Fantasy Football Nerd

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For the past several years, I have enjoyed hosting the FantasyFootballNerd.com Experts League for Charity in which some of the best experts from some of the most prestigious names in the industry come together to play in a league with a purpose beyond just bragging rights. We each play for a charity and FFN makes a donation to the winner's charity. This year I'm honored to welcome NASCAR superstar Ty Dillon to the league and look forward to playing against him. Ty may be one of the best on the track, but is he good enough to take home the FFN trophy?
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There are pros and cons to having the first pick in the draft. The most obvious is that you get the pick of any player you want. The means that you'll have an elite option to anchor your team. The drawback to picking first though is that, depending on the size of your league, your next pick is going to be 20th or 24th overall. So who should you take with the first pick?
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This is a simple supply versus demand situation. The simple truth is that the supply of featured running backs is not enough to satisfy the demand. As we all know, the league has become much more of a passing league. There were more 6-TD passing games last season than the entire decade of the 90's combined. 5,000+ passing yards isn't such a stretch anymore. We're disappointed if our quarterbacks don't throw for 300+ yards in a game. The running back by committee approach has made the featured back something of a rarity. Not every running back is going to get 20+ touches a game any longer which makes drafting a solid running back crucial to the success of any fantasy team. We'll take a look at our options this year through the lens of our running back tiers.
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It seems like each year we preach the mantra "Wait on a quarterback" and sometimes people listen...sometimes they don't. There are two schools of thought on this. If your league is a 2-QB league or your scoring system rewards passing more than the standard 4 points/touchdown and 1 point for every 25 yards, then a QB becomes more valuable. If your league doesn't treat passing stats with preferential treatment, read my lips: "Wait on a quarterback".
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With preseason underway, there are lots of questions about rookies this week. A solid pick on a rookie can bring years of fantasy goodness to those owners in dynasty leagues. If you're looking for redraft rankings, look for these guys on our fantasy football rankings. If you're looking for rookie rankings from a dynasty or keeper perspective, here's our Top 10 fantasy football rookies for 2015.
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What is a fantasy football sleeper? Ask five people and you'll likely get five different answers. A fantasy football sleeper is really any player who really outperforms his Average Draft Position (ADP). For example, if a Tight End is being drafted as the 16th TE overall and he finishes the year as the 14th-best TE, he wasn't a sleeper. If, however, he ends the season as the 6th-best TE, he really outperformed where you thought he would be. That guy is a sleeper and one or two sleepers can really help your team. Here are a few guys being drafted in later rounds that have the potential to outperform where they're being drafted.
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It's our job at FFN to monitor the rankings of players from across multiple expert websites and to report back on our findings. This allows us to look at not just the rankings but the movement within those rankings. We then publish those findings in our free Movers and Shakers tool. As camps start heating up and preseason games get underway, the 7 and 14-day charts are good indicators of draft direction. It's still early in the season, but here are some of the guys moving up and down the rankings charts.
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Think you got what it takes to beat up a nerd? Think again. Here's your chance to play against me.
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