Bottom of the Barrel Wild Card Weekend

Bottom of the Barrel Wild Card Weekend
1/4/2021
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

We’re on the verge of a new season! The post-season!

Balance? Ever heard of it? Well, it takes me longer to find it compared to others but in doing so, you’ll learn a lot about yourself along the way. I learned two things. I’m afraid of failing and I’m afraid of success. It’s an odd scenario right? It’s either one or the other I told myself. Few months back I had to take an honest look at myself.

What’s the opposite of fear? Took me months to figure it out. So while soul searching I asked myself a few questions…

What is my purpose? What is my calling? What am I passionate about?

After taking an honest hard look at myself I came to one conclusion. I just need to have hope. Faith is the opposite of fear! With some some faith in my life, those questions become meaningless. The only piece of the puzzle I need is hope and the rest will come!

That’s what every DFS fan has to start each new slate! Hope and faith that this roster is the one to hit big! Now multiple that by a million to start a completely different sport! With that comes a new attitude and a new commitment for knowledge.

The playoffs are odd. The playoffs are exciting. In some cases, they go exactly as planned. Yet they are completely off the wall. It’s time! Let’s dig into the Super Duper Wild Card weekend!

QUARTERBACK

Mitchell Trubisky CHI @ NO (8th)(FD-$6,900)(DK-$5,300)

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky

Mitch has had a good run for the Bears this season. He was the starter then Nick Foles then back to starting QB. The Bears have snuck into the playoffs as a Wild Card. On Sunday they travel to New Orleans and no one is really expecting much from them.

Philip Rivers IND @ BUF (13th)(FD-$6,900)(DK-$5,400)

Indianapolis Colts WR Phil Rivers

Phil has done just enough to get the Colts into the playoffs. Let us be honest, rookie RB Jonathan Taylor has played a huge role in the Colts successful season. The Buffalo Bills are steamrolling people which is a positive for Phil here. Likely playing from behind and forced to throw is a great move for Phil. He has always been a slinger. That is where he is most comfortable!

Baker Mayfield CLE @ PIT (2nd)(FD-$6,700)(DK-$5,400)

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield

The Cleveland Browns are in the playoffs! What? This game should be a hard-hitting slobber knocker. Sorry my old WWF roots come out in the most inopportune times. Cleveland and Baker are in for one heck of a fight on Sunday. This contest is going to be competitive down to the last snap.

Alex Smith WSH vs TB (16th)(FD-$6,500)(DK-$5,100)

Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith

Is the Washington Football Team a feel-good story this season? I know Alex Smith playing is! This game is going to be closer than people expect! The dink and dunk style of Smith should play well at home against Tampa.

RUNNING BACK

Cam Akers LAR @ SEA (15th)(FD-$6,100)(DK-$5,100)

Los Angeles Rams rookie RB Cam Akers

Cam active in week 17 but did not do much. 21 carries for 34 yards. If we do the math that is a 1.6 ypc (yards per carry) clip. Not good! Yet on Saturday this kid should have a lot more room to run. He is elusive. He is electric and coach McVay has no issue giving him a large workload.

Kareem Hunt CLE @ PIT (3rd)(FD-$5,900)(DK-$4,800)

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt

I am not an NFL coach. Do not think it takes an NFL coach to see what Cleveland must do to win on Sunday. Hammer home running the ball. Nick Chubb has been outstanding running the ball all season. While Hunt is just around to assist. If Cleveland can work in Hunt a successful day can be had.

Gus Edwards BAL @ TEN (26th)(FD-$5,700)(DK-$4,400)

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards

Gus has become the RB2 behind rookie RB Dobbins. Gus has totaled 36 carries in his last three games. Meaning, a 10+ carry day is on tap Sunday in Tennessee. The Titans are a formidable foe, but they give up 26.93 points a game along with an average of 104.5 rushing yards a contest.

Nyheim Hines IND @ BUF (22nd)(FD-$5,600)(DK-$4,700)

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines

Right now, for the Colts it is the JT show. Yet Hines lead the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets in week 17. If the Colts want any chance at upsetting the red-hot Bills they must be firing on all cylinders. Could Hines be the key to unlocking that?

Zack Moss BUF vs IND (11th)(FD-$5,500)(DK-$4,600)

Buffalo Bills rookie RB Zack Moss

Moss is no stranger to Bottom of the Barrel. It is no secret Moss and Singletary have basically been used in tandem all season. Let us not overreact to Zack’s minimal usage in week 17. Looks like it was just a rest and relaxation type of thing. I am going out a limb here to say that Moss will see a heavy uptick in usage on Saturday. At the price it is something we cannot gloss over.

J.D. McKissic WSH vs TB (4th)(FD-$5,400)(DK-$4,800)

Washington Football Team RB J.D. McKissic

I do not have any kids, but I have always heard about parents saying they have no favorites. Well, McKissic is a favorite of mine! JD finished the season with 80 total receptions and should be on your radar Saturday night. Tampa Bay is 4th overall against opposing RB but with McKissic catching passes that would mean he is more of a WR. Tampa is 19th overall vs WR’s.

Latavius Murray NO vs CHI (10th)(FD-$5,400)(DK-$4,500)

New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray

Murray did not play in week 17. Alvin was out too. Both with in close contact to COVID. Both New Orleans Saints RB are eligible to return after ten days. Sunday the 10th is exactly ten days. They will need to pass several tests including a cardiac screening prior to kick-off. It is an issue worth monitoring.

Mark Ingram II BAL @ TEN (26th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$4,000)

Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram

Rookie running back JK Dobbins has matured and become the Ravens RB1 faster than expected. We all saw this coming! Yet something tells me Baltimore will give Mark some carries in this one! The ole crafty veteran RB in the playoffs is indispensable right?

Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs CLE (7th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$4,200)

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr.

