Preview: Redskins at Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off what may have been a season-saving victory while the Washington Redskins are trying to shake off back-to-back losses that cost them the lead in the NFC East. As the division rivals prepare to clash on Monday night in Philadelphia, the Redskins will hold a one-game edge on the Eagles for the conference’s sixth and final playoff slot.

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Reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia appeared on the verge of absorbing a knockout blow last weekend before erasing an early 16-point deficit and rallying for a 25-22 victory over the New York Giants. “This was a big game for us,” Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said. “Obviously in terms of the division standings and all that fun stuff, but really mentally to show the resilience that we did. To get down early like we did, then to battle back, just really builds a lot of confidence.” Washington is trying to maintain its confidence and a victory over Philadelphia could provide a huge boost in that department, particularly with the teams squaring off in the regular-season finale. “I think there should be a sense of urgency without a doubt,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “Anytime you can go on the road and get a key victory is very, very critical. It is also important for our confidence and our psyche down the stretch.”

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Eagles -6.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (6-5): Washington is hoping the additional time off will pay dividends for Colt McCoy, who had only three days to get ready for his first career start in four years after Alex Smith suffered a season-ending leg injury. McCoy, who was picked off three times in a 31-23 loss to division-leading Dallas on Thanksgiving, and the offense could receive a boost with the return of running back Chris Thompson, who practiced fully for the first time Friday since suffering broken ribs on Oct. 28. Thompson also would alleviate the workload on Adrian Peterson, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. The Redskins were burned for a pair of long touchdown passes against the Cowboys.

ABOUT THE EAGLES (5-6): Wentz bounced back from a three-interception performance in a debacle at New Orleans by throwing for 238 yards and a touchdown in the comeback win over New York. Once again his favorite target was tight end Zach Ertz, who had seven catches for 91 yards and a score to boost his season totals to a career-best 84 receptions and 895 yards. Running back Josh Adams provided much needed balance to the offense and lifted a running game in dire need of a spark with 84 yards rushing on 22 carries — both season highs — while scoring for the second week in a row. Philadelphia held New York to three second-half points last week but ranks 28th against the pass (276.5 yards).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Wentz has six TD passes and two interceptions in a sweep of the Redskins last season.

2. Peterson needs two rushing touchdowns to move past Jim Brown (106) for fifth place on the all-time list.

3. Ertz has 59 receptions for 620 yards in 10 games against Washington.

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Longtime divisional rivals face off on Turkey Day with first place in the NFC East on the line

The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have a lot to play for on Thanksgiving. First off, these are two historic franchises that have grown into one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be fighting for first place in the NFC East.

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Prior to Week 11, the Redskins were in control of the division after starting the season 6-3. That was until a 23-21 home loss to the Houston Texans created a small window of opportunity for Dallas.

The Cowboys capitalized in the final moments of their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. With the game tied at 19 and only three seconds left, kicker Brett Maher nailed a 42-yard field goal attempt to send Dallas home with a .500 record. It also puts them in position to take over first place of the division, should they get the win on Thanksgiving.

Washington at Dallas

Kickoff: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

Spread: Dallas -7.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Colt McCoy’s first start of the season

The season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith was unfortunate. You never want to see someone suffer that sort of brutal injury – or any injury, for that matter. With that said, we also can’t forget how poorly the 34-year-old had played up to that point.

In 10 games, the former No. 1 overall pick was only averaging 218 yards and a touchdown through the air. His 6.6 yards per attempt was reminiscent of his early days with the 49ers when he struggled to get anything going consistently.

In other words, Smith had reverted back to being a game manager with little-to-no upside. The question is going to be whether the Redskins are going to be better off with 32-year-old McCoy running the offense.

The good news is there were some glimpses against Houston. McCoy’s first pass of the regular season was a nine-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jordan Reed. So, what’s the bad news? Well, he only completed five of his other 11 attempts (45.5 percent) for 45 yards (4.1 yards per attempt) while also taking two sacks.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team try to get McCoy on the move more (five rushes for 35 yards last week).

2. Can the Redskins slow down Ezekiel Elliott?

Elliott and the rest of the Dallas running game went toe-to-toe with the Redskins’ defensive front back in Week 7. Sadly, things didn’t go too well for the former No. 4 overall pick.

Washington’s defense held Elliott to his worst statistical performance of the season. The third-year running back only managed 42 yards (33 rushing, 9 receiving) on 17 touches – good for just 2.5 yards per touch.

It’s been a completely different story over the last two weeks, though.

Elliott has put up up 388 total yards (273 rushing, 115 receiving) and three total touchdowns on 55 touches during that span. Granted, it was against the Falcons and Eagles, but it’s still impressive nonetheless.

