FantasySports.org http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 Podcasts of the Week: A Fantasy Farewell http://fantasysports.org/podcasts-week-fantasy-farewell/ http://fantasysports.org/podcasts-week-fantasy-farewell/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5311 It happens. In my relatively brief career of interviewing fantasy-football writers, I’ve seen some folks who have decided to put down the pen. It’s not often that they get an “exit interview”. Actually I did one for Jonathan Vandersluis a few months ago when he decided to shutter his Top Team Fantasy site, only to ...

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It happens. In my relatively brief career of interviewing fantasy-football writers, I’ve seen some folks who have decided to put down the pen. It’s not often that they get an “exit interview”. Actually I did one for Jonathan Vandersluis a few months ago when he decided to shutter his Top Team Fantasy site, only to pick up with Sportable a few weeks later.

This one’s probably for real. Coleman Kelly, one half of the “Fantasy Wunderkind” podcast, hasn’t been writing fantasy this year and it looks like he’s barely been paying attention to football in general. Davis Mattek, the other half, and someone who certainly has been paying attention enough for at least four people, egged him on to do one last Google hangout.

You’d initially think that a podcast featuring one football fanatic and one guy who has opinions that are a bit out of date wouldn’t work, but then you throw Rich Hribar and J.J. Zachariason into the mix and you have a great 90 minutes of chat. Some highlights:

Lord Reebs has kidney stones and was in the hospital earlier in the day. You can see the hospital ID wristband on him. Talk about playing through pain, and we haven’t gotten to the 49ers.

JJ’s reference to Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks as “Less than one person” might have been the line of the show.

Davis will forever be known as the “boy who cried Odell” by saying that Beckham wouldn’t be a quality NFL receiver. It’s because he’s normally spot-on that his misses, most prominently Stephen Hill, are always brought up.

All three guys being aghast that Coleman had failed to submit one DFS lineup was great.

Coleman makes no promises about his future and availability on Twitter. Some people do burn out on the industry and the odd grind that is the fantasy regular season. We all want a send-off like this.

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The Week That Was: Week 14 aka Fantasy Playoff Dreams http://fantasysports.org/week-week-14-aka-fantasy-playoff-dreams/ http://fantasysports.org/week-week-14-aka-fantasy-playoff-dreams/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 02:56:22 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5307 I was at the Titans game on Sunday, so forgive me when I’m a little behind on what happened this weekend. I hear there are franchises with hope, and if they “win” enough games (forgot what that word means), they get to go to the “play offs”. It was all about that how fantasy football ...

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I was at the Titans game on Sunday, so forgive me when I’m a little behind on what happened this weekend. I hear there are franchises with hope, and if they “win” enough games (forgot what that word means), they get to go to the “play offs”.

It was all about that how fantasy football playoff action this weekend in most leagues. If your playoffs start next week, think about being more inclusive, or you got a bye so we all hate you.

What I found hard to believe in non Titans/Giants (NFL burning all the film for that one) action:

Jimmy Graham only scored five PPR points? You’re just pulling my leg. I know I went to a game featuring two teams who had a combined 13 losses, and paid $9 for a beer and $4 for a side of fries, but you’re just being cruel now. Jimmy G is a monster, as one of our best fantasy experts can attest.

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Well, if Darter said it, I must not be hallucinating. That’s OK. He’s not the type to use hyperbole or lean on one narrative to an annoying level. That’s fine. What else do we have?

Cam Newton scores four touchdowns, 42 points in 6-point passing TD leagues: I understand to make things even that you’d give Newton two weeks of points in one — wait, that really happened? He scored a lot for teams in their “toilet bowl” bracket, which is nice.

The thing about Jay Cutler is that he’s not a winner, he’s aloof, he doesn’t give a crap about his teammates and their feelings. 29 points? He’s the maestro of “points de garbage”.

Speaking of garbage time, Martellus Bennett (23 points) and Alshon Jeffery (21 points) love the prevent defense.

Facing one of the worst defenses of the year, we had a very Eli performance, touchdown pass to both teams. If you started Rashad Jennings, in the words of Willy Wonka, “you lose”. If you started Andre Williams, how’s 24-131-1, 3-16?

Speaking of that, I took “saw Eli Manning throw the dumbest interception of all time by a QB with a 30-0 lead” off my bucket list.

I’m not at all surprised that Andrew Luck looked like crap most of the day but pulled off a 26-point day.

Teddy Bridgewater had a 300-yard passing day? He needed an 87-yard winning pass in overtime to get there, one guy who started him as a joke.

I mean, sure, Jimmy Graham scoring 5 PPR points, I can sort of accept that, but Jonathan Stewart going for 23? This is conspiracy-theory-level nonsense.

The AFC North used to be known for defense, but judging by A.J. Green (39), Le’Veon Bell (49) and Antonio Brown (20 points) numbers, I’m thinking not so much. Martavis Bryant had a 94-yard TD, which is a 16-point PPR play all by itself.

Rookie update: Odell Beckham is WR3 (11-130-1), Mike Evans (4-49-2) is WR13, and Sammy Watkins (7-127) is WR20.

After putting up a goose egg (and zero points), nobody started Jared Cook on his 4-61-2 day. The only people who started him probably didn’t submit a lineup.

Great stat number one from the Bills/Broncos game: Fred Jackson had 8-35 (4.38 YPC) as a rusher, 10-37 (3.7 YPC) as a receiver. Efficient.

Kyle Orton 22, Peyton 2. I’ve clearly entered the nightmare realm.

Zach Ertz caught a TD pass only six weeks after people stopped believing that he’d do anything in 2014.

Starting any Eagles offensive player was a big mistake.

Fantasy writers had to check the spelling of Mychal Rivera

The 49ers losing to the Raiders, now that I can believe. Marcel Reese had two rushing yards but 19 PPR points. Don’t injure each other trying to get him off waivers.

Speaking of waivers, “Ask” Kerwynn Williams was elevated off the Cardinals’ practice squad and had a 100-yard game. I hope he doesn’t have a Jonas Gray fate.

If you made the playoffs while starting Travis Kelce, you won this week (16 PPR points). That fumble, though…

When Gronk scores 22 PPR points and you’re not happy, you made a good draft selection.

Best of luck to you and yours on this “all Rodgers all the time” Monday night.

