Preview: Patriots at Bills

Letdown, anyone? That could be the biggest obstacle for the resurgent New England Patriots as they head to western New York on Monday night to play the reeling Buffalo Bills. The Patriots have dominated the rivalry against the Bills, who have scored the fewest points in football, are down to their third quarterback and could be without their best offensive player.

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The Patriots have rebounded from a slow start to rip off four consecutive victories, moving to their accustomed spot at the top of the AFC East after winning slugfests over Kansas City and Chicago the past two weeks. “It’s always tough with them up there,” New England coach Bill Belichick said of playing in Buffalo. “We know that. I mean, we know it’s going to be tough. We talked about it but talking about it is the easy part. It’ll be dealing with it Monday night that will be the hard part.” The Bills must find a way to solve future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who owns a staggering 28-3 mark against the Bills — the most by any quarterback against another opponent. Buffalo has been limited to 13 points or fewer in five of its seven games and could be without starting running back LeSean McCoy, who remained in the league’s concussion protocol on Friday.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Patriots -14. O/U: 44

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (5-2): Brady rebounded from a 133-yard effort in a loss at Detroit in Week 3 to guide New England to four wins in a row, posting a passer rating of 102-plus in each of the past three victories. Brady likely will be without rookie running back Sony Michel, who rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns in a three-game span before suffering a knee injury in last week’s 38-31 victory at Chicago. The return of Julian Edelman from suspension and addition of Josh Gordon has bolstered a passing game that hopes to have tight end Rob Gronkowski back after he sat out a week ago. New England ranks 25th overall in total defense (389.9 yards) and against the pass (275.9).

ABOUT THE BILLS (2-5): Rookie quarterback Josh Allen is injured and Nathan Peterman has been benched, so Derek Anderson will hope for improvement against New England after a shaky season debut in which he threw for 175 yards and was intercepted three times. “They’ve got a good defense,” said Anderson. “They’ve got a good scheme to try and take away guys and who they think are going to be our biggest threats and take away the things that we do well.” Not only is McCoy’s status up in the air, but backup running back Chris Ivory was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after hurting his hamstring on Wednesday. Buffalo’s defense has exelled against the pass, allowing 210.1 yards per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Brady has 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in his last six games at Buffalo.

2. McCoy has at least 100 yards from scrimmage in five straight games against New England.

3. Gronkowski has 12 touchdowns in 13 games versus the Bills.

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Complete AFC East Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Pats, Bills, Dolphins and Jets this season…

New England Patriots

This offseason seemed to have the most drama, off-the-field madness and media — social, print, television, blog, whatever — frenzy of any before it. Or was if the Deflategate one? Or the Spygate one? Or the “Patriots are going to go 19-0” one? Really, the amount of off-the-field friction — perceived, real, all of the above — is basically this organization’s normal by now. So for as much panic as resides in New England over the Super Bowl loss and the breakdown in chemistry, the Patriots still suffered just a one-score loss to the Eagles because the defense simply couldn’t make a stop.

If any of the deficiencies on that side of the ball can be cleaned up, this should again be one of the best teams in the AFC and a Super Bowl contender. The division appears to have an emerging threat in Buffalo, which made the playoffs last year, but so did the Dolphins the prior year before fizzling out. There isn’t a real challenger until someone else wins the division, and that hasn’t happened in nearly a decade.

So we should see another strong season from the Patriots, provided Brady stays healthy. Between the lines, coach Bill Belichick and his staff still have enough talent on hand to continue their dynasty and earn the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl championship.

Most of the contenders seem to be emanating from the South, as the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans all have good young cores with the type of talent to make things interesting. The Steelers, Chiefs and Chargers should also be threats, and if Baltimore can solve its issues on offense, they’re in that mix, too.

So, of course, the Patriots aren’t a slam dunk to make it back to the AFC Championship Game, but do you really want to put your money down that they won’t? Didn’t think so.

Buffalo Bills

While making the playoffs for the first time since 1999 was cause for dancing in the streets in Western New York, Bills fans are bracing for a step back. Even though former Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had his limitations, he was experienced, and he had a track record (22-20) of moderate success. If AJ McCarron can lend some stability at the quarterback position until Josh Allen is ready, and if Buffalo’s defense can improve at stopping the run, the Bills could make a push for a return to the postseason. But they still play in the AFC East where the Patriots reign, and their schedule (five of the first seven games are on the road) won’t make a fast start very easy.

