Rotographs’ Jeff Zimmerman’s latest article throws some cold water on the Zack Wheeler hype. In true Rotographs fashion Zimmerman breaks down for his readers why the combination of last year’s poor K/9 and BB/9 ratios along with Wheeler’s end of the year injury concerns should temper your expectations for the young player this year. Zimmerman also give us a pointer for the off-season, suggesting that we watch the radar gun come preseason and be prepared to pass on Wheeler if he is not in the 94+ mph range. Yet another high quality article from Zimmerman. Also, as is often the case on Rotographs, the comments section does a great job of continuing the conversation.
This week I’m searching the web for useful articles to help us fill out our DraftDay lineups. Unfortunately, there just isn’t as much out there (for free) for DraftDay, especially when compared to FanDuel, DraftKings and DraftStreet. Hit us up on twitter @FantasyCutList if there are any daily league articles you would like us to look at.
Last week’s sojourn into the world of Fanduel taught me a valuable lesson, don’t get stuck in traffic on the NJ Turnpike for a few hours before kickoff if you have a player who’s gameday status are in doubt. Needless to say I wasn’t able to swap out Julius Thomas in time to field a competitive team. Lesson learned. As always, I’m putting my money where my mouth is entering Josh McCown, CL Spiller, DeMarco Murray, AJ Green, Riley Cooper, Ladarius Green Antonio Brown, Dan Carpenter and the Patriots D. Wish me luck.
XNSports – Fantasy Football Week 14: DraftDay Value Plays – Rating: 3/5 KEEP IT
By C.D. Carter
DraftDay Blog – DraftDay Fantasy Value Picks: NFL Week 14 – Rating: 3/5 KEEP IT
4For4 – Week 14 DraftDay Optimal Plays – Rating: 3/5 KEEP IT (WARNING Costs $$$)
By Jonathan Bales
2 Mugs FF – Week 14 Optimal Fantasy Lineups for DraftStreet, FanDuel, DraftDay, & DraftKings – Rating: 2.5/5 CUT IT
DraftDay Blog – NFL Picks to Click: Top Week 14 Picks – Rating: 2/5 CUT IT
RotoViz – Week 14 DraftDay Salaries vs. Fantasy Pros Rankings – A Value Exercise – Rating: 1.5/5 CUT IT
By: Coleman Kelly
FANTASY FOOTBALL POSITIONAL MATCHUPS – WEEK 14 — by John Halpin (Fox Sports) — 12/5/13
MY RATING: 3.5 / 5
Halpin gives us a Start/Sit article by another name here, but I think the analysis he does for each player uses more relevant data than most similar articles. It’s difficult to argue with the picks he makes too. I just wish he would use some of that Fox Sports juice to add kickers and defenses. This is the playoffs now, where those matchup become crucial. Besides, we DFS addicts need them too. I’ve won/lost money on a kicker or defense call.
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HIGH SCORING ROSTERS – A PPR BEST BALL WHO’S WHO
by Charles Kleinheksel (RotoViz) — 12/6/13
MY RATING: 2.5 / 5
Charles goes through a cool exercise here in looking at what players populate winning fantasy rosters. It’s interesting, yes, but it doesn’t really help you owners that are in the fantasy playoffs win all that much. It’s more of something to learn from for future reference.
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KOLE CALHOUN – FANTASY SLEEPER
by Jeff Zimmerman (RotoGraphs) — 12/6/13
MY RATING: 4 / 5
While you may have to dig for them at this point on the calendar, there are some fantasy baseball articles out there with some meat on them. Jeff makes a pretty good case for Calhoun to be a sleeper target in 2014. Let’s just hope not too many of your competitors read such articles.
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ANALYZING DEFENSIVE MATCHUPS by Christopher Harris (ESPN) — 12/6/13
MY RATING: 5 / 5
I really enjoy the pocast Harris does with Field Yates called Fantasy Underground, and I loved this article. He looks at the latest statistical performances and trends in defenses, which enables us to better understand upcoming fantasy playoff matchups than by looking at season-long stats or ranks. He also studies something I’ve been becoming quite interested in lately, which is the use of the “slot receiver” and what that term even means anymore. Fantastic article that will help you understand the landscape of football and fantasy football.
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REVIEWING MLB NATIONAL TRANSACTION DAY, PART TWO: SIGNINGS
by Dan Weigel (NumberFire) — 12/6/13
MY RATING: 3 / 5
We’ve already covered Part One of NumberFire’s MLB National Transaction Day HERE.
Get acquainted with some familiar players but in new team settings with this great-for-December article.
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Week 14 Fantasy Football Start ’em and Sit ’em by Mike Cardano, RotoExperts
Fantasy Football Start/Sit by KFFL Staff
Start/Sit Week 14 by Mike Braude, The Fake Football
Week 14 Players to Play/Avoid: No Luck by Loudon, Razzball
Start/Bench – Week 14 by Wally Spurlin, Fantasy Sharks
Fantasy Football Start ’em, Sit ’em: Top QBs Facing Tough Matchups by David Gonos, SI.com
Start ’em Sit ’em: Week 14 by Michael Fabiano, NFL.com
2013 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Start/Sit by Brett Talley, The Fantasy Fix
Week 14 Start ’em Sit ’em by Phil Clark, Fantasy Knuckleheads
Week 14 Sit ‘Em by Bruno Boys
Week 14 Start ‘Em by Bruno Boys
Start ’em Sit ’em Week 14 by Pyromaniac
2013 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Start ’em, Sit ’em by Walter Football
2013 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 14 Start ’em by Evan Stancil, Fantasy Smack Talk
2013 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 14 Sit ’em by Evan Stancil, Fantasy Smack Talk
Fantasy Football Start Sit by FootballDocs
2013 Fantasy Football Start/Sit: NFL Week 14 by LestersLegends
10 Players to Avoid in Week 14 by Rachel, Fantasy Football Chick
Start ’em Sit ’em, Week 14 by Jonathan Stulberg, Fantasy Football Locker Room
Fantasy Football: Start/Sit Week 14 by Jeff Wills, Fantasy Football Dojo
Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em by SidSaysFC, Fantasy Couch
Week 14 Love/Hate by Matthew Berry, ESPN
Week 14 Fantasy Football Preview by Pay Mayo, RotoExperts/Sportsgrid
Fantasy football Start/Sit advice, Week 14: Case Keenum has little appeal by SBnation.com
Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 14: Fantasy Busts Every Owner Must Avoid by Bleacher Report
Some super sound advice from Sky of Razzball here. In creating my 1st draft lineups for Daily Leagues last night, I found myself doing just as Sky ended up suggesting today more than in just one lineup. The main thing I must recommend though is to pay attention to the weather report in Philly and elsewhere. As of now it looks okay, but there is a chance for some messiness…
It’s getting tougher and tougher to ignore the Jared Cook Week 14 hype machine, but there’s good reason for it. Arizona is the team that Cook exploded against in the beginning of the season for his best stats on the year. Consider that, plus the below information from Ryan Hodge, as well as his price on Daily Fantasy sites, and he is someone you should at least consider….
Chet G. of The Fake Football and Rotoworld has a great tweet about the Bears Defense which illustrates why DeMarco Murray could be a huge play this weekend:
After a mid-week surprising health concern, Reggie Bush appears healthy and ready for Week 14. This affects both his and Joique Bell’s value. Keep monitoring it.
Oh Oakland…the game of running back musical chairs due to injury continues for the Raiders:
And finally, for my fellow Daily League-obsessed: