With 12 new HC's or OC's calling plays in 2018, the Coaching Carousel has been spinning at record speed this offseason.
And, as Todd Gurley and the LA Rams made clear last season, knowing what each new coach brings to the table is absolutely essential (unless you don't care about 881 more yards and 13 more TDs on just 22 additional touches).
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 begin by discussing the four new play-calling HC's (Matt Nagy, Pat Shurmur, Jon Gruden and Frank Reich) plus new Cleveland OC Todd Haley. 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 Saquon Barkley, Tarik Cohen, Amari Cooper, Andrew Luck, and Josh Gordon all stand to benefit immensely.
With lots of news breaking on Rookie RBs and their potential to steal starting roles, The Wolf and Truth also bring up the Rookie Radar. What's the latest on Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb, and Royce Freeman, and what does it mean for you fantasy owners? (Plus, why does The Truth decide to unleash hell on whoever ESPN's Pat McManamon is?)
This Episode, and our Coaching Carousel Guide, are actual Godsends if you haven't paid any attention to the new hires. Make sure to tune in to one of our best shows ever, and let us know your thoughts below!
You look down at Pocket Aces, slide all your chips across the table, and smugly declare, "All-In."
Episode 21 is dedicated to all of 2018's Fantasy Football Players who fill us with the same kind of exhilaration and confidence. The guys we're willing to bet the house on without a second thought. The guys we absolutely need on our teams... and would feel disgusted to see rostered by our rivals.
Most often, these players are the screaming bargains who are going rounds later than they deserve. Sometimes, they're priced appropriately but are just drip in so much upside we need to have them.
In 2016, David Johnson was our No.1 "All-In" candidate, as we screamed from mountain tops that he needed to go 2nd overall after his explosive rookie finish. Last year, Tyreek Hill was the guy we couldn't stop raving about.
Now, we're giving you a whole team.
We separate the "All-In Team" by draft slot, breaking down Early Round, Middle Round, and Late Round guys we must have, covering multiple options at all positions.
Plus, we return with a "Stock Tip of the Day" with one of fantasy's most important strategies: waiting to draft your QB. Find out why the "Stock Market" approach to fantasy makes waiting on QB a necessity, not an option... and who to target in those later rounds.
Just to make sure you can confidently execute Waiting on a QB, we drop another Fantasy Stock Profile on our favorite QB Bargain of 2018... and possibly the biggest steal in all of fantasy this season.
Between a host of "All-In" Players, a necessary Fantasy Strategy, and a key Stock Profile, Episode 21 can't be missed. Keep following our lead block as we pave your way to Fantasy Football Titles in 2018.
Last week in Episode 19, we revealed The Fantasy Stock Formula. The Wolf uses this to grade every single one of our Top 100 players, and the system is truly the backbone to our rankings and analysis — making this a must-listen if you’re a FFBPod and/or Roto Street fan.
One Episode later, we dive in even deeper to The Wolf’s 2018
Player Grades by welcoming on three Roto Street Expert Mainstays: CJay, JimboSlice, and, making his FFBDPod debut from Indianapolis, Roto Joe. All three come at The Wolf hard, asking demanding questions ranging from:
—Why JuJu Smith is grading as a Top-12 WR
—Why Cam Meredith is one of the top “Penny Stocks” in 2018
—Is Kelvin Benjamin actually too low with massive volume coming his way?
—The Patriots WRs (pre-Edelman’s suspension, though still highly relevant)
—Derrick Henry and how he compares to a host of other upside RB2s
—Why isn’t Antonio Brown perfect?
— Is Mahomes way too high… and Tom Brady way too low?
—What makes Leonard Fournette riskier than you’d imagine
Just to name a handful. This Episode is loaded with a variety of fire takes all over the fantasy map, while including an inside look at our system. Simply put, we’ve gone back-to-back on the can’t miss audio.
Check out our show notes from Episode 20 here.
Any successful business or brand has at least one way of separating from the pack. A different approach or style that puts them above everyone else.
At Roto Street Journal, we believe our Fantasy Stock Formula is one our greatest edges over the industry -- there's simply no better way to evaluate future fantasy fortunes.
In Episode 19, we reveal our secret sauce.
