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Phils in Five: Episode 2 – A Series Win

Posted By: on April 11, 2022

It started out with a SCHWARBOMB and ended with an opening weekend series win for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In this episode:

  • Bullpen and Third Base Battle
  • Around the NL East
  • Key question – When will Bryce get it going?
  • Welcome back Phillie Phanatic!

Fantasy Football 2021 Running Back Rankings

Posted By: on August 24, 2021

The top spot in the running back rankings this year is closer than many others. Christian McCaffrey gets the slight nudge over Dalvin Cook, but the gap is razor thin. Arranging the rest of the top tier is a fun but futile exercise. Sure, Derrick Henry‘s pass-game usage is troubling, but he just keep on producing. Aaron Jones and Ezekiel Elliott get the bump over Alvin Kamara as we are a little more confident in the quarterback play and overall scoring output in Green Bay and Dallas.

ADP Targets

While you love leaving round one with a top tier option, it’s really not up to you if picking outside the top six. Among the next group, Austin Ekeler (10.6) and his target volume makes him the prime target at the back end of the first round for me. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (16.4) and Najee Harris (13.5) can both slip deep in the second round but should be in consideration at the 1/2 turn.

Deeper into the draft, Darell Henderson (34.0) and Miles Sanders (36.3) stand out as the third round running backs that we are most likely to take the dive on. James Robinson’s (45.5) ADP is likely to skyrocket following the news that Travis Etienne is going to miss the season, but perhaps he remains a value as some fail to adjust quickly enough… Raheem Mostert (53.7) is one of the best home run hitters in the league when healthyPhillip Lindsay (105.9) has the most juice in the Texans’ backfield and while the team is likely to be awful, there is value in volume… Ty Johnson (200+) looks like he may lead the Jets’ running back committee… Jerrick McKinnon (200+) is an interesting athlete and should he be needed for a larger role in KC, it could be a very productive one.

Top 100 Running Back Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Christian McCaffreyCAR
2Dalvin CookMIN
3Aaron JonesGB
4Derrick HenryTEN
5Ezekiel ElliottDAL
6Alvin KamaraNO
Tier 2
7Austin EkelerLAC
8Nick ChubbCLE
9Jonathan TaylorIND
10Antonio GibsonWAS
11Saquon BarkleyNYG
12Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC
13Najee HarrisPIT
Tier 3
14Miles SandersPHI
15J.K. DobbinsBAL
16Darrell HendersonLAR
17Joe MixonCIN
18Chris CarsonSEA
19David MontgomeryCHI
20Raheem MostertSF
21James RobinsonJAC
22Josh JacobsLV
23D'Andre SwiftDET
24Kareem HuntCLE
25Mike DavisATL
Tier 4
26Damien HarrisNE
27Myles GaskinMIA
28Chase EdmondsARI
29Ronald Jones IITB
30Javonte WilliamsDEN
31Melvin Gordon IIIDEN
32Ty JohnsonNYJ
33Gus EdwardsBAL
34Trey SermonSF
35Phillip LindsayHOU
36Michael CarterNYJ
37Malcolm BrownMIA
38David JohnsonHOU
39Latavius MurrayNO
40Leonard FournetteTB
41James ConnerARI
42Zack MossBUF
43Kenyan DrakeLV
44AJ DillonGB
45Devin SingletaryBUF
46Jerick McKinnonKC
47Jamaal WilliamsDET
48Tony PollardDAL
49Kenneth GainwellPHI
50Nyheim HinesIND
51Damien WilliamsCHI
52Joshua KelleyLAC
53J.D. McKissicWAS
54James WhiteNE
55Alexander MattisonMIN
56Tevin ColemanNYJ
57Rashaad PennySEA
58Giovani BernardTB
59Sony MichelNE
60Salvon AhmedMIA
61Xavier JonesLAR
62Marlon MackIND
63Darrel WilliamsKC
64Darrynton EvansTEN
65Chuba HubbardCAR
66Carlos HydeJAC
67Benny Snell Jr.PIT
68Justin JacksonLAC
69Mark Ingram IIHOU
70La'Mical PerineNYJ
71Tarik CohenCHI
72Boston ScottPHI
73Wayne GallmanSF
74Kerryon JohnsonPHI
75Rhamondre StevensonNE
76Matt BreidaBUF
77Anthony McFarland Jr.PIT
78Javian HawkinsATL
79Jeff Wilson Jr.SF
80Devontae BookerNYG
81Ke'Shawn VaughnTB
82Samaje PerineCIN
83DeeJay DallasSEA
84Jalen RichardLV
85Rex BurkheadHOU
86Justice HillBAL
87Kalen BallagePIT
88Brian HillTEN
89Eno BenjaminARI
90Le'Veon BellFA
91Todd Gurley IIFA
92Jordan HowardPHI
93Duke Johnson Jr.FA
94Jordan WilkinsIND
95Ito SmithMIN
96Adrian PetersonFA
97Jermar JeffersonDET
98Peyton BarberWAS
99Chris ThompsonFA
100Mike BooneDEN

