Ultimate Rookie Running Back Preview
The Wolf & Truth take a break from Team Previews to bring you the Ultimate Rookie Running Back Preview. To make sure we bring you the most in-depth and hottest takes, we welcome the NFL Draft Insider’s Jared Tokarz. Which running back does Tokarz believe should be taken first, Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffrey? Does The Wolf agree? What does he feel of Joe Mixon’s upside in Cincy, and is he as down on Dalvin Cook’s landing spot as our crew? Which back wasn’t on our radar, and probably not yours, but absolutely needs to be? And which back was The Wolf high on but is apparently “clunky”? Find out all this and so much more in the deepest rookie running back dive out there.
To make this Episode even more special, we answer the crowd’s callings and welcome back the one and only Simply Shamus. What has him all hot and bothered about Ameer Abdullah, Rob Kelley, and Isaiah Crowell? Plus, we debut our “Fantasy Glossary,” making this a true can’t miss show! Be sure to subscribe and let us know your thoughts below.
(3:48) The Wolf’s Top 5 Fantasy Rookie Running Backs
(11:45) Glossary Term: Plodder
(19:07) The guys welcome Jared Tokarz of the NFL Draft Insider
(20:00) The Truth throws his hypothetical at Jared—and Jared actually gets him to change it
(23:47) Jared’s Fantasy Football Habits
(25:14) Leonard Fournette
(28:20) Christian McCaffrey
(32:03) Dalvin Cook
(33:51) Joe Mixon
(35:43) Joe Williams
(37:14) Kareem Hunt
(38:03) D'Onta Foreman
(40:13) Samaje Perine
(41:33) Saints Backfield
(42:48) Packers Backfield
(44:20) Other guys no one is talking about?
(46:45) The return of Football Fantasies with Simply Shamus
(49:07) Fantasy #1 - Ameer Abdullah
(54:27) Fantasy #2 – Rob Kelley
(58:18) Fantasy #3 – Isaiah Crowell
(1:03:00) The Truth confronts the Wolf over possibly not paying his electric bill
In arguably our most loaded Team Preview yet, The Wolf and Truth return to breakdown every relevant fantasy angle involving the Kansas City Chiefs. To help, we welcome on Kansas City insider Chris Clark, host of Locked on Chiefs, for the inside scoop on every important Chief. Is all the Tyreek Hill hype justified, or is he just the next gadget player to be exposed? Will any running back benefit from Andy Reid’s historically productive scheme, or is this going to be a headache inducing committee? Has Travis Kelce reached his ceiling? Find out all this and much, much more now!
But first, The Wolf digs in deep to Andy Reid’s “West Coast” offense, providing you the trends and philosophies of this quick-strike attack, and how each player fits in. Don’t miss this one, and be sure to subscribe and let us know your thoughts in the reviews!
(3:28) The Truth’s daughter creates Mount Jones—is the Truth deserving of a spot on this monument?
(9:22) Andy Reid’s West Coast scheme broken down by the Wolf including (14:38) Tyreek Hill, (20:52) Travis Kelce, and (24:18) the Kansas City backfield.
(30:55) We welcome Chris Clark, the co-host of the Locked On Chiefs podcast
(31:55) The Truth asks his usual Beast Mode hypothetical—Chris does not even hesitate with his answer
(34:08) Chris Clark’s slant on the Andy Reid West Coast Scheme
(35:39) Pat Mahomes/Alex Smith differences as quarterbacks
(38:20) Chris Clark’s Fantasy Football Habits
(39:19) The Release of Jeremy Maclin—Chris Clark does not like it
(42:01) Tyreek Hill
(48:04) Travis Kelce—is he as good as Gronk??
(51:38) The Kansas City running backs—are we looking at a dreaded fantasy committee?
(55:04) Is Chris Conley the unquestioned WR2?
(57:06) Thoughts on Jamaal Charles in Denver
(59:55) Chris Clark’s season predictions for the Chiefs
The Wolf and Truth return with another information-packed Team Preview, this time featuring a potential rising juggernaut in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Insider Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report drops in for one of our most in-depth interviews yet, loaded with fantasy nuggets no one else has. How is this offense evolving with all the new weapons, and what does it mean for Jameis Winston in Year Three? What creative ways is DeSean Jackson being used that no one else knows about? Is the Doug Martin hype worth it, and how will this backfield look during his early season absence? Will Mike Evans still be a bonafide WR1 with so many new mouths to feed? And what Bucs sleeper absolutely needs to be on your radar? Find all this and much more out now!
But first, The Wolf and Truth breakdown Dirk Koetter’s “Four Verticals” scheme, and why this offense is finally set to explode with the right pieces in place. Find out what to expect and where to draft all the big names in this potential fantasy goldmine.
(3:33) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bringing Their Vertical Scheme to Life
(14:03) The guys welcome Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report
(14:43) The Truth asks Trevor his favorite hypothetical—become a fan of your least favorite team or get hit by Marshawn Lynch?
(19:22) Is Doug Martin really back?
(25:16) How will the addition of new weapons affect Mike Evans’s fantasy output this season?