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The Week That Was: Week 13 in Fantasy Football http://fantasysports.org/week-week-13-fantasy-football/ http://fantasysports.org/week-week-13-fantasy-football/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:54:50 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5302 It was the week of many touchdowns. Week 13 of the fantasy football season had the usual thrills, chills, and romance (sorry, that was the HBO promo from the 80s). There were two important lessons learned. Never trust Tony Romo and never bet against a Sicilian when death is on the line (dang, movies are ...

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It was the week of many touchdowns. Week 13 of the fantasy football season had the usual thrills, chills, and romance (sorry, that was the HBO promo from the 80s). There were two important lessons learned. Never trust Tony Romo and never bet against a Sicilian when death is on the line (dang, movies are on the brain today). Let’s start with the Obvious Lessons from Week 13:

1. Johnny Football! Don’t you love it when a player gives his haters and lovers ammunition? December won’t be boring for Cleveland fans at least.
2. Pack beats the Pats: For the majority of the game, we thought that Pats were going to steal one, when they’ve been beating people up in broad daylight for the past month.
3. Andrew Luck is good: Washington almost put up a fight for a while.
4. J.J. Watt and The Beard: Ryan Fitzpatrick probably won some DFS player a million bucks, and J.J. Watt could be a solid TE streamer.
5. Cardinals fans have all the sadz: Losing to the Falcons? Oh my.
6. Still the Raiders: The Rams put a pounding on the Raiders for the ages, and a Matt Schaub pick-six is the best early holiday gift.
7. AFC Oh No: Bengals barely survive the Bucs, while the Steelers/Browns/Ravens all lose.
8. Sparkle Kitties Unite! The Jags beat the Giants, making the Titans/Giants game this Sunday the least anticipated game since the last Titans game.
9. Bolts rally: Big win for the Chargers to get them back in the playoffs (and save many Philip Rivers shareholders from despair).
10. Order restored in KC: Broncos looked a little peckish, but C.J. Anderson and a competent kicker were all they needed.

Points and context: Let’s look at some of the best results from Week 13 and “what it means”:

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick-DeAndre Hopkins stack scored 95 PPR points today. Titans are off the Texans’ schedule for the rest of 2013, but Jacksonville’s up next week.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers, Kings of Garbage: It only seems like 38 of Le’Veon Bell’s 40 PPR points were scored after the Saints were winning 35-16 in the fourth quarter. Scoring for Steeler skill-position guys is “game score” proof.
3. Tre magnifique: I thought 20 touches was a lock. He “only” had 17, finishing with 164 total yards and three touchdowns. Washington-Arizona-Giants in the fantasy playoffs looks pretty solid.
4. Philip Rivers to Keenan and Gates: The Ravens kept settling for field goals which allowed the Chargers, forgotten in fantasy after struggling against the Raiders last week, to thrive. Allen was WR3 this week, Rivers was QB5 and Antonio Gates was TE6. The Chargers do have a playoff schedule to “lose” for with the Pats/Broncos/49ers remaining.
5. Colt before the Horse: Sure, Washington lost (again), but Colt McCoy put up a career game with 392 passing yards and three touchdowns. With the Rams-Giants-Eagles coming up, I’d say he is a quality streamer, at least if you make it past this week.
6. Never bench your Packers: The Pats tried to take Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson out of the game, which meant Davante Adams had a 6-121 line which should have included a TD. There’s nothing scary about their Falcons/Bills/Bucs finish.
7. Calvin’s OK: After scoring 33 PPR points in his past three games, Calvin Johnson had his typical Thanksgiving feast of 11-146-2. The Lions face the Bucs/Vikings/Bears.
8. Dallas Pain: Tony Romo’s three points in Week 13 had him finish above only Derek Carr and Colin Kaepernick. Dez Bryant’s 4-73 was a sub-par finish. With the Bears/Eagles/Colts remaining, I’d say keep the faith. You’re going to need it.
9. Take Harbaugh, and his pleated pants too: Not a lot was expected from Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers facing the Seahawks this week, but his one-point finish sure “finished” a lot of fantasy teams on the edge. Kaepernick had scored at least 12 fantasy points a week (six-point TDs) all year. Next week against Oakland seems nice but at Seattle and versus San Diego to finish mean “bench your 49ers”.
10. Golden Graham’d: The Steelers keyed on Jimmy Graham all day. That’s about all Pittsburgh’s defense accomplished all day, as the shower cries were heard from coast to coast. Don’t expect Carolina/Chicago/Atlanta to be as stingy going forward.

Let’s look at some of the best Week 13 content, fantasy or otherwise.

Mike Tanier has the uber NFL hangover from a four-day football fest.

If you’ve ever wanted to ask Denny Carter a fantasy football question (or throw him a curveball and ask about Halloween 3), check him out tonight at Sportable.

Bill Barnwell covers Pats/Packers and gives us the tantalizing possibility of eight AFC teams tying at 9-7 to finish 2014.

Recap Week 13 with the Draft Sharks.

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The Week That Will Be: Fantasy’s Biggest Week 13 Questions http://fantasysports.org/week-will-fantasys-biggest-week-13-questions/ http://fantasysports.org/week-will-fantasys-biggest-week-13-questions/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:51:55 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5299 With the limited Week 13 slate about to begin, I’ll briefly cover some of the key fantasy matchups for today. Did you eat all of your leftovers yet? Cool, checked that off the “weekend after Thanksgiving required lines” checklist. Let’s check out the biggest questions in each game: Washington at Indy: On the maroon side, ...

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With the limited Week 13 slate about to begin, I’ll briefly cover some of the key fantasy matchups for today. Did you eat all of your leftovers yet? Cool, checked that off the “weekend after Thanksgiving required lines” checklist.

Let’s check out the biggest questions in each game:

Washington at Indy: On the maroon side, Colt McCoy starts, which usually would mean pain and sorrow for shareholders of DeSean Jackson/Pierre Garcon/Jordan Reed. They should all see upticks in production, even with a journeyman QB who looks like he should be wearing the mascot costume. I’m not as bullish on Alfred Morris, who saw better running lanes with RGIII. Still, RB is an injury-depleted mess so you’re probably starting him.

As for the Colts, bombs away. Everybody should be in your lineup, including Reggie Wayne, Robert Herron, and that white horse mascot. Mascot fantasy football is the next big thing.