Miami Dolphins

Coach Adam Gase has spent two years clearing out players he didn’t feel fit with his program. Stephen Ross might start thinking about some housecleaning himself if his team remains perennially stuck in the NFL’s middle class (or worse) for the 11th straight year under his ownership. Gase, though, has gotten what he wanted — a collection of “his guys” on the roster and coaching staff, captained by a quarterback he trusts and the expectation that RB Frank Gore, G Josh Sitton and WR Danny Amendola will provide leadership that was sorely needed.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to really add a lot of veteran players, and it was probably the right time for us because we’ve got those guys that are in their second and third year,” Gase says. “Having some guys that can make a positive impact and show the right way to do things, that’s really what we needed.” So is recapturing the magic of Gase’s first Dolphins season with another playoff appearance.

New York Jets

What would represent adequate progress for this Jets team as the rebuilding process continues? Would six wins be enough for coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan to stick around? That is debatable. More important than wins, however, could be the development of Sam Darnold at quarterback. He doesn’t have to be the Week 1 starter. But he has to demonstrate some growth in whatever action he gets. And maybe he doesn’t get the starting job until just after midseason, like Jared Goff with the Rams in 2016. There would be nothing wrong with that, as long as he looks like he belongs by the end of the season. And if he belongs, then it’s safe to say that his coach will be back for a fifth season.

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NFL Season Preview:

 2016 AFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

While the start of the season is quickly approaching, we’ll be providing insights and predictions on each NFL divisions in the league. We’ll begin by the AFC East first, a Patriot’s total domination for the past decade. FanPicks will be providing  you this 2016 AFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview, exclusive from FanPicks, home of the cross sports fantasy contest.

The patriots have been AFC East champions for 7 years in a row now and have occupied the 1st spot for 12 of the last 13 years. But will this domination remain this year with their superstar QB Tom Brady being suspected for the first four games of the

For the past seven seasons — and 12 of the last 13 — the Patriots have finished in first place. But will they be able to keep up despite their superstar QB Tom Brady  missing the first four games of the season?

 

New England Patriots

Brady will only be back in Week 5 due to the four games suspension he will serve for the Deflatgate at the start of the season. The Pats will remain favourites and could easily go 3-1 or worst 2-2 during that period. We’ve seen what an angry Tom Brady can do and he could definitely come back and dominate like he did last year.

Definitely expect the Pats to make another Super Bowl push and get their revenge on a “Manning-less’’ Denver Broncos team.

New York Jets

The Jets were the only winning record team in the NFL that did not make playoffs last year. Their talent can definitely shake things up in the division and expect them to win close to 10 games once more. They were already one of the most improved team last year. We can say that there’s reason to believe in the Jets. The future is pretty bright for this team.

 

Buffalo Bills

With not much of a change expected in the standing’s order, it may be another year for the Bills to add to the longest active playoff drought by any team in major professional sports. Let’s face it, they’re far from the Patriots, not as good as the Jets but much better than the Dolphins.  Expect Buffalo to finish with a 7-9 or 8-8 record.

 

Miami Dolphins

Unfortunately the Dolphins, they haven’t made the playoffs in 7 years. They’ve only finished 2nd 4 times during the 14-year span period. They have a pretty big uphill battle in front of them and the the drought may be continuing until they get busy with Free Agency and Trade deadlines.

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Fantasy Football NFL Draft

With the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s this time of the year where we take a look at the needs for every team this off-season to improve in the next few year. FanPick will be providing a special mock draft contest on April 28th 2016.  Let’s take a look at what requirements need to be addressed for the AFC East division teams in the fantasy football NFL Draft.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills were having issues with their offense this time last year. The upgraded offense is now the best part of the the team, while  their powerful defense took a dive this past season. Ooooh things have changed in Buffalo! Coach Rex Ryan needs to fix his defensive squad front seven. With Mario Williams gone, a defensive end is not a bad option. The Bills were also unable to re-sign Nigel Bradham. Is spot as linebacker will need to be fixed during the draft as well.

Top 2 round picks: 19th and 49th selections.

Miami Dolphins

Miami as a clear idea of his needs for the draft. First, they have to replace the hole left by running back Lamar Miller during the off-season. They also have two openings at corneback, one as a starter and the other one to play nickel. Another option would be at the guard position, but it should fall behind the previous two positions.

Top 2 round picks: 13th and 42nd selections.

New England Patriots

The Patriots have a short-term answer at the running back spot, which mean a young talent to refresh it is not out of the question. Coach Bill Belichick can never have enough cornerbacks on his squad. With 2014 first-round pick Dominique Easley released, a penetrating 3-technique could help on the inside of the defensive line. New England will unfortunately forfeit his first-round pick due to the deflate-gate debacle.

