Arizona Cardinals versus Seattle Seahawks Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-15-2015

Sunday night football will feature two NFC West division contenders as the Seattle Seahawks will host the Arizona Cardinals. DFS one day league managers can tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on November 15th to track the scoring results of their fantasy football picks.

As the two clubs enter play the Arizona Cardinals sit atop the NFC West division with a record of 6-3. This is a huge game for Seattle as the team is 4-4 and two games back of the division lead. Seattle has had good success of late against the Cardinals by winning two straight and four of their previous five meetings.

The Cardinals will be coming off a bye week. They played two weeks ago which resulted in a 34-20 road victory at Cleveland. It is now a two game win streak for Arizona. The Cardinals have played well on both sides of the football. They are number three in the league in both total offense and defense as they gain 417 yards per game and give up 312 yards. They put up nearly 33 points per game ranking second best in the NFL while surrendering 19 points which is seventh in the league. The team is a top ten team in the league in both offensive and defensive rushing and passing statistics.

The Seahawks have continued their outstanding play on the defensive side of the football this year as in previous seasons. They are number two in yards allowed and number three in points allowed. Seattle allows 285 yards and 17.5 points per game. Where they have slacked off has been in the offense and most notable in point and passing production. The team throws for 213 yards per game ranking 28th in the NFL and score 20.9 points a game for a 24th rank in the league. They too will be coming off their bye week after a very close 13-12 road win at Dallas two weeks ago. Seahawks play their fourth home game of the season as the club posted wins against the Bears and Lions but lost a 27-23 decision to the Carolina Panthers as Cam Newton rallied the team with a late go ahead touchdown in the closing minutes of that game.

Arizona Cardinals QB:

Carson Palmer

The veteran quarterback is hitting on 64% of his throws this year for 2386 yards with 20 touchdowns and six picks. Palmer had a huge game at Cleveland completing 60% of his throws for 374 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. He has had six games with multiple touchdown throws including four games with three touchdowns or greater.

Arizona Cardinals RB:

Chris Johnson

Johnson had been a flop at Tennessee following his big contract. He flopped at the New York Jets. But this year Chris Johnson has played well with 676 yards rushing on 141 carries and three touchdowns. He is running for 4.8 yards per carry and has been dominating the carries in the Arizona backfield.

Arizona Cardinals WR:

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona made a commitment financially with their 32 year old wide receiver and it has paid off. Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals with 55 catches for 706 yards with seven touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

Wilson has completed 68.8% of his throws this year for 1878 yards with nine touchdowns and six picks. His accuracy is the best in his career. He is a threat with his legs as Wilson has run for 303 yards on the season for 5.2 yards per carry.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

Marshawn Lynch is bothered by an abdominal injury and it is questionable whether he can play on Sunday night. Rawls has been the more productive back with 69 carries for 376 yards and a touchdown. He is rushing for a team high 5.4 yards per carry average.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Doug Baldwin

The five year wide out has caught 31 balls on the year for 345 yards with two touchdowns. He has a career low 11.1 yards per catch average.

NFL Sunday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: Thomas Rawls (Seahawks)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

TE: Jimmy Graham (Seahawks)

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Oklahoma Sooners versus Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Picks 11-14-2015

A monster matchup for fantasy college football draft managers to pick a roster from is the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears. DFS can tune to ABC TV on Saturday night November 14th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league picks.

The past two meetings between these teams resulted in huge wins by Baylor each time. In 2013 it was Baylor with the 41-12 home victory and last year the Bears crushed the Sooners again but this time it was 48-14 at Oklahoma.

The Sooners have just one blemish on their record as the team enters play with a mark of 8-1. After their 24-17 loss to Texas the Oklahoma Sooners have flexed their muscles on the scoreboard with four straight wins and scoring no fewer than 52 points in the process. The team is sixth best from college football in total offense by averaging 549 yards per game. Last week they hosted the Iowa St Cyclones and produced a 52-16 victory. They poured it on in the second half by scoring 31 points. The offense was balanced with 405 yards passing and 279 coming from their ground game for over seven yards a carry.

Baylor has a perfect record of 8-0 on the season. They are the top offense in the league and score the most points from college football. The team averages 665 yards along with 57 points per game. Baylor last played on a Thursday night on November 5th as they earned the 31-24 victory that saw the Bears put up the least amount of points this season. Despite the low point total for the Bears they still managed 522 offensive yards and 419 threw the air. The team has a very difficult schedule to close the regular season. Following this Oklahoma game the Bears travel to Oklahoma St and TCU on a short week before closing out their regular season with a home game to Texas.

Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners quarterback is hitting on 70% of his throws for 2812 yards with 28 touchdowns and four picks. Mayfield had a huge game against Iowa St last week by completing 74% of his throws for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and one pick over his past four games.

