How to Use Fantasy Football Player Levels

Good morning! Week 2 of preseason football is upon us, and the start of the regular season is now less than three weeks away.

This means we are entering the first fantasy draft season for all managers, casual and competitive. So we’re starting today with another useful tool when you’re timed: player levels! After that, we’ll take a look at the NBA futures market, conclude another look at NFL division betting, and then check out the WNBA playoffs now that a game has been played in each series of the first round.

Want player rankings? We have plenty for different league formats and scoring settings. But leaderboards aren’t the ultimate solution when it comes to fantastic drafts.

If you select the highest ranked player remaining every time your pick comes up, you could end up with a streak of five or six players in the same position to start your draft and you don’t necessarily want that. That’s why bearings exist. If you miss a player, target an alternative at the same position in the same level.

Michael Fabiano isolated the levels at each position:


Tier 1 is the best of the best, though you have to pay until draft Josh Allen, Justin Herbert Where Patrick Mahomes. That’s why you might consider waiting for the next tier, high QB1s, mid QB1s, or low QB1s later in the drafts.

attacking half

Much like the quarterback, you know which players make up the very small tier above that position—Jonathan Taylor and Christian McCaffrey. As you progress through the levels, more and more players make up each group down to the low handcuffs.

Wide Receivers

Cooper Kupp was head and shoulders above not just the rest of the wide receivers, but all of the fantasy scorers last season. Still, he’s joined by two more wides in the top tier with plenty of good options remaining beyond the elite picks.

tight ends

Mark Andrews joined Travis Kelce to Tier 1 after its TE1 season in 2021, although the drop after those two is pretty drastic and even more so after the next group. Pay for a tight end or be ready to broadcast the position at some point.


Other odds and ends and things you need to know:

Baker Mayfield should be Panthers QB1, Melvin Gordon on Javonte Willians: “They want ‘Vonte to be the guy” James Robsinon is set to play Week 1, Zach Wilson’s surgery recovery time opens the door for QB1 Joe Flacco. Todd Bowles does not have a firm date for The return of Tom Brady to the teamSeahawks RB Ken Walker underwent an undisclosed procedure, and Antonio Gibson was seen doing special teams drills this week.

With the NBA Schedule Out, where are the futures markets?

Minutes before the NBA released its full 2022-23 schedule, one of the league’s biggest stars reaffirmed his commitment to staying with his current team.

james lebron and the Lakers agreed to a two-year extension worth $97.1 million. Now the focus is on Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn and, to a lesser extent, Donovan Mitchell’s in Utah.

OK, back to the actual games! The season begins on October 19 and ends on April 9. In between, there’s a full slate on Christmas Day, no games on Election Day, and an all-new “rivalry week” which, among other things, pits the Warriors against the Grizzlies and the Celtics against the Lakers.

A sign promoting the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

The season starts in exactly two months, so let’s check where the current futures odds stand at SI Sportsbook.

The Celtics (+550) alone as title favorite with defending champion Warriors (+600) and suns (+600) just behind. Joel Embid and Luka Doncic are co-favorites (+500) for MVP. 1 pick Paolo Banchero (+300) has the best chance of winning Rookie of the Year.

Warriors Escape Star Jordan Poole (+450) is the favorite to win the sixth man of the year. Rudy Gobert (+400) is the only one with the best chance of winning Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time. And Ime Udoka (+750) is the favorite to win Coach of the Year in his second season at the helm in Boston.

A more detailed market breakdown for each price along with championship odds can be found here.

Super Bowl champion Rams set to defend NFC West title

A season ago, the NFC West hosted three playoff teams, including the Super Bowl champions. It no longer holds the top division accolade in football – AFC West withdrew it after the Russell Wilson trade, among other transactions, but it’s still hard to win.

Los Angeles is the favorite to win the crown for the second straight year, something no NFC West team has done since going straight in 2017-18. The 49erswho holds a six-game regular-season winning streak against the Ramscould challenge for the title with new starting quarterback Trey Lance.

The Cardinals are next in line with the recently extended quarterback Kyler Murray at the helm a year after breaking through and making the playoffs. And bringing up the rear are the sea ​​hawkswho will be without Wilson for the first time in a decade.

