FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools 2015

When it comes Fantasy Football, you have your favorite sites and apps, but we are here to tell you there is much more out there. Much more. We did the research for you and found a whole bunch of fantasy football fans like you who love to provide you with breaking news and their take on our game. This article is a collection of linkstwitter feeds and mobile applications. Tools that you can use to dominate your league all season long and take home the trophy.

The FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools page is broken down into 2 sections,

 

To get ready for your Draft, we have links from across the web to Player RankingsDepth ChartsProjections and much more. Links are also provided to print out prepared cheat sheets, and links to help create your very own. You can practice your draft strategy with one of the mock draft sites that are listed and if you don’t have a strategy we will help with that with FANFOOD draft tips and tricks. Also included is a list of the bye weeks for all 32 NFL Teams and a handy NFL Schedule Grid that you can can refer to throughout the season.

Of course drafting your team is just the start, Once the season begins, you will need to follow the FANFOOD Fantasy Football weekly ritual to keep up with all the player newsstatsinjuries and more.  Every day, you will find links to help you decide on which players to add to your team, which players you need to START and who you should SIT for the current week.

 

On Gameday, are you curious to see what the weather will be like for all the games? Are you interested to see what players are on the inactive list? We have you covered! Wondering what locations in your area have the Sunday Ticket? Do you want to know where fans of your favorite team unite to watch the games? That is what FANFOOD.com is all about. Can’t make it to a TV? We provide you links to online scoreboards, and mobile apps so you can always be connected to what’s happening with your fantasy team. Need to be the first to know when players get hurt? the FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools wouldn’t be complete without the links and twitter feeds that specialize in the breaking news from the NFL. You will also find places where you can sign up for Alerts to your cellphone. Did you miss the games? There is even a link for you to use to watch replays and highlights of all the completed games in High Definition.

 

Here is the index to all the FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools:

 

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Preseason:

Draft Prep:

2015 Bye Weeks
NFL Schedule Grid
NFL Strength of Schedule
FF Depth Charts
Season Projections
Rankings
ADP
Mock Drafts
Create Your Own Cheat Sheet
Draft Tips & Strategies
Making Trades to Improve Your Team

In Season:

Fantasy Football Weekly Ritual:

Monday – after further review / player INJURIES
Tuesday – waiver wire pickups
Wednesday – HIT the LINKS / go blog’n
Thursday –  SIT / START
Friday – player news and injury UPDATES
Saturday – take the DAY OFF for College Football
Sunday – GAMEDAY

Inactives List
NFL Weather
Weekly SIT / START
It’s Gameday Somewhere
FF Mobile Apps
Online Scoreboards
LIVE Fantasy Football Stats
LIVE Twitter Scores
NFL HD Games Replays
101 Fantasy Football Links
Twitter Feeds
NFL Breaking NEWS – Alerts

Recipe:

Smoked Beef Back Ribs

 

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Preseason:

 

 

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2015 NFL Team Bye Weeks

 

2015 NFL BYE WEEKS

Each NFL team plays 16 games out of 17 weeks in the NFL schedule. The game that they don’t play is called their bye week, or “Open Date”. It is important in fantasy football to make sure that your starters and backups do not have the same bye week since one of the primary reasons for drafting backup players to have coverage during the bye week of your starter. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary

TEAMS
Week 1None
Week 2None
Week 3None
Week 4New EnglandTennessee
Week 5CarolinaMiamiMinnesotaNew York Jets
Week 6DallasOaklandSt. LouisTampa Bay
Week 7ChicagoCincinnatiDenverGreen Bay
Week 8BuffaloJacksonvillePhiladelphiaWashington
Week 9ArizonaBaltimoreDetroitHoustonKansas CitySeattle
Week 10AtlantaIndianapolisSan DiegoSan Francisco
Week 11ClevelandNew OrleansNew York GiantsPittsburgh
Week 12None
Week 13None
Week 14None
Week 15None
Week 16None
Week 17None

 

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NFL Schedule Grid

 

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NFL Strength of Schedule

The following chart is the strength of schedule based on last year’s records (with links to the team pages on NFL.com). It can be used to help you decide on a DST for this year and is formulated from the easiest to the most difficult. Of course, since they haven’t played any games yet, you have nothing to gauge strength-of-schedule based on this year’s rosters. The best you can do at this point is to go against last year’s records.

The AFC West was by far the worst division last year (the only division not have won at least 31 games collectively – they only won 26), so since they get to play each other twice during the season each of their strength-of-schedule percentages will be very low. The AFC South & NFC East get to play the AFC West this year and those teams appear in the top half of the list.

 


SOS for Skill Players

Strength of schedule is important tool in the arsenal of serious fantasy football drafters. By knowing what players have easier schedules you’ll be able to make the hard decisions between two players.

The guys over at fftoolbox put together strength of schedule rankings based on fantasy points (performance scoring) allowed by position. Listed are the best/easiest/most favorable schedules for that position and the hardest/least favorable schedules. It is all based on the opponents that your player’s team faces during the selected period and how many the fantasy points they allowed. It’s a great tool to use throughout the season.

 

Overall Team SOS

Chart built by fftoolbox using data from 2014 Week 1 through Week 17
 

 

