Friday, November 27, 2015

Fantasy Hockey: Week Nine Waiver Wire Options



Week nine of the Fantasy Hockey season begins November 30th 2015 and I am really excited with the way the season is taking shape. We still have a long way to go but if you are looking to improve your team’s chances this week I have some options for you to consider.

Teams with four games this week are the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks.

Teams with two games this week are the Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals. Every other NHL team has three games this week.

Back to Back Games This Week

Arizona (Thur-Fri), Boston (Fri-Sat), Carolina (Sat-Sun), Columbus (Fri-Sat), Colorado (Mon-Tue), Dallas (Thur-Fri), Florida (Thur-Fri), Los Angeles (Fri-Sat), New Jersey (Thur-Fri), New York Islanders (Fri-Sat), New York Rangers (Wed-Thur), Ottawa (Sat-Sun), Philadelphia (Fri-Sat), Pittsburgh (Sat-Sun), San Jose (Fri-Sat), St Louis (Fri-Sat), Tampa Bay (Sat-Sun), Toronto (Wed-Thur), Vancouver (Mon-Tue) and Winnipeg (Sat-Sun).

Week Nine Waiver Wire Options

Defense: Michael Stone and the Arizona Coyotes have four games this week and over his past 5 games Stone has 1 goal and 1 assist on 12 shots on goal with a season long plus 2 skating 21 minutes a night on the Coyotes top line of defense as well as spending time on the Coyotes power play. Stone also has 27 hits, 30 blocks and 16 penalty minutes and is available in just over 75 percent of Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Center/Left Wing: Tobias Rieder and the Coyotes have four games this week and over his past 5 games Rieder has recorded 2 assists with 17 shots on goal with a season long minus 1 skating 18:36 minutes on the Coyotes top line as well as on the Coyotes top power play unit. Rieder also has 15 hits, 3 blocks and 6 penalty minutes and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Center: Victor Rask and the Carolina Hurricanes have four games this week and over his past 5 games Rask has scored 1 goal and 1 helper with 9 shots on goal with a season long plus/minus of zero skating 18 minutes a night on the Hurricanes top line as well as on the Hurricanes top power play unit. Rask also has 7 hits, 11 blocks with 12 penalty minutes and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Nick Leddy and the Islanders have four games this week and over his past five games has recorded 7 shots on goal with a season long plus 3 skating 22 minutes a night on the Islanders second line of defense as well as the top Islanders power play unit. Leddy has 29 hits, 25 blocks and 13 penalty minutes and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Right Wing: Kevin Hayes and the Rangers have four games this week and over his past 5 games Hayes has 1 goal and 1 assist with a season long plus 2 skating 13 minutes a night on the Rangers third line as well as the Rangers second power play unit. Hayes also has 12 hits and 8 blocks with 6 penalty minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Goaltender: With number one netminder Ondrej Pavelec out until early 2016 Michael Hutchinson is the main man between the pipes for the Winnipeg Jets. Over his last five starts “Hutch” has allowed 14 goals on 104 shots for a save percentage of 86 and only 1 win. The Jets have 3 games this week and he’ll likely get 2 starts and hopefully he can turn things around. Hutchinson is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Right Wing: Jannik Hansen and the Vancouver Canucks have four games this week and over his last 5 games Hansen has 2 goals and 1 helper on 12 shots on goal for a season long plus 10 skating 16 minutes a night on the Canucks top line. Hansen also has 9 hits and 9 blocks and 8 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager!

Fantasy Basketball: Week Six Waiver Wire and Streaming Options!



Week six of the Fantasy Basketball season is here and I don’t know about you but this is the time when I begin evaluating my roster and taking a deeper look at each individual player and how they are fitting into their team rotations……and beginning to make cuts. If you are doing the same or are streaming or whatever the case may be I have some options for you to consider this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.

Teams with two games are the Charlotte Hornets and the Minnisota Timberwolves. Every other NBA team has three games on their schedule.

Waiver Wire

PG: Jerryd Bayless and the Bucks have four games this week and if you need three pointers Bayless is knocking down 2 of them a night to go along with 10 points, two steals, 3 assists and 3 rebounds per night playing 29 minutes a game over his last 5 games. He has a decent shooting percentage from the field (47%) but his free throw percentage of 60 percent is a killer. Bayless is currently available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues

PF C: Ed Davis and the Portland Trail Blazers have four games this week and Davis has three double doubles to his credit coming off the Trail Blazers bench. Over his past 5 games Davis is averaging 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds playing 21 minutes per night. Excellent 68 percent shooting from the field but his 58 percent from the charity stripe will kill you. Davis is currently available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SF: Omri Casspi and the Sacramento Kings have four games this week and if you need a bit of everything Casspi just might be your man. Over his past 5 games Casspi is averaging 12 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 assists and is knocking down a triple a night playing 30 minutes a night over his last 5 games. Excellent 52 percent shooting from the field but atrocious 45 percent from the line. Casspi is available in just over 85 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SG SF: C.J. Miles and the Indiana Pacers have three games this week and if you are looking for three pointers Miles has been knocking down 4 of them a night over his last 5 games. He’s also averaging 20 points, 1.2 steals and not much else playing 27 minutes a night. Super 50 percent shooting percentage from the floor to go along with a great 81 percent from the line and Miles is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SF PF: Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers have three games this week and if you have been paying attention over his last five games Covington has been stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 13.4 points, 2.8 steals, 1 block, 1 assist and 6.8 rebounds including 1 triple a night playing just under 30 minutes. Terrible 34 percent shooting from the field but much more encouraging 81 percent from the line and Covington is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SG: Dion Waiters and the Oklahoma City Thunder have three games this week and over his past five games Waiters has averaged 12.4 points, 2 steals, 2.6 assists and 3 rebounds and one triple a night playing 27 minutes a night mostly off of the Thunder bench. Decent 40 percent shooting from the floor and solid 81 percent from the line and Waiters is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SF: Matt Barnes and the Memphis Grizzlies have three games this week and over his last five games Barnes is averaging 10.8 points, 1.6 steals, 2 assists and 5.4 rebounds including one triple a night playing 29 minutes a night mostly off of the Grizzlies bench. Solid 41 percent shooting from the field and average 71 percent from the line and Barnes is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy basketball owner!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fantasy Football: Win a Million at Draft Kings this Weekend!



Well here we are in week 12 of the Fantasy Football season. The DFS world has been turned on its head and even thought FanDuel won’t allow residents of New York to play at their site Draft Kings is still allowing us to play so let’s see if we can win a million this week.

