This is a glorious summer day in Tennessee. I work from home and am actually able to sit out on our back porch right now, gazing out at the massive jungle of kudzu that invades our property every summer. Somehow we're already past the amount of rainfall we normally have all year, so it feels pretty incredible to be outside in the middle of the day without rain or heat. Hats off to you, Mother Nature.
Weather aside, all is going well in the FFLibrarian household as we prepare for baby boy #2 to arrive in about 2 months. I may repeat that news a few times just to make sure you all know that I'll probably disappear for a week or two this fall after the little guy is born. I'll pull together a list of my favorite sites and news spots for you all sometime in September so that you can refer to that while I'm away from the blog.
Speaking of things to expect, I will be compiling my annual average rankings spreadsheet where I pull together an average top 100 players ranking based off of 10 or so of my go-to sites. Expect that sometime around August 10-15 or so.
Now onto today's links:
- Let's start with the big guns: FantasyPros.com's Draft Wizard. You may remember the awesome tools they've created in the past and this year is no different, except that their Draft Simulator (for whipping out mock drafts) is actually completely free, and you guys know how I love to promote free content (full disclosure: I'm part of their affiliate program so I get a kickback if you subscribe to any of their pay content). I remain pretty partial to their Cheat Sheet Creator, but a lot of their content is just plain awesome.
- Not-so-splashy dudes to keep an eye on as draft day approaches from FantasySharks.com's The Players that Nobody's Talking About.
- Whether you're new to fantasy football or just need a new outlook, take a look at 2MugsFF.com's A Simple Plan (2013): One Man's Fantasy Strategy including draft strategy tips but also player suggestions...all wrapped up in an entertaining read.
- On the strategy train, if you've missed the IDP Strategy series from FantasySharks.com, then head over here for the recap. Great for beginners to the IDP scene in particular.
- If you're in a PPR league, here are two articles you might find helpful:
- Take a look at FFToolbox's PPR Preview for 5 guys that they think will increase their receptions this year.
- The Fake Football's 2013 PPR Drafting Tiers
- Also from FFToolbox is a helpful chart that outlines the top 40 RBs for Weeks 12-17 based on average fantasy points to help you figure out which guys were the Strong Finishers. Note that their final positional ranking for the season is also included, which is nice to include for comparison.
- KFFL.com offers us their list of Fantasy football busts and overvalued players at each position including kickers and defenses.
- With all of the interesting stories that have evolved this summer in the TE realm, I am kind of intrigued with how the position will be drafted (and play out) this season. CBSSports.com has their Tight end tiers and strategies as a good starting point for draft prep time.
- Or you could go the streaming TE route and play available TEs with favorable matchups, as described by Rotoworld in The Viability of TE Streaming.
- More tiers, this time RBs to think about in the first round from LestersLegends.com: Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings by Tier: The Elite.
- I don't know about you all, but when a site updates their rankings, I like to know why a player moved up/down the list. FFToday's Projections & Rankings Update does just that and then links over to their beefy cheatsheet page.