Top 2 round picks: 60th and 61st selections.

New York Jets

The Jets are likely to draft at least two starters for next year. An edge rusher who can develop into an every-down, 3-4 outside linebacker would be a possibility. The right side of the O-Line would need help as well, with right tackle Breno Giacomini and right guard Brian Winter not doing the job. They could also pursue a quarterback, especially if Ryan Fitzpatrick stay unsigned until then.

Top 2 round picks: 20th and 51st selections.

 

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Fantasy Football AFC East Review

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Fantasy Football AFC East Review

Fantasy Football AFC East Review

For 15 years, the AFC East has been the New Englands Platriots division. They’ve lost that crown only twice during that span of time. And things haven’t changed much this past season, with the Pats winning their seventh straight AFC East title. The Jets almost made it through the playoffs, but were denied entry after losing the last week of regular season. To make matters worse, they lost to their old coach, Rex Ryan, and his Buffalo Bills.

 

  • New England Patriots (12-4)

Coming into the 2015 season under scrutiny with “deflategate” and Tom Brady’s upheld suspension by the Supreme Court, New England put that all behind with a 10-0 start. They’ve started losing steam after that, winning two out of the last six. They fell from the AFC number one seed to number two. This proved costly, as they had to travel to Denver for the AFC Championship and lost at the doorstep of the Superbowl, to a score of 20-18. Once again, Rob Gronkowski was the star of this team, leading all NFL tight ends in receiving categories.

 

  • New York Jets (10-6)

After juggling through quarterbacks in the past few year, the Jets have found themselves a full-time starter in Ryan Fitzpatrick. New York also moved on from what was the Rex Ryan circus show. Todd Bowles did a good job for a team that had not a lot of expectation. This season springboard the Jets into contention for the AFC East number one spot, next year. Brandon Marshall also saw his career rejuvenated. He posted solid numbers, equal to his wonder years.

 

  • Buffalo Bills (8-8)

Bills fan entered the season with many questions. The most glaring one was who’s going to start at quarterback. Rex Ryan made his decision a few days before the first game of regular season. He chose to go with Tyrod Taylor, who impressed during training camp. Buffalo’s attack was solid, but the defense failed to reach expectations. It caused the team to be inconsistent, as they weren’t able to string two wins in a row all season.

 

  • Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Not much went the way of the Dolphins, this season. After opening the season 1-3, the team fired coach Joe Philbin. Philbin spent three years in Miami and recorded a total of 24 win and 28 defeats. Tight end coach, Dan Campbell, took the interim coaching job, but failed to do much better. Last season’s Bears offensive-coordinator will take on the coaching duties for next year.

 

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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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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-18-2015

New York Jets versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-19-2015

The NFL has action for fantasy GM’s to play into on Saturday December 19th as the Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Jets. DFS draft managers can tune to NFL Network at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day real money line.

 

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled looking for offense without their starting quarterback Tony Romo. He is out for the season and getting the start on Saturday night will be Matt Cassel once again. The Cowboys have sunk near the bottom of the league in the key offensive categories in 2015. They sit 30th and third worst in the NFL in scoring as the team averages just 17.7 points per game. Last week in a loss at Green Bay the Cowboys were limited to just seven points.

 

The Jets have plenty to play for as they enter this contest. At 8-5 they are tied with Kansas City and Pittsburgh for the race for two available AFC wildcard spots with just three games remaining. The Jets have won three straight after a 30-8 home victory to Tennessee.

 

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New York Jets RB

 

Play on Chris Ivory

 

Looking at the game plan that the Packers used on the Cowboys, it could suit the New York Jets fine. They ran the football 44 times for 230 yards and took the safe route to victory since the Dallas offense showed very little ability to score points without Romo. Look for the Jets to do the same here. Look for Chris Ivory to get a high number of carries against a downtrodden offense. Heck it worked last week when the Jets hosted a bad offensive team in Tennessee and they came away with a 30-8 victory. Against the Titans Ivory rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries.

 

Play on New York Jets Defense

 

 

The Jets defense should find some great success in this spot. With their game plan to ground and pound it will limit the amount of plays for the Cowboys on offense. The Jets sit fifth in total defense and that gets upgraded when they face an inept offensive team like Dallas.

 

Buffalo Bills versus Washington Redskins NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

 

The Washington Redskins are very much in the hunt for the NFC East title as they battle the Buffalo Bills. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league draft picks.