Let’s keep in mind that the scoring is different at Draft Kings as is the salary cap. At Draft Kings we are allowed 50,000 dollars of salary to spend amongst 9 players. In lieu of a kicker Draft Kings has a “flex” player position.

At FanDuel we were looking for a minimum of 2 points per salary dollar spent; at Draft Kings we will need a minimum of 3 points for every dollar spent. I’ve never played DFS Fantasy Football at Draft Kings but what the heck let’s give it a go.

QB: Carson Palmer ($7,100) and the Arizona Cardinals have a very good matchup against a  San Francisco 49er defense allowing 277 passing yards a game including 10 plays of 40 yards or more. Over his past five starts Palmer has a Draft Kings floor of 19.2 Fantasy Points and a ceiling of 33.56 and this season has seven games with 300 plus yards passing.

RB: Adrian Peterson ($7,300) and the Minnesota Vikings has a tough matchup with a Vikings defense that allows a meager 87.4 rushing yards per game. Over his past 5 games Peterson has a floor of 6.7 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 32.6 and thus far this season Peterson has five games with 100 or more rushing yards.    
RB: T.J. Yeldon ($4,800) and the Jacksonville Jaguars have an excellent matchup against a San Diego Chargers defense allowing 125.9 rushing yards per game. Over his past 5 games Yeldon has a floor of 11.2 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 22.4 and thus far this season Yeldon has 2 games with 100 plus yards rushing as well as being a valuable receiver out of the backfield.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400) and the Cardinals has a great matchup with a 49er passing defense allowing 290.8 receiving yards per game. Over his past 5 games Fitzgerald has a floor of 6.9 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 26 and thus far this season Fitzgerald has 3 games with 100 yards plus receiving. If for some reason he doesn’t play on Sunday you can pivot to either John Brown ($5,000) or even Michael Floyd ($3,800). All three Cardinals receivers are listed as questionable so keep your eye on this and act accordingly.

WR: DeSean Jackson ($5,100) and the Washington Redskins have a terrific matchup with a New York Giants allowing 316.4 receiving yards per game. Jackson has been bothered by a hamstring the entire season but last week he scored 19.7 Fantasy points including a 56 yard TD reception. He is the Redskins big play guy and that bodes well as the Giants have given up 7 plays of 40 yards plus this season.

WR: Brandon LaFell ($4,300) and the New England Patriots have a tough matchup with a Denver Broncos secondary allowing just 211 receiving yards a game. With all the injuries to the Patriots receiving corps LaFell might be the only one healthy. LaFell has played only 5 games and has a floor of 4.5 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 18.2.

TE: Crocket Gillmore ($3,700) and the Baltimore Ravens have a nice matchup against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing 401 yards and 8 touchdowns to receivers this season. Over his past 5 games Gillmore has a floor of 6.0 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 18.1. With the season ending injury to QB Joe Flacco not to mention the numerous other injuries to key personnel Gillmore might be the only one left for starting QB Matt Schaub to throw to.

Flex: Todd Gurley ($7,500) and the St Louis Rams have an interesting matchup against a Cincinnati Bengals defense allowing just 100.4 rushing yards per game. Over his past 5 games Gurley has a floor of 11.6 Fantasy points and a 35.3 ceiling. For the season Gurley has 4 games of 100 yards plus rushing and is also a dependable receiver out of the Rams backfield.

Defense: The Baltimore Ravens ($2,800) may not be the sexy choice or even the bookies choice but the Cleveland Browns are an absolutely terrible offensive team. The Ravens might not be much better but over their last 5 games they have a floor of 3 Fantasy points and a ceiling of 15 so there is hope and hopefully the Ravens defense will rise up on Monday night!


Go win a million at Draft Kings this weekend Fantasy Football owner! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fantasy Football: Week 12 Waiver Wire Options



Week 12 of the Fantasy Football season begins this Thursday November 26, 2015. In just a couple of weeks the playoffs will begin. Are you ready? I hope you are but if you aren’t I have some waiver wire suggestions for you this week.

Quarterbacks

The Denver Broncos Brock Osweiler has a tough matchup this week against a Patriots defense allowing QB’s just 17.5 Fantasy Points per game. Last week against the Bears Osweiler threw for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions. You could do worse this week than Osweiler and he’s available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

The Buccaneers Jameis Winston has a decent matchup with a Colts defense allowing QB’s an average of 16.9 Fantasy Points per game. Winston is coming off a big 5 touchdown, 246 yard and zero interception performance against the Eagles last week. I don’t look for him to repeat this performance on Sunday but another quality start looks to be in the cards and he is currently available in over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Running Backs

Spencer Ware of the Chiefs is a must have at this point especially if you own Chacandrick West. At this point in the week we don’t know if West is going to play this weekend but what we do know is this; the Bills allow running backs an average of 17.1 Fantasy Points per game and Ware is coming off of a nice 96 yard 2 touchdown performance against the Chargers. He’s available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and with all the injuries this season if I owned West I would grab him just in case.

Ahmad Bradshaw and the Colts have a matchup this Sunday with a Buccaneer defense allowing running backs 14.4 Fantasy Points per game. That doesn’t seem like a very good matchup but Bradshaw does the majority of his damage via the air hauling in 4 passes for 20 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 32 yards rushing last weekend against the Falcons. If you need a running back this weekend Bradshaw is available in over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.
Wide Receivers

Devin Funchess and the Panthers have a tough matchup this Thursday with a Cowboys defense allowing receivers just 17.4 Fantasy Points a night. Last Sunday Funchess saw 8 balls thrown his way catching 4 of them for 64 yards and a touchdown against a very stout Seahawks secondary. Hopefully lightening will strike twice and Funchess is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Marvin Jones and the Bengals have a difficult matchup this week against a Rams defense allowing receivers just 12.1 Fantasy Points per game. Over his last 3 games Jones has seen 24 balls thrown his way with 13 receptions for 182 yards and with all those targets Jones could have incredible upside this weekend and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Tight Ends

Crockett Gillmore and the Ravens have a great matchup this weekend against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing tight ends 8 Fantasy Points a game. Over his last 3 games Gillmore has 16 targets for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy Football Owner!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Finding DFS Fantasy Basketball at Draft Kings



Each and every week I do a posting about finding value for DFS NBA basketball games at FanDuel. Since I’m currently in New York and am unable to access the FanDuel slate of games I thought I would head over to Draft Kings and have a look at what they are offering and see if we can’t help some of you out here tonight.

Draft Kings DFS Basketball is much different than FanDuel; they give a bonus for “double-doubles”, “triple doubles”, three pointers and have a smaller salary cap ($50,000) and one less player than FanDuel offers so we need to keep these things in mind when looking for value.

