Pat Mayo and and Jake Ciely debate Mayo’s 2015 RB rankings. They discuss all the running backs from top-to-bottom, identify tiers, ADP values, sleepers, and busts, while adding their strategy on how they plan on approaching the position in 2015 Fantasy Football drafts.
The value of quarterbacks diminishes (since they don’t catch passes), while the value of players who are targeted often in the passing game increases. That means you will need to give a bump to running backs who are active backfield pass-catchers, and wide receivers who may not score a lot but reel in plenty of passes.
When some hotshot rookie gets the call, it’s a mad dash to the waiver wire to secure this unproven talent who has yet to take a swing at the major league level. This week it is Miguel Sano; he is owned in 37% of Yahoo, 38% of ESPN and 67% of CBS leagues and just played his second game of the season yesterday.
Presently there are 98 pitchers who have qualified for the ERA title, Those 98 arms were taken, (sorry Pat Venditte) and the top 30 performers of each category were highlighted. The rational was the top third would be a group that has given a strong performance in each statistic. After finding the men who were in the top 30 of each, the players who were overlapping were grouped.
With its leading rusher and receiver gone via trade and free agency respectively, and the 2014 Week 1 starter dealt as well, the 2015 Eagles certainly look much different than they did at the close of the 2014 season. Still, they likely won’t operate much differently.
The suspensions of Rolando McClain and Sheldon Richardson are important for both real football and the growing IDP class, but the surprising four-game ban of Antonio Gates is the most fantasy relevant of the three. Though how the suspension affects Gates’ fantasy value is the lead story, the ban should affect several Chargers’ playmakers as well.
Andrew Heaney – Heaney debuted in the Majors last year for the Marlins, but he struggled in his 29.1 innings, allowing six home runs. So he was traded twice this offseason and ended up an Angel after being dealt to the Dodgers from Miami. Heaney’s 4.71 ERA in Triple-A this year looks bad, but he had some bad luck due to a high BABIP and low left-on-base rate.
On today’s show, Steve Merril joins Gabriel Morency to preview this year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest from a betting perspective. Will Joey Chestnut continue to dominate the field? Will he be able to break his own World-Record of 69 Hot-Dogs in 10 minutes?
There are lots of changes for Buffalo this year, notably a new front man in HC Rex Ryan and LeSean McCoy a top the RB depth chart. One thing that remains the same: we don’t know going into the season what they’ll get from the QB position… a situation that Ryan has been familiar with in his tenure as an NFL head coach. He’s also failed in his attempts to develop them, so that job likely falls to OC Greg Roman, who joins the Bills via San Francisco.
This is the right time to take a look ahead at the trade deadline, because there wasn’t much drama in ninth innings around the league. LaTroy Hawkins is the closer in Colorado, but only while John Axford is away dealing with family issues. Jake McGee is clearly not the closer in Tampa Bay — that would be Brad Boxberger — while Hector Rondon seems to just as clearly not be the closer in Chicago — he hasn’t had a save opportunity since June 20.