We do not normally put players down and throw people under the bus here at Bottom of the Barrel, but James Connor is not it. James had another slow and quite week. While Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin did say how he wanted to get Snell more involved. Well, that has not happened yet. Pittsburgh is primed and ready to roll in the playoffs but what is their identity? I have a sneaking suspicion Benny rips off one heck of a game Sunday.

Alex Collins SEA vs LAR (5th)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,000)

Seattle Seahawks RB Alex Collins

Football is a funny sport. DFS is even more wacky! A 26-year-old running back like Collins get a crack at carrying the ball this season after some injuries and illnesses and here we are! Limited carries (2,11 and 5) yet back-to-back games with a touchdown. There is little to no upside here. More like an educated punt play.

Rashaad Penny SEA vs LAR (5th)(FD-$4,800)(DK-$4,000)

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny

This is the NFL Playoffs it is not wise to punt or stray too far from the studs. That is exactly what losing DFS players will tell you. A few quick searches and you will see Penny has taken on a larger role each week since his return. Penny makes for a nice compliment this weekend at home vs the Rams.

Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT vs CLE (7th)(FD-$4,600)(DK-$4,000)

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Anthony McFarland Jr.

What are the chances rookie RB McFarland Jr. getting any amount of substantial work Sunday night? Not high! Not likely! On the off-chance Tomlin switches gears mid-game then there is no reason to roster Anthony.

WIDE RECIEVER

Chase Claypool PIT vs CLE (24th)(FD-$6,100)(DK-$5,200)

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool

We have all heard social media telling us it is tough to choose what PIT WR will go off week-to-week. Yet the targets for Claypool have been steady! His last four games the targets are as follows; 6, 8, 6 and 11. Chase will get a rematch vs the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night and I could not be more excited!

Darnell Mooney CHI @ NO (22nd)(FD-$5,400)(DK-$3,900)

Chicago Bears rookie WR Darnell Mooney

Mooney has had a fantastic rookie year. Capping off his 2020 season catching 11 of 13 targets for 93 yards. More importantly, Sunday in New Orleans, the Chicago Bears will need to keep pace with Brees and the loaded Saints offense.

Zach Pascal IND @ BUF (5th)(FD-$5,300)(DK-$3,700)

Indianapolis Colts WR Zach Pascal

No one has mentioned Zach and his last three games. Ten receptions and three touchdowns. Sometimes DFS is about the match-up more than the actual player. I know, it sounds silly but that is what we have here for Pascal. Buffalo should hang 30+ points in this one forcing Phil and Pascal to be heavily involved.

Michael Pittman Jr. IND @ BUF (5th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$3,500)

Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman Jr. has ridden the rookie WR wave in terms of production, but the talent is there! The same could be said for Pittman as stated for Pascal. It is no secret, but I am going to be stacking Colts this weekend.

Gabriel Davis BUF vs IND (17th)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$4,000)

Buffalo Bills rookie WR Gabriel Davis

Now we are talking! Davis has seen four or more targets in Buffalo’s last six games. You will want any and all pieces of this offense you can get your hands-on Saturday.

Miles Boykin BAL @ TEN (31st)(FD-$5,000)(DK-$3,400)

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin

Boykin is not going to pile up PPR points, but he seems to be good for at least one or two deep routes a game.

Cordarrelle Patterson CHI @ NO (22nd)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,000)

Chicago Bears WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Patterson has been a fantastic real-life player for Chicago all season. He sees a mix of receptions, running routes, carrying the football and even special team’s work. His snap count has diminished a touch but again Chicago finds themselves in a touch spot on Sunday in New Orleans.

Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs IND (17th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,300)

Buffalo Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie

Speaking of underappreciated dart throws, Isaiah McKenzie! In the absence of Cole Beasley McKenzie saw work from the slot. Last I checked Beasley is still day-to-day. Will he play? Won’t he play? I am not one to wait around, so I am locking in Isaiah this weekend.

Cam Sims WSH vs TB (19th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,900)

Washington Football Team WR Cam Sims

Cam has really come on strong as of late. To the tune of 19 receptions his last five games. Sims is by no means a world beater or stud WR, yet, but he is earned a larger role moving forward. No time like the present! Wild Card weekend!

Marquez Callaway NO vs CHI (8th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,100)

New Orleans WR Marquez Callaway

The Saints have dealt with offensive injuries all season. Opening some sort of work for Callaway. He is seen back-to-back four target games and his pricing on both sites is perfect!

TIGHT END

Cole Kmet CHI @ NO (26th)(FD-$5,300)(DK-$3,000)

Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet

Cole has been learning and growing in this offense all season. Kmet has tallied 22 total targets the last four weeks. The Saints are not all that good against opposing TE’s. It is a perfect storm on Sunday afternoon.

Jonnu Smith TEN vs BAL (11th)(FD-$5,200)(DK-$3,200)

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith

Jonnu has flamed out. Started out strong and just flopped. Large in part to an injury. Yet at this time of the season in DFS we need to build the best possible lines. By now hopefully you are aware of my propensity to punt tight ends. The upside for Jonnu is too high to pass.

Jimmy Graham CHI @ NO (26th)(FD-$5,100)(DK-$3,300)

Chicago Bears veteran TE Jimmy Graham

Revenge game? Look, sometimes we must cling to anything and everything positive. Jimmy has not played for New Orleans since 2014. Jimmy has scored eight touchdowns this season. Not to mention two multi-TD games. It is Wild Card weekend! Let us get wild! Would we dare stack Chicago tight ends?

Dawson Knox BUF vs IND (6th)(FD-$4,900)(DK-$3,200)

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox

Social media has talked down about Knox. Let us not make him a thing to be specific. While I understand, I do not agree. This Buffalo Bills offense is high powered and certain players get lost in the shuffle. There should be no issue taking a flier on Knox Saturday.

