Friday, January 20, 2017

Ask the Expert Question: In this year's playoffs, pick one player who has changed your opinion of him the most (for good or ill), and say why.

In this year's playoffs, pick one player who has changed your opinion of him the most (for good or ill), and say why.
 

Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR was never that high on my radar. I thought his 14 TDs in 2015 were fluky and his 2016 TDs (7) were more normal. Having said this Baldwin's playoff performance (average of 8 catches, 92 yards and a TD per game) opened my eyes to this stud. His statistics (catches and receiving yards) have increased every year since 2012. The chemistry with his QB Wilson can only help his 2017 numbers.




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 25+ 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. In 2015 he won his Pros vs Joes Challenge division and finished 5th overall. 



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


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



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

BN.com (9.95)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winner of 2016 Fantasy Index Open Defenses


Excerpt from the Fantasy Index webpage
The Fantasy Index Open is open to everyone – regular at-home players, and industry pros. And for the defense position, it was one of the professionals who came out on top: Sam Hendricks, author at Extra Point Press.
Hendricks has been in the industry for years. He is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook. He was the overall winner of the Fantasy Index Open in 2012. And he comes out on top in the defense category of the position this year.
The winner takes home a really huge and really cool trophy from the team at Affordable Trophies.They’ve been partnering with us on this contest for years.
The winner and the runner-up also earn berths in the Experts Poll in the magazine, competing in a similar contest in a 20-man field composed mainly of industry experts.
The scoring for this competition is notoriously complex. Basically, all picks count in varying degrees, and we attach a number to each of the 20 picks made by each of the 222 entries. In short, the higher you rank a player the more his production counts towards your score, with final scoring in the hundreds of thousands.
At the defense position, scoring is based on 2 points for takeaways, 1 for sacks, 2 for safeties and 6 points for touchdowns (takeaway and special teams).
To win in this kind of competition, you have to be right on some big-picture concepts that most others miss. For Hendricks at this position, the Eagles and Texans were his key selections. Philadelphia was lightly regarded on most boards (just 17th, on average) but Hendricks ranked them 5th. So when they had a solid year, ranking 8th, he was more heavily rewarded for that production. At the same time, most were looking for a big season from the Texans (the #6 defense entering the season). But Hendricks didn’t even include them in his top 20, so he benefitted when they weren’t much of a factor (ranking 21st in scoring).
The Jets and Jaguars were 11th and 14th on the consensus board, but Hendricks ranked them 20th and not at all. That helped him when those teams both ranked in the bottom 3 in this scoring system.
Hendricks’ top 4 was solid, including Carolina, Denver, Arizona and Kansas City, which all ranked in the top 7 in scoring. Regardless, his picks put him on top, just ahead of network engineer Michael McAninch and attorney Dan Martinez.
Kent Stewart gets the most improved award for this category. He ranked last (out of 222) at the kicker position, but moved up to 7th in defenses.
The position was rough, on the other hand, on Zach Leavitt and Scott Anderson – two veteran prognosticators out of Colorado. They both ranked in the top 15 in kickers but slipped to last and next-to-last at this position.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ask the Expert Question of the Week: Who is the fantasy comeback player of the year?


Who is the fantasy comeback player of the year?

Jimmy Graham. After a slow start to the fantasy season (4-53 in the first two games), he really finished strong (57-800 and 6 TDs in weeks 3-16) to average 4 catches and 60+ yards and .5 TD per game. This is all after a knee injury that often limits players in their first year back. Add in the fact that he was being drafted as a TE15 in some drafts and Graham earned the comeback award in 2016. Honorable mention to Melvin Gordon.


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 25+ 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. In 2015 he won his Pros vs Joes Challenge division and finished 5th overall. 



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


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



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

BN.com (9.95)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ask the Expert Question of the Week: Assuming one draft for the entire postseason, who should be the top pick in a playoff fantasy football league? Why?




Assuming one draft for the entire postseason, who should be the top pick in a playoff fantasy football league? Why?


