NFL Draft

LA Rams acquire first overall pick from Titans

Talk about respect.

Making a trade for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is usually the biggest news in the sports world. But, the Rams even held off announcing the move until they deemed fit.

What could possibly be more important than announcing Los Angeles had just acquired the first overall pick?

Well, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher was quoted as saying “the night belonged to Kobe”.

Respect.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, let’s break down the momentous move.

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The Titans received picks number 15 (1st), 43 (2nd), 45 (2nd), 76 (3rd), and 2017 1st and 3rd rounders. They already hold the 33rd overall pick (second pick in 2nd round), and 64th (first in 3rd round). The Rams received the first overall pick, pick 113 (4th), and 177 (6th).

The Titans now own six of the first 76 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, enough ammo to rebuild any franchise let alone one with a few solid building blocks already in place. Namely, a (potential) franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota.

We knew Tennessee wasn’t in love with consensus top pick OT Laremy Tunsil, but that wasn’t enough to pull the trigger just yet. New GM Jon Robinson played his cards just right, and optimized the return for a position he didn’t need to be in. Word is they like the next set of best available OL, and taking Tunsil at number one didn’t necessarily optimize their needs. The Titans and Jack Conklin apparently have mutual admiration, news that surfaced yesterday sparking trade talk among fans and media alike.

When asked if any NFL Head Coaches have made an impact on him through the draft process he responded with “One [NFL head coach] that’s really stood out to me is Mike Mularkey. I really liked him because I see a lot of similarities between him and [Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio]. That really intrigues me because that is somebody that I trust and thrived under.”

While there it’s no sure thing that the Titans draft an offensive-lineman, their strategy was spot on. More importantly than the 15th overall pick, is perhaps the three second-rounders they now own. The 2016 draft is the kind you want to own a plethora of early to mid-round picks. A number of potential stars will be plucked between numbers 32 and 98.

A young running back to groom behind Demarco Murray, a talented wide receiver to pair with the developing Dorial Green-Beckham, and an athletic tight-end are all needs on the offensive side of the ball. While a youth infusion is needed on defense, as their linebacking core and secondary could use a serious upgrade after letting a few veterans go via free agency.

The Rams logic was simple. Get a franchise quarterback, now!

I’ve heard whispers that projected number two overall pick Carson Wentz will now go one, but I think Cal’s Jeff Goff will be the man.

Goff was the consensus top QB all season long, and the only reason Wentz name has been glued to the Browns is because new Head Coach Hue Jackson is enamored by the North Dakota State QB. He’s a great fit in Cleveland, as the more steady, blue-collar type. If in fact, the Browns opt to select him at number two, he would become the highest-drafted non-FBS quarterback in NFL history.

In my opinion the hometown Goff is a perfect fit for the Rams, as his gunslinger style is made for the lovely people of California. The fans will be able to deal with his growing pains, and by handing the ball off to Todd Gurley the team can limit his responsibilities early-on.  A luxury the Cleveland Browns certainly do not possess.

No matter who goes where, the draft process has been especially exciting this year and it can only get better the closer we inch to draft day.

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NFL/NBA Cross Sport Recap: Pro Bowl Weekend

 

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

NFL Cross Sport Contest

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

 

NFL

 

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

 

Quarterback

 

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

 

Running Back

 

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

 

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

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

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

 

Tight End

 

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

 

 

NBA

 

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

 

Guard

 

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

 

Forward

 

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

 

Center

 

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

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While my colleague Tyler wrote that he would go with Eli Manning on Team Rice, I think the star will be Derek Carr. This event is made for guys like him. A young fresh face from a team like Oakland. A real gunslinger. Carr will toss it up to his boy Amari Cooper often enough, but Odell Beckham is the one everyone wants to see ball out. He obviously has a flair for the dramatic, and made a bunch of sweet grabs at last year’s contest. Play him with confidence if you’re willing to take on his salary.

Tyrod Taylor is extremely effecient and I don’t think enough people really appreciated how well he played this year. Better yet, the is the unquestioned leader in Buffalo. He provides very good value at a lower salary.

Adrian Peterson is getting long in the tooth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches give him a little more timeon the field than you’d expect, but Doug Martin will likely play the most snaps.  FB John Kuhn should get some good opportunities as well, everybody loves the guy.

Jarvis Landry is someone you want to look for in the end-zone with his strong hands, and Gary Barnidge made a ton of highlight-reel catches around the goal line this season.