Jacob Hollister SEA vs LAR (16th)(FD-$4,700)(DK-$2,700)

Seattle Seahawks TE Jacob Hollister

At this stage of the article what more can we say? The positive here, Hollister has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks! This game is going to be tight. Separated by three or four points.

Jack Doyle IND @ BUF (30th)(FD-$4,500)(DK-$2,900)

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle

The Colts have several passable players at tight end. Trey Burton and Mo Al-Cox to be specific. Yet I passionately believe Doyle is the guy the lean on at the position in Buffalo on Saturday.

Cameron Brate TB @ WSH (7th)(FD-$4,500)(DK-$2,700)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate

Again, nothing fancy just a punt-able play with upside this week at tight end. Playoff Gronk and playoff Brady are a thing to behold! Who is to say Brate cannot see a little action?

Vance McDonald PIT vs CLE (25th)(FD-$4,500)(DK-$4,500)

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald

Only mentioning Vance in the case Eric Ebron is still out on the COVID-IR for Sunday nights game. If that is the case, then let us give McDonald a shot.

Anthony Firkser TEN vs BAL (11th)(FD-$4,400)(DK-$2,700)

Tennessee Titans TE Anthony Firkser

If you have an issue with Jonnu then let us turn our attention to Firkser! Did Jonnu screw you over in your seasonal leagues? Have a negative interaction with him? Then Firkser is your tight end! BAL @ TEN has the highest o/u of the weekend. Sitting at 54 total points. I am easy to please, so this sways it for me!

Lee Smith BAL vs IND (6th)(FD-$4,200)(DK-$2,500)

Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith

I am not trying to fool anyone here. Lee is 100% in Bottom of the Barrel because of his week 16 performance. At least we now know the Bills have some sort of room for him on the field!

Here are some of my sample lines I am going to use for Super Wild Card Weekend! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

Fanduel 1/9 Sat-Sun

Also look for updated lines closer to lock on Saturday morning 1/9/21! Also Sunday morning 1/10/21!

Draftkings 1/9 Sat-Sun

Look for some updated lines for the Saturday only and Sunday only slates too!

That is, it! Did I miss someone?

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NFL Playoff Predictor

Playoff Predictor
12/22/20
Samuel Gebhart https://twitter.com/HTownAndDown96

Another Week come and gone and my second to last installment of my NFL Playoff predictions are here with lots of changes to both conferences as well as some new fantasy player value changes. Let me know what you think, and if this is the playoff bracket you could see going down!

Legend:
Fantasy Value Up: ↗
Fantasy Value Down: ↘
Fantasy Value No Change: −

1. Detroit Lions: 25 v Tennessee Titans: 46

Detroit bit the big one weeks ago. Yet still could not contain Derrick Henry on Sunday.

Derrick Henry once again reminded us why he is the king, and Ryan Tannehill lit up the skies simultaneously throwing for 273 yards and 3 pass touchdowns finally dethroning anyone who claims Tannehill is riding on the coat tail of Henry. (including myself) The Ball was spread around a lot, and though he didn’t throw the ball a lot, he was deadly accurate making multiple deep passes count. Despite their run heavy game, Tannehill has been relatively steady in his production and remains a top 10 option moving forward. There’s not too many negatives about this Tennessee offense, all of their starters ought to be reliable floor streamers week in and out with the exception of Jonnu Smith and 3rd team receivers who tend to have dry spells since Vrabel’s game script is generally pretty run heavy when the Titans lead by halftime.

As for the Lions, DFS stacks involving Stafford and one of his receivers continue to please. The battered yet determined Stafford is a once of kind leader, and one we don’t see too often, routinely playing through various injuries, his performance is remarkable, however he remains a fringe fantasy play especially for those in the championship game. Much like the Titans, this Lions team is starting to move to the ground game as its primary means of attack. D’andre swift has effortlessly cemented his role as lead back and continues to fill in with the help of legendary future hall of famer Adrian Peterson. However, Detroit fantasy owners should be weary of starting anyone on the ground against Tampa Bay in week 15 and their brick wall run defense. Look to Stafford to air it out again, especially to Hockenson and Marvin Jones who dominated his target share against Tennessee

Matt Stafford − Ryan Tannehill ↗
D’andre Swift ↗ Derrick Henry ↗
Adrian Peterson − AJ Brown ↗
Marvin Jones ↗ Corey Davis −
TJ Hockenson − Jonnu Smith ↘

2. LA Rams: 20 v NY Jets: 23

Jared Goff and the LA Rams were the laughing stock of the league after losing to New York Jets.

For the first time in the 2020 season the Jets have a win, and they earned it against one of the best defenses in the league, nonetheless. Unfortunately for Jets fans this does not come with too much excitement given they’ve since been pushed back in first round draft placement. Honestly…I wouldn’t think too much of it. Teams have down weeks sometimes, this one probably the result of “easy opponent” mindset. You can best believe that Sean McVay and co will tighten up all ends of their game plan as they coast into playoff contention. However, this fault in the chemistry and overall lack of explosiveness on offense is enough for me to rethink their playoff potential. If it is enough for a team like the Jets to expose, its enough to keep you out of the race for a ring. Oh boy was it was embarrassing.

Despite the win, Sam Darnold and company really did not get much going on offense. Sam threw only his 6th passing TD and garnered another fumble too. Frank gore got a TD on the ground, but that was a fluke score. Both teams played very modest and un-interesting games. Fans on both sides went home upset. Quite frankly, in terms of fantasy I’d say its best to pretend like this game didn’t even happen. Most of these guys are desperation plays anyways and if you’re on your way to the championship you probably have some better options.

Sam Darnold ↘ Jared Goff −
Frank Gore − Cam Akers −
Jamison Crowder − Robert Woods ↗
Denzel Mims − Cooper Kupp ↗
Chris Hogan ↘ Tyler Higbee −
Christopher Herndon ↘ Gerald Everett −

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 31 v Atlanta Falcons: 27

The Atlanta Falcons once again could not seal the deal. As Tampa Bay overcame at 17 point deficit to win on Sunday.

Down by 17 late in the game, this victory by Brady seemed all too familiar. Granted this was just a regular season divisional game and not the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, the Falcons easily exposed Tampa’s holes and rose to 24-7 before Tom Brady once again proved to us why he has earned the title “The Goat”. Now 43, Tom Brady has put the Buccaneers In the fight for what would be his 10th title run. Despite the Falcons pitfalls, both Matt Ryan and Brady shared similar passing stats and should maintain their pace of airing it out as both teams routinely play from behind.

Leonard Fournette filled in well for the COVID/Reserve designated Ronald Jones. But fantasy owners should expect Lenny to take a back seat when Ronald Jones returns. The expectation crushing Todd Gurley was also irrelevant, and interim Falcons HC Raheem Morris alluded to Ito Smith being the premier back from here on out too. Lots of mix ups late in the season, certainly not the last for this team going into the off season. For now, the array of passing threats from both teams remain top streaming options. Both quarterbacks throw the ball frequently, accurately, ensuring a modest game from nearly every 1st and 2nd team passing option even at their floor.

Tom Brady ↗ Matt Ryan −
Ronald Jones ↗ Todd Gurley ↘
Leonard Fournette ↘ Ito Smith ↗
Mike Evans ↗ Julio Jones −
Chris Godwin ↗ Russell Gage −
Antonio Brown − Calvin Ridley ↗
Scott Miller − Hayden Hurst −
Rob Gronkowski −

Have a great holiday! Enjoy yourselves and be safe! Look for my next Playoff Predictor article same time next week!

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Here’s to a fantastic holiday season!

NFL Playoff Predictor

NFL Playoff Predictor
12/15/20
Samuel Gebhart https://twitter.com/HTownAndDown96

NFL PLAYOFF Predictions (As of week 14)

Note from the editor,

Samuel, our graphics guy, here at DFS Cheat Sheet loves the NFL playoffs. In turn he’s going to be writing a series of playoff predictor articles each week leading up to the actual NFL playoffs! Thank you Samuel. Enjoy! – Chris Robin

One week closer! Surprisingly, nothing has changed for my outlook on the AFC. The Chiefs are still making strides across the league at every turn and should not be underestimated despite the (once perfect) record from ANY team. The NFC however is an ever-changing gauntlet of teams ready to put someone on notice on any given Sunday. With that being said… here are my thoughts on a few of the biggest matchups of Week 14, and some fantasy player value changes moving into the 2nd round of Fantasy playoffs… Tell me what you think! Who would you like to see? Could you see this Super bowl happen?

The defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to assert their AFC dominance once again.

↗ Fantasy Value up
− Fantasy Value the same
↘ Fantasy Value down

Houston Texans: 7 v Chicago Bears: 36

Any remaining glimmer of hope that the Texans would make it out of this season with their dignity left was finally crushed. How easy did Bill O’Brien really get off by just getting fired? It’s embarrassing. This team’s defense is embarrassing. Aside from Zach Cunningham, I’d be scared to stream anyone from it. The Offense does not look too promising anymore either. In addition to the non-existent run game, the receiving corps is on its last legs too with the recent loss of Kenny Stills and Will Fuller. Watson made it clear post game that he intends to start the last 3 games of the season, and his top 10 performances should remain consistent. Fantasy owners should expect him to put more of the game on his shoulders as he has many times before. But be weary of inexperienced receivers still establishing chemistry this late in the season. Now is no time to get cute with the lineups… You have better options.

The Chicago bears however have rejoiced with their first win in months after falling from 5-1 to 5-7 prior to this game. Now sitting at 6-7 the always-confused-QB-room is still in the fight for a wild card playoff berth. Do they get it? No, if you ask me. But that won’t stop Trubisky from being as dialed in as we’ve ever seen as he fights for a contract, and his first shot at the post season. His fantasy value, as well as David Montgomery’s especially will continue to rise as they have some favorable matchups on tap, especially for the run game.

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky

Deshaun Watson ↗ ↗ Mitchell Trubisky
Keke Coutee − ↗ Allen Robinson
David Johnson ↘ ↗ David Montgomery
Duke Johnson − ↗ Darnell Mooney
Jordan Akins − ↗ Jimmy Graham

Pittsburg Steelers: 15 vs Buffalo Bills: 26

Was this the last time Juju dances on an opposing field logo? I sure hope so. Mike Tomlin and co finally have their game script cracked for the 2nd time, maybe this time it’ll be enough to change things up. Obviously, you can’t keep making Big Ben throw 50 times a game. But given their matchups on tap, and the production from James Connor, they probably will. Speaking of which…is James Connor even in the NFL still? The last game he got more than 50 yards was week 11 against a bottom 5 Defense, and before that it was week 7. No TD’s since week 8. Hasn’t been targeted as much for passes recently. And I get it… He has been some nursing some stuff, but he is back finally, and next week’s favorable matchup for Connor does not make me feel any more confident in starting him. Meanwhile, the committee of wideouts is sure to continue seeing their fair spread of targets as Ben fights for his chance at another title before he hangs it up.

Buffalo’s story is not much different. They are one of the best teams in the league that everyone is sleeping on. Their record came to them in a different order than the steelers, but realistically they’re almost the same team. They are also not really running the ball that much right now. When they do, it is a committee operation. Neither can be trusted. Josh Allen looks fantastic, mobile, strong. He’s a top 5 QB right now. Stefon Diggs looks fantastic. He’s a top 5 WR right now. Cole Beasley even… in the top 25. I mean….Sean McDermott and his defensive knowledge and weapons on offense really should be raising eyebrows at this point. This is a Superbowl Contending team. All their starters are doing great. They have some tougher matchups up next that will be the real test of their will. Go with your gut. Start your studs. Bills are getting it done.

Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs

Josh Allen ↗ Ben Roethlisberger −
Stefon Diggs ↗ Juju Smith-Schuster −
Cole Beasley − Chase Claypool ↗
Devin Singleterry ↘ Dionte Johnson ↗
Zach Moss ↘ James Connor −
Dawson Knox − Eric Ebron −

Baltimore Ravens: 47 v Clevland Browns: 42

Call it a down day for the Browns. Call it a rebound game for the Ravens. Whatever. Ravens got a lot of work to do if they want to make the post season still. And the browns once again reminded us that they’re not the browns they used to be. Ravens star RB Lamar Jackson once again lit up the back field reinforcing once again that he is not a good passer. 11 out of only 17 pass attempts were caught, but he had 2 Rushing TD’s and 124 rush yards. More than JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards combined. So… in terms of fantasy, if run game matchup looks good and Ravens O-line continues to collapse, Lamar should be good. On the flip side however, this game script renders almost every other skills player on the team irrelevant and extraordinarily boom or bust depending on TD’s. Even the likes of Mark Andrews have seen the lowest of the lows. Be careful streaming anyone but Lamar.

As for the browns, Baker Mayfield commanded another awe-inspiring performance late in the game. Throwing for 343 yards, 3 Total touchdowns, 28/47 attempts. One of only 3 games on the season with 35 or more attempts though. Granted the Baltimore pass defense isn’t all that great. They also let up 213 total yards to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined, both of whom scored too. The loss of OBJ has not slowed down Baker, or the offensive powerhouse mind of Stefanski at all. And so long as Baker keeps passing TD’s, everyone should fare relatively well moving forward. He now has 3 straight games with at least 2 passing TD’s and 250 or more pass yards in each. In 12-man leagues especially, baker should be worth considering for streaming. The only 2 folks I’d be weary about are Hunt and Hooper. Hunt is back to inconsistency, just like last year behind Chubb. We expected that, and he’s only ever been a confident start against poor defenses. As for Hooper…Baker just isn’t a TE targeting man. Any Cleveland TE should be an absolute last resort.

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb

Lamar Jackson ↗ ↗ Baker Mayfield
JK Dobbins − ↗ Nick Chubb
Gus Edwards ↘ − Kareem Hunt
Mark Andrews − − Jarvis Landry
Marquise Brown ↘ − Rashard Higgins
Devin Duvernay ↘ ↘ Austin Hooper

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Fantasy Playoff Must-Haves!

Fantasy Playoff Must Haves
12/5/20
Samuel Gebhart https://twitter.com/HTownAndDown96

A note from the editor,

The fantasy football community is special. It’s supportive, positive and even helpful. Along the way certain people stick out. There are thousands of interactions a week. Sometimes hundreds in a day. The willingness to help others is what I find beautiful. In recent months Samuel Gebhart reached out and asked how he could be of assistance. A selfless act by a man who wanted to get involved. In turn, Samuel is now our graphics guy! After some time he got the itch. The itch to write! So editing and publishing his first article was the least we could do! Thank you Samuel. We appreciate your hard work.

Fantasy Football season playoffs are rapidly approaching, and with the trade deadline come and gone in most formats you’re probably trying to evaluate if you got what it takes to make a run for the title. Or maybe you’re headed for the toilet bowl title! Who knows, but if you’re like me, you have at least one or two leagues in contention. Below you’ll find your league-winner guys with the best playoff outlooks. Players who are going to get you through the gauntlet. This article pertains to weeks 14,15 and week 16 match-ups, and will not include bonafide stud’s like Patrick Mahomes, or Dalvin Cook. If for whatever reason you have them and are not sure if you should start them or not, you’re probably not in playoff contention anyways.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen (PIT / DEN / NE)

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen

I know I said, “No Stud’s”. But for the first time in a long time, the AFC East looks competitive again! Despite Buffalo’s tough week 14 matchup against the league best Pittsburg Steelers, The Bills seem primed for their first division title in 25 years. Fortunately for Josh Allen fantasy owners, the 2 final rounds of playoffs (Denver and New England) really offer a chance for the 3rd year star to shine as he continues to fight for Buffalo’s 2nd straight playoff appearance. As it stands now, Allen is currently the No.2 QB overall and is on track to throw for 4500 yards with a game average of roughly 280 passing yards. Now sitting at 7-3, Josh Allen and co. do not seem to be deterred one bit by the 5th hardest schedule in the league. Fantasy owners should continue to set-and-forget Allen come playoff time, especially in the final 2 weeks when he faces The Broncos and fellow division rival The Patriots, who both allow more than 220 pass yards a game on average.

Tom Brady ( MIN / ATL / DET)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady

If the last 20 years have taught us anything, it’s that nothing is scarier than Tom Brady coming back for blood. Newly dubbed “Tampa Brady” continues to raise the bar at the age of 43 week-in and week-out. Currently sitting happily as the #6 QB overall, Brady is in the running for what would be his 4th league MVP award. And it only gets easier from here. Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put together arguably one of the scariest receiver corps the league has seen in the Superbowl era. Whether or not you believe it is besides the point. With the Greatest quarterback of all time under center, Brady fantasy owners (especially those with a QB + WR stack) should feel safe knowing that Week 14,15, and 16 are all against bottom 10 ranked pass defenses.

Jared Goff ( NE / NYJ / SEA )

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff

Sean McVay and the Rams have really been through the gauntlet the first half of the season. In large part, they have their defense to thank for still being in the fight for a division title. Nevertheless, things start to simmer down on the offensive side of the ball on the back end of the season. Most of their match-ups feature opposing teams with powerhouse offenses that make up for defensive inefficiencies. To make up ground, and to compensate for their committee running back corps, expect Goff to throw the ball more frequently and for more pass yards almost effortlessly against the win-less Jets, and the 32nd ranked Seattle Seahawks pass Defense who have allowed a Top 10 QB rating 6 of the first 9 games.

