RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship – Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 and welcome to the Bye Weeks.

For the Daily Fantasy it is not as much of a hindrance as opposed to the year-long fantasy leagues, but there are some Daily Fantasy players who love playing the same quarterback or running back or wide receiver or even kicker and defense.

But for the Fifth Week, there are some choice players that you can’t choose from like a pair of quarterbacks, Falcons’ Matt Ryan and Saints’ Drew Brees. Both who have started out relatively slow, but are considered favorites for Daily Fantasy as well as some of the other Falcons, Saints, Broncos and Redskins.
Along with the choice quarterbacks missing from Week 5 was possibly the highest scoring game of the week that was Thursday between the Bucs and Patriots (update, it was an underwhelming offensive game as it turned out to be).
Along with the Bye Weeks, welcome to Week 5 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
– Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne)
– Finish above the experts and win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $4,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
– Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 150 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
– You can sign up for this week’s competition here

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Thursday Night Observations

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

So what if the Patriots defense was terrible through four games? That doesn’t mean Week 5 will play out the same way. I’m not arguing the Pats have fixed anything permanently – only that whatever information you have heading into the game often quickly becomes irrelevant once the game starts.

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TB vs. NE Matchup Edge

Tampa Bay vs. New England

Open: 53.5 O/U, NE -5
Press time: 54 O/U, NE -5

The Patriots have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 69.7 percent of passes at 9.4 yards per attempt, with a touchdown percentage of 7.7. For the Buccaneers, the yardage and touchdowns have been contained at 7.5 YPA and a touchdown percentage of 4.7, but the completion percentage is still high at 67.7.

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Monday Night Observations

Living in Portugal, I’m unable to watch the late games in real time, so I catch the condensed version the following morning. Last year, it was easy to squint as I clicked on the game without seeing the score, but NFL.com’s new system has made that more difficult. Usually, I end up seeing the score, which makes watching a lot less dramatic and enjoyable. This morning, I managed to squint my way to the game, noticing only one number: 29. I knew one of the teams scored 29, but I didn’t know which, or how they got there. I also had the Redskins plus seven against the spread.

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Week 4 Observations

We took a train back from Porto in the early afternoon, arriving home just before the London game kicked off. I made the call to skip it live and go to the Austrian kiosk in our hood that sells bratwurst, homemade sauerkraut and potato salad. Unfortunately, the world-class gelato place across the street from it had a line out the door, so we settled for the French ice cream place with the fake whipped cream on the way home. Big mistake. But getting food at the expense of the first three-quarters of the London game was the right call.

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