Thursday, October 29, 2015

Start 'em if you got 'em - Week 8

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 8

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

We are here in week 8, and after a hot week 7, let’s look to continue this to another win. We have some tough calls this week and are heading into the nitty gritty of the season. Let’s not lose confidence in our studs. You drafted them high for a reason, so don’t go sitting guys with a touch matchup. You will feel really bad when they still have a good game, but are sitting on your bench. So that means Rodgers and Lacy are a go, even though that Denver D is really good. TY vs Norman, I understand, but if Hilton gets loose for one and he’s not in your lineup, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. I know you aren’t second guessing Hopkins right? He had a bad week last week and is facing a great secondary this week, but who cares. He’s a beast, don’t even think about it. We are going to follow the same rule for McFadden and Dez. If Dez goes, he’s a must start. I don’t care if he hops around on one leg vs Sherman and Co. If he’s playing, he needs to be in your lineup. You can live with the 0, but if he catches 15 balls because they have no one else, you are going to be ticked if he’s on your bench. McFadden looks like he’s the lead back now in Dallas, that makes him a must start no matter who he’s playing. Start him as a high end RB 2. My take on LeGarrette Blount: If you have him, you need to keep him in your lineup. You are going to have to live with the 0 carry games, and just feast on those weeks where he wins it for you by himself. Looking at the rest of the schedule, I’m not going to play the guessing game with him. You sit him vs Buf, Den, and the Jets. All of the other weeks, just roll with him; you have to. He will have some clunkers, we all know that, but we can’t risk him being on our bench because we thought it was a “Lewis Week.” Hope that helps a bit, those are some questions I’ve been seeing and wanted to give some answers. Good luck in week 8, let’s go!

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Matt Ryan vs TB – Matt Ryan and the Falcons head back home, where he is due for a huge one. He’s not had the best year thus far, only surpassing 300 yards once, and yet to throw more than 2 touchdowns in a game, but this one could shape up to be a good one. I think Julio gets it going again for a big 150 yard game. I’m all about the Falcons this week, so start them.

Philip Rivers @ BAL – To be honest with you, I think Baltimore wins this game, but Rivers is just playing so well right now, you cannot sit him. Like I said before, don’t sit your studs, and he has been a flat out stud lately. He’s averaging over two touchdowns and 390 yards in his last 4 games. Keep rolling him out there until he cools off. Baltimore is one of the worst in the league at defending the pass, and the Chargers can’t really run, so Rivers should feast once again.  

Running Back

Danny Woodhead @ BAL – See Rivers, Philip. Danny Woodhead has been top 10 RB material this year, and will look to get it going through the pass game once again. With the Gordon and Oliver debacle, how is Woodhead not on the field more and more every week? The Ravens are not the Ravens of old, and they can be beat by a scat back like Woodhead. You are starting him across the board at this point as a RB 1.

Ronnie Hillman vs GB – This may be because I drafted him in all of my leagues and I’m just pumped to finally fire him up as the Broncos lead back, but he also does have a great matchup this week at home vs Green Bay. After the bye, I’m thinking Hillman will be involved in the game plan a ton vs a Green Bay defense that is giving up over 4.5 yards per carry. I think he busts a big one this week and you will reap the benefits. Start him with confidence.

Wide Receiver

Nate Washington vs TEN – Is this a weird call? Sure. Usually after a big game last week, I wouldn’t be chasing these points, but as we’ve seen time and time again, wide receivers facing their old team for the first time are usually productive and good for a score. Other than the “facing his old team hunch,” Cecil Shorts has been ruled out and Washington will be a starting receiver on a team that leads the league in pass attempts with 327. It’s a tough secondary, but watch Nasty Nate get in the end zone this week. Start him as a plug and play this week.

Michael Floyd @ CLE – It looks like John Brown is going to be out this week. The reports have not been promising on him, so fire up Michael Floyd. He’s come on the last two games, posting at least 50 yards and a touchdown in each. If John Brown indeed does not go, Floyd will get an opportunity vs a secondary that is middle of the road, but extremely beatable.

Tight End

Kyle Rudolph @ CHI – Rudolph scored the last two weeks, so it makes me a little nervous here, but he’s athletic enough to beat the Bears linebackers and could be involved. I like him this week even though in his last 4 weeks he hasn’t caught more than 4 balls for 14 yards in a single game. I think he scores again though, and could get in the 50 yards receiving range.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins @ ATL – ASJ is on here because if he can suit up, he will be a great play vs the falcons. Besides Evans, Tampa has a skeleton crew at wide out this week. Keep an eye on Seferian-Jenkins the next few days. If he is going to play on Sunday, he’s a great plug and play option this week, just by default.


Atlanta vs TB – This is more on Winston, than it is on the Atlanta defense. I’m a big Jameis fan, but after two weeks in a row with no interceptions and actually playing quite well, he’s just due for a “rookie game,” in a divisional road game. Atlanta doesn’t get to the quarterback, but you can do worse, and this a D I’d target if I’m just streaming from week to week.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em

Matthew Stafford @ KC – When everyone zigs, I like to zag. With all of this talk about the new coaches on the offensive side of the ball, the Lions arrow is all of a sudden pointing up. Well I don’t agree, well, for this week at least. Stafford might get it rolling coming out of the bye in 2 weeks, but in KC, I don’t see him doing much. KC has actually been a pretty good matchup for QB’s this year, but in the last few weeks they’ve tightened up, giving up almost 16 points per game in their last 3.

