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FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – January 19

fanduel-nba-strategyThe college basketball season is really a sprint. The non-conference slate is largely just stretching and warm up. Conference games are the meat of the race and the postseason tournaments are the final kick. We are heading around the first curve and this weekend has some really intriguing games. Louisville hosting Syracuse appears to be the game of the weekend, but there are good games across the country. Let’s look at my nine-player lineup for Saturday.

Jeff Withey, forward, Kansas Jayhawks at Texas (Draft for $8,200 on FanDuel): Withey has taken a nice and somewhat unexpected step up as an offensive player while his defense has continued to be top notch. The seven-footer is second in the nation in blocked shots (behind St. John’s freshman Chris Obekpa) with 4.7 rejections per game to go along with 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds. Perhaps even more impressive than his shot blocking prowess is his ability to stay out of foul trouble. Texas has a pair of young inside players (Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh) who are decent on defense, but the fifth-year senior should be able to school them. Last year against the Longhorns, Withey averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks.

Carrick Felix, guard, Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona (Draft for $7,500 on FanDuel): If you like guard-eligible players that can rebound (and who in their right mind doesn’t?), the Felix should be strong considered. The senior swingman has provided at least six rebounds in his last 12 games and topped 10 five times. He isn’t as a slouch as a scorer as well and is averaging 15.5 points. The Sun Devils host their intrastate rival on Saturday in their only game this week. Felix had nine points and six boards in the loss at Arizona last season, but had 23 points in the win over the Wildcats in the Pac 12 tournament. He is getting more shots as a senior and doing more on the defensive end (1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks).

C.J. Fair, forward, Syracuse Orange at Louisville (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): When one player goes out, someone else is going to get more shots and playing time. While Fair’s playing time was already quite high, he should get more shots with James Southerland on academic suspension. Louisville is a top defensive team, but Fair can score in a variety of ways and has taken a bigger offensive role in his last two games. He has provided 45 points against Providence and Villanova to go along with 16 rebounds and eight blocks. The 6-8 junior will cause match up problems for the Cardinals and had 13 points and five boards last year in 35 minutes as a reserve at Louisville.

Keith Appling, guard, Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): Sometimes these picks have to be counter intuitive. Appling has been slumping and faces the tough defense of Aaron Craft. However, he is the Spartans’ leading scorer and has the ability to get to the line to get easy points. In his last four games, Appling has made just 25% of his field goals (9-of-36) and 11% from 3-point land (1-of-9). Despite the slump, he has been playing heavy minutes and averaged 9.5 points and 5.8 assists. The Spartans beat the Buckeyes twice in three meetings last year and Appling averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 assists.

Alex Oriakhi, forward, Missouri Tigers at Florida (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): Missouri took a licking last Saturday against Ole Miss (in a game that I watched and wrote about). The team is missing Laurence Bowers, who is doubtful for Saturday’s match up against the Gators, which should be one of the best games on the SEC slate this year. No one is going to confuse Oriakhi with Bowers, but the 6-9 transfer from Connecticut can take advantage of missed shots and defensive errors to put some points on the board. He is a strong rebounder and has blocked nine shots in his last three games. The price on Oriakhi might be a bit high, but he should be able to produce against Patric Young.

Chane Behanan, forward, Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse (Draft for $6,700 on FanDuel): Behanan keeps defying injury reports. He was supposed to be out two weeks ago with the flu. The 6-6 sophomore suffered a high ankle sprain and only missed one game after he was slated to miss at least a week. We’ll have to give him points for toughness. Look for Behanan to do damage to the vaunted 2-3 Orange zone on Saturday. Last year in two games against Syracuse, Behanan averaged 13 points and 8.0 rebounds despite playing just 23.0 minutes. He shot 12-of-15 (80%) from the field in the two games. Syracuse won both meetings, so Louisville will have revenge on their minds.

Jaquon Parker, guard, Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Marquette (Draft for $5,900 on FanDuel): Cincinnati may be another team without one of its stars. Cameron Wright sprained his knee and might not be able to play Saturday against the Golden Eagles. While Parker may not be Wright’s direct replacement, he figures to get more opportunities. He has scored 23 points in his last two games to go along with 11 rebounds. Parker is hitting 40% of his 3-pointers this season. He also had the best scoring game of his career last year against Marquette. The 6-3 senior put in 28 points in a Feb. 29 win to allow the Bearcats to split the season series. Parker had 15 points in the other meeting with the Golden Eagles.

Jabari Brown, guard, Missouri Tigers at Florida (Draft for $5,400 on FanDuel): It may seem like a bad strategy to take more than one player from a team, but there are plenty of instances when doubling down works out. Since becoming eligible on Dec. 17, the 6-5 Brown has not been shy about hoisting 3-pointers. The sophomore transfer from Oregon should be able to shoot over Florida defenders and has been able to out produce his salary consistently. He did get into a bit of foul trouble Wednesday against Georgia, but still managed to put up 15 points in 22 minutes by hitting three 3-pointers. Because of his size, Brown is a nice rebounder for a guard (4.4 per game) and will get other counting stats because of his high number of minutes.

Amath M’Baye, forward, Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State (Draft for $5,300 on FanDuel): Prior to the season, I overrated a lot of transfers. I won’t do it again next season. M’Baye looked to be a solid contributor for the Sooners after a good sophomore season at Wyoming in 2010-11. The 6-9 Frenchman has started every game and averaged 11.8 points in his last five games. He is not the primary scorer for Oklahoma, but can play off of Romero Osby and Steven Pledger. Despite his height, M’Baye has only blocked 0.7 shots and none against Big 12 competition. To round out your bench, the junior should get plenty of playing time against the Wildcats and hopefully play more than the 18 minutes he did on Wednesday against Texas Tech.

Perry Missner likes to watch college basketball, but he does so on mute. You can contact him at pmissner@yahoo.com or @PerryMissner on Twitter and he won’t put you on mute. He likes you better than Dick Vitale.

