Tom Brady ($15,013) – Will attack the now shaky Denver secondary for at least two TD passes.
Russell Wilson (16,270) – The Seahawks need him to deliver, and he will today. Too hard to get Peyton Manning in there, so you have to think carefully about the QB selections.
Frank Gore (10,816) – Seahawks can be run on when they face jumbo packages.
Shane Vereen (10,704) – He will be heavily in the flow of the New England offense.
Wes Welker (11,336) – My favorite selection. Playing for another Super Bowl berth against his former team.
Jermaine Kearse (4,561) – Kearse will make key plays for Wilson. He has shown the ability to make some timely catches when needed this year.
Julius Thomas (11,125) – There are only two viable TE picks this weekend, and you have to like him a bit better than Vernon Davis.
Montee Ball (5,127) – He has a very good shot of getting in the end zone, and will get a decent workload for a bargain selection.
Danny Amendola (8,077) – He will be very busy today with Brady slinging it a bit more than expected.
Seattle Seahawks (6,842) – There simply cannot be another pick at this position, was able to make them fit as well.
Peyton Manning ($24,720) – Simply must have him in my lineup. All else builds around him.
Tom Brady (15,639) – Wanted to use Russell Wilson, but wind gusts up to 50 mph made me go with the alternative.
Donald Brown (7,267) – There will be little to no Trent Richardson again, and Brown is undervalued.
LeGarrette Blount (7,436) – A physical runner will really damage the Colts front seven.
Keenan Allen (11,786) – He will flash his best regular season form.
Doug Baldwin (7,835) – The Seahawks’ best possession guy, he will be essential in moving the chains, even in challenging weather.
Zach Miller (5,786) – He fits the cap, and he may score.
Michael Crabtree (8,258) – No matter who the Niners face, he is imperative to any success.
Danny Amendola (8,263) – He will step forward in a big way as the Pats advance.
Saints (2,274) – The weather could help them perform better than expected and stay in the game even in a loss.
Drew Brees ($21,367) – I must spend to have him against that Philadelphia defense, and he is anxious to zap away criticisms of not being able to succeed enough on the road.
Andy Dalton (17,698) – He’ll throw at least two TDs against a vulnerable Chargers secondary.
Frank Gore (10,937) – The 49ers may have to lean more on their ground game in very challenging conditions.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (7,226) – I can see him getting a good handful of chances to punch it in from short range.
DeSean Jackson (13,323) – Should be a prime playmaker in what could be a particularly high-scoring affair.
Da’Rick Rodgers (6,679) – Chiefs could be focused a lot on T.Y. Hilton and Rodgers has the upside to be a first-round sleeper.
Zach Ertz (5,491) – Too hard to afford Jimmy Graham so I will gamble on a possible Ertz score.
Marvin Jones (9,663) – A very good bet to score against the Chargers, a very sensible flex option.
Mark Ingram (4,983) – With Pierre Thomas out he may get a lot of work, and has looked improved at times in recent weeks.
Packers (2,302) – Not an ideal unit, but cheapest and weather could stifle the San Francisco output somewhat.
Earlier this week, I drafted my first “Fan vs. Machine” Week 17 roster on www.SKYLLZONE.com. You can scroll down and see it in my previous blog entry, but I am not expecting it to contend. Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and Rueben Randle are all likely out, but there is no reason for me to fret. Like you, I get more than one free chance to draft and take my crack at $10,000 worth of prizes. So here is my Saturday night draft, and I am going to do one more on Sunday, too. You can draft any time until kickoff, and it only takes a few minutes if you are pressed for time. Check out the complete video breakdown of how to play following my roster. You can sign up right here. It’s a simple PPR format against nine “Machine” teams.
Here is my Week 17 www.SKYLLZONE.com roster, from the No. 2 slot.
Round 1 – DeMarco Murray will be the crux of the Cowboys offense in a must-win game.
