Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MLB Fantasy Pickup

With the baseball season now past the halfway point, many fantasy players may be searching for options to make their mlb lineups competitive. There are still several options available in most leagues that can give you the boost you need to make a run in your league. Here are some of the best options.

Luis Perdomo, P, Padres
Perdomo has worked his ERA down incredibly from 9.00 to nearly less than 4. His strikeout rates are moving up and he has not given up many homeruns. Owned in about 20 percent of leagues, Perdomo is a steady play that can help improve your roster.

Ben Gamel, OF, Mariners:

Mitch Haniger has not been missed by the Mariners as much with the arrival of Gamel. His power has helped the Mariners lineup, hitting well over .300. His stolen base potential was quite evident in the minors and is something that makes him attractive to potential owners. Currently he is only owned in about 15 percent and is a nice addition to most teams.

Hansel Robles, P, Mets:

Robles has become a full-time setup man as Reed has moved back to a closer role. His fastball has made him an attractive pickup and could be a great addition to any fantasy lineup.

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies:

Hoskins showed great power in the minors hitting well over .300. His 38 homers in Double-A last season are even more impressive. Currently owned in just over 11 percent of leagues he is a great addition to most teams.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Advice for Fantasy Players With Week 17 Championship Games

BY Kevin Kennedy

Most fantasy football championship games are played during Week 16 of the NFL season. However, some finals are played on the final week of the season, which can create some interesting dynamics for its participants. How do you account for the uncertainty that occurs during that week and build a team that has a good chance of winning?

Are There Any Players Playing for Interim Coaches?

Those who are playing for an interim coach tend to play harder than they otherwise would given that their season is over. For instance, Blake Bortles may be a stronger play now that Doug Marrone is the head coach in Jacksonville. In Buffalo, players on both the offense and defense are looking to make a statement as they hope to beat the Jets and finish no worse than 8-8, even with Rex Ryan out as coach.

What Are Teams Playing For?

The first thing that you need to do is look at the NFL standings going into the final week of the season. If you have players on teams that either out of the playoffs or have clinched their playoff spot already, it may be a good idea to look into benching them. Teams that are already eliminated may be looking to get tape on younger players for next year while teams already in the playoffs may be looking to rest their starters to avoid injury.

Are Players Approaching Any Milestones?

Teams may play a star player if he is approaching a milestone for his career or a milestone with the team. If you notice that your running back is close to 1,000 yards for the season or could hit 10,000 yards for his career, that player may be worth starting. This is because there is a good chance that he will get a lot of touches against a defense that may not be trying its hardest.

Do You Have Anyone Playing for New England On Your Roster?

Even when the Patriots have nothing to play for, they have everything to play for. Guys like Tom Brady or LeGarrette Blount are going to see a lot of work and are looking to put up as many yards and points on offense as possible.

Go With Your Gut When It Comes to Sleepers

When a team starts a new quarterback or has a new coach, it could be a boon for players who have been overlooked this year. New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has benefited greatly from having Bryce Petty as his quarterback. Therefore, trust you instincts when it comes to starting players who may have a breakout performance despite not doing much all year.

Week 17 can be among the most unpredictable in the NFL. Teams are either playing out the string, have already locked up a playoff spot or are starting players who you are not familiar with. However, if you are willing to do your research, you should be able to construct a lineup that has a good chance of putting up points that week.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

DFS NFL advice week 12

As you gather for the Thanksgiving feast; the NFL games present great time to get your weekend fantasy

football lineup set with Fanpicks week 12 start or sit column.

On this Thanksgiving Day as you reflect on the NFL season to date… take solace in the fact that you

survived all of the bye weeks and with three weeks left in the regular season are now in the home

stretch, vying for the best playoff lineups in daily fantasy football league.

Amidst the aroma of baking turkey and family chatter, take the time to reflect on those fantasy football

investments that haven’t panned out.  Now’s the time to start loading up your roster with as many stars

and sleepers to make up the best lineup to win your game.