DraftKings NBA Picks: $5,000 Contest Wednesday Night!

draftkings-NBA-strategyWith the full card that is going on tonight in the NBA (10 games) there is always that slight chance that I could have overlooked a value player or two. Not the case here, I’ve looked and checked. Then checked again. I’m very confident that the plays here will get you to place and cash in on any daily fantasy contest of your choice tonight.

Please as always, be sure to check all players status prior to tip-off, last thing you want tonight is a donut or bagel. Here are your Wednesday value-plays.

Darren Collison PG Dallas Mavericks (Pick For Your Winning Roster on DraftKings) – Collison is coming right off of the second best fantasy production night of the season. It’s no bull when I tell you that Darren hasn’t just been lucky, no. Darren is for real and getting better at it with every start. Collison posted up 23 points in Monday night’s win over the Timberwolves as he flirted yet again with another double-double. No, this isn’t a stroke of luck or a hot streak. This is Collison, at least for now and now is when we need him.

Darren tonight faces-up against the Houston Rockets and in the last game between these two Collison put up 25 fantasy points although this time around I’m expecting at the least 10 more points here considering that since the last game Darren’s minutes and overall production has risen.

–> Projection: 19 pts / 6 ast / 6 reb / 2 stl
 

 
Bradley Beal SG Washington Wizards (Pick For Your Winning Roster on DraftKings) – I never thought I’d say this but I can’t believe that Bradley Beal is the leading scorer for the Wizards. Straight out of the archives of ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’. It is true and kudos to him, hey if a guy is getting a job done when the others around him aren’t then there’s something to be said about that guy. If you have any doubts about starting Beal tonight, don’t.

Bradley will almost guarantee to deliver between 26-32 fantasy points each night and tonight is no exception. His price is down. Why? I have no idea but I do know that I’ll be taking advantage of it. His average production pays off his salary, he’ll get a little more than average here.

–> Projection: 20 pts / 4 ast / 6 reb / 2 stl

FANTASY NBA $5,000 CONTEST TONIGHT

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Rudy Gay SF Memphis Grizzlies (Pick For Your Winning Roster on DraftKings) – Not much to say here other than Rudy kills the Spurs, whether home or on the road Rudy kills the Spurs. His past success against San Antonio is the stuff that legends are made of (that and really cheesy made-for-TV movies) and he’s already done it twice against them this season and tonight he’ll do it again. In the two meetings already this year Rudy has averaged 19 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 0.5 block and 1 steal. That’s not a bad 32 fantasy point ‘average’. You gotta be kidding me, start him already, same Gay, same Spurs, same outcome. Note: Playing Gay is extremely safe tonight due to the fact that Popovich will likely sit all of his starters in the second quarter. I’m sorry that was an exaggeration, I meant to say the first quarter.

–> Projection: 21 pts / 3 ast / 9 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl
 

 
Tristan Thompson PF Cleveland Cavaliers (Pick For Your Winning Roster on DraftKings) – Thompson has become a fantasy production machine. On Monday night Tristan collected a double-double scoring 17 points, 4 assists and 15 rebounds while logging in 38 minutes on the floor. Tristan now has 10 double-doubles in his last 14 starts and guess what? He’s starting tonight. His price is , well, low and you’re just getting so much with this kid. Listen, Varejao going down was a bad thing for him but a great thing for Thompson, as he has been able to really showcase his talents. Start him in everything that you may have going on and if you can’t get him into your line-ups, then try again.

–> Projection: 16 pts / 4 ast / 13 reb / 1 stl
 
 
Roy Hibbert C Indiana Pacers (Pick For Your Winning Roster on DraftKings) – Okay, to make it short here’s what happened. Hibbert (and I wish more coaches in all the four major sports groups would do this) was playing like crap a few nights ago and was benched in the fourth quarter and it wasn’t Roy’s back spasms for the benching it was that Mahinmi was playing a heluva lot better, all around. However, what I expected to happen happened. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred anytime a player is publicly chastised in one form or another (I’d hate to think of what that one would be) the player (if he owns testicles) comes back with a huge game. Case in point, Roy.

He skunked out on Sunday night with the “back spasms” and then what happens in the next game after being publicly dogged ? 34 flippin’ fantasy points, that’s what. Never fails. Always and I mean always take players in their next game after they are recovering from a cold, the flu, whooping cough or leprosy. Trust me, they ‘beast it’ that next game. I have no clue why, submit that one with the X-Files.

Start Roy, I know I will because that kick-in-the-ass jumpstart got him moving again. His value and upside well exceed his price tag. Roy can also have a field day with blocks as well, he’s good in this game for at least 5.

–> Projection: 13 pts / 1 ast / 8 reb / 1 stl / 5 blk




ADDITIONAL DRAFTKINGS NBA VALUE PICKS FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

- Dirk Nowitzki PF Dallas Mavericks
Projection: 26 pts / 4 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

- Joakim Noah C Chicago Bulls
Projection: 16 pts / 1 ast / 17 reb / 3 blk / 1 stl

- Ty Lawson PG Denver Nuggets
Projection: 18 pts / 9 ast / 4 reb / 2 stl

- Alonzo Gee SF Cleveland Cavaliers
Projection: 21 pts / 5 ast / 4 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

- O.J. Mayo SG Dallas Mavericks
Projection: 29 pts / 7 ast / 9 reb / 2 stl


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DraftKings NBA Lineup Picks Monday 1/14/13: $5,000 Contest Tonight

draftkings-NBA-strategyIt’s slowly getting to that point in the year when it’s just a matter of time when the NBA (and NHL if you swing that way) will be the only game in town. Can’t wait until then, just a heads-up, once NFL fantasy is done, hordes of NFL fantasy players try their luck at NBA (as they don’t play hockey) and all I have to say about that is two things.

One, “‘Will you walk into my parlor?’ said the Spider to the Fly.” And two, Cha-ching!!! There are 8 games presented to us tonight in the NBA and there are plenty of great match-ups and plenty of fantasy action. Here are your Monday plays.

