Dalton Del Don
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 18 hrs ago
Tony Romo has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his back, with the latest reports suggesting his earliest return would be after Dallas’ Week 7 bye. It’s another tough blow for Romo, who simply can’t stay healthy and will be coming off another major back injury (he’s already had two surgeries) at age 36. He can be removed from draft boards in standard fantasy leagues. Enter Dak Prescott, who’s been the most eye-opening player in the NFL during preseason games, when he’s produced a 7:0 TD:INT ratio while getting 9.1 YPA. He’s an obvious upgrade over previous Dallas backup QBs (the team has won once over their last 14 games without Romo), but it’s one thing to perform in the preseason and another when it counts.
James White: A second knee surgery is going to sideline Dion Lewis for 8-10 weeks, moving White into the role as New England’s passing down back. He’s not as good as Lewis, but it moves White way up draft boards, especially in PPR formats. It’s too bad Lewis simply can’t stay on the field.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 7 days ago
Jameis Winston: He was abnormally young for a rookie starting QB and threw for 4,042 yards and got 7.6 YPA, which are two thresholds Joe Flacco has never reached during his eight-year career (and last season was the first in which Flacco missed a game). Winston’s six rushing touchdowns were a fluke and unsustainable but so was Mike Evans hitting pay dirt just three times on 147 targets (after scoring 12 TDs as a rookie). Winston got into much better shape during the offseason, and the Bucs hit the jackpot during the fantasy playoffs, as they face New Orleans during Weeks 14 and 16. Winston just finished a rookie season that suggests he’s going to take a leap in year two, and he gets to face a historically bad Saints defense that yielded an 8.7 YPA with a 45:9 TD:INT ratio last season when it matters most in 2016.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 10 days ago
By the term “bust” I really just mean “overvalued,” as it’s all relative. Nevertheless, the following five players are those I’m actively avoiding during fantasy drafts for the 2016 season.
Adrian Peterson: He’s a physical freak who’s defied expectations before (namely rushing for 2,097 yards the year following a torn ACL), but it’s awfully risky spending a top-five overall pick (his current ADP according to Fantasy Pros) on a running back who’s 31 years old nearing 2,500 career rushing attempts (counting the postseason). Of the top-30 rushing seasons in NFL history, none occurred by a back more than 30 years old. Peterson managed just three receptions for 33 yards over the final four games last season, which is an eye-opening lack of use in the passing game, even for him. The Vikings face a first place schedule in 2016, and Peterson will be fighting history if he wants to remain an elite fantasy back with 2,500+ carries on his odometer. I’m taking David Johnson, Todd Gurley and/or Ezekiel Elliott over Peterson without hesitation.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 13 days ago
Over the final eight games last season, Doug Baldwin had 47 catches for 724 yards and 12 touchdowns. Only three wide receivers had more spikes during the entire season. Baldwin isn’t a physical freak with a big pedigree (he went undrafted), and he’s unlikely to be among the league leaders in targets, so some regression is rightfully to be expected. But has any WR in his prime coming off a season in which he led the NFL in TD receptions who has a truly elite QB throwing to him ever been more disrespected at draft tables? Baldwin’s current ADP isn’t even that of a top-20 fantasy wide receiver, as he’s sandwiched in between Randall Cobb and Jarvis Landry, who somehow combined for just 10 scores on a whopping 44 red-zone targets last season.
Song of the Week: Bon Iver – 22 (OVER SOON)
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 14 days ago
Allen Robinson: While it’s safe to expect some TD regression after Robinson tied for the NFL lead with 14 touchdown catches last year thanks to what appears to be an improved Jacksonville defense (and they simply have to record more scores on the ground in 2016), he’s really impressed in camp with glowing reports about his improved route running. Entering his third year in the league, Robinson is still just 22 years old, and he’s coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 31 catches of 20+ yards. Allen Hurns and especially Julius Thomas have shown the propensity to get injured, so another 150 targets seem safe to project for Robinson, who looked unguardable during the team’s preseason opener. Robinson is a top-five fantasy WR and a top-10 overall player on my board.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 19 days ago
At the end of last season, there was a strong argument Karlos Williams was the best running back on Buffalo’s roster. However, Williams’ stock has dropped precipitously since then, as he gained a bunch of weight over the offseason and then was suspended for the first four weeks for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. There were even rumblings his roster spot wasn’t secure, and while that’s likely untrue, Williams’ problems give LeSean McCoy’s fantasy value a nice boost.
Song of the Week: The Naked And Famous – Higher
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 21 days ago
Arian Foster: All reports have been overwhelmingly positive coming out of Miami regarding how Foster has looked coming off a serious Achilles tear, and while offseason comments should often be ignored, it’s become clear the Dolphins signed him to be the team’s lead back. Foster will turn 30 years old later this month and got just 2.6 YPC last season, but he also gained 227 receiving yards over just four games, as he remains one of the better pass catching backs in the league. Moreover, Jay Ajayi recently missed time as he continues to deal with knee issues, and Miami doesn’t want to rely on him at this point. It’s a safe bet to expect Foster to miss a handful of games in 2016, but when on the field, he’s going to be used as a workhorse, so he’s moving up draft boards and should be treated as a top-20 fantasy back right now.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 26 days ago
Matt Moore: He’s never lived up to the hype and still has control issues, but Moore has posted a 2.19 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP over his past eight starts (53.1 innings) and will be leaving the AL East to join the NL West, which is about as dramatic of a move as possible for a pitcher. Not that Tropicana Field is a hitter’s haven, but he will now call AT&T Park home, which has decreased run scoring by 12 percent over the past three seasons (the second lowest in MLB). Moore also goes from having a below average defense behind him to one of the best in baseball, and he gets to face a pitcher instead of a DH (and has one of the better pitching coaches on his side too). Moore is much more fantasy relevant now that he’s on the Giants.
Eduardo Nunez: The Giants dealing away Matt Duffy ensures Nunez will be a regular over the rest of the season as opposed to a super utility role he was looking at after first getting dealt to San Francisco.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 27 days ago
David Peralta is in the midst of something of a lost season, first hampered by a wrist injury and then later sidelined for nearly six weeks with a lower back strain. But he’s off the disabled list now and seemingly healthy, and he hit .312 with 17 homers and nine steals in just 462 at bats last year. Peralta hits in the middle of a lineup that features Paul Goldschmidt (.414 OBP) and the emerging Jake Lamb (.358 OBP) and in Chase Field, which is arguably one of the three best hitter’s parks in all of baseball. He’s somehow owned in just 40 percent of Yahoo leagues, so make sure he’s not still available in yours. Peralta could be a major difference maker down the stretch.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 29 days ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Friday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Max Scherzer $58
SP: Rick Porcello $43
C: Evan Gattis $13
1B: Chris Carter $10
2B: Jurickson Profar $7
3B: Joey Gallo $9
SS: Alex Bregman $7
OF: Mookie Betts $25
OF: Bryce Harper $16
OF: Nomar Mazara $11
Good luck with your contests Friday.