The Fantasy Football Trade Deadline is upon us! The Fantasy Playoffs are only four games away! Every single owner -- whether you’re in desperate Win Now mode or comfortably set for a playoff run -- can improve their title chances before Friday. Of course, there’s no better plae to start constructing the stretch-run roster of your wet dreams than behind the lead block of the Fantasy Fullback Dive.
In The Wolf and Truth’s opinion, the most crucial factor for determining right move is Strength of Schedule. In fact, we’ve written an entire guide on it.
To give you a taste this episode, we go position-by-position and analyze the 5 Easiest QB, RB, WR, and TE Schedules to Exploit and Buy, plus the 5 Hardest Rest of Season Schedules to Sell High and Avoid. For more playoff-minded owners, we also preview the Top-5 schedules for Weeks 14-16.
Which players and teams are set to explode down the stretch? Who'll carry you into your fantasy playoffs? Who faces a brutal slate of match-ups that should be Sold High or avoided? What players could ruin fantasy seasons when needed most?
Find out now by checking out the 2018 Trade Deadline Guide, and listening to on one of the most information-packed episodes of the Fantasy Fullback Dive yet!
The 2018 NFL Trade Deadline was one of the busiest in recent memory, and the Fantasy Football implications are enormous. The Wolf went LIVE on Facebook and IG to breakdown all the implications, but we didn't want our loyal Audio Wolfpack to miss all his takes. Find out The Wolf's thoughts on the Rest of Season outlooks of the major names moved, and the players who stand to rise in their absences. Will Demaryius Thomas flourish in Houston, and what does his presence mean for DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, and Keke Coutee? What's Golden Tate's value now with the Eagles, and what impact will he have on an already crowded receiving corps? How will Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, and Courtland Sutton fare with greater target shares? What about Ty Montgomery's move to the Ravens -- can he be a souped-up Buck Allen? Is this the move that will finally unlock Aaron Jones' limitless ceiling?
Don't miss a single fantasy football beat from a crazy 2018 NFL Trade Deadline! Catch up on The Wolf's thoughts now. (Please excuse any seemingly random LIVE Interactions amidst The Wolf's analysis, as this was originally a Video Broadcast).
Hue Jackson is out! Jameis Winston is benched! NFL Week 9 is off to a crazy start. Don’t let your Fantasy Football team miss a beat with our Fantasy Stock Watch.
First, who is new Browns OC Freddie Kitchen? We scoured the internet wide and far for any nugget on “The Chef.” Is there any reason to expect a Browns resurgence under the new staff?
Then, we recap all of Week 8’s Crucial Fantasy Risers and Fallers on our Fantasy Stock Watch. We cover key Risers, including Marlon Mack, Chris Carson, and the entire Cardinals Offense.
We also breakdown the need-to-know Fallers, featuring the Packers WRs not named Davante, David “Goose Egg” Njoku, and the new-look Bucs with the return of FitzMagic.
Plus, we preview the Week 9 Waiver Wire Penny Stocks to target. Listen to The Wolf’s take on DJ Moore (and his delicious remaining schedule), David Moore’s torrid scoring streak, and two widely-available, and sorely needed additions to the barren TE pool.
The perfect way to begin Fantasy Football Week 9 is packaging up Week 8 perfectly. The Fantasy Fullback Dive will clear that path wide open.
Bye Week Hell has arrived in Fantasy Football, and getting a Week 8 Win is even more daunting of a task… unless you’ve got the best lead-blocking podcast in the business. The Wolf and Truth are here with our usual Preview Show, providing you guys we are Higher, Lower, and taking Hail Mary’s on. We preview the potential Saints Vikings shootout, some can’t-miss WR streams who are widely available, and of course remind you of London God Sir Blake Bortles’ upside, among many others. Plus, we prove an in-depth breakdown of the key injuries to monitor, including:
--Dalvin Cook’s Hamstring and Latavius Murray’s value if he indeed misses time
--Bilal Powell’s move to the IR and what this means for Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, and Trenton Cannon moving forward.