Simple yet incredibly in-depth, the Fantasy Stock Formula grades out every player with the 6 Crucial Fantasy Football Value Indicators in mind:
To open, The Wolf and Truth dive into how we evaluate and grade each category, and breakdown why each variable is essential to fantasy value.
Moreover, we break down the logic behind our new "Category Weights," and why some Indicators (re: Talent and Usage) are worth more than others.
Soon after, things get heated.
While The Truth may agree with the formula, he and The Wolf are way off in some grading decisions. Find out why Tyreek Hill, Odell Beckham, Kirk Cousins, Big Ben, Leonard Fournette and Mr. Glass himself Jordan Reed are all major points of contention.
No other episode brings you truly behind the scenes quite and reveals are "backbone" quite like this, making Episode 19 a monumental must-listen.
See Episode 19 Show Notes here
And while you're at it...
Check Out Our Stock Formula
As painful as it has been, The Wolf has held out from any Fantasy Football Mock Drafts or Draft Wizards...until now. He wanted his first Mock to be a live, unbiased breakdown of his true thoughts, and we've captured this to perfection.
In this 12-team, half PPR draft, The Wolf is assigned the 4th spot. Immediately, the debates begin with David Johnson vs. Antonio Brown, and they don't let up from here. Find out if The Wolf followed his coined strategy of "Building an RB Stable," what picks he thinks will be the Steals of 2018 drafts, and so much more. Plus, we breakdown breaking news on Dalvin Cook, Darren Sproles, and David Njoku.
This live mock draft yielded so many market insights, it truly can't be missed!
In a fire finale episode to our 2018 NFL Draft Fantasy Football Four Pack, we package together all the incredible insight and takes from our interviews with The Fantasy Footballers’ Mike “The Hitman” Wright (Ep. 15) and Pro Football Focus’ Scott Barrett (Ep. 160. The Wolf digs into the most important lessons learned and ranking reconsiderations prompted by his tangos with two of the industry's best. Moreover, some takes already need refreshing (fantasy football is truly a never-sleeping stock market!), particularly after CJ Anderson signed with Carolina, and Mark Ingram was hit a four-game suspension. We cover all the breaking news and the surrounding implications in our debuting Fantasy Stock Watch segment.
Meanwhile, we revisit all the Veteran Riser and Faller takes and cover all the necessary names left to discuss. Many veterans benefited immensely, cementing their Usage after their teams bypassed rookie talent injections... while others saw their value plummet as their depth chart throne grew far shakier, if not usurped altogether. You can't miss all these crucial implications and takes, as well as Saquon Barkley's Stock Profile to highlight why he belongs in the Top Five overall.
With endless, invaluable NFL Draft takes from two of the industry's brightest and boldest minds, as well as information-packed standalone bookends, this first-ever "Fantasy Four Pack" has been truly can't miss fantasy listening. Tune in and Sound Off now!
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In Part Three of our 2018 NFL Draft Fantasy Football Four Pack Mini-Series, The Wolf and Truth ecstatically invite Pro Football Focus’ Scott Barrett on as our second draft-dissecting Fantasy Wolf. The King of "Metrics that Matter" and "#DankStats," Barrett is constantly uncovering game-changing, never-before-seen stats and trends to better illuminate the many factors that go into Fantasy Football success… and he brings all the Advanced Analytics to the FFBDPod in a can’t miss Episode 16.
We run Barrett through the same grueling script as Wright, uncovering some similar opinions, but far more variety in his takes. Why is Barrett down on this class as a whole? On the flip side, which 2 backs is he all-in on? Why is Derrius Guice completely overrated in Barrett’s mind while Nyheim Hines could be a steal? Barrett answers all of these and far more, bringing the unique analytics and stats only he and PFF can.
Just like Wright, Barrett also digs into the veteran pool, bringing some fantastic grading and breakdowns for who won and lost from a fantasy perspective. We dive deep into Alex Collins, Jay Ajayi, JuJu Smith Schuster, and many more in a must-listen breakdown of the NFL Draft.
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In Part Two of our 2018 NFL Draft Fantasy Football Four Pack Mini-Series, The Wolf and Truth are thrilled to debut our 2018 Fantasy Wolves series with a fire interview with Mike “The Hitman” Wright of The Fantasy Footballers. As a co-founder of Fantasy Football's biggest, most award-winning podcast, Mike Wright has earned the title "The Fantasy Hitman" for his bold, hard-hitting takes that slay the competition. Thus, he was a natural choice for the first wolf to enter our den and slay the NFL Draft coverage.