Fantasy Football 2021 Quarterback Rankings

Posted By: on August 24, 2021

The Quarterback position is extremely fun heading into the 2021 season. We all know rushing equity can vault an inconsistent passer into the top-10 on regular basis, but the reliable touchdown throwers Pat Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady continue to make their presence felt in the first two tiers.

Russell Wilson gets the second spot here and while he faded down the stretch in 2020, we saw QB1 upside continually over the season’s first half. Dak Prescott sneaks into Tier 1, but his health remains a situation to monitor as the season approaches.

ADP Targets

With Rodgers ranked third on the board, his ADP as QB6 would seem attractive, but at 52 overall, that is still usually a but earlier than I’d like to dive in on a quarterback. Wilson is a similar case and while I can’t fault anyone for taking the plunge on Russ in round six, I’m likely trying to hang on just a little longer. If either slips into round seven, it’s time to pounce.

Ryan Tannehill (92.3) is a very solid target and a good bet to build off of a strong 2020 season in which he tossed 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions and now adds Julio Jones to his set of targets… Jalen Hurts (95.8) put up together a run of useful fantasy games down the stretch despite the fact that he did not play particularly well. His status as the Eagles starter, rushing usage and week-winning upside–that 400+ total yard/4 TD, 37.8 point performance in Week 15 last year–make Hurts a target… Matt Ryan doesn’t get anyone too excited on draft day, but he’s 4,500 yards and 26 TDs in the bank… Trey Lance is the top rookie target here, even if he doesn’t get the starting job day one. The rushing ability and talent on that Kyle Shanahan offense is much easier to trust than anything you will see in Chicago or Jacksonville… Digging at the bottom of the barrel, Ben Roethlisberger (159.4) continues to put up numbers, Sam Darnold (200+) has some really nice targets, as does Teddy Bridgewater (200+) should he be able to hold off Drew Lock.

Top-40 Quarterback Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Patrick Mahomes IIKC
2Russell WilsonSEA
3Josh AllenBUF
4Aaron RodgersGB
5Lamar JacksonBAL
6Kyler MurrayARI
7Dak PrescottDAL
Tier 2
8Ryan TannehillTEN
9Tom BradyTB
10Justin HerbertLAC
11Jalen HurtsPHI
12Matthew StaffordLAR
13Matt RyanATL
Tier 3
14Joe BurrowCIN
15Jameis WinstonNO
16Ryan FitzpatrickWAS
17Trey LanceSF
18Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
19Baker MayfieldCLE
20Kirk CousinsMIN
21Trevor LawrenceJAC
22Derek CarrLV
23Sam DarnoldCAR
24Teddy BridgewaterDEN
Tier 4
25Carson WentzIND
26Daniel JonesNYG
27Tua TagovailoaMIA
28Justin FieldsCHI
29Jared GoffDET
30Zach WilsonNYJ
31Cam NewtonNE
32Jacob EasonIND
33Taysom HillNO
34Jimmy GaroppoloSF
35Drew LockDEN
36Deshaun WatsonHOU
37Andy DaltonCHI
38Gardner Minshew IIJAC
39Marcus MariotaLV
40Mac JonesNE
41Tyrod TaylorHOU

Fantasy Football: 2020 Draft Rankings

Posted By: on August 25, 2020

From our little corner of this crazy world, it’s hard to believe that we are already in the THICK of fantasy football drafting season. The lack of preseason games has limited the football action for those of you that thirst to watch second and third stringers duke it out for roster position, but in the fantasy world, that hasn’t stopped the hype and, unfortunately, the injuries from piling up.

As I sit here preparing for my first official draft of the 2020 season, this is how our rankings shake up. Things are changing with the news on an almost daily basis, so be sure to check back frequently as we tweak our ranks ahead of the season kickoff.

Have fun drafting and stay safe everyone!

Fantasy Baseball: 2020 Sprint Season Rankings

Posted By: on July 23, 2020

Though it felt like we may never get here, it is finally Opening Day. As we wrap up a second frantic draft season, it’s time to release one last set of our overall and positional rankings for the 2020 fantasy baseball season.

Enjoy the baseball and stay safe everyone!

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted By: on August 22, 2018

Draft season is once again upon us!

Team BretskyBall is gearing up for another fine fantasy football season with our initial draft rankings. Got issue with the ranking below, let us hear it in the comments.

2017 Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted By: on August 22, 2017

It’s that time again. Heading into the busiest fantasy football draft weekend of the 2017 season, we are all prepped up and ready to go.

Ezekiel Elliot remains one of the most difficult players to rank, but remains a top-20 play. While my deep rooted Cowboys’ hate may prevent me personally from spending a second round pick on the second-year back, the potential for game changing numbers over even half of a season make him an intriguing risk.

We’re also confident in a number of bounce-back performances with Lamar Miller, CJ Anderson, Cam Newton and Jeremy Maclin appearing much higher in our list than FantasyPro’s consensus rankings.

Though it sounds like a bit of a broken record year to year, we’re fading the rookie running backs once again, ranking Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffery and Dalvin Cook a solid 20 spots below each of their consensus positions. Yeah, I get it, there were a number of high-impact fantasy rookies who helped teams last year, each of these backs is faced with an uncertain role to open the season behind (or beside) veterans who really aren’t all that bad. I’m certain that one of these guys will contribute, I’m just not spending a 3rd round pick to find out which one it will be.

We’ll be back tweaking and updating this list as the draft season progresses. Let the games begin!

Waiver Wire Friday: Take it to the Max

Posted By: on April 21, 2017

After what has been far too long of a layoff, we’re getting back to basics here at BretskyBall and what better way to do that than dust off an old favorite and dive into the free agent pool on a relaxing Friday afternoon.

Just two and a half weeks into the fantasy season, I’ll urge you to remain patient with the team you’ve drafted. Baseball is a grind and with most players sitting with fewer than 60 at-bats on the year it is way, way, waaaaaaaay too early to declare busts, cut bait, or panic. Two good games can turn an absolute dud into a solid contributor.

Of course, the flip side on that argument is that you must still consider your roster and how you can free up some space for those up-and-coming talents that have started off the season hot.

Minnesota Twins’ outfielder Max Kepler fits that bill. After going late or undrafted in many league, Kepler has put together a very productive start to the season, proving to be a more enticing mixed league option than his heavily-hyped teammate Byron Bukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkston. Kepler’s 2016 numbers during his first taste of big league action where not all that impressive (.235/.309/.424) but he did mash 17 home runs over 113 games and a poor .261 BABIP can take some of that blame for his dissapointing average.

Kepler is off to a fine start to the year, slashing .309/.361/.509 over 61 at-bats with eight runs scored and seven RBI. Kepler’s power numbers in the minors are not all that impressive, but his plate discipline and performance last year show an improving player who can become an above average major league hitter. Kepler is available in about 68% of standard Yahoo! leagues and is a more attractive add than several more heavily-owned outfielders like Melky Cabrera, Carlos Beltran and teammate Byron Buxton.

Each week we’ll provide a position-by-position roundup of the top talent on the wire. To qualify, players must have an ownership rate below 40% in standard 12-team Yahoo leagues. For our deeper formats, we’ll also throw out names with under 15% ownership.

Working The Waiver Wire

Catcher

Austin Hedges (8%) – After shaking off a slow start in which he was hitless over his first nine games, Hedges has six hits in his last six contests including a pair of homers.

Tom Murphy (8%) – Murphy remains sidelined with a fractured forearm, but it’s only a matter of time before he is the primary catcher for the Rockies and taking half of his hacks at Coors Field.

First Base

Mitch Moreland (27%) – Moreland has long been a solid play agains right-handed pitching and has been productive overall in the season’s opening weeks, batting .344/.420/.574 over 69 plate appearances.

Lucas Duda (13%) – Injuries are always the issue with Duda and, surprise, he’s hurt again already (though thankfully, it’s not his back). If Duda gets right, he’s a very solid and underrated power bat.

Logan Morrison (11%) – LoMo remains a batting average liability, but has shown improved pop so far this year, clubbing three home runs and plating 11 RBI over his first 16 games. He has opportunity in Tampa.

Middle Infield

Zack Cozart (38%) – If your in a league with me, you won’t find Cozart on the waiver wire. He posted a perfectly respectable .252-67-16-50-4 5×5 line over 121 games last season and is the perfect late round middle infielder to fill out your roster. Injuries have been a issue for Cozart but he’s healthy now and hitting a ridiculous .400/.481/.667 over his first 14 games in 2017.

Devon Travis (37%) – It’s been a painful start for the Blue Jays in general and Travis has been one of the weakest links. He’s shown enough over the past two seasons to get a little more leash, however, so if an impatient owner has moved on from Travis, now would be a nice time to scoop him up and stash on your bench. This lineup is too good to slump for too long.

Andrelton Simmons (7%) – For deeper leagues, don’t sleep on Simmons. He’s hit well over the first couple of weeks of the season and despite his recent track record has shown ability to provide double-digit power from a middle infield spot.

Third Base

Matt Davidson (9%) – Don’t expect the average to stay over .300 for all that long, but Davidson has always been an intriguing power prospect. He’s blasted three homers and driven in 10 over just 34 at-bats. Ride him while he’s red hot.

Martin Prado (7%) – Injury delayed Prado’s start to the season so he’s likely to be sitting on most waiver wires. Prado remains a consistent-but-unexciting option in mixed leagues. He’s not going to hurt you anywhere while providing a solid BA and runs scored with modest RBI and power numbers.

Outfield

Michael Conforto (20%) – Though his playing time has been frustratingly sparse, Conforto has been doing everything in his power to prove he’s worth an everyday spot — blasting a pair of home runs and batting .320 over just 25 at-bats.

Jarrod Dyson (23%) – As I wrote for FantasyPros just yesterday: Following a slow start at the dish, Jarrod Dyson’s ownership rate has slipped below the 25% ownership rate in most formats. He is still locked into an everyday role and has found himself hitting at the top of the lineup in five of his last eight starts. Dyson’s piled up four steals on the young season and can still bring plenty of speed to a needy fantasy roster. He’s worth an add for all teams looking for steals.

Josh Reddick (11%) – He fits right in with Houston’s homer-happy lineup so as long as Reddick is getting at-bats he’s an interesting name in all leagues.

Michael Saunders (4%) – We’ll throw in a homer pick from my very own Philadelphia Phillies for good measure. Saunders has always possessed the type of power/speed blend that makes fantasy owners drool. His streakiness is notable, however, Saunders can be an asset when hot. He’s a wait and see type, but worth an add in deeper leagues.

Starters

AJ Griffin (8%) – Griffin has railed off two straight quality starts to bump his record to 2-0 through three turns in the rotation. He’s not a flashy arm, but Griffin has struck out 16 batters with just four walks over his first 15.1 innings and has a couple of productive fantasy seasons under his belt despite some mediocre results coming off of surgery in 2016. If he’s regained the form we saw in 2012-2013, Griffin will be a useful arm in all leagues and is widely available.

Bartolo Colon (24%) – The rotund Colon is always overlooked and is as far from a sexy pickup as you can get. Still, Bartolo pounds the strike zone and continues to get enough strikeouts to matter in fantasy. When things go bad, they can get really ugly, but Colon is a nice spot start, particularly when facing some of his weak NL East opponents.

Jason Hammel (16%) – Hammel is another overlooked veteran who will never be your ace, but will always be a solid No. 4. He was blasted in his first two turns in 2017 but bounced back with a quality start this week. There is no shame with rolling Hammel out every fifth day in 12-team leagues.

Shelby Miller (11%) – While I’ll never trust this guy, the early results indicate that we should be paying attention.

Alex Wood (8%) – The K-rate has always made Wood an interesting name in fantasy so we’ll keep an eye on his performance as he has a clear path to the rotation. now.

Closer Carnage

It will be a constant race to the wire to go mining for saves, here’s how we see it.

Go get ’em: Hector Neris (48%), Santiago Casilla (42%), Joaquin Benoit (42%), Sean Doolittle (18%), Koda Glover (18%), Darren O’Day (7%)

Keep an eye on: Jeremy Jeffress (18%), Michael Lorenzen (8%), Jose Leclerc (4%), Drew Storen (5%)

2017 Fantasy Baseball Top-300 Rankings

Posted By: on March 26, 2017

Draft Season is in full swing and sometimes, it’s not until you’re literally sitting on the clock until you’re true preferences as a fantasy player are revealed. Given the fluid nature of things, we’ll continue tweaking these ranking right up to Opening Day.

Here is our overall list heading into the 2017 Fantasy Season. Positional breakdowns coming later this week — have at it!

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

Welcome to another wonderful football season here at BretskyBall. Heading into your fantasy draft season we’ve wrapped up our top-150, positional and PPR fantasy football rankings.