--Royce Freeman’s high ankle sprain and how high Philip Lindsay should be ranked if Freeman
--If Doug Martin should be on your radar in a “feature back” role
--Why Raheem Mostert is a must-stream if Matt Breida misses time
--What Jack “Beanstalk” Doyle’s return means for Eric Ebron
In addition to a huge mailbag, our Week 8 Preview is loaded with nuggets you can’t afford to miss. Follow this podcast to Week 8 paydirt, and subscribe for the best lead blocks all season long.
Amari Cooper! Marshawn Lynch! Nick Chubb! Oh my! We are officially past the midway point of 2018, and Week 7 brought plenty to learn -- both off and on the field. The Wolf and Truth are back to cover it all with yet another round of Risers, Fallers, Injuries, and Penny Stocks to capture all the action you NEED to know before moving on to Week 8. Listen to learn:
--How might Amari Cooper fare now with the Cowboys
--Why Kareem Hunt is a no-brainer Top-Five overall value moving forward (and who ranks No.2 behind Gurley)
--How much stock to put into Marlon Mack’s big day
--Why the Eagles RBs, Corey Davis, and *GASP* Stefon Diggs all made our Fallers list
--Why you MUST add Raheem Mostert
Plus so much more. Listen in, plus visit our Fantasy Football Stock Watch to learn all you need to know to move onto Week 8 confidently.
On the cusp of the 2018 Fantasy Football Midpoint, a Week 7 Win is a must. There’s simply no better way to ensure you hit Pay Dirt than following our in-depth Fantasy Preview lead block. In this installment, we first hit the Trainer’s Room where we discuss:
--Devonta Freeman’s move to the IR, and what Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith now mean
--Marshawn Lynch’s Groin Injury, and who we prefer out of Doug Martin vs. Jalen Richard if it proves to be serious
--Which Jets WRs you could trust to stream with Quincy Enunwa now on the shelf
--The ramifications of Cooper Kupp’s missed time, and who stands to benefit the most
--A variety of injury-related notes from the always dinged-up Colts
Plus, we run through another loaded Mail Bag, while The Wolf also gives you his Higher, Lower, and Hail Mary plays at each position. Loaded with matchup analysis and predictive stats, both season-long and DFS fantasy players could make a killing off this episode. So let us help you smash your competition, while you smash that subscribe button and win titles in 2018.
Don’t move on to Fantasy Football Week 7 without learning all you need to know from a crazy Week 6. On every Monday Night Stock Watch, we cram all the most important Risers, Fallers, and Waiver Wire Penny Stocks into an easy-to-digest 30 minutes, with Week 6 featuring:
--The current state of the post-Ajayi Eagles Backfield, and who you need to own here
--Where to value Jameis Winston after he torches the Atlanta Falcons
--If Alshon Jeffery is set to emerge as a bonafide WR1 in Year 2 with the Eagles
--The case for David Njoku to finish 2018 among the position’s elite TEs
--What to make out of the Bears Backfield after another dominant Tarik Cohen performance
--If Corey Davis can be trusted after another pathetic Titans performance in Week 6
--The Colts’ backfield quagmire and where Nyhiem Hines and Marlon Mack now stand
Plus, we offer you must-know Waiver Wire targets, including updates on:
--Albert “YAC Monster” Wilson and why his ceiling is enormous (and not just “Boom or Bust”)
--The ageless Frank Gore and why he’s, somehow, someway still very relevant
--The sneaky high-floor of a new No.1 Weapon in Arizona
There’s simply no fantasy football podcast more in-depth, yet efficient, at covering all you need to know from a Fantasy Sunday. Make sure to track the market with another fire episode of the Monday Fantasy Stock Watch.
