Finding the Best Players for your Fantasy Line-up

I’ve been trying to perfect, or at least improve, my system for finding the best players, and in turn the best fantasy football team.

Till now my means have been quite passive or lazy. I love watch football and watch copious amounts of games. So I feel, or have felt till now, that I know my stuff. Consuming so many games has given me descent knowledge over the domain.

However there’s another level I’m sure. People are doing far better in fantasy football than I, and I’m sure it’s not just because they watch more game time hours than me. So I’m casting my knowledge net further afield and undertaking some ‘serious’ research.

Step 1: Bleacher Report

A rock star sporting site, I’m sure you’ve all heard of, with a section dedicated to the NFL. And, lucky for me, they just released this article, B/R NFL 1000: Ranking the Top 1000 Overall Players.

I’m doing to chow down their info, pay attention to their selection process, and see how mine matches up.

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Backfield Fantasy Football Projections 2016

Two posts in two days. I’m on a roll and happy my site is off to a consistent start. Anyway, enough about my ego and personal aspirations. Let’s look at some backfield projections for 2016

There are 32 teams in the NFL. In a post, direct from NFL.com, they have this to say on the backfield selection topic:

“Running back is the most important position in fantasy football.”

A lot of you out there might disagree with that statement, but it’s awfuly tough to win a league championship with a mediocre or bad backfield. Just ask anyone who drafted Montee Ball or Zac Stacy last season.

What are your thoughts? I was fortunate to have neither on my draft last season.

Michael Fabiano, the author of the post continues:

Below is a list of all 32 teams, including projections (carries/touches) for their top two running backs. I’ve also included team run percentages from 2014 in the case of teams with incumbent coordinators, with data on how new coordinators have handled the run in previous stints at the pro or college level. You’ll also find a FPPT (fantasy points per touch) average from 2014, which can help you do your own fantasy point projections based on the prognosticated rush attempts and touches.

Sweet, sweet, sweet! Thank you Michael.

Alright, I have some reading and analysis to do.

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The Dream Team Line-up

What better way to kick off the brand spankin’ new nhhawksrecfootball.com, than with my fantasy team line-up. Really what this site is all about.

Here’s the roster:

  1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
  2. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
  3. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
  4. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
  5. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
  6. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
  7. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
  8. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
  9. Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
  10. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
  11. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
  12. Titus Young, WR, Lions
  13. Mike Goodson, RB, Raiders
  14. New York Giants defense
  15. Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots

There you have it. I’ll probably update from time to time.

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