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THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN

NFL SLEEPER CELL FANTASY LEAGUE

PRE-WEEK 10 LEADERBOARD


10. Charlie Forray – 78.67

9. Joanna Krupnick – 116.16

8. Kevin Morin – 124.03

7. Meg Schneider – 161.85

6.  Andrew Wilhelm – 198.06

5. Ryan Kelly  – 218.36

4. Andrew O’Neill – 285.97

3. Ned Donovan – 291.46

2. Justin Colombo  – 305.39

1. Jake Bridges – 317.3


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.


THIS WEEK’S PICKS


10. Charlie Forray – 78.67

Eli Manning – QB, New York Giants

“I honestly can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Eli Manning is my sleeper pick for this week… Now look, I’m in last place. I need a big win. I need a QB to blow up this week and I truly feel Eli is the one to do it. Even though, EVEN THOUGH, the Giants are teeeeerrrrrible and I literally hate them as a Patriots fan, I do believe Eli has some serious upside. First, he is consistently scoring touchdowns. Second, he is going up against the San Fransisco 0 and Niners. Thirdly, the Giants are righting the ship. I don’t expect them to win out the season. But I do expect them to rock the 49ers. I say load up on running backs and wide receivers and buy a super cheap QB in Eli. And then WIN BIG.

9. Joanna Krupnick – 116.16

Darren McFadden – RB, Dallas Cowboys

A lot of people are going to pick Alfred Morris. I’m gonna go with the back who has proved himself before. Darren. McFadden. BOOK IT.

8. Kevin Morin – 124.03

Devontae Booker – RB, Denver Broncos

Could have a big day out of the backfield catching balls in the flat against the Pats. Denver needs to get him going to disrupt an inconsistent New England defense.

7. Meg Schneider – 161.85

Alvin Kamara – RB, New Orleans Saints

My boys have won 6 games in a row BABY and I’m feeling strong to very strong that the good times will continue to roll this weekend in Buffalo.

6.  Andrew Wilhelm – 198.06

Alfred Morris – RB, Dallas Cowboys

The whole backup RB thing worked last week so let’s see if we can catch lightning in a bottle twice.

5. Ryan Kelly  – 218.36

Adam Humphries – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Why do I like Humphries this week? He’s bound to see an uptick in targets with Mike Evans serving a suspension. Some people may think that having backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in this game may hurt his value, but I’m not so sure. In Week 6, Fitzmagic came in to replace the then-injured Jameis Winston, and Humphries finished the day with six catches for 51 yards. I think there is a shot that Humphries could be that third down safety net on Sunday, and get a lot of chances to make some plays. But then again, my picks have been brutal lately. So who knows. I’m giving logic another shot, but if I get one more one-catch performance out of a pick of mine I may need to adopt a new strategy.

4. Andrew O’Neill – 285.97

Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Fitzpatrick, having graduated from Harvard, must know that his number of remaining NFL starts are numbered.  One school of thought would be to exercise a little caution and maybe some semblance of game management when he gets one.  But Fitzpatrick only knows one gear, no matter how he slings the ball he will get 2 starts in a row with Jameis Winston nursing a shoulder injury and the Bucs season all but lost at 2-6.  Give me the gunslinger getting his arm loose against the Jets, his former team.

3. Ned Donovan – 291.46

Chris Godwin – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Who? Good question, glad you asked. The rookie Wide Receiver has been quiet this season, logging only one catch in each of the last 5 games. However I look at that as a positive. Why? Because it means that despite being on the same team as superstar receiver Mike Evans, and solid 2nd option DeSean Jackson, he still gets looked at. Well Evans is suspended this week, and Jackson will be filling his role on the depth chart, meaning that Godwin will be moving up into Jackson’s slot. OR Godwin will be running Evans’ routes and Jackson will become the #1 option. Either way, against the 23rd ranked Defense against the pass, and Ryan Fitzpatrick not looking half bad last week? ‘Sup Rookie WR poised to have a breakout game.

2. Justin Colombo  – 305.39

Giovani Bernard – RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Have I picked Bernard before? Did he come through for me last time? Kinda. But I’m going back to him again. Why? Much like the other running backs on this list, it’s because of another back’s injuries. With Jeremy Hill out and Joe Mixon unable to get firm footing on the work horse role, I’m looking for Bernard to take the reigns and absorb Hill’s snaps. Think of it this way, with Hill out, Mixon isn’t going to get any more snaps, but Bernard will. That’s the advantge I’m looking for.

1. Jake Bridges – 317.3

Garrett Celek – TE, San Francisco 49ers

Back on top! It feels good, but honestly, I can’t handle this back and forth seemingly every week. The way this whole thing has been going is that I alternate good and bad weeks. If that theory holds true, then I am due for a bad week. However, much like the 2016 San Francisco Giants, streaks are made to be broken. Bonus points if you understood that cross-sport reference.

Anyways, this week I am digging WAY deep and choosing San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek as my sleeper. Who?! I know! Garrett Celek is the man atop the Niners depth chart now that starter George Kittle has been ruled out for Sunday’s tilt against the Giants. He’s the true definition of a sleeper this week as he is just $2,500 on DraftKings! But I have my reasons…

First of all, do you realize how horrendous the Giants are against the tight end position this year? Not only have they given up an NFL worst 19 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, but they’ve also allowed a touchdown from the position in EVERY SINGLE GAME. Thanks to DK analyst Adam Levitan for his tweet pointing out that stat. I don’t know what it is about the G-men and their disdain for covering the tight end. The 49ers should be trotting out new acquisition Jimmy Garoppolo for this first time this week at QB, and because he’s only been with the team for about a week and a half, I expect some growing pains. And I’m hoping that growing pains equals check down passes to the tight end. Who is Garrett Celek. But like…who is Garrett Celek though, for real?


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