Get fully ready for Week 6 in Fantasy Football with another pulverizing lead block from The Fantasy Fullback Dive. First, we catch you up on all the LeSean McCoy - to - Eagles trade rumors, and what this could mean for his currently depressed fantasy value. We also chat Le’Veon Bell and if we buy these committee talks. Then, we hit the Trainer’s Room to check on the health of TY Hilton, Leonard Fournette, OJ Howard, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen.
As always, we run through another round of Higher, Lower, and Hail Mary. Featured heavily is the Bucs / Falcons matchup and how Jameis Winston will use his explosive surrounding cast. We also discuss Tarik Cohen, Mitch Trubisky, and Taylor Gabriel and the Bears, and their likelihood of repeating their explosive Week 4 performance against a reeling Dolphins team (plus, which weapon do we NOT like and feel is grossly overvalued?) Find out why Josh Gordon’s long TD may have only been the beginning, and a potential explosion could be looming versus the awful Chiefs secondary. Plus, why do Ronald Jones, Niles Paul, CJ Uzomah, and Chester Rogers all make amazing Hail Mary plays in Week 6?
All this, plus we tackle Week 6 Burning Questions surrounding the depleted 49ers, the Eagles new backfield, and of course all your mailbag dilemmas. Find paydirt and follow our path in this crucial Week 6 preview to prepare for Fantasy Football Domination.
A... strange... Week 5 saw plenty of Fantasy Football Risers, Fallers, and Waiver Wire Penny Stocks emerge, and The Wolf and Truth are here to cover them all. After revealing our feelings about Mason Crosby (and his potential week-costing performance), we dive into:
--The Broncos and Ravens backfields, and how fantasy fourth-rounders in Alex Collins and Royce Freeman have seen their values plummet below their undrafted counterparts
--Why James White is the most valuable Patriot to own in fantasy… including Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady.
--Where Joe Mixon belongs in Rest of Season Rankings with his workhorse role confirmed
--Why David Njkou could be a season-changer down the stretch
--What to make of the Atlanta 3-headed committee from hell
--Why Le’Veon Bell, Rob Gronkowski, and Dalvin Cook all make great Buy Lows.
--The latest injury updates on Jay Ajayi, Matt Breida, and the Rams concussed WRs
--The Must-Add status of Robby Anderson and D’Onta Foreman
Don’t move onto Week 6 without learning all you need from Week 5. Follow our lead block to Fantasy Stardom now!
A quarter of the Fantasy Football Season is officially wrapped up, and Winning Week 5 is crucial. Let us pave the path to that W with another in-depth Fantasy Football Week 5 Preview Episode. Featuring:
A Trainer’s Room with crucial updates on: the Banged up Colts, Ezekiel Elliott’s knee and ankle, Joe Mixon’s Looming Return, the In-Shambles Packers WRs, and expectations for Devonta Freeman.
We then go into another position-by-position round of Higher, Lower, and Hail Mary.
Some questions tackled:
QBs: What can owners expect from Jared Goff after his Week 4 explosion? Can Russell Wilson keep pace? Is Drew Brees really 7 spots lower on The Wolf’s Week 7 Rankings?! Can Marcus Mariota keep the pedal to the medal?
RBs: Has Matt Breida’s true breakout finally arrived? Is Carlos Hyde’s time running out? Can Alfred Morris plod into the end zone?
WRs: Where should Stefon Diggs rank against the generous Jalen Mills -- and how is Odell Beckham still higher in ECR? Can Tyreek Hill buck the Jaguars trend? Is Ryan Switzer the Hail Mary you never saw coming that could change your week?!
TEs: Will Vance “Bulldozing” McDonald continue to steam roll? Is Nick Vannett a creature worth visiting?
Our Burning Questions cover Patrick Mahomes date with the ruthless Jaguars Defense, Dalvin Cook’s usability, and if Mark Ingram and Julian Edelman are options in their first 2018 action.
All this, plus our most loaded Mail Bag yet, and Week 5 is an absolute must-listen.
