Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

DFS NBA Strategy for 8/6 & 8/7

August 3, 2016

Time to celebrate as basketball DFS is back thanks to DraftKings! They’re hosting multiple tournaments for the olympic games, but what is the right strategy to win? Well..Targeting players who play heavy minutes for their national team is crucial in putting together a successful squad. Here are a couple of players you should consider building your lineup around this weekend.

Alex Garcia, Brazil ($3,400)- Small Forward is a tough position to fill as most of the elite players are way over-priced, while the mid-tier players just aren’t that great. This brings me to one of the best value plays at the position and on the slate. Introducing Alex Garcia, who has averaged about 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, and three-to-four assists per game in the last couple of FIBA tournaments he has played in. Now those stats are for his club team and not the international team, but Garcia is likely to play a lot of minutes for Brazil and he only needs to score about 10 points, grab five rebounds, and dish out three assists to produce close to six times his value. It is hard to find quality value plays, so selecting a player like Garcia will free up some salary to pick some more expensive players.

Luis Scola, Argentina ($7,300) – I could have him on this list just for his silky smooth hair alone, but that doesn’t really help us in terms of fantasy production. First off, don’t be scared by his bad NBA numbers because Scola is the face (or is it hair?) of Argentina basketball. During the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Olympic Qualifying Tournament (a total of 10 games), Scola averaged a remarkable 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in six games. His price tag is a bit high, but he will play huge minutes and be the primary scoring/rebounding option for his team.

Mantas Kalnietis, Lithuania ($5,200) – Probably the best mid-tier selection on the slate as M.K. averaged 10.6 points, three rebounds, and 7.8 assists in nine games in the 2015 Euro Basketball tournament. He is listed as a SG on DK, but is more of a PG for the Lithuanian squad. Those numbers result in roughly 27 fantasy points, which would be more than five times his price tag. He’ll be a fixture on all of my teams this weekend.
It is hard to target USA players because most of them are over-priced and they should blowout China, so it is hard to predict how many minutes each player will get. Demarcus Cousins is probably the safest fantasy player on the team because he can extend defenses with his long range shooting skills and he’ll likely grab double-digit rebounds. However, the PF position is loaded with players who cost less than he does, but could put up similar fantasy numbers (like Ike Diogu and Dario Saric). Fading USA players is the way to go this weekend.


December 20, 2012

. This is the Wednesday December 19th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. I give my tough start/options for this upcoming week in fantasy football. Then, talk a lot of fantasy basketball. My notes from the show are below

Selections im debating this week

Danny Amendola (owned in 54% ESPN) vs Lance Moore

Demarrco Murray, Trent Richardson, Darren mcfadden, or Knowshon

Eric Decker or Cecil Shorts

Id Starts Sam Bradford in daily leagues this week vs TB

Brandon Myers or Dennis Pitta

Romo or Cam Newton (talk about the Cam trade I made)

Wouldn’y start Mccoy/ Brown or Bradshaw/Wilson


Pickups of the week

Spencer Hawes (38% of ESPN leagues)- has scored in double figures in last 5 games and has scored 15 or more points in 4 of those 5 . hes averaging almost 16 points and close to 7 rebounds and 1 zblock per game during that span.

Alan Anderson (1.5% of ESPN leagues)- has been awesome in his last 2 games. He just returned from an injury but has averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assist in those 2 games. They don’t have a SF

Blind Resume

Player A – 41% FG, 82% FT, 4 rebs, 6 assist, 11 PPG, 1.8 Steals,2.8 TO

Player B – 46.6% FG, 87% FT, 3.2 rebounds, 5 assist, 1 Steal, 11 PPG, 1.8 TO

Player A is Jeremy Lin (100% owned)
Player B is Jarret Jack (67% owned)

“All Things Fantasy” (12-17-12)

December 18, 2012

This is the Monday, December 17th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy” where I talk about some under/over performers in fantasy basketball and whether they can keep it or not. Then, I look forward to next years 2013 fantasy football drafts and talk about who should be some top picks. Also, answer some listeners call-ins about their fantasy teams.

Here are my notes from the show.

