Fantasy Football: Load Up On Eagles

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Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) leads his team onto the field for the start of mini camp at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football:  Load Up On Eagles

Now is the time of the year to take off the kid gloves and the seats from the balcony and get down to it.  The NFL has bestowed honorary General Manager titles to fans of the great game of football, and if you don’t do your homework you will likely be left muttering at the end of the season while everyone else continues on into the playoff rounds.

So don’t worry.  I’m here to help.   There is a secret to winning your Fantasy Football leagues this year.   So if I tell you, it’s no longer a secret, right?  So let’s call it “less common knowledge”.   The secret this year is to load up on Eagles.

Seriously?  Yes.   Lets examine the players and see why they should be targetted in your fantasy football leagues.  First of all, your strategy will be HUGELY different in PPR leagues versus non-PPR leagues.   So what is that difference?  PPR leagues award a point per reception, while non-PPR leagues do not.   Clearly, the PPR league favors a passing team (but not the quarterbacks), and subsequently, running backs, receivers, and tight ends who catch a large number of passes.  The reason for the devaluation of the qb is the simple fact that quarterbacks do not catch their own passes.

So what value do you place on positions?  In a Non PPR league, the value of skill positions is as follows:  QB – 23%, RB – 33%, WR – 34%, TE – 10%.  In a PPR league, that value skews heavily towards the WR: QB – 17%, RB -28%, WR – 43%, TE – 12%.   (statistics courtesy of ESPN Draft Strategy by PPR Leagues by Ken Daube 24 June 2014)

Drafting Strategy is pretty simple.   You should look at a draft in terms of priorities.    In the first few rounds, you need to assemble the core of your elite players.  Typically, that will include two running backs, an elite tight end (New Orleans Jimmy Graham goes here) if you can get one, Wide Receivers, and an elite quarterback if you find one of value.   I really should add that “bye week” is a consideration, as you don’t want your stars all out on the same week.
The middle rounds are where you round out your team.  Try to focus on players who are consistent in their performance.   You should also focus on your quarterback and running backs if you had not filled the starting slot in the first few rounds.
Finally, in the latter rounds, you pick the less flash players, your kicker, your defensive team (although some elite defenses will go in the middle rounds) and if you have the option some defensive players.    If it’s your first time, I recommend trying your hand at one of any number of “mock fantasy football” drafts.

So how do you feel?   Do you think you get the idea?   Okay, so let’s see how the Eagles will help yourFantasy Football team succeed.

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