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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are Your Go To Wide Receivers

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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are Your Go To Wide Receivers

It’s that time again where we argue over deep threats.  Yes, that’s right I’m talking about Fantasy Football.  The WR position is the most argued over position in football.  Mainly because it’s about who is getting the football the most.  Listen Wide Receivers are always set up in three groupings.  You have the deep threat, the Number 1 Receiver.  Then you have the Second Level guys, the Cushion, the Safe Completion type guys.  And then you have the Slot, the Number 3 Receiver, the guy you go to for the Quick Pass or Quick Screen.

For your Fantasy Football Team, you want one of each type.  And there are ways to check to see what type are out there.  Here are some opinionated thoughts on what to look for in a Wide Receiver:

First off does he get the ball?  There are some Wide Receivers who are match up types week to week.  They might only get the ball if a situation presents itself.  Players like Brandon LaFell for the Patriots last year, fit into this category.  Listen he is a good Wide Receiver in Situational Football but as some one to rely on for points every single week i’d say you can do better.

Steady as a Rock, does he remain the top receiver for his Football Team for the year?  Is he Targeted frequently?  Now there are some WRs who are one of a few to be mention on a team.  A player like Kelvin Benjamin fits into this category.  He has been a real standout performer for the Carolina Panthers the last two years.  He gets targeted frequently and that right there should tell you something.  He typically is one of the most mentioned players on the team and if you look at his week to week performances, he is steady like a rock.

Yards after the catch, is he good on his feet?  Listen not all WRs are good on their feet.  Some catch the ball but get tackled easily.  Some run to the Sidelines.  What you want out of your WRs is for them to get first downs and more.  Some notable Slot Receivers like this are Danny Woodhead and Julian Edelman.  They have made it a thing out of getting Yards from Scrimmage.  These types of Receivers will typically get the ball every single game.  Receptions = Points.  So go out there and get a Slot Receiver for your Fantasy Team.

Can he out run Corner Backs?  And does he have good hands?  Listen these two things go together.  If he is going to be a deep threat each game he needs to have the hands.  Players like Odell Beckham Jr. for the New York Giants fits into this category.  He is a finesse type player but the best thing about him are his hands.  He can make those ridiculous standout catches.  Game Changers.  He even boasts about his catching during pregame warm ups.  How WR of him to do!

Is he fast?  Three simple words to describe a prime time WR.  Listen there are some WRs who can catch but they don’t get open enough.  Players like Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Atlanta’s Julio Jones fit into this category.  They are just flat out fast!  I mean seriously if they get a deep ball thrown their way they can score!  Look to balance out your Receiving Core with a few fast players.

Now depending on the Fantasy League, you’re in you may have to check the waiver wires often.  If you do you will be surprised at who you can get for the week.  I typically rotate my Receivers every week and you should probably do that too!  I mean it is so hard to pick Wide Receivers who will be healthy all year.  They are injury prone and hey it happens!  So look for who is hot week to week and go with your gut.  There are always WRs out there, find them out on Fantasy News Updates and prepare accordingly!

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Fantasy Football Talk: Where’s Your QB At

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Fantasy Football Talk: Where’s Your QB At

It’s that time of year again, where we take out our pencils and circle the players that we would want on our football team.  Yes, I’m talking about Fantasy Football.

I’m no Matthew Barry, with 28 straight hours of free time on my hands to talk Fantasy Football, but I do own at least one Fantasy Football Team and I have this blog.  So let’s get down to the nitty gritty!  Draft Day is almost here and you need a QB.  Here are some things to look for in a Fantasy QB:

Stats tell you something but your gut tells you more.  Listen we all love the Stats on our QB’s but it’s your week to week but that is going to tell you who to play on Sunday.  Trust your Gut!  Matt Ryan had a phenomenal year, last year, and his fantasy points were through the roof but you know what?  He didn’t win a Superbowl last year!  Instead, the steady reliable Tom Brady won it.  And do you know why?  Because he was a match up nightmare for the Atlanta Falcon’s Secondary.  What it comes down to is who will win games.

Versatility will give you that extra edge week to week.  Listen I played Russel Wilson last year and the year before that.  What he was able to do for me was get those hard to find rushing yards.  It’s something that you don’t see out of many QBs but let me tell you he is a nightmare to match up against.  Yeah, he can throw the ball out of the pocket but you know what else he can do?  He can score Rushing TDs!  Yep, he is a double threat and its something to look for in a QB.

Red Zone scoring matters.  Listen I’m a big fan of down field deep threats but the QBs that I like the most are ones that can score in the Red Zone.  Cam Newton was notorious for this two years ago.  He was a Red Zone scoring machine, I mean really!  He would get the ball drive the field and score when he got within the 20-yard markers.  I know he had a weak year last year, it wasn’t like 2015 but he still is a solid pick as QB.

Deep and very long exhausting drives make your QB valuable.  Listen there is a reason why QBs like Aaron Rogers get mentioned all the time and it is because of the way he manages possession.  He can ice out games on extremely long drives that eat up most of the clock.  He is known for sitting in the pocket and taking his time to find an open man.  His drives typically exhaust the opposing defense, this means he is doing a good job.  You know that time of possession stat that you see but don’t pay attention to?  Yeah, I’d look more closely at it!

Week to week match ups is huge!  This one liner says it all for Fantasy Football.  Listen things are constantly changing week to week in the NFL.  It’s just the nature of the game.  But with it comes this great week to week match ups for QBs.  If you stick with a QB like Tom Brady every week you are going to have some of those weeks where your back up QB scores more points.  Hey, it happens but do yourself a favor and look for a Dak Prescott type Back up QB.  Someone who is good enough to have a few incredible games.  Last year Dak Prescott was a sleeper!  Believe it or not, he scores a bunch of fantasy points pretty quickly last year.

Above all else look at having a QB that can cover your bye weeks.  Listen Ben Roethlisberger had an average year but you know he was dependable when he was healthy.  And that is exactly why you pick him up.  Because he is a nitty gritty down and dirty QB who will grind out Yardage.  Yardage = Fantasy Points.  So go get a QB who will get you those points for those weeks!

The NFL Season opener starts in less than 3 weeks, so I suggest you get a giddy up on your Draft Picks Order.  You’re welcome!

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