NFL/NBA Cross Sport Recap: Pro Bowl Weekend

 

Fanpicks hosted the first ever Cross Sport Daily Fantasy Sports Tournament this weekend with the Pro Bowl action. This contest features a lineup selected with 6 NFL players and 3 NBA players with their cumulative totals contributing to your lineup point total. With Fanpicks unique scoring system, which equates scoring between sports, Fanpicks is the only Daily fantasy site that can offer such a contest. So even if you missed the Pro Bowl contest, we will offer a similar contest next week for the Super Bowl (and will be the only Daily Fantasy site offering Super Bowl daily fantasy contests)!

NFL Cross Sport Contest

Here’s the rundown of what players won you your Daily Fantasy Cross Sport Contest last weekend.

 

NFL

 

The 6 NFL Positions included in a Cross Sport lineup are Quarterback, Running Back, 2 Wide Receivers, a Tight End, and a Utility position (which can be a Running Back, Receiver, or Tight end). With the explosive offenses, there was value to be found all over the place this weekend. Here were the picks to make to win you the weekend.

 

Quarterback

 

Though he had to share some of the play time with the other Quarterbacks on the roster, Russell Wilson was able to put in some decent numbers in a short period of time for Team Irvin. He threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns and was the only quarterback other than Winston to not throw an interception. He ended the day with almost 19 fantasy points leading the charts of quarterbacks.

 

Running Back

 

Just like most weeks during the regular season, there was not much fantasy value to be found at running back. There was only one rushing touchdown in the game by Doug Martin for Team Rice—along with 20 rushing yards, and 5 receptions for 20 receiving yards totaling 15 fantasy points.

 

Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley each had a receiving touchdown. Freeman totaled 17 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 27 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown for 10.4 fantasy points. Gurley totaled 18 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards, 2 receptions, and a receiving touchdown for 9.6 fantasy points.

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

Heres where the value racked up as many different receivers broke away for long touchdown catches. The yardage leader was Allen Robinson with 2 receptions for 105 receiving yards and a touchdown — 21.5 fantasy points. Deandre Hopkins and Jarvis Landry each had nice games as well as Hopkins had 3 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown— 16.1 fantasy points and Landry had 3 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown — 17.1 fantasy points.

 

Tight End

 

The top pick at Tight End was Travis Kelce for Team Rice. He had a pair of receiving touchdowns and 5 receptions for 91 yards earning him a total of 26.1 fantasy points. Delanie Walker was also able to put together some value with a big touchdown pass. He had 3 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown for 17 fantasy points.

 

 

NBA

 

The NBA positions included in a Cross Sport lineup are Guard, Forward, and Center— with one of each being included in your 9 player cross sport roster.

 

Guard

 

Klay Thompson took over as Curry had a rare off day shooting only 5-17 from the field. Thompson however scored 34 and totaled 29 fantasy points. You’re next best choice at Guard was Deron Williams with 27 game points and 25.5 fantasy points.

 

Forward

 

Thompson wasn’t the only one who picked up the pace with Curry’s struggles. Draymond Green was also able to put together a big fantasy day with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 20 points for a triple-double and 37.5 fantasy points. If you didn’t have Green, Aaron Gordon for Orlando would have been a good alternative at Forward as he had 19 points and 14 rebounds for 33.5 fantasy points.

 

Center

 

Pau Gasol and Deandre Jordan each put together big games in the Bulls vs Clippers game. Gasol had 14 rebounds and 15 points with a fantasy total of 28 fantasy points. He was outperformed however by Jordan who had 20 rebounds, 17 points, and 4 blocks totaling 40 fantasy points. Nikola Vucevic for the Magic would have boosted your lineup as well as he had 13 rebounds and 16 points totaling 32 fantasy points on the day.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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NFL Week 16 Stacks to look out for

Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson

In terms of how he generates fantasy value, Bortles focuses on Quality over Quantity. By this I mean, he tends to only throw passes of 10 yards or more, and often far more. Looking at Jacksonville’s last game against the Falcons, he threw at least one 20+ yard pass to each of 5 different receivers. Robinson had a rare off game, only catching 3 passes for 57 yards, but he remains Bortles favorite target down the field. Jacksonville is facing the Saints, who although their pass defense has improved as of late, they still rank 3rd on the list of passing yards allowed with 278 passing yards per game.