Three other quarterbacks to consider!

Aaron Rodgers ( DET / CAR / TEN)

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Ben Roethlisberger ( BUF / CIN / IND )

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

Ryan Tannehill ( JAX / DET / GB)

Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill

RUNNING BACKS

David Montgomery ( HOU / MIN / JAX)

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery

Unfortunately for 2nd year starter, 2020 has (So far) been a year to forget so-to-speak. Through the first 10 weeks, David Montgomery has yet to break 500 yards on the season and currently has only 1 TD under his belt, routinely aggravating fantasy owner’s nationwide. It is tough rationalizing throwing him into the RB1 spot in any league format. However… Futures are bright for the young back as he continues to lead the backfield of arguably the most dysfunctional QB room in the league. Bears offense should continue to check-down to Monte as well as pass it off, especially during the 3 Fantasy playoff match-ups where game scripts will lean on the run heavily. Between Houston, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, 29 rushing TD’s have been allowed through the first 10 weeks, and all 3 rank in the bottom 10 for rush defense routinely allowing top 10 running back performances to opposing teams.

Joe Mixon ( DAL / PIT / HOU )

Cincinnati Bengal’s RB Joe Mixon

Not unlike David Montgomery, Mixon has left fantasy owners frustrated. Especially after coming off his 2nd 1100+ yard season. Expectations were high for him considering he has entered his contract year, but the usually cautious Bengals offense continues to struggle moving the ball down the field. However, also not unlike Monte, Joe Mixon has some favorable fantasy playoff match-ups and owners should be able to relax knowing he will surely continue to pick up speed much like previous seasons wherein he started off slow. Prior to his foot injury, Mixon averaged 20 attempts a game, 8 more than interim starter Giovani Bernard’s average. Providing he is good to go, Mixon should retain high-end RB2 value headed into weeks 14-16 against the 8th easiest opponents for fantasy RB’s.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire ( MIA / NO / ATL )

Kansas City Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards Helaire

Andy Reid and Veach probably didn’t plan on starting Clyde that much this year at all when they drafted him, but after unexpected circumstances forced their hand, it was a welcome surprise to see him fall into place so effortlessly. As if any running back in Andy Reid’s system hasn’t before. The Rookie out of LSU currently sits in the top 15 running back rankings and should be heavily leaned on as the chiefs effortlessly roll through these last few weeks to what they hope will be their 3rd first round bye week in a row. Providing he isn’t still nursing any lingering injuries; Clyde should be a solid RB2 based on his touches alone through the playoffs against a stout Miami and New Orleans Defense. Fantasy owners who make it to the championship game should expect a potential game-winning bounce back game against an Atlanta Defense that currently ranks 31st in average points-against per game.

Ronald Jones (Min / ATL / DET )

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones II

Kenyan Drake ( NYG /PHI / SF )

Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake

D’Andre Swift ( GB / TEN / TB )

Detroit Lions rookie RB D’Andre Swift

WIDE RECEIVER

Tyler Lockett ( NYJ / WAS / LAR )

Seattle Seahawks

If inconsistency and Tyler Lockett do not go together best than I’m not sure what does. At least from a fantasy perspective, he always seems to be in the top 5 argument one week and is irrelevant the next. Maybe Russel just spreads the ball by weeks. Who Knows? What we DO know, is despite the Megatron-like DK Metcalf’s dominance, sometimes Defenses figure him out. Take week 10 against division rival the LA Rams as an example. DK was held to 2 receptions and less than 30 total yards. Guess who subsequently had a pretty fair game? Yeah.. And it only gets better from here. First facing the Jets in Week 14, and 2 stout defenses in week 15, and 16, expect Lockett to be leaned on more as defensive backfields continue to attempt to contain DK in these fiery match-ups as Seattle hunts for another division title in arguably the most competitive division in the league.

Allen Robinson II ( HOU / MIN / JAX )

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson II

Within the mess of things that is the Chicago Offense lies Allen Robinson who continues to prove himself. Few receivers can experience drastic shifts in QB play and maintain the level of play Robinson has. Now with Mitch Trubisky back in the mix, it appears as if the pro bowl wide out should continue to maximize his potential. Especially after falling from 5-1 to 5-6, expect Trubisky to work hard to not only secure a chance at a wild card birth but also keep his job.

Brandin Cooks: ( CHI /IND / CIN )

Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks

In less than 1 week from what might be the greatest performance of his Career, Texans WR1 Will Fuller received a suspension for the remainder of the season on abuse of the NFL’s policy on PED’s. Furthermore, the day before this news broke, it was announced that veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills had been released. Now, defacto WR1 Brandin Cooks looks to receive a substantial number of vacated targets from Deshaun Watson who has been stunning teams across the league this last half of the season. Too bad for Houston fans it took this long. Now sitting 3rd in the AFC South at 4-7, its hard to imagine any chance the Texans making the playoffs still remains. But that does not deter Deshaun and the rejuvenated offense as he continues to offer crowd pleasing performances and remain one of the most consistent QB’s in the league who’s averaged 291 yards and 2.5 passing TD’s A GAME. Despite the match-ups, Brandin Cooks’ floor is now high enough that he should be safe to stream for the rest of season as a WR2 with a lot of upside.

