Fantasy Football Mailbag: Preparing for your draft
Here at MyFantasySportsTalk.com we have two fantasy football experts (Dan Schalk and James Crook) that will take questions from MFST’s readers and answer them in a weekly segment, Fantasy Football Mailbag.Very original, we know.
1. Who is your top ranked WR for 2015?
– Ashley, Denver, CO
Dan Schalk: Dez Bryant. The propensity for touchdowns, yards and receptions are greater with Bryant than any other wideout in 2015, although it is a very close race for those behind him. To round out my top five I have Beckham, Jones, Thomas and Green.
James Crook: There is a group of seven wide receiver’s that could realistically be #1 at this point. This, like the running back position, is deeper at the top than in recent years without a clear ‘better than everyone else’ guy. Put a gun to my head, I’ll take Brown first overall because of the amount of targets he receives all over the field, the way he scores touchdowns on both deep routes and in the Red Zone. Simply put, he is “safe”.
2. How many sleepers do you target in one draft?
– Chris, NC
Dan Schalk: I tend to target a few of my own “sleepers” in every draft. My “sleepers” aren’t necessarily what a lot of experts are saying, but guys who many haven’t heard of. My big sleeper heading into last year was Larry Donnell, and he paid off, at least for a few weeks. To answer your questions, target as many as you like, just don’t reach too early to draft them.
James Crook: Well, it is hard to find “sleepers” in the draft. With the depth of information at our fingertips, and with stats, reports, opinions and Twitter at our fingertips, the term “sleeper” is hard to find in the actual draft. I target guys that I like, whether that’s because they are in a great situation and only need an injury (handcuff) to shine or players with a ton of potential that slip through the cracks. If someone like Ameer Abdullah, a “sleeper” all off-season it seems like, gets drafted in the 3rd round, that isn’t a “sleeper”. Yet if he produces like a top-10 RB, that is a good pick. Target guys you like, and if they have “sleeper” status, just know you will have to pay extra for them. Draft accordingly.
3. Where do you draft a defense in any fantasy draft?
-Greg, Toronto, ON
Dan Schalk: James and I differ on this aspect, as I see a clear difference between the elite defenses in fantasy football and the very poor ones. The past few years I have owned the Seahawks defense and have watched my defense beat my opponents every, single, week. I play in leagues that limit transactions, so the constant changing of defenses would hurt you. If you target an elite level defense, although this season does not possess a 2013 Seattle team or 2000 Baltimore, I would say you are safe to do that after you have your starting skill position players on your team.
James Crook: Second to last pick. And if I see a waiver wire gem, I’m dropping both my Kicker and my D/ST before the season starts and lengthening my bench. Do NOT draft a defense earlier than the second to last round because it is the most volatile position in fantasy. No need to be the goof who drafted the Seahawks round 7.
4. Name one player that will go undrafted but will become waiver wire gold in 2015?
– Bill, College Station, TX
Dan Schalk: Harry Douglas. Douglas went to Tennessee in the offseason with not much fan-fare but if Marcus Mariota can be the type of quarterback most experts believe he can be, the former-Falcon can become a solid flex play in many leagues. With Justin Hunter potentially doing some major jail time, Douglas will slide into a starting role very much under the radar and you can reap the benefits.
James Crook: Branden Oliver. I love Melvin Gordon, but as a rookie in a complex passing system like San Diego, they will bring him along slowly if he can’t protect Mr. Rivers. Oliver did well last year as a UDFA rookie, and I love his running style and vision. Who knows what happens in San Diego, but I feel like Gordon will struggle a bit and Oliver will take over the featured role in what should be a good Charger offense.
To send your Fantasy Football questions to Dan and James you can do so via Twitter, Facebook or Email!
Dan Schalk: @FFSportsTalk
James Crook: @ArtOfTheDeal11
https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/fantasy-football-mailbag-preparing-for-your-draft/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/a23.jpg?fit=640%2C442&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/a23.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisFantasyFF AnalysisFF SleepersFootballNFLRecent PostsFantasy Football,Fantasy Football Mailbag,NFLHere at MyFantasySportsTalk.com we have two fantasy football experts (Dan Schalk and James Crook) that will take questions from MFST’s readers and answer them in a weekly segment, Fantasy Football Mailbag.Very original, we know. 1. Who is your top ranked WR for 2015? - Ashley, Denver, CO Dan Schalk: Dez Bryant. The...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk