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NFL Coaching Matters: 2022 Detroit Lions Offense and Coaching Staff Preview

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After every NFL season, NFL teams take the time to evaluate not only the players but also the coaching staff and front office as well. While many teams choose to retain the same head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator, a few other teams opt to go in a new direction with their coaching staff.

The Detroit Lions will have the same head coach (Dan Campbell) and defensive coordinator (Aaron Glenn) in 2022 but will make a change with their offensive coordinator position as the team goes from Anthony Lynn to Ben Johnson.

This article will look at the potential impact this coaching staff will have on the players and try to pinpoint the Lions players' fantasy values in it.

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The Baseline

To get a better understanding of the value the Lions coaches bring to this team, we can look at the NFL league averages in each of the past two years in a variety of statistical categories and then compare them to the averages achieved by the Lions coaches. Here are 'The Baseline' NFL league averages over the past couple of years:

QB Impact

Year Team Pass Att. Team Pass Yds. Team Pass TDs QB Carries QB Rush Yds. QB Rush TDs
2020 League Average
35.19 254.88 1.70 4.19 18.43 0.25
2021 League Average 34.40 244.13 1.54 3.99 17.36 0.18

RB Impact

Year RB Carries RB Rush Yds. RB Rush TDs RB Rec. RB Targets RB Rec. Yds. RB Rec. TDs
2020 League Average
21.68 95.13 0.75 4.71 6.14 34.94 0.18
2021 League Average
21.66 92.20 0.69 4.82 6.22 36.36 0.19

WR Impact

Year WR Rec. WR Targets WR Rec. Yds. WR Rec. TDs
2020 League Average
13.24 20.21 166.67 1.04
2021 League Average
12.45 19.75 155.55 0.96

TE Impact

Year TE Rec. TE Targets TE Rec. Yds. TE Rec. TDs
2020 League Average
4.76 7.03 51.29 0.45
2021 League Average
4.77 6.93 50.44 0.37

Defense Impact

Year Points Allowed Pass Yds Given Up Run Yds Given Up Plays Against Yds/Play
Turnovers Forced
2020 League Average 24.8 240.2 118.9 64.3 5.6 1.3
2021 League Average 23.0 228.3 115.2 63.3 5.4 1.3

Previous Coaching Staff

In order to get an understanding of how the Lions' fantasy players may be impacted this year, we also need to look at one of the key members of the Detroit Lions' previous coaching staff: former offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. By doing this, we will have a better understanding of where the new coaching staff is starting from and where the primary changes will occur.

Former Offensive Coordinator: Anthony Lynn

Anthony Lynn was the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator in 2021, but was let go this offseason. Prior to his time in Detroit, he spent 14 games as the Buffalo Bills interim offensive coordinator (2016) before spending four seasons as the Los Angeles Chargers head coach (2017-2020). Below are some statistics from Lynn's offenses during his career in an offensive coordinator or head coaching role.

QB Impact

Year Games Team Pass Att. Team Pass Yds. Team Pass TDs QB Carries QB Rush Yds. QB Rush TDs
2020 Chargers 16 39.19 284.25 1.94 3.88 14.94 0.31
2021 Lions 17 34.88 228.47 1.35 1.18 6.24 0
Lynn's Career Averages (OC/HC) 95 35.08 260.83 1.60 2.61 9.96 0.12

RB Impact

Year Games RB Carries RB Rush Yds. RB Rush TDs RB Rec. RB Targets RB Rec. Yds.
RB Rec. TDs
2020 Chargers 16 24.31 95 0.38 7.75 9.31 54.06 0.13
2021 Lions 17 23.06 96.47 0.65 6.24 7.59 43.76 0.12
Lynn's Career Averages (OC/HC) 95 22.85 100.40 0.79 6.62 8.34 54.76 0.31

WR Impact

Year Games WR Rec. WR Targets WR Rec. Yds. WR Rec. TDs
2020 Chargers 16 12.69 20.31 170.63 1.19
2021 Lions 17 11.94 18.35 136.82 0.76
Lynn's Career Averages (OC/HC) 95 11.56 18.68 155.46 0.89

TE Impact

Year Games TE Rec. TE Targets TE Rec. Yds. TE Rec. TDs
2020 Chargers 16 5.06 8.13 58 0.5
2021 Lions 17 4.71 6.65 45.71 0.35
Lynn's Career Averages (OC/HC) 95 4.40 6.60 48.63 0.36

