilson believer and want him as your QB, you need to have a plan to get him.  First, look at his ADP of 51.2 per ESPN.  That puts him in the 5th round.  If you want him and are picking at the end of the 4th, you better take him there.   Don’t wait for him to be a bargain.  Furthermore, if you know someone else in your league wants him and you are picking before him in the fourth round, you should take him before it gets to that guys pick in the 4th round.  If you do not, he will have two chances to take him before you get another pick.  You’re not going to get every guy you want, so have a backup plan.  You also need to have realistic ideas on who you can get.  If I am picking in the top 5, AJ Green is probably not an option.  I will have him slotted as my first option at my second pick.  But, I will not expect to get him.

The point of this plan is to have fun.  I feel picking the guys you think will have big years is more fun than taking the thrift shop guy that you don’t want.   Remember, that the preseason rankings are only a guide.  Don’t get stuck on them.  Plus, things change.  ADP’s are good to look at close to your draft to get an idea of the current market.  It all comes down to this.  I want a Quarter Pounder with cheese.  In the past, I thought that the Premium Crispy Chicken Sandwich was better for me.  Turns out, that if I knew that there was little difference between them, I could have gotten what I wanted and not felt badly.  Same goes for your draft.  If you want Wilson, then get him when you can.  Waiting for him to be a value, will lead to you drafting Romo when everyone else passes on him.  That might work out.  But, what fun is it to own Romo?

Written by Chuck Amspacher Fantasy Writer (@CaptainChuck46)
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