As today’s NFL games stir your fantasy football spirit head over to Fanpicks and get a lineup set for your

daily fantasy football.   In celebration of today’s holiday, Fanpicks has created an awesome Thanksgiving

Turkey Shoot Contest offering fantastic bonus payouts and mouthwatering $10,000 grand prize!  That

extra cash might just come in handy with all the black Friday deals out there!

Week 12 Start or Sit

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Start ‘Em

Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints

Hoyer has passed through the league’s concussion protocol and should be good to go on Sunday. In the

four games prior to getting injured Houston’s QB averaged 278 yards passing with ten TDs. Not bad for a

thrower that doesn’t get much respect. Having Deandre Hopkins on the other end of his passes can’t

hurt those stats. More importantly, it’s safe at this point to say the Saints defense is closer to historically

terrible than just bad. Over their last six games the Saints have allowed a low of 295 yards passing by

opposing quarterbacks and have let in a whopping 21 TDs through the air. I would stream my two year

old toddler at QB against this defense with confidence.

Eli Manning, New York Giants at Washington Redskins

While I’m not always a big fan of Eli, this is a week in which he has a good shot at high end QB1

production. Washington got torched by Cam Newton last week for five passing TDs and allowed two in

each of the last four games before that. Manning has played well for the most part against below

average pass defenses this year so it stands to reason that a nice game is in store for the younger


Sit ‘Em

Tom Brady, New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

I don’t advise actually sitting the highest scoring fantasy QB out there. However, there are warning signs

that this could be a tough week for the future hall of famer. The Broncos are allowing the fewest points

to QBs and just 190 yards passing per game. If anyone can light up an elite defense it’s Brady, but

missing three receivers due to injury can’t help his chances. This should be an interesting game to watch

as a fan of football, but I’m not particularly looking forward to relying on Brady for top five QB numbers

this week.

Running Back

Start ‘Em

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers

After a series of tough matchups we can finally get excited for Yeldon this week. He’s looked like a bell

cow running back lately, even against top end run defenses and now faces a Chargers team allowing 4.9

yards per carry. It’s troubling that Yeldon has scored just one TD on the season, but I’m thinking that

changes this week as the Jags rookie goes for 120-plus and his second NFL touchdown.

Sit ‘Em

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

I know after landing one of the bigger free agent finds of the season your inclination is to throw Rawls

into your starting lineup. This may be your best option if you are hurting at running back. However, he’s

got a difficult matchup this week against the Steelers having let in just two rushing TDs on the season.

They are allowing 3.9 yards per carry and have let a couple teams rack up some points through yardage,

but are still giving up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs overall, not ideal for Rawls this

week. At least you know the Seahawks are going to run, and then run some more, so you have that

going for you.

Wide Receiver

Start ‘Em

Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots

I can’t be the only person thinking that the injury to Peyton Manning may have helped Thomas’ value

going forward. Brock Osweiler is able to move in the pocket and has enough arm strength to get the ball

where it needs to go, an improvement over a Manning in decline. It was apparent in his start last week

that the offense was able to do more with Osweiler under center. While he will likely still struggle at

times, this bodes well for Demaryius as he should get more quality downfield targets. If Tim Tebow

could get him the ball, Osweiler should be able to as well. This week against the Patriots there’s a good

chance Denver will need to open up the offense to keep pace. I could see Osweiler throwing a couple

picks in this game, but also putting Thomas over 100 yards with a TD or two along the way.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts

Tampa’s offense is looking up after their rookie QB threw five TDs last week. Jameis Winston has shown

some spark after being the first overall pick in this year’s draft and has some weapons on offense getting

healthy. The return of Vincent Jackson may mean that Evans’ target volume decreases over the next few

weeks, but this should also force defenses to respect other aspects of the Buc’s passing game. If he can

just increase his catch rate, 8-10 targets a week should be ample for him to produce solid numbers. The

Colts are happy to let wide receivers run free as long as Vontae Davis is not covering them, and he’s

dealing with a hamstring injury this week. If he doesn’t play Evans should still lead the team in targets

and have another nice shot at over 100 yards and a score in week 12.

