For the first time in my life, after losing the week before my league’s championship game, I have 100-percent appreciation for Daily Fantasy Football sites like Fanpicks.com. Instead of wasting the remainder of the NFL season, exercising, reading or spending quality time with loved ones, I can continue to enjoy watching my favorite players with something on the line.
Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate have a Hollywood level on again, off again relationship. Right now, we’re enjoying that happy place that exists at the beginning of the relationship. Per Pro Football Focus, the Average Depth of Target (ADOT) for Stafford is in the bottom four in the NFL at just 6.8 yards. Insert, Yards After Catch (YAC) machine, Golden Tate. Whoever is coaching in Detroit next year, take notice. It’s working.
I don’t care what he costs, I’m playing Antonio Brown on Fanpicks, always, and forever. Prior to the game, Denver had only allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers the entire season. Based on that, Antonio Brown is the new definition of matchup proof.
Wide receiver performances were Daily Fantasy Football gold this week as Doug Baldwin joined the likes of Ted Ginn, Tate, Brown and four others to haul in multiple touchdowns.
The 2015 rookie class is doing their best to end on a high note. After such an exciting class of newbies last season, this year has been a bit of a disappointment but David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Duke Johnson, Cameron Artis-Payne, Jay Ajayi, Ameer Abdullah, Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs, Tyler Lockett and Dorial Green-Beckham all had a prominent ranking in this week’s stat sheet. Even some guy named Tyler Kroft had himself a game. Congrats, Tyler. See ya never!
So much for tight ends being a thing of the past in the NFL. We’re on the verge of having four or more tight ends finish the season with 1,000 yards-plus. Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker and Gary Barnidge are the new core four, although I might prefer Jordan Reed over all of them.
Does anyone else find that Christmas is a strange release date for the movie, Concussion?
Cam Newton might legitimately be Superman. Is there any other explanation for how Ted Ginn is a Fantasy Football superstar? (Side note: Is Ted Ginn the first player ever to both catch and drop double digit touchdowns in the same season)?
Week 15 Daily Fantasy Football Review: FanPicks Edition
Week 14 Surprise Performances
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer is the anti Matthew Stafford when it comes to ADOT, as he leads the league in average depth of target this season per Pro Football Focus. Palmer has been ginger red hot of late and looked poised to possibly have his best game of the season against the lowly secondary of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles fast paced offense combined with a stout Arizona defense meant Palmer and the Cardinals would have the ball early and often.
David Johnson had other plans, however, as he weaved, rumbled, bumbled and stumbled his way to a career high 187 rushing yards and three touchdowns. John Brown seemingly dropped everything in sight, including what should have been a first quarter 80 yard TD connection from Palmer. To make matters worse for Daily Fantasy players, Palmer appeared to suffer a rather grotesque injury to his index finger on his throwing hand. I’m not sure Palmer is the elite play we’ve come to rely on for next week.
Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead’s previous five game stretch was a Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern level flop, as he scored a measly 11 Fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, combined, in five games.
Insert a Melvin Gordon injury and apparently Woodhead is the new Chris Carter. All he does is score touchdowns. Adam Levitan had the tweet of the weekend as he pointed out the touch count, 16 for Gordon and only four for Woodhead, until Gordon was forced to leave the game with an injury.
Four touchdowns later, Woodhead will most likely be one of the most heavily owned RBs in point per reception Daily Fantasy leagues next week.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
If there was ever a game to fade Antonio Brown in order to gain an advantage over your opponent, this was it. The Denver Broncos allow the fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers, and frankly, it isn’t even close. Heading into their Week 15 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Broncos allowed an average of less than 12 combined Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Antonio Brown pulled a Pedro Cerrano and said, *&%$ you, Denver Defense, I’ll do it myself!”
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