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Marcas Grant

Marcas Grant joined the NFL in 2011 as an editor for the fantasy football team. Since joining the league, his role has expanded to include appearances on "NFL Fantasy LIVE" as well as the Fantasy LIVE podcast -- not to mention a handful of analysis and opinion columns on NFL.com.
June

Welcome to The Narrative -- my occasional series on some of the offseason NFL storylines and how they'll impact your fantasy football life in 2017. Previously on The Narrative... It's official: Jets will release veteran WR Brandon Marshall... more

May

Sleepers Breakouts Players to avoid Bargains Deep sleepers We can debate whether or not patience is a virtue but it can create some pretty good fantasy draft values if you make the right choices. After all, isn't that the very... more

There's a new hammer in Philadelphia. LeGarrette Blount has agreed to terms with the Eagles on a one-year contract. It comes on the heels of Blount posting a league-best 18 rushing touchdowns last season with the Patriots. Blount's role in... more

You might've heard that the NFL had a draft recently. That means we get a whole new crop of football first-years infiltrating real and fantasy rosters this fall. Consider this an expanded freshman orientation. While the new guys are getting to know l... more

Michael Fabiano James Koh Marcas Grant Alex Gelhar Adam Rank In honor of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017" series (airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), the NFL Fantasy team is releasing their preliminary top 100 or 200 fantasy... more

April

Post #NFLDraft Round 1 fantasy analysis and reactions with @adamrank @MarcasG @AlexGelhar . WATCH: https://t.co/cM7amdqN0R ‚?? NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLfantasy) April 28, 2017 Welcome to the NFL Draft, 2017 edition. It's the night when... more

Looks like there will be a second back on the Second Line in New Orleans. Adrian Peterson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints and now I'm starting to question why we're bothering at all with more than one running back spot in the average fa... more

QBs RBs Good preparation is the key to any successful venture. Fantasy football is no different. Eventually you know that you're going to have to figure out how to survive without some of your star players. While you can't control injurie... more

QBs RBs Good preparation is the key to any successful venture. Fantasy football is no different. Eventually you know that you're going to have to figure out how to survive without some of your star players. While you can't control injurie... more

Do you ever want to be reminded how much you don't know about that thing you think you know lots about? Then welcome to Draft Szn! It's the time of year when everyone from the most informed to actual draft neophytes has an opinion on what's going to... more

I rolled over Tuesday morning and silenced my alarm. It was 5:10 and I was hoping to steal a few more minutes. When I finally dragged myself out of bed 20 minutes later, I had a text message from a friend at the network lamenting that there was break... more

Fantasy Fool's Gold April 01, 2017

If there's one thing I've tried to do with my life, well ... it's actually to be a better person and more astute citizen of the world. But if there's a second thing I've tried to do, it's get the word "shenanigans" into more everyday speech. Which is... more

March

Stay up to date with all of the free agent signings, trades and their respective fantasy impact with our 2017 free agency live blog. Another domino has fallen in the free agent running back game. Latavius Murray signed a reported three-year deal... more

I was puttering around my apartment alternately adulting and watching the NFL Scouting Combine on a recent Saturday morning. Somewhere in between wondering how I could get an invite to a John Ross island beach party and learning that said beach part... more

Stay up to date with all of the free agent signings, trades and their respective fantasy impact with our 2017 free agency live blog. For a span of about 10 minutes, Packers fans worldwide ran a gamut of emotions ranging from frustration over gene... more

After purging their already talent-deficient roster to free up salary cap room, the 49ers are now ready to spend like an overeager college student with a tax refund check. It appears that the first impulse buy will be 30-year old Pierre Garçon, who... more

How do you keep Twitter in suspense? Just post vague Instagram photos showing palm trees and rooftops. Such was the ploy of DeSean Jackson who turned Football Twitter into Arborist Twitter for a short time on Wednesday afternoon as the masses tried... more

You feel that? That feeling of the sun peeking through the clouds, trying to knock the last bit of winter's chill from the air. The sense that life is being renewed and that hope once again springs eternal. That's right, it's #DraftSzn. Hyperbole? Ma... more

February

You know what the Internet is flooded with this time of year? Lots and lots of columns with people pontificating about which NFL prospects have a chance to improve their draft stock at the NFL Scouting Combine. So what's one more? Following up on... more

You know what America needs? More awards shows. Yes, I know we already have the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes, Billboard, iHeartRadio, Kids Choice, People's Choice, AMAs, CMAs, WGAs and SAG awards. And that's before you get to the NFL... more

January

The path to the 2017 NFL Draft has begun. Now that we've passed the Senior Bowl, draft season will turn things up a notch. While the game itself is a great way to showcase one's skills (ask East Carolina's Zay Jones ), it's the practices in the run u... more

Takeaways from the 2016 fantasy football season as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. A few things to remember: - No one draft pick won your league - No one player cost you a championship - Fantasy is a game - Eat at Arbys ‚... more

Not all championship fantasy football teams are built the same, but there are some things that plenty of them have in common. Namely, elite players. Sure, there are many things that go into creating a great fantasy roster -- including finding key sle... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often the unheralded players make the biggest... more

December

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well, don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance t... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded player who can make the... more

Takeaways from Week 16 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. In case you thought Vulture Week was over, I present Chris Thompson and Kenyan Drake. ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) December 24, 2016 Let me also add to that list Mack Brown,... more

It's Championship Week. It's a time for actions, not words. We're not wasting time. Let's get to the stockwatch.... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 16. This is it. What you've been playing all year for. Here's your chance to take home a fantasy championship. Let's dispense with all of the chit-chat and just get right to the proceedings, shall we? Game Balls Defensive line: For as... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Takeaways from Week 15 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore have all been victims of TD vultures already today. Yay! ‚?? Matt Franciscovich (@MattFranchise) December 18, 2016 The vultured... more

Fantasy playoffs are in full swing regardless of your league's setup. Not that we need to tell you, but lineup decisions become much more critical as we reach the crescendo of the season. Of course, the Stock Watch remains steadfast in helping you ge... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 15. Things have gotten real. If you're reading this, chances are that you're in the playoffs or may have already survived one round of the postseason. I could spend several words prattling on about how every move you make could be the difference... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Takeaways from Week 14 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Just a reminder here of my thoughts https://t.co/rjgGfwUcSk ‚?? Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) December 11, 2016 If I could retweet this every hour for the rest of the seas... more

The playoffs have begun in plenty of leagues. In plenty more, this is the final week to try and sneak into the fantasy postseason. Either way, roster and lineup decisions are of the utmost importance here. The Stockwatch is not going to leave you in... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Lucky Week 13. At least for some of you. If you made the playoffs in your fantasy league, congratulations. If you're on the outside looking in, condolences. Nonetheless, the world keeps on turning and yet another week is upon us. Reading the Defense... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Takeaways from Week 13 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Weather: 1, Your fantasy score: 0 pic.twitter.com/rlHn5kkwAd ‚?? James Koh (@JamesDKoh) December 4, 2016 A lot of times the impact of weather on football games is overstat... more

Lucky Week 13. It's make-or-break time. Time to do or die. Time for the best and brightest to shine. We're separating the wheat from the chaff. The cream is rising to the top. Enough cliches for you? Okay, good. Let's dispense with the chit chat and... more

November

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 12 is the penultimate week of the regular season in plenty of fantasy leagues. And if you're still in contention in your league, you know that every roster and lineup decision as well as every play on the field takes on critical meaning in the... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Takeaways from Week 12 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Oh for pete's sake. Who are these dudes catching touchdowns right now?!?!? Harris? Inman? Daniel Brown? pic.twitter.com/NNCKw9eUGm ‚?? James Koh (@JamesDKoh) November 27, 20... more

We've passed Thanksgiving, which means the fantasy playoffs are now clearly in sight. So once you've come out of your food haze and finished with your early shopping, sit down and take a gander at the Fantasy Stockwatch. It just might save your fanta... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy #FantasyMailbag Hold onto Gre... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 10 featured a number of NFL football games to which corresponding fantasy points were assigned. Some players did things. Some did more. Some did less. Now we're going to talk about some of them -- specifically the ones who play defense in a colu... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Takeaways from Week 11 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. That's the record pic.twitter.com/EZotu7G63z ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) November 20, 2016 Last week, teams went for two-point conversions with reckless abandon and didn't... more

