Yahoo NFL Daily Fantasy Cash Game Plays:  Players to Target for your Week 11 DFS Lineup

Yahoo NFL Daily Fantasy Cash Game Plays: Players to Target for your Week 11 DFS Lineup

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With all the people playing and giving advice for FanDuel and DraftKings daily fantasy football, I thought I would give some advice for those looking Yahoo daily fantasy and cover some of their “tougher” pricing.  Yahoo bases their teams on a $200 pricing model and top players for the week can use up 20% of your budget, so finding value is essential

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins – $32

Cousins get a tasty matchup against a pass friendly Packer defense who just came off a terrible performance last week against the Titans.  You could pay up for Rodgers ($35), but its not necessary.  Last week Marcus Mariota torched  Green Bay for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns  and  Vegas has this game as shootout this week.  Grab Cousins, get your 20+ points and save some money for the rest of your lineup!

Other Notables:

Aaron Rodgers
Andrew Luck

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell – $40

Bell should put up big numbers this week against Cleveland.   Inclement weather and a terrible Cleveland defense should only further persuade you to pay up for Bell in cash games this week.

Other Notables:

LeGarrette Blount
Rashard Jennings
Frank Gore

 

Wide Receiver

Dez Bryant – $22

Of all the top receivers like Brown, Green, and Evans, you are looking at $32+ this week Dez is an extreme value this week.  He gets a great matchup against a bad Ravens secondary that will be without its top cover corner in Jimmy Smith this week.

Other Notables:

Rishard Matthews
Julian Edelman
Donte Moncrief

Tight End

Martellus Bennett – $15

Even with Rob Gronkowski (chest) playing last week,  Bennett was still involved in last week’s game catching seven catches for 102 yards.  Now this week Bennett should be heavily involved with Gronk out of the lineup. Bennett’s price makes him a must-start in DFS cash games this week. The 49ers have been gouged by top TEs, this season, including Greg Olsen (5-122-1) and Jimmy Graham (6-100-1). Bennett should be a great play for salary cap relief.

Other Notables:

Cameron Brate
Zack Miller
Kyle Rudolph

Defense

Steelers – $15

The Steelers have a sweet matchup against the 0-10 Browns, who have given up the 4th most  fantasy points to opposing defenses.  Enough said?

Other Notables:

Giants
Dolphins

Week 8 DFS Stacks:  Stacking the Deck in Our Favor

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A great strategy for building winning daily fantasy football lineups is by putting players together that have a positive correlation, we call this “stacking”.  Stacking is the process of putting players on the same team into your lineup because you believe they will have a great day.  In other words, if one player has a good day, chances are the players around them will have a good day too as is the case with QB and WR’s around them.

This is a popular way to find salary cap relief as well as increase your teams chance of scoring points.  Stacking is also risky, say if your quarterback has a bad day, chances are his receivers will have a bad day as well.  This is why stacking is more popular in large GPP tournaments, especially 3 player stacks, but you can do 2 player stacks in cash games and get away with it.

Stacks are also a great way to pivot off of “chalky” players.  Many tournament players may use a Brady to Gronk stack, but if you used Winston to Evans stack, you would be able to add Julio Jones to your lineup or maybe even use a Carr, Cooper and Crabtree stack in a great matchup to create a unique lineup.

Now there are many different types of stacks.  The most popular is QB/WR, QB/TE, WB/WR/TE, etc, but in some cases if you think the team will get a big lead or like to throw to their RB, then you can do a QB/WR/RB stack.

Whichever way you choose to build your lineup, you need to have a strategic reason to stack.  To win in big tournaments, you want to find a combination that will score a ton of points while being low owned. After all, who wants to win and split the prize with 100 other people!

For sake of this article, I will not talk about the Ryan/Jones stack ,the Brady/Gronk Stack or the Winston/Evans stack.
For now, let’s jump right into the Week 8 stacks.