Unbelievably, the 1st Quarter of the 2018 Fantasy Football Season is already in the books, and the action was wild in Week 4. To cover it all, we’re thrilled to debut the Monday Stock Watch (insert rotostreetjournal.com/stockwatch). In 30 fantasy-loaded minutes, we tackle all of Week 4’s most important Risers, Fallers, Penny Stocks and Injuries. Find out why:
-- Corey Davis drips in WR1 appeal here on out
-- Tarik Cohen could be taking over the Bears Backfield… and where Jordan Howard now stands after this absolute dud
--Sony Michel is an every-week RB2 with RB1 upside… and the one red flag you need to be aware of
--Aaron Jones is too explosive to be committee-trapped in Green Bay
--Leonard Fournette is plummeting down the Big Board
--Nick Chubb is a fantastic bench stash
--Taylor Gabriel’s blow-up is no fluke
Plus, we run through a litany of injuries from Sunday, covering the fantasy implications of Tyler Eifert, TY Hilton, OJ Howard, and Will Fuller’s absences. You won’t find a more fantasy-packed 30 minutes, so listen in now to catch-up on all the crucial takeaways in our Monday Stock Watch now!
When the final whistle of Week 4 blows, we’ll officially be through a quarter of the Fantasy Football. Needless to say, this is a huge marking point of your 2018 season, and a W is absolutely crucial. So follow your pulverizing lead blockers, The Wolf and Truth, to glory!
We start with a loaded trainers room, covering:
-Rex Burkhead’s move to the IR and what this means for Sony Michel
-Evan Engram’s 2-4 game absence, and who to turn to fill the void
-Doug Baldwin’s potential return, and if he can be trusted from the start
-The latest on LeSean McCoy’s ribs and if he’s usable when he returns
Plus, we run through another round of Higher, Lower, and Hail Mary. Find out:
-Why Andy Dalton, Gio Bernard, and Tyler Eifert all land on The Wolf’s “Must Start” list
-How Andrew Luck’s arm is still a major concern, and what his ROS outlook is
-Why Ty Montgomery, Dallas Goedert, Ryan Tannehill, and Jakeem Grant could all be week-swinging Hail Mary’s for desperate owners
-What to expect from exploding Waiver Wire pickups Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd in Week 4, and why they are excellent upside WR3s alongside Sterling Shepard and Nelson Agholor
-Why first-rounder Kareem Hunt is getting too much love, and is far riskier than most are making him out to be
We also rifle through Week 4’s Burning Questions, which run the gamut on Baker Mayfield’s fantasy value in his first start, the Cardinals prospects under new starter Josh Rosen, and what to expect from the 49ers after losing Jimmy Garoppolo from the season (including the guy who sneakily benefits from this in fantasy).
All this, and a jam-packed mailbag, make for another can’t miss episode of The Fantasy Fullback Dive. Find paydirt in Week 4, and smash your open with the best advice in the business!
Josh Gordon is a Patriot! In an impromptu episode of On The Fantasy Beat, The Wolf welcomes on Ryan Hannable of WEEI Boston Sports Radio to discuss all the latest happenings in New England. In a jam-packed 10 minutes, we cover:
-- If Josh Gordon will be New England’s latest reclamation project, and how he could fit and be used in the Patriots Juggernaut attack?
--How the Target Totem Pole will look come Week 5 when Julian Edelman returns
--If any clarity can be expected out of this rushing attack, particularly at the GL
--If there’s any reason to panic in New England right now
Whether a Patriots Fan or Fantasy Enthusiast, you need to get a leg up and hear Hannable’s insider takes now!
Fantasy Football Week 3 has arrived, and The Wolf and Truth are here to help you dominate. We run through another round of Higher, Lower, and Hail Mary, covering:
--Another potential shootout in Kansas City, and why Jimmy G and a returning Marquise Goodwin should have their 2018 Coming Out Party
--Matt Breida’s Sunday Breakout… and if he’ll continue distancing himself in this committee
--Why Melvin Gordon is riskier than usual this week
--How Keelan Cole and Will Fuller are set-up perfectly for continued dominance… and Demaryius Thomas continued sucking
--Evan Engram and Jimmy Graham’s contrasting values after both had strong Week 2s
--Why Blake Bortles, Latavius Murray, Antonio Callaway, and even Antonio Gates make strong Hail Mary stabs
Plus, we tackle Week 3’s most Burning Questions, including:
--Is Carson Wentz startable in his 2018 Debut? What are our expectations?
