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Fantasy Football 2013: IDP Rankings Jul. 29th, 2013 @ 06:52 pm
Playing a fantasy league in which you start individual defensive players -- or an IDP league -- can provide different challenges but still be fun.

In an IDP league, rather than drafting a team defensive unit, you draft individual players and receive points for their statistics. This brings stats such as tackles, forced fumbles and passes defensed into play.
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Fantasy Football 2013: DEF Rankings Jul. 29th, 2013 @ 02:26 pm
The rule of thumb to keep in mind about fantasy defenses is this: Don't simply judge them based on what they did last year.

Free agency, the draft, roster cuts and retirements all result in NFL team defenses changing year to year. These changes can have the potential to cause one team's defense to improve and another team's defense to decline.
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Fantasy Football 2013: TE Rankings Jul. 27th, 2013 @ 01:42 pm
Last season, a few tight ends came off the board quickly.

This season, it's not likely that will happen again.
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Fantasy Football 2013: WR Rankings Jul. 27th, 2013 @ 01:28 pm
As with quarterbacks, the depth at the receiver position is very good -- but you should still be prepared to draft a wide receiver early.

If you opt to pursue a running back in the first round, getting your first wide receiver in the second round is a good option. By getting one of the top receivers available, you can take advantage of the fact that so much in the NFL depends on a successful passing game.
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Fantasy Football 2013: RB Rankings Jul. 26th, 2013 @ 02:17 pm
There was a time in which you would draft two running backs with your first two picks. While that's not quite the case this year, there's still an argument to be made to get a running back early.

When you look at the top 10 or 11 options, you have players worthy of being No. 1 fantasy backs. After that, you start running into players who carry a few question marks. In other words, the depth at running back isn't that strong, with many backs either in split backfields or entering seasons in which they may be about to decline.
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» Fantasy Football 2013: QB Rankings
As the passing game has become more prolific in the NFL, so have quarterbacks in fantasy football leagues.

That's not different going into 2013, but it may not be as imperative to pursue a quarterback in the first round as fantasy football logic dictated in past seasons. Given the depth at the position, patience can pay off.
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» 2013 NFL Draft: First Round Reaction
So the first round of the NFL draft is in the books and it’s going to be remembered as one in which few “offensive playmakers” came off the board.

Sure, it was fun to get all giddy about the 2012 draft and look at how many players taken in the first round who played the glamour positions on offense and who just might set the world on fire.

But this year was one in which there just weren’t that many such playmakers who were turning heads and most of the top prospects on the offensive side of the ball were linemen. Meanwhile, you have plenty of defensive players who teams preferred, and given that the pass rush is so important, pass rushers were going to fly off the board early.

There are always the picks that will cause people to scratch their heads but, for the most part, I though the players taken made sense and that the teams who traded down did well for themselves. Well, there was one exception, but we’ll get to that later.

Let’s take a look at the first round and see how everyone did:
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» The Not-So-Scientific 2013 NFL Mock Draft
And so, we come to my not-so-scientific NFL mock draft for 2013. Like last year, I reviewed Mike Mayock's top 100 prospects in this year's draft and Ted Bartlett's Rational Mock Draft over at It's All Over Fat Man as guides for my own mock

I did steal some picks from Ted's mockery, in which he does what he believes teams should do, not what he expects them to do, because the picks did make sense to me. In other cases, I either went with what seems to be the general consensus about what teams will do and guesses based on Mayock's top 100 prospects and how big the needs each team has. And, in a few cases, I projected trades based on which teams I expect will want, and be able, to move down and which teams are likely to come calling.

So let's have some fun, shall we?
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» 2013 NFL Draft: What Will The Broncos Do?
We are two days away from the NFL draft and I have resisted the temptation to do any mock drafts to this point.

Actually, I haven’t written anything about the draft to this point.

Seriously, I will be in the process of putting together a mock draft by tomorrow, but first, I wanted to focus on the Denver Broncos and what to expect from them as Thursday approaches.
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» Surveying Free Agent Frenzy Aftermath
So NFL free agent frenzy has subsided quite a bit and thoughts will start turning to the draft pretty soon. In the meantime, though, I wanted to catch up on a few things as it related to free agency and the draft.

As a Bronco fan, the obvious one to touch upon is what happened with Elvis Dumervil. I will start by saying that it’s important to remember that the Broncos were planning to cut him if he hadn’t agreed to a reduced salary. With that said, the whole talk that everything was coming down to the final minutes makes me pretty skeptical about how good Dumervil’s agent was at the time.
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