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Week 12 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Week 12 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Bye: Pittsburgh, Carolina

week 12 fantasy football cheat sheet

Cleveland Browns @ Atlanta Falcons (o/u 47)

Cleveland Browns (+3)

Josh Gordon ($6300 – WR16)
I fully believe that the Gordon hype train has completely run off the tracks and I expect him to be VERY highly owned. Now, that might not be wrong! It’s an amazing matchup as a WR1 going against the Falcons, who’ve allowed 4 TDs in the last five games to WR1s.

Andrew Hawkins ($4900 – WR35)
Hawkins is the player that will hurt the most from the return of Josh Gordon. I don’t think the Browns offense can sustain two fantasy relevant WRs. Expect his targets to dwindle and his production to drop as well.

Brian Hoyer ($5900 – QB20)
Hoyer becomes an interesting play for the price tag. The matchup is juicy and he returns the 2013 NFL receiving leader. Also, if you subscribe to small sample size stats, the last time Hoyer played in a dome, he threw for 321 yards and 3 TDs. Want high risk, high upside? Stack Hoyer and Gordon!

Isaiah Crowell ($3800 – RB42)
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Week 11 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Week 11 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Week 11 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Vikings @ Bears (o/u 46)

Minnesota Vikings (+3.5)

It seems logical to avoid the RB situation in Minnesota. I believe Jerick McKinnon is the most talented back, but he seems to come off the field when the Vikings reach the redzone, then it’s the Matt Asiata show. It’s just a bad situation that I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting either guy.

Cordarrelle Patterson ($3800 – WR47)
A complete flier here, but something points to a successful Patterson day. 19 targets over the last two weeks, even though that’s only accounted for 7 catches. Coming off the bye, I am hoping the Vikings were able to get Teddy Bridgewater and Patterson on the same page because Patterson is still the most skilled player on the roster.

Chicago Bears (-3.5)

Jay Cutler ($7700 – QB7)
It’s very clear that the Bears are not in a good spot at this point in the season. Everything seems to be going wrong. Brandon Marshall’s status is not confirmed for this weekend yet, but even with him, I don’t have confidence in Cutler. The matchup is just not good as the Vikings have allowed the 4th fewest fpts to opposing QBs.

Matt Forte ($10100 – RB1)
It’s expensive, but Forte will be worth the price this week. The way to attack the Vikings is on the ground and Forte is an elite back. He should be able to haul in a few passes as well which raises his floor significantly.

Alshon Jeffery ($5900 – WR21) – Brandon Marshall ($5800 – WR22)
I’d prefer Jeffery over Marshall just because of the overall health of each player, but would advise fading against both of them. Again, this is not a great matchup and I expect the Bears to “get right” by feeding Forte.

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Week 10 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

The week 10 Fantasy Football Player Rankings are out a little later this week, so I apologize.  As always, they take into account the salaries from DraftKings. Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback so either tweet at me or leave a comment!


Rank Name Salary Team Opp.
1 Aaron Rodgers $9,400 GB Chi
2 Peyton Manning $9,700 DEN @Oak
3 Ben Roethlisberger $7,500 PIT @NYJ
4 Matt Ryan $6,300 ATL @TB
5 Drew Brees $8,200 NO SF
6 Carson Palmer $7,700 ARI StL
7 Mark Sanchez $5,400 PHI Car
8 Russell Wilson $7,000 SEA NYG
9 Matthew Stafford $7,100 DET Mia
10 Jay Cutler $7,800 CHI @GB
11 Cam Newton $6,600 CAR @Phi
12 Colin Kaepernick $7,300 SF @NO
13 Tony Romo $7,500 DAL @Jac
14 Joe Flacco $6,900 BAL Ten
15 Michael Vick $5,900 NYJ Pit
16 Ryan Tannehill $7,400 MIA @Det
17 Zach Mettenberger $5,800 TEN @Bal
18 Eli Manning $6,900 NYG @Sea
19 Blake Bortles $5,700 JAC Dal
20 Alex Smith $5,800 KC @Buf
21 Derek Carr $5,500 OAK Den
22 Kyle Orton $6,700 BUF KC
23 Austin Davis $5,600 STL @Ari
24 Josh McCown $5,000 TB Atl

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Week 10 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Week 10 Cheat Sheet

BYE: Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England, San Diego, Washington, Houston

Chiefs @ Bills (o/u 42)

Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)

Jamaal Charles ($6400 – RB7)
Charles doesn’t nearly get the respect he deserves from DraftKings and he one of my favorite plays of the week. I am hoping that other owners see that he faces the Bills and shy away from their supposedly stout defense. However the Bills defense has surrendered 40 points (standard scoring) to opposing RBs the past two weeks. Expect Charles to get plenty of work and be a slight contrarian play.

