⛽️🔥 Tyjae Spears Profile/Playoff Bestball Strategy

Dynasty Offseason RB Strategy/Rookie ADP shift and More

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Once again, we will be taking a closer look at the prospect Ray dove into in this week’s Discord exclusive film breakdown. Tulane’s Tyjae Spears is a very under-the-radar prospect, but after his Cotton Bowl performance against USC, he may be an up-and-coming name.

Spears’ Cotton Bowl showcased his ability and showed why he deserves to be looked at for the 2023 NFL Draft. The 4th year RB ran for 205 yards on 17 carries, adding a catch for 14 yards and totaling 4 TDs on national TV. Across his collegiate career, he never had a season-long PFF Run Grade lower than 81, capped by his 90.7 grade in 2022. Spears was Tulane’s greatest weapon, and they utilized him in the passing game, too (8.7% reception share and 7.4% target share), and he totaled over 1600 yards this past season. He is a very capable pass-catching RB, which is a huge plus for fantasy success at the NFL level.

Lastly, one of the knocks against Spears will be his size; at 5’ 10”, he is only 195 lbs. He looks to run well in the 40-yard dash, but it will be difficult to see him become a 3-down RB at the NFL level.

Really, Quentin? One reception for three yards in the national championship game? Come on man, what on earth are we doing here? This is the biggest stage of your life, make an impact! It’s going to be very hard to trust the TCU wide receiver when it comes to our rookie drafts, as we have been burned so many times in the past from this school. This type of performance gives me little hope for Johnston at the next level.

Georgia got the memo, at least, as they put on a clinic beating TCU by a score of 65-7. Brock Bowers (TE, Georgia) from the 2024 class put on a show with seven catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. I expect Bowers to be a first-round devy selection in this year's mocks as he was already our 2.05 with the 2023 class included.

With the national championship behind us, we look to the future of this 2023 draft cycle and embrace the process here at Destination Devy. At this stage, we are awaiting the final declarations for the upcoming draft. The most notable name is Blake Corum (RB, Michigan), our former RB8 of the 2023 rookie class who has decided to go back to school instead of declaring for the NFL Draft. At this point, with his injury and how deep this RB class is shaping up to be, this was probably for the best for Corum and his future outlook with the league. Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina) also seems to have unfinished business as he announced he would be returning to school. Cameron Rising (QB, Utah) will also go back to Utah and, like Rattler, will add to the depth of this already deep 2024 QB class. Overall, our 2023 rookie class has lost some bodies, but most of them won’t be missed

Thank you for listening to the injury pod all season. I trust you used it to guide your teams to fantasy championships! Follow me @jmthrivept for live updates over the off-season.

Beyond the Mic🎙

The Reality of the Quarterback Position in Superflex heading into the 2023 offseason.

Remember when Jared Goff and Daniel Jones were just some trash placeholders? The Lions and Giants were both projected to be bottom 10 by the oddsmakers in 2022, and inevitably these franchises would move on from these former top 10 picks that had flopped in the NFL. We called Jared Goff the “Diaper Genie” in Heisman chats all off-season. How quickly things can change.

The Giants, despite having nothing in the way of skill players not named Saquon Barkley, made the playoffs in 2022 (Speaking of change, 3 teams from the NFC East are in the playoffs). Danny Dimes set career highs in completion percentage (67.2% ) and passing yards (3,205), showing big improvement under the tutelage of Brian Daboll while having a very weak support cast of skill players. That lack of supporting cast may have helped him become a top-10 quarterback this season as he set career highs in rush attempts (120), rushing touchdowns (7), and rushing yards (705).

Did you know that there have only been 21 occurrences of quarterback rushing for over 700 yards in a season? Account for repeat performances by Lamar Jackson (4), Michael Vick (3), Jalen Hurts(2), Josh Allen (2), and Cam Newton (2), and you only have 13 quarterbacks who have ever accomplished that feat in the NFL at the quarterback position. Daniel Jones rushed for more yards this season than Cam Newton did his rookie season when he set the fantasy world on fire as a top 5 fantasy QB. *Read this paragraph again*

Due to the rushing threat he brings, It’s time you started treating Danny Dimes with some damn respect. Even if he tripped over his own damn feet in the open field.

The Detroit Lions just beat the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field with a playoff berth on the line for the Pack. The offensive line has been built the right way, with Taylor Decker protecting Jared Goff’s blindside, Penei Sewell a stud at right tackle, and Frank Ragnow playing as a top 5 center (PFF player grades). Amon-Ra St. Brown has proven yet another year that he is an alpha. This football team finished with nine wins and was a Seahawks victory (versus a dilapidated Rams team in overtime) from going to the playoffs this season.

The Matthew Stafford trade paid big dividends for the Lions this season as they are sitting on the number 6 pick in the NFL Draft as well as 18 and 48. They certainly have the firepower to make a move for their quarterback if they want to go that route. It is still looking like Jared Goff will be under center for this football team during week 1 for the 3rd season in a row. And no matter what happens in the NFL Draft, Jared Goff has revitalized his career and will undoubtedly get a shot to start for another team if the Detroit Lions decided to move on.

Did you know only five quarterbacks threw for more yards than Jared Goff this season? Patrick Mahomes (5,250), Justin Herbert (4,739), Tom Brady (4,694), Kirk Cousins (4,547), Joe Burrow (4,475), and Jared Goff (4,438) are the only 6 NFL passers over 4,400 yards. Wait, Jared Goff is taking care of the football!? The five quarterbacks all threw more interceptions than Jared Goff (7), and among quarterbacks who started all 17 games, no one threw fewer interceptions than Jared Goff. This is now Jared Goff’s 3rd year with over 4,400 passing yards. When in the right situation, Jared Goff deserves some damn respect too.

As we head into the 2023 season and into the 2023 draft class, there are two things I want to stress patience with young quarterbacks that have high draft capital in Superflex. Danny Dimes was a gem for drafters this year. There will always be exceptions to this rule (Zach Wilson, Josh Rosen, Dwayne Haskins, etc), but panic-selling Daniel Jones types for late 2nds, because you’re fed up with them, is unlikely to return you the level of upside that a young starting quarterback with draft capital can. Even on a larger scale, many people were ready to write off Justin Fields early in the season and even Trevor Lawrence in the offseason.

Be mindful of this for Will Levis, Anthony Richardson, Bryce Young, and C.J. Stroud as long as they get the high draft capital we expect. These are young quarterbacks coming into the NFL, and all will need to improve and develop. When those bad moments come and panic sets in for fickle dynasty managers, be ready to pounce. And if you already roster them in these down moments, steady the ship and STAY PATIENT.

Playoff Best Ball is upon us! @Just_Ike09 has some tips + general strategy

What will we do since the fantasy football regular season is now in the books? Enter into some playoff best ball tournaments on Underdog! Currently, the most popular contests are The Mitten ($5 entry) & The Gauntlet ($25). Each has half PPR scoring & roster construction of: 1QB, 1RB, 2 W/T, 1 FLEX. There are four weeks of competition through the Super Bowl.

The key is to win each round every single week to advance to the next. Keep in mind that points do not carry over, so you will have to be strategic with the players you believe have a higher probability of playing multiple playoff games/advancing to the Super Bowl.

Some important tips:

  • Don’t draft a lot of players on bye. While they’re nice to have, make sure you supplement them with players who have high upside in Round 1.

  • Draft at least 2 QB’s. The only possible exception is if you believe Josh Allen/Bills or Joe Burrow/Bengals will go to the SB, then you can draft one and have flexibility at other positions.

  • Draft as many teams as you can handle. You want to play the probabilities, so drafting with many different scenarios in mind can be the way to go.

  • Find value later in the draft with upside players that are being overlooked. This is how you can gain leverage over the field in large tournaments (Hilton, Osborn, Hodgins, MVS, Watkins, McKenzie, etc)

Most common builds include a 2-3-5 (2QB, 3RB, 5 WT) & 1-3-6 (1QB, 3RB, 6 W/T). Example draft with a BUF/PHI matchup in mind:

 @EricVanekNFL has a strategy to use for those late-round draft picks you have.

This off-season for the way we want to build our rosters. I think this will be an interesting time to be able to buy three bodies for a third RD draft pick. Now, what do I mean by that? If you’ve listened to myself and Scott this year, you know that we are just collecting any RBs, really.

This off-season in SOME of your leagues where it makes sense to collect and/or it's a Point Per Carry league. Try and see what you can do this off-season and buying three guys for one pick. D’Onta Foreman, Matt Breida, Kevin Harris, Boston Scott, Zack Moss, Marlon Mack, the list can go on and on here of these types of running backs. See if you can package two or three of these guys for your third RD round pick and pick them up. The goal is to accumulate as many of these RBs as possible on your roster. We never know what will happen this offseason with where these guys may land. By the time the season starts, you’ll know where most of these guys stand.

Also, with this running back class this year I want to be drafting as many as I can in rounds 2,3,4,5 how many ever rounds your draft has this off-season. I want to collect these guys and switch it up to. Don’t take 25 shares of one guy unless it's just an absolute steal every time in like round 4 or something like that. I think this strategy is going to keep paying off for us and I’m excited to try and do it some more this off-season!

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