The overlap of NFL season with its myriad pools and contests and the end of baseball made for an intense day. I finished 12th overall in the 450-person NFBC Main event, falling short of 11th (the last paying spot) by one point and ninth by 12.5 points. Had Clayton Kershaw needed five innings instead of three and two-thirds to get his 300th strikeout, I’m probably $2,000 richer. But baseball season was otherwise good to me, and once it wound down, I was more concerned with my struggling fantasy football teams. But with Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman in several places, those slow-starting squads are straightening themselves out, so much so I’m looking at 9-0 across my leagues in Week 4. So everything’s great, and I can finally relax, right? Not exactly. After a 20-27-1 start against the spread, I needed a big week to get back to par. It was not to be. I locked in the Colts minus nine before the Andrew Luck news came out, I had the Dolphins in London, and that was before the disastrous main slate even kicked off. Even though I was watching the games at Heather’s aunt’s beach house, and I was able to look at this, this and this during commercials and at halftime, the day was still torture.
Week 3 of the RotoWire and FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship has come to a close, and now a challenging Week 4 comes upon us with the first week of bye weeks (New England and Tennessee) along with really the first weather week hitting us (Washington-Philadephia).
Week 3 Results
Congrats to FanDuel user Deucey69 who grabbed not only the $500 first prize for Week 3 with 210 points, outscoring kidrose (208 points) and straightcashhomiez (201 points), but also the Week 11 $20,000 Championship Freeroll. Deucy69 had a balanced lineup that led him to the Week 3 title with the help of the Carolina Panthers’ duo of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen who combined for 59.3 points while also taking advantage of a big week from Darren Sproles (17.6, taking advantage of the absence of DeMarco Murray), the return of Steelers’ back Le’Veon Bell (22.7) and the revitalization of Cards wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (29.9).
If you are joining the fun this week and want a Redskin or Eagle then you should keep an eye on the status of the game. You also might keep an eye on the weather for that game after all. One of the biggest misnomers is that the passing game suffers in all kinds of weather especially when it rains. This is not the case many times. Actually a raining track especially on a turf field might benefit the passing game because the receivers know the routes as opposed to the defensive backs. The better indication to stay away from a passing game is the wind and that can also come with a bright sunny day so check out the game-time wind speed before setting your lineup.
It’s still early and one big week can move you up the list just ask Adam Wolf who jumped from outside the Top Ten to the overall lead with a big week of 195.10 points for Week 3, a little more than 18 points better than Nathan Lutterman. You can view the full RotoWire Expert leaderboards here.
1. Adam Wolf (rotosomething1): 419.10
2. Josh Collacchi (JCollacchi): 406.02
3. Jake Letarski (rotojakeski): 394.52
4. Peter Merrill (black26): 392.66
5. Tate McIntyre (tamc10): 386.64
6. Jason Brown (modano9): 386.56
7. Tony Goldenstein (trookie83): 385.96
8. Mario Puig (rotowireyasiel): 374.54
9. Chris Benzine (Crispy272001): 374.26
10. Nathan Lutterman (luttermanf28): 373.34
Every week I write how each game is more bizarre than the last, and this one was no different. What stood out more than the Ravens bursting out of the 0-4 coffin just as the hammer was about to strike the final nail was Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin’s Tom Coughlin-esque end-game management. Good coaches call plays in combination like a skilled billiards player who not only knocks the ball in the pocket, but leaves the cue ball in good position for his next shot.
About half an hour in, I thought it would be a brutal week, and it was just sort of bad. I went 5-10 ATS, though 3-2 in the LVS SuperContest and 2-1 on best bets. Some of my important teams did well, others did poorly. In one I wisely used Nick Foles over Colin Kaepernick. Another way of putting it is I foolishly started Foles over Andy Dalton. If you think streaming QBs is a picnic, let my experience be a cautionary tale.
Week 2 of the RotoWire and FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship has come to a close, and now Week 3 of this wild and crazy NFL season is already upon us. Want to join in on the action? Come test your mettle against the experts! Let’s take a look back at last week’s results and this week’s promising plays.
Every game seems more bizarre than the last. The Giants are grinding out an ugly, borderline unwatchable win, and suddenly the Redskins score a touchdown, nearly recover an onside kick but for a lucky bounce to Shane Vereen, give up a long touchdown to Rueben Randle on another lucky bounce and then return the ensuing kick for a touchdown. Yogi Berra may have overstated the case generally, but for Giants fans it really never is over till it’s over.
I have no idea what really happened this weekend. I was at a wedding up in Menlo Park, staying at a friend’s house (the friend’s name was Mike Evans, so naturally I set a lot of DFS lineups with his namesake), and Mike had only one TV and no Sunday Ticket. I could have gone to a sports bar, but I was hungover from the wedding, had no car, i.e., once they dropped me off there, I was stuck for five hours, and preferred to recline on the sofa and surf the Sunday Ticket offerings from my laptop.