Tennessee at Houston: Remember “to the pain” from Princess Bride? That’s this matchup. We’ll start with the road team. Sure, maybe you survived with a fluke TD from Justin Hunter or “points de garbage” from Zach Mettenberger. The team’s missing at least three offensive linemen from a unit that wasn’t that good. Bench all.

The Texans’ situation isn’t much better, except for the “much rejoicing” over Arian Foster’s probable start. He has missed the past two games (plus the bye week) so his ceiling may not be as high as some of his best game. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s starting, because pain, so maybe DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson can return to your lineup. Most likely, no.

Cleveland at Buffalo: Finally, we get to games with some playoff importance. The Bills’ run D isn’t quite as stout as it’s been all year, but Isaiah Crowell is a good start despite his RBBC situation. Josh Gordon is gawd. Jordan Cameron’s out again, but could return next week.

The Bills don’t get the Jets every week, sadly. The Browns give up run yards like they’re the northern Titans, but the Bills have settled into a massive RBBC. That Fred Jackson stash hasn’t paid off. It looks like Robert Woods is the “safer” start over Sammy Watkins.

San Diego at Baltimore: Remember when San Diego had an offense? Those were the days. It’s hard to trust anyone in the offense. Rivers is fading, Gates isn’t getting the targets, Ryan Mathews probably won’t see enough touches, and only Keenan Allen has big promise.

The Ravens are back to being their professional, boring selves. Justin Forsett is the guy to start. The Smiths are decent WR3/flexes, but nothing more. Owen Daniels could get in your lineup because tight end is a pit of despair.

New Yawk Giants at Jacksonville: Titans/Texans get competition for bad game of the week. All Giants should be in your lineup. Eli’s figured out that Odell Beckham is a good guy with the football. Rashad Jennings is getting the touches if not the touchdowns. Larry Donnell may be in a bit of a TEBC, but could still get in the end zone because tall.

Oh, the Jags. Remember when they scored garbage points at least? Denard Robinson is a decent flex because of his catching ability. Otherwise, the Giants D/ST is golden.

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay: Once again we are reminded why the AFC North’s doing so well. They play the AFC South and NFC South in 2014. Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Mohammed Sanu, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, even Jermaine Gresham, they all get french fries.

The Bucs can at least offer a TD or two when the game is out of hand. McCown is a desperation streamer at best. Mike Evans, well, yeah. Vincent Jackson was drafted to be more than the low-end WR3 that he is at the moment. ASJ and the run game are best ignored.

Oakland at St. Louis: We had something beautiful in Latavius Murray, but we know that everything beautiful gets pitched into the fiery pit of Mordor when it comes to Oakland and fantasy value. Darren McFadden moves back up into desperation low-end RB2 territory. Mychal Rivera’s a potential TE streamer, and I say that despite last week’s 1-8 line.

Tre Mason’s your man in St. Louis. Jeff Fisher’s putting the ball in his belly at least 20 times today. It’s hard to depend on any of the WRs on a weekly basis. Jared Cook is another face on the carnival of despair that is the TE position.

New Orleans at Pittsburgh: The Saints took advantage of a three-game homestand in 2014 NFC South style, by losing all three. When you lose, you don’t give your stud RB as many carries. Between that and Pierre Thomas’s return, Mark Ingram is no longer an auto-start. Brees and Graham are in without question. The issue is whether Marques Colston remains viable or if Kenny Stills remains the #1 WR target. Stills has that deep speed so he gets the nod.

Steelers fans are never comfortable, but it’s no doubt that Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are in your lineup. Ben Roethlisberger’s back on that low-end QB1/2 range and Martavis Bryant is back in WR3/4 land. Heath Miller remains in the dogpile of tight end terror.

Carolina at Minnesota: There are playoff-type atmospheres and there’s this game. Cam had a week to recover so should put up good numbers, as should Kelvin. Starting Greg Olsen should feel like starting Rob Gronkowski compared to what your opponent probably has. The running backs remain much-benches.

Jerick McKinnon is another promising young RB who won’t play this week. You’re looking at Charles “X” Johnson or Kyle Rudolph for potential starters on this team. At RB, it’s a Matt Asiata/Joe Banyard committee. Yeah, Banyard might be a “hot” waiver pickup next week if you consider a grill dumped into a Minnesota lake “hot”.

Arizona at Atlanta: The Cardinals have not been an offensive juggernaut in the post-Carson era. It’s been so desperate that the team signed Michael Bush and they’re already talking about a big role for the former Bear. Sure, it’s the Falcons we’re talking about, but outside of Andre Ellington, there isn’t much confidence in these guys.

The Falcons have another home opportunity, but they’re playing the NFC West and one of the best defenses in the league. Matt Ryan’s where he’s always been, a middling starting option. You’re starting Julio, naturally, and Roddy White’s still in that WR2/3 discussion. Stephen Jackson is a desperation play. Can they get Devonta Freeman more involved?

New England at Green Bay: This is the game that Atlantans won’t be able to see unless they have the Ticket. The Pats are talking a big game (or their beat writers are) about running early and often. The only issue is that it looks like a Blount/Gray RBBC in that role. One guy usually wins but it’s tough to gauge now. Brady, Gronk, Edleman, and LaFell remain good starting options. Vereen may not get his usual touches but that’s assuming the Pats can hold the Packers’ offense down. That’s not likely.

Don’t fear the Pats. It will remain the Rodgers/Nelson/Cobb show, and Lacy probably won’t be that much below his production norm. This is a home team that’s putting up 2007 Pats numbers at home, so don’t expect a defensive struggle.

Denver at Kansas City: Peyton/Demaryius/Emmanuel Sanders/C.J. Anderson are in. Julius Thomas probably won’t play and Jacob Tamme isn’t a quality streaming option. Wes Welker’s the wild card, and should get four catches for a decent floor. The ceiling may not be so high.

Oh, the Chiefs. Jamaal Charles goes. Travis Kelce starts, if for no other reason than the field is thin. Alex Smith put up some good numbers in last year’s Broncos/Chiefs games so maybe there’s something there (don’t count on it). Nobody else is “worthy”.

Miami at New Yawk Jets: Start your Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill is quietly putting up great numbers and the Jets play pass defense in a passive manner. Jarvis Landry starts. Mike Wallace starts. Dion Sims is the sneaky TE streamer. Lamar Miller is less likely to score but should get 15-20 touches.

