- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute19 days ago
Well, fantasy friends… we’ve done it again for you. If you happened to take a gander at Fantasy Football Live this week (Sunday’s at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT only on Yahoo! Sports), you would’ve have received even more iron-clad fantasy advice.
In King’s Korner, we said it’s time to lean on Brian Quick. Sure, the Rams came up short against the Eagles on Sunday, but YOU probably didn’t if you had Quick in your lineup. The former Mountaineer chewed up 87 yards on 5 catches and made two trips to the land of six. But seriously, don’t miss us on Sunday mornings. It can only end in championships.
On another note, how refreshing was it to see our fantasy studs show up win Week 5? Gronk, Ellington, Jackson, Thomas, and Lacy – all stars that made it out of the fantasy football witness protection program. Most of us owners burned early round picks on these guys and, finally in Week 5, they make a splash.
It’s goes to show you, fantasy experts love being right on mid-range fliers like Quick, but it’s more satisfying when the fantasy studs we expect big things from come through. Now, let’s see if they can keep it going… if for no other reason than I hate losing.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute26 days ago
It’s time to make the adjustment, fantasy friends. Maybe it’s a fluke for the 2014 season, but for the savvy fantasy owner (like myself) you have to switch gears. It seems the dominant days of the fantasy running back have given way to an elite group of high-scoring pass catchers.
In fact, 11 of the top 21 fantasy producers through four weeks are receivers. The Top 5 position fantasy performers in 2013 we’re all running backs.
Here’s what 2014 looks like, so far (standard scoring):
1. DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL – 85.20 pts (602 yards, 5 TD)
2. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT – 75.38 pts (437 yards, 5 TD)
3. Jordy Nelson, WR, GB – 64.90 pts (459 yards, 3 TD)
4. Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT – 64.00 pts (570 yards, TD)
5. Steve Smith, WR, BAL – 62.90 pts (429 yards, 3 TD)
Sure, injuries have been a factor. But that’s why fantasy owners need to re-think their approach. This doesn’t mean draft Antonio Brown ahead of DeMarco Murray next season, but you have to adapt.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports5 mths ago
A few thoughts before diving into my third and final mock draft …
I based these picks on what I would do with each selection as general manager of your favorite team. Good rosters are built from the inside out, so when forced to make a close decision I often lean toward the big guys. It's much harder to find elite defensive and offensive linemen than skill position players.
Every organization has a different evaluation process. Some value long-term projection more than college production, others focus more on height, weight and speed. I trust the eye test. I look at everything, but ultimately my decision always goes back to the eyes: What did I think when watching said player?
I trust my eyes more than a 40 time.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSt. Louis at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports6 mths ago
In a perfect world, NFL teams would address all their glaring needs in free agency, and sit back on draft day and select the best available player with each pick, regardless of position. But we all know the world isn't perfect as draft day selections sometimes make fans scratch their heads.
This mock draft is based on what teams have done in free agency and where that leaves them situated for the draft.
And in case you're wondering where I have Johnny Manziel going, take note that like in my first mock draft, I don't have Manziel going in the first round. The first 32 picks are about minimizing risk and nothing about Johnny Football is without risk. From his size, to his commitment, a lot of question marks surround the former Heisman Trophy winner.
At Manziel's pro day last week, I found the majority of decision makers there were uncomfortable with the language of the music that played during the workout and with Manziel going against the grain by wearing a helmet and shoulder pads.
Why?Sun, Oct 261:25 PM PDTOakland at ClevelandPreview Game
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports7 mths ago
Free agency could greatly influence how some teams approach the draft. However, my predictions are based on my evaluations of the draft-eligible players and how I think they fit with certain teams. As always the eternal need vs. best-available player debate will continue to rear its head. And, of course, there is the Manziel debate.
The Johnny Manziel conundrum is one the more interesting evaluation dilemmas to hit NFL evaluators in a long time. I don't have him being drafted in the first round. Not because I don't think he has a chance to be a good player, but because I don't think teams will be able to come to an internal consensus on him.
When a team takes a quarterback in Round 1, a lot of jobs are on the line. If that player doesn't pan out the general manger and head coach generally aren't there to choose a second one. Jacksonville, Cleveland and Minnesota all need QBs now, yet they all drafted one in the first round in the last three years. Only Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is left standing; the rest, including all three head coaches, are gone.
- Shaun King at Yahoo Sports1 yr ago
Every organization's dream is to have a franchise quarterback. But not every team knows how to identify, evaluate and locate that player. Even fewer understand, once they attain said player, how to nurture, provide and show patience until that QB develops into his potential.
I evaluated Geno Smith at West Virginia. I saw a kid who is physically gifted, has a great combination of size, speed and arm strength. I saw a quarterback who was extremely efficient: 42 TD passes to only six interceptions. He played with confidence, aggressiveness, never afraid to challenge defenses down the field.
I felt coming into the draft he was the No. 1 QB available in the class. The New York Jets got a great bargain after waiting until the second round to select Smith.
I disagree with how the Jets have treated their rookie from the get-go. It seemed negativity was coming from within the organization daily, and from the local media that covers the team. In a perfect world the Jets organization, including coaching staff, would have embraced a quarterback with Smith's physical ability and traits. But not in today's NFL.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBuffalo at NY JetsPreview Game