 

Mike Conley PG Memphis Grizzlies (Pick For Your Free NBA Contest on DraftKings) – Mike enters this game coming off of one of his least attractive games as far as fantasy point production. That might have been a bad thing if we were to have started him Saturday night against the Mavericks, in which he only ended up with 7 points. Seven? Since Sunday Mike’s price has dropped a bit and there’s no way that I’m not taking advantage of this situation. Conley will bounce back in fantasy fashion, he always does. There are roughly a dozen and a half players who I personally take after a bad performance, Mike is on the list and shows he’s over an 87% chance of a successful bounce-back game. The only times that he had not succeeded to achieve this were due to illness / personal issues. Easy game versus the Clippers doesn’t hurt either.

–> Projection: 14 pts / 8 ast / 3 reb / 3 stl

Jared Dudley SG Phoenix Suns (Pick For Your Free NBA Contest on DraftKings) – I would have never of thought that a year ago I’d be saying this but Jared Dudley is the best, I repeat, best player and daily nba lineups option on the Phoenix Suns. No one who is on that team is more reliable on a night-to-night basis in regards to steady fantasy production. Jared will be facing the Thunder tonight and when Dudley faced them earlier in the season he had put up a decent stat line but since that meeting Jered’s point production has doubled. In the last match-up Dudley walked away with only 19 fantasy points (7 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal) but this time around I’m looking for a surge in production tonight and with that surge I’ll be expecting a double-double due to the fact that this is not the same Dudley who they met a few weeks back on New Year’s Eve.

–> Projection: 17 pts / 4 ast / 11 reb / 2 stl

Rudy Gay SF Memphis Grizzlies (Pick For Your Free NBA Contest on DraftKings) – If you haven’t notice by now then I’ll tell you. If you have noticed over the last few weeks that I have not mentioned Rudy once. Anytime there are trade rumors (which usually kicks in a bad attitude for the one about to be traded) it’s best to avoid such players until they do get traded or the talks dwindle. I’m glad to say that it was announced that Gay will remain a member of the Grizzlies for the rest of this season. Funny thing is, as soon as that news hits the air Rudy starts to produce at a better level. The NBA never ceases to amaze me. With things back to as normal as they were before the talks it’s safe to start Rudy again. Rudy chucked up 25 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals, not bad huh? I’m confident enough due to his turnaround, to start Rudy in 90% of my line-ups (especially head-to-head match-ups).

–> Projection: 22 pts / 6 ast / 5 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl

Dirk Nowitzki PF Dallas Mavericks (Pick For Your Free NBA Contest on DraftKings) – Not much to analyze here other than it’s Dirk , he’s back, healthy and seems to have not lost a step. I believe the most significant point here is due to the fact that his price tag has yet to reach his value. It doesn’t get any better than that.In his last 5 starts Dirk has been productive and reliable (as always) averaging 18 points, 3.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 0.5 block and 0.5 steal with his playing time being logged in at an average of 33.5 minutes per start. Like you need your arm twisted to start him? Just do it and don’t think about it..

–> Projection: 19 pts / 3 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic (Pick For Your Free NBA Contest on DraftKings) – You may have noticed both Nikola’s (once again) as your value-plays. As I stated over a week ago, as long as player is exceeding his value or just maintaining it there is no reason to not to start that player. In other words, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. He’ll be facing the scourge of the NBA tonight, the Washington Wizards and not unlike our play above with Dudley, in regards to Niks production escalating since that last meeting with the Wizards. In the two games that Nik has played against Washington this year he has only averaged out 8 points, 1.5 assists, 12 rebounds and 1 steal all while logging in an average of 34.5 minutes. I truly believe that Vucevic will respond in tonights game with a double-double, this I’m sure of as Nik has 6 DD’s in a row and will be going for his 7th tonight, which by the way he’ll get. Easily. Note: Okafor will be on him tonight…make that very easily.

–> Projection: 27 pts / 1 ast / 18 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl




ADDITIONAL DRAFTKINGS NBA VALUE PICKS FOR MONDAY NIGHT:

- Nikola Pekovic C Minnesota Timberwolves

Projection: 15 pts / 2 ast / 14 reb / 2 blk

- Blake Griffin PF Los Angeles Clippers

Projection: 24 pts / 7 ast / 11 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

- Andrei Kirilenko SF Minnesota Timberwolves

Projection: 18 pts / 4 ast / 8 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

- Kemba Walker PG Charlotte Bobcats

Projection: 17 pts / 6 ast / 5 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl

- O.J. Mayo SG Dallas Mavericks

Projection: 19 pts / 5 ast / 6 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl


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$50,000 NFL Divisional Playoffs Contest Picks At DraftKings

draftkings-NFLJust because the regular season is over doesn’t mean that fantasy football ends. The wild card round was amazing, and hopefully you got off to a great start and didn’t see a lot of your picks eliminated and tossed aside.

This weekend we have the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos facing each other Saturday, 4:30pm ET in Denver, and then the Green Bay Packers roll out to the west coast to battle the San Francisco 49ers later in the evening at 8:00pm ET. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks invade the Georgia Dome to battle the Atlanta Falcons at 1:00pm ET, before the round wraps up with the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots at 4:30pm ET.

While we waved good-bye to fantasy studs like QB Robert Griffin III, QB Andrew Luck, RB Alfred Morris, RB Adrian Peterson, WR A.J. Green and WR Reggie Wayne, among others, there are still plenty of outstanding players available. Enjoy the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and good luck!

Quarterback – start of the week

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore (at DEN) – Flacco was mediocre from a fantasy perspective through most of the regular season, picking spots here or there to look like a QB1. This weekend he might surprise, although the Broncos did rank third in pass defense in the NFL during the regular season. If you play at DraftKings.com, you’ll see Flacco is the second cheapest starting QB on the board, and he should outperform a couple of the guys above him since it is likely the Ravens will be playing from behind early and often.

Quarterback – sit of the week

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston (at NE) – Schaub is dead-last in salary among the eight starting QBs this weekend, and there is good reason for it. Schaub threw for just 232 yards on 19-0f-32 passing in an embarrassing Week 14 loss in Foxboro, a memory which is still fresh in the minds of fantasy players, the Texans, their fans, the Patriots, their fans and, of course, gamblers. Schaub was picked off in the game, too, one of just three INTs over his past five games.

