Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Oct 04

With four weeks in the books, things are getting complicated. It’s still early, but crucial games are arriving that could end up being the difference in the end for your fantasy team. Luckily, the Dolphins and Raiders are the only teams on bye-weeks this week, and neither of those teams have outstanding fantasy playmakers. Last week, we saw breakouts from stars such as Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, Steve Smith Sr. and many others. And that makes me wonder what is in store for this week. There are many questions to be answered, and concerns to be dismissed. As you enter your crucial fantasy matchup this weekend, I’ll try and help out with some tough lineup decisions by giving my advice on who you should start, and who you should sit come Sunday. Enjoy the week 5 start ‘em sit ‘em! Quarterbacks Start ‘Em: Phillip Rivers vs. New York Jets Projected Fantasy Points:...

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Daily Fantasy Football: Week 6 Discount Diving and FanDuel Cheat Sheet

Oct 04

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 6 Discount Diving and FanDuel Cheat Sheet

Another few days of Football is upon us, and with it another chance to get some winning Daily Fantasy Football lineups. After missing a post last week (I do apologize, and hope I helped those who asked on Twitter) I am back and hoping to help you all find a few of those discounted value plays that can help fill out your roster. A reminder that I am not talking about High stakes contests, or huge tournaments although I would likely roll this lineup out in some larger ones if I could. There are plenty of great daily sites besides Fanduel to play on, including the one David Gonos and I actively participate in every week SKYLLZONE.COM. If you are interested in trying it out you definitely should and best of all….IT IS FREE! You have nothing to lose but five to ten minutes of your time. Ok, let’s get into the Discount Diving. Week 6 Discount Diving Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville vs Pittsburgh– Bortles doesn’t have an easy matchup this week, but his cost of $6,400 on FanDuel this week makes him an appealing play if you feel like discounting the QB position. He has put up 22 and 18.4 points in his last 2 starts, so banking on 15 plus points this week isn’t far-fetched. Projected FanDuel Points: 16.4 Running Back: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants vs Atlanta- In a way Jennings terrible week 4 is good for discount divers this week. He faces the Falcons defense which has let running backs destroy them all season. Jennings is the horse for the Ginats, and if there is any week you must start him, it is this week. Plus he comes in at a snug little $7,200. For a likely top 5 back this week, I love it. Projected FanDuel Points: 17.2 Wide Receiver: Allen Robinson, Jacksonville vs Pittsburgh- This is a player who can have a very nice week, or he could get you less than 10 points. With Cecil Shorts out, Robinson will continue to be a Bortles favorite underneath. Pittsburgh has allowed nearly 450 yards in the last two weeks. For $6,000 Robinson is worth the shot for your WR3. Projected FanDuel Points: 9.3  Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas...

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Interrogate the Industry No. 14: Michael Rathburn

Oct 03

Interrogate the Industry No. 14: Michael Rathburn

With a few illnesses, technical issues and an all time awful week in the Meyers’ household, I still was able to squeeze a few questions out of Michael Rathburn (@FantasyRath). Michael himself is a busy fellow, and keeps occupied  at the sites www.rotowire.com/daily, and www.dailyfantasysportsnetwork.com. Be sure to follow his work, ESPECIALLY if you partake in DFS. Life, my home squad Minnesota Vikings, and being sick helped drain every ounce of my being and positivity this week, so I may just try to keep this weeks post short and sweet. Like most Vikings fans I wished the last time we saw Christian Ponder was in 2012. When things tend to go rotten it usually isn’t one simple thing, it tends to pile up almost as if someone is watching you and laughing hysterically in their yoga pants and devouring a bowl of ice cream. Obviously, this isn’t reality but for someone who loves great television, books and Fantasy Sports you could see why I would imagine that. Fantasy sports is still and will always be near and dear to my heart, but it make take a backseat more frequently now then ever. Sometimes it takes a punch to the kidneys to realize what is truly important. Enough life lessons from me, let’s get to the interrogation shall we? 1. Everyone got their Fantasy Industry start somewhere. Talk about yours as brief or detailed as you like. If possible include ups and downs, others in the industry who helped? After playing fantasy sports since 94 and coming in the top 3 most of the time, I started my own site called “Around The Cooler” in 2010, which focused on minor league prospects from a fantasy baseball perspective. No one was doing it at the time and I started to gain a following. Also Twitter started to get popular around that time and I was making a lot of connections there. I eventually ended up with Rotoexperts in September of 2010 which led to me getting a lot of industry exposure. Scott Engel helped me advance my career in fantasy sports by giving me a platform and opening doors. I ended up working for Daily Joust in January 2012 which was one of...

