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Monday 23rd Oct 2017

Editor's Note: Mastersball is indeed changing. Our DFS coverage will be increasing across the board, complementing the season-long coverage and support we have been providing on the Net for 20 years.

As part of these changes, we bid adieu to Rotisserie Duck and thank him for 200 lovely columns over the years. As part of these changes, this piece moves into a Friday space in anticipation of weekend games, series, and tournaments to help prepare your picks for the weekend. 

This is the second change (moving Extra Points to Tuesdays, after all the NFL games for a cycle are completed, was first) and while the Mastersball site is undergoing a facelift, we will begin both weekly strategy pieces for major sports, as well as daily picks and thoughts. All of this supporting our fabulous Platinum package for which you can subscribe.

So, Roto-Bituaries (we are indeed searching for a new and more clever name), which will ideally expand beyond just baseball, football, and cultural events, has its new home.

Thanks for your loyalty, and stay tuned for those changes.


Arizona has its littany of questionable players (Andre Ellington, Larry Fitzgerald and Malcolm Floyd) who are both questionable and good to go it seems, while the only St. Louis question mark is kicker Greg Zuerlein (groin), who did not play last week.

Kicking is a problem in Atlanta as well, with Matt Bryant (quadriceps) a question mark, but Devonta Freeman (concussion) and Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) appear to be probable.

Bearing in mind the Ravens have lost their QB, RB, and top WR, they are at full strength this week, facing the Dolphins whose Rishard Matthews (ribs) is questionable.

Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor and Karlos Williams (both shoulders) are probable facing the red-hot Texans with Alfred Blue (back) and DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) questionable. Note to those of you who have the Houston defense, J.J. Watt (groin) is also questionable.

The Panthers, at full strength, should have fun picking apart the Saints defense, while New Orleans' Willie Snead (unknown) and Marques Colston (rib) are questionable and Mark Ingram (shoulder) probable. 

Martellus Bennett (ribs) is probable while Eddie Royal (knee) is questionable for the Bears facing the Niners, who will have Anquan Boldin (hamstring) probable and Carlos Hyde (foot) questionable (and unlikely).

Tony Romo (shoulder) will likely sit against long-time rivals Washington, who are at full strength.

Ronnie Hillman (tooth) and Owen Daniels (knee) are probable against division foes, the Chargers, whose signal caller Philip Rivers (foot) is probable.

Cincinnati's fine Tight End Tyler Eifert (neck) is questionable against the Browns, who have everything but a quarterback ready to go.

Andrew Luck (kidney) is still out for the Colts in their disappointing season at Pittsburgh, who have Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) probable, with Martavis Bryant (hip) and Heath Miller (rib) questionable.

The Jaguars' Allen Hurns (concussion) is questionable facing the Titans, who have no reported injuries.

In the game I will focus on, the Raiders will have all their weapons at home against the Chiefs, whose Travis Kelce (groin) is probable along with Charcandrick West (knee), who will probably share the load with Spencer Ware.

Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is out in Minnesota while the Vikes have no overt injuries.

Rob Gronkowski (knee) is out for a few weeks, but the Pats are supposed to get Danny Amendola (knee) back at home against the Eagles, whose Sam Bradford (shoulder) and Zach Ertz (concussion) are probable while Ryan Mathews (concussion/knee) is questionable.

The Giants have Tight End Larry Donnell (neck) questionable at home against the cross-town Jets, whose Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) and Eric Decker (knee) are probable while Brandon Marshall (toe) is questionable.


Keenan AllenJamaal CharlesJordy Nelson, Le'Veon Bell, Victor Cruz, Andrew Luck, Tony RomoJulian Edelman, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Peyton Manning, Josh McCown and metaphorically, Johnny Manziel.


I have been playing it cheap with Quarterbacks the past few weeks, but I simply cannot resist the Cam Newton play against the Saints this week, nor can I help not playing Matt Forte against the Niners in Chicago.

I am also going with the Bears defense at home and in the cold facing the at best developing San Francisco offense, and one final play is giving another shot to Seth Roberts following his big week against the Titans. 


Scott Weiland, troubled and talented singer for Stone Temple Pilots died at 48. Weiland had his difficulties with substance abuse during his career with STP, pretty much a seminal Seattle band.

David Price copped $217 million for a seven-year deal with Boston. I like Price, but the last seven-year deal I can remember with a pitcher is Barry Zito with the Giants and that did not work out so well.

Both Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter became free agents, suggesting power is powerful, but in a vacuum, the negatives outweigh the positives.

Again, remember you can play against us at the Mastersball 50-team 50/50 Challenge and you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

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