 

2022 Offense

2022 Head Coach: Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell was a bit of a surprising head coaching hire for the Detroit Lions initially, but he has won over the hearts of Lions fans during the 2021 season and has shown the potential of being a good NFL coach. Prior to becoming the Lions' head coach, Campbell played tight end for ten years in the NFL, spending time with the New York Giants (1999-2002), Dallas Cowboys (2003-2005), and Detroit Lions (2006-2008). After his playing career, he joined the Miami Dolphins coaching staff initially as an offensive coaching intern (2010) before becoming the team's tight ends coach (2011-2015). During the 2015 NFL season, head coach Joe Philbin was fired after a 1-3 start for the Dolphins and Dan Campbell served as the team's interim head coach for the rest of the season, going 5-7 over their last 12 games. Over the next five seasons, Campbell has served as the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach (2016-2020) before becoming the Lions head coach in 2021. Given Campbell's offensive background, let's take a look at how his offenses have performed during his time as a head coach.

QB Impact

Year Games Team Pass Att. Team Pass Yds. Team Pass TDs QB Carries QB Rush Yds. QB Rush TDs
2015 Dolphins 12 34.75 262.58 1.42 2.25 9.33 0.08
2021 Lions 17 34.88 228.47 1.35 1.18 6.24 0
Campbell's Career Averages (OC/HC) 29 34.83 242.59 1.38 1.62 7.52 0.03

RB Impact

Year Games RB Carries RB Rush Yds. RB Rush TDs RB Rec. RB Targets RB Rec. Yds.
RB Rec. TDs
2015 Dolphins 12 19.83 86.5 0.75 5.42 6.83 49.17 0.17
2021 Lions 17 23.06 96.47 0.65 6.24 7.59 43.76 0.12
Campbell's Career Averages (OC/HC) 29 21.72 92.34 0.69 5.90 7.28 46 0.14

WR Impact

Year Games WR Rec. WR Targets WR Rec. Yds. WR Rec. TDs
2015 Dolphins 12 13.42 21.83 184.08 0.92
2021 Lions 17 11.94 18.35 136.82 0.76
Campbell's Career Averages (OC/HC) 29 12.55 19.79 156.38 0.83

TE Impact

Year Games TE Rec. TE Targets TE Rec. Yds. TE Rec. TDs
2015 Dolphins 12 3.42 5.5 28.58 0.33
2021 Lions 17 4.71 6.65 45.71 0.35
Campbell's Career Averages (OC/HC) 29 4.17 6.17 38.62 0.34

 

2022 Offensive Coordinator: Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson will take over as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator during the 2022 season, after the team decided to fire Anthony Lynn. He served as the tight ends coach last season and even worked with Dan Campbell on the offensive play-calling when the team decided to takeaway offensive play-calling duties from Anthony Lynn. Let's take a look at Ben Johnson's previous coaching background to try and help get better insight into how the Lions offense may look in 2022.

Ben Johnson's Coaching Career
Year Team Role
2009 Boston College Grad. Ast.
2010 Boston College Grad. Ast.
2011 Boston College TE Coach
2012 Miami Dolphins Off. Ast.
2013 Miami Dolphins Ast. QB Coach
2014 Miami Dolphins Ast. QB Coach
2015 Miami Dolphins
Ast. QB Coach/TE Coach
2016 Miami Dolphins Ast. WR Coach
2017 Miami Dolphins Ast. WR Coach
2018 Miami Dolphins WR Coach
2019 Detroit Lions
Off. Quality Control
2020 Detroit Lions TE Coach
2021 Detroit Lions TE Coach

 

Dan Campbell and Ben Johnson Takeaways & Expectations

Because Dan Campbell has more experience in an offensive coordinator or head coaching role and Ben Johnson has not formally been an offensive coordinator prior to 2022 (though he did serve as a bit of a de facto one in 2022), we will primarily focus on Campbell's previous tendencies in this section.

Over the course of the 29 games that Dan Campbell has served as an NFL head coach, his offense has averaged 34.83 passing attempts per game. This number of passing attempts is right around the league averages we've seen the last few years and suggest that it's likely they are around the middle-of-the-pack in passing attempts again in 2022.