Travis Kelce ($5100 – TE3)
Tight end is becoming a bit of a wasteland this season, but I don’t think Kelce is the answer is salary cap games. He’s a solid player that you’d love to have in season long formats, but he’s priced above Greg Olsen, Julius Thomas, and Delanie Walker this week who’d I’d prefer any of them over Kelce.

Chiefs Wide Receivers
Here’s a fun fact. The Chiefs have played 8 games and Alex Smith has thrown 11 touchdowns. None of them, I repeat NONE of them, have gone to a KC WR. The position whose job is it to catch touchdowns, have failed to produce a single one yet this season. If you’re curious, 6 have gone to TEs and 4 to RBs, and one to a FB.

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Week 9 DraftKings Lineup Strategy – Review

DraftKings Lineup Strategy

Back, once again, for some more DraftKings Lineup Strategy.  Let’s take a look at some of my Week 9 lineups on DraftKings and see what went right and what went wrong.

As usual, I am always open to trying out new things.  This week, I fired up 6 lineups that I really grinded over. Determined them to be my best lineups and rolled them out in various different matches.

Best Lineup:

Week 9 DraftKings Lineup Strategy

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – DraftKings

Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

Bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Hot off the presses! The Week 9 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet is out early this week! Don’t forget that the pricing is based on DraftKings. If you have specific position questions, please refer to my rankings.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment or shoot us a question/comment on Twitter.

Additionally, you’ll see various references to a team’s DVOA. It stands for “Defense-adjusted Value Over Average”. It’s an advanced metric that takes into account every single play a defense faces. For the full explanation, head over here. Enjoy!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns (o/u 44)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)

Bobby Rainey ($4400 – RB21)
There’s been something fishy all year long with the Bucs backfield. Doug Martin has been completely ineffective, but has held onto his starting role throughout the first 8 weeks. It feels like that’s coming to an end. Rainey continues to outperform Martin, who left last weeks game with an ankle injury. Keep an eye on the Martin situation as Rainey or even Charles Sims who could take over the bulk of the workload for Tampa Bay.

NOTE: Sims is not listed on DK this week. If Martin is out, Rainey becomes a top 15 play for me.

Vincent Jackson ($4500 – WR35) – Mike Evans ($4700 – WR32)
Both of these guys get a great matchup according to DVOA, as the Browns are among the worst in the league in stopping the top two receivers on opposing teams. They are evenly priced, but Glennon has been favoring Evans with a more consistent stream of targets making his floor slightly higher.

Cleveland Browns (+7)

Ben Tate ($4300 – RB22)
This was supposed to be a breakout stretch for Tate who got to face the anemic run defenses of Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tampa Bay in a row! Tate was terrible in the first two legs, combining for just 66 yards on 31 carries. The Browns still want to run the ball, and in a week with 6 teams on bye, it’s hard to pass up this matchup.

Andrew Hawkins ($4900 – WR25)
Hawkins has a high floor simply because of the targets he commands. At least nine targets in six of seven games and faces the Bucs who surrender the most fpts to opposing WRs. I like Hawkins as a cash game play more than PPR, but can’t get too picky if you’re in bye week hell.

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How To Set a DraftKings Lineup for Week 9 Fantasy Football

How to Set up a DraftKings Lineup

A new segment here! I get a lot of questions based on how to construct lineups, where to start, etc.  So I wanted to make a video and show you exactly how to set a DraftKings lineup for Week 9. It provides insight into my though process and the things I look for from my players.  This is specifically for a 50/50 contest of 1-on-1 game.  I will make one for GPPs at some point in the near future.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Week 9 is the week of the BYE.  I counted at least 8 of my usual top 25 WRs on BYE this week. Things get ugly really fast at wide receiver. Remember, these player rankings take into account salaries, so when comparing two players who I find very similar, the cheaper option usually gets the nod. Enjoy!


