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The Athletic's Michael Beller and Emory Hunt bring stats and scouting together with a singular goal: winning fantasy football championships. Stats do a great job of telling us the what, but not always the why. Emory, founder of Football Gameplan and a former running back at the University of Louisiana, will provide us with the why and, more importantly, if we should believe in it. Get ready to step up your fantasy football game with the Advanced Route. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe to The Athletic at theathletic.com/theadvancedroute.

The Athletic's Michael Beller and Emory Hunt bring stats and scouting together with a singular goal: winning fantasy football championships. Stats do a great job of telling us the what, but not always the why. Emory, founder of Football Gameplan and a former running back at the University of Louisiana, will provide us with the why and, more importantly, if we should believe in it. Get ready to step up your fantasy football game with the Advanced Route. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe to The Athletic at theathletic.com/theadvancedroute.
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The Athletic's Michael Beller and Emory Hunt bring stats and scouting together with a singular goal: winning fantasy football championships. Stats do a great job of telling us the what, but not always the why. Emory, founder of Football Gameplan and a former running back at the University of Louisiana, will provide us with the why and, more importantly, if we should believe in it. Get ready to step up your fantasy football game with the Advanced Route. For 40% off a subscription, subscribe to The Athletic at theathletic.com/theadvancedroute.

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Episodes

Appointment Fantasy Football Television with Texans-Ravens, Kareem Hunt and Nick Foles in Week 11

11/12/2019
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Rundown 3:01 Texans Offense vs. Ravens Defense 5:33 A Tough Matchup for Houston's Receivers 7:10 A Good Spot for Carlos Hyde? 8:04 Is There Any Stopping Lamar Jackson? 10:36 How Will Houston Try to Slow Lamar Down? 13:38 Marquise Brown a Key for the Ravens in This Game? 15:23 Texans-Ravens Predictions 18:01 Kareem Hunt's Role in Cleveland's Offense 19:38 Using Hunt and Nick Chubb Together 24:33 Nick Foles Set to Return in Week 11 27:50 Changes for Jacksonville's Receivers with...

Duration:00:32:56

Breaking Down Vikings-Cowboys, Cardinals-Buccaneers, and Seahawks-49ers

11/5/2019
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Rundown 3:27 Vikings Offense vs. Cowboys Defense 4:35 A Dalvin Cook Game for Minnesota? 6:35 Stefon Diggs vs. Byron Jones 9:09 Where Does Dallas Find Its Offensive Success? 11:28 Why Haven't We Seen More of Ezekiel Elliott as a Receiver? 14:02 Vikings-Cowboys Either/Or? (Example: Who Has the Better Game, Dalvin Cook or Ezekiel Elliott? 16:18 Cardinals Offense vs. Buccaneers Defense 18:32 Pairing David Johnson with Kenyan Drake 20:27 Time to Trust Ronald Jones? 23:13 A Great Matchup...

Duration:00:42:45

Assessing the Kenyan Drake Trade and Previewing Patriots-Ravens

10/29/2019
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Rundown 3:52 What Does the Kenyan Drake Trade Mean for David Johnson and Chase Edmonds? 7:11 The Challenge for a Running Back Changing Teams During the Season 9:00 Drake's Fit in Arizona's Offense 14:19 What Does Drake Bring to the Table that Johnson and Edmonds Don't? 15:38 The Week 9 Matchup with San Francisco 17:22 Take Your Pick: Drake or...? 23:47 Breaking Down Patriots-Ravens 25:41 What Will Bill Belichick Try to Take Away from Baltimore's Offense? 32:27 New England's Offense...

Duration:00:41:33

Using Personnel Groupings to Our Fantasy Football Advantage

10/22/2019
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Rundown 4:16 Explaining 11 and 12 Personnel 5:06 Changes in the Packers' Tendencies 9:05 Why Would a Team Increase Its Usage of 11 Personnel? 11:00 Explaining the Eagles' Increase in 12 Personnel 14:47 Eagles in 11 vs. Eagles in 12 18:10 Explaining Why the Texans Are Succeeding with More 12 22:18 How the Rams are Adjusting to the Adjustments 26:17 Which Rams' WR is Hurt Most by Decrease in 11 Personnel? 26:54 The 49ers' Recent Dip in Usage of Two-RB Sets 29:08 How Can the Niners...