Over/ under performers
Rotoworld is reporting Amare could be back this weekend
Eric Gordon is returning from to NO next week.
Isaacs lineup question – Jrue Holiday, C.J. Miles, Jarret jack and Bradley Beal. pick 3 of 4

Paul Millsap- has already hit 11 3s this year and shooting 45% from deep and he hit only 7 all of last year. Is averaging 1.4 points less than last year but everything else is basically the same
Demarcus Cousins- under performing- averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds,1.6 asssist, 45 FG%,1.2 blocks, 1.5 steals last year. This year 17 points, 9.8 rebounds, .6 blocks, 2 asissts, 1.3 steals 42 FG% (13th in rebounding)
Deron Williams- Under performing and looks to stay that way. Averaged 21 points, 8.8 assist, 40.7 FG% 33.6 3pt%, 1.2 steals, 4 TO last year. This year averaging 17 points, 8 assist, 1 steal, 39 FG%, 29 3pt% 3 TO
Paul George- over performing, 16. 4 PPG,6.8 rebs, 3.6 assist, 1.3 steals. 8 blocks 42 FG%, 41% 3 PT%,
Marcin Gortat-15.4 points, 10 rebounds,1.5 blocks last year. 11 PPG, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Marcus Thornton- Under
Tyreke Evans
Jrue Holiday- 13.5 points, 43FG%, 3.2 rebounds, 4.5 assist, ….This year 18.3 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assist, 45 FG%,
Ersan Illyasova
Danillo Gallinari

Top picks for next year (in no particular order):

Adrian Peterson
Arian foster
Drew Brees
Tom Brady
Aaron Rodgers-
Trent Richardson
Doug Martin
Marshawn Lynch
Calvin Johnson
A.J. Green

“All Things Fantasy” (12-12-12)

December 13, 2012

This is the Wednesday December 12,2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad), host of the Fantasy Nomad Show & 2 Guys & a Friggin Football Show for, joined me to talk about week 15 in fantasy football, answer questions from callers/tweeters, and go over some waiver wire pickups. Also, I give some fantasy basketball pickups.

Here are my notes from the show.

Fantasy Football questions

Bryce Brown or David Wilson

.5 PPR Darren mcfadden or Knowshon- Amendola, Josh Gordon or Decker or Cecil Short

.5 PPR Bryce Brown, David Wilson or Knowshon- Lance Moore or Danario Alexander

What are some good streaming defenses?

Do you believe in the Detroit D?

Would you start the Bear D vs GB?

1 PPR Shonne Green, Powell, or Vick ballard

1 PPR Brandon Myers, either NY Jets RB

Any Big time players your scared to start this week?
Stevan Ridley vs the 49ers?
Ryan Mathews vs any1 (joique Bell has as many FPTs as Mathews)
Ray Rice vs Denver
Chris Johnson vs NYJ
BJGE vs Philly
Forte vs GB, hasn’t scored a TD in his last 5 games

What are some other players your getting a lot of questions about?

The Dallas Cowboys, Demarrco seems like a bad start this week, PIT is #1 vs TE, Dez Bryant injury

Would you start Torrey Smith?
what can we expect from RG3 if he plays
Rank Josh Freeman vs NO, Eli @ ATL, Andy Dalton vs PHI

Pickups (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Shawn Marion SF/PF Dal (19.4%)- has produced 21 or more fantasy points in 5 out of his last 6 games played (missed last 2 games) still had 18 FPTs the game he didn’t reach 20.

Toney Douglass PG/SG Hou (1%)- big with him is he has gotten almost 33 minutes in his last 3 games played and has averaged almost 21 fantasy points per game during that span.

Pickup of the week
Jose Calderon (60% owned)- Kyle Lowry is hurt again. Calderon was putting up monster games when Lowry was out so look for continue that production as long as he is out.

John Salmons SG/ SF, SAC(1.1% ESPN)- Starting to get a lot more playing time and producing. Has 17 or more fantasy points in 5 out of his last 6 games including a 43 point game 2 games ago.

Shannon Brown SG, PHX(8.4%)- has scored in double digit points in his last 6 straight games and has scored at least 20 or more fantasy points in 5 of those games.
Jeff Green SF/PF, BOS (8.3%)- is slowly starting to produce for the Celtics has he produced 24 or more fantasy points in 3 out of his last 5 games and no less than 14 fantasy points in those 5 games. If something happens to Paul pierce

Ed Davis PF/C,Tor(.6%)- Is getting the start tonight and should continue to see big minutes as long as Bargnani is out. He had 28 fantasy points in his last game in which he had a lot of PT.