Besides passing, it is also important to look at the rushing usage of Campbell's quarterbacks during his time as a head coach. Over the course of his time as a head coach, Campbell's quarterbacks averaged just 1.62 carries per game.

Overall, Dan Campbell's offenses have seen a mediocre number of passing opportunities and a below-average number of quarterback carries. This information is less than inspiring if you plan on rostering Jared Goff in your fantasy league(s) for the 2022 NFL season and suggests that he should be viewed as more of a streamer.

Looking at the running back position, Dan Campbell has seen his running back room average 21.72 carries, 92.34 rushing yards, and 0.69 rushing touchdowns per game on the ground over the course of his 29-game career as a head coach.

These career numbers are right around the league averages we've seen the last couple of seasons for running backs and mean that D'Andre Swift should get a decent amount of work on the ground. Besides the amount of volume (carries) on the ground that Campbell saw from his running backs, we also need to consider how that volume was distributed during this time – was Dan Campbell's team rolling with a bell-cow or a running back by committee approach?

Looking at the data, in Dan Campbell's season with the Dolphins he took more of a bell-cow approach with lead back Lamar Miller taking 157 of the team's 238 tailback carries (65.97%) for 741 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns over the last 12 games of the season. With the Detroit Lions last year, it was a little more of a running back by committee approach on the ground with Jamaal Williams seeing 153 carries over 13 games, D'Andre Swift seeing 151 carries over 13 games, and the rest of the backfield seeing 88 carries on the season.

The final aspect we should look at regarding Dan Campbell's running backs is how much he has traditionally utilized them as pass-catchers. During his time as an NFL head coach, Campbell's running back room has averaged 5.90 receptions on 7.28 targets for 46 receiving yards and 0.14 receiving touchdowns per game.

 

These receptions, targets, and receiving yards averages are all higher than the league averages we've seen the last couple of seasons. Overall, the running back usage from Dan Campbell's running back room is fairly mediocre and suggests that he won't necessarily raise or lower the value of the Lions running backs with his presence. Based on this and D'Andre Swift's talent, Swift should be drafted as a back-end RB1 going into the 2022 season.

Looking at the wide receiver position, Campbell's offense has seen his wide receivers average 12.55 receptions on 19.79 targets for 156.38 receiving yards and 0.83 receiving touchdowns per game.

These career averages are right around the league averages we've seen the last few seasons. Based on this information, there's probably only room for one or two fantasy-relevant wide receivers on the Lions. D.J. Chark, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Jameson Williams are fine to take shots on in the mid-late rounds of your fantasy drafts as lottery tickets, just don't go overboard reaching for them since there's a good chance at least one of them doesn't live up to expectations.

Lastly, Dan Campbell's usage of tight ends has generally been a little subpar. Over the course of his career as a head coach, Campbell's tight end room has averaged 4.17 receptions on 6.17 targets for 38.62 receiving yards and 0.34 receiving touchdowns per game.

While this usage is below average, it's important to remember there's a decent chance that the team goes in a different direction with this position's usage now that former tight ends coach Ben Johnson is the new offensive coordinator of the team. T.J. Hockenson should still be a mid-range TE1 for the 2022 season with this usage, but it's hard to say if he will be able to take the next step and become one of the elite fantasy tight ends that he's getting drafted right after.

Fantasy Relevant Players: Jared Goff, Tim Boyle, David Blough, D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, Craig Reynolds, Jermar Jefferson, Amon-Ra St. Brown, D.J. Chark Jr., Jameson Williams, Josh Reynolds, Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, T.J. Hockenson, and Brock Wright

 

2022 Defense

2022 Defensive Coordinator: Aaron Glenn

Year Games Points Allowed Pass Yds Given Up Run Yds Given Up Plays Against Yds/Play
Turnovers Forced
2021 Lions 17 27.47 244.71 135.06 64.24 5.91 1.12
Glenn's Career Averages (DC/HC) 17 27.47 244.71 135.06 64.24 5.91 1.12

The 2021 season was the first season that Aaron Glenn served as a defensive coordinator at any level. As a coach, he's spent the last five seasons as the New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach and had a hand in the development of players like Vonn Bell, Marcus Lattimore, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson. He also played cornerback at the NFL level for the New York Jets (1994-2001), Houston Texans (2002-2004), Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006), Jacksonville Jaguars (2007), and New Orleans Saints (2008). Above are some defensive statistics of his teams over the course of his career as a defensive coordinator or head coach.

