What a start to the 2019 NFL season! Antonio Brown has turned the Oakland Raiders into The Sopranos, while Julio Jones just signed a contract extension that is fully guaranteed. However, tomorrow we can get away from all the nonsense and enjoy 13 great football games. To help fantasy football players with their roster construction, three of our writers have provided some insight on which players they would start, would sit, and consider a sleeper for week one. Be sure to follow all of them on twitter and ask any of The Scorecrow’s fantasy writers for fantasy advice.
David Lehr | January 7th, 2019
The Atlanta Falcons 2018 season was somewhat of a roller-coaster, with many highs, and even more lows. The beginning of their season would end up providing a glimpse at how the entire year would play out, as they lost heartbreakers to the Eagles, Saints, and Bengals in the first 4 weeks, squeaking by the Panthers to start the campaign 1-3. Only 14% of teams that end the first quarter of the season 1-3 have made the playoffs since 1990, so Atlanta knew the odds were against them and they would have to turn things around. After getting blown out by the Steelers, Matt Ryan and the Falcons seemed to turn things around, winning their next 3 games in a row to get back to 4-4. That 3-game winning streak would be a sign of things to come, as the Falcons were immediately mired in another streak, only this time it was a crushing 5-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention. How could a team with as much talent as Atlanta struggle so mightily?
Brian DeWester | October 11th, 2018
The art of trading in fantasy football isn’t simple. Yet, as the waiver wire thins out, trading becomes nearly the only way to turn things around. The trouble with trading is two-fold. First, you have to identify the targets that you want to acquire and the ones you want to trade away. Looking at current usage, their upcoming strength of schedule and their potential upside can all help you with this process. However, the second step involves negotiation. One of the more frustrating parts is that everything could seemingly line up for your offer, and yet all your work can be undone with a simple “no.” While this article can’t really help you with the latter of those two problems, it can definitely help you identify some potential targets.
Frank Dyevoich | September 25th, 2018
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).
Hunter Neel | August 20th, 2018
Last year there was only one NFC team that was in the playoffs who also were in the 2016 playoffs. That team you ask? Why it was the Atlanta Falcons. This points to how random the league is and how tough it is to be consistent in the NFC. Can the Falcons make it three years in a row?
Wide receivers are probably the second most valuable position in fantasy football next to running back. Here’s a look at five wide receivers, the situations they landed in, and their 2018 projections. Also, just in case you missed it, you can check out our rookie quarterback preview here and our rookie running back preview here.