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TB1st2nd1st24th3rd2nd2nd2nd4th13th29th
DAL2nd11th4th27th15th7th1st17th1st14th6th
WAS3rd7th7th21st6th8th8th9th2nd23rd22nd
NYG4th12th5th18th25th6th4th19th6th20th10th
ATL5th4th2nd22nd18th1st5th10th7th10th28th
PHI6th16th12th2nd26th12th3rd14th5th12th25th
NO7th5th3rd10th24th4th7th20th8th2nd32nd
CAR8th1st6th26th14th3rd6th22nd3rd30th12th
NE9th18th11th7th19th10th17th5th11th8th9th
BUF10th13th15th3rd17th13th12th3rd10th16th4th
DET11th17th18th19th13th18th14th31st16th19th5th
MIA12th21st13th9th20th15th18th4th9th18th21st
IND13th8th8th28th2nd11th23rd7th18th7th18th
KC14th20th21st25th11th29th31st28th27th1st13th
NYJ15th9th16th23rd10th14th20th18th12th4th23rd
MIN16th22nd25th6th22nd22nd19th30th13th5th14th
JAX17th10th9th29th16th16th22nd8th17th27th17th
TEN18th6th10th32nd12th9th21st1st19th9th30th
OAK19th25th23rd12th9th30th28th25th25th21st1st
SEA20th30th14th8th30th21st15th21st23rd25th26th
SD21st14th27th11th4th26th32nd27th32nd6th20th
HOU22nd3rd19th14th1st5th24th6th15th24th27th
GB23rd23rd31st4th29th20th16th26th24th3rd31st
DEN24th15th28th17th5th28th30th23rd26th17th8th
CLE25th29th29th5th8th27th29th13th31st29th2nd
CHI26th28th26th20th32nd19th13th32nd21st11th7th
STL27th31st22nd1st31st24th9th29th22nd22nd16th
SF28th27th24th13th27th25th11th24th20th31st24th
ARI29th26th20th30th28th17th10th16th14th32nd15th
CIN30th32nd17th31st21st32nd27th12th28th26th11th
BAL31st19th30th16th7th23rd25th11th29th15th3rd
PIT32nd24th32nd15th23rd31st26th15th30th28th19th

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FF Depth Charts


Click here for the most current depth charts

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Season Projections

 

There are a few places to find season projections (the internet is good for that). We have found that the best ones are from Fantasy Pros, but you can check others from the muthaship and fantasy sharks while preparing for your draft.

Fantasy Pros Player Projections

ESPN Player Projections

Fantasy Sharks Player Projections

 

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Position Rankings

Rankings are like opinions, everyone has them. It’s what you do with them that counts. You will find 101 different rankings on the 101 Fantasy Football links, but the rankings we consider go-to’s are the ones on Fantasy Pros.

 

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ESPN.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Positional Rankings
Top 300 | QB | RB | WR | TE | DST | K | IDP

Positional Projections & Profiles
ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX

Top 100 Overall for PPR Leagues – posted 06/19/15

 

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CBSSports.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Positional Rankings – updated periodically
PPR League Positional Rankings
Top 200 Overall Standard League Rankings
Top 200 Overall PPR League Rankings

Positional Projections
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

Tiered Rankings & Positional Previews
Quarterbacks – posted 08/01/15
Running Backs – posted 08/05/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/04/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/06/15

 

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Rotoworld.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 200 Overall Players – updated 08/25/15

 

FFToday
FFToday.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Positional Rankings
QB & RB | WR & TE | K & DEF | IDP – updated 08/20/15

Positional Projections
QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB – updated 08/20/15

Dynasty/Keeper League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

 

FantasySharks
FantasySharks.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Team Defenses
Kickers

PPR League Positional Rankings
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

IDP League Positional Rankings
Defensive Linemen
Linebackers
Defensive Backs

Positional Projections
Top 550+ Overall

 

ProjectRoto
ProjectRoto.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated periodically

 

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SportsIllustrated.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 300 Overall Players – updated periodically

Positional Primers & Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 08/03/15
Running Backs – posted 08/05/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/05/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/06/15
Defense/Special Teams – posted 08/07/15

 

FNTSY
FNTSY.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 300 Overall – updated periodically

Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs 
Wide Receivers 
Tight Ends

 

Yahoo(1)
Yahoo.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top Overall & Positional Rankings – updated periodically

 

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Razzball.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings & Projections
2015 Positional Projections – Overall | QB | RB | WR | TE

Top 200 Overall & Positional Rankings – updated 08/19/15
Top 200 Overall Players for Standard Leagues – posted 07/20/15
Top 200 Overall Players for PPR Leagues – posted 07/28/15
Top 200 Overall Players for Half-Point PPR Leagues – posted 07/29/15
Top 100 Defensive Players for IDP Leagues – posted 07/27/15

Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 07/08/15
Running Backs – posted 07/01/15
Wide Receivers – posted 06/24/15
Tight Ends – posted 06/17/15
Defense/Special Teams – posted 06/12/15
Kickers – posted 06/10/15
Defensive Linemen – posted 06/29/15
Linebackers – posted 07/07/15
Defensive Backs – posted 07/13/15

PPR League Rankings
Running Backs – posted 07/24/15
Wide Receivers – posted 07/22/15
Tight Ends – posted 07/21/15

 

NFLcom(1)
NFL.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings

Top 200 Overall Players – posted 08/26/15

Player Rankings, Projections, & Profiles
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Team Defenses
Kickers
Defensive Linemen
Linebackers
Defensive Backs

 

AthlonSports
AthlonSports.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

 

FantasyAlarm
FantasyAlarm.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Positional Rankings – updated 06/16/15
Positional IDP League Rankings – updated 08/22/15

 

FakeTeams
FakeTeams.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Rankings
Top 200 Overall Players – posted 07/12/15
Quarterbacks – posted 08/24/15
Running Backs – posted 08/25/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/26/15
Tight Ends
Team Defenses

PPR League Rankings
Top 100 Overall – #1-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-80 | 81-100 – posted 06/09/15
Quarterbacks – posted 06/09/15
Running Backs – posted 08/27/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/26/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/27/15
Team Defenses – #1-15 | 16-32 – posted 07/10/15

 

FantasyAssembly
FantasyAssembly.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 08/03/15
Running Backs – posted 08/08/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/10/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/15/15
Team Defenses – posted 08/22/15
Kickers – posted 08/17/15

 

SportingNews
SportingNews.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 07/14/15
Running Backs – posted 07/18/15
Wide Receivers – posted 07/17/15
Tight Ends – posted 07/17/15
Defense/Special Teams – posted 07/17/15

 

FFToolbox
FFToolbox.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 200 Overall Players

PPR League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Team Defenses
Kickers

 

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FOXSports.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Positional Rankings
Top 200 Overall
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

Keeper/Dynasty League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

 