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown

If the Broncos can’t stop this dynamic duo, its hard to imagine anyone will be able to. Even against arguably the strongest defense in the NFL, Roethlisberger was able to total 380 passing yards, with Brown catching 16 passes for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the charts in week 15. Baltimore ranks 12th on the list of most passing yards allowed with 248 passing yards per game, compared to Denver who only allowed 188 passing yards per game (leading the NFL) going into week 15 where they were dominated by the Steelers.

Jimmy Clausen and Kamar Aiken

However, as strong as the Steelers’ offense is, they still are not a dominant team due to the weakness on the defensive side. They rank second in most passing yards allowed with 279 per game and if you are looking for a lower ownership, high risk stack, the Clausen and Aiken may be the stack for you. If you overlook the 2 interceptions Clausen threw last weekend, he put up some quality numbers (281 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns) against a strong Chiefs defense. Aiken had 8 receptions for 73 receiving yards and a touchdown last week as well.

Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson

I probably don’t need to tell you how weak the Eagles secondary is and how disadvantaged they are to the long ball. Kirk Cousins should have a big game against the Eagles, my only debate here was which receiver to stack him with. Looking at the season as a whole, Jordan Reed is his favorite target but the Eagles’ weakness lies more in the secondary, which is where DeSean Jackson seems to dominate. Against the Bills last week he racked up 153 receiving yards on only 6 catches, averaging 25.5 yards per catch.

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Tennessee Titans versus Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-19-2015

Thursday Night Football will be a battle in the AFC South division as the Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting the Tennessee Titans. DFS draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network on November 19th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their NFL one day fantasy league picks.

It has been a difficult year for the Tennessee Titans as the team is 2-7 entering play. They have struggled at home with a 0-5 mark but are 2-2 on the road. These teams have split their two regular season meetings the past five years. After their 34-28 road victory at New Orleans two weeks ago the Titans hosted the Carolina Panthers last week and fell 27-10. The offense has been stagnant in recent weeks as the team has been held to ten point or fewer in four of their past five games. The only game where they got over 10 points was their win against the worst defensive team in the NFL in the Saints. The Titans are 30th in the NFL in total offense as they gain only 324 yards per game on the season. The defensive play has been better as the club is fifth in total defense by allowing 326 yards to their opponents.

The Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly finds itself in the midst of an AFC South division race with a record of 3-6. They sit just one game back of the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans atop the division. They have won two of their past three games after a 22-20 victory on the road last week at the Baltimore Ravens. It was a better defensive performance by the team as they had given up 28 or greater points in their previous four games. As a result the Jaguars are 30th and third worst in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 28.3 points per game. Offensively the team ranks in the lower third in most categories on the campaign.

Tennessee Titans QB:

Marcus Mariota

The rookie quarterback of the Titans is completing 65.6% of his throws this season with 1795 yards with 13 touchdowns and 6 picks. He has missed two games due to injury. In the loss to Carolina last week Mariota hit 66.7% of his throws for 185 yards with no touchdowns and one pick. Two weeks ago at New Orleans Mariota threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns. In week one at Tampa Bay he had 209 yards passing with four touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans RB:

Antonio Andrews

It has been running back by committee for the Titans with three backs sharing carries in the backfield. Andrews leads the team with 298 yards rushing on 84 carries. He is averaging 3.5 yards a carry and has two rushing touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans TE:

Delanie Walker

Walker leads the team by far with 45 catches for 508 yards with three touchdowns. Last year he averaged 14.1 yards a catch. Two weeks ago in the win at New Orleans he grabbed seven passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In the loss to Carolina Walker had three receptions for 52 yards which averaged out to 17.3 yard per catch.

