Dez Bryants Injury and Who You Should Target As A Replacement

Twitter is blowing up. The Dallas Cowboys will be missing their stud wide receiver for at least 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. This is a huge blow for The Cowboys, and likely a few fantasy teams. Dez Bryant was a popular first round choice, and was an anticipated top five fantasy receiver. Due to this injury all that is in question.

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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAccording to what I assume to be a credible twitter source Bryant is looking at a long recovery time. With the Cowboys having a bye week during week six, this may lessen the blow. However, teams who drafted Dez, and other savvy fantasy players, are going to want to find an advantage to Byrant’s vacancy.

Terrance Williams is listed as the number two receiver on The Cowboys depth chart, and made some valuable catches during The Giants game. He’s currently owned in about 44% of ESPN leagues. Williams has the same height and build as Bryant, so he should be an easy fill in on the field. In 2014 he manage to haul in eight touchdowns (second only to Bryant) so he’s an established endzone threat. Last season, Bryant raked in an impressive 16 touchdowns. Those targets are going to have to go to someone, and I predict that someone will be Williams.

If you miss out on Williams, another great Cowboys pick up is running back Lance Dunbar. Dunbar made some impressive grabs on the final Cowboys drive, and came away with the most receptions. (3 more than Williams) With Bryant out, Tony Romo is going to need another receiving option. While Bryant is a great touchdown target, only 27 of his 88 catches were over 20 yards. So while Williams may get more of the endzone looks, Dunbar should see a healthy increase in his targets and receptions. With Dunbar only owned in 3.4% of leagues, and all eyes on Williams, you should have a good shot at claiming him off the wire. He could end up being a super sneaky pick up, particularly in PPR leagues.

While his absence will be felt by many, this still doesn’t mean an end to The Dallas Cowboys playoff chances, or their fantasy offensive numbers. Bryant will be back eventually, and until then he’ll be a vocal resident of the sideline. Even on the way out Bryant was still supporting his team.

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Hopefully we’ll see him back on the field soon.

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The Quick Shopping Method Continued

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http://www.yourfantasyfootballcoach.com

I will also be writing there from time to time so if you just can’t get enough of draftdaydame, you now have another option to get your fix. Not to mention a great place to get advice and learn more about the game.

Also, if you have a question email me at draftdaydame@gmail.com and I will feature your question in a post!

It’s almost here! 7 days until kick off!

Key things you need to know before you draft.

So you’re doing your research, downloading and printing cheat sheets, telling everyone you know about this new league you just joined when they ask you, “Is it PPR or standard scoring?” “WHAT?! I thought I just needed to print this 9 page cheat sheet off of ESPN and come up with a clever name! There’s more to this??” Yes, there is much, much more, though a clever name is a good start.

Again DON’T PANIC most of this information we’re going to go over can be found on your leagues home page. There should be a link to this page in an introductory email that you received. Also your Commissioner can answer any questions that you have. Your Commissioner is the ipso facto Commander in Chief for your league. Every Commissioner I’ve ever met has been far from shy about their position, so this person should be easy to identify.

First you need to know what type of roster is appropriate for your league. Standard Leagues require you to have 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 Kicker, 1 Defense, and 1 Flex position (that can be occupied by a RB or WR). However, there are 2 quarterback leagues, leagues that you can use a tight end as a flex player, and leagues that allow you to draft defensive players (or IDP’s) This has a direct impact on how you draft. For example, if you are in a league that requires you to have 2 quarterbacks it’s perfectly acceptable to draft up to 3 quarterbacks, but if you are in a standard league where only 1 quarterback is required, drafting 3 quarterbacks is not advisable. So make sure you know what your roster will require before you sit down to draft.

Another thing to consider is scoring. Even standard leagues sometimes have slight variations in how many points are scored per action. Another scoring type that is very popular is PPR scoring, which credits Points Per Reception. How your league players are scored will affect their value. Luckily, many websites will take this into account and you can find customized player rankings, but it’s important to keep this in mind when preparing for your draft.

