Green Bay Packers versus Washington Redskins NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The final Wildcard playoff game of the weekend will feature the Washington Redskins hosting the Green Bay Packers. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX at 4:40PM Eastern Time on Sunday January 10th to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

Green Bay has had an up and down season. They have had trouble trying to adjust to life without Jordy Nelson who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. The Packers receivers have been clocked by NFL scouts to be the slowest off the line of scrimmage in the league. That explains the issues the team has had with their lack of scoring and 25th ranked passing attack in the NFL. This will be the third straight playoff team that the Packers have faced. They lost the previous two as they scored just 8 points at Arizona and only 13 at home for the NFC North division against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

The Washington Redskins at 9-7 were champions of a weak NFC East division on the year. They closed strongly winners of four straight games scoring 34 or greater points over their past three contests. The Redskins have faced soft competition down the stretch facing non-playoff teams in their past six games. They traveled to Carolina on November 22nd and were beaten 44-16. Washington had the 11th ranked passing attack in the league and the 28th overall defense. The Redskins are 25th against the pass and 26th against the rush. They can move the football and their field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 25 of 28 picks and has been successful on 39 of 40 extra point attempts.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

Rodgers is greatly hampered by his slow footed receiving corps. But he is a sly veteran who has the ability to make plays with his feet. He will not be afraid to run the football because the time to take high risks with running is in the playoffs. For the year Rodgers has completed 60.7% of his passes which is a career low as a starter. He threw for 3821 yards with 31 touchdowns and 8 picks. His 344 rushing yards is his second highest total in his career.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

The veteran running back is sharing carries with James Starks. The injury report lists that Lacy is dealing with rib injury and will play on Sunday. In his past three games he has rushed a total of 36 times for 117 yards which averages out to just 3 yards per carry. He has just two rushing touchdowns since Week 2.

 

James Starks

 

Starks has rushed 148 times for 601 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards per carry just like Lacy. These two Packer backs shares carries. The Packers running back has had less than ten carries in six of his past seven games. It is tough to back any of the Packers running backs in this spot. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Aaron Rodgers ends up being the leading rusher in this game since both Lacy and Starks shares carries.

 

James Jones

 

The veteran wide out leads the Packers with 50 catches for 890 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones is averaging 17.8 yards per carry and has the ability to make big plays especially if Rodgers decides to run the football in this game. James Jones is a fantasy pick for this game because he could be a huge beneficiary for big plays with Rodgers scrambling and giving the Redskins secondary a threat to run.

 

Washington Redskins QB

 

Kirk Cousins

 

The Redskins signal caller has completed 69.8% of his passes for 4166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 picks. Washington faced only two playoff teams the entire season and lost both games by 17 or greater points scoring an average of 13 points per game. Pass on Cousins.

 

Washington Redskins RB:

 

Alfred Morris

 

The Redskins run game has been inconsistent throughout the year. Alfred Morris has 202 carries for 751 yards with only a single touchdown. Not a good sign inside the red zone. That’s why the play from the Redskins will be on their placekicker and their tight end.

 

Washington Redskins TE:

 

Jordan Reed

 

Reed leads the Redskins with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Look for Reed to get targeted in the red zone. He has seven catches or greater in three of his past four games.

 

NFL Playoff Real Money Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

WR: James Jones (Packers)

TE: Jordan Reed (Redskins)

K: Dustin Hopkins (Redskins)

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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

With a small slate of games this weekend you’re quarterback choices are limited. So let’s run through the matchups. Houston and Kansas City has all the makings of a low scoring game. These are two defensive dominated teams and this matchup should be low scoring and slow paced, not places of high value for Fantasy NFL contests. Same can be said about Minnesota and Seattle. While Seattle’s offense is explosive, we saw what they did against the strong defensive front of the Cardinals last weekend, I’m saving my quarterback pick for an easier matchup.

The weakest pass defense of the weekend is by far the Steelers, but with the Bengals current quarterback situation, its hard to say anything for sure. In all likelihood AJ McCarron will be taking the field, but there is the small chance Andy Dalton will return for the game. Either way, they both should be able to provide great value with this matchup, just make sure you keep your eye on the injury report and you get the right one in.

Although the Bengals have a strong pass defense, it seems like nobody is able to stop Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. I expect them to have a big game, but I also expect ownership to be very high on these two, so I’m playing the contrarian strategy and avoiding the Steelers stack.