Seattle Seahawks

QB: Russell Wilson ($8,200)
WR: Doug Baldwin ($7,200)
TE: Jimmy Graham (

This one is very interesting.  On the surface, its obvious because of how bad the Saints defense has been, but the way Russell Wilson has been playing, I think you will see that this stack will not be very high owned.  Vegas has the Seahawks with a 25.5-point implied total in this game, so we need to draft the players that will score those points. The Saints rank 29th DVOA against the pass so we want to the Seattle passing attack.  Russell Wilson has been struggling, but he likes to run; even though he’s a bit banged up he still is capable against this defense.  Doug Baldwin makes another great option.  He runs most of his routes out of the slot, so he will get better CB/WR match ups.  And if you stack Graham in there too, I’m sure he will do his patented dunk on his former team on Sunday.

New York Jets

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick ($7,300)
WR: Brandon Marshall ($7,400)

While DFS players are talking about the with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones stack , many people are missing a stack with a great matchup and at a cheaper price.  Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshall stack is a very sneaky play this week.  Marshall’s price tag this week is great considering the potential for a big day.   The Jets face off this week against the Cleveland Browns’ who sport a 30th-ranked pass defense, which is something we need to focus on.  While Joe Haden may be back for this one, its his first game back and he is beatable.  Brandon Marshall also has a distinct height advantage that will make things harder for the Browns.  The news of Haden coming back may also work in our favor as another reason to expect this to be a low-owned stack.

Houston Texans

QB: Brock Osweiler ($6,600)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins ($7,600)
WR: Will Fuller ($

This is a very risky stack this week.  I doubt many people will consider rostering it just because they can’t click the draft button next to Brock Osweiler’s name.

Brock Osweiler, has been one of the worst starting quarterback in the league so far this year, but with a his great matchup, he will saves you a lot of salary cap space so that you can stack them with DeAndre Hopkins or $6,600 for Will Fuller,  and afford to pay up for other guys like Julio Jones or David Johnson.  Stacking the Texans players should really help you to differentiate your lineups from other players instead of using the chalky value plays for the week.  Osweiler has not hit 20 fantasy points this season so only use him in very large GPP tournaments.

Good luck in your tournies this week and heres hoping you cash out!

Week 7 Quarterbacks – Using Advanced Stats to Build a Winning FanDuel or DraftKings Lineup

Week 7 Quarterbacks – Using Advanced Stats to Build a Winning FanDuel or DraftKings Lineup

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Every week I have to earn my fan bases trust.  As an fantasy football expert. I made a lot of money in daily fantasy sports for myself, but I need to help you make money playing daily fantasy football.  As someone who puts in countless hours researching, running the numbers  and thinking through each teams players and matchups, I came up with my Quarterback plays you need to consider this week to help you put together a winning FanDuel  and DraftKings lineup this week.

Quarterbacks – By The Numbers

Guys I love this week are Brady, Dalton, Bortles, Rivers, Ryan and Cousins.  Why?

Tom Brady at Steelers – $7,900 DK / $9,100 FD

I listed Brady first because this is the 3rd stop on his revenge tour(yes, sometimes you numbers don’t tell the whole story).  However, here are some numbers. Since his return Brady has averaged 37.5 pass attempts per game.  What if they are killing the Steelers?  LOL that’s a good one.  Luckily, no matter how much they are ahead by, they always keep the foot on the gas.

.Matt Ryan and the Falcons on the other hand, if they get up by to much, they may start running a lot more.  I nothing else, they may run more just to keep Rivers off the field.  Case in point, against a New Orleans Saints Matt Ryan threw only 30 times in order to keep Brees off the field.

Andy Dalton vs Browns – $6,000 DK / $8,100 FD

No one ever talks about Dalton as a top DFS play, but I like Dalton a lot this week for both cash and GPP games.  Here are some numbers to consider:

According to Football Outsiders, the Browns rank 30th in pass defense DVOA and rank 28th in yards allowed per pass attempt.

If that’s not enough, last year Dalton put up 23.9 (220 yrds, 2 TD’s and one rushing TD) and 21.86 fantasy points(234 yrds and 3 TD’s) up against the Browns last season, and guess what, the Browns have allowed three touchdown passes in four consecutive games.  Dalton makes a better DraftKings play because of the 300 yard passing bonus.