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Week 5 Kicker Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 02

Week 5 Kicker Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Kickers. They’re like the little 6-year-old brother to the girl you’re dating. Well, I mean, like back when you were a teenager, you really shouldn’t be dating girls with 6-year-old brothers when your 35 years old. Kickers are like little brothers because they have to go with you everywhere, while you’re trying to score with the other players. They’re always just – there. They don’t do much for you, and they don’t seem to make much difference from one to the other, which you’ll also see in the Week 5 Kicker rankings. As a matter of fact, I actually play in THREE leagues this season that don’t use kickers at all. Can you believe that? One of them was on the Fanium app, the other was the FLEX league, and then The Huddle auction league. I’m a purist, so I like things the same as they always are. When Jake Ciely told me he was doing a no-kicker lineup this season in FLEX, I balked. But I have to say, as I’m going through all of my lineups each week, it’s quite enjoyable NOT having to take care of the kicker position. If you’re lucky enough to draft a good kicker (Steven Hauschka), you’ll have to deal with either cutting him during his Week 4 bye, or keeping him on your bench, and burning another spot for a different kicker. That means cutting a position player that could make a difference for you later on. But – since you’re looking at these Week 5 Kicker rankings, that tells me you’re not in a non-kicker league. (I should’ve been a detective on CSI or NCIS or NYPD Blue or The O.C.) So let’s get into it! These Week 5 Kicker rankings are helpful for Daily Fantasy play, as well. Especially for the Fan vs. Machine instant snake drafts on SKYLLZONE.com. Download the free draft app on iTunes, or just draft off your computer. You draft against nine computers – and everyone gets one free draft per day. You can win SKYLL Points that you can use for entry into the Cash games – where you can win $15 for first place, and $5 for second place. Week 5 Rankings: QB...

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Week 5 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 02

Week 5 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

One quarter into the season, we find ourselves looking at plenty of star wide receivers limping around, dealing with tough injuries, which makes us deal with a difficult set of Week 5 WR rankings. Are you ready to make some tough decisions? Both Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson have been used as decoys recently, and that’s the worst thing in the world for a Fantasy Football owner. Either they play not as a decoy and get you points, or you want them to sit if they’re injured, so you can get a replacement in there from your bench. Being a decoy is just an injured guy taking up a slot on your team and not getting any passes thrown to him. Injuries to Worry About Bengals WR Marvin Jones finally comes back from a broken foot – and sprains his ankle in practice. If you got him off of the waiver wire, you’ll want to keep him reserved one more time. Marshall (ankle) is practicing now, and Chicago is expected to play him a lot this week. He’s one of those guys you just have to throw out there each week if the Bears are going to, also. The same goes for Megatron (ankle), even though he was unable to practice on Wednesday. It’s a tough situation, and for all those people that jumped on the zero-running back strategy, this is probably a swift kick to the nuts. Andre Johnson is also hobbling around on a bad ankle. He’s averaging five catches per game for 65.6 yards – and he still hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in 2014. The ascension of DeAndre Hopkins might be hurting him more than the ankle! Ankles seem to be the injury of the week, as Julio Jones is also dealing with a bum ankle. He’s limited in practice, but it looks like the Falcons are just being cautious. Dez Bryant (shoulder) has had issues the past couple weeks, but he should be good for Sunday – healthier than he has been in a while. The problem is, much like his teammate DeMarco Murray, he’s a physical player that depends on contact in some situations. That shoulder injury could get worse at any moment....

