I'm a New York/New Jersey attorney with a strong passion for the NFL and fantasy football. I am a die hard New York Giants fan first and foremost and an aspiring fantasy football analyst. I specialize in re-draft PPR, but will happily answer best ball, dynasty and keeper questions if you tweet me. I hope to attack fantasy football analysis from unique angles and bring to light aspects of the game that not many people realize impacts fantasy football. I also stay up to the minute with news that breaks across the NFL and can share insight on the hottest legal issues.
Super Bowl LIV is just three weeks away and yesterday I broke down the complicated ins and outs of free agency. Today I’m going to break down the top upcoming free agents at several positions. A lot of these players will likely be given the franchise or transition tag assuming they don’t reach a long term deal before free agency begins.
Now that Super Bowl LIV is only three weeks away, it is time to start looking ahead at the 2020 season. Yes, already. The first major event of the NFL offseason is free agency. The idea of free agency seems pretty simple, unsigned players can sign with new teams for more money. However, free agency is actually very complex, but fear not, that’s what I am here for.
In this episode of the Fantasy Suits Podcast, Frank and Rob discuss the latest injury news around the league. Find out what to do with Saquon Barkley and how much of your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (“FAAB”) you should spend on Wayne Gallman. Should you be worried about Cam Newton? (Disclaimer: this episode dropped this morning, before news came out that Cam was dealing with a Lis Franc injury). What the heck is going on with the Kansas City Chief’s running backs? Do you need to worry about Julian Edelman (SPOILER: No.). Also in this episode, Frank and Rob discuss a few players that they are dropping after three weeks of fantasy football.
Frank and his co-host Rob are two attorneys with an unhealthy obsession for fantasy football. Their podcast, The Fantasy Suits Podcast, keeps their fans (the Suits Fam) up to date with breaking news around the NFL, and they use their lawyerly skills to research and analyze the NFL in order sift through the BS and provide you with the stats and facts that matter in order to help you bring home that coveted fantasy football championship (#SuitsTile). The Fantasy Suits also provide valuable information and insight for daily fantasy football, as well as NFL sports gambling tips (spreads, over/under and player props) to help you beef up that dwindling bank account. Their waiver wire episode drops every Tuesday morning and their Breakout Fakeout (start/sit) episode drops every Friday morning. Make sure to tune in to achieve a much-needed edge against your league-mates. Available everywhere podcasts are streamed. Disclaimer: explicit material not suitable for children. Continue reading →
To put it mildly, it has been an underwhelming couple of years for Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, but in 2019 he is going to remind the NFL that he can still hang with the best of them. Fantasy owners are still salivating over Robinson’s 2015 season, where he dropped 1,400 yards and 14 TDs to finish as the WR6, but he is finally going to pay-off for those who give him one last chance.
The year is 2016. Kenyan Drake, running back out of Alabama, is drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the tenth pick of the third round of the NFL Draft. Former fantasy football stud Arian Foster was signed in free agency and Jay Ajayi was in his sophomore season. Foster was a bust and Ajayi took a stranglehold over the backfield leaving Drake, third on the depth chart, to get 33 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Most fantasy football championships were won in Week 16 so Congratulations to those of you who have brought home that coveted title in 2018! For those of you still competing in Week 17, you are doing it wrong. Week 17 is usually just as unpredictable as the pre-season because many teams have locked up their playoff position and have nothing to play for which results in many teams resting their starters. This messes up the entire fantasy arena because the superstars who carried you all the way through the playoffs are not going to play and you are left searching the waiver wire for backup players that are going to see a ton of volume. Further, some teams that are out of playoff contention also choose to rest their superstars because they do not want them to suffer a serious injury that may threaten their availability in 2019 in a completely meaningless game. Therefore, first and foremost, stop playing your championships in Week 17. For those of you still with a title on the line, the following start/sit recommendations are based on this week’s matchups and whether or not teams have anything to play for in Week 17.
Most fantasy football championships were won in Week 16 so Congratulations to those of you who have brought home that coveted title in 2018! For those of you still competing in Week 17, you are doing it wrong.
It is here! It is finally here! We have scratched and clawed our way through 15 grueling weeks for a chance to contend for the title and the championship is upon us. Week 15 was brutal to fantasy owners so here is to hoping that Week 16 can go a little more according to plan. I will not recommend any long shots or dart throws in this week’s Start Em’ Sit Em’ because we can’t afford to be wrong. No more hunches. No more speculations. The only thing that matters is who is going to score the most points this week. So let’s get to it. I recommend that you start and sit the following players if you want the best chance at taking down the title!