Running back – surprise start of the week

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle (at ATL): The one thing the Falcons really struggled with this season was stopping the run, so a matchup against the run-happy Seahawks is something they definitely can’t be happy about. The Falcons yielded 123.2 yards per game while giving up 16 rushing touchdowns in 16 regular season games. The Seahawks ran for 161.2 yards per game on the ground, third-best in the NFL, during the regular season, posting 16 rushing scores, and they rolled up 224 yards on the ground in their wild card game win at Washington. Lynch went for 132 yards and a score on 20 carries in the victory.

Running back – sit of the week

DuJuan Harris, Green Bay (at SF): Harris emerged as a relevant fantasy option with 10.5 fantasy points in DraftKings.com leagues last week against the Vikings. This week, however, is a totally different story. Harris, and all of the other Packers, will have a very difficult time putting up rushing yardage against a 49ers rushing defense which allowed just 94.2 yards per game on the ground in 16 regular season games. They managed just seven rushing touchdowns, and the 49ers did not allow one run over 40 yards this season.

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Golden Tate, Seattle (at ATL): Tate was so-so during the regular season, posting just one 100-yard game (Week 17 at STL), and he had just four grabs for 35 yards last week. However, Tate is a bargain at $3,000 in DraftKings.com leagues, and he has the chance to have a big-time stat line against a Falcons pass defense which allowed 242.4 yards per game through the air, ranking 23rd in the NFL against the pass.

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Andre Johnson, Houston (at NE): Johnson and the Texans hit the road for a battle against the Patriots. Like Schaub above, look for Johnson to struggle mightily. The Patriots do a great job of taking out the top threat for the other team, and since they are likely to be up, forcing the Texans to abandon the run, the Texans should be forced into plenty of passing situations. However, look for A.J. to be doubled, with the Patriots forcing lesser players like WRs Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin and TE Owen Daniels to beat them.

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Dennis Pitta, Baltimore (at DEN)

Sit of the week: Rob Gronkowski, New England (vs. HOU)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Justin Tucker, Baltimore (at DEN)

Sit of the week: David Akers, San Francisco (vs. GB)

Defense/special teams – surprise starts of the week: 49ers DST (vs. GB), Patriots DST (vs. HOU)

DST sit of the week: Falcons DST (vs. SEA), Seahawks DST (at ATL)

Daniel E. Dobish’s Fantasy Lineup at DraftKings.com

  • Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore – $6,800
  • Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle – $8,700
  • Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver – $7,000
  • Golden Tate, WR, Seattle – $3,000
  • James Jones, WR, Green Bay – $5,700
  • Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta – $6,000
  • Randall Cobb, FLEX, Green Bay – $5,000
  • Justin Tucker, PK, Baltimore – $3,300
  • Broncos defense, DST – $4,300

FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – January 12

fanduel-nba-strategyWednesdays in January and February are excellent for college basketball fans.  Thursdays are pretty good as well with the Pac 12 filling out the schedule. Yet, for me and for most people, it is all about Saturday. I can sit on my couch all day and barely move a muscle. It may not be good for my skeleton and it may rot my brain to some extent, but I am peaceful and happy. Isn’t that all anyone can ask for? Here are the nine players I’ve added to my team on FanDuel who I will be rooting to victory on Saturday:

Murphy Holloway, forward, Ole Miss Rebels vs. Missouri (Draft for $7,900 on FanDuel): Which team has the best record in the SEC? Why if it isn’t the Rebels from Ole Miss. Coming off a win over Tennessee in which they scored 92 points, Ole Miss may be legit. They will be tested Saturday against Missouri, but the 6-7 Holloway should have his way on the interior since the Tigers will be without Laurence Bowers. Players like Alex Oriakhi will still clog the paint for Mizzou, but Holloway should be able to get his sixth double-double in the last seven games. The fifth-year senior has averaged 15.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals though 14 games and the only thing that can stop him on Saturday is fouls.

Shabazz Napier, guard, Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame (Draft for $7,700 on FanDuel): Napier is a excellent player for FanDuelists to look at. Despite standing just 6-1, Napier has averaged 7.7 rebounds over his last four games. We knew he could score, we thought he could pass, but did we know he could board? No, we didn’t. After having a few quiet games in the early part of December as the Huskies beat overmatched competition, Napier has started scoring big numbers again. He equaled his season high with 29 points in the overtime loss to Marquette on New Year’s Day. Over his last five games, Napier is averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.6 steals. Last year, he had 16 points and five assists in the win over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center.

Ben McLemore, guard, Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech (Draft for $7,600 on FanDuel): There are two schools of thought on a player coming off a career game. One is that he will likely regress and disappoint. The other is that he is hot and should continue to play well. McLemore had 33 points in the overtime win against Iowa State on Wednesday and was unconscious from the field (10-12 FG, 6-6 3-pointers, 7-7 FT). He only had three rebounds and one assist, but he has shown in past games that he can provide a wealth of stats. The athletic wing should have little problem with the Red Raiders. McLemore may not score 33 points, but he may have more than 33 fantasy points.

Victor Odalipo, guard, Indiana Hoosiers vs. Minnesota (Draft for $7,200 on FanDuel): There are a lot of people who are praising Odalipo of late. While I don’t want to see like a smirking smart guy, I’ve liked Odalipo since he was a freshman. He has always had elite athleticism and been able to play excellent defense. This season, the 6-5 wing has added fantasy production to get everyone to notice. He has scored in double digits in his last 13 games and has hit 67.2% of his field goals and 47.8% of his 3-pointers, which is a marked increase over his first two years. The Hoosiers will be tested by Minnesota and Odalipo averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds against the Golden Gophers last year in two games.

JayVaughn Pinkston, forward, Villanova Wildcats at Syracuse (Draft for $6,400 on FanDuel): Pinkston has two strikes against him since he comes off the bench and is playing at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Yet, it is hard to dislike what the 6-7 sophomore is doing for the Wildcats of late. Pinkston has averaged 15.4 points in his last seven games and had a season-high 26 in the win over St. John’s on Jan. 2. Last year, the 260 pounder had 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench against Syracuse. He joined the starting lineup in the following game and had some big games down the stretch.

