NFL Wild Card Weekend

Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks Preview

The Seattle Seahawks are making their fifth consecutive playoff appearance on the heels of trading wins and losses over their last six games, while the Detroit Lions’ bid to capture the NFC North title was dashed by three straight defeats to end the season. Both teams will look to get it in gear on Saturday night. They will meet in a wild card tilt at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (Enter contest).

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, along with quarterback Russell Wilson, has yet to suffer a playoff loss in the Pacific Northwest. Detroit hasn’t won a postseason game since 1991. Wilson (career-high 4,219 passing yards) threw a touchdown pass in a 25-23 victory over San Francisco on Sunday and found Doug Baldwin for a scoring strike in the last encounter with the Lions, resulting in Seattle’s 13-10 triumph on October 5, 2015.

While Wilson reportedly is contemplating removing his knee brace for the playoffs, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said he hasn’t been affected by wearing a glove on his throwing hand to protect an injured finger, although he has registered two touchdowns and three interceptions in his last three games after recording 22 TDs and seven picks prior to the injury. Stafford threw for 347 yards and two scores in a 31-24 setback against Green Bay on Sunday and has averaged 351.5 yards in two career playoff appearances.

ABOUT THE LIONS (9-7)

Former Seattle wideout Golden Tate overcame a horrendous start to the season to lead the team with 1,077 receiving yards, with 404 and two touchdowns coming on 33 receptions in his last four road games. Tate has made himself at home in his third season with Detroit after signing a five-year, $31 million contract on the heels of helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. Zach Zenner has given Detroit’s 30th-ranked rushing game a jolt with 136 yards and three touchdowns in his last two contests. Defensive end Kerry Hyder recorded six of his team-leading eight sacks on the road this campaign.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (10-5-1)

Seattle’s ground game has struggled to get untracked since the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, with Thomas Rawls plagued by multiple injuries while Christine Michael (now with Green Bay) and C.J. Prosise (shoulder) also saw their paths to stardom slowed. Wideouts Jermaine Kearse (six touchdowns in seven career playoff games) and Baldwin (four TDs in last six postseason contests) have come up large in the passing game. Former Lion Cliff Avril recorded six of his team-leading 11.5 sacks in his last six home games while fellow Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett has registered one in back-to-back postseason contests.Line backer Bobby Wagner led the NFL and set a franchise single-season record with 167 tackles in the regular season.

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Seattle Seahawks versus Carolina Panthers NFL Playoffs Real Money Fantasy Picks 1-17-2016

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs continues on Sunday January 17th as the Carolina Panthers are home to the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their one day league roster picks.

 

They faced off during the regular season on October 18th in Seattle as the Panthers with a fourth quarter rally came from behind and defeated the Seahawks 27-23. Something that is rarely seen is the Panthers outscored the Seahawks 13-3 in the final quarter in Seattle. Cam Newton threw for 269 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He had a rushing touchdown in the victory. Russell Wilson for Seattle had 241 yards touchdown and a pick in defeat. Red Zone was a key stat from this game with Carolina scoring a touchdown in all three trips while Seattle was 1 of 3. Ironically little has been mentioned about the Seahawks 31-17 home victory against Carolina in last year’s divisional round.

 

Carolina has improved much from the prior seasons on the offensive side of the football. The team is first in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 31.2 points per game on the campaign. They sit sixth in total defense and scoring defense. The team allows just 19.2 points per game.

 

On the Seattle side they move the football ranking fourth in total offense and sit fifth in scoring offense with 26.4 points per game. They are tops in the league in scoring defense as opponents score 17.3 points per game. It is worth noting that the Seahawks had four games against offensively challenged St Louis and San Francisco on the year. Also they had wins against Cleveland and Baltimore late in the year that padded their defensive stats. We have seen defensive issues from Seattle when they faced dynamic offenses in losses at Green Bay, Cincinnati and Arizona at home.

 

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

 

The veteran quarterback has enjoyed a successful season hitting on 68.1% of his passes with 34 touchdowns and 8 picks. In the cold of Minnesota last week Wilson hit on 13 of 26 passes for 142 yards. Prior to that performance Wilson has put up some monster numbers. In Week 17 he threw for 3 touchdowns at Arizona. He has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in six of his past seven games. But Carolina is sitting on a bye week and defends very well.

 

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

 

Marshawn Lynch is trying to recover from hernia surgery. He has had a down year rushing for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. Rumors are he declined to fly to Minnesota last week and declared himself out for the NFC Wildcard. Rawls leads the Seahawks with 147 rushing attempts for 830 yards and four touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards per carry on the campaign.