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PressBox.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated periodically

 

WalterFootball
WalterFootball.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 250 Overall for Standard Leagues
Top 250 Overall for PPR Leagues
Top 250 Overall for 2-QB Leagues
Top 250 Overall for TD Leagues
Top 250 Overall for Dynasty/Keeper Leagues

Standard League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – #1-10 | 11-20 | 21-35
Running Backs – #1-10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75
Wide Receivers – #1-10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-100
Tight Ends – #1-10 | 11-20 | 21-45
Team Defenses
Kickers

 

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RotoExperts.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated 08/27/15
Top 100 Overall for Keeper/Dynasty Leagues – posted 07/09/15

 

Rotoprof
Rotoprofessor.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Standard League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – updated 08/11/15
Running Backs – #1-20 | 21-40 – updated 08/23/15
Wide Receivers – #1-20 | 21-40 – updated 08/26/15
Tight Ends – updated 08/13/15

PPR League Rankings
Running Backs – #1-20 | 21-40 – posted 08/19/15
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

 

BBoys
BrunoBoys.net 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings

Top 200 Overall Players for Standard Leagues – updated 08/26/15
Top 200 Overall Players for PPR Leagues – updated 08/26/15

Standard League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – updated 08/22/15
Running Backs – updated 08/22/15
Wide Receivers – updated 08/22/15
Tight Ends – updated 08/22/15
Team Defenses – posted 08/14/15

PPR League Positional Rankings
Running Backs – updated 08/22/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/22/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/22/15

Dynasty/Keeper League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 08/22/15
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

 

LRFantasySports
LockerRoomFantasySports.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated peridically

 

Football
Football.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Positional Rankings
Standard and PPR League Overall & Positional Rankings – posted 08/11/15

 

USAToday
USAToday.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
PPR League Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

 

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SoCalledFantasyExperts.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – updated 08/11/15
Running Backs – updated 08/12/15
Wide Receivers – updated 08/13/15
Tight Ends – updated 06/28/15

 

FakePigSkin(1)
FakePigskin.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Free 2015 Draft Guide – posted 07/02/15

Dynasty/Keeper League Rankings
Top 200 Overall 2-QB Leagues – posted 05/31/15
Quarterbacks – posted 04/13/15
Running Backs
Wide Receivers – posted 04/15/15
Tight Ends

IDP League Rankings
Positional Rankings – posted 05/26/15

 

thefootballgirl
TheFootballGirl.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated peridically

 

DynastyLeagueFootball
DynastyLeagueFootball.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Dynasty Rankings OffenseTop 100 | QB | RB | WR | TE | 2QB
2015 Rookie RankingsTop 50 | QB | RB | WR | TE | IDP
IDP Dynasty RankingsDL | LB | DB | Rookie IDP | Every Down LBs

 

TheFakeFootball
TheFakeFootball.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Overall & Positional Rankings – updated 08/13/15

 

RotoBaller
RotoBaller.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
Top 200 Overall for Standard Leagues – posted 07/10/15
Top 200 Overall for PPR Leagues – updated 08/13/15

Standard Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 07/18/15
Running Backs – posted 07/18/15
Wide Receivers – posted 07/18/15
Tight Ends – updated 08/05/15
Team Defenses – updated 08/10/15

PPR League Positional Rankings
Running Backs – posted 08/06/15
Wide Receivers – posted 08/06/15
Tight Ends – posted 08/08/15

Dynasty/Keeper Positional Rankings
Quarterbacks – posted 05/20/15
Running Backs – #1-6 | 7-10 | 11-21 | 22-32 – posted 07/20/15
Wide Receivers – #1-7 | 8-12 | 13-22 – posted 07/01/15
Tight Ends – #1-12 |13-25 – posted 07/09/15

 

IDPGuru
IDPGuru.com 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
IDP League Redraft Leagues
Defensive Linemen – posted 06/04/15
Linebackers – posted 06/04/15
Defensive Backs – posted 06/04/15

 

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ADP

 

Ok, so you have ranked the players by position, the DST and the kickers, (there really is no need to rank kickers), so now what? How do you know when to draft them? How will you know when to pull the trigger on one of your targets? ADP my friends, Average Draft Position. It’s sorta like mock drafting without the drafting. So who do you target? ADP will help you figure it out.

 

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Mock Drafts

 

It’s a good idea to practice your draft strategy before the big day. A mock draft is identical to a real draft …but without the consequences. You can fine tune your skills from different draft positions and league styles. You can also draft as many times as you like and have the results sent to you. Mock drafts take place at regular intervals or you can start one anytime.

Fantasy Football Mock Draft links:

 

Fantasy Pros

NFL.com

ESPN

Yahoo

Fantasy Football Calculator – scenario generator tool

Plug in which draft pick you are targeting a specific player and it magically spits out the probability percentages of that player being available to you.

 

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Create Your Own Cheat Sheet

 

A cheat sheet is a free quick-reference guide. It is usually made up of a collection of boxes of content. Creating your own cheat sheet from the ground up is a great learning tool. You’ll learn more about the players and identify some you otherwise may not have even targeted. But if you don’t have the time or patience, you can find plenty online.

Click here for a cheat sheet planner from fantasy sharks

 

If you create your own, it’s up to you how you want to organize it, but the content that you must have included is:

  • Your League Settings
  • Top 150 overall (at least) with ADP (average draft position)
  • Position Rankings (top 20/40)
  • Player/Team Bye weeks included
  • Your Targets (per round)
  • NFL Schedule (weeks 15 & 16 especially)
  • Strength of Schedule
  • List of Players that are injured/out for the season
  • Room for notes and or team tracker

It’s important for you to print out and refer to a cheat sheet. This can take time or money, but it is nice to have the information in front of you at your draft. Don’t be that manager who asks to see someone’s rankings. Have you own, print them out. Building your own cheat sheet gives you full control over every single variable. You create or find the boxes of content you want to use, and then arrange them. Organizing all of your thoughts into one single sheet and knowing the cheat sheet is customized based on your own thoughts and ideas, enables you to head into your fantasy football draft prepared and confident.

