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📽️ Awesemo Fantasy Football Show: 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy & Preseason Risers & Fallers

Sam Smith



Awesemo is bringing you expert fantasy football advice by committee as Dave “Loughy” Loughran, Eytan Shander and Ben Rasa host the Awesemo Fantasy Football Show today, Aug. 16. In this episode, the guys will discuss fantasy football draft strategy and risers and fallers. We will recap some of the biggest position battles to watch, what to expect from players like Myles Gaskin and which players can significantly help or hurt their fantasy value based on their preseason performance.

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Fantasy Football Draft & Rankings

Prepping for a fantasy football draft can be a time-consuming, confusing process. Spending hours reading through magazines, online articles and listening to podcasts can leave you sifting through a mishmash of conflicting and often useless information. It is difficult figuring out who to trust and which stats are noise and which are not. You have probably come across players considered “breakout” picks in one article, only to see them labeled as “busts” in another.

The reason for this is simple: There are too many available statistics to choose from, and many of the ones that are used by analysts contain little, if any, predictive value. In fact, even the statistics that do offer predictive value can be harmful when viewed in isolation. When citing individual statistics – as analysts often do – they can make a case for anyone. If you are tired of groupthink and industry consensus, maybe it is time for a data-driven approach.

Fortunately, Awesemo has created first-rate rankings based on projections. Good projections consider millions of data points. They then determine which data points are most predictive and aggregate them into a single overarching number for each player, culminating in a ranking system that takes relativity into account.

The Awesemo Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: NFL Preseason Week 1

Whether you have an off-line draft or want a quick, easy-to-view cheat sheet for your fantasy football draft, we have you covered with all types of different league scoring, from full PPR to half PPR to standard. You can also download our cheat sheets by positional ranking and cross them off your draft or use them in conjunction with our draft wingman tool, which allows you to keep track of how each pick improves your roster. All our cheatsheets are based on Alex Baker’s  rankings and projections. The world’s No. 1 DFS player, Alex put his daily fantasy model to use to calculate game-by-game projections for the entire NFL season for every fantasy-relevant player. He used over/unders, win totals, spreads, and metrics like targets, routes run and yards per attempt to produce one simple, easy-to-use number for your drafts. After that, Awesemo factored in positional scarcity and relative value to reach a final set of rankings and tiers.

Strength of Schedule Tool

Not every week is equal in fantasy football, especially when it comes to beating your friends in the playoffs. If you preferentially choose players who have a favorable schedule going into Weeks 15 and 16, you will have a great chance of success. The Awesemo Strength of Schedule Tool is not your regular list of good and bad defenses by week. Alex Baker has put his projections to work – using game lines from the season coupled with specific stats to create a rating for each matchup that is not solely based on last year’s performances. Types of defenses are also taken into account. Inside, run-stuffing defenses may allow no points to bruising backs who continually run through the A-gap, but what about pass-catching backs like Christian McCaffrey or Alvin Kamara? Awesemo’s Strength of Schedule Tool treats those backs differently, for example, and tailors the strength of schedule to their unique situations. We have also grouped each player’s strength of schedule by periods of the season. Want to know how a player grades out during the playoffs? Just toggle the playoff column. Got a guillotine league where you need to be great right off the bat? Toggle Weeks 1 to 4.

What to Watch for in NFL Preseason Week 1

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Want more fantasy football news live? Check out our NFL fantasy football draft rankings, our NFL fantasy football cheat sheet, our fantasy football sleepers and our NFL player draft profiles. If all that free content isn't enough for you to dominate your Fantasy Football draft this year, check out the Awesemo Fantasy Football Draft Kit, which includes sophisticated tools and proprietary fantasy data that you can only get from us. We've also got a brand new Fantasy Football YouTube Channel where you can tune in every day for the best fantasy videos in the business.

Sam Smith is a writer and editor with He has been immersed in the world of professional sports data since 2015, while also writing extensively on the NFL for a multitude of blogs and websites. With Awesemo, Sam looks to blend his sports and editorial expertise with Awesemo's data to bring you the best fantasy information possible. You can follow Sam on Twitter @samc_smith.

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