Team Irvin’s wide receiver core is just outstanding. Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green and Allen Robinson are all big, fast, spectacular playmakers. Once again, while my colleague went with Russel Wilson as his stud QB, I’m going with Jamies Winston. I think this game leans toward the younger players, and the league wants to showcase the great young talent it has. Like Carr, Winston is an aggressive downfield thrower who will thrive with this set of tall WR’s. Wilson may be more effecient in his time, but I think Winston will have the most attempts.

Jones is my man here as I think he is the most explosive receiver in the league. With an All-Star cast around him, a few touchdowns may not be crazy. Hopkins is worth his price tag as well.

The talent at RB is stacked too. Captain Devonta Freeman got there by catching 73 passes (578 yards, 3 TDs) this year to go with his 1000 yards and 11 TDs on the ground.  His versatility could go a long way in the Pro-Bowl. Expect him to fill the scoresheet across all categories.

Todd Gurley is an animal. His running style leads to long runs if he has a slight crease, as his power lets him slip through the hands of would-be tacklers. I always feel confident playing Gurley because of his desire, no matter the importance.

Latavius Murray had his share of ups-and-downs in Oakland in 2015, but similar to Gurley can break long runs due to his powerful stride.

RB conclusion – I predict similar production from the trio, so choose one depending on salary needs to fit your team.

TEs Tyler Eifert and Delanie Walker are downfield threats who may be forgotten with such dangerous flankers accompanying them. Eifert could have mutiple TDs.

 

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Week 16 Start or Sit Advice

 

By: Aldo Panessidi

 

All I Want for Christmas Is a Fantasy Football Championship

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

Quarterback

Start ‘Em

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints

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

Sit ‘Em

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

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

Honorable Mention

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

Running Back

Start ‘Em

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints

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

Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys

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

Sit ‘Em

Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

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

Honorable Mention

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

 

Wide Receiver

Start ‘Em

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

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

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

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

Sit ‘Em

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

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

Honorable Mention

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

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

Tight End

Start ‘Em

Zack Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

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

Sit ‘Em

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

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

Honorable Mention

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

Defense

Start ‘Em

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns

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

Sit ‘Em

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB:

 

Jameis Winston

 

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

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB:

 

Doug Martin

 

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

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR:

 

Mike Evans

 

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

 

St Louis Rams QB:

 

Case Keenum

 

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

 

St Louis Rams RB:

 

Todd Gurley

 

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

 

St Louis Rams WR:

 

Kenny Britt

 

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

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)

RB: Doug Martin (Buccaneers)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

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Week 7 NFL Value Picks

Quarterback

Andrew Luck (NO @ Ind): This is a matchup of strong pass oriented teams with weak secondary defense, everything aligning for a shootout. Both of these quarterbacks are coming off of shoulder injuries and may not be 100 percent but Luck seems to be less limited by his shoulder than Brees, as he is tentative to go for the long passes.

Projection: 28.2 Fantasy Points

Carson Palmer (Bal @ Ari): Palmer has been very consistent in the 18-26 fantasy point range so far this year but was hurt with 2 interceptions and only 1 touchdown last week despite throwing over 400 passing yards. Look for him to dominate this week against a very weak Baltimore defense.

Projection: 26.7 Fantasy Points

Phillip Rivers (Oak @ SD): Rivers is on a roll lately and his salary has yet to start reflecting his performance. Last week he threw for 500 yards and two touchdowns. With all the options he has at receiver, there is no reason to think he will stop throwing.

Projection: 26.3 Fantasy Points

Running Back

Todd Gurley (Cle @ StL): Gurley has been was in the limelight week 4 when he broke out with 146 rushing yards and then proved it was not a fluke in week 5 rushing for 156 against a strong Green Bay defense. While high ownership players are never good picks in Daily Fantasy NFL contests, my hope is he has been somewhat forgotten after the Rams Week 6 bye. Regardless, he is bound to have a big game against one of the worst rush defenses.

Projection: 22.8 Fantasy Points

Frank Gore (NO @ Ind): While I see this game becoming a shootout between Luck and Brees, Gore may still have some opportunity to score a few touchdowns in red zone situations or if the Colts get ahead early. Its hard to pass on such a reliable running back who’s salary still does not reflect his fantasy potential. New Orleans run defense is weak so if he gets the same number of attempts as he has recently, I expect him to be near 100 rushing yards with a touchdown and a couple receptions.

Projection: 17.9 Fantasy Points

Arian Foster (Hou @ Mia): All that Houston really has going for them is Arian Foster and Deandre Hopkins. While Hopkins has been dominant in fantasy this year, Foster has been slowly been increasing his workload. If he is healthy this weekend he could have a breakout performance as he has recently been getting a good number of rush attempts and pass targets— the formula for high fantasy value in a running back.

