Dean and I find ourselves with newly adopted third wheel Dan, and his presence adds an electrifying monotone with on-point references and ever-quippy deadpans. The daily fantasy podcast kicks off with a review of the previous week’s bold predictions, and cliffhangers ranging from the war on drugs to my father watching House of Cards are finally resolved. It was an excellent start to our bold predictions, and hopefully a sign of good things to come.
We then move onto our first sports movie review, where the movies are chosen by Dan and the correlation to sports is rough at best. The first cinematic masterpiece tackled is Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox. The flick features a short scene with its namesake dominating a high school basketball game, and after much deliberation we leave the segment having learned many lessons about life, loss, and shooting hoops.
The daily fantasy podcast then slides seamlessly into a riveting review of one of my favorite musical acts, The Beards. Hailing from Australia, this shaggy quartet have released three beard-centric albums over the past five years. For an interesting take on all things beard-related be sure to tune in to the daily fantasy podcast.
Things then take a turn for the nostalgic as we arrive at the “Convenience Stories” segment. I worked in convenience stores for five years before trying my hand at daily fantasy sports, and the occupation is everything the movie “Clerks” billed it as and more. In this particular story I recount one customer’s abuse of Speedway’s customer courtesy policy, and the punchline contains a hilarious twist.
The daily fantasy podcast arrives full circle as we give our bold predictions for the upcoming week. You’ll want to tune in then to find out if our insights come to pass!
The fun starts with Dean and I squaring off against one another in a draft for the ages. We’re both competing to wrangle together the best squad — but with a hilarious twist. Our aim is to assemble the smelliest team possible, and we both quickly realize this is much more cutthroat than we had originally anticipated. Much research went into our selections, and at the end of the day we landed at these final lineups. True gems.
Listen to the daily fantasy podcast for a detailed explanation on why each player made the cut.
After the shenanigans we move into a more serious segment with Grant Gurtin, founder of DFS Elite. Elite is a one-of-a-kind fantasy basketball experience, one that combines the thrill of snake-drafting with the strategic mastery required for salary cap analysis. The app is mobile only, and is quickly becoming one of the more beloved ways of enjoying daily fantasy basketball. Grant drops a few hints of what’s to come for Elite as well, and trust me, it’ll leave you excited for more!
Next up, Dean’s long time buddy, Dan, makes an appearance for our very own gameshow titled ‘What Does Dan Know.’ Dan has little to no knowledge about sports, and that allows Dean and I to wager back and forth on what (obvious) sporting questions he may or may not be privy to.
Lastly, we bring the daily fantasy podcast home with our bold predictions. You’ll have to tune in next week and find out which ones came true!
Playing daily fantasy sports can often be frustrating. Like any other game of skill, there is an element of variance that introduces inherent risk to the players. What causes many people to feel the severe effects of this “bad luck”is poor bankroll management skills. In this fantasy sports bankroll management podcast you will learn the keys to maintaining a healthy, ever-growing daily fantasy sports bankroll. When unfortunate events strike your daily fantasy sports lineups your bankroll will emerge unscathed with the tips mentioned in this daily fantasy sports bankroll management podcast.
The first thing you must ask yourself is what kind of player you are. If you’re a casual player who can freely re-deposit when your daily fantasy sports bankroll runs dry, then this daily fantasy sports bankroll management podcast may not be as relevant for you. This is a great way to play daily fantasy sports, but it’s not for those looking for career or semi-career play!
If you’re a player who cannot afford to freely re-deposit, or do not wish to make more than an initial investment into your daily fantasy sports bankroll, then you will need to pay close attention to the range of topics covered in this daily fantasy sports bankroll management podcast.
Ever wondered how much of your bankroll you should invest into daily fantasy sports each night? This podcast will discuss what percentage of your bankroll should be in play each night, as well as what factors cause that percentage to fluctuate up and down. You’ll learn when to hold back your entry fees and when to aggressively attack.
This daily fantasy sports bankroll management podcast also teaches players how to distribute their money amongst varying types of contests. Which percentage of your nightly distribution should be large-field guaranteed prize pool tournaments? Triple-ups? Head-to-heads and double-ups? This fantasy sports bankroll management podcast will answer all those questions and more!