A.J. Brown ( JAX / DET / GB )

Tennessee Titan WR A.J. Brown

Jarvis Landry ( BAL / NYG / NYJ )

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry

Terry McLaurin (SF / SEA / CAR )

Washington Redskins WR Terry McLaurin

TIGHT END

Darren Waller: ( IND / LAC / MIA )

Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller

Most TE’s are fairly interchangeable. Everyone has their week on any given Sunday but generally speaking no one really becomes a regular rest of season set-and-forget type guy outside of the top 5 or 6 TE’s. Waller, however, is one of those guys who has broken that threshold. Unfortunately, The Raiders have experienced a variety of difficulties recently, including an abundance of offensive turnovers. His fantasy playoff match-ups are not particularly great either. But at the end of the day, all things considered, when Carr is in a pinch and the run game is struggling, Waller is one of his go-to check down targets. So, in terms of Tight End’s, Waller can be trusted to put up modest but useful numbers in these few games as he has throughout the season despite what the match-up might look like. Providing the turnover problem is resolved, Darren Waller’s high snap count and target rate is reassuring that he usually isn’t a Touchdown dependent fantasy asset. Although it does help.

Hunter Henry: ( ATL / LV / DEN )

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry

Much Like Darren Waller, Hunter Henry sees a large snap count and target percentage. Even when Phillip Rivers was at the helm, Henry has always maintained a pivotal role in the offense being one of the most versatile players on the team. His ability to run routes, block, and catch makes him a true Swiss army knife. Unfortunately, he has only eclipsed more than 50 yards twice on the season, but lucky for his fantasy owners he is currently on a streak of 3 straight weeks with double digit scores as he continues to be one of Justin Herbert favorite check down targets. Henry will keep up the momentum as he wraps up a huge contract year on a franchise tag thanks to the new rookie sensation QB1 Justin Herbert.

T.J. Hockenson ( CHI / GB / TEN )

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson

Mark Andrews ( CLE / JAX / NYG )

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews

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Hot Pucking Stacks 8/14

Hot Pucking Stacks
8/14/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Not sure if I’ve said this yet but the NHL action has been outstanding! I’m hooked! So happy and humbled to have this outlet to speak about the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

No time to waste! I’m bursting at the seems to get these stacks out!

COL (3.0) @ ARZ (2.4)
MTL (2.4) @ PHI (2.8)
VAN (2.5) @ STL (2.8)
NYI (2.6) @ WSH (2.7)
DAL (2.6) @ CGY (2.6)

FANDUEL                                            DRAFTKINGS

Main (5) 2p EST                                  Main (5) 2p EST
After Hours (2) 8p                               Late (3) 6:30p

CALGARY 1                                         DALLAS 1

Sean Monahan L1 & PP1                   Tyler Seguin L1 & PP2
Johnny Gaudreau L1 & PP1              Jamie Benn L1 & PP1
Elias Lindholm L1 & PP1                   Alexander Radulov L1 & PP1

I mention both teams in the same breath strictly for game stack purposes! Both goalies in this series have not been good. Not to mention they playing less then 24 hours after the first one!

COLORADO 1

Nathan Mackinnon L1 & PP1
Mikko Rantanen L1 & PP1
Vlad Namestrov L1

COL v ARZ tonight makes me nervous. COL is extremely talented offensively but ARZ has shown an air tight defense at times. I could see this game ended 1-0 or 2-1. Stack at your own risk!

WASHINGTON 1

Evgeny Kuznetsov L1 & PP1
Alex Ovechkin L1 & PP1
Tom Wilson L1 & PP1

The Caps need to win tonight. They have the talent and speed to score in bunches.

ST. LOUIS 2

Ryan O’Reilly L2 & PP1
David Perron L2 & PP1
Zach Sanford L2

ST. LOUIS 1

Brayden Schenn L1 & PP1
Vlad Tarasenko L1 & PP2
Jaden Schwartz L1 & PP1

I have this sneaky suspicion the Blues put a hurting on VAN tonight.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2

Brock Nelson L2 & PP2
Anthony Beauvillier L2 & PP2
Josh Bailey L2 & PP2

The Islanders are very well balanced and could really put WSH in a bad spot tonight if they win. NYI have been a favorite stack of mine for months now. Look for them to put their foot on gas!

PHILADELPHIA 2

Kevin Hayes L1 & PP2
Travis Konecny L2 & PP1
Scott Laughton L2

ARIZONA 2

Derek Stephan L2 & PP2
Clayton Keller L2 & PP1
Lawson Crouse L2

Cheap sneaky stack tonight here!

Make sure to keep an eye out for an updated line closer to lock! 3p EST!

FD 8/14 Main

Here are two of my sample lines I’m going to use this afternoon! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

DK 8/14 Main

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Hot Pucking Stacks 8/3 (3 free lines)

Hot Pucking Stacks
8/3/2020
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Win some lose some right? Yesterday stung! My favorite stack, Toronto, was shut out last night! How in the heck? Just when you think you have it all figured out!

That’s the beauty of DFS! DAILY fantasy sports! We’re able to start fresh today. Oh boy are we going to do that. Get back on the horse! Milk the cash cow!

Early lock yet again on the NHL slate at 12p EST. Here are the breakdowns for Fanduel and Draftkings.

FANDUEL                                             DRAFTKINGS

Early Only (2) 12p EST                        Main (5) 2:30p EST
All Day (5) 2:30p                                  Turbo (2) 4p
Main (3) 6:30p                                      Late (2) 8p
After Hours (2) 8p

Let’s start on Fanduel with the Early Only if you don’t mind.

CAROLINA 1

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho L1 & PP1
Teuvo Teravainen L1 & PP1
Andrei Svchnikov L1 & PP1

CAROLINA 2

Vincent Trocheck L2 & PP2
Nino Niederreiter L2 & PP2
Martin Necas L2 & PP2

NEW YORK RANGERS 2

Ryan Strom L2 & PP1
Artemi Panarin L2 & PP2
Kaapo Kakko L2 & PP2

NEW YORK RANGERS 1

Mika Zibanejad L1 & PP1
Chris Kreider L1 & PP1
Pavel Buchnevich L1 & PP1

CALGARY 1

Sean Monahan L1 & PP1
Johnny Gaudreau L1 & PP1
Elias Lindholm L1 & PP1

WINNIPEG 2

Adam Lowry L1 & PP2
Nikolaj Ehlers L2
Jack Roslovic L2 & PP1

Let touch the rest of the slate now. As you can see the two Early Only games offer a ton of upside and fantasy points. It’s Monday and the slate locks noon. It’s not ideal for us working folks but sit down and lunch and toss a line in!

