Adam Levitan

Sports Reporter

Fantasy Football: Kirk Cousins, Jarvis Landry will dominate in 2016

The first freelance fantasy article I ever had published appeared in Metro Newspapers in 2006. I never thought it could become a full-time job.But here we are as I’m now writing my last fantasy article for Metro. Thank you to everyone who has read over the years, even those who reached out to tell...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:12 AM

Fantasy football: High on Tajae Sharpe, James White - down on Dion Lewis

The best NFL coaches are constantly making adjustments based on their opponent, personnel and injuries. Fantasy owners need to be doing the same thing.The rankings we worked so hard on two months ago remain a fine baseline. But we need to be flexible and react quickly to the constant flow of NFL...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 9:50 PM

Fantasy football: High on Christine Michael, Dez Bryant, Spencer Ware

A lot of people will overreact to the NFL preseason and many others will tell you it’s a meaningless waste of time. The truth lies somewhere in between.The biggest mistake is drastically altering your rankings based on the miniscule sample size that is preseason performance. Ask anyone who bumped...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 10:36 PM

Fantasy football: Avoid Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson early

Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson are elite NFL quarterbacks. Using an early- or even mid-round fantasy pick on them is a high-level mistake.If you’re in a standard one-QB league which awards at least a half-point for a reception and only four points for a passing TD, employing a late-...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 9:56 PM

Fantasy football: Adam Levitan examines the 'Zero RB' strategy

By now, you’ve likely heard of the drafting strategy known as “Zero RB.” It involves selecting no running backs through at least the first four rounds of your draft, instead choosing to load up on other positions.It works because running backs have the highest injury rate and raw talent isn’t worth...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 10:20 PM

Fantasy basketball: Don't get shut down

The NBA’s annual migration to the sidelines has begun.In the last few days, we’ve seen the Nets rest Brook Lopez/Thaddeus Young, the Grizzlies play (and win) without four starters and the Sixers be forced to dust off the corpses of Carl Landry/Elton Brand.With just one month remaining in the...

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:28 AM

Fantasy basketball: Adam Levitan on specialization

Head-to-head fantasy basketball is a different animal. It’s one part quality of your roster, two parts avoiding injuries and five parts strategy.The strategy part applies specifically to the playoffs, when winning a matchup 5-4 means we advance. At this point in the season, all we should be focused...

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4:39 AM

Fantasy sports: Alex Len, Tobias Harris, Mike Conley will see stats jump

If you slept through this year’s NBA trade deadline, you didn’t miss much.The snoozefest included a fistful of minor deals as teams stood pat in anticipation of the upcoming steep salary cap jump. Still, we quietly had significant fantasy value changes in a few spots.THROUGH THE LENSThe Markieff...

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 1:00 AM

Fantasy basketball: Expect Kristaps Porzingis' numbers to spike soon

There are “only” two months left in the NBA season. That’s an eternity in fantasy basketball terms.Values will shift a lot over the next 60 days as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline passes.Certain teams will go into full tank mode and others go into playoff prep mode. The players making a difference in...

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:32 AM

Adam Levitan on Fantasy Sports: Dynasty League tips for 2016

Deep down, we all think we can do better than professional general managers. I never would have dumped $63 millionon Byron Maxwell, taken JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall or traded a 29-year-old Randy Moss to the Patriots.Of course, I’ll never get to be general manager, so I have to prove it in a...

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:26 AM

Fantasy: Markieff Morris, Kevin Love, Roy Hibbert all NBA trade bait

There are things the NFL does better than the NBA. The trade deadline is not one of them.There’s sure to be action when the NBA’s Feb. 18 deadline hits, so it’s time to start thinking about potential fantasy ramifications. At last year’s deadline, the Jazz traded Enes Kanter to the Thunder and...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 11:22 PM

Fantasy sports: Carlos Hyde should take off under Chip Kelly

NFL coaches have a far bigger impact on the box score than their counterparts in basketball, baseball or hockey.Since the game is stopped after every play, coaches can micromanage as much as they want. They can also decide to skew toward the pass, or play hurry-up. Most importantly, some are simply...

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 1:14 AM

Fantasy basketball: how to utilize usage as next-level stat

Mom’s basement is getting crowded these days.Everyone wants to get in on the buzz word of our generation, “analytics.” To many executives in sports and a lot of people who walked 4 miles through snow to get to school, the mere word analytics makes them shiver in fear. To some fantasy players, it’s...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1:10 PM

Fantasy football: The outrageously too early 2016 top 10 list

For the next eight months, we can’t be wrong. It’s a beautiful feeling.Real fantasy football decisions won’t come until September, meaning we’ll argue about all sorts of things related to the future. The best place to argue is at the top.Obviously, quarterbacks are out of the discussion as they...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 2:00 PM

Fantasy Football: Start James White, Kyle Rudolph, Brandin Cooks

If you’re still alive in fantasy football, congratulations are in order. Every year in the NFL is chaotic, but the wild swings in value and devastating injuries made this season especially odd. The active and strategic owner was the winning one.With the holidays upon us and lineups setting...

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 3:14 AM

Fantasy Football: Start Brandon Bolden, Tim Hightower, Denard Robinson

At this point, everyone knows that the bust rates of running backs are higher than other positiondue to injuries, committees and rule changes. But this year has been one for the record books.Le’Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Anderson and...

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:24 AM

Fantasy Football: DeVante Parker, Marvin Jones, Vincent Jackson get bets to add

Most owners look one week ahead, putting in waiver claims for skill players, defenses and kickers they want to use in a few days. The sharper owners go deeper.Whether you’ve earned a bye in your league’s playoffs or not, it’s worth thinning out your bench depth in favor of streamers and handcuffs...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 11:19 PM

Fantasy football: David Johnson, Scott Chandler, DeVante Parker should start Week 13

As we enter the season’s final month, an increasing number of games will be affected by Mother Nature.It can create interesting roster conundrums on Sunday mornings as reports emerge about snow, rain, freezing temperatures and wind. We saw it just last week, as there were cold/wet conditions in...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:44 PM

Fantasy Basketball : Will Barton, Kristaps Porzingis, Ish Smith should start, never sit

Early snags off the waiver wire in fantasy hoops can range from solid gold to a fake watch. Knowing whether to hold a guy or strike the trade market at peak value can set you up for a whole season. These early-season studs are the real deal.WILL THE THRILLWill Barton was a 2012 second-round pick of...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:49 PM

Fantasy football: Start Marvin Jones, Jordan Matthews, Danny Amendola

Making tough start/sit calls is the most stressful part of fantasy football. I absolutely hate it, especially when being on the wrong side results in a loss.Many times these decisions are so close that it’s hard to go wrong. But not being aware of a defense’s strengths and weaknesses is an...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:12 AM