The DFS Virgin – Week 4

It’s been one heck a start to the season, huh? Seems like this year’s injury bug is hitting everyone and anyone. Not just running backs, but Star QB’s and Star WR’s as well. All the more reason to get into DFS. That’s the purpose of this article. The Trials and tribulations of a Season long player getting his feet wet at DFS. Here we go…

LESSONS LEARNED from Weeks 1-3

Going into my Cash Games I wanted to take less risk than in my Tournament Games. The mistake I made was I still picked players with too much risk, to fit other “less risky” players into the lineup. So this week, instead of plugging in long shots into the DFS GURU, I’m going to plug in guys who underperformed Week 1 who are the primary focal points of their offense.

My 2nd Lesson Learned, is to enter just ONE, and at the most TWO different lineups into Cash Games. I may have had 8 different lineups and won with 2 of them in WEEK 1. It made for a lot of headaches come Sunday, rooting for this lineup, and that lineup just to potentially win $5. Going forward, I’m going to play at [...]

The DFS Virgin – “Week 2″

Week 1 is in the books. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing me anytime soon on an Fantasy Feud commercial winning a $1,000,000!! Of the my starting $500 Bankroll, I was left with $471 come Tuesday Morning. Not terrible. It’s all about having fun and hopefully winning a little money in the process. I did however learn a few things and wanted to share them with you.

LESSONS LEARNED-
Going into my Cash Games I wanted to take less risk than in my Tournament Games. The mistake I made was I still picked players with too much risk, to fit other “less risky” players into the lineup. So this week, instead of plugging in long shots into the DFS GURU, I’m going to plug in guys who underperformed Week 1 who are the primary focal points of their offense.

My 2nd Lesson Learned, is to enter just ONE, and at the most TWO different lineups into Cash Games. I may have had 8 different lineups and won with 2 of them in WEEK 1. It made for a lot of headaches come Sunday, rooting for this lineup, and that lineup just to potentially win $5. Going forward, I’m going to play at [...]

The DFS Virgin “Week 1″

And here we are. Week One. Thursday Night Football. A damp, fall-like evening in the Northeast. The perfect evening to kickoff the NFL’s 50th SuperBowl Season. I’m not going to lie, I have some butterflies in my belly. Maybe it’s because I just deposited $500 into an account at FantasyFued.com. Maybe it’s because I never played DFS before, and I’m about to lose my DFS Virginity. So here is the weekly plan.

SEASONAL & WEEKLY BUDGET-
Like I said, I’m going to start the season with $500 at Fantasy Feud.com (Sign up over there and they’ll match your first deposit up to $500). Each week, I’m going to budget $50 to enter a few contests. I’m going to try and spend 60-70% +/- on CASH games in hopes of playing it safe. With the other 30-40% of the weekly budget on GPP, and trying to throw a few darts.  They say slow and steady wins the race, so that’s my plan.

PICKING A LINEUP-
When you’re playing CASH or 50/50 contests you want to score just enough points to CASH out. So these lineups need to include players with much less volatility. Lineups for tournaments on the others hand, must include players with more [...]

Week One Vegas Spreads and Over/Unders

We know many of you like to look at the spreads and over/unders for various purposes, so we’ll supply you with them early/mid-week every week. The odds used are coming from www.footballlocks.com.

Pit @ NE (-7): 52

GB (-6.5) @ Chi: 50

KC @ Hou (-1): 40.5

Cle @ NYJ (-3): 39.5

Ind (-3) @ Buf: 46.5

Mia (-4) @ Was: 43.5

Car (-3.5) @ Jac: 41

Sea (-4) @ Stl: 41

NO @ Ari (-2.5): 48

Det @ SD (-3): 45.5

Ten @ TB (-3): 41.5

Cin (-3.5) @ Oak: 43.5

Bal @ Den (-4.5): 49

NYG @ Dal (-6): 51

Phi (-3) @ Atl: 55.5

Min (-2.5) @ SF: 41.5

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 FantasyFeud 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 [...]

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