So how will each team fare this season? Read the split betting overview as well as the team over/under betting overviews to get an idea of ​​each team’s expectations and schedule:

Los Angeles Rams: 10.5 — More (-118) | Under (-118)

NFC West future odds: +120 (first)
NFC future odds: +450 (tied for second)
Super Bowl futures odds: +1000 (tie-fourth)

“The Rams have some of SI Sportsbook’s best future chances, but their 10.5 over/under win total is one win behind the NFL’s highest rating of 11.5 wins shared by the Buccaneers, Bills and Packers . All four teams are early Super Bowl favorites and Los Angeles can play each of those teams, including two on the road. The Rams went 12-5 last season en route to their title. —Matt Ehalt


San Francisco 49ers: 9.5 — More (-152) | Minus (+110)

NFC West future odds: +175 (Second)
NFC future odds: +750 (fourth)
Super Bowl futures odds: +1400 (tie for sixth)

“Essentially taking out an FCS quarterback in a red shirt hasn’t dampened expectations at all in the bay. The 49ers are not only expected to make the NFC playoffs, but they also have some of the best Super Bowl odds on SI Sportsbook. Seems fair given how close this team was to achieving that goal two years ago and they almost had another chance last season before losing to the Rams. —Kyle Wood

Arizona Cardinals: 8.5 — More (-125) | Under (-111)

NFC West future odds: +330 (third)
NFC future odds: +1400 (tie for sixth)
Super Bowl futures odds: +2500 (tie-15th)

“The Cardinals produced an impressive 11-6 record in 2021, starting the season 7-0 and recording their first winning season since 2015. However, for the second year in a row, head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s team has suffered a second-half slump, losing four of its last five games.In the end, in the postseason, the fifth-seeded Cardinals lost 34-11 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams, in the wildcard round Can the Cardinals build on last year’s success?—Jen Piacenti

Seattle Seahawks: 4.5 — More (-125) | Under (-110)

NFC West future odds: +1400 (fourth)
NFC future odds: +5000 (tied 13th)
Super Bowl futures odds: +12500 (tie-29th)

“Seattle finished 7-10 last season and hopes Drew Lock or Geno Smith can be useful enough to handle an offense that has powerful weapons in the passing game in wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The star duo have amassed 55 touchdowns over the past three seasons, but could see a significant regression in their first season without their all-pro quarterback. —Frankie Taddeo


More split betting splits:

CAF East: Invoices | Patriots | dolphins | Jets

NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Commanders | giants

AFC South: titans | Foals | Texas | jaguars

NFC South: Buccaneers | Saints | Panthers | Falcons

AFC West: Heads | Chargers | Broncos | Raiders

Next step: the NFC North!

Aces move to prohibitive title favorites after Game 1 win

The WNBA playoffs kicked off this week and fans were treated to a pair of competitive games and two blowouts.

The Liberty picked up a 98-91 road win over the Sky on Wednesday and now have an advantage in the best-of-three first-round series, which continues this weekend in Chicago. Later that same night, the Aces blew up the visiting Mercury, 79-63. And on Thursday night, the Sun defeated the Wings, 93-68, while the Storm narrowly edged the Mystics, 86-83.

Postseason play resumes Saturday and Sunday. After one game, the Aces Championship odds dropped from +175 favorites to -125 at SI Sportsbook. The Sun, who have the second-best odds, went from +200 before the start of the playoffs to +250 despite a convincing Game 1 win. The Sky and Storm tied for third best odds (+600) and the Mystics (+800) came in at fifth before there was a massive drop.



12 p.m. ET (ESPN): Freedom versus. Sky (-9) | New York leads the series, 1-0
9 p.m. ET (ESPN2): Mercury versus. ace (-16) | Las Vegas leads the series, 1-0


12 p.m. ET (ABC): Wings against Sun | Connecticut leads the series, 1-0
4 p.m. ET (ESPN): Mystics vs. Storm | Seattle leads the series, 1-0

In other news

Jon Daniels, President of Fire Rangers Baseball Operations: The decision to part ways with Daniels came two days after manager Chris Woodward was fired. Texas is currently 53-65, third in the AL West, and is on course for its sixth consecutive losing season.

Chargers, Derwin James Jr. agrees to contract extension: LA’s All-Pro safety signed a deal that made him the highest-paid safety in league history. The deal also ends James’ “withholding”.

Fantasy Boot Camp Updates: Find out what happened with every NFL team this week, from injury news to positional battles to preseason performance.

Thanks for reading Winners Club! Have a good week-end.

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