Oh no. Give up all hope if you’re starting any Jets. Jeff Cumberland is a super-painful TE streamer, and maybe they remember that Percy Harvin’s on the team. Even Chris Ivory seems like a lost cause.

That’s about it for today. Happy watching and make that final playoff push/start your journey to a championship today.

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Ask Your Fantasy Football Goodfella: Justin Lonero http://fantasysports.org/ask-fantasy-football-goodfella-justin-lonero/ http://fantasysports.org/ask-fantasy-football-goodfella-justin-lonero/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:34:07 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5289 "You know TE is thin when Charles Clay is being pumped for week 13 Tannehill spreads it around, and Clay didn’t even play last week." I’ve had some trouble with interviews lately, but we’re back on a football hangover Friday (if you’re a fan of the Bears/49ers/Cowboys anyway) to talk with Justin Lonero of Fantasy ...

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"You know TE is thin when Charles Clay is being pumped for week 13 Tannehill spreads it around, and Clay didn’t even play last week."

I’ve had some trouble with interviews lately, but we’re back on a football hangover Friday (if you’re a fan of the Bears/49ers/Cowboys anyway) to talk with Justin Lonero of Fantasy Beasthouse and Blindside Football.

How’d you get into fantasy football writing/podcasting and how’d you get hooked up with Blindside Football?

Ive been playing Fantasy Football for 15 years. Jason Kasanezky of Fantasy Football Beasthouse offered me a position to do a sit/start column last season and I had a blast. I interviewed some of the industries best Fantasy football analysts this past offseason Sig Bloom, Evan Silva, Dave Richard, and Jamey Eisenberg. This season I talked to Marcus Katkin who is the owner of Blindside Football about doing a show. Marcus was more than welcome to allow myself and my partner Armando Marsal(founder of The Football Gurus) to start the Fantasy Goodfellas podcast, which is also “supported” by Draft Kings.

What’s the Fantasy Goodfellas podcast all about?

The Fantasy Goodfellas podcast is a weekly Fantasy Football show, where we discuss Draft Kings pricing, based on matchup’. We go over all of the components that play a role in daily Fantasy Football. Value, Contrarian plays, expensive players, “Fading”. We bring in guests from all over the country, to get their weekly opinions as well. In the offseason we will stay busy providing current NFL news.

[Zach note: Here's the November 26th edition of the podcast.]

Are you a New England guy? Safe to say you’re a Pats fan? If so, what’s it like having the longest run of success in NFL history/being hated by everyone?

I am New England guy, I am from the suburbs of Boston, a town called Framingham. I am more of an NFL fan than anything else. I follow the Patriots and they are night, and day, from what they were like watching when I was a kid. Gillette Stadium is a wonderful place to visit, shop, eat, and watch a game. Pats fans are a rough crowd, because the passion is there. The Patriots were very unsuccessful, for a very long time. [Zach note: Yeah, the Pats were kind of like the Jets for a while.] So they are making up for lost time.

Do you have some tips to offer for navigating the fantasy playoffs?

A tip that I would give on navigating the fantasy playoffs would be draft wise. [Zach note: Where were you when I needed you in August?] Take hostage running backs and wide receivers. When injuries strike you have the primary back ups. For instance this season I drafted Jeremy Hill, Knile Davis, Latavius Murray and all have had an impact, at one point or another by default.

What is the Beast House Crew and are they tougher than Johnny Manziel’s posse?

The Beast house crew is all of the writers and contributors from Fantasy Football Beasthouse! I dont even know who Johnny Manziel is.

[Zach note: This is “Johnny Football’s” best performance of 2014.”

Is there one league that you want to win the most, and how are you doing in it?

One league I always want to win is my home league of 15 years, it has been a tradition. In 2007 I went 15-0 and ran the table. A decent chunk of change is rewarded a week or so before Christmas. I also play in the Scott Fish Bowl, which is a league of 240 writers from everywhere. I am actually doing really well. That would be a nice league to win for some bragging rights.

How’s your DFS season been?

My DFS season has been up and down. Love playing GPPs, cash games are safer for sure, but the big tournaments are a ton of fun.

The spouse question: Does your wife/sig other/girlfriend have any issues with your football obsession?

My Fiancee is great about Fantasy Football, she knows I love it and she supports me 100%! I am sure there are times she would prefer I wasn’t Tweeting of course.

Football or sex: Which do you think of more?

That is close, I like both equally. [Zach note: A very political but probably accurate statement.]

What’s your usual Sunday football tradition? Is there a go-to beer/beverage?

My Sunday tradition is pretty simple, double check lineups, check injury reports, and try not to over think! I enjoy watching the games at home with my family when I am not working. I actually do not drink, but I could do a cold Coke any day of the week.

Which football writers are on your must-read list?

Oh man great question. All of the Football guys for sure, all of the RotoWorld guys, Armando Marsal’s content. Blind Side Football has great writers as well. Way too many list. Sigmund Bloom calls this the “Golden Age” we have access to great information at the edge of our finger tips, every day.

Tell me about a hobby/interest outside of football.

Really Im a family man, I enjoy eating a good meal and relaxing. I try to enjoy life one day at a time. But there isnt a day I am not reading about football.

Thanks to Justin for answering my questions. Check out his Fantasy Goodfellas podcast for the best in daily fantasy talk.

Follow Justin Lonero on Twitter.

If you want to check out my interview work of the past, you can get There Is No Offseason: The First 50 Interviews from the Ask Your FF Expert Series, and There Still Is No Offseason: Interviews 51-100 of the Ask Your FF Expert Series.

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Six Things to Remember for The Fantasy Playoffs http://fantasysports.org/six-things-remember-fantasy-playoffs/ http://fantasysports.org/six-things-remember-fantasy-playoffs/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:01:59 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5285 In the NFL playoffs, teams do not do things “business as usual”. Everyone makes adjustments. Teams play the game with a different level of intensity (minus the Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl) and every decision can get micromanaged to an absurd level. Today, I offer my things to remember as you set your team ...

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In the NFL playoffs, teams do not do things “business as usual”. Everyone makes adjustments. Teams play the game with a different level of intensity (minus the Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl) and every decision can get micromanaged to an absurd level. Today, I offer my things to remember as you set your team up for the fantasy playoffs. Note that there’s a bonus at the end for those of us who didn’t make the playoff cut, because despite what you hear on Twitter, not everyone makes the big dance.

