Preview: Titans at Texans

Their ugly start to the season now a distant memory, the Houston Texans can set a franchise record when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Texans own a two-game lead atop the AFC South and will go for their eighth consecutive victory after opening the campaign with three straight losses, including a 20-17 setback at Tennessee in Week 2.

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Surging Houston is coming off consecutive two-point triumphs at Washington and Denver, giving the team four victories by three points or fewer during its winning streak. “We just try to keep on stacking wins and put us in position for later on down the season,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson told reporters. “It’s a very important game. It’s a home game. We want to win those. It’s a division game. We have to make sure we prepare well and get ready for it.” The Titans squandered a chance to make Monday’s matchup a showdown for division supremacy, following a pair of decisive wins over Dallas and New England with a 38-10 loss to Indianapolis last week. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was knocked out of that game with a stinger, but he practiced fully on Friday and Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur pronounced him “ready to roll.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Texans -6. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (5-5): Mariota had his two best games in the wins over the Cowboys and Patriots, and it was feared that last week’s injury was related to the elbow issues that have plagued him for most of the season and forced him to miss the Week 2 matchup versus Houston. Running back Derrick Henry, who was used out of the wildcat in the first meeting, could be in line for a heavier workload as part of a backfield tandem with Dion Lewis, LaFleur said after Friday’s practice. Corey Davis is Mariota’s top target with 45 receptions, but it’s unclear if fellow wideout Taywan Taylor will return after a two-game absence. Tennessee had the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense until it was shredded by the Colts.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (7-3): Watson had his NFL coming-out party against Tennessee last season in his third career start, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another as Houston set a franchise record for points in a 57-14 rout. He has not thrown for more than 239 yards in his last five starts and the Texans have scored more than 23 points just twice, but wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has at least one TD catch in five straight games and eight overall after posting an NFL-high 13 receiving scores last season. Running back Lamar Miller is providing balance to the offense with at least 18 carries and 86 yards rushing in three of the last four games. The Texans are fifth in scoring defense (20.5 points).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Hopkins has at least 100 yards in three of his last four versus Tennessee, including 110 and a TD in Week 2.

2. Mariota had a passing and rushing touchdown in his last matchup against Houston.

3. Texans DE J.J. Watt has registered 10 sacks on the season, including one in each of his last three games.

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Preview: Dolphins at Texans

The Houston Texans have turned their fortunes around, answering a season-opening three-game losing skid that landed them in the cellar of the AFC South with four straight wins that catapulted them to the top of the division. The torrid Texans bid to continue their winning ways on Thursday when they welcome a familiar face in Brock Osweiler and the visiting Miami Dolphins to NRG Stadium.

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“He ain’t here no more, so I don’t really care for him. We didn’t win a lot with him,” Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney told the Houston Chronicle of Osweiler, who lasted just one season with the Texans despite signing a four-year, $72 million contract in May 2016. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Osweiler has fared much better in Miami with 619 yards passing and five touchdowns in two starts in place of the injured Ryan Tannehill. “No emotion. This really is just another game, but it’s the most important one because it’s the next one,” Osweiler said of facing the Texans. An aggressive and opportunistic defense has been a major reason for Houston’s ascent, as the club has yielded just 36 points in its last three games while recording three fumble recoveries and as many interceptions — including one for a touchdown — in its last two.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Texans -7.5. O/U: 44.5

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (4-3): Trade rumors began to circle as former first-round pick DeVante Parker was made a surprise inactive in Sunday’s 32-21 setback to Detroit, but injuries to fellow wideouts Albert Wilson (hip) and Kenny Stills (groin) have made it an easy decision for Adam Gase. “We don’t have any more receivers, so I’m sure he’s going to play,” Gase said of the 25-year-old Parker, who claims he’s 100 percent healthy after being hampered by a quadriceps injury. Danny Amendola led the team with six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Kenyan Drake found the end zone for the first time since Sept. 16 and has 15 catches in his last three games.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (4-3): Lamar Miller, who recorded his first 100-yard performance since the 2016 season in Sunday’s 20-7 win over Jacksonville, shared his reasoning of opting against re-signing with his hometown team and inking a four-year, $26 million contract with the Texans in 2016. “They offered me to come back,” the 27-year-old Miller told the Houston Chronicle. “I just felt like Houston at the time was a winning organization. They were giving me an opportunity to showcase my skill set. I don’t regret anything. I love it here in Houston.” Miller will face a Dolphins rush defense that was gashed for 248 yards by the Lions. Deshaun Watson overcame a bruised lung and injured ribs to throw a touchdown pass last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins didn’t take too kindly to Miami CB Xavien Howard claiming he “likes to push off a lot,” so much so that the two-time Pro Bowl wideout offered the following response: “Who’s Xavien Howard?”

2. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles in last meeting with the Texans.

3. Houston has won seven of eight encounters overall with Miami, including all four at home.

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Complete AFC South Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Titans, Colts, Jags and Texans this season…

Jacksonville Jaguars

Years of high draft picks and free-agent spending paid off with a 10-6 record. Now it is all about taking the next step — if they get a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the conference title game, the Jaguars believe they are better equipped to finish off the win. The keys will be keeping RB Leonard Fournette healthy, getting more big plays out of the passing game, continuing last year’s dominant pass rush and improving against the run. Do that and the Jaguars should be considered a Super Bowl contender.

Tennessee Titans

The AFC South is a winnable division — with Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Houston’s Deshaun Watson both returning from injury and Jacksonville staying the course with Blake Bortles. Anything short of a return to the playoffs will be considered a failure. GM Jon Robinson has built a talented roster with no glaring weaknesses. This season is a referendum on QB Marcus Mariota, who is only signed through 2019. If he is indeed a franchise-caliber QB, Tennessee will establish itself as a legitimate contender this season.

Houston Texans

If QB Deshaun Watson can stay healthy, the Texans are capable of winning any game. His three losses as a starter were one-score games, including three-point defeats at New England and Seattle. Improvement in the offensive line is paramount and not just for Watsons’ benefit. The running game needs to become more productive and consistent. The defense could have three new starters in a secondary that should benefit from a more effective pass rush. If the Texans aren’t hammered by injuries again, they should be good enough on both sides of the ball to get back into the mix for a spot in the postseason.

Indianapolis Colts

The AFC South isn’t a cupcake division as in years past. Tennessee won a playoff game last year, and the Jaguars reached the AFC title game. Houston has won the division four times since 2011. That leaves the Colts with an arduous climb just to be competitive, especially with a schedule that has them on the road for four of the first six games, including away games at Super Bowl finalists Philadelphia and New England.

As GM Chris Ballard learned last year, there’s only so much that can be accomplished in one year with so many holes to fill. A healthy Andrew Luck at quarterback gives the Colts a shot at being respectable, but the run game is still an uncertainty and the defense is still lacking playmakers, even if the newcomers prove capable of making immediate contributions.

If the Colts show the expected modest improvement, 8-8 is probably the ceiling with 6-10 more likely. The fan base — which was spoiled during a run in which the Colts made the playoffs 14 times in 16 seasons from 1999-2014 — probably won’t be satisfied unless this team makes the postseason. But that remains a long shot in the short term.

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 23 days, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s AFC South. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview

Jacksonville Jaguars

The good news this year is that Jacksonville appears to have found a quarterback. Their answer lies in Blake Bortles who seems to have taken a leap compare to last season. Bortles will be coupled with a few top receivers this year enabling the Jaguars to move the ball effectively through the air. Jacksonville has a pair of running backs capable of generating yardage on their own.

The return from injury of Dante Fowler will also be crucial. If Fowler can hit the ground running, the Jaguars’ defensive front will be much-improved. The addition of CB Prince Amukamara to a group that already includes Aaron Colvin and Davon House gives Jacksonville three solid corners, and Tashaun Gipson could add the playmaking touches to an already reliable unit. Improving against the pass would give the Jaguars a real chance to compete in the AFC South.

 

Key additions:   OT Kelvin Beachum, CB Prince Amukamara, S Tashaun Gipson, DT Malik Jackson, RB Chris Ivory

Key losses: None (C Stefan Wisniewski remains an unrestricted free agent)

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are still coming into this season as sleepers in the AFC South. WR Rishard Matthews was one of the best-value additions in the entirety of free agency thus far. With Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, and Delanie Walker already in the fold, the Titans have a solid set of pass-catchers. DeMarco Murray may not be the player he was in 2014, but he’s a worthwhile low-risk investment for a team that has struggled to find talented running backs. Tennessee has a number of solid players in their front seven. Jurrell Casey is a stud, but otherwise the Titans lack difference-makers. Outside linebacker is a position of particular concern. Brian Orakpo had a decent season in 2015, but isn’t getting any younger. Derrick Morgan recorded his lowest pass-rush grade since 2011. The Titans lack the pass-rushers to conceal the deficiencies of a secondary full of holes. Brice McCain is certainly not the answer and Perrish Cox had an average 2015 season with Jason McCourty recording the worst coverage grade of his career. The Titans are relying on resurgence from both Cox and McCourty to be competitive on the back end in 2016.

 

Key additions: HB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones

Key losses: CB Coty Sensabaugh

 

Indianapolis Colts

Predicting the Colts’ 2016 season outcome is almost impossible because of the enigma that is Andrew Luck. Luck wasn’t quite at his best last year, to the point where Hasselbeck’s proved an upgrade in on-field production. Luck may have been struggling with injuries but his performances offer no confidence that he will lead the Colts to a division title next season. His supporting cast does, however, remain amongst the best in the division. T.Y. Hilton should get some help from a healthy Phillip Dorsett in the passing game, while Donte Moncrief is an underrated No. 2. The loss of TE Coby Fleener is not particularly significant, especially with the re-signing of Dwayne Allen and with the Colts retaining one of the better offensive lines in the division.

The Colts lost their highest-graded defender, Jerrell Freeman to the Bears. CB Vontae Davis remains an excellent player, but Indianapolis is yet to find a complement across from him.

 

Key additions: None

Key losses: LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, QB Matt Hasselbeck, TE Coby Fleener

 

Houston Texans

We cannot be sold yet on Osweiler being a franchise QB, but he’s undoubtedly an upgrade over the combination of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The Texans may have been forced to pay a king’s ransom for a mid-level starter at the position, but Osweiler possesses the upside to be more than that. He flashes big-time talent on some throws, but struggles to generate the consistency of the top NFL signal-callers (in his small sample-size of games, at least). With that said, Osweiler has the potential to improve with live experience in a QB-friendly system.

 

Key additions: QB Brock Osweiler, G Jeff Allen, RB Lamar Miller, G Tony Bergstrom

Key losses: G Brandon Brooks, C Ben Jones

 

 

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs Preview

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and we’re less than a week away. This NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs preview of all the AFC south teams is brought you by FanpPicks. FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016.

Houston Texans

The Texans kind of lacked last season in terms of Wide Receiver and speed offensively. They filled their void with the signings of QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. Those additions will take off huge needs off the draft board for Houston. With Duane Brown coming back from a big enjury and their center spot still unsettled with the loss of Ben Jones, the Offensive line position will definitely is going to be looked over this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd, 52nd, and 85th selections.

Indianapolis Colts

With franchise QB Andrew Luck missing 9 games last year and the Colts giving up 118 QB hits, an Offensive Line recruitment is critical and needs to be addressed quickly. With a few of their cornerbacks set to become free agents this offseason, they should look into recruiting in that position after taking care of the pass rush issue.

Top 3 round picks: 19th and 48th, 82nd selections.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With the addition of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler’s return, the pass rush should be resolved for the Jaguars. But they definitely need to recruit more talent to be competitive in those secondary positions. They will definitely need to step up their running game as well and find the right fit to fill the interior.

Top 3 round picks: 5th and 38th, 69th selections.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are set when it come to their defensive line but may recruit further talent with so many talented defensive linemen in the draft. They will also need to focus on their offensive tackle to build their QB’s confidence and protect him as well as solidify their offensive strategy.

Top 3 round picks: 15th and 43rd, 45th selections.

 

 

 

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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

With a small slate of games this weekend you’re quarterback choices are limited. So let’s run through the matchups. Houston and Kansas City has all the makings of a low scoring game. These are two defensive dominated teams and this matchup should be low scoring and slow paced, not places of high value for Fantasy NFL contests. Same can be said about Minnesota and Seattle. While Seattle’s offense is explosive, we saw what they did against the strong defensive front of the Cardinals last weekend, I’m saving my quarterback pick for an easier matchup.

The weakest pass defense of the weekend is by far the Steelers, but with the Bengals current quarterback situation, its hard to say anything for sure. In all likelihood AJ McCarron will be taking the field, but there is the small chance Andy Dalton will return for the game. Either way, they both should be able to provide great value with this matchup, just make sure you keep your eye on the injury report and you get the right one in.

Although the Bengals have a strong pass defense, it seems like nobody is able to stop Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown this year. I expect them to have a big game, but I also expect ownership to be very high on these two, so I’m playing the contrarian strategy and avoiding the Steelers stack.

Last we have Washington and Green Bay. This has all the makings for a classic shootout and I think there will be value on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers has been very subpar this entire season, but he has been to the playoffs before and I think he will perform. Kirk Cousins on the other hand has been red hot and putting up big numbers, and that does not look to be stopping anytime soon. You’re probably going to find lower ownership with Rodgers so I’ll give him the edge in a tournament, but based on his performance this year, that may be a risky play.

Running Back

Our premium running backs for the week are Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, Characandrick West, and Eddie Lacy. As of now Williams looks to be out for this weekend so lets rule him out now (even if he were playing I don’t love the matchup). Marshawn Lynch will be returning but with the offensive efficiency of the Seahawks lately, its hard to say they will need to make much use of him so I am staying away from Beast mode as well. The Vikings may find it hard to pass against the dominating defense and will certainly run the ball a lot to Peterson, but he has not been as dominant this year as in years past and the Seahawks may shut him down. West as well is facing a tough defense, especially recently, so my recommendation is stay away from any Chiefs back.

So we are left with Hill and Lacy, both on the cheap end as far as premium running backs go. The way the Bengals use Hill and Bernard is very dependent on the matchup. They utilize Hill to run the ball up the middle while Bernard is valued more highly for his speed in screen passes and short drops. This matchup may be better for Bernard than Hill, and Bernard comes at a much cheaper price. Not a bad pick for this week. Lacy is the only premium back I like for this week. Like Hill, he could take a backseat position to Starks but I think Lacy has asserted himself as the primary back after early struggles in the season.

If you are looking for value at Running back however, there is a lot to be found. Starks and Bernard, as previously mentioned, will both only cost you less that $4000 on Fanpicks. Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas both are a threat to accumulate fantasy value with their run and pass threat. The real value pick of the week is Jonathan Grimes, who put together a big game last weekend and comes at only $2700.

Wide Receiver

The same analysis on Quarterbacks applies to receivers as well. We want to stick with the good matchups: Steelers/Bengals and Packers/Redskins. Skipping out on Antonio Brown may just cost you a win, but I think there is more upside potential on fading Brown, especially for NFL Daily Fantasy Tournaments type contests. AJ Green should be able to put up some big numbers this week regardless of who gets the starting position at Quarterback.

I also like Desean Jackson or Pierre Garcon if you are looking to save a little money at the position. We know Cousins is going to throw the ball and we know he is going to throw it a lot. He may throw a couple interceptions but that doesn’t hurt his fantasy value too bad. It all just depends on which receiver can manage to get open between these two and Reed.

A good contrarian stack is Rodgers and either Cobb or Jones. They haven’t done much this year and are not on many people radar, but like I said before, the Packers know the playoffs. Cobb should get more targets but Jones is more of a long threat. The choice is up to you, I’m going Cobb.

Tight End

For me, the viable tight ends for this week are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. While you can make the argument for Heath Miller and Richard Rodgers, I think you will find much more value with Eifert and Reed. Reed is an obvious pick as he has had some very big games lately and is arguably the top tight end in the league. However, that also means he is going to come with a high ownership level, bad news for a tournament play.

That’s why I’m going with Eifert. I can’t stress enough how weak Pittsburgh is against the pass as all of their games end up turning into a shootout. Eifert will especially benefit if Dalton returns this weekend as there is usually great synergy between the two.

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Fanpicks.com NFL Playoff Saturday AFC Wildcard

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The AFC Wildcard game will be broadcast on ESPN TV at 4:35 EST.  In their initial faceoff way back in Week 1 of the NFL Season; the Kansas Chiefs posted a 27-20 victory over the Texans.  The Texans trailed 27-9 through the first three quarters and then came together to dominate the fourth quarter. Despite their valiant effort, the Chiefs Alex Smith connected for 243 passing yards for three touchdowns.  On the other hand Brian Hoyer had 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  The chiefs were able to capitalize on a +2 turnover margin.

 

The Chiefs have started their after burners winning ten straight games on the road to this AFC Wildcard game.  Recently, the Chiefs beat Pittsburgh by 10 points and won over Denver by 16 points.  One of the reasons the Chiefs have been on a winning run is due in part to their defence; who has been limiting scoring to under 18 points per game.  The Chief’s offence leaves much to be desired as Alex Smith is a dink and dunk passer who has leveraged the resurgence in the Chiefs running game.

While the Houston Texans showed doubt and struggle out of the gates, they nonetheless took control of the AFC South division by winning three straight and seven of their past nine games. This is another team that has been carried by a very good defense. Houston is third in total defense and third against the pass. The Las Vegas oddsmaker projects this to be a very low scoring game with an over under of 40 points.

The Texans defense has played very well down the stretch. They have allowed a total of 22 points over their past three games. Alex Smith struggled last week in their home win against the Raiders and could have issues with his confidence as he is a quarterback with very little success in the post season.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Kansas City Chiefs QB:

 

Alex Smith

 

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

 

Kansas City Chiefs RB:

 

Charcandrick West

 

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

 

Kansas City Chiefs WR:

 

Jeremy Maclin

 

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

 

Houston Texans QB:

 

Brian Hoyer

 

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

 

Houston Texans RB:

 

Alfred Blue

 

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

 

Houston Texans WR:

 

DeAndre Hopkins

 

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

 

NFL Playoff Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Brian Hoyer (Texans)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

RB: Charcandrick West (Chiefs)

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NFL Week 17 Recap

Pittsburgh Punches their Ticket

The Steelers earned their spot in the playoffs with their victory against the Browns this weekend. Their playoff hopes had less to do with beating the Browns however and more to do with the Jets losing against the Bills. Antonio Brown had his normal huge performance with 13 receptions, 187 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. Although he threw 2 interceptions, Big Ben still had a solid fantasy day with 349 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns (Antonio Brown, Marcus Wheaton, and Heath Miller). They lost running back Deangelo Williams early on in the game. If he is not healthy for the playoffs, Pittsburgh’s offensive game will be very one dimensional.

The Patriots Struggle

New England had already secured their spot in the playoffs and the division win, but this weekend they still had the AFC championship home field advantage on the line. They appeared to be putting in full effort for that goal with Brady taking the field. However, nothing seemed to be working in their offense. The offensive line provided Brady very little time to work with and lead receivers Amendola and Gronkowski caught only 2 passes each for minimal yardage. The lack of protection resulted in Brady leaving the game late and being replaced by Garoppolo. Things are not looking positive for the Pats going into the playoffs.

Houston Defense Dominates

JJ Watt is back and the Houston Defense is hitting their stride. They had a huge 8 sacks in their season leading fantasy performance (27 fantasy points). They had two interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a pick 6 while only allowing 6 points scored from the Ravens. Its a good time for them to be coming around too with their 9-7 record earning them the AFC South champions and a spot in the playoffs.

The Sheriff returns to the Field

This season has seemed to be a disaster for Peyton Manning. His body betrayed him in his final NFL season and when he was healthy enough to return, his job had been taken by Brock Osweiler. However, he had a chance to return to the field late in this week 17 game against the Chargers. He looked like his old self out there and potentially may have earned the starting spot in the playoffs. The Broncos have a week off which may be just what Peyton needs to be 100 percent ready to go.

Carolina Coasts it in

The Panthers didn’t have much of a problem getting the win over the Bucs. Their defense shut the Bucs to only 10 points while Cam Newton passed for almost 300 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and ran a couple goal line touchdowns in himself. Carolina doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses going into the playoffs.

Seahawks take the top of the rankings

With a blowout victory this weekend over the top ranked Cardinals, the Seahawks are the top ranked team going into the playoffs. They have been getting better and better as the season goes and with the return of Marshawn Lynch for the playoffs, they seem unstoppable.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-20-2015

Chicago Bears versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a battle between NFC north foes as the Minnesota Vikings are at home to meet the Chicago Bears. NFL draft managers can tune to FOX on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

The Vikings are battling the Packers for the NFC North title as they sit one game back with three games left to be played. The first meeting between these teams was held on November 1st with Minnesota posting the 23-20 road victory. The Bears failed to hold a seven point lead late as their secondary gave up big plays in the passing game to the Vikings passing attack. Adrian Peterson had a good game on the ground rushing for 103 yards.

Minnesota looks to break a two game losing streak with losses to Seattle and the Cardinals. The Vikings have scored no greater than 20 points over their past four games. Teams look to lock on Adrian Peterson and force Teddy Bridgewater to beat them.

Chicago is only 5-8 but the team has shown improvement on the playing field. They are 12th in total defense and 17th in total offense.

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In the league, getting lit up for passing yards is only allowing 20 points per game ranking 11th the Bengals to 20 points, Jay Cutler has shown improvement under center in 2015. He has limited the amount of mistakes. He is coming off a performance against Washington last week where he threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

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Bears veteran running back Matt Forte has rushing touchdowns in two straight games. With John Fox as the new head coach of the Bears they are going to more of a balanced attack on offense. Forte is still featured in the passing game as he is averaging over three receptions per game.

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Houston Texans versus Indianapolis Colts NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

It will be a key game in the AFC South division as the Indianapolis Colts will meet the Houston Texans. DFS draft GMs cant tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results from the roster fantasy picks.

Both teams are 6-7 and are tied for first place in the division. The first meeting was won by Indianapolis on October 8th by the score of 27-20. The Texans were able to move the football but struggled in the red zone converting just 1 of 3 chances. Houston was able to gain 444 yards on the Colts defense. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards with two touchdowns and a pick in that contest.

The news surrounding this game has been the injuries on both sides. Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer is out with a concussion. Veteran T.J. Yates will be under center for the Texans.

On the Colts side Andrew Luck is still out with his kidney laceration. Matt Hasselbeck has filled in for the past four weeks. In Hasselbeck’s past two games under center he has thrown for one touchdown and two picks. In a 51-16 loss last week at Jacksonville Hasselbeck completed just 51.4% of his throws.

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the Texans with 89 catches for 1221 yards and two touchdowns. In the game against the Colts in their first meeting, Hopkins had a monster game by catching 11 passes for 169 yards. Hopkins will be running pass patterns against the 29th and fourth worst passing defense in the NFL as the Colts allow 276 yards passing per game.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-11-2015

New England Patriots versus Houston Texans NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

The Sunday Night Football game features the Houston Texans at home to meet the New England Patriots. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on December 13th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The Patriots are entering play off back to back losses. Following an overtime defeat at Denver they returned home to meet the Philadelphia Eagles and get defeated 35-28. The New England defense wasn’t at fault for 21 of the points as the Eagles got two touchdowns from their special teams and took a pick six to the house on defense. What is troubling is that the New England Patriots have been unhealthy offensively.  Tom Brady’s playmakers in the passing game have been sidelined with injuries. One of their biggest losses came after their defeat to Denver as Rob Gronkowski was forced to miss last week’s game with a knee problem. He is doubtful for Sunday’s game. Julian Edelman is out and wide out Danny Amendola has been listed as questionable. Tom Brady took many risks last week as he was forced to run outside the pocket because his receiving corps was unable to gather separation from their opponents. Look for a conservative approach from New England on Sunday as they will pull back some and play the field position game to lean on their good defense.

 

Houston is 6-6 after a loss at Buffalo last week. We saw the Texans get held to 10 points when they battled a very good defensive team in the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago. At Carolina they pushed across 17 points. The Texans have not run the ball very well this year and look to be a bit one dimensional. This will play into the Patriots defense.

 

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

 

Play New England Patriots Defense

 

New England is tenth in the NFL in total defense limiting opponents to 20.6 points per game. Without much balance from the Texans offense, look for the Patriots defense to come with a strong performance on Sunday.

 

 

Oakland Raiders versus Denver Broncos NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

Two AFC West foes battle it out on Sunday afternoon as the Denver Broncos are home to the Oakland Raiders. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their NFL DFS roster selections.

 

This is a big game for the Oakland Raiders. They suffered a loss last week at home to Kansas City to fall to 5-7 and their window is closing for a post season berth. The Raiders strength this season is their much improved passing game. They rank eighth in the league by throwing for 266 yards per game.

 

 

Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League

 

 

Play Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders WR)

 

Rookie Amari Cooper leads the Raiders with 62 catches for 920 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging 14.8 yards per catch on the campaign. Even if Oakland gets way behind early in this game the team never gives up and continues to push for points in the second half of games.

 

Play Ronnie Hillman (Denver Broncos RB)

 

The Denver Broncos behind a second string starting quarterback has the luxury to lean on their run game at times in games. Ronnie Hillman leads the Broncos with 643 yards rushing and six touchdowns. We have seen Oakland struggle in the area of run defense for several years now. The Raiders are sitting in the lower half of the league against the run

 

 

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