Knowing how many people are in your league is important, and not just so you can keep track of all the teams you’ve ground into dust with your fantasy prowess. The amount of people directly influence how many quality players will be chosen, and the amount of teams that will make the playoffs.

Understanding all these things will help you get the most out of your draft, but the key to success is practice. But how do you practice sitting in a room fighting over who gets to draft Peyton Manning? Let me introduce you to your new best friend, the Mock Draft. Mock Draft, Mock Draft, Mock Draft; I hear repeating things three times helps with retention. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of drafting, along with what round players are being drafted. It’s also helpful to try drafting on different webpages, as player rankings will change from site to site.

So tighten those gladiator sandals and get to stepping! These drafts aren’t going to prepare for themselves! (Boys the gladiator sandals are optional, the stepping is not)

~draftdaydame

Your Draft Day Strategy

The time is growing near guys and gals. 20 days until Fantasy Football season starts! And that means soon, the fantasy drafting will be upon us. I am here to give you some suggestions on your draft strategy.

This year I am joining a league with my boyfriends family, which I have no doubt will be hilarious. Our tenth man is the family dog “Jersey” who will autodraft (and probably win). So suffice to say there is a wide range of football knowledge among us. From the younger brother (and 2 time league champion) to the oldest sister (who lives in Rome and is more likely to do a recipe search than check the waiver wire). There are many different levels of experience and comfortability going into a draft. And doing your first draft in a room full of guys can be intimidating. So the first draft strategy I am going to discuss I’m going to call the “Quick Shopper” method. This is for all those who are brand new to fantasy football, or are very nervous about drafting in front of a large group of people, or simply want to be involved in a league but don’t have the time to prepare.

QUICK SHOPPER METHOD: The reason for the name, is that we’re going to pretend our cheat sheet is a shopping list, and we’re going to cross off players when they’re “bought” to see what is still available to “buy”.

To prepared, print off a “cheat sheet”. You can find these on many websites such as ESPN or YAHOO. You can even Google search the topic and find a direct link such as this one.

2014 Fantasy Football cheat sheets – ESPN.com – Go.com

Where you get the cheat sheet isn’t important as long as you have one, though I would recommend ESPN. Make sure you print off an over all player ranking, AND rankings by position. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

You will need to draft 1 or 2 Quarterbacks, 4-6 Wide Receivers, 4-6 Running Backs, 1 or 2 Tight Ends, 1 Defense, and 1 Kicker for a total of 15-16 players on your team (based on standard leagues). Make sure to bring these sheets with you to your draft along with a highlighter or pen. You will use these to select your players in the draft. Now here are my easy to follow instructions. For general purposes go down the overall player rankings with these exceptions:

If you are unable to draft one of the top 3 Ranked quarterbacks wait until rounds 6-10 to draft a quarterback.

If you are unable to draft one of the top 3 tight ends wait until rounds 7-11 to draft a tight end.

Draft a kicker and defense as you next to last, and last pick.

Make sure to use your sheet with rankings by position as well, if a lot of people are drafting running backs for example, make sure to draft one high on the list as soon as possible.

If you see a name you recognize and its close to the top of your list (within 5 to 7 spots from the top) draft him. The reason for this? Players who are better, typically get more publicity and therefore it’s more likely the player you have heard of is better at his position.

Lastly, DON’T PANIC. That’s what the list is for, to help you. Drafting is only the first step in building a winning team, so even if you feel you’ve flubbed the draft there is still time to build your team through waiver wire pick ups and trades. The point is to have fun and learn more about the game!

This strategy is very easy to implement and great for those of you who are very nervous, or new to the game.

Best of luck to you in your drafting!