Sit ‘Em

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals vs. St. Louis Rams

Green has a ton of talent but hasn’t put up the numbers his talent would suggest he should this year.

He’s now gone three weeks under 100 yards without a score and has to face the Rams and their quality

defense this week. As long as Andy Dalton is struggling Green will be too. This week doesn’t look to be

the week they are likely to put it together.

Tight End

Start ‘Em

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

Reed surprisingly was not on injury report this week after playing through an MCL sprain last week. This

is good news for owners of the talented tight end since he gets another great opportunity this week.

When healthy, Reed is a top five TE and the go-to passing target in Washington. The return of DeSean

Jackson should stretch the field and only help Reed find room underneath in coverage. With a deficient

defense and a Giants team likely to exploit that it appears that Reed should have plenty of chances to

rack up yards as the Redskins play from behind during the second half. Even if they are able to keep up

with the Giants Reed should be a major part of the offensive plan.

Sit ‘Em

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills

After much optimism during fantasy draft season Kelce has failed to live up to his preseason hype. He’s

still a TE1, but has turned into one on the lower end of the list. After falling short of 50 yards receiving in

each of the last three games the Chiefs will host the Bills and a defense that can handle the TE position.

If you start him you are probably reliant on Kelce scoring.


Start ‘Em

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

The Cardinals are my No. 1 ranked defense this week, sorry Denver. While the Broncos will be trying to

outfox Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Cardinals will be working on Blaine Gabbert. This sets up to be a

blood bath for the 49ers against a very tight Arizona defensive squad. For a little reference in their first

game Arizona logged four picks and two touchdowns. This is lofty to expect again, but a low score and a

couple interceptions along with a handful of sacks is realistic.

Sit ‘Em

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots

The Broncos are the No. 1 defense in all of fantasy football but I will avoid them this week if possible.

New England is dealing with a glut of injuries to their receivers and it’s quite possible that Denver keeps

them under 20 points in this game, but I don’t want to count on that. With Brady at the helm there’s just

a good a chance that the Patriots find a chink in the armor and put up a 35 burger in Denver. This will be

a fun game to watch as a pure fan of football, but counting on production from your stellar defense is


Best of luck with your fantasy football teams this week! Hopefully our Week 12 start or sit column helps

guide you to victory. Make sure to check out our plethora of other fantasy football articles including

waiver wire advice, weekly rankings, daily talk, and other life changing information.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Start 'em if you got 'em - Week 11

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 11

Adam Stoczynski
Bitter Chicago sports fan, wagering enthusiast, self-proclaimed sports expert
@AllAboutSto on twitter

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Matt Hasselbeck @ ATL – Call me crazy, but he’s played well, and with the extra week to prepare, I think he has a chance here as a bye week plug in or for real cheap in daily leagues. Atlanta has been alright vs the pass, giving up just over 250 yards per game, but in the dome, I think he can get some big catch and runs from his wide outs. If things finally go as planned for Atlanta, Hasselbeck should be throwing a lot late.

Philip Rivers vs KC – After a down week and then a bye, Rivers is looking to get it flowing again. This matchup is also not the best, as KC has been pretty good vs the pass, but the bye week had to freshen him up, and as always, he will toss it a ton.

Running Back

Jonathan Stewart vs WAS – Washington is not stopping anyone on the ground, and the Panthers should ride their big back to a victory. He’s getting 20+ touches per game, and gets a great matchup here. Start him with confidence, it will be another 100 yard day vs the Redskins D, which would be the 5th time in 6 games.

Justin Forsett vs STL – I mostly like him because he has a similar skill set as Bears running back Jeremy Langford, who torched the Rams a week ago. It’s been a while since Forsett came through, but he has a good chance here to do some damage in the run as well as the pass game. St Louis is giving up nearly 110 yard per game, so they aren’t as stout as people think.

Wide Receiver

TY Hilton @ ATL – The reason I like Hasselbeck so much is because of Hilton. Finally healthy off his bye, and saw 22 targets in Hasselbecks two starts. He’s fast, and the turf in Atlanta will only help. He will be back to form in week 11 and could go off for one of his huge games.