Kris Humphries- Drop it likes its hot ( already dropped in 46% of leagues). He is not getting the PT any more and ain’t rebounds anymore. He did have a string a 3 games where he had 20 or fantasy points but that got followed by 11, 13, and 4 point fantasy games.

Al Farouq Aminu SF, NO(21% owned)- isn’t starting anymore so he isn’t producing anymore. Hasn’t reached 20 fantasy points in his last 6 games played.
Antwan Jamison (44% owned)- he actually hasn’t been doing that bad recently but he is now on the bench as JORDAN HILL is now starting infront of him. Nuff Said. Hasn’t reached double digit points in his last 3 games.

Marcus Thornton SG, Sac(85% owned)- Tough to drop him but he just isn’t producing. In his last 4 games he has only 8, 12, 14, 9 FPTs. Has scored 24 TOTAL points in those 4 games

“All Things Fantasy” (12-3-12)

December 4, 2012

This is the Monday December 3rd, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. I talk about players you should pickup and drop for fantasy basketball. Also, recap the weekend that was in Fantasy Football. Here are my notes from the show.

“All Things Fantasy”

Pablo Prigioni- (Yahoo 1%) with Raymond Felton hurt, He has a bone bruise, Prigioni could have a bigger roll. Not doing a lot this season but he could easily averaged close to 25-30 min a game.

Pickup(s) of the Week

Gerald Henderson (2.3%espn, 26%yahoo) Pickup of the week- last year averaged 15 points, 4 rebs, 2.3 asisst,. 9 steals and shot 46% from the field. those are basically the same numbers Marcus Thornton is putting up

Larry Sanders (47% yahoo)- this guy has had his own block party, as he had a triple double with 10 blocks then followed that up 5 blocks the next game


Robin Lopez (40%Yahoo)- last 14 days, 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 blocks, while shooting close to 48% from the field

Jonas Valanciunas (30% Yahoo)- finnalyy is getting numbers as he has averaged close to 30 min a game the last 14 days. while averaging 11 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2 ast and 2 blocks.

Carlos Delfino- (8% in yahoo)if your looking for 3s than DELFINOOOOO is yo man. in just 17 min last game he hit 3 3s, scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebs and dished out 3 ast.

Nikola Vucevic (55% owned)- is still getting plenty of PT, 28 MPG, 10.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, almost 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blocks.

Vince Carter (46% yahoo)- 14.5 points, 3.2 3PM, 2 rebounds/assist, shooting 50% from the field and 86% from the line.

Pablo Prigioni- (Yahoo 1%) with Raymond Felton hurt, He has a bone bruise, Prigioni could have a bigger roll. Not doing a lot this season but he could easily averaged close to 25-30 min a game.

Players to cut

Kris Humphries (80%owned )- averaging 8 n 8 on the year. very little of much else.

Harrison Barnes (57%). had a hot streak weeks ago but isn’t playing well of late.4 points, 3 rebs, 1.5 ast, 23 MPG, shooting 27% from the field

Isiah Thomas (45%) he was owned close to 100% when the season started. Told ya so. now just 8 points, 1.2 rebounds, not even 2 ast, . 5 steals.

Derrick Rose (74%)-


Brandon Myers- have yo self a day 14 catches, 130 yards, 1 TD. looks to be the only real for the raiders.

Josh Gordon with another long TD

Phillys receivers are in trouble

Brandon Lloyd cannot be started, neither can Jordy nelson

Demarcoo Murray looks like a solid start next week, had 23 carries for 83 yards, 4 catches for 19 yards, gets the Bengals next week

Not sure what to expect next week the steelers run game Dwyer 16 carries for 49 yards & 1 TD, Redman 9 carries for 46 yards

Knowshown could be a solid start got 20 carries for 69 yards and caught 4 passes for 14 yards.

Kapernick isn’t the best fantasy QB 208 passing yards, 84 rushing yards on 9 carries ( 1 rush for 50 yards)

nate Washington 3 catches for 96 yards.

PICKUP Justin forsett if you own Arian Foster

Vick Ballard is the back to own for INDY- 9 rushes for 41 yards and a TD

Hilton 6 catches (12 targets) for 100 yards, Donnie Avery 5 catches (14 Targets) 91 yards 2 TDs, Wayne 4 catches (9 targets) 51 Yards.

