Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pros vs Joes Challenge Observations



Here are a few observations from my Pros vs Joes League (Hong Kong Phooey League drafted Sunday 20 Jul)


-QBs went very late. I have seen this in every league this year and even more so in Draft Expert leagues where a QB by committee approach where you draft three middle of the road QBs can compete with drafting one of the stud QBS.

-I expected more WRs to be drafted initially. I planned on 39 RBs and 39 WRs through the first 9 rounds. Combine this with 14 QBs and 16 TEs.
Reality was:
-7 QBs in first 9 rounds
-42 RBs
-41 WRs


-16 TEs (money)

-I agree with Dave Gerczak, FFPC co-founder, that when comparing PvJ and straight up FFPC leagues more RBs are drafted in the PvJ.

-SEA Def in the 8th round was way too early for me. 8.04  really?

-The draft picks seemed to be very quick. There were times when it appeared that several picks would happen in rapid fire. So owners were ready with their player choices in the queue.

-I do not think handcuffs are the way to go in many instances in the DE format. When everything hinges on winning the league I think it is better to stockpile RBs and WRs. But the handcuff has to be convincingly ready to play a big role if he does start. Christine Michael is one such Good handcuff.

-RBBC are good here. I wish I had more. MJD/McFadden, L Miller/K Moreno and Sankay/Greene are good combos in the DE format. Purestrengthjoe did the OAK RB combo.







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



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FFGuidebook.com Pros vs Joes 2014 Team Continued

Today I will give the rest of my PvJ team for 2014 and commentary on my picks.


The 2014 Pros vs Joes Challenge is sponsored by the FFPC and they have given SIX Main Event Entries for the 2015 Fantasy Football Players Championship (a $1825 value) to the league winners of the PvJ Challenge.

 The Joes were as expected strong drafters. They know the format and have much experience in the FFPC format which highlights 1.5 PPR for TEs, active scoring (TDs for KR and PR count) and 2 flex positions.

Here is my team from the 10th spot:

1.10 AJ Green-WR CIN/4 
2.03 Marshawn Lynch-RB SEA/4
3.10 Reggie Bush-RB DET/9
4.03 Zac Stacy-RB STL/4
5.10 Jason Witten-TE DAL/11
6.03 Vernon Davis-TE SF/8
7.10 Steve Jackson-RB ATL/9
8.03 Dwayne Bowe-WR KC/6
9.10 Fred Jackson-RB BUF/9
10.03 Riley Cooper-WR PHI/7
11.10 Matt Ryan-QB ATL/9 (I waited on QB and was rewarded with my QB6. I think Ryan will rebound from last years 10th ranking and could be a top 5 pick. Loved him in the 11th at 130 overall (my 63rd overall). Waiting on QB can be very rewarding especially in a redraft league, but in the DE format you cannot wait too long or else you end up with only 2 starting QBs and a third with question marks who may not start. This easily could be my best pick)
12.03 Dwayne Allen-TE IND/10 (This gives me three starting TEs on different bye weeks. Now I will play a TE by committee approach and if two go off the other can be a flex. Witten-VDavis-DAllen is a pretty decent stable of TE/Flex help. Had to pull the trigger on him now since he was the last of the starting reliable TEs. Wanted to add my QB2 but hoping there is not a big run)
13.10 Carson Palmer-QB AZ/4 (7 QBs went in the 18 picks before this one. So much for waiting for Rivers, Roethlisberger, Dalton or Eli Manning. Palmer is my QB22. He'll do in a QBBC situation.
14.03 Alex Smith-QB KC/6 (I actually have Smith ahead of Palmer (QB19) in my rankings. I just messed up and drafted Carson ahead of him. I think I was doing a radio interview for High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour then. Lesson-Don't Draft and Interview. Note all QBs are starters and have different bye weeks.)
15.10 Steve Smith-WR BAL/11 (Time to stockpile WRs. Smith is my WR50 and I am lucky to get him here.
16.03 Robert Woods-WR/BUF/9 (Sammy Watkins appears to be the #1 guy in BUF but if not Woods could be the man.)
17.10 Mike Williams-WR/BUF/9 (Ditto for Williams. Consider them handcuffs to the WR1 spot at BUF. Just hoping for some help and with a DE format I do not need to decide who to start.)
18.03 PIT DEF/12 ( I usually advise going K before a DEF because there are less Kickers if you factor in position battles and chances for demotion. There will always be 32 DEF and some teams may not draft more than 2 intentionally. But ....11 were already gone by now so I dove in and got my 13th ranked D.)
19.10 Stevie Johnson-WR SF/8 (4th WR in 5 picks. That's called stockpiling! Stevie is my WR72 actually a hair ahead of Mike Williams but I wanted to corner the BUF WR market after Sammy Watkins)
20.03 NO DEF/6 (See PIT DEF pick. Only 3 kickers gone so I decide to go back to the DEF again since 4 more of them have been drafted. NO is my DEF15. And I pick them since no other remaining DEF has their bye week.)
21.10 Nate Burleson-WR CLE/4 (I should have gone Kicker since 5 more were drafted in a mini run but I want Nate Burleson who I think could end up as a major player in CLE with Josh Gordon facing a year long suspension. I take the chance.)
22.03 Alex Henery-K PHI/7
23.10 Graham Gano-K CAR/12
24.03 Mike Nugent-K CIN/4 (I take all three of my kickers back to back and deconflict their bye weeks too. Honestly they are just kickers and a Kicker by committee approach with three can give you the same points as a great kicker(hard to predict) and a good kicker. Plus with three you get some injury protection. I always go with three players from positions where I can only start 1. I.e QB, K and DEF)
25.10 Andre Roberts-WR WAS/10 A flyer on a WR who could have been more important if DJAX had not been added to the Redskins. Who knows maybe he will still get his numbers in the slot where he excels anyway.
26.03 MIN DEF/9 (Nice homer pick that provides me with 3 DEF on different bye weeks.)
27.10 Donnie Avery-WR KC/6 Insurance in case Bowe fails
28.03 Bilal Powell-RB NYJ/11 (Hope and a prayer. I wish I had gone with a 11th WR)