1. The regular season is an opportunity to make the playoffs. The playoffs is your opportunity for immortality.

We are living in the fantasy-football bubble now. Getting your name inscribed on the trophy, winning a pile of cash, and/or having bragging rights over your friends for years are what you’re looking for this time of year. I am well aware that there are other issues in the world, but in terms of this one specific fantasy league in which you play, finishing number one is what you’re looking for. That realization should help to focus on the other things to remember.

2. Know your matchups.

There are two parts to this. The first is the matchups that your players in your starting lineup (or on your roster as a whole) have. Who’s your WR lining up against? Are we dealing with a CB who has the word “Island” after his last name? That’s bad. If you’re going against a CB who was driving a truck for UPS three days ago, that’s good. For running backs, the rush D of their next opponent is critical. Ditto for the QB, and we can’t forget weather considerations (wind over precipitation).

Team matchups matter as well. If your player is on a team that should win, there’s a good chance you’re going to see a lot of clock-killing running at the end. Don’t forget what happened with the Pats last week, as they faced the run-deterring Lions D and passed all day until they had an insurmountable lead. If your player’s on a team that’s the underdog, you have the possibility of garbage time for your pass game, but note that “garbage time” often turns into “more points for the other team’s D/ST”.

The second part of your matchup consideration is your opponent. It’s good to think of this in DFS (daily fantasy) terms. If you’re playing a team in an even matchup, or one in which you have an advantage, you’re thinking “cash game”. In a cash game, you prefer players who have higher floors and are less variable. In a GPS (guaranteed prize pool) tournament, you’re trying to win against thousands of opponents, so those high-variable players are your ticket. If you find yourself to be a massive underdog, that’s the way to go. Shoot for the highest potential score.

3. Know your rules.

Some leagues change their waiver rules during the playoffs. This is me understanding that waivers, not FAB, are evil and there should be a Constitutional amendment against them. In my local keeper league, we reverse waiver order (best team picks first) and teams out of the playoffs can’t make adds/drops. If your add/drop window is about to end, make those pickups now. Consider keeper/dynasty scenarios and grab those players who have a shot to start next year like Carlos Hyde and Christine Michael.

If there’s a tiebreaker scenario in your league that features your backups, consider having fewer “handcuffs” on your roster. The odds of a tie are remote, but every advantage helps.

4. Build your roster accordingly.

Anticipating the future is tough when injuries happen all the time, but there are some scenarios that seem likely and become obvious in a week. Dan Herron was a fantastic pre-emptive pickup before last week. It’s clear that “inanimate carbon rod” from The Simpsons could be a better fantasy RB than Trent Richardson. If you have a gimpy player, imagine what it will be like to not start him and mentally slide that “next guy up” into your roster. If you don’t like what you see, adjust.

If you’re in a redraft and you don’t keep anyone for next year, don’t worry about underperforming rookies/backups who probably aren’t going to help this year (so sorry, Cody Latimer). Let them go and pick up that so-called boring veteran who just had a 100-yard game. Louis Murphy is people too.

Another variable is your roster rule. My local keeper league has strict roster limits by position. In every other league I’m in, I will eschew backups for the QB and TE position and load up on RB/WR sleepers “just in case”.

5. Get in their heads.

You can’t play fantasy football without some healthy smack talk. There are owners who can be rattled and now is the time to grab that rusty cage. Find their favorite social network and get to smacking. My forte is the reverse smack talk which is to talk down my own team, and that can give your opponent a false sense of security. Even if talking “junk” about your opponent fails, it adds to your fun and the potential “win” is too great to pass it up.

6. Lean on your buddies.

If you’re following your favorite experts or whatever the kids are calling them these days on Twitter, feel free to ask them questions. Heck, ask me questions. I’ll answer (and sometimes suggest Pierre Thomas over Latavius Murray, but we’ll move on). This is the time to double-check any move that’s made, because this is your big chance to win that trophy.

7. Now, a word from our non-playoff contenders.

It’s time to play spoiler. Some leagues set their 2015 draft order based on finish, with the losers joining a “toilet bowl” bracket to determine who gets that #1 pick. Every league that gives the “losers” a chance to continue playing is a good league. You want to knock your historic rival out of the playoffs or take them out of contention for the title.

Note that if your fantasy season comes to a premature end, there are more games to play. Try out daily fantasy. There are many sites to choose from. Also, get your league to create a “playoff fantasy” bracket to make the month of January that much more fun. The games never end.

Thank you for your time and attention, and don’t forget to try a lovely beer or two this weekend, and if booze isn’t your thing, have a lemonade. It’s made of lemons.

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The Week That Was: All About Number 12 Edition http://fantasysports.org/week-number-12-edition/ http://fantasysports.org/week-number-12-edition/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:18:54 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5278 I could write about cute little lists, but the only #12 we care about this week wears the uniform of the Cleveland Browns, “Suddenly Not Terrible” edition. Let’s take a look at the Baylor product. He went 8-120 today, 20 points in PPR, 12 in standard leagues, other numbers in different scoring systems. Let’s cover ...

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I could write about cute little lists, but the only #12 we care about this week wears the uniform of the Cleveland Browns, “Suddenly Not Terrible” edition. Let’s take a look at the Baylor product. He went 8-120 today, 20 points in PPR, 12 in standard leagues, other numbers in different scoring systems. Let’s cover the good and the bad.

The Good: 8-120 on a so-called limited workload was adequate. Hell, Brian Hoyer had three interceptions targeting the dude, so I think Atlanta was in on the game plan. Gordon finished as the #8 scoring PPR WR (not counting the three games to play). For a guy who hasn’t played all year, that’s great. The Browns have nobody at WR or TE who’s even in the same galaxy of talent as Gordon, and we saw a bit of that today.

The Bad: Two guys who scored more than Gordon in PPR leagues were free agents in my local league: Jarvis Landry and Stedman Bailey. I could see Landry playing in some leagues. Bailey was wishful thinking for people with deep benches in dynasty leagues. If you used that roster spot you “saved” for Josh Gordon, you might have ended up with Mike Evans.

The bottom line is Gordon was 8th in catches this week, fifth in receiving yards, and tied for last in touchdown catches. He did get an end-zone target, so I’m thinking that people who rostered him for a tough, long 11-week slog felt pretty good about themselves.

