THANKS SO MUCH FOR ASKING. I'D LOVE TO TELL YOU HOW WEEK 4 WENT FOR ME.
I tweeted this last night, but for all of you who don't follow me in the Twittersphere (@DonaldGibsonFF), buckle up.
Where shall we start? Real football? Deal.
So I'm a Ravens fan, which is tough on the heart to say the least. We play up to the good opponents, down to the bad ones, meh to the meh ones, and so on. We did it again this week, losing to the Raiders 28-27 after squeaking out ugly wins over the last three weeks. Ravens lose. Whatever.
Many of you may not know this but there are other sports than just football, and conveniently I got to watch my hometown Orioles lose in the AL Wild Card play-in game in the 11th inning on Tuesday night after a questionable-at-best pitching substitution. Strike two. Too soon?
In DraftKings this week, I made probably 12-15 lineups across a variety of different start times and formats and all that jazz. One of them won. One. Sweet. Strike three.
In season-long fantasy football - typically my bread and butter - I went...I'll let you guess.
I lost all six of my season-long leagues. In my home league which is my most treasured, I lost by .04 points. That's one passing yard. Less than a half of a regular yard. You can't make this stuff up.
Week 5 blah blah whatever.
Starts of the Week
I didn't write a waiver column this week because 1) there wasn't too much action this past week regarding emerging players and 2) I've been very grumpy after the catastrophes mentioned above. Sue me.
Remember that I will likely be targeting these guys in DFS even if they aren't included in the DFS section.
1. Carson Wentz - Has he been in all of my articles? Probably pretty close. I'm a fan of the kid regardless, and he plays the Lions defense who just lost to the Chicago Brown Bears (anyone watch New Girl? Anyone?), not to mention they've been lit up several times this year. Wentz is an excellent fill-in during a week where Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Blake Bortles are sitting on their couches eating Doritos.
2. Jameis Winston - This is partly a gut call, partly me remembering that Matt Ryan just dropped five-hundo on the Panthers D last week. Winston actually leads the league with 177 passing attempts, and I'm always a big fan of volume (even if it's coupled with an increased turnover risk). Again, he's a good fill-in during a tough QB bye week.
3. Jerick McKinnon - McKinnon out-carried Matt Asiata 18-6 last week and his yards per carry was 4.7 compared to Asiata's...one. It seems like he's locking up that workhorse role, and he's facing a Houston defense giving up roughly 125 rushing yards per game. Sounds like a plan to me (also very affordable in DFS).
4. Duke Johnson - Okay Isaiah Crowell has been lights out this season. I get it. I have a feeling the returning Tom Brady may try to score 100 points, and he may against the Browns. In all likelihood, the Browns will go down early and Duke will be the running back on the field. It's not going to be pretty, but Duke should get his.
5. Mike Evans - I'll be brief. Evans is my number two (yes, two) receiver this week. If Julio can drop 300 yards on Carolina, can't Evans drop 150? I say yes.
6. Travis Benjamin - Benjamin has cooled off lately after his targets (and production) spiked following Keenan Allen's injury. I think he'll get back in line this week facing a Raiders defense that has given up a league-leading 16,000 passing yards per game (okay 333, but close enough). Steve Smith had 8/111/1 last week. I expect something similar from Benjamin.
That's all for now. Come back soon!
Likely in addition to the guys mentioned above, here are some good value DFS guys that can leave you with some extra $$$ to throw around. Pricing is from DraftKings.
1. Andrew Luck - $7300: Luck has been generally disappointing this season, but I'm expecting a solid outing against the Bears who...are the Bears. He should have pretty low ownership, as people who want to pay up at QB will probably drift towards Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Big Ben.
2. Eli Manning - $6000: Everyone hates Eli this year because he isn't throwing TDs, but that's all the more reason to use him in DFS. The Packers run D is great, as they've given up a legitimately incredible 1.8 yards per carry thus far in 2016. The Giants will have to throw, and that's enough for me.
3. Trevor Siemian (or Paxton Lynch) - both $5200: I'll be using a lot of whoever the starter is against the Falcons who have given up an average of 31 points per game. Uh, yes please.
1. DeMarco Murray - $7200: Murray has been lights out this year, and now he faces a Miami defense who gives up 130 rushing yards per game. The stars hath aligned.
2. LeGarrette Blount - $5600: The Patriots may score 70 on the Browns. If that's the case, Blount will be involved.
3. DeAndre Washington - $3400: I know it's not a secret anymore. Latavius Murray is probably not going to play, so Washington gets the starting role against the Chargers who have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. His ownership will be high, but at this price I don't think I care.
1. Antonio Brown - $9800: The best receiver in the league? Check. Playing against a likely-Revis-less Jets secondary? Check. That's enough for me.
2. Amari Cooper - $7200: Most people will probably be using Michael Crabtree for $300 cheaper, but I feel like this is a Cooper game. Jason Verrett on the Chargers is out for the season with a partially torn ACL. Points galore in this one.
3. DeSean Jackson - $5900: So I've made it clear that I'm a Ravens fan. I don't know what's going on with our secondary, but we've given up plenty of receiving TDs over the top (Corey Coleman, Michael Crabtree, Orlando Jones from The Replacements, probably). If there was any receiver in the league that could get behind a defense...
4. Tajae Sharpe - $4400: He's still the number one there. Don't forget it. The eruption is coming.
1. Greg Olsen - $6300: Olsen is at safe as it gets at TE. I love playing receivers against the Bucs, and you get the added excitement of having a Monday night player. Check that out.
2. Zach Ertz - $3500: I'm hoping people shy away from Ertz because he's coming off an injury because I think he's going to go absolutely bananas this week (well, bananas for a tight end at least). He's playing the same defense that gave up two touchdowns to Jack Boyle Week 1.
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