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Evaded Tackles vs. Juke Rate: Testing RB Metrics For Predictability

by Joshua Hermsmeyer, July 14, 2017

The Panthers will not want Cam Newton to stick his head into those scrums this season and risk another concussion, and Stewart owned and dominated on those carries last season. Stewart had a TD Rate of over 10-percent on carries against a stacked defensive line last season, one of the best marks in the NFL.

Like Jonathan Stewart, Lacy has shown he can both handle the load and break tackles to push it across the goal line. Lacy’s floor is probably higher than Stewart’s and it’s reflected in his higher ADP, but he also possesses a high TD upside because of his size and ability to break tackles against stacked formations.

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Melvin Gordon vs. Todd Gurley: Navigating Recency Bias and Mean Reversion

by Phillip Caldwell, July 13, 2017

My rankings, based on career averages, have Todd Gurley ranked higher than Melvin Gordon. Yet I keep drafting Gordon in my mock drafts. Is recency bias clouding my judgment? Or do I need to fix my rankings model? A dive into the advanced metrics helped me decide which third year back should be ranked higher.

Todd Gurley’s reputation as an whirling, hurdling playmaker masks an unfortunate truth: The advanced metrics indicate that Gurley is simply not good at avoiding tackles. That’s a problem.

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5 High Upside Slot Wide Receivers for Fantasy Football

by Zach Krueger, July 12, 2017

Successful slot receivers in terms of fantasy football are few and far between. Not many teams have the quarterback, offensive scheme and talent at wide receiver to churn out fantasy relevant players in the slot, but as with everything there are the anomalies.

Often overlooked and under appreciated, Doug Baldwin has been a model of consistency for two consecutive seasons, notching 1,000-plus yards in 2015 and 2016, and an absurd 14 receiving touchdowns in 2015. He’s drawn 228 targets over those last two seasons, and has been one of the most efficient receivers during that span.

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Jordan Matthews: Discarded, Overlooked, and Undervalued in Fantasy Football

by Mike Medeiros, July 11, 2017

Since being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Jordan Matthews has been one of the most productive receivers in the league. While he was a disappointment for fantasy owners in 2016, Jordan Matthews is being overlooked and he is a strong rebound candidate for the upcoming season.

The Eagles gave their receiving corps a makeover this offseason. Signing Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith to play on the outside, pushing Nelson Agholor into a reserve role and moving Jordan Matthews back into his familiar role in the slot.

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Ty Montgomery: When Efficiency Meets Opportunity, Fantasy Points Follow

by Kyle Dvorchak, July 10, 2017

After losing multiple running backs to injury or inefficiency in 2016, Ty Montgomery was given an opportunity to play running back and did not disappoint. In fact, Montgomery was one of the most efficient running backs in the NFL last season.

Ty Montgomery has an exciting athletic profile, and the other backs in the Green Bay backfield simply do not pose major threats to his opportunity share. Everything points to an extreme fantasy football breakout in 2017.

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Demaryius Thomas: Fantasy Football’s Forgotten WR1

by Peter Lawrence, July 9, 2017

Demaryius Thomas is a big-bodied wide receiver who overwhelmed NFL defensive backs, particularly after Peyton Manning took the controls in Denver in 2012. For the past five years Thomas has been a top-15 fantasy receiver, with most of those finishes in the top-5 overall of WRs in point per reception (PPR) formats.

Demaryius Thomas yards after the catch regression points to WR1 season. Thomas is a player you can snag in round 3 or 4 of year draft to give you two WR1s on your roster this season. Look for improved production out this top shelf player.

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Winning the Flex Position with Golden Tate

by Peter Lawrence, July 4, 2017

Golden Tate’s is a great value in fantasy football, and Tate’s advanced stats, metrics, and analytics profile suggests he will outperform his draft position. At pick 45, Tate will allows Zero RB drafters to win the flex position, the key to victory in 2017.

Golden Tate is a high target volume PPR player who wins after the catch with quickness and physical style of play. He isn’t a high touchdown number player but has maintained a high number of receptions and good yardage numbers in his three years with the Detroit Lions.

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5 Zero RB Candidates to Avoid in Fantasy Football this Season

by Kyle Dvorchak, July 1, 2017

After a disappointing year in 2016 the Zero RB zealots should rally for a major comeback this year with natural regression at the running back position, deflated wide receiver, and inflated running back ADPs. There will be many leagues won this year with late round running backs who break out big in the second half, provide surprise PPR value, or take a job early and never let go.

Doug Martin will enter 2017 spending 3 games suspended and in this time talented players like Charles Simms and Jeremy McNichols will take over all of the passing downs work and maybe more. Martin will return to a crowded backfield as the ghost of running backs past and the Buccaneers could relegate him to a backup role sooner rather than later.

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Dynasty League Dilemma: Stuck in the Middle with Moncrief

by Mike Medeiros, June 30, 2017

Donte Moncrief has been a polarizing player in fantasy football as of late. In a high scoring offense with quarterback Andrew Luck, Moncrief should be a key cog for dynasty fantasy football lineups for years.

While still earning a positive Production Premium, outside of touchdowns, Donte Moncrief hasn’t been very efficient. The 64 yards posted in week 1 turned out to be his game-high for the season. His catch and yardage totals left a lot to be desired, logging just 30 receptions for 307 yards.

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DeMarco Murray: Curiously Undervalued in Redraft

by Kevin McHugh, June 29, 2017

DeMarco Murray is a solid option at running back in fantasy football, yet is curiously undervalued in redraft this year. Murray is being drafted after Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, and Jay Ajayi in most redraft leagues.

Murray’s ADP is the fact that he could be seen by most as a “boring veteran,” as everyone seems to gravitate toward the shiny new toy when it comes to fantasy football. Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, and Jay Ajayi are younger, flashier, and don’t have the perceived negatives associated with Murray simply because they haven’t played long enough to run into much adversity.

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