In this daily fantasy basketball podcast, Dave “Loughy_D” Loughran and I discuss the differences between cash game plays and large tournament plays. Before we touch on the subject matter though, let’s examine the differences between the two types of contests.
A cash game is a type of contest where roughly half the field of eligible participants win cash. These range from double-up games to head-to-head type matches. These contests are universally safer than other types of games, because even with a mediocre team you still have a chance to defeat your opponent(s).
A large tournament, or guaranteed prize pool (GPP), is a contest where the prize is determined before it fills up. That prize is guaranteed whether the contest fills to capacity or not. These tournaments generally pay out to the top 5-20% of participants, and that makes the risk much more volatile than in other contest types.
In cash game style contests, the safest plays are generally the most desirable. You are only trying to beat one opponent, or half the field, and this means you can target players with high floors. A high floor means that even with a sub-par performance, a player will generally score a decent amount of fantasy points. These players are easy to identify, as their nightly point totals generally do not deviate much from evening to evening.
In a large tournament, it is often necessary to cash in a “lottery ticket” or two. What this means is drafting a player who could very easily score a miserable fantasy point total, but could also score a large amount of fantasy points as well. These players are also easy to identify by viewing game logs.
In order to win different kinds of contests with regularity, you’ll need to identify which types of players to target. Use this daily fantasy basketball podcast to help you accomplish that goal.
When I first found the the BBALLBREAKDOWN YouTube channel late in 2013, it was from a search for film on Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas. I was convinced that Thomas was much better than many were giving him credit for, and after watching a thorough breakdown of exactly HOW talented IT2 was, I was hooked.
Before we go any further though, let’s take a look at exactly what BBALLBREAKDOWN is. Founded by Coach Nick, BBALLBREAKDOWN is a multi-faceted one-stop shop for the inner hoops coach in all of us. Through complex, analytical breakdown of the hottest topics in the NBA, Coach Nick brings a unique and insightful pedigree to the national basketball conversation. Coach Nick digs deep to find out exactly why things happen, and in doing so passes along a wealth of daily fantasy basketball insight as collateral damage.
Whether you’re a casual daily fantasy basketball player, or a seasoned veteran, BBALLBREAKDOWN offers something for everyone. After watching these topical breakdowns you’ll learn to view live basketball with brand new eyes, noticing subtle nuances that will directly contribute to increased daily fantasy basketball profits.
The value doesn’t stop there though, as Coach Nick hosts a weekly show with former NBA referee Ronnie Nunn called Court Call. On the show, Nick and Ronnie analyze controversial calls from the week in review, with Ronnie weighing in on whether or not the officials got it right.
There are also live fantasy shows, interviews with NBA players and coaches, and even instructional videos for improving your game. Whatever your cup of tea, BBALLBREAKDOWN has something for you!
My suggestion to you is to check out BBALLBREAKDOWN sooner rather than later. Coach Nick is an informative, and extremely interactive follow on Twitter as well. Shoot him a tweet @bballsource and make sure you’re in the conversation!
For my lineup in the DraftKings Millionaire Grand Final, I chose to take some risks that could potentially pay off, and vault my team up the leaderboard towards the largest prize pool in daily fantasy football history. As it turns out, the daily fantasy football contrarian plays that I made weren’t the right ones. I paired Matt Schaub with Andre Johnson, and was inches from turning a QB who was only 8.8% owned into a huge daily fantasy football payday. Unfortunately, Matt Schaub was, well, Matt Schaub. He overthrew a wide open Johnson in the end zone in the first half, then Johnson decided to return the favor with a dropped pass in the end zone in the second half. Josh Gordon also dropped back-to-back passes in the end zone for me late in the first half. I thought that my string of bad luck had surely ran its course. No sir. As soon as I broke into the top 300 with DeMarco Murray’s late TD grab, Shane Vereen pulled up with a groin injury and did not return. Neither did my hope for a big daily fantasy football payday. All that I had remaining at that point was Joseph Fauria (who was tackled at the two yard line late in the game), and the Raiders D, who managed 3 turnovers, but couldn’t find a way to cash in on the opportunities. Needless to say, I finished outside of the money, but it was a fun, nerve-racking experience nonetheless. I fought my way into the top 300 just after 4 P.M., and wasn’t officially done for until Vereen was ruled out for the game.
