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)
The Wolf and Truth return for the third and final part of our 2017 Fantasy Football Running Back preview; if you haven't heard Parts 1 and 2, don't miss RBs 1- 17 in Episode 8 and RBs 18-36 in Episode 9. In Part 3, we discuss "Penny Stocks" and the best strategies for late round drafting, before discussing which late round RBs will maximize your team's upside at minimal cost. We look at talent trapped in muddy depth charts (Hello, Joe Williams and Jamaal Charles), elite handcuffs (Derrick Henry, anyone?), and parts of explosive offenses (New England pass catching backs).
But first, we are thrilled to welcome in Simply_Shamus live, as we breakdown all the arousing news surrounding some breakout, "Penny Stock" WR candidates. Are we buying in on the hype surrounding Devante Parker, Breshad Perriman, and Josh Doctson? Plus, HOW many carries should we expect for Jay Ajayi?! We also discuss some turmoil over at The RSJ, drinking pickle juice, aerial pies, and The Tub Club taking over Walmart on Motorized Scooters.
Don't miss another information and entertainment-packed installment of the Fullback Dive
3:20 Craziness in the RSJ Front Office
9:40 Simply Shamus live from Nantucket
12:15 Football Fantasy #1 Jay Ayaji
16:47 Football Fantasy #2 DeVante Parker
20:44 Football Fantasy #3 Breshad Perriman
24:57 Football Fantasy #4 Josh Doctson
31:27 Part 3 of the RB Preview (Penny Stocks)
35:52 Category 1—Talent/Muddy Depth Chart
40:24 Category 2—Elite Handcuffs, featuring Derrick Henry
48:40 Category 3—Parts of an Explosive Offense (New England)
The Truth is irate about MMQB's top 100 Big Board (6:18)
Football Fantasy #1: Samaje Perine (10:18)
Football Fantasy #2: Joe Williams (17:15)
Football Fantasy #3: Kareem Hunt (22:21)
Football Fantasy #4: Joe Mixon and Cincy O (27:01)
Football Fantasy #5: Seattle RBs (31:01)
The Tier 4 RBs: (38:13) The Wolf defends his high rankings for Mike Gillislee and Doug Martin
The Tier 5 RBs: (48:42) The Wolf explains why he is so down on CJ Anderson
No position experienced a bigger shakeup from the draft and free agency than Running Back, and The Wolf and Truth are here to grade and rank the Top RB1 and RB2s. Who should go after the Big Three? Who's stocks rose and fell most after free agency? Who are we way higher and lower on than the "expert community?" Find out now, after we break down "arousing" news on Spencer Ware, Joe Mixon, Ezekiel Elliott, Kelvin Benjamin, and Donte Moncrief. Plus, as a "make-a-wish" birthday present, we even let our intern out of his cave and into the hallway to record. Don't miss one of our best, most informative episodes yet!Kevin the Intern is "welcomed" to the show (1:20)
The Wolf mentions Joe Williams, a rookie he neglected to mention last episode (8:05)
Football Fantasies (13:30) featuring...
Spencer Ware (17:01)
Joe Mixon (20:38)
Kelvin Benjamin (28:08)
Donte Moncrief (32:43)
Tier 1 of the Top 17 RBs (43:55)
Tier 2 (46:45)
Tier 3 (53:46)
Tier 4 (56:55)
What rookies are our favorites to make an impact on the fantasy field this season? What exactly does Julio Jones have that the Wolf doesn’t have? Can Simply Shamus possibly get us excited when 3 of his 4 Football Fantasies are about Miami Dolphins? Along those lines, how much exactly do we really know about dolphin sex? These questions and more will be answered on Episode 7 of the Fantasy Fullback Dive, brought to you by the Roto Street Journal.
(1:17) The Wolf details his exploits in Las Vegas and sees Julio Jones (5:18).
The Truth gushes about Jamaal Charles (8:54) and the guys speculate about his new role as a Denver Broncos.
Football Fantasies with Simply Shamus (13:14) goes over the most recent news concerning Bilal Powell (15:29) and a trio of Dolphins in Jay Ayaji (19:21), Julius Thomas (22:33), and Devante Parker (29:07).
The guys discuss the Wolf’s list of rising rookies who he likes to make a fantasy impact this season (35:25). Leonard Fournette, Chrisitan McCaffrey, Corey Davis, Mike Williams, and Joe Mixon are among the players they mull over.
What players’ stocks have gone up the most since the draft and who took it on the chin the worst? How much crack did the members of the Chicago Bears’ front office smoke before coming up with their draft strategy? Can Shamus possibly top last week’s reading of Football Fantasies? Will the Wolf end up being Joe Namath drunk the entire time he’s in Vegas? All this and so much more on Episode 6 of the Fantasy Fullback Dive!
