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Stack with Cowboys in DFS in Week 4

Stack with Cowboys in DFS in Week 4

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer September 27, 2014

It’s Week 4 of the National Football League regular season, and, like always, the season seems to be flying by. The weather looked to be threatening last weekend, but we actually had nice weather all around. The forecast looks much less ominous in this final weekend of September, and first NFL weekend of fall.

WEATHER REPORT

4:25pm – Philadelphia at San Francisco (mid 70s and patchy fog)

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

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas ($13800 vs NO): I love the pass-catch combination of QB Tony Romo and Bryant this weekend against a very giving New Orleans Saints pass defense. In fact, the Saints have been dinged for 13 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and two pass plays of 40 or more yards. Look for Bryant to shake loose for a big play or two, adding to the misery of the Saints secondary.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay ($16250 at CHI): If you want to spend a little more salary, Rodgers is a very solid play in Chicago. The Bears have been middle of the road against the pass, but they have a very banged up secondary. Rodgers has two or more touchdown tosses in four of his past five full starts against Chicago, and he has thrown for at least 283 yards in four of the past five full outings.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas ($12750 vs NO): The New Orleans Saints pass defense is allowing 278.3 yards per game, so Romo and the pass offense should be very productive. Romo is the 10th most expensive Fantasy quarterback on the board, making him a fantastic value as opposed to Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck ($17500), who faces the second-ranked pass defense of the Tennessee Titans and will suck up almost five percent more of your salary cap.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis ($8400 vs TEN): The Tennessee Titans are in the lower third of the NFL against the pass, and catching balls out of the backfield is a big part of Bradshaw’s game. He’ll be especially important as a safety valve against Tennessee’s suffocating pass defense, which ranks second overall in the NFL. Look for Bradshaw to see more targets than usual, and plenty of receiving yardage as a result.

Donald Brown, RB, San Diego ($10200 vs JAX): With Ryan Mathews (knee) out with a knee injury, and Danny Woodhead (leg) sidelined with a snapped fibula, it’s the Donald Brown show in San Diego now. They fed him with 31 carries, and he had just 2.0 yards per carry. He’ll obviously need to be much better than that for DFS owners, but he will get plenty of chances. Jacksonville ranks dead-last against the rush, allowing 160 yards per game with four TDs.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville ($8200 at SD): Hurns has show some big-play potential, scoring three touchdowns in three games. His targets has decreased each week since his breakout game in Week 1 in Philadelphia, but he was dealing with an injury, and he had the ineffective QB Chad Henne under center. Now, rookie QB Blake Bortles is under center, and the two rookies connected for a long score last weekend. Look for their chemistry to continue.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore ($7500 vs CAR): Bernard Pierce is back from injury, and he is expected to start. And, of course, there is Justin Forsett in a crowded Baltimore backfield. However, all indications point to Taliaferro getting goal-line carries for the Ravens. And offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has said the team will ride the hot hand, so if Taliaferro gets carries and does well, he’ll continue to be fed the ball. He is a good low-priced option with some upside.

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer September 23, 2014

There are 15 evening games in Major League Baseball Tuesday, Sept. 23.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:00pm – Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees (ESPN)
10:00pm – San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers (ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

The weather is perfect around Major League Baseball, with all cities checking in with a 10 percent or less chance of precipitation. Enjoy the worry-free night.

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

ATLANTA BRAVES

Braves OF Jason Heyward ($8450) (thumb) is back in the starting lineup after missing time due to a thumb injury. He has a tough matchup facing Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole, however, so wait a game before plugging Heyward back in.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Orioles 1B-OF Steve Pearce (wrist) is sidelined Tuesday, as he deals with a wrist ailment. It doesn’t sound terribly serious, but the team is not pushing it since they already have a postseason spot locked up. He might return Wednesday, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. … OF Nick Markakis ($7250) (shoulder) is showing no ill-effects of his shoulder injury, and is in the lineup for a second straight day.

