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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

This has been an interesting season for me in the football world, for some of my teams do well, and some not, from week-to-week. But none all do well at the same time, it seems.

One thing, though, I have always stressed is that playing multiple formats is good for one's game, no matter what format is preferred, and thanks to daily games this year, I have radically changed my thoughts about selecting a defense.

Truly, I always felt getting a strong defense by the eighth round--the sixth if you could nab a surely dominant team--was the way to go as points are points, and a productive defensive squad is as good and steady as any other roster slot.

But, this year, thanks to DFS, I have been scrounging for the cheapest reasonable defense; that is, I have been looking at the most pathetic match-up of teams, and ideally select the best defense playing at home. So, the logical move in season-long games is to draft Defense like I would Kickers, at the end, and rotate my stock.

In fact, kickers did indeed rock Week 10, with four scoring 15 points or more through Sunday, while eight defenses, none of whom seemed like juggernauts going into Sunday, scored ten or more points.

Tight Ends again enjoyed some under-the-radar points with Jordan Reed and Zach Miller each bagging a pair of TDs with other names like Crockett Gillmore and Brent Celek appearing again among the top players at the slot. All make good and inexpensive plays in DFS: the issue to me is the defense their teams are facing and relative efficiency in the red zone. 

Mentioned it last week, and now it is likely too late, but Jeremy Langford is indeed the "it RB" this week. However, if you are looking for another name who could be lurking out there, take a look at the Patriots' James White, who nabbed a pass Sunday but with Dion Lewis out, will likely see increased activity as the Patriots' season progresses.

Staying in Boston, with Julian Edelman likely out for the remainder of the fantasy season, take a strong look at Danny Amendola, who will be Tom Brady's go-to guy in the absence of Edelman.

Another receiver to keep an eye on is the Dolphins' Rishard Matthews, who bagged five catches for 93 yards Sunday, giving him five games with five nabs or more, 42 receptions and 642 yards thus far for the season.

Travis Benjamin also enjoyed a solid week, picking up 100-plus yards for the second time this season and bringing his totals to 48 receptions for 748 yards. These guys do float around the waiver pool, at least up to a point, but they are also generally a moderate DFS investment and often pay off with double-digit points and more.

Finally, tough to see Peyton Manning losing his starting spot after so many years of brilliance, but that is the way of things. Hope the end is as graceful as all the rest of his career has been.

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