2018 Rotowire FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the NFL season! As expected, Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Fitzpatrick are out to an early lead in the MVP race, the Steelers are falling apart and we’ve already had two ties.

If Le’Veon Bell and Joe Mixon have already sunk your season-long teams, you’ve come to the right place. The RotoWire FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship is your shot at redemption. A quick rules refresher: we’re running a $10 contest in each of the first 10 weeks of the season, where the top 150 finishers double their money. Compete against fellow RotoWire readers as well as three experts: Kevin Payne, Jeff Erickson and Derek Van Riper. Beating all three experts in one week earns you a ticket to Week 11’s championship round, where the top 120 scores earn a prize and the top score gets $1,000 and a two-year RotoWire subscription. Sign up for this week’s contest here.

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Thursday Night Observations

Looks like the Browns chose wisely in the 2018 NFL draft. Rarely do we get to see No. 1 vs. No. 2 heads up in a standalone game early in the year, and it was no contest. Baker Mayfield already looks like a star, while Sam Darnold never attempts a pass more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.

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NFL Offensive Line Overview: Week 3 Roundup

From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, the ebb and flow of all 32 offensive line groups around the NFL is analyzed and relevant fantasy implications are uncovered.

With two weeks of the regular season to digest, we can finally start to really separate the contenders and pretenders. One common theme shared between underwhelming offenses? — shoddy offensive line play. Looking at teams like the Cardinals, Texans and Giants, it’s obvious that not even fantasy studs like David Johnson, OBJ and Deshaun Watson are immune to being dragged down by poor O-line play. Now heading into Week 3 of the 2018 season, let’s take a look at which lines around the league are trending up or down:

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Early 2019 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: Rounds 1 & 2

On the latest RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Derek VanRiper and I completed the first two rounds of an Early 15-team 2019 Mock Draft.

Really. Early.

Being the generous host he is, DVR let me draft eight teams (including the No. 1 pick), while he handled the other seven.

Who went No. 1? (Jose Ramirez?) Which pair is your favorite? Which team messed up?

Take a look at the draft board image below or the public Google Doc. We’ll be finishing up with Rounds 3 and 4 next Tuesday to wrap up the regular season.

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Week 2 Observations

Week 2 wasn’t as bad as Week 1 – you can only die in Survivor once, and at least I had already priced in the Leonard Fournette/Le’Veon Bell absences. Of course, that doesn’t make it good. I dropped D.J. Moore to make room for Dante Pettis in the 14-team, QB-flex Stopa (Loan Pickle) League where I have Marquise Goodwin. It’s the same league where I bought Jameis Winston at a “discount” and opted for $2 Sam Bradford as my three-week fill-in instead of $1 Ryan Fitzpatrick. It seemed like a small, almost irrelevant decision at the time – in fact, Fitzpatrick faced a tough Saints D in Week 1, while Bradford had a home game against the Redskins, and it seemed there was a better chance Bradford would keep the job most of the year, giving me a valuable third QB in the QB-flex format.

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The Vampire (Football) Diaries: Count Chocula Eats!

Count Chocula eats Ezekiel Elliott for breakfast!

There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Seriously though. I didn’t think I’d say it because in my wildest dreams I didn’t think I’d slay a team whose first three draft picks were Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Jordan Howard with an undrafted squad I built from the scrap heap. And starting a Saints defense that gave me negative four points no less. (Also, it’s not a sentence you’d expect to say because the breakfast part is confusing. Obviously Count Chocula is a breakfast guy, but in general I think most vampires prefer to dine in the dark, spooky hours of the morning).

If this all sounds a little confusing, perhaps it’s because you don’t know what a Vampire league is and need to first consult the Week 1 edition of The Vampire (Football) Diaries before plowing ahead.

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