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 NFL DFS Week 1: Underpriced options
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 10:51

Whether you play cash games or tournaments, you need to find some underpriced options in order to give yourself a chance to grab some of the top tier studs and put up a big score. In our Myth Busters series, we went over each position and one thing we noticed when looking at the return of value per dollar spent, was the barbell shape of the average score. The guys at the top end and the bottom end of the pricing spectrum are the ones with the highest average value per dollar. That means the way to get the highest possible score is...


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 Vlad's Values: Week 1 (Part 1)
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 14:33

The NFL season can’t arrive soon enough. After a summer of following training camps and a month of incessantly poring over DraftKings and FanDuel Week 1 salaries, the time has finally arrived. Welcome to my weekly Value Plays column where I’ll be identifying contrarian plays under 10 percent ownership worth considering for our GPP lineups. I’ve separated this week’s column into two parts. This is Part One covering QB and RB. Part Two tomorrow will cover WR, TE and DST.

Our goal will be to discuss the players that are a little off the grid. It’s easy to get locked in on specific players because of a good matchup. There are now hundreds of DFS sources and thousands of Twitter feeds that can lock specific plays in our heads without us actually sitting down and giving alternative options a fair shake. Of course, we’re talking specifically about GPP (guaranteed prize pool) tournaments, where it can pay to go against the grain in certain spots. Not contrarian just for the sake of being so, but contrarian for the right reasons. A lineup filled with these type of plays can lead to big losses or a quick redeposit. But the right contrarian plays interspersed with higher-owned players, i.e. high volume receivers with good QBs on teams that are slight underdogs or bellcow backs on teams that are favored, can help us strike the right combination and lift our bankroll.


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 DFS Mythbusters: What Position to Play in the Flex
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:28

This question is one that we have to break down a little further before we can answer it. The type of game you are playing definitely plays a part in which position you should use in your flex spot. The prevailing thought is that you are better off using a wide receiver in your flex for tournament rosters and a running back in cash games. The numbers here show that this approach has some validity, but the answer is not as clear-cut as you may think.

TOURNAMENTS


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 Everything You Need to Know About 100-Yard Receivers
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 19:22

We all know the NFL has become a passing league. We can see that with the number of guys who had 100-yard receiving games last season. We had 216 of them in 512 games. For a 17-week season that breaks down to 12.7 100-yard receivers per week. To put that in perspective, we had less than 6 RBs per week that hit the century mark in 2015. The 100-yard receiving games can in all shapes and sizes. We had one player do it with as little as 2 catches while 44 others had double digit catches when they pulled it off. The average number of catches for...


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 Everything You Need to Know About 100-Yard Rushers
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 19:06

The most shocking discovery when I began studying the 100-yard rushing games from last season was how few of them we actually saw. In 512 potential contests, we only saw 96 of them. That means only 18.75% of the games featured a 100 yard rusher. That means we had an average of only 5.6 guys per week who pulled it off. As a comparison, we had 216 100-yard receivers last season or more than twice as many. That means finding the guys who can go for 100 yards gives us a huge advantage over our competition. Here are some of the...


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 Everything You Need to Know About 300-Yard Passing Games
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 18:45

No matter what type of fantasy football you play, the 300-yard mark is a mythical number for quarterback passing yards. It is the number where many daily sites and season long fantasy football sites give a bonus for reaching. It is the unofficial line separating great days from merely good ones. If finding 300 yard passing games is our goal is every week, it would be beneficial to know everything about them. What better way to look for patterns than to...


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 NFL Update: My Two Cents on the Sam Bradford Deal
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 14:07

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NFL Update: MY Two Cents on the Sam Bradford Deal


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 DFS Impact Rookies: Dak Prescott
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Friday, September 2, 2016 - 20:19

With the recent injury news to Tony Romo, we have an addition to our Week One impact rookies piece. Dak Prescott is going to be the starter in Dallas and we figured he deserved his own write-up due to the buzz surrounding him. Dak is priced at the $5000 minimum on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He is the cheapest starting quarterback by a wide margin, which raises the question: is he worth that salary?


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 AFC Offseason Acquisitions
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:19

AFC EAST

New England Patriots

DEFENSE: The Patriots have always been smart enough to play to their strengths, which is why I am a little confused about what their defensive scheme will look like. They made a few moves along the defensive line to ship some guys out and bring some new guys in. They lost Chandler Jones, but they now have a lot of depth. That group includes Malcolm Brown, Terrence Knighton, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Jabal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, and draft pick Vincent Valentine. Some of those moves make more sense for a 3 man front with some big bodies to play the middle, but the depth points to more four-man lines. We may even see more...


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 NFC Offseason Acquisitions
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:17

NFC EAST

New York Giants

DEFENSE: The Giants spent a ton of money in free agency to improve the defense. The defensive line is scary talented. They signed Olivier Vernon, last year’s sack leader, to play defensive end. They also got beefier on the inside by signing Damon Harrison from the Jets. With Jason Pierre-Paul back, they are going to have a very solid line that can really go after the quarterback. On the back end they...


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