Predictions for the League Top 3:
1 FFGuidebook.com
2 The Dillybars-
3 Football.com



Last Place Team:

RotoExperts.com could easily finish last in this league. Mistakes (IMO) were only drafting one TE (remember TEs get 1.5 point per rececption so they are more valuable then most leagues and this league has 2 flex positions where the more valuable TEs play a vital role. Often TE are drafted a half round to a round earlier in FFPC contests. Another problem is drafting three great or good QBs in Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo. You (actually the computer since this is a Draft Expert league) can only start one QB each week. So I think Cutler and Romo are wasted in the 11th and 12th since they will not add too much to the huge production of Rodgers. Having said all of that they will probably win the league.








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



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Team FFGuidebook.com from Pros vs Joes Challenge Sponsored by FFPC



First let me comment on what a pleasure to draft last night in the first league of 2014 in the Pros vs Joes Challenge. No major draft problems and the new FFPC software worked like a charm. Of course I did due diligence by playing in a few FFPC Draft Expert (DE) leagues in the weeks leading up to this grand event.


The 2014 Pros vs Joes Challenge is sponsored by the FFPC and they have given SIX Main Event Entries for the 2015 Fantasy Football Players Championship (a $1825 value) to the league winners of the PvJ Challenge. Thanks for giving to the community. I say this as a Joe has won the competition every year since its 2010 start.

I have to say the competition in this league was pretty intense. There was some side chatter much not as much as usual. Someone asked about side wagers (there usually is some side bets-like $50 towards the best team participating in the wager) but I did not see any takers. I started to reply but got caught in a video chat with my family from the U.S and forgot to follow up.  

I did not expect much to slip by me and make it back to me the next round on the short side (odd rounds going to even rounds where Dan Hendrickson (no relation) and Lou Tranquilli waited. Nothing made it through them back to me!

The Joes were as expected strong drafters. They know the format and have much experience in the FFPC format which highlights 1.5 PPR for TEs, active scoring (TDs for KR and PR count) and 2 flex positions.

Here is my team from the 10th spot:

1.10 AJ Green-WR CIN/4 ( I thought a WR-WR or WR-TE start would be strong. I planned on that)
2.03 Marshawn Lynch-RB SEA/4 (I thought Gronk/B Marshall and either Arian Foster or Lynch would be available. They all were except Foster who went to The Dilly Bars before me. I have Gronk as the TE2 and 6th overall but I could not pull the trigger on him here. My mantra of "draft safe early" kept ringing in my ears. Marshall (WR5, overall 14th) was the safe pick. Start WR-WR with two top 5 WRs. I wish I had done that. Instead I went with Lynch who is my RB7 (13th overall). I think SEA will run him into the ground knowing he will not be around next year. I hope so.
3.10 Reggie Bush-RB DET/9 (I had hoped Zac Stacy (RB15, 28 overall) would be here. He was but so was Bush (RB12, 23 overall). I think Reggie is good value here late in the third. DET should run the ball more and in a DE format I get the great games with no risk.
4.03 Zac Stacy-RB STL/4 (A gift. I was planning on Witten here but Stacy fell in my lap and I now have 3 starting RBs. So much for the WR-WR start. I am not too concerned about Tre Mason stealing touches this year. Maybe TDs as a GL Vulture but not enough to drop a starting RB to the 4th round. Not crazy about both Lynch and Stacy on the same bye week but the value in the 4th trumps that.
5.10 Jason Witten-TE DAL/11 (I was hoping Trent Richardson would fall to me here but Team Beef took him before me. Is it me or are all of my players falling a round later to me. Witten (TE4, 33 overall) is a perennial top 5 TE who is undervalued every year. Yes some games he stays in and blocks (especially when the OL is hurting) but other times he catches 22 balls. In a TE 1.5 PPR that is a lot of points. Again in E format I do not have to decide when to start or sit him, the computer does it automatically. I am hoping Greg Olsen who I love this year makes it around the corner to me.
6.03 Vernon Davis-TE SF/8 (RATS! Lou takes Olsen. I have no doubt Dan Hendrickson would have taken him if Lou passed on him. As for Davis (TE7, 58 overall), I am not too worried about a holdout and again I can let the computer pick the big games for Davis. And if the two Top TEs go off the same week one can be one of my two flex players.)
7.10 Steve Jackson-RB ATL/9 (I panicked and missed SJAX (RB25, 49 overall) in the 6th who I had ahead of V. Davis. Jackson made it back to me! My fourth starting RB. Now I have some flex players too. Unfortunately Jackson is on the same bye week as Bush. But if the TEs can flex that week and I get some WR help at flex too I should be OK. I try and get all my starters on different bye weeks or close to it. I hate having 3 starters (AJGreen, Lynch and Stacy) on the same bye week. Arg! I am hoping for one more year for Steven and an improved OL and healthy Julio Jones may give ATL more rushing opportunities.
8.03 Dwayne Bowe-WR KC/6 ( Glad to see #11 and #12 go QB and allow me to reach to get Bowe (WR32, 95 overall). He has dedicated himself to this year and I need a starting WR bad. DE helps offset some of the bad games. I still need to stockpile WRs (which I do in DE formats).
9.10 Fred Jackson-RB BUF/9 (I am beginning to hate week 9 too. I may regret not taking Christine Michael (RB SEA) here. Dave Gerczak asked me about it later on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour. But honestly my philosophy is to win it all and swing for the fences-which is what FJax does for me here if he hits. When the FFPC offered their 2015 Main Event Entries as prizes that really made me think about how to play the PvJ. I used to want to finish respectable but now I want to either finish first or die trying. 2nd or 3rd place does not mean anything to me. Fred Jackson (RB33, overall 74) could make or break this team.
10.03 Riley Cooper-WR PHI/7 (WR35-lots to love for Cooper as what are the chances Jeremy Maclin stays healthy all year long?)

More of the PvJ "Hong Kong Phooey" 21 July Draft tomorrow!








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



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DraftKit.com A great draft board for the past 15 Years!



Who do you use for your local league draft board? 

Well for the past 15 years I have used www.draftkit.com
DraftKit.com

They seem like great guys and always have given us a great product at a great price. And I really like the fact that they have a military discount. Last year they sent 187 free draft kits to personnel  members serving overseas at military bases. They have done this for many years and ask for nothing in return except the cost of shipping and handling. 

Since 2002 they have given away over 1700 free draft kits to military members overseas. I want to support this business since they appreciate the troops overseas.

And with with the opening of training camps soon, the start of the NFL season is only a few short weeks away.


I cannot recommend DraftKit.com enough and have already received our local Draft Board in the mail. Time to get excited about fantasy football!!!!!!

Draftkit.com also produce draft boards for other sports too!




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



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Minutes away from Drafting 10th in the 2014 Pros vs Joes Challenge-Follow it live!


I have the 10th spot night in the "Hong Kong Phooey" League

#1 of the 2014 Pros vs Joes Challenge which kicks off 

tonight at 8 PM EST. 

Just 30 minutes from now. 

Follow me and my fellow competitors (5 other Pros and 6

 tough Joes) at


  Each draft will be broadcast live via the FFPC YouTube channel at YouTube.com/NFL.  Here are tonight's drafters:

1 - Joes - David Hughes  (Had 3 FFPC Championships last year)
2 - Pros - Alex Miglio / Austin Lee - Footballguys.com
3 - Joes - Jason Goldman (Daydrinkers)
4 - Pros - Jake Ciely - Football.com
5 - Joes - Chris Carlson (Well known by his team name American Mullet
6 - Pros - Gary Davenport - FantasySharks.com
7 - Joes - Craig Mastro (former WCOFF and three time FFPC Champion)
8 - Pros - Tim McCullough - RotoExperts.com
9 - Joes - David Avedissian
10 - Pros - Slam Hendricks - ExtraPointPress.com
11 - Joes - Dan Hendrickson (20th ranked High Stakes FF Player, has 9 HSL Championships in his career)
12 - Pros - Lou Tranquilli - BFDFantasyFootball.com (One of the original founders of the Fantasy Football Players Championship!)

Get ready for the fantasy Pros to do battle with FFPC players in the Draft Experts format. For the 2nd consecutive season, the FFPC will be awarding six 2015 Main Event teams valued at well over $10,000 to the league winners in this contest.The FFPC Pros vs. Joes page covers all of the action in full detail.  Drafts two and three will take place on Monday at 9 pm ET and Tuesday at 10 pm ET, respectively.





Hope you can all follow along as I draft a League Champion 
tonight!



And a last reminder Just One More… is on sale at 

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


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


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