Jan 26

Fantasy Baseball Breakout Pitchers from 2014

What a year for pitching. Per Baseball Reference, teams averaged 4.07 runs per game, the lowest total since 1981. The downfall of the steroid era has coincided with a pitching revival, and the fantasy community has been feeling the effects. A wave of fresh young talent seems to wash over us every year and 2014 was no different. This article will examine the breakouts of three starting pitchers from last year, including their year in review, pitch arsenals and expectations for 2015. Jake Arrieta, Carlos Carrasco, and Jacob deGrom performed admirably last season (totals below), but what can we expect from them this year?  Continue reading

Jan 19

Fantasy Baseball: Draft Discounts from ’14 Flops

The following list consists of three guys I expect to bounce back following underwhelming years. The key here is draft value—I expect these guys to outperform their draft position. I could sit here and predict that Bryce Harper will round into form and smash his 2014 totals- which I admittedly expect him to do- but he will likely cost you a significantly higher draft pick than those listed below. Here are three names I expect to come at a discount come draft day:  Continue reading

Jan 03

FanDuel Picks: Wildcard Edition

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed watching college football on New Year’s Eve and Day and are now ready for the main event of this early part of 2015, Wild Card weekend

Obviously with only 4 games this weekend, choices will be limited in daily formats, but I will be taking a look at some values from FanDuel for this week and a review of last week and how you can have a rich start in 2015.
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Dec 29

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Dec 28

FanDuel Week 17 Picks

I hope that everyone out there had a very happy holiday season. Now that the presents have been opened and we have seen way too much of our relatives (anyone have that really annoying uncle, or aunt that still pinches your cheeks even if you’re 27 years old, no, only me?), it’s time to make some of the money back that you spent buying all of those gifts.

As per usual, I’ll review how I fared in week 16 (there are a lot of picks between the Thursday/Saturday games and Sunday games) and give you my FanDuel picks for week 17.
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Dec 24

NBA FanDuel Picks for Christmas Day

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday. Typically when I think of sports on Christmas only one thing comes to mind: the NBA. This season there will be 5 games on December 25th featuring some of the league’s biggest stars. You will see LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Chris Paul all on Christmas Day.

The question is should you have any of these players in your FanDuel line-up to win some extra cash on Christmas. I’ll go over how FanDuel scores for NBA games and also some value picks for Christmas Day. Continue reading

Dec 19

Fantasy Football Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em: Week 16

Fantasy football is a weekly game.

This should be your mantra; your rule to live by. There are times to take longevity into account, but more often than not you’re playing the weekly match-ups hoping to beat your opponent right then and there.

To help you make the tough decisions throughout your lineup, I’m releasing my list of guys you should either pick for your starting lineup or kick to your bench.

IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND! This is not the time to lose focus, and that’s why I’ve complied my best Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em list of the year. It involves benching Peyton Manning. What in the world could go wrong?

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Dec 18

FanDuel Week 16 Picks

We have finally made it, time for the fantasy football championships to be played. If you’ve made your fantasy championships congratulations and good luck, but for the rest of us, we need something else to get us through week 16 (especially if you are a fan of the Giants like I am).

 

I normally turn to FanDuel to get my fantasy football kicks in case my teams aren’t in the finals. Let’s take a look at how my picks faired in week 15 and a look to week 16 as well (I’ll break down both Thursday/Saturday games and Sunday/Monday games).

 

 

Week 15 (Thursday included):

Quarterback: Philip Rivers $8200 Mark Sanchez $7500, Eli Manning $7500, Matt Ryan $7900

A pretty good outing at quarterback this past week with 2 out of the top 3 selected (Manning and Ryan). Eli can thank Odell Beckham Jr. and his 3 TDs for his spot, while the porous Steelers defense aided the Julio Jones-less Ryan. Rivers underwhelmed against the Broncos coming in 19th at 11.58 points. Mark Sanchez looked like he was back on the Jets with only 8.08 points.

 

Running back: CJ Anderson $8000 Chris Johnson $5300, Latavius Murray $6500 Dan Herron $6300, Jonathon Stewart $6700

Ugly week at running back in general with only 4 players over 20 points and none of them are from my list. CJ Anderson was the highest scoring running back pick at 10.6 points but didn’t justify his $8000 price tag. Murray and Herron were both in the top 30, but Johnson and Stewart barely were able to stay in the top 50.

 

Wide Receiver: Jordan Matthews $7000 Steve Smith $6800, Donte Moncrief $5700, Marquess Wilson $4500, Marquis Lee $5800

As ugly as running back was this past week, wide receiver was much worse. I didn’t have 1 player in the top 30 receivers this week. Leading the way was Jordan Matthews with a big, fat 0. That’s right 0 points for my pick last week. I’m obviously not happy about it, but that was ridiculous.

