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Joe Flacco will be big again for DFS owners in Week 7

Joe Flacco will be big again for DFS owners in Week 7

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 18, 2014

We’re on to Week 7 of the National Football League regular season, and there are plenty of great matchups with a lot of values. Also, if you’re not familiar with FantasyAces.com, be sure to give this provider a spin. They have a great looking interface, and it is VERY user friendly.

(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

QUARTERBACKS

Joe Flacco, Baltimore ($6700 vs ATL): Flacco abused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend, throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns. If you liked that, you should like his Week 7 matchup, too. He will be facing an Atlanta Falcons pass defense which ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 278.6 yards per game. While Atlanta has allowed just six pass touchdowns in six games, they have also given up eight plays of 40 or more yards. They’re susceptible to the big play, and Flacco should go over 300 yards for the third time in four games.

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland ($6300 at JAC): Hoyer will be matched up against the NFL’s 30th-ranked pass defense, as the Jaguars pass defense allows 294 yards per game and 12 passing touchdowns through six games. That includes a whopping 32 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Hoyer doesn’t make many mistakes, and he isn’t likely to make many against the leaky Jags D.

RUNNING BACKS

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay ($5300 vs CAR): Last season, the Panthers on the schedule meant a difficult matchup and a Fantasy sit. This year, the door is wide open. Lacy will face a Carolina Panthers rush defense which has allowed 140.2 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns and seven run plays of 20 or more yards, with four plays on the ground going for more than 40 yards.

Branden Oliver, San Diego ($4800 vs KC): Oliver has emerged as a legitimate Fantasy option, stepping up after RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown went down to injury. The rookie from the University of Buffalo has literally taken the ball and run with it, posting back-to-back 100-yard games with a rushing touchdown in each of the past two games. He also is a receiving threat, totaling four receptions in each of his past three games with one touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Smith, Baltimore ($5400 vs ATL): Smith knows the Atlanta Falcons well from his days with the Carolina Panthers. He has at least 52 receiving yards against the Falcons in five straight games, and 11 of the past 13 games. As mentioned above, the Falcons give up a lot of big yardage through the air. Smith will look to add to his impressive 573 receiving yards.

Golden Tate, Detroit ($5150 vs NO): The Saints have a leaky pass defense, and Tate should be able to put up a strong stat line, especially with WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) missing practice all week and not expected to play. If he is active, he likely will not be 100 percent.

Terrance Williams, Dallas ($4550 vs NYG): The Giants pass defense has been very forgiving, allowing 261.7 yards per game. QB Tony Romo and the passing offense should find plenty of open spaces, and Williams will likely benefit from WR Dez Bryant being covered by CB Prince Amukamara, and possibly being double teamed.

TIGHT ENDS

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans ($3300 at DET): Keep an eye on the inactives Sunday for the Saints. TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is dealing with a shoulder injury, and will be a game-time decision. If Graham is unable to play, Watson will be a solid low-end DFS option as a safety valve for QB Drew Brees against a solid Detroit Lions pass defense. If Graham is active, all bets are off and Watson will have minimal appeal.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury is worth your DFS dollars Thursday

Marc-Andre Fleury is worth your DFS dollars Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 16, 2014

The National Hockey League has seven games on tap Thursday, Oct. 16, with one nationally-televised game (Boston-Montreal, 7:30pm NHL Network).

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh ($21050 vs DAL): According to Vegas, the Penguins are the biggest favorite on the board, and that’s a good reason to use Fleury. He has started two games and he has two wins, and now he faces a team he has had great success against over the years. Fleury is 6-1-0 with a 2.10 Goals-Against Average (GAA) in seven career starts against the Stars, so he is a slam-dunk play.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Michael Cammalleri, C-LW, New Jersey ($11450 at WAS): Cammalleri has had a penchant for scoring goals in bunches, and this season he has started out on fire. He has at least one goal in each of his three games so far, posting four goals with an assist and 14 shots on goal (SOG) while also blocking one shot. Until he cools off, keep riding the veteran.

Brock Nelson, C, N.Y. Islanders ($6900 vs SJ): Nelson has been a huge part of the success of the Islanders during the early going, posting four goals with three assists and five SOG through the first three games, lighting the lamp at least once in each outing. Thursday’s game is expected to be a high-scoring affair, and Nelson should find himself on the stat sheet yet again.

