Dolphins (1-2) vs Bengals (1-2)

Adam Gase may be a first-time head coach, but the 38-year-old was quick to light a fire under his underachieving team. He benched former first-round pick Ja’Wuan James after he got burned on a rush that led to a strip sack during last week’s contest. Gase hopes his aggressive action will provide a jolt for the sputtering Miami Dolphins, who will look to prevent their third 1-3 start in five years on Thursday when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals (Enter Contest).

About the Dolphins

With veteran Arian Foster still nursing a groin injury, Gase will be using rookie Kenyan Drake as the starter in a four-tier running back carousel. Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead. will round out the carousel. Ajayi had an 11-yard touchdown run in overtime last week. The Dolphins’ 25th-ranked ground attack is mustering just 83 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads his team in that department with his 54 yards accumulated. Fortunately for the Dolphins, the air game fairs much better. Tannehill continues to click with trusted target Jarvis Landry (AFC-leading 314 yards receiving) and fellow wideout DeVante Parke. Miami will go with Dion Sims this week because fellow tight end Jordan Cameron nurses the fourth concussion in his six-year career.

The sputtering Dolphins’ defense allowed 169 yards rushing last week and an NFL second-worst 147.3 yards per game. In the last meeting with the Bengals, DE Cameron Wake recorded three sacks. The final sack resulted in a safety during overtime and led Miami to a 22-20 victory.

About the Bengals

While Miami was fortunate to walk away with its first win, Cincinnati has followed its impressive season-opening victory over the New York Jets with a 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 2 and a 29-17 setback to Denver on Sunday. Mercurial Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is eager to stop the bleeding when he makes his season debut on Thursday after serving a three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.

Running Back Jeremy Hill scored twice last week. He had 10 rushing touchdowns in his last 11 games. Andy Dalton (AFC-best 938 passing yards) has been limited to just 206 yards passing last week versus the Broncos. After an amazing first week, A.J. Green collected just 10 catches for 115 yards combined in his last two games. Cincinnati Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not expected to make his season debut. CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) has been held out of both practices this week, leaving his status for Thursday’s game in question.

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NFL Pro Bowl Preview

The Pro Bowl is a hard event to predict. Just because a player does well in a certain type of offense in the regular season does not guarantee they will be effective in the Pro Bowl. The opposite is true as well when a player is used to being the target of a subpar quarterback for example. Lets look at the lineups and determine where value may be attained in order to maximize your chances in Fanpicks Pro Bowl Daily Fantasy Tournaments this weekend.

 

Team Rice

 

PlayerName Position
Derek Carr QB
Eli Manning QB
Tyrod Taylor QB
Chris Ivory RB
John Kuhn RB
Doug Martin RB
Adrian Peterson RB
Odell Beckham WR
Amari Cooper WR
T.Y. Hilton WR
Jarvis Landry WR
Gary Barnidge TE
Travis Kelce TE

 

As the Pro Bowl goes, each of the quarterbacks on each time will likely see some play time, with the more effective ones seeing more minutes. Eli Manning is the clear leader here in terms of passing but if the pass game is ineffective, it is very likely Tyrod could take over duties given his mobility and speed.

 

As far as receivers go, both Carr and Manning have their primary targets during the regular season, Cooper and Beckham respectively, so you can expect some good synergy between them. I think Hilton however, is the receiver to look out for on Team Rice. He may get less attention from the coverage and although he put up lackluster numbers during the season, with Manning or Carr throwing to him, he may be able to put together a big game. He is my sleeper pick on team Rice.

 

Team Irvine

 

PlayerName Position
Teddy Bridgewater QB
Russell Wilson QB
Jameis Winston QB
Patrick DiMarco RB
Devonta Freeman RB
Todd Gurley RB
Latavius Murray RB
A.J. Green WR
DeAndre Hopkins WR
Julio Jones WR
Allen Robinson WR
Tyler Eifert TE
Delanie Walker TE

 

 Team Irvine is made up somewhat differently, mostly because their quarterback roster is all three players who have proven to be effective with both their arms and their legs. My bet would be that Wilson gets the most play time and should have no problem passing the ball with a stronger receiving squad.