I didn’t play any other daily fantasy football games during this past weekend, as I chose to focus my attention on the big daily fantasy football prize potential. This week is the end of the road for my inaugural season of daily fantasy football, and it was been a hell of a ride. I began the season with no idea what to expect, and ended the season with more football knowledge than I could have anticipated. I not only learned a lot about the industry, but the world of fantasy itself. I considered myself somewhat of a fantasy expert in yearly leagues, but now realize that I am nowhere near that status in the great world of daily fantasy football. I’m working on clawing my way to the top, but it will certainly take some time. I’m going to focus my attention on NBA in the following months, because there is nothing better than daily fantasy games every single day of the week. One last time, for old time’s sake, here are the guys I am looking at this week, hoping to cap off a solid rookie season.
QB- Aaron Rodgers @ CHI. Elite talent at a middle of the road price. I’m not sure how effective he will be coming off of his injury, but at this price, I still trust him in this spot over guys with similar tags such as Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford. This is a win or go home situation for one of the best in the business. He gets it done in a big way.
RB- LeSean McCoy @DAL. In my mind, Shady is the best all-around back in the league right now. In yet another winner take all scenario, I’m looking at the guys I know I can trust. Chip Kelly must have heard my rants asking for McCoy to get a ton of touches, becuase he is finally becoming the focus on offense again. Good move, Chip.
WR- Jordy Nelson @ CHI. Aaron Rodgers is back, and so is Nelson’s value. This kid has sky-high potential with Rodger’s glorious moustache back on the field. His price tag is ridiculously low for this scenario. I can’t wait to watch this duo back at work this weekend.
TE- Dennis Pitta @ CIN. The Bengals are thin in the secondary, and have struggled against opposing TEs at times this season. Pitt’a price tag is perfect for a lineup that is looking to save cap for firepower elsewhere.
K- Shut up.
D/ST- Patriots vs BUF. As much as I’d love to see the Bills take down the Pats this weekend, Thad Lewis is starting under center. It’s not gonna happen. The Pats defense should be good for a few turnovers and hopefully a score.
Good luck this week, let’s finish it out on top. Hoping to have a solid weekend to fund some future NBA endeavors, seeing as I will be putting my hat into the NBA ring full-time starting next week. It has been a terrific run, and a ton of fun. I’ve enjoyed sharing my daily fantasy football experiences, triumphs, and failures with you.
To be fair, no part of me actually anticipated this result. I’d much rather it came this week than next week though. I had multiple daily fantasy football lineups that scored 150+ and didn’t make me a single dollar. It was a tough time out there this week, or maybe I just picked my spots unwisely. Either way, not having Jamaal Charles in a single lineup on any site really cost me.
Aside, from that, I was the benefactor of some astonishingly bad coaching decisions, beginning with the puzzling use (or lack thereof) of LeSean McCoy in a terrific matchup with Minnesota. I just can’t fathom how Chip Kelly would be the guy who can’t seem to properly utilize the leading rusher in the NFL. In Philly wins, McCoy has had 32, 26, 27, 16 (Foles’ 7 TD game vs Oakland), 26, 24, 24, and 30 touches. In losses, he has 16, 20, 17, 24, 19, and 13 touches. Noticing a trend here? These are the type of numbers I would expect an NFL head coach to have memorized. It is beyond baffling at this point that nobody has done anything about the most criminally underused player in daily fantasy football. Needless to say, and regardless of recent success, I’m not a fan of Kelly as an NFL coach. He has the perfect complement of players at his disposal, yet seems to be incapable of utilizing them properly. It is borderline painful to watch. By the way, McCoy averaged over 8 yards each time he touched the ball last week, and touched the ball TWO times in the fourth quarter. You want a recipe for success, Kelly? Open your eyes. It’s that simple. FYI, McCoy is still the leading rusher in the NFL by 122 yards. More on McCoy later.