The countdown to the playoffs is on as we reach Week 11. Every key player is being watched closely all across the NFL as availability becomes one of the best abilities an athlete can have. The Stockwatch is doing its best to keep its finger on the pu... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG so is Rawls a must start? ‚?? BenitoXCIII... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Week 10 featured a number of NFL football games to which corresponding fantasy points were assigned. Some players did things. Some did more. Some did less. Now we're going to talk about some of them -- specifically the ones who play defense in a colu... more

Takeaways from Week 10 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Fantasy football makes no sense, Pt. 2,748... David Johnson has 38 rushing yards vs SF. ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) November 13, 2016 On one hand, it makes no sense at... more

Fantasy Stock Watch: Week 10 November 10, 2016

Week 10 and the playoffs approacheth. We're down to the final month of the fantasy regular season in most leagues and the chances to make a postseason run are dwindling for many of you. This also happens to be #SaveYourSeason week on "NFL Fantasy Liv... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG will Le'Veon Bell get in the end zone in 20... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

Week 9 is over. Week 10 begins. Now it's starting to get down to winning time. With the fantasy playoffs on the horizon, this is when all of your fantasy decisions start to take on a greater meaning. Of course, Reading the Defense is still here to te... more

Takeaways from Week 9 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. The Niners run defense is hot garbage. Next week, they face David Johnson. pic.twitter.com/fb364j5YtL ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) November 6, 2016 Few things will get... more

Week 9 ... the point where we're closer to the end of football season than the beginning. Except in fantasy. It's starting to get late in plenty of leagues with the playoffs just a handful of weeks away. This is when every roster move and lineup deci... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy If I have DMurray and Cmichael... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 8 offered a number of entertaining football games. It didn't offer a ton of huge fantasy performances. But it wasn't all bad. Week 8 had a number of big name players put up quality fantasy stat lines. Let's celebrate that, shall we? And at the s... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

October

Takeaways from Week 8 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Panthers back? ‚?? Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) October 30, 2016 Maybe? It was nice to see the Panthers defense look like the unit that dominated last season on the field... more

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Although sometimes a rising tide lifts all boats. Confused? Good. Fantasy football sometimes doesn't make sense. The Stockwatch reflects that entering Week 8 as we have some teammates helping... more

Fantasy Stock Watch October 28, 2016

Brown missed last week's game with pain in his hamstrings -- an issue that was discovered to be related to Brown being diagnosed with the sickle cell trait. But it appears that the Cardinals speedster is on his way to getting back on the field. Just... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy Can you give me some words of... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

There's a lot that goes into building a successful fantasy lineup. While we like to spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for getting big games from players like Tom Brady and Julio Jones, often it's the unheralded players who can make th... more

For the last few editions of this column, I've referred to the previous week as being "weird". Maybe it's just that the season as a whole is just plain weird. Week 7 was yet another one where it was hard to make sense of much ... including the IDP... more

Takeaways from Week 7 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Not totally sure what's changed, but Jay Ajayi looks like a player on a mission. Arian Foster is an afterthought right now. ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) October 23, 2016 The... more

Jay Ajayi became the first player since Ricky Williams to notch back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances as the Dolphins (3-4) shocked the Bills (4-3) in Miami. Here's what we learned from the Dolphins' 28-25 win on Sunday: 1. There's no longer... more

If we've learned anything in the first six weeks of the NFL season, it's that no team or position group is immune to injury. Then again, we pretty much already knew that. Nonetheless when injuries strike, the Fantasy Stockwatch is here to let you kno... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG I have an injured Ben Roethlisbergher and a... more

Week 6 was a weird one across fantasy. Any week, where Jay Ajayi and Case Keenum are among the scoring leaders at their respective positions, can't be classified any other way than "weird". Some of the same things applied on the IDP side as well. Rea... more

Takeaways from Week 6 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Bengals, we appreciate your effort in trying to get Gio Bernard in the end zone. Your execution leaves something to be desired. ‚?? Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) October 16, 2016... more

Through five weeks of the NFL season, we've gained a good idea of which players are sitting in prime roles and which ones are supporting actors. We've also started to discover who are the surprises -- good and bad. At this point, it's about determini... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Should I play Hunter Henry and Melvin Go... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Last week featured a lot of big IDP performances. This week ... not quite as many. That doesn't mean there weren't some standout performances. It also doesn't mean we won't see any more big weeks going forward. As always, Reading the Defense is here... more

Takeaways from Week 5 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Honestly, I have seen Alshon throw his hands up in frustration for not getting thrown at like five times today. ‚?? Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) October 9, 2016 It is MIND... more

The first four weeks of the season have come and gone and we've gotten a good handle on plenty of NFL players' fantasy value. But for others, we're still in the dark. Then there's a third group of players that continues to be a moving target. That's... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy who do I start this week between Matt Ry... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Week 4 was one that belonged to the defensive players. Aside from a few notable performances (ahem, Julio Jones), there weren't a ton of offensive skill position players who had huge weeks. Credit some of that to the defenses and the individual playe... more

Takeaways from Week 4 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Should we really be that surprised by Matt Ryan? Been a good QB for a minute, just not in fantasy. Stats catching up to talent. #CARvsATL ‚?? James Koh (@JamesDKoh) October 2... more

September

We're nearing the quarter-pole of the NFL season and getting a good idea of which players could help win fantasy championships. But things are constantly changing in the NFL, which means things are changing in fantasy football. Stockwatch, baby!... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well, don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week†set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy @MarcasG is tevin Coleman now considere... more

Week 3 saw a number of defenses flex their muscles. In standard leagues the Bills, Vikings and Chiefs all scored better than 22 fantasy points with a number of their players having standout performances for IDP owners. Will that continue into Week 4... more

Takeaways from Week 3 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. C-Woke 72 and 2 TDs on 7 carries. @MattFranchise , our fantasy Fox Mulder, told us the Truth was out there! pic.twitter.com/kpnmOm2qtS ‚?? James Koh (@JamesDKoh) September 25... more

With so many injuries piling up in Week 2, Marcas Grant turns his analytical eye to Week 3 to assess whose fantasy stock is rising and whose is falling.... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy Which Vikings RB should I pick... more

Week 2 was the week that we were reminded that we still don't have a solid handle on how things are going to go this football season. I mean, did we really expect the Saints and Giants to combine for just two touchdowns on Sunday -- one of which was... more

Takeaways from Week 2 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. I think we're at the point where we have to stop doubting Larry Fitz. He's Carson's favorite target. Every week flex till we see otherwise. ‚?? James Koh (@JamesDKoh) Septembe... more

Fantasy Stock Watch September 16, 2016

We've had actual football played. Like ... for real football! We can start putting all of our educated guesses into action. But that doesn't mean we're going to stop checking in on the relative fantasy stock of players around the league. On to Week 1... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! There's really nothing like the Tuesday after Week 1.... more

It was a wild first week of the NFL season for both the offensive and defensive skill position players in fantasy football. And much like the guys who control the football, the defenders offered a few surprises as well. As always, Reading the Defense... more

Takeaways from Week 1 as told by the tweets of the Fantasy Stronghold. Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah combined for 228 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. Surprise! ‚?? Matt Franciscovich (@MattFranchise) September 12, 2016 Surprise ind... more

Fantasy Stock Watch September 09, 2016

We've had actual football played. Like ... for real football! We can start putting all of our educated guesses into action. But that doesn't mean we're going to stop checking in on the relative fantasy stock of players around the league. On to Week 1... more

So you think you're perfect, eh? Well don't just talk about it. Be about it. Prove to your friends and (more importantly) strangers you'll never meet that you're a fantasy football genius. Every week, set the perfect fantasy lineup for your chance to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG MG, you worried about say...Mike Evans?He h... more

After months of speculating, prognosticating and general posturing, Week 1 of the NFL (and fantasy football) season is here. That means we finally get to put all of our hot takes in action. In future weeks, I'll return to adding recaps of the previou... more

