Top Running Backs for NFL Wild Card Games January 9, 2016

Playing a Saturday Only GPP will leave your running back situation in disarray. Even if Deangelo Williams is good-to-go after dealing with a foot injury (not ankle as previously reported), you can’t expect much from a hobbled Williams. This leaves you with Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman for Pittsburgh, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware for Kansas City, Alfred Blue and 3 other running backs (Polk, Grimes, and Hunt) for Houston, and Bernard and Hill for Cincinnati.

It’s safe to say, none of these players are considered bell cows for their team, and typically split the running back duties. In order to get the most points out of your lineup, you have to look at the matchups and even go to each team’s website for this weekend’s game plan.

#1 Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Originally we were told DeAngelo Williams was dealing with a high ankle sprain, but new reports suggest it’s a foot injury.  According to head coach Mike Tomlin, it is hard to tell whether or not Williams will play be able to play. The team is currently preparing for Saturday’s matchup with the Bengals with running backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman. It’s looking like Toussaint (5’11,” 210 lbs.) will handle the bulk of the running attack, while Todman will be more for pass-catching, and fullback Wil Johnson will be worth of goal-line opportunities.

I like Toussaint as a sleeper pick, because Williams was able to reach 23.1 fantasy points in his last outing against the Bengals (17th vs. RBs and 7th in total Rushing Yards). If Toussaint is able to take on the majority of the touches, he could wind up with 15-25 fantasy points thanks to the additional receptions. It’s somewhat of a ‘flier’ option, especially if Big Ben is asked to throw 50+ times, but Tomlin seems excited to utilize Toussaint, which makes me excited.

Prediction: 17 rushes, 91 yards, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 52 yards, 24-27 fantasy points

#2 Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have spent most of the year splitting touches between Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Even though Hill carries the majority of the running workload, he hasn’t produced like he did in 2014. Bernard has been hit or miss, because he needs the screen plays to potentially break off a long play, and there is no guarantee (w/A.J. McCarron) that those plays will be successful. Hill only had 9 total touches in their last meeting, which resulted in a whopping 4.4 fantasy points. Bernard also had 9 touches and 9.7 fantasy points. Neither one of them are exciting options on the surface, but the playoffs bring on a whole new meaning. Continue reading “Top Running Backs for NFL Wild Card Games January 9, 2016”

NFL Playoffs – Strategize with Sunday and Monday Night Specials

The 2015 NFL regular season is about to end, but that doesn’t mean your NFL daily fantasy sports is over. The playoffs are right around the corner and there is a different strategy that needs to be utilized.

The best contests to practice in are the Sunday Night Special and Monday Night Special GPP contests. Both of these contests only offer two games, so the pool of players is limited. It’s the closest thing to picking daily sports fantasy lineups for the NFL playoffs.

Here are a few tips to get you in the top 25%:

Configuring Different Combinations

One of the best ways to enhance your odds is by entering into one contest multiple times. For example purposes, let’s say Kansas City, Houston, Cincinnati, and the New York Jets (this will most likely change by the end of week 17) end up as the first 4 teams to play in the AFC.

If you enter your GPP contest four times, you can use each one of the quarterbacks. You will also be able to do this with the Tight End position and each team’s defense. Now, how you decide to create these combinations is up to you, but there are certain strategies that can help increase your odds of winnings.

Home Team Defenses and Quarterbacks

If you look back at the majority of the top winning lineups in the Millionaire Maker contest, the majority of the quarterbacks and defenses are home teams. By process of elimination you would probably end up with Alex Smith and AJ McCarron (or Keith Wenning if McCarron is still hurt).

If you’re the type of person that enjoys using or building algorithms to create lineups every week, those three names above don’t look like winners. However, the”flier” as they are called, is what you want to have against other entries in a GPP. So, if AJ McCarron is only owned by 2.9% of the entrants, and 575,000 entries are listed, you could make a huge dent if he comes through with a solid performance. Continue reading “NFL Playoffs – Strategize with Sunday and Monday Night Specials”

How to Pick the Best Team

When it comes to choosing your NBA DraftKings lineup, there are a host of strategies at your disposal. Unfortunately these strategies certainly are not full proof. In fact, last night I had four players that were hurt before half-time in one of the contests I played. However, thanks to my specific bankroll strategy, it was a minor loss, and I still won money by the end of the night.

Then there will be players that you never see coming. They will only play about 15 minutes a game, but they get hot during that time, which quickly turns fifteen minutes into thirty and about 30 to 40 points instead of 10. The point is; there are some things you just can’t account for when the game starts. However, there a few things you can do that will help create the best possible lineup.

NBA DraftKings lineup

#1 Knowing the Categories

Once you’ve entered an NBA contest, you will have nine spots to fill:

1 Point Guard
1 Shooting Guard
1 Small Forward
1 Power Forward
1 Center
1 Guard (point guard or shooting guard)
1 Forward (small forward or power forward)
1 Utility (this can be one player from any position)

#2 Understanding the Player Options

The very first time I entered an NBA contest, I basically picked my team in the order they were listed (point guard, then shooting guard, then small forward, etc.). The problem with this approach is you don’t necessarily pick the smartest choice in each category. You have to look through each position and see what type of talent is available. On any given night, you will only find 3-5 good choices in one position, but you might have 12 good to decent choices in another category. Why is this important?