Quinn Cook, guard, Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina State (Draft for $6,200 on FanDuel): The last two games from Cook have been a synopsis of what he can and can’t do. Last Saturday, he did not score in 38 minutes against Wake Forest. He missed all 11 of his shots, which may have led to extra shots at practice. Cook rebounded on Tuesday with a career-high 27 points in the win over Clemson. So which Cook is the real guy? The answer is always somewhere in between. This is a big game in Raleigh for the Blue Devils. In 2011-12, Cook only had two points in nine points in his only appearance against the Wolfpack.

Kaleb Tarczewski, forward, Arizona Wildcats at Oregon State (Draft for $5,700 on FanDuel): The Wildcats may have suffered their first loss on Thursday against Oregon, but they will have to rebound to take out the Beavers on Saturday. Arizona was supposed to have a great recruiting class, but none of the freshman have distinguished themselves. Tarczewski was supposed to be the jewel of the freshmen since he is a seven-footer with offensive skills. He came into Thursday averaging 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22.0 minutes. Fouls have not been an issue over the last five games after he fouled out twice in a row. Tarczewski should have a nice size advantage against Oregon State and have a nice game as a low-cost player.

Wally Judge, forward, Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Cincinnati (Draft for $5,600 on FanDuel): It seems many years ago that Judge was the heir apparent for Michael Beasley with Kansas State. Things have not gone well for either player as the NBA has not come easily to Beasley and Judge left Manhattan after two disappointing seasons. While he hasn’t exactly been reborn with the Scarlet Knights, he is a functional player who is providing 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Cincinnati is a perimeter-oriented team, so Judge could get some easy baskets on the offensive glass and could have a nice rebounding game if he can stay out of foul trouble.

Montrezl Harrell, forward, Louisville Cardinals vs. South Florida (Draft for $5,500 on FanDuel): When you are running out of money on your salary cap, you may need to take a flyer on a player like Harrell. He will start for the Cardinals against the Bulls with Chane Behanan out with a high ankle sprain. The 6-8 freshman had 14 points on Wednesday against Seton Hall in his second start of the season (and first since the opening game). Harrell is athletic, big, and has some decent offensive skills. He is hitting more of his field goals (63.4%) than his free throws (58.6%), and has scored in double digits four times even in limited minutes.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tips Wednesday 1/9/13

fanduel-nba-strategyWell, we made it to NBA Wednesday and we’ll be setting our sights and investing our cash into the eleven games that are scheduled for tonight. If you’re looking for a game that may provide the offensive fireworks then keep an eye on the Lakers / Spurs match-up. Without anymore delay, let’s get to the value-plays that will make you some cash to help with those holiday bills that we’d all like to forget about. Let’s get to your plays.

Greivis Vasquez PG New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Well let’s see. Vasquez is sitting on nine straight double-digit scoring performances keeping in mind that 5 of those nine games were double-doubles and he ‘hovered’ over another two of those. I have been personally taking Vasquez each and every night where I feel he is of value, the guy never disappoints and easily brings in two times his salary and do you know why that is? It’s because his price never moves. Vasquezs’ price tag is steady and has not remotely caught up with his value and I don’t see that changing here. Things will remain the same in this game as Greivis will face these same Rockets that he did last week in which he scored 15 points, 14 assists and 3 rebounds. Starting Vasquez is one of the safest and reliable decisions that you could make tonight for your line-up. Make that smart move, his price is steady on all sites.

–> Projection: 17 pts / 11 ast / 3 reb / 2 stl


 
Klay Thompson SG Golden State Warriors (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Looking at the SG position for tonight and there is literally a ton of options that are loaded with value. Thompson seems to be the likely candidate who I’ll be starting tonight for sure. Klay is yet again coming off of a great night of production as he loaded up the stat sheet having scored a team-high 14 points (4-of-10 FG, 3-of-7 3Pt, 3-of-4 FT) along with 2 assists, 1 rebound and 2 blocks in 30 minutes of floor time Saturday night in the Warriors loss to the Clippers. Thompson will be going against the Memphis Grizzlies this evening, a team that Klay has already done well against this season. Now, here’s where the value comes into play. Klays outing versus the Grizzlies came in the second game of the season (November 2nd) and since then Klay’s daily stat line has ballooned. Given the fact that his points, assists and rebounds are not even close to what he was averaging in that match-up in November, we’ll look for a surge in production average here as Thompson will, without a doubt, get you and I a minimum of 30 fps tonight. Easily too.

–> Projection: 19 pts / 3 ast / 6 reb / 2 blk / 2 stl



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Chandler Parsons SF Houston Rockets (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – There is a mystery in the sport of professional basketball that men throughout the world have yet to figure out. It’s a mystery unlike any other. Some could say that this subject matter should just be filed away along with Roswell and Sasquatch. This mystery that I’m speaking of is this ‘illness’ that seems to spread throughout the NBA every year. What has literally blown my mind is how these players come off the sick list after dealing with the flu, cold or whatever else is out there and their first game back, BOOM, beast-mode numbers. Well, it’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol for Chandler here. The first day back from the flu and what does he do? He puts up 32 fantasy points (20 pts / 3 ast / 5 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl) and he made it look easy. Parsons will take on the Hornets tonight and Chandler should have his way with them as he has twice already this season. Look for Chandler to go above and beyond his average digits against New Orleans, which by the way are 11.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Be sure to start him as he is another player whose pricetag has yet to catch up to his value.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 5 ast / 9 reb / 1 stl


 
Thaddeus Young PF Philadelphia 76ers (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – Young looks to take on the Toronto Raptors tonight and I’m looking forward for history to mirror image itself in regards to his previous meeting against the dinosaurs. Way back in the day (a few days before this past Thanksgiving) Thad met up with the Raptors and produced against them like he always does. Young put up a solid stat line in that game having scored 18 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Young is by far, the safest and most reliable choice at the PF position tonight. Please don’t make the mistake of not starting him. Ain’t worth it.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 1 ast / 8 reb / 2 blk / 3 stl


 
Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic (Add To Your FANDUEL Lineup Tonight) – I love Vucevic in this situation tonight. His price has been steady without any real change. Remarkable, considering the fact that Nikola can ‘beast’ with the best of them. There is too much (Well, I guess you can really never have enough) value with this kid tonight. Vucevic is on the verge of registering his 5th double-double in a row and I have nothing but confidence that he’ll get that fifth double-double tonight against the Nuggets. Note: Just an FYI but it was a real toss-up between both of the Nikola’s tonight both will have great games as both are in marshmallow match-ups. Take either one that will fit into your starting line-up tonight. Great value in both players.

