PlayerProfiler’s most enlightening player comps

Todd Gurley’s player comp on PlayerProfiler is LaDainian Tomlinson. Big, fast, and perhaps most importantly, both backs were excellent receivers early on. Gurley is finally getting credit for his all-purpose skillset, but his player comp told you all you ever needed to know.

Football analysts really struggle comparing Christian McCaffrey to any current NFL running back. Let the data tell the story. Based on the measurables and their on-field performance, McCaffrey is most similar to Duke Johnson.


3 top buy-low wide receivers for fantasy football dynasty leagues

Poor quarterback play and injuries have plagued Donte Moncrief, Corey Davis, and Will Fuller in 2017, but this momentary dip in their value has created a buying opportunity that is bound to generate upside and production in the coming seasons.

Will Fuller is one of two wide receivers in the NFL to combine at least a 46.7-percent College Dominator, 20.3 College YPR, and a 40-Yard Dash time of at least 4.40. The other wide receiver to check those boxes is former elite fantasy wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas.


The 4 best-value fantasy football plays at each position for week 17

Jamison Crowder has been one of the most efficient wide receivers for Kirk Cousins and Washington all season, and now has a chance to feast on the New York Giants in Week 17. Acquiring fantasy players who face the Giants has become a staple in the art of fantasy streaming for 2017.

Since returning from injury in Week 10, Charles Clay has not caught more than five passes in a game, and has not topped 68 receiving yards in a game, failing to score since Week 3. Fortunately for Clay and his owners, his best game of 2017 post injury came against the Miami Dolphins, who face the Bills in week 17.


5 must-plays for DFS and fantasy football leagues in week 17

Derrick Henry has a chance to play savior for both fantasy owners and the Tennessee Titans this week. With Demarco Murray out with a MCL sprain this week, Henry will get to play workhorse this week in the Titans backfield.

Last seasons NFC champions are in a must win situation if they want to return to the playoffs this year. The Falcons will need a big game out of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in order to get that done. Sanu has been one of the most consistent No. 2 wide receivers in the NFL this year.


PlayerProfiler’s biggest hits and misses from 2017

Most in-season forecasts over-projected Stefon Diggs production after he suffered a groin injury. Analytical models too often assume full health week to week and rarely discount injured players properly.

Deshaun Watson shocked the football analytics community by becoming the first rookie quarterback in recent memory to finish No. 1 among NFL quarterbacks in fantasy points per game (24.3). Watson accomplished this astounding feat with truly uncommon (read: unsustainable?) efficiency.


5 unknown wide receivers rose from obscurity in week 15

Keelan Cole is the most “for real.” Cole was a small school mega-producer, and it’s exciting to watch him fill in seamlessly for Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns based on his advanced stats, metrics, and analytics player profile.

Damiere Byrd is the smallest receiver the NFL and was not productive at the college level. Don’t be surprised if last week’s two touchdowns are the last touchdowns Byrd ever scores.


Three starts and three sits for fantasy football championship weekend

If you needed a narrative to compel you to watch the Denver-Washington game, look no further than the Kapri Bibbs revenge game. Bibbs is a great starter in tournaments or needy PPR teams this week and becomes an instant cash play and streamer du jour if Samaje Perine is inactive this week.

Given that Cleveland has minimal worries about the Bears passing game, they can concentrate all their defensive efforts on bottling up Jordan Howard. Keep Howard on the bench and consider streaming free square RB du jour, Kapri Bipps in his stead.


3 top streamers for the week 16 fantasy football championship game

Get past the idea that the thought of ever starting Drew Stanton, much less in a championship week, sounds crazy, and accept the fact that on paper he has one of the best matchups of any fantasy quarterback this week. If it were any other quarterback facing the Giants, you’d be eagerly awaiting your chance to start him.

Even with the inefficient play we’ve witnessed from Joe Flacco all season, Mike Wallace has still managed to turn in efficient performances when given the chance, posting a +20.9-percent Target Premium (No. 12) and a +9.0 Production Premium (No. 28).


5 top streamers for the fantasy football championship game

In one of the most improbable developments, Blake Bortles has become one of the hottest quarterbacks in all of the NFL. Bortles has emerged as one of the biggest reasons that Jacksonville keeps winning. In the last three games, he has averaged over 300 yards per game while posting a sparkling 7-0 TD-INT ratio.

Martavis Bryant has been disappointing in his return from suspension this year, but he has a great chance to redeem himself in the final weeks of the season. With Antonio Brown out with a calf injury, Bryant becomes the teams most talented receiver.


How the Carson Wentz knee injury doomed the Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz is the reason the Eagles are 11-2. He is No. 2 in total fantasy points behind only Russell Wilson, and Wentz was having the best season for a second-year quarterback since 2010. When his ACL went, the Eagles’ Super Bowl chances came and Wentz.

Fortunately for Zach Ertz, the Eagles have a super-friendly schedule for tight ends the rest of the way. Regardless, with Foles at the helm, his ceiling is now capped. Look for the target distribution to narrow.