It seems like just yesterday that we were mock drafting three to five times a day leading up to the most glorious day of the year, fantasy football draft day, and now we are preparing for the final matchup to determine the champion. Oh, how time flies when you are having fun!
Congratulations if you have made it to your semi-finals and are still fighting for that coveted fantasy football championship. There is only one more week before our championship rounds, unless you play in Week 17, so now is the time to focus even harder and analyze our lineup options with a fine-toothed comb because one wrong move and it spell disaster for everything that we have worked so hard to accomplish this year. The most important rule is not to get cute with your lineups. Last week, Joe Mixon had a tough matchup and Sony Michel had a delicious one, but if you started Michel over Mixon you fell flat. Mixon is a stud and you start your studs. The following start and sit recommendations are based on this week’s matchups.
Congratulations if you have made it this far! Many fantasy owners out there have just suffered heartbreaking defeats, so take a minute to enjoy this moment because you have earned it!…. OK, now stop celebrating because that extremely important victory we just pulled out means nothing. It is time to fall back, sharpen our weapons, and add new weapons that will aid us in our victory because if we lose, we die.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. Week 14, the fantasy football playoffs. Congratulations to those of us who have reached our first goal. Now we must re-dedicate ourselves and re-focus all of our energy onto the next three weeks. It is win or go home, and I don’t know about you, but I want to win. There is one very important rule when preparing for an epic playoff run: don’t get cute. Julio Jones only had three fantasy points last week, but this week’s matchup vs the Packers should be a shootout between two bad defenses. Start Julio Jones. And don’t get thrown by a matchup and start a much less talented player in a good matchup over an elite player with a bad one. Matchups are a factor, but not the only factor.
This season was one for the ages. I have been playing fantasy football since 2003 and I can safely say that 2018 was the craziest one yet. Whether you drafted Le’Veon Bell number one overall, or Leonard Fournette at the back of the first round, or if you were lucky enough to buy into the Phillip Lindsay hype after Week 1, no one can say that this season was not exciting.
Win and get in. Lose and your season is over. That is the situation that most fantasy owners find themselves in heading into Week 13. Your season is on the line so it is crucial not to start the duds. I hope you do not need someone to tell you that Aaron Jones and Phillip Lindsay are top-ten options this week, so let’s dig s little deeper to find those gems that will carry your squad to a victory this week. The following lineup recommendations are based on this week’s matchups:
Reminder: You can’t carry over your Free Agent Aquisition Budget (FAAB) or turn it into real cash and take it with you. There is a real possibility that some of the following studs are available in your league and you must spend every nickel you have to acquire them. For those deeper leagues where the studs below are all taken, there are still some hidden gems out there to strengthen your squad for that final championship run. Spend that money because the time to lay it all on the line is now. The following waiver wire adds reflect a $100 FAAB.
This is the most crucial week in the fantasy football regular season. Teams are hanging on, fighting and clawing their way to be in playoff contention, and many teams will be eliminated if they lose this week. That being said, it is more important than ever to make the right calls in your lineups. One wrong move could be the difference between going home with your tail between your legs and contending for glory as your league’s champion. The following start and sit recommendations are based on this week’s matchups.
As the playoffs loom closer, these next few weeks are our last hope for improving our teams since the trade deadline has passed in most leagues. Do not sit on your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) because you can’t take it with you when the season is over. There are still a few gems out there at each position–yes, even tight end–so analyze your rosters to see where you need improvement and pounce on the following players while you still can. The following waiver wire adds reflect a $100 FAAB:
This is 2018’s last devastating bye-week as six teams are on bye. With the playoffs looming right around the corner these next three games will determine if you are going to be challenging for a title or if you are going to looking forward to 2019. These next three games are the most important of the season and it is more crucial than ever before that we make the right lineup decisions. So sit tight as I tell you who needs to be on your starting roster this week and who you need to bench in order to avoid the devastating bust performance that could end your season. The following start and sits are recommended based on their matchups this week.
Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages who can read, we have reached the tipping point of the fantasy season. The playoffs are around the corner and we only have three more weeks to get our teams into postseason shape. The most important piece of advice that I have for all the fantasy owners out there is to be aware of your league’s trade deadline. There is no worse feeling than agreeing on that last trade that puts your team into championship contention and you go to propose it and instead you see those evil words “Deadline passed.”
