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Featured Pros: Early ADP Undervalued
Thu, Jun 21
Featured Pros: Early ADP Undervalued
Name the QB you believe is the most undervalued according to our early QB ADP Rankings and tell us why you feel that way.
Marcus Mariota easily screams value as the QB21. His value as a runner alone puts him in the QB1 conversation. Even with a hamstring injury that limited him to three or less rushing attempts in eight of 10 games, Mariota still ran for 312 yards and five touchdowns. Where I'm most optimistic, though, is as a passer. The Titans brought in Matt LaFleur as play-caller, whose offenses have led the NFL in scoring in each of the past two seasons. LaFleur is innovative and aggressive and I think the Titans will install a bunch of run-pass option plays perfectly catered to Mariota's skill set.

Name the RB you believe is the most undervalued according to our early RB ADP Rankings and tell us why you feel that way.
Alex Collins finished last season as the RB16 but didn't even command double-digit carries until Week 5. He also scored six touchdowns in Baltimore's final seven games and enters 2018 as the starter for an offense that made a ton of significant upgrades in the passing game. I think Collins has a good shot at RB1 numbers and is a tremendous bargain at his current RB20 price tag.

Name the WR you believe is the most undervalued according to our early WR ADP Rankings and tell us why you feel that way.
Everyone assumes that Devante Parker is going to be the main benefactor of Jarvis Landry's available targets, but I'd much rather take Kenny Stills three or four rounds later. Still has simply been better than Parker in back-to-back seasons and is coming off of consecutive top-30 wide receiver finishes. Stills is one of my favorite value picks of 2018.

Featured Pros: Breakout Candidates
Thu, Jun 7
Featured Pros: Breakout Candidates
What RB has the best shot of having a breakout year in 2018?
Nobody is talking about Alex Collins as a potential top-15 fantasy RB in 2018 but he finished as the RB16 in 2017 while not even commanding double-digit carries until Week 5. From that point forward, Collins rushed for 64 yards-per-game, scored six touchdowns and even caught 23 passes. That's a 16-game pace of 1,022 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, and 33 catches- a pace which would have been RB12 in PPR leagues in 2017.

What WR has the best shot of having a breakout year in 2018?
Geronimo Allison is slated to start on the outside, in Jordy Nelson's old spot as he enters his third pro season--a common breakout year for many wide receivers. Allison was quietly solid last season, averaging 3.4 receptions and 46.4 yards-per-game in the five games in which he played more than 20 snaps. His two best games of the season came with Aaron Rodgers under center, and with OTAs, minicamp and the preseason providing plenty of opportunities for these Rodgers and Allison to work on routes and timing, Allison looks like a nifty sleeper that can be had in the final two rounds of most fantasy drafts.

What TE has the best shot of having a breakout year in 2018?
If the 49ers offense is able to carry their substantial momentum and potential over into 2018, George Kittle looks like a steal at his current ADP. In the five games that QB Jimmy Garoppolo started, Kittle caught 15 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. Kittle was the PPR TE10 over the season's final 10 games and has a solid chance at contending for top-10 numbers in 2018.

Featured Pros: Dynasty Undervalued Players
Wed, May 23
Featured Pros: Dynasty Undervalued Players
Which running back is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?
He didn't even receive double-digit carries until Week 5, but Alex Collins still finished as the RB15 in standard scoring leagues last season (RB19 in PPR) and is just 23 years old. Collins isn't the best pass catcher out of the backfield but still managed to haul in 23 receptions and should be the focal point of the Baltimore offense. He's an excellent value all the way down at RB35.

Which wide receiver is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?
Devin Funchess just turned 24 years old and has only gotten better each season in the NFL. Now entering his prime as Carolina's undisputed No. 1 wideout, Funchess has a top-20 season already under his belt, yet is going after the overrated Devante Parker in dynasty drafts and only one spot ahead of washed-up Dez Bryant.

Which quarterback is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?
Dak Prescott is almost two full years younger than Jimmy Garoppolo and has started his career with two consecutive top-10 fantasy seasons, yet Prescott is currently being taken seven spots behind Jimmy G in dynasty drafts.

Featured Pros: Early NFL Schedule Impact
Fri, Apr 20
Featured Pros: Early NFL Schedule Impact
Which notable player has favorable matchups in 2018 and should see a boost in value?
According to the overall strength of schedule, the Texans have the league's easiest schedule this season, which includes an appealing stretch for QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins in Weeks 13-15 at home against the Browns, Colts and at the Jets in Week 15.

Who is a player facing a difficult schedule that fantasy owners should be aware of?
Miami ends the fantasy season against two of the best defenses in the league, traveling to Minnesota in Week 15 and hosting the Jaguars in Week 17. The Dolphins are already in a state of flux, so the playoff run won't make acquiring Miami players any more appealing.

For the fantasy playoffs (weeks 14-16), is there a notable player that jumps out as having a particularly easy schedule?
Dak Prescott also has an excellent fantasy playoff run, playing at the Colts (2nd most fantasy points allowed to QB) in Week 15 and hosting the Bucs (allowed 2nd most fantasy points to QBs) in championship week.

