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Wednesday 7th Dec 2016

It was a nailbiter going into the final minutes of the Sunday afternoon games, but in the end, for the second straight week, @rotobuzzguy Howard Bender took Fout Wars, besting me 181.44 to 163.4. Though the final score may not look so close, a late Philip Rivers pick coupled with some late heroics by Jordan Howard and Odell Beckham, Jr. pushed Bender into first for good.

In addition to Beckham and Howard, Bender also got a boost from Albert Wilson (20.3) and his 55-yard fake punt run to take the top honors.

Bender and I both played David Johnson (38.5), and Zach Ertz (22.9) and Julian Edelman (21.1) were big contributors to my week. Andrea Lamont, led by LeSean McCoy (29.1) as well as Ertz took third place with 151.3 points in the DFS football competition among the Touts.

My mate Jeff Boggis came in down the ladder with 132.74 points, enough to mention that that is exactly where he finished.

In the overall standings, Bender moved closer to leader Brian Walton for the overall lead, which you can check out right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 14 DFS Plays

Colin Kaepernick ($5800): Based upon the difficult time Andrew Luck had with the Jets defense the first five minutes of the Monday Night game, I feel pretty comfy picking Kaepernick at home against the team that has now proved itself to be worse than either the Niners or the Browns (I think the Browns might actually get their win this week, in fact).

Darren Sproles ($4400): Looks like a tight game, and I am thinking that Sproles, who is a prime target for Philly, will light it up.

DeMarco Murray ($7000): Been pretty solid, and Murray can exploit the Broncos line.

Niners ($2600): Yes, the Niners suck, but so do the Jets. Playing at home, against a terrible team, the Niners will rise to the occasion and shut down whatever offense the Jets may attempt.

Dennis Pitta ($3600): New England does have a decent pass defense, so I am guessing the short shots will be the path to scores and Pitta was the pivotal point of scoring last week.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

Five weeks ago, the Rotobuzzguy, Howard Bender, led the Fout Wars gang with 180.82 points, the third highest total during this season of DFS Football play among the Touts.

So, in Week 12, Bender repeated the feat, clocking 150.44 points to take the honors for the second time, fueled by the great play of the Giants defense facing the struggling Browns offense. Bender also rostered Jonathan Stewart (21.8) and Tom Brady (19.04) on the road to Thanksgiving Weekend victory ivolving just the Sunday games.

Lenny Melnick, who took top honors just a couple of weeks back, finished second this time via big performances by Michael Thomas (34.8) and Tyreek Hill (32.5) on the road to 146.4 points.

Glenn Colton, who in Week 5 took top points with 182.6 points--the highest weekly score of the season--finished third with 137.04 points on strong days by Colin Kaepernick (37.14), David Johnson (33.1) and Odell Beckham, Jr. (27.6).

I finished sixth for the week, strengthened as well by the Giants defense, which was a last second panic switch just before kickoff, as I suddenly feared Drew Brees shredding the Rams defense. The Rams had been my sleeper choice, and as it turned out they were indeed asleep much of the game. But, my mate Jeff Boggis finished fourth with 132.5 points, having rostered none other than Mr. Brees, who contributed 36.5 points.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 13 DFS Plays

Russell Wilson ($6400): Tough to pick Wilson coming off such a terrible week as his Week 12, but Carolina has a poor pass defense, the Hawks will have something to prove, and they are playing at home. Worth the risk.

Travis Kelce ($4700): Aside from the fact that Kelce is really good, Atlanta has the #32 pass defense in the league, and he is the first guy I suspect Alex Smith will be looking for.

Mark Ingram ($6000): Coming off a couple of solid games, Ingram goes up against a decent line, but with Brees in the zone, it just makes the run that much more dangerous.

Steelers ($2800): OK, the Browns get their Bye, or I would likely choose the offensive squad going against Cleveland, but no choice. However, Pittsburgh is coming off a pair of strong defensive performances and gets to play at home this week against a Giants team they can exploit.

Mohamed Sanu ($4400): He might be the #2 guy in Atlanta, but last week Sanu bagged all eight of his targets for 65 yards. And since KC will have to worry about Julio Jones, someone will get the throws. I am guessing Sanu is that guy.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

It was a family affair atop Fout Wars Week 10, as the inimitable Lenny Melnick took top honors while his domestic associate, Andrea Lamont, finished second.

Lenny rose to the top largely on receivers Antonio Brown (37.4) and Stefon Diggs (32.4) while augmenting his point total via Drew Brees (26.2) and LeGarrette Blount (24.9) to finish on top at 179.02.

Andrea, on the other hand, took a different path to second place and 173.04 points, flying high with Zeke Elliott (43.9), David Johnson (27.1) and Tyreek Hill (20.1) along with Diggs, as big scorers.