Top 200 Fantasy Football Rankings 2016

RankNameTeamPosition
1Antonio BrownPITWR
2Julio JonesATLWR
3Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWR
4Adrian PetersonMINRB
5David JohnsonARIRB
6A.J. GreenCINWR
7Todd GurleyLARB
8Dez BryantDALWR
9DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR
10Devonta FreemanATLRB
11Lamar MillerHOURB
12Rob GronkowskiNETE
13Jamaal CharlesKCRB
14Mark IngramNORB
15Ezekiel ElliottDALRB
16Mike EvansTBWR
17Alshon JefferyCHIWR
18Le'Veon BellPITRB
19Allen RobinsonJACWR
20C.J. AndersonDENRB
21Brandon MarshallNYJWR
22Jordy NelsonGBWR
23T.Y. HiltonINDWR
24Doug MartinTBRB
25Eddie LacyGBRB
26Keenan AllenSDWR
27Amari CooperOAKWR
28Sammy WatkinsBUFWR
29Thomas RawlsSEARB
30Jonathan StewartCARRB
31Carlos HydeSFRB
32Cam NewtonCARQB
33Demaryius ThomasDENWR
34Brandin CooksNOWR
35Eric DeckerNYJWR
36Randall CobbGBWR
37LeSean McCoyBUFRB
38Aaron RodgersGBQB
39Jeremy MaclinKCWR
40Jordan ReedWASTE
41Latavius MurrayOAKRB
42Ryan MathewsPHIRB
43Andrew LuckINDQB
44Kelvin BenjaminCARWR
45Greg OlsenCARTE
46Julian EdelmanNEWR
47Russell WilsonSEAQB
48Matt ForteNYJRB
49Arian FosterMIARB
50Travis KelceKCTE
51Dion LewisNERB
52Jarvis LandryMIAWR
53Donte MoncriefINDWR
54Chris IvoryJACRB
55Doug BaldwinSEAWR
56Marvin JonesDETWR
57Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB
58DeMarco MurrayTENRB
59Jeremy LangfordCHIRB
60Golden TateDETWR
61Drew BreesNOQB
62Jeremy HillCINRB
63Jordan MatthewsPHIWR
64John BrownARIWR
65Rashad JenningsNYGRB
66Delanie WalkerTENTE
67Michael FloydARIWR
68Larry FitzgeraldARIWR
69Carson PalmerARIQB
70Tom BradyNEQB
71Matt JonesWASRB
72Justin ForsettBALRB
73Giovani BernardCINRB
74Emmanuel SandersDENWR
75Antonio GatesSDTE
76Coby FleenerNOTE
77Devante ParkerMIAWR
78Eli ManningNYGQB
79Chris HoganNEWR
80Allen HurnsJACWR
81Duke JohnsonCLERB
82Tyler EifertCINTE
83Ameer AbdullahDETRB
84Isaiah CrowellCLERB
85DeSean JacksonWASWR
86Willie SneadNOWR
87Frank GoreINDRB
88Matt RyanATLQB
89Charles SimsTBRB
90Julius ThomasJACTE
91Tyler LockettSEAWR
92Bilal PowellNYJRB
93Josh GordonCLEWR
94Zach ErtzPHITE
95Philip RiversSDQB
96Danny WoodheadSDRB
97Stefon DiggsMINWR
98Melvin GordonSDRB
99Andy DaltonCINQB
100Gary BarnidgeCLETE
101Darren SprolesPHIRB
102Corey ColemanCLEWR
103DeAngelo WilliamsPITRB
104Kevin WhiteCHIWR
105Michael CrabtreeOAKWR
106Kirk CousinsWASQB
107Christine MichaelSEARB
108Martellus BennettNETE
109Travis BenjaminSDWR
110Shane VereenNYGRB
111Derek CarrOAKQB
112Rishard MatthewsTENWR
113Torrey SmithSFWR
114Dwayne AllenINDTE
115T.J. YeldonJACRB
116Blake BortlesJACQB
117Jay AjayiMIARB
118LeGarrette BlountNERB
119Tyrod TaylorBUFQB
120Tony RomoDALQB
121Sterling ShepardNYGWR
122Tavon AustinLAWR
123Theo RiddickDETRB
124Jimmy GrahamSEATE
125Chris JohnsonARIRB
126Matthew StaffordDETQB
127Vincent JacksonTBWR
128Steve SmithBALWR
129Joe FlaccoBALQB
130Bruce EllingtonSFWR
131Chris ThompsonWASRB
132Seattle SeahawksSEADST
133Eric EbronDETTE
134Denver BroncosDENDST
135Jason WittenDALTE
136Jerick McKinnonMINRB
137James StarksGBRB
138Ryan FitzpatrickNYJQB
139Markus WheatonPITWR
140Robert GriffinCLEQB
141Devin FunchessCARWR
142Kenneth DixonBALRB
143Kamar AikenBALWR
144Sammie CoatesPITWR
145Kendall WrightTENWR
146Josh FergusonINDRB
147Zach MillerCHITE
148Michael ThomasNOWR
149Arizona CardinalsARIDST
150Dorial Green-BeckhamPHIWR
151Laquon TreadwellMINWR
152Javorius AllenBALRB
153Devontae BookerDENRB
154Sam BradfordPHIQB
155Alex SmithKCQB
156Carolina PanthersCARDST
157Charles ClayBUFTE
158Phillip DorsettINDWR
159Houston TexansHOUDST
160Mohamed SanuATLWR
161Tevin ColemanATLRB
162DeAndre WashingtonOAKRB
163Clive WalfordOAKTE
164Jameis WinstonTBQB
165Nelson AgholorPHIWR
166Kenny StillsMIAWR
167Mike WallaceBALWR
168Philadelphia EaglesPHIDST
169Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE
170Ronnie HillmanDENRB
171Jordan CameronMIATE
172C.J. ProsiseSEARB
173Jaelen StrongHOUWR
174Josh DoctsonWASWR
175Derrick HenryTENRB
176Ladarius GreenPITTE
177Jared CookGBTE
178Terrance WilliamsDALWR
179Marcus MariotaTENQB
180Pierre GarconWASWR
181Malcolm MitchellNEWR
182Jordan HowardCHIRB
183Karlos WilliamsBUFRB
184Will TyeNYGTE
185Darren McFaddenDALRB
186Anquan BoldinDETWR
187Ryan TannehillMIAQB
188Los Angeles RamsLADST
189C.J. SpillerNORB
190Paul PerkinsNYGRB
191Kansas City ChiefsKCDST
192Vance McDonaldSFTE
193Spencer WareKCRB
194Breshad PerrimanBALWR
195Benjamin WatsonBALTE
196Terrance WestBALRB
197Wendell SmallwoodPHIRB
198Minnesota VikingsMINDST
199Tim HightowerNORB
200Jeff JanisGBWR