Week 10. It is only four weeks away from the fantasy playoffs and it is more important than ever to figure out the matchups we should be targeting to help us bring home that W. Do not be the person who benches the player about to go off because he had a bad game recently. Based on this week’s matchups, I recommend that you start or sit the following players.
We are officially one month away from the fantasy playoffs so it is time to get in those waiver wire pickups and make those trades that are going to launch your team into the playoffs with a vengeance. There are still some high profile players available that need to be scooped up this week so do not miss out on what could be your last opportunity to add some weekly starters. The following waiver wire adds reflect a $100 Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB).
With six teams on bye this week, our start/sit decisions become more crucial than ever. While it is tough to sit players who have a decent role on their team, it is the tough decisions that separate the champions from everyone else. Based on this week’s matchups, I recommend starting and sitting the following players.
The trade deadline has come and gone. There are some new players on new teams and that means that guys are going to be stepping up into larger roles. There are also a few guys that will be fantasy relevant in a week or two, so it is best to jump on them a week early and stay ahead of the curve. In addition, the most important thing that you can do to make sure your team is in contention is to make sure there are no stars that were dropped due to recent struggles. For example, Larry Fitzgerald and Kenyan Drake were dropped all across fantasy football at some point this season, so make sure there are no studs lingering on your wire. The following waiver wire adds reflect a $100 Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB).
The playoffs are drawing near, and each week is more important than the last. We have to make sure that we keep the momentum and maintain our winning ways. This week there are four teams on a bye, so it is crucial that we make the right lineup decisions in place of our resting stars. Based on their matchups, I recommend you make the following start/sit decisions to give yourself the best opportunity to take home the all-important W in Week 8.
This week’s waiver wire is brutal in regards to new players emerging; however, there are still some guys available that we have mentioned before who need to be owned in most leagues. Remember, you can’t save your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) for next year, so use it while there are still players worth adding. The following waiver wire adds reflect a FAAB of $100.
These next few weeks are going to be the difference between making the playoffs and focusing on the next season and daily fantasy sports. It is crucial that we roll out the best lineups possible and exploit the matchups that are screaming elite production. This week the Steelers, Raiders, Seahawks, and Packers are on a bye so we need to dig deep to fill those empty roster spots with players who are going to produce in their absence. Due mainly to their matchups this week, the following are the players I recommend starting and sitting for Week 7 to give you an edge at bringing home the W.
The playoffs are looming and the bye weeks beatdowns are getting more severe. Remember that you can not carry over your Free Agent Aquisition Budget into the following season (unless your specific rules allow you to do so) so don’t be afraid to spend on the guys that are going to help you make it to the playoffs. Likewise, it is important not to overspend on the wrong guy so pay attention to the trends and the upcoming schedules to try and find a diamond in the rough. The following waiver wire adds reflect a budget of $100 FAAB.
We are just about halfway through the season heading into week six, and our matchups become more critical. In these next few weeks, some will clinch a playoff berth and some will be eliminated from contention. That is why we must always be trying to improve our teams and do what we can to put the best possible starting lineup out there. First and foremost, always start the guys filling in for injured players. I am not going to tell you to start T.J. Yeldon and Tevin Coleman because that is too obvious, those guys should be in everyone’s lineups. However, there are tons of players with great matchups this week so we have to make sure we pinpoint those matchups and capitalize.
This week is one of the weakest waiver wire weeks so far. There is not much to be had in regards to QBs, but there are a few RBs and a plethora of WRs ripe for the taking. For those of us who are sitting at 5-0 or 4-1, it is time to start thinking about playoffs and that means clearing your bench of worthless fodder and adding players with serious upside. The following waiver wire adds reflect a $100 Free Agent Aquisition Budget (FAAB).
This week there are some tremendous matchups that need to be taken advantage of. We have been doing well thus far, but with some teams sitting at 0-4 or 1-3, it is more important than ever that we nail these pics. Here are the players I think you should start or sit based on their matchup in Week 5.
We have made it through a quarter of the fantasy season, and there is plenty that we have learned since Week 1. That being said, there are still plenty of available players that are going to contribute to your championship-winning squad this year. There are even running backs to be had this late in the game. So pay attention and grab these guys while you still can. The following adds are based on a $100 Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB).
We spend a lot of time analyzing players and matchups so that we can gain an advantage over our opponents. We try to figure out why things happened the way that they did and what we can learn from it to help us in the future. We dig deeper so that we can pinpoint matchups to target and start players that we might not be starting every week. I am not going to tell you to start Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees, or Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Thomas. That is a waste of both my time and yours. So let’s shy away from the obvious and figure out who needs to be in your lineups this week.