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Week 5 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 01

Week 5 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

The quarterback and tight end positions always seem so full of talent, there are difficult decisions made each week when we do these Week 5 TE Rankings. Who do we leave outside of the top 12? We’re basically saying they’re not start-worthy. That’s not true, of course, because there are tons of different Fantasy formats in which these players would be worth starting. Plus many leagues might have teams that happen to own two or more of the top 12 tight ends, which means the 13th and 14th are worth starting for other Fantasy teams. But a few things are certain – we’ll see good production week after week from the tight ends that happen to be ranked between 10th and 20th on this list. Some interesting news and notes tidbits you should be interested in surround the NFC East division, specifically. Giants TE Larry Donnell scored three touchdowns in last Thursday’s game against the Redskins, and he has emerged into a top-five Fantasy tight end. Donnell was interviewed by FantasyGuru.com’s John Hansen Monday afternoon on SiriusXM’s Fantasy Sports Radio channel, and the rookie admitted that he actually sat himself in his Fantasy Football league. Can you imagine that!?! He scored three touchdowns – on his own bench! That reminds me of the story former Redskins TE Chris Cooley told about the time he scored three touchdowns in a game – and then ended up beating himself in Fantasy that week because of the three scores. Speaking of Redskins tight ends, Jordan Reed (hamstring) looks like he’ll be ready to go for Week 5, as he participated in individual drills at Tuesday’s practice. Niles Paul (concussion) was unable to practice, however, so if Reed can’t go, it looks like it might be Logan Paulsen to the rescue. Defenses vs. Tight Ends in 2014 We like to use the “Defenses vs. Pos” stats from CBSSports.com. Basically, this tool tells you the average points per position a defense gives up. The five toughest defenses against tight ends so far this year include: Ravens: 2.50 Fantasy pts allowed to TEs per game 49ers: 4.00 Eagles: 4.00 Saints: 4.50 Falcons: 4.50 The five softest defenses against tight ends this year include: Cowboys: 17.50...

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Week 5 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 01

Week 5 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Now that you’re done playing a fullbacks or a scatback in your second running back spot because of the six teams on byes or injuries or bad waiver-wire luck, you can rest a little easier in Week 5, since the Dolphins and Raiders are the only ones resting this week. The Week 5 RB rankings go much deeper than they did a week ago. Not only are we getting back running backs that were on byes, but we’re also getting back some injured running backs, like Ben Tate (knee), who practiced on Tuesday. We saw what Jamaal Charles could do with a week’s rest (three touchdowns against the Patriots), and Tate will need to be impressive if he plans to hold off both Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell from taking some of his carries. Earlier this week, I wrote a column at FantasySports.About.com about the 42 Fantasy Players We’d Like a Do-Over On. I mentioned DeMarco Murray as the consensus top player in Fantasy Football after four weeks, but he’ll go up against a pretty good Texans defense. Le’Veon Bell draws a matchup against one of the worst defenses in the league, and Giovani Bernard gets a shot at the Patriots defense that allowed Charles and Knile Davis to run all over them in Week 4. The Vikings play in Green Bay, and while Matt Asiata has gotten most of the work (especially near the goal line), it’s rookie Jerick McKinnon that got everyone excited. He’ll own the starting job sooner or later, and he helps this Vikings team start to put the Adrian Peterson saga behind them. The Panthers just can’t catch a break, as they’re now looking at an injured RB corps that reaches three deep: DeAngelo Williams (ankle), Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Fozzy Whittaker (thigh). While Whitaker looks like he might play, the Panthers signed Chris Ogbonnaya this week, and they’ll use Darrin Reaves against the Bears. The SKYLLZONE Week 5 ADP shows fans are taking four running backs in the first 10 picks for this week’s matchups, with LeSean McCoy dropping all the way down to the … second. Week 5 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST Week 5...

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