 

other cheat sheet links:

Fantasy Draft Edge: Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Football Draft: RoboCheat
Fantasy Football Freaks: Cheat Sheets 
Fantasy Football Information: Cheat Sheets
Fantasy Football Manifesto: Cheat Sheets
Fantistics: Custom Cheat Sheets
Junkyard Jake’s: Top 250 CheatSheet
Monster Draft: Cheat Sheets
RotoWire: Cheat Sheets
WalterFootball.com: 2013 Top 250 Cheat Sheet

 

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Draft Tips & Strategies

 

The most important thing you can do on your draft day is to have familiar yourself with players ADP (Average Draft Position). That is where your mock drafting comes into play. Paying attention to where players are being drafted helps you formulate a strategy for your draft. Always look for the most updated ADP because it changes pretty quickly.

When it comes to this game, your draft will go a long way in determining you final standing, but it is not the only factor. Click here for an article we put together last year on Fantasy Football Drafting Tips and Tricks. Many people will tell you different things like waiting on a QB, or starting your draft with 2 RBs, there are many different strategies and everyone thinks theirs is the best.

The most important thing you can do the day of your draft is to check the latest news and notes from around the NFL.

Here are the FANFOOD Favorites:

CBS Sports

Rotoworld

FANFOOD FF Draft Tip: Don’t surf the web when it is your turn. You will just run out of time, get stressed and ultimately make the wrong choice because you were rushed, but if you have to, try this link…

Fantasy Pros – Who should I Draft? 

Bottom Line: Your ability to think on your feet and make informed decisions on the fly is what turns that competitive team into a championship team.

 

 

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Making Trades to Improve Your Team

 

So you drafted your team. Now what? You probably didn’t get all the players you were targeting and the ones you really wanted. This is where your can improve your team with trades.

First you need to rate your team.

Then take another look (you did during the draft right?) at the rosters of all the teams in your league to find the best trade partners, make new targets, then use the following tools before submitting your trade offer.

The guys over at draftcalc have a program for telling you which side is better by a certain percentage. This way, you know how close you are to making a solid deal (Theyalso have a trade calculator for dynasty players). Another place you can check out is tradedebate. It’s a community-based trade rater, where you vote on other people’s trades, and you can post up your own

For more information on fantasy trading, check out FANFOOD Rules #15: Make Trades to Improve Your Team (it was written for fantasy baseball, but the concept is the same).

 

 

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In Season:

 

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Fantasy Football Weekly Ritual:

Monday – after further review / player INJURIES
Tuesday – Targets - waiver wire pickups
Wednesday – HIT the LINKS / go bloggn’
Thursday – Sit/Start 
Friday – player news and injury UPDATES
Saturday – take the DAY OFF for College Football
Sunday – gameday LINKS

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After Further Review / Player INJURIES

 

Scores? Highlights? Whatever! What we really want to know is what players had a monster day and are they available in our league? & What players disappointed?

On Mondays we also need the answers to other important questions: What players got hurt? &  how long is he out?

The rest is gravy. Lucky for you the internet is a great place to start. Here are some links to use for player news and injury news from around the NFL to start off your week:

FantasyPros – MyPlaybook

It’s Free!, Plug in your players (you can input all your teams) and FantasyPros will give you Fantasy Football player news (only from your roster(s) pulled from several sites, including KFFL, RotoWorld and ProFootballTalk.com. They strip out the duplicate news, and they pull out great lines from columnists about a particular player. You’ll also get the recent NFL headlines pulled from several sites, including CBS Sports, ESPN and ProFootballTalk.com.

Other Aggregators:

 

Full Contact Fantasy

Sportsfeedia

Sportspyder

Swarmsports

Popurls: Sports

FANFOOD Favorite NFL Player News Sites

Rotoworld

CBS Sports

Straight from the Source- NFL.com

Rotowire

 

Articles:

Rundown of Articles From Around the Web

Fantasy Football Article Hub

 

If you couldn’t find what you were looking for with the above, go to homepages of the..

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL  BIG 5

NFL.com

Yahoo

ESPN

CBS Sports

FOX Sports

 

 

Injury Reports:

 

Fantasy Pros: Injury Articles
RotoWire: NFL Injuries
RotoExperts – FF Injury News
CBS Sports: Injuries
Draft Sharks: Shark Bites
ESPN: Injuries
Fantasy Sharks: Injury Report
FF Toolbox: Injury Reports
Sporting News: NFL Injuries


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Tuesday – Targets – Get & Forget

 

The NFL Week is over and it’s Moving Day! The day when the standings in your league change based on last week’s results. Hopefully you can change the name of your team to “BELOW ME”.

Now that the previous week is in the books and after you check the news once again to see if there were any injuries from last night’s game, and the results from the dreaded MRI tests, you need to start thinking about who you should target in your league and who you should select in your one-week FF league. You begin the process by looking at the stats, primarily “Targets” & “Touches”. Here are some sites you can use.

 

- NFL STATS Links - 

 

Sporting Charts.com 

Receiving Targets | Rushing Attempts

 

Team Rankings.com

Targets | Touches

 

Rotoworld Target Watch

 

RotoGrinders – Touches & Targets

 

Current Google Search

 

NFL Statistics

 

FantasyPros Stat Analysis

 

ESPN NFL Stats

 

 

Ok, so now that you have effectively killed an hour of your Tuesday, you can now move on to reading about who the bloggers think you should Get & Forget off waivers and all their reasons why. Because isn’t this what we all want? Analysis from stat geeks!

If you are in a reputable league, all available players are placed on waivers each week at the start of play of their games and not available until the following Wednesday. The logistics of how you get your players isn’t as important as who you need to get & forget. As we mentioned in one of our first fantasy football articles, you need to be a waiver wire hawk. The managers that stay on top of things and make the needed changes are the ones that win the money.