Jacksonville Jaguars QB:

Blake Bortles

The second year signal caller for the Jaguars is completing 55.3% of his throws for 2381 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has shown improvement from a rookie campaign where he played in 14 games and had 11 touchdowns with 17 picks. Bortles has thrown for two touchdowns or greater in five straight games and seven of his nine games. He completed only 49% of his throws last week but did have two touchdown passes with a pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars RB:

T.J. Yeldon

The rookie running back has seen the bulk of the work in the Jaguars backfield. He has 133 rushes for 531 yards and a touchdown. Yeldon is running for 4 yards per carry and has contributed in the passing game with 24 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR:

Allen Robinson

Robinson leads the Jaguars with 45 catches for 758 yards with seven touchdowns. He has blown away his rookie numbers. The second year wide out is averaging 16.8 yards per catch.

NFL Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Blake Bortles (Jaguars)

RB: T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars)

WR: Allen Robinson (Jaguars)

TE: Delanie Walker (Titans)

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NFL Week 10 Value Picks

Quarterbacks

 

Blake Bortles (JAX @ BAL) At 314 passing yards allowed per game, Oakland’s Defense has been the weakest against the pass this year by a significant margin.  While Bortoles has had shockingly high numbers of interceptions in the past 4 games, he has matched that with impressive passing yards and touchdowns giving him reliable fantasy value.  With this matchup and his minimal salary, he could be a key pick in NFL daily fantasy in week 10.

 

Projection: 22.7 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5800

 

 

Andy Dalton (HOU @ CIN) Andy Dalton has been on fire this year so far leading the Bengals to an undefeated season so far.  The Bengals shouldn’t have much in their way this week in what should be a high scoring blowout.  Dalton’s fantasy value could be hurt though if they get ahead too early and resort to the run game.

 

Projection: 27.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $7000

 

 

Joe Flacco (JAX @ BAL) Oakland should not have much opposition in the pass game either.  Flacco has provided strong numbers this year.  He may be limited on his targets however with Steve Smith out and Crockett Gilmore questionable for this weekend.

 

Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5500

 

 

Running Backs

 

James Starks (DET @ GB) Green Bay has passed over the duties of primary running back from Eddie Lacy to James Starks this week.  The Packers should be up early on the Lions then likely will resort to the run game to run out the time.  Starts will get plenty of attempts this week.  Plus Detroit has allowed the third most rushing yards per game of all NFL teams at 134 yards.

 

Projection: 19.7 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5000

 

 

TJ Yeldon (JAX @ BAL) Yeldon has been a decent fantasy option this year but considering the huge number of attempts he gets, his upside potential is far higher than what we have seen.  He will match those attempts with a couple receptions as well to add to his fantasy value.

 

Projection: 18.9 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5400

 

Demarco Murray (MIA @ PHI) Miami has the second worst rush defense in the league, only beating out the Browns on that list.  Demarco Murray has taken over the lion’s share of the Eagles rushing game and with his talent, he could explode for a big performance this week.  He is one of the more expensive backs but he will be worth the cash this week providing big fantasy value.

 

Projection: 22.2 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $6400

 

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

Allen Robinson (JAX @ BAL) I already mentioned how weak Oakland’s secondary is and Robinson is Bortles’ primary receiver, especially down the field.  While he doesn’t get a huge number of receptions, those he does get are typically long balls and touchdown opportunity catches.

 

Projection: 26.4 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $6900

 

 

Kamar Aiken (JAX @ BAL) Same goes for Aiken, with Steve Smith out and Gilmore questionable, Aiken is the primary target for Flacco.  He comes at a very cheap price and should get plenty of targets this week.

 

Projection: 22.5 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $4200

 

 

Michael Crabtree (MIN @ OAK) Crabtree showed great synergy with Carr last week, even outperforming Amari Cooper.  Despite his two touchdowns and 100+ receiving yards last week, he still comes at a cheap price.

 

Projection: 25.1 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5900

 

 

 

Tight Ends

 

Jordan Reed (NO @ WAS)  Reed is a prime value pick this weekend at tight end against the very weak Saints pass defense.  He is the primary red zone target for Cousins and they will need to pass the ball a lot to keep up with the Saints offense.

 

Projection: 21.9 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $4800

 

 

Gary Barnage (CLE @ PIT) Barnage has caught over 600 receiving yards this season for 6 touchdowns.  He has been a consistent performer on the brown’s team that has had very little consistency in personnel or performance.

Projection: 16.8 Fantasy Points

Fanpicks Salary: $5000

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