Allan Sansome

Notes from Pre-season: Week 1

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If you’ve ever wondered what the “Game in 40” option on Gamepass is for, then preseason week 1 will surely have answered your question. 16 games across Thursday, Friday and Saturday with little indication where you are going to find any watchable football let alone fantasy relevant information. Now the good news. Having worked my way through the full set of games so you don’t have to, here are a few notes from week 1. I do, however, offer them with an enormous caveat – you can tell almost nothing from the first week of preseason so the only advice …

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Aaron Jones

Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

German philosopher Friedrich Hagel is credited with the somewhat cynical quote “the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history”. It’s a sentiment that rears its head in the fantasy football world at this time of year as owners everywhere try to find some form of advantage heading into the new season. The fantasy world is increasingly fragmenting, and approaches and opinions differ widely. Some owners build their strategy on data and projections, some use tape and the “eye-test” and others overlay a significant heap of gut-feeling and, believe it or not, wishful thinking. None …

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Devy Prospects: Travis Etienne

College: Clemson University Position: Running Back Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 200lbs “Don’t worry, NEXT years running back class is stacked” is a sentiment most dynasty & devy players have gotten used to over the years. The promise of jam tomorrow is about as familiar a refrain as you hear in dynasty fantasy football. Often by the time November has rolled around half the prospects have disappeared off the radar, and another quarter have dropped way down draft boards; that’s before you even consider that at least 1 or 2 of the top prospects will suffer an injury significant enough to …

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Is the Air Raid About to the Take The NFL By Storm?

Offensive masterminds are all the rage in NFL coaching circles. During the offseason, coaching searches largely focused almost exclusively on finding the “next Sean McVay”; so much so that the standard joke became that anyone who’d met the Rams Head Coach was automatically added to every team’s shortlist. The most extreme outcome of this approach seemed to take place in Arizona where the team dumped Steve Wilks after only one season and went about a complete 180-degree turnaround in organisational direction. The Cardinals search ended with the appointment of former Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, a move, that on …

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Five Dynasty Questions Keeping Me Up At Night – Part 3

1. Will Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny be the better fantasy running back this year? If the Seahawks surprisingly successful season and eventual capitulation to the Cowboys in the playoffs taught us one thing it’s that they intend to test, to oblivion, the theory that you can still win in the NFL with a run based offence. Last season the offence, led by Offensive Co-ordinator Brian Schottenheimer, threw the ball 427 times and ran it on 534 occasions, bucking the trend and direction that the league has been trending in for many years. It also marked a return to the ...
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Five Dynasty Questions Keeping Me Up At Night – Part 2

1. Can we trust Devonta Freeman? The Falcons under Dan Quinn are a tricky team to figure out. Are they really the team that raced to a 28-3 lead in the Superbowl, had the league’s MVP at Quarterback and produced an electric offence that seemed to be setting them up for long term success until they inexplicably collapsed in Houston? Or are they a 7-9 team that couldn’t overcome key injuries last season and needed three meaningless wins to end the season to regain respectability?   One of the keys to answering that question will revolve around the return of ...
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Devy Prospects: Laviska Shenault

College: University of Colorado Position: Wide Receiver Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 220lbs There was no more exciting player to watch in college football last year than Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr. A dynamic combination of size, speed and strength, the Buffaloes Wide Receiver enters the 2019 season as s strong candidate to be the top receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.   Shenault is coming off a spectacular sophomore season where, despite featuring in only nine games, he took the PAC-12 by storm. Through the first seven weeks of last season, the Texas born wideout was the nation’s leading receiver ...
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Five Dynasty Questions Keeping Me Up At Night….

1. What happens with Tyreek Hill? I've haven’t really quit on a player for character issues before. I have no intention of appointing myself head of the morality police so if you've previously dropped Joe Mixon or Kareem Hunt or Adrian Peterson or, well Tyreek Hill then more power to you. Generally, I've always taken the view that I'm in no position to judge people I barely know for actions I have little knowledge of.    All that said I'm done with Tyreek Hill. He may play again, he may even play for the Chiefs this season, but the litany ...
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Draft Reaction Days 1 & 2

What Just Happened?   The NFL Draft is a rollercoaster of emotions. For some players the culmination of their dream of reaching the league, for GMs and owners hope springs eternal as they attempt to to restock their rosters ahead of the new season and for dynasty owners a whirlwind of peaks and valleys as draft crushes find their landing spots either cementing their status or finding themselves buried behind Todd Gurley.   This years draft was dominated by linemen with a particular run on what has been described as a “historic” defensive line class. The impact on skill players ...
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The Inaugural Kickers Matter Rookie Mock

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We’re less than a week from the NFL Draft so Easter weekend seemed like the perfect time to gather together the Kickers Matter podcast hosts (minus Steve who was sunning himself in Florida)  and a couple of website contributors to pull together the first ever Kickers Matter Twitter Rookie Mock draft.   Based on a 12 team, single QB, 1 PPR league the picks rotated between Jason, Jamie, Jack and Allan, each selecting three of the twelve teams across two rounds of the draft. The results threw some fascinating results for anyone blind drafting before next weekend. The team will ...
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