2015 Fantasy Football: The Worst Free Agency Moves of the AFC

With most of the big name free agents off the board, we are doing a four part piece on the best and worst moves made in this offseason’s free agency. We previously covered the best moves made in the AFC and NFC. We will now change direction and focus on the worst moves made in the AFC.

QB Free Agent Signing
Josh McCown, CLE
McCown is just another puzzling decision by the Browns. By now we have gotten used to Cleveland making awful personnel choices at quarterback. McCown has been a career journeyman that is a decent backup at best, a disaster at worst. Sure, he had six solid games throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in 2013, but that’s six games in a decade. In 2014, McCown was the Week 1 starter on the team now on the clock with the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft. His incompetent performance at one point saw him benched in favor of Mike Glennon. The benching was more than justified being that the Bucs had the worst offense in the NFL last season and that’s with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson out wide. Now he has Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline. In 11 games last season, McCown tallied a putrid 11-to-14, TD-to-INT ratio.

They let an already subpar Brian Hoyer walk for an even worse McCown. To make matters worse they gave him $14 million over three years. This is way too much money to pay a QB that will undoubtedly be benched at some point in favor of Johnny Manziel. This signing shows little logic. Even if they merely want McCown to be a mentor. A grossly overpaid mentor. Don’t be surprised if the Browns have the worst offense in football next season. Don’t worry, there’s more from the Browns coming up. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: The Best Free Agency Moves of the NFC

With most of the big name free agents off the board, we will be doing a four part piece on the best and worst moves made in this offseason’s free agency. We previously looked at the best moves of the AFC. Today we’ll look at the best moves made in the NFC.

QB Free Agent Signing
Shaun Hill, MIN
How can Shaun Hill be the best option you ask? He must be the only option, you say? Well you would be 100 percent right. There was no other option. So the Vikings getting a decent backup win this category. Our apologies, but I promise it can only go up from here.

RB Free Agent Signing
Shane Vereen, NYG
You have to love this signing for the Giants. Vereen gives Eli Manning a very dangerous weapon in the passing game. He will force the defense to account for him and cause all types of matchup problems. This pickup wasn’t as high-profile as some of the others, nevertheless, Vereen will have a major impact and at a very reasonable price. He brings something to the table that the Giants were lacking. They may be a very dangerous offense in 2015. That is why they are my early pick to win the NFC East. Not because of Vereen, but he will play a key role. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: The Best Free Agency Moves of the AFC

With most of the big name free agents off the board, we will be doing a four part piece on the best and worst moves made in this offseason’s free agency. We will start with the best moves made in the AFC.

QB Free Agent Signing
Thad Lewis, CLE

I didn’t want to go with the default pick of Brian Hoyer to the Texans because I believe Ryan Mallet will be the starting QB. They may have been better off just saving the money and keeping Tom Savage as a backup. Hoyer isn’t much better than Ryan Fitzpatrick.

So Lewis to Cleveland it is. I’ve been watching this kid for a few years now and watched him at Duke. I’ll go out on a limb right now and say although Lewis is signed to be a backup, he will give the Browns the best chance to win this season.

We have a very small sample size on Lewis, however, his numbers are not bad if you’re judging him as a rookie. Lewis has thrown 189 passes in his career while appearing in seven games. He has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He also brings an ability to make plays with his legs.

Johnny Manziel is dealing with personal issues and was horrendous when he played. Josh McCown has had one good six game run in a decade and was at the reins of the worst offense in football last season. He could not produce with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, now he has Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe. As of this moment, I honestly believe that Lewis gives the Browns the best chance to win and is making far less money. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: Frank Gore and Andre Johnson Reunite in Indy

The Colts have made some major splashes in free agency, reuniting veterans Frank Gore and Andre Johnson. Both were teammates at The University of Miami and won a National Championship in 2001. However, the fact that they were both on arguably the greatest college football team of all-time shows their age. It will be very interesting to see how these two acclimate themselves to their new surroundings. How much can they have left in their tanks? Let’s take a look at their potential fantasy value. [Read more…]