“All Things Fantasy” (11-28-12)

November 29, 2012

This is the Wednesday November 28th, 2012 edition of  “All Things Fantasy”

Scott Malewig (@Sports_25toLife) of joins me to talk about some key issues for fantasy basketball. Also, I talk about some players for this upcoming Fantasy Football weekend. Below are my notes from the show.

“All Things Fantasy”

Interview topics

Anthony Davis- is this injury going to be a recurring theme

Pau Gasol whats up with him?

Ersan Illysaova is he going to recover

Kyle Singler a solid pickup?

Josh Smith playing like poo

Luis Scola/Markieef morris

Can owners continue to trust Chandler Parsons

is now the time to sell high on Demarr Derazon or Paul George

Who are some players your buying low?

Is Ryan Anderson going to continue producing even when Anthony Davis comes back?

Is it time to pick up Amare stoudimire

Chauncey Billups


Richard Hamilton ( ESPN29%)

Tristan Thompson (28% owned in Yahoo!)

Kevin Seraphin ( 23% owned in Yahoo!)

Kyle Singler (17%)


Demarco Murray vs Phi- start if practices all week

DMC- vs Cle- same as Murray

Knowshon- vs TB- might not score a TD put should get close to 100 total yards

Bryce Brown vs DAL- will get plenty of carries

Bradshaw vs Wash- must start

Kaepernick vs STL- Don’t believe the hype, start any top 10 QB over him

Jennings vs BUF- Sit

Maclin- Sit

Forte/ BUSH vs SEA-Have a feeling Forte will be active, Start and then play only have 3 rushes before he doesn’t return to the game

Dwyer vs Bal- Wouldn’t start unless there was no other choice

“All Things Fantasy” (11-7-12)

November 8, 2012

This is the Wednesday November 7th, 2012 edition of  “All Things Fantasy”. Scott Malewig (@sports_25tolife) of joins me to talk Fantasy Basketball. Then Michael Pichan (@fanatsynomad) comes on the show to make some jokes and talk fantasy football. Here are most of the things we talked about.

“All Things Fantasy”

Fantasy Basketball

#1 ranked yahoo player is?…Mike Dunleavy

Blake Griffins injury

is now the time to sell Glen Davis

Ersan Ilyasovas slow start/ Larry Sanders being productive

Nate Robinson or Kirk Hinrich

Is Kris Humphries droppable

Kyle Lowry Injury

Patrick Patterson

Does Etwaun Moore have staying power once Jameer Nelson comes back.

Would you pick up Andrew Bogut if he was on waivers?

What do you think of Kevin Seraphin?

Afflalo had 1 bad game and 2 great games ( 22,4, 1 and last night had 28, 5,5,1,1,)

Fantasy Football

Fantasy analysis for Thursdays game.

Some pickups for now and some pickups for the that could be contributors during the playoffs?

Should Danny Amendola be picked up?

what about Emmanuel Sanders?

What to do with the NYG backfield

Pittsburgh RBs

What should Jamaal Charles’ owners do?

Eagles WR/ Vick

what to make of Marcel Reese

can Felix Jones be trusted this week?

can Brian Hartline and Andre Roberts be trusted going forward in PPR leagues?

is Hakeem Nicks the most overrated WR this season

Will Eli Manning turn his season around?

“All Things Fantasy” (10-31-12)

November 1, 2012

This is Wednesday October 31st 2012 edition of  “All Things Fantasy” . I talk mostly Fantasy BAsketball as I go through the other half of the NBA teams and give fantasy perspective on each of those teams. Also, some listeners called in and one asked about “how to build a roto team” so I answered that in length. Here are my notes from the show


Eric Gordons troublesome Knee..improves Grievis and Austin Rivers values

Grangers Knee- Gerald green pickup

Steph Curry and his glass ankles

Danillo Hurt

Bogut playing

Wizards are baaddd

Emeka Okafor 10-7-4 BLKs

Jordan Crawford with  11pts, 3 rebs, 5 ast

almost 29 min, beal 21 min

Brand Bass will be very productive this season, had 15-11 last night in 28 min

Tristan Thompson- 12-10-5

NBA Fantasy team previews






New Orleans


Golden state





Joique Bell

Danny Amendola

NFL News

Play Cam Newton this week vs Washington

Mike Vicks last week vs NO

Matt Stafford is back vs Jax

Rashad Jennings is going to be solid

Cowboys Backfield is still cloudy

Alil worried about the Chargers

Deangelo Williams

Be cautious of the Bills RBs this week vs Houston (4th ranked run defense)

