It’s Week 1 of the NFL season and most year-long fantasy football participants will be able to trot out a lineup full of players that they targeted on draft day. But for those looking to replace injured or suspended stars, as well as the growing legion of daily fantasy players, identifying lesser-owned sleepers is already an important part of the game.
In a preseason that has already been riddled with injuries to fantasy football stars, Sunday brought another crushing blow with news that Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is likely to miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Nelson has been an elite fantasy receiver for the last several seasons and was a definitive WR1 before the injury, generally being drafted in the middle of the second round in twelve-team standard leagues.
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Like most people in the fantasy football industry, Gridiron Experts has Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers at the top of our 2015 quarterback projections. They are consistently in a tier by themselves when it comes to preseason rankings, and deservingly so. But as much as I agree with the lofty expectations for Luck and Rodgers this season, I likely won’t…
In the three years Peyton Manning has played for the Denver Broncos, the team has been the most prolific offense in the NFL, amassing more than 20,000 yards from scrimmage. But for the first time in Manning’s tenure with the Broncos, Denver is going through a complete overhaul of the coaching staff, with John Fox and Adam Gase being replaced by Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison as head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively. It could be assumed that a Manning-led offense will continue to….
The University of Wisconsin has a well-earned reputation for producing NFL (and fantasy football) busts at the running back position. An alumni list that includes Ron Dayne, Michael Bennett, and Montee Ball will do that. But former Badger Melvin Gordon is a much more dynamic runner than his Wisconsin predecessors and the rookie will be afforded all the opportunity that he can handle as the new lead back for the San Diego Chargers.
The role of the running back in the NFL has changed dramatically over the last decade. In 2003, thirteen different NFL running backs carried the ball at least 300 times
Kirk Cousins was a popular waiver wire target last week following a significant injury to Robert Griffin III. After his performance in Week 3, Cousins’ fantasy ownership will almost certainly be on the rise again in the coming days. On the road in Philadelphia, Cousins completed 30-of-48 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns
There are plenty of readily-available players across fantasy leagues that are likely to see a bump in value after Week 1. Based on ability, opportunity, and matchups
As with any investment, building your fantasy portfolio includes assessing your appetite for risk and taking calculated chances. A player with a history of injury issues will often be available at a discount on draft day, if you are willing to assume the risk that a propensity for missing games could continue.