Here are some links for you to help you do this:

 

- Waiver Wire Advice -

 

FantasyPros – Waiver Wire Advice

The Fake Football – Waiver Wire Articles

Hatty Waiver Wire Guru

Fantasy Team Advice

Fantasy Football Freaks

Lesters Legends 

FF Today – Waiver Wire Ranks

Rotoworld Featured Articles

 

 

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HIT the LINKS / go blog’n

 

The first thing you do Wednesday when you wake up (after your 1st cup of coffee) is to check your league to see if your waiver claim went through and you have that new shiny player on your team. It’s like Christmas every week. Ok, that was lame, but making the right moves is vital to winning the money, and Wednesday is the day when one of your leaguemates is or isn’t going to get that player that could help them win.

It seems obvious, but remember that in order to pick a player UP a team has to DROP a player. Did they give up too soon? Is that a player you were targeting in the draft? Did a player go unclaimed? You need to see what other players are out there that can be a great addition to your team.

Wednesday is also the day you should start thinking about this week in the NFL.  It really is never to early to start thinking about the schedule and this week’s matchups. This is especially true if you are in a survivor league. Don’t forget they play games on Thursday and you need to get your picks in. Here are some links for you to use.

 

FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools

 

FANFOOD LINK of the DAY

 

Survivor Pool Map

 

Walter Football – Survivor Advice

 

Runyourpool.com – NFL Survivor Pick Distribution

 

Gridiron Experts – NFL Picks

 

Bovada – NFL Betting Lines

 

Sports Book Sniper – A collection of NFL Betting Lines

 

Doc Sports – NFL Survivor Picks from a Handicapper

 

ProFootball101 – More Picks from a Handicapper

 

ESPN Insider – Survival Guide ($$$)

 

OK, Now that you know Who is Playing Who and When, let’s turn our attention to the players that your leaguemates don’t know about. It’s time to dig deep to find the players the “experts” think you should add to your team? HIT the LINKS & go blog’n.

 

FANFOOD FF Blogroll:

Fantasy Pros

Rotoworld Featured Articles

Rotowire Featured Aricles

The Fake Football

David Gonos

Rotoballer

Fantasy Rundown

Razzball

Dynasty League Football

 

If you are a die hard FF’er, and you have had your 3rd cup of coffee, now is the time to begin selecting your players for your One-Week Fantasy Football Contests. (you can also edit them later) but the early bird gets the worm and the leagues fill up fast. Remember, over at FanDuel (our favorite site) they have games starting on THUR (players from the whole universe) and games starting on SUN (players from just the sunday and monday games).  If you are just starting out, or you need a refresher course on 1WFF, here are links for you to use.

 

 

One-Week Fantasy Football Information:

Fantasy Football Freak – One-Week Fantasy Football

Rotoworld – One-Week Fantasy Football Archive

Sbnation – 1WFF info presented by FanDuel

RotoExperts – Daily Sports Page

RotoGrinders - Daily Fantasy Advice

SportsGrid – powered by RotoExperts

RosterWatch – tools

 

 

Here are links to the BIG 5:

FanDuel

Draft Kings

Fantasy Score

Draft Day

Fantasy Feud

 

 

 

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Weekly SIT / START

 

Don’t forget there is a game tonight! So log on to your FF team page and make sure that your “must-starts”  in the game; must start.

Thursday is also the day that you should take a look at this week’s matchups and update your roster to fill any needs or voids due to injuries and the dreaded bye weeks. (there may also be a game SAT night).

But before you do, check out some weekly rankings and SIT/STARTS to see what other people think:

 

SIT / START Links

 

Fantasy Pros – Who Should I Start?

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

The Grey Report – Breaking down every game (change the week # in the URL)

Walterfootball – Sit/Start

Gridiron Experts – Start’em / Sit’em

Breaking Football – Start & Sit Advice

Fantasy Football Docs

Fantasy Football Cafe - if message boards are still your thing

Yahoo Game Day Call - check back on game day

 

 

FF Weekly Rankings

 

Remember, Thursday is the day that you need to set your initial roster for the week. Most importantly, you need to make sure you have the players that are playing tonight locked in. Do this NOW!

If you have some tough choices to make, ease your concern by checking out the many weekly rankings out there.

 

FF Toolbox – weekly Cheatsheets

Fantasy Knuckleheads – Rankings

Fantasy Football Nerd – Top 10 for each position

 

FF Weekly Projections

 

Numberfire Weekly Projections

CBS Sports Weekly Projections

FF Toolbox – weekly projections

FF today – projections

Bleacher Report – NFL Articles

Current Google Search - if for some reason you still need more info

 

 

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Player News and Injury UPDATES

 

First, you should read about what happened in the game last night, and the fantasy football implications going forward.  The Rotoworld Football Daily Dose is good for that.

 

Rotoworld Football Daily Dose – Archive

 

Next, you ought to see if your injured player is practicing.  Banged up players tend to sit out practice on Thursday, but there is a good chance that if your injured player is not practicing on Friday, he will not help your team on Sunday. Conversely, If he is back in pads today, you can feel confident in starting him.

Friday is the day that you need to check your favorite news sites that deal with injury information and see who these players are. This will help you make your decision easier come GameDay.

 

 

Injury Reports:

Fantasy Pros: Injury Articles
RotoWire: NFL Injuries
RotoExperts – FF Injury News
CBS Sports: Injuries
Draft Sharks: Shark Bites
ESPN: Injuries
Fantasy Sharks: Injury Report
FF Toolbox: Injury Reports
Sporting News: NFL Injuries

 

Couldn’t find what you are looking for? Hit your favorite sites from Monday.

 

FantasyPros – MyPlaybook

It’s Free!, Plug in your players (you can input all your teams) and FantasyPros will give you Fantasy Football player news (only from your roster(s) pulled from several sites, including KFFL, RotoWorld and ProFootballTalk.com. They strip out the duplicate news, and they pull out great lines from columnists about a particular player. You’ll also get the recent NFL headlines pulled from several sites, including CBS Sports, ESPN and ProFootballTalk.com.

