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Fantasy Football Friday

This article gives a few great ideas when it comes to picking your first mock draft. Welcome to Fantasy Football Friday, folks!

Fantasy Football Friday: Brett’s First June Mock Draft For 2015, Pick By Pick – Battle Red Blog

If you love football, then you probably love fantasy football too. BRB’s Brett Kollmann satisfies some of your fantasy cravings by taking you through his first mock draft of the summer pick by pick. http://www.battleredblog.com/2015/6/19/8814741/fantasy-football-friday-bretts-first-june-mock-draft-pick-by-pick

Considering it is the middle of June and the Texans are still a month or so away from the start of training camp, we here at BRB are starting to run out of things to talk about in the world of football. What we can talk about, however, is the world of fantasy football. Mock draft lobbies have been in full swing for weeks now, and with news slowing to a trickle, I have decided to pass the time by putting together an endless procession of fake teams before creating my actual fake team later this August.

Because alliteration is fun, I’m going to call this little ritual “Fantasy Football Friday”. Each Friday, I will draft one team from a random spot in a standard ESPN 12-man mock draft lobby and then break it down – pick by pick – for all of you. Without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Fantasy Football Friday: Brett’s First June Mock Draft For 2015, Pick By Pick – Battle Red Blog

Fantasy Football For Beginners

This is a great article for those wanting to learn more about how to play fantasy football. Learn all about leagues, scoring variations, the draft, and much more!

Fantasy Football for Beginners | Fantasy Football Aid

There’s tons of information out there. It can be overwhelming. I’m going to touch on variations in fantasy football leagues, critical draft strategy and a few tips to aid beginners through the season. If you haven’t read our articles what is fantasy football and how to play fantasy football, please do so first. Otherwise, enjoy the valuable fantasy football advice for beginners from FantasyFootballAid.com.

Fantasy Football leagues

The number of league options is insane. What the heck is PPR, Dynasty, and re-draft?

Re-draft leagues – A redraft league is extremely common. All rosters are reset every year and all players are eligible for draft.

Keeper Leagues – In a keeper style, one or two players are designated as a player to retain the following year. In other words, no one else can draft them, you can keep them. In the tradition snake style draft, you have the option to forfeit the round the player is drafted in (or sometimes round minus one). For example, if you selected Josh Gordon in the 11th round, he can be designated as a keeper player by forfeiting your 10th round pick in the current draft. In our auction league, we allow teams to keep one player, but the value of that player is last year’s auction price + $10.

Dynasty leagues – dynasty fantasy football is a league format where part or a team’s entire roster is kept for the following season. Instead of drafting an entirely new roster each year, only free agents and rookies are drafted.

Daily leagues – In a daily league, rosters reset every week. Players usually have a dollar value and owners must create a starting lineup while remaining within a preset cap of money. It’s like having a brand new draft every week. FanDuel, DraftStreet and DraftKings are popular daily leagues.

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Fantasy Football for Beginners | Fantasy Football Aid

This is a great resource for Fantasy Football beginners. They answer several questions, give great examples, as well as tips to help you get started.

MORE Fantasy Football Draft FAQs for Beginners | The Snap

Considering the season has started and this is a really popular topic, we’re going to answer some more fantasy football questions for beginners. If you missed our original post on this, here it is. Knock yourself out.

1. I really don’t understand fantasy football. Can you explain how fantasy football works?

Don’t know about you, but my motto is: When in doubt, Google it. In this case, Google has a pretty good basic definition of fantasy football – “a competition in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players.”

Most everything fantasy mimics how things work in the NFL (I’m about get pretty detailed here and describe fantasy football at the most basic level, so feel free to skip ahead to the next question if you aren’t completely new to the concept.)

– You join a fantasy league to compete against other fantasy teams. A league means there are usually 9 or 11 other people with teams of their own competing against you. Within a league, everyone follows the same rules and everyone selects from the same pool of players.

– You select players that are currently in the league to be on your fantasy team. You acquire them through a draft (or if you are in a “keeper” league, they roll forward each year). Just as people can’t be in two places at once, players can only be on one team at any given time.

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MORE Fantasy Football Draft FAQs for Beginners | The Snap

Fantasy Football: Top Rankings

Here are the top 100 rankings for PPR fantasy football leagues this year. This is a great resource for anyone looking to get started with fantasy football.

Fantasy football 2015: Top 100 rankings for PPR leagues – SBNation.com

The 2015 NFL Draft is just around the corner, which means rosters will fill out with the nearly 300 rookies entering the league.

This will impact fantasy football rankings, which are of particular note as dynasty leagues begin their 2015 drafts.

Last week, we put together Top 200 rankings for standard leagues. Now, we are back with Top 100 rankings for PPR leagues.

All of this will, of course, change in the coming days.

Next week, we embark on a four-night roller coaster of emotions that even the cast of Furious 7 would look at and say, “Screw that, I’m out.”

By next week, Philip Rivers could be wearing blue and white (sorry, Chargers fans), Adrian Peterson could be sporting the silver and black (sorry, Vikings fans), or Marcus Mariota could be Fireman Ed’s new favorite thing (sorry, Mariota fans.)

But that’s next week.

These “rankings as of this moment” are just that.

But first, a few quick notes…

Fantasy football 2015: Top 100rankings for PPR leagues – SBNation.com

Here’s a breakdown and a chart for the top 200 rankings for Fantasy Football for the 2015 season. It’s a great resource for those who are thinking ahead!

Fantasy football 2015: Top 200 rankings – SBNation.com

The league never stops, so why should fantasy?

Football is coming.

To be honest, football is always coming.

Even if you ignore free agency, the month of March, just to name a month, and saw two of the league’s absolute biggest fantasy names — Jimmy Graham and LeSean McCoy — change teams, there are enough other moves around those to keep depth-chart trackers in business for weeks.

And that’s a month that is just about as far from actual games being played as it gets.

With that in mind, it makes sense to make fantasy rankings close to a year-round process as possible. So, below is a top 200 for 2015 fantasy.

Everything below is “rankings as of the moment.” Before the draft, no rookies will be in the rankings, because I don’t know where they’ll end up for certain, and players I expect to eventually lose their jobs to new draftees still have them.

Possible suspensions are still only possible, so players are ranked as though that isn’t a concern. Guys who are still free agents as of an update don’t get ranked.

Any, I don’t know, star Minnesota running backs who might switch teams but haven’t done so as of the ranking update will still be ranked on their team.

(Also, no defenses or kickers, because blech.)

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Fantasy football 2015: Top 200 rankings – SBNation.com

NFL Fantasy Football: 5 Players That Crash And Burn In 2015

Here are five players who did amazingly well in the 2014 NFL Fantasy Football season, but who might not end up repeating their successes.

NFL Fantasy Football: 5 Players That Crash And Burn In 2015

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Several players put forth excellent NFL fantasy football seasons in 2014. Enough to the point that assumptions are already strong they’ll duplicate those feats in 2015.

Not so fast.

Here are just five of those standouts who face the probability of a major regression.

DeMarco Murray (RB, Philadelphia Eagles)
2014 output: 294.10 points

A few things are going against DeMarco Murray this year. First, he’s no longer in the same offensive system and behind the same offensive line that helped him win the rushing title last year. Running backs who are coming off 400+ carry workloads also tend to regress the next year. On top of that, Murray will have Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles competing with him in the backfield for touches during games. All of that speaks to less output and by default fewer fantasy points.

Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints)
2014 output: 302.98 points

Rumors persist that the coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints are concerned about the arm strength of Drew Brees, who is now 36-years old. So there is that to worry about. Then one must consider the substantial losses he’s seen to the offense, specifically the trading away of tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills. They were two of his most reliable targets and will prove very hard to replace. Brees has adapted before but Father Time is against him and the lack of weaponry is bound to slow him down from where he was last year.

Jeremy Maclin (WR, Kansas City Chiefs)
2014 output: 191.80 points

Playing in the Chip Kelly offense has proven quite profitable for wide receivers over the past two years. Jeremy Maclin turned it into a major financial gain when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The problem is that decision also gets him away from the Kelly offense that made him so productive in the first place. Yes, he’s reuniting with former head coach Andy Reid but keep in mind Maclin never had a 1,000-yard season when he played for Reid. Top it off with Alex Smith being his quarterback, who isn’t known for his prolific passing numbers and it leads to belief Maclin will take a step back.

Julius Thomas (TE, Jacksonville Jaguars)
2014 output: 120.90 points

Nobody can blame Julius Thomas for following the money. Free agents are expected to do that. However, he did so at great risk to his own reputation as a playmaker. Thomas emerged with the Denver Broncos when he had Peyton Manning as his quarterback. Now he joins the Jacksonville Jaguars with second-year kid Blake Bortles coming off a rookie year where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. Nobody is debating Thomas has talent, but he can’t be expected to duplicate his numbers with that steep of a drop in QB play.

New England Patriots Defense
2014 output: 139.00 points

Stop for a second and take stock of what the New England Patriots have lost over this offseason: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Vince Wilfork. Arguably those three were the biggest keys to their defensive dominance last season. Now Devin McCourty may be on the move back to corner where he was never as effective as he’s been at safety. Nobody is saying Bill Belichick can’t adjust, but there is no way he can hope to keep the unit as strong as it was last year. Not with those losses and the prospect of losing Tom Brady for a stretch of games.

NFL Fantasy Football: 5 Players That Crash And Burn In 2015