TAMPA BAY 1

Brayden Point L1 & PP1
Nikita Kucherov L1 & PP1
Ondrej Palat L1 & PP1

CHICAGO 1

Jonathon Toews L1 & PP1
Dominik Kubalik L1 & PP2
Brandon Saad L1 & PP2

EDMONTON 2

Leon Draisaitl L2 & PP1
Kailer Yamamoto L2 & PP2
Tyler Ennis L2

MONTREAL 2

Nick Suzuki L2 & PP1
Joel Armia L2 & PP2
Jonathon Drouin L2 & PP1

You might ask yourself, “No Vegas Golden Knights?” Or what about Washington or Pittsburgh? After careful consideration I’m not stacking their top lines. They are so expensive and I believe the production will not warrant their high prices!

FD Early Only 12p

I’m providing my normal MAIN sample line along with an ALL DAY line. Again, I don’t know another site or page that gives away sample lines like this. Take advantage!

FD All Day 2:30p

Make sure to keep an eye out for an updated line closer to EACH lock! 12p, 2:30p, 6:30p and 8p EST!

FD Main 6:30p

These are my sample lines I’m going to use tonight! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

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Hot Pucking Stacks 8/2 (TWO lines)

Hot Pucking Stacks
8/2/2020
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Hockey is back and I couldn’t be more excited! We kicked off our DFS lines with a bang yesterday! The Hot Pucking Stacks sample Main and Express lines did very well! Main finished with 190.4 points. While Hot Puck Express finished over 200 points, 202.4 to be exact! That was yesterday though!

We could all argue Sundays are better loaded with sports. We could also argue Sunday is the best day of the week. However you see it we’re loaded with playoff hockey!

FANDUEL                                     DRAFTKINGS
Early Only (2) 2p EST                  Main (2) 2p EST
All Day (5) 2p                               Late (3) 6:30p
Main (3) 6:30p
After Hours (2) 8p

ARZ (2.5) @ NSH (2.8)
PHI (2.6) @ BOS (2.8)
STL (2.7) @ COL (2.8)
CBJ (2.8) @ TOR (3.1)
MIN (2.8) @ VAN (2.8)

Two things stand out to me today. Toronto (3.1) and Colorado (2.8). Should be no surprise that the Maple Leafs are heavy chalk today! Which is fine! Lets run with that and look into other stacks to compliment TOR.

I could also see a case to stack Vancouver (2.8) and Colorado (2.8).

TORONTO 1

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthew L1 & PP1
William Nylander L1 & PP1
Zach Nyman L1 & PP1

I fully expect Toronto to steam roll the Blue Jackets in this series. CBJ was crumbling and loaded with injuries. Fast forward to now and they don’t do well in an underdog roll. Like 1-7 their last 8 as the underdog.

TORONTO 2

Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares L2 & PP1
Mitch Marner L2 & PP1
Ilya Mikheyev L2

ARIZONA 2

Arizona Coyotes

Nick Schmaltz L2 & PP2
Phil Kessel L2 & PP1
Carl Soderberg L2 & PP2

The extended time off helped Arizona big time. Time to let their goalies get healthy. ARZ never really lit the ice on fire during the regular season but now it’s the playoff and anyone can sneak away with a win and three goals. ARZ 2 is a fantastic way to compliment to TOR1 or COL1 today!

VANCOUVER 2

Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson L2 & PP1
JT Miller L2 & PP1
Tyler Toffoli L2 & PP1

Not much to say here about VAN, during the regular season they were a main-stay in Hot Puck due in part to their cheap prices and steady point streams. I find VAN to be risky tonight. Their defense is suspect and leaky. Perfect transition to mention…

MINNESOTA 1

Minnesota Wild

Eric Staal L1 & PP1
Kevin Fiala L1 & PP1
Jordan Greenway L1

The Wild are very well balanced and their price is perfect! I find the Wild to be phenomenal value today vs. a leaky VAN defense! Go! Go! Go!

COLORADO 1

Colorado Avalanche

Nathan Mackinnon L1 & PP1
Mikko Rantanen L1 & PP1
Andre Burakovsky L1 & PP2

This one is odd to me today. COL1 and even COL2 were a stack stack stack during the regular season. Now it’s August and their matched up with the Blues. St. Louis looked like they recaptured that Stanley Cup magic from last season. I find this odd because I fully expect the masses to roll with STL today. Does that mean COL1 will be under owned? Not chalk? If I’m right and that’s the case then I’m ALL IN on the Avalanche today!

COLUMBUS 2

Columbus Blue Jackets

Boone Jenner L2 & PP2
Cam Atkinson L2 & PP1
Gustav Nyquist L2 & PP1

Only reason I mention CBJ2 today is the ole Kansas City shuffle. Zig when other zag. When people are looking left we go right. Realistically I don’t think anybody will be on CBJ today. Let also be honest here, TOR is going to score, a lot. Columbus will have no other option but to keep pace. Let’s zig today friends!

FD 8/2 All Day

I’m providing my normal MAIN sample line along with a ALL DAY line. Again, I don’t know another site or page that gives away sample lines like this. Take advantage!

FD 8/2 Main

Make sure to keep an eye out for an updated line closer to EACH lock! 2p and 6:30p and 8p EST!

These are my sample lines I’m going to use tonight! Keep in mind these lines are for entertainment purposes! Please play responsible!

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