Six games are on tonight’s slate with the highest over under totals being Golden State/Lakers (214) and Clippers/Denver game (206). With the exception of the Dallas/Memphis game the other games are all over 200 points so it’s going to take at least 320 points or better to take down a GPP tonight.

That means you will have to average 40 points per man in order to even sniff a GPP first place prize tonight and with the small slate of games that also means you are going to need to roster at least two if not three very expensive players in order to win tonight.

Steph Curry is an easy choice to make tonight. He has a Draft Kings floor of 37.85 and a ceiling of 60.89 but he also comes with a $10,900 dollar price tag. That’s a 10 percent hit to your payroll and with the Warriors playing the hapless Lakers he might play enough to make value but more than likely he won’t. I think I would fade Curry tonight at PG and instead opt for Lou Williams for $4,000.

So why Williams tonight? For starters it’s the highest over under on the slate and more than likely the Lakers are going to get blown out by the Warriors. Williams is coming off the bench and the reigning 6th man of the year usually excels in garbage time. His floor is 14 and his ceiling is 26 and he hasn’t had a big game yet this season. 24 points isn’t out of the realm of possibilities either and I’m thinking it will be easier for Williams to make 24 than it will for Curry to make 65 plus.

The Pacers Jordan Hill at PF for $4,800 is another possible value play tonight. Over his past 10 games he’s averaging 25.95 Fantasy points per game and that includes 3 “double doubles” over those same 10 games. Washington is currently 18th in the NBA defending power forwards, Hill is averaging almost 25 minutes a night and he could be a very good an inexpensive option for you to consider tonight.

Now you have a little more room in order to spend up and grab Curry if you want or maybe Damian Lillard, a Paul George or a Blake Griffin and maybe win one of tonight’s many GPP opportunities at Draft Kings tonight.


Good luck tonight!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Week Five Waiver Wire Options



Week five of the Fantasy Basketball season begins on Monday November 23rd. This should be the week when you begin looking at your roster more closely and start to determine who is helping. Who is hurting and act accordingly/ I have some waiver wire options this week that I think might help you win your weekly matchup…..so let’s get after it!

 Teams with four games this we are the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.

The Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers each has two games this week while everyone else has three games on the NBA schedule for week five.

Week Five Waiver Wire Options

Dennis Schroder PG Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks have 4 games this week and over his past 5 games Schroder is averaging 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7 assists and 1 three pointer on 28 minutes a game. His shooting percentages aren’t very good and as soon as Jeff Teague his minutes should go back to 24 a night but he does a lot of things right including a steal or two per week so he might be worthy of a roster spot this week. Schroder is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Jamal Crawford SG Los Angeles Clippers: Crawford has been hot lately and with all the Clippers injuries of late has been getting 31 minutes over his last five games. During this span he’s averaging 18 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds while knocking down just over 1 triple a night, Good shooting percentages straight across the board and with 4 games this week Crawford might be able to help you out. Crawford is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Robert Covington SF PF Philadelphia 76ers: Covington has had a run of bad luck with injuries that has limited him to just three games this season. His numbers are small as is his playing time but the dude can shoot threes and it’s only a matter of time until he starts playing more than 25 minutes a night. When he does and he starts going off from behind the arc you’ll be lucky that you grabbed him because he won’t be available in over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues for very long.

Jerryd Bayless PG Milwaukee Bucks: Over the past 5 games 14.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and just over 1 steal on 31.8 minutes per night. His shooting percentages are outstanding and with him knocking down almost 3 triples a night and with 4 games this week Bayless might win your three point category all by himself. Bayless is currently available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Langston Galloway PG SG New York Knicks: Over his past 5 games Galloway has done a little bit of everything; he scores (10 pts), rebounds (3.4), assists (2.4) and 1 steal a night. His shooting percentages are exceptional and with 4 games this week Galloway might be a good add for your roto league or a solid deeper league option. Galloway is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Omri Casspi SF Sacramento Kings: Over his past 5 games Casspi has been getting it done for the Kings averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds including 1 triple in 27 minutes a night for the Kings. His field goal percentage is good at 42 percent but the other percentages will kill you in a roto league. Casspi is a deep league option and possibly a streaming option this week and is available in 85 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

T.J. McConnell PG Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers might not be very good but McConnell has and over his past 5 games is averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes a night for the hapless 76ers. Great shooting from the field and from behind the arc but the dude doesn’t get to the line at all. No matter and with 4 games this week McConnell is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues and might be a good add this week.


Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner!

Fantasy Hockey: Week Eight Waiver Wire Options!



Week eight of the Fantasy Hockey season begins Monday November 23rd, 2015. If your team is underperforming there is still plenty of time to get your roster right and if your team is doing well there isn’t any harm at peeking at the waiver wire……and if you don’t have time I found some widely available gems for you to consider this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers,, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

Teams with two games this week are the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks. Everyone else has three games this week.

Week Eight Waiver Wire Options

Dan Girardi Defense New York Rangers: Girardi is putting a nice season together with 2 goals and 6 assists with 16 shots on goal for a plus 11 skating 20 minutes a night on the Rangers on the Rangers top blue line. Girardi has 44 hits, 42 blocks and 6 penalty minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Oscar Klefbom Defense Edmonton Oilers: Klefbom is also having a decent season with 3 goals and 7 assists on 25 shots on goal for a minus 4 skating almost 22 minutes on the Oilers second line of defense as well as spending a majority of the time on the Oilers power play. Klefbom has 18 hits, 38 blocks and 6 penalty minutes this season and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Cody Franson Defense Buffalo Sabres: Franson is off to a decent start this season with 2 goals and 7 assists with 37 shots on goal for a minus 3 skating 19 minutes a night on the third line of defense as well as the majority of the Sabres power play. Franson has 25 hits, 14 blocks and 10 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Calvin deHaan Defense New York Islanders: deHaan is the only player on this week’s list with less than 4 games this week (only 3) but deHaan is having a nice season with 3 goals, 4 assists and 26 shots on goal for a plus 8 skating 21 minutes a night skating on the Islanders second line of defense and spends about 6 percent of the time on the Islanders power play unit. deHaan has 40 hits and 54 blocks with 14 penalty minutes and is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Jannick Hansen Right Wing Vancouver Canucks: Hansen has been pretty good this season with 5 goals and 6 assists with 38 shots on goal for a plus 8 skating 16 minutes a night on the Canucks top line alongside the Sedin brothers as well as on the Canucks top power play unit. Hansen has 8 hits and nine blocks with 8 penalty minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Kevin Hayes Right Wing New York Rangers: Hayes is also having a nice season thus far with 5 goals and 7 assists on 43 shots on goal for a plus 2 skating just over 13 minutes a night on the Rangers third line as well as the Rangers second power play unit. Hayes has 7 hits, 9 blocks and 6 penalty minutes and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Marcus Johansson Left Wing Washington Capitals: Johansson has been solid this season with 3 goals and 5 assists on 28 shots on goal for a plus 4 skating 18 minutes a night on the Capitals second line as well as the top power play unit. Johansson also has 12 hits and 6 blocks with zero penalty minutes and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Mathieau Perreault Center/Left Wing Winnipeg Jets: Perreault has 1 goal and 13 assists on 23 shots on goal for a plus 0 skating 16 minutes a game on the Jets second line as well as the Jets top power play unit. Perreault also has 26 hits, 10 blocks and 14 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fantasy Football: Week 11 Waiver Wire Options