 

Kirk Cousins vs Detroit – $5,900 DK / $7,300 FD

While Cousins home/road splits last year were extremely different, this year he has made that a thing if the past.  The great matchup Cousins has this week against the Lions who rank 31st against the pass defense DVOA.  His passing NEP per pass attempt on the road this year is .22, while the league average is .13.  Those are the numbers, but here are some other things to think about.  Just last week this Lions defense allowed Case Keenum to throw for 321 yards and 3 TD’s and while the status of Desean Jackson and Jordon Reed is still up in the air, Cousins has enough weapons from Garcon, Crowder and newly found target Vernon Davis to get the job done.

Philip Rivers @Atlanta – $6,500 DK / $7,800 FD

Rivers seems to keep this team in games every week and this week should be no different.  Up until last week when he played against that Denver defense, Rivers had over 300 yards passing and 6 TD’s over the last 3 games.

This week he faces Atlanta who has one of the hottest offenses that will be a handful for the Chargers 26th ranked pass defense.   Because he should be playing from behind, Rivers will put up big numbers against a weak Falcon defense.  Even Vegas sees this as a high scoring game, with an over/under of 54.5 this week.  If that, is not enough for you, here’s another interesting fact, when the Chargers are underdogs by 6 points or more, Rivers has averaged 24.87 fantasy points per game!

Good luck in your FanDuel and DraftKings contests this week and as always let me know how you did. @lockdowncorner3

Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

Pickups Of The Week

The waiver wire is starting to run thin, but there are a few bright spots popping up.  Instead of mentioned the same guys the other sites mention like Brian Hoyer I wanted to mention a few others that not only will help you, but may actually still be available.

Running Backs

Knile Davis, RB, Green Bay Packers

Yes, Green Bay Packers.  In case you didn’t hear, Davis has been traded from Kansas City to Green Bay.  Green Bay also announced later that Lacy would be out a few weeks.  He makes a great streaming option and even a better DFS play for this week.

Zach Zenner,  RB, Detroit Lions

With the number of starting running backs available out there dwindling,  everybody jumped on Justin Forsett last week.  Then Sunday’s game happened and Zach Zenner emerged.   With  Theo Riddick still hurt and Justin Forsett limited to a few snaps, Zenner ended up with 77 percent of the snap. Even if Riddick returns,  Zenner can still have a role getting the early down touches.   This week he gets a nice matchup against Washington who  has allowed 5.2 yards per carry to running backs this season,  Zenner can be a nice play if he keeps getting those touches so keep an eye on Riddick’s status.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

Ajayi  had a coming out party against the Steelers in week 6.  Now, if you’re lucky enough to find him on the waiver wire this week,   he should have claimed the starting role in the Dolphins’ backfield after rushing for 204 yards on 25 carries and a pair of scores.

Wide Receiver

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys 

He has been a solid play good for 7-10 points a week, and last week was no acceptation.  Beasley scored two more touchdowns in Week 6.  The Cowboys are on a bye in Week 7 and, but Beasley makes a nice play if you want to stash him on your bench for another week.

Other Notables:

Cameron Meredith, Michael Thomas, Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon

Tight End

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers

Henry put up another great game last week moving the chains for Philip Rivers.  Whats more important is that he did that while playing with a fully healthy Antonio Gates.

He also  played more snaps than Gates and Rivers found him in the end zone for the third straight game. All very good signs for Henry’s fantasy football promise.

 

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans

This is a total flyer if you need a tight end, but Fiedorowicz has had at least four catches and 48 receiving yards in each of the last three weeks along with 2 touchdowns for the Texans.

On Sunday, the Texans play the Denver Broncos, who are great against the pass, except when it come to the TE position.  They have allowed 60 yards or more to opposing tight ends in four of their six games, including the aforementioned Hunter Henry

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I talked about Brate two weeks ago, now with news of Vincent Jackson going on the IR,  Jameis Winston’s will really need to rely on his second target.  This week they get the 49ers who have allowed the seventh-most yards per catch and nearly 60 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season.  Last week the Bills lit them up, this week it is Tampa’s turn.  Stream Brate if you need a TE this week with some upside.

Good Luck with your Waiver requests!

 

Week 5’s Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire & Free Agent Finds

Week 5’s Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire & Free Agent Finds

Pickups Of The Week

Going into week 5 , we have another round of potential injuries from Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, to Eric Decker, Gronk and Edelman.  This week, with more teams on a bye, many fantasy owners will be scanning the waiver wires or trying to grab free agents.  Let’s take a look at some streaming fantasy options this week with matchups we can exploit.