On Episode 6 of the Fantasy Fullback Dive, the Wolf eagerly anticipates his upcoming trip to Sin City (1:30) and the Truth reveals a gambling sure thing he saw recently (5:08).
We enthusiastically dive into the latest installment of Football Fantasies with Shamus, where he throws out the latest news about Christian McCaffrey (11:24), Ameer Abdullah (15:50), and Doug Martin (19:24).
The Truth asks the Wolf his knee jerk reaction to the Bears seemingly insane draft strategy (26:02) before they dive into football’s biggest fantasy winners (28:39) and losers (45:05) post-draft.
Who's really going to be the top dog at WR for the Redskins this season between Crowder and Pryor? What can we really expect from Jordan Reed or the Washington backfield? Grant Paulsen from 106.7 The Fan and Fox 5 DC has some bold predictions about these things and more. But first...
The Truth briefly takes the Wolf down memory lane to 1983 when Michael Jackson’s Thriller LP was everywhere and Velcro shoes were brand new and all the rage. Football Fantasies are back and sexier than ever, and the guys argue about each other’s obsessions with David Johnson and Jamaal Charles. We are thrilled to welcome Grant Paulsen from 106.7 The Fan and Fox 5 DC for a great interview. And finally, the Wolf gives us his winners and losers at the WR position after the first wave of free agency.
The Truth and the Wolf take a trip back in time to the mid 80s to discuss Velcro shoes, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and single barred, useless facemasks (1:50)
Football Fantasies kicks off (4:30) and the fellas talk about Eli Manning’s thoughts on Brandon Marshall (5:30), David Johnson getting 30 carries a game (10:08), and Demaryius Thomas “working on his hips” (16:32).
Interview with 106.7 The Fan and Fox 5 in DC’s Grant Paulsen (21:40). They talk about his expectations for Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder, and Jordan Reed, as well as if he expects a move to be made in the Washington backfield.
Winners and Losers at the wide receiver position (35:10).
In this episode, the Truth and the Wolf discuss Tony Romo's retirement (5:28) and the impact it could have on teams like the Broncos and the Texans (10:33).
We dive into Football Fantasies on Marshawn Lynch potentially coming out of retirement (14:10) which leads to the Truth's favorite hypothetical scenario for the Wolf (16:20). The Fantasies continue with Christian McCaffrey possibly landing in New Orleans (20:00) and then a quick talk on Leonard Fournette going to... The Browns (23:23)?!
The guys discuss the value holes that need filling around the league at QB (27:24), RB (29:15), and WR (35:40). The Truth asks the Wolf if he's going to be high on Jacksonville and Cleveland's fantasy productions this season (41:42).
Finally, we welcome CBS's senior draft analyst Dane Brugler to the show (44:40) and get his thoughts on everything from what he thinks of some of the top RBs and WRs in the draft to whether he'd rather let Marshawn Lynch run him over full speed or become a die hard Red Sox fan.
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In this, our 2nd episode, the Truth and the Wolf dive right into football fantasies (2:51) concerning Rob Gronkowski, Demaryius Thomas, Tyreek Hill, Ted Ginn, and Martavis Bryant.
We welcome WEEI's Ryan Hannable for the 2nd time (20:00) to ask him about some of the Patriots' offseason pickups as well as the Truth's standard Marshawn Lynch wearing an old timey leather helmet question.
Finally, we look at the Wolf's biggest winners and losers so far at the running back position (35:30).
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After going through a major revamp, the Roto Street Journal is thrilled to debut our newest creation: the Fantasy Fullback Dive. The Truth and Wolf are back with a clear focus on what you crave most: football. With an in-depth interview diving us deep into the Saints beat scene, a breakdown of the fantasy free agency fallout on Quarterbacks, and some important news surrounding big name talents like David Johnson, Jordan Reed, and, everyone’s favorite Rex Burkhead, Episode One is truly can’t miss stuff for the fantasy football addict.
A bromantic reunion of our two hosts leads into a discussion of the podcast rebrand -- why Fullback Dive? What should you all expect moving forward? We then turn our attention to the “Football Fantasies,” which inevitably spurns an off-tangent rant on Viagra single packs (8:42) to lead into some news blurbs that made us tingle (9:56). From here, we welcome on Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Advocate’s lead Saint beats guy, for a breakdown of one of fantasy’s juggernaut offenses (22:58). What should we expect from Michael Thomas with Brandin Cooks now gone? And what will Cooks bring to New England? Will this defense ever improve, and what do we expect out of the backfield? Finally, we wrap off this jam-packed debut discussing The Wolf’s free agent winners and losers at the quarterback position (39:43). Who gained the most (re: Tom Brady) while who’s tumbling down the rankings? Find out all this and more, and be sure to subscribe and rate us (5 stars) on iTunes and Stitcher!