 

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Doug Baldwin

 

Baldwin has been heavily targeted for Seattle as he leads the team with 104 with 78 receptions. He has scored 14 touchdowns on the campaign and averaged 13.7 yards per catch. The Seahawks wide out had a touchdown catch in the NFC Wildcard win and has touchdown receptions in six of his past seven games.

 

Carolina Panthers QB:

Cam Newton

 

Newton has put together an MVP type of season. He is completing 59.7% of his throws on the campaign for 3837 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 picks. In Week 17 in a must win for home field for the entire NFC playoffs it was Newton passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns. The veteran signal caller has passed for 15 touchdowns over his past five games.

 

Carolina Panthers RB:

Cameron Artis Payne

 

With several injuries to the Panthers running back it has been Cameron Artis Payne getting double digit carries in two of their past three games. In the Week 17 victory against Tampa Bay it was Payne with 14 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Cam Newton takes carries away from the Panthers running backs.

 

Carolina Panthers TE:

Greg Olsen

 

The veteran tight end leads the team with 77 catches for 1104 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career high 14.3 yards per carry average and is a difficult cover in the secondary for the Seahawks.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers)

 

WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

 

TE: Greg Olson (Panthers)

 

Carolina Panthers Defense

 

S: Kurt Coleman (Panthers)

 

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Seattle Seahawks versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The NFC Wildcard playoffs begin Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings will host the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on January 10th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

The Seahawks and Vikings met on December 6th and it was the Seahawks with the 38-7 victory on the road. The Seahawks defense dominated the line of scrimmage as they held the Minnesota offense to just 31 yards on the ground with 118 through the air. Seattle stacked the line and took Adrian Peterson out of the game. They have the secondary to do that as they can play man to man on the Vikings receiving corps and not have to worry about double teaming anyone on their pass patterns. Earl Thomas had a pick on Bridgewater in the game. Russell Wilson had a monster game in the win. He threw for 274 yards and had three touchdown passes on the Vikings defense. He also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown in the victory. They were efficient in the red zone going 3 of 4 which will give the team confidence. It will be cold but there is no wind or snow forecasted.

 

Seattle Seahawks Defense:

 

Seattle is ranked as the two ranked defense in all of the NFL by giving up 291 yards per game. They are tops in scoring defense by allowing 17.3 points per game.

 

Seattle Seahawks QB:

 

Russell Wilson

 

Russell Wilson got his money in the offseason and it has paid dividends. He is having a career year in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and yardage. Wilson has completed 68.1% of his throws for 4024 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight picks. Wilson is a plus for fantasy owners as he makes plays with his legs. Wilson is the number two runner for Seattle as he has rushed for 553 yards and a touchdown with 5.4 yards per carry average. Wilson will look to run more in the playoffs as the stakes are much higher now.

 

Seattle Seahawks RB:

 

Marshawn Lynch

 

The veteran running back has played in only seven games as he has been hampered by sports hernia surgery. He was playing hurt so his numbers have not been up to par. But he is fresh and could make a strong showing here. If Seattle has a lead look for Lynch to get lots of carries.

 

Seattle Seahawks WR:

 

Doug Baldwin

 

The fifth year pro is also putting up career numbers. Baldwin has caught 78 passes for 1069 yards with 14 touchdowns. He has had 11 touchdown receptions in his past six games.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

Bridgewater greatly excels when his run game is working. When Peterson is a threat for a big gain, the second year quarterback is able find open targets in passing patterns. But Seattle is a bad matchup for Bridgewater. The Seahawks are going to force Bridgewater to thread the needle on his passes and that is not his strength. He likes to lob passes into arms of his receivers but because the Seahawks defenders can read and react it provides an interception opportunity. That’s why Earl Thomas is the play on defense in this game. Look for the Vikings to get behind and get desperate in the second half. Bridgewater is going to have to take chances in coverage and will get burned with picks.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

Bad news for the Vikings as Adrian Peterson has not practiced through Thursday as he has been bothered by a bad back. Peterson was ineffective in the December 6th home loss to Seattle with 18 rushing yards on 8 carries. Seattle is going to stack the line so pass on Adrian Peterson.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

Because the Seahawks secondary is outstanding and Bridgewater doesn’t trust his arm strength enough to challenge them the play will be on the Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph in this game. Rudolph is second on the club with receptions with 49 catches for 495 yards and five touchdowns.

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

WR: Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

S: Earl Thomas (Seahawks)

Seattle Seahawks Defense

 

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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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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Week 16 Start or Sit Advice

 

By: Aldo Panessidi

 

All I Want for Christmas Is a Fantasy Football Championship

This week Fanpicks.com provides you with our winning fantasy football lineup advice.  We have designed the RotoPicker a powerful lineup optimizer tool… to help you create the winning lineups.

