Week 3
September 21, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.

09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2

With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.

09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.

09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.

09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.

09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.

09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.

09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.

09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Are you the commissioner of your fantasy football league? This piece can help you come up with different rules and features to make any league more fun to play in.

Starting a new fantasy football league.

Posted by d-Rx on 08/14/16

by   The Archer


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So you started playing fantasy football and got the bug and joined 10 leagues on ESPN, but they all have the same format. This is fantasy football, not a paint by numbers set, so set up your own league. First and foremost, playing fantasy football is all about having fun. Therefore don’t feel like you have to start a league that has run of the mill scoring and starting positions. In this golden age of fantasy all of the major hosting sites allow you to customize your league, so make it your own. In this article I will examine many different ways that you can spice up your league with different roster orientations, scoring systems, league rules and much more, laying the foundation for forming a league of your own. Take the parts you like best and make your league interesting, unique and fun.



There are so many different things you can do with rosters to change the strategy and complexity of your league.


Roster limits

Your league can have a shallow or deep bench.


Deep bench – In this format teams usually have a 24 or 26-man roster, and this forces teams to make trades because the waiver wire is extremely thin.


Shallow bench – In this format teams have a 12-man roster, and with a limited bench there are more players available on the waiver wire, and trades can become more frequent with the abundance of bye weeks.



Starter lineups – This is one you can have a ton of fun with. Here are just some of the ideas of things you can do, let your imagination come up with the rest.

Multiple flex positions – Forget your standard format. How about start, one quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and the other four spots are flex plays.

Super flex – Taking the above idea a little deeper, make one of the flex spots a super flex so that an owner can play a second quarterback.

Standard plus one – You can have the original fantasy starting lineup using three wide receivers, but then add another starting spot for a flex spot. This increases the opportunities for trades as more players have a chance to be used.

Must start a rookie – Having to start a rookie player each week not only changes the weekly dynamic it dramatically changes the draft, as rookies with high potential are drafted early. Cam Newton was the #1 pick in d-Rx’s draft when he was a rookie.

Allow different formations – This is a more detailed change than having multiple flex positions. Create your own formations that teams must choose between: run and shoot (1QB, 5WR, 1TE), four horseman (1QB, 4RB, 1WR, 1TE), single back (1QB, 1RB, 4WR, 1TE) etc. This is all about your imagination.



Waiver wire changes - It stinks to allow the guy with the worst team to always get the first crack at available players that can help you win a championship.


Use a FAAB to determine weekly pickups – FAAB is a Free Agent Acquisition Budget. Each team is given a set amount (usually $50, $75, or $100). Each team uses this budget to blindly bid on free agents, and when they win a bid their total FAAB budget is reduced by the bid amount. Once a team spends all of their FAAB they can no longer make pick ups. So how much of your budget would you want to spend on a Week 1 breakout?


Supplemental drafts – This is great for leagues where owners don’t have a lot of time to spend each week on making pick ups. You can have a supplemental draft of three rounds after Week’s 3, 6 and 9. These drafts are the only chances teams have to make pick-ups on the year, and the order is always in reverse order of record. In the event of teams with the same record, ties are broken with the team with fewer points getting the higher pick. These picks can be traded, so these leagues usually have more active trading in them.


Limit total pick-ups allowed – Pretty simple, put a set number of your choosing, and each team will only be allowed that many pick-up transactions on the season.




Here is where you have the most control to determine which players are the most important, based on your scoring system. These are just some of the possibilities.

PPR – Everyone should be using PPR by now, but it is Points Per Reception and you can give .25, .5, 1pt or whatever you want per catch.

PPT – Points per touch. Not only are you giving points per catch, a player scores .25pts per carry, or a point denomination of your choosing.

Special Teams yards – Give players credit for kick and punt return yardage, but usually not at the same level as yardage gained by running backs and receivers.

Big time player or bust – Players do not start scoring points for yards unless they gain over 100 yards or throw for more than 300 yards.

Long TD Bonus – This can have many different variations, but here are two.

Scaled TD’s – There are leagues that have a TD of 0-9 yards worth 4pts and the total increase one point for every 10 yards. So a 35-yard touchdown is worth 7pts, and a 92-yard score is worth 13 points. That is just the points for touchdown. These are big time scoring leagues with high point totals.

Bonus levels – An extra point bonus for more than 30 yards, with an extra bonus point available for more than 50 yards and another for more than 75 yards. So an 80-yard touchdown gets the 6pts for the touchdown plus a bonus of 3pts more.

Jamarcus Russell – This scoring system rewards the bad players and hurts the good players. You get positive points for fumbles, interceptions, drops, low YPC and YPR averages, all of which are scored like touchdowns in regular scoring leagues. You lose points for touchdowns, receptions, yards and high YPC and YPR averages. Let the bad times role!!!

Multiplier Bonuses – This rewards players that have big games but don’t score touchdowns. Once a player reaches 100 yards their point values double. So normally it is 1pt per 10 yards, but after 100 yards it would now be 2pts per 10 yards. Same for quarterbacks once they reach 300 yards. If a player has 200 yards or 400 passing yards then their points double again to 4pts. 300 and 500 yards would achieve 8pts per 10 and 20 yards respectively.




