Vikings (5-1) vs Bears (1-6)

Their perfect record now a thing of the past, the Minnesota Vikings look to get back on track when they visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a matchup of NFC North rivals (Enter Contests). The Vikings opened the season with five consecutive wins prior to their bye week but absorbed their first loss in a 21-10 defeat at Philadelphia last week. Jay Cutler, who suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, is poised to return to the starting lineup amid a published report that Bears coach John Fox told friends that he is “done” with the veteran quarterback after this season.


Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a broken arm and third-stringer Matt Barkley appeared totally overmatched in last week’s 26-10 loss at Green Bay. The Bears will now turn to the inconsistent Cutler, coming back from injury, for stability at quarterback. Ironic right! The issue facing the Bears and Cutler is how to jump-start an offense that is averaging a league-low 15.9 points per game and ranks 25th in the NFL in rush with an average of 87.9 yards. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has five TD receptions and is averaging 108.8 receiving yards in his last five games versus Minnesota. Chicago’s defense sits 20th in the league, permitting an average of 24.1 points per game.


Injuries to top running back Adrian Peterson and along the offensive line are stagnating Minnesota, which ranks 31st in total offense (299.2 yards) and 30th in rushing (74.3). Quarterback Sam Bradford had six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first four starts but was picked off once and lost a pair of fumbles last week against his former team. One of his new favorite targets, wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, has 16 receptions and two touchdowns over the last three games but missed practice Thursday with a concussion. Still, the Vikings rely on a defense that is limiting foes to an NFL-low 14.0 points. Minnesota swept the season series in 2015-16 and has won the last three meetings.

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Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texans Real Money NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-9-2016

The Wildcard round of the NFL playoffs get underway with the Houston Texans hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. One day fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday January 9th at 4:35PM Eastern Time to track the results of their real money roster picks.


These teams have a history during the 2015 campaign as they met in Week 1 with Kansas City earning the 27-20 victory on the road. Houston did outgain the Chiefs and that was due in part to a pick six interception return for the Chiefs. KC built up a 27-9 halftime lead and was held scoreless in the second half. Alex Smith passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Brian Hoyer was benched in this game. He threw for 236 yards hitting on 18 of 34 passes with a touchdown and pick.


Kansas City has closed the season strongly winning ten straight games. This came before a five game losing streak as the Chiefs opened the year at 1-5 as their offense sputtered. The Chiefs have the 30th ranked passing attack and are sixth in rushing offense. The defense has carried Kansas City as they rank third in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 17.9 points per game.


Houston was the winner of a weak AFC South division. They closed the year with three straight victories including a clutch 16-10 road win at Indianapolis which put the Texans in control of the division. The Texans rank near the middle in most offensive categories. The defense has been outstanding down the stretch for the Texans that it moved the team to number three in yardage allowed by giving up 310 yards per game.


Kansas City Chiefs QB:


Alex Smith


Known as a dink and dunk passer who is reluctant going deep downfield with passes. The veteran signal caller has completed 65.3% of his throws this year for 3486 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven picks. He threw two picks last week in the win against Oakland. His passing numbers have been futile in recent weeks. Smith has thrown for 191 yards or fewer over his past five games all against losing teams. Alex Smith has not had success in the post season.


Kansas City Chiefs RB:


Charcandrick West


With a season ending injury to Jamaal Charles the Chiefs were scrambling to find a replacement at running back. Second year man Charcandrick West stood out from the backups as he has rushed for 634 yards on 160 carries with four touchdowns. He averaged just 4 yards a carry and contributed in the passing game with 20 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown. He struggled last week with 34 rushing yards on 13 carries.


Kansas City Chiefs WR:


Jeremy Maclin


The veteran wide receiver was a good acquisition for KC in the offseason. He caught 87 passes for 1088 yards with eight touchdowns. Last year Kansas City did not complete a touchdown to a wide receiver. Maclin has a touchdown reception in three straight and five of his past six games.


Houston Texans QB:


Brian Hoyer


The Texans signal caller has completed 60.7% of his passes for 2606 yards with 19 touchdowns and 7 picks. He returned to the lineup last week in the win against Jacksonville as he threw for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He missed two games with a concussion. Hoyer has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in seven of his past ten games.


Houston Texans RB:


Alfred Blue


With the season long injury to Arian Foster it was Alfred Blue getting the majority of the carries this year. Blue has rushed for 698 yards on 183 carries and two touchdowns. He rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries on Jacksonville. In their huge win at Indy the running back had 107 rushing yards on 20 carries in Week 15.


Houston Texans WR:


DeAndre Hopkins


The third year pro had his best numbers in 2015 with 111 catches for 1521 yards with 11 touchdowns. He is averaging 13.7 yards per catch. He has caught seven or greater passes in three straight games.


NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks



QB: Brian Hoyer (Texans)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

RB: Charcandrick West (Chiefs)

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Houston Texans versus Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-16-2015

The Monday Night Football game will feature the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals to host the Houston Texans. DFS NFL draft managers an tune to ESPN TV on November 16th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

They have met the past two seasons all resulting in low scoring games. Last year Cincinnati earned the 22-13 victory on the road to the Texans. Houston is 3-5 on the year but because of a down season in the AFC South they are in a tie with the Indianapolis Colts atop the division. They have been on the losing end of some ugly defeats this year with a 48-21 defeat at Atlanta and a 44-26 road defeat at Miami. On offense the team has had trouble sustaining their run game as they rush for 88 yards per game which is 29th in the league. Houston comes off a bye week and defeated Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 20-6. Texans are 1-3 on the road this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals have an 8-0 mark heading into Monday Night Football. They faced the Cleveland Browns on a Thursday night on November 5th and came away with the 31-10 road victory. The week prior they held the Steelers to just ten points in their win. The team has been outstanding on both sides of the ball. They are third in the league in scoring offense by averaging 28.6 points a game. On the defensive side of the football the Bengals are surrendering just 17.8 points per game which is fourth best in the NFL.

Houston Texans QB:

Brian Hoyer

Hoyer has won the starting quarterback job for good. He is completing 60% of his passes for 1581 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 picks. In the win against Tennessee Hoyer completed 65% of his passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns. In the blowout loss at Miami the Texans put up a lot of second half garbage yards which resulted in 273 passing yards with three touchdowns and a pick thrown by Brian Hoyer. A positive for Hoyer is the fact he has thrown for multiple touchdown passes over his past five games with two three touchdown pass performances mixed in there.

Houston Texans RB:

Alfred Blue

The Texans starting running back Arian Foster is out for the season with a torn Achilles. Former LSU product Alfred Blue leads the Texans with 74 carries for 273 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the campaign.

Houston Texans WR:

DeAndre Hopkins

The 23 year old wide receiver leads the Texans with 66 catches for 870 yards with six touchdowns. Hopkins is averaging 13.2 yards per catch which is a career low. He caught eight balls in the win against Tennessee for 94 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

Dalton is completing 67.4% of his passes for 2226 yards with 18 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had a very good game in the win against Cleveland completing 77.8% of his throws for 234 yards with three touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has thrown for three touchdowns in four of his eight games.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

The Bengals running back is sharing carries with Jeremy Hill. Bernard has 91 carries on the year with 511 yards with two touchdowns. Bernard is running for a career high 5.6 yards per carry average. Against Cleveland it was Bernard rushing for 72 yards on 13 carries for 5 ½ yards per run average

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The talented wide receiver for Cincinnati has caught 50 balls on the year for 702 yards with four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14 yards per catch this season. In the victory against Cleveland it was Green catching four passes for 53 yards. He has had issues getting into the end zone with just one touchdown catch in four of his past five games. After missing four games last year with injury Green has played in all eight games this season.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

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NFL Fantasy Sports Picks News 9-15-2015

Week 1’s NFL Top News Items

Dallas Wide Receiver Dez Bryant out 4-6 Weeks with a Broken Foot

The Dallas Cowboys will be without their talented wide out for a great deal of time. Up next for Dallas are the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in an NFC East battle.

Dez Bryant:

Last week against the Giants Bryant had five receptions for 48 yards. In 2014 the talented wide out caught 88 balls for 1320 yards with 16 touchdowns. He gained 15 yards per reception last year and that was a career high.

Terrance Williams:

The Cowboys starting wide out opposite Bryant may get more targets next week. Williams had five receptions against New York last week for 60 yards and three first down gains.

Matthew Stafford Elbow Problems

The Detroit Lions suffered an early scare when Matthew Stafford’s elbow made contact with the helmet of San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. Stafford has been dependable for the Lions but the signal caller was seen with a heavy wrap around his elbow following the game. This is something that fantasy football draft GM’s should stay on top of. The Lions are at Minnesota on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford:

Stafford in week one against San Diego went 19 for 30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The Lions are outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 defeat at the San Diego Chargers.

Dan Orlovsky:

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky is a veteran of already ten seasons in the league. He has seen action in 21 regular season games hitting on 58% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The veteran last played in 2012 in mop up duty as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Josh McCown Suffers Concussion in Loss to New York Jets. Johnny Manziel will work with the First Team This Week.

McCown is under the concussion protocol and the Browns coaching staff indicating they are preparing to start Johnny Manziel on Sunday.

Josh McCown:

In week one in limited time before sustaining his injury McCown hit on 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards. He fumbled as he was trying to score a Browns touchdown near the end zone with the ball going out of the end zone as a touchback and going over to the Jets.

Johnny Manziel:

The second year quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown in relief of McCown. His downside was the three turnovers as he had an interception and two fumbles.

Arizona Starting Running Back Andre Ellington Could Miss 1-3 Weeks

The Cardinals starting running back has a PCL sprain that has been reported as mild. Ellington has not been ruled out for the Cardinals week two game at Chicago on Sunday.

Andre Ellington:

The running back is listed as questionable. Ellington had 12 carries against the Saints for 69 yards and a touchdown. He had one lost fumble.

Oakland Starting Quarterback Derek Carr’s Status Unknown for Sunday.

Derek Carr was forced to exit the Raiders loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday with what has been reported as a bruised thumb.

Derek Carr:

In the week one loss to the Bengals Carr was 7 of 12 for 61 yards prior to exiting the game.

Matt McGloin:

McGloin in relief of Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He saw extended work in 2013 where he played in 7 games and completed 56% of his throws for 1547 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks.

Houston Texan’s Starting Quarterback Up in the Air. Could be a Game Time Decision

Texan’s head coach Bill O’Brien indicated to the media on Monday that he undecided on his starting quarterback for Sunday. Brian Hoyer was ineffective last week in a loss to Kansas City at home while backup Ryan Mallet showed production in his six minutes of play last week.

Brian Hoyer:

In week one Hoyer went 18 of 34 for 236 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Ryan Mallett:

The fifth year pro in his limited time last week completed 8 of 13 passes for 98 yards with a touchdown.

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Tight Ends and Underrated Quarterbacks Dominate Week 1

NFL week 1 is in the books and from here on, it will become harder and harder to find value in your daily fantasy tournament picks. In week 1 the Daily Fantasy Sites had very little data to establish their salaries off of, but as the season progresses, salaries will become more and more accurate. That is not to say however that you cannot find hidden value in a player with a favorable matchup or a little extra game time than normal if you know what you are looking for.


If you took a couple of my sleeper picks from last week you are probably a happy camper right now. I had Alex Smith and Phillip Rivers as a couple value picks at the Quarterback position and they not only led the league at their salary level, but even outshone the some premium Quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers.

Alex Smith and Brian Hoyer faced each other in a passing game shootout, that is prime for fantasy value at the quarterback position. Alex Smith threw for 243 passing yards in the Chiefs win over the Texans, with 3 passing touchdowns (mostly to tight end Travis Kelce) finishing the day with a total of 21.7 fantasy points. This put him at 6th for quarterbacks of the weekend behind Brady, Palmer, Rivers, Mariota, and Romo. Hoyer threw for 236 yard on the other side of the ball but only 1 touchdown reduced his fantasy value a bit.

Phillip Rivers sits at fourth on the list of quarterback performers for the weekend throwing for a massive 404 passing yards, easily the most of the weekend. This earned him the 3 point fantasy bonus for over 300 yards and if he could have had more than 4 touchdowns, he would have led the weekend. Rivers led the chargers to a high scoring victory over the Lions. In total, Rivers scored 25.2 fantasy points. Remember, although Romo and Brady outscored him in the fantasy realm, Daily Fantasy NFL Contests are about value, not total points, and Rivers delivered more points than these two for his salary level.

Other Quarterbacks who delivered huge value this weekend were Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariota. Palmer threw for 308 yards, earning the 3 point bonus, and threw three touchdowns totaling 27.3 fantasy points on the weekend, in the Cardinal’s victory over the Saints. Being a mid salary level quarterback, he delivered huge value to put you way up in your Daily Fantasy Cash Draft.

Mariota however provided even more value. Being straight out of the NCAA, his salary was among the lowest of all NFL starting quarterbacks. However, he threw for 4 touchdowns and 209 passing yards in Titans’s dominating victory over Bucs totaling 24.4 fantasy points. Having Martiota in your lineups allowed you to select premium players at other position’s without missing out on fantasy points at quarterback, just the edge you need to win big money.

Tight Ends

The tight end position can really give you a leg up on the competition in daily fantasy NFL. A tight end can just as easily score 0 points as 30, and if you are on the right end of that spectrum, you can rise in the ranks quickly.

The leaders of the weekend were Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert, and like always, Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski started off the Tight End domination on Thursday night with 3 touchdowns and fell just short of the receiving yard bonus with 94 receiving yards. He totaled 32.40 fantasy points, which is a nice boost to your fantasy lineup, however Gronkowski’s salary level was more on the level of a premium receiver than a tight end, which worked against his fantasy value.

The rest of the Tight Ends provided significantly more value than Gronk with much cheaper salary levels. Travis Kelce scored 2 touchdowns with 106 receiving yards, earning him the receiving yard bonus and a total of 31.6 fantasy points. The synergy between Kelce and Alex Smith was a serious boost if you had both Chief’s players in the same lineup.

Tyler Eifert of the Bengals got some great attention from Andy Dalton, especially in the red zone. Eifert totaled 2 touchdowns and 106 receiving yards on 9 receptions for the highest total of the week at Tight End of 34.4 fantasy points.

Look to identify teams that make good use of their tight ends and look for opportunities to pair tight ends and quarterbacks. Also, keep in mind to avoid receivers on these teams since receiving yards are all well and good, but if your receiver isn’t getting the ball in the red zone, you can probably find more value elsewhere.

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