I never sweat bye weeks, the schedule or players on the same team. But in general, in the past three years, the difference between players picked in Rounds 4, 5 and 6, on a points-per-game basis ... is a POINT AND A HALF. During Kingsbury's tenure at Texas Tech (2013-18), his teams led the nation in offensive plays per game and were top-10 in terms of total RB receptions. Look, this article has a bunch of player targets by round coming up, but the majority of this article is about theory and strategy. 1 D/ST repeat as the top unit the following year THIS MILLENNIUM. When looking at wide receivers, chase volume, not scoring. And if you strike out on draft day with those fliers, so be it. Fans generally aren't allowed so it's the one time a year when everyone is gathered, outside the pressure of the regular season, and can relax and visit. Other Round 9 targets: Dede Westbrook and Will Fuller V. At this point in the draft you should have your "offensive" starting lineup (save for maybe a QB if you're really waiting, which I am fine with, or a TE if you decided to punt the position). The next three tight ends averaged 192.9 points (12.1 PPG). And you're drafting as if that will continue? He finished as a top-10 TE in seven of 10 weeks, the third-highest rate at the position, behind only Kelce and Ertz. Half-Draked and a Kittle Drunk (@jesseghiorzi), 7. 1 kicker last year (Ka'imi Fairbairn) was drafted in just 1.6% of leagues. Fantasy Football Team (many, in a nod to Washington Football Team), 4. My thinking: The eighth-best TE in fantasy on a a PPG basis from Week 9 on last year, Gesicki enters his second year in the league as a talented player on what probably will be a pass-heavy team that has already seen two pass-catchers opt out for the season and has another (Preston Williams) coming back from a major surgery. Myers had the fourth-most fantasy points of any kicker last season and tied for the league lead with six field goals of 50-plus yards. And more likely than not, it's an RB. As a result, shipping could take longer than expected. ), but he will require some targets. In Fantasy Life, Matthew Berry spells out his journey from Hollywood screenwriter to fantasy sports mogul. So being able to grab him this late as my starter, or even as your backup if you have a shaky starter, is Example 8,000,000,003 why you wait on a QB in 10-team leagues. A point and a half. 5. Last thing before we move on to Rounds 4-6, and that's the importance of player evaluation, which is ultimately what a draft is about: looking at a list of players and quickly evaluating which players are better for your team than others. In 2016, that number rose to 44, and it was up to 54 in 2017. Thirty percent! The Colts also spent seven of their first eight draft picks on defensive players this year. So let's discuss quarterback here for a second. That means this section is about adding depth and finally looking at the tight end and quarterback positions (assuming you've ignored one or both to this point). Or better yet, read my 100 facts you need to know before you draft. As of this writing, Dante Pettis and Golden Tate are going as WR37 and 38, respectively, both being drafted in the 11th round. Person Woman Man Kamara TD (@j_s_stoef), 6. However, the other teams can't make pickups at all, and when the Vampire plays the other teams, if the Vampire wins, he/she can trade one of his/her starting players to the losing team for one of its starting players (at the same position). Consider that Godwin still finished as a top-30 WR in 2018 despite being outside the top 50 in routes run at the position. We hear them all the time. Remember last year, when the Jaguars were the rock-solid, can't-miss D/ST you had to have and were being picked in the seventh round? So you're gonna need guys like, yes, Murray, who last year with Minnesota was the 10th-best running back in fantasy in Weeks 6-10, slightly outscoring Ezekiel Elliott on a points-per-game basis. Now the departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries have freed up 177 targets, and new coach Bruce Arians has already come out and said he wants to use Godwin in the Larry Fitzgerald role in his offense. Here is a chart detailing the dropoff from the top five at each position in total fantasy points to the rest of the top 10. And so forth. 6. I love the move to Cleveland for OBJ, mainly because of the QB upgrade. We had two guys last year who were better than the last time we saw elite Gronk? Kupp was also fifth among all qualified WRs in yards per target (10.9). For years, the combine was for, you know, REAL FOOTBALL PEOPLE. In 2018, 60.7% of such performances saw the running back score at least five points as a pass-catcher. It'll include my overall thoughts on fantasy football strategy and theory, a basic foundation on which to build a championship-caliber team, and, as I was just remarking to the thousands of happy RotoPass.com subscribers who won their league last season thanks to our tools and rankings, there also will be some over-the-top, self-serving promotion. 