Round 2 – Drew Brees is due for another outstanding home performance in a critical outing against Tampa Bay.
Round 3 – Alshon Jeffery is going to make a lot of statistical noise as the Bears try to wrest the NFC North crown from the Packers.
Round 4 – Julius Thomas is by far the best TE left, and comes three rounds after where I can grab Jimmy Graham. I’ll take the second-best player at a very thin position quite gladly here.
Round 5 – DeAngelo Williams is playing very well and should get a lot of work against Atlanta.
Round 6 – Knile Davis should get a lot of work this week, and will make the most of an opportunity to play more. He’s an intriguing package of nifty moves and some power.
Round 7 – Riley Cooper always seems to be a bargain in these drafts, and keeps falling to me. Gotta love him against Dallas.
Round 8 – Once again, I earmark this round for defense, and end up with the top unit of the week, Carolina.
Round 9 – Michael Crabtree is coming on strong as the Niners make their postseason push.
Round 10 – Donald Brown has a really promising upside matchup against Jacksonville.
Round 11 – Even in weekly drafts, you can still grab a very good kicker like Stephen Gostkowski at the very end.
I just completed my first draft of Week 17 over at www.SKYLLZONE.com , where $10,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs. You can get more complete details on their Fan vs. Machine game here in this video from myself and Michael Cardano, as we fully detail the structure of this highly compelling new way to play Fantasy Football in one week. It’s essentially a weekly/daily Fantasy game with a snake style draft incorporated. This new spin on the one-week contest is totally riveting, and best of all it’s free to play.
Drafting a team for just one week is a great twist on the snake tradition, and means you don’t have to wait until next summer to get the rush of assembling your team in the round by round format. Yet if you want to be successful, you can’t approach it like a yearly draft. You have to keep this week’s matchups and trends in mind. Plus, don’t go in thinking you can outsmart and trick the “Machine” teams you are drafting against. The computer teams are programmed to be smart and savvy and draft just like a real owner. I watched Calvin Johnson fall in the draft because of his knee injury, and Jamaal Charles went in the third round because he may be rested in Week 17. Man, talk about your artificial intelligence. This is even more challenging than trying to play Madden on All-Pro. You better be prepared.
Here is how my first draft went, and I will do more, and let you know how I fare. I was dropped into the No. 4 slot and remember it’s earlier in the week and injury issues are much less clear, so I had to take some risks. They may work out well.
Round 1 – Jimmy Graham – The Saints have a lot on the line and I want an instant advantage at a weak position. The “Machine” teams are already behind me in theory at tight end.
Round 2 – Nick Foles – A delicious matchup against the Cowboys with so much on the line.
Round 3 – Alfred Morris – Love the matchup against the Giants, he will not let up in the season finale.
Round 4 – Calvin Johnson – Could not let him slip any more. I added depth behind him later.
Round 5 – DeAngelo Williams – He is in a great rhythm and playing really well. The RBs were starting to thin out and I like him a lot this week.
Round 6 – Anquan Boldin – He faces his former team in a very important game, and the continued re-emergence of Michael Crabtree can only help him.
Round 7 – Riley Cooper – I will take the connection with Foles, it’s gonna help me win my league and more. Outstanding value here.
Round 8 – Carolina defense – A bit more aggressive at this position than in yearly drafts, and still got the best unit of Week 17.
Round 9 – Adrian Peterson – If I get better reports on him later in the week, I will have myself a steal. If not, he is only on my bench.
Round 10 – Rueben Randle – He is my Calvin Johnson insurance. Terrific matchup against the Redskins, and he will make the most of another chance to show he can step up. This is why it’s great the game has bench spots, because I will be very comfortable with him if Calvin is out or limited.
Round 11 – Steven Hauschka – He is elite, and will rebound for sure.
I’ll have more strategy tips and draft results later this week. That was the most fun nine minutes I have had today! CLICK HERE if you want to draft now.