–> Projection: 16 pts / 4 ast / 17 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl

ADDITIONAL FANDUEL NBA VALUE PICKS FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

 
- Nikola Pekovic C Minnesota Timberwolves
Projection: 25 pts / 1 ast / 16 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

- Arron Afflalo SG Orlando Magic
Projection: 26 pts / 3 ast / 4 reb / 1 stl

- Tristan Thompson PF Cleveland Cavaliers
Projection: 15 pts / 2 ast / 16 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl

- Jeremy Lin PG Houston Rockets
Projection: 18 pts / 7 ast / 5 reb / 3 stl



DraftStreet NBA Tips & Value Picks for Monday 1/7/13

draftstreet-NBA-tipsIn what looks to be a very offensive minded evening, the NBA unleashes 7 great match-ups tonight on the start of a new week. Also, given the fact that there’s no more Monday Night Football, all eyes will be on the NBA tonight. The value market is somewhat limited tonight but I’m very sure I’ve picked the cream of the crop for you and you’ll have no problem cashing in this evening. Let’s get to ‘em.

Greivis Vasquez PG New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Vasquez has become the proverbial ‘force to be reckoned with’, it’s very apparent that this guy has something special and that ‘something’ is what will help carry us to the cashiers window. As hot as hot can be Vasquez is coming off of the overtime win against the Mavericks in which he scored 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and added 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 1 steal. Greivis has also been hovering around the triple-double mark as of late. Just a matter of time before it happens. It could happen tonight and why not? Vasquez is now averaging 18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 11.0 assists in his last five games. Greivis takes on the Spurs (again) tonight and he’ll look to repeat his previous numbers against them which in fact are solid. His average in the two meetings this year is now 11 points, 8.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. No reason not to start Vasquez here as he’ll get a slight increase on his Spurs average.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 6 ast / 12 reb / 1 stl

Francisco Garcia SG Sacramento Kings (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – I’ve got to be honest, I’m not that crazy over the SG selections today. Very short on value but I think I have someone who , (and I hate using this phrase) is due. Garcia was on quite of a mini-tear there for a while as he was getting decent floor time but has come up short in his last few starts. I see that trend changing tonight. Garcia is logging in decent minutes per night yet hasn’t had a double-digit scoring night in three games. Look for Garcia to turn it around here and get back on track. Look, you really can’t go wrong with starting him. Garcia is literally all the way down on the price list and since Evans and Thornton have gone down Garcia is still able to live up to his salary and anything over that for us is gravy.

–> Projection: 11 pts / 3 ast / 6 reb / 2 blk / 2 stl

John Salmons SF Sacramento Kings (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Here’s another player who has benefited from the Evans / Thornton injuries and there’s a big reason why you should be starting Salmons tonight. Salmons has been playing well over the last few weeks but his days could be numbered. There could be a slight chance that Evans ‘could’ start tonight but that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Regardless, being able to start and actually getting out there and producing are two completely different things. I see Salmons starting this evening and logging in his normal 32-plus minutes. Salmons time could very well be limited after this very game so if you’re going to start him then it should be tonight. There is a touch of risk here with this play but the potential for a nice payoff is too good to pass up.

–> Projection: 18 pts / 5 ast / 6 reb / 2 stl

Anthony Davis PF New Orleans Hornets (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – Look for history to repeat itself when you start Davis tonight. Anthony loves playing the Spurs. No, I mean he really loves playing the Spurs. In the two games this year that he has faced them Davis is averaging 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Nothing to over think here as Davis has their number and the Spurs know it. Although Anthonys last few games have lulled, this start tonight against the Spurs may be just what Davis needs to get back into the saddle. He should have no problem tonight as he’ll have the 63-year old Duncan covering him throughout the night. Expect similar digits tonight from Davis as he’ll take S.A. to the house, again.

–> Projection: 17 pts / 1 ast / 10 reb / 3 blk / 1 stl

J.J. Hickson C Portland Trail Blazers (Add To Your DraftStreet Lineup Tonight) – How good has Hickson been lately? Take out your Webster’s and look up the definition of ‘double-double’. Got it? Okay, you see that picture? That’s a photo of J.J. Hickson. Talk about a guy being on absolute fire? Hickson has just set the longest double-double streak by a Portland player since Kermit Washington in 1980. Not only that but J.J. He now has 19 double-doubles on the season and has passed, get this, the Lakers Dwight Howard for most DD’s in the league. Not too shabby huh? Plus, his price is reasonably low considering the fact that he puts up beast-like numbers for a mid-range price.

–> Projection: 19 pts / 2 ast / 7 reb / 2 blk


ADDITIONAL DRAFTSTREET NBA VALUE PICKS FOR MONDAY NIGHT:

- Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic Projection: 20 pts / 2 ast / 19 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl


- Jameer Nelson PG Orlando Magic Projection: 26 pts / 4 ast / 8 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl


- Tristan Thompson PF Cleveland Cavaliers Projection: 15 pts / 2 ast / 13 reb / 2 blk / 1 stl


- Alonzo Gee SF Cleveland Cavaliers Projection: 14 pts / 3 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 2 stl


- Jason Kidd SG New York Knicks Projection: 14 pts / 6 ast / 7 reb / 1 blk / 1 stl



FanDuel Fantasy College Basketball Picks – Jan. 5

fanduel-nba-strategyAh, this is what I have been waiting for: conference play. The patsies will no longer be of the Div. 2 variety. Even the worst Tier 1 teams have some in depth knowledge of their opponent’s roster and how best to attack the other team’s system. In terms of players, there is a great deal of turnover from year to year, but coaches like to keep their systems. With that knowledge, let’s look at my nine-player lineup for the early games on Saturday on FanDuel. I had just $800 leftover on my $6000 salary cap, which means I went for some big name players.