Quarterback

Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears

If you in need of a quarterback this week, this is a guy I recommended last week along with Dak Prescott.  Hoyer has spread the ball around nicely and put up back-to-back 300 yards passing games and thrown two touchdowns in both games. This week he gets the Colts who give up an average of 277 passing yards per game. Hoyer will put up another good game.  Don’t forget him in daily fantasy this week as well.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Im a bit surprised, but after 3 good games everyone is jumping on the Wentz train.  Coming off a bye week, Wentz and the Eagles get a nice match up in Week 5 against Detroit. Wentz’s fantasy number are getting better each week and is nice add against a weak Detroit defense.


Running Back

Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles

Even if Ryan Mathews  returns to the lineup on Sunday, after Smallwood’s performance in Week 3 he should still get some touches this week against the Detroit Lions. While Mathews is the more productive fantasy running back, he still seemed touchdown dependent.  Smallwood, however,  looked more dynamic  gaining 79 yards on 17 carries in week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Wide Receiver

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers 

Inman’s snap count finally started playing dividends. After leading the Chargers in snaps played in the first three games, he finally put up some production grabbing seven for 120 yards and a touchdown. With the absence of Allen and Danny Woodhead, San Diego has a lot of targets to that someone needs to get. Definitely add Inman this week in you need to stream a WR.

 

Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers 

As I mentioned in the preseason,  Coates will be the Steelers deep threat.   Now he has 5 receptions over 40 yards so far season.  With Bell and Brown around, Coates has a low ceiling, but if you need high upside, the sky’s the limit!

 

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys 

I like fantasy players that are consistent so we know what we will get out of them.  Beasley has been very consistent so far this season.  The other plus is that his targets are not dependent on Dez Bryant’s status.  He averages 7 targets per game and has been putting up at least 66 yards a game.

Tight end

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Another guy we mentioned last week, Brate has seen his fantasy relevance increase ever since the Buc’s released Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  Winston has been relying on Brate to move the chains.  He seeing about 20% of the target share the last few weeks and is averaging about 10 yards per catch.  He also has a TD in each of the last 2 games, so his redzone production should increase as well.  Brate is a nice pickup whether you need a streamer or not.

 

Defenses

Baltimore Ravens
Los Angeles Rams

Fantasy football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: How to set your lineups for Week 4

Fantasy football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: How to set your lineups for Week 4

Start or Sit

As we enter week 4 and get closer to closing out the first quarter of the season, many of our theories and perceptions of both teams and players start to take shape.  For instance, Chicago’s defense is terrible.  If you have started your players against them, you have been rewarded.

This Sunday, the Bears host the Lions, who’s offense has put up big fantasy numbers so far this season.  With that said starting Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones is a given, but which running backs should you start from these teams? We’ll get to them in a min, but I also want to touch on some other offensive games like Indianapolis vs Jacksonville, and New Orleans vs San Diego.

All these teams have to offenses to put up big number but have be very inconsistent this season.  Deciding which receiver to start on each team has been a crap shoot, but if we drill down to the individual matchups, we may be able to find some gems.

Be sure to check back with our start/sit column on Thursday’s each week to make sure you have your lineup set for Sunday. As new information becomes available, we’ll update the column to reflect the latest changes.

Quarterbacks

Start

Andy Dalton (vs. Miami)

Dalton and the Bengals have gotten off to a slow start this year, but this is the week they should break out.  A.J. Green, one of my best Daily Fantasy plays of the week, faces the Dolphins on a short week.  After getting burned by Jimmy Garoppolo and struggling against Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor Sr (8 receptions for 144 yards) last week, Green who is 6’4” should have no problem against Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard who are both 6’ 1”.  My bet is Dalton should hook up with Green all night long.

 

Joe Flacco (vs. Oakland)

After 2 weeks on the road the Ravens face a Raiders team at home that has been struggling against the pass giving up the most passaing yareds and the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.  They were lit up by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, and even had trouble with Marcus Mariota, this past week without Delanie Walker in the lineup.  Vegas sees this game as a 47 O/U and Flacco and the Ravens laying four points which equates to a nice 24.75 implied team total. which should make for a good fantasy week for Flacco (Wallace too) considering the Ravens struggle to run the averaging 82.3 yards per game and 3.3 YPC.

