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Cross-Sport Super Bowl Challenge

In case you missed it, FanPicks.com offered up the only Daily Fantasy Sports Cross-Sport Super Bowl Challenge. That’s right! The only Fantasy Football Super Bowl contest on the web! In order to compete in Daily Fantasy Sports, the contest must include at least three events, therefore – toss in a little NBA action and you have yourselves a Super Sunday! What could be more exciting than cheering for Cam Newton to throw a TD and Jeff Teague to drain a three?

As proud parents of this revolutionary Daily Fantasy game, FanPicks.com held their own 30-player contest. As our Sports Insider and DFS Expert I felt the extra pressure to perform. It wasn’t just their Super Bowl…It was mine too! Thankfully I was more like Peyton than Cam even though I chose Newton…and won my game! Let’s take a look at my lineup below to see what approach I took to win a Cross-Sport Contest…(by 10 points)

  • My Roster

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With the Panthers and Broncos both being defensive juggernauts, I knew I had to get my big points from the NBA, and depth players weren’t going to get the job done in the Super Bowl. I had to get big performances from second and third tier players on the court and just keep my head above water on the gridiron.

I was tempted to take Peyton ($5900) at that discount compared to Newton, but I just thought even if stifled, Cam has more plays in his legs than Peyton. If they were both to be shut down at least Newton’s youth and athleticism could allow him to get garbage stats. That’s not usually the case with Manning. That decision paid off at the top of the lineup.

Emmanuel Sanders was the easiest choice for me. Demaryius Thomas has been cold for a while now, and a matchup with Josh Norman and the lack of deep ball ability from Manning meant Thomas would struggle again. Sanders’ short to intermediate ability at finding holes in the defense was tailor-made for Manning at this stage.

Teddy Ginn is the only Panthers WR capable of making a big play, so taking him over the sure-handed Greg Olsen at TE was my investment decision regarding the Panthers receiving core.

The gambles on Funchess and Green were worth their price tag compared to a more expensive say Corey Brown who could’ve easily done nothing just as easily, and doesn’t have a big ceiling either.

On the court…

Kristaps Porzingis was an obvious choice. His multi-category beastliness at $6200 was a must-have in a game where I needed contributions anywhere I could get it.

Amid trade rumours Jeff Teague was due for a big game. He’s been rolling and at only $5700 his big-game ability was right on the money for me.

Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic was my biggest ticket at $7100, but he was in a prime position for major playing time, and again, a multi-category threat.

Checkout my regular game previews and picks for your chance to copy my lineups or just get some advice and win your Daily Fantasy Sports contest!

 

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Cross Sport Super Bowl Recap

The tragedy of Daily Fantasy sports is that when the sport season is at its climax, whether it be the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the NBA Championships, Daily Fantasy contests are nowhere to be found. The limitations on DFS require two or more games, where players must be selected from a minimum of 3 different teams. So when the nations focus is all on a single game, Daily Fantasy contests can not be offered.

However, Fanpicks has rectified this issue with their new Cross Sport Daily Fantasy Contests. This involves a contest type where the game slate spans multiple sports so even if there is only 1 NFL game (like on Super Bowl Sunday), a contest can be offered still by adding a couple NBA or NHL games to the slate. In an NFL/NBA cross sport contest you pick a roster of 6 NFL players and 3 NBA players from the game slate while still remaining under the standard $50,000 Fanpicks salary cap.

These groundbreaking contests saw a lot of action this weekend and we are here to tell you what picks made you the first Daily Fantasy Cross Sport Champion.

NFL

There was not a lot of Fantasy Points to go around in this defensive battle at the Super Bowl. The winning Broncos had only 231 yards of total offensive yards. When it comes to such a limited scoring game with only a few viable options at each position, you had to make all the right picks to win your NFL/NBA Cross Sport Tournament.

At Quarterback, you would have been fine with either quarterback you chose (as long as you didn’t take the long shot on Oswieller coming into the game). Newton threw for 265 yards, ran for 45, and threw 1 interception for 10.1 fantasy point. Peyton threw for only 141 yards and threw an interception amounting only 2.64 points. However, since both quarterback performances were so abysmal, you may have benefited by saving the $3000 in salary cap and going for Peyton over Cam, regaining that value as another position.

