Start/Sit – 2018 Fantasy Football – Week 4

(originally published on CouchPotatoGM.com)

When it comes to season-long fantasy football, you play your studs unless there is an injury or you are loaded at a position and have other studs on your bench. Don’t overthink it. You are playing head-to-head against one opponent each week. You just have to beat that opponent (who also probably has weaknesses in their lineup). Unless you are a huge underdog that week, don’t get cute.

This article is to provide some additional information as you set your lineups this week. If you have a player that we list in the “sit” category, you shouldn’t automatically sit him because you might be replacing him with a much worse player. Think of Start/Sit rather in terms of “Confident/Cautious.” These are players that we seem to be getting a lot of questions about. We offer our take on whether you should take a confident or cautious approach to playing them this week.

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Late-Round Sleepers for the 2018 Fantasy Football Draft

(This article was orginally written for CouchPotatoGM.com)

We are just mere days away from the start of the 2018 NFL season and that means another year of fantasy football. Another year of being a couch potato GM and picking a team that proves to your friends that you truly have the smartest football mind that they know. Everybody knows to draft Todd Gurley or Le’Veon Bell if they have the chance. The first few rounds of a fantasy draft are relatively easy. But it is the late rounds that can make or break your “fake” football team. Those players that you draft in the later rounds could end up being stars and propelling you into the playoffs and fantasy football immortality (at least in your neighborhood). Just remember that Alvin Kamara, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, was drafted in the 12th and 13th rounds last season.

Here are eight guys (two at each of the “real” positions – I stream Kickers and DST from week to week) that you should consider selecting in the late rounds of your upcoming draft. With all of the great research and news coverage out there, very few true “sleepers” exist anymore. I prefer to think of them as value picks. For the purpose of simplicity and click bait, we’ll call them sleepers, but they are really value picks. These players provide a great deal of value relative to where they will be drafted. Continue reading “Late-Round Sleepers for the 2018 Fantasy Football Draft”

The “Never Again” Team

Every year there are players that are overrated, underrated, over-hyped, and under-hyped. We love our sleepers, we love our three-down, goal-line backs, and we love the guys that have won us fantasy championships in the past. But there are some players that we don’t love. As Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary from Shark Tank says to a contestant that has a poor product, “You’re Dead to Me!” Here are the players that are dead to me. I am like a scorned lover. These players may be talented. They may even have good seasons. I don’t care because I don’t trust them. They’ve hurt me. I can forgive a co-worker for eating my food in the break room that had a big label with my name on it. I can forgive the person going 10 MPH below the speed limit in the left-hand lane. I can forgive my friend for forgetting my birthday. But what I CANNOT forgive is a player that lets me down repeatedly in fantasy football. I mean come on man! This is serious! This is real, for Pete’s sake!

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FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (4/18)

We have three games on the FanDuel main slate tonight. It is the second game for each of these teams in 2018 NBA playoffs. Teams typically shorten their rotations during the playoffs, which makes it more difficult to find value plays, but we’ll try to provide you with some solid options below.

The Houston-Minnesota game is the highest projected game of the night with a 214.5 total but Houston is favored by 10 points. The Cleveland-Indiana game has a 209 total and the Utah-OKC game has a 206.5 total. As far as salaries go, there are five players priced at $9,800 or above. On a three-game slate with five studs and few true value plays, this will be a difficult night to construct rosters. Most likely you will not have a roster that you like but rather you will need to put together a roster that you can stomach.

If you want to play any of these top-end players tonight then you’ll need to find some salary relief to fit them into your roster. Here are 7 value plays that are worth considering as you set your lineup for tonight’s slate of games. Be sure to check the news and injury reports, especially in the 30 minutes prior to lock. Use all the information available to you to make the best decision possible for your lineup. Good luck and have fun!

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FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (4/11)

This is the last night of the regular season. This is a massive slate of 12 games, and there is madness all around us. Other than the top two seeds in each conference, the other 12 playoff spots are still up for grabs. There are a lot of injuries, teams tanking, and teams trying to maneuver for playoff seeding. Tonight could get crazy so make sure to pay attention to the news.

Very few lines are out as of this writing because of all the uncertainty of who is and isn’t playing tonight. As far as salaries go, there are three guys at $12k or above. They all have some motivation, and the case can be made that they are great plays. They also could play just a half or sit out entirely. Russell Westbrook is at $12,300, LeBron James is priced at $12,100, and Anthony Davis has a $12,000 price tag. Whether you play these high-priced studs, there are still seven stars priced in the $9-11k price range.

If you want to play any of these top-end players tonight, then you’ll need to find some salary relief to fit them into your roster. This is the time of the year when plenty of value tends to open up. The only question is who will that be and when will you know who to play. Sometimes the news comes later in the day as to which players will sit and which bench players will get their chance to shine.

Here are 10 value plays that are worth considering as you set your lineup for tonight’s slate of games. Remember to check the news and injury reports, especially in the 30 minutes before lineups lock. Use all the information available to you to make the best decision possible for your lineup. Good luck and have fun!

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Top-Results:

  • Khem Birch – 29.3 points (6.5x)
  • Allen Crabbe – 34.9 points (6.0x)
  • Marco Belineli – 29.1 points (5.8x)
  • Tony Snell – 18.1 points (5.0x)