Fantasy football at an elite level. Host Ian Hartitz breaks down all of the latest NFL news and gives you the analysis and unique insights you need to dominate your season-long fantasy football leagues and DFS contests. With cutting-edge stats and information from Pro Football Focus, get ready to take your game to another level. If you want to be the BEST, this fantasy football podcast is a must.
Fantasy Files: Should we buy Travis Etienne as the next great first-round rookie RB?
Host Ian Hartitz breaks down the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield and whether or not we should buy Travis Etienne in fantasy land ahead of 2021. Make no mistake about it: Etienne is fast fast. Still, Urban Meyer's comments on the situation have been nothing short of puzzling, routinely referring to Etienne as "slash" due to the potential for him to play an awful lot of wide receiver. This is a skill Etienne possesses; just realize we don't have much evidence of him working in the slot or out wide from the Clemson days. Ian concludes the podcast with Etienne's specific rank and thoughts on James Robinson and Carlos Hyde.
Taking a look at this confusing Jags backfield (0:17) Etienne will have a role in the passing game (4:51) Where the Jaguars RBs rank (6:16)
Fantasy Files: Which tight ends are basically wide receivers?
Host Ian Hartitz breaks down which tight ends should be called wide receivers based on their usage. This is an issue that started with Jimmy Graham's franchise tag back in 2014, and Greg Olsen has also brought up the issues with how tight ends are paid. Regardless: all signs point towards Anthony Firkser being a key member of the Titans' receiving room in 2021. The projections are a bit more bleak for guys like Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki, Jared Cook and more.
Which TEs focus on outside route running the most? (2:46) Who are some other TEs that play outside often? (5:55)
Fantasy Files: Derrick Henry is a top-5 real life and fantasy running back
Host Ian Hartitz breaks down Derrick Henry's fantasy football value ahead of the 2021 season. You don't need Ian to tell you just how good Henry has been since entering the league, but he does so anyway. The one problem people seem to have with Henry is the idea that he'll regress after seeing so much volume, but Ian isn't buying this on account of the small sample sizes attached and reality that Henry doesn't have the most tread on his tires among fantasy's top-10 backs. Ian concludes the podcast with Henry's ranking and a note on Darrynton Evans' handcuff potential.
Putting Derrick Henry into historical context (0:27) How Derrick Henry stacks up with his peers (2:20) Is regression inevitable for King Henry? (4:12) Does Henry's lack of pass game work matter (8:03) Potential handcuffs on the Titans? (10:48)
10 questions with Mike Williams
Host Ian Hartitz welcomes on Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams for 10 questions mostly related to the upcoming season. The Chargers again look loaded on paper ahead of the year, and Mike says the team's excitement level is at an all-time high. The conversation continues with thoughts on Justin Herbert's rookie season as well as how the rising second-year quarterback is more vocal in 2021. No surprise: Mike considers 50/50 balls to be 80/20 situations when they involved him and Herbert. Additional topics on the podcast include: Moss vs. Rice, if more targets are on the way in 2021, what Mike has learned from playing with Keenan Allen, if Clemson is WRU and more.
What does Mike Williams expect from the Chargers in 2021? (1:46) Mike Williams on Justin Herbert (3:54) How Mike Williams plays the game (7:23) Who inspired Mike Williams (8:42) How good is teammate Keenan Allen (11:40) Is Clemson WRU? (14:17)
Fantasy Files: Derek Carr is a better real life quarterback than you think
Host Ian Hartitz breaks down Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr's fantasy value ahead of the 2021 season. Ian is among those who have slandered Carr over the years; just realize in recent history he's been nothing other than a great real life quarterback. This is reflected by his 2020 film and analytics alike. The problem: Carr has been more sensitive to pressure than most, and the 2021 version of this offensive line seems poised to take a step back. Throw in a good, albeit not great, group of wide receivers, and you have an offense that might take a step back from their finish as the league's 10th-ranked scoring unit. Ian closes out the podcast with his final feelings on Carr's potential to take a Ryan Tannehill-esque eighth-year leap in 2021.
Was last year a sign of things to come for Derek Carr (1:36) Is the Raiders' offense good enough to sustain QB1 play from Carr? (7:16) The table is not set for Carr to be overly productive in fantasy (10:04) Should you take a chance on Carr in late rounds? (12:06)
Fantasy Files: Why you should draft Kirk Cousins after landing Trey Lance or Justin Fields
Host Ian Hartitz breaks down how often offenses with multiple high-end skill-position players also enable high-end fantasy quarterbacks. The general answer: often, which leads to questions surrounding whether we're too low on Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Ryan. There are more reasonable concerns for the latter two signal-callers than the former, who truly is in a loaded offense and possesses a borderline erotic start to the season. Ian explains just how cozy Cousins' opening stretch is before explaining why he's the ideal late-round quarterback to snag while investors of Trey Lance or Justin Fields wait for the rookie to win the job.
Offenses with top weapons but no QB1 (2:06) What does having elite WRs mean for QB fantasy production? (4:25) What do these findings mean for Kirk Cousins? (5:38)
Fantastic Daily Fantasy Fix
Fantasy Files has been getting me through the spring and summer. Has a knack for raising the questions we’re all asking. Relentless analysis with wit and humility. Ian digs deep to surface the real truth of a player, combining stats, the eye test and team context. You get insight like “David Montgomery is the kind of back that needs absolutely everything to go right to produce at a high level. A single injury could tank him .” (Paraphrasing). Hard to believe he’s only I’d guess in his 20’s because the takes are wise and assured. Interested to hear what the weekly in-season analysis will be!
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Ian. We love ya man but you got to slow down. I just listened to your RB projection show. You’re obviously the man, just a little less stream of consciousness. Maybe a 5 minute summary statement or a tidy rap up segment. Thanks for all you do. Keep it coming.
Still my go to fantasy podcast
Ian is doing a great job- I listen to every single one of his podcasts. Only “complaint” is that the cover art is very bad, not sure if it’s a beetle or a rifle or what’s going on with it lol...