 

Other Notable Assistants

Special Teams Coordinator: Dave Fipp - The Detroit Lions will have the same special teams coordinator in 2022 – Dave Fipp. Dave Fipp joined the Detroit Lions coaching staff in 2021 and has been coaching since 1998. Prior to joining the Lions, he had most recently been the Philadelphia Eagles' special teams coordinator (2013-2020). Fipp has also worked in the NFL as an assistant special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2008-2010) and Miami Dolphins (2011-2012).

QB Coach: Mark Brunell - 2022 will be Mark Brunell's second year coaching at the NFL level after spending eight seasons coaching at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville (2013-2020). He also played quarterback at the NFL level for the Green Bay Packers (1993-1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2003), Washington Redskins (2004-2007), New Orleans Saints (2008-2009), and New York Jets (2010-2011).

RB Coach: Duce Staley - Duce Staley became the Detroit Lions running backs coach as well as assistant head coach in 2021. He previously spent time coaching for the Philadelphia Eagles as a special teams quality control coach (2011-2012), running backs coach (2013-2020), and assistant head coach (2018-2020). Staley also played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (1997-2003) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-2006).

WR Coach: Antwaan Randle El - Antwaan Randle El will enter his second year as the Detroit Lions' wide receivers coach in 2022 after previously spending time as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019-2020). Randle El also played wide receiver in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2002-2005, 2010) and Washington Redskins (2006-2009).

TE Coach: Tanner Engstrand - One change that the Detroit Lions had to make to their coaching staff was hiring a new tight ends coach after last year's tight ends coach, Ben Johnson, was promoted to offensive coordinator. The new tight ends coach will be Tanner Engstrand, who has been on the Detroit Lions coaching staff since 2020. Engstrand has also previously served as an offensive coordinator for the XFL DC Defenders and worked in a variety of roles at the college level for the University of Michigan and the University of San Diego.

OL Coach: Hank Fraley - Hank Fraley has been with the Detroit Lions since 2018 and has served as the team's offensive line coach since 2020. He's helped coach offensive lines at the college and NFL levels since 2012, and also played center at the NFL level for the Philadelphia Eagles (2000-2005), Cleveland Browns (2006-2009), and St. Louis Rams (2010).

DL Coach: Todd Wash - Todd Wash joined the Detroit Lions coaching staff in 2021 as the defensive line coach after previously spending five seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator (2016-2020). At the NFL level, he's previously served as a defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008-2010), Seattle Seahawks (2011-2012), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-2015).

LB Coach: Kelvin Sheppard - The Detroit Lions are doing a bit of shuffling around with their job titles on the defensive side of the ball, with Kelvin Sheppard's job title changing from outside linebackers coach in 2021 to just plain linebackers coach in 2022. Prior to joining the Lions in 2021, he served as the director of player development for LSU during the 2020 season. Sheppard also played linebacker in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills (2011-2012), Indianapolis Colts (2013), Miami Dolphins (2014-2015), and New York Giants (2016-2017).

OLB Coach: David Corrao - The Detroit Lions did some shifting around with their linebackers coaches this offseason – letting 2021's inside linebackers coach Mark Deleone go, shifting Kelvin Sheppard from outside linebackers coach to linebackers coach, and hiring David Corrao as the team's new outside linebackers coach. Prior to taking on this role, Corrao had served as the Detroit Lions' director of football research from 2018 to 2021 as well as coaching in a variety of roles for the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2015.

DB Coach: Aubrey Pleasant - Aubrey Pleasant joined the Detroit Lions coaching staff in 2021 and has served as the defensive backs coach as well as passing game coordinator during this time. At the NFL level, he's spent time as a coaching intern for the Cleveland Browns (2013), an offensive assistant for the Washington Redskins (2013), a defensive quality control coach for the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins (2014-2016), and as the cornerback's coach of the Los Angeles Rams (2017-2020).

Safeties: Brian Duker - The Detroit Lions decided to promote Brian Duker from defensive assistant coach to safeties coach this offseason. Prior to joining the Lions in 2021, Duker had worked in a variety of roles on the defensive side of the ball for the Cleveland Browns (2015), San Francisco 49ers (2016), and Baltimore Ravens (2018-2020).