BOSTON RED SOX

The Red Sox are starting a pair of minimum salary outfielders, as Jackie Bradley Jr. ($5000) and Rusney Castillo ($5000) get starts Tuesday. Castillo is the play, batting in the far more advantageous sixth spot, while Bradley is ninth. … 3B-OF Brock Holt (concussion) remains sidelined, but there is hope he can return for a cameo in the final regular season series. … No 1B Mike Napoli (finger) in the lineup, as he rests his finger issue.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

White Sox OF Adam Eaton ($8250) (personal) was away from the team due to a personal issue, but he is back. He has eight hits and five runs scored with an RBI over his past five games.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Royals OF Josh Willingham (rest) is out of the starting nine Tuesday, presumably just to rest. He is hitless over his past four games, so Fantasy owners won’t want to pay him any mind at this point.

TAMPA BAY RAYS

Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier (illness) is sidelined Tuesday due to illness. OF Desmond Jennings (rest) is also out of the lineup, so OF Matt Joyce ($6450) gets a start in left field while OF David DeJesus ($6500) gets the nod as the designated hitter.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion ($11550) has posted at least one RBI in nine of his past 12 games. … SP R.A. Dickey ($15550) faces a tough matchup against Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez, but Dickey is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his past five starts, going at least six innings in each appearance. He has quality starts in seven of the past eight.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (rest) is on the sidelines again, as the team has the National League East wrapped up and they are taking it easy with their brittle hot corner man after his lengthy absence. … 2B-3B Anthony Rendon (rest) is also sidelined, but it is just a day of rest and nothing to be concerned about.  2B-SS Asdrubal Cabrera ($7400) gets the nod at second base, while 2B-OF Kevin Frandsen ($5000) handles the duties at third.

 

If you spend big in DFS, grab DeMarco Murray

If you spend big in DFS, grab DeMarco Murray

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer September 20, 2014

Can you believe that we’re already in Week 3 of the NFL regular season. The good news is that while Fantasy owners in standard leagues are at the quarter pole of the regular season, we still have 15 weeks of action in Daily Fantasy. Let’s win some money this weekend.

WEATHER REPORT

1pm – San Diego at Buffalo (Temp near 70, SW wind 11 to 15 mph and 90 percent chance of precipitation)
1pm – Baltimore at Cleveland (Temps mid 70s, WNW wind from 15 to 18 mph and 40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
1pm – Oakland at New England (Temps upper 80s, 50 percent chance of scattered t-storms)

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

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas ($14700 at STL): If you’re going to spend heavily on any one player, Murray has to be your guy. Sure, he has faced the St. Louis Rams just twice in his career, but he has had his best days as a pro against them. In Week 7 of the 2011 season, Murray rolled up 253 rushing yards on 25 carries with a touchdown, and in Week 3 of the 2013 season, he ran 26 times for 175 yards and a score while adding three grabs for 28 yards. This season, the Rams rank 29th against the rush, allowing 171 yards per game. Murray WILL go off again.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota ($10700 at NO): If Fantasy owners aren’t salivating about Patterson’s matchup this weekend, well they should be. He will face the 32nd-ranked pass defense in the NFL, a Saints defense which has been dinged for an NFL-worst 10 plays of 20 or more yards through the air.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo ($10200 vs SD): As mentioned above, there is a high probability of rain in the Chargers-Bills game, and that likely means we’ll see more ground-based offense than usual. Spiller has toted the rock 27 times in the first two games while adding four receptions. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Spiller get 20 touches in Week 3, and on a potentially sloppy field, the Chargers could have difficulty wrapping him up.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota ($9700 at NO): Asiata isn’t as great of a DFS bargain as last weekend, but he still has a mid-level salary and he could shine in a potential shootout in the Superdome. While he ran 13 times for just 36 yards, he was targeted seven times out of the backfield, posting five grabs for 48 yards and a touchdown. Look for similar Fantasy production this week against a Saints pass defense which is dead-last in the NFL, allowing 323.5 yards per game.

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville ($9350 vs IND): Yes, really. If your Daily Fantasy provider requires two starting quarterbacks, Henne is a viable option. First off, the Colts rank 29th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 295 yards per game with a total of four touchdowns through two games. They have been dinged for three plays of 40 or more yards through the air. Henne isn’t great, but he should be adequate, and could pass frequently if his team gets behind early, too. He will also save you plenty of salary to spend on studs at other spots.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota ($8350 at NO): Again, we’ve mentioned multiple times about the inability of the Saints to stop the pass. Rudolph could very well make his way into the end zone for the second time in three games. He was targeted eight times in Week 2 against New England, and double-digit targets wouldn’t be surprising here.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Alfred Blue, RB, Houston ($4000 at NYG): File this name away for Sunday, and when inactives are announced at 11:30am ET or so, make your decision then. RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game at N.Y. Giants. If he is declared inactive, Blue might step up and carry the mail. He had 11 carries last week to just three for Jonathan Grimes, apparently passing him on the depth chart. Blue could be a surprise against Big Blue if he starts.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis ($5950 at JAC): The Jaguars are allowing 168 yards per game on the ground with four rushing touchdowns through the first two games, and they cannot stop the pass either, ranking 26th in the NFL. There is plenty of opportunity for Bradshaw to get into open spaces, and at this low salary he is a player who could well exceed expectations.