Let’s look at the rest of the week’s action.

Pats 34, Lions 9: The Detroit Lions were held TD-less for the second week in a row. Yeah, if you drafted Matthew Stafford, you are putting up a huge water bill with the shower crying. Ditto Calvin Johnson after another week of not so much of the scoring. Don’t ask anyone who’s a fan of the team about their kicking game.

As for the Pats? Tom Brady had a crazy 53 pass attempts, except that the Pats knew the Lions had a great run D and passed all over the field until the result was no longer in doubt. Brady’s 349-2-1 made you happy. If you picked up Jonas Gray this week, you were not happy. Otherwise, you were fine, as Shane Vereen put up 13 PPR points (par for the course), LaGarrette Blount, cut on Tuesday by the Steelers, had a 12-78-2 line in probably nobody’s lineups, and you saw 9-98 for LaFell, 11-89 for Edelman, and 5-78 for Gronk. If you forgot he was on the team, Tim Wright was the TD guy with a 5-36-2 line. The Pats used the short pass as the run today and it worked.

Waivers targets: Pick up Blount if you’re feeling frisky, and have a high tolerance for pain.

Browns 26, Falcons 24: It’s a pretty familiar refrain for the Falcons. They never quite put up the fantasy stats we expected on opening day. Matt Ryan’s 273-2-1 looks good because we had a bad fantasy week overall. Julio Jones got back in the end zone so his 5-68-1 is just fine. Roddy White continued his surge with a 9-98 finish, including one tackle at the one-yard-line. The run game was predictably meh with Stephen Jackson leading the way with a 13-34-1 line.

As for the Browns, wait a second, do they actually have players besides Josh Gordon? Isaiah Crowell didn’t put the ball on the ground and had a nice 12-88-2 line. Other than Gordon’s 8-120 finish, Andrew “baby Hawk” Hawkins’ 5-93 was a nice finish. If you started Brian Hoyer, you had one of the emptiest 300-yard passing efforts in history with a 322-0-3. Field goals are people too and the Browns emerged victorious.

Waiver targets: If Crowell is out there, you make a claim. Otherwise, you dream of the Falcons giving Devonta Freeman a shot in a mostly lost season, but that’s doubtful.

Eagles 43, Titans 24: This game promised high scoring, and it lived up to the hype. Zach Mettenberger had a garbage-time-tastic 345-2-1 line. Delanie Walker had his first 100-yard game in Week 2 (he’s 30 years old) and followed it up with a career high in yards with a 5-155 day. Justin Hunter woke up a bit with a 4-64-1 day, although his TD was on a tipped pass. The other two TDs were by Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster, only started in waste of salary cap money space leagues.

Once again, Mark Sanchez put up 300 yards with multiple interceptions. LeSean McCoy had a breakout game (consider the opponent) with a 21-130-1 line. Darren Sproles also got in the end zone. The Eagles D/ST scored on an opening kickoff and James Casey, who was a sleeper for about five minutes a few years ago, had the lone receiving TD.

Waiver targets: Justin Hunter’s been added and dropped more often than Isaiah Crowell most likely. There’s nothing to see here.

Packers 24, Vikings 21: Wait, the Vikings kept it close? Teddy Bridgewater made it so with a 210-2-1 line. His favorite target once again was Charles Johnson. They’re popping corks at RotoViz. Greg Jennings caught the other TD. Jerick McKinnon had a 15-54 line, nothing to see here.

The Packers rolled on, perhaps looking ahead to the “early Super Bowl” next week against the Patriots. Aaron Rodgers was somewhat underwhelming with a 209-2-0 line. Eddie Lacy carried things with a 25-125-1 rushing line and 2-13-1 receiving. The other TD belonged to Richard Rodgers with a 1-1-1 finish, although to be fair Rodgers threw the ball about 40 yards to complete that one to the uncovered Rodgers.

Waiver targets: Charles Johnson’s taking over. One week is a fluke and two weeks is a trend.

Colts 23, Jaguars 3: If you started any Jags today, you lost. Denard Robinson had 14-25 rushing and 4-47 receiving. Toby Gerhart had 7 touches to ruin the party. Cecil shorts went 1-6 and Marcedes Lewis had a 1-(-5) line. Yeah.

Andrew Luck’s 300-yard party came to a close. He went 253-1-0, although a nice 8-49 rushing line may have saved some teams. T-Rich went 13-42-1, although Dan Herron’s combined 96 yards (65 rushing, 31 receiving) turned some heads. T.Y. Hilton became a daddy and had a 4-122-1 day. Coby Fleener, after being last week’s TE waiver wire wonder, was 2-28.

Waiver targets: Dan Herron’s worth keeping an eye on. The Colts want a RBBC.

Bengals 22, Texans 13: The Mallett/Blue show was a one-week hit but ended up like the Titanic. The entire game was a slog and the only TD the team scored was on an interception. It’s best to move on.

Andy Dalton had a touchdown pass for both teams. He did what most of what us would have done, targeted A.J. Green early and often (12-121). Mohamed Sanu had the receiving TD (5-48-1). If you wondered how the Jeremy Hill-Giovani Bernard split would go, it was 50-50. Both players had 19 touches, although Jeremy Hill had 96 total yards and a TD.

Waiver targets: You have to be kidding me.

Bears 21, Bucs 13: Two WRs had 100-yard games and neither were Mike Evans. Vincent Jackson (5-117) and Louis Murphy (6-113) did the honors. Mike Evans did score a TD so his 3-47-1 was just fine. Josh McCown’s 341-1-2 was decent by streaming standards. The run game was a mess with Doug Martin’s return. Nobody had more than 27 rushing yards on the day.

Much was expected by the Bears’ offense, and outside of Matt Forte (23-89-2, 5-23 receiving), there wasn’t much. Jay Cutler threw for 130 yards. Alshon Jeffery’s touchdown (3-22-1) helped salvage his day. Neither Brandon Marshall (3-32) nor Martellus Bennett (4-37) did much.

Waiver targets: It’s been nice story to see Louis Murphy back in the box score. It’s hard to imagine a repeat.

Seahawks 19, Cardinals 3: If there’s anything fantasy players don’t like, it’s a defensive struggle. That’s what we saw in Seattle this Sunday. Larry Fitzgerald didn’t play and it seemed like Michael Floyd didn’t, he of zero targets. John Brown was the top guy with 3-61. Yeah, it was that putrid. Andre Ellington had 63 total yards. Five catches made his PPR day less horrific.