Tanner Pearson, LW, Los Angeles ($7100 vs STL): Pearson might not have been known by many Fantasy owners just a week ago, but they know him now. He has four goals with two assists and a plus-6 rating over his past three games, including back-to-back multi-point efforts.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Paul Martin, D, Pittsburgh ($5000 vs DAL): Martin enters this game with a minimal DFS salary, but that shouldn’t last long. He has too much offensive potential. He picked up an assist last time out, and he has six SOG with three blocked shots over the past two games to go along with a plus-3 rating. He does not necessarily have to score to be productive for Fantasy owners.

Victor Rask, C, Carolina ($5000 at NYR): The Carolina Hurricanes are a banged up bunch, providing opportunities for younger players to step up and show what they can do earlier than expected. Rask centered a line consisting of Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin. It won’t take much for Rask to meet or exceed salary expectations, and playing alongside the creative Semin could help him to an assist or two.

Alexander Semin is a solid DFS play Tuesday

Alexander Semin is a solid DFS play Tuesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 14, 2014

The National Hockey League has nine games on tap Tuesday, Oct. 14, with one nationally-televised game (Buffalo-Carolina, 7:30pm NBCSN).

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Jhonas Enroth, G, Buffalo ($12750 at CAR): Sabres backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth had the chance to make inroads on the starting gig, but he was bombed by Anaheim Monday. The team is expected to turn back to incumbent starter Enroth Tuesday, and he will be facing a Carolina Hurricanes squad which is missing C Eric Staal, C Jordan Staal and W Jeff Skinner due to injury. The Canes lack offensive punch, and that should make Enroth a fabulous value.

Karri Ramo, G, Calgary ($12700 at NSH): Ramo picked up a victory in his initial start of the season, stopping 38 of 40 shots in Edmonton. He and Jonas Hiller are jockeying for the starting job in Calgary, and it should be a spirited battle early on.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto ($9450 vs COL): Bozak has been white hot for the Buds, posting goals in each of his first three games. During the impressive span, he has two shots on goal (SOG) in each outing, and he has blocked a shot in each of the past two for added Fantasy value. It is his minus-2 rating which is the only thing holding his salary down.

Michael Cammalleri, C-LW, New Jersey ($11550 at TB): Cammalleri has always had a penchant for scoring goals in bunches, and this season he is doing it right out of the gate. He has three goals through his team’s first two games with a whopping 10 SOG and one blocked shot. He is a great value in a potential fire wagon hockey game Tuesday.

Alexander Semin, LW-RW, Carolina ($10800 vs BUF): The offensive cupboard is pretty bare in Raleigh right now, as most of the team’s snipers are in the treatment room and hopping in the whirlpool for rehab rather than hopping over the dasher. Semin remains healthy, however, and he could put up big Fantasy stat lines on the top scoring unit.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Brayden McNabb, D, Los Angeles ($5000 vs EDM): McNabb has played plenty of minutes early on with D Jake Muzzin dealing with an injury. He has blocked three shots to this point, and he has posted two SOG. He won’t likely do much offensively, but his blocked shots and plus/minus rating could be a plus, and his salary will help you with a few extra dollars to spend elsewhere.

 

Eli Manning will be giant for DFS owners in Week 6

Eli Manning will be giant for DFS owners in Week 6

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 12, 2014

We’re on to Week 6 of the National Football League regular season, and there are some intriguing matchups. There are also plenty of injury replacements at key positions, which will mean big-time Daily Fantasy values.

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

QUARTERBACKS

Joe Flacco, Baltimore ($12250 at TB): Flacco and the Ravens offense will face the 30th ranked pass defense. The Bucs have given up 292.2 yards per game through the air with 10 touchdown passes in five games. Tampa has also given up 18 pass plays of 20 or more yards. WR Steve Smith Sr. knows the Bucs well, and he and Flacco have developed quite the rapport.

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants ($13950 at PHI – SNF): Manning will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, looking to keep their offensive momentum rolling. The Eagles rank 29th against the pass, allowing 274.2 yards per game through the air with an NFL-high 13 touchdowns. Manning should post solid DFS totals.

RUNNING BACKS

Joique Bell, Detroit ($9250 at MIN): With RB Reggie Bush (ankle) unlikely for Sunday’s game, Bell is expected to see an increase in workload. The good news is he comes with a mid-level DFS salary, but he could well exceed expectations against a marginal Minnesota defense.