Oklahoma Sooners RB:

Samaje Perine

The Oklahoma sophomore running back has run for 806 yards on 140 carries and ten touchdowns. He is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt on the season. Three weeks ago Perine had 201 rushing yards and four carries. Last week Perine had 13 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown with a 7.3 yards per rush average.

Oklahoma Sooners WR:

Sterling Shepard

Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards with seven touchdowns. The senior wide out has seen significant action in all four years of play. He is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. He caught four balls for 94 yards and a touchdown last week in their win against Iowa St.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback is completing 77% of his passes for 750 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. Stidham threw for 419 yards last week in the win against Kansas St with three touchdowns and nearly a 70% completion percentage. Starting quarterback Seth Russell is out for the year with a broken bone in his neck.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Lindwood leads the Bears in rushing with 1046 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season which is nearly two yards greater than his run average in 2014. Linwood has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this year.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The junior wide out for Baylor is leading the team with 58 catches for 1178 yards with 20 touchdown catches. Coleman is averaging nearly 20.3 yards per reception. In the win against Kansas St, Coleman had 11 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma Sooners)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor Bears)

WR: Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma Sooners)

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 USC Trojans versus Colorado Buffaloes College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-13-2015

From college football on Friday night it will be action from the PAC 12 conference as the Colorado Buffaloes are home to the USC Trojans. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN2 TV at 9PM Eastern Time on November 13th to track the scoring results of their fantasy roster picks.


In their recent meetings the USC Trojans have had success moving the football and putting up points on the scoreboard. They have scored no fewer than 42 points in their four previous meetings and in their last stop at Colorado in 2013 the Trojans produced 47 points. USC should be able to showcase a speed advantage on the Buffaloes. They got their run game going last week in their 38-30 victory at home to Arizona as the team ran for 229 yards. The USC defense has been exploited for much of the season but last week they made a very good defensive stand against the Wildcats run game by allowing just 60 yards rushing for 1.9 yards a carry. With the run game working last week the Trojans got only 243 yards from their passing game. On the season the Trojans are 18th from college football in both passing and scoring offense. The team throws for 305 yards and scored 37.4 points per game on the campaign.


The Colorado Buffaloes will host the USC Trojans with a record of 4-6 but this is a team that has shown improvement on the field from previous versions in recent years. Buffaloes are moving the football for 424 yards a game good for 46th from college football and in the top half of the nation. Defensively they struggled stopping the run by giving up 208 yards a game ranking 111th in the nation. That has to be a concern for Colorado as the Trojans run game was sharp last week in their victory. Colorado is on a two game losing streak with losses at UCLA 35-31 and last week they were blown out at home to Stanford by the score of 42-10.


USC Trojans QB:

Cody Kessler


The Trojans senior quarterback is completing 69.3% of his throws for 2511 yards with 20 touchdowns and five picks. With the run game working last week Kessler only threw for 243 yards with two touchdowns. He has just three touchdown throws over his past three games which could be hurting his NFL stock.


USC Trojans RB:

Ronald Jones


Jones has rushed for 710 yards on 89 carries and six touchdowns. He is rushing for 8 yards a carry on the campaign. The freshman running back has his best game of the season last week as he ran for 177 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats.


Justin Davis


The Trojans junior running back is running for 361 yards on 53 carries and a touchdown. He posts a 6.8 yards per carry average. Last week in their home victory Justin Davis ran for 85 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.


USC Trojans WR:

Juju Smith


The star wide out for the Trojans has caught 60 passes for 1094 yards and nine touchdowns on the campaign. He is averaging 18.2 yards per reception this year. Smith caught eight balls for 138 yards and a touchdown in the win last week at home to Arizona. The sophomore receiver has caught passes for 100 yards or greater in six of his past eight games.


Colorado Buffaloes QB:

Sefo Liufau


The junior signal caller for the Buffaloes has seen play as a starter in all three years at the school. In 2014 he is hitting on 61.6% of his throws for 2307 yards with nine touchdowns and six picks. He has run a lot this year with 245 yards rushing on 105 carries and five rushing touchdowns. Luifau has no touchdowns and three picks in his past two games all resulting in losses to Stanford and UCLA.


Colorado Buffaloes RB:

Phillip Lindsay


Lindsay has 108 carries on the year for 508 yards with five touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.9 yards a carry but has been contained the past two games for 38 yards on 11 carries.


Colorado Buffaloes WR:

Nelson Spruce


The senior wide out has caught 67 balls for 728 yards and only two touchdowns. That’s ten touchdowns less than a year ago.


College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Cody Kessler (USC Trojans)

RB: Ronald Jones (USC Trojans)

WR: Juju Smith (USC Trojans)

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NFL Week 10 Value Picks



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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Buffalo Bills versus New York Jets Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-12-2015

It will be a battle between playoff contenders from the AFC East division as the New York Jets will be hosting the Buffalo Bills. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV on Thursday night November 12th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.


This is the first of two meetings between these two teams. The Bills are 4-4 on the season as they returned to action from their bye week and defeated the Miami Dolphins 33-17 to break a two game losing streak. The Bills defense had been lit up for 34 points each time in back to back losses to Cincinnati and Jacksonville. In their victory the Bills went to their ground and pound attack and generated a total of 266 rushing yards on 36 carries. They finished the game with 410 offensive yards. There is some sideshow attraction for this game as Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan returns to New York to face his former team that fired him after last season. The team is the second best rushing team in the NFL as they run for 141.6 yards per game. They score 26.1 points a game which is 8th best in the NFL. The team sits in the middle of the league on defense.


The New York Jets are 5-3 and they too broke a two game losing streak with a 28-23 home victory to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets defense during their losing streak gave up 30 points at New England and 34 at Oakland in their defeats. In their win against Jacksonville the Jets gave up a lot of yards as the Jaguars piled up 436 yards. A concern is they allowed a struggling second year quarterback in Blake Bortles to pile up 381 passing yards along with two touchdowns and two picks. The Jets run game is a huge concern as their offensively line is banged up and as a result they ran for only 29 yards on 28 carries. New York still seems content to run the ball near the opponent’s goal line as the club had two rushing touchdowns last week. Jets are fourth in total defense by giving up 323 yards per game.


Buffalo Bills QB:

Tyrod Taylor


The Bills quarterback returned to action after being sidelined two weeks due to injury. He completed 91% of his passes in the win against the Dolphins for 181 yards with a touchdown. On the year he is hitting on 71.8% of passes for 1278 yards with ten touchdowns and four picks. Taylor is a major threat with his feet having rushed 41 times for 231 yards and two touchdowns.


Buffalo Bills RB:


LeSean McCoy


McCoy had his first 100 yard rushing performance as a Buffalo Bill last week at home to the Dolphins. He finished the game with 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The Bills back averaged 7 yards per carry in the game. On the season McCoy has ran for 637 yards and four touchdowns rushing for 4.1 yards per attempt.


Buffalo Bills WR:

Sammy Watkins


The Bills featured receiver returned to play after missing three of his past four games with injury. He had a season high 168 receiving yards with a touchdown and eight receptions against Miami.


New York Jets QB:

Ryan Fitzpatrick


The Jets quarterback is playing with injured ligament in his non-throwing hand. With the run game not working Fitzpatrick was the star offensively last week hitting on 61.8% of his throws for 272 yards with two touchdowns. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 13 touchdowns and seven picks on the season.


New York Jets RB:

Chris Ivory


Ivory leads the Jets with 137 carries for 716 yards with five touchdowns and 5.2 yards per rush. He struggled the past two games with 38 rushes for 43 yards. He is still trusted near the end zone as he had two short touchdown runs last week.


New York Jets WR:

Brandon Marshall


The veteran wide out has eight receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. He was limited with 44 receiving yards against the Jaguars on four catches last week.


NFL Thursday Night Football DFS League Picks


QB: Tyrod Taylor (Bills)

RB: LeSean McCoy (Bills)

WR: Sammy Watkins (Bills)

TE: Charles Clay (Bills)

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Northern Illinois Huskies versus Buffalo Bulls College Football Fantasy Picks 11-11-2015

Two teams from the MAC conference will meet on Wednesday night. The Buffalo Bulls will host the Northern Illinois Huskies. DFS General Managers can tune in to ESPNU on November 11th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the result of their fantasy football roster pick.


After defeating Kent State 18-17 on the road last week, the Bulls will try to win their 4th game in a row. They have been solid team defensively all season, allowing 24.1 points per game. Their offense has been trailing a bit though. They have collected 374.6 total yard per games, and 232.3 of it came from the passing game. They currently have a record of 5 wins & 4 losses.


The Huskies already have a 4 game winning streak going right now, and they had to contend with a more difficult MAC eastern division. Their offense has been remarquable and their defense are holding itself up to complete this 6-3 record team. They have acquired a total of 443.2 yards per game and 36.2 points per game.


No Illinois Huskies QB:


Ryan Graham


Northern Illinois lost their quarterback, Drew Hare, for the rest of the season. So here comes freshman Ryan Graham in replacement. He had 1 TD and 132 passing yards in relief of Hare, last week against Toledo.


No Illinois Huskies RB:


Joel Bouagnon


Bouagnon is a solid element in the team’s offence. He holds a 4.8 rushing average and 15 touchdown. The TD count ranks him 8th most among every college player in the nation. He’s also on a 6 game touchdown streak.


No Illinois Huskies WR:


Kenny Golladay


At 6’4’, it’s hard to see Golladay slip through the cracks on the football field. He leads the Huskies receiving core with 801 yards and 5 TD’s. He’s averaging 14.8 yards per game. Golladay had his best game in a while last week against Toledo, collecting 128 yards and a touchdown.


Buffalo Bulls QB:


Joe Licata


Licata has a 63.7 completion rate this year and a 6.6 passing yard per attempts this season. It’s a decline from last year’s numbers. He still came up with 2 touchdowns and a 190 passing yards while being intercepted once, last week against Kent State.


Buffalo Bulls RB:


Jordan Johnson


Johnson leads the Bulls with 8 TD’s. He carries the football for 4.6 yards per game. The 6 foot running back also received for 7.7 yards per game.


Anthone Taylor


Taylor saw his stats slide in the past three games. Last week, he ran for 64 yards. The college senior possesses an average of 4.5 rushing yards per game this season.


Buffalo Bulls WR/TE:


Ron Willoughby


Willoughby his collecting 13.8 yards per game and has 6 touchdown, this year. He has been good over his last two games, with 129 yards and 3 touchdowns.


Matt Weiser


Weiser had 50 yards and and 1 touchdown against Kent State, last week. The Buffalo tight end gained 10.1 yards per game and 2 TD’s this season.


College Football Real Money Cash Fantasy League Picks


QB: Ryan Graham (No. Illinois)

RB: Joel Bouagnon (No. Illinois)

WR: Kenny Golladay (No. Illinois) Ron Willoughby (Buffalo)

TE: Matt Weiser (Buffalo)

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Bowling Green Falcons versus Western Michigan Broncos College Football Fantasy Picks 11-11-2015

The MAC conference is featured on Wednesday night as the Western Michigan Broncos will host the Bowling Green Falcons. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN2 TV on November 11th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy football one day roster picks.


Bowling Green enters this contest with a record of 7-2 and leads the MAC conference East division with a record of 5-0. They hold a two game lead over second place Buffalo and with a win will punch their ticket into the MAC conference championship game. Their losses this year came in non-conference play at Tennessee and home to Memphis. The Falcons are an outstanding offensive team ranking first in passing offense by throwing for 430 yards per game. The team is fourth in the nation in scoring offense by averaging 46.5 points per game. Bowling Green is coming off a blowout victory last week at home to the Ohio Bobcats by the score of 62-24. They have put up tons of points in their past four games by putting up no fewer than 48 in that span.


Western Michigan has a record of 6-3 on the year. They reside in the competitive MAC conference West division and sits in first place with a 5-0 record. They hold a one game lead over Toledo, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan. After this game they close out MAC play on the road at Northern Illinois and Toledo. Their three losses came in non-conference play at home to Michigan St and road defeats at Georgia Southern and Ohio St. Like Bowling Green the Western Michigan Broncos are an outstanding offensive team. They rank 29th in passing and 28th in rushing yardage. They are a balanced offensive team. The club produces 38 points per game which is 16th from college football. They last played on November 5th and hosted Ball St and blew out the Cardinals by the score of 54-7.


Bowling Green Falcons QB:


Matt Johnson


The Falcons senior quarterback is completing 70.5% of his throws for 3686 yards with 33 touchdowns and three picks. He has thrown for four touchdowns or greater in four straight games and in six of his nine games. Last week at home to Ohio Johnson hit on 74.3% of his throws for 365 yards with four touchdowns. Matt Johnson has contributed with his legs with 77 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns.


Bowling Green Falcons RB:

Travis Greene


Greene has seen significant action in three of his four years with the school. The senior back has run 125 times for 696 yards with seven touchdowns. He is gaining 5.6 yards a carry. In the win against Ohio, Travis Greene ran for 106 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns.


Bowling Green Falcons WR:

Roger Lewis


The sophomore wide receiver leads Bowling Green with 64 receptions for 1224 yards with 12 touchdowns. Lewis is averaging a very good 19.1 yards per catch on the season. He has had 100 or greater receiving yards in five straight and seven of his nine team’s game this season. Last week against the Ohio Bobcats Roger Lewis caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.


Western Michigan Broncos QB:

Zach Terrell


Terrell has completed 69.8% of his throws this season for 2369 yards with 23 touchdowns and six picks. He has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in four of his past five games. Last week at home to Ball St Terrell had a huge game as the passed for 324 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. The junior quarterback has seen action in all three years at the school.


Western Michigan Broncos RB:

Jamauri Bogan


The Broncos sophomore back has rushed for 646 yards on 99 carries with nine touchdowns. Bogan is running for 6 ½ yards a carry. He has his best game of the season last week at home to Ball St where he rushed for 171 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.


Western Michigan Broncos WR:

Daniel Braverman


Braverman has grabbed 85 passes for 999 yards and eleven touchdowns. He had five catches last week against Ball St for 72 yards.


College Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Matt Johnson (Bowling Green)

RB: Jamauri Bogan (Western Michigan)

WR: Roger Lewis (Bowling Green)

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Chicago Bears versus San Diego Chargers Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-9-2015

The San Diego Chargers are home for Monday Night Football as they battle the Chicago Bears. Daily fantasy sports GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 9th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster cash league picks.

The Chicago Bears are sitting at 2-5 as they make the road trip out west to face San Diego. Their secondary blew a late lead at home to Minnesota last week as they gave up two big critical passing plays in the final minutes of their 23-20 defeat. Chicago gives up 10 points late. The team has a two game losing streak entering play. The Bears are running the football better in 2015 as they are looking for a bit more balance on offense than in previous seasons. They took a blow as they will be without impact running back Matt Forte and wide out Eddie Royal on Monday night. Offensively Chicago is gaining 333 yards per game which is 27th and near the bottom of the league.

San Diego has hit a critical point of the season with a record of 2-6. There is little margin for error in their final eight games of the season if they are to be a playoff team. Like the Bears the Chargers are struggling defensively as they give up 28.4 points a game which is 27th in the league. On offense the team is simply just one dimensional as they rely heavily on the arm of quarterback Phillip Rivers. San Diego is the top passing team in the NFL but sit 30th in the league in rushing. Opposing defenses has put heavy pressure on Rivers since they have no respect for San Diego on the ground. The Chargers enter play with an impact injury as well as their top wide receiver Keenan Allen is out with a kidney injury for the season. Allen had 725 receiving yards and four touchdown catches this year.

Chicago Bears QB:

Jay Cutler

The Bears veteran signal caller is hitting on 61.8% of his throws for 1442 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. He threw for a touchdown and 211 yards last week in the loss to Minnesota. Three weeks back at Detroit Cutler had 353 yards with a touchdown and pick in the loss to the Lions.

Chicago Bears RB:

Jeremy Langford

With Matt Forte out it will be Jeremy Langford getting the start in the Bears backfield. The rookie running back has 27 carries on the year for 80 yards with two touchdowns. He is running for 3.0 yards a carry. In the passing game Langford has two catches for 31 yards.

Chicago Bears WR:

Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery has been hit with injuries this year and has played in three games. He has 23 catches for 341 yards with two touchdowns. The wide out had 10 catches last week at home to the Vikings for 116 yards and a touchdown. He has over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown reception in his past two games.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

Phillip Rivers is a fantasy football draft manager’s dream as the San Diego Chargers focus much of their offense on his passing. Rivers is passing for 2753 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven picks on the campaign. He has thrown for over 300 yards in five straight games and has multiple touchdown throws in each one. Rivers completed 75.7% of his throws last week at Baltimore for 301 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has 103 carries for 382 yards with no touchdowns. Gordon is running for 3.7 yards a carry on the year. Last week at Baltimore Melvin Gordon rushed for 54 yards on 18 carries.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Malcolm Floyd

The 34 year old wide receiver has 21 receptions for 409 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 19.5 yards a catch this year. Floyd had a big game last week at Baltimore with four receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money DFS League Picks

QB: Phillip Rivers (Chargers)

RB: Jeremy Langford (Bears)

WR: Malcolm Floyd (Chargers)

TE: Antonio Gates (Chargers)

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Learning From Week 9’s Perfect Lineup

QB: Drew Brees (NO): 35.56 Fantasy Points
RB: Llamar Miller (Mia): 33.10 Fantasy Points
RB: DeAngelo Williams (Pit): 39.50 Fantasy Points
WR: Cole Beasley (Dal): 35.20 Fantasy Points
WR: Sammy Watkins (Buf): 33.80 Fantasy Points
WR: Michael Crabtree (Oak): 32.80 Fantasy Points
WR: Antonio Brown (Pit): 48.60 Fantasy Points
TE: Delanie Walker (Ten): 28.50 Fantasy Points
D: N.Y. Jets: 12 Fantasy Points

Salary Used: $46,900
Total Fantasy Points Scored: 299.06

Salary Cap Doesn’t Matter

As you can see from the above lineup, the perfect lineup from last weekend for NFL Daily Fantasy Contests could have been constructed in a normal $50 salary cap game, a 75K salary cap game, or even an unrestricted salary cap game. While there certainly is a correlation between salary and points scored, there will always be cheap players who break out for a big performance every week. DeAngelo Williams, Cole Beasley, Sammy Watkins, Michael Crabtree, and Delanie Walker were all well outside the top 10 most expensive players from the weekend. This does not mean you should intentionally shoot to use only $46000 of the allowed $50000 salary cap, it just means if you are satisfied with your lineup and fall a bit short, don’t stress about spending that last $800, it won’t necessarily give you a better lineup.