Aaron Rodgers. QBs generally score the most points and he could be far and away higher than any other QB as GB throws a ton and he is on fire. I see GB running the table and making the Super Bowl which means 4 games in any NFL contest with just one draft.




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 25+ 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. In 2015 he won his Pros vs Joes Challenge division and finished 5th overall. 



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


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



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

BN.com (9.95)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016 Pros vs Joes FFPC Contest Winner....Blake Pyle!

Blake Pyle, a Joe, won the 2016 Pros vs Joes FFPC Contest by a considerable margin. And I should know because Blake came from my division (Here Comes the Rain Again).

Blake won the division by 337 points finishing ahead of Pro RotoViz.com's Kevin Cole.

I was humbled after last years division win by finishing this year in last place. And 70th out of 72 in the field. 




Division winner in 2012 and 2015

But you know what that is what I want. In this competition you get nothing for finishing in 2nd place in your league. So my strategy is always swing for the fences. No guts, no glory. I want to either finish first or last because I risked everything to get the Championship!

Where did the train come off the tracks this year? 

Oh let me count the ways:
-AP, Kevin White, Doug Martin all injured
-Alshon Jeffrey suspended for 4 games
-Blake Bortles, Matt Jones, Travis Benjamin and Julius Thomas a no show fantasy wise

Arg!



QB Bortles, Blake JAC QB 
RB Martin, Doug TB RB 
RB Peterson, Adrian MIN RB 
WR Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR 
WR Parker, DeVante MIA WR 
RB/WR/TE Ivory, Chris JAC RB 
RB/WR/TE Jones, Matt WAS RB 
TE Walker, Delanie TEN TE 13 
PK Catanzaro, Chandler ARI PK 
DST Team Defense, PIT PIT DST 
BN Cousins, Kirk WAS QB 
BN Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB 
BN Morris, Alfred DAL RB 
BN Robinson, Khiry NYJ RB 11 
BN Smelter, DeAndre SF WR 
BN Boyd, Tyler CIN WR 
BN Garcon, Pierre WAS WR 
BN Benjamin, Travis SD WR 11 
BN Stills, Kenny MIA WR 
BN Coleman, Brandon NO WR 
BN White, Kevin CHI WR 
BN Thomas, Julius JAC TE 
BN Cook, Jared GB TE 
BN Aguayo, Roberto TB PK 
BN Vinatieri, Adam IND PK 10 
BN Coons, Travis CLE PK 13 
BN Team Defense, DAL DAL                                  DST 
BN Team Defense, DET DET                                  DST 10 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Congratulations to SFB480 2016 Winner Rotoworld - Raymond Summerlin (@RMSummerlin)

I finished 8th out of 480 teams in the Scott Fish Bowl (SFB480) 2016 Pros and Amateurs Invitational contest. I had a 163 FP season average and 160 FP 2 week (15 and 16) average.  I regret not starting Adam Theilen WR MIN in Week 16...35 points! That would have been a game changer for the championship.

Rotoworld - Raymond Summerlin (@RMSummerlin) finished in first place-he got 25 points from Dez to overtake SoCalledFantasyExperts - John LaPresto (@TheJohnLaPresto) on Monday Night.

He not only earned bragging rights, but also takes home these amazing prizes!
  • $299 Scout League Credit
  • $250 from 4for4.com
  • Championship Belt from Fantasy Jocks
  • Interview on the RotoExperts Show
  • Lifetime Dynasty League Football Subscription
  • Lifetime 4for4 Football Subscription
  • A spot in the 2017 Pros vs Joes competition as a PRO from FFPC and FantasyMojo
  • $50 gift card from Fake Pigskin
  • 5lb bag of coffee from Allan Bassett


Friday, December 30, 2016

Ask the Expert Question of the Week: What lesser-known player will be a Week 17 fantasy MVP, and say why?


What lesser-known player will be a Week 17 fantasy MVP, and say why?


Eli Rodgers faces a CLE defense and Antonio Brown will not play in week 17. Both good reasons to expect big things from Eli. I predict 8-120-1. PIT has a playoff spot (and #3 seed) clinched. Landry Jones may even favor Rodgers a bit.