2014 Fantasy Football: Week 3 QB and D/ST Streaming Options

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Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight several quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco (ESPN 29 percent owned, Yahoo! 40 percent. Cleveland) – Flacco bounced back from a bad Week 1 to complete 21-of-29 passes for two touchdowns last week. While Flacco isn’t someone you’d want to roster throughout the year, this week is a perfect example of when you’d want to stream him. Cleveland has allowed three passing touchdowns and 602 yards while allowing a 67.5 completion percentage. That makes Cleveland the 13th-friendliest defense to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. With the re-emergence of Steve Smith, Flacco has three legitimate receiving options as well as red zone maven Owen Daniels. The Browns have been surprisingly feisty in their games so Flacco should see a good amount of attempts in this game.

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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 3 Running Backs

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For today’s Daily Fix I’ll list several different options in different price ranges at DraftKings, a great daily fantasy sports site. DraftKings is currently running a special contest with a $100,000 prize pool, which is free to enter with your first deposit. DraftKings will match that deposit up to $600. Otherwise, the entry fee is just $2, with first place winning $10,000. Be sure to check that out. Here are the full NFL scoring and settings rules at DraftKings.

Now here are this week’s running back picks:

Expensive

DeMarco Murray – $7,900 at St. Louis – Murray has 25 and 30 touches, respectively, in his first two games this season, so you know you’re going to get a ton of work from him. He also has 143 and 173 total yards, respectively, in those games, too. St. Louis held Adrian Peterson in check in Week 1, but the Rams have allowed a 100-yard rusher in each game – Cordarrelle Patterson and then Bobby Rainey (22 for 144) in Week 2. The Rams miss a ton of tackles and the shifty Murray should exploit that Sunday.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 25 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

There are several two-start pitchers who qualify for the streaming portion of this article. For sake of brevity I’ll only cover them in the top portion of the article, but you should definitely pick up any of the two-starters you want to stream. If you have any questions about these starters, other pitchers or general fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter.

Must-Starts

  1. Max Scherzer – Mon at MIN, Sun at KC
  2. Stephen Strasburg – Mon at ATL, Sat at MIA
  3. Corey Kluber – Tue at HOU, Sun at MIN
  4. Jacob deGrom – Mon vs. MIA, Sun at ATL
  5. James Shields – Mon vs. CWS, Sun vs. DET
  6. Jeff Samardzija – Tue vs. TEX, Sun vs. PHI
  7. Tanner Roark – Tue at ATL, Sun at MIA
  8. Andrew Cashner – Mon vs. PHI, Sat vs. SF

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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 2 QB and D/ST Streaming Options

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Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight several quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (25 percent ESPN, 58 percent Yahoo!) – Palmer had a very good start to the 2014 season Monday night, completing almost two-thirds of his passes for 304 yards and two scores. There are several other positive takeaways that go beyond his surface stats. It looks like Palmer has four legitimate receiving weapons in Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Ellington and hyped-up rookie John Brown. Fitz only caught one pass Monday night, but that speaks to how well Palmer played – he didn’t have to rely on Fitzgerald to produce for him.

Palmer threw the ball downfield a lot Monday. He ranked tied for fourth in attempts 20 or more yards downfield, and on those throws he averaged 19.5 yards per attempt, connecting three of six times. Now Palmer gets a horrendous Giants defense that was torched by Matthew Stafford Monday. Stafford averaged over 10 yards per attempt and threw two touchdowns against New York, and Palmer should be able to do similar damage. This is the last week I believe Palmer will be widely available on the waiver wire.

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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week Two Running Backs

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Good morning, all. I hope your Week 1 was less frustrating than mine. I think the middle of September is my least favorite time of the year because I’m always beating myself up over why I decided to play fantasy football again. I just keep telling myself that this year can’t be as bad as last year when three of my first four picks in one league were Trent Richardson, David Wilson and Steve Smith. Somehow, miraculously, I won that league.

