Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 23 - Jeremy Maclin reaction, news recap and did Harmon pull off that hat?

Matt Franciscovich and Matt Harmon are back with another flagship episode of the Fantasy Hipsters podcast to discuss the current NFL news of the week including Jeremy Maclin signing with the Ravens, Eric Decker's release and confusing reports about Alshon Jeffery's progress with the Philadelphia Eagles. Also, the duo discusses whether Harmon pulled off a controversial beach accessory on his vacation and they introduce a brand new podcast sponsor. Of course, no episode is complete without the music and beer recomendations of the week. 


Fantasy Hipsters music picks playlist:

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 20 - Evan Silva destroys our MFL10 hopes and dreams

The Fantasy Hipsters are back with another packed podcast episode ! This week, Evan Silva of Rotoworld joins Matt Harmon and Matt Franchise to discuss an ongoing podcast listener MFL10 draft. The fellas weigh in on early ADPs, some draft strategy, and how things could change as the summer months wear on. The crew also talks about players on Evan Silva’s “breakout candidates” column on rotoworld.com including Cameron Meredith, Ty Montgomery, Tyreek Hill and more. As always, the Fantasy Hipsters do their part to spread some culture by closing out the show with stellar music and beer recommendations of the week. 

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Fantasy Hipsters music picks playlist (most recent additions at bottom):

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 18 - We Are Pretty Mad

The Fantasy Hipsters Podcast is back with another episode! This week, Matt Harmon and Matt Franciscovich passionately discuss some topics that are making them #madonline this offseason. The duo also weighs in on the Kareem Hunt hype in Kansas City and break down Quincy Enunwa’s outlook with the Jets this coming season. As always, the Fantasy Hipsters do their part to spread some culture by closing out the show with music and beer recommendations of the week.

Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Duchamps Grooming Co. & Flag and Anthem

Fantasy Hipsters music picks playlist:

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 16 - NFL depth chart breakdowns and being sick of bad Eddie Lacy jokes

We're back with another packed episode of the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast!

In this episode, Matt Harmon and Matt Franciscovich run through several NFL teams' projected depth charts based on a recent ESPN.com article and breakdown what the fantasy implications are.

The Fantasy Hipsters chat about Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown, Packers running back Ty Montgomery and they touch on the Baltimore Ravens' offensive question marks. You'll have to check out Harmon's epic rant on why he is so sick of Eddie Lacy weight jokes, you won't want to miss it. As always, we close out the show with our music and beer picks of the week. Download, subscribe, rate and review ... and enjoy!

Thanks to our sponsors: Duchamps Grooming Co. and Flag & Anthem

Fantasy Hipsters picks playlist on Spotify:

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 14 - French press vs. pour over coffee & mock draft review with James Koh

We're back with another packed episode of the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast! In this episode, Matt Harmon and Matt Franciscovich welcome in special guest James Koh (@JamesDKoh) from their old stomping grounds at the NFL Fantasy LIVE Podcast. Koh has a theory to share with the hosts on why the french press is not the best tool to prepare coffee and offers them a taste test. After that, the trio runs through the NFL Fantasy crew's first redraft mock for the 2017 season to give their best and least favorite picks. As always, Franchise and Harmon close out the show with their music picks (see playlist below) and beer recommendations of the week. 

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Check out the updated Fantasy Hipsters music picks playlist below (scroll down for most recent additions)!

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 12 - Rookie landing spots with guest Matt Waldman

We're back with another packed episode of the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast! In this episode, Matt Harmon and Matt Franciscovich welcome in special guest Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) Footballguys writer and the author of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. Waldman is one of the most well-respected minds in prospect to team evaluation and he offers up some of his favorite matches from this year's draft. The fellas discuss Aaron Jones vs. Jamal Williams in Green Bay and whether an under the radar star at quarterback lurks in the late rounds. Also, you can't miss which running back Waldman compares to a cast iron skillet. As always, Franchise and Harmon close out the show with their music and beer recommendations of the week. 