--Will the FitzMagic continue in Week 3?
--How to replace Joe Mixon… with or without Gio Bernard
Plus, we open with a loaded Stock Watch and Trainer’s Room to check on the health of Leonard Fournette, Aaron Rodgers, Marquise Goodwin, and Larry Fitzgerald, while discussing Josh Gordon’s arrival to New England, and the role of Antonio Callaway in his absence.
And we of course close with an epic Mail Bag. Nothing is more important than that Fantasy W, and we’ll help you secure it in Week 3!
NFL Week 2 is upon us--The Wolf and The Truth deliver a jam packed stock watch featuring Rex Burkhead, Will Fuller, Marcus Mariota, Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman, and Marquise Goodwin.
The Wolf delivers guys from every position that we're higher or lower than the so-called experts on, and tosses up a few hail marys on guys you can maybe get who are under the radar.
The guys then answer three burning questions featuring DeAndre Hopkins, Kareem Hunt, Christian McCaffrey, and more.
And finally we wrap things up with a loaded fan mailbag.
Enjoy the fruits of our labor--sorry the audio was lousy last episode.
A Wild Week 1 of the 2018 Season is officially in the books, and the Fantasy Football implications are massive. From emerging workhorses and target hogs, to shocking regressions, to breakouts we saw from a mile away, you can't prepare for Week 2 without learning Week 1's must-know lessons.
First, we hit you with every relevant stat in (just over) 10 minutes in our Rapid-Fire Sunday Rundown. Then, we dig into the most important fantasy storylines, covering crucial Risers and Fallers including:
--Our boy Patrick Mahomes proving he's the real deal, and what Tyreek Hill's value would be if you're drafting today
--The Saints defensive regression and the huge implications this could have on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara moving forward
--Dion Lewis' "Workhorse" status and what this means for Derrick Henry's value moving forward
--James Conner's bonafide RB1 value and how far Le'Veon Bell should be falling in Rest of Season Rankings
--Deshaun Watson's ugly debut, and how he should be viewed moving forward (below Mahomes?!)
--Christian McCaffrey's underwhelming debut... but why you shouldn't overreact yet.
Plus, we tackle three waiver wire names owned in less than 10% of leagues you must monitor. We paved some massive holes for you in the preseason, so keep following us to Fantasy Stardom with the best regular season coverage in the game.
Fantasy Football Enthusiasts rejoice! We are just over 24 hours from the Kickoff of the 2018 Season... and there's no better way to start a year than a dominating Week 1 Fantasy Performance. As such, get a huge leg up with our Week 1 Fantasy Football preview show.
The Wolf will break down who he is higher and lower on at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE, D/ST), as well as provide a "Hail Mary" play at each (under 1% started and 20% owned).
We'll also tackle the Week's most Burning Questions, now featuring:
-What is James Conner's Week 1 Value with Le'Veon Bell unlikely to go?
-Can you use Josh Gordon coming off the bench versus the Steelers, and what should you expect?
-Will Deshaun Watson's return be triumphant, or will he struggle to pick up where he blazingly left off before his torn ACL?
Plus, during our Stock Watch we'll cover:
- Le'Veon Bell's current holdout and what it means for his value both long-term and in Week 1.
- 49ers RB's After Jerick McKinnon's ACL Tear, and how to approach this backfield in Week 1
- The Patriots RBs health
Plus, we took a bunch of Sit/Start questions to help you dominate Week 1. Simply put, you NEED to get off to a fast start to begin your season, and there's no better way to get ready than by following our pulverizing lead blocks on the Fantasy Fullback Dive
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Jerick McKinnon's devastating ACL tear has the 49ers backfield and fantasy owners in flux, so we invited San Francisco Insider Grant Cohn on to bring some clarity to this mess. Find out his take on this situation, as well as tons of other invaluable insight including:
--Is Marquise Goodwin worth all the hype he's generating (and what sneaky black cloud hangs over his value that no one seems to talk about)?
--How should Jimmy Garoppolo fear in Year 2 under Kyle Shanahan? Is he the chosen one so many expect?
--What is Pierre Garcon's latest health status, and how far down the target totem pole has he shrunk?
--Is George Kittle still a viable fantasy option? Why is his ceiling legitimately limitless... but the floor is also quite scary?
--What sleeper is going undrafted that might only be 5'9" yet is a Red Zone terror?
--Are the 49ers just overrated as a whole?
--What record will the 49ers post in 2018?
This is a loaded interview that 49ers and Fantasy Fans both NEED to hear. Tune in and subscribe now!
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For the first ever time, The Wolf and Truth went LIVE on YouTube for this episode of The Fantasy Fullback Dive.
We covered all the biggest Risers and Fallers of the 2018 Preseason. In the process, you'll learn:
-Why Christian McCaffrey is a complete workhorse, and needs to now be considered in the first rounds of ALL Fantasy Football Drafts
-How the overlooked Emmanuel Sanders is set to be a massive fantasy football target hog with Case Keenum and a newfound slot role, and why he's now an insane bargain.
-Why (most) Rookie RBs are among the biggest losers of this Preseason, especially Buccaneers' Ronald Jones and Seahawks' Rashaad Penny
-Why Sammy Watkins' Preseason illustrated exactly what we expected: this is the Tyreek Hill show, and any discount Watkins still gives 'Reek needs to be capitalized on
Plus, we'll cover all the latest breaking news on our "Stock Watch," including: The Jaguars and Dolphins WR corps, and the latest on Josh Gordon.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch and interact with us live on air in the future. Plus, we post highlights and full episodes on there.
It’s official: Fantasy Football Drafts are here!
Though we don’t recommend drafting until after Preseason Week 3, we fully understand plenty of psychos are already full-steam ahead. This includes our own Truth, and we begin Episode 30 by looking at his Keeper League Draft.
Though we preach “Building a Stable of Horses” as our favorite approach to 2018 drafts, The Truth found himself in a pickle after keeping DeAndre Hopkins and Rob Gronkowski. Find out how an unintentional “Zero-RB” Draft unfolded, and a new “Stock Tip” that emerged from our conversation: The 50% Rule. This is a crucial mindset and way of framing fantasy, so don’t miss this strategy-filled conversation.
But this is just the warm-up. Our Featured segment centers around breaking down Preseason Week 2: Risers, Fallers, and Sleepers. Perhaps more than any other Preseason, we’ve seen some massive fantasy value changes in 2018. This is especially true for Christian McCaffrey, Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton, Carlos Hyde, and so many more risers after Week 2, as well as fallers like Ronald Jones and Sammy Watkins. We touch upon some key Penny Stocks as well, in particular highlighting James White and why he offers enormous upside at his bottom-barrel price.
As always, we also continue two recurring segments: The Stock Watch and Tier Jerkers. On a shorter Stock Watch, we cover:
--Adrian Peterson’s potential value with the Redskins
--Peyton Barber’s strengthening grip on the Bucs’ starting RB role
--Ben Watson and his “Under Armour Mannequin” physique
Plus, in Tier Jerkers, our own Roto Joe is back, this time to break down 2018’s Tight End scene. While we recognize Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz all form a vaunted “Big Three,” there’s still plenty of midround TE1 candidates that could explode and join this bunch. Thus, to help you make the right decision if you miss on the elite, Wolf and Joe run through the ceilings and floors, as well as their rankings, of Evan Engram, Jimmy Graham, Delanie Walker, Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph, and *gasp* newly-added Trey Burton.
We wrap up with a packed mailbag, covering our strategy with D/ST, a brutal keeper decision involving Doug Baldwin and Zach Ertz, our reevaluated Rookie RB rankings, and a keeper choice that sheds light on going for a sure-thing at lesser value (Fournette in Round 3), or the potential homerun with enormous value upside. (Collins in 14).
This Episode is completely jam-packed, and a necessity for any Fantasy Football Fan preparing for their 2018 Draft.
Fresh off debuting his new cutting-edge Fantasy Football site The Quantedge, industry legend Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) brings his game-changing analytics and keen film eye to The Wolf’s Den for some hard-hitting rankings analysis.
Crist and The Wolf first share some agreements on some bolder rankings, beginning with Jarvis Landry and why he’s among the best bargains in Fantasy Football. The pair then breaks down the targets he left behind in Miami, and how Kenny Stills is being completely overlooked as the likely new No.1 target on a team that’ll need to take to the air early and often. Last, they look at Mitch Trubisky’s upside in Matt Nagy’s offense, and detail why he is the ideal late-round QB2 candidate.
But then the gloves come on, and it’s time to duke it out. The Wolf feels Crist is too high on Kerryon Johnson, and Crist brings some big counter punches as to why this isn’t the case. The pair then look at Jay Ajayi, who The Wolf expects a massive rebound and high workshare from, but Crist isn’t buying it. Lastly, Crist explains why Jimmy Graham is overrated by The Wolf, while our host goes in-depth for why the Aaron Rodgers - Graham connection has more upside than most are recognizing right now.
This fire interview then wraps up with one of our strongest “No Huddle Offense” segments yet. From who belongs No.1 in drafts, to the most undervalued and overvalued at each position, to early-round season ruiners and late round “Penny Stocks,” we cover all stages of the draft with Crist’s bold but well-reasoned takes. In the process, we get a Rob Gronkowski rant that may just sway you to take him in Round 1 in every league.
Simply put, the Wolf’s Den was blazing with fire takes, and you can’t miss them… unless you enjoy sheepish 6th place finishes.
As a consistent points factory under Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints are always among the NFL’s most fantasy relevant team each year. In fact, the Saints have finished within the Top-10 in Total Points in 9 of 11 total seasons with these two, including 6 finishes in the Top 5. As such, we go right to the source to breakdown this crucial offense by welcoming on The New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill.
First, we dive into Mark Ingram’s 4-game suspension for PEDs, and the massive fantasy implications this could have on him and the rest of the roster. Find out how rookie sensation Alvin Kamara could be impacted, as well as who could fill the “Big Back” role over the four-game absence (and why this is so crucial to know).
Plus, after ranking in the Top.7 in Passing Play Percentage for seven straight years, the Saints fell all the way to 20th in 2017 behind a high-powered running game. Underhill breaks down why this switch happened, and if we should expect more of the same in 2018. On the passing game front, Underhill breaks down:
--How Michael Thomas looks even more dominant in camp but could still regress statistically.
--New weapon Cam Meredith’s fit and upside in this attack… if he could just get healthy
--Why Ben Watson remains a fantastic fantasy TE even at 37 years old
--How explosive rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith is looking in camp, and the type of ability he brings to this overall attack
Plus, Underhill lays out his predictions for the Saints 2018 season, as well as how the NFC South will play out. Few beat writers are more in-tune or accurate than Underhill, and this is a true must-listen for Fantasy and Saints fans alike.
As promised, we stay in-division for Round 2 of “On The Fantasy Beat,” this time looking at the Giants revamped offense under Pat Shurmur, and how the many exciting pieces (Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard) all fit in. To do so, we welcome in Giants Insider and PFF analyst Dan Schneier, who’s impressive resume includes Giants coverage for 247Sports and CBS Sports, as well as fantasy for Pro Football Focus, and his own Giants Podcast, “Big Blue Banter.”
Before diving into specific players and their expected roles, Schneir gives us an excellent breakdown of Shurmur’s overall offense. Learn why it’s being compared to “musical chairs,” and how this offense will create mismatch nightmares if executed properly. Then, we dive into the big names. How’s Odell Beckham looking post surgery, and fitting into this overall scheme? What’s rookie Saquon Barkley bringing to the table, and will he be the next great “Shurmur Bellcow?” Is Evan Engram set for an even more impressive sophomore campaign after his major rookie splash, and what different ways is Shurmur using him? Plus, should Sterling Shepard be as far under the radar as he is, and can Eli Manning sustain all these fantasy products?
Then, Schneier shares his NFC East Predictions, before bringing his PFF Fantasy Background to our “No Huddle Fantasy Offense.” Here, it’s clear Schneier is equally versed in the virtual gridiron as he is with the Giants, as he powers through question after question with in-depth analysis and hot takes on potential season winners, losers, and major sleepers. This podcast is must listen material for all Giants and fantasy football fans alike, so don’t miss out!
We are thrilled to debut our “On The Fantasy Beat” series tonight, where we go straight to the source for all your most pressing fantasy questions. This year we’ll be pairing guest beats by division to get different perspectives on their biggest rivals as well, and we start in the NFC East and the Cowboys. With a completely overhauled offense, Dallas will bring a whole new fantasy look to the table. To try and make sense of it, and find the most valuable fantasy nuggets, The Wolf and Truth welcome the returning RJ Ochoa. RJ covers all things Dallas Cowboys for @BloggingTheBoys, hosts the excellent Cowboys Pod @OchoLive, and Co-hosts The Saturday Morning Hangover on ESPN San Antonio.
With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten gone, 272 targets (56%) and 2,645 air yards (68.8%) have been opened up. But before we dive into the new faces and how that might be filled, we first look at the let’s engine of this offense -- Ezekiel Elliott. Will his role expand, and his underrated pass-catching flourish, with so much air volume up for grabs?
We then turn our attention to the pass-catching corps, discussing rookie WR Michael Gallup’s impressive play and the type of role he’s carving out, whether Tavon Austin is really a thing, and if any Target Hogs seem likely to emerge between these two and Allen Hurns. Plus, with lots of buzz surrounding Blake Jarwin, we dive into his potential Penny Stock TE upside, and then figure out if there’s any hope for Dak Prescott with such a mismatch receiving corps.
We then get RJ’s Prediction of how the NFC East will unfold, before firing him through our Fantasy No Huddle Offense, considering he’s a big time player himself. Don’t miss his RJ’s insider Cowboys takes and excellent fantasy lens in this excellent “On The Fantasy Beat” Debut.
The fantasy football season is hurtling towards us like Eddie Lacy towards a free buffet of crab rangoon, with Preseason Week 1 officially in the books. Anyone who says, “The Preseason doesn’t matter!” is a true sheep, as Fantasy Wolves consider all possible evidence.
From rapport building, to role development and unexpected usage, to overall team performances and glimpses at new schemes, plenty of important trends emerge that cannot be ignored. The Wolf and Truth read you all the headlines from our Preseason Week 1 Risers, Fallers, and Penny Stocks Recap, before diving in for a few more in depth to preview the piece. And yes, we talk about Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin's pre-game confrontation (before discussing Benjamin’s sneaky Target Hog upside).
Plus, we tackle a jam packed stock watch featuring:
Plus, as has become tradition, Roto Joe is back for another round of Tier Jerkers. Here, the boys break down the 3rd Round(ish) RB scene--he and the Wolf rank McCaffrey, Collins, Henry, Ajayi, and Mixon for your drafting pleasure. Both Joe and Wolf differ vastly in their organization of this tier, so find out where and why certain players are higher or lower.
The pod is wrapped up with a couple of items from the mailbag, including what to do with your 2nd and 3rd Round Picks if drafting No.1 overall, as well as a QB question circling on Jared Goff and Deshaun Watson.
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