We run The Hitman through some grueling interview questions to dig up this opinions and analysis on the 2018 NFL Draft's biggest storylines, primarily centered around this loaded 2018 Rookie RB Class.
We start at the top with Saquon Barkley, and hit upon every other relevant rookie from there. Who’s the next best pick in fantasy after Barkley? Is Derrius Guice set to be as beastly in the pros as he was in college? Is Sony Michel set to dominate in the explosive Patriots Offense? Which Rookie RBs should be avoided, and who’ll be the under-the-radar rookie pick who could change seasons?
Beyond the rookies, Wright also digs his teeth into the many veteran implications. Who does The Hitman consider the biggest risers and fallers following the draft, and why? Which bust is The Wolf definitely doubling-down on, and what fifth round WR is going to win people leagues?
Find out all this and so much more in a truly can’t miss interview.
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The NFL Draft always brings massive fantasy football implications, and you can't find more comprehensive coverage than the FFBDPod's first ever Fantasy Football Four Pack Podcast Series. Get caught up on all major swings and shakes with The Fantasy Footballer’s Mike Wright, PFF’s Scott Barrett, and our very own Wolf and Truth of Roto Street.
In Part One, The Wolf and Truth begin our 2018 NFL Draft Fantasy Coverage by digging deep into our 2018 "Gut Reaction" Rookie RB Rankings. Countless talented backs landed in the juiciest "Value Hole" Openings, and more than one now offers Legit RB1 Upside. We broke down which ones to be targeting, versus avoiding, as we lump them into tiers and analyze all the moving parts around each one.
We also debut two new segments in Episode 14: The Fantasy Stock Tip & Stock Profile of the Week. First, the Wolf shares the secret strategy he thinks will bring the most titles in 2018, titled Building a Stable of Horses. From maximizing your flex to analyzing the market supply & demand at the RB position, The Wolf believes achieving a weekly Three Horse Attack is THE number one way to win a title in 2018. You'll learn more about this, as well as why Todd Gurley is our highest-graded fantasy player, all in a jam-packed opening episode.
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A week after unveiling The Wolf's Top April Bargains (guys he's ranked 20+ spots higher than the ECR), the boys reverse the script for April's Most Overpriced Players. Which common late first rounders does The Wolf refuse to touch? Who's commonly ranked as a high-end RB2 that The Wolf wouldn't touch til Round 8? And why are future HOFers like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady among 2018's most overpriced?
Plus, with the Patriots again dominating headlines, Ryan Hannable of WEEI Boston Sports Radio joins us to cover all the breaking news. From Brandin Cooks' trade, to the teams' draft plans, to the post-Dion Lewis backfield, we plunge headfirst into all things New England. Season 3 has been on a whole new level, and Episode 12 only continues to elevate the bar with some can't miss fire.
The RSJ guys get together to discuss the guys in The Wolf's overall top 100 who he likes a LOT more than the ECR. These are bargains you do NOT want to be left in the dark on.
Now that the dust has settled (mostly), The Wolf and The Truth delve into the true winners (McKinnon) and losers of the 2018 free agency rush.
The RSJ guys tackle the biggest free agency news of the day rapid fire style. Kirk Cousins, Trey Burton, Carlos Hyde, and more have finally found homes. Tune in to hear the Wolf's takes on all their landing spots.
The RSJ guys break down the rapidly falling dominoes of 2018 free agency from Case Keenum, Drew Brees, Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, and more...
The Wolf and The Truth take the deep dive into NFL free agency and franchise tags position by position as the Wolf identifies the value holes that need to be filled and the best guys to fill 'em.
Zac Jackson @AkronJackson joins the pod to give his thoughts on the Cleveland Browns, their offseason, their potential draft, their coach, and loads more.
The Wolf and the Truth journey further into The Wolf's way too early (or not early enough) fantasy football big board. (#21-#48)
George Bremer, CNHI Sports Indiana executive editor, Indianapolis Colts beat writer and sports editor for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana joins the Roto Street Journal guys to talk about all the timely Colts-related NFL news.
