Friday, August 18, 2017

Ask the Expert Question of the Week: Who is your comeback playerof 2017 and why?


Who will be the comeback player of the year? Why?

Adrian Peterson. If AP can stay healthy and return to form (4.5 PYC in 2015) he will get his chances with the high powered Saints offense. Even if he is not the workhorse RB, he can still carve out a good season (1000+ combined yards and 10 TDs).
Add in the ever present possibility of an injury to Mark Ingram or a trade (Alvin Kamara is the heir apparent) and you may find yourself with a RB1 with an 7th or 8th round pick.




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. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ask the Expert Question: Pick one player you are most interested in watching int watching this weekend?

Full slate of preseason games starts next weekend. Pick one player -- rookie, veteran with a new team or coming off injury, or other reason -- that you're particularly interested in watching play, and say why.

Chargers and Seahawks play in the Week 1 Sunday Night Football preseason game this week. I am watching Eddie Lacy. The 2015 Pro Bowler is around RB25 or lower on most boards but I am high on the former Packer. He has hit the weight clauses in his contract and has received praise from head coach Pete Carroll. But I need to see him run. I need to see how Seattle uses him. And see how the team does with him versus Thomas Rawls or C. J. Prosise. He needs to meet my “eye” test. But if he does, he will be a bargain (or has been-I have drafted this guy every time I get the chance).


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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

18 Fantasy Football Leagues signed up for so far in 2017

Ok every year I promise to cut back on the number of fantasy football leagues I play in. Sometimes I am successful, other times I get sucked back in. 

2017 is a “I got sucked back in” year. 

The FFPC brought out some great new leagues-dynasty draft experts being one and a “Double up” Payout league another. So I have increased rather than decreased my play this year. 

Here are what I am in so far....

Active Management
1) First on my list is the FootballGuys (FBG) Players Championship (FPC).
$350 entry fee, rules just like Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and you can buy 3 teams for $1,000 saving $50.
But best of all you are playing for a $250,000 Grand Prize!

They have tons of drafts which run through September 7th. That's right, all the way up until the kickoff game Thursday night. I joined a league on Labor Day weekend. Love playing then, right before the start of the season.

2) Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) $250 Classic
3) FFPC $250 Dynasty
4) FFPC $77 Dynasty
5) FFPC $77 Dynasty
6) Pro Football Forecast Magazine Experts PPR League
7) Pro Football Forecast Magazine Experts Standard (Non-PPR) League
8) Aforementioned Scott Fish Bowl (SFB420) 2017 Pro Am Contest
9) Local League where I have been the commissioner for all 19 years of existence and won 4 titles. 

Draft and Forget (or Draft Expert Leagues)
10) FFPC $77 Dynasty DE
11) FFPC $35 DE
12) FFPC $35 DE
13) FFPC $35 DE
14) FFPC $35 DE
15) FFPC $35 DE Double UP (place in top 50% and double your entry fee)
16) FFPC Pros vs Joes Contest
17) Fantasy Index Experts
18) Fantasy Index Auction 

So...$1,250 in entry fees and 18 leagues-9 actively managed and 9 draft and forget.

Plus a few expert drafts for magazines which will not be played out. 

And it is just mid August...



Friday, August 4, 2017

Ask the Expert: Which player, coming back from injury, are you least likely to draft for the upcoming season? And say why.


Which player, coming back from injury, are you least likely to draft for the upcoming season? And say why.



Rob Gronkowski. You are either going to agree or adamantly disagree with this call but there it is. I am tired of drafting him early and him missing half of the season. Over the past four years he has averaged 11.5 games, 55 catches, 850 yards and 7.5 TDs. Great for a draft masters format but tougher when you have to start a decent TE every week. 2014 and 2015 saw him play in 15 games...great! Last year (and 2013) he had major injuries. He had back surgery in December and appears to be back on track....but fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...Now watch him have a monster 16 game season.


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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ask the Expert Question: Which incoming rookie (any position) are you currently most interested in for the upcoming season? Why?

Which incoming rookie (any position) are you currently most interested in for the upcoming season? Why?

Leonard Fournette is my choice for rookie of the year. He can and will have an immediate impact. TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory are no threat based on last years performances. The Jags are going to use their #4 overall pick a ton. If he can become a three down back (I think he can), then 1500 combined yards is a possibility. With a little improvement in the OL and a better RB in the backfield, Jacksonville could be on the road to a winning record.


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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pros vs Joes Team from first 2017 Draft

Loved the way my team turned out. I made a few mistakes but that is always going to happen in a live draft.


Here is a recap:


QB
Andrew Luck
Joe Flacco
Ryan Tannehill


RB
Todd Gurley
Isaiah Crowell
Frank Gore
Kenneth Dixon
Terrence West
Robert Kelley


WR
Julio Jones
Sammy Watkins
Kelvin Benjamin
Rishard Mathews
Josh Doctson
Zay Jones
Cooper Kupp
Terrence Williams
Calvin Johnson
Torrey Smith


TEZach Ertz
Tyler Eifert
Charles Clay


K
Dustin Hopkins
Jason Myers
Kai Forbath


DEF
PHI
PIT
BUF




In a best ball format I like to have three at QB, TE, K and Defense. The extra team covers the bye weeks and provides the extra when someone is hurt or faces a tough matchup. I could have gone just two QBs since Andrew Luck is so good he could end up being the starter for 15 of the 16 weeks (his bye week the exception). One can make a case for drafting an extra RB or WR and capping QB at two when you get a top-5 QB. I probably should have done this and skipped Tannehill as QB3 and instead gotten another WR.


Also if you are going to go with less than three players any where DEF is the best spot since DEF never get hurt and can play all the time. Again I could have gone with just 2 defenses especially since I like both PHI and PIT as Top-12 defenses/ST.


So I could have/ should have gone two QBs and Def and had two better WRs...time will tell.


The draft was a bit odd as there was more value than I expected.


Of course Calvin Johnson in the 27th is a lottery pick hoping he comes back from retirement this year. If so that is a home run pick.


What do you think?
In hindsight I went with Robert Kelley in the 12th and should have gone a WR such as Corey Coleman, Mike Wallace or Quincy Enunwa. That would have given me more balance.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

One hour until first 2017 Pros vs Joes Draft!

Just 60 minutes until the first draft of the 2017 Pros vs Joes Contest (sponsored by the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC)). 




I am a Division winner from 2012 and 2015 (so two of the past five years!!!!!!)

Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. There are 6 Pros (myself included drafting from the #5 spot) and 6 “Joes” made up of chosen FFPC Main Event participants. 

Format is 28 round, draft and forget (called Draft Experts at FFPC). Prize for winning the league (I have done it twice in the eight years I have played) is a 2018 FFPC Main Event Entry (worth over $1,850).

Dave Gerczak and Eric Balkman will be covering this draft pick-by-pick live on The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour. The link is below:


Also, if anyone wants to watch the draft board live, it will be on the FFPC YouTube channel. The link for that is below: