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.

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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…]

2013 NFL Team Preview: Miami Dolphins

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

At the close of the 2012 season, the Miami Dolphins stood as a team conflicted. Pushing rookie passer Ryan Tannehill represented the concession to start the campaign and the team, as predicted by all, struggled. The 7-9 record indicates progress over a horrific 2011 season, but fans in Miami will remind the wins over St. Louis (17-14) and Seattle (24-21) could have very easily been counted as losses… and many of those fans are worried the team overhaul of the resulting offseason is likely to lead to more growing pains in 2013.

To be fair, there has been turnover. There’s more than a few starting positions being filled by players who weren’t employed in Miami last season, and while some of them could bring benefit and gain, all are learning a new system under a new staff with new teammates. This is rarely a recipe for success in this league, but give the Dolphins this: they are doing it differently than they have in the past, and with a little luck, we might see progress on both sides of the ball.

Can a new regime on the field reverse the struggles of the regime in the front office, or are the Dolphins done with one step forward and facing two steps back? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]