DFS Amateur Hour – Saturday Lineups

I set eight lineups in a rush last night, and I got what was coming to me: a single $12.50 cash on a $60 investment. That brings my bankroll down to $1,408.61. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the players or pitchers I used – I had Clayton Kershaw in three, Raisel Iglesias in two and Aaron Nola in one – it was my impatience to put together anything that fit. The problem – if you can call it that – was I had to head out to Heather’s aunt’s house in Malibu, and I didn’t get there until 3:20 PT (45 minutes before lineup lock) and occasionally had to speak to everyone (including my three-and-a-half year old, Sasha, who was earnestly showing me her artwork as though it were the seminal masterpiece of our era) while I was finalizing my choices. There are worse reasons to screw up your lineups, so I’m not especially upset about it.

Training Camp Notes – RG3 Out Again

Jeff Stotts, RotoWire’s injury expert, wrote a piece last week about the plethora of hamstring injuries that we’ve seen during training camp this year. Players like Emmanuel Sanders and Dez Bryant have dealt with them recently, while Odell Beckham was plagued by an issue there last season. Nevertheless, as the preseason rolls along it appears all the hamstring issues will be cleared up by Week 1, though some players could be falling on their respective depth charts with each day they miss.

ADP Trends: Tights Ends

Tight ends are up next as we track risers and fallers during the pre-season.  Running backs and wide receivers were covered over the past week. Most of the big names have remained consistent in their ADP’s, but there is some major movement after the top-6 or so. Obviously, injuries are a huge factor here, so are owners mining sleepers who can make the jump to TE1 territory.

Below is a list of all tight ends drafted among the top-240 players in NFFC drafts since exhibition games began. 

DFS Amateur Hour – Friday Lineups

Another four $5 Rally lineups failed to cash Thursday, dropping my bankroll down to $1456.11. Here are the lineups for tonight:

Pos $25 GS $ $5 Rally $ $5 Rally $ $5 Rally $
P Kershaw 13000 Kershaw 13000 Scherzer 11500 Kershaw 13000
C Jaso 2300 Gomes 2600 Wieters 2200 Gomes 2600
1B Zimmerman 3300 Cron 2500 Cron 2500 Gonzalez 3100
2B Utley 2400 Rendon 3500 Utley 2400 Dozier 3200
3B Turner 3000 Urshela 2200 Urshela 2200 Headley 2600
SS Aybar 2300 Aviles 2200 Marte 3400 Tulowitzki 3800
OF Trout 4300 Trout 4300 Cruz 5000 Crawford 2200
OF Crawford 2200 Murphy 2400 Gutierrez 3300 Moss 2200
OF Moss 2200 Raburn 2300 Jackson 2500 Ethier 2300
Total 35000 Total 35000 Total 35000 Total 35000


Pos $5 Rally $ $5 Rally $ $5 Rally $ $5 Rally $
P Iglesias 8000 Scherzer 11500 Iglesias 8000 Nola 6000
C Martinez 2600 Martinez 2600 Vogt 2400 Gomes 2600
1B Gonzalez 3100 Cabrera 5500 Cabrera 5500 Pujols 3600
2B Utley 2400 Schoop 2600 Rendon 3500 Rendon 3500
3B Donaldson 6000 Urshela 2200 Valencia 3300 Castellanos 3400
SS Tulowitzki 3800 Mercer 2200 Tulowitzki 3800 Tulowitzki 3800
OF Trout 4300 Martinez 3900 Reddick 2600 Trout 4300
OF Crawford 2200 Moss 2200 Canha 3000 Werth 2800
OF Ethier 2300 Ethier 2300 Werth 2800 Harper 5000
Total 34700 Total 35000 Total 34900 Total 35000

I set eight lineups total, one $25 Grand Slam and seven $5 Rallys. I’m not thrilled with these – I was rushed to get them done before the deadline, so I have bits and pieces of what I wanted to do, but didn’t think them out well enough. For example, I have a Mariners stack against John Danks, but it’s only in one place and attached to Max Scherzer who was probably my third or fourth favorite choice among pitchers.

All told, I used four pitchers: Clayton Kershaw (3), Scherzer (2), Raisel Iglesias (2) and Aaron Nola. Other heavily used players include: Troy Tulowitzki (4), Mike Trout (4), Yan Gomes (3), Chase Utley (3), Anthony Rendon (3), Giovanny Urshela (3), Andre Ethier (3), Brandon Moss (3) and Carl Crawford (3).


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Training Camp Notes: Steel City Suspension

– The Steelers may have lost some more firepower to start the season. After ranking second in the league in yards in 2014, Pittsburgh was already set to be without running back Le’Veon Bell for the first two games of 2015 as he serves a suspension. Now, the team may be without second-year receiver Martavis Bryant for its first four games as he faces a suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.