7. It's been an interesting two decades and a year. Gonna hammer it until people understand what they're dealing with here in Gallup. On draft day, you are putting together a squad that needs to do one thing: outscore one other (predetermined) team during one certain week. Last season, he became just the second WR in the past decade to score double-digit TDs on fewer than 45 receptions. Example Round 10 target: Latavius Murray (ADP: 108.5, RB36; My Rank: RB34). Here's his point totals once he came over to Arizona: 28.2, 10.1, 14, 7.1, 9.7, 39.6, 33.4, 17.3. It's gonna be a weird and very different experience for any kid going to school this year and even more so for kids starting a new school, class or district. While the jury is still out on how many games Arizona will win this season, Kliff Kingsbury's offense should be fantasy-friendly, especially for DJ. We spent two hours together and he gave me a crash course in what was useful, what wasn't, and how to navigate the awesome but sprawling and confusing world of the NFL combine. QB C is the Jaguars' Gardner Minshew II, and QB D is ... the Packers' Aaron Rodgers. Weird stuff is going to happen. So there are many ways, but here's how I go about it: 1. And even if, somehow, there were a slight downturn in production, I wouldn't care. (Remember ... what's MOST likely to happen?). There has been no indication this offseason that Green Bay wants to change its offense from last year (16th in pass attempts), especially given the lack of proven pass-catchers beyond Davante Adams. Other Round 11 targets: Kyler Murray and Austin Ekeler. We don't know exactly what the Giants' offense will look like with RB Saquon Barkley, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Golden Tate and WR Darius Slayton out there and QB Daniel Jones. Thank you. Moncrief is still just 26, and we saw flashes of his upside when he scored seven TDs in just nine games with the Colts back in 2016. And it's not me. I don't like paying a premium for the elite TEs as we discussed above, but you're gonna need one, and this is where the usable ones start going. But most people didn't get to enjoy Henry's monster game, as he was started in less than 20% of ESPN leagues that week. Seriously. NOTE: Obviously, the ADPs and my rankings listed above will change a lot after this column publishes in late July, so always make note of those in your draft prep. And as we've just learned, class ... AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THE KEY TO FANTASY FOOTBALL SUCCESS IS MINIMIZING RISK ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST ODDS TO WIN. There are 32 starting QBs in a given non-bye week. What are we playing for here, fourth place? A fairly pedestrian fantasy year for Henry had preceded that game, and the Jaguars were still considered a good defense. Dak Prescott The rest of the stuff I do this entire preseason, in columns, on The Fantasy Show on ESPN+, on the Fantasy Football Marathon (Aug. 12 and 13) and on the Fantasy Focus Football podcast will be about player analysis, which players you should look at, which you should avoid and in which rounds to do both of those things. People who leave mock drafts early are, like, the sixth-worst people on earth. My thinking: Bad team that will need to throw a ton, Minshew is more mobile than he gets credit for. And I always remember that everyone lies. An auction. It's a small sample size, it was NOT with Jimmy Garrappolo, and the Niners have (in theory) added a lot more weapons this year, including Tevin Coleman out of the backfield and talented rookie wideout Deebo Samuel. And most of all, thanks very much to you. I'd prefer to grab one in this range rather than truly wait it out. I'm ESPN's Sr. Fantasy Analyst and the New York Times best selling author of Fantasy Life. In other words, if you are not drafting a starter with a reasonably narrow range of a yearly outcome, then the bench (which is basically what you are drafting in this area, aside from maybe a QB and/or TE) should be players with the potential for a very high weekly ceiling. Of 10. Fantasy football drafts signal the annual rite of fall. -- look at all the most common players on teams that won it all in 2018. 10. 9. 2. And he's gonna share that with stupid me? And that's because of his volume (last season, he handled an NFL-high 48.3% of his team's touches). 1 QB. RB G is the Seahawks' Chris Carson, RB H is the Vikings' Dalvin Cook (both have missed some time with injury in that span: Carson three games, Cook seven games. When is the trade deadline (if there is one). On Tuesday, a wide panel of ESPN's fantasy experts released their guide for 2020's sleepers, busts and breakout players. So yeah, don't get cute inside the top four picks this season, and a strong argument (he said, hopefully) could be made that going running back just about anywhere in the first round is a fine move if you believe that player has the potential to finish inside the top five at the position. I am asking once again of everyone reading this: Make it your goal to convince one person in your life who has never played before to try a league this year. Williams got hurt in Week 9. So with the bosses'  blessing, I quit baseball to focus on fantasy football in 2014. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (ADP RB 44, 149.4 overall), 6. He now has snuck into the top 10, which is helpful since Leonard Fournette used to be on this list. Instead, you play four flex spots, in addition to a QB, two RBs, two WRs and a TE. WR-WR-TE Could mean something, could mean nothing, but why not take the chance and find out? Over the past five NFL seasons, here are the top four fantasy TE seasons: The guys debate 5 controversial players to rank next year and if Matthew is “Bitter Berry” or “Very Berry” for each player’s outlook. In the remaining 11 games the Chiefs played, Watkins did not play in six of them and totaled just 11 catches for 105 yards in the other five. So if we once again expand up to 18 points to account for higher-scoring weeks, we find that 62% of all such performances saw the wideout get at least seven targets. There's plenty of negativity in the world already; there is absolutely no reason for you to add to it over a hobby, or to lose a friendship over it. Green. 1. Pettis has shown top-15 talent. That second-year Colts WR Parris Campbell is healthy and looking like the star he was at Ohio State. 6. Also, Mahomes goes in this range. 8. Speaking of high floors, let's talk quickly about the Big Three at tight end: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle. My little Cooper Kupp (ADP: 53.3, WR19; My Rank: WR20): There's obviously a little bit of risk here with Kupp coming off a torn ACL, but I actually think that's baked into the ADP already. He has had a top 13 fantasy QB in five of them, with the other three being Andy Dalton's rookie year and the two years in Washington he had to use at least three different QBs. By the way, all establish-the-run jokes aside, I found the recent spike in correlation between winning teams and running back points interesting. Over the last 12 games of the 2019 season: QB A is the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, and QB B is ... the Giants' Daniel Jones (his only 12 games as the starter). Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift. Only difference is targets, and I expect an increase in targets and a typical Year 2 leap for Fant. And that RB Chase Edmonds needs to be one of the first "backup" running backs off the board in drafts. And has rankings, articles, videos and more! 1 WR in one of the best offenses in the NFL, in his six games with five-plus targets last year he averaged 15.5 points per game. A very good real life player and a nice signing for New Orleans. Play matchups. A reminder that in the three games with 10+ touches last year, Williams averaged 15.6 fantasy points per game. 3. I evaluate players using many factors, but you don't have to because, let's face it, you have a life. 10. Matt Berry, Actor: Avengers: Endgame. Other Round 5 targets: Robert Woods and Kerryon Johnson. With that in mind, the thing I want you to consider for this section is what I brought up in the Rounds 1-3 section: In that Rounds 1-3 section, we discussed the first point and the range of outcomes over the course of the season. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, currently going as QB 16, finishes the year as a top five fantasy QB. Every year the fantasy industry has been wrong on him. Zach Ertz (2018): 280.3 points Remember that, especially when you feel like embarrassing yourself on social media to harass a player, a coach, a fantasy analyst or a league mate. Not for Medical Use. Over the past two years, Thomas and Alvin Kamara have accounted for 54.6% of Saints receptions. Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (undrafted). He has never been a huge touchdown guy, as his fantasy value has relied on volume, and it's hard to see him getting significant volume on a team with Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard. Both are efficient in the passing game on run-first offenses; now Smith doesn't have Delanie Walker in front of him and is going as TE 20 if he's even being drafted. Remember, the Saints have led the NFL in rushing TDs in each of the past two seasons, and in 2018 they were top-five in both overall and red zone rush percentage. This is a long article, but for those of you who look for the "TL;DR" in any post more than a paragraph, there are really two crucial things you need to understand when preparing for your draft or auction: The first is that -- one more time for the kids in the back -- AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THE KEY TO FANTASY FOOTBALL SUCCESS IS MINIMIZING RISK ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST ODDS TO WIN. Example Round 11 target: Rashaad Penny (ADP: 112.2, RB38; My Rank: RB35). I'm pretty sure Stefanski isn't going to show up and say "You know what this offense needs? He owes me nothing. I've seen email go from something you got very excited about when you heard "You've got mail!" In an auction, everyone gets a shot at Saquon Barkley. In the final four weeks of 2018, Derrick Henry averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Fourth-highest drop rate among tight ends last year, seventh in drop rate league wide since 2017 (minimum 100 targets). 1. Winston makes for a great backup QB because he has the upside to be an every-week starter, but by drafting him this late, you have the flexibility to bench him if he struggles or has a poor matchup. So for our purposes here, let's just say you want a RB2 who ideally scores at least 14.4 points per game, and we'll give a range up to 18 points for some higher-scoring weeks. They are immensely talented players and they are my top three tight ends as well. We were all drooling over Patrick Mahomes last season (including me -- I was so all-in last year I was worried he'd issue a restraining order), but as magical as last season was, he was "only" 39.3% more valuable on a weekly basis than Russell Wilson (QB9). A subscription to RotoPass gives you a year long subscription to ESPN Plus where you get access to expert, exclusive fantasy analysis like The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, DFS analysis from DraftKings Millionaire Maker winner Al Zeidenfeld, plus insight from FSWA Hall of Famer Eric Karabell, Accuracy award winner & aDOT creator Mike Clay, X & O Guru Matt Bowen, The … We've heard the Packers' RB coach already praise Jones' fitness and conditioning during OTAs, and Matt LaFleur has stated he wants his RBs more involved in the passing game this season. 1 QB in fantasy. Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary. There are a few places that offer this -- I used to be a spokesperson for DRAFT.com and the DRAFT app, so I'm partial to it -- but basically, you and others draft a team like normal. The crew welcomes in The Godfathers of Fantasy Football Matthew Berry as they discuss everything Fantasy Life(Both his incredible book and the app). Well, those are the averages for QBs 1-5 in terms of ADP last season (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson), while Player B represents QBs 6-10 (Carson Wentz, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins). Look at our live draft results. Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry. Look, fantasy success comes from two things: talent and opportunity. I'll wait. Last year at this time, no one wanted to face the Jaguars in the fantasy playoffs. And with increased playing time this year for Baker Mayfield and Jameis Winston (plus the addition of Kyler Murray to the player pool), this number should only get better. So were later-round picks like George Kittle, Julian Edelman, Robert Woods and, of course, Patrick Mahomes. Amazeballs. I will say I don't want to leave my first three rounds without at least one wide receiver, however. If I was suddenly made the ruler of all things fantasy, there would never be a veto except in cases of obvious, provable collusion. My thinking: The last six games with Stafford (Weeks 3-9): Golladay: 16.5 PPG, 7.2 targets per game (53.5% catch rate), 9 red zone targets, Jones: 18.8 PPG, 8 targets per game (68.8% catch rate), 10 red zone targets. So I ask you, gentle reader. Remember, kids, we're playing the game of "what's most likely to happen.". My thinking: With arguably a better supporting cast than even 2007, a fantasy-friendly, offensive-minded coach, and defensive rules that make it much harder to defend the pass, Brady is set up for success. Obviously I'm ignoring the age thing on Johnson. }}. It's also 100 percent free! Only 10 of them can start in an ESPN standard-sized league. 4. Also included for context is the dropoff from 11-20 to 21-30 at each position (RB2 to RB3 and WR2 to WR3). Because it's not just enough to have a good player -- you need to know when to start that player. 2. We have no idea if they will repeat. I'll let someone else argue if teams are winning because they run the ball or they are running the ball because they're winning. So I'm not being holier than thou. They aren't as good as the elite guys, but they're much closer in safety and guaranteed production to the truly elite WR than the "could be great, but could also be injured" types. In 2015, seven of the top 15 RBs (total PPR points) were 26 or younger. Email … Like the nerd who somehow had crashed the jocks' party and any minute they would realize I wasn't supposed to be there. Those games, he would have led the NFL in goal-to-go carries free, so ask parents. 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