In case you didn’t know, Andre Johnson is the most targeted player in daily fantasy football this season. He also had 4 catches for 18 yards last week. The confusing thing about his game on Sunday, aside from a few dropped passes, was the fact that Matt Schaub never saw the field. The Texans were down 22 points in the 3rd quarter following Case Keenum taking a sack in the end zone, yet no changes were made for us unfortunate Johnson owners. We all know Matt Schaub can get the ball to Johnson. Granted, he will get the ball to opposing DBs nearly as often. But to be fair, Keenum completed 2 passes to Darius Butler, not to mention 3 more that hit him in the hands, and those catches went for 38 yards. Doesn’t sound that bad, right? It’s not Keenum’s fault the guy can’t catch the ball consistently. Oh wait, it IS Keenum’s fault. Darius Butler plays cornerback. For the Colts. He had more than twice as much yardage as Andre Johnson, and saw just as many opportunities to catch as pass as the future Hall-of-Famer. It was seemingly never-ending carousel of daily fantasy football mediocrity outside of Jamaal Charles. And even Charles struggled mightily on the ground, amassing an incredible 20 yards on 8 carries. Looking at that statistic, you’d think that Charles was a daily fantasy football bust this week. But we all know better.
This is the big daily fantasy football week. Nearly 28 years of life on this Earth have led to this. The task is daunting, but exciting and intriguing all at the same time. I feel confident, but tentative and worried at the same time. Then I realize that I literally have nothing to lose but a wasted opportunity. If I finish dead last in the tournament this weekend, I’ll be out $0. If I finish 301st, I’ll be out $0, and just a little more pissed off. I have two ways to approach this tournament. I can go with solid, consistent players, and hope that I can make the top 300 if one of them has a big game, but make certain that I won’t have any players throwing up a complete dud. Or…I can take a few chances, insert a few guys who are cheap, but have the potential to make me a millionaire (minus taxes), and surround them with top-notch daily fantasy football talent that I can rely on to produce. I’ve spent countless hours over the past few weeks trying to decide which strategy is best for me, and after all this time, I’ve made my decision. Both. I choose both. I’m not willing to all but surrender my chance at the seven-figure First Prize, and the recognition that goes along with it, simply to play it safe. But I am also not willing to take too many risks, and cost myself a chance at a potential top 300 finish, and at least $3K. With all of that being said, here are the guys I am considering. The projections are my personal projections, not some from some random site. If you steal the whole roster, congrats. We’ll split the Million. I can live with that.
QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick @ JAX. Jacksonville has allowed at least two TD passes to opposing QBs in five of their last six games. Fitzy just torched a very good Arizona defense to the tune of 402 yards and 4 scores. Jacksonville is a terrific matchup, and Fitzpatrick is cheap. Big upside, and should be a guy who is owned by a low percentage of players. I’m going to save some money here and still score solid points. I should easily get value out of Fitzy. Many players will likely go with Peyton or Foles or another top notch guy, but I’ll save my money for the skill players. Salary: $5,500. Projected points: 15-26
RB- LeSean McCoy vs CHI. I’ve touched on this a few times. The Bears defense is bad. Embarrassingly bad for those players who have been around the organization for some time. Granted, it looks like Lance Briggs will be back, but I’m certain that Chip Kelly listened to all of the voicemails I left him about Shady, and he should be seeing at least 30 touches. I’m expecting and borderline demanding a huge game from Shady. Salary: $8,500. Projected points: 18-30
RB- LeVeon Bell @ GB. Mike Tomlin absolutely loves this guy. While I don’t necessarily believe anything that Tomlin says, I can’t argue with this one. This kid has over 1,000 yards of total offense on the season in 11 games, and is the focal point of the offense. He will see plenty of touches, and is as reliable as they come. Salary: $6,000. Projected points: 12-20
WR- Dez Bryant @ WSH. Dez has been the best weapon in this offense since the day he came into the league. There may be many unkind things people can say about him, but none of them have anything to do with his play on the field. This kid MUST show up if the Cowboys are going to get out of Washington with a win. The playoff hopes, and the future of the franchise may depend on the outcome this week. I’m getting an elite talent at an incredible price this week, and being given a dream matchup. Salary: $7,600. Projected points: 15-25
