Falcons vs Buccaneers

The Falcons may own the NFL’s top-ranked offense, but the Buccaneers have had their number with Jameis Winston under center. The former Heisman Trophy recipient will attempt to get a second series sweep against Atlanta in as many seasons. The division rivals clash at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday night (Enter Contest)

On Sunday, Winston managed to get two touchdown in the loss against Oakland. He was able to toss four scoring passes during the season-opening victory over Atlanta on September 11.  Trusted target Mike Evans reeled in a scoring strike against the Falcons. His six touchdown receptions are tied for the NFL lead. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan continued his stellar season with three touchdown passes in Sunday’s 33-32 victory over Green Bay. An 11-yard scoring strike to offseason acquisition Mohamed Sanu capped his 32nd career game-winning drive. Ryan, who leads the league in both yards (2,636) and touchdowns (19), has thrown for 1,000 yards and five scores in his last three encounters with Tampa Bay. He will face a Buccaneers defense that ranks 23rd in the league (274.7 yards per contest).

ABOUT THE FALCONS (5-3)

The Falcons leads the NFC South standings. Julio Jones has amassed an NFC-best 859 yards and is averaging 20.0 yards per catch, but the electric wideout finished with 29 yards receiving this past week for the second time this season. He was hobbled by an ailing knee. Jones is expected to play on Thursday. Running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is listed as questionable after sitting out last week’s tilt versus the Packers. Devonta Freeman more than picked up the slack with a rushing and receiving touchdown last week. He has 100-plus scrimmage yards in two of his last three contests, although he was limited to just 20 yards on 11 carries in the season-opening loss. Austin Hooper made five receptions for 41 yards during week 8 of the NFL in place of fellow tight end Jacob Tamme (shoulder), who has been ruled out versus Tampa Bay.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-4)

While Tampa Bay’s passing game is pretty well defined, the backfield has remained in motion through most of the season due to injury. Jacquizz Rodgers filled in admirably for Doug Martin (hamstring) before sustaining a sprained foot versus the Raiders. This injury will keep him out of Thursday game. It will open the door for a three-man backfield of Antone Smith, Peyton Barber and Mike James. Linebacker Kwon Alexander recorded 14 tackles versus Oakland last week, his highest total since collecting 17 in the season opener at Atlanta. The Bucs acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft from Detroit for corneback Johnthan Banks on Tuesday.

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Buccaneers(1-3) vs Panthers (1-3)

The murky playing status of quarterback Cam Newton is the overriding story in what is shaping up as an early-season elimination game between the Carolina Panthers and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night (Enter Contests). Newton, who guided Carolina to the Super Bowl last season, has not practiced all week due to a concussion sustained in last week’s loss to Atlanta. Panthers coach Ron Rivera will count on Derek Anderson to take over Newton’s duties this week. This change could be more beneficial than it looks because Carolina has dropped three in a row since a season-opening victory over the Falcons.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS

Carolina has issues on both sides of the ball, scoring only 10 points in a Week 3 home loss to Minnesota before its defense was shredded for 48 points in last week’s drubbing at Atlanta. Anderson was 17 of 23 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick-six, in relief of Newton last week. He made two starts in place of Newton in 2014 and beat the Buccaneers twice in his career, throwing for three TDs and zero interceptions. Greg Olsen had 24 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has 14 receptions for 196 yards and a TD in two matchups against Tampa Bay. Carolina had one of the league’s stingiest defenses in 2015, but it was carved up for 503 passing yards by the Falcons.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS

The Buccaneers were torched for 104 points during their three-game skid and have lost six straight matchups to Carolina, including both last season by a combined 42 points. They were held to seven points for the second time in three games in last week’s 27-7 home loss to Denver as quarterback Jameis Winston continues to struggle in his second season. Winston has thrown as many interceptions as touchdown passes. Seven of the eight interception he collected came during the past three weeks. The young quarterback has absorbed a league-high 39 hits, although coach Dirk Koetter said playing from behind has left his quarterback more vulnerable.

Wideout Mike Evans has 26 receptions and three touchdowns in three games. Vincent Jackson had 10 catches for 147 yards and a score the last time he faced Carolina. Running backs Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) could both miss Monday’s game with injuries. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is also a question mark due to a calf injury.

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NFL/NBA Cross Sport Recap: Pro Bowl Weekend

 

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

NFL Cross Sport Contest

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

 

NFL

 

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

 

Quarterback

 

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

 

Running Back

 

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

 

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

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

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

 

Tight End

 

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

 

 

NBA

 

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

 

Guard

 

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

 

Forward

 

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

 

Center

 

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

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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

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

Running Back

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

Wide Receiver

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

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

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

Tight End

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

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

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus St Louis Rams Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-17-2015

Thursday Night Football on December 17th will feature the St Louis Rams at home to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network at 8:25PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their DFS one day league picks.

 

Tampa Bay took a serious hit to their playoff chances after the team dropped a 24-17 home decision to the New Orleans Saints. They have been held to under 20 points in four of their past six games. The Buccaneers are 11th in total offense and defense this year as they have shown improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On the injury front the team will be without Vincent Jackson as he is suffering a knee injury. The Bucs have ran the football extremely well as they sit fourth in the NFL at 141 yards on the ground per game.

 

The St Louis Rams are a 5-8 football team and are coming off a 21-14 home victory to Detroit which broke a four game losing streak. It has been a struggle for St Louis on offense as the team is moving the football for just 297 yards and scoring only 16 points per contest. They rank 31st and second to last in the NFL in both areas. The Rams have a good defense but has struggled in recent games against good passing teams like the Cardinals, Bengals and Bears. Their past three wins have come against losing teams in the Browns, 49ers and Lions. Prior to putting up 21 points on the Lions last week the Rams had been held to total of 36 points over their past four games all resulting in losses. In those four games their point total did not go over 13 points.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB:

 

Jameis Winston

 

The rookie quarterback for the Buccaneers is showing signs that he may stick in the NFL as a starting quarterback. Winston is completing 58.4% of his throws for 3059 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has a touchdown completion in four straight games including five touchdown passes back in Week 11 at Philadelphia He has a touchdown completion in every road game this year.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB:

 

Doug Martin

 

After a slow start to the season Martin has kicked it into gear for Tampa Bay. He has rushed for 1214 yards in 2015 with five touchdowns. He posts a career high 5.1 yards per catch on the season. Doug Martin has a rushing touchdown in two straight games. In his past two road games he had 97 rushing yards at the Colts and 235 yards at the Eagles. He rushed for 6.9 yards a carry at Indianapolis and 8.7 yards per attempt at Philadelphia.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR:

 

Mike Evans

 

Evans leads Tampa Bay with 57 catches for 889 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per catch on the year which is on pace for his totals in in rookie campaign in 2014.

 

St Louis Rams QB:

 

Case Keenum

 

The four year veteran journeyman saw action last week and hit on 63% of his passes for 124 yards with a pick. He has started a total of 12 games during his career as he spent the first 2 ½ years of his career with the Houston Texans.

 

St Louis Rams RB:

 

Todd Gurley

 

One of the few bright spots for the Rams in 2015 has been the play of their rookie running back Todd Gurley. He is coming off a nice performance last week in the win against Detroit where he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. That amounted to 8.8 yards per attempt. The concern heading into Thursday night is that the rookie running back has a knee injury and has been listed as probable for this quick turnaround since their win on Sunday.

 

St Louis Rams WR:

 

Kenny Britt

 

Britt has been banged up with a shoulder injury but is expected to play against Tampa Bay He leads the team with 28 catches for 480 yards with a touchdown and a very good 17.1 yards per catch average.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)

RB: Doug Martin (Buccaneers)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-13-2015

Washington Redskins versus Chicago Bears NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

A couple of 5-7 teams from the NFC meet on Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Bears will be hosting the Washington Redskins. NFL fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

It will be a short week for the Washington Redskins as the team dropped a 19-16 decision to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football to drop them in a three way tie for the NFC East division lead. The team has yet to win on the road in five tries and has been held to an average of 17 points on the highway.

The Bears look to bounce back after an overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers as Chicago’s secondary gives up a big play touchdown in defeat. The team has defended the pass very well this year by allowing 210 yards per game through the air which is second best in the NFL.

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick:

The Bears have held four of their past five opponents to 19 points or fewer. There are some good offensive teams they had recently to 19 or fewer points and they were the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. With a Redskins offense that struggles on the road the Chicago Bears are a solid defensive pick for daily money leagues.

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New Orleans Saints versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

It will be rivals from the NFC South going head to head as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be home to the New Orleans Saints. DFS draft GMs can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-6 and in the hunt for an NFC wildcard playoff spot. They are an improved team and have won three of their past four games after defeating Atlanta. The team is ninth in the NFL in total offense as they average 369 yards per game.

The New Orleans Saints are 4-8 and it looks like a lost season. They are just 1-5 on the road and are giving up 31 points per game in those six games. It has been ugly in recent games for the Saints as the team has allowed 41 or greater points in three of their past five games including a 41-38 home defeat to Carolina. New Orleans put a lot of emotion and effort into last week’s game and with the loss the team is pretty much hopeless for a playdavioff spot. Look for Tampa Bay to have success moving the football on Sunday against a Saints defense that is 32nd and last against the run and in points allowed. They don’t defend he pass very well by allowing 287 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL.

Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB

Play on Jameis Winston

Jamais Winston is developing nicely as an NFL quarterback. He has thrown for 2877 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 picks. Winston has thrown for a touchdown in three straight games. He had a notable game in Week 11 at Philadelphia where he threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB

Play on Doug Martin

The Buccaneers run game has risen to second best in the NFL as they rush for 143 yards per game. They are greatly aiding Winston in the passing game with a solid rushing attack. Doug Martin is putting up career numbers in many rushing categories. He has rushed for 1133 yards and ran for 5.0 yards per carry and will be facing the second worst rushing defense in the NFL.

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