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THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN

NFL SLEEPER CELL FANTASY LEAGUE

LEADERBOARD


10. Charlie Forray – 40.79

9.  Andrew Wilhelm – 68.35

8. Joanna Krupnick – 80.01

7. Kevin Morin – 119.55

6. Andrew O’Neill – 132.47

5. Meg Schneider – 141.66

4. Ryan Kelly  – 169.36

3. Justin Colombo  – 209.79

2. Ned Donovan – 210.78

1. Jake Bridges – 244.25


HOW IT WORKS


Each week our writers will make one sleeper pick each, in the hopes of that guy pulling through and exploding for a big week. We’ll note reasons why we like that player over another so on and what not. Each writer will accrue points every week from their pick, but there’s a catch.

Since it’s about sleepers, we’re going to take the DraftKings ownership percentage and subtract that amount of points. For example, if you select Drew Brees as your pick and he scored 50 points, but his ownership is at 50%, you’ll only score 25. If your Running Back, Wide Reciever, Tight End, or Defense’s ownership is under 5%, your points will multiply, 5% is multiplied by 1.5, 4% by 2, 3% by 3, 2% by 4, 1% by 5, and less than 1% by 6. For Quarterbacks, the multipliers are halved, 4% by 1.25, 3% by 1.5, 2% by 2, 1% by 2.5, and less than 1% by 3.

At the end of the season, the top 2 writers with the most points will split a $100 prize pool $75/$25.


THE PICKS


10. Charlie Forray – 40.79

Bennie Fowler III – WR, Denver Broncos

You may be thinking what I’m thinking, ‘who?’ But thats the point, right? Pick someone who isn’t owned and watch them blow up before anyone else knows who they are. Well, Bennie Fowler is a professional football player for The Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos saw their number one WR go down last week and now their depth chart needs someone like Fowler III. He proved he can catch a TD. Two actually in Week one against the Chargers. Now he is going to prove that a few more times again against The Chargers. Going up against the Bolts very generous 3rd ranked secondary for points allowed, Fowler III has some room to shine. Especially with Demaryius Thomas eating up all the difficult coverage. BF3 (New nickname obvi) is my pick for week 7.

9.  Andrew Wilhelm – 68.35

Thomas Rawls – RB, Seattle Seahawks

The backfield situation is kind of a mess in Seattle. Both Rawls and Eddie Lacy should be considered the number one back. But of the two, Rawls is a better receiver and the way the Giants D looked against Denver last week, check downs and screens are going to be employed a lot in this game I think. Of course, now I’m trying to use my head again while making a pick so it’ll probably be Lacy that has a huge game while Rawls gets 3 touches. But what the hell. Rawls.

8. Joanna Krupnick – 80.01

James White – RB, New England Patriots

Did you see the last Super Bowl? James White is the most consistent DFS play in the Patriots backfield. He solved the Falcons defense once, I’m sure he can do it again.

7. Kevin Morin – 119.55

Austin Hooper – TE, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are looking to redeem themselves after losing to New England in the Super Bowl. The Patriots defense has shown time and again this year that they struggle to stop the big play…or any play for that matter. Matty Ice does a great job distributing, and Hooper should be able to take advantage of this over the middle and up the seam. The Patriots secondary has been dicey at best, with their safeties covering on all the wrong routes. As much as it pains me to say, watch out for Austin. He’s trending upward, so fingers crossed…

6. Andrew O’Neill – 132.47

Ardarius Stewart – WR, New York Jets

I’m going deep into the sleeper pile this week and playing Jets WR Ardarius Stewart.  He’s returned kickoffs predominantly, although he and fellow rookie WR Chad Hansen both saw snaps against New England.  Both guys can catch the ball, and Stewart is a live-wire kind of player when the ball is in his hands.

One would think that as the season progresses, young guys will get more snaps for the Jets, and with no one on the receiving corps claiming any real ownership on their spot so far, aside from Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and with guys like Hansen and Stewart ready and waiting, WR seems like a good place to start using the rookies.

5. Meg Schneider – 141.66

Adrian Peterson – RB, Arizona Cardinals RB

Maybe the glory days aren’t over? I think he still has some fight left in him.

