Browsing: Fitz on Fantasy

(Note: This is an adaptation of a column Pat Fitzmaurice wrote for Pro Football Weekly in 2012.) There will be thousands of fantasy football trades consummated today. Maybe tens of thousands. But for every trade successfully negotiated there will be at least two or three trade discussions that ultimately lead nowhere, with the two parties unable to agree on a mutually satisfying exchange. Some fantasy owners are simply unwilling to negotiate in good faith. These are the owners who refuse to make mutually beneficial trades and won’t make a deal unless it’s lopsided in their favor. They have to “win”…

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Running backs are currency in fantasy football. No, wait … that doesn’t do them justice. Running backs are currency, stocks, funds, precious metals and real estate. Your RB portfolio is critical to your success. During fantasy drafts, a lot of owners focus on putting together the best possible starting lineup, sometimes filling in every lineup spot except maybe kicker and defense before turning their attention to backups. That sort of approach can work, but it tends to leave an owner short on RB depth. An early-season injury or benching then has a crippling effect, leaving these owners unable to adequately…

Conventional wisdom preaches patience at the QB position in this year’s drafts and auctions (unless, of course, you’re playing in a 2-QB league). Good quarterbacks are abundant thanks to a flood of young talent at the position, and there’s an ample supply of competent backups with fantasy-starter upside. With such a deep reservoir of QB talent, it would be unwise to sacrifice the chance to take a top-12 running back, a top-6 receiver or Jimmy Graham in order to grab an elite passer. But under certain circumstances, I could understand an early-ish QB grab. Here are my quarterback rankings as…

The ratings success of the ESPN show “First Take” suggests that among a large segment of fans there exists a thirst for strong, unwavering opinions in the realm of sports punditry. Plant your flag at the North Pole or the South Pole, not in Switzerland, world capital of neutrality. “Have a take and don’t suck,” as TV/radio host Jim Rome says. As a so-called fantasy football expert, I’m compelled to have strong opinions on a lot of players, and I do. Oh lord, I most certainly do. And yet I don’t see every player as either a truffle or a…

This might be my favorite time of year for fantasy football, even though we aren’t playing actual games. Most drafts and auctions are still a few weeks away, but as we prepare for the critical talent-acquisition phase of the fantasy season, we have the luxury of being able to take a bird’s-eye view of the player population. We don’t have to focus on problem-solving and lineup maximization and can instead broaden our perspective and look at everything. The fantasy-football world is our oyster, and we don’t have to deal with that messy shucking business just yet. (Ever shuck oysters? It’s…

What follows are preseason draft rankings that will be updated frequently in the weeks leading up to the opening game of the NFL season. The rankings are based on a standard scoring system: for RBs, WRs and TEs, 1 point per 10 yards and 6 points per TD; for QBs, 1 point per 20 yards, 4 points per TD, 1 point per interception thrown. The lists run fairly deep at each position – we want to accommodate those of you in leagues with many teams and/or large rosters. Among the noteworthy players you’ll find ranked significantly higher than their average…

Hello, dear reader. This is the first of what I hope to be many articles for The Football Girl. Before I heap scorn upon some NFL players, please allow me to introduce myself. Since 2000, I’ve been contributing fantasy football articles and player rankings to Pro Football Weekly, and I was a full-time editor there for a few years in the late ’90s. PFW shut down in June after years of financial struggles. It was a wonderful organization full of terrific people, and I’m really going to miss it. I’ll be forever indebted to owner/publisher Hub Arkush for giving me…

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