For running backs, there were 4 viable picks in my mind going in—Anderson, Hillman, Tolbert, and Stewart. Of these picks, Tolbert ended up in the red with -0.2 fantasy points with his pair of fumbles and Hillman had 0 fantasy points. Anderson and Stewart however each scored a touchdown giving them 20 and 9.8 fantasy points respectively. Anderson actually gained such serious value with 4 receptions on top of his 90 rushing yards.

At receiver, there were three receivers who broke the 10 fantasy point barrier, that would have been perfect fills for your 2 receiver slots and utility position in the NFL/NBA Cross Sport roster format. Those three were Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Emmanuel Sanders. Each of these three did it with receptions and yards alone as there were no receiving touchdowns in the entire Super Bowl, and the three receivers scored 12.0, 11.4, and 14.3 fantasy points respectively.

The tight end game was very similar to your options at quarterback. You could spend over $7000 for Greg Olsen’s 8.1 fantasy points or you could have spend $3000 in salary for Owen Daniels to score you 2.8 fantasy points and spend the salary elsewhere. I thing you were better off with Daniels but this pick was not a deal-breaker.

NBA

But remember, since it is Cross Sport, your NBA picks determined your fantasy value as well. There was a lot of value to go around in the NBA and it may have been to your benefit to save some salary cap in the NFL and put that towards your premium NBA picks.

Rajon Rondo was the pick of the night leading all NBA players with 36 fantasy points. However, if you were running low on money after your NFL picks, Rondo’s $7500 price may not have appealed to you. Elfrid Payton provided more fantasy value at the guard position with 28 fantasy points but only a price tag of $5500.

At forward there was a lot of fantasy value to be found for cheap prices. Kristaps Porzingis, Will Barton, and Aaron Gordon each earned you over 30 fantasy points with price tags of only $6200, $5900, and $5000 respectively.

Finally, at Center Demarcus Cousins led the list with 33 fantasy points, however with a price tag far beyond the other options at $8900, your other positions may have suffered with the pick of Demarcus Cousins. However, if you picked Jared Sullinger he scored you 24.5 fantasy points while only costing you $5800.

So there is what it took to win the first Exclusive Cross Sport Daily Fantasy offering at Fanpicks. You can learn from these results for future cross sport contests, as there will be plenty of those to come at Fanpicks. Keep an eye out for cross sport when it comes to the NBA Allstar game, the NBA championships, and any other sports championship game.

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Thanks to Cam Newton and Von Miller’s dominance, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be competing in San Francisco for the title of Super Bowl 50 Champion.

The NFL’s best offensive and the NFL’s most dominant defensive player (save your arguments for JJ Watt) propelled their respective teams to victory a couple of Sundays ago..and that’s an amazing thing.

That may seem obvious, as Cam Newton and Von Miller had historic days…but it’s truly amazing because the of the context of the entire situation. The league’s best players, obviously the best players on their star-studded teams played the best they have maybe ever, in the biggest games of their lives. Everything about the situation is at the pinnacle of sports. And in this day and age…it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

Finances, politics, ownership, coaching, injuries and off-field issues all seem to get in the way of just playing ball at your best, every opportunity you have. So to watch two young, hungry, passionate athletes like Cam Newton and Von Miller ball out…was awesome.

I enjoyed every minute of it and that is why I am looking more forward to this Super Bowl than I have in recent memory.

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NFL Super Bowl Daily Fantasy Preview –

Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers

 

The biggest sports day of the year is arriving soon, Super Bowl 50, a matchup between the 15-1 Panthers and the 12-4 Broncos. The Panthers are the clear favorites with a nearly undefeated season and a huge blowout game against the Cardinals last week (49-15). However the Broncos have the return of their franchise Quarterback in his final season coming off a big win last weekend against none other than the defending world champions, all the makings for a cinderella upset in store. Here’s what you need to know if the daily fantasy world to win cash no matter the outcome in your NFL Daily Fantasy tournaments.