 

Buffalo suffered a loss that was detrimental to their ability to reach the playoffs in 2015. They dropped a 23-20 decision at Philadelphia to drop them to 6-7 and two games back of the Chiefs, Jets and Steelers for the two AFC wildcard playoff spots with just three games remaining. The Bills have lost three of four all the losses coming on the road. They play their fifth road game in six games.

 

Washington is tied with the Eagles and Giants for the NFC East lead after they came away with a 24-21 road win at Chicago last week so there is much to play for the Redskins in this spot. They have traded wins with losses the past eight weeks

 

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Washington Redskins K

 

Play on Dustin Hopkins

 

The Washington Redskins have had issues finishing drives and getting into the end zone. They often settle for field goals in the red zone. Their kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 85% of his field goal tries this season. He kicked three field goals in Week 14 at home to Dallas and in Week 10 at home to New Orleans he kicked four field goals. He is also a perfect 27 of 27 on extra points.

 

 

 

 

 

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NFL Fantasy Draft Picks 12-9-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus Green Bay Packers NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

From NFL Week 14 action the Green Bay Packers will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys in the late game on Sunday afternoon. Daily fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV at 4:25PM Eastern Time on December 13th to track the results of their fantasy NFL roster picks.

 

These two teams met in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last year with Green Bay winning in controversial style as a long pass to Dez Bryant was ruled a “no-catch” in the closing minutes of the game that resulted in a close Green Bay win. The Cowboys are without Tony Romo for this one so it will be Matt Cassel under center. The team is coming off a three point victory against Washington on Monday night football. The defense has played well but the lack of points this season has led the team to a 4-8 record. The team is 29th in the NFL in scoring offense by averaging 18.6 points per game.

 

Green Bay is in a tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL North with a mark of 8-4. The Packers have the advantage of having rest having last played on Thursday Night Football getting a 61 yard touchdown pass by Aaron Rodgers as time expired for the win.

 

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

 

The Cowboys will be on a short week and worst yet they are on a road back to back that complicates the preparation for this game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has multiple touchdown throws in four of his past five games. Look for Rodgers to have a big game here against a Cowboys defense that is in a horrible spot of preparation.

 

 

Buffalo Bills versus Philadelphia Eagles NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

It will be AFC versus NFC matchup that attracts fantasy football GM’s as the Philadelphia Eagles are home to the Buffalo Bills. DFS one day league contestants can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results from their daily league roster picks.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles recorded 21 points unconventionally in their 35-28 victory to the New England Patriots on the road last week. They got a blocked punt, punt return and interception return for a touchdown last week. The offense generated 248 yards in the win. The defense coughed up some of their lead late to the Patriots as they gave up 427 yards to the Patriot team with very few weapons for Tom Brady to work with.

 

The Buffalo Bills come off a 30-21 victory at home to the Houston Texans last week. They have a very balanced attack in their victory with 187 rushing yards and Tyrod Taylor throwing for 211 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Buffalo Bills RB:

 

LeSean McCoy

 

This is a huge game that McCoy has circled since being traded to Buffalo from Philadelphia. It is a trade that the former Eagles running back did not like. He was very vocal about being dealt and had some disparaging words towards the Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Head coach Rex Ryan is a player’s coach who looks to survive by keeping his players happy and being a likeable “player’s coach”. Expect Ryan to allow McCoy to shine in this game because it is Rex’ coaching style. He tries to win over his team by giving into his players in spots like these to shine. The Bills are a very good running team rushing for 141 yards per game and ranking 4th in the NFL.

 

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Buffalo Bills versus New England Patriots

Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-23-2015

The Monday Night Football game will be a battle between AFC East rivals as the New England Patriots will be home to the Buffalo Bills. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on November 23rd to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

They met for the first time in 2015 on September 20th with New England posting the 40-32 road victory on Buffalo. Patriots had a very good offensive performance in the win. They were able to gain 507 yards of offense on the Bills defense. Tom Brady has a monster performance for fantasy draft managers as he threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Brady attempted 59 passes in the victory and completed 38 of his throws. Wide receiver Julian Edelman caught two touchdown passes in the win. Rob Gronkowski was targeted 13 times and caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown. To their credit the Bills rallied in the second half to make the game a one possession game after trailing 37-13 after three quarters. Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns but had three picks in the loss. Taylor also had a rushing touchdown. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods each had a touchdown catch with Kelvin Williams adding a rushing touchdown. Buffalo will need to do a better job in this game in pass protection by allowing eight quarterback sacks.