Well now, things have just gotten interesting. Just days after losing starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a major knee injury, the Minnesota Vikings filled the void by completing a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for veteran signal-caller... more

Fantasy stock watch September 02, 2016

The preseason games are over. Huzzah! Now the lights come on for real. Finally all of our predicting and prognosticating will start to bear fruit.... more

The early rounds of fantasy football drafts are where most people build the foundation for their teams. But it's in the late rounds where you really craft a championship roster. Just ask anyone who took a shot on David Johnson last year. Those final... more

August

Fantasy football is supposed to mirror real football as much as possible, right? In that case, it makes sense that fantasy contests should include more individual defensive players. We don't pick team offenses, so it shouldn't work like that with... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 26, 2016

We've reached the "dress rehearsal" portion of the preseason. This is the week where we'll get our best idea of how different offenses will look during the regular season.... more

QBs and TEs RBs The early rounds of fantasy football drafts are where most people build the foundation for their teams. But it's in the late rounds where you really craft a championship team. Just ask anyone who took a shot on David John... more

Your spot in the draft order is coming up and there's a player you have your eye on. All of the fantasy draft analysts' rankings say it's a round too early to take him, but you're pretty sure there's no way he'll still be available at your next turn.... more

There aren't many things that compare to feeling like you've gotten your money's worth for making a smart purchase. Similarly, it's the hallmark of a solid fantasy football manager to be able to find players who will outperform their draft value. Of... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 19, 2016

Week 2 of the preseason is here which is giving us another chance to look at some prospects as well as get some report on how the key players are faring. It also gives us another chance to check the temperature of some of our most watched fantasy opt... more

QBs and TEs RBs The early rounds of fantasy football drafts are where most people build the foundation for their teams. But it's in the late rounds where you really craft a championship team. Just ask anyone who took a shot on David John... more

Play enough fantasy football and you're bound to find guys that you like and want to have on your team by any means necessary. These are your Ride or Die guys. The players who are either going to lead you to fantasy success or sink the whole operatio... more

Every once in awhile there comes time when a man has to make a lonely journey up a mountain to find truth. Once he's had that awakening, there's nothing left to do but stand atop that mountain and spread that epiphany to the masses. This is one of th... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 12, 2016

Okay, so last week I said we were only a few days away from actual football. Oops. But by the time you read this, we will have actually really had really real football really played. I hope. Anyway, here's the Stock Watch.... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 05, 2016

Guess what, guys? They're going to play actual, for real football this weekend. We made it, y'all. Sit back, enjoy a tasty beverage, watch the Hall of Fame Game and try to get a handle on whose fantasy stock could be on the move come Monday morning.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

July
Fantasy Stock Watch July 29, 2016

Training camp is here! Let us all rejoice. That means that while we might still overanalyze, wildly speculate and hyperventilate over the slighest thing each player does, at least we get to do it while watching them on the practice field. So ... prog... more

Jeremy Hill Andrew Luck Teddy Bridgewater Randall Cobb Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a... more

So after months of being pressured by friends, family and coworkers, you've decided to take the plunge and join the crowd. You've decided to play fantasy football. It was either that or Pokemon Go. But the fear of walking into a telephone pole while... more

Overvalued RBs Overvalued QBs Overvalued WRs Overvalued TEs Anyone who's ever played fantasy football knows that the best part of the season is the draft -- especially if you engage in a live draft with the rest of your league mate... more

Fantasy Stock Watch July 22, 2016

Huzzah! We're just about a week away from the start of training camp. That means we'll have actual football (or something a lot like it) to talk and write about. But the Fantasy Stock Watch rolls along to kick up dust and stir the pot and raise a lit... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Fantasy Stock Watch July 14, 2016

We're still a couple of weeks away from training camps getting started around the league. But we're still smack dab in the midst of the NFL's silly season. The rumor mill continues to churn at a frenetic rate as we get ready for the players to strap... more

Jeremy Hill Andrew Luck Teddy Bridgewater Randall Cobb Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a... more

Must-own QBs Must-own TEs Must-own WRs Must-own RBs After a couple seasons of being the thinnest position in fantasy football, tight end has seen a recent resurgence. But let's be honest, tight ends are still like the birthday cake... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Wide receivers Tight ends Wide receivers are the new black. With the rates at which NFL teams are throwing the football and the number of receivers posting fantasy relevant numbers on a yearly basis, th... more

June
Fantasy Stock Watch June 24, 2016

We've reached Trope Season in the NFL. It's the time when every player is in the best shape of his life and every team looks like a contender. That means wading through a lot of muck to find the truth behind whose stock is up and whose stock is down.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Fantasy Stock Watch June 17, 2016

The calendar might say June, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fantasy football news to talk about. Mini-camps have opened around the country and we're just a few short weeks away from the start of training camp. That's the perfect time to... more

Jeremy Hill Andrew Luck Teddy Bridgewater Randall Cobb Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a... more

Fantasy Stock Watch June 10, 2016

The calendar might say June, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fantasy football news to talk about. Mini-camps have opened around the country and we're just a few short weeks away from the start of training camp. That's the perfect time to... more

Jeremy Hill Andrew Luck Teddy Bridgewater Randall Cobb Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a... more

Fabiano Gelhar Grant Koh This might come as a shock to some of you, but there's no scientific method that will lead you to a fantasy football championship. For all of the amazing analytics work done by the myriad fantasy writers out... more

Sleepers Deep Sleepers Breakouts Bargains Busts There aren't many things that compare to feeling like you've gotten your money's worth for making a smart purchase. Similarly, it's the hallmark of a solid fantasy football... more

May

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2016. To help... more

The NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016" series has returned. Tune in each Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network to see the next set of 10 players revealed on the list! The draft confetti has been cleaned up. Free agency is well in our... more

April

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Stanford tight end Austin Hooper. Alright everyone, let's say it together: rookie tight ends r... more

QBs RBs Good preparation is the key to any successful venture. Fantasy football is no different. Eventually you know that you're going to have to figure out how to survive without some of your star players. While you can't control injurie... more

QBs RBs Good preparation is the key to any successful venture. Fantasy football is no different. Eventually you know that you're going to have to figure out how to survive without some of your star players. While you can't control injurie... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison. You might have noticed that there are a lot of wide... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore. If there was one thing the 2015 Cincinnati Bearcats were... more

March

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson. Did you know that Antonio Gates played colle... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry. First off, let's get one thing straight ... It's Hunter Henry... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Toledo wide receiver Alonzo Russell. I declined to see "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" o... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee. Three is a magic number. Yes it is . Sometimes. Unless you're th... more

The Griffin has landed. The Cleveland Browns have reportedly agreed to terms with Robert Griffin III. The move opens a new chapter for the quarterback who exploded onto the scene as a rookie only to suffer a dramatic decline in the two subsequent... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams. Out of sight, out of mind. Good for an annoy... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Southeast Missouri State wide receiver Paul McRoberts. Once upon a time in the NFL, i... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former USC running back Tre Madden. For years USC has built a reputation as "Running Back U"... more

Now that much of free agency has slowed down from the period's frenetic first few days, the fantasy world is waiting breathlessly for one more name to land. What will happen when this football titan finds a new home? Which dominoes will fall in his w... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich. Inevitably when doing draft scouting, y... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a major loss on Saturday morning when news broke that receiver Martavis Bryant could be lost for the season due to a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy . That leaves one of the league's most... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. It might be a cliché, but the more you c... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller. Read enough about Will Fuller across the interw... more

After nine seasons, Calvin Johnson is no longer a Detroit Lion. The man who established himself as the greatest wide receiver in Lions history announced his retirement on Tuesday, capping a career that saw him catch 731 balls for 11,619 yards (includ... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Massachusetts wide receiver Tajae Sharpe. This year's wide receiver draft class featu... more

Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect (or two) who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake. When looking at this year's running back draft cla... more

February

Awards season is in full swing. The Golden Globes and Grammys have come and gone while the Oscars are right around the corner. We here at NFL Fantasy don't want to be left out of the fray. That's why we're presenting our first-ever NFL Fantasy Academ... more

