Week 16: Waiver Wire Pickups – by Ben Barton

The home stretch at the end of the home stretch. If you’ve made it this far, then you have my sincere congratulations. It takes skill, and a fair helping of good fortune, to be in the hunt for a championship in Week 16. At this point in the season, your lineup is more than likely…

Week 15 Bounce Back Candidates -by Ben Barton

My fantasy football season is over. It’s something of a melodramatic statement, but in this case, it’s completely true. I’m part of six leagues. In three of those leagues, I missed out on the playoffs. In two of those, I missed out by a significant margin. That’s bound to happen, just part of the variance…

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14 – by Ben Barton

I miss Melvin Gordon. He has been the cornerstone of a number of my fantasy football teams this year. Thankfully, I’ve been able to lean on the likes of Phillip Lindsay in Gordon’s absence, but as good as the undrafted rookie has been, Gordon has been in a different class this year, and my teams haven’t felt the…

Week 13 – Bust Candidates – By Ben Barton

Identifying bust candidates is extremely easy. Identifying meaningful bust candidates is more difficult and of infinitely more value. It’s easy (and obvious) to state the Kendrick Bourne is a bust candidate this week. He’s a bust candidate every week, so it’s an empty statement, devoid of any meaningful insight or relevance to fantasy football gamers. Conversely, laying out a…

Week 11 Bounce Back Candidates – by Ben Barton

Friends, sit down. It’s story time. We’ll get to bounce back candidates in a moment, but I need to take this chance to vent about some fantasy football anomalies that have become a millstone around my neck. I am in a small, 8-team league with some friends of mine, and it’s the league I care…

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 10 – by Ben Barton

Sometimes, fantasy football doesn’t make much sense to me. Have you ever had those moments? Let me paint you a maddening, seemingly incomprehensible picture. One of the leagues I’m in is a 10-team, half-PPR league. In that league, I am the second-highest scorer – 50 points clear of the guy with the third-most points, and…

Week 9: Bounce Back Candidates – by Ben Barton

Recency bias is a hell of a drug. Under its influence, you can find yourself investing everything in tiny sample sizes, or fading players off the back of one bad week. In order to win your league, you need to be able to break free from the trappings of recency bias and make sensible, rational…

Waiver Wire: Add ‘Em / Drop ‘Em – Week 7 – by Ben Barton

I don’t know about you, but this is always a bit of a weird period on the waiver wire. Barring injuries, most offenses have found a rhythm, a routine of schemes and snap shares that helps fantasy GMs project both usage and scoring opportunities. The players you pick up from now on probably won’t be…

Week 6 Trade Targets – by Ben Barton

It’s that time of the week again. Waivers have processed. You might have even snagged someone in free agency as well. But now, now is the least predictable part of the week. It’s TRADE TIME. Whether you’ve been in talks for weeks about a certain player, or you’re just shooting over an offer to test…

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 5 – by Ben Barton

Match-ups are beautiful, mysterious things. They can transform players from a fringe flex guy to a locked-in top-12 player, and vice versa. This article is here to outline one player at each position that you can start with confidence – and one per position that you are better of leaving on your bench. Some players…