Last we have Washington and Green Bay. This has all the makings for a classic shootout and I think there will be value on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers has been very subpar this entire season, but he has been to the playoffs before and I think he will perform. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has been red hot and putting up big numbers, and that does not look to be stopping anytime soon. You’re probably going to find lower ownership with Rodgers so I’ll give him the edge in a tournament, but based on his performance this year, that may be a risky play.

Running Back

Our premium running backs for the week are Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, Characandrick West, and Eddie Lacy. As of now Williams looks to be out for this weekend so lets rule him out now (even if he were playing I don’t love the matchup). Marshawn Lynch will be returning but with the offensive efficiency of the Seahawks lately, its hard to say they will need to make much use of him so I am staying away from Beast mode as well. The Vikings may find it hard to pass against the dominating defense and will certainly run the ball a lot to Peterson, but he has not been as dominant this year as in years past and the Seahawks may shut him down. West as well is facing a tough defense, especially recently, so my recommendation is stay away from any Chiefs back.

So we are left with Hill and Lacy, both on the cheap end as far as premium running backs go. The way the Bengals use Hill and Bernard is very dependent on the matchup. They utilize Hill to run the ball up the middle while Bernard is valued more highly for his speed in screen passes and short drops. This matchup may be better for Bernard than Hill, and Bernard comes at a much cheaper price. Not a bad pick for this week. Lacy is the only premium back I like for this week. Like Hill, he could take a backseat position to Starks but I think Lacy has asserted himself as the primary back after early struggles in the season.

If you are looking for value at Running back however, there is a lot to be found. Starks and Bernard, as previously mentioned, will both only cost you less that $4000 on Fanpicks. Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas both are a threat to accumulate fantasy value with their run and pass threat. The real value pick of the week is Jonathan Grimes, who put together a big game last weekend and comes at only $2700.

Wide Receiver

The same analysis on Quarterbacks applies to receivers as well. We want to stick with the good matchups: Steelers/Bengals and Packers/Redskins. Skipping out on Antonio Brown may just cost you a win, but I think there is more upside potential on fading Brown, especially for NFL Daily Fantasy Tournaments type contests. AJ Green should be able to put up some big numbers this week regardless of who gets the starting position at Quarterback.

I also like Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon if you are looking to save a little money at the position. We know Cousins is going to throw the ball and we know he is going to throw it a lot. He may throw a couple interceptions but that doesn’t hurt his fantasy value too bad. It all just depends on which receiver can manage to get open between these two and Reed.

A good contrarian stack is Rodgers and either Cobb or Jones. They haven’t done much this year and are not on many people radar, but like I said before, the Packers know the playoffs. Cobb should get more targets but Jones is more of a long threat. The choice is up to you, I’m going Cobb.

Tight End

For me, the viable tight ends for this week are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. While you can make the argument for Heath Miller and Richard Rodgers, I think you will find much more value with Eifert and Reed. Reed is an obvious pick as he has had some very big games lately and is arguably the top tight end in the league. However, that also means he is going to come with a high ownership level, bad news for a tournament play.

That’s why I’m going with Eifert. I can’t stress enough how weak Pittsburgh is against the pass as all of their games end up turning into a shootout. Eifert will especially benefit if Dalton returns this weekend as there is usually great synergy between the two.

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Dallas Cowboys versus Washington Redskins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-7-2015

It will be an NFC East division battle from Monday Night Football as the Washington Redskins will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Monday December 7th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

The Dallas Cowboys have had struggles on the 2015 campaign with a record of 3-8. They have been hit with injuries to their quarterback position as well as having to play for a significant time without the services of Dez Bryant. The team comes off a humiliating home loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving losing by the score of 33-14. In the process Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Prior to exiting the game due to injury Romo had thrown three picks with two being returned for a Carolina touchdown. The Cowboys offensive numbers have plummeted as expected with their key injuries and lack of a playmaker in the run game. The team is 29th in the NFL in scoring by averaging 18.5 points per game. They are the 28th ranked passing team in the NFL. The defense has played well in spots this year. The team is six in total offense as their opponents gain 331 yards per game.