3. Potential bounce back from Amari Cooper

It looks like the Cowboys have finally found a long-term replacement for Dez Bryant. The team sent over its first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in order to secure Dak Prescott’s new No. 1 receiver, Cooper.

Since that trade, Cooper has been a steady contributor. He’s brought in 14 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown through three games.

Cooper’s most recent performance was his least productive, however.

The Alabama product only hauled in three of his five targets for 36 yards and no touchdowns in Sunday’s win over Atlanta. Considering the Falcons have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, Cooper’s performance was a disappointment.

The hope is that he’ll be able to bounce back on Thursday against a Washington defense that ranks 24th in the league against the pass (261.2 ypg).

Final Analysis

Here’s the bottom line: there are way too many injury concerns for Washington right now. Sure, Colt McCoy is capable of leading the offense to some points, but the Cowboys are finding ways to win.

The Redskins will need to once again lean on Adrian Peterson, who totaled 107 yards on 25 touches against the Cowboys in Week 7. If they can get that sort of production from the future Hall of Famer, they might have a chance to keep things close.

In the end, Dallas scores a late touchdown to put things out of reach and move into first place in the NFC East.

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Complete NFC East Preview

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

Philadelphia Eagles

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

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

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

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

Dallas Cowboys

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

New York Giants

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

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

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

Washington Redskins

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

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

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

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Fantasy Football Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed sign a new 1 year-contract with the Redskins

Jordan Reeds is staying put in Washington. He signed a new 5-years contract-extension worth 50 million dollars. This new contract makes him the second highest-paid tight-end in the NFL, behind Seahawks Jimmy Graham. The Redskins third-round pick from the 2013 NFL draft is coming off his best season yet, leading the team in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns.

The signing of cornerback Josh Norman to Washington for $75 million left doubt that there was any cash left in the Redskins bank to get a new deal done with Jordan Reed. But the franchise has found a way to make it work and provides hope for the future of the team.

The 25-year-old Florida product is a prototypical modern tight end. At 6’2″, 237 pounds, he’s got the size to serve as a go-to weapon in the red zone and the athleticism to split out wide to create matchup problems. Figuring out how to utilize those talents is what allowed him to shine for Washington last season.

Getting the deal done now will help Washington focus on the quarterback position. The team used the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins, which gives the front office more time to determine whether he warrants a lucrative long-term deal of his own.

Reed and Cousins forged quite a connection last season. In turn, the tight end finally started showcasing his immense potential and now has a new contract to show for it.

The Washington Redskins ended the 2015 season in first place of the NFC East, with a overall record of 9-7. They lost to the Green Bay Packers during the first week of the post-season  (wild card weekend). Their last playoff win was in 2005. This storied franchise has won three Super Bowl, in 1982, 1987 and 1991.

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DFS NFL Draft

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

Washington Redskins

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

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

Philadelphia Eagles

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

Top 2 round picks: 2nd selection.

New York Giants

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

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

Dallas Cowboys

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

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

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NFL NFC East Review

Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

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

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

NFL NFC East Review standings

  • Washington Redskins

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

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

 

  • Philadelphia Eagles

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

 

  • New York Giants

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

 

  • Dallas Cowboys

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

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Sunday afternoon will feature a gridiron battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. While the forecast does not announce rain or snow; the cold weather may be a determining factor in this game. These initially squared off on December 6th with the Seahawks showing all the momentum leading 21-0 at halftime and overcoming the Vikings by a final score of 38-7. The Seattle defence held strong against the Vikings offence. The Seahawks played a superb man to man strategy and staked the line to severely cripple and Adrian Peterson offence attacks. We think that the Seahawks will continue with this strategy in this game; offsetting the running game to force Teddy Bridgewater into his weaker position going to the aerial attack. No doubt, Peterson’s bad back will further offset his passing accuracy.

 

In their last appearance, Seattle limited Vikings offensive attack to 31 yards rushing and 118 passing yards. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the number one rushing and scoring defense and were number two against the pass. Seahawks will burn clock with a conservative approach on offense. No need to take chances when you have the defense to limit scoring chances for the opponent here. Fewer possessions will lead to fewer yards and points for the Vikings.

 

Play Seattle Seahawks Defense

 

Teddy Bridgewater will be a desperate quarterback as we believe this game will be taken away from Minnesota. Bridgewater will have to test the Seahawks secondary and will get picked off by the veterans of which Earl Thomas has five picks this season.