WR- Julian Edelman @ BAL. Edelman has become the biggest threat in an offense that desperately needs someone to step up and make plays. Danny Amendola has been capable, but it has become abundantly clear that Tom Brady trusts Edelman more than he trusts Gisele. But be warned, if Edelman has a bad game, Gisele will surely put him on blast. Salary: $7,100. Projected points: 12-22
TE- Tony Gonzalez @ SF. The 49ers are actually one of the better teams against opposing TEs, and that is a main reason why I’m targeting Gonzalez this week. He has scored in three straight games, and I see no reason why he can’t do the same this week, as Tim Wright and Luke Willson have found paydirt against SF in the past two weeks. He is a safe play, and reasonably priced. I’m hoping he is underowned. Salary: $5,400. Projected points: 10-16
FLEX- Dennis Johnson vs DEN. Johnson will likely be a well-owned guy in this tournament, given his minimum salary and recent bump up to starter as a result of Ben Tate breaking the last healthy rib he had left in his entire body. It is actually a really good matchup, and Johnson runs hard. I’m not expecting a home run here, but I think Johnson is too good of a value to pass up. Salary: $3,000. Projected points: 8-15
K- Whoever is cheap, and not dealing with tons of wind. Salary: $3,000. Projected points: No fucking clue.
D/ST- Dolphins @ BUF. A cheap option that is a great play in a big tournament this week if you ask me. I already liked them before EJ Manuel was officially ruled out, and now I love them. Salary: $3,400. Projected points: 8-14.
There are a few more guys I’m considering for my daily fantasy football lineup, including Greg Jennings, Giovani Bernard, Keenan Allen, Kirk Cousins, and AJ Green. I’m sure I’ll be changing my lineup another dozen or so times before Sunday, but that’s where I stand at this point. I can’t wait for Sunday, and while I’d love to take home the Million, I’ll be more than content finishing anywhere in the money. Good luck this week, and if your lineup is identical to mine, I expect a 10% commission. I’m sure you understand.
Not only for this week, but for the daily fantasy football Millionaire Grand Final in two weeks on DraftKings. Aside from being that schmuck that buys a few Mega Millions tickets when the jackpot gets to a certain point or playing a slot machine in Las Vegas with a $1 million jackpot (supposedly), I’ve never had a chance to win that kind of money. I’m not going to say I’m obsessing about it, but it’s hard to think about many other things outside of the tournament aside from my family and eating. Needless to say, this week’s lineups were ones that I spent a little less time on, because I’ve been doing my best to attempt to forecast the future. And not in the way that a weatherman “forecasts” and is wrong 61% of the time. The way that Nostradamus forecasted. Because Nostradamus was and still is a fuckin’ winner.
Anyways, moving on to my Week 14 recap. This was a week that I could have dominated, given a few bounces the other way. CJ Spiller was a daily fantasy football target that I had all over the place, and he was basically a ghost for the entire afternoon before he erupted for an 83 yard score!!! Oh wait, it got called back. Nevermind. Spiller was a bust. Rob Gronkowski had an incredible matchup against the Browns, but shredded his knee during the game and was also a letdown. I hesitate to use the word “bust” for him, because it might be a little insensitive. Too soon, Pats fans? By the way, are you proud of yourself, Roger Goodell? The dictator of the NFL is fully responsible for every torn ACL from now until the day he steps down if you ask me. Maybe that’s why he called down to the field to make his mark on the game with a late phantom pass interference call in the end zone which gave the Patriots one last chance at a win. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Terrell Suggs told everyone that our buddy Roger was responsible for the power outage at the Super Bowl. It all must be true, right? One thing I know for sure is that Goodell wasn’t responsible for was Michael Floyd’s uninspiring performance to the tune of two grabs for 26 yards. In spite of some bad calls and misfortune, I did have Josh McCown, Matt Forte and/or Josh Gordon in almost every single lineup. Needless to say, that was just about all that I needed for many of my 50/50 matchups. I even cashed in one GPP with a lineup that included Spiller, Floyd and the Bengals D. Thanks guys. I’m considering changing my name to Josh. Guys named Josh are just winners, and can’t be stopped or replaced….unless your name is Jay. It’s crazy how many of the biggest performers in the NFL over the past few weeks were guys that nobody even wanted to begin the season. The Browns were shopping Josh Gordon, most people weren’t sure which McCown was the backup in Chicago, and Jason Campbell was fortunate to be on an NFL roster. Let’s see what hidden daily fantasy football gems we can find this week.