With the New York Giants suffering a loss on Sunday the Washington Redskins sit atop the NFC East division with a 5-6 record. The team responded with a 20-14 home victory to the Giants last week after suffering a 44-16 defeat on the road the week before. All of the Redskins five wins in 2015 have come against losing teams. The team is 25th in the league in total offense putting up 339 yards per game. After a strong start on the ground the Redskins running attack has back peddled as the team rushes for 96.2 yards per game which is 23rd in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

In relief of Romo on Thanksgiving the journeyman quarterback hit on 68% of his throws for 93 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown for five touchdowns and five picks in his time with the Cowboys. Matt Cassel began the year with the Buffalo Bills but could not beat out the starter and backup. Dallas has lost each time with Cassel starting at quarterback. His best game came in week nine where he threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

The Cowboys have not found the player in the backfield to replace DeMarco Murray. Darren McFadden now leads the Cowboys with 169 carries for 634 yards with two touchdowns and a 3.8 yards per rush average. He ran for 3.3 yards a carry over his past three seasons with Oakland before come over to Dallas. After a 129 yard rushing performance at Miami, Darren McFadden had just 10 carries for 11 yards in their defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

The three year wide receiver leads the team with 33 catches for 491 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 14.9 yards per catch. Last week in the home defeat to Carolina it was Williams with four receptions go for 39 yards.

Washington Redskins QB:

Kirk Cousins

Cousins have won the starting position for the Redskins. He has completed 68.4% of his throws for 2787 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 picks. In the victory against the Giants last week Cousins completed 69% of his throws for 302 yards with a touchdown. He has thrown just two picks over his past five games.

Washington Redskins RB:

Alfred Morris

Morris had a 121 rushing yards in week one against Miami and it has been his only 100 yard rushing game of the season. Last week in the victory against the Giants, Morris had 23 carries for 78 yards. His 3.6 yards per run average in 2015 is his fewest of his career.

Washington Redskins WR:

Pierre Garcon

The veteran wide receiver has caught 49 passes for 508 yards with three touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Kirk Cousins (Redskins)

RB: Darren McFadden (Cowboys)

WR: Pierre Garcon (Redskins)

TE: Jason Witten (Cowboys)

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Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington Redskins Real Money League Fantasy Football Preview 9-30-2015

NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 9-30-2015

It will be a battle in the NFC East division as the Washington Redskins will host the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX on Sunday October 4th at 1PM Eastern Time from Washington to track the results of their one day football real money leagues.

Both teams are 1-2 on the campaign. They split their two regular season meetings from a year ago. It was Washington who knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs last year as the Redskins earned a 27-24 victory at home in late December.

The Las Vegas odds believe that Philadelphia will win this game as they are favored by a field goal on the road in this spot. A total of 47 points reveals that the oddsmakers still believe that the Eagles will find their offense. Philadelphia got their first win last week by defeating the New York Jets 24-17. It was not a very impressive victory by Philadelphia as they were aided to victory by Jets mistakes. A Darren Sproles 89 yard punt return made the difference in this game. The Eagles offense did very little with 123 rushing yards on 39 carries and a mere 108 yards through the pass. Halftime adjustments by the Jets defense were effective as they held Philadelphia scoreless in the second half of the game. The Eagles are 31st in total offensive yards with an average of just 285 yards per game. They are 30th and third last in the league in rushing yardage per game and score just 19 points a game ranking 22nd. On defense the Eagles are holding teams to 21 points a game an improved 11th in the NFL.

The Washington Redskins are looking to bounce back from a 32-21 loss at the Giants on Thursday Night Football over a week ago. Heading into this game the Redskins defense has looked improved from the prior season. Washington contained the run well but allowed 279 yards passing and two touchdown passes by Eli Manning. The Redskins were sloppy with three turnovers for the game and they forced no miscues by New York. Washington still ranks second in yardage allowed defensively as opponent’s average just 277 yards per game on the Redskins.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles signal caller is struggling with this system completing 62% of his throws for 678 yards with three touchdowns and four picks. He was just 14 of 28 for 118 yards against the Jets last week with very few throws down the field.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Matthews:

The former Charger leads the Eagles in carries with 29 for 112 yards and a touchdown. Matthews is averaging just 3.9 yards a carry this year. He had two catches last week for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out is getting heavily targeted by Bradford. Matthews has 22 catches for 231 yards with a touchdown. He is below his average with 10.5 yards per catch this year.

Washington Redskins QB:

Kirk Cousins

The Redskins starting quarterback is completing 69% of his throws for 715 yards with three touchdowns and four picks. He had two picks in the losses to Miami and the Giants this year.

Washington Redskins RB:

Alfred Morris

The veteran back has 49 carries for 199 yards and no touchdowns. He received just six carries against the Giants for 19 yards for 3.2 yards per carry.

Washington Redskins TE:

Jordan Reed

The Redskins tight end leads the team with 19 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. He had six catches for 96 yards at the Giants.

Washington Redskins WR:

Pierre Garcon

The eighth year veteran receiver has 17 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. Garcon was targeted 12 times in the Giants game and caught just five passes for 64 yards.

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Fantasy Football Best Picks – Week 3

It’s the 3rd weekend of one week fantasy football and injuries already making waves in the league. It doesn’t get easier in Dallas. After losing Dez Bryant on week one, they lose their quarterback Tony Romo on week two. The Dallas Cowboys will try to stay undefeated without those players in the lineup. They will face the Atlanta Falcons who are also 2-0. The other teams who will try to keep their record clean this week are the Cincinnati Bengals, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets, the Arizona Cardinals, the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, and the Super Bowl champs, New England Patriots. Now, it’s time for some fantasy football hot picks:

QB Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

Season: 431 PassYDs, 3 TDs, 74.2 QBRate, 2 INTs

He got off to a great start this year against Kansas City, but then hit a wall in the home opener facing the Ravens (even though the Broncos won). Manning knows how to regroup and has one of the best pre-game preparation in the NFL. He also has an elite group of receivers with him. It’s no doubt that he will have a great game against the struggling Detroit Lions.

RB Alfred Morris & RB Matt Jones – Washington Redskins

Morris’ Season:  193 TotalYDs, 0 TD, 4.2 AVGRush/Jones’ Season: 174 TotalYDs, 2 TDs, 6 AVGRush, 1 FL

It’s normal that if you can’t have an efficient quarterback, you at least need a good running game. That’s what’s happening in Washington. They are using a combo of running backs to elevate their chances to win. Alfred Morris and Matt Jones will continue to share time and fantasy value against the New York Giants.

WR/PR Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns

Season: 368 TotalYDs, 4 TDs, 6 Receptions

The AFC Special Teams Player of the Week number 2 will face off against the worst defense in the league, the Oakland Raiders. He was able to return a punt for a touchdown last week. Be ready to see Benjamin all over the field on Sunday.

WR Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos

Season: 182 YDs, 2 TDs, 7 Receptions

Thomas will be the number one option in offense for Manning this weekend, especially against a team that is really struggling against the pass this season.

WR/PR Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins

Season: 282 TotalYDs, 1 TD, 16 Reception

He has shown how exceptional he can be against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Now, it’s time for another round against divisional foes, the Buffalo Bills. The 22 year-old will be one of the top receivers at the end of the season.

WR/PR Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos

Season: 172 TotalYDs, 2 TDs, 16 Receptions

He and Manning have developed a good chemistry. Manning relies on Sanders for the big plays week in and week out. Look for him to get back into a touchdown rhythm, after getting shunned by Baltimore last week.

TE Owen Daniels – Denver Broncos

Season: 24 YDs, 5 Receptions

It’s no secret that Denver offensive coach Gary Kubiak loves his tight ends. That was shown in week one against the Kansas City Chiefs, as Owen Daniels gained 19 yards in 3 receptions. Let see what Daniels can do against an underachieving defense like Detroit’s. I believe good things will happen for him.

D Denver Broncos

Season: 18.5 Pts/G, 243.5 YDs/G, 7 Sacks, 3 FF, 4 INTs, 2 TDs Returns

If it wasn’t enough to pick the Broncos to annihilate the Lions defense, here it is: I choose Denver’s D do the same thing with Detroit’s offense. The Lions are going to have a hard time holding the Broncos in every aspects of the game. Stafford is still bothered by injury and whether he is back or not, they will rely in a rookie running back (Ameer Abdullah) and an aging receiver (Calvin Johnson) for offense. That is not good enough to succeed against one of the best defense in the league.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

QB Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

RB Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins

Matt Jones – Washington Redskins

WR Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns

WR Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos

WR Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins

WR Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos

TE Owen Daniels – Denver Broncos

Defense – Denver Broncos

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