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PGA DFS: Waste Management Phoenix Open

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most exciting weekends in golf. It includes the biggest party in golf at the 16th hole. In addition, the tournament itself is one of the most heavily attended on the Tour. The course recently went under a redesign by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, who specifically went out of their way to shift bunkers into play off the tee for the PGA Tour field.

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PGA DFS: Farmers Insurance Open

There is a long history at Torrey Pines for this event. The field will play one round on the North Course and one round on the South Course on Thursday and Friday. The weekend will be played exclusively on the much longer, much more difficult South course. Torrey Pines North had a redesign since the last time this tournament was played, but since there’s only one round there we can put less weight into it. The South course, however, has an incredible amount of data from previous years. Player selection should be centered around distance, strokes gained off the tee, and Par 5 scoring if history is any indication.

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PGA DFS: CareerBuilder Challenge

The Sony Open in Hawaii turned into the Justin Thomas show. Thomas shot a 59 and never looked back, winning by 7 strokes. We managed to hit on 4/7 of our $8K and under picks, all of which had Top 50 finishes. As we turn our attention to the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California there are a few things to look for that can point to success. Prior success at this tournament is somewhat important given that there are 3 different courses. Five of the ten most difficult holes last year were Par 3s which opens up opportunities for some of the ball-strikers in the field. There isn’t quite as much of a premium on distance, as average length drivers have seen success in the last few years.

Let’s check out the picks for this week’s upcoming PGA event.

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How Did the Top 20 Drafted Wide Receivers Perform in 2016?

Fantasy owners spend valuable time over the summer doing research in preparation for the draft. It’s a common mantra that you can’t win your league at the draft, but you can lose it. This article will go through the end of year rankings and stats of a variety of wide receivers that were drafted early in the summer of 2016. We’ll examine if the busts were avoidable and if the “surprises” were predictable.
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DraftKings GPP Plays: Week 16

There are many teams that are eliminated from the season-long fantasy playoffs by this time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix of fantasy football a couple more times this year.

A very successful strategy in daily fantasy sports in general is to try and think about who will be owned, and how they will perform relative to that performance. For example, if a $4500 wide receiver on DraftKings is projected to see somewhere in the range of 8-10 targets because of an injury he’s a good play. Since that injury news is common knowledge though, there’s a good chance that the ownership of that player will skyrocket. There is a point where the ownership of a player can (and should) deter you from playing them because the results can’t help you when a guy is going to be 50%+ owned. If that player fails and you can find a player in that price range that outperforms him, you stand to benefit.

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Waiver Wire: Week 15 Edition

If you’re still reading this you are heading into the semifinals of your fantasy playoffs or you’re an elite level troll that’s still picking people up even though you’ve been eliminated. Either way, congratulations for accomplishing one of those goals. There were duds and injuries aplenty in Week 14 which will force some interesting decisions as we head into Week 15. What is the best course of action for Melvin Gordon owners? How about for Matt Forte and Julio Jones owners? As we go through the options, I’ll include my early week projections.

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Don’t Be “That Guy” in the Playoffs

The time has come and gone for the Sunday Stash in 2016. You’re in the fantasy playoffs and you’re doing your best to put in the research and advance to Week 15. It is very easy to come to this point in the year and begin to second guess your lineups and decision making. There are many different decisions to be made this weekend that can lead you to victory or send you into fantasy NBA research. You don’t want to be that guy that gets knocked out of the playoffs for something avoidable. Let’s take a look and see if we can avoid the traps that owners can fall into this time of year.

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Sunday Stash: Week 13 Edition

We hit the nail on the head with Colin Kaepernick (QB1) in Week 12 after a QB-free Week 11. Brandon LaFell, Will Tye, and CJ Fiedorowicz were underwhelming to say the least. Brandon LaFell did see 9 targets but was incredibly inefficient, posting a 3/38/0 line on the week. An odd game where the Giants never really got their offense moving left Tye with a 2 catch day. CJ would’ve been helped out quite nicely if he was able to find the endzone since he only put up 4 catches for 42 yards. With the current state of tight ends, there are any number of players that can land between TE6-TE25 in a given week depending on whether or not they score. For example, without a touchdown CJ was TE21 on the week. With a touchdown, he would’ve jumped all the way up to TE8. It’s difficult playing tight end roulette week after week, but any number of guys in the right situation can pay off handsomely depending on their touchdown equity.

This week will feature more streaming candidates with a focus on low-owned players in good spots for the playoffs. Good luck as we head towards the playoffs.

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Sunday Stash

I’m hoping that everyone reading this had an excellent Thanksgiving yesterday. As you recover from your tryptophan-induced coma, we’re going to take a look at the leftovers on the waiver wire this week. We have quite a few options this week with injuries and the fact that there are no teams on bye. Will Tye (TE13) found the end zone last week, and finds himself in this article against this week. Tyreek Hill (WR38) is still a strong option for weeks 13-15 but he does face the Broncos this week and in the fantasy championship week. I think this is the week that Kenneth Dixon begins to see his share of opportunities grow. Good luck this week everyone.

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