Russell Wilson @ DAL – Wilson can always get it done with his legs, but this Dallas team is going to be fired up to play this week. They are top 10 vs the pass this year and Russell has been less than great. He’s only thrown more than 1 touchdown in 1 game, and thrown for more than 250 yards in 2, though 1 game was for 251 yards. Dallas has a good defense that can get to the quarterback, it might be hard to do, but I’m sitting Wilson this week, who doesn’t qualify as a fantasy stud for me.

Running Back

                Latavius Murray vs NYJ – Going forward I’m fading any running back vs the Jets. Did you see what the Patriots did last week? This D is for real. They are giving up just over 70 yards per game on the ground and have only given up 2 touchdowns on the year. Stay away from Murray this week. If the Jets don’t scare you enough, how about the Raiders? Murray rushed for 139 yards and a td in week 3, since then he’s rushed for 173 yards and 1 td.

                Frank Gore @ CAR – The Panthers defense has been beatable on the ground, but a bigger slower guy like Gore is not the way to do it. Just ask Ingram, Lynch, and D. Murray, who all rushed for around 50 yards vs the Panthers. I don’t care that everyone else is saying the Colts need to run vs the Panthers to win. They may try to do it, but I don’t think they will succeed. Gore is not a good start this week.

Wide Receiver

                Golden Tate @ KC – See Stafford, Matthew. He’s not getting it done. Just two catches last week for 14 yards was disappointing, but it might happen again in this spot. He’s only gotten to 80 yards once this year and has only 1 touchdown. You can’t be starting him anymore.

                Amari Cooper @ NYJ – Revis Island. Sure you may not have a different option, but this is more of caution, especially because you are feeling good after last week’s big week. Just be aware Revis is going to shadow him. Cooper gets enough short passes, screens, and targets to still be used, but if there is a better option, I’d do that.


                Minnesota @ CHI – Chicago is coming out of their bye with a healthy roster. Their wide receivers will finally be ready to go, and I think they win this game. Minnesota has been miserable on the road over the last few years, especially on the road in divisional games, and double especially at Soldier Field. Sure Cutler can throw some away, but the offense should be pretty put together with the week off. I’m not streaming Minnesota this week. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Start 'em if you got 'em - Week 7

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

It’s already week 7 of the 2015 NFL season. By now, we all know what we have and there is no more time to mess around. So let’s just get right into it… Let’s get a W.

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Matthew Stafford vs MIN – Now, don’t expect him to put up over 400 yards again, but after the benching in week, he bounced back in a huge way vs the Bears last week. I think he continues to keep it going vs a beatable Minnesota defense. Calvin Johnson finally looked good last week, and Stafford should “get his” once again.

Drew Brees @ IND – That’s now 3 games in a row with at least 300 yards passing for Brees. He still is not quite as sharp as he needs to be, but he faces a struggling Indianapolis defense that is giving up nearly 290 yards per game through the air. Guys like Hasselbeck, Bortles, and Fitzpatrick have all gashed the Colts recently, I say Brees does the same thing. Start him with confidence.

Running Back

Doug Martin @ WAS – Washington has been a scary matchup for opposing running backs, but the last few weeks they’ve given up monster games to Ivory and Freeman to the tune of a total of 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. Martin has a similar skill-set as these two, and I expect him to have another good game for his third in a row.

Danny Woodhead vs OAK – Last week with Gordon taking a back seat, Oliver became the feature back. Woodhead’s role is not going to change as far as becoming an inside rusher, but I do see him being on the field a lot more this week. Gordon has fell out of favor and is also banged up, and Oliver is another guy. Woodhead should catch around 7 balls and get on the field a little more this week. All of that, plus he has a good matchup vs Oakland.

Wide Receiver

Michael Crabtree @ SD – Word on the street is Crabtree is going to continue to grow his role in the Raider offense. The targets have been there, but he has not scored since week 2. San Diego has actually been pretty good vs the pass, but off the bye Crabtree should be involved in the game plan. You can trust him this week as a bye week fill in with a ton of good receivers from Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and Green Bay taking the week off.

Mike Evans @ WAS – To be honest this is more of a hunch play than anything else. Coming off the bye the Bucs and Winston have to realize they need to get Evans involved in order to win games. The 13 receptions on the season are really unacceptable. Washington is middle of the road as far as passing defense goes, so the matchup is a fine one. I think this is a game Evans and Winston can really build on, if not, I’m giving up hope on him as far as bouncing back in his sophomore season.

Tight End

Jordan Reed vs TB – Stud. If he was dropped in your league, go grab him and start him until he gets hurt again. He’s had at least 5 catches in every game, including the one he left early in. He says he is ready to go, so I’m throwing him back in my lineup this week. He’s due to score his first TD since week one.


Carolina vs PHI – The Panthers head back home for the first time since week 3. That place will be rocking on Sunday night, and so will the defense. They are really rolling now and Philadelphia is still not too sharp. They should be a top fantasy defense this week.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Sam Bradford @ CAR – See Carolina defense. I think the Eagles will have a tough go on the road in Carolina. As far as for Bradford, he will see Josh Norman roaming the field, and the pressure up front will be a lot to handle. Bradford has been less than impressive lately and just threw 3 interceptions on Monday night.

Colin Kaepernick vs SEA – Kaep is coming off back-to-back good games vs NYG and BAL. I just don’t think he can string 3 good games in a row together. Seattle is also in dire need of a win here, Kaepernick will be pressured all night. I know he’s been hot, but I would quit while I’m ahead, even if you are desperate with Rodgers, Manning, and Dalton on bye. Seattle has not been the Legion of Boom of old, but still only giving up 220 yard per game through the air.