Week 11 is here and we are heading into the homestretch of the Fantasy Football season. If you haven’t made your move yet what the heck are you waiting for? If you have and you need some help to move up in your league standings I have some waiver wire options for you to consider this week.

Teams with a bye this week are the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco threw the ball 45 times last week for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. That’s a nice thing to see as was his 1440 passing yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions over his last 5 games. He has a tough matchup this week against a Rams team allowing quarterbacks just 12 Fantasy points this season. Flacco is currently available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has really been up and down this season but he does have a nice matchup this weekend against a Houston Texans defense allowing quarterbacks 16.6 Fantasy points per game. Over his past 5 games Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1059 yards, 8 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. Fitzpatrick is a bit dinged up but he is still available in just over 70 percent of Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Marcus Mariota  has a nice matchup this weekend against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense allowing quarterbacks 18 Fantasy points per game. Over his past 5 games Mariota has thrown for 1329 yards, 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Mariota has been up and down like a roller coaster but he does have a good matchup and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Running Backs

With all the injuries this season the waiver wire is awfully thin at the running back position but just for insurance reasons you might want to pick up Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman (70% available) in case anything happens to Devonta Freeman and you could also add the Jaguars Dennard Robinson (90% available) in case T.J. Yeldon continues to have foot problems.

Wide Receivers

Kamar Aiken was the recipient of 14 Flacco targets last week and it’s too darn bad he only caught 7 of them for 73 yards. The Rams have only allowed receivers 12 Fantasy points a game but with all these targets and being the Ravens #1 option Aiken might be worth a shot this weekend. Aiken is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Nate Washington has a terrific matchup this weekend with a Jets secondary allowing receivers 21.9 Fantasy points per game. The Texans quarterbacks throw the ball a TON and Washington has had some big games this season and some not so big games this season. If Brian Hoyer is cleared to play this week Washington would be a nice option and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Doug Baldwin has a very nice matchup with a 49er secondary allowing receivers 26 Fantasy points a contest. Baldwin is another one who has had an up and down season but he is capable of some big games like he did last Sunday with 7 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. He’s also very capable of laying a stinker but he is available in over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron has a terrific matchup this weekend against an Oakland Raiders defense allowing tight ends 12 Fantasy points a game. Ebron has had some decent games to go with plenty of stinkers but the matchup is fairly difficult to ignore. Ebron is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Crockett Gillmore has a good match-up this weekend against a Rams defense allowing tight ends 7.3 Fantasy points per game. Like most of our waiver wire options Gillmore has had some decent games and some stinkers but with Flacco throwing the ball as much as he is Gillmore is at least worthy of consideration. He is available in over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Football owner!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Finding Value at FanDuel



We are just four weeks into the NBA season and one of the biggest concerns for any Daily Fantasy Basketball player at sites like FanDuel is finding value. I know this because people are always asking me who my value picks are for a particular night. My answer?

All nine players on my roster are “value” picks….or at least they are supposed to be.

People sometimes think I’m busting their chops but the reality is when you have $60,000 dollars in salary to distribute amongst nine players with the goal of 5 points per dollar spent in cash games and 6 points per dollar in GPP tournaments that’s exactly what you have to attempt to achieve. It’s not always easy to do this either.

The Floor Matters

Before I even consider point spreads or match-ups I’m looking at the list of players and looking for the highest floor (lowest FanDuel score) players on the slate and write them down in my notebook. I do this for every position and next to their floor I jot down the salary of the player. What I’m looking for are players that have a floor as close as I can get to the 5 or 6 points per $1000 dollars and if I can do that with 7 or 8 players I’m probably going to go home a winner that night.

The True Floor vs the Season Floor

You don’t have to do much research to discover what an individual players floor is; all one has to do is click a player’s name at FanDuel and scroll. It’s really easy to do but those numbers can be awfully misleading. Let’s use the Denver Nuggets Will Barton as an example.

Will Barton is priced Tuesday night at a modest $5,000. He has a floor of 8.9 FanDuel points and no way should anyone even consider adding him to their roster. Upon further investigation what you will discover is that there is a Barton when playing 17-23 minutes with that low floor and a Barton with a floor of 26.3 when he plays 30 minutes or more which he has done 4 times out of the Nuggets 10 games thus far this season. These minutes came mostly in blowouts so we need to also keep this in mind when we roster Barton.

Now that I’m interested in Barton it’s time to visit my beloved home town of Vegas and depending on who you ask the over under of this game is anywhere from 204-210 points and the home Pelicans are 5.5-6 point favorites. This game is also the second highest over under game on our FanDuel slate so that is also in his favor.

The next thing we do is look at the Nuggets themselves; specifically what we are looking for is which Barton we are more likely to see on Tuesday. Through 5 road games this season Barton is averaging 28 minutes a night and is the second leading scorer (14.2) for the Nuggets. He’s also the third leading rebounder (6.2), third in assists (2.2) and leads the team in steals (1.6) on the road. Barton has done all of these things as part of the regular rotation and without injuries to any other Denver players. These are all good things to see.

When we look at the Nuggets the other thing that stands out to me is the possibility that Kenneth Faried may not play on Tuesday night. That probably won’t factor into Barton’s playing time but it might mean more opportunities for production. This is another nice thing to see.

Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Pelicans and what we discover is shooting guards score an average of 38.88 FanDuel points per game against the Pelicans and point guards a whopping 48.52 points per game. That’s 21st and 30th in the league respectively and that is also a very good thing to see.

Based on all that research it looks as if the 26.3 floor of Barton might be the one we are likeliest to see tonight. At $5,000 dollars in salary this floor meets our 5 points per salary dollar required for cash games and darn close to the 6 points we are looking for in GPP’s……and if my research is correct he could well exceed the 6 points and make DFS owners very happy campers tonight.