Jack Cooley, forward, Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Seton Hall (Draft for $7,800 on FanDuel): The Fighting Irish have a lot of intriguing players, but their sun rises and sets with the fortunes of Cooley. The 6-9 senior is a double-double machine. He has provided at least eight points and eight rebounds in every game and has nine double-doubles in 13 games. Last year at Seton Hall, Cooley put up 13 points, 11 rebounds, and a pair of blocks. He is coming off his best game with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks in the Dec. 21 win over Niagara, so he should be rested and ready for the Pirates.


Pierre Jackson, guard, Baylor Bears vs. Texas (Draft for $7,800 on FanDuel): Jackson is one of my favorite players in college basketball. He is a deadly scoring point guard who is not afraid to take big shots. Usually, I don’t like high-usage point guards, but Jackson is the exception and he should have his way with the young Longhorn backcourt. Thus far, the 5-10 senior is averaging 19.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 2.2 steals. Last year in the home game against Texas, Jackson had one of his worst games of the season with seven points, seven assists, and five turnovers, but he should be able to school Javan Felix and put up some pretty sweet numbers.


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Le’Bryan Nash, guard, Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas State (Draft for $7,300 on FanDuel): There were many people, myself included, that thought Nash was a candidate for the Big 12 Player of the Year as a sophomore. While his numbers are up slightly from a good freshman year, he isn’t even the MVP on his own team (that would be freshman Marcus Smart, despite the missed free throws against Gonzaga). Nash came off the bench against the Zags, but that might spur him to better play against conference foes. Despite scoring 10 points or fewer in five of his last six games, Nash showed his potential in the early going for six straight games of 16 or more points with rebounds, assists, and steals. Like Jackson, Nash can atone for a lousy game against the Wildcats last year (four points, five rebounds, two assists, in 21 minutes).


Kenny Kadji, forward, Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech (Draft for $6,800 on FanDuel): With Reggie Johnson out with a broken thumb, the Hurricanes are going to lean on Kadji to score more. The 6-11 3-point bomber emerged on the scene last year when Johnson was out with injury and he should be a great player to pick for Duelers on Saturday. In the four games since Johnson has been out, Kadji has averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks. Meanwhile, he has only hit 2-of-10 on 3-pointers. If he can find his long range stroke, he should be able big numbers against the Yellow Jackets. Last year in Atlanta, he had 21 points and eight rebounds.


Brandon Mobley, forward, Seton Hall Pirates at Notre Dame (Draft for $6,100 on FanDuel): Mobley started the season slowly and had a two-game stint off the bench, but he has started to put things together in the last three weeks. The 6-9 sophomore has four double-doubles in his last six games and opened Big East play on Wednesday with a 16-point, 10-rebounds, two-block performance in the one-point win over DePaul. Playing at the Joyce Center can be trying and Mobley did little against the Irish as a freshman (15 scoreless minutes off the bench with seven rebounds and two assists). However, the price is right and the sophomore is on the upswing.


Kyle Anderson, guard, UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford (Draft for $6,100 on FanDuel): I love big guards. They can rebound along with the usual scoring and passing you hope to get from a backcourt player. Anderson is starting to put things together. The 6-9 freshman has put up three double-doubles in his last five games and opened Pac 12 play with a line of 19 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in the win over Cal. He is not much of a 3-pointer shooter, but has limited his damage by not taking many long range shots. In his past three games, Anderson has gone to the free throw line 23 times and made 19 (82.6%). Like most opponents, Stanford probably doesn’t have anyone to check Anderson who should have another big game.


Will Spradling, guard, Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma State (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel): On a team with Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez, the 6-2 Spradling can be overlooked. The combo guard does a little of whatever the team needs. Against Oklahoma State, the Wildcats will need perimeter defense, so Spradling should see heavy minutes per his usual. He is averaging just 9.5 points, but has not scored fewer than eight points in his last seven games. Last year, Spradling averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 assists against the Cowboys, but had seven points and seven assists in the win in Manhattan. He is a low-priced play who could come through with a big game in the Big 12 opener.


Robert Carter, forward, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel): When I look at freshmen for my lineup, I want to see a general uptick in production and minutes. Carter, a 6-8, 245 lb freshman for Georgia Tech, has been putting up increasing numbers. He has two double-doubles in his last four games and has averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last five games. Unlike most young big men, fouls have not been an issue for Carter and his increase in production started when he stopped taking more than one 3-pointer per game. He may leave some points on the table because of poor free throw shooting (62.5%), but he should be a nice bargain for his price.


Nate Lubick, forward, Georgetown Hoyas at Marquette (Draft for $5,800 on FanDuel): If you are rounding out your lineup and need a low-priced player, you could look at the 6-8 Lubick. He is not flashy and his ceiling is not as high as his fellow Hoyas, Otto Porter and Greg Whittington. However, Lubick can be a force on the offensive glass. He has scored in double digits four times this season, including 11 points against UCLA and 13 points against Texas. Because of Georgetown’s use of the Princeton offense, Lubick will get more than his share of assists. He had seven assists against Longwood on Dec. 10 and has dropped at least two dimes in every game. In addition, Lubick has blocked two shots in three of his last four games.




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$25,000 BCS Bowl Contest (Jan. 2nd – 7th Games)

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Sat, Jan 5th – 1:00pm ET – Pittsburgh vs Mississippi
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3. Submit your team and watch live scoring with other players in the contest.