Awards season is in full swing. The Golden Globes and Grammys have come and gone while the Oscars are right around the corner. We here at NFL Fantasy don't want to be left out of the fray. That's why we're presenting our first-ever NFL Fantasy Academ... more

January

We've played all season to get to this. One last game to determine the new champion of the National Football League. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will meet in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50, in case you hadn't heard. Everyone is going to h... more

Well that was an interesting first weekend of the playoffs. Bizarre finishes aside, there weren't a ton of huge fantasy performances. But if you played your cards right you should be set to get plenty of double points from your Playoff Challenge line... more

December

This is it, people. We've reached the end of the line. For you few stubborn holdouts who insist on playing Week 17 championships (and again we ask ... why?) or to those of you looking for yet another DFS fix, we've got you covered. Of course there's... more

Fantasy Stock Watch Week 16 December 24, 2015

Fantasy Championship Week is here! This is for all the marbles. Let's not mess around. Time to get to the Stock Watch and help you figure out your most important fantasy situations.... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG in case Brees cant go, should I trust Flynn... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Fantasy Stock Watch Week 15 December 17, 2015

The fantasy playoffs in full swing. This is when things get serious. Let's not mess around. Time to get to the Stock Watch and help you figure out your playoff situations.... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy First round of playoffs who am... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 14 Fantasy Stock Watch December 10, 2015

The fantasy playoffs have arrived in many leagues and are just a week away in many more. This is when things get serious. Let's not mess around. Time to get to the Stock Watch and help you figure out your playoff situations.... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy is it justifiable to bench Gur... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 13 Fantasy Stock Watch December 03, 2015

There are only a couple of weeks remaining in the fantasy regular season and plenty of you are fighting for playoff spots. In that case, you don't need me to tell you how important it is to make smart lineup decisions this week. So I won't tell you t... more

The fantasy regular season is nearly over. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy @MarcasG would Scott chandler be worth... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

November
Week 12 Fantasy Stock Watch November 25, 2015

There are only a couple of weeks remaining in the fantasy regular season and plenty of you are fighting for playoff spots. In that case, you don't need me to tell you how important it is to make smart lineup decisions this week. So I won't tell you t... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG Who is the handcuff for Adrian Peterson? An... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 11 Fantasy Stock Watch November 19, 2015

We have officially hit the stretch run of the fantasy football season now that we've turned the page to Week 11. With three weeks to go in the regular season for most leagues, every decision you make becomes hyper critical. That's why once again the... more

Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB As would be expected from a rookie quarterback, Mariota has had his ups and downs this season. Now he gets his first crack at a Jaguars defense that has bled points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks all season... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG If you have Jeremy Langford do you keep rol... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 10 Fantasy Stock Watch November 12, 2015

It's Week 10 of the NFL season, which means things are getting extra crucial around fantasy football leagues. Now is the time to start making moves toward the playoffs. But to do that, you'll need to know which players are trending up and which are t... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG I already have Carr and Wilson so Luck is p... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 9 Fantasy Stock Watch November 06, 2015

The ninth week of the season is upon us. Between injuries and bye weeks, fantasy fans are likely dealing with a number of crises in trying to set their lineups. While we can't solve every single conundrum, we can do our best to give you some guidance... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy I lost Bell, Allen, and Smith... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

October
Week 8 Fantasy Stock Watch October 29, 2015

We've just about reached the midway point of the NFL season, but for fantasy enthusiasts, the race to the playoffs is on. That means you're taking stock of which players are rising and which ones are falling. As always, the Fantasy Stock Watch is her... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Huge 'boys fan, but do you start Dez when there isn't... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 7 kicked off with a Thursday Night Football affair in Santa Clara. Not too long ago, the Seahawks and 49ers were playing for the right to go to the Super Bowl. This week both teams were playing for their season. Life comes at you fast. This wasn... more

Week 7 Fantasy Stock Watch October 22, 2015

Lucky Week 7 is on tap in the NFL and fantasy football. Hopefully the odds will be ever in your fantasy favor this week. But it all starts with taking stock of the players on your roster and the waiver wire. Good thing for you that the Fantasy Stock... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

We've neared the midpoint of the fantasy football season which means we've also reached the point when it's time to start making a move toward the playoffs. That also makes all of the weekly matchups that much more important. It all starts with Thurs... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG supposedly I drafted two idiots from Green... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 6 Fantasy Stock Watch October 16, 2015

As we get ready for the sixth full Sunday of the NFL regular season, we're continually taking stock of who's up and who's down. It turns out that things appear to be on the upswing for a number of running backs while a few big name wide receivers hav... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG With Jamaal Charles out now, Jeremy Hill &... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 5 Fantasy Stock Watch October 08, 2015

Through the first four weeks of the season, we've seen plenty of surprises and disappointments. We've panicked and relaxed on any number of players. But most importantly, we've started to shake out which guys will perform and which ones will flop. We... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy Thoughts on Arian Foster this... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 4 fantasy stock watch October 01, 2015

We are almost one quarter of the way through the season and trends are starting to become apparent in the fantasy football world. This is the time to take a look at those trends and possibly make some hard choices about your roster. Here at the Stock... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

September

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG #FantasyMailbag im about ready to drop For... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was in IDP formats and offering help for the week that's to come.... more

Week 3 fantasy stock watch September 24, 2015

Welcome to Week 3, aka, The Week We Hope We've Figured It All Out (But Probably Haven't). But we do know who's been up and who's been down across the National Football League. Time to ring the bell, the fantasy stock market is open and we're taking n... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG am I crazy for wanting to start Palmer over... more

Real football isn't all about the offensive players. Why should fantasy football be any different? Every week here in Reading the Defense, we're looking back at the fantasy week that was and offering help for the week that's to come. Game Balls... more

Week 2 fantasy stock watch September 18, 2015

Now that we've played a full week of football (plus an extra Thursday night game), we're starting to get a better idea of who's poised for a big season and who could end up disappointing. As such, we're checking our fantasy stock market to see whose... more

The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy @TheAbyss #FantasyMailbag is... more

We've reached the end of Week 1 and everyone is talking about boom and bust players from the first slate of games of the NFL season. But why should the offensive players get all of the love? Reading the Defense is here to clean up the week that was a... more

Opportunity is the lifeblood of fantasy football success. But who's best positioned on a weekly basis to get those opportunities? That's what we're all striving to find out. It's also why the Fantasy Breakdown was created. Every Monday we'll go throu... more

So you went through your fantasy football draft. You made a trade or two, picked up a guy off the waiver wire. But then before everything went live ... something didn't feel right. Maybe you had a player who was a game-time decision. Or there was a... more

The preseason is done. The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make t... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy Marcas I'm really stuck on who... more

In the latest episode of the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast the gang previewed Thursday night's NFL season opener between the Patriots and Steelers and reacted to the rash of roster moves from over the weekend. They also answered some of your burning fant... more

It's over. For now. A federal court judge nullified Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the deflated football incident. That means that, as of now, Brady is eligible to play when the New England Patriots open the regular season on Sept... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy starting up a keeper league th... more

So far this preseason, we've talked IDP sleepers and we've thrown out a few potential IDP busts . But like all great franchises, we need to find a positive way to end this trilogy. So where better to go than listing a few IDP breakout candidates? Ma... more

August

We have reached the halfway point of the preseason schedule and things are starting to come into focus. The good news is that some players have exhibited standout performances on the field. The bad news is that injuries could be opening up opportunit... more

Any experienced fantasy football player will tell you that you can win plenty of fantasy drafts by being successful at uncovering gems in the later rounds. Of course, it's a whole lot easier if you know where to look for those diamonds in the fantasy... more

We've reached the dress rehearsal stage of the NFL preseason. This is when we start to truly figure out which guys are going to be ready for primetime. But in some cases, that could make your decisions harder. That's okay. Fantasy Football Audibles i... more

Sleepers Deep Sleepers Breakouts Busts Bargains It's been all fun and games this Fantasy Draft Week as we've explored the lighter side of fantasy football. Everyone loves looking for sleepers, deep sleepers and breakouts. But no... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy Where do you rank D. Adams now... more

When we last left our IDP heroes, the subject of sleepers for the upcoming 2015 season was on the table. Of course, you can't have the good without the bad. That means the sequel for the preseason edition of Reading the Defense is taking a look at... more