Often times you can pay $8,000 to $9,000 (sometimes more) for an elite player, but by the end of the night, a $4,500 player at the same position will have more fantasy points. Then again, you might find certain positions where you will have to take the expensive players, because the value picks are a little light. The smartest approach is to go ahead and draft the expensive players where it is necessary, and then fill in the rest based on the salary you have left to spend.

#3 Defenses vs. Position

When you are drafting each player, you can maximize their potential by checking an opponent’s defense versus a certain position. This can be done by clicking on the face of the player when you’re in the drafting area. This will load the player’s information card. When you click on “matchup,” it provides with a variety of statistics, and one of them is how the opponent fairs against that player’s position (e.g. Sacramento ranks 16th vs. SFs).

If you use these research strategies in the beginning, you overall point totals will see a massive increase.

F1 Racing is Thrilling!

The US Open is over, but that doesn’t mean that we’re completely done with looking at exciting sporting events. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, you might want to try the F1 racing scene. It’s not for the faint of heart, of course: you have some of the world’s finest vehicles designed to fly around a track at extremely high speeds. There’s a lot of room for error here, and sometimes accidents happen.

But let’s talk about the good stuff. Formula One is about speed, but it’s also about technology. There are strict regulations on what can actually race on the track, and what would be disqualified. At this current time, the minimum weight for a car on the track is 690 kg, which translates to about 1521 pounds. The cars must be equipped with 1.6 litre six cylinder engines that have to be capped at 15,000 rpm. These are single turbo, rather than dual turbo.

F1 Racing

While accidents do happen, there are policies in place to make them as rare as possible. For example, you can’t make exotic racing fuels or cars that deviate from the standards. So secret tuning doesn’t happen, or titles can be stripped.

For you, the viewer, it might sound like F1 racing isn’t going to be as exciting. But that’s where you’d be wrong. It’s nearly impossible to rig an F1 event, which means that you get to see the best drivers, and the fastest times. Speed and danger do mix together, but it’s really more about speed and skill. That’s something to always be excited about, because it lets you start seeing really clear winners.

If you’re interesting in the betting opportunities around the races, there are a few things that you need to do.

First and foremost, make sure that you’re looking into the top drivers of the industry. Who gets talked about the most? Who’s bringing the wins? Who’s had some struggles, but seems to be driving better? Since racing is all about the driver, it makes a lot of sense to really think about these things. Continue reading “F1 Racing is Thrilling!”

NFL Season is Already Underway!

Are you ready for some football? Of course, we’re not talking about the European variety, but the good old fashioned American kind. Even if you’re watching the games from across the pond, the reality is that you can make a great deal of money betting on the NFL football games. They attract a lot of attention, and therefore a lot of betting action. But before you just dive in, we have some tips that you can consider as you begin to place your bets.

First and foremost, make sure that you survey your teams very carefully. A lot of people overlook the fact that new players are added each and every year. The team that you thought you knew could have been reshuffled considerably. Some people are so loyal to a certain team, and that’s just fine…for everything other than sports betting. You need to be able to see where you can identify good betting opportunities, but you can’t do that without looking at the teams.

NFL Season

When it comes to the players, looking at the numbers is absolutely important. The worst thing that you can do is just go with what some sports writer thinks, or what the talking heads on TV think about a team or a player. You need to ignore market sentiment completely and go for the numbers. When it comes to spread betting, performance is where the upsets come from, and where you can make a considerable amount of money on the side. We all could use a little extra cash in pocket, right? Absolutely. That’s why these tips matter. Continue reading “NFL Season is Already Underway!”

Hot Rising Golf Stars to Watch

Sure, we could write about Tiger Woods the same way we write about the Williams sisters, differences in sports aside. But we wanted to cover some new players in golf, players that have really started to rise to the top. We found plenty of interesting people, but the list below reflects something special. See, golf is an exciting sport to watch and if you understand the game, you can actually make money on the spread if you play your cards right.

Let’s move on to the list.

1. Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods

OK, we’re cheating a little bit: we knew it would get your attention if we had someone like this at the top of the list. She’s the niece of Tiger Woods, legendary golfer extraordinaire. But if the only thing she brought to the table was bloodlines, we wouldn’t bother making this paragraph at all. The truth is that she’s got some great performance behind her: she won the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters, and she’s also an LPGA Tour rookie. Going pro definitely is different from junior golf, but Ms. Woods seems prepared for the challenge. She turns heads not only on the golf course, but also due to her stunning looks. Perfect combination of beauty, brains, and skill.

2. Peter Uihlein

Peter Uihlein

Given that his father is the CEO of a golf equipment company, you probably aren’t surprised to see the son shining in the golf world. Uihlein is a fairly new face on the professional golf scene after making the decision to go pro in 2011. He was named Player of the Year twice by the American Junior Golf Association, only the first person to win more than once.

Uihlein took first place at the Madeira Islands Open in 2013, and dazzled the European Tour crowd. It will be interesting what he does this year and beyond.

3. Jason Day

Jason Day

We know that there’s been some media fanfare over Jason Day, but there’s a good reason for that. He’s been a pro since 2006, a very interesting length of time in golf. Long enough to be seen, but not necessarily long enough to qualify for legend status just yet.

Don’t worry, he’s trying: he’s already had 3 wins in 2015, pulling in over six million dollars. If youíre thinking about tennis betting, Day isn’t a bad player to watch. Golf handicapping works a bit differently, of course, but you’ll learn more about that later.

We could have picked plenty of other interesting players to watch, but we wanted to give you an interesting sampling to think over as you watch different games.