Quarterback

Start ‘Em

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints

Consider yourself gifted this week if you were lucky enough to pick up and ride Bortles to your championship. Well this gift just keeps on giving as the Jags take on the Saints and their NFL worst defense. Bortles is now over 3,800 yards on the season to go with 31 TDs. He has firmly put himself into the top tier of QBs in his second year. The young Jags QB has now pushed himself up to the 4th ranked QB in fantasy points on the season and should add significantly to that in week 16.

Sit ‘Em

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

If he helped get you to the finals you need to stick with Rodgers, but there are concerns here. He’s thrown less than 220 yards in four of his last five games and hasn’t thrown more than two TDs since week nine. Rodgers is in the midst of a down year so relying on him for elite performance is not a good idea in your final. Arizona’s defense is very good overall and top 10 against QBs in fantasy points allowed. The loss of Tyrann Mathieu will hurt, but the Cardinals are still a quality unit and have the ability to shut an offense down. This looks like another difficult week for the Packers. Still, I’d hate to bench him then watch the old Rodgers emerge for a shootout in Arizona. I almost feel like recommending a sit for Rodgers could trigger him to break out of this slump.

Honorable Mention

I think it’s safe to say that you should bench Matt Ryan against Carolina if possible. His 224 yard performance that included a fumble and a pick against the same team two weeks ago suggests this is not going to end well for Atlanta. Don’t think about getting cute in daily games with the likes of A.J. McCarron, Case Keenum, or Brock Osweiler. Each one faces one of the top three defenses in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

Running Back

Start ‘Em

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints

It looks like Robinson is in line for another start this weekend against the Saints with T.J. Yeldon missing practice while wearing a knee brace. Throw away last week’s 28 yard performance and rest easy in the fact that he gets an even worse defense to exploit this week. Robinson is a speed back so you are somewhat reliant on him breaking runs for long chunks of yardage. Last week he didn’t get away from the defense, but I would expect him to have multiple shots at ripping a long TD run in week 16.

Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys

Williams will continue to add to his impressive rookie campaign this week with LeSean McCoy again missing time. Williams has a juicy matchup against Dallas, now allowing over 118 rushing yards a game. With the Cowboys offense unable to put points on the board expect the Bills to control this game on both sides of the ball leading to positive game flow for the Bills and Williams. Mike Gillislee has some role, but anything more than spot duty would be unexpected as long as Williams is healthy.

Sit ‘Em

Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Traveling to CenturyLink Field to face the Seahawks during a hot streak is not something any running back wants to do. They have allowed less than 50 yards to RBs in each of their last five games and get to play with the 12th man at home. Gurley has been a dichotomous enigma of a back this year. He’s looked like the next Adrian Peterson at times and then the next week averages two yards a carry. Take his last four game’s rushing totals for example; 19, 41, 140, 48 yards. Rather than this being Gurley’s fault it’s likely that the Rams lack of flexibility on offense has allowed teams to key on Gurley to shut him down. Unless he gets lucky and breaks one, this looks more like one of those 48 yard games for the talented young running back.

Honorable Mention

Could Ameer Abdullah possibly put up two good games in a row? He’s facing the 49ers at home and might be an intriguing dart throw in a tournament. This week projects as another James White week over Brandon Bolden/Joey Iosefa against the Jets. DeAngelo Williams has another tough day ahead traveling to Baltimore.

 

Wide Receiver

Start ‘Em

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

After missing much of the season Jackson has brought fresh legs to the ‘Skins along with four scores in the last five games. The Eagles are nowhere close to decent against the pass and look very susceptible to a couple big plays against Washington. While Jackson has a history of being hit or miss, he’s the big play guy that could dial up a couple long TDs in this one. He’s a tournament option due to volatility, but has a huge ceiling based on the matchup.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

Parker showed up again last weekend after disappearing in week 14. He’s now had totals of 80, 63, 16, and 87 yards with two TDs in the last four games. Parker is getting himself targets and has flashed some of the potential that led to him being a first round draft pick. This week if Vontae Davis is asked to shadow Jarvis Landry it could mean Parker is in line for a bunch of targets. I could possibly even see a “breakout” game if he is able to pull in a high percentage of the throws that go his way.

Sit ‘Em

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Baldwin has put up a whopping ten TDs over the last four games, an impressive feat for a season! Sooner or later though this streak will stall out and I am worried your Fantasy Bowl is the week he throws up a dud. The Rams have an above average secondary for one. Doug’s yardage totals have also decreased each week during this journey leading to just 45 yards on four catches last week. While I think he still gathers a few catches I’m concerned this will be 4-50 sort of game and without the TDs that’s not going to do it for you.

Honorable Mention

Cincinnati receivers have an uphill battle against the Broncos with A.J. McCarron set to lead them once again. How does Ted Ginn keeping scoring when he drops half the passes thrown his way? Sammy Watkins gets a tough matchup against Dallas, but he’s scored six times in the last four games and shown dynamic skills. I’d still roll him out with some confidence.

After shredding the excellent Broncos D last week, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant get a dream matchup in your Fantasy Bowl against the Ravens.

Tight End

Start ‘Em

Zack Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

Well hello Mr. Ertz. It took most of the season but the Eagle’s tight end has finally emerged as a weekly starter over the last three games. He had 13 targets last week and has scored in two of the last three games. It still befuddles me as to why the Eagles didn’t use him like this all year, but better late than never. Even though the Redskins have done well against the position if Ertz can get another eight-plus targets he should have ample opportunity to put up a nice stat line.

Sit ‘Em

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

It might finally be time to jump off the Delanie bandwagon. He’s been a beast this season and one of the best in fantasy football. However, he’ll have to play without Marcus Mariota this week and faces a difficult foe in the Texans. Their defense has been very solid and allows the 8th fewest points to tight ends on the season. Walker will have voluminous targets on his side, but 80 yards and a touchdown is asking too much.

Honorable Mention

The Chiefs allow the fewest points to tight ends in football and will face Gary Barnidge for your final. Philadelphia hasn’t let tight ends gather points either, but don’t let that discourage you from starting Jordan Reed. After staying healthy for most of the season he has a firm grasp on TE1 numbers including for this week. Even with missing the first four games Julius Thomas has put up the 16th most points for all TEs this year. Start him against the Saints in your final week. Antonio Gates is a top TE for the week facing the Raiders who have allowed the most TDs to the position.

Defense

Start ‘Em

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

The Chiefs have become the surprise defense of the year. They have a league leading six defensive touchdowns are ranked third in most scoring formats after Denver and Carolina. Over their last eight games this squad has a plus 17 turnover ratio and gets to face the Browns who have the seventh most turnovers on the season. This looks like another good week for the Chiefs so if you’ve ridden them to the championship you can happily throw them out there again one last time.

Sit ‘Em

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

The Jets have been a top ten defense this year and many expected big things from a blitz happy scheme. While they’ve been good, they haven’t been the great defense many expected. With the Patriots coming to town this is a squad to avoid in your final. New England ran over them in their first meeting and could very well put up another 30 this week. In the most important game of your season you can find something better on your waiver wire and should look at your options.

Best of luck with your fantasy football teams this week! Hopefully advice  helps guide you to victory. Make sure you check out our new Lineup Optimizer tool – RotoPicker

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NFL Week 14 Weekend Highlights

Seattle is on a roll

In the past 3 weeks Russell Wilson has scored 14 touchdowns, 8 of which were to his favorite target Doug Baldwin. This team is matching their stiff defense with an explosive offense that has scored 29 or more points for the past 5 weeks. These two led the weekend in fantasy points as well with Russell Wilson totaling 32.28 fantasy points with 292 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns while Doug Baldwin had 6 catches for 82 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.

As impressive as those numbers are, Baldwin wasn’t the only receiver to score big this weekend. Tyler Lockett had 2 receiving touchdowns for himself and over 100 receiving yards for a total of 28.4 fantasy points and 4th on the list of fantasy performers for the weekend, putting Seahawks players at 1st, 2nd, and 4th for the weekend, the clear winning stack of the week.

Golden Tate takes over in Megatron’s absence

While Calvin Johnson did take the field, he only had one catch this weekend on 5 targets, far from how we saw him performing just a couple weeks ago. Stafford and Johnson both have yet to produce the video game numbers from Thanksgiving. Golden Tate however took over with 9 catches on 10 targets (very impressive efficiency), with 60 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 28.5 fantasy points, for third on our list of weekend fantasy performers.

Green Bay Running Backs

Very rarely do we see multiple running backs on the same team generating good fantasy value. Generally, in committee running schemes, the hot running back of the day will get most of the attempts while the others see little action. This weekend however saw big fantasy performances from both Starks and Lacy. Starks had 2 touchdowns, 1 receiving and 1 rushing for a total of 26.3 fantasy points. While lacy only had 1 touchdown, he beat out Starks in yardage with 124 rushing yards and a total of 21.8 fantasy points.

Jordan Reed may be the only promising player on the Redskins

While the Redskins still are in the hunt with a 6-7 record and a win over the Bears this weekend, they have clearly been very subpar this season. The one shining light however is Jordan Reed who caught 9 passes on 9 targets this weekend, leading the charts at Tight End with 120 receiving yards, a touchdown, and 27 fantasy points.

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NFL We Build Champions Roster – Week 12

This week the stack of ‪Russell Wilson‬ and ‪‎Doug Baldwin‬ were the most valuable picks. Those two combined for 3 passing touchdowns out of Russell Wilson’s total 5 passing touchdowns. There were several other multiple touchdown performances this week including ‪Adrian Peterson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, ‪CJ Anderson‬’s 2 rushing touchdowns, and‪ Brandon Marshall‬’s 2 receiving touchdowns. Receivers ‪Wheaton‬,‪ Landry‬, and ‪Thomas‬ only scored 1 touchdown each, but were able to create huge ‪‎fantasy value‬ with receptions and receiving yards. One very important factor to consider is the PPR (point per reception) scoring system such as the one used by Fanpicks.

Fantasy Football

 

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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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Seattle Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks 10-22-2015

It will be a battle in the NFC West from Thursday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks. DFS draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 22nd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day league rosters.

Both teams are 2-4 as they enter play on Thursday night. Seattle has dominated the 49ers in recent years as they have won three straight and five of their past six games. The 49ers had trouble scoring on the Seattle defense last year with just seven points on the road and three points at home in their two regular season games. This may be a different defense for Seattle than in previous seasons. They have lost two straight blowing fourth quarter leads in each game. There is some turmoil amongst the secondary as there have been blown coverages and heated discussions on the field between the Seahawks personnel. The Seattle defense surrendered 135 rushing yards and 248 yards passing to the Panthers last week. What was more surprising is the fact that the Seahawks allowed three rushing touchdowns to Carolina last week in front of their home fans. The Seahawks offense sits 27th in passing yards and has contributed to a 22 points per game average which ranks in the lower half of the league.

The San Francisco 49ers broke a four game losing streak last week as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 25-20. The 49ers exploited a bad Ravens pass defense as quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 16 passes but they went for 340 yards and two touchdowns. The team needs to be better in the red zone as the club was a disappointing 0 of 3 in their red zone drives. The 49ers have defended better at home. At home to Minnesota they allowed three points, home to Green Bay 17 points and 20 points last week to the Ravens. San Francisco has struggled offensively as they are 30th in total offense by pushing across 321 yards per game.

Seattle Seahawks QB:

Russell Wilson

The fourth year pro is hitting on 69% of his throws for 1433 yards with seven touchdowns and three picks. He is not afraid to run the football with 45 carries for 251 yards for 5.6 yards per carry. In the loss to the Panthers, Wilson was 18 for 30 for 241 yards with a touchdown. Wilson has a touchdown pass in each game this year.

Seattle Seahawks RB:

Thomas Rawls

Marshawn Lynch has been hobbled by a hamstring problem and his numbers are way down. Rookie Thomas Rawls has 59 carries for 334 yards and a touchdown. He had a big game at Cincinnati where he had 23 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown. With Lynch hurt expect Rawls to get carries on a short week.

Seattle Seahawks TE:

Jimmy Graham

The tight end leads the club with 29 catches for 344 yards with two touchdowns. He caught eight balls last week against Carolina for a season high for 140 yards and 17.5 yards per catch average.

Seattle Seahawks WR:

Doug Baldwin

The fifth year wide out leads the unit with 26 catches for 291 yards with two touchdowns. He has only been targeted an average of 3 ½ times the past four games. Last week Baldwin had three catches for 23 yards.

San Francisco 49ers QB:

Colin Kaepernick

After a bad start Colin Kaepernick has improved his play against the Giants and Ravens the past two weeks. The issue is that those two teams are very bad pass defenses. Kaepernick threw for 340 yards as he hit on 16 of 27 with two touchdowns and no picks last week on the Ravens.

San Francisco 49ers RB:

Carlos Hyde

The 49ers back has rushed it 104 times for 430 yards and three touchdowns. He had just 55 yards on 21 carries last week.

San Francisco 49ers WR:

Anquan Boldin

Boldin leads the team with 28 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He has picked up his production the past two weeks with 107 yards receiving against the Giants and 102 yards last week against the Ravens.

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

RB: Thomas Rawls (Seahawks)

WR: Anquan Boldin (49ers), Doug Baldwin (Seahawks)

TE: Jimmy Graham (Seahawks)

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