Buffalo enters this meeting with a record of 5-4 and holds the final wildcard spot in the AFC conference. They are the number two rushing team in the NFL as they run for 142 yards on the season. Bills are seventh best in the NFL in scoring offense as they average 25.7 points per game. The team is on a two game win streak as they earned an emotional 22-17 road win at the New York Jets on Thursday night football against the team that fired Rex Ryan following last year’s regular season.

New England is an undefeated club at 9-0 this season. They survived a scare last week by posting the 27-26 road win at the New York Giants. Patriots were able to drive the field late to set up the game winning 54 yard field goal with a second remaining by Stephen Gostkowski. The team is the number one team in the NFL in total and scoring offense. They put up 418 yards with 33.7 points per game on the season.

Buffalo Bills QB:

Tyrod Taylor

Taylor has hit on 70.5% of his throws for 1436 yards with 11 touchdowns and four picks. He is a threat with his legs as he has rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries. Last week in the win against the Jets he passed for 158 yards and a touchdown throw.

Buffalo Bills RB:

LeSean McCoy

The veteran running back has 113 carries for 528 yards with two touchdowns. He is running for 4.7 yards a carry on the campaign. In the win against the Jets McCoy rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries. He has run for over 100 yards in two straight games.

Buffalo Bills WR:

Sammy Watkins

Watkins has 22 catches for 329 yards with three touchdowns. He is coming off a poor game at the Jets with three catches for 14 yards.

New England Patriots QB:

Tom Brady

Brady is putting up some outstanding fantasy numbers as he is completing 67.8% of his throws for 3043 yards with 24 touchdowns and three picks. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in all nine games this season.

New England Patriots RB:

LeGarrette Blount

The veteran running back has run for 513 yards on 117 carries and six touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.4 yards a carry on the year. Blount has a rushing touchdown in two straight games.

New England Patriots WR:

Danny Amendola

With Julian Edelman hurt it will be Amendola having to step up in this spot. He has caught 40 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy Real Money League Picks

QB: Tom Brady (Patriots)

RB: LeSean McCoy (Bills)

WR: Danny Amendola (Patriots)

TE: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)

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Fantasy Football News 9-17-2015

New England Patriots versus Buffalo Bills NFL Daily Fantasy Picks

It will be a battle in the AFC East division on Sunday September 20th as the Buffalo Bills meet the New England Patriots. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to CBS at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The England Patriots enter play at 1-0 with a 28-21 victory in week one against the Pittsburgh Steelers On the stat sheet the Steelers outgained the Patriots by 103 yards but it was late garbage yards by Pittsburgh who was chasing New England in the final quarter.

Buffalo pulled off a mild surprise in week one with a convincing 27-14 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills put on a very good first half performance defensively against the Colts as Buffalo went into the locker room at halftime up 17-0. The Bills picked off Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck twice and won the turnover battle by a +3 margin by playing turnover free football.

The clubs split their two meetings in 2014. The Patriots crushed the Bills 37-22 in the meeting in Buffalo. The Pats threw for 346 yards in the victory. In a week 17 meaningless game for New England last year Buffalo went on the road and beat the Patriots 17-9.

New England Patriots QB: Tom Brady

Some NFL draft managers may have thought the off field issues facing Tom Brady could impact performance on the field. It wasn’t the case at all as Brady put up some monster fantasy numbers hitting 25 of 32 throws for 288 yards with four touchdowns. Brady has had some good games against Buffalo but has had mixed results passing against a Rex Ryan defense.

New England Patriots RB: Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount

Dion Lewis got the bulk of the work at running back for New England in week one. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries with his longest run being 13 yards. In the passing game he was third in the team with four grabs for 51 yards.

LeGarrette Blount returns to the Patriots lineup after a one game suspension.

New England Patriots WR: Julian Edelman

As expected Patriots wide out Julian Edelman was highly targeted in week one after the injuries in the receiver position for the team. Against Pittsburgh, Edelman caught 11 passes for 97 yards.

New England Patriots TE: Rob Gronkowski

It was a big fantasy performance for the Patriots talented tight end. Gronkowski caught five balls for 94 yards with three receiving touchdowns.