Once again, I’ll list several different options in different price ranges at DraftKings, a great daily fantasy sports site. DraftKings is currently running a special contest with a $100,000 prize pool, which is free to enter with your first deposit. DraftKings will match that deposit up to $600. Otherwise, the entry fee is just $2, with first place winning $10,000. Be sure to check that out. Here are the full NFL scoring and settings rules at DraftKings.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 24 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

There are several two-start pitchers who qualify for the streaming portion of this article. For sake of brevity I’ll only cover them in the top portion of the article, but you should definitely pick up any of the two-starters you want to stream. If you have any questions about these starters, other pitchers or general fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter.

Must-Starts

  1. Felix Hernandez – Mon vs. HOU, Sun vs. OAK
  2. Jon Lester – Tue at CWS, Sun at SEA
  3. Jordan Zimmermann – Tue vs. ATL, Sun at NYM
  4. Jacob deGrom – Tue vs. COL, Sun vs. WSH
  5. Doug Fister – Mon vs. ATL, Sat at NYM

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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 1 Running Backs

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Good morning! Each Tuesday of the NFL regular season I’ll provide you with several running backs who make good plays each week at DraftKings. Monday through Friday the Fix writers will provide you with a Daily Fix that covers each position, with a weekly roundup on Friday. I’ll break down the running back selections into three categories: Expensive, reasonable and cheap. For the most part these will all be top running backs so I won’t be listing Brian Leonard as a cheap play; it’ll be more like Zac Stacy or Joique Bell.

The expensive options will usually be the top guys with good matchups who should give you good value even with their hefty price; the reasonable options are the middle-tier backs both with good matchups and average salaries that won’t set you back too much; and the cheap options will usually be a player with lower upside but a good matchup and a low price. Enough of my chit-chat, let’s get to the players. Scoring and other settings can be found here. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 23 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

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There are several two-start pitchers who qualify for the streaming portion of this article. For sake of brevity I’ll only cover them in the top portion of the article, but you should definitely pick up any of the two-starters you want to stream. If you have any questions about these starters, other pitchers or general fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter.

Must-Starts

  1. Corey Kluber – Mon vs. DET, Sat vs. CWS
  2. David Price – Mon at Cle, Sat vs. SF
  3. Drew Smyly – Mon vs. BOS, Sat vs. BAL
  4. Tyson Ross – Mon vs. ARI, Sat at COL
  5. Cole Hamels – Mon at ATL, Sun at WSH
  6. Julio Teheran – Mon vs. PHI, Sun at MIA
  7. Gerrit Cole – Mon at STL, Sun at CHC
  8. Lance Lynn – Mon vs. PIT, Sat at MIL
  9. Zack Wheeler – Mon at MIA, Sun at CIN
  10. Tim Hudson – Mon at COL, Sun at DET
  11. Mat Latos – Tue at BAL, Sun vs. NYM
  12. Adam Wainwright – Tue vs. PIT, Sun at MIL

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 22 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

There are several two-start pitchers who qualify for the streaming portion of this article. For sake of brevity I’ll only cover them in the top portion of the article, but you should definitely pick up any of the two-starters you want to stream. If you have any questions about these starters, other pitchers or general fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter.

Must-Starts

  1. Madison Bumgarner – Tue vs. COL, Sun vs. MIL
  2. Johnny Cueto – Tue vs. CHC, Sun at PIT
  3. Alex Cobb – Tue at BAL, Sun vs. BOS
  4. Alex Wood – Tue at NYM, Sun vs. MIA
  5. Jake Odorizzi – Mon at BAL, Sat vs. BOS
  6. James Shields – Mon vs. NYY, Sat vs. CLE
  7. Tanner Roark – Mon at PHI, Sun at SEA
  8. Rick Porcello – Tue vs. NYY, Sun at CWS

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 21 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

This is an abbreviated version of the Two-start pitcher guide as life has been a little busy lately and there are only a handful of useful two-start pitchers this week. As always, if you have any questions about these pitchers or other fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter.

Must-starts

  1. Max Scherzer – Tue at TB, Sun at MIN
  2. Chris Sale – Mon vs. BAL, Sun at NYY
  3. Stephen Strasburg – Tue vs. ARI, Sun vs. SF
  4. Jordan Zimmermann – Mon vs. ARI, Sat vs. SF
  5. Chris Archer – Tue vs. DET, Sun at TOR
  6. Ervin Santana – Mon at PIT, Sat at CIN

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