 

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AFC North: Cleveland BrownsPittsburgh SteelersBaltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals

AFC South: Houston TexansJacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee TitansIndianapolis Colts

AFC West: Kansas City ChiefsDenver BroncosLos Angeles ChargersLas Vegas Raiders

AFC EastMiami DolphinsBuffalo BillsNew England PatriotsNew York Jets

NFC North: Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers

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Happy Sunday, and happy October RotoBallers! We're back for another day of MLB betting picks! Make sure you're following my Twitter, as I can't guarantee that I'll always be able to get the added plays written here in the article, but I will typically add whatever else I'm playing throughout the day. The entire RotoBaller... Read More


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DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/2/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 2nd, 2022

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 2nd, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Points League Hitters: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire hitters. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax. Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform,... Read More


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Free MLB Betting Picks - Today's Best Bets, Expert Predictions, Odds (10/1/22)

Happy Saturday, and happy October RotoBallers! We're back for another weekend of MLB betting picks! Make sure you're following my Twitter, as I can't guarantee that I'll always be able to get the added plays written here in the article, but I will typically add whatever else I'm playing throughout the day. The entire RotoBaller... Read More


DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/1/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

Today's MLB slates are split up as is the norm for late-season baseball. Half the guys I think will play will not, so you have to be as flexible as Gumby to play MLB DFS in September and October, but that also means that there is a lot of money out there should you dare... Read More


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MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts

Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. In addition to closers and saves, relief... Read More


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Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Report for Fantasy Baseball - Week 25

Well, here we are folks. For most fantasy leagues, this is it. This is the last week that counts, the wrap up week in roto leagues and the championship matchup in head-to-head leagues. This is everything you've been working for all season and I am so proud of you. Oh, me? Yeah, I had either... Read More


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It was just a matter of time before the injuries to big-name players hit, especially at the running back position. Those who spent a top pick on Jonathan Taylor seem to have dodged a bullet while those invested in Javonte Williams must now move ahead without him. Let's see what the best options are. Below,... Read More


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October is here and I hope you all didn't have scary fantasy football weekends. Unfortunately, Week 4 saw key injuries hit superstars in Jonathan Taylor, and Javonte Williams, with others such as Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, Treylon Burks, Isaiah McKenzie, and Jahan Dotson exiting early as well. We'll see how those situations shake out through... Read More


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Top 10 Running Back Studs - Best Fantasy Football RB Performances from Week 4

Some new faces made their way onto the top ten running back list for Week 4. Many fantasy managers across the landscape had high hopes for Rashaad Penny this season and he broke out during Week 4. So far through the first month of the season, many of the usual RB suspects have been nowhere... Read More


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Top Fantasy Football Injuries From Week 4: Jonathan Taylor, Javonte Williams, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tom Brady, Treylon Burks, Jahan Dotson

The 2022 NFL season is now a month old (pending Monday Night Football), so as always, key injuries for fantasy football are continuing to pile up. Our fantasy football injuries report highlights several players with fantasy significance and their latest status heading into Week 5 as of Monday, October 3rd, 2022. This article highlight news... Read More


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Biggest Week 4 Busts: Fantasy Football Reactions for Mark Andrews, James Robinson, Jaylen Waddle, Amari Cooper, Drake London

The fourth NFL Sunday of the 2022 season has come and gone. Hopefully, you woke up on Monday morning feeling very good about how your week went. However, this week's slate of games was certainly stress-inducing for many fantasy football managers. Part of that stress was caused by a group of players who drastically underachieved... Read More


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Unexpected Boom Performances: Week 4 Fantasy Football Reactions for Geno Smith, Jamal Agnew, Miles Sanders, Mo Alie-Cox

Week 4 of the NFL season continued to provide fans with some great matchups that went down to the wire. However, with plenty of injuries to skill players and weather issues in a few anticipated matchups, some unexpected faces had to show up and contribute to their offenses.  Another week has come and gone, and... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Mike Boone, Nyheim Hines, Tyler Allgeier, Brian Robinson

As you now read this week’s recommendations from the waiver wire, the planning process for your Week 5 roster construction has already begun. The matchups of Week 4 included a whopping nine different 100-yard performances from running backs, while the injuries that have been sustained by Jonathan Taylor, Javonte Williams, and Alvin Kamara have become... Read More


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Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Romeo Doubs, George Pickens, Jahan Dotson, Corey Davis