Russell Wilson’s a running beast, I mean guy. His 211-1-0 line as a passer wasn’t much. 10-73 as a runner is very nice. Beast Mode didn’t have a great game with 82 combined yards. When Ricardo Lockette (1-48) is your top WR, it was a defensive struggle.

Waiver targets: You can’t take much out of this game, other than to realize that both these teams are going to play a lot of defensive struggles the rest of the year.

Note that the rest of the late afternoon action and the Sunday-night game will be posted tomorrow morning.

Chargers 27, Rams 24: One week after beating the Broncos, how would the Rams respond to traveling halfway across the country? It wasn’t a Kenny Britt (2-37) kind of day. Second-year wideout Stedman Bailey led the team with a 7-89-1 game, Tre Mason had a 16-62, 1-26 result, and Tavon Austin had a rushing TD. Shaun Hill threw two interceptions, including the game-loser in the final minute in the end zone.

Philip Rivers pulled an Andy Dalton with touchdown passes for both teams. There was much excitement when Ryan Mathews went 12-105-1 (2-8 receiving), but he left with an injury. Keenan Allen was the leading receiver with 6-104-1. If you started old man Antonio Gates, you limped off (2-14).

Waiver targets: Branden Oliver could be starter-worthy again with another Mathews injury. Stedman would be quality WR depth. You could replace Britt with him.

Broncos 39, Dolphins 36: This was one of the best games of the day. It was too bad that Tannehill’s 228-3-1 with 15-1 rushing wasn’t enough. It was enough for fantasy. Lamar Miller finished with 59 rushing yards, 67 total. Daniel Thomas scored, and there was much not rejoicing. It was a Jarvis Landry day (dang with those whipper-snappers and their catching), 7-50-2. Mike Wallace scored the other TD on a 4-35-1 day.

Peyton started slowly and finished strong (257-4-0). C.J. Anderson again showed that he’s probably the team’s RB1 for the rest of the year, rushing 27-167-1 and catching 4-28. Demaryius Thomas’s 100-yard streak ended, but 10-87-3 is a decent performance. What concussion, asked Emmanuel Sanders (9-125). Jacob Tamme, desperation start, was 1-(-1).

Waiver targets: Get thee to the rookie WR machine and acquire that Landry fella. If Anderson is on your wire for some reason, grab him. Not literally, that would be creepy.

49ers 17, Washington 13: Remember how awesome the last game was? This was the opposite. RGIII and all his mighty pass-catchers failed to launch. Alfred Morris was a stud again (21-125-1, 1-7) and the less we speak of this team, the better.

If you were dreaming of greatness from Kaepernick today, you didn’t quite wake up. His 256-1-1 with 14 rushing yards wasn’t what we’ve seen from QBs facing Washington lately. Anquan Boldin again was fierce (9-137-1). Crabtree went 5-58. Frank Gore fumbled and went 13-36 while Carlos Hyde scored the winning TD (7-16-1).

Waiver targets: Hyde’s a guy to get in keeper leagues. The Washington tire fire continues for five more weeks.

Cowboys 28, Giants 24: If you showed Odell Beckham Jr.’s box score result to a Josh Gordon shareholder, the result would be “sounds about right” Beckham dominated the game and was open for what would have been a third long touchdown. Rashad Jennings had a lovely day, 19-52 rushing and 8-68 receiving, although he was bottled up at the goal line late. Fearless folks started Eli to the tune of 338-3-1. Andre Williams and Adrien Robinson (remember when he was a thing?) scored the other TDs.

As for the Cowboys, it was a Romo (275-4-0) to Bryant (7-86-2) day. DeMarco had a boring 24-121 and 2-22 finish. Cole Beasley (2-66-1) and Jason Witten caught the other two touchdowns.

Waiver targets: Eli’s good when he’s not. If Beckham’s still available, spend all your FABs.

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Flash Is Back: Ten Best Josh Gordon Images http://fantasysports.org/ten-best-josh-gordon-images/ http://fantasysports.org/ten-best-josh-gordon-images/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:33:55 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5258 Note: Featured image (and bottom image) is from @TerryBrogan87. The rest of the images came from a Reddit Josh Gordon page. As you may or may not know, Josh Gordon will make his 2014 debut as the Browns face the “no D in” Falcons. There was much debate earlier in the year whether he was ...

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Note: Featured image (and bottom image) is from @TerryBrogan87. The rest of the images came from a Reddit Josh Gordon page.

As you may or may not know, Josh Gordon will make his 2014 debut as the Browns face the “no D in” Falcons. There was much debate earlier in the year whether he was worth a roster spot, considering that a team would have to leave him on the bench until the last or second-to-last fantasy contest of the year. Now, patient shareholders of the Baylor product have picked up potentially the #1 waiver claim of the year.

How does the internet and Twitter specifically feel about his return? Let’s see with some of the best Gordon “gifs” regarding his return:

Josh Gordons of the Galaxy

That’s the only way Guardians of the Galaxy could have made more money. Sequel?

Josh Gordon in the 80s

I’m pretty sure this initial .gif was created before Gordon was born.

Josh Gordon Commish

I’m confident there wouldn’t be any weed suspensions on Commish Gordon’s watch.

Josh Gordon's car

Nobody would ever suspect the driver of this car of anything illegal.

Josh Gordon sends fantasy teams to heaven? Nothing’s over the top at the moment.

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We couldn’t let this article continue without some ‘facts’ about Gordon’s ridiculous 2013 season.

Josh Gordon as one of those crazy wind signs from a car dealership? After all, he was employed at one (I think he just gave his notice).

Look to my coming, at first light, on the twelfth week. At 1:00, look to Atlanta.

Josh Gordolf would lead to another Middle Earth-related trilogy.

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He’s not Jamie Foxx. Wait a sec, how many receiving titles does Foxx have?

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Naturally Gordon looks good with a little Flash.

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Gabbing About Fantasy Football: On the Road Edition http://fantasysports.org/gabbing-fantasy-football-road-edition/ http://fantasysports.org/gabbing-fantasy-football-road-edition/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:22:24 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5256 Last week, I had a nice guy who I had never met put together an image for the Titans/Steelers Monday Night Football game. Turns out he’s Andy Singleton, host of the Level Up Fantasy Football Podcast and he invited me on. I was a bit “overserved” from Monday night, and the only window I had ...

