Preview: Giants at Falcons

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons withstood a late comeback to end a three-game slide last weekend in what may have been a season-saving victory. That’s pretty much the same position the reeling New York Giants and the much-maligned Eli Manning find themselves in when they head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons on Monday Night Football.

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One season after finishing 3-13 and winding up with prize running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, New York is off to a 1-5 start amid growing cries that Manning needs to be yanked from the starting lineup. “I know he’s the punching bag right now,” Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters earlier this week. “But a lot of guys need to play better when you’re 1-5.” Atlanta has plenty of issues of its own — namely injuries — but still has Ryan and favorite target Julio Jones, the subject of pregame hype with New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. on the opposite sideline. “In our league today, there are a handful of receivers who garner that special attention,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “It just so happens that two of them are matched up this week. They are different players, but really effective in their own right.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Falcons -4. O/U: 54

ABOUT THE GIANTS (1-5): Barkley has lived up to his pre-draft hype, rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown and catching nine balls for 99 yards in a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11. Barkley has a chance to make history against the Falcons and join Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt as the only players to pile up at least 100 yards from scrimmage in seven consecutive games to begin their career. Manning continues to have trouble connected with Beckham and has averaged 6.5 yards or fewer per pass attempt in four of six games. New York’s defense has allowed 27 points per game and is tied for last in the league with 7.0 sacks.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (2-4): Ryan is third in the NFL with 1,956 passing yards and has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions over the past four games after throwing for 340 yards and three scores in last week’s win over Tampa Bay. Jones had 10 catches for 144 yards against the Buccaneers and is second in the league with 708 yards, but he has yet to find the end zone after scoring only three touchdowns in 2017. With Devanta Freeman going on injured reserve following groin surgery this week, Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith will share the load in the backfield. Atlanta is 30th in total defense (417.2 yards) and 31 in points allowed (32.0).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Ryan has an NFL-best 1,432 yards and 128.2 passer rating since Week 3.

2. Giants TE Evan Engram is expected to return after sitting out the last three games.

3. Falcons DE Takk McKinley has 4.5 sacks in the last five games.

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Complete NFC East Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Eagles, Giants, Skins’ and Cowboys this season…

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are set up well for their first-ever Super Bowl defense, thanks to the return of just about every significant contributor from the 2017 team. The only losses that could really hurt are offensive coordinator Frank Reich (new head coach in Indy) and QBs coach John DeFilippo (new Vikings OC).

When healthy — and he should be early in the season — QB Carson Wentz is a top-10 NFL passer (at least) and a great leader. He prolongs plays and gets the ball downfield. Having Nick Foles as a backup is a great thing, but this is Wentz’s team. He is surrounded by a deep collection of skill-position contributors who make it extremely difficult to focus on any one player.

The defense is built around getting pressure on the passer, and that’s what it does. The Eagles are outstanding at invading enemy pockets with just four rushers, and that makes the coverage schemes more sound and harder to exploit.

This is a deep, talented team buttressed by an outstanding organization that fills needs at all times with bold moves. Expect continued contention and plenty of excitement for a city still getting used to being atop the NFL mountain.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Garrett kept his job, but most of his assistant coaches departed. Coordinators Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli return, so the offense and defense remain the same. But after a disappointing non-playoff season, Garrett is back on the hot seat. He has only two playoff appearances and one postseason win in seven full seasons as head coach. The Cowboys took some losses in the offseason, but they’re hoping that makes for better chemistry and more victories during the season.

New York Giants

So, are the Giants really a contender, or is the new regime just fooling itself? The truth is somewhere between their 3-13 mess from last year and their somewhat-lucky 11-5 from 2016. A lot of last year was about health (their offensive line and receiving corps were decimated), so a little better luck there (especially with WR Odell Beckham Jr) could go a long way. Same for the attitude adjustment that comes with a new coach.

In the end it all comes down to two things: QB Eli Manning and the men in front of him. The offensive line looks better on paper, though far from dominant and not deep. With better protection, Manning should thrive, but that’s a big question mark. So, too, is Manning. The Giants are convinced that his problems of the last two years were mostly O-line related. They still believe he has good arm strength and all the ability that once made him elite.

They better be right. If they’re not, then last year was just the beginning of an ugly end. But Manning should get a boost from better protection and a deeper array of weapons. The Giants don’t look like a championship contender yet, but a return to mediocrity would at least be a step in the right direction.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have given fans little reason to believe in them of late. The franchise is 64-95-1 over the past 10 seasons, with six last-place NFC East finishes in that span, and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005. And on top of everything else, they now must deal with the problem of having the defending Super Bowl champions in their division, and just a couple hours north on I-95.

Unlike those Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins appear to occupy that crowded, murky middle ground — fitting for a franchise that has averaged exactly eight wins the past three seasons — of teams good enough to contend for a playoff spot, but also a few key injuries away from a collapse. That was largely the story of their 2017, as they placed a whopping 20 players on injured reserve and never put together a consistent stretch of games.

Can 2018 be different? Once again, they have given fans just enough reason to believe that it can. In Alex Smith, the Redskins have a proven, playoff-tested quarterback. In Derrius Guice, they have arguably their most complete back since the days of Clinton Portis. And in Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and others, they have perhaps their most talented group of young, front-seven defenders in years. But because it’s the Redskins, everyone will be waiting for things to go terribly wrong. As famous fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. told The Washington Post in April, “We just want to be relevant again.”

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NFL Season Preview

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 4 weeks, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s NFC East. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins will finally move in as the teams’ starting QB without having to deal with any doubts and controversy. This position was long under question until RGIII’s departure and Cousins will definitely be playing for a new contract. By setting the all-time franchise passing yards mark last year, as well as other Redskins’ records, the young passer will try to secure and stabilize his place further in the organization.

DeSean Jackson will remain his main target and has become an even bigger star since arriving to the skins.

Josh Norman’s addition to this squad during the offseason will certainly help their defense as they were frankly struggling last year.

There are still some questions with their running game as well as the offensive line, but if Cousins can repeat what he did last season, the Redskins should have a problem solved that hurt them for decades.

 

Key Additions: TE Vernon Davis, CB Josh Norman, DE Kendall Reyes

Key Losses: Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, SS Dashon Goldson, CB Chris Culliver, DE Jason Hatcher (Retired)

 

Philadelphia Eagles

For the Eagles, the Chip Kelly experiment ended in flames and this year will most likely be a bumpy and hard road for them. With their defense being one of the worst in the league, they’re actually looking like the most stable unit in their team. Their future of this organization relies on youngster Carson Wentz to become a franchise quarterback.

If they can make steady play from their defense and make plays to put up points, they may be able to have a  .500 season.

 

Key Additions: WR Rueben Randle, LB Nigel Bradham, C Stefen Wisniewski, WR Chris Givens, QB Chase Daniels

Key Losses:  LB KiKo Alsonso, CB Byron Maxwell, RB DeMarco Murray, DE Cedric Thornton, CB E.J. Biggers

 

Dallas Cowboys

Last season was a nightmare for the Cowboys, as injuries destroyed everything the team had planned and ended the season before it ever really got started.

This time, the big move and risk was to draft Ezekiel Elliott as the 4th overall pick, an insanely high selection for a running back in this day and age.

The Cowboys are putting everything  into their offensive strength in order to get back  on the proper lane. In fact, this may be one of the toughest roads this organization has known in Jerry Jones’ era. With their star QB, Tony Romo being held back by injuries the last couple of seasons, this should be his last run with the Cowboys and he will need all the help from his receivers including Dez Bryant, who’ll try to put last season behind him.

Their defense lacks experience which could make it hard for them to gel as a unit.

 

Key Additions: RB Alfred Morris, DE Cedric Thornton, G Joe Looney

Key Losses: QB Matt Cassel, DE Greg Hardy, RB Robert Turbin 

 

New York Giants

The G-Men are looking to regain control in the East as they have revamped their defense and put some key pieces in on offense as well. Eli Manning is coming towards the end with the Giants so it’s win now or bust, so with new coach Be McAdoo it’s all about winning.

The Giants are healthy for the first time in a long time and that could spell trouble for the rest of the division. Olivier Vernon, Jenoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison bring much needed fire power along with rookies Eli Apple and Darian Thompson, they should be heavily revamped and ready to go.

Sterling Shepard could step in right away and fill the shoes of Victor Cruz who is yet to show traces of his former self.

 

Key Additions:  NT Damon Harrison, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Olivier Vernon

Key Losses: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Rueben Randle, DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason (Retired), LT Will Beatty, G Geoff Schwartz

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DFS NFL Draft

With the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s the time of year where we take a look at the weaknesses that could be fix with some new blood. We’ll take a look at what improvements could be made by each team during the draft. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest  for you, starting on April 28th 2016.  Now let’s see what the NFC East teams want for the forthcoming  DFS NFL Draft.

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins has provided a nice boost at the QB position for the Redskins, finally solving the problem that had been lingering for a while. It’s not sure though that Cousins may be the long-term solution.  Washington will need to find the players to protect him for the time being, stuffing the offensive line with some young talents. A center could be an early round possibility for them. The front-end of their defense could need some fine-tuning as well.

Top 2 round picks: 21st and 53rd selections.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly has left his mark on the Eagles, unfortunately it’s been for the wrong reasons. It was a mess of a 2015 season after he took charge of the team’s entire football operations. They will need to rebuilt from the ground up, starting with the DFS NFL Draft. First and foremost, the team will need to find a wide-receiver. Philadelphia once possessed a remarkable O-line. Well now it’s in need of an upgrade at both guard, despite the addition of RG Brandon Brooks, and at tackle positions also.  But most of all, their biggest need is for a reliable tailback to pair up with fellow running mate Ryan Matthews. 

Top 2 round picks: 2nd selection.

New York Giants

The Giants addressed it’s primary offseason need at defensive end, resigning Jason Pierre-Paul and adding Olivier Vernon. Now they need to find their boss man at middle linebacker. Adding another reliable target to take the heat off Odell Beckham is not out of the equation. Landon Collins works one of the safety position, they could find another in this draft. A dual-threat safety who can handle himself in coverage would be preferable.

Top 2 round picks: 10th and 40th selections.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas could go for a bell cow type of player in the back-end of the attack. It could improve the rushing game, like the way it used to with DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo just keeps getting hurt, as-fact from his season-ending injury. A new heir to his long stand as Cowboys quarteback may be a higher priority now than it as ever been before. ”America’s team” has a solid offensive line, but his defensive one may be in need of an upgrade, especially at defensive tackle. 

Top 2 round picks: 4th and 34th selections. 

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NFL Free Agent Tracker

When the NFL Free Agency period begins at 4pm (est), these signings can become official. Until then, they are just agreements with no ink on paper due to league tampering laws.

Here we bring you the latest league news in our NFL Free Agent Tracker.

Latest

Olivier Vernon has signed a record breaking 5-year $85 million deal with the New York Giants($52.2M guaranteed). They have now signed Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins to improve their defense.

Bears sign T Bobby Massie to a 3-year contract. He comes from the Arizona Cardinals.

RT Mitchell Schwartz is leaving the Browns for the Chiefs.

Matt Forte will be dawning green next season, as he signs with the New York Jets to fill their need at RB.

Mohammed Sanu is off to Atlanta…to at least visit. Rumour is he will sign a 5-year $35M deal with the Falcons. They also locked up Matt Schaub to backup Matt Ryan.

Houston was just involved in a trio of moves, gaining two and losing one. The biggest of all..former Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler signs a 4-year deal worth $72 million.

Former Texan gaurd Brandon Brooks will head to Philly on 5-year $40M deal.

Another RB off the market, Lamar Miller will wear a Texans jersey next season, and the next 3 after that. Miller signs a 4-year deal worth $26M with Houston ($14M guaranteed at signing)

DL Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be playing in the same stadium next year but switching jerseys. The former Jet will be joining the NY Giants.

The Buccaneers will be retaining their star RB as Doug Martin will be staying in Tampa Bay on a 5 year contract worth $35.75M. Slightly more than Chris Ivory’s with the Jaguars.

The Falcons have finally landed one of their many targets as Alex Mack will be joining his former OC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta on a 5-year deal worth $9.5M annually. The first two years are said to be fully guaranteed for the 30 year old 3x Pro-Bowl center.

WR Marvin Jones will do his best to replace Calvin Johnson’s production as the former Bengal will be signing with the Detroit Lions.

Antonio Gates has re-upped in San Diego on a 2-year deal. This should bring the legendary TE to his last playing days with the only team he’s ever played for. This probably means Ladarius Green is as good as gone.

Former 49er Alex Boone will be leaving San Francisco for the Vikings. The guard was heavily pursued by the Dolphins.

Travis Benjamin is going to be wearing a Chargers jersey next season, as the speedy former Browns breakout WR will sign in San Diego. Last year he tied for the league lead with 4 TD catches over 30+yards.

Janoris Jenkins is now the 7th highest paid CB in the league, and second only in guaranteed money to Darrelle Revis. He will be signing a 5 year pact with the New York Giants worth $62.5M ($29M/guaranteed).

Bengals hard-hitting safety George Iloka will be remaining in Cincy. It looks like a 5-year deal worth $30M. Word is he passed up more money elsewhere to remain in Cincinnati.

Chris Ivory landed in Jacksonville. Word is it’s a 5-year $32.5 million deal.

Another pass-rusher off the market. Bruce Irvin is heading to Oakland to join and the Raiders.

Ben Jones, the versatile interior lineman has signed with the Titans. A smart addition given the DeMarco Murray acquisition.

JPP will stay in New York on a 1-year deal.

Charles Johnson re-ups in Carolina.

Ben Watson to the Ravens on a 2-year contract.

Malik Jackson broke the bank by signing with the Jaguars. Huge money for a DL. 6 years, $90 million.

Mario Williams started the day off by making headlines when he signed in Miami on a two-year deal for $17 Million (up to $20M). The Dolphins are preparing to lose star rusher Olivier Vernon.

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NFL NFC East Review

Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NFL NFC East Review of the 2015 season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy sports news at Fanpicks.com during this NFL offseason.

The NFC East was by the far the worst division in the NFC Conference and second worst in the entire NFL after the AFC South this past campaign. Even by being home to 4 of the most popular teams in the league, the fact that the lead for the division as changed over 5 times and saw each teams lead the division at some point this season showed an immense struggle and competition for a playoff berth.

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  • Washington Redskins

With 9 wins this year and bringing their all time total wins to 601, the Redskins became the 5th franchise to pass the 600-win mark. They clinched their 5th division title and 24th overall for their franchise. The Redskins are also the only team to have clinched the NFC East twice in the last five seasons. Their turning point of the season came down in week 7 against the buccaneers when Kirk Cousins and his team were down 24-7 at half but rattled off 24 points in the 2nd half to take the lead with 28 seconds left 31-30. They would then finish their season with a 6-3 records and takeover the NFC East.

It was one of the most remarkable passing seasons in Redskins history for their QB Cousins. Not only he became the first player in team history to throw a TD in all 16 games but his 32.8 pts per game average to close their 4 game winning streak at the end of the season was the most in the NFL during that time frame.

 

  • Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles had a really tough season and are in an obvious period of transition. They’ve abruptly fired their coach Chip Kelly at the end of the season when they were eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Redskins. They had to bring in Doug Pedersen in and it will be very interesting for their off season preparation and team makeover. They have to figure out their QB position as soon as possible with Sam Bradford’s contract up and Mark Sanchez not being a long-term solution. With Chip Kelly having cut or traded several important starters before their last campaign, they will need to find a way to attract other special talent alike LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Nick Foles or Trent Cole all let go by Kelly within the last 2 years.

 

  • New York Giants

The New York Giants have not made playoffs since their 2011 season, ironically, the same year they won the Super Bowl against the Patriots. It was coach Tom Coughlin’s 12th year with the Giants. The main problem that occurred this year was their inability to close out games, having lost 5 games this season in which they held leads in the final 2 minutes. They actually became the first team in NFL history to start their season 0-2 while holding double digit leads heading into the 4th quarter for both games. Fantasy owners will definitely be hoping for a revival of Eli Manning, often disrespected lately but will set their eyes on Odell Beckham Jr. who’s absolutely essential to their offense.

 

  • Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ 4-12 record was the team’s worst since 1989, the first year Jerry Jones became owner (1-15). Despite starting the season 2-0 and leading the NFC East, the Cowboys lost 7 straight and finished the season on a 2-12 skid. The Cowboys still made some big moves keeping Head Coach Jason Garrett, signing him to a $30 million contract and resigning big man Dez Bryant to a 5 year $70 million contact. They will hope to come back to their winning ways and it will be interesting for fantasy owners to monitor their offseason strategy and snipe the best deals.

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NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for

Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.

Stafford and Johnson Stack

While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones

This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-26-2015

New York Giants versus Minnesota Vikings NFL Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Sunday Night Football game will feature the Minnesota Vikings facing the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on Sunday December 27th to track the scoring results of their one day league real money picks.

When the Giants take the field on Sunday night they will know if they are still in the hunt for an NFC East division title. A Washington Redskins victory on Saturday will eliminate the Giants from the playoffs. Don’t get caught up too much on that. Under head coach Tom Coughlin the team has shown the professionalism to play hard even when games are meaningless. New York has a very good offense ranking sixth in the NFL in both scoring and passing offense. They throw for 270 yards and average 26.6 points per game. At issue for New York is they will be without their huge playmaker on offense as wide receiver Odell Beckham has been suspended for one game and will miss Sunday night’s game. The Giants are the worst defensive team in the NFL. They allow 308 yards passing per game which is 32nd and last in the league.

Minnesota has defended the pass very well ranking seventh in the league. With Odell Beckham gone and a bad running game for the Giants it could give the Vikings some looks to take on defense. Expect the Giants to spread the ball out to their receivers, tight ends and backs and it’s hard to make a case for the Vikings defense or any of the Giants offensive weapons.

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Teddy Bridgewater is going to pass against the worst defense in the NFL. He is coming off one of his best games of his two year career as he threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns in a win against the Bears. Two weeks ago at Arizona, it as Bridgewater throwing for a touchdown and 335 yards on the road against a very good defensive team.

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Minnesota Vikings QB

Carolina Panthers versus Atlanta Falcons NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-27-2015

The Atlanta Falcons are clinging to their slim playoff hopes as the host the Carolina Panthers. Fantasy football draft managers can check out FOX TV at 1PM Eastern Time on Sunday December 27th the following the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Carolina Panthers are 14-0 and had to hold off some tough challenges by the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants in recent weeks. The Panthers defense allowed 35 points at New Orleans and 35 points at the New York Giants over their past two games. The Falcons are looking to get some revenge from an embarrassing 38-0 loss at Carolina. Atlanta has moved the football effectively this year by averaging 268 yards per game through the air ranking seventh best in the NFL.

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The Panthers have shown vulnerability in pass coverage allowing some big plays on the road for touchdowns and long gains. Julio Jones leads the Panthers with 118 catches for 1544 yards and will have a career high in both categories once the regular season ends. Jones is coming off a nice outing at Jacksonville last week with nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. He has seven receptions or greater in seven of his past eight games.

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Atlanta Falcons WR

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen continues to lead the Panthers with 71 catches for 1048 yard with seven touchdowns. He caught six balls for 79 yards and a touchdown last week at the Giants. He is the main man for Newton to go to in the red zone.

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Carolina Panthers TE

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NFL Week 15 Recap

Cam Newton Continues to Win

The word on the street going into this week was that the Giants may be the team to stop the Panthers dominance, with Eli having a history of upsetting undefeated teams. It did not seem that way early on with Odell being so off his game, but they turned things around in the second half, putting the Panther’s undefeated season in Jeopardy.

The Panthers were able to winning the end though. Cam Newton showed he can win with any personnel, spreading the ball out to 4 different receivers (Ginn (2), Olsen, Funchess, and Brown) for receiving touchdowns. On top of those 5 passing touchdowns he racked up 340 passing yards and 100 rushing yards for his usual, massive fantasy value.

Redskins find their passing game

Kirk Cousins showed he meant business as Washington dominated the Bills. Cousins went 22 for 28 on passes for 319 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Additionally, he ran one in himself. As far as receivers went, Cousins picked his favorites, connecting with Jordan Reed for 2 touchdown passes, DeSean Jackson for 153 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown, and Pierre Garcon for a receiving touchdown.

Bears can’t stop the pass

Teddy Bridgewater had an uncharacteristically good passing game throwing 17 for 20 with 4 passing touchdowns for 231 passing yards against Chicago. On top of that, he showed his athleticism with 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. After Peterson was limited early to an ankle injury, they were forced to rely on the passing game, which the Bears were not able stifle. Bridgewater connected with Diggs for 55 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns and with Jerick McKinnon for 76 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

Denver’s Defense can’t hold back the Steelers

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger continue to dominate, even against what may be the best defense in the NFL. Big Ben threw for 380 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns while Brown caught 16 passes for 189 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown’s numbers was beat early on by the Broncos‘ Emmanuel Sanders catching 10 passes for 181 receiving yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers rally late in the game pushed Brown ahead.

Danny Woodhead single handedly beats the Dolphins

Well maybe he needed the rest of his team out there… but it seems like Woodhead can do it all as he scored 4 total touchdowns, 3 receiving and 1 rushing. He ended the day with a total of 38 fantasy points combining those touchdowns with receptions, receiving yards, and rushing yards.

Hard to find value at Running Back

Not much value could be found at running back this week. Those who did provide value did so by combining rushing stats with receiving stats. The Patriots‘ James White did so with only 1 rush for 6 yards but 7 receptions for 71 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Similarly, Devonta Freeman had 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown for decent value, but he added on top of that 7 receptions for 45 receiving yards.

The same could be said for Matt Forte as he rushed for only 47 yards but had 6 receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The Chiefs‘ Charcandrick West logged 76 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as well to be among the weekends leaders at running back. Rashad Jennings provided some fantasy value in a high scoring loss against the Panthers with 107 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

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Week 15 Stacks to Watch Out For

Carolina Panthers versus the Giants

No need to tell you how unstoppable the Panthers have been this year. Newton is the frontrunner in the MVP race and their winning record speaks for itself. However, they may be missing their star tight end Greg Olsen, who left the game early with a knee injury. Weather he plays or not, he may be a risky pick. If Olsen is limited that will mean more targets for Ginn and Funchess, especially Ginn who has shown he has the speed to separate from defenders and get open for a long ball.

The primary reason this stack looks so promising however is more about their matchup. The Giants have by far been the weakest at against defending the pass this year allowing an average of 314.5 passing yards per game this year, far more than the second place on this list (Steelers at 279 passing yards per game).

Packers Stack

If you are looking for a stack that may be less owned (more upside in a tournament) the Packers may be your choice. While Aaron Rodgers has been struggling lately and the Packers were all run game last weekend, we all know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of with that offense. The Raiders, while weak against both, are better at defending the run than the pass, allowing an average of 271 passing yards per game this year (putting them 5th on that list) but are 12 on lowest rushing yards allowed with just over 100 per game.

James Jones and Randall Cobb are the best picks as far as receivers go. Cobb is a definite favorite target of Rodgers’ and he always seems to be able to find Jones for a long ball. While Richard Rodgers is a red zone threat, I doubt he will be able to match his 2 touchdown performance from 2 weeks ago and he doesn’t get many targets otherwise.

Cardinals Stack

Another matchup that has serious potential is the Arizona Cardinals against the Eagles. The Eagles have been struggling to stop the pass this year and Carson Palmer and his receivers have been red hot. While Larry Fitzgerald has been quite as of late, he is the veteran of this team and always shows up in the clutch. However, the Eagles real weakness lies in their secondary, typically leaving the long ball open. This is where John Brown and Michael Floyd generate their value. Each had a long touchdown last week against the Vikings for over 40 yards and with their speed, they will have no problem getting open down the field against Philly’s pass defense.

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New York Giants versus Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-14-2015

The Miami Dolphins will be home for Monday night football as they meet the New York Giants. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN on December 14th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day leagues.

The Giants are in the middle of the NFC East race with a record of 5-7. They are on a three game losing streak after they are beaten 23-20 at home last week to the New York Jets. Defense has been a major issue for the Giants on the year as the club ranks 32nd and last in the NFL against the pass as they allow 314 yards per game through the air.

The Miami Dolphins enter Monday night football with an identical 5-7 mark. They have struggled on both sides of the football ranking 27th in total offense (326 yards per game) and 28th in the NFL in total defense (390 yards per game). A two game losing streak was broken last week as Miami was able to earn the 15-13 victory at home to Baltimore. They have been held to 17 points or fewer in four of their past six games.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The Giants veteran quarterback is completing 62.3% of his throws for 3318 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 picks. Last week against the Jets Manning threw for 297 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

Jennings has rushed 116 times in 2015 for 431 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the year which surprisingly is not a career low. In 101 rushing attempts in 2012 Jennings ran for 2.8 yards per rush average.

Shane Vereen

The former New England Patriot has rushed 51 times for 216 yards for 4.2 yards per rush. He has caught 42 balls for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He is on pace for the same receiving yardage that he had in the 2014 season. Vereen was a key cog for the Patriots on third down extending drives. He is not having the same impact with the Giants as he did in his years with the Patriots.

Andre Williams

Williams has been a major disappointment in 2015 as he has rushed for 202 yards on 71 carries for 2.8 yards per carry average.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham

The Giants wide out has caught 78 passes for 1154 yards with ten touchdowns. He is averaging 14.8 yards per catch on the season. Against the Jets last week Beckham had six catches for 149 yards with a touchdown. Two weeks ago at Washington he grabbed nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Beckham has a touchdown reception in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins QB:

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill has completed 61.5% of his throws in 2015 for 3079 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 picks. In the win at home to Baltimore last week the veteran signal caller hit on 47.4% of his throws for 86 yards with a touchdown. Prior to that performance against the Dolphins Tannehill had thrown for multiple touchdown passes in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins RB:

Lamar Miller

The Dolphins leading running back has rushed 139 times for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 4.9 yards a carry on the season. Last week in the win against Baltimore, he rushed 20 times for 113 yards. When the Dolphins run the ball and give Miller a high number of carries they have success.

Miami Dolphins WR:

Jarvis Landry

Landry has caught 79 passes for 823 yards with four touchdowns. Two weeks ago at the New York Jets had grabbed 13 balls for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Kenny Stills

The three year veteran receiver has caught 20 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns. He had no catches against the Ravens and had just two receptions for 12 yards in the loss in Week 12 against the Jets.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Eli Manning (Giants)

RB: Lamar Miller (Dolphins)

WR: Odell Beckham (Giants)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-23-2015

Dallas Cowboys versus New York Giants NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

From the NFC East division the New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys from NFL action on Sunday. Fantasy Football DFS managers can tune to FOX from New York at 4:25PM Eastern Time on October 25th to follow the scoring results of their rosters picks.

This is the second meeting of the year between these two rivals. They opened the season in week one back on September 13th as the Dallas Cowboys pulled out the 27-26 victory at home. The Cowboys were able to outgain the Giants by 147 yards. Tony Romo threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns but had two picks. Romo rallied the team for the game winning touchdown with 7 seconds remaining for the win. The Giants had trouble getting into the end zone by going 1 of 4 inside the red zone.

The New York Giants are on a short week after they traveled to Philadelphia on Monday night and were beaten 27-7. It broke a three game win streak as the club fell to 3-3 in a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East division. In the loss at Philadelphia the Giants offense sputtered with 247 yards. They were outgained by nearly 180 yards by the Eagles offense. New York had trouble with the Eagles run game by allowing 158 rushing yards. The Giants have been very poor defending the pass this year by allowing 298 yards through the air per game ranking 31st and second worst in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys enter play at 2-3 on the year. They were 2-0 with Romo healthy and in the lineup. With Brandon Weeden under center the team has lost three straight. Dallas will make the change and has named Matt Cassel as the starter on Sunday. They come off a bye week after losing at home to New England by the score of 30-6. The Cowboys have fallen to 23rd in the NFL in scoring offense as they push across 20.2 points per game.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The veteran quarterback of the Giants is completing 66% of his throws for 1606 yards with 11 touchdowns and 4 picks. He struggled in the Dallas game in week one with 193 passing yards with no touchdowns and some clock management strategy mistakes late in the game.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

It has not been a good year on the ground for this Giants team as they rush for 3.6 yards a carry. Jennings has 66 rushing attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown. He is rushing for 3.7 yards per attempt on the campaign. In the Philadelphia game last week Jennings had 13 carries for 63 yards. That is the most attempts he has had this year as he loses carries based on his poor production.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr

He leads the Giants receivers in targets by at least twice as many than the closest one. He has been bothered by a hamstring that has forced him to miss practices and is probable for this game.

Dallas Cowboys QB:

Matt Cassel

Hard to endorse since Cassel couldn’t beat out the contenders for the Buffalo Bills job in the preseason and became expendable. We could understand Cassel not beating out Tyrod Taylor but when E.J. Manuel passed him on the depth chart we have to give a big pass here.

Dallas Cowboys RB:

Joseph Randle

The Cowboys running back has 74 carries for 291 yards with one touchdown. He is averaging just 3.9 yards a carry this year.

Dallas Cowboys TE:

Jason Witten

The veteran tight end leads the Cowboys with 30 grabs for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He had five catches but just 33 yards receiving in the loss to New England.

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New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles Monday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-19-2015

Monday Night Football features two NFC East rivals as the Philadelphia Eagles will be home to the New York Giants. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can check out ESPN at 8:30PM Eastern Time on October 19th to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Eagles when they faced the Giants last year won both meetings. The Giants sit atop the NFC East with a record of 3-2. The team was off to a horrific 0-2 start and they could very easily be 5-0 if not for making mental mistakes in their first two games of the season. Last week the Giants hosted the San Francisco 49ers and with a late Eli Manning touchdown pass prevailed by the score of 30-27. It was a nice win for New York to get them over .500 for the first time this season. But there has to be concern that Giants defense allowed an anemic offense like the 49ers to post 27 points and hold a narrow lead late in the game. New York is 32nd and last in the NFL in pass defense by surrendering 304 yards per game through the air. Part of the problem is the Giants really have trouble generating any type of pass rush.

There is a two way tie in the NFC East for second place with the Eagles and Cowboys at 2-3. The Eagles hosted the New Orleans Saints last week and came away with a convincing 39-17 victory. It was the first time this season that Philadelphia resembled the way the Eagles played for Chip Kelly in his first two years as head coach of the team. They rolled up 519 yards of offense on a very poor New Orleans defense. Philadelphia now sits 13th in the league in scoring offense at 23.4 points per game and hoping that last week’s win can be an indication of things to come from this offense.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning:

The veteran quarterback is completing 66% of his throws for 1417 yards with ten touchdowns and two picks. The ball was in the air last week in their win against the 49ers. The Giants are playing faster and it is showing in the stats as Eli Manning is averaging nearly 40 passing attempts per game. Last week Manning threw the football 54 times and completed 41 passes for 441 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. Manning has thrown two touchdowns or greater in four straight starts.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

The Giants are running three backs. Jennings leads the club with 53 carries for 180 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

Shane Vereen

The fifth year back that was acquired from the Patriots in free agency has 25 rushes for 101 yards. In the passing game Vereen has caught 20 balls for 208 yards with a touchdown.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham Jr

Beckham Jr. leads the Giants with 31 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns. He was targeted 11 times last week against the 49ers and caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles QB:

Sam Bradford

The Eagles sixth year veteran quarterback has hit on 63% of his throws for 1281 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks. In the win against New Orleans Bradford hit 32 of 45 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has thrown five touchdowns over his past two games.

Philadelphia Eagles RB:

Ryan Mathews

Mathews has rushed 41 times on the year for 205 yards with two touchdowns. He had a nice game on the Saints defense but saw limited work with eight carries for 73 yards and a touchdown. The back had a 33 yard run last week against the Saints.

Philadelphia Eagles WR:

Jordan Matthews

The second year wide receiver leads the Eagles with 30 catches for 325 yards with a touchdown. He has just a single 100 yard receiving day in his five games. Last week it was a season low 44 receiving yards on five catches.

NFL Monday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks

QB: Sam Bradford (Eagles)

RB: Ryan Mathews (Eagles)

WR: Jordan Matthews (Eagles), Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)

TE: Zach Ertz (Eagles)

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