Week 4 was a fun week in the NFL. We got to see Bailey Zappe almost lead the Patriots to a win over the Packers, which is cool for me, a long-time Zappe fan dating back to his time at Houston Baptist University. We also got to see some big wide receiver performances, including DK... Read More


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Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5: Top Free Agent Adds Include Tyler Conklin, Mo Alie-Cox, Taysom Hill, Robert Tonyan

2022 has not exactly been the Year of the Tight End in fantasy football. Atlanta’s Kyle Pitts has no touchdowns and three games of 25 receiving yards or less. San Francisco’s George Kittle has all of 28 yards thanks to an early injury. Dallas’ Dalton Schultz has 80 yards on the season and has done... Read More


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Top Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers for Week 5: Jared Goff, Ryan Tannehill, Zach Wilson, Kenny Pickett

Week 4 is coming to a close and teams are continuing their struggles on offense. Just 10 teams scored over 25 points in Week 4. A lot of that comes from another underwhelming passing week as teams struggle to navigate a higher volume of two-deep coverages. Just four quarterbacks (Jared Goff, Matt Ryan, Justin Herbert,... Read More


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Video: Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5 (2022)

The 2022 fantasy football season continues with our Week 5 tight end waiver wire pickups. Anthony Aniano gives his in-depth fantasy football advice, breaking down some of his waiver wire adds to prioritize and free-agent pickups as we head into Week 5 of the fantasy football season. These players should be targets as injury replacements,... Read More


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Video: Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5 (2022)

The 2022 fantasy football season continues with our Week 5 quarterback waiver wire pickups. Anthony Aniano gives his in-depth fantasy football advice, breaking down some of his waiver wire adds to prioritize and free-agent pickups as we head into Week 5 of the fantasy football season. These players should be targets as injury replacements, bye-week... Read More


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Video: Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5 (2022)

The 2022 fantasy football season continues with our Week 5 wide receiver waiver wire pickups. Anthony Aniano gives his in-depth fantasy football advice, breaking down some of his waiver wire adds to prioritize and free-agent pickups as we head into Week 5 of the fantasy football season. These players should be targets as injury replacements,... Read More


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The regular season is inching closer by the day, and most offseason moves have already been completed – barring a surprising Russell Westbrook trade, or the pending Jae Crowder deal when/if Phoenix finds a proper partner before tip-off day. Each team's depth chart is mostly complete, so it makes sense to start analyzing how it... Read More


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NBA Draft Room 101: Keys to Building a Contending Fantasy Basketball Roster

Ask anybody that plays a fantasy sport what the best part of the season really is, and most of them will say it's the draft itself. Almost all of us know why too. Not unlike when you were a kid and got to be a captain for dodgeball on the playground, picking your own team... Read More


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Five Players With Fantasy Basketball Bust Potential

The NBA season is just around the corner. You're probably doing a bunch of fantasy basketball prep right now, so here's something to help you with that: a piece about potential busts. For the purposes of this piece, I'm basically talking about two kinds of busts. There are players who are being drafted too high... Read More


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Enough Already: Third-year Players To Give Up On In Fantasy Basketball

Not every player can set the world on fire as a rookie. Or as a second-year player. Sometimes, young players take time to develop. But other times, those struggles in years one and two can be signs that those players are on their way to washing out of the NBA. Below are five third-year NBA... Read More


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Whether it is because of injuries, because of a perceived lack of talent, or because of any other reason you can think of, some professional athletes find themselves on the outside looking in at some point in their careers. They get forgotten, they become part of their sport's past, and they have to make a... Read More


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This is the thirdpart of the ongoing series about "forgotten" NBA players I decided to write this preseason to bring some names back to the fantasy basketball forefront. I wanted to bring some players whose names have already (or could soon) entered the "forgotten" realm in the NBA, so that's why I'm highlighting them in... Read More


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Blocks and steals, the two defensive stats used in typical category leagues, may seem secondary but they are just as important to manage as rebounds or assists, and they should not be overlooked. Yes, it feels cool to grab all the guys who can score points and average double-doubles, but if you aren't rostering players... Read More


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It's funny that every year at the NBA Draft, once the end of the guaranteed money and live appearances arrives at the end of the first round, everybody tunes out and refers to the 60th pick as "Mr. Irrelevant." That's not very accurate though, is it? Speaking historically, the title of "Mr. Irrelevant" could just... Read More