Want a break from the week-to-week grind of the fantasy football season?
Well, if you’re more into instant gratification and want to earn a quick buck (and not wait a full year to claim your prize) then the FP911Challenge.com is just for you.
What you do is fill a roster consisting of 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 3 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 TD/ST- all within a budget of 60,000 imaginary dollars while competing against hundreds of other players.
The scoring is as follows:
Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts
Interceptions = -1pt
Receiving yards = 0.1pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
Receptions = 0.5pts
Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts
Extra-point conversions = 1pt
Sacks = 1pt
Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
Safeties = 2pts
Blocked kicks = 2pts
Interceptions = 2pts
0 points allowed = 10pts
1-6 points allowed = 7pts
7-13 points allowed = 4pts
14-20 points allowed = 1pt
28-34 points allowed = -1pt
35+ points allowed = -4pts
What you have to do is a field a lineup plus manage a budget and predict who has the best matchups. You also have to take into consideration what under-the-radar type players(since you can’t solely rely on studs) could lead you to glory. If you do all this well, you can earn some major dollars-and really quick.
That said, here are some options at each position that could be the difference in your matchups this weekend. I’ve designated each skill position (QB, RB, WR and TE) with a player worth the bucks, a player a tad under the radar, and a Hail Mary option. For kickers and defense, I will supply what I see as the best value.
Worth the bucks: Tom Brady- New England Patriots
After a bye week, Brady and the Pats should be well rested and raring to go in a rematch with the Buffalo Bills.
The last time they squared off, Brady threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in a Pats’ romp in Week 4. The Bills are 24th in the league in pass defense (248.4 passing yards per game) and after two weeks to prepare, Brady should have no trouble connecting with all of his weapons.
Under the radar find: Joe Flacco- Baltimore Ravens
When Flacco starts at home, he is more than a serviceable option at quarterback.
In four home games this year, Flacco has passed for 1,271 yards with seven touchdowns. This week Flacco and the Ravens’ will be taking on a Raiders squad that is traveling from the west coast for a 1:00 ET start game.
The Raiders are susceptible to the pass, as they are 21st against the pass (245.3 YPG) . Flacco and the Ravens should open up the playbook this week; so Flacco may be worth the risk this week.
Hail Mary option: Ryan Tannehill- Miami Dolphins
Tannehill is holding his own this year and when the matchup is favorable, he is more than a capable quarterback to depend on.
This week Tannehill and the Dolphins will take on the Tennessee Titans at home. We’re talking about a Titans’ pass defense that is 27th in the league in pass defense (272.7 passing yards allowed per game) while also giving up the most passing TD’s (20) in the league.
So, with Reggie Bush struggling, look for Tannehill to take some chances in the passing game given the matchup he has in front of him.
Worth the bucks: Ray Rice- Baltimore Ravens
Did you see what Doug Martin (who has been compared to Rice) did to the Raiders last week? Well, expect the Ravens to look at that tape and give Rice a heavy dose of touches in hopes for a similar-type performance.
The Raiders are allowing 124.1 rushing yards per game (22nd in the league) and have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns (third most in the league).
Expect Rice to carry the load and break down the weary Raiders in the second half.
Under the radar find: Willis McGahee- Denver Broncos
The Panthers’ are not that bad at defending the pass, so they will look to limit Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ passing game first and foremost. As such, look for the Broncos to counter with handing the ball off a ton to McGahee.
The Panthers are porous against the run, allowing 119 rushing yards per game (20th in the league), and the Broncos would like to get the run game established so they can eventually open up the passing game.
Hail Mary option: Chris Ivory- New Orleans Saints
Ivory had a solid first game on Monday night against the Eagles, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Ivory has proven to be a capable runner in the past and with the Saints sans Darren Sproles, they could call on Ivory to make more plays. The matchup is good for Ivory too. The Falcons rank 25th against the run (127.5 rushing yards allowed per game) and Ivory could be called on more after his encouraging performance on Monday night.
At $4,500, Ivory is a very cost-effective player to take a gamble on.
Worth the bucks: A.J. Green- Cincinnati Bengals
With each game he plays, Green is fortifying his claim to being the game’s top receiver. After all, the guy has scored in seven straight games.
The Giants have been prone to giving up big plays in the passing game. The Giants rank 26th against the pass this year while allowing on average 264.3 passing yards per game.
So, try as they might to stop him, Green should get his numbers against the Giants and is guy to trust at a high price ($8,300).
Under the radar find: Brian Hartline- Miami Dolphins
Hartline has been feast or famine this year, and Sunday’s contest with the Titans could be one of those feast days for Hartline.
You see, the Titans are atrocious against the pass. The Titans have been exposed in the air and have allowed 282.7 receiving yards per game while also giving up 20 passing touchdowns (tied for the most in the league).
So, Hartline is as solid as it gets for the price ($5,900) he is being listed at.
Hail Mary option: Nate Washington-Tennessee Titans
At $5,200, Washington is a bargain.
The Dolphins, too, are bad against the pass. With the Dolphin’s being stout up front ,allowing 83.9 rushing yards per game, expect them to key in on Chris Johnson.
That being said, expect Jake Locker-who is making his return to the field this week- to air it out. The Dolphins rank 30th in the league in pass defense while allowing 298.3 passing yards per game; so there is a chance that Washington could get loose for a few big plays.
Worth the bucks: Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots
No big shock here. “Gronk” is arguably the game’s best tight end and with him racking up 14 receptions for 224 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games, he is approaching the beastly level he is accustomed to being at.
The Bills, who allow 248.4 passing yards per game (24th in the league), will be no match for Gronkowski. If you want to spend big bucks on a tight end, there is simply no better choice than “Gronk.”
Under the radar find: Martellus Bennett- New York Giants
Bennett has certainly had his ups and downs this year and has not scored since Week 3.
That could all change when Bennett and the Giants take on the Bengals this Sunday. The Bengals have allowed tight ends to score in three straight games. The Bengals are mediocre against the pass, while allowing 240.4 passing yards per game (19th in the league). So, don’t be shocked if Bennett has one of his bigger days.
Hail Mary option: Anthony Fasano- Miami Dolphins
What makes Tannehill and Hartline solid plays is also what makes Fasano a nice option this week.
I’ve already gone into detail how bad the Titans are against the pass, so no need to repeat that rhetoric. However, here is a new stat that makes Fasano an even more titillating selection: the Titans so far have allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends this year.
So, if you find yourself in a squeeze with the budget, Fasano at $4,800 could be a godsend.
Best value: Blair Walsh- Minnesota Vikings
Expect the Vikings to move the ball somewhat against an improving defensive unit in the Lions (read below) as Adrian Peterson alone should get the Vikings in Lions’ territory enough times. However, with Christian Ponder struggling and being without Percy Harvin, the Vikes’ offense could stall and that could make Walsh, who will be kicking at home, a solid play.
Best value: Detroit Lions
The Lions are slowly turning the corner. The Lions limited the Jaguars to less than 300 yards of total offense last week (with two takeaways) and with the Vikings reeling of late (and down Harvin) the Lions are a solid play at the minimum price of $5,000.
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