The season’s midpoint has passed, along with the trade deadline. And when the musical chairs routine was over, there were a significant number of headline players in new jerseys, if not New Jersey. Whose value has soared because of their new surroundings? And who will continue to flounder in a new setting? And who’s about to get a much bigger role because a teammate has departed? Over the season’s last two months, these newly-traded players, and a couple who haven’t been, could make the most headlines: Dez Bryant (Saints WR) — The disgruntled Cowboys No. 1 receiver, after his involuntary sabbatical, landed in New Orleans, where he was likely to be a blissful No. 2 receiver behind the great Michael Thomas. Then he suffered a likely season-ending injury during Friday’s practice. While he’s now worthless for this season, he’s still worth stashing in keeper leagues. Amari Cooper (Cowboys WR) — The former Alabama star changed … [Read more...] about The Loop Fantasy Football Report Week 10: Dez Bryant can’t make Saints Super
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UPDATE: Saturday 3:47 p.m. Nothing causes quite as much concern as injuries to players in Monday night games. That’s a good 36 hours after you have to make roster decisions, and you can get burned if you ASSUME your star will make it to the field in prime time. No worries, though, if you have New England’s Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle), who missed last weekend’s nail-biter in Chicago. He says he’ll be good to go in two days in Buffalo. “It’s going to be nuts,” Gronkowski told Patriots beat reporters on Saturday. “I’m from Buffalo. They’re going to be starting early.” The outlook isn’t as good for Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who is still in the concussion protocol. Chris Ivory would get the start if Shady can’t go. Two top running backs are still listed as questionable. New England’s Sony Michel (knee) returned to practice Saturday, and San Francisco’s Matt Breida (ankle) worked out on Friday. … [Read more...] about The Loop Fantasy Football Update: Rob Gronkowski says ‘it’s going to be nuts’
At midway point, some A-listers deserve an F We’re halfway through the regular season, and The Loop’s team, like many of yours, is halfway to a second-division finish. There are two major reasons for fantasy underachievement. The first is the inability to identify the players who will dominate the 2018 season. We’ll go over the cream of the crop in next week’s column. The second reason is the reliance on big name players who, when midnight struck on opening day, turned into pumpkins. Either that or they stayed on the sidelines (we’re talking about you, Number One Pick Le’Veon Bell). Some stars like Aaron Rodgers and David Johnson have underperformed, while still putting up respectable numbers. For others, though, it has been a season of infamy: Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB) — Mr. Ciara was ranked in the top five in the preseason, and he’s been barely top 20 through the first seven weeks. He’s averaging just over 200 passing yards a … [Read more...] about The Loop Fantasy Football Report: Week 8
You love your Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But if you want to win your fantasy football draft, you can’t load up on your favorites. You have to put your allegiances aside. Don’t think you can help yourself? This guide tells you who is worth drafting and when. 1. WR Mike Evans: Don’t mind the drop in touchdowns from 12 in 2016 to five last season. His red-zone targets increased, so expect a bounce-back campaign. He’s worth taking late in the second round or early in the third. 2. TE O.J. Howard: There’s potential for a breakout season here. Yes, he’ll compete with Cameron Brate for targets, but he played more offensive snaps last season despite missing the final two games. In the three games before his injury (Weeks 12-14), he was averaging about 55 snaps to Brate’s 25 to 35. At the least, he should be able to repeat his 2017 performance (26 catches, 432 yards, six touchdowns) rather easily. 3. RB Peyton Barber: Until recently, fantasy players had … [Read more...] about Fantasy football 2018: Ranking the Buccaneers
Fast forward is a wonderful thing. This miracle technology, when utilized in modern digital recording devices, allows you to race through ESPN’s 29-hour Fantasy Football Marathon in just a shade over three. Progress. But that ESPN non-classic still accounts for only a fraction of the annual August glut of useless draft knowledge. Depending on where you look, the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook is either on the brink of a breakout season, or a candidate for additional surgery. And the truth is, your guess is as good as ours. Possibly even much better. While we don’t want to add to the glut of pundit factoids, we DO want to inject our two cents worth. So we’ll go easy on you. Since most of you already have the top of your cheat sheets committed to memory, we’ll just break down our thoughts that differ significantly from the pack. Who do we have a man-crush on? Who puts the fear of God into us, and who do we need to avoid like the bubonic plague? PASSING … [Read more...] about The Loop Fantasy Football Report: Look carefully for keepers, sleepers and … jeepers!