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Sunday 24th Sep 2017

So the big story of the week is the giant scandal in fantasy football. To me, what is being reported to have happened to trigger the media storm is hardly a big deal. It does, however, open up the thought that maybe more information is available to some people than others. But you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to project that these players would have been among the highest owned for last week:

Karlos Williams – 49.9%
A.J. Green – 36.7%
Randall Cobb – 34.0%
Amari Cooper – 33.5%
Julio Jones - 30.6%
James Jones – 28.1%

Who will be the highest owned players in Week 5? Let’s start with the Patriots – Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski. Julio Jones will have high ownership numbers as well as Charles Clay, Jamaal Charles and Le'Veon Bell. I have no access to any information, but I am willing to bet that the ownership numbers on all these guys will be high. And I can construct my lineup to use those guys or fade those guys – my choice. I see very little, if any, advantage to having the numbers.

Some things that I would find problematic (and there are no reports of them happening):

  1. Being able to swap players in and out of your lineup after their games have started
  2. Access to lineups of the top fantasy players in the industry

I expect that the large daily fantasy companies will take the necessary actions to assure their data is secure. I just hope that the media storm has not gone so far out of control that some attention-seeking politician will want to create legislation to ban or control fantasy sports. That would be a nightmare for all of us.

Let's get back to the games - here are my DraftKings players to consider this week.

QUARTERBACK
Tom Brady NE 7800 Brady has been playing pinball so far. Expensive but worth it so far.
Eli Manning NYG 6800 Very good in past three after early clunker. Beckham yet to get on track.
Matt Ryan Atl 6700 Strong rush game keeping TD totals a little low.
Carson Palmer Ari 6600 Three games over 300 yards and three games with multiple TD passes.
Marcus Mariota Ten 6000 Yet to play a bad game.
Tyrod Taylor Buf 5800 Big early-season surprise. The running backs keep getting injured.
Joe Flacco Bal 5600 Very cheap but limited at wide receiver.
Blake Bortles Jax 5100 OK so far. Cheapest useable option. Strong wide receivers.
RUNNING BACK
Le'Veon Bell Pit 8500 Two games and right back on top.
Jamaal Charles KC 7800 Five TDs second among all running backs.
Matt Forte Chi 7000 Averaging 24 touches per game.
Devonta Freeman Atl 6300 Been a beast for two straight weeks. Big price increase.
Mark Ingram NO 6100 Leads all running backs in receptions.
Justin Forsett Bal 5800 Lack of receiving threats could increase Forsett's usage in passing game.
Dion Lewis NE 4800 Always have to guess on when the coach will decide to go in another direction.
Giovani Bernard Cin 4800 Bernard has a better chance for success against Seattle than Hill.
Danny Woodhead SD 4600 Always a receiving threat.
Duke Johnson Jr. Cle 4600 If he can stay healthy there can be big numbers all season.
Chris Johnson Ari 4400 Opportunity equals production.
Todd Gurley StL 4300 Was the second half of last week the beginning of a superstar?
Theo Riddick Det 3000 A very cheap PPR option.
WIDE RECEIVER
Julio Jones Atl 9200 Early lead limited Week 4 numbers. That possibility exists here as well.
Randall Cobb GB 7500 Shoulder is a concern, but must be considered.
Emmanuel Sanders Den 7400 Nice matchup with the Raiders.
Keenan Allen SD 7200 Superstar in two. Good in one. Clunker in one.
Julian Edelman NE 7000 Money in the bank on huge target numbers.
Amari Cooper Oak 6600 Developing a solid floor for cash games.
Jeremy Maclin KC 6000 Great in the past game and a half. Barely ok in first two and a half.
James Jones GB 5700 Rodgers' go-to guy in the end zone. Put up good numbers in Week 4.
Allen Robinson Jax 5500 4-33-11-11 makes him a better GPP play.
Kendall Wright Ten 5400 Two 20-point games surrounded by a four-point game. Can you take the risk?
Pierre Garcon Was 5300 Model of consistency - 11-18 points depending upon whether he finds the end zone.
Michael Crabtree Oak 4600 Seeing the targets in Oakland, but does not consistently put up the points.
Allen Hurns Jax 4500 Double-digit points in every game. Excellent points/dollars ratio.
Tavon Austin StL 4300 Limited touches but very explosive.
Leonard Hankerson Atl 4000 Taking over the number two role from Roddy White.
Kamar Aiken Bal 3800 Not many healthy receivers remaining in Baltimore.
Willie Snead NO 3000 Becoming a go-to target for Saints. Increased reception total in each game.
TIGHT END
Rob Gronkowski NE 7500 Outscoring all tight ends, even with a bye.
Travis Kelce KC 5200 Not much difference between Kelce, Witten and Clay so far this season.
Martellus Bennett Chi 5000 Much better with Cutler at an affordable price.
Antonio Gates SD 4200 Makes his 2015 debut.
Charles Clay Buf 4100 Better each game.
Gary Barnidge Cle 3800 Great with McCown. Bad with Manziel. Great value.
DEFENSE
Cardinals Ari 3800 Four touchdowns and a safety so far.
Broncos Den 3600 Top scoring defense through four weeks has a good match-up but is on the road.
Patriots NE 3300 Cowboys not the same without Romo and Bryant. Will force turnovers with big lead.
Falcons Atl 3200 Strong run game is reducing the time the defense has to be on the field.
Giants NYG 2900 Good match-up against the 49'ers at home.
Chiefs KC 2800 Big favorites at home against the Bears.
Jaguars Jax 2700 Faces the turnover-prone Bucs.

MY CURRENT LINEUP

Tyrod Taylor QB Buf 5800
Le'Veon Bell RB Pit 8500
Duke Johnson Jr. RB Cle 4600
Julian Edelman WR NE 7000
Keenan Allen WR SD 7200
Kamar Aiken WR Bal 3800
Dion Lewis FL NE 4800
Martellus Bennett TE Chi 5000
Jaguars DST Jax 2700
49400

OTHER FLEX OPTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION

Pierre Garcon FL Was 5300
Michael Crabtree FL Oak 4600

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