 

Play Earl Thomas

 

Seattle Seahawks S

 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is coming off a successful regular season. He completed a career high 68.1% of his passes for 4024 yards with 34 touchdowns and 8 picks. Completion percentage, yardage and touchdown throws were all highs in his four years in the pros. In the playoffs, look for Wilson to take more chances in the run game. He rushed for 553 yards on 103 carries this year for 5.4 yards per carry average.

 

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Seattle Seahawks QB

 

The Washington Redskins take on the Green Bay Packers for your evening NFL viewing pleasure. The Green Bay offence has shown some weakness in recent games; being held to only 9 and 13 points respectively against Arizona and Minnesota.

 

On the opposing side the Redskins were the surprise winner of the NFC East this year despite a measly 9-7 record which takes into account their 6-2 home record. Nonetheless, Washington’s offence have sparked to life scoring more than 34 points to win in their final three games of the season

 

The Redskins have been moving the football. Green Bay’s defense is good in the red zone. Washington has a good kicker in Dustin Hopkins who went 25 of 28 in the season. There is a possibility that Hopkins could be successful with at least three field goal tries in this game. The kicker in the Wildcard round you should take for your daily leagues will be Dustin Hopkins.

 

Play Dustin Hopkins

 

Washington Redskins K

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Green Bay Packers versus Washington Redskins NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The final Wildcard playoff game of the weekend will feature the Washington Redskins hosting the Green Bay Packers. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX at 4:40PM Eastern Time on Sunday January 10th to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

Green Bay has had an up and down season. They have had trouble trying to adjust to life without Jordy Nelson who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. The Packers receivers have been clocked by NFL scouts to be the slowest off the line of scrimmage in the league. That explains the issues the team has had with their lack of scoring and 25th ranked passing attack in the NFL. This will be the third straight playoff team that the Packers have faced. They lost the previous two as they scored just 8 points at Arizona and only 13 at home for the NFC North division against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

The Washington Redskins at 9-7 were champions of a weak NFC East division on the year. They closed strongly winners of four straight games scoring 34 or greater points over their past three contests. The Redskins have faced soft competition down the stretch facing non-playoff teams in their past six games. They traveled to Carolina on November 22nd and were beaten 44-16. Washington had the 11th ranked passing attack in the league and the 28th overall defense. The Redskins are 25th against the pass and 26th against the rush. They can move the football and their field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 25 of 28 picks and has been successful on 39 of 40 extra point attempts.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

Rodgers is greatly hampered by his slow footed receiving corps. But he is a sly veteran who has the ability to make plays with his feet. He will not be afraid to run the football because the time to take high risks with running is in the playoffs. For the year Rodgers has completed 60.7% of his passes which is a career low as a starter. He threw for 3821 yards with 31 touchdowns and 8 picks. His 344 rushing yards is his second highest total in his career.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

The veteran running back is sharing carries with James Starks. The injury report lists that Lacy is dealing with rib injury and will play on Sunday. In his past three games he has rushed a total of 36 times for 117 yards which averages out to just 3 yards per carry. He has just two rushing touchdowns since Week 2.

 

James Starks

 

Starks has rushed 148 times for 601 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards per carry just like Lacy. These two Packer backs shares carries. The Packers running back has had less than ten carries in six of his past seven games. It is tough to back any of the Packers running backs in this spot. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Aaron Rodgers ends up being the leading rusher in this game since both Lacy and Starks shares carries.

 

James Jones

 

The veteran wide out leads the Packers with 50 catches for 890 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones is averaging 17.8 yards per carry and has the ability to make big plays especially if Rodgers decides to run the football in this game. James Jones is a fantasy pick for this game because he could be a huge beneficiary for big plays with Rodgers scrambling and giving the Redskins secondary a threat to run.

 

Washington Redskins QB

 

Kirk Cousins

 

The Redskins signal caller has completed 69.8% of his passes for 4166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 picks. Washington faced only two playoff teams the entire season and lost both games by 17 or greater points scoring an average of 13 points per game. Pass on Cousins.

 

Washington Redskins RB:

 

Alfred Morris

 

The Redskins run game has been inconsistent throughout the year. Alfred Morris has 202 carries for 751 yards with only a single touchdown. Not a good sign inside the red zone. That’s why the play from the Redskins will be on their placekicker and their tight end.

 

Washington Redskins TE:

 

Jordan Reed

 

Reed leads the Redskins with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Look for Reed to get targeted in the red zone. He has seven catches or greater in three of his past four games.