 

Quarterbacks

Well the quarterback decision is a no brainer. You have Cam Newton, who has consistently been the most valuable and consistent fantasy performer combining huge passing yards with rushing stats and rushing touchdowns—also the clear MVP favorite for this year. Then you have Peyton Manning, in his old age and his final season. The Bronco’s offense has been altered this year to limit his potential for big pass games and it has reflected in his fantasy value as he has consistently been at the bottom of the charts.

No brainer right? Peyton Manning.

Why you ask? You’re thinking like everyone else in the world and that’s not what wins Daily Fantasy cash drafts. Cam Newton probably will dominate and provide much more value than Manning. In that case you will be in trouble. But Cam Newton will also be 90 percent owned. Meaning if you pick him and he does well, you are still on par with 90 percent of your competitors. However, if Manning has a huge game and Newton is shut down by the Denver defense, then you are already ahead of 90 percent of your competitors and well on you way to making some money!

 

Running Back

For the Panthers here we have Jonathan Stewart or Mike Tolbert and for the Broncos we have Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson. Here it may be smart to go with the crowd. You want to eye in on low ownership but you don’t need low ownership at every position, because even if the Peyton Manning scenario plays out but you have Fozzy Whitaker at running back with 0 points, that can lose you the tournament. I think you go with the crowd here and pick Jonathan Stewart and CJ Anderson.

 

CJ Anderson plays a lot like David Johnson and he managed to put up some big numbers last week against the Panthers. Stewart sometimes loses some of his value when Cam decides to run it in himself like last week, but with the limited options out there, he is a safe bet.

 

Wide Receivers

Receivers in this matchup are tough. Both these teams have a long list of receivers all of which have potential for a touchdown pass on any given day. With the Peyton Manning being your choice at quarterback, obviously you are going to want to stack him with his two all stars Thomas and Sanders (will also be high owned). After that you can go for Norwood for a lesser owned pick. He has the potential to put up some value, especially if things go in the Broncos direction. For the Panthers, don’t go Corey Brown, no way he gets lucky with another 86 yard touchdown pass. Ginn will likely be highly owned as well so you’re options left are Funchess and Cotchery who may just be able to fly under the radar against the Broncos defensive front.

 

Tight Ends

 

Don’t fall into the trap here. I know Owen Daniels had a big game last week with 2 touchdowns, but he also only had 2 catches. Those 2 touchdowns were his only contribution to the game. He got 2 catches that just happened to be in the end zone and he will not do that again. Greg Olsen is the only option, he is a pivotal part of the Panther’s offense and is probably the second best tight end in the league, second to Gronk of course. Go for Olsen.

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AFC Conference Championship Recap –

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

 

The defending Super Bowl champs came to Denver this weekend with almost a full receiving staff after being hampered by injuries early in the year. However, their run game was severely lacking after losing main starters Dion Lewis and Legarette Blount early in the year. Denver, with arguably the strongest pass defense in the league, was ready for this passing front of the Patriots and were able to shut down the attack.

 

Tom Brady had a very uncharacteristic poor QBR of only 22 going 27/56 and throwing 2 interceptions. He managed 310 passing yards and a passing touchdown, generating decent fantasy value of 17 fantasy points. However, in a two game slate like this weekend, if you are going to win your daily fantasy tournament, you have to make all the right picks, and Tom Brady did not have a spot on that winning lineup.

 

However, that doesn’t mean all the Pats should have been avoided. Rob Gronkowski led the list of tight ends for the week with 8 receptions for 144 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown (a key touchdown late in the game). This brought his fantasy point total to 31.4 fantasy points.

 

He was not the only tight end to put up big numbers. On the other side of the ball, Owen Daniels caught 2 passes for 33 yards and 2 touchdowns. Although his total was only 17.3 fantasy points, he costs you far less than Gronk, actually delivering more value.

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New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 3:05 pm, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will face-off with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady is in the running for 2015 league MVP. Peyton Manning is starting for the second consecutive week after taking the job back from Brock Osweiler. My Point? The Patriots will go as far as Brady takes them. The Broncos will go as far as their defense takes them.

While I don’t expect Julian Edelman or Brandon LaFell to beat those long, rangy Denver CBs over the top, Edelman has the potential to catch a ton of short, underneath passes. He’s definitely a WR1,  as Brady could easily target him 12+ times in such an important game. Something along the lines of 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD could be what you’re looking at in return of the high price tag. It would be a surprise to me if LaFell can muster up anything DFS relevant in his matchup against Harris Jr. (though battling an injury) and Talib.

Danny Amendola working the slot has a much better shot at putting up a big game than the Patriots official #2 wideout. Though he only caught two balls on three targets last week and has been limited in practice due to a knee injury all week, he provides the same kind of quick twitch inside ability as Edelman does, which is how you want to attack this stout defense.

Finally, the man you all want to hear about: Rob Grrrrronkowski. Gronk could have a MONSTER game here. With the ferocious pass-rushing ability that the Broncos possess, Bill Belichick will want to feature his star TE up the seam to take the pressure off Tom Brady. There is no better way to keep the linebackers at home than to force them to drop into coverage because the Gronk is just destroying you. Maybe he won’t have monster yardage, but I’m banking on two TDs on Sunday.

Steven Jackson definitely won’t be a DFS factor, so James White is the Pats back to own. His pass-caching ability on swings, screens and checkdowns will also be instrumental in slowing down Demarcus Ware, Von Miller and co. He should have his fair share of chances to make plays.

 

On the home team’s side, the Sheriff Peyton Manning will need to execute flawlessly to lead his Broncos to the Super Bowl contest. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will need to bust out some major YAC’s to spearhead this attack, while CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman churn out chunks on the ground.

Demaryius Thomas will face a big matchup with Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Ryan shut him down in Week 12, with three pass breakups and as Brock Osweiler went 1-of-8 for 36 yards when targeting Thomas. He is a big target and constant red-zone threat, but isn’t always the dominant factor you’re looking for.

Sanders most likely will be face-to-face with Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Sunday. The very same Butler that he beat deep in November when he piled up 113 yards. His work in tight and quickness allow him to get separation against a tight Patriots D, and he works hard to run after the catch and eat up yardage.

CJ Anderson and Hillman are always a toss up, but Anderson had his best game of the year against New England with 113 yards of his own and two TDs. The run game can be inconsistent, but the Broncos need it to be on point on Sunday.

Advice: Brady, Gronkowski, Sanders, Edelman, and Anderson should be the top performers. Of course that comes with a hefty price tag, so discounts like James White could be the key to your DFS victory.

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NFL Conference Championships Stacks

 

With only a two game slate, it is key to identify and pick the best stack of the weekend to have any chance of placing in a NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Its down to the favorites and when everyone has strong defenses, every stack has the potential for boom or bust. For that reason you need to pick based on ownership rather than projection.

 

Lets look at the stacks:

 

Palmer and Fitz:

 

Coming off a hot performance last week, I think this will be one of the highest owned stacks of the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most clutch playoff performers, however and he has great synergy with Palmer right now. But he performed too well last week and I don’t think he will do that again. If he does then the Cardinals will move on to the Super Bowl but the Panthers are just too strong. However, many others people may agree that it is not a great matchup, which can bring the ownership down. My verdict: FADE.

 

Newton and Olsen:

 

The biggest indicator of a players ownership is their performance the previous week. People just love to make their picks on what is the most fresh in their mind, and whats fresh in their mind here is Newton’s disappointment last week— of course I mean fantasy wise… the Panthers had a great game against the Seahawks last week. While the potential MVP will never be lowly owned, I do think he will be lower than normal and the Newton Olsen connection has great upside potential. My verdict: PICK.

 

Brady and Gronk/Edelman:

 

You can go either way with this stack. Edelman will rack up the targets, receptions, and yardage a bit faster but Gronk is the superior red zone threat. They as well as Brady had a great game last weekend. However, they are facing a much stronger defense here. In terms of ownership, I expect them to be highly owned, and rightfully so with more playoff experience than any other team. I’m avoiding it however for a lower owned stack with a higher upside. My verdict: FADE.

 

Manning and Thomas/Sanders:

 

We have seen very little out of Peyton Manning this year. He has had good and bad game play performances but he has had all bad fantasy performances. Their team has adopted a different style of offense which has destroyed his ability to put up big numbers. Thomas and Sanders have had their moments with Oswieller running the offense, but not Manning. I think this will be the lowest owned stack of the week— which makes it the stack with the most potential profit. Usually you only want to stack with one receiver but in a week with such few options, I don’t mind tossing both of them in there to hedge you’re bets a little bit. You shouldn’t expect these players to put up big numbers but when you are picking based on ownership— in the slight chance they do, you may win big. My verdict: PICK.

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NFL Divisional Round Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City at New England

 

With the return of Edelman and Gronkowski, the Patriots show that they are still a Super Bowl threat. Although the final score was 27-20, Patriots, they were far more in control of the game than that indicated. Brady had a solid day with 302 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown, totaling 29 fantasy points on the day.

 

Gronkowski led the league at tight end this weekend catching 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions for 83 yards. This brought his total to 25.3 fantasy points, back to his usual numbers after some disappointments throughout this season. Edelman also returned from injury with no hiccups as he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a total of 23 fantasy points.

 

All the fantasy value however was centered around the Pats in this game, you weren’t going to win any NFL cash drafts this weekend by loading up on Chiefs players.

 

Green Bay at Arizona

 

 This game had plenty of fantasy value to be found in both likely and unlikely places. The big surprise of this game was Jeff Janis for the Packers with a breakout performance of 7 receptions for 145 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns—36.5 fantasy points.

 

The Palmer and Fitzgerald stack also produced some serious numbers as Palmer threw for 349 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns for 27 fantasy points (after subtracting his 2 interceptions) and Fitz had 8 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown—34.6 fantasy points.


Seattle at Carolina

 

This game lacked both the competitiveness and the low scoring defensive battle that was expected. Carolina went up big in the first half with Jonathan Stewart scoring 2 touchdowns and running for 106 rushing yards. Cam Newton had the lowest scores of the season however with only 161 passing yards and a touchdown giving him about 11 fantasy points.

 

Despite the loss, there was a lot of garbage time value to be found from the Seahawks as they tried to rally in the second half. Russell Wilson led the quarterback for the weekend with 366 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. The big receiver to pair him with was Jermaine Kearse as he caught 11 passes for 110 passing yards and 2 touchdowns— 37 fantasy points.


Pittsburgh at Denver

 

This game was lacking the competitiveness from the start with Antonio Brown ruled out and Big Ben questionable. Ben took the field however and found Martavis Bryant to fill that top receiver role as Bryant tallied 9 receptions for 154 receiving yards as well as 40 yards rushing—31.4 fantasy points.

 

Denver came out ahead in terms of the game but in the fantasy world, CJ Anderson was the only worthwhile pick for Denver. He ran for 72 yards, got a touchdown, and 2 receptions for 14 fantasy points to lead his team.

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As Sunday’s second game creeps up on us, we will update you on today’s first game, and take a deeper look at the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos.

  • At 1 pm the Seattle Seahawks kicked off with Carolina to take on the Panthers in a clash of football titans. The two are going head-to-head to see who can earn a trip to the NFC Championship game next week.

Earlier this week we broke down the game as such…

“This game is going to have its fair share of scuffles and heavy hits. There won’t be much room out there for anyone, but with the apparent return of Marshwn Lynch, the Seahawks’ ground game just became one to keep an eye on. In a game like this Ted Ginn is the type of player who can hurt Seattle with his ability to take the top off the defense against this group of highly and sometimes over-aggressive defensive backs. That is IF he even plays. He says he will suit-up despite soreness in his knee (suffered vs Atlanta Week 16). Without him, Cam Newton could struggle to find open runners other than Greg Olsen in the short to intermediate spots, and a hot Russell Wilson may be just enough to squeeze by the regular season champs. ”

Update: Tyler Lockett has two touchdown receptions and Russell’s birds are fighting hard to claw their way back in this one. Super Cam has been contained, though efficient and the Panthers hold a fourth quarter 31-21 lead. Don’t miss this exciting ending to get you pumped for game two!!

  • At 4:40 pm the shorthanded Pittsburgh Steelers go to Mile High to visit Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Antonio Brown has officially been ruled out with a concussion, no matter what Pacman Jones thought, DeAngelo Williams can’t play and Big Ben will be playing with torn muscles around his separated shoulder. This does not bode well for #SteelerNation, as Roethlisberger couldn’t muster up enough power to send the ball 10 yards in the air in the dramatic closing moments of last week’s Divisional Round instant classic in Cincinnati. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton will do much of their work on screens, and while they do have the stuff to make some plays (especially Bryant)  the Broncos do possess two very good, physical CB’s in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Fitzgerald Toussaint could be a big contributor in this game, and he needs to be if the Steelers hope to have a chance. He had four catches for 60 yards vs the Bengals last week and checkdowns and screens will be the name of the game for Pittsburgh. Jordan Todman was a personal favorite of mine coming out of college (he was a monster), as his quick feet and burst allow him to rip off big chunks at a time. He could be worth a gamble if your looking to roll the dice.

CJ Anderson seems to be the popular name around DFS circles today, but Ronnie Hillman may be able to do some damage on with his speed against the aggressive Steeler front-seven. While Anderson is often more consistent inside the tackles, they are both legitimate options and a long touchdown run by Hillman could be the difference in how much money you make this week!

While Ben can’t throw because his shoulder’s are a mess, Peyton Manning just doesn’t have any juice left in his. Demaryius Thomas is one of the leagues premier wide receivers, but Emmanuel Sanders ripped his former team for 10 catches, 181 yards and a touchdown in Week 15. Play Sanders as his ability to find the seam could prove lethal to Pittsburgh.

 

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NFL Divisional Round Value Picks

Quarterback

There are no locks at quarterback in the Divisional Round with strong pass defenses and questionable starts.  The weak link in pass defense for the weekend is Pittsburgh.  They have one of the weakest pass defenses in the league, and have only made it this far with their explosive offense (mostly just the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection).

However, there are question marks on the other side of the ball as well.  Peyton Manning has won back his starting job this game but if things go south for him, an early substitution could be made.  I personally have faith in the sheriff, he wants to leave the league on a high note and with this favorable matchup, he may be one of the best picks this week.  He comes at a bargain too as the cheapest quarterback for the week (Landry Jones and Brock Osweiller come cheaper if either of them end up starting).  However, there is the possibility Roethlisberger plays minimal minutes and in the hands of Jones, the Steelers don’t stand a chance.  If this ends up being a blowout early it could mean a lot of carries for Anderson and Hilman and Mannings numbers paying the price.

Although Roethlisberger was able to deconstruct this defense last time around in the regular season, his health is in question and it is not guaranteed he will even start.  We have seen the huge numbers Big Ben can put up against any defense, but I don’t think this will be his week.

The next chance for a shootout is Packers and Cardinals.  Vegas has this one rated as the highest scoring with an Over Under of 50, -7 point win the Cardinals favor.  An argument could be made either way on this one.  Aaron Rodgers has been here before and knows what he needs to do.  Plus the Packers looked great last weekend against the Redskins.  However, the Cardinals are not the Redskins, and we have not seen the Packer’s perform very well this year against a sound defense.

The playoff experience of Rodgers is exactly what Palmer is missing.  He has played one playoff game in his career (two if you count the quarter he played before leaving the game with a shoulder injury).  My take on it, experience is overrated, football is football.  If this were the Super Bowl then experience may take a role, but in this round, I think Palmer will continue to perform as he has all season—Very Well.

RunningBack

The other two matchups have the potential to go either way.  The top ranked matchup between Seattle and Carolina could be a high scoring shootout or a defensive battle, the only thing you can bet it won’t be is a blowout in either direction.  Marshawn Lynch is set to make his return this week (although that was the word last week as well).  With his questionable health and the matchup, I think you avoid Seattle running backs completely.  The same can be said about Jonathan Stewart,  although drastically different in running style, if Adrian Peterson can’t get any yardage against the Seahawks, I don’t expect anyone to.

Like I mentioned earlier, CJ Anderson should get plenty of carries.  I think he is the best pick of the weekend.  James White also should be a good value as well.  Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t make the same mistakes as the Texans last week.

Wide Receiver

The top picks at receiver should be Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders no matter who is playing at quarterback.  They will pay the price as well though if Denver gets ahead early and focuses on the running game.  Both of these receivers however have great synergy with both Manning and Osweiller and last time against the Steelers DT had 2 touchdowns while Sanders had well over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals receiver squad should be able to generate some good value this weekend as well.  In the playoffs it will be all Larry Fitzgerald who brings the experience that Palmer lacks.  In his 2008 playoff run he averaged 130 receiving yards per game in the 4 playoff games and had 7 receiving touchdowns.  That has to be on par with the most impressive individual postseason performance of all time.

 

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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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Green Bay Packers versus Denver Broncos

Sunday Night Football Fantasy Cash League Picks 11-1-2015

It will be a matchup between undefeated teams on Sunday Night Football as the Denver Broncos are hosting the Green Bay Packers. DFS draft GMs can tune to NBC TV on November 1st at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league rosters.

Both teams are 6-0 on the year. Green Bay enters play after a bye week. They hung on two weeks ago in a 27-20 home victory to San Diego Chargers. The Packers defense came through with a huge stop late in the fourth quarter with San Diego inside the five yard line of Green Bay. The Packers successfully defended four downs in a goal to goal situation to receive the ball over on downs and preserved the victory. Even though the Packers allowed 548 yards to San Diego they were able to limit the Chargers to just 2 of 6 inside the red zone. On offense Green Bay was able to successfully move the football on the ground for 133 yards on 17 carries. The Packers have been carried on the right arm of Aaron Rodgers for several years. In 2015 the Packers are a more complete team. They are eighth in the NFL in rushing yardage at 127 yards per game. On defense Green Bay is number one in scoring defense by allowing just 16.8 points per game.

Denver also enters play after a bye week. They traveled to Cleveland two weeks ago and came away with a 26-23 victory on the road in overtime. It was another outstanding defensive performance for Denver as they held Cleveland to just 297 yards of offense. It was a sloppy game on both ends as each team had three turnovers. The much maligned Broncos offense was 0 for 3 inside the red zone. Denver has had issues offensively as the club is 29th and fourth last in the NFL in total offense as they produce 325 yards per game. This is a team that thrives on the defensive end of the field. The team is best in the league in total and passing defense. They rank fourth against the run and second in scoring defense. The Broncos are surrendering just 17 points a game.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers veteran quarterback is hitting on 68% of his throws for 1491 yards with 15 touchdowns and 2 picks. With the running game working, Rodgers becomes even more lethal as he can work play action more successfully. Rodgers had 255 yards passing against the Chargers hitting on 55% of his throws with two touchdowns and no picks.

Green Bay Packers RB:

James Starks

With Eddie Lacy batting injury problems it has been James Starks getting touches. Starks has rushed for 286 yards on 63 carries with a touchdown. Starks had his best game of the season against the Chargers with 112 yards on the ground on 10 carries with a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers WR:

James Jones

Jones leads the club with 21 catches for 424 yards with six touchdowns. He is averaging 20.2 points per game on the year.

Denver Broncos QB:

Peyton Manning

Manning is completing 61.6% of his throws this season with seven touchdowns and ten picks. He threw for 290 yards in the road win at Cleveland but had a touchdown with three picks. Peyton Manning has seven interceptions over his past three games yet the team is still undefeated at 6-0.

Denver Broncos RB:

Ronnie Hillman

The veteran running back has 66 carries on the year for 323 yards with two touchdowns. Hillman had a good game at Cleveland as he rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries for 5 ½ yards per rush.

Denver Broncos WR:

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders is a bit banged up with a shoulder injury but should play on Sunday. He leads the Broncos with 38 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns. In the win at Cleveland it was Sanders catching four balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders has over 100 yards receiving in two straight games.

NFL Sunday Night Fantasy Football League Picks

QB: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

RB: James Starks (Packers)

WR: James Jones (Packers), Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)

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