-draftdaydame

Why we do, What we do

There are many reasons to start playing Fantasy Football. Personally, I started playing because I love football and enjoy competition. “Beating the boys at their own game” was definitely my goal. I have always been pretty athletic and growing up, it wasn’t other girls that I wanted to play against, it was the boys. They always seemed faster, stronger, and that’s what I aspired to. As a result, I got pretty good at the sports I participated in. My best sport by far was basketball; it was my first love in life. One of the best feelings in the world was beating some loudmouth boy off the dribble, putting up a 3 in someone’s face, the confused look on a guys face when he’s still trying to dribble and you’re blowing past him with the ball you just stole. It made me feel good to prove that I was just as good as they were, if not better.

I’m not playing basketball much anymore, but I still get that thrill from Fantasy Football. The guys were hesitant at first I think, as I was the only girl in the league. But then in my first season I went 11-1. After that they pretty much accepted me with open arms. I’m sure it helped that I had a healthy appreciation for beer, and was tolerant of their fart jokes.

But I won’t lie I was nervous at first, especially being the only girl in the league. I didn’t have as much knowledge as these guys. I had never played before so I wasn’t sure about all the rules. Not to mention how they were going to react to me, and what I would have to put up with. I’m sure everyone goes through that “new guy” feeling when joining a league for the first time. My best advice is to buckle down, and get to researching. Like anything else you’re going to have to work at it if you want to see results.

I have been with this same group of guys for three years now, and I have learned more than I ever expected to. I’ve had some big wins, and some really bad, embarrassing losses. But it was worth it. So no matter why it is, that you do what you do; Embrace it. It’s a long season full of big wins and heartbreak, but the ride is definitely worth the price of admission.

Positions Positions Positions

This will be a quick overview of the positions you will encounter in your quest for Fantasy Football glory, along with how they are able to score you points (In most standard leagues). In the next post I will detail the importance of each position when drafting, and a more in depth description on scoring. So let’s get right to it!

QUARTERBACK: The quarterback lines up behind center. He is responsible for making the play calls for his respective team, and setting the play in motion. He can do this in one of two ways, either by making a pass (throwing to another player) or a handoff (simply handing the ball to another player). Quarterbacks, typically, are the highest scoring position in Fantasy Football. A Quarterback can score points by completing passes, rushing the ball, and being involved in touchdowns whether by the receiver scoring a touchdown, or them rushing into the end zone for a touchdown.

RUNNING BACK: You might have guessed it but running backs are the primary players to run the ball. They will ordinarily receive a handoff from the quarterback to start their run. However, running backs are also eligible receivers. This is important in PPR leagues. (More about that later) Running backs are highly sought after due to the fact that most teams have one stud running back that will receive most of the workload. Great running backs are Fantasy Football gold. Running backs score points by running the ball, and scoring touchdowns.

WIDE RECEIVER: Wide receivers are the players that catch the passes from the quarterback. Wide receivers typically don’t receive handoffs from the quarterback, but they sometimes can take possession by a shovel pass, or lateral pass, among others. (More on different types of passes later) Wide receivers typically are they players making the flashy plays and amazing catches. There is frequently a lot of depth at this position in Fantasy Football. Wide receivers score points by the making a reception, and the yards they rush after the catch, along with points for scoring touchdowns.

TIGHT END: A tight end is a dual threat since they often catch passes, and run. Tight ends also are regularly responsible for blocking on offense. Because of the positions lack of specialization, tight ends are often not the primary targets for teams, and this translates into how valuable they are in Fantasy Football. Tight ends score points by catching the ball, and the yards gained after the catch, rushing yards, and scoring touchdowns.

KICKER: I think this one is self explanatory. I personally will always recommend you draft a kicker in the next to last, or last round, ALWAYS. A kicker can score fantasy points by making field goals, and kicking extra points after touchdowns.

DEFENSE: Defenses try to stop the offense from scoring and advancing the ball. Defense is one of the last positions you will need to draft. I always recommend drafting a defense in the last two rounds.  A defense can score by restricting scoring, interceptions, sacks, recovering fumbles, and scoring touchdowns after a defensive recovery.

Some leagues have spots for defensive players as well, but for this blog we are going to focus on standard leagues. This is a very simple break down and as we continue we will get more and more involved.

HAPPY PREPPING GALS!