Team Diversification

My general rule in stacking has been disproved by this lineup. Generally I will stack a Quarterback with either a receiver or a tight end and never pick a running back from the same team as my quarterback or receivers. The reason for this is that these performances are usually inversely correlated. If a game is a shootout type game, you will see big value in the passing positions yet running backs tend to underperform. The opposite can be said about a blowout. When a team is up by a lot they tend to run the ball extensively as opposed to going to the air. Therefore, you can usually only expect one or the other to be profitable in the Fantasy world.

However, when the Steelers generate over 500 offensive yards (mainly concentrated on two players) there is room for both positions to prosper. DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown were the two highest fantasy scorers of the weekend.

Apart from that however, you will see that no other positions on the optimal lineup were from the same team. Typically there is only room for one (or two positions in a quarterback/receiver stack) to really blow up in fantasy value.

The last component here is the Defense position. The Jets players Jacksonville this week and as you can see, nobody from Jacksonville was able to make the optimal lineup. Don’t bet against yourself by picking offensive players that are playing against your defense. You may argue you are hedging against a bad game by either one, but if you stand to win much in NFL cash drafts, you need the stars to align for all your picks, hedging gets you nowhere.

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Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys Sunday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-8-2015

It will be a battle in the NFC East division as the Dallas Cowboys will be home facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night football. DFS League GMs cane tune to NBC TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on November 8th to track the results of their NFL fantasy roster picks.

This is the second of two meetings between these clubs this year. They went head to head on September 20th with Dallas posting the 20-10 road victory behind a strong defensive performance. The Eagles were held scoreless for three quarters and couldn’t get into the end zone until a Sam Bradford six yard pass to Jordan Matthews with 1 ½ minutes left in the game. It was an embarrassing performance offensively and one tough to stomach for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly as his team was held to seven rushing yards and 219 yards passing in the loss. This was the game that saw Tony Romo break his collar bone and he hasn’t returned to the lineup since.

Philadelphia has a mark of 3-4 on the season and is tied with first place New York Giants in the loss column as the team sits at 4-4. The Eagles will be rested coming off a bye week after a 27-16 road defeat at Carolina that broke a two game win streak. While the defense has shown improvement from last year the offensive has gone backwards. Once a high scoring team the Eagles has only scored greater than 27 points once in their seven games and that came to one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints. Philadelphia is only scoring 22.9 points per game and that is 17th in the league.

The Cowboys have had a hard time replacing Tony Romo at quarterback. They are 0-5 without Romo as Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel have not got the job done. The Greg Hardy controversy doesn’t appear to have an impact on the team on the field. That should not be factored into anything on the field from this game as cold as it may sound it’s a reality when trying to look for fantasy points. The Cowboys have seen their offense go in reverse the past five games without Romo as they sit 29th and fourth worst in the league in scoring as they put up 19 points per game. The team hosted Seattle last week and were beaten 13-12 as Dallas could only produce 220 yards of offense for the entire game.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford in his first year with the Eagles is completing 62% of his passes for 1766 yards with nine touchdowns and ten picks. In the loss at Carolina, Bradford passed for 205 yards with no touchdowns and a pick. In his past two games Sam Bradford has one touchdown and four interceptions. He has had a multi interception game in four of the seven Eagle games this year.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Mathews

Acquired from San Diego in the offseason the running back leads the team with 342 yards rushing on 56 carries for 6.1 yards per attempt. He has three rushing touchdowns and has caught 12 balls out of the backfield for 97 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide out for the Eagles has caught 39 passes for 398 yards and only one touchdown. His 10.2 yards per catch average is almost three yards fewer than last year.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

The veteran signal caller began the season with the Buffalo Bills. He was relegated to the third string as he couldn’t beat out E.J. Manuel on the club. So Dallas picks him up after the injury to Romo. With Weeden ineffective Cassel has started the past two games. He completed 57.7% of his throws for 324 yards with a touchdown and three picks. He threw three picks in his debut with the team two weeks ago at the New York Giants. Last week he completed just 52% of his throws against Seattle for 97 yards.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Darren McFadden

McFadden leads the Cowboys with 86 carries for 345 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging 4 yards a carry.

Dallas Cowboys WR:

Terrance Williams

Williams has shown some flash catching 20 balls for 313 yards with two touchdowns. The wide out is averaging 15.7 yards per reception.

NFL Sunday Night Football DFS Fantasy League Picks

QB: Sam Bradford (Eagles)

RB: Darren McFadden (Cowboys)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles)

TE: Zach Ertz (Eagles)

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LSU Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-7-2015

It’s the big one on Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide will be home to the LSU Tigers. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on November 7th at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Alabama Crimson Tide has won the past four meetings with the LSU Tigers. Last year it was a low scoring game as Alabama was able to win 20-13 in overtime on the road. The Tigers gained just 259 offensive yards in the loss as they rushed for 183 yards. NFL prospect Leonard Fournette had 21 carries for 79 yards in defeat.