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Last week, I had a nice guy who I had never met put together an image for the Titans/Steelers Monday Night Football game. Turns out he’s Andy Singleton, host of the Level Up Fantasy Football Podcast and he invited me on.

I was a bit “overserved” from Monday night, and the only window I had to do the podcast was on the drive back from Nashville to Atlanta. Somehow I got Skype to work long enough to do the show. What did we talk about?

We covered my Ask Your FF Expert interview series. Yes, I have a few “on tap” to be posted shortly.

I had to clear up that I may not be considered a Titans “superfan” as I’m more of a fan of the game itself now. It’s a combination of playing a lot of fantasy and the Titans being irrelevant for the past six years.

I’m not shocked but more dismayed at the recent Juan Elway plagarism allegations. Andy covered that, as his site Level Up used to host some of his content. He also mentioned a former friend talking smack about him and his site on the Interwebs.

We covered waivers, which have already passed so they may not be of interest. It’s a weak week (I slay me), and really it’s all about JOSH GORDON this week.

It was a fun show, and a nice way to pass the final stretch of my drive.

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The Week That Was: Josh McCown 11 Times Better Than Peyton? http://fantasysports.org/week-11-reasons/ http://fantasysports.org/week-11-reasons/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:40:53 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5249 The best thing about fantasy football is that it’s very predictable. Guys who you draft in the first round perform like first-rounders every single week. Oh, I’m sorry, did you think this was a serious column? The NFL was bonkers like it always is. Just for fun, let’s look at some of the crazy results ...

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The best thing about fantasy football is that it’s very predictable. Guys who you draft in the first round perform like first-rounders every single week.

Oh, I’m sorry, did you think this was a serious column? The NFL was bonkers like it always is. Just for fun, let’s look at some of the crazy results by position:

QB: Peyton Manning and Mark Sanchez scored the same amount of fantasy points. That makes Sanchez shareholders happy, but both were bested by “streaming madman” Josh McCown. As it typical for fantasy, McCown was pretty pathetic at halftime but he found Mike Evans twice in the second half.

Andy Dalton followed a -3-point game with a 27-point one, although watch out for a stat correction on his first TD pass to Jermaine Gresham, who fumbled into the end zone.

Jay Cutler followed his nightmare in Lambeau with a three-TD effort. Cam Newton continued looking horrible for three quarters but putting together a top-ten finish with a great fourth quarter. Drew Stanton outscored Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Ryan Mallett had a nice first start.

Drew Brees was pretty pedestrian with a 15-point game, but the stinkers of the week belonged to Eli Manning (five interceptions), Matthew Stafford (five points) Derek Carr (nobody started him outside of 2 QB leagues) and Alex Smith. Smith’s the only player whose team won.

RB: Leading to dozens of horrible Jonas Brothers and 50 Shades of Gray jokes, Jonas Gray scored a stupefying four of the eight rushing touchdowns this weekend. He also did so on most people’s benches, or he will created a FAB frenzy in your local league.

Continuing to justify early draft spots were Eddie Lacy (nice pinball TD), Jamaal Charles, who almost single-handedly defeated the Seahawks, Matt Forte, and Marshawn Lynch.

By the way, of the eight rushing TDs, seven were scored in two games. Gray got four in the nightcap and the Chiefs scored three of the other four (two for Charles, one for Knile Davis after a long Charles run). The other was scored by Lacy.

If you got double-digit points out of an RB, you felt like a winner. Waiver-wire wonders included Alfred Blue (36 carries, 156 yards), CJ Anderson (8 catches, oddly in garbage time), and Latavius Murray (we’ll take 8 points).

We didn’t get crazy comebacks from Rashad Jennings (10 PPR points) and Ryan Mathews (9 PPR points), but they are clearly the team’s #1 option.

It was another week of sadness for LeSean McCoy with *only* 106 yards from scrimmage. That’s his fourth-best game of the year.

WR: Say hello to the rooks. Mike Evans (7-209-2), Kelvin Benjamin (8th receiving TD of the year), and Jordan Mathews were top-12 options. If you thought the Bears’ passing game had passed in fantasy relevance, Alshon Jeffery (11-135-1) and Brandon Marshall (7-90-2) thought otherwise.

Remaining studly were A.J. Green, Jeremy Maclin, Emmanuel Sanders (concussed, though), Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Back from the dead were Kenny Britt (first 100-yard game since 2012), Michael Floyd (2-TD game right when he might have been cut or permanently benched) and Michael Crabtree (back to the end zone).

Demaryius Thomas had the most boring and empty feeling 7-103 in history. You’ll take it.

Your double-digit PPR scorers out of left field include Britt, Andrew Hawkins (with a rare TD), Taylor Gabriel, Charles Johnson (making lots of RotoViz folks happy), Chris Hogan (new slot man in Buffalo), Philly Brown, and Jermaine Kearse.

Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones scored exactly ten points. Yeah.

TE: It was the week of sadness, as most players ended up running into an iceberg. In fact, the only two really good performances that people actually put into lineups were Coby Fleener (7-144, helped by game flow and a Dwayne Allen injury) and Gronk (his 17 points seems low).

You didn’t start Jermaine Gresham, with an efficient two catches and two touchdowns (one that he almost fumbled away). You may have started Larry Donnell but you did not put Garrett Graham or Luke Willson in your starting lineup.

Seriously, only six tight ends scored double digits this week. You were probably dancing with joy, relatively speaking, from a nine-point game by Zach Ertz.

TDs were scored by lineup stalwarts Tony Moeaki, Rhett Ellison, and Tim Wright.

Was anyone more heartbreaking than Travis Kelce? He had a 3-37 line, familiar for long-suffering Kelce-inators, and he had a lost fumble. Enjoy watching his blocking, because that’s about what the Chiefs want him to do.

I’m not talking about kickers and D/ST, except to say that the Packers had the dream result with three touchdowns. That means they’ll score two points next week.

Not the Kings of Availability

Draft Kings caused as much pain and suffering for daily grinders as that slate of tight ends, going down multiple times throughout Sunday, which is a big no-no when you’re trying to put together a lineup. DK didn’t help their cause by telling daily players to contact support during the first half of the Patriots/Colts game.

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