Skip to main content

Preparing for fantasy happenstance

I was on the train on my way home from some time spent in Boston to see my sister's new home, and was pleasantly surprised to find a close friend on the train a few rows ahead of me. What a small world. I love random happenstance like that...and there's always a taste of this sort of happy circumstance with fantasy drafts. You can go into drafts as prepared as can be, but there's likely to be some moment where one of your favorite sleepers has landed in your lap at exactly the right value point. And on the flip side, you should be prepared for your fantasy nemesis to snag all your picks right before you...repeatedly. So I highly recommend you mock, mock, mock as your draft day approaches to see upside in players you might not have originally considered. A few mock sites to check out include: Fantasy Football Calculator, Mock Draft Central, or Yahoo. Any other favorites out there?

Some other sites to check out today:
  • I say this every season, I think, but some of my favorite articles are those where writers from different sites collaborate and offer up differing opinions on players or strategies. Showdown: Donovan McNabb - Fantasy Football Advice brings together's Matt Schauf and Pro Football Focus's Mike Clay to talk about what McNabb will bring to the table this season.
  • Along those same lines, check out's Our Featured Pros Reveal their Sleepers and Busts for thoughts from Yahoo's Andy Behrens, ProFootballWeekly's Michael Blunda, and NFL Soup's Kevin Roberts. 
  • Need reasons to love Spiller, Finley, Bradshaw, or Gaffney, then scope out Roto Arcade's First Down: JerMichael Finley poised to vie for top fantasy tight end.
  • The Bruno Boys have their free 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Guide available - includes rankings, player profiles, cheat sheets, etc. Good stuff. I'll be writing for the Bruno Boys again a bit this year so of course I might be a bit biased, but you'll find plenty of good material in there.
  • Keeping in mind that the preseason doesn't usually amount to much, I'm still intrigued with the FFGeekBlog's recent post that lists the NFL leaders through week 2 (of the preseason) - interesting mix of names on the list.
  • And on a similar note, The Hazean's Notable Preseason Performances: Week 2 has a nice recap of a few big games from a handful of players this weekend. Or read's game-by-game look at the second week of the preseason.
  • Some of you might remember Advanced NFL Stats's first toe-dip into the fantasy world with Koko's rankings (essentially the most basic picks that even a monkey could make, though in reality it's more complicated than that and you can read up on it here). If you're wondering how Koko did last year, see Koko's 2009 Fantasy Report Card. As Brian points out, the clutch thing here might be comparing Koko's rankings (here are his 2010 QBs rankings) with you other favorite sites' rankings. If there's someone whose ranking varies widely from Koko, it's worth figuring out why.
  • If you're in an auction league, particularly if you're a newbie to the auction world, you might find's Auction Draft Strategy and Values for, well, exactly that: strategy and rankings with values based on a $200 budget.


Unknown said…
How about them Lions?
Anonymous said…
You always link to FFGeekBlog but no love for whom the FFGeekBlog links to?

Popular posts from this blog

Labor Day FF links

Happy long weekend! Here's hoping most of you are free to enjoy the 3-day weekend and the relaxation and fun that comes with it. I spent my Sunday participating in 3 fantasy football drafts scattered throughout the day and night, but I think I've finally wrapped up my drafts for the year. So like many of you I'm now turning my attention to the Week 1 games! But before we get to some player rankings and prep for Week 1, I want to make sure that all you experts out there are aware of the upcoming deadline for the annual accuracy contest that I run with the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. I compare preseason positional rankings from experts to the final outcome of the fantasy season to see which site had the most accurate preseason rankings, and this year's deadline is fast approaching: September 9th by kickoff. Check out the info on the FSTA site for more details and be sure to e-mail me your submissions. Now, onto Week 1! First up, let's get to some of this

2010 Week 2 consensus start/sit

Greetings and happy weekend. I've got this week's consensus start/sit for you which is a tally of all the start/sit votes that players received in the various start/sit articles that I linked to earlier in the week. So while these aren't my personal recommendations, I do think knowing what the consensus is could be of help when making lineup enjoy! Note: the players are listed in no particular order. QB Start: Michael Vick, Kyle Orton, Matt Ryan, Jason Campbell Sit: David Garrard, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, Vince Young, Carson Palmer RB Start: LeSean McCoy, Darren McFadden, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jackson Sit: Tim Hightower, C.J. Spiller, Beanie Wells, Ronnie Brown WR Start: Santana Moss, Legedu Naanee, Malcolm Floyd, Mike Williams (TB), Dez Bryant Sit: Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree TE Start: Chris Cooley, Todd Heap, John Carlson, Jermichael Finley Sit: Jermaine Gresham, Owen Daniels, Tony Scheffler, Jeremy Shockey, Bo Scaife Kicker Start: La

Start/Sit Week 4 and a smattering of rankings

It's been awhile, my fantasy football friends. I have lofty intentions of getting several posts up here each week, but life is busy and I will do my best. So in the intervening 6 years since I've posted regularly on here, our family added another child (now there are 3!), moved back to Boulder for a sabbatical year and then returned to Knoxville, and we have basically been chugging along like many of the rest of you. My two boys (who turn 12 and 9 soon) are in a fantasy football league for the first time this year with their buddies, which ostensibly is the just the dads (and mom!) playing one another of course. But my oldest is taking it super seriously and what kind of Fantasy Football Librarian would I be if I didn't step up my game for him? So I'm back - and am interested in the fantasy landscape - lots of the same awesome sites out there, but many new ones as well. I'll try to incorporate a mix. Please be sure to let me know if my 2006 ways aren't working i