The most glorious time of the year has arrived: Training Camp, aka Fantasy Prep Season!
Though many fantasy values are set, plenty of Burning Questions need answers that'll dramatically alter The Fantasy Landscape. From Backfield Battles, to Target Totem Poles to every health and new fit question mark in between, we dive into The Wolf's Top Five Burning Questions, outlining:
A) The Teams and their Burning Questions
B) Why Fantasy Owners need to know these answers
C) What we already know about the situation
C) Predictions on how the situations will unfold
In the process, we visit New England to dive into the crowded backfield and unclear wideout situation of this consistent juggernaut.
We then travel to Tennessee, where Matt LaFleur is insistent on "marrying the run / pass games" and has two talented backs to do just this -- but an unclear workload distribution remains.
Our next stop's all over the map, where we breakdown Rookie RBs who remain behind less inspiring incumbents, but could easily ascend. From Royce Freeman's outlook in Denver, to Rashaad Penny's shot at a workhorse role, to Kerryon Johnson's place in a four-headed committee, and Ronald Jones' expected work in Tampa Bay, tons of Backfield Battles linger that need solving.
Afterwards, we do a roundtable on crucial QB Health Issues, diving into Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck, and Carson Wentz. We break down when they're expected back, and the major impact all have on their offenses.
Last but not least is our apparently new favorite squad and the star of Hard Knocks -- the Cleveland Browns. This squad team is loaded with questions, which will make the HBO Special not only entertaining, but crucial to monitor. From QB and RB battles, to major WR question marks, there's tons of uncertainty with major implications here.
Plus, with Training Camps kicking off, news has been pouring in -- none bigger than Josh Gordon's absence from camp. We dig into the Fantasy Implications of this, as well as notes on:
--Leonard Fournette's weight loss
--Mitch Trubisky's early camp performance
--Chris Carson and the Seattle RB Depth Chart
--Jordan Howard and his hands
--LeSean McCoy's latest
Clearly, this Episode is absolutely brimming with information, so don't enter Training Camp without this enormous refresher and primer -- it's a true can't miss.
Every season huge fantasy values emerge because an entire offense takes a massive leap forward -- look no further than the 2017 Rams, who went from last in scoring all the way to first. Todd Gurley became a fantasy MVP in the process, while Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were undrafted WRs who became quality season-long starters.
After tons of exciting play-caller movement, 2018 is littered with teams who could be this year’s Rams. Our two favorites?
The Bears (29th in scoring last season) and Browns (32nd).
Though both Matt Nagy and Todd Haley were covered in our Coaching Carousel Episode (FFBDPod 22), we go in far greater depth for both offenses here. Find out why Tyrod Taylor and Mitch Trubisky are two of the top late-round QBs in the game, why both Browns’ WRs make excellent fantasy values, how the Bears backfield will take the league by storm, and so much more as we dive into each and every relevant player on both teams.
Plus, with Training Camp on the horizon, the news has been fast and furious. Thus we check in on our Stock Watch, for updates on:
-- Le’Veon Bell’s potential holdout
-- LeSean McCoy’s disturbing situation
-- The Green Bay Backfield Mystery
Plus emerging penny stocks like
-- DJ Moore and the (meh) upside of being Carolina’s Top WR
-- A creature named Blaine Jarwin that might lead Dallas in receiving TDs
This episode is completely loaded… and with many drafts a mere month away, you can’t afford to miss any of it.
As explored last week, 12 new HC's or OC's calling plays in 2018. As Todd Gurley's additional 881 yards and 13 TDs on just 22 more touches under Sean McVay show, proper usage can be all the difference in fantasy. Most often, this boils down to the coaching scheme.
Unfortunately, very few -- if any -- fantasy football sites analyze these coaching changes, at least not with the depth of analysis they deserve.
That is... until now.
The Roto Street Journal is incredibly proud to present the first-ever (FREE) Fantasy Football Coaching Carousel: The Most Comprehensive Guide to 2018's New Offenses.
While the guide features over 100 pages of Schematics, OTA Breakdowns, Past Player Production and Trends, and Future Predictions and Team Previews, we can only fit just a little taste into the FFBDPod; a tasty little appetizer before the main course guide.
In Part 1, we broke down the four new play-calling HC's (Matt Nagy, Pat Shurmur, Jon Gruden and Frank Reich) plus new Cleveland OC Todd Haley. For Part 2, we dive into the remaining new OCs: John DeFilippo, Norv Turner, Mike McCoy, and Matt LaFleur.
To reign The Wolf in, The Truth gives him 2 total minutes per coach: 1 minute to break down their scheme and philosophies, and 1 minute to pick the one player who'll be most impacted in 2018. This segment features can't miss takes on all the new schemes, plus how Kyle Rudolph, Cam Newton, Larry Fitzgerald, and the Titans RBs (Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry) all stand to benefit the most on their respective teams.
Also - with OTAs wrapped up, The Wolf and Truth sift through the five most important notes we haven't yet discussed. In the process, we break down Robert Turbin's four-game suspension (and what it means for Marlon Mack), how Blake Bortles is progressing in Nathaniel Hackett's offense in Year Two, how his former target Allen Hurns is primed for a No.1 WR role, how Tyrod Taylor's gaining leash as a starter which makes him an insane value, and notes that justify Deshaun Watson is our No.1 Ranked QB.
If you haven't paid any attention to the new hires, Part 1 and Part 2 are must listens, and our Coaching Carousel Guide is an actual Godsend. Make sure to tune in to one of our best mini-series yet, and let us know your thoughts by leaving a rating and a review!
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