Kamar Aiken vs STL – Saw 14 targets last week, and they really have no one else to catch it on the outside. The volume is there and so is the matchup vs a Rams team that just gave up 3 passing TD’s last week vs the Bears. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 6, but I like him to get in the end zone this week.

Tight End

Jason Witten @ MIA – Like him for one simple reason; his boy is back. Romo is back this week and he has something special with his tight end. You’ve probably had him in and out of your lineup all year long, but this is a week to have him in. His QB is back and he’s facing a defense that could not stop the Eagles tight ends a week ago.


Jacksonville vs TEN – I like the spot here vs a rookie quarterback on the road on Thursday night. The Jaguars have been a lot better defense this year than people know. They do have a tough time getting to the quarterback, but they should be able to force some turnovers in what looks to be a low scoring game.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Marcus Mariota @ Jax – For the reasons I like the Jags D this week, I also say sit Mariota. I’m just playing the odds here, and for as bad as these Thursday games have been, I don’t see this rookie having success. Jacksonville isn’t the toughest opponent, but I’m putting my trust in a tough situation on the road, more than the defense.

Mark Sanchez vs TB – He just makes too many mistakes to trust, plus this team runs the ball too well to put the game in the hands of Sanchez. Tampa is actually top 10 in yards against, so not the easy matchup you think it is. I expect a heavy dose of Murray, and some Sanchez when needed. Not a guy to start this week.

Running Back

                LeGarrette Blount vs BUF – A guy that is in and out of your lineup each week, this is a sit week. The Buffalo run D is good, giving up less than 100 yards per game, and gave up 99 yards to Ivory last week. This big back type just won’t get it going vs this D line and company. Brady and the Pats will find a way to win, but it won’t be on Blount’s back.

                Doug Martin @ PHI – It will be a tough go for Martin this week vs an Eagles defense that’s only given up 3 touchdowns on the ground this year. I’m thinking the Bucs will be trailing in this one, so the volume may not be there for him to rack up the yardage. He’s a sit this week if you have a better option.

Wide Receiver

                Stefon Diggs vs GB – He’s in a slump, and I never bought into his hype in the first place. Green Bay will be on a mission this week, but so will Minnesota. I don’t see them letting Teddy air it out, as this game will be won on the back of AP. Diggs won’t have many chances and has only seen 7 targets the last 2 games.

                James Jones @ MIN – Talk about a slump, James Jones is basically done. His value has plummeted with the return of Davante Adams, who saw 21 targets last week and is back to playing every down. Rodgers threw the ball 61 times last week, only twice to Jones for 0 catches. He’s better left on your bench this week.

Tight End

Zach Ertz vs TB – He had a season high in yards last week… with 68. Don’t get caught in this. He’s almost not worth owning, let alone worth starting. I really need to see something before I’m putting him in my lineup. He still splits time and hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this year.


                Cincinnati @ ARI – It’s simple; Arizona can score points. Did you see what they did last week IN Seattle? They are still wort holding if you have a roster spot, but not worth playing this week vs the high powered Cardinals, in Arizona. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Start 'em if you got 'em - Week 10

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 10

Adam Stoczynski
Bitter Chicago sports fan, wagering enthusiast, self-proclaimed sports expert
@AllAboutSto on twitter

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Andy Dalton @ HOU – His schedule is about to get tougher, but use him this week with a lot of confidence. It seems like the old Dalton who couldn’t play in the bright lights is gone. Start him Monday night vs one of the worst teams in the league. This should be another route.

Blake Bortles @ BAL – That old Baltimore defense is gone. They are giving up over 280 yards through the air and only have 3 interceptions this season. On the Bortles side of things, he has only thrown less than 2 touchdowns in a game twice this year, and the last time was week 4. He’s a stud right now, and has a great matchup.

Running Back

Mark Ingram @ WAS – I understand Brees is on fire right now, but Washington is actually top 10 vs the pass and horrendous vs the run. They are giving up over 130 yards per game on the ground and Ingram is the only back in New Orleans right now. Spiller is nonexistent, so roll Ingram out there for 20 plus touches, 100 yards, and a td.

