Part 1: Finding Running Back Value in the Late Rounds

By Mike Braude - @BraudeM
danny-woodhead
Apr
30
2014

With my drafting strategy often involving drafting elite wide receivers early, I typically need to find value in the late rounds at running back. They don’t have to be my best players, (often RB2 is my weakest position) but they must help maintain my lead in points. One of the keys for finding value at running back in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues (like Apex) is predicting which running backs are going to catch passes. Read More »

Career Touches and Running Back Decline

By TJ Hernandez - @TJHernandez
adrian-peterson
Apr
26
2014

In the past few months, the fantasy football community has produced some amazing literature on running back age in the NFL and how it impacts fantasy production. Apex Insiders, Mike Braude and Asher Molk, recently revealed their comprehensive studies on Peak Age for Running Backs and Running Backs’ Decline Age.

When considering RB production, though, sometimes not all ages are created equally. Backs are drafted at different ages, become starters at different points in their careers, and wear and tear will vary based on past usage. Read More »

How Scott Linehan Impacts The Cowboys Offense: Part I

By Asher Molk - @AsherMolk
NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Apr
25
2014

Scott Linehan loves to pass the football probably more than you or I love anything. Since 2006, Linehan has overseen offenses in St. Louis and Detroit that have ranked 3rd, 8th, 15th, 6th, 3rd, 1st, 1st and 5th in pass attempts- an average of 5th most in the league over that span. Whether it’s been Marc Bulger, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, or Matthew Stafford, Linehan loves to chuck the pigskin.

Now, Linehan has relocated to Dallas to oversee a Cowboys offense loaded with talent. I’m here to prove to you that this will make Tony Romo an absolute steal in summer drafts- allowing you to play the “late-round QB” with top-5 upside and a top-10 floor, assuming health.

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More Injury Prone: Running Backs or Wide Receivers?

By Mike Braude - @BraudeM
Darren McFadden
Apr
23
2014

As Part III of my “Early Round Selections” series, I’m going to compare the “fragility” (how likely one is to get injured) of the running back and wide receiver positions. Most believe that running backs are more likely to get injured because of their volume of touches, however I have yet to see any studies that actually compare it.

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Optimizing The Apex Flex

By TJ Hernandez - @TJHernandez
michael-floyd
Apr
21
2014

Constructing a strategy for the flex position in Apex Fantasy Leagues presents unique dilemmas for the owner that is accustomed to a more traditional roster construction. While most leagues roster either 2 RBs, 2 WRs, and a flex, or 2 RBs and 3 WRs, Apex leagues roster 2 RBs, 3 WRs, AND a flex. Read More »

Does Jeff Tedford Limit Doug Martin’s Ceiling?

By Asher Molk - @AsherMolk
dougmartin
Apr
18
2014

What a difference a year makes. Coming off of a stellar rookie season that earned him a top-2 fantasy finish at running back, Doug Martin was being discussed in many circles as the number one 2013 redraft pick. But after an ineffective, injury-shortened sophomore campaign that ruined many a fantasy team, where do we project Doug Martin for 2014? His talent, situation, and opportunity point to a bounce-back season, but with Jeff Tedford now running the offense, we need to take a closer look at his PPR ceiling.

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A Closer Look at Early Round Selections

By Mike Braude - @BraudeM
josh-gordon
Apr
16
2014

In Part I of this series I suggested that those who cannot select a top three running back should attack the wide receiver position. This strategy formed from the theory that wide receivers outscore running backs while being available for selection at a later draft position. Let’s take a look to see if the statistical evidence continues to back this up. Read More »

Embrace The Defense (And Special Teams)

By TJ Hernandez - @TJHernandez
richard-sherman
Apr
14
2014

Last week I took an in-depth look at how experienced fantasy football owners can benefit from keeping kickers on fantasy rosters. The evidence suggests that Apex owners that waited until the last round to draft their kicker saw a marked advantage over owners that took a kicker early. Read More »

Peak Age for Running Backs

By Mike Braude - @BraudeM
peak age for running backs
Apr
11
2014

Considering we were able to find definitive conclusions by researching the Peak Age for Wide Receivers, it’s certainly worth checking if the same is true for running backs. Running backs are known to have a shorter lifespan but does that mean we can trust the best guys for three years or five years or somewhere in between? This research will help us determine the Peak Age for Running Backs. Read More »

Rookie vs. Sophomore Running Backs – Is There A Decline?

By Asher Molk - @AsherMolk
NFL: Preseason-Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
Apr
9
2014
Ahh, the sophomore slump. Is it real, or is it just our crazy fantasy fanatic brains just trying to explain the randomness of fantasy football? In an earlier piece, Mike Braude takes a look at Rookie vs. Sophomore Quarterbacks to see if there is any sort of pattern or drop-off. Here, we will be examining the perceived “sophomore slump” when it comes to running backs. Do they experience a decline in their second seasons? Let’s take a look. Read More »

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