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Doug Martin, Arrested Development, and the PFF Draft Guide

Arrested Development
Tobias Fünke: No, no, it’s pronounced a-nal-ra-pist.
Buster: It wasn’t really the pronunciation that bothered me.

 

This may be the best summer in recent memory. One of the greatest shows in television history has risen from the dead, RB-RB has triumphantly returned as the de facto strategy of drafters everywhere, and the PFF Draft Guide is better than ever. Featuring the projections of Mike Clay – a Nostradamus-like character in the fantasy prediction world – the writing of big time award winners like Alessandro Miglio and Scott Spratt, and the IDP brilliance of Jeff Ratcliffe and Ross Miles, the one draft guide devoted to serious players just got deadly. Did I mention that PFF Dynasty league champion Bryan Fontaine will be offering his visions of the future?

Oh, and the Banana Stand contributed three feature articles.

1) A Contrarian Approach to the RB Position: This feature looks at players like Doug MartinRay Rice, and Jamaal Charles and expands upon concepts like Vision Yards and Agility Score. The numbers don’t paint a pretty picture for the sustainability of Adrian Peterson’s success.

2) Possession Receiver Breakouts and Sustainability: In 2012 I put together a study which questioned the viability of receivers like Wes WelkerDanny Amendola, and Percy Harvin. The updated study contains a lot of new information with actionable fantasy intelligence. It also unveils a big 2013 sleeper.

3) Get ‘Em Early or Very, Very Late: I profile the TE position and detail a plan for generating serious excess fantasy value. Suffice it to say that I’m not particularly high on players like Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten. PFF’s advanced efficiency splits help explain why you should go big with players like Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski (if healthy), or wait for super sleepers like Rob Housler or Dwayne Allen.

If you’re still not convinced and want to do a little WR research while trying to decide, take a peak behind the scenes with my Advanced Targets Wrap-Up articles – the most detailed breakdown of 2012 receiver splits anywhere on the web. Perusing these pieces will give you an idea of the insane depth that PFF offers.

Tier One examines the superstars like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall. Tier Two breaks down the guys in the 11-20 range and debunks some misconceptions about Julio Jones and Victor Cruz. Tier Three homes in on potential 2013 busts like Mike Wallace and guys who might experience a secondary breakout like Cecil Shorts.

So buy the Draft Guide and sign up for Fantasy Gold.

 

Shawn Siegele has finished in the Top 10 of the NFFC’s Main Event Classic for two consecutive seasons and is one of only a handful of players to own three or more Main Event league titles. He also contributes to Rotoviz and works as the Lead Redraft Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy.

Fantasy Football Quixotism

 

This isn’t Fantasy 101

Everyone is a beginner sometime, but fantasy football isn’t rocket science. If you’re truly interested in learning about something, the best approach is usually to dive right in. Most of the stuff on the internet won’t get you up to speed very quickly.

The big corporate websites all cater to mainstream audiences in the same way that network television does. The general formula goes something like this: Reiterate rankings that are a carbon copy of last year’s finish + Joke that would even embarrass the Two and a Half Men writers = A column that will engender responses in the comments section like ‘AP rulz’ and ‘Cant belive u dont hav McFadden higher.’

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Audiences know what to expect, and that is all they are prepared to believe in

Round 3 of the World’s Next Greatest Fantasy Football Writer in the Future History of the Universe is in the books.

To read the MITBS entry critics are calling ‘totally unconventional and unexpected‘ and ‘original, very funny, interesting‘ and ‘really [takes] away from solid analysis and good points,’ hit ‘read more’ or ‘this is too long to include on the same page’ or ‘counting separate page views’ or whatever the button says.

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