Articles by Josh Fathollahi

Josh is an avid sports fan and fantasy player. A Bay Area native, he follows the Giants, 49ers, Warriors, and Sharks religiously. He plays fantasy baseball, football, and basketball. In his mind, baseball is his favorite of the fantasy sports, as he considers it a "marriage" while fantasy football is an "affair."

RotoWire & FanDuel Football Championship – Week 3

Week 3 is an interesting point of the fantasy football campaign; we have received just enough of a sample size to begin forming new opinions on players and matchups, but we aren’t deep enough into the season to completely abandon last year’s evaluations. “Is Carson Wentz actually breaking out, or did he luck out from Eric Berry’s absence last week?” or “is Carolina’s D a must-avoid again, or did they simply benefit from facing the Bills and 49ers?” are questions that run through my — and many fantasy owners’ minds as we set our weekly lineups. The beauty of FanDuel is that you can build your lineup around players you feel strongly about that given week, avoiding the aforementioned tough decisions that sometimes come with yearly leagues. So let’s take a look at some players that I am personally targeting in this week’s RotoWire & FanDuel Football Championship.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – 3rd Qualifier

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already traversed an entire month of regular season baseball in 2017. It feels like only yesterday that we were praying for the excruciatingly-long spring training campaign to finally come to a close, while overthinking our draft boards and convincing ourselves that crazy strategies such as drafting more than three Padres hitters was a good idea (it wasn’t). The beauty of daily fantasy sports is that you can butcher your season-long drafts and still have fun competing against your peers with a new team every day. That’s where the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship comes into play. The tournament is a bi-weekly competition that allows participants to compete for cash prizes while attempting to qualify for the championship contest, which will take place on June 28. Contest details and entry information can be found here, but the Cliffs Notes version is as follows: the average of your top three scores will appear on the leaderboard, and the top 25 will compete in the championship for an addition $2,000 in prizes along with goodies from your friends at RotoWire. With four qualifying rounds remaining, it is not too late to get in on the action.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 6

It has been an exciting first half of the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship. Many contestants have earned entries into the Week 11 Championship round, and even more have doubled up their cash through the first five weeks of the competition. Unlike my 49ers, you still have a chance to earn a spot in the postseason, and your first opportunity begins this Sunday with Week 6 of the NFL season.

If this is your first time hearing about FanDuel’s RWFC, here are the details and instructions on how to get in on the action:

  • 10-week competition hosted on FanDuel
  • $10 entry (max five entries each week)
  • Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne)
  • Finish above the experts, win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $5,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
  • Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 250 doubling up their cash
  • This is not a continuous competition, so you can enter every week, and you don’t have to have participated in last week’s contest to enter this week’s competition
  • There is no limit on the amount of entries you can win for the championship round, so start racking them up this week if you haven’t already
  • You can sign up for this week’s competition here
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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 2

This is an exciting time for football fans across the nation world (edit by Roger Goodell). All teams across the NFL have a game under their belts and fans now have something material to make irrational judgments off of. With the start of the regular season came the first week of the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship. If you are unfamiliar with the competition, here are the basics:

  • 10-week competition hosted on FanDuel
  • $10 entry (max five entries each week)
  • Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne)
  • Finish above the experts, win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $5,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
  • Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 250 doubling up their cash
  • This is not a continuous competition, so you can enter every week, and you don’t have to have participated in Week 1 to enter this week’s competition
  • There is no limit on the amount of entries you can win for the championship round, so start racking them up this week if you haven’t already
  • You can sign up for this week’s competition here

Week 1 Recap

Chris Benzine already went over last week’s exciting action. You can check that out here. Don’t be discouraged by going against the greatness that is Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper and Kevin Payne as 84 FanDuel users finished above the ‘perts and already earned entries in championship round, proving that they are indeed human after all.

Week 2 Value Picks

QB Marcus Mariota @ Detroit Lions

FanDuel price: $7,500

With most of the premium quarterbacks facing tough defenses this week, going with a mid-range signal-caller could prove beneficial. Mariota didn’t have a stellar performance in his 2016 debut against Minnesota, but he draws a much friendlier matchup against the Lions in a dome this Sunday. Last week’s Lions/Colts matchup produced a fantasy-friendly shootout and we could see that again between two teams who are vulnerable through the air. Mariota’s soft matchup and running ability make him a high-floor, high-ceiling option at an affordable price.

RB Jeremy Langford vs. Philadelphia Eagles

FanDuel Price: $6,500

Langford turned in a useful 13.3 point game against a stout Houston defense last week. More importantly, he put any timeshare fears to rest, receiving all but one of the Bears’ running back carries. The Eagles’ defense is a bit underrated in my opinion, but the matchup still has to be considered an upgrade over Week 1. Whether you like the matchup or not, $6,500 is far too cheap for a running back who will dominate his team’s touches Sunday.

RB T.J. Yeldon @ San Diego Chargers

FanDuel Price: $6,500

I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of Yeldon. He doesn’t have exceptional quickness and isn’t enough of a bruising back to churn out extra yards. What he does have going for him this week will be a soft matchup and a boatload of touches. His running mate Chris Ivory was released from the hospital this week with an undisclosed health issue, but as of Thursday he had yet to practice and looks doubtful for Sunday’s game. Even though this game is on the road, San Diego’s defense doesn’t instill fear in anyone and Yeldon has a strong chance to find the endzone at least once.

WR Kelvin Benjamin vs. San Francisco 49ers

FanDuel Price: $7,500

Benjamin returned to the field after missing the entire 2015 season and didn’t skip a beat, reclaiming his role as Cam Newton’s favorite target and converting 12 targets into six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. While San Francisco’s defense looks improved over last year’s rendition, last week may have simply been a case of the unit taking advantage of one of the worst passing attacks in the league (Los Angeles Rams). Both of the 49ers’ starting corners (Tramaine Brock and Jimmie Ward) stand under six feet tall and can’t matchup with Benjamin’s 6-5 frame. $7,500 is far too cheap for a WR1 with a strong matchup.

WR Will Fuller vs. Kansas City Chiefs

FanDuel Price: $6,200

Fuller is a value pick for the same reason Benjamin is, FanDuel hasn’t properly adjusted either of their salaries in accordance to their usage. The rookie saw 11 targets last week and apparently developed a strong rapport with new quarterback Brock Osweiler during the preseason. DeAndre Hopkins’ presence will ensure Fuller rarely sees double teams in coverage. The matchup against Kansas City isn’t as favorable as last week’s against the Bears, but I am still rolling him out with such a low salary.

WR Tyler Boyd vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

FanDuel Price:$5,500

Boyd is an intriguing play this weekend. He sits behind both A.J. Green (makes sense) and Brandon LaFell (huh?) on the depth chart. Being a third receiver in the Bengals’ offense isn’t exactly a terrible thing as we saw with both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones holding value in that role last season. While Cincinnati would prefer to grind out games with their powerful running back duo, Pittsburgh may force their hand and make this an aerial showdown. If that becomes the case, then $5,500 is a cheap way to get in on the action while allocating the rest of your funds on premium options at other positions.

High Risk/High Reward

WR Odell Beckham vs. New Orleans Saints

FanDuel Price: $9,400

There is always risk involved when paying for a top flight receiver, because if they don’t produce at an elite level (like Beckham didn’t last week) then your lineup may not stand a chance. With a guy like ODB — who is clearly the top target for his team — you always run the risk of opposing defenses doubling or tripling him and removing him from the gameplan. The Saints are without their top corner, Delvin Breaux, so they may have to deploy that strategy. That being said, the Giants actually have competent options behind Beckham this season in rookie Sterling Shepard and the return of Victor Cruz to keep opposing defenses honest. This game has an O/U of 53.5 so a shootout is to be expected and Beckham should be heavily involved.

Beckham owners when Rueben Randle isn’t the only other receiving option in New York.

Good luck to all the participants in this week’s RotoWire FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship. In case you missed it at the top, here is where you sign up.

Follow Josh Fathollahi on Twitter @JashFath and let him know how bad his picks were.

RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 6

We are now five weeks into the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship and the action is heating up. RotoWire subscribers are duking it out for cash prizes and entries into the $5,000 championship that will be held on July 22. There are plenty of prizes and entries to be had, so make sure to create your lineups! You can view the rules and enter the contest by clicking here.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 4

We are now three weeks into the 2016 RotoWire & FanDuel Baseball Championship and 30 tickets have already been stamped for the exclusive $5,000 RotoWire Championship which will be held July 22. Week 4’s contest takes place Friday and will see users win some cash and battle for 10 more entries for the rights to participate in the Championship round.

Just a reminder, each qualifying round is not cumulative, so you didn’t have to participate over the last three weeks to have a shot in this week’s contest. Conversely, you can play this week even if you participated or earned prizes in weeks 1-3. The 50/50 qualifying contest begins Friday at 4:05 p.m. Pacific.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – Week 2

It was an exciting start to the 2016 RotoWire & FanDuel Baseball Championship with subscribers duking it out for cash prizes as well as entries into the exclusive RotoWire Championship which will be held July 22. If you missed out on the action, don’t fret, as there are 14 more qualifying rounds starting with week 2’s contest Friday.

As a quick refresher, each qualifying round will be a $10, multi-entry contest where the top 50-percent will double their entry fee and entries 1-10 will get a ticket to the championship. And yes, you can win multiple entries into the championship round.

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