Running Back

                LeGarrette Blount vs NYJ – If you missed out on his big week last week, you have to move on. Don’t chase these points. Last week was a Blount week, this one looks like a Lewis week to me. The jets are the best team in the league vs the run, so I don’t see LeGarrette ramming into the line of scrimmage over and over again for one yard runs. Stay away this week, and just wait until his next good matchup.

                Charcandrick West vs PIT – I understand you are all pumped up you were able to score West off of waivers, and he should be good moving forward. However, I would stay away this week vs the Steelers. Pittsburgh is giving up around 90 yards per game on the ground, and has only given up one rushing touchdown. Kansas City is really struggling, and there may be trailing in this one. Find a different option here.

Wide Receiver

                Jordan Matthews @ CAR – See Carolina defense and Sam Bradford. Last week was his best game since week two. This “best game since week two,” consisted of 59 yards and 6 catches. He is really struggling and so is their passing game as a whole. I’m not betting on the Eagles to fly on the road vs one of the best teams in the league. Until Matthews starts proving something, he is not a must start. I’d sit him this week if you can find a better option.

                Leaonard Hankerson @ TEN – He’s gone 5 for 50 yards the last two weeks combined, and that was with a banged up Julio Jones struggling to run around. On 10 days rest, I expect Julio to be back to normal with a monster game, with less targets to go around. The Tennessee secondary is very strong, and Hankerson may not get many opportunities. Look for the Titans to play the Falcons very tough this week. Roddy White also saw an uptick in targets last week. Hankerson is not a fantasy starter this week.

Tight End

Crockett Gillmore @ ARI – Arizona is the best team in the league vs the tight end and he’s only really had one good game. He’s only had one game with more than 3 receptions, and he is still coming back from his injury. I’m not buying the Crockett Gillmore stock quite yet, especially because he is still splitting time at the position. He’s not someone I’m streaming at tight end this week.


                Minnesota @ DET – Detroit looked pretty good last week and Minnesota isn’t really getting to the quarterback, with only 10 sacks on the year. With Minnesota on the road, there are better options this week if you are streaming a defense. In fact, Detroit vs Minnesota might even be better.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 5

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

Remember last week when I said not to panic? Well that was for week 4. Now it’s week 5 and we aren’t feeling out our rosters anymore. We know what we have, for better or worse. Last week I said not to sit studs that started a little slow. That worked out for a few (Hill, Brees, Bradford) and not so well for others (CJ, Calvin, Lacy). I’m still not panicking as we move into week 5. There’s a fine line for when to buy or sell low on players who look like current busts. For me I’d rather buy these guys when their stock is this low, and hope they turn it around with a ton of time still left in the 2015 season. I know it’s frustrating to own some of these guys, let’s give them time, don’t go selling off your team because the season is looking bleak early. This is also the perfect time to pick up young guys who have a chance to bust out in the next few weeks that people may have given up on too early. If you have the bench space to stash guys like Nelson Agholor, DaVante Parker, Andre Williams, Tevin Coleman, Dorial Green-Beckham, Charles Johnson, Julius Thomas, or Brian Quick, I would go and grab them if you can. Some of these guys are going to pop, and will be a huge part of a late season championship run.

It wasn’t my best week in week 4, but you win some, you lose some. Here’s the starts and sits of week 5, let’s get a W.

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Alex Smith vs CHI – Cam Newton is the only starting fantasy QB on bye, so if you have him like I do, Alex Smith is a good bet to have a nice game as a bye week fill-in. The Chiefs return home for the first since week 2 to play one of the worst D’s in the league. Smith is coming off a career high in passing yards, but he did not throw a TD. He won’t throw it as many time as he did last week, but 2 touchdowns this week are not out of the question vs the less than formidable Bears. Watch for Smith to sprinkle in some rushing yards as well.

Eli Manning vs SF – Eli is on a roll, throwing for at least 2 touchdowns in his last 3 starts. He’s yet to break the 300 yard mark this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does that this week vs San Fran. Their D held Aaron Rogers in check last week at home in SF, but have been just abysmal on the road. Carson Palmer and Big Ben torched the Niners in weeks 2 and 3 for a total of 680 yards and 5 TD’s. I like Eli with San Francisco traveling once again.

Running Back

Danny Woodhead vs PIT – This Melvin Gordon thing just isn’t working yet. Danny Woodhead has been very productive and I think he can do the same in this spot on Monday night. Last week he totaled over 130 yards on 12 touches. San Diego clearly loves this swiss army back, and he should get good use vs a Pittsburgh defense that gave up good production to similar backs in Justin Forsett and Dion Lewis.

T.J. Yeldon @ TB – Coming off his first 100 yard game in the NFL, Yeldon has to feel good heading into week 5 where he faces one of the worst rush defenses in the league. With Tampa Bay giving up over 135 yards per game on the ground and Yeldon being the workhorse in Jacksonville (carried it 22 times last week), this rookie is a solid RB 2 in week 5.

Wide Receiver

John Brown @ DET – He’s been quiet this year, but is coming off his most productive game, having 10 targets for 7 catches and 75 yards. Detroit is in the lower half of the league vs the pass, but why do I love John Brown to boom this week? Besides playing the odds and knowing he’s due, I love his speed on the Detroit turf. John Brown is one of the fastest guys in the league and Arizona tried getting him the ball a few different way last week via screens and even had a rush for 13 yards.