Duration:00:39:49

Time to Buy the Cardinals and Jets

10/15/2019
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Rundown 2:31 Why is Arizona's Offense on the Rise? 5:06 Kyler Murray's Improvements as a Passer 8:08 Murray's Unique Fit with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk 9:17 Kliff Kingsbury's Growth 11:13 The David Johnson/Chase Edmonds Pairing 16:46 A Comp for Johnson and Edmonds 18:23 The Sam Darnold Effect in New York 20:05 How Dangerous Can the Jets' Offense Be? 23:04 Le'Veon Bell's Rest-of-Season Outlook 26:20 How Will We Know Darnold is Taking the Next Step? 27:39 Outlook for...

Duration:00:32:14

The Delicate Balance of Wide Receiver Duos

10/8/2019
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Rundown 2:56 How Do Teammate Receivers Affect One Another? 3:45 How Much of Chris Godwin's Emergence Owes to Mike Evans' Presence? 8:35 Does Evans Ultimately Benefit from Godwin Drawing Away Attention? 11:26 How Much Credit Should DeAndre Hopkins Get for Will Fuller's Monster Week 5 Game? 13:58 How Does a Coach Use The Defense's Fear of an Elite WR to Scheme His Other WRs Open? 17:33 Adjusting From Being the WR2 to the WR1, Starring Tyler Boyd 21:37 How Will A.J. Green's Return Affect...

Duration:00:37:59

How Much Do Matchups Matter?

10/1/2019
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Rundown 3:01 How Do Players and Teams Prepare for a Specific Matchup? 7:07 How Much Does Matchup Dictate Gameplan? 10:01 The 8-to-10 Specialized Plays 13:06 Individual Matchups vs. Team Matchups 14:39 Understanding Matchups with Week 5 Games 21:23 How Quickly Do Teams Change How They Perceive Opponents? 27:40 Which Stats Matter, and Which Are Just Noise? 38:56 So...Do Matchups Matter? Follow Emory on Twitter @FBallGameplan Follow Michael on Twitter @MBeller

Duration:00:41:11

To Believe or not to Believe? That is the Fantasy Football Question

9/24/2019
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Rundown 2:22 What's Working So Well for Cooper Kupp? 5:11 Cooper Kupp vs. Robert Woods 7:07 How Will Defenses Adjust to What the Rams Are Doing? 9:22 Can Kupp Keep it Rolling? 10:23 Terry McLaurin's Smooth Transition to the NFL 13:33 How Does McLaurin Adjust to the Eventual Adjustments Defenses Will Make 15:12 How Do Things Change When Dwayne Haskins Takes Over? 17:16 D.J. Chark Exploding in Year Two 21:35 The Fit with Gardner Minshew 25:17 What's Gone Wrong for Baker...

Duration:00:45:49

Fantasy Football Effects of The Big Quarterback Changes

9/17/2019
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Rundown 1:16 Mason Rudolph Takes Over in Pittsburgh 4:07 What Did Rudolph Do Well in Week 2? 5:57 Effect on Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner 10:07 Stock Up for James Washington? 11:29 Teddy Bridgewater Takes the Reins in New Orleans 14:56 How Quickly Can Bridgewater Get Back in the Saddle? 16:42 Efficiency Concerns for Alvin Kamara? 20:48 Daniel Jones Unseats Eli Manning 24:18 Emory's Pre-Draft Scouting Report on Jones 25:43 A More Modern Offense for the Giants? 28:17 Ranking...

Duration:00:45:00

The Great, Good, Bad and Ugly of Quarterback Performances in Week 1

9/10/2019
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Rundown 2:33 Lamar Jackson's Week 1 Explosion 4:36 What Worked So Well For Baltimore's Passing Game? 8:36 Lasting Power for Baltimore Offense 9:19 Something New from Dak Prescott? 12:43 How Will Ezekiel Elliott Change the Equation? 14:22 Can Michael Gallup Be a Consistent Fantasy Option? 16:21 What Went Wrong for Baker Mayfield? 19:14 Offensive Line Fixes for the Browns 21:31 Level of Concern for Cleveland's Offense? 22:32 Kyler Murray's Tale of Two Halves 25:41 Protection Fixes...

Duration:00:46:01

Week 1 Preview

9/3/2019
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Rundown 3:22 Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake 9:15 What to Make of Miami's WR Corps 15:28 Mike Gesicki a Sleeper? 18:20 A Larger Role to Play for Rashaad Penny? 24:58 Expectations for D.K. Metcalf 26:40 If Seattle Throws More This Year, How Does That Translate? 30:10 Much Ado about Nothing with Antonio Brown? 31:22 Immediate Expectations for Josh Jacobs 34:56 The AB-Tyrell Williams Pairing 36:16 Some Love for Derek Carr Follow Emory on Twitter @FBallGameplan Follow Michael on...

Duration:00:40:46

Jacoby Brissett Takes Over in Indy

8/28/2019
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Rundown 2:40 Jacoby Brissett's College Tape 4:50 Brissett as a Starter in 2017 6:57 What Emory Has Seen from Brissett This Preseason 10:30 The Offensive Environment in Indianapolis 15:10 Brissett's Fit in Frank Reich's Offense 23:11 Who's Hit the Hardest by Andrew Luck's Retirement 25:49 Treating the Colts Exactly the Same? 27:04 Why Emory Remains Bullish on T.Y. Hilton 33:19 Does Anyone Get a Sneaky Value Boost? 36:27 Any Change in Draft Stock for Nyheim Hines? 39:41 Where Does...

Duration:00:47:55

The Return of Josh Gordon, and the New Breed of Tight Ends

8/20/2019
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Rundown 1:46 Immediate Expectations for Josh Gordon 4:36 What Will Indicate That Josh Gordon is Back? 6:22 Gordon Effect on Julian Edelman 8:50 Gordon Effect on N'Keal Harry 13:37 Gordon Effect on Tom Brady 19:23 Gordon vs. the Low-End WR2 Class 25:40 Increased Importance of the Tight End Position 31:46 Emory on O.J. Howard 37:26 Emory on Hunter Henry 41:22 Emory on Evan Engram 48:41 Emory Drops a Surprise Sleeper Tight End Follow Michael on Twitter @MBeller Follow Emory on...

Duration:00:54:11

In a Down Year for Rookie Receivers, Who Can Make an Immediate Impact?

8/14/2019
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Rundown 3:22 Any Reason for the Thin Rookie WR Class? 6:27 Why Emory Likes Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel 14:41 Emory on D.K. Metcalf as Seattle's WR2 19:36 Parris Campbell's Fit in Indianapolis 24:38 Miles Boykin's Opportunity in Baltimore 27:43 Terry McLaurin The Top WR in Washington? 31:50 Ranking the Rookie WRs Emory Trusts 32:49 Why Emory is Out on Marquise Brown 35:55 Fade the Camp Buzz on Hunter Renfrow 38:55 Diontae Johnson Fighting an Uphill Battle 42:08 Trust in Dak...

Duration:00:53:10

Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson and the New-Look Fantasy Quarterbacks

8/7/2019
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Rundown 1:06 Lamar Miller Before the Duke Johnson Trade 10:48 The Trade for Duke Johnson 13:33 Emory on Kyler Murray 19:49 Kyler Murray a Top-Five Fantasy QB? 22:20 Emory on Lamar Jackson 30:10 Lamar Jackson's Effect on Mark Ingram 33:58 Emory on Mitch Trubisky 43:34 Emory on Dwayne Haskins Follow Michael on Twitter @MBeller Follow Emory on Twitter @FBallGameplan

Duration:00:55:13

Does Running Back Matter?

8/1/2019
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1:51 Emory's Football Background 7:10 Does Running Back Matter? 11:32 The Melvin Gordon Effect on the Chargers 19:00 Can Austin Ekeler Be Melvin Gordon? 31:37 Changing of the Backfield Guard in New Orleans 36:10 Is Alvin Kamara Being Overdrafted? 43:52 Biggest Change for Saints Offense Follow Michael Beller on Twitter @MBeller Follow Emory Hunt on Twitter @FBallGameplan

Duration:00:54:22