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Fitz on Fantasy: How the 2017 Rookie Class Stacks Up

In 2014, University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punched a woman named Amelia Molitor in a Norman deli, breaking bones in her face. The punch was recorded by surveillance cameras and has been seen by millions of people. Mixon and Molitor later reached a settlement. Mixon had just turned 18, and the video showed Mol...

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Fantasy Football: 10 Overvalued Players Based on Current ADP

Last week, the incredibly helpful Pat Fitzmaurice pointed out who, based on their current ADP, are undervalued. To complement Pat’s analysis, I’ve waded through the hyperbole of hype season (that’s right now, you know) and listed ten players who, if drafted based on their current ADP, could damage your fantasy...

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How to Have a Successful Draft ***Please note that many references are to the 2008 draft.  While the strategy will not change, references will and I will update accordingly. #1)  Make sure you have a CURRENT draft board.  Almost everyone uses a draft board, but most have pretty short shelf lives.  If you’re not careful you could be th...

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PPR (Points Per Reception) League Please note this is just an example for those new to fantasy.  Even within a PPR league there can be immense variables such as whether a QB touchdown is worth (4) or (6) points, or how the defense is scored. Offense: (6) Rushing or Receiving TD (4) Passing TD (1) Every 10 yards rushing or recei...

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One of the most desirable aspects of fantasy football is that no uniform rules exist.  Most leagues have their own idiosyncrasies and range from incredibly basic to having no shot at knowing where you stand on a Sunday without the use of a trusty calculator.  Even so, most leagues fall under one of the following categories: Touchdown, Scoring, PPR (Po...

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Preparing for a fantasy draft is complicated enough with ADPs, understanding your league’s makeup (i.e. PPR vs. Defense), and a million experts advising you to follow a trillion different variations of the same draft board.  Luckily you are all past that now, ready to revel in all your players lighting up the literal fantasy scoreboard.  But what ha...

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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 ...

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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...

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I hate Darren McFadden. OK, perhaps that’s a little harsh. But my moth-to-a-flame attraction to McFadden in recent years has been costly.  It’s cost me money.  It’s cost me self-esteem.  It’s cost me credibility as — big air quotes here — a fantasy expert. Come to think of it, I re...

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