Derek Carrier, TE, San Francisco ($4000 at ARI): Keep a close eye on the inactives before finalizing your lineup. Carrier was targeted four times last weekend, posting three grabs for 41 yards. With TEs Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee) having not practiced this week, and the team promoting TE Asante Cleveland from the practice squad Saturday, it appears Carrier might get the start. If so, he could easily exceed DFS salary expectations.

 

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Wednesday’s Daily Fantasy MLB Pregame Update

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer September 17, 2014

There are 13 evening games in Major League Baseball Wednesday, Sept. 17.

EVENING TV SCHEDULE

7:10pm – Washington at Atlanta (ESPN)
10:05pm – Seattle at L.A. Angels (ESPN)

WEATHER REPORT

8:15pm – Milwaukee at St. Louis (35 percent chance of showers)

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses)

ATLANTA BRAVES

Braves SP Alex Wood ($17150) will be facing a lineup of Washington Nationals consisting mostly of backups (see below), as they rest their starters following the clinching of the NL East Division title. … C-OF Evan Gattis (illness) is sidelined due to strep throat, however.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

The Orioles clinched the American League East Division title Tuesday, and their regulars are mostly getting a rest Wednesday. While OF Adam Jones ($9500) and OF Nelson Cruz ($11250) get starts, and 1B-OF Steve Pearce ($8850) is also in there, OF Nick Markakis is resting, as is 2B-3B Ryan Flaherty and 1B-3B Kelly Johnson.

CHICAGO CUBS

Cubs SP Kyle Kendricks ($13400) is a solid value at this price level, facing a Cincinnati Reds lineup with mostly reserves, as manager Bryan Price has benched his regulars due to poor performance (see below). … 2B-OF Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is sidelined again, but hopeful of playing Thursday.

CINCINNATI REDS

Reds skipper Bryan Price has shaken up his lineup after a lackluster performance in the first two games against the Chicago Cubs. Regulars OF Jay Bruce, 3B Todd Frazier, OF Billy Hamilton, C Devin Mesoraco and 2B Brandon Phillips are all gathering some pine with youngsters C Tucker Barnhart ($5000), 2B-SS Jake Elmore ($5000), 1B-OF Donald Lutz ($5000), Yorman Rodriguez ($5000) and veteran INF Ramon Santiago ($6000) getting starts.

DETROIT TIGERS

Tigers 3B-OF Nick Castellanos ($6150) (foot) is in the starting lineup after missing one game with a left foot ailment. However, C Alex Avila (head) is sidelined after being smacked in the catcher’s mask by a foul tip, so C Bryan Holaday ($5450) gets the nod behind the dish.

MINNESOTA TWINS

Twins SS Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) left Tuesday’s game, and is sidelined Wednesday. Veteran SS-3B Eduardo Nunez ($6650) slides into the lineup in his absence. … 1B Kennys Vargas ($5950) has launched 16 homers this season, including Tuesday’s game, yet his DFS salary remains tremendously low.

NEW YORK METS

Mets OF Juan Lagares (elbow) is expected to miss a few games, according to manager Terry Collins. With Lagares sidelined Wednesday, TC is going with OF Kirk Neuwenhuis ($6900) in center field. He isn’t a terrible play if you’re looking for a low-end outfielder to help save salary for other positions.