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Fantasy Hipsters picks playlist:

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast Ep 7: The final tier of our 2017 NFL Draft big board, music & beer

We're back with another packed episode of the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast! This episode covers news of the Cleveland Browns wavering with the No. 1 overall pick a few weels ahead of the NFL Draft; Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell's future potential; and whether or not the 49ers are really giving up on Carlos Hyde per reports ... it is April, after all (Zzzz). The duo then hash out the third and final tier of their NFL Draft rookie big board with more running backs, wide receivers and maybe even a few tight ends. Of course, no podcast is complete without Franchise’s music pick of the week, Maggie Rogers, whom you can check out in the embedded playlist below or at this link. Don't worry, Harmon’s got another solid weekly beer selection, too. Of course, you'll have to tune in to check out some great offers from our sponsors. Don't forget to take a few minutes to rate and review the podcast on whatever platform you listen on! 

Listen to the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast here, or find it on iTunes

Follow the show on FantasyHipsters.comTheBackyardBanter.comStickToFootball.com and Contact the hosts via email at FantasyHipsters@gmail.com. Thanks to our sponsors: Duchamps Grooming Co.Flag and Anthem, and Reality Sports Online.

Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fantasyhipsters/2017/04/13/episode-7-carlos-hyde-laquon-treadwell-and-nfl-draft-rookie-big-board-part-3

Appearance on the Dave Dameshek Football Program (DDFP) to talk rookie running backs!

I was fortunate enough to be invited on the Dave Dameshek Football Program for the April 11th episode. Shek was seeking some insight into the top running back prospects in the 2017 NFL draft class, so I delivered takes on some of my top players at the position, including Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon and Leonard Fournette. Plus, NFL Fantasy Live's Marcas Grant stopped by so we could chat fantasy football and other fun topics like the best NFL moments since 1980 (see video below). We also competed in a surprise game show that you can only hear on the audio version of the episode on iTunes here

Source: www.nfl.com/podcasts

Guest appearances on DLF network podcasts: The Bull Rush & DLF Dynasty pods

In the past week, I was honored to be invited as a guest on two podcasts run by the DLF (DynastyLeagueFootball.com) network. DLF is a tremendous resource for all things dynasty fantasy football related from rookie prospect scouting reports, dynasty trade value tools, rookie rankings, advice on how to start up a dynasty league and a ton of other best-in-the-industry dynasty analysis. 

Since running backs are my wheelhouse, that's what my focus was for both appearances. I highlighted some of my favorite sleepers in the 2017 draft class and had a lot of fun along the way. Check out both episodes by clicking through the links below. Both podcasts are also available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

DLF Dynasty Podcast with Nick Whalen
Matt Price & guest Matt Waldman:


  The Bull Rush Podcast with Scott FishRyan McDowell & Dynasty Frank

Ep. 6 Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Rookie big board part 2 & listener giveaway

Matt Franciscovich and Matt Harmon assume the Fantasy Hipsters moniker once again and talk about how they value Bears running back Jordan Howard for the 2017 fantasy season. The duo then hash out the second tier of their NFL Draft rookie big board with more wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. Of course, no podcast is complete without Franchise’s music pick of the week (see playlist) and Harmon’s weekly beer selection. The Fantasy Hipsters then have some fun answering some entertaining listener questions. And for the first time, they offer up a listener giveaway ... but you'll have to tune in to find how how to enter! Download, subscribe, rate and review!

Get the latest music discussed on the podcast & subscribe to the Fantasy Hipsters picks playlist:

Make sure you check out the Fantasy Hipsters YouTube channel!

Podcast: Ep 5 - NFL Draft rookie top-12 big board

We're back for another loaded episode! Matt Franciscovich and Matt Harmon assume the Fantasy Hipsters moniker once again to start building their offensive rookie big board. The duo debate which wide receivers, tight ends and running backs belong in their top-12 talents for the 2017 NFL Draft. Later in the show, they're joined by Brandon Rubesh, a bartender from the Gulp located in West Los Angeles, to chat about beers, knife forging and living in Portland. Of course, no podcast is complete without Franchise’s music pick of the week, check out the playlist. The Fantasy Hipsters then have some fun answering some entertaining listener questions. Catch up on previous episodes at www.fantasyhipsters.com

Fantasy Hipsters music picks playlist updated with this week's artist, Lord Huron! Follow along for weekly updates on Spotify.

Fantasy Hipsters Podcast: Ep 3 - Eddie Lacy, Free Agency, music & beer and picking best QB roommate

Thanks to our sponsor:  Flag and Anthem

Thanks to our sponsor: Flag and Anthem

Matt Franciscovich and Matt Harmon assume the Fantasy Hipsters moniker once again on their brand new podcast. On the official third episode, the duo reacts to some NFL free agency moves discussing players like Eddie Lacy, Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor and a lot more. Of course, no podcast is complete without Franchise’s music pick of the week (Spotify playlist here) and Harmon’s latest beer pick. The Fantasy Hipsters then have some fun talking about which NFL quarterbacks they’d want as a roommate and answer additional listener questions. 

*Follow the show on FantasyHipsters.comTheBackyardBanter.comStickToFootball.com
Contact the hosts via email at FantasyHipsters@gmail.com. 

Thanks to our sponsor:  Duchamps Grooming

Thanks to our sponsor: Duchamps Grooming


Check out Franchise's top tracks from artists he disccuses on the podcast: 

Fantasy Hipsters podcast: Official first episode!

It's official! The Fantasy Hipsters podcast has come to fruition, and we're proud to share it with you. Please download, subscribe, like it, rate it, review it ... all the nice things the kids are doing with podcasts these days. On the first episode, Harmon and I discuss NFL Combine tidbits and which players we'll be watching for. We also touch on some of the latest NFL news to satiate our football needs. Then, we move on to music and beer ... what more could you want in a podcast? Seriously!? Ok enough ranting ... just listen! You can stream it here, or find it on iTunes by searching 'Fantasy Hipsters'. Feedback is welcome ... Please enjoy and keep an eye out for another episode next week!

For now, Hipsters ... OUT. 

Source: www.fantasyhipsters.com

Prospect Profile: D'onta Foreman, RB, Texas

You know the saying, “size doesn’t matter”? Well when it comes to running back prospect D’Onta Foreman out of Texas (where everything seems to be bigger), that saying couldn’t be more false. Foreman is a big, nearly 250-pound back with thick, powerful legs. There is nothing flashy or jump-off-the-screen exciting about his running style, but his size/speed combination is what will have NFL teams clamoring for him on draft day. Let’s dig into some of Foreman’s strengths and weaknesses and see what takeaways we can glean from his tape.  

STRENGTHS

  • built like a workhorse, has thick, powerful legs
  • logged 300+ carries as a Jr. 
  • falls forward most of the time
  • at least 100 rush yards in every game as Jr. 
  • shows right amount of patience for running lanes to open up, hits them with conviction
  • deceptively quick feet for a big man
  • exceptional balance through contact 
  • ideal 2nd-half clock salter 

Foreman has the makeup of a true workhorse back. Prove it you say? The guy logged a ridiculous 51 rush attempts in a game against Kansas last season. If that doesn’t tell you he’s durable enough to be a high-volume bell-cow type in the NFL, I’m not sure what other evidence you need. He also had at least 120 rushing yards in all 11 games he played in last year as a junior, averaging 6.3 yards per carry for the season. Because of the power he can manufacture with his legs, he tends to fall forward when he’s going down, even in a pile. That’s great for short-yardage and goal line situations which is where Foreman will likely find his place in the pros, at least to begin with. I also found that for a big man who absorbs and welcomes a lot of contact, Foreman has exceptional balance. There were a few occasions where he (somehow) broke out of a cluster at the line, managed to reach the second level, and eluded tacklers with spin moves and cuts until he was 15 to 20 yards downfield. Looking at some of his tape on DraftBreakdown.com, it seemed like he frequently enjoyed some roomy running lanes, often times created by his patience at the line, which he always hit with conviction. And if he was able to break away, he displayed impressive long speed for a back of his size. That coupled with his deceptively quick feet make him a threat to defenses that cannot be ignored. 

Image via Houston Chronicle

WEAKNESSES

  • Not a three-down back; just seven receptions as a Jr. 
  • Not flashy or exciting 
  • Lacking lateral movement 
  • Questionable pass-blocking 
  • Ball security issues

Like I mentioned before, there’s nothing flashy about Foreman’s running. That isn’t necessarily a weakness but sometimes a player’s “wow” factor can add to his draft value. Personally, I’ll take a guy who consistently gets me four-five yards per run any day. What could limit Foreman’s role as a pro the most is the fact that he had just seven receptions last season. You might recall that I wrote the same thing about Jamaal Williams, but Williams had a history of catching a good amount of passes earlier in his college career. Foreman’s seven receptions last year was a career-high and he maxed out at three in a single game. He could be limited to a two-down role at first unless he can display that he’s capable of catching passes in the preseason. Foreman also showed a lack of effort on some pass-blocking assignments. It’s almost like he knew he wouldn’t be getting the ball, so he got lazy. I’m not sure if I’m seeing something that isn’t there, and if he’s not on the field for passing downs frequently, it may not be that big of an issue. The final knock against him is his ball security issues. Foreman lost six fumbles last season, which isn’t going to fly in the NFL. Granted, he had a massive workload of over 320 carries, but if he’s getting the rock that often, he needs to protect it better. 