 

TE: Delanie Walker $5300 Jared Cook $5200, Larry Donnell $5200, Brent Celek $4500

The wild world of tight ends gave us a mixed back this week. 3 of picks were in the top 20 with Delanie Walker at number 7 ahead of players like Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett. Donnell was the worst performer of the bunch ending up as the number 31 tight end with 2.1 points.

 

Week 16 Thursday/Saturday:

QB Mark Sanchez $7500

He can’t possibly be THAT bad. Sanchez put up a stinker last week against the Cowboys in a primetime showdown with only 252 yards and 2 INTs. He didn’t throw for a touchdown, but that will change this week against Washington. Washington is dead last in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up over 20 points per game (in 4 point passing TD leagues) and is also last in the league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. I look for Sanchez and the Eagles to bounce back this week.

 

Other Values: Robert Griffin III $6900, Colin Kaepernick $6700

RB: Alfonso Smith $4500

It certainly looks like both Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde will not play for the 49ers this weekend against the Chargers, so if you are looking for a cheap alternative at running back you can look no further than Alfonso Smith. He should carry the majority of the load for the 49ers on Saturday night. The Chargers are a middle of the pack defense against running backs (giving up 14.5 points per game), but any back that has 15-18 touches in a game is someone worth looking into.

Other Values: Darren Sproles $5300, Toby Gerhart $4700

WR: DeSean Jackson $6900

REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE! No, this isn’t a movie, but it could play out like one for Jackson and the rest of Washington if they can defeat the Eagles. Last time out against his former team Jackson caught 5 of his 11 targets for 117 yards and a long TD. Do I think it can happen again, I certainly do as the Eagles are 2nd worst in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up just under 26 points per game. Jackson is the ultimate boom or bust player, but could prove his worth in FanDuel.

Other Values: Nate Washington $6600, Allen Hurns $5400

TE: Delanie Walker $5400

Someone has to score some points in the Jaguars-Titans game, and while I expect a Jaguars victory, I do think Delanie Walker has some value here. The Jaguars are giving up about 8 points per game to opposing tight ends, and couple that with the fact that Charlie Whitehurst is going to start gives you a solid option in Walker.

Other Values: Jordan Reed $4900

Sunday

QB: Matthew Stafford $8200

If you haven’t been watching football lately you may fail to realize that the entire Bears team is a mess right now. Their coach is on the hot seat, Jay Cutler just got benched for Jimmy Clausen and their defense is a total joke (2nd worst against opposing QBs this season). I expect Stafford to do some major damage, just like in their meeting on Thanksgiving (you can see what I wrote here on the matter). Even if it is only for 3 quarters (the Lions should be up huge in this game), Stafford should be a top 10 QB this week and well worth the investment.

Other Values: Eli Manning $7700, Josh McCown $7000

RB: Fred Jackson $6700

With at least 18 touches in his last 3 games, Jackson is clearly back as the lead back for the Buffalo Bills, a team surprisingly still in the playoff hunt. I expect the Bills defense to hold down the struggling Raiders in this game and a lot of work for old man Fred (at least 20 touches). Again, if a running back is going to get 20 touches I’ll certainly take him on my roster and against the Raiders who are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs is just one more reason to have Jackson on your roster.

Other Values: Pierre Thomas $5700, Doug Martin $5500, Joseph Randle $4900

WR: Dwayne Bowe $5500

I know a wide receiver hasn’t caught a pass for the Chiefs yet this season, but that has to end sometime. The Steelers have been getting torched in recent weeks against opposing wide receivers, giving up at least 29 combined fantasy points per game. The Chiefs will have to score in this game against the red hot Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell so I think the curse will be broken and Bowe will get into the end zone for the Chiefs.

Other Values: Kenny Stills $6100, Cole Beasley $5700, Torrey Smith $6400

TE: Dwayne Allen $5400

Prior to their performance against the Eagles, the Cowboys defense was going in the wrong direction and I see that again this week against Andrew Luck and the Colts. When healthy, Allen is a red zone machine with 8 touchdowns on the season and his teammate TY Hilton doesn’t appear to be fully healthy, so Luck will have to utilize his tight end much more in this game. Add in that the Cowboys defense has given up over 10 fantasy points to tight ends twice in their last 4 games and I think Allen and the rest of the Colts have a good bounce back effort.

Other Values: Owen Daniels $5300, Jermaine Gresham $5300

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