Projection: 22.8 Fantasy Points

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald (Bal @ Ari): Although Palmer likes to spread out the ball a lot, Fitzgerald has been the most reliable receiver for the Cardinals this year. A stack of Palmer and Fitzgerald could provide huge fantasy value this week if the Baltimore secondary performs as dismal as they have so far this year.

Projection: 29.6 Fantasy Points

Keenan Allen (Oak @ SD): Allen has had great chemistry with Rivers this year, he may not get the red zone targets but if he can get over 100 receiving yards and 10+ receptions, he will easily hit his fantasy value for the week.

Projection: 25.6 Fantasy Points

Donte Moncrief (NO @ Ind): Although Hilton is the primary receiver for the Colts, he has been somewhat inconsistent this year. Moncrief could be a valuable sleeper in this shootout matchup against the Saints.

Projection: 24.9 Fantasy Points

T.Y. Hilton (NO @ Ind): There can be a lot of value with Hilton as well if Luck can keep this level going. Though Luck and Hilton have been disappointing early in the season, things seem to be turning and Hilton has great chemistry with Luck.

Projection 24.2 Fantasy Points

Mike Evans (TB @ Was): Mike Evans has had a lackluster year so far but this looks to be the week he may turn things around. Last week he had a big performance coming off the bye week and there is no reason to think that will not be the case this year again. Tampa Bay is playing the redskins who have been ineffective against the pass.

Projection: 23.6 Fantasy Points

Tight End

Antonio Gates (Oak @ SD): While Rivers does seem to spread the ball around a lot, Gates is his favorite and most reliable red zone receiver. He could easily get a hundred receiving yards and a touchdown or two this week making him a valuable, yet pricey, pick at tight end. Could be a good stack with Rivers at quarterback.

Projection: 22.1 Fantasy Points

Delanie Walker (Atl @ Ten): If you are looking for a cheaper pick at tight end, then Walker is your man. He has a high upside as he has continued to perform as the rest of his team seems to be falling apart. Atlanta has been unable to stop tight ends so far this year and Walker may be overlooked in most Daily Fantasy Contests.

Projection: 17.2 Fantasy Points

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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Value Picks

Quarterback

Jay Cutler (CHI @ KC): The Bears are facing a weak Chiefs defense week 5 has allowed almost 300 passing yards per game over the past 4 weeks and allowed over 20 points scored against them in their 1-3 season so far. Cutler had a solid performance last week returning after from his hamstring injury and may have his Allstar receiver Alshon Jeffery as a target in Week 5.

Fanpicks Salary: $6800
Projection: 22.1 fantasy points

Colin Kaepernick (SF @ NYG): Stick with me here. He has had a couple very rough games but he has a very large upside as a running quarterback. If he can replicate his performance from week 2 with over 300 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 50 rushing yards he will provide huge fantasy value. Plus he comes at a bargain, will likely have very low ownership, and is facing a Giants defense that has allowed over 300 yards in the first 3 weeks against opponents.

Fanpicks Salary: $6400
Projection: 20.4 fantasy points

Running Back

Todd Gurley (STL @ GB): He has a lot of momentum going into this game. Last week against the Cardinals, Gurley ran for almost 150 yards but the stats don’t it all. He had an open touchdown in the last play of the game but went down to run down the clock instead of running it in. While he faces a tougher defense this week, look for him to be given more playtime.

Fanpicks Salary: $4400
Projection: 20.6 fantasy points

T.J. Yeldon (Jax @ TB): I have been counting on Yeldon week after week and he has failed to perform so far. However, he averages almost 20 attempts per game as well as 2 or 3 receptions. The problem is he has only averaged about 3 yards per carry and has not gotten a touchdown this year. I’m sticking with Yeldon this week against the Buccaneers and think this is his week for a breakout.

Fanpicks Salary: $4900
Projection: 19.9 fantasy points

Wide Receiver

Leonard Hankerson (Was @ Atl): While he as been overshadowed in the offense by the likes of Freeman and Jones, Hankerson has been putting up solid numbers all year. He has a pair of touchdowns this year and averaged 60 receiving yards per game. Nothing huge yet so far but he has a large upside if Julio finds himself covered.
Fanpicks Salary: $4600
Projection: 21.4 fantasy points

Jordan Matthews (NO @ Phi): He has not put up impressive numbers the past couple of weeks after a strong start to the season but look for him to come back strong this week against a weak New Orleans pass defense. You’re going to spend a little extra on Matthews but look for him to perform on the same level as premium receivers like Edelman, Brown, and Sanders.