We have reached the halfway point of the preseason schedule and things are starting to come into focus. The good news is that some players have exhibited standout performances on the field. The bad news is that injuries could be opening up opportu... more

Week 2 of the preseason is upon us, which means we're gaining a little more clarity about how players are going to slot on their respective rosters, as well as on our fantasy teams. Of course that doesn't clear up all of your questions. In that case,... more

The worst case scenario happened for the Carolina Panthers when the news came that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL. The second-year wideout suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice and was carted off the field. Benjamin's l... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy LeVeon Bell #1 overall (ppr)... more

Remember the days when only true nerds played fantasy football? Nowadays it seems that everyone and their mother plays. Not that that's a bad thing. The fantasy community is a big tent with room for everyone. That diversity has brought with it a wide... more

We had a full slate of preseason games over the weekend, which gave us our first real look at a number of players who could make a fantasy impact this season. Some of those players made a positive impact in the first full week of preseason. Others di... more

We have reached the first full week of preseason football, which means that we'll start to get a better idea of how depth charts will shake out and which players look ready to have monstrous season. Of course that doesn't mean that all of your decisi... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy is Brandon Marshall a relevant... more

Fantasy stock watch August 10, 2015

It's time for football. No for real, actual football. The Hall of Fame Game marked the beginning of a new season. It also meant that the stock of various players will have even wilder swings in the next few weeks. Between injuries and on-field perfor... more

The pads are on and popping with all 32 training camps underway. We are mere days away from an actual football game being played -- everyone rejoice! That means that your fantasy drafts are approaching quickly, which leads to plenty of questions abou... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG How many rounds do you see Arian Foster fal... more

Now that training camps are in full swing, you know what that means? We have bona fide football to talk about! We?re not completely done with the usual summer smokescreens, but there is actual action on which to base our speculation and projections.... more

July

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

Fantasy Independence July 02, 2015

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the United States? independence. In that spirit, we have a list of players from which your fantasy roster should declare its freedom this season.... more

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust forever.... more

June

Every season, we do our best to predict who the big sleepers and breakout candidates are going to be. Every season, we get a few of them wrong -- very wrong. But just because a certain player goes bust one year doesn't mean they'll be a bust foreve... more

Nowadays everything in Hollywood gets a sequel. Even if it doesn't deserve one . Reboots and reprises have become so customary that we're excited if the second film can even come close to capturing the magic of the original -- I'm looking at you, A... more

May

Sleepers Deep Sleepers Breakouts Busts Bargains For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. In fantasy football terms, that means that for every player who steps up and has a huge season, there will be those that... more

Fabiano Gelhar Grant Death, taxes and wait on a quarterback. If you've played fantasy football for any length of time, you've probably heard that adage -- at least the last part. And it's cool. You're certainly free to wait on drafti... more

Did your fantasy football question not make into the Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Keeper league. Do you keep Tom Brady in the... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

Now that we're past free agency and the draft, we have a clue of how the teams around the NFL are going to line up. More importantly, we also have a pretty good idea of which players could be in line for some nice fantasy production in 2015. To help... more

April

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. There likely isn't anything that has been more hotly debate... more

NFL players and coaches are known to take things "one game at a time." Good thing you're not an NFL player or coach. Part of being a successful fantasy manager is being able to take a big picture view of your roster and the schedule ahead. That means... more

NFL players and coaches are known to take things "one game at a time." Good thing you're not an NFL player or coach. Part of being a successful fantasy manager is being able to take a big picture view of your roster and the schedule ahead. That means... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon. In the last few years, Alabama has produced several running... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Miami (Fla.) running back Duke Johnson. With the list of outstanding running backs who have pl... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson. Josh Robinson had a breakout season for the... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former USC running back Javorius "Buck" Allen. Javorius Allen was thrust onto the field at USC after... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess. Today we present the Mystery of Devin Funchess. The Mic... more

Did your fantasy football question not make into the Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Will DeMarco Murray have a season anywhere... more

March

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. During his USC career, Nelson Agholor continually found hims... more

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, each day NFL Fantasy will profile a prospect who could make a splash in fantasy next season. Today's subject is former Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong. Among all of the position groups represented in thi... more

The free agent frenzy has dwindled to a much more casual affair, which means it's time to go update the Big Board! While this won't be the last shuffle before we hit the NFL Draft at the end of April, this is likely to be the biggest shakeup we'll se... more

February

Now that the Combine is over, it feels like a perfect time to update the fantasy big board. No, you're not going to find Jameis Winston or Kevin White lurking anywhere around here. But there are a few names that are making their debut on this edition... more

New England is still celebrating a Super Bowl championship. Seattle is still wondering what happened. The rest of us have moved #OnTo2015. As such, it's time to start preparing for the 2015 draft season with our Fantasy Big Board. Each and every we... more

January

We know which two teams will be in Glendale to compete for Super Bowl XLIX. For the next couple of weeks, you'll see, hear and read plenty of analysis on which team should win and what each player needs to do in order to help his team hoist the Lomba... more

The matchup is set for Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks will fly to Arizona to try and defend their title against the Patriots. It should be an hard-fought game. It should also make it a little bit easier for everyone still playing the NFL Playoff Chall... more

It seems that being a coach on the defensive side of the football has been the key to landing a head coaching job this offseason. From Rex Ryan in Buffalo to Todd Bowles in New York to Jack Del Rio in Oakland, defensive coaches have been a hot commod... more

The New York Jets have ended their search for a head coach, agreeing to a deal with former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. It puts another defensive-minded head coach at the helm of Gang Green after the team parted ways with not... more

It was undoubtedly an interesting second weekend of the NFL Playoffs, which meant some interesting results in the NFL Playoff Challenge . With the Cowboys and Packers facing off, enthusiasts were certain to lose one set of bona fide fantasy stars. Ad... more

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with a quartet of very intriguing games. Of course for the fantasy enthusiast, it also means another week of the NFL Playoff Challenge. But b... more

We've completed the first weekend of the NFL playoffs, which means the NFL Playoff Challenge is in full swing. Last week, we gave you some strategies to help you succeed as well as unveiling our own lineups . But now that four games are in the book... more

December

The traditional fantasy football season is over. But that doesn't mean the fantasy season is completely finished. It's time to get ready for the NFL Playoff Challenge . It's free to sign up and easy to play. Plus you can win a trip to Super Bowl 50.... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG Chances Odell Beckham, Jr. is a top 10 pick... more

It's all come down to this. One final set of Fantasy Football Audibles to help you to a championship. Using the SAP Player Comparison Tool , you can match up some of fantasy's top options to help you decide which ones can lead you to victory! A... more

For the majority of you, the fantasy season is over. If you won a championship, congratulations! If you didn't, well, there's always next year. And if you're still contesting your league in Week 17 ... what are you doing? But that's another convers... more

Week 16 marked the end of the line for plenty of you in the 2014 fantasy season with championship games galore. For some of you, the following list might be either a wonderful recap of how you ran to a title. For others, it'll be a painful reminder o... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @marcasG @nflfantasy PLEASE HELP. One more win! Can... more

It's all come down to this. One final set of Fantasy Football Audibles to help you to a championship. Using the SAP Player Comparison Tool , you can match up some of fantasy's top options to help you decide which ones can lead you to victory! W... more

It's Championship Week, aka winning time. Let's not mess around with a whole lot of chit-chat. Let's get to some guys who could help or hinder your quest for a fantasy football title. Surprises Top Week 15 fantasy DLs Player Team Fantasy Pts... more

For plenty of you, Week 15 marked the semi-finals of your fantasy playoffs. That's a bad time for a lot of big name players to take the week off. Unfortunately, it seems that's what happened. Hopefully some of your secondary options were able to make... more

The fantasy playoffs are going strong. Which means a lot more difficult lineup and roster decisions. It's time to Audible! Johnny Manziel's name is hot in the fantasy streets right now. It's understandable. Everyone's waited all season long for... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Johnny Football or Joe Flacco??? The big... more

Now that the fantasy playoffs are underway, every tackle, sack and interception counts. That's why Reading the Defense is here to recap what happened with some of the major IDP players who could help lead you to a fantasy championship. Let's get to i... more