Now you have to figure out what type of league you want to have. Your league can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.


KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) – Join a basic ESPN league and FUCK OFF.


Redraft League – This type of league starts fresh each year with no roster carry over. Players will be drafted using the snake draft method. Draft order can be determined in many ways: random, reverse order of finish, allowing owners to chose which spot they want based on random or reverse order or any other way you want to torment the owners in your league.


Auction League - This format gives owners a budget, usually $200, which they use to bid on players. A team may bid as much as they want on a player, but they must fill their roster with at least $1 used for every available roster spot. Teams are not allowed to play with a short bench and spend more on their top players. Players are brought up for bid with each owner nominating a player per round. There is a lot more strategy in this format: bidding up players, holding out for players while other teams overbid early, not nominating players that you actually want and many more.


Keeper League - These leagues are usually associated with redraft leagues, but can also be utilized in auction formats. There is no set format, as leagues can have as little as one keeper, or as many they want. The cost for keeping a player also can vary depending on the league. Some leagues allow a certain number of keepers and then just start the draft with those players already on their respective teams. Some surrender their draft pick 2 rounds prior to the round the player was selected in the year before. Therefore if Devonta Freeman were taken in the 9th round last year, he would cost you your 7th round pick in this year’s draft. In auction format the price of keeping a player can be determined by a set increase based on the player’s price the previous year. This could be a set dollar amount or a % increase.


Dynasty League - These leagues utilize the auction format and can have many layers of complexity. In most of these leagues player salaries increase by a set dollar amount of a % increase.


Basic – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want every year with no restrictions other than salary increases.


Intermediate – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want with restrictions. Players have a contract status of A, B or C. Player is an A in his first year, and a C in his third year. A player must be dropped after his third year. Same as above, but after a player’s C contract year they may be Franchised or TAG’d. Each league may determine the number of franchised or TAG’d players.


Same as the intermediate with the addition of a rookie draft and reserve roster.


Rookie draft – Leagues have a one or two round draft of players that were drafted in the NFL draft prior to the league’s auction. The order can be determined by lottery, reverse order of record, the two teams that just missed the playoffs last year get the 1st and 2nd pick and the rest by reverse order or by loser bracket playoff. These picks can be traded and become a very valuable commodity. When teams are out of it they can be enticed to trade their high priced players for lower priced players with better contracts and rookie draft picks.


Reserve roster – Once players are drafted in the rookie draft they are then placed onto a team’s reserve roster. Leagues will determine the length of time that a player may remain on the reserve roster. Some have a two-year limit and some are unlimited. Leagues will determine the maximum number of players allowed to be retained on the reserve roster. Usually not more than five players in order to keep the talent pool from being depleted. This also prevents teams from stacking draft picks in one draft. When a player is activated he is assigned a price based on his draft pick. If he was the first pick in the draft he will usually be at least $10, and the price goes down as the draft goes on. Thus the 10th pick may only have a $3 price tag.




These leagues utilize the rookie draft but are more advanced in their contracts. Instead of utilizing the A, B and C method these leagues sign players to long-term contracts and have franchise and transitional tags for players. These leagues are trying to emulate the NFL as much as possible.


Long term contracts – A league will determine the cost for each year of a long term contact and once signed that player must be kept until the completion of the contract or face a buy out penalty. The buy out penalty may be the forfeiture of 25% of the remaining salary (for all years remaining on contract) paid in one year or amortized over the length of the contract taken from that team’s $200 budget.


Franchise tags – These leagues usually only allow you to franchise one player who you may keep as long as you wish for the franchise price, which is the average of the top five salaries at the position in the year that he is franchised.


Transitional tags – These leagues usually allow two players to be given a transitional tag. This allows the team that tags a player the right to match the price that player goes for in the transitional draft.


Transitional draft – Before the actual auction begins there is a transitional draft where players that are tagged are auctioned off. Their price starts where it currently is and all other teams (who do not currently have two transition tag players on their team) are allowed to bid the player up. Once the bidding stops the team that won the bid has the opportunity to raise their bid or leave it where it was. At that time the team that tagged the player has the option to match the new price or let the player go.



Empire League - This is a Dynasty league with two major differences that have major implications in how the league is approached.


1) Each year half of the pot goes to the winner and the other half goes into a rolling Emperor pot.


2) Once an owner wins the league two years in a row they collect the rolling Emperor pot and then the league ends.


The fact that the league ends is interesting, but this is all about the rolling Emperor pot. Each year the team that won the previous season will have a bulls-eye on them the entire season, and will obviously have a hard time making trades with anyone. This also keeps owners who have losing teams from getting disinterested, as they should be active to help prevent another owner from repeating and claiming the big prize.


There are so many different ways that you can set up your league, so don’t settle for the run of the mill basic when you can have a customized experience based on your own preferences. I just laid out a lot of different ways you can spice up your league, but there are so many more and it is only your imagination that is preventing you from creating them. This is fantasy football, but it should be your fantasy, so make your league unique and your own.



Houdini upside down on fire

by Houdini


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