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 Kirk Cousins (vs.Cleveland:

After a slow start to the season, Cousins looked good last week, 296 yards (8.5 YPA) and a 2 TD’s , against the Giants hooking up with DeSean Jackson deep a few times.  Redskins’ red-zone issues have been a problem so far this season which they did not have last season.  . Washington has scored a touchdown on just 21.43 percent of its red-zone trips. Only the Texans (14.29 percent) have been worse.

This week Cousins gets a weak Cleveland pass defense. The Browns are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers (vs. New Orleans):

Rule #1 this season, start any quarterback playing against the Saints.   Even though Rivers didn’t throw a single touchdown against the terrible Colts secondary, the New Orleans defense is yielding 309 passing yards per game and Saints are one of two teams yet to pick off a pass.

The Chargers are playing at home this week, and in his only home start this season, Rivers carved up the Jaguars defense throwing four touchdowns. Its not only the Saints back end that has issues, their front end is just as bad as they have just four sacks.

Sit

Russell Wilson (at New York Jets)

This is a tough one for Wilson. Not only is he still dealing with a sprained left ankle, he also has a sprained MCL in his right knee, he faces a stout Jets front this week that will put an enormous amount of pressure on Wilson.  This will make it tough for Wilson to roll out and scramble and  with the Jets tough against the run and the Seahawks coming east for a 1pm game… I have to sit him, there are better option out there.
Eli Manning (at Minnesota)

Manning is another guy not on my list this week.  The Minnesota defense has proven to be stout this year doing a number on Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers the last two weeks. With the terrible Giants O-Line and Eli’s susceptibility to turnovers, well you get it.

Running Backs

Start

Theo Riddick (at Chicago)

Not much to say here, Bears defense bad, a RB that rushes and catches passes out of the backfield good.  The Bears’ defensive front has been decimated by injuries, so we should se a lot of scoring from the Lions offense on Sunday. Riddick is going to split carries with Dwayne Washington, but he’s pair primary back out of the backfield.

 

Isaiah Crowell at Redskins:

It’s hard to believe, but as bad as the Browns are, Crowell is third in the league in rushing with 274 yards and fourth in yards-per-carry average at 6.1.  They have a rookie QB so Im sure the Browns will keep feeding the Crow.

The Redskins have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to the running back position surrendering over 4.62 YPC and the most rushing touchdowns. Browns O-Line has been playing well.   Pro Football Focus’ has Thomas ranked the No. 12 run-blocking tackle, and Bitonio is their No. 5 guard.
Jordan Howard (vs. Detroit)

We finally saw the last of Langford (for a while at least) Langford was dead last among running backs making tacklers miss.   He broke only one tackle on 36 touches.  To put this in perspective, Howard has already slipped three tackles on 18 touches.. Let me quote some more bad stats incase your not convinced.  The Lions allow 5.31 YPC to running backs. The Lions are last in yards per carry allowed in the NFL (5.1 per carry). Here is the clincher, the Lions’ run defense allowed Eddie Lacy to run for 100+ yards against them. I expect Howard to get 20+ touches and break 100+ total yards and at least a TD this week.

Matt Jones (vs. Cleveland)

Washington’s backfield is terrible, but with that said so it the Cleveland defense.  Jones is not fast or elusive at all, but he won’t have to be against the Browns. I expect Cousins to throw a ton, but you have to run every now and again which should allow Jones to get about 15 or more touches.  One may even be a goaline carry!

Sit

Jerick McKinnon (vs. New York Giants):


 The Vikings’  and McKinnon couldn’t get much of a running game going against the Panthers last week and I expect the same this week when they face The Giants.   With the addition of ex New York Jets NT Damon Harrison, they are allowing just 3.31 YPC .  The Giants secondary is banged up, so I would expect Bradford to air it out and McKinnon to get his yards out of the backfield.  There are definitely better choices out there.

 

Christine Michael (at New York Jets)

Michael is now the main back in Seattle after Rawls went down.  As good as that is for his fantasy owners, he gets a very tough match up this week against the a Jets’ defense that has allowed the third-lowest yards per game rushing this season.