Rank Name Team Opp.
1 Peyton Manning DEN @NE $9,800
2 Andrew Luck IND @NYG $10,000
3 Tom Brady NE Den $8,400
4 Philip Rivers SD @Mia $8,300
5 Colin Kaepernick SF StL $7,000
6 Russell Wilson SEA Oak $7,800
7 Tony Romo DAL Ari $7,500
8 Nick Foles PHI @Hou $7,700
9 Andy Dalton CIN Jac $6,300
10 Carson Palmer ARI @Dal $6,800
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT Bal $7,500
12 Eli Manning NYG Ind $7,300
13 Robert Griffin III WSH @Min $6,400
14 Joe Flacco BAL @Pit $6,100
15 Ryan Tannehill MIA SD $6,300
16 Alex Smith KC NYJ $5,700
17 Brian Hoyer CLE TB $5,300
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU Phi $5,700
19 Teddy Bridgewater MIN Wsh $5,200
20 Mike Glennon TB @Cle $5,700
21 Blake Bortles JAC @Cin $5,400
22 Michael Vick NYJ @KC $6,600
23 Austin Davis STL @SF $5,500
24 Derek Carr OAK @Sea $5,300

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Week 8 DraftKings Lineup Strategy

Back again to provide some DraftKings lineup strategy. As usual, these are all played on DraftKings. I went with a little different strategy this week. I really like to mix it up a bit every week to see what works and what doesn’t.  Getting out of your comfort zone is so important in DFS. It really makes you realize that anything is possible when constructing a lineup.

Last week, I had (40) lineups in the $2, $100,000 guaranteed GPP.  This week, I went with my (8) best lineups (or what I thought were my best), and entered them into the $5, $100,000 guaranteed GPP.

Little did I know this would be a historic week of scoring in the NFL, so I whiffed on all 8 lineups.  Luckily for me, they were good enough to win some 50/50s and heads up matches.

Best Lineup:

Week 9 DraftKings Lineup Strategy

I was really high on this lineup, thinking that all of these players had high floors and super higher ceilings! I was basically carried by two players.  I was extremely high on Maclin and Gronk, working them into the majority of the lineups. Luckily for me, they both had monster days.  Unlucky for me, I surrounded them with a bunch of duds.

Travaris Cadet was a complete whiff for me.  He was my highest ranked flier with a price tag of only $3000.  He had caught 6 balls in each of the previous two games and with Pierre Thomas out, I expected him to take over a large role in the pass game. The Saints put up 44 points, but did damage on the ground (courtesy of Mark Ingram) and Cadet wasn’t needed.

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Week 9 NFL Player Projections

Week 9 NFL Player Projections

The week 9 NFL player projections are here! We are now through 8 weeks of the NFL season. So that means that there is sufficient data to be able to begin accurately projecting player scores each week.  This is something that I’ve been tweaking for the past month or so and as more games take place, it is getting more and more accurate.

This is based on DraftKings scoring, so that’s PPR, 4 points for a passing TD, and bonuses for going over 100 yards receiving/rushing and 300 yards passing.  Also, this DOES NOT include the Thursday Night game. Only the full slate of Sunday and Monday games.

I won’t give away the “secret sauce” so to speak, but it is weighted towards recent performances, heavily weighted based on positional match-ups, and run 10,000 times to reduce variation. Hope this helps setting lineups this week!


Position Name Tm Opp Projection
QB 1 Philip Rivers SD MIA 24.28
QB 2 Russell Wilson SEA OAK 24.13
QB 3 Peyton Manning DEN NE 23.64
QB 4 Tom Brady NE DEN 23.40
QB 5 Andrew Luck IND NYG 22.03
QB 6 Tony Romo DAL ARI 21.99
QB 7 Colt McCoy WAS MIN 21.58
QB 8 Andy Dalton CIN JAC 20.54
QB 9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT BAL 20.33
QB 10 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU PHI 19.58
QB 11 Eli Manning NYG IND 19.37
QB 12 Mike Glennon TB CLE 18.71
QB 13 Blake Bortles JAC CIN 18.03
QB 14 Colin Kaepernick SF STL 17.76
QB 15 Nick Foles PHI HOU 17.73
QB 16 Carson Palmer ARI DAL 17.68
QB 17 Joe Flacco BAL PIT 17.59
QB 18 Kirk Cousins WAS MIN 16.74
QB 19 Austin Davis STL SF 16.71
QB 20 Ryan Tannehill MIA SD 16.57
QB 21 Brian Hoyer CLE TB 16.55
QB 22 Alex Smith KC NYJ 16.15
QB 23 Teddy Bridgewater MIN WAS 13.30
QB 24 Derek Carr OAK SEA 13.26
QB 25 Robert Griffin III WAS MIN 11.02
QB 26 Michael Vick NYJ KC 7.78

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