Other Aggregators:

 

Full Contact Fantasy

Sportsfeedia

Sportspyder

Swarmsports

Popurls: Sports

FANFOOD Favorite NFL Player News Sites

Rotoworld

CBS Sports

Straight from the Source- NFL.com

Rotowire

 

Articles:

Rundown of Articles From Around the Web

Fantasy Football Article Hub

 

If you still couldn’t find what you were looking for with the above, go to homepages of the..

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL  BIG 5

NFL.com

Yahoo

ESPN

CBS Sports

FOX Sports

 

 

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Take the DAY OFF for College Football

 

If you have followed the Weekly Ritual so far, you will have all the information that you need to feel confident in your starting roster, so…

Take the day off, make the FANFOOD DRINK of the WEEKEND, watch some College Football. Cook your sweetie dinner and forget about Fantasy Football! You can find out tomorrow if your injured player(s) returned to practice today.

 

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GameDay Inactives

 

15 minutes before a regulation NFL game, both teams must present an “Inactive” list of 8 players to the officials. That means of a team’s 53 man roster, only 45 may participate in the game itself. The lone exception is if the team has a 3rd string quarterback on the inactive list. There are separate rules for the 3rd string QB and how he may participate in a game, if at all.

The question then is, why have an inactive list? It’s an attempt by the NFL to create a competitive balance on game day. Due to the brutal nature of the sport, a team can carry players on its 53 man roster that may be too injured to play in that game, but not so injured that they need to be put on Injured Reserve and miss the rest of the season.

Having an inactive list that removes 8 players on game day, basically guarantees that both teams will have the same number of healthy players available on game day, whether or not the 8 inactive players are truly injured.

FYI, Teams still must pay the inactive player their entire game day salary, and must pay to transport, feed, and lodge their inactive players on road trips.

So what does all this mean to you? It means that you need to get on your computer at least an hour before kickoff and check to see if your player is resting or if your starting DST is short handed. Just keep in mind that you may not get the list for the late games until midway through the early games. This is the quandary that we have to live with.

Here are some links for you use on Sunday Mornings to see the players that are Inactive:

Straight from the league

CBS Sports

KFFL

NFL Trade Rumors

 

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NFL Weather

 

Next, if you have time (and we all do) you should take a quick look at the gametime weather for the players on your roster. This can be a factor in your decision making.

Here are some links for you to bookmark:

Weather Underground – NFL

NFLW

Football Docs Weather Page

KFFL Fantasy Footbal Weather

FF Toolbox Weather

My Team’s Weather – Alerts for your team

 

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Weekly SIT / START

 

You know what the weather is going to be, you know the early inactives, now you need to finalize your roster. I’ll say it again, if you followed the FF Weekly Ritual to this point, you will (most likely) not have to make a last minute decision. But that is not going to prevent you from reviewing the many SIT/START pages throughout the web, if anything than to justify your choices.

 

SIT / START Links

 

Fantasy Pros – Who Should I Start?

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

The Grey Report – Breaking down every game (change the week # in the URL)

Walterfootball – Sit/Start

Gridiron Experts – Start’em / Sit’em

Breaking Football – Start & Sit Advice

Fantasy Football Docs

Fantasy Football Cafe - if message boards are still your thing

Yahoo Game Day Call - check back on game day

 

 

FF Weekly Rankings

 

You might have that one choice to make and if you have not made it already, here are some weekly rankings from our favorite site to help you get off your ass and make the decision.

 

FF Toolbox – weekly Cheatsheets

Fantasy Knuckleheads – Rankings

Fantasy Football Nerd – Top 10 for each position

 

FF Weekly Projections

 

Numberfire Weekly Projections

CBS Sports Weekly Projections

FF Toolbox – weekly projections

FF today – projections

Bleacher Report – NFL Articles

Current Google Search - if for some reason you still need more info

 

 

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It’s Gameday Somewhere™

 

 

Your Team is set and it’s time for the real games to decide if you win your fake ones. The only thing you have to do now is to figure out where you are going to watch them. We can help you with this too. Check out FANFOOD.com’s Sports Bar Finder to see what bar carries the NFL Sunday Ticket and where fans of your favorite team unite.

FANFOOD Sports Bar Finder

Search Gamewatch Locations

 

 

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What’s that you say? You can’t make it to a TV?

 

FF Mobile Apps

 

NFL mobile

Cost: Free

 

 

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NFL SUNDAY TICKET is available for the tablet and almost any smartphone.

iPad Smartphones

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RotoWorld.com Fantasy News

Cost: Free

One of the best Fantasy news desks in the industry, you’ll get all the top player news, headlines and analysis for free. You’ll also keep updated with injury news and performance updates. One feature I like is that you can set up customizable Watch Lists for your favorite players.

 

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ESPN Scorecenter

iPad

Cost: Free

ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news and standings from sports leagues around the world. The new app makes it easier than ever to follow your favorite teams anytime, anywhere. Stay up to date on the latest scores with personalized scoreboards and alerts. Follow the nation’s top stories with in-depth coverage and analysis.

 

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Online NFL Scoreboards

 

- Big Eight -

 

NFL.com

Yahoo!

 

USA Today

mobile

 

Fox Sports

mobile

 

Sports Illustrated

mobile

 

NBC Sports

mobile

 

CBS Sports

mobile

 

ESPN

mobile

sports feeds

 

- Other Scoreboards-

 

The Score.com

 

Scores.com

 

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LIVE Fantasy Football Stats

 

FF Leaderboard LIVE

 

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LIVE Twitter Scores

 

NFL LIVE scores

 

The Scores Report

 

NFL Fantasy LIVE

 

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NFL High Definition Game Replays

 

NFL.com HD Game Replays

 

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101 Fantasy Football LINKS

 

Throughout my many years playing this game, I have come across many websites that specialize in fantasy sports (in this case Fantasy Football). I saved them all and went back through my computer and put a list together for you.  Many of them are the same sites that are included in the FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Tools, with their own FF section. Each week a different website, twitter feed or mobile application will be highlighted and reviewed for you before you “HIT the LINKS”.

Click here for the archives.