As with all NBA players be sure to check and see if Barton is even active tonight. He's been dealing with some shoulder issues all season long and while it's highly likely that he will play always check to be on the safe side.

This is my routine for every player I’m considering each night that I play. It doesn’t always work out the way the research indicates but more often than not it does. We’ll see after tonight how this turns out.


Good luck at FanDuel tonight DFS player! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Week Four Waiver Wire Options!



Week four of the Fantasy Basketball season begins Monday November 16th, 2015. This is usually the week when I begin looking at the players I have drafted and how they are performing, how they fit in with their NBA teams rotations and most importantly how these players are going to help me win my league.
This week I have seven waiver wire options that I feel will help you win your league…..so let’s get after it!

Teams with four games this week include the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.

The Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards each have two games this week.

Every other NBA team has three games this week.

Week Four Waiver Wire Options

SG: Marcus Thornton and the Houston Rockets have 4 games this week and Thornton has been spectacular so far this season. Over the past 5 games Thornton is averaging 16.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2 steals including 2.6 triples a night. Now that Terrence Jones is working his way back into the rotation this might be the last week where Thornton gets these kind of minutes so grab him this week. Thornton is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

PG: T.J McConnell and the 76ers have 4 games this week and if you need assists than McConnell is your man. Over his last 5 games he’s averaging 9.2 assists, 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while getting 31 minutes a night. He’s also averaging just over 1 steal per game this season and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

C: Zaza Pachulia and the Dallas Mavericks have 4 games this week and Pachulia is averaging nearly a double double this season. Over his last 5 games he’s averaging 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per night while getting just over 26 minutes per game. He’s also solid from the field (48.5 %) and from the line (88 %) and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SF: Jae Crowder and the Celtics have 4 games this week and if you need steals Crowder is your man. Over his past 5 games Crowder is averaging nearly 4 steals a game with 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1 triple a game in 29.1 minutes of action. Crowder is available in over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues and probably can win your steals category all by himself.

SF/PF: Andre Iguodala and the Warriors have 4 games this week and if you need a little bit of everything this week Iguodala Over his last 5 games Iguodala is averaging 10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and almost 2 triples a night while getting 28 minutes a game. Excellent from the field (62%) and mediocre from the line (66%) and he’s available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

PG/SG: Langston Galloway and the Knicks have 4 games this week and if you are in need of three pointers this week Galloway is averaging 2 of them a night to go along with 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and just over 1 assists while averaging 27 minutes a night. Nice shooting from the field (46%) and not so nice from the line (67%) and Galloway is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

SG/SF: Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets have 4 games this week and while Johnson has seen better days his current ones haven’t been that bad; over his past 5 games Johnson is averaging 13 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6 assists while playing 34 minutes a night. His shooting percentages are awful so you Roto league owners probably could look elsewhere but his numbers overall are solid enough to take a gamble on him. Johnson is currently available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner!    

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fantasy Football: FanDuel Picks for Week 10!



The New York State Attorney General has deemed Daily Fantasy Sports in New York as illegal and while I disagree with him and his ruling FanDuel is still offering their million dollar tournaments this week and here we go.

Keep in mind we are looking for two points for every dollar of salary spent as well as looking for players that have high ceilings. Usually these players have extremely low floors so you would use the following examples in GPP tournaments.

QB: Eli Manning ($7,400) has had a topsy turvy season. He’s laid some stinkers and he’s had some huge games. This Sunday he’s more than likely going to be throwing the ball until his arm falls off as his Giants and their NFL worst passing defense goes up against Tom Brady and the Patriots. The over under here is 55 points and with the Patriots a seven and a half point favorite this could be a big night for Manning.

RB: Todd Gurley ($9,200) is absolutely killing it for the Rams this season. With a floor of 15.9 points and a ceiling of 30 points it’s no wonder he’s priced so high….and worth every penny too. This Sunday Gurley is up against a Bears rushing defense allowing 121.6 yards per game. I don’t care how high Gurley’s ownership is or even how high the price tag he is a must have this Sunday.

RB: James Starks ($6,000) is now the starting RB for the Green Bay Packers replacing last season’s DFS hero Eddie Lacy. Starks has had two 20 point FanDuel outputs in the last 3 weeks and his matchup against a Detroit Lions rushing defense allowing 133 yards per game an opportunity for great value out of the running back position this Sunday!

WR: Odell Beckham Jr ($8,800) is much like his QB Manning; he’ll lay a stinker or two with his incredibly low floor of 5.5 indicates and he can rock and roll as his extremely high ceiling of 35 suggests. The Patriots pass defense are allowing receivers 244 yards a game with just two plays of 40 yards or more. In a game like this with a low floor high ceiling combo like Manning and Beckham Jr are this is an obvious choice on Sunday.

WR: Stefon Diggs ($6,600) would ordinarily be a no brainer value pick this week but with QB Teddy Bridgewater possibly out with a concussion this might be a risky play. If Bridgewater plays on Sunday this is an incredible matchup against an Oakland Raiders passing defense allowing 314 passing yards a game and 7 plays of over 40 yards. Bridgewater is the key here and if for some reason he doesn’t play you can pivot to several players like Michael Crabtree ($6,400) or Martavis Bryant ($6,500).  

WR: Jordan Matthews ($6,600) is another one of those low ceiling high floor players who will either make you or break you in a GPP tournament. This week he has an interesting matchup with a Dolphins passing defense allowing 242 yards to receivers per game with 6 plays of over 40 yards. The over under in this one is 48 points that should mean quite a few opportunities for Matthews to have another one of those 20 plus FanDuel points outings.

TE: Jordan Reed ($5,800) has been very consistent this season. With a floor of 4.2 and a ceiling of 24.7 with the majority of his games exceeding 2 points per $1000 dollars of salary makes Reed a very sound punt play this weekend. His matchup this week is against a Saints defense that is second worst against tight ends. The 50 point over under and Washington’s opponent suggests the ball is going to be flying in Washington on Sunday.

K: Josh Brown ($4,800) is my kicker this week. Normally I would have gone with the Patriots Gostkowski but Brown has been solid and he has scored in double digit FanDuel points 5 times this season and there really isn’t’ that much difference between the two other than the Patriots are a more consistent offense. The over under is perfect and Brown should provide plenty of value on Sunday.

Defense: The Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,600) have an extremely favorable match-up against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. This game has the lowest over under (41) on this weekend’s slate and the Steelers are currently favored by 4.5 points. As a defense the Steelers are middle of the road in terms of total yards but their defense is much better than the Browns offense so I think the Steelers should be good to go on Sunday!


Go win a million Fantasy Football owner! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fantasy Football: Week 10 Waiver Wire Options!



