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2015 NFL Fantasy Football: Dubs' Week 1-3 Results & Week 4 Preview

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Follow Dubs as he guides a pair of Fantasy Football teams through the 2015 season.

The 2014 NFL season was my first as a Fantasy Footballer. Well, I'm hooked. Excitement reigned supreme as I awaited this years drafts for my pair of Fantasy Football teams. Big boards, mock drafts, ADP's...the whole nine yards. I make it a point to never do anything half-ass. After all, winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!

As part of an ongoing weekly series, I'll be sharing my weekly results, transactions and strategies with all Fantasy Footballers. Since I'm still a neophyte at this game, I hope you'll share your thoughts on how I can improve my teams and perhaps win a league championship or two!

The Snake Drafts - Strategies & Rationale

To prepare for my pair of Fantasy Football Snake Drafts, I came up with a game plan for successfully drafting the best team(s) possible. The game plan included 6 draft tenets:

1/ Research is king. I spent a considerable amount of time researching players/teams, entering mock drafts and creating a draft board of 200 players.

2/ One of the goals in each draft was to take a balanced approach through the first five rounds. In each draft I managed to take quality players at a number of positions without reaching: 2 RB's, 1 WR, 1 QB, 1 TE.

3/ I place more importance on the Defense, Placekicker and Tight End than many Fantasy Football participants do. I believe these positions can win weeks for you. I like to have both my PK and DEF selected between picks 85 and 120 if possible. If I can draft a quality Tight End, I'll take one fairly early.

4/ I like to target a half-dozen or so specific players that I feel will be available at certain points/rounds in the draft. This year, my targets were RB Arian Foster (dropped in most drafts due to injury), WR Larry Fitzgerald (a great connection with returning QB Carson Palmer), RB David Johnson (a versatile, high upside rookie with a team who knows how to use him; a great fit), RB Melvin Gordon (the rookie bell-cow back for San Diego), QB Tom Brady (dropped in most drafts due to the threat of 4-game suspension), and TE Tyler Eifert (looking to rebound from injury).

5/ I'm never afraid to take a chance on rookies and higher-risk players with upside.

6/ In the mid-to-late rounds I tend to trust my board. BPA rules and I'm always searching for value, especially at the RB and WR positions.

Teams/Draft Results

Team Dubs (TST Live 1 Yahoo - 8 Teams)
Pick Position Player Team
1.3 RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle
2.14 QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis
3.19 WR A.J. Green Cincinnati
4.30 RB Melvin Gordon San Diego
5.35 TE Jimmy Graham Seattle
6.46 WR Jeremy Maclin Kansas City
7.51 WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona
8.62 RB Arian Foster Houston
9.67 QB Tom Brady New England
10.78 TE Julius Thomas Jacksonville
11.83 WR Eric Decker NY Jets
12.94 DEF Denver Broncos
13.99 K Dan Carpenter Buffalo
14.110 WR Kendall Wright Tennessee
15.115 RB David Johnson Arizona
16.126 RB Andre Williams NY Giants

Frank's Team (Yahoo Public 1103417 - 10 Teams)
Pick Position Player Team
1.6 WR Dez Bryant Dallas
2.15 RB DeMarco Murray Philadelphia
3.26 QB Russell Wilson Seattle
4.35 RB Melvin Gordon San Diego
5.46 TE Travis Kelce Kansas City
6.55 RB Alfred Morris Washington
7.66 WR Sammy Watkins Buffalo
8.75 WR Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay
9.86 DEF St. Louis Rams
10.95 RB T.J. Yeldon Jacksonville
11.106 WR Nelson Agholor Philadelphia
12.115 K Justin Tucker Baltimore
13.126 TE Owen Daniels Denver
14.135 QB Joe Flacco Baltimore
15.146 RB Tevin Coleman Atlanta

Weekly Results

Team Dubs
Week Team Dubs Opponent Record
1 95.12 88.72 1  0
2 93.90 78.06 2  0
3 150.32 59.58 3  0

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Tom Brady 27.62 28.24 22.72
Marshawn Lynch 12.40 6.20 2.30
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10
A.J. Green 6.30 10.50 34.70
Kendall Wright 16.10 1.70 16.80
Larry Fitzgerald 8.70 29.20 25.40
Jimmy Graham 11.10 1.10 14.30
Dan Carpenter 11.00 2.00 13.00
Denver 16.00 22.00 16.00
Total Points 95.12 93.90 150.32
Result Won Won Won
Andrew Luck 19.72 11.40 18.50
Jeremy Maclin 5.20 5.50 20.10
Eric Decker 9.70 15.70 0.00
David Johnson 11.50 16.50 4.10
Andre Williams 1.40 4.30 8.90
Arian Foster 0.00 0.00 0.00
Julius Thomas 0.00 0.00 0.00

Frank's Team
Week Frank's Team Opponent Record
1 91.34 79.82 1  0
2 91.14 60.66 2  0
3 68.90 119.06 2  1

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Russell Wilson 16.14 23.04 16.20
DeMarco Murray 14.00 5.50 0.00
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10
Travis Benjamin 14.90 29.50 8.50
Sammy Watkins 0.00 12.00 3.90
Vincent Jackson 5.10 11.40 4.00
Travis Kelce 22.60 5.80 10.00
Justin Tucker 10.00 15.00 6.00
St. Louis 14.00 4.00 11.00
Total Points 91.34 91.14 68.90
Result Won Won Lost
Joe Flacco 2.68 22.56 21.48
Alfred Morris 12.10 7.20 1.90
T.J. Yeldon 6.70 8.30 4.20
Tevin Coleman 8.00 9.20 0.00
Dez Bryant 4.80 0.00 0.00
Owen Daniels 0.50 1.90 8.80

Transactions

Team Dubs

Week 4 - Added RB Devonta Freeman, Dropped RB Andre Williams

Frank's Team

Week 2 - Added WR Tavon Austin, Dropped WR Nelson Agholor

Week 2 - Added WR Travis Benjamin, Dropped WR Tavon Austin

Week 4 - Added RB Devonta Freeman, Dropped RB Tevin Coleman

Week 4 - Added WR Marvin Jones, Dropped TE Owen Daniels

Week 4 Starting Lineups

Team Dubs

QB - Andrew Luck

RB - Marshawn Lynch, Melvin Gordon

WR - A.J. Green, Jeremy Maclin, Larry Fitzgerald

TE - Jimmy Graham

PK - Dan Carpenter

DEF - Denver Broncos

Out - QB Tom Brady, WR Kendall Wright (Byes) - RB Arian Foster, TE Julius Thomas, WR Eric Decker (Injury)

Frank's Team

QB - Russell Wilson

RB - DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon

WR - Vincent Jackson, Travis Benjamin, Marvin Jones

TE - Travis Kelce

PK - Justin Tucker

DEF - St. Louis Rams

Out - WR Dez Bryant, WR Sammy Watkins (Injury)

Injuries and bye weeks will be taking their toll on my teams' fortunes this week. I'm just hoping to be competitive and perhaps eke out a win or two this weekend.