NFL Fantasy Football 2017: Sleeper Quarterbacks for Your Consideration

Everyone is looking forward to the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season and not just because of the New England Patriots/Kansas City Chiefs game that will get things started. Certainly the NFL betting odds this season are worth the hype.

 

Everyone wants to know whether or not the Patriots will be dethroned and who will carry out the deed. But for fantasy football enthusiasts, there is a whole other prize at stake. If you are part of a fantasy football league, then the chances are high that you already drafted.

 

But if you haven’t yet, there are a few significant quarterbacks you might have slept on but who most definitely deserve your consideration for the 2017 season. Sleeper quarterbacks like this are easy to miss.

 

But if you are looking for a QB late in the draft, these guys could make all the difference to your prospects this season.

 

The first name on the list has to be Jay Cutler. Maybe you thought you would never have to give Cutler another thought. After all, he seemed pretty determined to retire in the offseason. You probably think that he is already off somewhere polishing his broadcaster abilities.

 

But you are wrong. Dolphins Coach Adam Gase threw his retirement plans out the window and dragged him back into the game, not only because of the experience he brings to the table as a former Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos QB but also because Ryan Tannehill was sidelined by a knee injury that has pretty much ended his season.

 

Miami couldn’t afford to continue without  Cutler. So he is back in the game with a one-year deal, so do not count him out. This is as solid a first or second quarterback as they get.

 

Brian Hoyer closely follows Cutler on this list. Some people want to discount him because he can barely keep C.J. Beathard off his back. The San Francisco 49ers rookie is definitely impressive. But Brian is all but certain to keep his starting job this season.

 

And you know that Kyle Shanahan, the new coach, is going to get the best out of him. That is what Kyle does; he takes talent and polishes it. Brian is definitely a talent. He delivered a solid performance in the preseason.

 

The fact that he has largely gone undrafted is surprising. But he still makes a great last-round QB pick; so you might as well pounce on him.

 

DeShone Kizer has the most to prove of the bunch because no one knows whether or not he will be productive for the Browns’ offense this season. But the preseason gave everyone plenty of reason to keep an eye on Kizer. His 8 carries for 47 yards showed just how mobile he can be.

 

And with a solid team of receivers by his side, Kizer’s stock is all but guaranteed to rise.

 

People do not know what to make of Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. He isn’t expected to start. But do not be too quick to count him out. The one person standing in his way is Tom Savage.

 

But Tom is only guaranteed to start in Week 1. The veteran is unlikely to hold out for the whole season. So expect Watson’s potential to explode in the near future.

 

Nine 2017 Fantasy Football Sleepers That Pros are Drafting

One of the most underrated avenues to separate yourself from your league-mates is hammering the back end of the draft with high-upside dart throws. The typical drafter will go the safe route and draft players based on name value. Here’s a  tip: don’t do that! The latter part of the draft is where professional fantasy football players separate themselves  from amateurs.

Here are nine sleeper picks you need to consider:
Source: http://www.thefantasyauthority.com/redraft/9-fantasy-football-sleepers/

Thoughts On NFL Fantasy Football After Preseason Week 1

There is no better time than now for fans to draft players to their fantasy football teams. Sunday’s games have a lot to tell about the players and their value to their teams. Based on their performance, you can tell what player deserves to be on your team, and who is not worth the investment. Read on to get more insight on the NFL odds for week 1.

Could Robby Anderson be the New York Jets’ No. 1?

Anderson’s performance last season was nothing if not sterling, which is why he really ought to be a top priority for the Jets. With 14 receptions, 29 targets, 240 yards and 2 scores last week, he is well above most other players. He is a little over 6 feet tall, which makes him the tallest receiver. He might not weigh much at 190 lbs, but there is no denying that he is talented. Despite McCown’s attack on Saturday, Robby still deserves a place as one of the best New York Jets players.

The Patriots’ Backfield Uncertainty

There is little clarity on the status of the Patriots’ backfield. Dion Lewis seems to bear the bulk of the work after veteran player Mike Gilislee’s hamstring injury. Last season, Lewis did not get much time on the field due to injury, but this season seems more promising for him. According to many fantasy football enthusiasts, players like Rex Burkhead and James White seem invaluable, but the team’s coach Bill Belichick thinks that Lewis is just as important to the team.

Jameis Winston’s Astounding Performance

Winston beat Mike Evans with 7 targets and Cameron Brate with 19 and 8 yard gains, which is really not surprising. He remains a valuable player for his team, and one that you should consider drafting to your fantasy team. The case is different for rookie O.J Howard who despite showing great potential during the game remains a risky investment. Evan’s regression is a mere rumor, and since he has proven himself in other seasons, you might want to draft him into your team.

Is Kenny Galloday The Lions’ Star?

After two touchdowns, Lions’ rookie receiver enjoyed his well- earned time in the limelight. He has both flair and athletic ability, although this does not guarantee him a spot in the fantasy football community. This is because the Lions players rise through the ranks in a designated way. Currently, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick are above Galloday in the pecking order. He might however be lucky since Ebron is prone to injury and Jones suffered huge statistical drop, so Galloday might still get his chance to shine.

Who will be the Dallas Backfield?

After Darren McFadden’s performance on Sunday, there is no doubt that he will be the Dallas backfield. He might be getting old and losing some of his exceptional flexibility as he turns thirty before the season kicks off, but he is still one of the team’s best players. Elliot’s pending suspension makes him a risky investment for your fantasy team. It is also hard to guess what a fair price for Zeke would be.

Colts Panic Due to Andrew Luck’s Absence

Luck has been missing in action for a while now after he suffered a shoulder injury that needed to be surgically repaired. This veteran quarterback’s absence from the field is unsettling to say the least. To make matters worse, his backup, Scott Tolzien, is not half as inspiring as Luck is. The team’s manager has not clearly stated that Luck won’t be joining the team, so there is still a glimmer of hope that he might return.

Rookies prove themselves

2017 seems like the year for rookie running backs to prove themselves. These include such players as Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara. It is somewhat reminiscent of the year 2014 where rookies like Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans proved to be talented wide outs. Some rookie quarterbacks to watch out for include Deshaune Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshone Kizer. Although it is clear that these rookies have immense talent, it is best to first observe them before drafting them for your team.

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Fantasy Football: Don’t Buy Into The Hype of the Rookie Runners

Who knew that fantasy football could be so complicated? Up to thirty running backs selected in the 2017 NFL Draft season are expected to make a noticeable impact in fantasy football in the immediate future, and you can only imagine what that will do for the NFL betting picks for the 2018 season.

Rookies like Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, and Joe Mixon were selected in the first fifteen rounds of the ten-team NFL.Com draft. If that wasn’t enough, there is no end to the level of hype analysts are raising over Jamaal Williams, Kareem Hunt and Joe Williams.

It is hardly surprising that everyone expects depth charts to be dominated by these youngsters and more. And you would be hard-pressed to make a solid argument suggesting that this hype isn’t warranted.

Then again, does it make sense to overvalue players that haven’t even run a lap on an NFL gridiron? And it isn’t like this sort of hype has produced notable results in the past. Prognostications about rookies, especially the optimistic kind, rarely end well. Just look at DeMarco Murray. Everyone thought that his time with the Tennessee Titans was over after Derrick Henry, a Heisman winner was drafted. Murray went on to dominate that season.

If that sounds like it could be an isolated case, consider this; of all the rookie runners that have risen in the last decade, only two dozen have appeared in the top 25 in fantasy points. If those numbers do not make sense to you, that means only three rookie runners a year ranked in the top 25.

Whenever the draft season comes around and the hype surrounding rookies begins to rise, analysts and fans like to throw out names like Matt Forte, Chris Johnson and Jonathan Stewart from 2008. Those guys made it to the top 10 and it was a big deal. But one cannot ignore the fact that Rashard Mendenhall, Jamaal Charles and other high profile runners performed well below expectations.