Fanpicks Salary: $7100
Projection: 25.8 fantasy points

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NFL Fantasy Football News 10-7-2015

St Louis Rams versus Green Bay Packers NFL Fantasy Preview 10-11-2015

The Green Bay Packers will return home from the west coast as they battle the St Louis Rams from the NFL on Sunday afternoon. Fantasy football cash league draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on October 11th at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The St Louis Rams are a 2-2 team. They have battled the NFC West division very well this year with a 2-0 record. They have a home 34-31 overtime victory to the Seattle Seahawks and a road 24-22 road win last week at the Arizona Cardinals. In their victory against the Cardinals it was a bend don’t break effort by the Rams defense. St Louis gave up 447 yards to the Arizona offense but the Cardinals couldn’t separate from the Rams because St Louis held them to just 1 of 5 inside the red zone. St Louis got a great performance from their ground attack as they rushed for 164 yards on 26 carries. The Rams have had issues on the offensive side of the football by ranking 32nd and last in total yards as they gain just 287 yards per game.

Green Bay is off to a hot start with a record of 4-0. They were held to a season low in points last week in their 17-3 road win last week to the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers got contributions from their run game with 162 yards in the victory. Green Bay had a good defensive effort holding the 49ers to 196 yards with just 119 coming from their passing attack. The Packers are sixth best in the NFL in scoring by averaging 28.2 points per game.

St Louis Rams QB:

Nick Foles

The Rams signal caller has hit on 63% of his throws for 815 yards with five touchdowns and one pick. In the victory against the Cardinals he completed 16 of 24 throws for 171 yard with three touchdowns and no picks.

St Louis Rams RB:

Todd Gurley

The rookie running back was huge in his second NFL game on Sunday. Gurley had 19 carries for 146 yards averaging 7.7 yards per carry.

Benjamin Cunningham

Cunningham has seen his carries diminished after week one. In the opener he had 16 carries for 45 yards. Since that game he has just four carries in his past three games.

St Louis Rams WR:

Kenny Britt

The seventh year wide out has caught eleven passes for 183 yards with a touchdown. He was not targeted on Sunday with no receptions in the win against the Cardinals.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers

It’s another good year for Rodgers as he is completing 72% of his throws for 995 yards with eleven touchdowns and no picks. He had 224 yards passing at San Francisco with one touchdown because the Green Bay run game was working on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers RB:

Eddie Lacy

Lacy has 50 carries on the ground for 230 yards and a touchdown. He had 18 carries against the 49ers on a short week and rushed for 90 yards for five yards per carry.

James Starks

With Lacy having health issues the sixth year back has 48 carries on the year for 157 yards. He has not been productive over his past two games against the Chiefs and 49ers by combining for 60 yards on 26 carries.

Green Bay Packers WR:

James Jones

Jones was cut by the Giants coming off training camp and returned to the Packers. The ninth year veteran leads the Packers with 17 receptions for 317 yards and four touchdowns.

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Seattle Seahawks versus St Louis Rams NFL Fantasy Preview

The Seattle Seahawks will look to recover from a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss as they must contend with a division opponent in week one in the St Louis Rams. They meet in this NFL game on Sunday September 13th and fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

In their 2014 meeting the clubs split winning at home. The game held in St Louis was won by the Rams 28-26. Seattle outgained St Louis by 188 yards as they piled up 171 rushing and 292 passing yards on the Rams defense. The difference was the Rams got a touchdown on special teams and went 3 for 3 inside the red zone. Seattle was 3 of 5 inside the red zone and neither team had a turnover.

Russell Wilson:

The Seahawks quarterback was given a new contract over the offseason. With Wilson paid it will impact the amount of depth the Seahawks can provide on both sides of the ball. In 2014 Wilson completed 63% of his throws for 3475 yards with 20 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Marshawn Lynch:

Lynch was productive in 2014 as he ran for 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns with 4.7 yards per carry average.

Jimmy Graham:

The tight end was a new acquisition for the Seahawks coming over from New Orleans in free agency. Graham a season ago caught 85 passes for 889 yards with ten touchdowns.

Tre Mason:

The Rams running back was once again held out of practice due to a hamstring problem.

Todd Gurley:

The Rams first round running back will not play in week one as he recovers from knee surgery in his final year in college.

Benny Cunningham:

Looks like Cunningham would get the start at running back if Mason can’t play in week one. The third year back rushed for 246 yards last year with three touchdowns and 3.7 yards per carry average.

Miami Dolphins versus Washington Redskins Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Washington Redskins will look to rebound from a poor 2014 season as they open up against the Miami Dolphins. Fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday September 13th to follow up on their roster picks.

Not much series history in this AFC versus NFC battle.

Ryan Tannehill:

Miami made a long term financial commitment to Tannehill. Last year he threw for 4045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Lamar Miller:

Miller was productive running back for the Dolphins as he ran for 1099 yards and 5.1 yards per carry. He scored eight touchdowns and had 57 first down gains.

Greg Jennings:

Wide receiver Greg Jennings with Minnesota in 2014 grabbed 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts versus Buffalo Bills What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The Rex Ryan era begins in Buffalo on Sunday September 13th as the Bills host the Indianapolis Colts at 1PM Eastern Time on CBS TV.

The latest meeting between these teams was in 2012 with the Colts winning 20-13 at home.

Andrew Luck:

The four year starting quarterback had 40 touchdown passes last year. He completed over 61% of his throws for 4761 yards. He would like to cut down on the 16 picks from a season ago.

Frank Gore:

The former San Francisco 49er was acquired in free agency from San Francisco. He ran for 1106 yards last year with four touchdowns and 4.3 yards per attempt.

Andre Johnson:

The former Houston Texan came along with Gore in free agency. He is a 13 year pro who has seen his production dip considerably last season.

LeSean McCoy:

The Buffalo Bills running back is expected to play on Sunday despite a hamstring problem that sidelined him in much of the preseason.

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NFL Fantasy Football News 9-8-2015

Rams 1st Round Pick To Miss Regular Season Action

Todd Gurley:

10th overall pick in the draft was coming off knee surgery in his final year in college. Media reports have Gurley out for at least six weeks. He averaged nearly 6 ½ yards a carry in college so the Rams are being very careful in his first year since the surgery.

Tre Mason:

The Rams featured back has been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He rushed for 765 yards and 4.3 yards a carry for the Rams last year.

Benjamin Cunningham:

With injuries to the Rams backfield Cunningham will have opportunities in week one. In 2014 the running back ran for 246 yards on 66 carries with three touchdowns. His longest run last year was just 20 yards and he averaged 3.7 yards per rush attempt.

Isaiah Pead:

Pead is in his fourth year and has just 17 rushing attempts for 75 yards and 4.4 yards per carry average. He has an opportunity like Cunningham on Sunday to see time in the Rams backfield with the injuries at the position.

Patriots Lose Wide Out to Injury for 6 Weeks

Brandon LaFell:

LaFell suffered a foot injury and has been put on the PUP list. He must now miss the first six games of the season. LaFell had been listed on the first string on the depth chart.

Reggie Wayne:

The 36 year old has been cut by New England.

Julian Edelman:

With the injury to LaFell and Wayne cut it appears that Edelman will receive heavy number of targets in week one against the Steelers. Tom Brady has lost his outlet out of the backfield in Shane Vereen. So the possession guy will be Edelman in week one for fantasy draft managers to look at.

Danny Amendola:

The 7th year wide out had 27 receptions in 2014 for 200 yards with a touchdown. In week one Amedola will get more opportunities on Thursday night with LaFell injured.

Aaron Dobson:

Dobson a third year pro better take advantage of this opportunity. He was most likely the last receiver who made the team and would have been cut if not for LaFell’s injury. Dobson in two seasons has 40 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

Charger Cut Veteran Kick and Commit to Rookie in Week 1

Nick Novak:

The eight year kicker has been cut by the Chargers. He has been struggling with kick offs not getting deep into the end zone. He made 84.6% of his field goals in 2014 and 90% or greater the previous two years before.

Josh Lambo:

Lambo is an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M. Head coach Mike McCoy commented to the media about his rookie’s kicker composer and confidence in the preseason.

Patriots Logjam at Running Back Forces Tough Cut

Jonas Gray:

A surprise cut by the New England Patriots. The former Notre Dame product as a rookie in 2014 ran for 412 yards on 89 carries for 4.6 yards per carry average. He had five touchdowns and did not fumble. Gray did not contribute much in the passing game with one catch for seven yards. Jonas Gray is visiting with the Tennessee Titans.

Brandon Bolden:

Bolden will be the likely starter in week one after LeGarrette Blount Week 1 suspension. The four year running back has 139 carries in his career in the NFL with 4.6 yards per carry average.

Redskins Keep RGIII on Roster for Now

Robert Griffin III:

The fourth year quarterback has been demoted into the backup position. Griffin III suffered a concussion in the preseason and has been listed as questionable to be suited up as the backup. He completed 68.7% of his throws last year for 1694 yards with four touchdowns and six picks.

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