Josh McDaniels, Frank Reich, Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, The Ageless Frank Gore and so much more on this information packed episode
The Wolf and The Truth tackle the top of the Wolf's way too early (or not early enough) big board.
The Fantasy Fullback Dive plows into Season 3 like an absolute sledgehammer, welcoming on the Godfather of Oregon Football: Charles Fischer.
A fantasy sheep may ask, "Why would you invite a college analyst to the show, even if a mastermind?"
But a true wolf knows that exact answer: Mark Helfrich.
The former Oregon HC has joined Matt Nagy as the Bears Offensive Coordinator, forming one of the most intriguing coaching duos of 2018. Understanding just how much Helfrich brings to the table is crucial.
Though Nagy will be calling plays, Helfrich and his bright, innovative mind weren't brought in without reason. The college coach is regarded as a QB Guru -- one Marcus Mariota attributes everything to (according to Fischer). The new OC will undoubtedly be bringing plenty of Spread and Zone Concepts into Nagy's West Coast attack.
Thus, we bring in Fischer, who might know more about Helfrich and the Oregon Scheme than anyone who hasn't coached there (and maybe them too).
In arguably our most nitty gritty, "X's and O's" Interview of all time, Fischer digs in deep to every facet of Helfrich's attack. In the process, Fischer lays down the foundation, and The Wolf and Truth bring the fantasy hammer.
While we'd have preferred moving on, The Wolf and Truth had no choice but to stay in New England after all this week's wild news: Bill Belichick / Malcolm Butler, Josh McDaniels, Rob Gronkowski... really, the entire team have all been under the microscope. So we've brought in the big guns to bring some clarity.
In our Season 3 premiere, we're absolutely thrilled to welcome on WEEI's Lead Patriots Beat Writer Ryan Hannable to the show, and pepper him with the burning questions.
Hannable gives us all the insider scoops he's scoured from the normally tight-lipped Patriots. From Butler's benching to McDaniel's return to Gronk's retirement and every other personnel, injury, and free agency question in-between, we get leave no New England stone unturned.
The Truth tries to contain his smugness and The Wolf just tries to keep it together as the guys debrief Super Bowl 52, a thrilling 41-33 victory for the Eagles over the Patriots.
Super Bowl 52 is nearly upon us, which means us degenerate gamblers care about one thing: Prop Bets. Though the Coin Flip may be an infamous wager, many Props are far more scientific than a 50/50 shot. Trust that no one will dive in deeper than your FFBD boys, who break down all the stats; from Fourth Quarter outputs, to Pink's Hair Trends, to Belichick's shirt history, you'll be set to clean up serious $$ on some of the most entertaining bets of the year. RSJ mainstays and gambling gurus CJay, JimboSlice, and, for the first time ever, Keegs all make guest appearances to share their insight on a slew of bets. What huge odds could clean up big? What props do we consider locks to hammer big time? Just how many times will Tom Brady's age or Donald Trump be mentioned? Find out all this and our Super Bowl predictions in one of our most hilariously informative episodes yet.
The Coaching Carousel has begun spinning, and new Bears OC Matt Nagy is by far the most important to breakdown so far. To do so, we welcome Chiefs Insider Chris Clark (@ChrisClarkNFL) of the Locked on Chiefs Podcast to analyze all he knows on Nagy and how he might utilize talents on the Bears. How could Mitch Trubisky fit into this "Vertical West Coast" scheme? How might Nagy utilize his exciting tandem of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen? What Bears pass catchers should be on fantasy radars? Before Chris join us, The Wolf and Truth had to dive deep into arguably the wildest weekend of Divisional Round football we've ever seen, and make our predictions for the Super Bowl.
With 2017 officially in the books, The Wolf (@RotoStreetWolf) and Truth hit the pause button to reflect on the most important fantasy football lessons we learned from a wild season. What draft strategies do you need to know entering 2018? Which positions should you be approaching differently this year? How will we be approaching our evaluating and ranking process differently this season? Plus, Audio Guy Nate joins in to reflect on the his most successful season yet, and what strategies and lessons he learned and will forever apply in fantasy. Though this episode might not be fully player focused, it is jam-packed with the philosophy and mindsets that all Fantasy Wolves need to hear. Be sure to tune in and let us know your thoughts!