Update:

Foreman couldn't run any drills at the combine due to a stress fracture in his foot. But he crushed his performance at Texas' Pro Day in late March, an encouraging sign for his draft stock: 

Debut of the Fantasy Hipsters Podcast

It's been in the works for a while now, and finally we've gone live! You know us as NFL Network's Fantasy Hipsters, but we're going rogue ... or underground, and firing up a brand new podcast. The show will be available on iTunes, Stitcher and blogtalkradio.com. You can check out our teaser episode embedded here, and be on the lookout for the official debut episode soon! 

Matt Franciscovich and Matt Harmon assume the Fantasy Hipsters moniker once again in their new podcast with this teaser introduction episode. The duo discusses what their plan is with the show including NFL news updates, Franchise's music take of the week, Harmon's top beer pick of the week and debunking popular mainstream myths. Make sure to subscribe to get the first episode as soon as it comes out. You won't want to miss this madness.

[Contact the hosts via email at FantasyHipsters@gmail.com]

Prospect Profile: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

I’m beginning my rookie running back profiles with Jamaal Williams from BYU. He’s a 6’2”, 215-lb back who runs with power and finesse. He’s going to be a steal for any NFL team that lands him. Let’s check out some of his strengths and weaknesses. 

 

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Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman Are an Unstoppable Duo (via numberFire)

I had the awesome opportunity to dig into the Atlanta Falcons' backfield for numberFire in the week preceding the Super Bowl. Find out how the duo's prolific performance this season has helped propel the Falcons into the title game and if any other backfields came close to the numbers Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman put up in 2016. [Click through to read the full article.]

David Johnson's Analytics in 2016 Were as Ridiculous as You'd Expect (via numberFire)

It's no secret that my favorite running back for fantasy heading into this season was David Johnson. Even though his team struggled this year, Johnson’s talent transcended the Arizona Cardinals' challenges. That’s what makes a truly great player … and he’s only been in the league for two seasons. For more on on just how absurd Johnson’s 2016 season was both statistically and from an analytics perspective, check out the article I wrote for numberFire.

 

 

Status update: The offseason

Hey everyone!

It's been a few months since I last posted here, so I figured it'd be a good time for an update. I just wrapped up my third season at NFL Media as a fantasy football analyst and it was a hell of a season. I made my NFL Network TV debut as a "Fantasy Hipster" alongside my buddy Matt Harmon. We appeared on a show called "Fantasy and Friends" for the second half of the season, delivering our condescending fantasy opinions, it was a blast. We also had a great time doing the Fantasy LIVE podcast this season and we were able to grow our audience and gain some awesome reviews on iTunes which always helps. 

Now, we're in the heart of the NFL playoffs, so fantasy football is on the back burner. So what do I have planned for the next few months? Well, I'm going to continue to write for numberFire.com. I was also hired by the team over at DLF (DynastyLeagueFootball.com) and will be freelancing dynasty content for them, which I'm looking forward to. And a throwback to my old ways, I have already submitted an album review that will be published in the March issue of Relix. So things are looking good so far!

I also plan on keeping this site updated with fantasy, music and other content. I'll be scouting some rookie running backs, sharing my favorite music and maybe sharing some photos from my travels and experiences during the offseason. 

Thanks for being here! 

NFL.com: Late-round TE targets

I changed up my positional analysis on this one as I was getting oversaturated on my running backs. Last season, I penned a piece on five late-round tight ends with upside and hit on a couple of them (Tyler Eifert, Delanie Walker). So this season I decided to do a similar study in hopes of landing a few solid late-round TE options for fantasy fans yet again. 

Tight ends I profiled as late-round targets include:

  • Zach Miller (CHI)
  • Dwayne Allen (IND)
  • Eric Ebron (DET)
  • Jared Cook (GB)
  • Will Tye (NYG)
  • Vance McDonald (SF)
  • Charles Clay (BUF)
  • Clive Walford (OAK)

 

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