 

NFL Playoff Real Money Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

WR: James Jones (Packers)

TE: Jordan Reed (Redskins)

K: Dustin Hopkins (Redskins)

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NFL Wild Card Value Picks

Quarterback

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

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

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

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

Running Back

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

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

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

Wide Receiver

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

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

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

Tight End

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

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

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Wild Card Stacks to Look Out For

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger

STAY AWAY FROM THIS STACK. At least for tournaments. This has been the most valuable stack all this year and in most likelihood, will be the best stack this weekend as well. But everybody is thinking that, and I expect the ownership on both of these players to be upwards of 50 percent. For those of you who aren’t DFS experts out there, high ownership is a bad thing. Think about it this way. If you stack the Steelers, just like all of your opponents, and they do well, then your still on the same level as 80 percent of your opponents and not guaranteed to win much money. However, if they have a bad game and you avoid that stack, they you are already ahead of 80 percent of your opponents and in the running to win some big money. So take my advice here, and avoid the Steelers if you are playing in a tournament type of contest.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

This may be another highly owned stack, not quite as high as the steelers but Reed and Cousins have shown how dangerous they can be together with multiple games this season with 2 receiving touchdowns by Reed. The Skins are facing the struggling Packers as well. Cousins’ aggressive play gives him a very high fantasy upside.

Aaron Rodgers and James Jones/Randall Cobb/Richard Rodgers

Its hard to figure out who is going to be Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target each game. From week to week it can be any of the three, personally, I give the edge to James Jones since he always seems to get the long balls and red zone threats. Nobody is expecting much from Rodgers after a lackluster season so far but he has been here before, and he will show up for the playoffs. This is my favorite stack for the weekend, you just have to decide for yourself which receiver you think is going to get the targets.

Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin

This stack could be valuable as the synergy between these two has been very solid as of late. Maclin seems to have taken over as Smith’s favorite receiver. However, facing the Houston defense may be a difficult task and it seems like the Chiefs have taken on a run first offense. You can guarantee the ownership will be lower on this stack than most other stacks so there is a high upside, but the matchup is not great. If you are entering multiple lineups, maybe throw this stack in one of them and roll the dice.

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-18-2015

New York Jets versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-19-2015

The NFL has action for fantasy GM’s to play into on Saturday December 19th as the Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Jets. DFS draft managers can tune to NFL Network at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day real money line.

 

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled looking for offense without their starting quarterback Tony Romo. He is out for the season and getting the start on Saturday night will be Matt Cassel once again. The Cowboys have sunk near the bottom of the league in the key offensive categories in 2015. They sit 30th and third worst in the NFL in scoring as the team averages just 17.7 points per game. Last week in a loss at Green Bay the Cowboys were limited to just seven points.

 

The Jets have plenty to play for as they enter this contest. At 8-5 they are tied with Kansas City and Pittsburgh for the race for two available AFC wildcard spots with just three games remaining. The Jets have won three straight after a 30-8 home victory to Tennessee.

 

Here are the Fantasy Football Picks

 

New York Jets RB

 

Play on Chris Ivory

 

Looking at the game plan that the Packers used on the Cowboys, it could suit the New York Jets fine. They ran the football 44 times for 230 yards and took the safe route to victory since the Dallas offense showed very little ability to score points without Romo. Look for the Jets to do the same here. Look for Chris Ivory to get a high number of carries against a downtrodden offense. Heck it worked last week when the Jets hosted a bad offensive team in Tennessee and they came away with a 30-8 victory. Against the Titans Ivory rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries.

 

Play on New York Jets Defense

 

 

The Jets defense should find some great success in this spot. With their game plan to ground and pound it will limit the amount of plays for the Cowboys on offense. The Jets sit fifth in total defense and that gets upgraded when they face an inept offensive team like Dallas.

 

Buffalo Bills versus Washington Redskins NFL Fantasy Preview 12-20-2015

 

The Washington Redskins are very much in the hunt for the NFC East title as they battle the Buffalo Bills. NFL fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday December 20th at 1PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league draft picks.

 

Buffalo suffered a loss that was detrimental to their ability to reach the playoffs in 2015. They dropped a 23-20 decision at Philadelphia to drop them to 6-7 and two games back of the Chiefs, Jets and Steelers for the two AFC wildcard playoff spots with just three games remaining. The Bills have lost three of four all the losses coming on the road. They play their fifth road game in six games.

 

Washington is tied with the Eagles and Giants for the NFC East lead after they came away with a 24-21 road win at Chicago last week so there is much to play for the Redskins in this spot. They have traded wins with losses the past eight weeks

 

Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League

 

Washington Redskins K

 

Play on Dustin Hopkins

 

The Washington Redskins have had issues finishing drives and getting into the end zone. They often settle for field goals in the red zone. Their kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 85% of his field goal tries this season. He kicked three field goals in Week 14 at home to Dallas and in Week 10 at home to New Orleans he kicked four field goals. He is also a perfect 27 of 27 on extra points.

 

 

 

 

 

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