Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders Preview

The reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in a tight three-way battle for supremacy in the AFC West and will visit the surprising Oakland Raiders on Sunday (Enter Contest) in a showdown for first place in the division. The Raiders are 5-0 on the road en route to their 6-2 mark and enter a stretch of four consecutive home games.

Derek Carr threw for a staggering 513 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-24 win at Tampa Bay as Oakland kept pace with Denver atop the division. Carr is the third player in history to throw for at least 500 yards with four TDs and zero interceptions in a game.

While the Raiders are off to their best start since 2001 behind a potent offense, the Broncos continue to flex the defensive muscles that paved their path to the Super Bowl last season. Denver is tied with Buffalo for the NFL lead with 26 sacks while linebacker Von Miller is second with 8.5. Gary Kubiak’s team has dominated the series in recent seasons, winning eight consecutive matchups before Oakland ended the streak in the Mile High City last December.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-2)

Star cornerback Aqib Talib is in danger of missing his second straight game, flying to California on Thursday to get a second opinion on his ailing back. Denver has quality depth at the position as Bradley Roby stepped in for Talib and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception for a touchdown in a 27-19 win at San Diego. Rookie running back Devontae Booker hurt his shoulder in his first start in place of an injury C.J. Anderson, but is expected to go against Oakland. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the top two targets for Trevor Siemian with 44 and 42 receptions, respectively. Thomas needs two receptions to become the fourth player in franchise history with 500.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (6-2)

Carr leads the AFC with 17 touchdown passes versus only three interceptions and is getting a lot of mileage from his wide receiver tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown last week to boost his team-leading total to 52 receptions while Crabtree hauled in his NFL high-tying sixth touchdown catch. Defense has been a nightmare for the Raiders, who are ranked 31st in the league, surrendering a total of 410.4 total yards while being equally generous against the run and pass. Khalil Mack, who has five of Oakland’s 11 sacks, recorded five in the win at Denver last season.

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In Case You Missed It

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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Fantasy Football – NFL Preview – Denver Broncos

All sports fans around the world, come learn How to Play Fantasy Football. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. So be very excited and make your selections in Fantasy Football Cash Drafts, starting September 10th.

The Denver Broncos have dominated the AFC West for the last four years, under head coach John Fox. Fox is now a member of the Chicago Bears. His replacement, Gary Kubiak, will bring a totally different personality to the team. It will be interesting how Manning and the Broncos performs under his instructions.

Cash Draft Offensive analysis

QB Peyton Manning isn’t what he used to be, but he is still among the top 5 quarterbacks this year. He’s one of the best play action passer in the league, but the art of running has always eluded him. Last year, he has collected 395 completions for 4727 yards and 39 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. His numbers started to drop a little bit in the latter part of the season. Manning will need all the help he can get from his offensive line again this year. The problem is that they’ve lost their best linesman OT Ryan Clady for the season.

RB C.J. Anderson took charge of the back end in the second half of last season. He ran for 849 yards and also caught another 34 passes for 324 yards. Anderson had a total of 10 touchdowns in 2014. The 2013 undrafted free agent was the first Broncos running back to have two games in a season with more than 150 rushing yards, since 2004.

Peyton Manning’s favorite target, Wes Welker, is no longer with the club. That means that both WR’s Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will battle it out to be in Manning’s bubble. Thomas has just signed a lucrative contract, after accumulating 111 receptions for 1619 yards and 11 touchdown. While Sanders had a breakout season with 101 receptions for 1404 yards and 9 touchdown. He was also a solid rusher, acquiring 8 carries 44 yards (5.5 yards per game). They are probably the best combo of receivers in the NFL this year.

TE Owen Daniels has played under coach Kubiak since 2006, and has got consistent numbers every year when he’s not injured. So there is good chemistry there, and that could reflect onto this year. Daniels had 48 receptions for 527 yards and 4 touchdowns. Manning has a tendency to use is tight ends more often than not. This season could be Daniels best yet.

 Cash Draft Defensive analysis

DE Derek Wolfe will be missing the first four weeks of action because of performance enhancing drugs. His absence weakens the left side a little. DE Antonio Smith, who has been solid in a weak Oakland defense last year, will take his place. DT Malik Jackson will be a threat from the right side. He had 42 combined tackle last year.

OLB Von Miller will be a force to be wrecking with at 26 year-old. He has 49 sacks already in his 4 year NFL career. The other outside linebacker spot will go to veteran DeMarcus Ware. He is not the same player he was in Dallas. But with 10 sacks last year, he’s still a threat.

Chris Harris Jr leads a very good corner back group with Aquib Talib and Bradley Roby. Both Harris and Talib had their ticket to the pro bowl last year. SS T.J. Ward who also participated to the pro bowl will be back in this excellent secondary squad.

Fantasy Football Outlook

The Broncos may have a few holes here and there, but they still looks great to win the AFC West division… as long as Manning stays healthy, of course. If Manning gets injured or shows signs of his age, then it could spell trouble for Denver with no good backup to rely on. And with Ryan Clady missing the first few weeks, it will allow opposing team easier access to sack and hurt the 39 year-old.

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