2014 Fantasy Football: Buy and Sell Candidates

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Buy

Steven Jackson

He is old and injury prone, but he is also dirt cheap and is the bellcow of a pretty powerful offense. On top of that we are looking at some consistency, which, for the cost at which Jackson can be obtained, is valuable in and of itself.

Jackson has had at least 12 touches in every game so far and has accrued 55, 53, and 54 yards in each of his first three games, including a very impressive touchdown run against the Buccaneers last Thursday night. Is five points from running and receiving combined impressive for a running back? No, but again, with the touchdown potential and the lackluster performance from Devonta Freeman so far, knowing you are going to get 12 touches from a player in this offense is valuable.

The real value here is the cost. You could probably trade for Jackson by offering a high upside wide receiver that you would not always be able to get in your lineup. As the bye weeks come up and injuries start to pile up to running backs, Jackson is a useful player to have on your bench as an occasional spot starter or flex option until he gets hurt. If he does get hurt, he is very easy to drop.

This is a very low risk situation given the cost and consistency of Jackson. He is not going to be some powerhouse back, but if you have a team full of stars at other positions and are struggling finding at least some scoring at your running back position, Jackson is a good man to target in trades. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 4 IDP Waiver Wire

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Andre Branch
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We’re fast approaching Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season, and once again we’re met with injuries across the board.  The IDP world saw a few linebackers and defensive backs go down and all possibly will be out for a long period of time.  Those IDPs who joined the injury club in Week 3 where Deangelo Hall (CB, torn achilles), Tyvon Branch (S, broken foot), Ryan Shazier (LB, knee), Jarvis Jones (LB, wrist) and, last but not least, Lions LB Stephen Tulloch, who injured his knee while celebrating a sack (for shame).

It shouldn’t be a problem replacing Hall and Branch as the DB field should have depth, especially if your league only starts 2 DB’s. Shazier is the only one worth holding onto in dynasty leagues (if his injury keeps him out) whereas Tulloch, Jarvis, Hall and Branch can all be dropped and replaced.

Your waiver wire could possibly be a little thin, or it could be full of talent because your league has shallow rosters. But whichever it is or however big your roster size is, here are some of the IDP’s to keep your eye on as you hit the waivers this week. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 4 Injury Report

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Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer – ARZ
Injury – Shoulder
Palmer is currently dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder that forced him to miss the last two games. He is officially listed as day-to-day, but with injuries like this one it is very hard to gauge how his nerves will respond to his rehabbing. He is very iffy for Week 4. Drew Stanton would once again start in his place if he cannot go.

Matt Cassel – MIN
Injury – Foot
Cassel has several fractured bones in his foot and will be out an extended period of time. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the starting QB.

Shaun Hill – STL
Injury – Quad
Hill was active for yesterday’s game, however earlier in the week Austin Davis was named the starter. Hill is probable for Week 5. We will have to wait and see if Davis was the starter due to a team decision on performance or injury.

Josh McCown – TB
Injury – Thumb
McCown is expected to miss next week’s game with a badly sprained thumb. Mike Glennon will be the starter. Don’t be surprised if McCown does not get his job back.

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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 4 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.

Expensive

Le’Veon Bell – $7,400 at Tampa Bay – This should be the lock of the week considering how bad Tampa Bay has been on defense and how studly Bell has been so far this season and throughout his young career.

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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Monday Night Football Preview

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Monday September 22, 2014
Chicago Bears @ New York Jets

This Monday we have a pretty good matchup as the Bears travel to New York to take on the Jets. We’re not so sure either defense will be able to do much to stop the other. The Jets put up little to no resistance against the pass game, while the Bears can’t stop the run at all. On the other hand, the Jets are dominant against the run, while the Bears are no strangers to forcing turnovers. This game can go either way and may go a long way in shaping each team’s season. Neither team can afford to lose winnable games. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Sunday Morning Chat

We’ll get going around 11:30 Eastern time on Sunday morning. 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: 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 Podcast: Week 2 DraftKings Strategy

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Below is a podcast with me discussing daily fantasy strategy for DraftKings in week 2. It’s only about 18 minutes long. I discuss the best plays at each position as well as my general method for researching daily fantasy and making selections. My Excel 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 3 Gold Mine: Bobby Rainey Is Ready To Run

As we begin to enter week 3 it is going to be easy for some fantasy owners to panic. With the serious amount of injuries or criminal proceedings that have had a major affect on some of the top players in this league it would be easy to do so.

Are you 0-2? Hell are you 2 – 0 but just lost AJ Green (CIN) or Jamaal Charles (KC) to an injury that no one seems to know how to diagnose the length of the injury? Both of those scenarios will make it very easy to panic. But I am here to tell you that it is okay.

At my day job in a plush start up located in Midtown NY, we live and die by our core values. I am sure most of you want to know why I am even bringing that up, and the answer is simple. Our core values are what will allow us to sink or swim, and they can easily be attributed to nearly every real life situation including one that involves a fake situation.
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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 3 Quarterbacks

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Week three of the NFL season is upon us.  Last week I mentioned to not take everything we learned in week one too seriously, and boy was I spot on.  Week two proved that week one isn’t the tell-all story us fantasy players would like to believe.  Things begin to become clearer in week three, but I don’t expect full clarity until week five or six.  Let’s see how teams react to bye weeks, and injuries and what not.

I am going to start dividing my quarterback’s in totiers.  All tiers will be based on matchups, pricing, and volatility.  For instance ,this week Peyton Manning is facing the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Usually Peyton would be a top tier QB, but given the circumstances he won’t be mentioned in any tiers this week. [Read more...]