There's a good chance that the playoffs began this week in your fantasy football league. Things have officially gotten real. The good news is that some of your fantasy studs stepped things up this week. Sadly, there were some who did not. We'll take... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy : In a standard league who should I star... more

It's the final week of the regular season in most fantasy leagues. The trade deadline has come and gone and now it's just about massaging your lineup to get you into the playoffs. That's where Fantasy Football Audibles come into play. Using the SAP P... more

The fantasy regular season has ended for most leagues. This is when it gets real. But it's also the time to start building your roster for the postseason. As we move into †the fantasy postseason, Reading the Defense will take a look at some of the gu... more

Week 13 marked the end of the regular season in a lot of fantasy football leagues. Now things get serious. This is really when you need your stars to step it up and make plays. The good news is that this week's top targets and touches list has a lot... more

November

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG @NFLfantasy I'm in trouble with my QBs Wil... more

The trading deadline has come and gone in most fantasy leagues. All that remains is the final week of the regular season and then it's time for PLAYOFFS ! But as we end this season of Trade Calls, we turn it over to you to talk about some of the grea... more

It's the final week of the regular season in most fantasy leagues. The trade deadline has come and gone and now it's just about massaging your lineup to get you into the playoffs. That's where Fantasy Football Audibles come into play. Using the SAP P... more

The fantasy regular season is approaching its end. This is when it gets real. But it's also the time to start building your roster for the postseason. As we move closer to the fantasy postseason, Reading the Defense will start taking a look at some o... more

There are just a couple of weeks remaining in the fantasy football regular season. This is when you need your stars to step it up and make plays. The good news is that this week's list of top targets and touches has a lot of that. Sadly, there are al... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy my QB's are Sanchez & Rivers. Should I c... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

Things are getting serious in fantasy football leagues everywhere. The trade deadline is upon us and teams are scrambling for playoff position. That's where Fantasy Football Audibles come into play. Using the SAP Player Comparison Tool , you can matc... more

The fantasy regular season is approaching its end. This is when it gets real. But it's also the time to start building your roster for the postseason. As we move closer to the fantasy postseason, Reading the Defense will start taking a look at some o... more

Tick, tick, tick ... that's the sound of the fantasy football regular season running out. But there's still plenty to learn about how teams are distributing the football and what it could potentially mean for the fantasy postseason. This week might h... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Do I start Brees, Roethlisberger or... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

There's less than a month before the fantasy playoffs begin. Your margin for error is shrinking. The degree of difficulty is increasing. The Fantasy Football Audibles are here for you. Wouldn't it be nice if John Fox just came out and told us h... more

There are about three weeks left in most fantasy regular seasons. This is when it gets real. But it's also the time to start building your roster for the postseason. As we move closer to the fantasy postseason, Reading the Defense will start taking a... more

OK folks, there's about a month remaining in the fantasy regular season. And the trading deadline is approaching even sooner. That means it's even more important to figure out the vagaries of running back and wide receiver usage. You know how this wo... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy QB Conundrum...Stafford or Big Ben???... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

We are officially past the halfway point of the season and the race to the fantasy playoffs is heating up. Your margin for error is getting smaller. The degree of difficulty is getting bigger. The Fantasy Football Audibles are here for you. Wow... more

We've now entered the back half of the NFL schedule and playoff races have taken shape in all types of fantasy leagues. That means it's time for your IDP starters to show up each and every week. And while we won't weigh in on how big of a deal it is... more

With Week 9 of the NFL season in the books, we are now closer to the end than we are to the beginning. Which means that we should know plenty about how different offenses around the league work, right? Nope. Every week brings new and surprising names... more

October

This was going to be your year. As soon as the NFL Draft wrapped up in May, you began studying rosters for sleepers. This was the year you would dominate your fantasy league. It only started looking better when everything fell according to plan in yo... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy start or sit: Ahmad Bradshaw or Mark Ing... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

We are officially past the halfway point of the season and the race to the fantasy playoffs is heating up. Your margin for error is getting smaller. The degree of difficulty is getting bigger. The Fantasy Football Audibles are here for you. I h... more

Last week, I went out for a concert and an adult beverage during the week. To celebrate being out after dark on a "school night" I decided to take a selfie to commemorate the occasion. Out of nowhere, J.J. Watt appeared and tackled me in the middle o... more

Week 8: The Week We Saw Life. Namely we saw life in a few fantasy players that we were ready to give up for dead. It just goes to show that you can never truly predict what's going to happen over the course of a long season. It also shows that there'... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy I have Doug Baldwin, Andre Johnson, and... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

It's Week 8! That means we're about halfway finished with the season. My how time flies. It also means that the push for the fantasy postseason is truly heating up. So you probably have questions. We have answers. Time for another edition of Fantasy... more

This week on Reading the Defense, I'm going to do something different. I will go the entire column without mentioning the name J.J. Watt. What's that you say? I just wrote J.J. Watt's name? Crap. I have failed you already. Anyway, there were plenty o... more

Week 7 wasn't quite so lucky for some top fantasy receivers or running backs ... unless you are DeMarco Murray, of course. As always, we're taking a look at some of the players who led the way in playmaking opportunities with an added twist this week... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy Josh Gordon suspension is almost over...... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

With Week 7 of the NFL season upon us we're starting to separate the fantasy contenders from the pretenders. But for those who are hanging around on the fringes of fantasy relevance, the choices get a lot tougher and much more important. We're hoping... more

Another week, another huge performance from J.J. Watt. I have nothing else to say about that. The man is just really, really, really, ridiculously good at football. He's not only IDP gold, but I'm lobbying to be able to put him in my regular lineup... more

Things are beginning to normalize atop the board of targets and touches in the NFL. The playmakers around the league are seeing more opportunities to do what they do best -- and fantasy football enthusiasts are starting to reap the benefits. It's tim... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @Michael_Fabiano @NFLfantasy Hey, if the Seahawks a... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

Now that we're entering the sixth week of the season, we've got a fair idea of which players will go boom and which ones could go bust. Of course, that doesn't make all of your lineup decisions easy. Then again, that's why we have Fantasy Football... more

Week 5 of the NFL season didn't feature a ton of eye-popping performances, but for IDP owners there were plenty of familiar names that stepped up and played the way people expected them to. And isn't that what you really want? There's a reason you... more

After a week with some out-of-the-ordinary names atop the list of targets and touches, things started to look a lot more normal in Week 5. More than a few big name fantasy players had some big time fantasy performances ... and it all started with how... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG would u trade calvin johnson for mccoy? ‚... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

After a week with six teams on a bye, fantasy owners should have fuller rosters this week. That doesn't mean your lineup decisions are getting any easier. Fantasy Football Audibles is back for another week to answer some of your tougher either/or cho... more

September

Week 4's IDP headlines once again involved J.J. Watt doing J.J. Watt things. I feel like that's something I can write every week. For that reason we'll leave it at that and move forward. After all, there are quite a few interesting notes that have sp... more

Starting with free agency and going through the NFL Draft and training camps, you spent time reading and researching everything you could in order to put together the best possible fantasy football roster for the 2014 season. Then the regular season... more

Week 4 brought an interesting mix of players among the top targets and touches leaders. And while there were a number of players who saw the ball quite a bit, it didn't translate to big fantasy production in every circumstance. Just a not-so-friendly... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy do I play Kirk Cousins or Colin Kaeperni... more

We're through the first three weeks of the season which means the first set of bye weeks is upon us. Which also means fewer options to choose from in your fantasy starting lineups. Which means a lot more difficult lineup and roster decisions. It's ti... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

Week 3 wasn't big on scoring around the NFL. So that means it was a good week for defensive players, right? Well ... yes and no. There were some solid IDP performances across the National Football League, although they might not have come from guys t... more

It was another busy Sunday across the NFL and while there were a number of big time fantasy stars that struggled to produce, there were plenty more that used their opportunities to the best of their advantage. Let's look at who saw the ball in Week 3... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! mixed feelings about dropping ahmad bradshaw for knil... more

