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Christmas Day NBA DraftKings Plays

The unofficial start to the NBA season, Christmas Day, is a time for getting together with family and friends and also for watching a full slate of NBA games.

The main event of the day will be a finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. If you haven’t paid attention to this NBA season, the Warriors have only lost 1 game this season and are still red hot.  There will be a battle of Texas and Los Angeles as the Spurs (25-5) face the Rockets, while the Clippers and Lakers also face off. The Heat will also take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans and the Bulls will face Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For those who are looking for a DFS fix during the holiday, besides just watching the games, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll provide some plays to consider for this upcoming slate of Christmas Day games on DraftKings.   Continue reading Christmas Day NBA DraftKings Plays

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 NBA FanDuel Picks for Christmas Day

NFL Draft First Round Analysis – Fantasy Value of Wide Receivers

The first round of the NFL draft is in the books, and there were plenty of skill position players for us to endlessly analyze until the season begins. Obviously in the world of fantasy football, we are mostly concerned with the offensive side of the ball. Three QBs, five WRs, and a TE were taken in the first round, and each one has a shot to make an impact quickly on their respective teams. Wide receivers, historically, don’t usually have breakout years during their rookie season. Teams this year, however, traded up and reached to get the guys they wanted to catch the ball, and with a deep WR class, I expect that some of these guys will have an immediate impact. Still, some of them will have some hurdles to go through that will hurt their fantasy value.
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Week 16 Quartback Rankings

Before you dig in to my Blind Side Best this week, take a moment and appreciate the fact that you’re still looking at rankings for your upcoming Week 16 matchups. Most of your peers aren’t at this point, their season’s, their chance to win it all, is over. Great work! For those of you in a league that plays your title game in Week 17, eh. You might want to re-think that. Your team changes at times through the season, but never more so than for Week 17. Derrick already has us thinking about a few teams that may be resting players in Week 16 or during the 2nd half of this weekends games. Week 17 is a headache that’s easily avoided.

I’m doing these ranks with standard league scoring in mind. When or if there’s a big PPR swing I’ll note it. Find me on Twitter, @RyNoonan

Week 16 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes

1 Peyton Manning at HOU –

2 Nick Foles vs. CHI –

3 Matthew Stafford vs NYG –

4 Drew Brees at CAR –

5 Tony Romo at WAS –

6 Jay Cutler at PHI –

7 Cam Newton vs. NO –

8 Tom Brady at BAL –

9 Philip Rivers vs. OAK –

10 Colin Kaepernick vs ATL –

11 Kirk Cousins vs DAL –

12 Andy Dalton vs. MIN –

13 Ben Roethlisberger at GB –

14 Ryan Tannehill at BUF –

15 Russell Wilson vs. ARZ –

16 Ryan Fitzpatrick at JAC –

17 Andrew Luck at KC –

18 Alex Smith vs IND –

19 Matt Flynn vs PIT –

20 Matt Schaub vs. DEN –

21 Matt Ryan at SF –

22 Matt Cassel at CIN –

23 Carson Palmer at SEA Questionable (ankle)

24 Joe Flacco vs NE –

25 Mike Glennon at STL –

26 Eli Manning at DET –

27 Matt McGloin at SD –

28Jason Campbell at NYJ

29 Chad Henne vs. TEN –

31 Kellen Clemens vs. TB –

32 Geno Smith vs. CLE –

QB Bits:

It was hard to not rank Nick Foles #1, especially if there’s a chance Peyton Manning doesn’t play all 4 quarters, but if you have both, you’re splitting hairs. I had ranked Aaron Rodgers # 3 if he was playing. I think Colin Kaepernick is going to have one of those games that taunts and teases us, I love this prime-time match-up on Monday night in the last game at Old Candlestick. The Falcons 32nd ranked pass defense helps too. I like Kirk Cousins but I can’t believe he’s your best option at QB this week. Dallas has been a fantasy QB’s dream of late, and I expect it continues, but I can’t imagine you’re here in week 16 without solid QB play. I would roll the dice with Cousins over Andrew Luck or even Russell Wilson this week. I don’t love the match-up for Luck and I’m reluctant to go all in on any Seahawks this week, with little to gain. It’s hard to trust the ‘Red Riffle’, Andy Dalton, but that match-up at home vs a depleted Vikings secondary is as good as it gets. If you bet on red, Dalton could give you top 5 production this week.