LSU is 7-0 on the year. The team has notable wins at Mississippi St and home to Florida by seven points. Tigers will have the benefit of a bye week after a 28 point home victory to Western Kentucky. LSU is fourth from college football in running the football as the club rushes for 308 yards per game on the campaign. On defense LSU is 40th in the nation in points allowed by allowing 22.6 points per game.

Alabama is 7-1 and will also come off a bye week. They squeaked past Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 19-14. Their lone loss came back on September 19th with a 43-37 defeat at home to Mississippi. The Crimson Tide had difficulty defending the passing game for the Rebels as Alabama allowed Chad Kelly 341 yards passing and three touchdown passes. The Crimson Tide self-destructed in their loss by turning the ball over five times and taking none away from Ole Miss. In their win against the Volunteers, Alabama needed a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining for the win. Their run game struggled as they rushed for 117 yards on 42 carries.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The Tigers signal caller is completing 58% of his throws for 1098 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. He is a threat to run the football as Harris has rushed for 136 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns. He had his best game two weeks ago at home to Western Kentucky with 286 yards passing and three touchdowns.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

Fournette leads the Tigers with 176 carries for 1352 yards with 15 touchdowns. The sophomore running back is not featured much in the passing game with seven receptions for 58 yards.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide receiver has 24 receptions for 426 yards with two touchdowns. Two weeks ago Dural had a good game at home to Western Kentucky with five catches for 132 yards with a touchdown. On the year Dural is averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

Malachi Dupre

Dupre has caught 21 passes this season for 397 yards with five touchdowns. The sophomore wide out has four touchdown catches in his past three games. In the win at home to Florida on October 17th it was Dupre catching four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Dupre has an outstanding 18.9 yards per reception on the 2015 campaign.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback for the Crimson Tide has completed 63.8% of his passes for 1623 yards with 11 touchdowns but seven picks. Coker has hit on 72% of his throws or greater in his past three games which came against Arkansas, at Texas A&M and home to Tennessee. In the big second half comeback win to Arkansas, Coker passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has rushed for 1044 yards on the year on 180 carries for 5.8 yards per carry. The Crimson Tide running back has combined in two games for 379 yards with four rushing touchdowns. Two weeks ago at home to Tennessee it was Henry rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

The freshman wide out leads the Crimson Tide with 48 catches for 525 yards with three touchdowns. Ridley has seven receptions or greater in his past three games all against SEC schools in Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Jake Coker (Alabama)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Calvin Ridley (Alabama),  Travin Dural (LSU)

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Temple Owls versus SMU Mustangs College Football Fantasy Picks 11-6-2015

The AAC conference will be featured over national television as the SMU Mustangs will be hosting the Temple Owls on Friday night. College football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to ESPN2 TV at 8PM Eastern Time on November 6th to follow the results of the DFS league roster picks.
Temple looks to recover from their first loss of the season as they drop to 7-1 after losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last week by the score of 24-20. The loss was extremely damaging to the Owls potential to secure a New Year’s Day bowl berth. The team was unable to hold a three point lead late as they allowed a 17 yard touchdown pass with two minutes remaining and could not answer the score on offense on the ensuing drive. Owls were fortunate to be in the game because they amassed only 295 yards for the game and did little on the ground with 107 yards on their 32 attempts at running. They had trouble containing Notre Dame’s dual threat quarterback DeShone Kizer who completed 23 of 36 balls for 299 yards plus a touchdown and he ran for 143 yards with two rushing touchdowns. Owls have been a stout defense for much of the season this year. The team is 8th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing opponents 15.8 points a game. They limit their opponents to just 327 yards per game which sits at 28th from college football. The offense is a bit lacking on the stat sheet as the Owls are 113th in overall yardage per game, 95th in passing and 99th in rushing offense.
The SMU Mustangs enter play with a record of 1-7. That win came way back in week two as they beat North Texas at home by the score of 31-13. Despite the ugly record this Mustang program has shown great improvement on the field than last year’s squad. In 2014 SMU couldn’t move the football or stop anybody. In 2015 the team is much better offensively but still has issues stopping their opponent. The Mustangs are now in the top half of college football in total offense by averaging 414 yards per game. The big improvement has come from their passing game as the club is tossing for 252 yards per game. Scoring is up as the team puts up 28.8 points a game. Defensively the numbers remain ugly as the team is near the bottom of college football in total defense as the surrender 524 yards per game and in scoring defense by allowing 43.6 points to their opponent. Their struggles are against both the pass and run as they have not improved in those two areas. SMU is on a six game losing streak after a 40-31 defeat at home last week to Tulsa.
Temple Owls QB:
P.J. Walker
P.J. Walker is a junior who has started all three years with the school. He is completing 60.8% of his throws this season for 2084 yards with 20 touchdowns and 8 picks. He had a bad game against Notre Dame completing only 43% of his balls for 188 yards with a touchdown and pick.
Temple Owls RB:
Jahad Thomas
The junior back leads the Owls with 186 carries for 904 yards with 13 touchdowns. He is active in the passing game with 18 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown.
Temple Owls WR:
Robbie Anderson
Anderson leads the team with 33 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He has been a big play receiver of late as his past ten receptions have gone for 179 yards.
SMU Mustangs QB:
Matt Davis
The Mustangs quarterback is hitting on 56% of his passes for 1775 yards with 14 touchdowns and four picks. He had three touchdowns and a pick last week against Tulsa. Davis leads the team in rushing.
SMU Mustangs RB:
Xavier Jones
Jones has 99 carries on the year for 409 yards and five touchdowns. He has only rushed for 3.6 yards a carry over his past two games.
SMU Mustangs WR:
Courtland Sutton
The big play wide out for the Mustangs has 38 catches for 719 yards and nine touchdowns. Sutton is averaging 18.9 yards per reception.