Featured Pros: Brandin Cooks Trade Impact
Thu, Apr 5
Featured Pros: Brandin Cooks Trade Impact
What can we expect for Brandin Cooks' fantasy value after the trade?
Cooks has been a PPR WR1/2 with two different elite quarterbacks and play-callers and is entering a new situation with another solid coach and scheme. I think he'll be just fine and may actually see an increased role in the red-zone.

Who is impacted the most from a fantasy perspective in New England after the trade?
Julian Edelman, who is all but forgotten after missing the entire 2017 season, should be in a position to rack up another 90+ catch campaign and is a nice value pick at his current ADP.

How does the trade impact your fantasy expectations for Jared Goff? Where will he sit in your QB rankings?
QB is so deep that it's hard to get Goff into the top-10, but he's an excellent option for drafters that choose to wait to grab their signal-caller, or a solid weekly streamer. That's about the range he'll likely end up in my projections, anywhere from QB 11-15.

Featured Pros: Dynasty Risers & Fallers
Wed, Mar 21
Featured Pros: Dynasty Risers & Fallers
After free agency, which player has risen up your dynasty rankings the most and by how much?
Jerick McKinnon landed in a great spot and went from a fringe RB3 to a top-15 RB dynasty asset. Only 25, McKinnon has the potential to be a dynamic pass-catching weapon in a Kyle Shanahan offense that always seems to result in a lot of receptions and scoring opportunities for its running backs.

After free agency, which player has fallen in your dynasty rankings the most and by how much?
I had Jordy Nelson ranked modestly high in the hopes that he'd still be a valuable player in Green Bay for the next two-to-three seasons. Now that Nelson is plying his trade in Oakland, where Jon Gruden seems serious about his quest to turn back the clock, I lowered Nelson about 20 spots and don't think he'll even be able to replicate Michael Crabtree's numbers as the Raiders' WR2.

Featured Pros: NFL Early Undervalued Players
Tue, Feb 20
Featured Pros: NFL Early Undervalued Players
What QB is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
Jameis Winston was a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2016 and ranked 13th in fantasy points-per-game last season, despite a shoulder injury that cost him three games and affected a couple other contests. Once he recovered, Winston had a strong conclusion to the 2017 season and actually led the NFL with 1,584 passing yards in the final five weeks, where he was the No. 1 overall fantasy signal-caller. The Bucs have a solid young nucleus of skill position talent surrounding Winston and Dirk Koetter's return should assure he'll contend with QB1 numbers in 2018.

What RB is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
Alex Collins finished as the RB15 in standard scoring despite doing very little in the first month of the season. Once he emerged, Collins looked like an excellent fit, scoring six touchdowns in the season's final seven games behind a solid Baltimore offensive line. The Ravens have commented that this will be on offensive-centric draft, but if the Ravens don't bring in another highly-touted rookie runner to compete for carries on first and second down, Collins looks like a nice value as the 20th back off the board.

What WR is the most undervalued in our early consensus rankings and why?
Marvin Jones had a career year last season, finishing as the No. 5 wideout in standard scoring. With the Lions bringing back Jim Bob Cooter to run the same offense, Jones looks like a steal at WR26. We can't expect him to be top-5 again, but Jones has looked good for Detroit and built up an excellent chemistry with Matthew Stafford. With all the same pieces in place, Jones should be in a great position for another solid season in 2018.

Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Fri, Jan 19
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+9)

Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-3)

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Allen Robinson (WR - JAC)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Allen Robinson (WR - JAC)
UFA
Jerick McKinnon (RB - MIN)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Jerick McKinnon (RB - MIN)
UFA
Allen Robinson (WR - JAC)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Allen Robinson (WR - JAC)
UFA
Jerick McKinnon (RB - MIN)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Jerick McKinnon (RB - MIN)
UFA
Orleans Darkwa (RB - NYG)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Orleans Darkwa (RB - NYG)
UFA
Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN)
Mariota seriously regressed as a passer in 2017 but has the chance to reclaim QB1 status with the right kind of offensive-minded coach and offense.
Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
Luck has the chance to move up a few spots here, but until we hear encouraging news on his shoulder, he remains a risky bet.
Drew Brees (QB - NO)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Drew Brees (QB - NO)
At times Brees looked like he's lost some arm strength and combined with the Saints' dynamic duo of running backs, we may no longer see Brees among the elite fantasy options
Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Matthew Stafford (QB - DET)
Remarkably consistent, Stafford has produced seven straight season with 4,000+ passing yards and 20+ touchdowns, while not missing a start.
Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
Cousins is going to command a ton of money this offseason but the preferred fantasy destination would be for his to remain in the nation's capital with Jay Gruden.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB - PIT)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Ben Roethlisberger (QB - PIT)
The Steelers boast one of the deepest group of skill position players in the league.
Dak Prescott (QB - DAL)
Mon, Jan 15
Player Note on Dak Prescott (QB - DAL)
Now that RB Ezekiel Elliott is back in the lineup, Prescott will be in a better spot to take advantages of defenders who must account for Elliott's presence in the backfield.
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