Kamar Aiken vs BAL – Cleveland cannot stop anyone through the air and Aiken is now the number 1 receiver in Baltimore due to poor depth and the Steve Smith Sr. injury. He had 7 targets last week with Smith in and out of the game. Aiken should get at least that many looks this week as the full time number one. I’m not saying Aiken is the best receiver ever, but I like the volume he should be getting. I’m starting him as a solid number 3 WR this week.

Tight End

Travis Kelce vs CHI – Remember, I watch this Bears team every week. These are the least athletic linebackers in the league. Not one can stay with Kelce when he gets going. He’s been quiet since week 1, but watch him explode this week. He’s part of the reason I like Alex Smith so much this week. Kelce will score and he will most likely follow it up with a great celebration… enjoy.


Houston vs IND – If someone in your league gave up in them after last week’s debacle, go pick ‘em up like I did and start ‘em tonight vs the old and immobile Matt Hasselbeck. I saw what happened last week vs Atlanta, but you can do worse than having Watt, Clowney, and company as your fantasy defense. The production with sacks, turnovers, and touchdowns will always be there from them, even if they are giving up the points.

Kansas City vs CHI – After back-to-back bad weeks, these guys may be available in your league as well. Go pick them up if you are in need of a defense. They haven’t got to the quarterback the last few weeks, but this week vs the Bears, they should be ready to go. The crowd in KC will be rocking as the Chiefs face an early season must win. Plus, Cutler lives to give the ball to the other team.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Andy Dalton vs SEA – Since Kam Chancellor returned in week 3, the Seahawks have yet to give up a touchdown. I know Dalton has been on fire, but look for him to cool off this week. If you’ve been relying on him lately, hopefully the QB you originally drafted has a good matchup this week. I’d let Dalton ride the pine in week 5. Seattle has only given up a total of 266 yards passing in the last 2 weeks. Sure, they were at home for both games and one was against Jimmy Clausen, but still… 266 yards… in 2 games.

Matthew Stafford vs ARI – How’s that saying go? If it ain’t broke don’t fi… ehh no, that doesn’t apply here. If it’s broke leave it in the corner and don’t touch it? Yea, something like that. Either way, I’m doubling down on the sitting of Stafford. I was correct last week and I’m sticking with it. He’s done nothing the last 2 weeks and now faces a mad Arizona team that’s coming off a tough divisional loss. That heartbreaking loss for Detroit vs Seattle on Monday can do one of two things to them. It can either motivate them or deflate them, and I’m going with the latter.

Running Back

                Joseph Randle vs NE – Struggling Dallas gets New England off 10 days of rest, yikes. I’m staying away from all things Dallas this week. Randle seems to be getting the biggest piece of the carries pie in Dallas, but got benched late last week for reaching the ball into the end zone. I don’t see Randle’s carries getting cut, but it’s a tough matchup vs New England, and I don’t think the Cowboys will be able to stick to their run game this week.

                Carlos Hyde @ NYG – He had more rushing yards in week 1 than he did in weeks 2, 3, and 4, combined. The Giants also lead the league in rush defense, giving up just under 70 yards per game. It’s going to be a tough go for Hyde as they go across the country to face the Giants in New York, who need a win to get over .500.

Wide Receiver

                Any Buffalo WR @ TEN – In terms of yards, the Titans are one of the best teams vs the pass. Buffalo has a tough draw here as they head to Tennessee after their bye week. The Titans are going to play the Bills very tough, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they win straight up. All of these guys seem to be banged up this week, and instead of looking for someone who may emerge, I’m staying away altogether. If you want someone from the Bills offense, look to grab tight end Charles Clay.

                Terrance Williams vs NE – See Joseph Randle as far as the whole Patriots after their bye week thing. The Pats have been scheming for 2 weeks to stop Dallas, and I’m guessing they will succeed in doing so. It took a late diving catch in the end zone by Williams on Sunday night to make his fantasy day relevant. He hasn’t been good since Dez went out, but especially since Romo left. Stay away from Williams, he’s not helping anyone right now.

Tight End

Heath Miller @ SD – I liked him last week and that was a total dud. Vick wasn’t seeing him and has just not been involved at all. He’s not usable at the moment, plus Bryant comes back this week from suspension. Vick has to feed Bryant and Brown, plus there’s Bell, and just not enough volume to go around for good ol’ Heath. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


By Will Hoover

It doesn’t seem like it but we’re already at the quarter point in the NFL season. Some big names in the

have already been bitten by the injury bug. The waiver wire has been stocked with talent from backups

thrust into action to prospects making an impact. Whatever your need the waiver wire has supplied.

This week is no different with some impact players making the list. I’ll list players below by name,

position, percentage of ownership in ESPN leagues and their week 5 opponent.

1) Duke Johnson Jr: RB, 49.6% ownership, WK5 vs Balt

Unbelievably rookie Randy “Duke” Johnson is still available in half ESPN leagues. Johnson was drafted in

the 3rd round out of Miami where he was first team all ACC as a senior and won the Brian Piccolo

award. Not the traditional NFL RB size Johnson is only 5’9” and 207lbs so to make him the bell cow back

wouldn’t be wise. The Browns have figured out the best way to use Johnson. Starting in week 3 they

used him more in passing situations where he had 6 catches for 32 yards. In week 4 Duke was a huge

part of the passing game getting 9 receptions for 85 yards and a TD. The Browns will continue to use

Johnson as a weapon in the passing game and he’ll surely have more big weeks to come. Add Johnson

for a flex play and RB depth on your roster.

