As NFL Training Camp is officially underway and fantasy football talk is back in full swing, we did a Q/A with Nate Hamilton, one of the best fantasy football analysts in the industry. Nate is the Founder of DomiNateFantasy.com, a Writer for The Fantasy Footballers, and a CoHost of The Fantasy Tilt Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @DomiNateFF! Here is the Q&A:
Dylan Burd: Who are a few of your sleepers and busts going into the 2018 season?
Busts (according to ADP):
Dylan Burd: Which Rookie WRs or TEs are going to have an immediate impact and are worth drafting?
Nate Hamilton: For me, it’s rare that a rookie WR will have an immediate impact but there are two that I can think of that will have some relevance this season. Michael Gallup and D.J. Moore. As far as rookie TEs go, I’m staying away.
Dylan Burd: Saquon Barkley or Alvin Kamara in Standard leagues? What about PPR?
Nate Hamilton: I’ll take Saquon Barkely in both formats. I just believe in volume when it comes to running backs. Even with Mark Ingram out for 4 weeks, coach Payton has already said giving more volume to Kamara isn’t the best way to utilize him. We are talking about a guy that will not see much early down work for the majority of the season and one that have more receiving yards than rushing. I tend to shy away from those type of RBs. Saquon on the other hand, will have plenty of work in early downs, 3rd downs and goal line opportunities. The Giants offense has improved since last year and with that comes scoring opportunities. I think Saquon benefits from those opportunities.
Dylan Burd: What’s your opinion on QBs in this year’s fantasy drafts? Are you waiting on them like most others are?
Nate Hamilton: I always wait on QBs but it’s important to treat each draft as its own entity. I find that loading up on WRs and RBs is the best way to go but at some point, everyone has value to take them earlier. If for some crazy reason Aaron Rodgers fell to the 4th or 5th round, I’d probably switch gears and jump at a QB there. I will likely own a ton of Philip Rivers this season as I can get him in double-digit rounds.
Dylan Burd: What’s your level on concern with the Josh Gordon situation in Cleveland? Does it affect whether or not you would draft him?
Nate Hamilton: OH boy, I am the opposite of a Josh Gordon truther. How can anyone be excited about a guy that hasn’t been fantasy relevant for 5 years? He is being drafted like an WR1 and it blows my mind. Josh Gordon is not a concern of mine because I will not own a single Gordon share this season, regardless if he is good to go from the beginning or not. It wouldn’t surprise me if his off-field issues continue. Just look up my tweets about Josh Gordon. If you follow me on Twitter (@DomiNateFF), you’ll see I haven’t been shy about my skepticism on him.
Dylan Burd: What’s your best fantasy football story from all the years you have been playing?
Nate Hamilton: Wow. There have been way too many, but I will share one that wasn’t my best moment but makes for a good story. Every year, the Fantasy Footballers’ writing staff have a redraft league. In 2016 (the first year we started it), I began the season 0-5. I won like 8 consecutive weeks and made the playoffs. Found my way into the championship game against our editor, Kyle. My team on paper was much better than his (I hope he agrees) but the game was very close. The week prior to the championship, I had been talking up to the guys how Adam Thielen is a must play championship week! They all disagreed with me and it got into my head. I decided to start Taylor Gabriel that week over Thielen who went off! He had 12 receptions for 202 yards and 2 TDs ON MY BENCH! Taylor Gabriel had 3 receptions for 15 yards. I lost the championship by 4 or 6 points, I can’t remember. I’m still tilted about this today!