Dalton Del Don
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade16 hrs ago
The Eagles became the first team in NFL history to win their first two contests of the season while trailing by 14+ points in the second half of each game. Monday night also marked the first time in Andrew Luck’s career he’s lost back-to-back games…Luck tossed three touchdowns but got just 5.1 YPA, as Indy relied heavily upon its rushing attack, which produced 169 yards on 38 attempts. Luck, who already has a whopping 10 fourth quarter comebacks during his brief career, wasn’t able to pull off another one Monday night, but it should be noted his interception in the fourth quarter (which looks bad considering the Colts were up seven and in field goal range), involved a blatant hold on the defense that wasn’t called that forced T.Y. Hilton to fall down. An ensuing play also resulted in a 15-yard horse collar penalty during a tackle on LeSean McCoy in which no such infraction occurred…At 31 years old and the seemingly smart Saints willing to give him up for a song (a fifth-round pick), I was skeptical how much juice Darren Sproles had left (although to be fair, Pro Football Focus graded him as the best receiving back in the NFL last season). My skepticism was clearly unfounded, as Sproles might have been the best player on the field Monday night, when he compiled a career-high 152 receiving yards and seven catches. This run was pretty legit, and this play might have been equally as impressive.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade7 days ago
I was down on Matthew Stafford entering the year, but there’s no question he played well Monday night. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes while getting 10.8 YPA and a 2:0 TD:INT ratio, even adding a rushing score and a two-point conversion against a Giants secondary that projects to be very strong. Stafford got just 6.9 YPA with a 13:13 TD:INT ratio over the final eight games last season, but it’s clear he’s taken to Detroit’s new offensive system a bit more so than Eli Manning has in New York. Stafford’s fantasy value is dependent upon Calvin Johnson staying healthy, but he looks like a weekly top-five QB start right now ...
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade12 days ago
With almost every fantasy draft in the books, this week’s column will be a bit different, looking back and highlighting some ramifications from the preseason and of course, more predictions for the upcoming season. Moving forward, look for this column to be regularly posted Monday nights, recapping that week’s action.
But for now, let’s focus on what’s happened in August that made me change my rankings in some sort of significant manner. It’s tough to decipher what’s pure noise (so-and-so is in the best shape of his life), and there’s an argument most performances on the field during preseason games should be ignored, but there were some definite takeaways during August I took seriously - starting with quarterbacks.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade23 days ago
The Kevin Love to Cleveland deal is finally official. The particulars involve Minnesota giving up Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute and Miami’s 2015 first-round pick to Philadelphia, who’s sending back Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. Meanwhile, the Cavs ship the last two No. 1 overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves for Love. The deal had been agreed upon weeks ago but couldn’t become official until 30 days after the signing of Wiggins’ rookie deal, finally ending months of Love trade speculation.
Love will likely see his scoring decline some now sharing the court with two of the only eight players in the NBA who had a higher Usage Rate than him last season (Love finished tied for ninth, while Kyrie Irving was eighth and LeBron James fifth), but it’s hard not to get excited just thinking about his outlet passes to James starting fast breaks. Love, whose 65 double-doubles led the NBA last year when he finished third in PER, will continue to clean the glass and should be able to maintain first round fantasy value in his new digs, even if his scoring takes a small hit.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade27 days ago
There’s an obvious top-five when it comes to running backs, and because there are so many question marks at the position afterward, I want an early pick this year. I’m fine with using the “zero RB” strategy if you get a later first round pick, assuming that still means waiting on quarterbacks, because of this. I’d actually put Montee Ball right behind the “big five” (LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte, in case that wasn’t obvious) and in Tier Two all by himself, but I’m crazy like that. After him though, I have an agnostic opinion among the next dozen or so backs, similar to how I feel about quarterbacks in the Nos. 4-14 range. Marshawn Lynch and DeMarco Murray are the two likeliest to go next, which is a seemingly floor versus ceiling argument (although actually, some may say Lynch’s floor is also low since he’s a candidate to breakdown). I recently moved Andre Ellington up into my top 10 RBs, but I don’t exactly feel confident about ranking a 5-9, 199 back with 118 career rushing attempts so high. But based on personnel, it sure seems like Arizona’s rhetoric about giving him more touches is legit. Ellington’s 3.2 YPC after contact led all backs last season (minimum 115 carries).
Eddie Lacy didn’t become Green Bay’s full-time back until Week 4 last season, and over the final 13 games, he totaled 1,382 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. That’s a season’s pace of 1,701 yards and 12 scores. Aaron Rodgers missed more than half of those 13 games (essentially eight), so it’s safe to assume Lacy’s scoring opportunities will be greater with a healthy Rodgers in 2014. Lacy’s 4.1 YPC doesn’t standout, but his 56 broken tackles were the fourth-most in the NFL (one behind LeSean McCoy), leading to a healthy 2.3 YPC after contact. According to Pro Football Focus, Lacy was the fourth-best blocking back in the NFL, so there’s no reason to ever take him off the field, and the Packers plan on running a more uptempo offense this season. Defenses can dramatically change from year-to-year, but on paper, it sure looks beneficial to play the Bears, Lions and Vikings during 37.5 percent of the schedule. If Lacy were to suffer an injury, it’s also nice to have a clear cut backup in James Starks, who’s good in his own right (when not hurt) and is routinely available late in drafts. Lacy now gets a full offseason to grasp the pro system and better prepare himself for the rigors of the NFL (unlike last year), as he did all that damage as a rookie and often playing beat up. Lacy is a beast who will benefit from playing in one of the league’s best offenses and is a serious threat to lead the league in touchdowns. I have him ranked as the No. 3 overall player on my board, ahead of Adrian Peterson.
Since 2003, only five rookie wide receivers have recorded 1,000-yard seasons (and one of them was Michael Clayton, who went down as such a big outlier, they made a movie about him), so the safe bet is to temper expectations for all rookie wideouts. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one won’t make an impact in 2014. Dalton Del Don and Brad Evans are arguing Sammy Watkins versus Mike Evans in the following debate .
Del Don Opens: There’s no question the Bills are run-heavy (they had 37 more rushing attempts than any other team last season and a whopping 225 more carries than the Falcons, who ranked last in the category), but Buffalo traded its No. 9 pick in 2014 and its first and fourth round picks in 2015 to move up five spots to secure Watkins. So this team isn’t going to baby him from the start.
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Matt Kemp has five homers (and a steal) over his past seven games and has raised his OPS 65 points over the past two weeks, a span in which he’s been a top-10 fantasy player. It’s taken longer than expected, but it looks like he’s back to being fully healthy and again a major fantasy asset (albeit one unlikely to ever approach a 40/40 season like he did in 2011 again). Kemp’s 27.1 LD% is the fourth-highest in MLB, and he’s yet to hit a popup this season while having to face the highest average fastball velocity (92.4 mph) by opposing pitchers among all hitters. Still just 29 years old, Kemp looks poised to pay major dividends down the stretch to fantasy owners who gambled on him.
Albert Pujols, who was once one of the best base runners in the game, now moves like me, but this throw by Manny Machado was still about as good as it gets.