2) Allen Hurns: WR, 11.3% ownership, WK5 @ TB

The Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns benefitted from Colts pro bowl CB Vontae Davis covering Allen

Robinson in week 4. After Vontae Davis the Colts secondary is thin and was exposed by Hurns for 11

catches, 116 yards and 1 TD in the Jaguars week 4 overtime loss. Hurns and Jaguars QB Blake Bortles

have had chemistry since Hurns joined the team as an undrafted rookie last season. Since Allen

Robinson will continue to draw the coverage of opposing teams top defensive back Hurns will be left

one on one with lesser talents. Expect to see Hurns continue to be heavily involved in the offense and

will have more games similar to week 4.

3) Antonio Andrews: RB, 6.7% ownership, WK5 vs Buff

The Titans underwhelming backfield is hard to project week to week. So far we’ve seen Bishop Sankey,

Dexter McCluster, Terrance West and now Antonio Andrews all have had considerable carries. In week 3

it was Andrews who got the majority of the carries rushing for a team high 12 times for 49 yards and 1

TD. At 5’10” and 225lbs Andrews is a swift footed big back who’s been compared to the Bengals Jeremy

Hill. Andrews was a standout high school QB who converted to RB while playing at Western Kentucky in

the Sun Belt conference. Andrews dominated the competition while at Western Kentucky winning

numerous awards and finishing with 3,674 career rushing yards. After going undrafted in 2014 Andrews

signed with the Titans and remained on their practice squad. This preseason Andrews impressed the

Titans coaches enough to put him in the RB mix once he recovered from a bum hamstring. Titans

coaches have stated they will go with the hot hand approach going forward, so Andrews very easily

could become the Titans #1 RB if he continues to play up to his potential.

4) Rueben Randle: WR, 36.8% ownership, WK5 vs SF

Averaging 13 standard fantasy points over the past two weeks Rueben Randle is worth adding to most

fantasy rosters. The Giants need Randle to continue to produce as the 2nd receiver opposite of Odell

Beckham Jr. With Victor Cruz still recovering from a long term injury the job is Randle’s for the

foreseeable future. Once the Giants passing attack hits full stride Randle could be a solid fantasy starter,

for now though he’s likely a bye week fill in or a potential flex play.

5) Tavon Austin: WR, 10.9% ownership, WK5 @GB

This diminutive (5”9”, 174lbs) WR has had a hard time securing a steady role on the Rams offense since

being drafted with the 8th pick of the first round in 2013. This year the Rams are making it a point to

involve the speedy (4.25/40) WR. While still a special team’s ace, Austin has seen an increase in

offensive snaps not only at WR but also at RB. Austin’s playmaking ability was on display in week 4

where he had 6 receptions for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 2 rushes for 20 yards equaling 23

standard fantasy points. Add Austin and watch for continued involvement in the Ram’s Offense.

6) Ronnie Hillman: RB, 46.6% ownership WK5 @ Oak

The Broncos lack of a rushing attack has been an issue this season. CJ Anderson has struggled to get

much going averaging a measly 2.7 yards per carry with 117 rushing yards total after 4 games. Ronnie

Hillman has a better stat line averaging 4.9 yards per carry with 191 rushing yards. The biggest

difference this season from last season is the Broncos weaker inexperienced offensive line. There has

been virtually nowhere to run on the inside. CJ Anderson lacks the speed to get around the edge to gain

yards. Ronnie Hillman is quicker and often gets to the outside where he gains yards with his speed. The

Broncos will use Hillman more in the coming weeks as its becoming apparent he’s a better fit for their

current offense. Add Hillman as a low end flex play or on your bench and wait to see if he can secure the

role as top RB for Denver.

7) Leonard Hankerson: WR, 13.6% ownership, WK5 vs Wash

Where is Roddy White? I don’t know but he’s not in the Falcons Starting line up or offensive plans so far

in 2015. You might think White’s absence would create a hole in the Falcons passing game, not really.

Thanks to Leonard Hankerson the transition from Roddy White has been smooth. When Hankerson

signed with the falcons most thought he would take Harry Douglas’s role sine Douglas departed to join

the Titans. In week 4 Hankerson had his best game so far this season with 6 receptions for 103 yards and

1 TD. With Atlanta’s high powered offense Hankerson will continue to see targets and should convert

them into fantasy points. The Falcons have rarely played from behind this season so the offense hasn’t

had to force the pass as much as previous years. When Atlanta falls behind in games eventually this year

look for Hankerson to see increased targets and more big games.

8) Thomas Rawls: RB, 41.9% ownership, WK5 @ Cin

The Seahawks rookie running back has gone from being undrafted and fighting this preseason for a

roster spot to starting in week 4 for the Seahawks. Thomas Rawls runs hard and likes to initiate contact

with tacklers. At 5’9” and 220lbs Rawls is a thumper who can break long runs or run through defenders.

In week 3 vs Chicago Rawls came in for Marshawn Lynch and carried 16 times for 104 yards and showed

his potential as a NFL RB. Early in week 4’s game fellow running back Fred Jackson injured his leg and left

the game leaving Rawls as the Seahawks only RB. Rawls ran for 48 yards and looked like a very capable

fill in. With Marshawn Lynch being dinged up with a sore back, calf and more seriously a hamstring

injury that required him to miss week 4. Rawls is at minimum a great handcuff and potential starter until

Lynch is 100%.