College Football Fantasy Money League Picks

QB: Matt Davis (SMU)
RB: Jahad Thomas (Temple)
WR: Courtland Sutton (SMU), Robbie Anderson (Temple)
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NFL Week 9 Value Picks




Jameis Winston (NYG @ TB): Winston has been consistently subpar this year so far but this week may be a breakout against the weak Giants defense.  We saw last week how flawed the Giants secondary really is.  While I don’t expect a record setting performance from Winston as we saw last week agains the giants, there will be plenty of openings he can take advantage of to air out the ball.

Projection: 22.4 Fantasy Points


Jay Cutler (Chi @ SD):  San Diego’s defense has the highest rushing yards allowed and passing yards allowed of any team so far this season.  Cutler may not have his star running back Matt Forte but that will force him to throw the ball more, adding to his fantasy value.  With Jeffery and Bennet as top tier targets and the weak secondary, look for Cutler to provide big fantasy numbers.

Projection: 21.4 Fantasy Points


Derek Carr (Oak @ Pit):  Derek Carr has recently been a very valuable fantasy option and looks to keep this trend going this weekend against the Steelers.  The Steelers are notorious for shootout games, and if Carr can take advantage of that connection with Cooper, they could both end up with a big day.

Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points



Running Back


Jeremy Hill (Cle @ Cin):  Hill is always a bit of a gamble as any given game could put Hill in the primary or Bernard.  One of them will definitely have a big game this weekend against the Browns but it could be either.  I’m giving the edge to Hill.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points


LeSean McCoy (Mia @ Buf): McCoy has been given at least 10 rushing attempts every game this season and has been efficient with those attempts usually averaging over 4 yards per carry.  Couple that with a couple receptions and the fact that he will get even more workload if the Bills can get up early on the Dolphins and McCoy could be a prosperous draft pick this weekend.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points


Duke Johnson (Cle @ Cin): Johnson had very poor rushing production last week against the Cardinals but was somewhat redeemed with his receptions.  He is a cheap fantasy option and may provide some value if he can more rushing attempts with his receiving targets as the Browns will likely have to throw the ball a lot to catch up to the undefeated Bengals.

Projection: 19.2 Fantasy Points




Wide Receiver


Amari Cooper (Oak @ Pit): The Carr-Cooper connection should be a valuable pick this weekend in the classic Roethlisberger shootout.

Projection: 24.8 Fantasy Points


Stefan Diggs (Stl @ Min):  Although the Vikings are facing the strong Ram’s defensive front, Diggs has been asserting himself as Bridgewater’s top target with a string of big fantasy value games lately (20+ fantasy points in three consecutive games).  He remains a cheap option at receiver.

Projection: 21.0 Fantasy Points


Malcom Floyd (Chi @ SD): Despite his minimal salary, Floyd managed 92 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last week.  While he likely won’t be able to put up those numbers again, he clearly has chemistry with Rivers and the Bears’ defense won’t be able to do much to stop the pass.

Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points




Tight End


Jordan Reed (Was @ NE):  The Redskins will have their hands full this weekend against the Pats and will likely be down early.  This will result in Cousins relying heavily on the pass game, with his favorite target Reed reaping the fantasy benefit.  Not to mention his 11 receptions for 2 touchdowns last week.  While ownership may be high on Reed, it may hurt you more to fade him then to go with the crowd on this one.

Projection: 22.6 Fantasy Points


Heath Miller (Oak @ Pit):  Miller has been somewhat unproductive this season so far but like what we have seen from Antonio Brown, he performs much better with Big Ben on the field than off.  Miller caught 100+ yards last weekend with Roethlisberger back in the lineup after failing to get anywhere near that mark in Ben’s absence.

Projection: 20.4 Fantasy Points

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