Here is a list of 101 Fantasy Football links for you to check out. (in alphabetical order) It’s up to you to pick favorites.

 

100 Yards And Running
2MugsFF
4for4.com
AccuScore
Apex Fantasy Leagues
Ask the Commish
Athlon Sports
Beast Dome
Bleacher Report
BrunoBoys.net 
CBS Sports
DavidGonos.com 
Dexter’s Library
Draft Calc
Dynasty Football Warehouse
Dynasty League Football
EDSFootball
ESPN
Fans Fantasy Football
Fantasy Fools
Fantasy Football Aggregator
Fantasy Football Cafe
Fantasy Football Confidential
Fantasy Football Freaks
Fantasy Football Gridiron
Fantasy Football Hub
Fantasy Football Maniax
Fantasy Football Nerd
Fantasy Football Rankings
Fantasy Football Starters
Fantasy Furnace
Fantasy Guru
Fantasy Knuckleheads
Fantasy Pros
Fantasy Rundown
Fantasy Smack Talk
Fantasy Sports Empires
Fantasy Sports Portal
FantasyAlarm 
FantasyOMatic
FantasyPros911
FantasySharks
FantasyTrade411
Fantazzle
FF Breakdown
FF Mastermind 
FFLockerRoom
FFSpin.com  
FFToday
FFToolbox
Fleaflicker
Football Docs
FootballGuys
Forensic Fantasy
Fox Sports
Gridiron Experts
Gridiron-Guru
IDPGuru.com 
Insider Football
Juan Elway
KFFL
Late Round QB
LeagueSafePost
Lesters Legends
NFL Soup
NFL.com
NumberFire
Pro Football Focus
Pro Football Hot Reads
Pro Football Weekly
Pyromaniac
Razzball
Revelation Sports
RosterWatch
Roto Rankings
Roto Synthesis 
Rotoballer
RotoExperts
RotoInfo
Rotoviz
Rotowire
Rotoworld
RT Sports
scoutPRO 
Sports Illustrated
Sports Jerks
Sports Wunderkind
Sportsfeedia
Sportspyder
Sundays Are For Football
Tags Fantasy Football
The Fake Football
The Fantasy Douche
The Fantasy Fix
The Huddle
The New York Times
WalterFootball
Win My Fantasy League
Yahoo.com 
Yard Barker Fantasy Football
Zach Law Online

 

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Fantasy Football Twitter Feeds

 

A.J. Mass of ESPN.com:@AJMass
Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter
Alen Dumonjic of Bleacher Report:@Dumonjic_Alen
Andrea Hangst of BleacherReport.com:@FBALL_Andrea
Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Sports:@AndyBehrens 
Andy Benoit of FootballOutsiders.com:@AndyBenoit
Andy Miley of FantasyAlarm.com:@AndrewMiley
Austin Jordan of NFLVR.com:@AustinDJordan
Bob Harris of FootballDiehards.com:@FootballDiehard 
Bob Lung of FFConsistency.com:@FFConsistency 
Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports:@YahooNoise
Brian Quinlan of RosterWatch.com:@BNQuinlan
Chet Gresham of TheFakeFootball.com:@Chet_G 
Chris Liss of RotoWire.com:@Chris_Liss 
Chris Mortensen@MortReport
Chris Wesseling of RotoWorld.com:@ChrisWesseling 
Cory Bonini and Ryan Bonini of KFFL.com@RyanBonini
Daniel Dobish of RotoExperts.com, KFFL@DanielEDobish 
Daniel Jeremiah of NFLNetwork.com:@MoveTheSticks
Dave Richard of CBSSports.com:@DaveRichard 
David Dodds of FootballGuys.com:@FBG_Dodds
David Gonos of DavidGonos.com:@DavidGonos 
Dexter’s Library of DextersLibrary.com:@Dexters_Library 
Eric Karabell of ESPN.com:@KarabellESPN 
Eric Mack of SportsIllustrated.com:@EricMackFantasy
Eric Olinger of DynastyLeagueFootball.com:@OlingerIDPGuru 
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk and RotoWorld:@EvanSilva 
Fantasy FB Pundit:@FantasyFBPundit 
Frank DuPont of FantasyDouche.com:@FantasyDouche 
Jake Ciely of RotoExperts.com:@AllinKid 
Jamey Eisenberg of CBSSports.com:@JameyEisenberg 
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:@JasonLaCanfora
Jason Smith of NFL Network:@HowAboutAFresca
Jay Clemons of BleacherReport.com:@ATL_JayClemons 
Jay Glazer of FOX Network:@JayGlazer
Jeff Brubach of TheFakeFootball.com:@OrangeBru
Jeff Haseley of FootballGuys.com:@JeffHaseley 
Jene Bramel of FootballGuys.com:@JeneBramel
Jim Day of FantasyTaz.com:@FantasyTaz 
Jody Smith of GridironExperts.com:@JodySmith_
Joe Bryant of FootballGuys.com:@Football_Guys 
John Clayton@ClaytonESPN
John Halpin of FoxSports.com:@JHalpin37
John Paulsen of 4for4.com:@4for4_John
John Tuvey of TheHuddle.com:@JTuvey
Lance Zierlein of TheSidelineView.com:@LanceZierlein
Matt Camp of FantasyGuru.com:@TheMattCamp
Matt De Lima of 4for4.com:@MattKDelima
Matt Pomeroy of NFL Network:@MattPomPom
Matthew Berry of ESPN.com:@MatthewBerryTMR 
Michael Fabiano of NFL Network:@Michael_Fabiano
Mike Clay of ProFootballFocus and Rotoworld:@MikeClayNFL
Nate Ravitz of ESPN.com:@NateRavitz 
Nathan Zegura of CBSSports.com:@NathanZegura 
Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld.com:@RotoPat
Paul Charchian of LeagueSafe.com:@PaulCharchian 
Paul Greco of FP911Challenge.com:@PaulGreco 
Peter King of Sports Illustrated:@SI_PeterKing
Rivers McCown of FootballOutsiders.com:@FO_RiversMcCown
Rumford Johnny of 2MugsFF.com:@RumfordJohnny
Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com:@ScottERotoEx 
Scott Kacsmar of CaptainComeback.Wordpress.com:@CaptainComeback
Scott Pianowski of Yahoo! Sports:@Scott_Pianowski 
Shane Hallam of DraftCountdown.com:@ShanePHallam
SidelineFB of TheSidelineView.com:@SidelineFB
Sigmund Bloom of FootballGuys.com:@SigmundBloom 
Sports_Vault of SportsVau.lt:@Sports_Vault
Stephania Bell of ESPN.com:@Stephania_Bell 
TraderX of FantasyTrade411.com:@FantasyTrade411
Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com:@SultanofStat 
Zach Law of BleacherReport.com:@Zach_Law

