Scheme and Metrics fantasy team preview- we’ll take a look at each of the 32 teams and look at a combination of offensive scheme/philosophy and some player metrics to give us something else to think about when drafting our fantasy squads this summer. In this edition, we’ll look at the New Orleans Saints.
From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.
With fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, informed lineup decisions are key now more than ever — but tabulating projected points and playing matchups can only go so far. One of the strongest indicators of offensive success remains, as always, the reliability of a team’s protective front. Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines are trending up and down across the league.
Last week Count Chocula was beaten soundly by a team reluctant to part with Todd Gurley. I have two thoughts on the loss.
1. Silver lining is it keeps the chase alive. With Gurley, winning the title would be a near foregone conclusion (barring massive injuries).
Nothing else matters.
That’s the feeling I had all last Sunday watching my teams. In six different leagues I lost because I played either the highest or second highest scoring team when I was the third highest, or because I took too many injuries. Heck, in one league I benched Corey Davis for Sammy Watkins and had O.J. Howard at tight end. That was a beautiful point swing. So, it was generally an ugly week for me.
But like I said, nothing else mattered. After Jared Goff got me out to huge head start in the Thursday game, I was going toe-to-toe with the No. 1 team in my Vampire league. It was all I cared about. I knew if Count Chocula could eat again, the league could be mine.
Let me tell you a story about how I may have prevented Count Chocula from going on a feeding frenzy.
Last week I ran through a litany of mistakes that cost me from potentially starting 2-0. Even more soul-crushingly, I can point to three small decisions leading up to and during Week 3 that kept the Vampire from eating again and claiming Odell Beckham as his second victim.
Count Chocula eats Ezekiel Elliott for breakfast!
There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.
Seriously though. I didn’t think I’d say it because in my wildest dreams I didn’t think I’d slay a team whose first three draft picks were Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Jordan Howard with an undrafted squad I built from the scrap heap. And starting a Saints defense that gave me negative four points no less. (Also, it’s not a sentence you’d expect to say because the breakfast part is confusing. Obviously Count Chocula is a breakfast guy, but in general I think most vampires prefer to dine in the dark, spooky hours of the morning).
If this all sounds a little confusing, perhaps it’s because you don’t know what a Vampire league is and need to first consult the Week 1 edition of The Vampire (Football) Diaries before plowing ahead.
With the regular season kicking off Thursday, this will be the last of this year’s training camp notes, but there’s plenty of news for us to look at today.
• Much to the chagrin of those who recently had a top pick in recent drafts, Le’Veon Bell didn’t show up to practice today, and as Wednesday is typically the traditional first day of practice in a game week, this begins to cast serious doubt as to his Week 1 availability. Furthermore, his agent, hinted that Bell may not sign his franchise tender in short order, so there’s no firm timetable on his return. Those still drafting will need to weigh more risk assessment than usual in terms of when to draft Bell.