Ryan Tannehill will likely be under siege  on Thursday night, but is he still fantasy worthy (Photo Credit: Reuters)

With only a couple weeks until the fantasy postseason begins, it is time to rely on your big options to help you down the stretch. Sure, there are still a couple tough matchups going forward for some players, but it should only get easier to choose who to play with less teams on bye. Even if you are all but certain that you won’t make the playoffs, make sure to set your lineups so nobody gets an easy victory down the stretch. What is better than playing spoiler?

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Jay Cutler (vs. Minnesota): The matchup might not look enticing on paper, but Cutler should be able to have a big day against this Vikings secondary. Alshon Jeffrey picked them apart last year for over 200 yards and two scores which could mean a big day for the signal caller. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11 »

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Steve Downie ( Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

We’re already wrapping up our fourth fantasy hockey week if you can believe it. Hopefully by this time, you’ve thrown together some wins and haven’t been bitten by the injury bug too much. Personally, I’m already dealing with Taylor Hall being placed on the IR who I had big hopes for this season. I picked up Filip Forsberg as his replacement, who’s already got 15 points and is a stellar +15. What’s best about him is that he has eligibility in C/LW/RW. Multiple-eligibility players like that become key in a long fantasy season when the injury bug hits. They bring some great production and flexibility to your roster.

If you’re looking for some injury replacements or are ready to drop someone who’s just not performing, here are some speculative adds:

Tanner Pearson – LW

I said in my last fantasy post that I’m not a big fan of Pearson, but he continues to prove me wrong. He already has 7 goals and ten points and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. What’s really fantastic is his +13, which indicates that he’s really been productive and not just fluky. He’s here to stay.

Brock Nelson – C

The #2 Center for the emerging Islanders team already has 14 points, 7 of which came on the powerplay. The team as a whole is benefiting from having legit threats on the blue line in Boychuk and Leddy, so Nelson is a good look if you’re hurting at center.

Steve Downie – LW/RW

A guy we love to hate, Downie is one of the more effective pests in the league and it’s carrying over into fantasy. He already has 54 PIM, with 7 points and LW/RW eligbility to boot. Your league most likely scores penalty minutes, and he’s one of the best players in the league in that category.

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Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice

November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
Photo courtesy of www.stateofthesport.com

Why didn’t I pick Big Ben to repeat his six touchdown performance? How did I not see that coming? Oh right, no one saw that coming. However, I highlighted several other players who went off in week 9. I cashed in by using several of these players, hopefully you did too.

Week 9 Recap:

I cited Carson Palmer’s 20.9 fantasy points per game average—he scored 20.7 points. Andy Dalton’s 16.4 points probably didn’t win you any contests. And, Joe Flacco, desperately trying to keep up with the red-hot Steelers offense, scored 22.3 fantasy points of his own. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice »

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Will Cam Newton finally reward fantasy owners in Week 10? (AP)

Even though the season is hitting the stretch run in fantasy leagues, the byepocalypse is hitting teams hard with six teams on bye, including the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. This could mean an easy win over a tough opponent or your chance to get back into the playoff picture. Whether you are hoping to stay afloat or just clinging to that final playoff pot, Week 10 is the week to make a move in your league.

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Cam Newton (vs. Philadelphia): The Eagles secondary looks dreadful this season and the run defense is subpar at best. This could mean a huge week for Newton and his pass catchers in Week 10. Plus, the last time these two teams met in 2012, Super Cam ran for two scores and threw for another pair. Could this be the return for Newton and a struggling Panthers team? Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 »

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Doug Clough

Some people have all the luck. One such person is fifty-three-year-old ironworker, Doug Clough. Doug is a native of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but now resides in Medford. He’s a lifelong Patriots fan. Earlier this NFL season, Doug heard a FanDuel advertisement on the radio and thought, “I’ll give this a try.” And he won. The first time he ever played any sort of fantasy sport, ever—he won.

It is one thing to have “beginner’s luck.” Before I spoke with Doug I didn’t think it was possible to be that lucky. If merely qualifying for the FanDuel Championship with zero previous fantasy sports experience wasn’t enough, Doug’s story has another wrinkle. He qualified for the FanDuel Championship in week 6, among the players he used were Tom Brady, Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. In his words, “I just picked who I liked. There wasn’t anything analytical about it.” Continue reading Medford’s FanDuel Champion: Doug Clough »

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Andrew Hawkins is just one options fantasy players should consider in Week 9 (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

With six teams on bye, it is time to dive deep and take advantage of those teams missing plenty of players on bye weeks. Even if you are 2-6 or 1-7, this week could put you back into the playoff picture depending on how many squads you are fighting for that final playoff spot.

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Brian Hoyer (vs. Tampa Bay): The Buccaneers defense is ranked third to last in the NFL against the pass. Plus, the center for the Cleveland Browns is out for the foreseeable future which means the run game could get stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Expect at least 25 throws from Hoyer in this one. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 9 »

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FanDuel Champion Frank Borawski

Twenty-seven year old BU grad, Frank Borawski, is not only a great fantasy football player, but also the Assistant Director of Finance at a nearby bank. His analytical business mind translates very well to the statistical minutia that is fantasy football. But Frank knows, like every fantasy football player knows, “Luck has a lot to do with it.” And I’m not talking about Andrew Luck.

Borawski is being sent to Las Vegas to participate in the FanDuel Championship because of a $1,000 Week 4 game, which he won. Frank was helped in Week 4 by huge performances by Steve Smith, Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson. Borawski has been playing FanDuel for two years now, but remembers hitting it big for the first time last season.

“I was lucky enough to play LeGarrette Blount when he had the four-touchdown game.”

Yeah, that’ll help. And he wasn’t a diehard Pats fan going for the “homer” pick. Born in Connecticut, Borawski is a Cowboys fan, like his father. Continue reading Boston’s FanDuel Champion: Frank Borawski »

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