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  1. tripp

    Green Dot

    Jacksonville brought in then lost Al Woods and Rodney Gunter before the season started. Abry Jones can't do it. Adam Gotsis is inconsistent. Schobert's production fell way off after Myles Garrett's suspension last year. I'm not counting on a big season from Schobert. He's getting pushed around by IOLs climbing to the second level.
  2. WILL is Littleton's sweet spot. he Raiders don't want him wearing the dot because they want him flying to the ball. It doesn't look like he's doing that very well to me, as if he's struggling to learn the defense. Thoughts?
  3. My super deep sleeper is Leonard floyd. Looked functional in week 1, and eagles line looks super vulnerable.
  4. Both played exactly 20 snaps on the box in week 1. Mills played more in the slot while McLeod spent more time deep, so I'd slightly prefer Mills, but neither would be a priority add. Lots of interesting options after week 1 to chase at safety.
  5. Alignment causes problems, too, because some conflate alignment with role. The biggest problem in this vein is OLB vs DE. I.e., PFF charts John Simon's snaps as OLB snaps. Everything I've watched and read from folks who follow the Patriots closely and know football better than I do tell me Simon's role is defensive end. PFF charts some nominal 4-3 ends with more OLB snaps than some nominal 3-4 OLBs. It's splitting hairs. Y'all might have seen these PFF "job" openings posted on Twitter. No skills necessary. The only ability needed is availability - 10-12 hours on a Sunday night to pore over tape and chart plays. The result is akin to changing tight ends' position designations between WR and TE based on how often they do or don't cover the tackle in offensive formations. If a platform changed Mike Gesicki from TE to WR as Kislingbury seems to suggest, there would be a riot. The problem, noted by Tonato, is consistency. You didn't have to like Rotoworld's approach, but it was systematic, efficient, and predictable. Rotoworld prolly stepped away at the right time given all the hybrid and multiple-front teams. Fantasy Sharks are simply letting position designations atrophy as a system. Davenport basically told us he's afraid to take action on Clowney. The result is multiple players competing for the same roles in real football with disparate position designations in fake football. The uncertainty and unpredictability are killing IDP values in dynasty and turning off folks who aren't complete degenerates like me from participating in IDP leagues.
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  7. I wouldn't bet on it, not this close to the season. SS Rayshawn Jenkins and FS Nasir Adderley backed up by Alohi Gilman and Desmond King. Could bring back Roderic Teamer too.
  8. Davenport/Fantasy Sharks is adamant that 3Ts in Vic Fangio's defense should be DEs. When Aaron Donald was changed from DE to DT last year, he argued down folks who wanted Akiem Hicks changed likewise. Shelby Harris was immediately changed from DT to DE after the 2019 season playing the Hicks role in Fangio's Denver defense. Now a Fangio protege is in LA. Why shouldn't Donald be changed back to DE? Jurrell Casey has always had a DE tag. Now Jeffery Simmons takes over for Casey. Why shouldn't Simmons be changed to DE? I'll spare y'all the dozen or so teams with multiple players with disparate position designations who actually play the same position, some battling to start in the same spot. I suppose this doesn't matter much in redraft. Check in in August, see who's in what basket, and roll with it. In dynasty, it's a disaster.
  9. Everything I've read is that Josh Allen plays LEO and Chaisson plays SAM, spinning down to the edge in subpackages like Bruce Irvin in Seattle. Gunter was going to play big end. Now Dawuane Smoot has the inside track. If Smoot falls on his face in camp, they'll go Gotsis, but what I read is positive, so I'm not worried about Gotsis. I reckon Smoot will play enough snaps in run defense to be worth something in deep, tackle-heavy leagues. I wouldn't count on a position designation change for Chaisson. I think the Jags knew Ngakoue wasn't going to report from the moment camp opened.
  10. 🤬🤬🤬🤬 I mean, how are IDP dynasty leagues supposed to function in this environment? We didn't have to like how Rotoworld handled position designations, but at least they were efficient and predictable.
  11. It was about this time last year that MFL dropped a bomb on us and changed Aaron Donald to DT without explanation. With all the inconsistencies out there now, I wouldn't be surprised if some changes came, but it feels like it's been a long time. And with no preseason games, I can only imagine on what basis players will be changed.
  12. Wait, are you saying you know for a fact there's a position update coming? 😬
  13. They're breaking him into the system there. He'll play over the tight end and have more straightforward assignments to get started with. Several teams that use three stack LBs (rather than spin the SAM down to the edge) do this. Think Nate Gerry in 2018 and Davion Taylor this year in Philly. Does that mean Gay is a year away? Maybe, but Anthony Hitchens and Damien WIlson... 😬. My guess (for whatever it's worth) is that Gay and Wilson will flip at some point in the season. I think KC sees Gay as an impact player that can help them push to repeat.
  14. Mike Clay of ESPN does projections. Free to download. I typed up a thread on Twitter about Clay's IDP projections with a surprise or two for each team, if anyone's interested. @DynastyTripp
  15. tripp