Week 10 of the Fantasy Football season begins Thursday November 12, 2015. The bye weeks are coming to a close and it’s time to shore up your rosters in order to be ready for the playoffs.

Teams having a bye this week are the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick is available in over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and his matchup against the Bills should be a good one. The Bills are allowing 259 passing yards a game including 5 plays of over 40 yards this season. Fitzpatrick on the other hand has thrown for 9 touchdowns and 1177 yards with 7 interceptions. Thursday night could be Fitzpatrick’s night.

Kirk Cousins is available in over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and his matchup at home on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints might be a good one to exploit. The Saints allow 293 passing yards a contest including 11 plays of over 40 yards. Over the last 5 games Cousins has thrown 5 touchdown passes to go along with 1224 passing yards and 6 interceptions. This could wind up being a shootout in Washington on Sunday.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis is out for the season and there are two possible options for you to consider this weekend.

Brandon Bolden is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and James White is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues. Bolden saw some action last Sunday after Lewis went down and racked up 12 ESPN Fantasy Points with 1 rushing attempt for 12 yards and 3 receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. White didn’t play last weekend but  it appears that he will be the main passing back for the Patriots this weekend. Since both are widely available keep an eye on this situation and act accordingly.

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he and the Bengals have an interesting match-up Monday night against the Houston Texans. I say interesting because the Texans have allowed just 245 passing yards per game but have allowed 7 passing plays of over 40 yards and 27 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Over his past 5 games Jones has 15 receptions for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns including 2 plays of over 40 yards. Jones might be a good add this week.

Kamar Aiken is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he and the Baltimore Ravens have a terrific match-up this Sunday with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed receivers 280 yards per game and 5 plays of over 40 plus yards. Over the past 5 games Aiken has 15 receptions for 243 yards and 1 touchdown with one catch of over 40 yards. He’s the Ravens number 1 option and could have a big game this week.

Nate Washington is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and has a very nice match-up with the Bengals on Monday night. The Bengals are allowing receivers 263 yards a game with 5 plays of 40 yards or more. Over his last 5 games Washington has 22 catches for 337 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 play of 40 plus yards. Washington could be a great add this week.

Tight Ends

Heath Miller is available is just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has a nice match-up with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are allowing 254 passing yards per game and Miller has been reliable over his last 5 games with 16 receptions for 163 yards and 1 touchdown. Obviously Miller would be better off with Big Ben under center but against this Browns defense Miller might be a good addition this week.


Good luck this week Fantasy Football owner!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Finding DFS Value at FanDuel



Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) basketball players are always looking for value. At least the ones that take down the big cash tournament prizes are. When you only have $60,000 dollars to spread out amongst nine players on a roster it’s an absolute must to get the most value from every player on your roster.

You can talk about minutes, match-ups, usage and anything else you like but it all boils down to this; if you aren’t getting a minimum of 5 points per $1000 dollars of salary spent you don’t stand a chance of winning a GPP tournament. To actually win one of those monsters and take home the big prize you’ll need closer to 6 points per $1000 dollars spent.

I know there are plenty that advocate NOT playing these monsters and opt instead for easier tournaments like Double Ups and 50/50’s and while those are all great things to take part in Fantasy Sports is all about winning whatever league you are playing…or at least it was. In a way they are correct; the odds of you winning one of those monsters are very slim but they can be done.

So how do we go about finding this value?

As I said before you’ll need at least the minimum of 5 Fantasy Points per $1000 dollars spent so let’s use last night’s winning lineup from the single entry 40K NBA Dribbler tournament as an example.

PG: Jeff Teague $7,400   41.9

PG: George Hill $6,500   40.4

SG: Kent Bazemore $5,000 27.7

SG: Marco Bellinelli $3,900  22.7

SF: Paul George $8,500     38.3

SF: Andrew Wiggins $6,900 44

PF: Paul Millsap $8,100  42

PF: Draymond Green $7,600 42.5

C: Jahlil Okafor $5,900  43.5

That was a great lineup but did you notice what was missing? The big priced names such as Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Boogie Cousins and Paul George were all noticeably absent from the winning lineup. Isn’t that something?

It’s time to introduce floor and ceiling and how this relates to getting maximum value.

Let’s use Jahlil Okafor as an example. His lowest point total (floor) at FanDuel thus far this season is 22.65 and his highest (ceiling) after last night is 43.5. If we use our 5 point minimum Okafor would have to get 29.5 FanDuel points to make value or about 7 points more than his floor and 1 point more than his season average of 28.37.

Now let’s look at the top choice Andre Drummond. Drummond last night cost you $9,300 meaning you would need to have him score the minimum of 46.50 FanDuel points for him to break even. Last night he had 40.5 points. His floor this season is 35.7 and his ceiling is 67.1 for an average of 50.65 points per game.

I lost you didn’t I?

If Okafor lays a 22 point clunker it won’t hurt as much as if Drummond lays a 35 point clunker and here’s why; the $3,400 I save in salary by opting for Okafor can now be used to pay up for two or even three players in the hopes of not only making up the points lost but hopefully exceeding the overall 5 point minimum per $1000 dollars spent. I think that’s much easier than punting away a position with a minimum priced player in hopes that he goes off that night. Don’t you?

Easy as pie, right?

Not exactly because it doesn’t always work out the way it did last night. As their high ceilings and salaries indicate players like Drummond, Curry and the like are capable of HUGE games and there are times when paying up for them is a good thing. It depends on their match-ups and situations. Last night Drummond was playing the second game of a back to back after KILLING Portland on Sunday night plus the Golden State front-court is one of the best defensive units in the NBA so his 40 point “clunker” was sort of expected. Okafor played his normal 30 plus minutes but benefited from his teammate Nerlens Noel being injured and wound up with a HUGE night. Keep that in mind the next time Philly plays without Noel.

Finding value is a great thing and it’s a LOT of fun to try and find those gems but just remember you MUST get at least 5 points per salary dollar spent to even cash and closer to 6 points per dollar spent in order to win a huge NBA DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament at FanDuel.

It’s a daunting task but one a real Fantasy Basketball owner not only welcomes but looks forward to.

Good luck playing DFS Fantasy Basketball Fantasy Hoops owner!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Fantasy Basketball Week Three Waiver Wire Options



Week three of the Fantasy Basketball season begins Monday November 9, 2015. I think it’s a little soon to shred your roster of any underperforming players but if you are so inclined I have seven waiver wire options for you to consider this week.

Teams playing 4 games this week  include Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, New Orleans, NY Knicks, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento and Utah.

Teams with two games this week are Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and Washington.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the only team with five  games this week.