Michael has struggled his whole career so far and last week he played the 49ers let’s not forget.  I don’t see a big upside week here with Wilson and Graham Banged up.

 

Wide Receivers

Start

Jamison Crowder vs. Browns:

Crowder has been getting very consistent targets the last few weeks.  He leads the team in targets with 25, running most out of the slot.  Crowder has even seen 7 targets in the redzone.  Crowder show face off against Browns slot CB Tramon Williams how has struggle to stop receivers this season.  The Browns as a whole have struggle to shut WR’s down, but it’s good to know Crowder has a great one on one matchup.

Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams (vs. New Orleans):

Both guys have a great matchup this week against a Saints team that can’t stop the run OR the pass.  Pro Football Focus gives all three Saints CB’s negative grades.  The Saints have allowed the fifth-most yards to receivers this season and with Vegas giving this game a O/U of 53.5, the Chargers’ are expected to put up about 29 points

Sit

Tyler Lockett (at New York Jets)

With Locket and Russell Wilson at less than 100%, Its hard for me to start any Seahawk other than maybe Baldwin.  I’d look to play other options such as Emmanual Sanders, Kevin White, Tyrell Williams or Sammie Coates.

Tight Ends

Start

Zach Miller (vs. Detroit):

Brian Hoyer may have put Zack Miller back in the fantasy relevant list.  Hoyer targeted 9 times last week and Miller caught 8 of themf or 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Hoyer seems to like his tight end on third downs and near the goal line especially with Jeffery banged up.  Detroit has been terrible against the pass this season, especially when it comes to defending opposing tight ends. Last season Detroit allowed the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends and this year they already give up the most to the positon
Dennis Pitta (vs. Oakland)

Pitta has finally emerged as I stated in my waiver wire picks for week 4 column.  Not only is he Flacco’s favorite target, but he gets the porous Raiders defense this week. Oakland has given up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Pitta will get a nice amount of targets, but we could really use one in the redzone.

Sit

Gary Barnidge (at Washington)

Barnidge has had a slow start to the season.  It looked like McCown would have helped his fantasy value, but now with Kessler at QB it has not gotten better.  Pryor as seen the ball a ton and Crow has been getting touches.  At some point I think Barnidge as to see some more targets.  Until then his she stay on your bench.

Dwayne Allen (at Jacksonville)

Allen has been a disappointment one again.  Even without Fleener in town, he is getting out produced by another tight end, Doyle.  If its not lack of production its an injury.  Pass on Allen.

 

Team Defenses

Detroit Lions (at Chicago)

Im banking on the Lions capitalizing on a number of Chicago mistakes this week. As much as I like Hoyer and Howard this week for DFS, with Jeffery banged up I expect Howard and or Hoyer to turn the ball over at least once each.

Washington Redskins (vs. Cleveland)

Washington forced 3 turnovers last week against the Giants and had 2 sacks.  I expect them to force a few more against rookie QB Cody Kessler this week.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Best Pick Ups Week 4 Crowder, Pryor, Howard

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Best Pick Ups Week 4 Crowder, Pryor, Howard

Pickups Of The Week

Looking for some nice free agent players to add to your team? Let us help you lockdown your lineup with these pickups for Week 4.

With the third week of NFL football action in the books, it’s time to start looking ahead for additions to or replacements for your rooster.  Which free agent players should you have on your radar after this weekend?

This week starts they bye weeks with the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles on a bye.  Don’t worry though; there are plenty of guys on the waiver wire to help you replace the players missing from your starting lineups. Here are the best waiver-wire pickups for fantasy owners to put in a claim for entering Week 4.

Quarterback

Trevor Siemian

The Broncos quarterback looked like a veteran this week having a great game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, finishing the game with a 132.1 QB rating. This was very impressive against a very good Cincinnati defense.  Could he be for real?

Carson Wentz

After two easier games, I figured this would be a good test for Wentz to see how good he really is.  I was amazed how he performed and handled the Steelers defense putting up a 300+ yard performance. With a bye this week, you may have an easier chance of getting Wentz this week and stash him until your  starting QB goes on  a bye.

