Friday, August 28, 2015

Ask the Expert Question: Through two exhibition games, pick one player who has really impressed or disappointed you, and say why.

Through two exhibition games, pick one player who has really impressed or disappointed you, and say why.

TB running back Doug Martin has impressed. This preseason he has run 11-78 (one nice rush for 30 yards last week) and added a catch for nine yards. He is in the last year of his rookie contract so he should be motivated. He has a new QB in Jameis Winston who will benefit from check downs and screen passes-thus setting Martin up to catch more passes. He is healthy (some say slimmer and quicker) unlike his past two years when he suffered ankle and shoulder injuries.  He looks like his 2012 rookie form when he had, wait for it, 1900 combined yards and 12 TDs. Add in the fact he is just 26 yet almost a forgotten player due to his disappointing past two years and you have a potential sleeper success. Take the chance on him-you will not regret it. 


ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly at http://www.fantasyindex.com/ with answers to a new question posted Thursday morning.






Sam Hendricks is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook, Fantasy Football Tips and Fantasy Football Basics , all available at http://www.ExtraPointPress.com/, at all major bookstores, and at http://www.amazon.com/ and www.BN.com. He is a 20+ year fantasy football veteran who regularly participates in the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC), Fantasy Football World Championship (FFWC) and finished 7th and 16th overall (out of 228 top players) in the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). He won the Fantasy Index Open in 2013. 



Check out the latest book from Extra Point Press…a military thriller from Sam Hendricks Just One More...







Fantasy Football Tips (2nd Edition): 230 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635151


Books from Extra Point Press:




Fantasy Football Guidebook (2nd Edition): Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football ($19.95) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428650


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-guidebook-sam-hendricks/1008633837


Fantasy Football Basics: The Ultimate "How to" Guide for Beginners available ($10.95) at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428634

Leagues I am in so far in 2015


I am in the following Drafts/Leagues:
13 Leagues (7 active and 6 Draft Masters (DM)) and had 2 other drafts.




Fantasy Index Magazine Experts League Thursday 14 May (DM)
Fantasy Index Magazine Auction Monday 18 May (DM)


Pro Forecast Magazine PPR         Tuesday 26 May (draft no league)
Pro Forecast magazine Non-PPR Thursday 28 May (Draft only)



Pro Forecast Magazine PPR Tuesday 16 June
Pro Forecast magazine Non-PPR Thursday 18 June


SFB360 Bill Brasky Division  Monday 6 July

Pros vs Joes (sponsored by FFPC) Sunday July 26 (DM)


FFPC $35 Classic Slow Online Draft #1836
FFPC $35 Draft Expert Slow Online Draft #1915 (DM)
FFPC $35 Draft Expert Slow Online Draft #2068 (DM)
FFPC $35 Draft Expert Slow Online Draft #2083 (DM)


Remaining Drafts:
FFPC $250 Classic #1709         Saturday 29 Aug 9 PM ET

Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) "Beat Harris to a pulp" League                             Tuesday Sept 1 7pm


Local league                              Saturday 5 Sept TBD




Check back often to see how I am doing in these Expert and money leagues throughout the year.

Check out the latest book from Sam Hendricks…



Fantasy Football Tips (2nd Edition): 230 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635151


Books from Extra Point Press:







Fantasy Football Guidebook (2nd Edition): Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football ($19.95) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428650


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-guidebook-sam-hendricks/1008633837


Fantasy Football Basics: The Ultimate "How to" Guide for Beginners available ($10.95) at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428634


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ask the Expert Question:

What do you believe is the main thing fantasy owners should watch for in preseason games? 

Injuries and pre season quality playing time with the first stringers. Great stats against the third string still warrants attention but temper that with quality of opponent.


ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly at http://www.fantasyindex.com/ with answers to a new question posted Thursday morning.






Sam Hendricks is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook, Fantasy Football Tips and Fantasy Football Basics , all available at http://www.ExtraPointPress.com/, at all major bookstores, and at http://www.amazon.com/ and www.BN.com. He is a 20+ year fantasy football veteran who regularly participates in the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC), Fantasy Football World Championship (FFWC) and finished 7th and 16th overall (out of 228 top players) in the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). He won the Fantasy Index Open in 2013. 



Check out the latest book from Extra Point Press…a military thriller from Sam Hendricks Just One More...







Fantasy Football Tips (2nd Edition): 230 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635151


Books from Extra Point Press:







Fantasy Football Guidebook (2nd Edition): Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football ($19.95) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428650


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-guidebook-sam-hendricks/1008633837


Fantasy Football Basics: The Ultimate "How to" Guide for Beginners available ($10.95) at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428634

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recent NFL Fantasy Updates

In case you have been away on vacation and not following the latest NFL news, here is an update of the biggest news.

Arian Foster, RB, HOU-out 4-6 weeks or longer (8 weeks if on PUP) with groin and hernia issues (Alfred Blue replaces him?) 

Gene Smith, QB, NYJ-suffered broken jaw in locker room, out 6-10 weeks (Impact Ryan Fitzpatrick is now the starter)

Shaun Suisham, K, PIT-Out for season

Todd Gurley, RB, STL-may not be ready for week 1 (Tre Mason may be starter)

Kevin White, WR, CHI-starts season on PUP may not play at all

Jordy Nelson WR GB-out for season (R Cobb and Davante Adams move up)

Niles Paul TE WAS-OFS
Kevin Benjamin WR CAR-OFS (torn ACL)
Brian Hoyer QB HOU-named starter
Connor Barth K DEN-releases (Brandon McManus starter now)




Fantasy Football Tips (2nd Edition): 230 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635151

Books from Extra Point Press:




Fantasy Football Guidebook (2nd Edition): Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football ($19.95) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428650

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-guidebook-sam-hendricks/1008633837

Fantasy Football Basics: The Ultimate "How to" Guide for Beginners available ($10.95) at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428634

Monday, August 24, 2015

Great Fantasy Football Books for the 2015 Season!




Fantasy Football Tips (2nd Edition): 230 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635151

Books from Extra Point Press:




Fantasy Football Guidebook (2nd Edition): Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football ($19.95) http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428650

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-guidebook-sam-hendricks/1008633837

Fantasy Football Basics: The Ultimate "How to" Guide for Beginners available ($10.95) at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428634

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-football-basics-sam-hendricks/1030680433

Introducing a military thriller from Award Winning author Sam Hendricks- Just One More...

On a fateful night in Afghanistan, a flawed NATO airstrike sets into motion a chain of events that reaches across the world, from Vancouver to Copenhagen to London. How far will one person go for revenge?
In the sleepy English countryside, an F15E Strike Eagle team gears up for a live weapons mission. Can lead pilot "Rider" keep his head in the game and overcome the demons of his past? Hundreds of lives will depend on the answer as a deadly Al Qaeda terrorist cell, and maverick CIA and MI6 agents descend on US soil in a jaw-dropping climax where anything goes.

Just One More... $9.95
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982428642

BN.com (9.95)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-one-more-sam-hendricks/1024930949?ean=9780982428641

Other Fantasy Sports Books from Extra Point Press

Fantasy Baseball for Beginners: The Ultimate "How-to" Guide ($10.95) www.amazon.com/dp/0982428693

Fantasy Hockey: The Ultimate "How-to" Guide for Fantasy Hockey Players ($14.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635100


Fantasy Basketball Handbook: The Ultimate "How-to" Guide for Beginners and Experienced Players ($12.95) www.amazon.com/dp/1936635097



http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fantasy-basketball-handbook-sam-hendricks/1107640391

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Draft and Forget Strategy?

I have participated in many Draft Masters (also known as Draft and Forget or Draft Experts leagues) over the past few months and one glaring strategy error has occurred in almost every draft (except for my Pros vs Joes league). In a DM league you draft your team and then have no other duties. It is literally a draft and forget league because there are no add/drop, trades or weekly start decisions. You have only the players you drafted and the computer sets an optimal lineup each week for you. What could be easier? 

Strategy wise I have seen several owners draft two top QBs in the early rounds. Last week I was in a league where an owner drafted three Top 6 QBs in round 4, 5 and 6.  PM, Big Ben Roth+ and Drew Brees-how much value is Ben Roth and Drew Brees adding to the team the entire season?

WHY? This is a terrible strategy. You can only start 1 QB. They cannot be a flex player which means every week the computer will only pick one QB to start. So if you have Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers (which an owner with the #1 pick did after drafting them in the 2nd and 3rd round!!!) only one of their great point totals for the week is used. It is a huge waste of points since the other QB does not add anything to you team. Yes on the bye week you have a stud and IF your primary QB gets hurt you have a great backup. But at what cost?
I would much rather have Justin Forset as one of my RBs who cn be used as a RB or as a flex and with starting 2 RB and 2 flex in a FFPC or FPC league, Forset has 4 chances to start as  a bye week filler at the minimum even if I started RB-RB. No it is madness to draft two high QBs in a Draft Master former where no trades are allowed and the computer makes it a best ball format. 

Here is an example of the 2 QBs points for a few weeks:

Luck   Rodgers      Max Points
20        24               24 (+4)
22        21               22 (+1)
28        30               30 (+2)
24        19               24 (+5)

You get the idea-you are not getting a ton of extra points for a third round draft pick you sacrifice with this strategy. 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Defense/ST Rankings 2015 Updated

DEF
1 SEA/9  10.03
2 BUF/8 11.02
STL/6  12.02
4 AZ/9  13.04
5 HOU/9 12.03
6  NYJ/5 12.07
7 CAR/5
PHI/8 sleeper 17.07 (secondary concerns)
9 GB/7
10 NE/4
11 MIA/5 15.01
12 DEN/7
13 CLE/11
14 CIN/7
15 BAL/9
16 DET/9 sleeper (ADP D21, 20th)
17 TB/6
18 DAL/6
19 KC/9
20 MIN/5
21 IND/10
22 SF/10
23 SD/10
24 JAX/8
25 PIT/11
26 NYG/11
27 ATL/10
28 NO/11
29 TEN/4
30 CHI/7
31 OAK/6

32 WAS/8