Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 DraftKings Cheat Sheet

Sep 14, 2014 by

Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 DraftKings Cheat Sheet

Welcome to Week 2 of the Daily Fantasy Football season! Well, I mean, it’s actually Week 2 of the NFL season and of traditional Fantasy Football, but let’s be honest, you’re here because you’re a DFS guy.

There are plenty of good matchups in Week 2, and there are a few players at each position I like a little more than others. For instance, I like Andrew Luck Monday night against Philadelphia, who the Jaguars had pretty good success against.

I also like Matt Asiata as a super-cheap play against a Patriots team that struggled to stop the Dolphins run game.

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Fave 5 Fantasy Picks for Week 1 on DraftKings

Sep 7, 2014 by

Fave 5 Fantasy Picks for Week 1 on DraftKings

When you’re filling out your Fantasy Football lineup in Week 1 on DraftKings, I want you to think about using this handful of players in your lineup!

Geno Smith, QB, N.Y. Jets ($6,500): It sounds crazy, I know … But I have started to become a Smith fan over the offseason, as I think he’ll pick up plenty of points with his feet – and with a legitimate red-zone threat like Eric Decker, he’ll pick up some passing touchdowns too. Only the Vikings allowed more passing touchdowns last season.

Drew Brees, QB, Atlanta ($9,700): If you’d rather spend high on quarterback, which is usually a sound strategy, Brees has a great matchup against a team that he threw for 635 yards and four touchdowns against in two games last season.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Arizona ($3,000): With Andre Ellington (foot) a gametime decision, I like Dwyer on the cheap, because even if the second-year back plays, he can’t be effective.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas ($6,800): He’s healthy and he’s facing a Niners defense that is a shell of its former self.

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego ($3,200): Another Monday night starter possibly replacing an injured guy (Antonio Gates (hamstring)), Green will face the Cardinals, who allowed the most Fantasy points to tight ends all of last season.

Bonus Player to Avoid – Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh ($7,500): You might be hearing how Brown has done pretty good against Browns CB Joe Haden in past seasons – don’t believe it.

Good luck in Week 1 on DraftKings!

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NFL Week 1 FanDuel Cheat Sheet

Sep 4, 2014 by

NFL Week 1 FanDuel Cheat Sheet

This NFL Week 1 FanDuel Cheat Sheet is one of the best Daily Fantasy Football tools I’ve come across in a while.

This weekly Fantasy tool allows me to post my rankings on FantasyPros.com, which then pulls in all of the salaries from FanDuel.com in, and then we’re all able to see what the points per dollar in salary is for every player in their system.

In other words, it takes a projected ranking, turns it into projected points, then applies the FanDuel salary to it to show the best FanDuel value plays each week. Brilliant!

Good luck this week — unless you’re playing against me in a 50/50!

Photo Credit: TheElsie

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30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Apr 11, 2014 by

30 Teams, 15 MLB Games, Dozens of Daily Fantasy Baseball Tournaments

Is there anything more awesome than a full slate of 15 games on a Friday night? You know, I mean, besides partying with a bunch of hot chicks that find baseball knowledge sexy.

Why is it so great, having 30 teams going at it within a six-hour window? Think about it this way – this is the first time all season we’ve been able to choose from lineups on all 30 teams for Daily Fantasy Baseball tournaments.

This means we’re going to have cheap players blow up and affect thousands of lineups, and we’ll have super expensive players that many avoided because there are so many other options.

Life is good!

Scoreboard watching will never be the same!

So in celebration of this, I thought I’d invite you to play in several tournaments I’m going to play in tonight. These won’t be expensive tournaments, but they will be awesome!

Friday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Links

Draft Street, Daily Fantasy Baseball TournamentsHere are the top articles for Friday with the best Daily Fantasy Baseball information out there! Did I miss any? Drop it in the comment section, or tweet me @DavidGonos.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Streaming Pitchers

Neil Parker (@naparker77) does his best to help us win all of those tournaments above, with a pair of pitchers he expects to do well, in spite of their ownership percentages.

TheFakeBaseball.com – Top 5 Hitters

Among Richard Valero’s top-five hitters, he has two catchers, two third basemen and two outfielders. (One player is eligible at two spots!

LockerRoomFantasySports.com – 3 Daily Fantasy Pitcher Picks

Parker also makes some picks over at LRFS, specifically for Draft Street’s setup, which allows for three pitchers. Angels rookie starter Tyler Skaggs gets the nod here.

“Skaggs has long been a highly regarded pitching prospect, who is finally getting his chance for the Angels. The Mets head to LA among the leagues worst for drawing a free-pass and have struck out 88 times in just 9 total games. Skaggs will look to build off his excellent first start of the season and the price is right here.” – Parker

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

Once again, we’re looking at a day full of aces, with pitchers like Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Jose Fernandez toeing the rubber tonight. This might be a good day to pair an ace with a bargain pick in hopes of bringing home some tournament dough.

FanGraphs.com – Roto Riteup

David Wiers chooses five players he likes in Draft Kings’ setup for tonight. One of those players is Tigers OF Rajai Davis ($3,600), who plays at San Diego.

” Yes, I’m going against my boy in Andrew Cashner here, but I think the Tigers will be aggressive on the base paths while in Petco. Hard to imagine someone other than Davis enjoying the green light more.” — Wiers

Photo Credit: Ken Koller

Happy Friday! Win some money — as a second-place finisher, of course.

Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I choose as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks! 

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The Fantasy Day After: Is Cain Able?

Apr 1, 2014 by

The Fantasy Day After: Is Cain Able?

Remember that time a guy named Tanner Scheppers ruined your Fantasy Opening Day? … Yeah, that sucked. He was a horrible early April Fool’s Day prank on all of us.

Lesson learned: Don’t lean on a guy that’s making his first ever start – on Opening Day. As a matter of fact, Scheppers was the first player since 1981 to make his first career start on Opening Day. (Although, the guy in ’81 was Fernando Valenzuela.)

Don’t worry, though, as you can tell – you weren’t the only one to get “Scheppered,” with minus-14 points from the youngster. As a matter of fact, Scheppers was the most purchased player on DraftDay.com yesterday, as he was rostered on 29.9 percent of Monday’s lineups. He only cost $5,000, though, which is likely the reason. He was the lowest scoring player on the day. You would have had 14 more points if you used David Gonos as your starting pitcher.

You could have paid three times Scheppers’ salary and picked Stephen Strasburg, who was the second-most used player at 23.6 percent. While he scored 29 points, that was a mediocre fantasy output compared to other aces with similar prices, like Adam Wainwright (51), Felix Hernandez (49) and Jose Fernandez (47).

Before we go further, here’s a reminder about the top 48 Daily Fantasy Baseball writers to follow on Twitter!

Opening Day (Cheap) Stars on Draft Day

  1. Cody Asche, 3B, PHI: 69 pts
  2. Alejandeo De Aza, OF, CHW: 63
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA: 63
  4. Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA: 54
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS: 53
  6. Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS: 52
  7. Matt Joyce, OF, TB: 45
  8. Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA: 43
  9. Casey McGahee, 1B, MIA: 43
  10. Ben Revere, OF, PHI: 42

Today is Another Day! Tuesday’s Daily Fantasy

Matt Cain lines up against Arizona for his first start, and while ESPN ranks him as their favorite pitcher of the day, he’s coming off a spring in which he posted a 7.47 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.

ESPN.com – Daily Notes

They have Kyle Lohse ranked second, at home against Atlanta, and that seems even a little crazier. Is this an April Fool’s joke? I’m not buying it.

Unlike Opening Day, there aren’t any big matchups between two stud pitchers, but I do like Alex Cobb against the Blue Jays, and starter Drew Hutchinson. This seems like a slam dunk to me – you know, like Scheppers.

RotoExperts.com – Dobish’s Daily Bread

Dobish warns about playing any Indians and A’s on Tuesday, as there is a 100-percent chance of precipitation, and you might be left with some empty roster spots because of a rainout.

“The weather forecast looked grim for Monday’s game, too, but the weather pulled out to the east of the Bay Area and the opener was played without a hitch. Currently, the forecast states a 100 percent chance of precipitation from 7pm PT through 10pm PT, so there could very well be a delay or postponement. However, check back later in the afternoon before finalizing your roster. Things could very well clear up such as they did Monday.” – @DanielEDobish

Dobish also likes some of the Yankees players today, as they have their Opening Day a day later than the rest. He suggests Derek Jeter against an overmatched Astros team.

FanGraphs.com – The Daily Grind

Just after I mentioned that I like Cobb, I see that Brad Johnson loves Hutchinson today in traditional fantasy play. Citing Hutchinson’s awesome spring still makes me a little reticent.

They also have a cool chart with “Daily Updated Park Factors” that discusses how the parks line up for right- and left-handed hitters.

I’ll try to add some more links later, as they come in, but RotoGrinders doesn’t have anything up yet  for Tuesday. Follow me @DavidGonos to see what my daily buddies and I pick as our Draft Day Rapid Fire picks on Day 2. 

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