QB- Jason Campbell vs CHI. Josh Gordon plays wide receiver for the Browns, thus they are now fantasy relevant. Any questions? Campbell should be cheap, and the daily fantasy football matchup is great. This Bears defense doesn’t deserve to wear the great “Bears” name on their jerseys.
QB- Nick Foles @ MIN. It’s hard to ignore what this kid has been doing on the field. Even in awful conditions last week, he managed to put up solid numbers. Even though half of his passes look like lame ducks that a drunk guy is putting up during a tailgate, they also look eerily similar to a certain Manning. (Not Eli). Minnesota is awful. Minnesota is awful. How many times can I say it? I’m playing any quarterback against them in at least one lineup as long as his last name isn’t “Tebow” or “Russell”. On second thought, I’m probably playing those guys too.
RB- Matt Forte @ CLE. Shane Vereen absolutely torched, destroyed, embarrassed, emasculated, and dominated the Browns in the short passing game. Who is the best in the league in the short passing game? Matt Forte. Anything Shane Vereen can do, Forte can do better. Cue the terrible music. Forte should have a great game.
RB- Eddie Lacy @ DAL. See Forte, Matt. The Cowboys as a team are disgraceful. They may have the most talented roster in the NFL top to bottom, and they are just pathetic. Bad ownership, bad coaching, all the way down to the shit that they call a “performance” on the field, because that’s all it is at this point. A bunch of guys dancing around like they are in a Broadway show. It’s embarrassing. Oh, Lacy. He is a game-time-decision, but that doesn’t scare me at this point. If he plays, he puts up big numbers. If he can’t go, I’m looking at James Starks. Or anyone else that may possibly run the ball against Dallas. Ever.
WR- Riley Cooper @ MIN. Minnesota is now missing their top Cornerback. Not that he would have been covering Cooper anyway, but I like Cooper as my best option to catch a few wobbly Foles bombs. He’ll be an asshole while he does it, but he should produce this week at a good price.
WR- Julian Edelman @ MIA. No Rob Gronkowski, no other options, and yes, that includes Danny Amendola. Edelman is the only guy left that Brady trusts. I think he’d even let the guy brush that beautiful mane of his. Just saying. They have a rapport that nobody else on the team can even compare to . Top option in New England this week outside of Shane Vereen, who might also have a huge game. 17 targets last week. Good play if he isn’t too expensive.
TE- Jordan Cameron vs CHI. The only reason I’m not mentioning Flash Gordon on here as well is because it’s just so damn obvious. Never in my life have I endorsed so many Browns players, and I hate myself for it, but this matchup is just too good. Cameron should get his, even if Flash gets slowed down by some stroke of black magic this week. That is just about the only scenario where both guys put up a dud.
TE- Can I just say that although Gronk’s injury hurt me in yearly and daily leagues last week, I think it is actually a blessing in disguise for daily fantasy football players moving forward. If you didn’t pay up for either Gronk or Graham most weeks, you were hoping for a miracle. Now you only have one elite daily fantasy football option to worry about. More focus on the other positions. I love it.
D/ST- Buccaneers vs SF. Yes, it may sound crazy, and the daily fantasy football projections all over the place may disagree, but I don’t care. Projections mean less than zero to me. This team has forced FIFTEEN turnovers in the past 4 weeks. I love this play this week. My favorite in large daily fantasy football tournaments for sure.
D/ST- Carolina vs NYJ. Duh.
There are a lot of great daily fantasy football plays this week, and a lot of money to be made. I look forward to taking advantage of them at every turn during my tune-up week prior to the big tournament. See you next week with another daily fantasy football recap. Good luck.