Fantasy football owners generally face tough questions on a weekly basis, but Week 3 of the 2014 season offers some particuarly vexing dilemmas. A lot of good quarterbacks face some tough matchups and a slew of injuries in Week 2 have left owners rac... more

There are plenty of things that go into being a successful fantasy football owner. You need to prepare for a successful draft. You need to scour the waiver wire to help plug holes in your roster. And you need to swing a couple of trades to help shore... more

In a week that saw some bizarro defensive performances (zero points from the Seahawks?!?), there were still quite a few big games from IDP options around the league. As always, Reading the Defense is here to recap what was and look ahead to what migh... more

After a second Sunday of NFL (and fantasy) football, it's time to take a look around the league and see where the football was going. Targets and touches aren't always a guarantee of fantasy football production, but it certainly never hurts to get mo... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy thoughts on Jamal Charles!!!!! ‚??... more

Heading into the second week of the season, fantasy owners will have plenty of questions about roster and lineup changes based on what we've seen so far. Sometimes it's easy to overreact based on one great or poor performance. But sometimes there are... more

Most fantasy owners spent Week 1 marvelling over huge numbers from Matt Ryan, Calvin Johnson and Julius Thomas -- for good reason. But you, dear IDP enthusiast, know that there is more to both real (and fantasy) football than the guys who throw, run... more

If I've written it once, I've written it ... well, more than once. Opportunity is the lifeblood of fantasy football success. You can't control what happens once a player has the ball in his hands. But as a fantasy owner, you can do your best to start... more

The Ravens announced that they have released running back Ray Rice after further video of his domestic violence incident surfaced earlier on Monday. While the topic remains a sensitive one, there are immediate implications from both a real and fantas... more

And now the moment you've all been waiting for. Week 1 of the NFL season is here! That means it's time to set your fantasy lineups for real. It's a task that comes with a fair amount of guess work. After all, we haven't had a true look at most of t... more

You might have heard that the Dallas Cowboys defense is going to be pretty bad this year. Considering what it looked like last season and the losses the team suffered in the offseason, it seems like a safe assumption. You might have also heard that t... more

So you've drafted your team, you've scoured the waiver wire and you've probably made a trade offer or two. Now it's time to put look at the Week 1 schedule and figure out who you're rolling with to begin the season. That's where Fantasy Football Audi... more

Kickoff Game Do-Overs September 03, 2014

The kickoff of the 2014 season is here and while most are looking ahead, first let's look back at some of the notable season openers of the past. Usually Week 1 brings its own unique storylines that set off a chain of events that can define a season... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy who do I start week 1? Aaron Rodgers vs... more

Week 1 is finally here! I repeat ... Week 1 is finally here! We've been waiting for this since February. Every fan, coach and player is ready to roll, but there are some players that are a little more motivated than the rest of their counterparts. Th... more

The NFL has suspended another star receiver. This time it's Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who will miss the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The ban leaves Denver without one of it... more

We all have busy lives. Between family, friends, work and "The Simpsons" marathon, it can be hard to find the time to remember everything you need to do. Like that fantasy draft you had that started 90 minutes ago. Not much compares to the feeling... more

August

Last week in this space, I wrote about rookie wide receivers and the impact they make in fantasy football in their first season. To help make the point, I used an analogy about students enduring the move to a new school. This week, I'm turning my... more

Draft results Fabiano analysis Grant analysis America's Team The experts of NFL Fantasy Live have concluded their draft for the 2014 NFL season. This league is standard scoring and will be featured regularly on NFL Fantasy Live, wh... more

Top fantasy rookies August 28, 2014

The regular season is upon us. We've had a slew of preseason games and we've gotten to know some of the new names that could become fantasy stars in the near future. While rookies don't always have an immediate impact, there are a lot of first-year p... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @MarcasG does Zac Stacy's Value Increase & Tavon Dec... more

Now that we're through the dress rehearsal in the NFL preseason, we'll get a better sense of what rosters will look like when Week 1 kicks off. Nonetheless, you still have plenty of questions pitting two players against each other. We get that. We're... more

Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots haven't been shy about moving some of their older players before they suffer a major decline. That could be in effect again after New England sent veteran guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight en... more

Few in the NFL have had the career of Gil Brandt. After working as a part-time scout with the Los Angeles Rams in the 1950s, he moved with his boss, Tex Schramm, to join the newly created Dallas Cowboys in 1960. Brandt spent the next 29 years working... more

By now, you've probably heard all about how the third week of the preseason is the dress rehearsal for NFL teams -- especially since we won't see much of the starters in the final tune-up before the regular season begins. So it means one last real ch... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 25, 2014

We've now seen NFL teams go through their "dress rehearsal" and then some with the completion of the preseason. That gives us a better opportunity to figure out how things could work with player rotations, touches, targets and more. It also gives us... more

Bad news has once again hit the St. Louis Rams offense. For the second time in as many seasons, Rams quarterback Sam Braford has suffered a torn ACL . With offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer starting his third season pulling the strings on... more

Most observers agreed that 2014 was going to be a make-or-break season for Trent Richardson. But just in case you didn't fall into that crowd, the recent comments by Colts general manager Ryan Grigson should sway you. As Grigson explained, Richards... more

Everyone loves stars. Their past production has made them the type of players that fantasy owners covet on draft day. But for some guys, that past production is just that ... the past. For those guys, it's worth being wary that what's to come might n... more

Remember your first day at a new school? Trying to figure out where your classroom was while getting to know your new classmates and teachers. And then there's the homework. All of these new concepts and new ways of doing things are quite a bit to ta... more

Injuries are a part of life in the NFL, which makes them a part of life in fantasy football. As we get closer to the start of the regular season it becomes more imperative to keep an eye on which players are banged up and how it will affect their... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy With the change in the league emphasis o... more

Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends "You've gotta draft a running back in the first round." For years that was the mantra among savvy fantasy owners. The NFL was still a run-first league. There were plenty of runnin... more

Another week, another round of shuffling on NFL depth charts. Which leads us to more questions from fantasy owners about which players they should be focusing on for their upcoming drafts and the subsequent regular season. So without further ado, on... more

Johnny Manziel was in the spotlight on Monday evening -- and not just because he told Washington D.C.'s football team that they were No. 1. The much-ballyhooed rookie quarterback made his case to be the Browns' starting quarterback ahead of Brian Hoy... more

Two weeks into the preseason and everything is starting to become clearer for offensive fantasy players. The same is true for the defensive guys as well. Once again, we have a quick look at some of the players who are up and who are down following th... more

We are two full weeks into the preaseason and a few things are starting to round into shape on NFL rosters. One thing is becoming clear -- this year's group of rookie running backs will have a hard time living up to the standard set by last year's gr... more

Fantasy Stock Watch August 18, 2014

We're through Week 2 of the preseason, which means we've had a chance to see a large number of players show their wares. That's the perfect time to take notes on which players helped or hurt their fantasy draft stock as the regular season approaches.... more

Three is a magic number . Yes it is. It's a magic number. Somewhere in this fantasy football universe, the number three has underrated significance. With NFL teams putting the ball in the air more often it's placed a greater emphasis on wide receiv... more

Lots of ink has been spilled about the quarterback competition going on in Cleveland, but there might be an even more intriguing battle happening in Jacksonville. It was on display again Thursday night in the Jaguars' loss to the Chicago Bears. Both... more

Once the dust had settled on this year's NFL Draft and we began analyzing which rookie running backs could make a fantasy impact this season, the same names were frequently mentioned -- Bishop Sankey, Terrance West, Devonta Freeman, Andre Williams ..... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! @NFLfantasy PPR league should I get Charles or Calvi... more

Another week, another round of shuffling on NFL depth charts. Which leads us to more questions from fantasy owners about which players they should be focusing on for their upcoming drafts and the subsequent regular season. So without further ado, on... more

One of the storylines from Colts camp has been the increasing lack of depth at the running back position. On its own, it's very worrisome. It's even more worrisome when you consider the struggles Trent Richardson had last season. The hope is certainl... more

Now that we're through a full week of preseason games, let's take a look back at some notable performances from the weekend for a few things that IDP owners need to know... Stock up Margus Hunt, DL, Cincinnati Bengals: To say Hunt's rookie sea... more

