Ben Kukainis

Managing Editor      

The behind-the-scenes man for the company, Ben is a 4/4 fan for Philadelphia sports, plus an avid Cleveland sports supporter as well, thanks to his dad and grandparents, whose roots are in Northeast Ohio. He grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and became a professional at writing about and watching football after realizing his immense 4’11 stature entering high school wasn’t too conducive for playing football. A horror film nut and part-time college educator, Kukainis has worked at Fantasy Guru since 2013 and took on the additional position of Managing Editor at FantasyGuruElite prior to launch in August of 2016.

Kukainis graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a BA in English and a minor in Cinema Studies, and then from Rutgers-Camden in 2014 with an MA in English. At Rutgers, he was a writer and editor for one of the university’s Arts & Entertainment newspapers, as well as a member of Casual Harmony, the school’s premiere all-male a cappella group. After college, he spent four years teaching English and Language Arts at the middle school and high school level from 2009-2013 before landing at Fantasy Guru in July 2013. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Composition and Literature at surrounding community colleges in South Jersey and at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.


 NFL Injury Roundup
Posted by Ben Kukainis on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 16:55

Courtesy FantasyGuru.com

Chief OLB Justin Houston (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday in prep for the Chiefs’ game against the Steelers, according to HC Andy Reid.

Cowboy DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Packers, according to owner Jerry Jones. It’s possible Lawrence will need surgery after the season, but he is planning on playing through his injury as of now.

Cowboy CB Morris Claiborne (groin) will play in the Divisional Round game against the Packers, according to owner Jerry Jones.

Falcon TE Austin Hooper (knee) is “trending in the right direction” for the Divisional Round, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.


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 Playoff Scenarios/Playing Time Issues
Posted by Ben Kukainis on Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:04

We’re entering Week 17 of the NFL regular season and the playoff picture is nearly set. In the AFC, all 6 playoff teams have been determined, but seeding is still up in the air for 4 of the 6 teams (Pittsburgh and Houston are already set as the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, respectively). In the NFC, Green Bay and Detroit have yet to clinch, while Tampa Bay and Washington are still in the hunt. We’ve broken down the scenarios that remain for clinching as well as seeding, and have taken a look at which teams might consider resting some of their starters based on situation, injury, kickoff time, and coaches’ recent remarks.

Note: Some information on seeding and scenarios courtesy of ESPN.com.

American Football Conference

  • Teams Mathematically Eliminated from Playoff Contention: Ravens, Titans, Broncos, Colts, Bills, Bengals, Chargers, Jets, Jaguars, Browns

New England Patriots (13-2) – Have clinched AFC East and a first-round bye

Clinches home-field advantage with:

  1. Win/tie OR
  2. Oakland loss/tie

Next Game: @ Miami Dolphins (10-5), Sunday 1:00pm

Notes: The Pats have clinched their division for the eighth straight season (a new NFL record) and a first-round bye for the seventh straight season. They haven’t yet locked up home-field advantage yet, as the Raiders are just one game behind them, though the loss of Derek Carr deals a significant blow to Oakland’s chances of beating out NE for the top seed. Either way, the Pats Week 17 game against Miami is meaningless for them (and to an extent, the Dolphins as well, as they have clinched a playoff berth). Prior to Week 17 last year, Belichick did beat around the bush a little but hinted at resting starters, though their roster was fairly depleted and beaten up. However, they lost to the Jets in Week 16, so their starters did end up playing the entirety of Week 17. In Week 17 of the 2014 season however, after the team had clinched a first-round bye, Tom Brady played just 48% of the snaps, giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo.


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 Week 16 Injury Roundup
Posted by Ben Kukainis on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 17:08

Courtesy FantasyGuru.com

 

Quarterbacks

Brown QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) is in concussion protocol and while HC Hue Jackson left open the possibility that RG3 will be cleared in time for Week 17, it seems more likely that Cody Kessler will start, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Jet QB Bryce Petty (shoulder) was placed on IR, ending his season.

Raider QB Derek Carr (broken leg) will have a 6-8 week recovery timetable after he undergoes surgery today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He is likely out for the rest of the season.

Titan QB Marcus Mariota (fibula, ankle) has a 4-5 month recovery timetable following surgery to repair his fractured fibula/ankle, according to Titans Online writer Jim Wyatt. Mariota is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday.


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 Week 16 Snap Report
Posted by Ben Kukainis on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 16:08

Subsciber Exclusive Content! Each week I’ll be giving a full and complete list of snaps played at the RB, WR, and TE position. They are sorted by the percentage of team snaps played, not the raw snaps number. Also, be sure to read Benny’s NFL Targets and Touches article, released every Tuesday.


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 Week 15 Snap Report
Posted by Ben Kukainis on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 15:33

Subsciber Exclusive Content! Each week I’ll be giving a full and complete list of snaps played at the RB, WR, and TE position. They are sorted by the percentage of team snaps played, not the raw snaps number. Also, be sure to read Benny’s NFL Targets and Touches article, released every Tuesday.


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