 

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NFL Breaking News

 

Rotoworld

CBS Sports

Straight from the Source

Breaking News on Twitter:

Twitter NFL

NFLBNN

 

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NFL ALERTS

 

ESPN mobile

CBS Sports wireless

The Score

Verizon NFL Insider

 

 

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Smoked Beef Back Ribs

 

Back ribs are usually cut from the rib roast, a very desirable and expensive cut. This thick muscle is used for roasting whole, or cut into boneless ribeye steaks. For that reason the rib bones are removed so there is very little meat on the surface. As much as possible goes to the much more expensive rib roast. But there is some tasty stuff between the bones, and often back ribs can be found in slabs of 8 or more 8″ long bones.

 

Here is recipe for smoking Beef Back Ribs in your gas or electric smoker.

 

Beef Back Rib Rub:

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons table salt
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili or ancho powder
1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder

 

Grind your black pepper and then sift it. Use the coarse stuff, and put the fine stuff in a pepper shaker.You want the complexity with two different flavors and two different levels of heat. Most American chili powders and ancho powders do not have a lot of heat, but good flavor. In fact, ancho is usually in a lot of American chili powders. Go with ancho if you can find it. It has a nice raisiny character. With chipotle or cayenne you will get a kiss of heat. Chipotle has better flavor though.

 

PREPARATION

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

Lightly oil the meat with vegetable oil.

Note: Many of the flavors in the rub are oil soluble and the oil helps penetrate the meat. So does the salt, so don’t leave it out. Spread the rub generously and you can apply it just before cooking or let it marinate on the meet overnight.

 

Beef Back Mop/Braising Sauce:

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons American chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon of butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup Lone Star beer (or any other lager). Drink any that is left over.
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons steak sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Hot sauce to taste (start with 2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce for mild heat)
2 cups beef, veal, or chicken stock

 

Note: Butter or margarine work fine, but to make it authentic, use rendered beef fat from the fatback of a brisket or use bacon fat.

 

PREPARATION

Mix the paprika, black pepper, American chili powder, and cumin in a small bowl.

In a one quart saucepan, melt the butter or bacon fat and gently cook the onion over medium heat until translucent.

Add the garlic, bell pepper, and the spice mix you made earlier. Stir, and cook for two minutes to extract the flavors.

Add the stock and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until well blended. Simmer on medium for 15 minutes. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a month or so.

 

What to Purchase

Look for ribs that are a nice, deep red and have plenty of fat marbling in the meat.  Try to pick out beef ribs that are as meaty as possible. Mind you, they’re not going to be nearly as meaty as pork ribs usually but some are “meatier” than others if you pick through them.

 

How to Prepare

You can marinate the Ribs with about a half cup of Worcestershire in the bottom of a large tupperware bowl then sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the Rib Rub from the recipe above. or you can just Rub them and leave overnight (see above)

 

Worcestershire and my rub recipe in the bottom of the bowl

 

Lay a layer of ribs meat side down on top of this.

First layer of ribs meaty side down

 

Lay another layer of ribs meat side up on top of the first layer and sprinkle on more Worcestershire and rub just like you did at the first. Continue adding layers meat side up with the Worcestershire and the rub until you are out of ribs or out of space.

Additional layers of ribs

 

Put a lid on the container or some foil/plastic wrap and place it in the fridge overnight.

 

The next morning..

Take the bowl of ribs out of the fridge and lay them on the counter top to warm a little while you go out and get the smoker ready. put some of the remaining rub all over them.

 

Preparing the Smoker

 

If you are using an electric or gas smoker,  covered the water pan with foil for easier cleanup and filled it with water. I also filled the wood box with about 6-7 chunks of your favorite wood chips or chunks.

 

Water pan and wood box ready

 

Adjust the temperature to high and get them in the smoker before the smoke starts flowing.

Note: the best way to get the wood to smoking in you gas smoker is to turn the heat on high until you see smoke then turn it down to the proper setting. Leaving the door cracked during this time will allow some of the heat to escape so it does not get too hot inside the smoker.

 

Smoking the Ribs

Lay the ribs bone side down directly on the grate for the initial smoke.

 

Ribs laid out on the grate

 

 

Adjust the temperature to medium and make a few adjustments over the next 10 minutes until you get the temperature to stay where you want it at about 215 degrees.

Let the ribs smoke real slow for the next 2 hours mopping about every 30 minutes.

After 2 hours pour about 3/4 cup of the mop sauce in a couple of pans that fit in your smoker. Then put 4-5 ribs from the grate into each pan bone side down and add more of  the rub recipe on top for good measure.

 

Ribs into pans

 

Place the pans into the smoker to finish cooking the ribs at about 225 degrees.

 

Pans into smoker

 

Expect to leave them in the smoker for at least a couple of hours. Don’t be in a hurry.

 

Here they are at about 1 hour after putting them in the pan, turn the smoker down to 200.

1 hour in the pan

 

 

Your ribs will turn out beautifully and will be tender and juicy with very little fat left in the meat.

 

Finished Beef Back Ribs Meat pulled back from bones

 

Notes: like most other ribs, it is nearly impossible to get a good read on the temperature of the ribs using a thermometer so the best way to tell when they are done is to check the tenderness. 

 

 

 

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