The DFS Virgin

By Ian Ginsberg

I’ve been playing season long Fantasy Football since 2003 and I have been a FANTASYGURU.com subscriber since shortly after.  If you’re reading this then you too are a subscriber and echo my sentiments when I say John and his staff are the best in the industry at breaking down the tape, evaluating every offensive and defensive player on the field, and giving us the fantasy angle to ensure we kick our family and friends’ asses.

This year I’m taking all that juicy info FG.COM has provided me and plan on losing my DFS Virginity. That’s right. I’ve been a little late to the DFS party, but I want to jump “all-in” this year.  Each week I’ll use the FG Player Rankings and Fanduel Player Salaries to formulate a few different lineups that I will enter into cash games as well as smaller tournaments.

All the while, hopefully learning from my previous weeks’ successes and mistakes to slowly become a winning DFS player and building a larger bankroll.

This isn’t going to be a “Get Rich Tutorial.” I’m not going to try and go out Week One and compete with the likes of Jeff Mans and Drew Dinkmeyer. That’s like going to [...]

Pre-season Podcast #4 (8/27) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience from John Hansen and Greg Cosell. We do recommend that you listen to the full podcast here, but if you can’t, enjoy the material below.

NFC

East

Topic: Eagles

The Gist: Only a small sample from Bradford but he had a nice 3rd-down conversion. They really need to play him a decent amount in the third preseason game, as he’s only had about 12 snaps. For Agholor, he was late off the line on the play that Bradford got drilled, but he should see a lot of snaps because of the volume of play the Eagles run. Josh Huff has flashed so far in camp and in the preseason, so the lineup will likely be Matthews, Agholor and Huff as the top WRs.

Topic: Cowboys

The Gist: Losing Orlando Scandrick really hurt, and with Brandon Carr being very up and down, the absence of Hardy early on, and the rookie status of Byron Jones, the defense is in trouble, which [...]

Pre-season Podcast #3 (8/21) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience. Here’s Greg Cosell and John Hansen discussing the state of the NFL and fantasy football. We highly recommend you listen to the podcast here, but if not, read on.

Note: As this was publish 8/24, information on podcast does not reflect performances after 2nd preseason game.

Topic: Johnny Manziel

The Gist: It seems Johnny Manziel has been taking some positive steps, and it shows on the field. He doesn’t seem chaotic either mentally or physically, and has started to develop a sense of rhythm to his play. In the second preseason game, there was really only one play when he panicked and took off (missed a wide-open Jennings for a would be touchdown), but Greg Cosell thinks Manziel’s TD throw may have been the best he’s thrown in his short NFL career. Just to clarify, however, Manziel seems improved, not great.

Topic: Tyrod Taylor and the Bills

The Gist: Taylor has very precise third down throws, and in the [...]

How the New Focus on Defensive Penalties may Affect IDP

FantasyGuru.com IDP Analyst Corby Yarbrough can be found on Twitter @Corby_Yarbrough.

Not that there is anything we as IDP players can do about it, but I just needed to vent my grief that an already inconsistent aspect of fantasy football has the potential to drive us even a little more crazy in 2014.

Week One of the NFL preseason is in the books, and if there are two things you heard about more than anything on the game broadcasts, it was the experimental length of the extra-point attempt for the next two weeks (33 yards) and that the league is cracking down on illegal contact and defensive holding on the that side of the ball.

Penalties have negated great plays and would-be stats since the dawn of fantasy football, but it sure seems like they are really out to get IDPs in 2014.

Thanks, Legion of Boom.

Thursday night’s slate of six games saw 25 flags thrown for defensive holding and nine for illegal contact. Friday night’s six games followed with 14 defensive holding penalties and 10 illegal contacts. By weekend’s end, according to Brian McIntyre, the number had risen to a total of 53 defensive holding calls, 27 illegal contacts, and 15 defensive pass [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: NFC West

The 2012 NFL Draft is a week away, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m breaking down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. In the final post, we head to the NFC West, and, if you missed them, check out the AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, and NFC South. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects. And, as an early reminder, Joe Dolan and I will be conducting a live chat for commentary/questions during the 1st round of the draft next Thursday.

Arizona Cardinals

Picks: 13, 80, 112, 151, 177, 185, 221

Top Needs:

1. Offensive Tackle – The Cardinal offensive line has been lousy in pass protection, and that’s a big problem with Kevin Kolb at QB, because he really struggles dealing with pressure. Levi Brown has struggled, but the team re-signed him, so [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: NFC South

The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m breaking down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the NFC South, and, if you missed them, check out the AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, and NFC North. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects. And, as an early reminder, Joe Dolan and I will be conducting a live chat for commentary/questions during the 1st round of the draft next Thursday.

Atlanta Falcons

Picks: 55, 84, 157, 192, 229, 249

Top Needs:

1. Offensive Tackle – HC Mike Smith has given a vote of confidence to LT Sam Baker, who struggled last season, but Baker is in a contract year now. Are they going to commit to him again for the future? Of course, the Falcons don’t have a [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: NFC North

The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m breaking down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the NFC North, and, if you missed them, check out the AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, and NFC East. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects.

Chicago Bears

Picks: 19, 50, 79, 111, 150, 184, 220

Top Needs:

1. Offensive Tackle – The Bears addressed the offensive line in the 1st round of last year’s draft by taking Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi, but this unit remains a big issue. Carimi started just two games and had knee surgery, while starting LT J’Marcus Webb has struggled in pass protection. The Bears will have to think hard about drafting someone like Ohio State’s Mike Adams or Stanford’s Jonathan Martin in the 1st round. Yes, [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: NFC East

The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m going to break down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the NFC East, and, if you missed them, check out the AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, and AFC West. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects.

Dallas Cowboys

Picks: 14, 45, 81, 113, 135, 152, 186, 222

Top Needs:

1. Safety – The Cowboys signed former Jet Brodney Pool, but this unit is still in need of a playmaker. The Cowboys have had frequent issues on the back end, and they could be in perfect position with the 14th overall pick to draft Alabama SS Mark Barron, who is easily the best all-around safety in the draft, capable of making plays in the run game and against the pass.

2. Cornerback – The [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: AFC West

The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m going to break down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the AFC West, and, if you missed them, check out the AFC East, AFC North, and AFC South. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects.

Denver Broncos

Picks: 25, 57, 87, 108, 120, 137, 188

Top Needs:

1. Defensive Tackle – The Broncos’ defensive tackle position is a bit of a mess right now. Brodrick Bunkley signed with the Saints, while Ryan McBean will miss the first six games of the season because of a suspension. Plus, Marcus Thomas remains a free agent. For now, that leaves Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson in the middle of the Broncos’ 4-3 defense. With the 25th pick, they should be in good position to grab a [...]

2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: AFC South

The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m going to break down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. Today we head to the AFC South, and, if you missed it, check out the AFC East from Tuesday and the AFC North from Wednesday. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to take a look at our massive 2012 Pre-Draft Rookie Report, which takes an in-depth look at all the top fantasy prospects.

Houston Texans

Picks: 26, 58, 76, 99, 121, 161, 195, 233

Top Needs:

1. Wide Receiver – The Texans have been unable to find a consistent producer opposite Andre Johnson the last few years, as

The Texans would surely love for Baylor WR Kendall Wright to fall to them in the 1st round.

neither Kevin Walter nor Jacoby Jones has been reliable. Walter is fine in the slot but shouldn’t start on the outside, while Jones has never lived up to his potential on a week [...]

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