With the stock market going nuts recently, I thought it appropriate to harken back to my trading days. Some traders utilize tape reading and technical analysis to study price action and figure out the momentum of a stock. Buy high and sell higher is usually the mantra. Or sell low and buy lower. On the flip side, there are value investors who scour 10-Qs, listen to conference calls, and dive into all the fundamentals of a company. Price-to-earning ratios and book value are numbers often utilized. When a stock continues to go up or down, momentum traders are more apt to keep riding the train until it stops. Value investors, on the other hand, look for spots to buy/sell when pessimism or optimism are too high. Fantasy football participants are no different. There are those place emphasis on the most recent results, while others look for bargains or spots to fade when sentiment gets out of whack. Will A. J. Green keep getting hammered by momentum traders or will he be money for value investors?

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Undrafted. Slow. Not Agile. His PlayerProfiler page has him under the 50th percentile in 40-yard dash, speed, burst, agility, and catch radius. More specifically, he’s in the 7th percentile for burst and 13th for 40-yard time. Yuck. To compound things, he suffered a torn ACL in Week 9 of last year. So, why do I think Preston Williams of the Miami Dolphins is a value as the 54th wide receiver and 137th overall player off the board, according to NFFC ADP from 8/1 to 8/23?

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We talk about it time and time again here at Razzball. Most recently, Al_FF_Red AKA The BOOF brought this up on the Yahoo Fantasy Football Podcast. Are you ready? It is okay to miss in your drafts on players. It is okay to miss A LOT. How many waiver wire acquisitions are you making per year? Probably anywhere in between 15 and 40 per team from personal experience. You are going to drop guys that don’t do a lick for 3 straight weeks for a wide receiver that Aaron Rodgers bought coffee for because a beat writer tweeted about it. What is important is that one or two players that you take outside of the top 8 rounds explodes. There are only two wide receivers on this list that are being drafted inside of the top 50 wide receivers. Here are some high upside slivers of hope for the last few rounds of your drafts. 

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In the 14th round, with the 166th Overall pick in the #Razzbowl League 13 Draft, “Team 3 Barry” selects, JIMMY GAROPPOLO! With an ADP of 141.76 according to NFFC, I was more than happy to take Jimmy G as my QB2 to pair with Kyler Murray. That QB duo gives me the classic “Floor/Ceiling” pairing that you like to have in a format like the “better ball” format of the Razzbowl. A lot of people are very low on Jimmy coming into this year’s fantasy draft season, but I believe that he will prove the doubters wrong and return a solid value on your investment

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Size. Speed. Strength. That’s how I filter the attributes when I draft in Madden. Or at least when I used to play Madden. What an abomination of a video game franchise. Anyways, the Holy Trinity of S is how many NFL general managers draft as well. But physical attributes are not the end all be all. Look at the nine wide receivers who have run a 4.3 40-yard dash or faster at the NFL Combine:

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Since the Rona entered my life, I’ve had to entertain some thought-provoking questions: If I click one more dollar on a random eBay item, will I get stuck with it? More importantly, what’s the over/under on the anger level of my wife if I get stuck with said random eBay item? Yes, I like to live on the edge. But when I saw the DeLorean up for bid, fear was no mas, as it was eradicated by the trance-like mental state I entered. Ooohhhmmmm. Ooohhhhmmmmmm. Then I was falling, falling, falling from the sky. Remember that dream while asleep in class? And the subsequent stomping of the feet before the hysterical laughs from classmates? Yeah. So I heard the Vrooom Vrooom outside and saw my future self delivering my precious DeLorean. What a glorious day indeed. The first order of business was to thank future Son. Or was it past Son? Maybe it was both? Regardless, thanks Son. Second thing on the itinerary was to punch in DEC 29 2019 and watch Boston Scott score 3 touchdowns against the New York Giants. Why? Because after doing due diligence on him, Great Scott! was the only expression that could be heard echoing through the hallways of Son Manor. Well, only after the “You idiot!”

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Zigging when you’re supposed to zag. More than one way to skin a cat. I have to say that admitting there is another way to do something is tough. I have preached that you should take defensive linemen first in your IDP draft because it’s a shallow position and that the more productive linebackers are plentiful.  As we begin getting clarification on some ADP trends for IDP leagues, (and it’s not so easy to find because there are too many who don’t play yet), some potential bargains are emerging. These bargains may allow you to draft those reliable point producing linebackers first and go against my commandment.

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Let’s compare your fantasy football team to your mom. Not my mom, my mom is a saint. But your mom, I’m not so sure. Don’t get me wrong, your mom was a good lookin’ gal, some would even say a solid 7 and she had a very healthy libido. One night she was out with her friends having drinks and Nick Foles walked into the bar and the ladies started chatting about the rumors that he had a large eggplant emoji. One thing led to another and your mom was about to find out. 

Nick Foles and your dear sweet mother had a wonderful time together that first night. One thing led to another and they started hooking up on a regular basis. Nick Foles would tell tales of his high school football triumphs and they would go on long rides on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. His apartment was small, but having a Harley was all Nick needed. A Harley and your mom. As luck would have it, Nick Foles got your mom pregnant and she was on the verge of finding out what kind of man Nick Foles is. 

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