Running Back

Wendell Smallwood

Smallwood made an appearance last Monday night against the Bears, but this week with Mathews hurt, he lead the team in rushes with 17 out of their 30 attempts.  Smallwood had 17 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown.   Keep an eye on Ryan Mathews ankle injury, because if he is not able to go in week 5, Smallwood should see a fair amount of touches against a week Detroit defense.

Jordan Howard (CHI)

Howard saw an increase role for the Bears in Week 3 loss due to an injury to teammate Jeremy Langford.  Langford is likely out 4-to-6 weeks which opens the door for Howard with a Week 4 matchup against the Lions. For you PPR guys, Howard has ability to catch the ball out of the backfield which makes him capable of being a three down back.

The Bears have some great matchups in the weeks ahead with back-to-back games against Detroit and Indianapolis, giving Howard a great chance to put up some numbers
Wide Receiver

Jamison Crowder (WAS)

The Washington offense has a lot of weapons, Jackson, Garcon, and Reed, but even with all those mouths to feed, Jamison Crowder has managed to average eight targets per game through the first three weeks of the season.

He has an 11 YPC average and 2 touchdowns after 3 games. With the lack of an effective running game, the Redskins are leaning on their passing attack which should bode well for Crowder as he should continue see many short and underneath routes as Jackson stretches the field.   This week Washington has a great match up against Cleveland which should make Crowder a solid flex option this week. He definitely has more PPR value (75 receptions from 2015), but did show last week that he is capable of making big plays.

Kevin White 

This one is just a mention because of how Alshon Jeffery looked the other night.  Yes, Chicago looks terrible and Brian Hoyer is their QB, but White has been playing well and could be in line for more targets.  Brian Hoyer looked his way 14 times last week against Dallas and he catch 6 balls.
Tight End

Cameron Brate

With Austin Seferian-Jenkins being let go by the Buc’s, the next TE to emerge, Cameron Brate, not only had five catches for 46 yards, but he put up two TD’’s. He was targeted 10 times with is 77% of the targets to tight ends and 18% of the teams total targets in last weeks game against the Rams.  There is no way to know if this type of  production will be sustained, but he does give you some hope if you need a TE.

Zach Miller 

Miller was one of my sleepers going into this season.  After a slow start he had his best game of the season  8 catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.  If you need a tight end, Miller makes a good option. With Hoyer  at QB I expect Miller to be involved in the O as Hoyer likes to get the ball out quick on those short routesGo pick him up if you need a tight end.

Good luck on you waiver requests and we will see you Thursday for start/sit and some DFS  advice

Week 3 Waive Wire Pickups

Week 3 Waive Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Last week the fantasy waiver wire was not nearly as important as it is this week.  Fantasy football reality hit home this week when eight starting running backs suffered injuries. ( Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart, Ameer Abdullah, Danny Woodhead, Thomas Rawls and Rashad Jennings), This has left many fantasy football owners scrambling to the waiver wires this week.

 

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens 

The Ravens are struggling to run the ball effectively which has led to an increase in Flacco’s passing volume.  Expect Flacco to air it out in this game, especially after the clinic Philip Rivers put on last week against the Jags.

Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Stewart will be out at least a week or 2 with a hamstring injury, which opens up the door for Fozzy Whittaker who replaced Stewart Sunday and ran 16 times for 100 yards, and in the passing game 31 receiving yards on three catches and Artis-Payne who was just activated. While Whittaker may loss some carries to Artis-Payne and goalline work Mike Tolbert, I think he is likely to be the lead back this week against a tough Minnesota at least until Payne shows he is worthy of more touches.

Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, RB,Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson was yet another running back who went down this Sunday leaving Sundays game with a torn meniscus and will miss at least a few months.

While McKinnon is the better athlete and should see more touches, his track record is spotty.  In 2014 season, it did take Asiata long to see more work and even goal line touches (McKinnon 140 touches to Asiata’s 208).