LeGarrette Blount @ NYG – Could it be two weeks in a row? I’m going to say yes. With the loss of Lewis last week and the bad New York Giant run D, Blount and the New England ground game might get it going this week. I know we pick our spots with him, but if you have him, this is one of the weeks you start him.

Wide Receiver

Davante Adams vs DET – Love the matchup here for Adams. Last week he quietly played a ton, and looks like he is 100%. If you can still buy him low, I would do it, this is your last chance. He is about to break out this week vs a Lions team who doesn’t want to stop anyone. I know it was a late game surge, but Rodgers and The Pack figured it out late last week. I like them with a big number here.

Reuben Randle vs NE – This is more of a hunch here, but if you’ve been following, my hunches have been right on. So jump on this one, or forever hold your peace. Here’s why. Like I said last week about Jordan Reed, Belichick takes away what you do best. What do the Giants do best? Throw to Odell. They will do their best to stop him or at least contain him. Look for Randle to get a lot of single coverage and space. He will have a solid week and some good opportunity. He’s a great plug and this week with names like TY and Julio on vacation.

Tight End

Travis Kelce @ DEN – They have to move the ball somehow. The Denver D is going to be hungry as they return home after the loss last week. Kelce is their best threat, and the only way I see the Chiefs moving the ball at all. He had 4 catches on 5 targets the first time they played, he will do at least that this week.


Pittsburgh vs CLE – No Bell, and the prospect of a very hobbled Big Ben, the defense is going to have to play well and win them this game. That, plus the browns offense is really bad. It doesn’t matter who their QB, the Steelers are a great play in yearlong and daily leagues.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Jay Cutler @ STL – There’s a ton of buzz for a quarterback who threw a pick 6 and lost a fumble vs a two win team that can’t stop anybody. Do not buy into this hype, bench him this week on the road at STL. To make matters worse Jeffery did not practice on Thursday and he’s already down Forte and Royal. Cutler does not string good games together and going on the road against a top 5 defense vs the pass who have given up only 5 touchdowns on the year, ha, good luck.

Drew Brees @ WAS – He’s on fire, but he will have a little tougher go this week. He leaves his friendly dome, where he absolutely tore it up the last two weeks, and heads to Washington to face a defense that has not given up a 300 yard passer this year. They are bad vs the run, so opportunity will be slim as well, expect a ton of Ingram and not so much Brees.  

Running Back

                Jeremy Langford @ STL – He had a great game last week, but it’s going to be tough to get anything going vs this D line. In STL, I’m not expecting much from the Bears this week. Langford will do enough because of volume, but if you have a different option, I’d go with him and leave the rookie on the bench.

                Charcandrick West @ DEN – I’m going to continue to fade running backs as they take on the immovable object that is the Denver Broncos. The Colts got to them a bit last week, but with a loss under their belt and returning home, Denver may not let them get much going at all.

Wide Receiver

                Mike Evans vs DAL – The only thing Evans does consistently is play inconsistently. It seems like every other week he has a big game, and this is one of those every others. If you can afford to do it, I’d leave him on the bench in 2 receiver leagues. For example, I’m going with Allen Robinson over Evans in week 10.

                Travis Benjamin @ PIT – He hasn’t done a thing since week 6, in fact, he had more yards in week 6 than he has since. He’s not a starting option anymore. If you caught lightening in a bottle for those few weeks he was usable, good job. To me, as a wide receiver on the Browns, he’s droppable.

Tight End

Ben Watson @ WAS – Had another 5 catches last week, but I’m assuming if you have him he’s not your only tight end. Opt for “the other guy” this week as the Redskins have been stingy vs tight ends and vs the pass in general. I don’t like Brees this week, and Watson is under his umbrella as well.


                Baltimore vs JAX – That old Baltimore defense is gone, I feel like I’ve said that before. Anyways, the Ravens are not a streaming option this year, they are just bad. The Jaguars are no lush on offense either and are a tougher matchup than you think. I like the Jags offensive weapons this week and don’t see the Ravens stopping them.