Week Three Waiver Wire Options

Mason Plumlee PF C Portland Trail Blazers: Plumlee is becoming a fan favorite in Portland and perhaps it’s the 10 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2 assists plus a block and a steal per night over his past 5 games. Maybe it’s the season long 17.5 PER but Fantasy Basketball owners will like the 25 minutes a night he’s averaging, the 4 games Portland has this week and he’s still available in 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Gorgui Dieng PF C Minnesota Timberwolves: Dieng is starting to get it going after a slow start with double digit points in each of his last 2 games. He’s currently averaging just over 20 minutes a night with decent shooting percentage from the floor (43 %) and is shooting 80 percent from the line. He’ll grab some boards and of course he’s usually good for a block or two a night. The Timberwolves have 5 games this week and Dieng is currently available in just over 50 percent of Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Kent Bazemore SG SF Atlanta Hawks: Hawks fans are thrilled with the way Bazemore has started the season and with good reason; over the past 5 games Bazemore is averaging 12 points a night that includes 2 triples per ballgame. He’s also contributing with 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and nearly 2 steals a night. Bazemore’s shooting percentages are very good and with 4 games this week the over 60 percent available Bazemore might be a good add this week.

Rodney Hood SG SF Utah Jazz: Three pointers are the name of the game where Hood is concerned and over his last 5 games he’s knocked down 6 of them but more importantly he attempted 40 of them. He’s got the green light there in Utah and if he keeps getting his usual 25 minutes a night he’ll absolutely help you in threes, points and on some nights multiple steals could be in the cards like the 4 he snatched last week against Indiana. Hood is available in over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues and with Utah having 4 games this week you might want to add him.

Jae Crowder SF Boston Celtics: Over his past 5 games Crowder is averaging 25 minutes a night and is scoring (9.0) and hitting about 1 triple a night. He’s also averaging 2.2 steals and 4.4 rebounds a night and seems to be becoming a mini Nicolas Batum the way he’s stuffing the stat sheet. Crowder also has solid shooting percentages plus 4 games this week to do his thing and is currently available in over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball Leagues.

Darren Collison PG Sacramento Kings: Collison has moved into the starting lineup and over his past 5 games is averaging 30 minutes a night and is scoring points (14.6) and dropping dimes (4.5) as well as hitting the occasional triple and a steal or two a night. His shooting percentages are solid from both the field (45 %) and line (70%). The Kings have 4 games this week and Collison is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Nik Stauskas SG Philadelphia 76ers: Stauskas is averaging nearly 30 minutes a night for the 76ers and that kid sure isn’t afraid to launch shots. He’s launched 35 of them over his last three games and is averaging 13.7 points a night and almost 3 triples per contest. He’ll drop about 3 dimes a night, grab about 5 rebounds a game and while his shooting percentage from the floor is a killer he is shooting 90 percent from the line. The 76ers have 4 games this week and Stauskas is currently available in over 80 percent of Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball Owner!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fantasy Hockey: Waiver Wire Picks for Week Number Six!


Week six of the Fantasy Hockey season begins Monday November 9th, 2015. It’s hard to believe we already have five weeks of the season behind us. My how time flies. I have some waiver wire options for you to consider…..so let’s get after it.

Teams with four games this week are the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

Teams with two games this week include the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators. Everyone else has three games this week.

Back to Back Games This Week

Anaheim (Fri-Sat), Boston (Sat-Sun), Carolina (Fri-Sat), Columbus (Thur-Fri), Colorado (Thur-Fri), Dallas (Mon-Tue), Florida (Wed-Thur), Los Angeles (Mon-Tue), New York Rangers (Fri-Sat), Philadelphia (Mon-Tue), Pittsburgh (Fri-Sat), St Louis (Tue-Wed), Toronto (Fri-Sat), Vancouver (Sat-Sun) and Winnipeg (Wed-Thurs)

Forwards

Joffrey Lupul and the Toronto Maple Leafs have four games this week and over 12 games this season Lupul has 5 goals and 2 assists on 29 shots on goal for a minus 2 rating skating 17 minutes a night on the Maple Leafs third line as well as on the second power play unit. Lupul has 19 hits and 3 blocks to go along with 4 penalty minutes and is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Artem Anisimov and the Chicago Blackhawks have four games this week and over 13 games this season Anisimov has 5 goals and 2 assists on 19 shots on goal for a plus 5 rating skating 17 minutes per night with Patrick Kane on the Blackhawks second line as well as on the Blackhawks second power play unit. Anisimov also has 9 hits and 7 blocks and 2 penalty minutes and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Teuvo Teravainen and the Blackhawks have four games this week and over 12 games has 4 goals, 2 assists on 27 shots on goal for a plus 2 rating skating just over 14 minutes per night on the Blackhawks second line alongside Kane and Anisimov as well as on the Blackhawks second power play unit. Teravainen has 3 hits and 2 blocks to go along with 6 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Tyler Bozak and the Maple Leafs have four games this week and over 8 games Bozak has 1 goal and 3 assists on 11 shots on goal for a minus 1 rating skating just over 17 minutes a night on the Leafs second line as well as on the first Maple Leafs power play unit. Bozak has 6 hits and 4 blocks to go along with 4 penalty minutes and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Alexandre Burrows and the Canucks have four games this week and over 13 games has 3 goals and 5 assists on 18 shots on goals skating just over 15 minutes per night for a plus 1 on the Canucks second line as well as on the second power play unit. Burrows also has 11 hits and 2 blocks with 6 minutes in penalties and is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Defensemen

Adam McQuaid and the Bruins have four games this week and over 11 games he has 2 assists and 6 shots on goal for a plus 5 rating skating 19 minutes per night alongside Torey Krug on the Bruins second line of defense. McQuaid has 32 hits and 15 blocks to go along with 15 minutes in penalties and is available in over 90 percent of Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Braydon McNabb and the Kings have four games this week and over 11 games McNabb has 3 assists and 11 shots on goal for a plus 4 skating 22 minutes per night alongside Drew Doughty on the Kings top defensive line. McNabb has 28 hits and 18 blocks to go along with 10 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Chris Tanev and the Canucks have 4 games this week and over 13 games Tanev has a goal and 3 assists on 9 shots for a plus 6 rating skating 23 minutes per night alongside Alexander Edler on the Canucks top line of defense. Tanev has 2 hits and a whopping 34 blocks and 4 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Brian Campbell and the Florida Panthers have three games this week and over 12 games has 1 goal and 3 assists on 21 shots on goal for a plus 3 skating 21 minutes a night alongside Aaron Ekblad on the Panthers top line of defense as well as on the Panthers top power play unit. Campbell has 7 hits, 13 blocks and 8 minutes in penalties and is available in over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and the San Jose Sharks have three games this week and over 12 games has 4 assists and 25 shots on goal for a plus 4 skating 22 minutes per night alongside Justin Braun on the Sharks top line of defense. Vlasic also has 6 hits and 17 blocks as well as 6 minutes in penalties and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey Leagues.


Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey Owner!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FanDuel Fantasy Football Picks for Week Nine Thursday-Monday



This will be the 9th week this season where we have entered a Fantasy Football contest at FanDuel hoping to win the million. While we haven’t hit the million yet but we have had some success and some failures like the unmitigated disaster last week when our QB went down right off the bat and that pretty much sealed our fate. OK….enough of my jabber and let’s get after it.

Keep in mind these games begin on Thursday night so sign up early.

QB: I’m going with Tom Brady this weekend against the Redskins. The Redskins are limiting receivers to just 247 yards per game but this is Brady and he’s been darn good this season averaging 26 FanDuel points a game. He’s the most expensive at $9,500 but he’s worth the price of admission.

RB: Mark Ingram is priced at $7,700 but he has a nice matchup this weekend with a Tennessee Titans defense that allows 118 rushing yards per game. The great thing about Ingram this week is with the season ending injury to Khiry Robinson Ingram will now have more opportunities to score touchdowns as Robinson was that guy. Hopefully Ingram will be our guy this week.

RB: The Bengals Jeremy Hill ($6,800) has a great matchup this week against the Cleveland Browns that must be exploited. The Browns have the worst rushing defense in the NFL and over the last two games Hill is averaging 15 carries a game and 10 FanDuel Fantasy points. Let’s hope he’s able to hammer the helpless Browns on Thursday night.

WR: Julian Edelman ($8,000) is an obvious choice for me as I like to utilize tandems and the tandem of Brady to Edelman is one that I like very much. Edelman is coming off of a two touchdown game against the Dolphins and while the Redskin secondary is much better than the Dolphins Edelman should hit his FanDuel average of 17.5 points and hopefully more.

WR: Martavis Bryant ($6,900) has his QB back and has a great matchup with the second worst passing defense in the NFL Oakland Raiders. The Raiders defense allows receivers 318 passing yards a game and with Big Ben back this could be a big game for Bryant and one that should see him reach his FanDuel average of 16.6 points a game.

WR: Marvin Jones ($5,200) has a nice matchup Thursday night against a Browns pass defense allowing 268 yards per game and more importantly 9 plays of over 40 yards. As luck would have it Jones has three catches this season over 40 yards and if he and QB Andy Dalton can hook up on a bomb or two Thursday night Jones will be an awesome value this week.

TE: Antonio Gates ($6,000) has a great price and an interesting matchup with the Bears this weekend. The Bears passing defense allows a paltry 225 receiving yards and has so far this season limited opposing tight ends to just 8 FanDuel fantasy points a game. Gates is averaging 11 targets a game and this has the makings for some nice production this weekend.

K: Stephen Gostkowski ($5,200) has seen his price tag rise again this week but no matter as he is the best and most dependable kicker on this weekend’s slate. The over under of 52 points and the Patriots being 14 point favorites at home makes Gostkowski an easy choice for me to make.

D: The Buffalo Bills ($4,700) have an interesting game against the Dolphins and it almost begs the question; which Dolphin team will show up this week? Will it be the team that trounced Tennessee and Houston in consecutive weeks or will it be the team that was blown out last week by the Patriots? The Bills have 8 interceptions and 11 sacks on the season while Ryan Tannehill has thrown 9 interceptions and has been sacked 21 times. I hope I didn’t just punt the defense here but I have a feeling the Bills are going to lay the hammer on the Dolphins this weekend.


Good luck this week Fantasy Football owner! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fantasy Football: Week Nine Waiver Wire Options!



The carnage continues. If you Fantasy Football owners haven’t had to deal with an injury to one of your best players yet this season consider yourself darn lucky. The injuries have been horrific but we have week nine beginning Thursday so let’s see if we can’t find some help from the waiver wire.

Teams having a bye this week are the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans.

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders is still available in over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has an interesting matchup this week with a Steelers pass defense allowing 269 passing yards a game. Carr has been hot throwing for 7 TD’s and 622 yards with zero interceptions over his past two games. Carr might be a good addition this week.

Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is still available in over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and has a good match-up with the Giants this weekend. The Giants have the worst pass defense in the NFL and Winston has started to become more productive lately throwing for 4 touchdowns, 683 yards and zero interceptions over his last 3 games. Winston might also be a good addition this week.

Running Backs
Charles Sims of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is available in 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has a good match-up this week against a Giants defense allowing 112 rushing yards per game. Sims hasn’t been spectacular but he has been solid running the ball as well as catching the football out of the backfield. There’s aren’t that may RB options left off of the waiver wire and Sims is worthy of  a look on Sunday.

DeAngelo Williams of the Pittsburgh Steelers is available in just over 30 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has a terrific matchup with the second worst rushing defense of the Oakland Raiders. Now that LeVeon Bell is out Williams should see the bulk of the carries as well as receiving opportunities as well. For the season Williams is averaging almost 5 yards a carry and that should continue on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Jeremy Langford of the Chicago Bears is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has an interesting matchup this weekend with a Chargers rushing defense that has allowed 124 rushing yards a game. If Matt Forte doesn’t play on Sunday grab this kid off your waiver wire and reap the possible rewards.  

Wide Receivers

Malcom Floyd of the San Diego Chargers is currently available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he is a good matchup this weekend with a Bears defense allowing 226 receiving yards per game. If the Chargers Keenan Allen can’t play this Sunday Floyd will be Philip Rivers #1 option and this season Floyd has seen 40 targets with 21 receptions for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns. Floyd might be a good option this weekend.

Tavon Austin of the St Louis Rams is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and he has a decent matchup with a Vikings team allowing 246 receiving yards per game. Austin has 3 touchdowns and 102 receiving yards over his last 2 games and might be a good pickup this weekend.

Ted Ginn Jr of the Carolina Panthers is available in just over 60 percent of Major Fantasy Football leagues and has a good matchup with a Packers defense allowing 269 receiving yards per game. Over the season Ginn has 3 touchdowns and 343 yards averaging 17.3 yards a catch. Ginn is a good deeper league option this weekend.
Tight Ends

Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints is still available in 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and for the life of me I can’t figure out why he doesn’t have a higher ownership. Over his last 3 games Watson has 3 touchdowns and 333 receiving yards. This week he should see plenty of targets as the Titans are allowing a paltry 215 receiving yards per game. Grab him this week.


Good luck this weekend Fantasy Football owner!