1) Kamar Aiken: WR, .7% ownership, WK 5 vs Clev

2) Jamison Crowder: WR, .2% ownership, WK 5 @ Atl

3) Brian Hoyer: QB, .6% ownership, WK 5 vs Ind

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Top 3 Daily Fantasy Sports NFL Week 4 Freerolls

DraftFury Bonus PickEm Freerolls week 4
Think there is no such thing in life as a “Free Lunch”?  While that may be true in a more philosophical sense the fact is that this 2015 / 2016 NFL football season is seeing more free money given out by daily fantasy sports websites then ever before. Usually starting to taper by now, the free daily fantasy sports money is still flowing this season as strong as it ever has in the industry.  As one of the most exciting times of year for daily fantasy sports and being one of the hottest entertainment niches out available right now it is a nice surprise to see many of the daily fantasy sports platforms still giving back to the players in terms of DFS tournament freerolls and amazing deposit bonus offers.  With so many brand new daily fantasy sports companies entering the market the competition for player interest has remained extremely high which is seemingly transferring over to extended customer perks and more free money opportunities then we have ever seen before.  Regardless if it is found in the juicy 2015 / 2016 NFL football season overlays that are still found on so many DFS sites, the generous deposit bonuses or the completely free tournaments for real money there are plenty of reasons to be exploring your DFS options even further.  Lets take a look at the top absolutely free 2015 / 2016 NFL football season daily fantasy sports week #4 freerolls in hopes of boosting our bankroll and maybe actually grabbing a “free lunch” or two.  Just sign up through our links to gain free access to all the best upcoming freerolls and deposit bonuses in daily fantasy sports.
1: Daily Fantasy Sports Freeroll #1 To Watch – 1K & $10K DraftFury Bonus PickEm Freerolls
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You get not 1 but two DraftFury Freerolls this week so this opportunity is really a great chance to win at least something.  The 10k is for bonus dollars but the 1k is for actually money so due take that into consideration when building your lineup and event expectations.  They are pickem group style events so making a lineup really does not take that long.  Why not add some extra excitement to your NFL weekend?  Jump into these awesome DraftFury daily fantasy sports freerolls or read our DraftFury to get a better feel for what they have to offer and to check out our latest DraftFury sign bonus links as well.
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2: Daily Fantasy Sports Freeroll #2 To Watch – All In Fantasy $500, $500, $100 Freerolls
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Three times the daily fantasy sports freerolls equals three times the fun this 2015 / 2016 NFL football week 4 at All In Fantasy.  With over $1100 up for grabs in three different DFS formats and styles this is a great chance to not win some free money but to try some new games and a new site as well.  One other reason to check out  All In Fantasy daily fantasy sports is they are advertising an upcoming November freeroll with a trip to the Super Bowl advertised as the first place prize.  Free money and Free trips ready for the taking!  Sign up through our All In Fantasy and take your shot at both.

3: Daily Fantasy Sports Freeroll #3 To Watch – FantasyAces $500 Freeroll
Quickly becoming one of the top three options in daily fantasy sports if you have not checked out FantasyAces yet you may very well want to do sooner then later.  Recently acquiring the DraftTeam platform and user base this is one sight that is growing both its player pool and DFS playing options.  What better way to try and start building a bankroll on one of the best daily fantasy sports sites out then by joining there $500 NFL football week 4 freeroll.  Unlike the above to pick em style daily fantasy sports websites here you get a classic salary cap format so this freeroll is great for those that simply want to play a freeroll in a DFS style game play that they are more then likely already used to.

Daily Fantasy Sports Freeroll Bonus #1 – FantasyDraft NFL – #PlayersFirst Freeroll [$1K FantasyCash + 10 tix into WK 5 $250K Run & Gun] (Sun-Mon)
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Daily Fantasy Sports Freeroll Bonus #2 – FantasyScore NFL $200 Freeroll
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Hungry to get into some daily fantasy sports action but do not want to break the bank?  What are you waiting for?  The five great  NFL football week 4 freeroll are all perfect chances to get into the fun of DFS at no cost to you.  Why not play some free daily fantasy sports this weekend.  Its FREE!  Who knows you may soon be sitting at the daily fantasy sports winners table with a pocket full of cash…

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Start em’ if you got ‘em – Week 4

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

I know it’s week 4, but better late than never, right? For those of you 0-3, I’m here to save the day. For those of you 3-0, well, ehh maybe just use this as reference rather than law. Just a reminder, I’m looking to add some intuition with guys who may be on your “bubble,” as far as should I start this guy vs that guy. I’m not telling you to start Rodgers and bench Tim Tebow, this just wouldn’t be a fun exercise if that was the case, although I would be right a lot more often. Anyways, I’m happy to be back writing for for the second year and looking forward to providing some laughs, getting some grief, and helping some people out, but enough of all that… Let’s get a week 4 win!

They say in the NFL you don’t know what you have until after week 4. So for those of you panicking to start the season, take a page out of Aaron Rodgers’ book and R-E-L-A-X, RELAX, it will be okay. No one knows what they have yet, good or bad. Don’t go benching guys you drafted high like CJ Anderson, Jeremy Hill, and Marshawn Lynch. Don’t go dropping young players or rookies you thought would bust out this year, but haven’t yet. Have confidence in yourself, in your players. You’ve done your research all off-season, and you know who you wanted to draft. This is a long season, so don’t be pulling the plug in week 3 to grab Travis Benjamin, who has played well thus far, but is not worth adding in any redraft leagues until he starts seeing the field more. Sure, it’s frustrating to start off slow, but it’s just straight heart breaking to be the guy who dropped the breakout player of the year before he breaks out, ehh hmm, early 2014 Odell Beckham owners. When all is said and done, the cream will rise to the top. Every year there are slow starters, but in fantasy football it’s who is hot at the end, who brings home the trophy. So stay calm, and for you non Aaron Rodgers fans, take it from a fortune cookie, “Patience is a virtue,” let’s ride this wave out together and don’t panic… until next week that is.