(29:09) What should we expect out of Desean Jackson?
(34:36) How will the tight end situation shake out in fantasy terms between Cameron Brate and OJ Howard?
(38:11) What crazy looks could we see from this loaded up offense, and how is Jameis Winston going to handle it all?
(41:57) Are there any players flying below the radar of the general public?
(43:29) Predictions for the season
The New England Patriots are a very strong bet to score the most points in 2017 (and possibly ever, according to The Wolf), making them crucial to understand for fantasy football owners. Thus, we are thrilled to welcome in WEEI Boston Sports Radio’s Ryan Hannable to help us dig deep and get an inside look for another fire team preview. How is Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady’s rapport developing in OTAs, and what kind of usage and numbers should owners expect from New England’s explosive new toy? What type of sense (if any) can owners make from this backfield, and should we be buying all the Rex Burkhead hype? Is Rob Gronkowski moving around OK, and is he still worthy of the #1 TE spot? Plus, on a non-fantasy note, what can New Englanders expect with Jimmy Garropollo next offseason, based on Hannable’s exclusive information from his QB coach?
But first, The Wolf and Truth breakdown what projects to be an offensive juggernaut, as records could truly be chased here. Find out why The (admittedly biased) Wolf feels Brady could have a season for the ages, and how this could alter our approach to drafting QBs. Plus, find out where all the scoring will funnel as we break down the surrounding pieces here in New England.
(7:27) Fans of Teams You Hate But Can’t Really Say Anything To Because Their Team is Great
(9:45) Landing a fantasy guy who is “Chasing Records”
(16:26) New England’s explosive, yet unpredictable Offense
(20:47) The Wolf ranks the Patriots' players as far as their fantasy value
(27:26) The Truth asks Ryan Hannable if he’d rather take a hit from Beast Mode or get caught stealing Tom Brady’s jersey
(30:26) What Ryan is seeing from Brandin Cooks
(33:07) The New England Backfield broken down
(38:04) How does Gronk look?
(40:31) Predictions on Brady’s numbers/The Wolf loses his mind
(44:14) What is going to end up happening with Jimmy G?
(50:45) Patriots Season/Record Predictions
The Roto Street Journal is thrilled to open up our Fantasy Team Previews with the San Francisco 49ers -- perhaps not the flashiest team around, but highly crucial for fantasy owners to understand. To give you the most inside and in-depth information, we welcome Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat, who comes in scorching hot with his incredible football IQ and some outside-the-box takes based on early OTA developments and whisperings. What makes Kyle Shanahan’s running game so effective? How is Carlos Hyde going to fit? Are there any sleeper backs to consider late? Is Pierre Garcon’s reunion with Shanahan as magical as everyone expects? Plus, what sleeper backs and receivers are worth throwing on the late-round Penny Stock list? Grant holds nothing back, and will get you the inside scoops you can’t hear anywhere else.
Plus, The Wolf and Truth breakdown Kyle Shanahan’s coaching history to identify crucial trends to know for Fantasy Football 2017. From his historically dominant outside-zone game, to his love of peppering X receivers with targets, we leave no stone unturned to make sure you understand one of the most important coaching changes of 2017. Some sneaky, but huge ceiling, fantasy value is brewing here, so don’t miss it!
Kyle Shanahan making backfields fantasy relevant (3:26)
Making WR1s fantasy studs, target monsters (10:57)
Grant Cohn interview (14:59)
The Truth's Hypothetical (16:11)
Does Carlos Hyde Fit? (18:40)
Joe Williams? Tim Hightower? (21:55)
Do the 49ers even have an o-line to make any of this matter? (25:08)
Shanahan 1X WRs – Is Pierre Garcon the Man? (27:18)
Other 49ers WRs who are potentially relevant? (29:59)
Is Brian Hoyer the Man? (31:16)
Predictions on the 49ers record (33:17)
How do you say Kyle Juszczyk, and is he important at all? (37:25)
The Wolf and Truth dive into Rounds 1 and 2 of the Roto Street Journal’s first expert fantasy football mock draft of 2017, providing tons of meaningful takeaways from picks 1-24. What’s the best strategy for the early rounds? Where’s the best spot to draft? Who’s off to a great start and who’s making us puke? Learn from all the successes (and especially the failures) in this jam-packed breakdown now!
But first, we give you a taste of our incredible interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Grant Cohn, who provided some scorching takes on the 49ers (don’t miss our team preview in Episode 12 later this week!). We also debut the Salt Report, allowing CJay to release some venom as we discuss Jeremy Maclin’s release, Tyreek Hill’s new prospects, and Carlos Hyde’s recent struggles. Don’t miss another fantastic episode of the Fantasy Fullback Dive!
The Salt Report (4:34)
National Media Being So Late on Tyreek Hill (7:42)
Carlos Hyde’s Fit in San Francisco (12:07)
Managing RSJ Writers (15:03)
Grant Cohn Interview Teaser 49ers Backfield (20:40)
Mock Draft Review Round 1 (24:31)
Mock Draft Review Round 2 (37:00)