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NFL Sleeper Cell: THANKSGIVING EDITION

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NFL Sleeper Cell: THANKSGIVING EDITION


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THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN

NFL SLEEPER CELL FANTASY LEAGUE

LEADERBOARD


10. Charlie Forray – 95.4

9. Joanna Krupnick – 129.96

8. Meg Schneider – 186.51

7.  Andrew Wilhelm – 209.12

6. Kevin Morin – 225.43

5. Ryan Kelly  – 232.99

4. Jake Bridges – 336.47

3. Ned Donovan – 350.06

2. Justin Colombo  – 400.69

1. Andrew O’Neill – 409.62


HOW IT WORKS… Normally..


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.


HOW IT WORKS… THIS WEEK

Multipliers are as follows: 25% ownership is x1.5, under 25 is x2, under 20 is x3, under 15 is x4, under 10 is x5, under 5%  is x6. QB Multipliers follow the same formula as usual, essentially being halved.


TURKEY DAY PICKS


10. Charlie Forray – 95.4

Evan Engram – TE, New York Giants

My Turkey Day pick is Evan Engram TE for the New York Giants.

I realize i’m picking a giant again but this may be a bounce back game for Engram so i’m confident he will help me leapfrog Joanna and keep me out of last place.

9. Joanna Krupnick – 129.96

Kirk Cousins – QB, Washington Redskins

I will be in D.C. with my Cousins. Therefore I am taking my Cousins in D.C. BOOM. YOU LIKE THAT?

7.  Andrew Wilhelm – 209.12

 Lions – DEFENSE, Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions football is as much a part of Thanksgiving for me as turkey. Maybe more so. I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving since moving to California in 2013 so the Lions on TV have been my anchor to home.  Dallas fans will try to say Thanksgiving football is their tradition. But they are wrong. The Lions have been playing their traditional Thanksgiving game every year since 1945 (as well as years before but I’m different incarnations). Dallas started theirs in the late 60s. It’s the one guaranteed Nationally televised Lions game a year, even when their busy going 0-16. It’s our Super Bowl. This is a very long winded saying of I’m going with the complete homer pick of the Lions D on a Thursday against a potent Vikings offense. But it’s Thanksgiving. I have to. For Tradition.

6. Kevin Morin – 225.43

Byron Marshall – RB, Washington Redskins

With Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson out, Washington is pretty thin at the RB position. Expect Marshall to fill in as their 3rd down back, and hope he can rival Perine in touches to take it to the Giants D.

5. Ryan Kelly  – 232.99

Ryan Grant – WR, Washington Redskins

Gotta love a guy named Ryan.

4. Jake Bridges – 336.47

Vernon Davis – TE, Washington Redskins

UGH. What a disaster last weekend. I lost points, and now I’m all the way down at 4th after Nathan Peterman played like a high school QB last week. This week, I’m going back to one of my better calls this year and targeting the Giants’ D against the TE. They’re woefully bad covering that position this year (worst in the NFL), and so I’m taking Vernon Davis. I’m assuming Reed isn’t healthy enough to handle a full workload, so give me Davis.

3. Ned Donovan – 350.06

Jarius Wright – WR, Minnesota Vikings

This is a boom or bust pick, but on a day with only 3 games, what’re you supposed to do? Overall he’s a quiet receiver since Stefan Diggs and Adam Thielen are both stud wide receivers, but unlike many WR3s playing this week, he has the looks to make him more than a lottery play. He has 2 TDs on the season, against TB and WAS respectively, and against BAL he had 3 receptions for 54 yards. Detroit’s defense has been okay but not great against the pass, but I’m counting on them to force Keenum into looking at Wright, and counting on Wright to find himself with his 3rd TD of the season

2. Justin Colombo  – 400.69

Ameer Abdullah – RB, Detroit Lions

I always root for the Lions on Thanksgiving… except when they play the Patriots. As much as the Lions losing on Thanksgiving has become semi-traditional, so has my proclivity for wanting them to take home a W.

What I like about Ameer Abdullah is that he falls somewhere in the middle of a STACKED RB grouping, and he’s facing a tough matchup, gooing up against the only RED RANKED DEFENSE. THAT’S HUGE PEOPLE. For those of you who play causally, there’s a lot riding on the color of the oppositions ranking, right? RIGHT. So I’m picking against that. Plus, this dude in open space is a goddamn gazelle.

1. Andrew O’Neill – 409.62

Travis Rudolph – WR, New York Giants

Sleeper picks on Thanksgiving?! Its a real risk betting on feast or famine with so much food on the table, but I will take Travis Rudolph, WR for the New York Giants.  Sitting at 2-8, NYG fan’s fears regarding the Giants are not that they will go 2-14 but rather that they manage to play just well enough to save Ben McAdoo’s job and force everyone to watch him stalk the sidelines for another season, head glistening with hair gel and now somehow also with sunglasses.

It will be up to the rookies and unproven players on the Giants roster, namely at WR.  Rudolph has seen some targets, and should be eager to get his hands on anything that comes his way to put as much on tape as he can.  It seems likely that Washington will kick their ass on Thursday, which means the ball should get thrown around with the Giants playing catch-up.  Who knows, though?  The Giants looked like a worthy opponent to the Chiefs in Week 11, maybe they can muster some of the same on Thanksgiving against the other team in the league with an offensive Native American mascot.  I’ll take Travis Rudolph to put himself on the map.


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