Dotdon’s Fantasy Football Preview

By Tony James
PSDC Contributor

It’s that time of year again. The weather gets a bit cooler, kids return to school and the rest of us prepare our minds and bodies for football. No, not playing football—elite athletes do that. I’m talking about fantasy football, the true test of a man’s heart and genius.

This article will give you a picture of who you may be able to steal early in your fantasy football draft this year, or, if you’ve drafted already, who you can pick up on the waiver wire now before they make a giant impact and disappear to another competitor before your eyes.

RUNNING BACKS

Depending on the size of your league and scoring rules, RB could be the thinnest of all positions and the most important to grab early and for depth. Although there are rare exceptions, generally speaking you need at least one good RB to win any league. With more and more “RB by committee” teams the pack of workhorse backs continues to dwindle. The key to becoming a consistent champion (like me) is spotting and nabbing RBs that emerge due to injury, opportunity or are poised for a breakout year. It is important to claim them now or at your draft so you’re not in a bidding war or relying on waiver-wire priority. Here are some breakouts and sleepers to target in 2015:

BREAKOUTS

1. Lamar Miller, Miami - Miller is poised to have a fantastic season. Ryan Tannehill is progressing as a QB, producing solid stats and improving year after year. Lamar Miller will be a top 8 RB this year in that Miami offense, so don’t be afraid to reach for him if needed.

Lamar-Miller-Dolphins

2. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay - Martin is quietly going in the sixth to eighth round of most mock drafts at this point, which is an absolute steal. Martin is shifty and fast. His down year last year was ended by injury, but he has great RB1 potential. Add in the WR corps and a rookie QB that is adept at moving the sticks for first downs, Martin could see top 15 production easily. [Read more…]

Opening Statement: Little Sisters of the Poor and Other Assorted Thoughts

By Bob Cole
PSDC Litigator

With a few exceptions, this week in college football was uneventful. Many big schools decided to play non-football powers. Among those teams that played the Little Sisters of the Poor were Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Baylor, LSU, Wisconsin, Clemson and Louisville. Those games were embarrassing, and unless you are a rabid fan of either school involved, they were unwatchable. I nearly accused Ole Miss of playing such a school, but Vanderbilt is still in the SEC.

Nebraska probably thought it was playing a patsy, but McNeese State put on quite a show and made the game close. The final of Cornhuskers 31 and Cowboys 24 made the game one of the best of the day. UCLA also had their hands full with a fired up Memphis team. The Bruins won 42-35 at home. [Read more…]