Now that every team has had a chance to play a preseason game, we've had a chance to see plenty of players on the field. Those efforts have had the effect of either amplifying or supressing the different training camp battles that have made headlines... more

We're through a full week of preseason, which means we've had a chance to see a large number of players show their wares. That's the perfect time to note who helped or hurt their fantasy draft stock.... more

It doesn't happen very often in life, but sometimes two things go together so well you wonder how it didn't come togther sooner. Like salt and cracked pepper potato chips. How was this not the first ever flavor of potato chip? Did we really need to f... more

The first full week of preseason games is underway and while it's hard to make any concrete evaluations in games that heavily feature reserve and fringe players, there are still some things worth noting. Here are a few observations from Thursday nigh... more

NFL preseason is the time of year when many rookies and fringe players get a chance to show their skills and prove to coaches that they deserve a little more playing time. It's also a time when many veterans sit idly by on the sidelines cheering on t... more

The preseason is in full swing with all 32 NFL teams taking part throughout the weekend. That means fantasy drafts are coming fast and furious. That also means astute fantasy owners are making their draft rankings and likely running into a few... more

Another day, another Cleveland Browns quarteback update. After the team released its depth chart on Tuesday, revealing Johnny Manziel as the second-team quarterback, coach Mike Pettine announced that Brian Hoyer would start the team's first preseaso... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Is Montee Ball's appendectomy a reason for concern?... more

Maybe you heard ... unofficial depth charts are out around the NFL. Instead of just speculating over how certain rosters will stack up this season, we can now pore over the lists and make way-too-early evaluations of what this all means for players a... more

Plenty of fantasy owners had their eyes on Sunday's Hall of Fame Game to see which offensive stars should slide up or down their draft boards. The same thing applied for IDP owners as well. And while there might not have been any defensive players wh... more

Rejoice! Real live football* was actually played over the weekend. That means we wake up on Monday morning able to provide real live fantasy analysis to give you over what we saw Sunday. Here are a few fantasy takeaways from this year's Hall of Fame... more

As has become our custom during training camp, we've spent plenty of time looking at running back battles to determine which teams are likely to roll with committee situations and how those committees will shake out. It's football's version of Ralph... more

The running back handcuff has become a way of life in fantasy football. With so many teams using committee systems combined with the unfortunate reality of injuries during a 16-game season, it's incumbent upon fantasy enthusiasts to add a little insu... more

July

It looks like Beast Mode is back in effect. Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout and will report to Seahawks training camp after a less than a week of sitting out. Because Lynch didn't miss too many workouts, the holdout wouldn't seem to have a ma... more

Rookies have long presented a fantasy riddle. Do you draft them? If so, when? How much production can you reasonably expect from them? So many first-year players enter the league backed by a ton of hype -- hype that usually only grows as training cam... more

It's not completely accurate to say that the fantasy tight end position is Jimmy Graham and everybody else, but that song ain't so very far from wrong. A few seasons ago we were hyping The Year of the Tight End, but since then things have generally g... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Should I keep Marshawn Lynch? -- @jplumstead19 (via... more

You know the start of the preseason is around the corner when you start seeing depth charts released. That's why seeing how the Buffalo Bills roster shakes out comes with a combination of anticipation and curiosity. The biggest takeaway is that it... more

Much like dating websites aimed at everyone from farmers to gluten free eaters to people with mullets (yep, that's a thing), there are fantasy football formats designed to suit a wide range of tastes. And while leagues with individual defensive pl... more

We already know that the featured running back is becoming more and more of an endangered species. But the way things are going early in training camp, the general running back pool could end up shallower than a puddle on the sidewalk. Let's start... more

After Rob Gronkowski missed 14 games over the past two seasons, there are plenty of interested observers in his recovery and return to the gridiron. The Patriots have said the big tight end is cleared to play, but so far his action on the practice fi... more

We're back, baby! After a short rest, Going Deep is back for the preseason. Like a student loan officer or a popcorn kernel stuck in your teeth, you can't get rid of us. We'll be back again throughout the 2014 season offering all sorts of analytica... more

Looks like Marshawn Lynch isn't about that training camp action, boss. The enigmatic Seahawks running back says he is holding out of training camp until he gets a new deal, per Michael Robinson on NFL Networks' Inside Training Camp Live . This foll... more

Eventually, Rex Ryan and Michael Vick are going to have to get on the same page about this alleged Jets quarterback competition. In a reprise of a storyline that appeared during minicamp, the Jets head coach has hyped the training camp battle betw... more

The NFL has ruled on the case of Ray Rice. The Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the season under the league's personal conduct policy. The punishment is a response to a video that surfaced in February of an... more

The running back position is changing in the NFL. Or at least how teams use their running backs is changing. You have almost as many different philosophies as you have offensive coordinators. Knowing how a team plans to use its rushers will impact wh... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! If Josh Gordon is suspended for the season, does Mile... more

A large part of the Buffalo Bills' success in 2014 could rest on the team's running game. To that end, C.J. Spiller expressed optimism about the goals of the rushing corps this season, telling NFL AM's Steve Wyche that it's up to the running backs to... more

We're less than two weeks away from the Hall of Fame Game , kicking off the start of preseason action. As such, the Buffalo Bills got a head start on training camp and the early focus is on the team's young and intriguing receiving corps. That focu... more

The start of training camp is upon us. After a busy offseason of free agency and drafts, NFL teams are starting to sort out what their depth charts will look like. And as always, there will be plenty of training camp battles to watch. Of course, not... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! With Aaron Rodgers at 100 percent and that Packers pa... more

It won't be too long from now that we're knee deep in training camp. That means the new NFL season will be upon us in earnest. (By the way ... now's a good time to sign up for NFL Fantasy Football in 2014.) But until then, let's take some time to... more

It won't be too long from now that we're knee deep in training camp. That means the new NFL season will be upon us in earnest. (By the way ... now's a good time to sign up for NFL Fantasy Football in 2014.) But until then, let's take some time to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! What do you make of various coaches saying they'll us... more

June

It won't be too long from now that we're knee deep in training camp. That means the new NFL season will be upon us in earnest. (By the way ... now's a good time to sign up for NFL Fantasy Football in 2014.) But until then, let's take some time to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! In a PPR league, is it reasonable to consider Matt Fo... more

It won't be too long from now that we're knee deep in training camp. That means the new NFL season will be upon us in earnest. (By the way ... now's a good time to sign up for NFL Fantasy Football in 2014.) But until then, let's take some time to... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Even with Marshawn Lynch reporting to camp, do you th... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Last season, someone could grab a solid QB in the six... more

The 2014 NFL Draft isn't that far in our rearview mirror and already we're wondering what to expect from players like Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins and plenty more. Some of them could be instant impact guys. Most of them won't be.... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! What is your outlook on Doug Martin since it was anno... more

May

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! What are the chances that Peyton Manning repeats last... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! What do I do with Josh Gordon in a keeper league? I a... more

Did your fantasy football question not make this week's Mailbag? You can still get an answer! Submit it to Fantasy Genius and have your question seen by millions of fantasy fans just like you! Now after the draft and most teams are set, who are y... more

In every draft someone will get a hankering. Usually it's in the late rounds, but one owner or another makes a pick that leaves everyone in the room scratching their heads. Maybe they like that player's name. Or it's something about the depth chart... more

April

Wouldn't we all like a mulligan some time or other? Chances are the other owners in your fantasy league aren't in the habit of giving do-overs for your poor draft. Thankfully we're not in your fantasy league. That's because we're continuing our ser... more

You might have noticed, but there's been a lot of talk about Montee Ball recently. Michael Fabiano proclaimed the Broncos' new lead back to be worthy of a first-round draft pick -- a topic that we debated later in the week. Then Peyton Manning we... more

I don't know if your high school was like mine, but sometime during my junior year, we were mandated to take driver's education. Of course most of us couldn't wait -- it was the first step toward getting a license and a little extra taste of freedom.... more

There's been a lot of talk about running backs around the NFL lately. Over the past few seasons, the number of 300-carry backs has dropped precipitously as more teams have gone to a committee system. Then this offseason as wide receivers and quarterb... more

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