Buffalo Bills QB: Tyrod Taylor

The fifth year starting quarterback out of Virginia Tech got his first start for Buffalo in week one. Taylor was somewhat of a mystery for the Colts coaching staff to prepare for. Now there is tape on Taylor so it will be interesting to see what Bill Belichick will find in his film study. In the win last week against Indianapolis, Taylor hit on 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown. Taylor has mobility and a threat to run. In week one the Buffalo quarterback rushed four times for 41 yards with his longest run going for 41 yards.

Buffalo Bills RB: LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams

A lot was expected from LeSean McCoy as he was very displeased by the Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to trade him to Buffalo. With something to prove in week one McCoy was labeled as a fantasy bust in the opener. McCoy had 17 carries for 41 yards for 2.4 yards per rush.

Karlos Williams had six rushes for 55 yards with a touchdown. He had a 26 yard run in the win.

Buffalo Bills WR: Percy Harvin, Robert Woods

Percy Harvin had five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. He had a 51 yard reception in the victory.

Robert Woods was targeted just twice against the Colts and had two grabs for 27 yards.

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Daily Fantasy Football News – August 30th and 31st

Kicker Garrett Hartley, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, got injured this Saturday in a preseason game against the Bills. He limped off the field clutching the back of his leg, in the first quarter and didn’t return. Following the game, Coach Mike Tomlin said that Hartley’s availability doesn’t “look positive in term of the opener”. It’s another bad break for the Steelers, who lost their original kicker Shaun Suisham for the entire season because of a torn ACL.

It didn’t take long to find a replacement to Hartley, as the Steelers traded for veteran kicker Josh Scobee of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scobee played with the Jaguars since his inaugural season in 2004. The 33 year-old has converted 235 of 291 field goals for an 80.8% rating. Back in 2011, he tied for the most field goals over 50 yards in a game with 3, when he faced the Baltimore Ravens. Heinz Field is one of the most difficult stadium to kick in, so don’t expect an amazing season from the new Steelers kicker.

As for the Jaguars, they received a late round pick in the trade. They’ve put their faith in NFL newbie Jason Myers. The rookie kicker successfully scored 4 out of 5 attempted field goals in the preseason. He has connected on 24 of 38 attempts in his collegiate career. Don’t put your money on the rookie yet until he proves himself in the NFL.

In other news, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb left Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he fell down on his shoulder in the first quarter of the game. It was feared that it could’ve been a broken collarbone, but an X-Ray confirmed it wasn’t the case. He will have more test coming up, to confirm for sure if it’s an A/C sprain. Be aware, this injury could affect his game in the beginning of the season. Once fully recovered, he should be considered a number one receiver.

In the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Rams running back Tre Mason tweaked his hamstring in the first quarter. But don’t worry, he’s still expected to be ready for week 1. ”It’s nothing too bad” Mason said. With the number 1 running back, Todd Gurley, out with an ACL injury, the second year man will get the nod on opening day against the Seattle Seahawk.

The Buffalo Bills have released long time running back Fred Jackson. They needed to make some space in their crowded back end pool. Jackson spent the last nine years in Buffalo. He has collected over a 1000 yards through receiving and the rushing in 5 of his last 6 seasons. In a statement sent by Bills general manager Doug Whaley, he said that Jackson “had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years”. Jackson still has a few good years in front of him. He could help a team in need of a experienced running back, like Tennessee or Dallas.

Coach Rex Ryan has made his choice, quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the opening day starter for the Buffalo Bills. His athleticism and his running skill made him a better choice than Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. He could be an interesting fantasy option once running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Percy Harvin both come back from injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas his considering having surgery on his finger. The team’s top free-agent acquisition this past offseason will receive a second medical opinion Tuesday. He got injured in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. According to Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell, the often-injured Thomas will likely play by Week 4, if he decides to get the surgery done. This could lead to a return facing those same Colts. Fantasy owners should expect a lot more throws heading toward wide receiver Allen Robinson way, during Thomas potential absence.

The Oakland Raider have cut running back Trent Richardson. The 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft has done nothing to warrant his place as a future standout in the NFL. He had a great rookie season in Cleveland, with 11 touchdowns, but that’s it. It all fell apart from there. The Alabama alum came in the Raiders training camp overweight and didn’t perform well in preseason, getting 42 yards in 15 carries. It’s highly unlikely he will find a starting job in the NFL anymore.

Wide receiver DeVante Parker made his return to the Miami Dolphins training camp on Monday, since undergoing surgery in June. He practiced at limited capacity though. It remains unclear if the first-round pick will be available for the opener. If he is, a slow start should be assumed. He could be a great receiver to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Look for him to become an excellent addition to your fantasy team, at good price during the season..

 

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