 

Julio Jones and Hopkins should be the main targets but Green and Robinson are both very effective at getting downfield and open. Without a Bortles/Roethlisberger/Cousins type quarterback who loves chucking the ball downfield though, Green and Robinson may not be able to put up the numbers they are used to. Whoever the quarterback here, I expect them to play the short game with Julio, Hopkins, Eifert, and Walker while giving Freeman and Gurley plenty of rush attempts.

 

My strategy is Running backs and Tight ends from Team Irvine and Quarterback and Receiver stacks from Team Rice.

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NFL Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City Defense Dominates

 

The Chief’s started the game by sending a message with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown and that would have been enough for the Chiefs to win the game without their offense ever needing to take the field.  Hoyer didn’t do much to make things difficult for the Chief throwing 4 interceptions, giving Kansas City’s defense a total of 34 fantasy points with the kickoff return touchdown, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 0 points allowed.

 

Besides the Chiefs defense, there was not much other fantasy value from this game.  Travis Kelce had a big receiving game with 8 receptions for 128 receiving yards giving him 20.8 fantasy points.  Spencer Ware ran for 67 rushing yards and had a rushing touchdown giving him 12.7 fantasy points on the day.

 

 

Steelers win a scrappy game

 

This was an ugly game in terms of injuries.  At one time or another each Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and AJ Green all left the field with no guarantee of returning.  Furthermore, it wasn’t the usual shootout type game we see with the Steelers.  However there were some areas where fantasy value could be found.

 

Jeremy Hill had 50 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, 3 receptions, and 27 receiving yards totaling 16.7 fantasy points.  Fitzgerald Toussaint (filling the role at running back after the list of injured steelers running backs we’ve seen this year) had 58 rushing yards, 4 receptions, and 60 receiving yards totaling 15.8 fantasy points, despite his dirt cheap fantasy salary.  While far short of his normal value, Antonio Brown had 7 receptions for 119 receiving yards totaling 21.9 fantasy points.  Lastly, AJ Green snuck in a touchdown in the end, along with his 71 receiving yards and 5 receptions he totaled 18.1 fantasy points.

 

 

 

Cold weather halts offensive attacks

 

This game began with -6 degrees and -26 windchill up in Minneapolis.  It looked early like the Seahawks were out of their element with a scoreless first half.  However, the Vikings seemed equally hampered by the cold as they generated only 204 total offensive yards (Seattle had an equally unimpressive 239 total offensive yards).

 

As far as fantasy value, both quarterbacks had very abysmal games, rushing was very poor, and only Doug Baldwin put up relatively decent numbers 5 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (15.2 fantasy points).

 

 

 

Packers find their groove just in time

 

This season has been very disappointing for the Packers so far, barely making it to the playoffs.  However, they seem to be coming around just in time with the best offensive performance of the weekend.  Despite less total offensive yardage than the Redskins (GB 351 vs WSH 413), the Packers had a decisive victory.

 

For the Packers, fantasy value was spread out all over between Lacy, Starks, Jones, Adams, and Cobb with all of them scoring just over 10 fantasy points.  For the Skins however, it was all Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as Jordan Reed had 9 receptions for 120 receiving yards a touchdown (28 fantasy points) and Chris Thompson had 25 rushing yards, 8 receptions, and 89 receiving yards for 19.4 fantasy points.  Kirk Cousins was by far the highest scorer at quarterback with 329 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown.  That brought Cousins total to 26 fantasy points.

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Fanpicks Nov 30 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to all Fanpicks users who deposited $50 or more from Nov 6 to Nov 30 this month and were automatically entered into our November raffle! We have lots of new promos coming soon on Fanpicks, make sure to check the Promo section of the site regularly. We have just drawn the winners and here are the results, we will be contacting the winners shortly!

Grand Prize – 5 nights Kapalua Bay Hotel (Hawaii) plus airfare and $3,000 spending money:

RODDYREG

 

2nd Prize – Autographed Roddy White jersey:

Snypaz118

 

3rd Prize – Autographed AJ Green football:

bberg26

 

4th Prize – Skype call with Hulk Hogan:

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5th Prize – Skype call with Ava Fiore from CleatsAndCleavage:

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