Teaching You How to #Win – NFL Week 16 Absolutes

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Absolute Must Have

Cam Newton leads this category as our to #AbsoluteMustHave for both FanDuel and DraftKings this week. He is going to play against the Atlanta Falcons again this week, whom he torched just two weeks ago for a 36 point fantasy performance. The question for the Panthers at this point is, what is the game really worth to them. This is a division game and while they destroyed the Falcons 38 – 0, the Falcons still have something to play for, slim but possible. As a fan of the Falcons, I hope to see a competitive game that comes down to the end. The reality of the situation is that Cam Newton is on fire right now, going for over 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing, becoming the first player in NFL history to get this mark last week, look for him to attempt to continue his NFL MVP run this week. His price tag is very high so you will have to get some sleepers in order to afford him but this should be a consideration in at least one lineup. For those of you who only play one lineup per week, you need to spend those dollars wisely and should probably look for the Notable QB rather than the top end guy but if you willing to spend those dollars, Cam should put up at least 25 fantasy points this weekend.

***Reminder Must Have’s are salaries that are $7,800 and higher


Absolute Notable

For FanDuel our top #AbsoluteNotable for week 16 is Jeremy Maclin. Simply put, this guy has produced at least 12 fantasy points in 6 straight contests and this week, he gets to torch the Cleveland Browns defense, who couldn’t even stop Gabbert from deep balls. Maclin will get a minimum of 11 targets and with his catch percentage in the top 10 of the league, this means he should get 8 catches and around 100 yards receiving. DC*3PO shows him with a TD this week and he lands on our Big Play Potential list so his upside is even better than the 18 points he should get this week regardless of the big play. Moving over to DraftKings, we have Philip Rivers this week, playing against the Oakland Raiders. Rivers was awful against the Raiders in the first half of their previous game this season, only eclipsing 1 point in that half. Then came the Rivers we know all to well and he ripped off another 29.4 fantasy points in that second half, throwing mainly to Gates, this combo should be a solid play for those of you that will enter a full Thu – Mon contest or if you are looking for that Thu – Sat matchup, I will post a couple of lineups tomorrow morning as our Christmas Eve gift to you! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to provide this level of in depth analysis so thank you to all of our Bronze and Silver members!
***Reminder Notables are salaries between $5,200 and $7,800


Absolute Sleeper


For our last category we have our #AbsoluteSleeper on FanDuel, Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers. He is projected to have over 12 fantasy points again this week and is playing in a dome late in December. The Falcons typically have performed well in the redzone and because of that are giving up the most field goals per game in their home dome. Look for Gano to have a solid day from the Kicking position again this week as the Panthers look to go over 30 points for the 6th straight week. As we turn to DraftKings, we have Ted Ginn topping this week’s list. If you haven’t noticed, Ginn has been a top 10 fantasy WR for each of the past 4 weeks and has scored twice in three straight games. This included a matchup against the Falcons two weeks ago, where Ginn only caught two balls all day, they just happened to be a 46 yard TD and a 78 yard TD, so can he repeat this again this week? DC*3PO shows that he could very well be a top 10 WR again and given that his price tag hasn’t gone up all that much, look for him to continue with an estimated 112 yards receiving on 4 catches with 1 TD. That will equate to 24.2 fantasy point upside for Ginn and if you combo him with Cam this should get you right around 60 fantasy points out of these two players.

Get your full FanDuel Absolutes report for week 16 here.

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The Airing of Greivances is a #Festivus Miracle

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I’ve Got a Few Problems With You People:

Is there a War on Festivus? Whatever happened to just airing your greivance?  Showing your strength with certain inalienable feats? Or just gathering around the undecorated aluminum pole because tinsel is distracting?  I got alot of problems with you people and futher indict you non-traditional Festivus participant for over-commercializing a bipartisan holiday for those of us who were outcast by the traditional campaigns the month of December celebrates.  You’re ruining it – LET’s RUMBLE – because Festivus is not over until you pin me!


Remember This?

One Year ago tomorrow this happenned – one of the worst losses I’ve witnessed and had.  Sure there was the 12-team #NFL parlay I had that the only way I could lose it, was if Tim Couch and the Cleveland Browns threw a Hail Mary to beat the Saints – it happened.  Yes, there was also a 12 team college football parlay, that I lost when CU took an intentional safety against Oklahoma – the pain has long since scarred, and this one is still fresh.

The 2014 Bahamas Bowl. Western Kentucky, minus 2, versus Central Michigan. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers (WKU) lead 49-14. 49-14!! Steve Levy, Lou Holtz and Mark May are talking about how they’re going to hop planes and get home in time for the end of Christmas eve. WKU is up by 35 and only has to win by 2. Christmas come early!

Then CMU scores. And scores again. And again. Four touchdowns! Suddenly it’s 49-42, but all WKU has to do is run out the clock – for some reason they don’t.  CMU has the ball on their 25yd line – the only way you can lose is if it is a 75yd hail-mary-lateral-apalooza – see for yourself how it ended:


#NBA Stats of America

Bryant leads the Lakers

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 31 points and added five assists as the Lakers won in Denver to snap their 17-game losing streak against Western Conference opponents (which dated back to last season). Bryant has been the Lakers’ leading scorer, either outright or tied, in 12 of his 24 games this season, including each of the team’s five victories.

Sixers hand a game to the Grizzlies

The Grizzlies defeated the Sixers, 104-90, thanks in part to 28 Philadelphia turnovers (16 on steals by Memphis) that led to 36 points. It was the seventh NBA game during the 2015 calendar year in which one team committed 28 or more turnovers, and the Sixers have accounted for four of those seven, including two this season. Philadelphia became the first team in NBA history to lose 29 of its first 30 games of a season, as its record fell to 1-29.

Mario Chalmers handed out seven assists and was credited with four steals in 23 minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies. The only other NBA player to reach those minimums of assists and steals in a game in which he played less than 25 minutes this season is San Antonio’s Patty Mills.

Biyombo cleans the glass

Bismack Biyombo grabbed 20 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass, to help the Raptors top the Mavericks, 103-99. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Biyombo pulled down 13 or more rebounds. It is the second-longest streak of that kind in the NBA this season (Andre Drummond had a nine-game streak) and it ties the longest such streak for the Raptors. The only other Toronto player who grabbed at least 13 rebounds in each of five consecutive games is Chris Bosh in 2009-10.

Pistons come back with the long ball

The Pistons made 15 of their 29 three-point field-goal attempts in a one-point victory at Miami after they went 16-for-31 from beyond the arc when they won at home against the Heat on November 25. Those are the only two games this season in which Detroit made as many as 15 three-point field goals, as well as the only games in which Miami allowed so many buckets from downtown. It is the second time in NBA history that a team made at least 15 three-pointers while making more than half of their shots from beyond the arc in each of two or more consecutive games against a particular opponent within one season. Orlando did that in three straight meetings with the 76ers in 2009-10.

The Heat outscored the Pistons 34-18 in the first quarter, but Detroit quickly erased that deficit, and then some, with a 36-18 advantage in the second period to take a two-point lead into the locker room at the intermission. Over the last eight seasons, only one other team led an NBA game at halftime after trailing by 16 or more points at the end of the first quarter. The other team to do so during that time (since 2008-09) is Sacramento in an overtime loss at Washington on January 11, 2011 (trailed 38-19 at the end of the first period and led 56-54 at the half).

***The staff is looking to take the rest of the week off to recover from all the demoninational and non-demoninational festivities. Maybe we’ll throw a bone here and there, but for the most part – CU on Monday.