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Cam Newton @ TB – It’s not just because he’s one of my favorite players, or because I have him on one of my teams. I’ve followed Cam very closely since he’s been in the league, as he’s been on at least one of my fantasy teams 3 out of his 5 years as a pro. What I’ve learned from watching him is when he’s hot, he’s flaming.  Ride this streak because it will continue. Superman will eventually get his kryptonite, but for now, there’s no stopping him. He gets a leaky Tamp Bay defense this week and he’s running a ton. Through 3 games he’s put the team on his back and has either thrown or ran on all 7 of the Panthers touchdowns this year. In week 4, unless your name is Rodgers, I’m starting Cam. Stash him next week on his bye, because after week 6 vs Seattle, the schedule continues to be a cake walk.

Derek Carr @ CHI – The Bears are terrible, I know, I suffer through their games every week. Carr is turning into a legitimate NFL and fantasy quarterback. He only has 1 interception on the year and is still throwing the ball like last year at a very high rate. He left early week one, but weeks 2 and 3 he was back to form, throwing the ball 39 times on average. He’s playing with a ton of confidence coming off back-to-back wins and has a great matchup vs a Bears team who is giving up the most points per game. Watch for Carr to stay hot and put up another 300 yard, 2 touchdown game.

Running Back

Karlos Williams vs NYG – STOP! If you are reading this and Karlos is still available in your league, go pick him up right now. Right now, I say! Open a different window and go grab him. Don’t think about who to drop, just drop the first player you see and add Williams. He is probably not available, but for those of you that kept him around the last few weeks (like myself) you are about to cash in big time. McCoy was on my “Do not draft list,” as I do not have him in any league, and his performance thus far is exactly why. Karlos is a low end RB 1 this week and is a must start. You know he has a touchdown in every game so far right? And that is with McCoy in the lineup. Even if LeSean somehow does play this week, Williams is still a must start for me. Get him in your lineups and watch the points pile up.

Melvin Gordon vs CLE – Don’t give up on him yet, this is exactly why you drafted him. Cleveland is giving up the most rush yards per game at 158.30, with the next team, Miami, giving up 145. Gordon will finally break out this week for his fantasy owners. I would not be surprised if we busts a 40 yarder for his first rushing touchdown of his young career. Rolling with double rookies is a little risky, but with their matchups, it’s tough to deny these young studs.

Wide Receiver

Amari Cooper @ CHI - The Bears are terrible, I know, I suffer through their games every week. I feel like I’ve said that before. Anyways, his matchup is awesome (see Derek Carr above), and they are feeding him the ball (31 targets through 3 weeks). The only thing that scares me a little is the history he made on Sunday. He became only the 2nd rookie receiver in the last 30 years to have 2 100-yard receiving games in his team’s first 3 games. So for him to go for 100 yards again would really be monumental. Despite the start being too good to be true, I can’t deny this matchup for him. I say he does keep it up and needs to be in all lineups this week because he will not be stopped by the Bears.

Jordan Matthews @ WAS – It’s a tough matchup, and I may be going against the grain on this one, but the Eagles are slowly getting their offense together. Last week they ran the ball a ton to do so, but it’s the best they’ve looked since the preseason. Matthews will continue to see targets from the slot, and this banged up secondary is beatable. He had another 8 targets last week, but failed to really make anything of it. I like him in week 4 to get in the end zone.

Tight End

Heath Miller vs BAL – The Ravens are not a good team, in fact, I think the Steelers win this week even without Big Ben under center. The reason I like Heath, is because Ben is out. Michael Vick has been known to throw to a tight end or two, and on a short week, I think his safety valve will be hit a ton. Miller is a smart plug and play for Gronk or Delanie Walker owners this week vs a bad Baltimore pass D that is giving up over 290 yards per game through the air.


Denver vs MIN – Denver is giving up next to nothing on the ground and all Minnesota does is run. Something’s got to give in week 4, and I think it’s the Denver D that prevails. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ferocious defense throws the shut out in week 4. I love the Broncos (there’s the kiss of death), in every way this week.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Teddy Bridgewater @ DEN – Facing a tough defense on the road and only throwing the ball around 25 times per game, Teddy is nothing more than a game manager and is not a starting fantasy quarterback at this point. If you were hoping to start him for Brady or Mariota, look elsewhere. I can’t imagine Bridgewater doing anything this week vs a Broncos Defense that is only giving up 176 yards per game through the air and only 1 total touchdown.

Matthew Stafford @ SEA – Stafford has started off the year as an okay fantasy quarterback, but his stats are really thanks to his volume, rather than his play. Always a good bet to lead the league in pass attempts, Stafford is heading to Seattle where he faces a Seahawks team still desperate for a win to get back to .500. I’m not trusting Stafford this week as a starting fantasy QB, especially with Legion of Boom back in full force for a second straight week. Look elsewhere at QB in week 4.

Running Back

                Chris Johnson vs STL – If you were lucky enough to have him in your lineup last week, congrats! Don’t chase these points. I really don’t think CJ?K will put together another great week, especially vs the fast and aggressive St Louis defense who really needs a win. Le’Veon Bell mustered up 62 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries last week against them, and I don’t see Johnson getting to those numbers. Ellington is expected to come back this week, David Johnson will also be involved, and last week the Cards won that game in the first 5 minutes, forcing them to run the rock.