Week 17 Start & Sit Fantasy Football Advice

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It’s Week 17, the last weekend of the NFL regular season. Most leagues have already had their championships, but some have not yet decided their champion. Over the years I’ve played in both ‘traditional’ leagues which decide their champ in Week 16, and a competitive writers league which has always been decided in the final week. I’ve found that the ‘Week 17′ championship league if a lot more challenging, as depth and waiver pick-ups tend to be a lot more important. Some teams elect to rest their starters, especially if they’re locked into a seed for the playoffs, have already secured a first-round bye, home-field advantage, etc. Some unlikely heroes can pull your fantasy team across the line to secure that trophy.

Thank you for reading throughout the season. Good luck in Week 17, and Happy New Year!

Quarterback – surprise start of the week

Michael Vick, Philadelphia (at NYG): Sure, Vick could be a little rusty considering he hasn’t played since Week 10 due to concussion, and then coaches’ decision. However, this is a guy who is auditioning for a job in 2013, so expect Vick to play his heart out against the Giants. In the earlier meeting with New York this season, he completed 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 241 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and he didn’t fumble either. The big knock was the fact he had been turning the ball over so frequently, but even though the G-Men sacked him twice, he did not have any miscues. He might be good for a pair of scores, a solid amount of rushing yards and perhaps 250-275 passing yards, making for a decent Week 17 stat line. He is a great play in weekly salary cap leagues like DraftKings.com, especially since he has a mid-level salary this weekend.

Other surprise plays: Jake Locker, Tennessee (vs. JAC), Cam Newton, Carolina (at NO), Ryan Tannehill, Miami (at NE)

Quarterback – sit of the week

Matt Ryan, Atlanta (vs. TB): The Falcons have already locked up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, so there is no reason to believe Matty Ice will play the entire game in Week 17. In fact, if he plays at all, he is likely to see preseason-type action, handing over the reins to Luke McCown and/or Dominique Davis. There is no sense risking a potential trip to the Super Bowl by having Ryan suffer an injury in a meaningless game. Ryan is way overpriced in sal cap leagues, especially since it is 100 percent expected that he won’t go the distance in Week 17.

Other QBs to sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo (vs. NYJ), Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco (vs. ARI), Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (vs. CLE)

Running back – surprise start of the week

Shonn Greene, N.Y. Jets (at BUF): There is a 60 percent chance of snow at Orchard Park with gusty winds in the forecast. It’s your typical western New York weather. The Jets turn back to QB Mark Sanchez for the regular season finale, but the star of the offense is certain to be Greene. With blustery conditions, bad QB play and a rushing defense which ranks dead-last in the NFL by allowing 146.7 yards per game, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and the Jets braintrust would be foolish not to pound the ball with Greene at least 30 times in this one.

Other surprise plays: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati (vs. BAL), Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs. KC), DeAngelo Williams, Carolina (at NO)

Running back – sit of the week

Trent Richardson, Cleveland (at PIT): Richardson suffered an ankle injury at the very end of the Week 16 game in Denver, and the word out of Cleveland is that there is “no chance” Richardson suits up for the regular season finale. As such, Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya are likely to see extended play, but that’s going against the NFL’s No. 2 ranked rushing offense. Not good. Throw in the fact the Browns are likely to be using QB Thaddeus Lewis in his first NFL start with QBs Brandon Weeden (shoulder) and Colt McCoy (shoulder) nursing injuries, and every single Browns offensive player should be avoided.

Other RBs to sit: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City (at DEN), Darren McFadden, Oakland (at SD), DeMarco Murray, Dallas (at WAS)

Wide receiver – surprise start of the week

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (vs. CLE): The Steelers have ruled WR Mike Wallace (hip) out for the regular season finale, so Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will be the team’s starters against the lowly Browns. Brown missed the first meeting in Cleveland in Week 12 due to injury, but he has managed a touchdown in three straight games coming into this one, and he had a season-best 97 receiving yards against the Bengals last weekend. Look for Brown to push the century mark in yardage to find the end zone yet again. He is a steal at just $5,500 in sal cap leagues like DraftKings.com.

Other surprise plays: Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville (at TEN), Brandon Lloyd, New England (vs. MIA), Santana Moss, Washington (vs. DAL)

Wide receiver- sit of the week

Roddy White, Atlanta (vs. TB): White has missed practice time this week due to his nagging knee injury, and it is unlikely that the team will push him to play considering they have already locked up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. There is just no reason to potentially damage White’s knee further rather than rest him for a full two weeks between Week 16 and the team’s playoff game. Even if he were to somehow make an appearance, that’s all it would be. If active, I suspect he would only play a few series at best after playing 50-of-57 offensive snaps last weekend in a crucial game.

Other WRs to sit: Josh Gordon, Cleveland (at PIT), Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (vs. HOU), Kendall Wright, Tennessee (vs. JAC)

Tight end – surprise start of the week: Greg Olsen, Carolina (at NO)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Brent Celek, Philadelphia (at NYG), Benjamin Watson, Cleveland (at PIT)

Sit of the week: Vernon Davis, San Francisco (vs. ARI)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Lance Kendricks, St. Louis (at SEA), Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit (vs. CHI)

Kicker – surprise start of the week: Steven Hauschka, Seattle (vs. STL)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy play: Matt Bryant, Atlanta (vs. TB)

Sit of the week: Rian Lindell, Buffalo (vs. NYJ)

Other who should be riding the fantasy pine: Phil Dawson, Cleveland (at PIT)

Defense/special teams – surprise start of the week: Buccaneers DST (at ATL)

Other solid, less-than-obvious fantasy plays: Giants DST (vs. PHI), Steelers DST (vs. CLE)

DST sit of the week: Dolphins DST (at NE)

Others who should be riding the fantasy pine: Rams DST (at SEA), Redskins DST (vs. DAL)

Daniel E. Dobish’s Fantasy Lineup at DraftKings.com

  • Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego – $5,800
  • Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco – $5,200
  • Shonn Greene, RB, N.Y. Jets – $5,600
  • Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit – $9,700
  • Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh – $5,500
  • Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina – $4,400
  • James Jones, FLEX, Green Bay – $6,100
  • Kai Forbath, PK, Washington – $4,000
  • Steelers defense, DST – $3,600


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