Waiver Magic Week 13: Return of the King Edition

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most well known works of fantasy fiction, and spawned an equally epic movie trilogy. Rather than write about the whole film series, I want to focus on the final chapter, LOTR: The Return of the King. In the trilogy’s finale, Gollum is leading Frodo and Sam into MordorMinas Tirith is about to be attacked by Sauron’s forces, and hell is breaking loose all over middle earth. There are many things that must happen in order for the fellowship of the ring to arise triumphant and not only win on the battlefield, but also ensure the ring of power is destroyed. Everything has to go just right for them, and as most of us have just 2 weeks left to secure our playoff spot, our fantasy teams in week 13 face any number of complicated scenarios that must also go just right for us. One thing that will be almost universal among us is that winning the next two weeks is the best and maybe only thing we can try to do to help keep our team’s playoff hopes alive.

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Josh Norman: Shutting down receivers and fantasy seasons

As we enter Week 13 of the NFL season, many fantasy regular seasons are coming to an end. If you play in a larger league, you are most likely starting your fantasy playoffs next week. In a smaller league, many start their playoffs in Week 15. Whichever the case, now is the time many look at match-ups to see how their fantasy playoffs will unfold. Does your QB go up against weak secondaries? Do your RBs have tough road match-ups? Does your stud wide receiver go up against a shutdown corner? These are all questions many look to find the answers to. A stellar fantasy season can be derailed in the playoffs by a couple of bad match-ups for your offensive stars. In particular, shutdown corners can get in the way of you and fantasy gold! Cornerbacks such as Vontae Davis, Darrelle Revis, Chris Harris Jr., and Richard Sherman are defensive players you do not want your WRs to go up against at this point in the season. In particular, Josh Norman is a match-up no fantasy player wants to see. He has become a match-up nightmare for WRs around the league (just ask Dez Bryant about his game on Thanksgiving). For those with WRs who will face Norman in the fantasy playoffs, a fantasy championship may be slightly out of reach.

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DraftKings Plays for Week 12

Ah Thanksgiving. It’s that time of the year to see your relatives (that can obviously be a good or bad thing), eat about 5,000 calories in a single meal and also watch some football the entire day, not unlike every Sunday for the past 3 months. Prior to taking any tryptophan naps, make sure you check out DraftKings for the Thursday NFL slate.

This year’s slate of games should be a decent one with the Panthers and their lead man, the dancing Cam Newton, traveling to Dallas to take on Tony Romo and the Cowboys as the best game of the day. Aaron Rodgers will look to continue to right the ship against the Bears and the Lions and their new-found stingy defense faces the turnover prone Mark Sanchez and the Eagles. There will certainly be some fantasy goodness in these match-ups as well as the rest of the games on Sunday.

This week, I’ll give you a quick review of week 11 and give you plays for both Thursday and rest of the weekend slate for week 12.

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FanDuel Thanksgiving Picks

Well, here we are again, Thanksgiving Day. The day full of Food, Parades, seeing your crazy Aunt Betty and NFL Football! Fanduel has Thanksgiving contests for you to play in, so I am here to help you create a lineup, so you can feat on food and winnings on the same day.

Now, remember in these games you will likely be playing a tournament format with many players so your desired goal is for a player to score somewhere between 3 and 3.5 times his price. So if a player costs $5000 we are looking for somewhere between 15 and 17.5 points. With that out of the way let’s look at some options that exist for you at Quarterback, Running Back and Wide Receiver.

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Waiver Magic Week 12: Star Wars Edition

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released soon, and with all of the commercials playing more frequently I am starting to get pretty excited for it. One of, if not the most well known sci-fi/fantasy franchises, Star Wars takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and featured some of the most memorable, recognizable, and quotable characters of all time. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda; I’m sure at least some of these names are familiar to you. They are the main characters of the Star Wars stories that revolve around the Rebel Alliance fighting against the evil Galactic Empire. Each of these characters has unique attributes that help them be a significant presence in the battles that take place, but no characters are more powerful than the Jedi Knights and their dark side of the force counterparts, the Sith. These characters are in tune with and able to use the universal power field that binds all living things, called The Force, which essentially grants its users psychic abilities.

Looking at yet another week in the NFL riddled with injuries to big names, some of the guys who emerged this week were clearly gifted in their use of the force and could help your rebel team make that final push to the playoffs, while other big names have obviously turned to the dark side and need to be sent packing to the far reaches of the fantasy galaxy.

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Bid it all on Thomas Rawls

Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to meet with Dr. Meyer to determine if he has a sports hernia. If that proves to be the case, Lynch’s season could come to an end leaving us with another projected top fantasy running back ending the season as a disappointment and potentially crushing many fantasy teams.

However, there may be salvation for some owners though. If you are able to get Thomas Rawls from the waiver wire you may be able to steamroll your way to victory for the remainder of the fantasy football season.

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Darren McFadden- How much is too much?

We are now through 11 weeks of the NFL season and Darren McFadden is still healthy! Yes, the same Darren McFadden who could not stay healthy in Oakland has been given a heavy workload in the Dallas offense. After starting training camp on the active PUP list with a pulled hamstring, McFadden was a part of a running back by committee (RBBC) for the first 5 weeks of the NFL season. Due to the recent release of Joseph Randle and the mirage that was Christine Michael, Run DMC, as many call him, has looked strong and healthy as the lead cog in the Dallas backfield. Once a RBBC, it is now DMC’s world and we are all just living in it. Over the last 6 weeks, he has received a majority of the touches. For McFadden owners, they hold their breath each week with the hope he will finish the game unscathed. Personally, it is a shock to me Run DMC has been able to stay healthy this far into the NFL season. With an extensive injury history from 2008 to 2015, McFadden has been a gift for fantasy owners who were not scared away by prior health issues. As most leagues have 2-3 regular season games left, is it possible McFadden can finish the year strong and lead fantasy squads to championship gold?

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DraftKings Plays for Week 11

What a disappointing couple of weeks if you are a DFS player. New York’s Attorney General has mandated that DraftKings and FanDuel stop taking payments from New York players, following Nevada and some other states that have disallowed players to play on these sites. Obviously, the courts will end up deciding the fate of DFS, but in the meantime, if you are not living in New York, welcome to week 11.

Week 11 seems to be one of the most “chalky” weeks in recent memory, as there are a bunch of plays that stick out and seem to be underpriced on DraftKings. I’ll tell you who those players are, where they can fit into your line-ups and also one player to stay away from for your week 11 DraftKings line-ups, along with my recap of Week 10. Continue reading DraftKings Plays for Week 11

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