    Green Dot

    Good thread! Are these forecasts to be confirmed/reviewed? I read yesterday that BJ Goodson is wearing the dot in Cleveland so far. I'm definitely interested in who's wearing the dot in Cincy, Miami, Detroit, New England, Washington, LAR, & LAC. Didn't jayon brown wear it for Tennessee last year?
  16. I've been digging into the Saints defense a bit lately. I guess I just assumed the SLB would have done the most pass-rushing. Cuz, ya know, SAM. So I figured that was Baun's fit. But in fact, Demario Davis blitzes from the weak edge a good bit. Makes me wonder if Baun is Davis's eventual replacement. In the short-term, with Davis playing so well, I wouldn't think they want to move him off WLB. Maybe Klein wasn't rushing because he's AJ Klein? Maybe the Saints will blitz LBs off both/either edge this year? At any rate, Klein had a tackles/opportunity ratio of 8% on something like 850 snaps, so that role isn't going to be useful for fantasy at any rate.
  17. Yeah, this is really the only forum I visit. On those rare occasions I've stopped by the Shark Pool, it seems like most of the threads are just people arguing over whether x, y, and z players are good at football or not.
  18. It's not limited to niche websites, either. Here's content from CBS that had no business being published:
  19., which feeds depth charts to Sleeper, has Chase Young at WLB, grouped with SD Hamilton and J Harvey-Clemons. I can't understand why someone that bad at making depth charts would want to be in that business.
  20. My guess is that the starting D Line in base is LEO - Josh Allen, undertackle - Taven Bryan, nose - Al Woods, SDE - Rodney Gunter, SLB - K Chaisson. (Assumption - Ngakoue gets moved.) I think they should try Allen at SLB and play Chaisson at LEO. I think SLB will be largely an edge role this year (think Bruce Irvin in Seattle). Schobert and Jack are all the stacked LBs they'll need. Ronnie Harrison can step forward from time to time. As for ESPN, maybe the RDE tag is due to their adoption of true positions? I'd guess Chaisson remains an 'LB' on MFL this year because lots of rookies carried a tag inconsistent with their scheme last year simply due to inaction by Fantasy Sharks. Then in 2021, who knows? I don't think the current coaching staff has good odds of making it through the 2020 season.
  21. tripp

    Rookie positions?

    Sounds like Tick had it right from the jump: Queen at MLB, Harrison at WILB. Harbaugh does suggest they'd be somewhat interchangeable tho. I can't help but think back to Peanut Onwuasor last year. He moved from WILB to MLB and wilted. Ravens signed Josh Bynes to play MLB. My sense was that Bynes held up better at the point of attack with a guard climbing for him while Peanut needed to play behind the 3T. So I'm a bit surprised the Ravens don't start with Harrison at MLB in base. I'd expect him to come off the field quite a bit since the Ravens have relied so much on Dime the last two years, but I've also read that Harrison "will play a lot." What do y'all think? Have you read anything more in depth on Ravens LBs? Will they show far fewer Dime looks in 2020? Are you completely comfortable with Queen in the middle?
  22. As of 2019, MFL's position designations are no longer firmly routed in whether a team plays 3-4 or 4-3 base. Prior to 2019, Rotoworld depth charts fed MFL position designations. That's how they did it. Starting in 2019, Fantasy Sharks took over from Rotoworld. Fantasy Sharks claim they won't necessarily allow base sets to define position designations and would look at players in subpackages as well. (Keep in mind there are well over 1,000 defenders on NFL rosters in August.) The result has been numerous players across multiple teams who play pretty much the same role with different position designations on MFL. Most of these were due to inaction - Day 3 rookies, lower level vets who changed teams, but especially scheme changes. They've all but admitted they're befuddled by hybrids. They seem snowed by misinformation from NFL teams. This post is getting long now, so I'll stop. Philly, I'd tell you to keep up with depth charts at At least you'll be aware of position designation changes a few days before they arrive on MFL.
  23. This is precisely why it's important to go to true positions. No one's sure enough to list them definitively. But I'll try: 3-4: AZ, TB, CHI, BAL, PIT, GB Hybrid leaning 3-4: LAR (? New DC with no experience coordinating an NFL D), DET, NYG, NE, MIA, TEN, DEN Hybrid leaning 4-3: CAR (New DC with no experience coordinating an NFL D), NO, DAL, NYJ, JAX, HOU, CIN, CLE (? new DC) 4-3: SEA, SF, ATL, MIN (altho Zimmer has hired Tom Capers for some reason...), PHI, WAS, BUF, IND, KC, LAC, LVR Wide open to revisions from the group...
  24. I ran across this bit earlier this morning about the Steelers' ILB situation. Worth a read (unlike a lot of junk that comes out this time of year):
  25. I read something quoting Tomlin that they didn't want to put to much on Bush's plate. I agree with your take, MAC, that Barron is gone and hasn't been replaced. Next man up behind Bush is Ulysees Gilbert III, their 6th round pick last year. Vince Williams played 404 snaps last season across 14 games. He's the one coming off in dime. It's hard to envision a scenario in which Bush doesn't play 90+% of snaps this year.