Fantasy Focus: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints were a colossal disappointment in 2014, and things are still looking bleak for a team with a talented but worrisome roster. GM Mickey Loomis spent the offseason trying to manage bad contracts while still adding players to try and put a playoff-caliber team on the field. This offense may take a step back after losing Jimmy Graham, Ben Grubbs and Kenny Stills, but the combo of Sean Payton and Drew Brees are always a threat to win games.

Fantasy Focus: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a 3-13 record last season. Yikes. So, they sought help in the offseason while hoping their young core develops. The pieces are interesting, but has Jacksonville solved the winning football puzzle or at least improved enough to make believers out of fantasy football players?

Lately we’ve broken down the importance of understanding how to effectively draft in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues at the wide receiver and running back positions. Next up are the fantasy football TEs. PPR can add a particularly interesting dimension to fantasy TE’s because their scoring outputs become less important, allowing high volume targets who don’t score a lot to blossom. 

Fantasy Focus: Cleveland Browns

For the purposes of web traffic it might make sense just to type JOHNNY MANZIEL over and over again in this space. The thing is, the rising second-year player simply might not be more than divisive talking point until further notice. Then again, considering the rather blah fantasy options elsewhere on the Cleveland Browns roster other perhaps at running back, maybe discussing Manziel is the way to go. Nah, let's get going with thoughts on Josh McCown, Dwayne Bowe, Isaiah Crowell and others.

Stop me if you’ve heard these statistics thrown out there this offseason in fantasy news: “Last season, Kenny Stills ranked third in the league in catch percentage (minimum 50 receptions). His 14.8 yards per reception was the most of anyone with at least a 70% catch rate. The only other players that had at least 14 yards per catch and a 70% catch rate last year were Odell Beckham Jr and Randall Cobb.”

Fantasy Focus: Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have always been one of the Super bowl contending teams ever since Aaron Rodgers has established himself as an elite quarterback. The Green and Gold didn’t change their offensive outlook from last season after they resigned Randall Cobb their impressive young receiver and Bryan Bulaga an offensive tackle who was extremely effective in 2014. There isn’t a lot of new things going on for the Packers and that’s a good thing because they have one of the most complete offensive rosters in the NFL.

Depending on the composition of your league, wide receivers may provide the most fantasy points. While there are many top receivers to choose from, you can also make huge gains by finding the right receiver later in your draft or off the waiver wire. Since this game is won by finding the best value, here’s a look at some of the best fantasy WR values spread around the draft.

 

Fantasy Focus: HOUSTON TEXANS

The Houston Texans are coming off of a 9-7 2014 season plagued by injuries and an inconsistent QB rotation. Though the Texans had a “winning record,” Head Coach Bill O’Brian has spent the offseason working on making the team strong enough to be a 2015 playoff contender. A decision for a starting QB and a nearly complete returning offense will have the Texans off to a solid start. Star J.J. Watt will also add to the complete playoff package that the Texans are trying to assemble. Fantasy owners should watch for the starting QB announcement to see how the offense will shake out, however, the Texan defense is a must add for this fantasy season.

RB Fantasy Football News

Points per Reception Leagues, or PPR leagues, reward players with either half a point or a full point for catching a pass, and are trending upward as the upcoming season approaches. With so many league commissioners changing their formats to PPR, it is important to get a leg up in drafts, and not fall behind. We broke down some of the best PPR fantasy RBs to target.

Fantasy Focus: New York Jets

To wrap up the AFC East, let’s take a look at the New York Jets.  The Jets suffered a dismal season in 2014, finishing with a record of 4-12.  This prompted them to make major changes in the offseason.