“All Things Fantasy” (10-28-12)

October 30, 2012

This is the Monday October 28th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy” . I talk about the week that was in Fantasy Football. Then talk about a lot of fantasy basketball as i go through 8 teams that will make the playoffs in each conference then go position by position rankings. Make sure to listen to the podcast to hear why I chose each position.

Notes from the show. “All Things Fantasy”


Calvin Jonson/ titus young

Mike Vick

Trent Richardson 122 yards, 1 TD

Jamaal Charles

Denarius Moore- 5 catches 91yds, 1TD

Johnathan Dwyer- 107 yards 1 td

Philip rivers -154 yards


Brown- 14 carries, 80 yards

Ballard- 12 carries- 55 yards, 1 catch 16 yards 1 TD


West Rankings

1. Spurs

2. OKC

3. Memphis

4. L.A. Lakers

5. L.A. Clippers

6. Denver Nuggets

7. Utah



1. Miami




5. Milwuake



8. New York Knicks

Position rankins


1. Deron Williams

2. Chris Paul

3. Russel Westbrook

4.Rajon rondo

5. Brandon Jennings


7.Goran Drogic


1.Kobe Bryant

2.Dwayne Wade

3.James Harden

4.Joe Johnson

5.Monta Ellis

6.Paul George

7. marcus Thornton



2. Durant

3. Josh Smith

4. Carmelo Anthony

5. Andre Iguodala

6.Rudy Gay

7.Luol Deng


1. Lamarcus Aldridge

2. Blake Griffin

3.Paul Millsap

4.Chris Bosh

5. David Lee

6. Anthony Davis

7. Zach Randolph

Kevin Love,Boozer,  Bargnani, Ersan Ilyasova



1. Dwight Howard

2.Al Jefferson

3.Demarcus Cousins

4.Marc Gasol- forget to throw him on the show and realized the mistake after.

5.Greg Monroe


7A.Brook Lopez

7B.Nikola Pekovic

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Players to target late

Gerald Henderson

Twan Jamison

Chandler Parsons

Jeff Green

Jason Richardson

Jae Crowder

“All Things Fantasy” (10-24-12)

October 25, 2012

This is the Wednesday October 24th, 2012 edition of  “All Things Fantasy” . Scott Malewig (@sports_25tolife) of joins me on the show to talk fantasy basketball. We preview the fantasy value of players on the Orlando Magic, Sixers, Hawks, and Pacers, talk about some rookies, players that are going to be bust this year, and more. Also, I give compare 2 similar players and tell you which one I would pick. Give some start/sit for this upcoming week in Fantasy Football.

“All Things Fantasy”

Here are my notes from the show.

Which Player would I rather have:

Listen to the show to see who I picked.

Deron William 40.7% FG 21 points, 8.7 Assist, 3.3 Rebs, 2.1 3PM, 2.2 steals

or Westbrooke 45.7% FG 23.6 points, 5.5 assist, 4.6 rebs, .9 3 PM, 1.7 steals (24th)


Al Jefferson 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 Blks, .49.2%FG,

or Lamarcus Aldridge 21.7 points, 8 rebounds, .8 blocks, 51.2%FG


Demarcus Cousins or Paul Millsap


Marcin Gortat 15.4 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 55%PG

or Ryan Anderson 16.1 points,7.7 Rebounds. 2.7 3PM (led the league), .44%FG,


Tyreke Evans – 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.5 ast, .3 3PM, 45.3 FG%

or Joe Johnson- 18.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4 ast, 2.1 3PM, 45.4 FG%



Doug Martin vs the Vikings- sit of the week

Rashad Jennings- Sit, unless you don’t have another option

All Panthers-Sit

Mikel Leshoure- Sit

Start Vick Ballard or Donald Brown

Christian Ponder-Start vs TB

Sit Phillip Rivers/ all WRs vs Cleveland

Start AleX Green vs Jags