Week 3 was not kind to us fantasy owners. We lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season to a torn ACL, Evan Engram went down with a sprained MCL, and A.J. Green went down with what is being called a groin injury. We also had some players come out of the woodwork to place their name in the ring of players worthy of being started on your roster. Every week we try to make our teams better, so let’s get to it. The following waiver wire adds are based on a $100 Free Agent Aquisition Budget (FAAB).
Another week has come and gone and we are one step closer to claiming what is rightfully ours, the championship. This week there are more injuries that have role players stepping up into full workloads and more trends that bring to life favorable matchups that we need to exploit. It is in your best interest to start or sit the following players this week.
It has only been two weeks and there are already unheard of stars coming out of the woodworks to prove their worthiness of being on our rosters. This week, we had players stake their claim on the number one job for their team, and unfortunately, there was an injury or two so there are a few guys stepping into increased roles. Week 2 will prove to be an import waiver wire week this season, so pay attention and don’t let the gems slip away. The following FAAB values are based on a $100 budget.
The fantasy football season has begun, and it’s time to start making your team better. You should always be active on the waiver wire and it starts right now. Whether you are trying to improve your squad for full season dominance, or you are reeling from the losses of Doug Baldwin, Greg Olsen, or Delanie Walker. Here are a bunch of players that can improve your squad moving forward.
Fantasy Football is all about playing the matchups. Week 1 is the most unpredictable week of the fantasy season, but we know enough about the teams to make some pretty safe matchup decisions. The following are players in each position that I think you should start or sit based on their week 1 opponents. But don’t get cute. Only sit these players if you have better options, not simply different options. You should never be sitting Marshawn Lynch for Giovani Bernard.
You hear it all the time, “You don’t win your league at the draft.” No truer words have been spoken in the history of mankind. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I had to stress the importance. Every week throughout the season, you should be trying to improve your team. You should be constantly looking for trends to find next week’s waiver wire gems and remain one step ahead of your league mates. You should always be looking for trades to bolster your squad (hint: pick on the losing teams because you were smart and drafted depth). No matter what you think, your team is never good enough. With that being said, a lot of us make panic decisions in our drafts because the clock is winding down or your league mates are yelling at you to pick, and those picks are usually not good ones. So just because the season has not started, it does not mean you can’t start building that championship team. I did a little digging and found players with low ownership percentages that should be owned in both shallow and deeper leagues, or at the very least should be first on your watch list.
2017 was a year that the New York Giants hope to erase from existence. They had Super Bowl aspirations going into the season after they finished with an 11-5 record in 2016, but the team completely imploded as they finished with 13 losses, the most in the history of the franchise. No one could predict the onslaught of despair that would befall the New York Giants last year.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the final installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers. The first article on the rookies is here. The second on my likes and dislikes is here. Tier 4 is here. Tier 3 is here. Tier 2 is here.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the fifth installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers. The first article on the rookies is here. The second on my likes and dislikes is here. Tier 4 is here. Tier 3 is here.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the fourth installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers. The first article on the rookies is here. The second on my likes and dislikes is here. Tier 4 is here.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the third installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers. The first article on the rookies is here. The second on my likes and dislikes is here.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the second installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers. The first article on the rookies is here.
The running back position once again reigns supreme in fantasy football. There seemed to be a trend leaning toward wide receiver dominance given the consistency of the guys at the top, but the elite play of the NFL’s best running backs over the past few seasons quickly put a stop to that. When preparing for your draft, you want to separate your running backs into tiers so you can find the best values without sacrificing production. Here is the first installment of Blood, Sweat, and Tiers.
One of the most frustrating positions in fantasy is the Tight End. You’re required to play at least one, and unlike the other offensive positions, a 10 point performance is considered pretty good. When it comes to drafting a TE you either want to be one of the first or one of the last. DON’T get caught in the run on TEs. Start the run or wait, unless there’s value you can’t ignore. After diving into the numbers, I’ve come up with some realizations to improve my rankings and help you maximize your TE value on draft day.
In a world of trying to predict the unpredictable, we need to key in on common occurrences in order to give ourselves an advantage over our less informed league mates. This year’s occurrence is to avoid drafting Baltimore Ravens’ RB Alex Collins at his current fourth-round ADP ranging between 37th and 45th overall.