A Theory About Chip Kelly’s Master Plan

In the past week alone, Chip Kelly has traded LeSean McCoy for former Oregon Duck linebacker Kiko Alonso, let Jeremy Maclin leave for Kansas City and hlet offensive guard Todd Herremans sign with the Colts. He is clearly doing a team overhaul, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Although he also gave pass rusher Trent Cole and corner back Cary Williams the boot recently as well. The Eagles have also signed corner back Byron Maxwell to a huge deal, 31-year old running back Frank Gore and quarterback Mark Sanchez on Sunday. They reportedly gave Sanchez a two-year, $16 million contract. That begs the question, what are they doing? After talking to sources familiar with the organization I have developed a theory on what Philly’s master plan is. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: LeSean McCoy Traded to Buffalo

A trade between the Bills and Eagles that would send RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for ILB Kiko Alonso (coming off a torn ACL) is expected to be made official next Tuesday when the new football year officially begins. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly continues his team overhaul, bringing in “his guys.” Alonso is yet another Oregon product picked up by the Eagles. The trade will save Philly more than $9 million and will give them plenty of room to maneuver this offseason. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: Sophomore Breakout Candidates

While there were many star rookies in the 2014 rookie class, there were also a handful of disappointments. This article covers rookies that we had had high hopes for but who didn’t live up to the billing. However, these guys could excel in their sophomore campaigns. Whether it was due to circumstance, injury or they just weren’t ready, these players struggled to be fantasy relevant in 2014 but are poised to breakout in 2015.

RB Devonta Freeman, ATL
Last season I predicted Freeman would be the top rookie running back. Obviously that didn’t happen, however, I may have just been a year off. I did not account for Steven Jackson playing a full season or the emergence on Antone Smith (although it was short-lived). It appears likely that the 32-year-old Jackson will be released and Smith is now a free agent. Freeman will win the starting job over Jacquizz Rodgers and even Smith if he is re-signed. This situation may be complicated should the Falcons sign a big name free agent.

As of now, Freeman is primed to make a huge jump next season. In 2014, Freeman carried the ball only 65 times for 248 yards and a TD. He added 30 receptions for 225 yards and another TD. These numbers could skyrocket in 2015. With a full NFL season and another offseason under his belt, the former Seminole should be able to sure-up all those fundamental issues that cost rookie backs playing time. Look for Freeman to be a breakout star next season and a nice fantasy sleeper. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: Top 10 Fantasy Tight Ends

The Super Bowl is now behind us and it’s never too soon to start looking forward to next fantasy season. This is the last of a four part series in our pre-draft, pre-free agency top 10 list. In this article we’ll be going over the tight ends (PPR). They are considered the least important of the skill positions, but if you get an elite guy they can make a huge difference.

1. Rob Gronkowski
What do we really need to say? The discussion for best tight end in the league starts and ends with Gronk. Now the only discussion is if he’s the most dominant TE ever. There is no doubt that Gronk should be the first TE off the board. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers

The Super Bowl is now behind us and it’s never too soon to start looking forward to next fantasy season. This is the third of a four part series in our pre-draft, pre-free agency top 10 lists. In this article we’ll be going over the wide receivers (PPR). The position that seems to increase in relevancy each and every year. With so many talented WRs, this was by far the hardest position to narrow down to just 10.

1. Antonio Brown
AB was far and away the best fantasy wideout in 2014. He totaled a ridiculous 129 receptions, 1,698 yards and 13 TDs. He was also the model of consistency. Brown had zero games with less than five receptions. Brown had zero games with less than 70 yards and 13 games with at least 90 yards. He also had only seven games in which he didn’t catch at least one TD. There is no reason to believe that AB won’t be just as good next season. For some reason, people do not want to believe in Brown. I ranked him second last year and this season he’s wrestled the top spot away from Megatron. The addition of Martavis Bryant should only make Brown that much better. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Football: Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs

The Super Bowl is now behind us and it’s never too soon to start looking forward to next fantasy season. This is the second of a four part series in our pre-draft, pre-free agency top 10 lists. We now move on to arguably the most important position in fantasy football, the running backs.

Top Fantasy RBs of 2015 (PPR)

1. Le’Veon Bell
Bell was the NFL’s official Fantasy MVP. In 2014, he compiled 2,215 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. 854 of those yards came courtesy of his 83 receptions. He had three straight games down the stretch of at least 200 yards and a TD. Bell actually totaled 711 yards and five TDs while on that run. The 22-year-old out of Michigan State should only get better from here. Ben Roethlisberger clearly loves to use him in the passing game and wideouts like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant make it impossible to stack the box and key in on the talented young back. Look for him to get even better this season as will the Steelers offense. [Read more…]