2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 13 Running Backs

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The following values are my recommended running back plays for Week 13 at DraftKings – the best daily fantasy sports site on the Internet. Here are the scoring settings for running backs, and if you have any more questions about DraftKings or fantasy football in general ask us on Twitter@TheFantasyFix or @44AMiller.

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DeMarco Murray – $8,400 vs. Philadelphia – Most if not all Thanksgiving games are a part of their own tournaments, so to use Murray you’ll probably only get to pick from the three Thursday games. But he does make for a good play. Philly ranks 25th in fantasy points allowed to running backs in the last five weeks, and Murray’s rebounded well from his only non-100-yard game in Week 9. In his last two games he’s rushed for 221 yards on 5.1 yards a pop and a combined eight catches for 53 yards.

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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Monday Night Football Preview

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Sammy Watkins

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills (in Detroit, 7 PM EST)
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Baltimore Ravens @ New Orleans Saints

Thanks to a massive snow storm in Buffalo, we have a second Monday Night Football game. Not only do we get the scheduled Ravens and Saints game, we now also get the rescheduled Jets and Bills game. In Detroit the Bills lose a home game due to catastrophic conditions in their own city. The Bills handled their business in New Jersey less than a month ago against the Jets. They should be able to do the same in Detroit. The Saints, who are usually unbeatable in the Super Dome, have lost their last two games at home. The team is in shambles and Drew Brees looks like the aging QB that he is. The Ravens have some issues in their secondary but it would be a bit of a surprise if they can’t put up enough points to get by a struggling Saints’ team. Then again, winning in New Orleans is never a safe bet.

New York Jets: Key Players
QB Michael Vick
Vick is a big improvement from Geno Smith. With that being said he’s not a big improvement from anybody else. He is way too high-risk to start on your fantasy team down the stretch. He has little upside through the air and is a walking turnover. He is also always a risk to get injured early. Of course that’s hard to predict but with guys like Vick and RG3 it has to be taken in to consideration.
Verdict: Sit Vick. Too much risk, not enough reward. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Sunday Morning Chat

Ryan Noonan will be here around 11:30 Eastern time on Sunday morning and go until 12:30. Go ahead and submit your lineup questions, questions about daily fantasy contests, or anything else fantasy football related. Please submit questions in the chat box below and not in the comments section of this post at the bottom of this page. Looking forward to answering all your questions.

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2014 Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 12 DraftKings Strategy

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Colin Kaepernick
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Below is a podcast with me discussing daily fantasy strategy for DraftKings in Week 12. It’s about 20 minutes long. I discuss the best plays at each position as well as my general method for researching daily fantasy and making selections. My cheat sheet with projections and the cost per projected point for each played is embedded below. You can also find the podcast on iTunes by searching for ‘thefantasyfix’ in the search bar.

Sign up for DraftKings through us, and DraftKings will match your initial deposit up to $600. By using this link, you’ll also receive a free one-year subscription to our Front Office premium content package.

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Gold Mine

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Zach Mettenberger
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The bye weeks are beginning to dwindle right at the moment where the playoff picture continues to burn the midnight oil. With only a few weeks left in the 2014 fantasy regular season it is make it or break it time.

There are only two teams left yet to have had their bye and they finish that up this week when the Steelers and the Panthers take their scheduled bye. And with only a few fantasy studs on either of those rosters it shouldn’t hurt you all too much. However, injuries are still a factor with guys like Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandin Cooks being just some of the Week 11 casualties.

With the playoffs starting in three weeks or sooner for many leagues crunch time is here and the waiver wire has never been more important.

Check out these guys who are owned in less than 35% of leagues that can help you this week and further. Not in an ESPN league, don’t worry we have percentage of ownership in Yahoo and NFL as well.

Josh McCown (TB): McCown has been the guy I thought he would be for a few weeks in a row now. It can’t hurt that his matchups have been incredibly favorable, and this week is no different when McCown (13.6 | 29 | 4) travels back to face his previous team in Chicago. McCown has come back strong since going down with an injury in Week 3, throwing for 295 yards per game since coming back with four touchdowns and only two interceptions. The last time McCown was on the grass of Soldier Field, he was lighting it up for the Bears last season. The Bears have played poorly this season against the pass being ranked second worst in the league against opposing QBs. The Bears defense has given up more than 24 points per game to quarterbacks, including two 40+ point performances in their last three games. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 11 NFC Target Report

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Alshon Jeffery
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If you happened to miss the Week 11 AFC Targets Report published earlier today, check it out right here. For those unfamiliar with the formatting, five players will be examined from a fantasy standpoint with the end goal being to explain what recent production and targets mean for future fantasy value. The targets and percentage of targets caught are listed in parentheses to the right of each player. Additionally, the week-by-week target data is also included. Without further ado, the Week 11 NFC Targets Report is live.

Alshon Jeffery – (90 targets/61.1% targets caught) 6-6-13-7-7-7-7-8-BYE-12-17

Owners had to wait until Week 11 for a signature fantasy outing from Jeffery but his monstrous 11-135-1 line on 17 targets was well worth the wait. Currently, Jeffery is the WR13 in PPR leagues and should have no problem delivering WR1 value from here on out. Although he isn’t likely to match his lofty numbers from his outstanding sophomore season last year, Jeffery is still on a 88-1,218-6 pace. The presence of Brandon Marshall likely has something to do with it, but he’s been marred by ineffectiveness at times throughout the year to due to injuries so it’s been somewhat perplexing Jeffery hasn’t done more.

His yards per game average is down from (88.8 > 76.1) while his yards per reception average is as well (16.0 > 13.8). While many owners likely envisioned more from their early-round selection, knowing he is still basically providing WR1 value with some room to improve should give owners some peace of mind. Additionally, the 24-year-old from South Carolina has a lot of easy matchups in the upcoming weeks (TAM, @DET, DAL, NOR, DET, @MIN). Fire up Jeffery as a WR1 with confidence against the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary in Week 12. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 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 as many appealing 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.

Ownership percentages listed are ESPN and Yahoo!

Quarterback (Notable quarterbacks on bye: Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton)

1. Josh McCown (14%, 30%) at Chicago – McCown has thrown for 589 yards, four scores and 47 rushing yards in his two games since taking over as starter in Tampa. Now he gets the easiest team to score against for quarterbacks, who’ve given up the second-most touchdowns and 11th-most yards on the season. It just gets worse for the Bears, though, because they’ve allowed 14 touchdowns and picked off just one pass in their last four games. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson present mismatches for the Bears secondary, and as long as one of them dominates so will McCown.

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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 11 AFC Target Report

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Mike Wallace
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Welcome to the Week 11 AFC Target Report. For those unfamiliar with the format, five players will be examined based on their usage in the passing game and an attempt to describe what it means from a fantasy standpoint is the end goal. The first number in parentheses is the number of targets followed by the percentage of targets caught. Additionally, the targets for said player will be listed to the right on a week-by-week basis. Time to get the Week 11 AFC Targets Report started.

Mike Wallace – (82 targets/53.7% targets caught) 11-8-12-4-BYE-9-8-7-8-8-7

While Wallace started off strong to begin the season, his lackluster play of late has dropped him to the WR23 overall in PPR formats as he’s barely clinging to WR2 value. After hauling in five touchdowns through the Miami Dolphins first six games, Wallace has only found pay dirt one time in the last four weeks. Other than Week 1, he has failed to eclipse 75 yards in each game. Ryan Tannehill has proven to be completely incapable of hooking up on deep throws on a consistent basis and it’s really hampering 60 Minutes fantasy upside. With six games left, Wallace is on a 70-891-10 pace.

Unless he gets hot down the stretch, it appears the 28-year-old out of Mississippi is destined for his third straight sub-1,000 yard campaign. He’s yet to record a 100-yard receiving game this season. After looking like a lock early on to best his career-high of 73 receptions he set last season, he may not even get to 70 this year. There have been grumblings that members of the Dolphins offense have been privately complaining about the direction of the offense and we’ve already heard Wallace voice his frustration earlier in the season. Unless Tannehill develops a better rapport with Wallace in a hurry down the stretch, he will struggle for consistency if he’s not catching any touchdowns due to his low yardage totals. The going doesn’t get much easier in Week 12 as he faces a strong Denver Broncos secondary. Treat Wallace as a low-end WR2. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Thursday Night Football Preview

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Jamaal Charles

Thursday November 20, 2014
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

We have a real barnburner this week. Just kidding. We have the worst team in the league, a team flirting with the worst team ever conversation against a good but painfully boring division rival. There is no way to put a positive twist on this one. If your fantasy players are in this game, enjoy your suffering. This is as bad as it gets when it comes to matchups. There also aren’t a ton of fantasy stars in this game. Nonetheless, there are a few.

Kansas City Chiefs: Key Players
QB Alex Smith
Smith is a game manager, which unfortunately in fantasy football means he can’t manage to help you win. He has thrown only 11 TDs this season and his team managed to beat the Seahawks this week with him on throwing for 108 yards. As a matter of fact, they’ve won the last three games without him breaking 200 yards and he’s only thrown for 250 yards once all season.
Verdict: Sit Smith. You can’t win a Super Bowl with Smith and you can’t win a fantasy championship with him either. The Chiefs will learn the hard way, don’t make the same mistake. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 12 Tight Ends

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It is on to week 12 of Daily Fantasy Football at DraftKings. I’m back again this week to offer my picks for the Tight End position at DraftKings. Last week was another disappointing week for the TE crew. There hasn’t been a lot of consistency week to week for this position. However, we soldier on to find the best value for this week. [Read more...]