4. Ryan Kelly  – 169.36

Nick O’Leary – TE, Buffalo Bills

I’m really feeling this pick, guys. After usual starter Charles Clay went down with an injury, O’Leary filled in admirably with five catches for 54 yards against the Bengals two weeks ago. All signs point to Clay missing this week as well, so I expect O’Leary to get some good looks from Tyrod Taylor. The Bills go up against Tampa Bay on Sunday, who ESPN will try to tell you has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to TEs this season. While that is true, keep in mind- The Bucs had their first game canceled, and faced the Patriots when Gronk was hurt. The last two games for the Bucs against TEs? Twelve catches, over 120 yards, and two TDs total. I think their TE-against stats are heavily skewed, so I’m rolling with O’Leary this week.

3. Justin Colombo  – 209.79

Marlon Mack – RB, Indianapolis Colts

“The Time Has Come,” The Walrus Said. “To Talk of Many Things. Like HOW CAN CHUCK PAGANO NOT RELEASE MARLON MACK OUT INTO THE WILD AT THIS POINT. I CAN’T BELIEVE WE HAVE WAITED THIS LONG FOR ROBERT TURBIN TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.”

Marlon Mack has been on my radar since a guy in one of my Sleeper Leagues shouted “SLEEPER OF THE YEAR” as he selected Mack towards the end of the draft. Mack has been struggling to get playing time while the Colts send Robert Turbin and Frank Gore out onto the field and raise their hands in disbelief when their run game implodes. Gore has 3 time the number of touches as Mack, but only has two times the yardage. Give the keys to young kid and let the boy DRIVE. You have a solution Pagano. USE IT. Idiot.

2. Ned Donovan – 210.78

Bennie Fowler – WR, Denver Broncos

Well, two dud-ish weeks in a row. That’s no bueno. Bridges has taken back the top spot, and Justin is just begging to take over the #2 seed from me. I need a big pick. Who is that big pick? Why it’s Bennie Fowler, of course.

Fowler is the 3rd WR on the Depth Chart for the Broncos, but all the way back in week 1 he was 3/4 receptions with 2 TDs. Since then his numbers haven’t been great but last week he was targeted a season-high 8 times against the New York Giants. And as the Broncos get ready to take on the Chargers, and Emmanuel Sanders officially ruled out for week 7, Fowler’s getting promoted. He’s not Demaryius Thomas, and the Chargers will have to treat DT as such. With DT grabbing all the double teams, there will be a lot of open opportunity for Fowler to make plays as a WR2 this week. Oh and that game in week 1 with 2 TDs? It was against the Chargers. Fowler will find the end zone this weekend, and my thinking is with him stepping up he’ll have a lot more looks in the open field to rack up the yards.

1. Jake Bridges – 244.25

Brett Hundley – QB, Green Bay Packers

Alright, I have thankfully reclaimed my spot as the points leader thanks to a big Josh McCown day. I’ve struck gold with the two times I’ve chosen a QB now, and so I’ll go back to the well again. With Aaron Rodgers done for the year, I’m going with a guy I watched a lot at UCLA: Brett Hundley.

This is a pretty risky move, but for many reasons, it’s one that can pay off in a big way. First of all, the man steps into a situation where he’s throwing to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Martellus Bennett among others. Also, the Pack finally have an adequate running game, which should take the pressure off of his arm. It’s not like he’s stepping into the starting job in San Francisco, know what I mean? Sorry, CJ Beathard. Also, this is not a rookie. He’s had a minute or two to sit, watch, and learn from one of the best QBs in the game. That seemed to work out fine for the last Packers QB who was in this situation…

Anyways, we know the Packers have talent. The Saints’ defense does not. They just came off a game where they gave up 38 points to the Lions, who are not too bad this year, but I live by the mantra “anything the Lions can do, the Packers can do better.” I don’t expect 38 points, but there are far tougher defenses you can face in your NFL starting QB debut. I will give New Orleans a little credit. They are statistically middle of the road defensively, but their weakest aspect is their secondary. They give up the 6th most passing yards per game right now, and so give me Hundley with a big debut.


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