Looking at the 2012 class, you can point to Doug Martin, Trent Richardson, and Alfred Morris as standouts. However, anyone who is anyone knows that 2012 didn’t have many talented options. The point is this: every rule has a few exceptions, and it seems a like a lot of analysts and fans in fantasy football are making their picks based on the exceptions instead of the rule.

Think about this. There have been 108 running backs in the NFL that have been selected in the first four rounds of the football draft over the previous decade. And among those running backs, only twenty-one have ever finished in the top 10.

Think about how demoralizing that figure should be, and then ask why rookie running backs are still being overvalued today.

Some rationale should be applied during the draft. And do not use the anxiety spreading online about rookie runners as an excuse to avoid rookie runners. That isn’t the take away here. The point here is this: be smart. Do not overreach for rookies. There are picks like Mixon that, while clearly impressive, should be saved for the third and the fourth rounds rather than the second. You do not want to miss on a player in the top fifty.

So, be smart.

OMG! NFL Wagering and College Football Wagering are Not The Same!

 

There are at least a half-dozen factors that separate college football betting from NFL betting. For starters, action on college football is much more likely to come from sophisticated bettors, known as “sharps” or “wiseguys”, who often possess some insight or kernel of information that may provide them with an edge against the house. Experienced bet takers know not to treat heavy activity on an obscure game, such as East Carolina versus Wake Forest, as casually as they might deal with increased wagering interest on a marquee NFL game such as a Redskins-Cowboys confrontation. For that reason, bookmakers usually move college football betting lines quickly, often one full point at a time. In general, it takes more money to move an NFL betting line(for example, NFL betting at Skybook ) and when it is moved, usually it is by only half a point.

Largely because of a lack of proficiency in the kicking game, key numbers such as 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13 and 14 are not nearly as sacrosanct in college football betting as they are in the NFL. College football games just do not fall on those numbers as often as they do in NFL contests.

We may never again see a three-touchdown favorite in the NFL but lines of -30, -40, or even -50 are not that uncommon in the college gridiron game. Oddsmakers and bookmakers also find college totals more difficult to gauge because some coaches try to impress those who have a vote in the polls by running up the score. Others, feel that a third-string player’s reward for practicing all week is to get to play in a blowout. It’s just these types of unique uncertainties that compel bookmakers to shift college “over/under” numbers more quickly than they move NFL totals.

It’s also the nature of college football that personnel change every year. This makes early season evaluation more difficult and leads bet takers to move lines and totals more quickly, especially in September and early October when the season is still young. There is personnel movement in the NFL too, of course, but mostly it involves players of established ability moving from team to team. In college football, you’re always dealing with fresh faces.

By collective bargaining agreement, each week, the NFL publishes a comprehensive list of injured players and their status. Sure, there are mistakes and abuses and players who have been listed as “doubtful” have played while those regarded as “probable” have not but overall, the list is accurate. On the other hand, colleges are under no obligation to announce the status of injured or disciplined football players. This vagueness over availability sometimes can create opportunities in college football betting. Consequently, bookmakers are wary if too much wagering attention is paid to one team.

When it comes to parlay card numbers, you are much more apt to see a slight gap between those prices printed on cards and those posted on the board in the NFL than you are in college football. The key element is that bookmakers can more accurately predict the public inclination for an NFL game than they can for a college football game. It’s not unusual then for traditionally popular team such as Dallas or a “hot” team such as Oakland, to be listed as a 7 1/2-point favorite on a parlay card but just a 6 1/2 or 7-point choice on the board. Through experience, bookmakers know that “public” teams such as the Cowboys, as well as “now” teams such as the Raiders, will be more aggressively played on parlay cards than they are straight up.

Clearly, understanding the differences between college football betting and NFL betting is essential to winning.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL:

College Football:

‘Wiseguys’ frequently supply the action

College football betting lines often are moved by a full point at a time

Key numbers are not as important

Personnel changes can make early season analysis difficult

Information on injuries is not always accessible

There’s usually not a disparity between parlay card and board numbers

NFL:

Money from public is prevalent

Betting lines are usually moved by a half-point at a time

Key numbers are VERY important

Personnel changes are less volatile and easier to evaluate

Information on injuries usually is accessible

Parlay card numbers sometimes are intentionally different than prices on the board.

Steelers are Playing the Best Football in the NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers are without a doubt the best team in the NFL, though New England Fans will probably argue that idea. Sure, they had a sloppy start, but you only need to look at the NFL lines to know that the Steelers are definitely back at full strength.

Even this early in the season, everyone has to agree that Ben Roethlisberger is the top contender for MVP, and that isn’t the only arrow in the team’s quiver. They are basically playing the best football of any team around.

Certainly, you can always point to their loss in Philly; but you also cannot ignore the fact that their defense hasn’t allowed more than 16 points in any given game. Anyone that doubted Antonio Brown is now eating their words because he is definitely living up to the hype.

Martavis Bryant’s one-year suspension doesn’t even look as bad at the present, not with the way Sammie Coates stepped into his role and gave the Steelers an even deadlier edge.

Put simply, the Steelers are the team to beat in the NFL; they are presently 4-1 in a weak AFC North. They should be making another deep run into the playoffs soon enough. Of course, not enough people are giving the Steelers the attention they deserve, not when the Patriots are hogging all the attention.

That is all anyone can talk about right now, whether the Patriots can deliver on the hype and how Tom Brady will perform in the MVP race when he isn’t likely to play more than 12 games this season.

While Tom Brady continues to captivate fans, Roethlisberger is going unnoticed, this despite having performed so astoundingly in the season, essential to the success the Steelers have experienced so far.

The Steelers didn’t really warrant the attention at the start; sure, they did fine in their first three games, this despite Philadelphia ruining their September by adding a loss to their record.

However,Leveon Bell returned from a three-game suspension and the running back completely transformed the team. Just as Brady seems to be outshining Ben, Ben is also somewhat outshining Bell, who has played a crucial role in the amazing record Ben has amassed in the first third of this season.

Bell’s presence has had a notable impact on the Steelers; keep in mind the fact that Bell returned to the game just in time for the Steelers to take on teams like the Jets and the Chiefs, with Bell finishing with 210 yards for a 5.5ypc, this along with keeping his touches very low.

The Steelers weren’t floundering without Bell. His stand-in, DeAngelo Williams, did a decent job. At the very least, he was able to get yards, though mostly because the defense prioritized shutting down the passing attack.

Now Bell has returned to the Backfield and that puts opponents in a difficult position. With Brown and Coates in place, the Steelers definitely have the deadliest offense around.

Sure, all the hullaballoo surrounding the Patriots is probably deserved; however, the Steelers deserve even more love, boasting a full and healthy roster as well as a coach with playoff success and a quarterback at his peak.

10 Simple Fantasy Football Strategies for 2016

10 fantasy football ideas for your forthcoming drafts:

– Take a flyer on Browns pass receiver Terrelle Pryor, however not prematurely. That could be a problem in Northeast Ohio, where fantasy owners may reach for him. Take him as a WR3 alternative. Proceed with caution when targeting Josh Gordon, suspended for the very first 4 games.

– Some Sleepers for 2016: QB, Marcus Mariota, Titans; RB, Ryan Mathews, Eagles; WR, Kevin White, Bears; TE, Ladarius Green, Steelers

– Don’t relax between rounds. Keep concentrated, and also target young running backs and also receivers entering their second or 3rd year in the league. Many times, receivers catch on by Year 3 with their teams. Former Browns WR Travis Benjamin, now with the Chargers, and the Colts’ Donte Moncrief are two examples. An additional is the Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry, he’s been very good the last 2 seasons (194 catches), but might actually blast off in 2016!

– Remember regarding the likes of receivers Kelvin Benjamin of the Panthers and also the Bears’ White– skilled men that missed all of last season with injuries.

– The number of running backs should you draft? A whole lot. More crucial, be energetic throughout your organization’s waiver sessions. Running backs get injured– a lot. Be ready for significant shuffling at RB1 and RB2 throughout the season.

– Waiting for quarterbacks: The most effective method may be to draft the Patriots’ Tom Brady, he will miss the first 4 games of the season due to suspension, but should be outstanding when he returns. But there need to be a lot of strong choices for a four-week fill-in to replace Brady.

– When it comes to the consensus fantasy QB, the Panthers’ Web cam Newton, he’s one more example of a gamer blasting off in Year 3 with a team. He may distance himself even further from the crowd in 2016!

– Do not draft a defense/special team until your draft’s second-to-last round.

– Do not pick a kicker until the last round.

– In a situation you may have missed , Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s four-game suspension was just recently decreased to three, yet we wouldn’t draft him early. Three games is still a lot to miss!

Comeback? Comeback? Johnny Football Manziel OMG!

Jonathan Paul Manziel, popularly known as Johnny Manziel by NFL fans, the mention of his name stirs a melancholic mood of a career cut short by not so popular choices. While the troubled quarterback admits that he is drafting a comeback, he remains with no team to train with as NFL training camps set to open. Manziel who was relieved of his playing duties by Cleveland Browns after two seasons full of distractions, assured his fans and followers on social media that his career is far from over. As a new season dawns, NFL predictions against the spread will seemingly become popular.

Manziel did not hold anything back as he expressed how badly he wanted to get back into action. In his social media platforms, he appreciated the way his fans and followers write about him. He openly corrected them by saying that he is not about what they read. He also added that he loves all his fans although some of their comments suck.

Controversies of Manziel Career

Manziel is a talented player; however his career has been full of distractions and is a clear portrait of a spoilt player. Below are some of the misconducts that he displayed on the course of his career;

2012 Arrest – Manziel Disorderly Behavior

On the fateful night of June 29th, 2012, Manziel was arrested and charged with failure to identify, possession of a forged driver’s license and disorderly conduct. After his arrest, his head coach favored him and selected him as the starting quarterback at Texas A&M’s.

2013 Off-season – Manziel Takes his Pride to Another Level

With his new found star status, Manziel gained personal pride and drew media attention for his bad behavior off the field. He was kicked out at a fraternity party at the University of Texas. Other misbehavior include early departure after oversleeping at the Manning Passing Academy and getting under the spotlight of NCAA after alleged payments for autographs. Although NCAA did not find any evidence, Manziel was suspended or the first half of the season.

2015 Off-season – Autographs Request Becomes Messy

On May 30, a heckler requested Manziel for his autograph on the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. The heckler kept asking for one pushing Manziel to respond by throwing a water bottle at the heckler. Luckily, he missed and no criminal charges were pressed.

2015 Season-Intolerable Behavior

During the October season of 2015, Manziel was fighting with his girlfriend in his car. He admitted that he had drunk a few, luckily, no charges were made. Not long after this, on November, a video of Manziel partying surfaced on the internet forcing his coach to demote him to the third string. Later during the final games, Manziel got a concussion. Funny enough, he failed to show up to the team medic which is a requirement.

2016 Off-season – From Bad to Worse

After putting up with his behavior for long, Manziel’s Marketing Agency –LRMR terminated its works with Manziel. This was followed by the announcement by his representative Erik Burkhardt that he would no longer represent him. As that was not enough, the police department opened a criminal investigation on Manziel claiming domestic violence.

Things were falling apart for Manziel, on April 19, 2016, he was fired by his agent and on the same day Nike terminated their relationship with Manziel.

What Next for the NFL Quarterback?

In his recent statement with the Washington Post, Manziel re-assured his fans and followers that he is actually doing well. He added that he has put things into perspective and he is going to focus on being healthy, in fact, he had set up an in-house gym.

Despite his disappointing career, Manziel said that he is doing all it takes to make it right and as he waits for a team, he is exploring his options to see what the future has in store for him.