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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Back To The Future: Week 2 Cash Lineup Review

Those who don’t know the past are doomed to repeat it. One of the best ways to improve is to analyze what you’ve done previously. Large field tournaments that pay out a million dollars are quite sexy but the smart play for most DFS players are cash games (H2H’s, 50-50’s, Double Up’s). Cash games are the best way to build up your bankroll. Below is a look back at my cash game lineup from Week 2 in order to be better in Week 3. An accurate analysis can provide a foundation for future winnings.

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Ty Montgomery (RB) – At $5,800 and all the projected usage that he could want against the Falcons, this looked to be a prime spot. He was definitely going to be one of the more chalky plays. He had 19 carries and 4 targets in week 1.

Trust The Process: Week 1 Preview

Yes, Yes, Yes!  The NFL is back. Christmas is finally here.  We have had salaries for more than a month now and the season has arrived just in time because my head is about to explode from information overload. What is the remedy for this? Obviously it is to supply more information.  What follows are some thoughts to help you make the best decision for your fantasy rosters this week. I play a balance of Cash games (Head-to-Heads and 50/50’s) and Guaranteed Prize Pool Tournaments mainly on DraftKings. I hate Kickers, therefore FanDuel is not a major focus for me.  Regardless, I have a lot of fun doing it and hope that this information helps you when constructing your roster this week.  Good luck.  Oh, by the way, I have never won a millionaire maker tournament and do not appear on ESPN so don’t get mad if my tips don’t make you all the money.  Trust me, if these tips don’t work out, my wife will be much more mad at me then you ever can be.  With that said, trust the process and make wise decisions!

The Old Man Still Has It – Larry Fitzgerald is old. He has fallen off each of the last two years as the year wore on. But this is not the end of the year. This is the start of the year. Fitz is not a normal 33 (soon to be 34) year old. He led the NFL in receptions last year with 107. He is a workout machine. He is well-respected. He has great hands. He’s as tough as they get. His quarterback, by all accounts, is playing well leading up to the first game against a bad Detroit secondary. In the first game of the 2016 season, he put up 28 DK pts against New England! His floor is high and he has touchdown upside because of his hands and strength. Besides, Fitz should be going against Quadre Diggs, who was ranked 94 out of 110 cornerbacks (according to Pro Football Focus).  Get off my lawn!!! The old man should take the young Lions out to the woodshed like they are Robin Ventura. Continue reading “Trust The Process: Week 1 Preview”