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets

Who would think we would be talking about the Jets WR3 as a fantasy option, but after two weeks
we are.  Quincy has emerged as a 3rd option for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets.  With the lack of a viable pass catching tight end, Enunwa has carved out a niche for himself getting quite a number of targets across the middle of the field. With  Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte getting the majority of targets in the Jets’ offense, who would have thought Enunwa would see his fair share (about 20%).  Keep your eye on Brandon marshall’s injury, if he is limited or misses time, Enunwa’s stock should rise.  After his six-catch, 92, yard performance against the Bills last Thursday put him on a number of peoples radars, so he may be hard to get.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

Even though there are a lot of mouths to feed in Washington, Crowder has  six catches in each of the first two games this season. He’s not the  big-play threat, but he should get some volume running underneath routes.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts

With Donte Moncrief going down last week, Dorsett could have a large role in the near future.   Dorsett would become a viable option this week because of his great matchup against the Chargers this Sunday.  If Moncrief is out for any lenth of time, he will make a nice fantasy option.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

 While Giants fans are happy to see Cruz back, he is not that WR2 receiver of the past.  While he makes a nice DFS pick because of his price and productions, for season long, he has 8 receptions for 125 yards and a TD through two games.  He doubled his targets last week which is a good sign, but you may want to pick him up as a flex or to use further down the road.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Tamme is a name we haven’t heard in quite a while.  The vertern TE has a great matchup this week against the Saints this week.  He has been targeted 8 times in each game so far and putting up a touchdown as well.  Considering the lack of reliable productive  tight ends, Tamme makes a nice option. despite a solid showing this past Sunday — is a favorable matchup.

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens

 After many years of us touting him and letting fantasy owners fantasy owners down due to injuries, Dennis Pitta is back.  In week 2 he led the Ravens with 12 targets showing us what we have been expecting from him the last few years.

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Playing in one of the best passing offenses in football is good for any tight end, but add to that that Ben Roethlisberger likes to throw to his tight end.  James (6-foot-7) ) already has eight receptions on 12 targets and makes quite a red zone target.

When to Draft a Player or Position: Part 2 Ranking and Drafting Your Team

Draft Strategy

Rankng Players Using Cross Positional Values – Putting it All Together

Now that we have our values at each position, lets put it all together using the top 5 players at each of the skill positions (QB, WR,RB, TE) and see how the top players from each position stack up

PLAYER TEAM POS FPTS CPV
Cam Newton CAR QB 399 106
DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR 218 104
Rob Gronkowski NE TE 184 97
Doug Martin TB RB 199 82
Doug Baldwin SEA WR 191 77
A.J. Green CIN WR 188 74
DeAngelo Williams PIT RB 189 72
Jordan Reed WAS TE 158 71
Gary Barnidge CLE TE 158 71
Todd Gurley LA RB 187 70
Lamar Miller MIA RB 185 68
Greg Olsen CAR TE 148 61
Delanie Walker TEN TE 148 61
Eric Decker NYJ WR 173 59
Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 172 58
David Johnson ARI RB 174 57
Tom Brady NE QB 347 54
Russell Wilson SEA QB 333 40
Stephen Gostkowski NE K 168 40
Blake Bortles JAC QB 332 39
Carolina CAR DEF 152 39
Arizona ARI DEF 147 34
Graham Gano CAR K 161 33
Denver DEN DEF 144 31
Kansas City KC DEF 143 30
Carson Palmer ARI QB 320 27
Blair Walsh MIN K 152 24
Chandler Catanzaro ARI K 151 23
Josh Brown NYG K 149 21
Philadelphia PHI DEF 127 14

How to Draft Your Fantasy Football Team

While we all what an end all be all answer to this questions, I’m sorry to say that there is none.  When going into a fantasy football draft you need to be very flexible.  One of the biggest mistakes fantasy football owners make is going into their fantasy draft with a plan that is written in stone.

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2016 Fantasy Football Draft: Late Round Options if you wait on Wide Receiver

2016 Fantasy Football Draft: Late Round Options if you wait on Wide Receiver

Draft Strategy

As a zero running back guy, it’d weird this year to be talking about taking running backs early and looking for WR value in the later rounds.  That in fact seems to be the case this year.  In many leagues and mock drafts the fantasy football pendants are recommending people to grab wide receivers early and that’s just what they are doing.  They are generally safer in terms of injury and have more upside.  This in turn is leaving value at the running back position which is why I found myself trying to find some later round WR value to help round out my team if I can draft any WR studs early.

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