Bishop Sankey, Tennessee ($7100 vs JAC): RB Shonn Greene is expected to sit, so the lion’s share of the carries are likely to fall on the shoulders of the rookie Sankey. He should find plenty of running room against a very giving Jacksonville defense.

Andre Williams, N.Y. Giants ($7950 at PHI): Williams will see a bulk of the carries with RB Rashad Jennings (knee) sidelined. He showed well last week, and he will exceed DFS salary expectations with 20-25 touches and at least 70-80 rushing yards.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Hunter, Tennessee ($8000 vs JAC): Hunter recently leapfrogged Nate Washington on the team’s depth chart, and he is starting to show promise like he did in the preseason. He is a lanky receiver with good vertical ability who can be especially dangerous in the red zone.

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati ($10300 vs CAR): Sanu should assume the No. 1 receiver role with A.J. Green (toe) expected to sit due to a toe injury. Sanu can be a nice downfield threat, and he comes with a mid-level price.

Thursday’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Thursday’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 9, 2014

The National Hockey League regular season kicked off Wednesday, but the first ‘real’ day is Thursday with the first full slate of games. Four of the eight teams from Wednesday are in action for their second game already, but 20 teams will be making their 2014-15 season debut.

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay ($19550 vs FLA): Bishop will cost you a pretty penny, but he is worth it if you can squeeze him in under the cap. He had 37 wins last season, and three of those victories came in three starts against Tampa’s cross-state rivals. Bishop posted a 3-0 record with a 2.23 Goals-Against Average (GAA) and .909 save percentage against Florida last season, and he just stopped 36 of 37 shots in a preseason win against the Panthers in his final tune-up this past week.

Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay ($14250 vs FLA): Stamkos is an obvious Fantasy must-start most times, but in DFS he can be quite expensive, so you have to pick and choose your spots wisely. When he faces the Florida Panthers, he often exceeds even his lofty salary expectations. In just three games against the Panthers in 2013-14, Stamkos popped in five goals while assisting on three other goals. He finished with a plus-5 rating and 10 shots on goal (SOG) for eye-popping Fantasy stats vs. Florida.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

John Carlson, D, Washington ($9050 vs MTL): Carlson is a DFS dream, as he is not only an above-average rearguard, as far as offensive production is concerned, but he ranks in the Top 10 in blocked shots, too. That is an often underrated Fantasy category. He can do it all, and still comes with a relatively reasonable price tag.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Arizona ($10450 vs WPG): OEL is a gifted offensive defenseman, and he really turns it up in front of the home crowd. The Swede buried six goals with 19 assists and a plus-4 rating at home last season, as opposed to 19 points and a minus-8 rating on the road. And, he lit the lamp twice (including a power-play marker) with 11 SOG in three meetings with the Jets last season.

Patric Hornqvist, RW, Pittsburgh ($10700 vs ANH): It appears as if Evgeni Malkin will be able to play in Thursday’s opener, and that is good news for Hornqvist. He is expected to be the replacement for James Neal, who was traded in the offseason. Whether Hornqvist is skating with Sidney Crosby or Malkin, it is a huge upgrade to anything he has seen in the past. Hornqvist could be in line for a career season if he sticks as a top-six forward in the Steel City, and as a mid-level salary option early on, he could be quite the DFS steal.

David Legwand, C, Ottawa ($9100 at NSH): Legwand spent 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators before his departure to Detroit in a deadline deal last spring. He signed with the Ottawa Senators in the offseason, and, as luck has it, his first game of the 2014-15 season is back in the Music City against his old squad. Look for Legwand to play with a little extra giddyup in his return to Nashville.

Dustin Tokarski, G, Montreal ($10000 at WAS): If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on goaltending, Tokarski is your play. He showed well in the playoffs last season when Carey Price went down to injury. This time, Price isn’t injured, but he is being rested after winning Wednesday’s opener in Toronto. Tokarski is a good value who could shine in D.C. Thursday.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Ryan Spooner, C, Boston ($7150 at DET): Spooner, Milan Lucic and Mark Fraser skated together on a line Wednesday, and the trio still have a while to go before they are hitting on all cylinders. Still, Spooner is a cheap option with a talented linemate in Lucic. All it will take is an assist or goal to easily reach salary expectations.