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Matt Barbato

Matt Barbato

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8 NFL Head Coaching Changes & Fantasy Football Impact (2024) photo

This year’s version of the NFL coaching carousel saw eight head coaching vacancies filled. And while the quantity of new coaches hired was high (25% of the league!), this year’s coaching carousel felt a bit underwhelming aside from a couple … read more »

by Matt Barbato in Fantasy3 days ago
Top 10 Most Important Players of the Offseason (2024 Fantasy Football) photo

It always astounds me how quickly the NFL cycle moves from the conclusion of the season into the offseason. The NFL Combine is less than a week away, which means free agency is right around the corner, followed by non-stop … read more »

by Matt Barbato in Fantasy4 days ago
7 NFL Draft Burning Questions (2024) photo

The Kansas City Chiefs are a week removed from winning their second straight Super Bowl. But for 31 other teams and fan bases, the official conclusion to the 2023-2024 season marks the official beginning of draft season. What makes the … read more »

by Matt Barbato in Fantasy1 wk ago
The 2023 Fantasy Football Awards photo

If I could describe the 2023 fantasy football season in one word, it would be chaotic. Maybe this is a result of my shrinking memory and attention span, but it felt like the fantasy gods dealt us a ton of … read more »

by Matt Barbato in FantasyThu, Jan 4
Believe the Hype or Fade These Players? (2023 Fantasy Football) photo

Labor Day weekend represents the unofficial end of summer (although temps are expected to approach 100 where I’m at in Chicagoland). But it also represents the biggest weekend of the year for fantasy football drafts. Inevitably, during your respective drafts, … read more »

by Matt Barbato in FantasyThu, Aug 31
6 Overvalued Players to Avoid on ESPN Leagues (2023 Fantasy Football) photo

Now’s the time to start taking a hard look at Average Draft Position. As the biggest draft weekends of the year come and go, ADP data will provide a clearer idea of where players are realistically going in your drafts. … read more »

by Matt Barbato in FantasyWed, Aug 23
Fantasy Football Tight End Strategy, Tiers, Targets & Fades (2023) photo

Tight end is the bane of my existence. If you ask me, it shouldn’t be a designated starting spot in fantasy lineups. But you aren’t here to read a curmudgeon complain about a position that’s seemingly being phased out. You … read more »

by Matt Barbato in FantasyWed, Aug 23
4 Best Fantasy Football Draft Values on ESPN Leagues (2023 ADP) photo

Now’s the time to take a hard look at Average Draft Position (ADP). As the biggest draft weekends of the year come and go, ADP data will provide a clearer idea of where players are realistically going in your drafts. … read more »

by Matt Barbato in FantasyTue, Aug 22
Latest News From Matt
Dak Prescott impresses at NFL Combine photo
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was one of the most notable quarterbacks at the NFL Combine. Prescott finished fifth in both the vertical jump and broad jump drills while running a 4.79 40-yard dash.
RB Jordan Howard does not participate in 40-yard dash at NFL Combine photo
Indiana running back Jordan Howard was quiet during the NFL Combine. Howard did not participate in the 40-yard dash and was a top performer in the vertical jump and broad jump drills.
NFL.comMon, Feb 29
Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard shows impressive athleticism at NFL Combine photo
Oklahoma wideout Sterling Shepard was one of the most impressive wide receivers during the NFL Combine. Shepard tied for first among receivers in the bench press with 20 reps and also tied for first in the vertical jump. Shepard also ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, which was tied for the ninth-best time among receivers.
The OklahomanMon, Feb 29
De'Runnya Wilson runs slowest 40-yard dash among wide receivers photo
Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson might have drastically hurt his draft stock during the NFL Combine. Wilson's 4.85 40-yard dash time was the slowest among participating wideouts. His 28-inch vertical jump was also the worst among participating players at his position.
Alex Collins finishes 15th among RBs in the 40-yard dash photo
Arkansas running back Alex Collins ran a 4.59 40-yard dash, which was the 15th best time among tailbacks.
NFL.comMon, Feb 29
Noah Spence disappoints at NFL Combine photo
Eastern Kentucky DE/OLB Noah Spence was underwhelming in a variety of ways at the NFL Combine. Spence posted a 4.80 40-yard dash time, which was not overly impressive when compared to fellow edge rushers.'s Mike Mayock said he expected Spence to run a 40-yard dash time between 4.65 and 4.7 seconds. League personnel weren't impressed with Spence either. One exec told's Kimberly Jones that Spence was not worthy of being a first-round pick while an unnamed general manager told that he didn't know if he could trust Spence off of the field.
NFL.comMon, Feb 29
Jarran Reed does not lift at NFL Combine photo
Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed participated in a variety of drills at the NFL Combine. But one drill Reed did not participate in was the bench press. Reed posted a 5.21 40-yard dash, and a 4.75 second 20-yard shuttle.
Mon, Feb 29
Jonathan Bullard among winners at NFL Combine photo
Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard put up a good performance at the NFL Combine. The 6-foot-2, 283 pound prospect ran a 4.93 40-yard dash, put up 23 reps in the bench press and leapt 116 inches in the broad jump.
NESN.comMon, Feb 29
Mississippi State WR De'Runnya Wilson doesn't project as No. 1 WR photo
Former Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson opted to forgo his senior season after hauling in 60 passes for 918 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. Wilson features prototypical size for an NFL wideout at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He has good hands and can be a reliable red zone option in the NFL, but there are questions as to whether Wilson will ultimately develop into a No. 1 receiver. Wilson doesn't possess great speed and does not do much after the catch.
CBS SportsSun, Feb 21
Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence a talented, but tricky prospect to evaluate photo
There's no doubt Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence has talent. He displayed it during an impressive 2015 season when he recorded 11.5 sacks. But, Spence does carry some off-field baggage. He was dismissed from Ohio State in 2014 after failing several drug tests because of an issue with Ecstasy. He eventually received treatment and has not had any problems since. Spence tore it up at EKU, but a limited sample size against Division 1 opponents muddles the value of Spence's production. He can play both defensive end and move outside as an edge rusher. He has a natural first step and the quickness to blow by blockers. He will need to develop in coverage, especially if he's drafted by a 3-4 team.
CBS SportsSun, Feb 21