                Justin Forsett @ PIT – Forsett has started very slow this year and is still looking to score his first touchdown. On the other end is the Pittsburgh defense that is currently in the top 10 in rushing yards allowed and are yet to give up a touchdown on the ground. To me it’s just the perfect storm for Forsett to have a low scoring Thursday night. I’d look for a better option, there are two above in the “Start ‘em” section.

Wide Receiver

                Golden Tate @ SEA – He’s getting the targets, but has not done much here in 2015. With Calvin Johnson healthy, and Eric Ebron getting his share, Tate has not been able to breakout yet. He draws another tough matchup this week on the road in Seattle. I don’t like Stafford this week, and I also don’t like Tate. Start someone else if you can.

                Jarvis Landry vs NYJ – Landry is getting a ton of targets and is racking up the catches, but he has a one-way ticket to Revis Island in week 4. Look for one of the other Miami receivers to pick up the slack this week as Landry should be blanketed all day. With Parker and Matthews coming on, Tannehill might also be able to spread the ball around a bit more. I’m staying away from Landry vs the Jets, who are currently top 5 in yards against through the air.

Tight End

Zach Ertz @ WAS – To me Ertz is not a starting fantasy tight end. He only had 2 targets last week and is still looking for his first TD of 2015. I don’t think it comes this week vs a better than average Washington D. Stay away from Ertz until he is able to show something this season.


                Houston @ ATL – I know it’s tough to bench Watt and company, but they face Atlanta on the road, and the Falcons offense is clicking on all cylinders right now. It is currently impossible to stop Julio Jones and Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a pick since week 1. Houston may still get their sacks, but they are not a defense I’m relying on in week 4 if I have other options.  

The Top 3 Most Interesting Daily Fantasy Sports Concepts You May Have Never Heard Of


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As the popularity of daily fantasy sports grows so to does the number of DFS playing options and concepts.  A newer industry in and of itself, daily fantasy sports is seeing exponential growth with no end in site as to what it will eventually become.  Like anything else trending DFS is experiencing not only rapid growth but also incrementally expanding amounts of innovation and exploration.  While there have been plenty of failures and a few stragglers there has also been a plethora of fresh ideas, platforms and product launches to keep the daily fantasy sports communities invested and interested for years to come.  After being inundated with daily fantasy sports commercials, promotions and playing outlets most of us are by now at least familiar with the traditional forms of the entertainment based sports gaming phenomenon from such industry heavy weights as DraftKingsand FanDuel.  Many of us have even started playing the multitude of new daily fantasy sports formats like theDraftHero, FanEx and DailyMVP Pick Em’s, or the FantasyAces, PickChamps and DraftPot No Salary Cap Contests, or the FantasyHub charity based events or the Vulcun and AlphaDraft (FanDuel) eSports but what about the even more obscure DFS offerings out there?  Lets review some of the more current creative daily fantasy sports concepts to try and get a better assessment on some of the more unique DFS niches available in the market.

1: Daily Fantasy Sports Innovation #1 To Watch – Coaching Based DFS
This idea comes from a daily fantasy sports website called CoachFace which has developed a DFS concept that uses real professional coaches instead of players to create and score lineups.  On the surface it seems a bit ridiculous to make an entire daily fantasy sports team out of different coaching staffs but the there may actually be some merit using a coaches score in format or another.  While we are still not convinced this daily fantasy sports concept will catch on who knows we may see a coaching position slot pop up on the radar of a more fundamental DFS which would be a pretty interesting twist on the regular lineup building formats we are all used to.

2: Daily Fantasy Sports Innovation #2 To Watch – Cricket DFS
Not the most well known game globally Cricket has still found its way to daily fantasy sports.  While many of us are familiar with the newer daily fantasy sports additions like DraftKings MMA and NASCAR, or FantasyFeud’s Lacrosse it is still rare to see DFS games with such little U.S. Domestic appeal finding there way to the market.  As more sites like DailyFantasyCricket come into the mix and bring in daily fantasy sports with more of an international appeal we may even further growth within the DFS industry.  What’s next? Rugby fantasy sports?  Poker Tournament Fantasy Sports? ESPN X Games Fantasy Sports? Olympics Fantasy Sports?  If Cricket DFS can attract a following as a daily fantasy sports concept then its a good indication of just how far the DFS market as a whole can go.

3: Daily Fantasy Sports Innovation #3 To Watch – Social Horse Racing DFS
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One of the biggest betting channels in the entire world horse racing is no stranger to the wagering on the outcome of the sport.  Geared towards gambling with a lengthy history in the betting markets horse racing is one of the most popular sports to lay action on.  Not entirely new internet legal online horse race betting has been going on for quit some time but not in the form it is slowly branching off into today.  As the influence of daily fantasy sports reaches far and wide we see it now even impacting mainstream and mature gambling markets like horse racing.  New DFS website concepts like DerbyJackpot and DerbyWars are now starting to bring a more social fantasy based feel to their product offerings.  The fact that many of these sites are now accepting paypal only further shows that these newer sports entertainment game based offerings are gaining worldwide acceptance.
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Sure the above daily fantasy sports concepts may seem a bit far fetched but they are grounded in an industry that is seeing massive growth with no signs of slowing down.  While some daily fantasy sports ideas and concepts may be more realistic or popular then others the above innovations highlight that the  DFS industry is only in its infancy of what it truly may evolve into.  Do you think any of the above concepts could ever catch on and compete with any of the bigger sites like DraftKings and FanDuel?  Would you want to see daily fantasy sports website reviews on some of the newer DFS industry concepts?  If you could create one daily fantasy sports platform or implement one DFS idea that you have never seen what would it be?