NEW YORK YANKEES

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira ($8350) (wrist) is back in the starting lineup Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and he is batting in the cleanup spot. At this mid-level price, and such an advantageous spot in the lineup, he isn’t a terrible play when healthy. … OF Carlos Beltran (personal) is away from the team on a personal family issue.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Athletics C Derek Norris ($6850) gets the start at designated hitter, while C Geovany Soto ($5000) gets a crack against his former team, the Texas Rangers, while starting behind the plate. Soto is an attractive low-priced option with an added side of vengeance.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (back) will miss a second consecutive game due to a tight back. SS Clint Barmes ($5350) will once again fill in, but he gives you absolutely zip in offense most nights. Using him is strictly to punt the spot and save salary for other areas.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Like the Orioles, the Nats are basking in the glow of clinching their division crown Tuesday night. Regulars are sitting, including SS Ian Desmond, OF Bryce Harper, 1B Adam LaRoche, C Wilson Ramos and 2B-3B Anthony Rendon. C Sandy Leon ($5000) does the catching, and he has a minimum DFS salary, and 2B-OF Kevin Frandsen ($5000) is also in the lineup. OF Jeff Kobernus ($5450) gets a look at second base, while OF Steven Souza Jr. ($5000) is in the mix as well.

 

Load up with Cardinals in DFS in Week 2

Load up with Cardinals in DFS in Week 2

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer September 13, 2014

There was plenty of news in the National Football League leading up to Week 2, and outside of the Cincinnati Bengals selling a ton of Devon Still jerseys to benefit his ill daughter, most the news has been bad. First off, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was released after being suspended indefinitely for his ugly, ugly domestic violence situation with his wife, and then Friday came word that Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse, and he has been deactivated for Week 2. The game will go on in Week 2, and NFL Football is more popular than ever, and the black eye will heal.

WEATHER REPORT

1pm – Detroit at Carolina (lower 70s, 50 percent chance of showers)
405pm – St. Louis at Tampa Bay (lower 90s, 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
425pm – Houston at Oaklnad (lower 70s, patchy areas of fog)

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

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas ($12150 at TEN): The Dallas Cowboys lost in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, but Murray certainly did his part. He had 22 attempts for 118 yards and a score, and he also snagged three balls for 25 yards through the air. Murray will have the luxury of facing a Tennessee Titans defense which is a bit soft in the middle, losing LB Zach Brown (pectoral) for the season this week.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona ($13150 at NYG): The Detroit Lions made the New York Giants secondary look like a semi-pro team in Monday’s early game, slicing them apart in a 35-14 victory. Sure, the Cardinals do not have Calvin Johnson, but WRs Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald are pretty good. The Cardinals should do most of their damage through the air, and another 300-yard game with at least two scores is in the offing for Palmer.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia ($8550 at IND – Mon.): The Indianapolis Colts were toasted for three touchdowns by TE Julius Thomas last week in Denver. While Ertz might not be able to come close to that type production, he could very well duplicate his effort from last week (5-77-1).

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona ($10400 at NYG): The Giants secondary was torched by Megatron last week, and while Floyd is not in his league, at least not yet, he has the chance to hit the century mark and find the end zone at least once. Pairing Floyd with Palmer in Daily Fantasy leagues might be like double coupon day the grocery store. Enjoy the double dip.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota ($4000 vs NE): Asiata is expected to step into the starting lineup and see a majority of the carries with Peterson deactivated for Week 2. Rookie Jerick McKinnon ($4000) will also see carries, but Asiata figures to have better Fantasy appeal.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST ($6650 vs STL): The Buccaneers will be facing either a second- or third-string quarterback when they take the field in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams. The mistakes could be aplenty whether Shaun Hill or Austin Davis get the nod under center.

Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis ($7750 at TB): Davis could get the nod in this game if Hill (thigh) is unable to play. Things have gone from bad to worse in the Lou. Davis isn’t expected to have a giant stat line, but he doesn’t provide considerable salary cap relief, allowing you to load up on studs at other positions.

Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay ($6850 vs STL): I’m not totally convinced RB Doug Martin (knee) is 100 percent healthy and ready to shoulder the load against the Rams, if he plays at all. He is listed as questionable, which usually means there is a 50-50 chance he’ll be active. Rainey should still see a fair amount of touches whether Martin plays or not, and with no DL Chris Long (ankle) on the field, there might be a little more room to operate.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina ($5950 vs DET): If you’re not sold on Rainey as a viable RB2 or ‘flex’ DFS play, Stewart might be your cup of tea. He is expected to lead the running back-by-committee Sunday against the Lions, as DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is not at 100 percent, and a big question mark.