Lord Z himself placed third with 167.12, exploiting Johnson, Brown and Hill along with Ben Roethlisberger (31.42). What killed Z was a goose egg from Sammie Coates, or there was a good chance Todd would have been the top team this cycle.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 11 DFS Plays

Ben Roethlisberger ($7500): Big Ben going against the Browns seems like a lot of fun. As in if Joe Flacco can rack up 30 points against the Clevelanders, well, Ben should be ok.

Odell Beckham ($8500): One of the best wide receivers going against one of the worst and most banged up pass defenses on an offensive squad that does not seem to be able to run.

DuJuan Harris ($4100): You can run on the Patriots, and the Niners, weak as they are in some areas, have a nice option in Harris, especially if Carlos Hyde is dinged up. This might be a game time change for me, depending upon who is starting, but I have my eye on the guy who bagged 98 rushing yards and seven receptions a couple of weeks back.

Dolphins ($2900): Facing a struggling offense with a rookie QB making his debut.

Martellus Bennett ($3700): Brady and his targets will be too much for the Niners in the end, and Bennett is a fave, Gronk or not.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

There has never been a question as to how good a fantasy player Todd Zola is, but, the flip is winning every league in which one plays is pretty tough.

Well, Lord Z did indeed lead the Fout Wars pack for Week 11 during a cycle in which the top three slots were owned by Mastersballers, with Zach Steinhorn finishing second and Brian Walton--who leads the motley crew of Touts playing DFS Football--making the weekend a sweep despite my eighth place finish.

Todd really crushed the field, logging 164.08 points to top the field by a hefty 17-point margin, led by LeVeon Bell's 34.7 points accompanied by the nice selection of Rob Kelley, who bagged an additional 34.1. Z also got a nice day from veteran Pierre Garcon (26.6) on his way to the top of the heap.

Zach got his big boost from Kirk Cousins (30.4) but just solid across-the-board performances, with seven of his eight remaining players nailing between 14.7 and 20.7 points, while league leader Walton finished close with 143.8. Brian's roster also had Bell, along with some solid wide receiver choices in Jamison Crowder (22.2) and the indestructable Steve Smith, Sr. (23.9).

As for my underperformers, 106.18 was the damage, good enough for eighth, still three slots above Jeff Boggis, who with three other owners missed the century mark in a week when offense was indeed offensive.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 12 DFS Plays

Tom Brady ($7800): The best quarterback against the worst pass defense? As if we have to think about this?

Jason Witten ($3400): The Cowboys always play tough on Thanksgiving, and they always play Washington tough as well, and Witten is as tough as his team gets (which is pretty tough). He is having a great year with 49 catches for 512 yards, and I expect that to continue, so if you are playing a Thanksgiving contest, I would go there (I am).

Bilal Powell ($4600): You can run on the Patriots, is what I wrote last week, and that still holds true. Powell, whose role is increasing week-to-week, can also catch the ball with 36 receptions and just 32 fewer yards receiving (240) than rushing.

Steelers ($2400): Pittsburgh had a solid game against the Browns, and while it is true the Colts are a lot better, the team still has been spotty. The Steelers playing at home coming off a strong defensive game seems like a good play.

Larry Fitzgerald ($7000): For every half-step Larry loses, he gains an edge in moves and savvy. He has 74 catches this season for 749 yards and five scores, and going against one of the poorer pass defenses in the league should make for some opportunities.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

Mastersballer and MLB.com man, Zach Steinhorn grabbed the second week honors in Fout Wars. Clearly, that was not enough as Zach took Week 9 as well with 154.48 points, driven largely by Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten and his 30.4 points, with assists from Dak Prescott (23.88), Jordy Nelson (22.4) and DeMarco Murray (21.8).

@RotoBuzzGuy Howard Bender rode Mark Ingram's 34.1 points, coupled with 27.18 via Aaron Rodgers, 25.4 from Mike Wallace and Ezekiel Elliott's 22.7, to finish just four points shy with a completely different lineup, good for 150.68, while Mike Beller, who mixed and matched with Rodgers and Elliott along with Michael Thomas (24.3), finished third with 146.58.

Thanks to a zero point day from Derrick Henry and just 6.3 from Jarvis Landry, I fell to sixth with 136.42, but that was 11.04 points better than the great Jeff Boggis, who finished ninth with 125.38.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 9 DFS Plays

Carson Palmer  ($6500): The Niners are just bad, and the Cardinals are just getting into a groove. Carson gets to play at home. Good luck with that, San Francisco.

Jonathan Stewart ($4900): Stewart has played pretty well since returning from injury, despite a slower game last week. This Sunday, the Panthers get to play at home, facing the Chiefs with a middling pass defense (#19). I am hoping Stewart returns to the form of two weeks ago, when he scored a couple of times as his team gets into a groove.

C.J. Fiedorowicz ($3500): The Texan Tight End scored his third touchdown on five catches of seven targets last week, and now gets to face the Jaguars and the #23 pass defense.

Cardinals ($3700): Once again, a good team facing the Niners, the team who has allowed 260 points, second worst to the Browns (273). 

Jordy Nelson ($7500): Jordy appears to be back, and Tennessee is also middle-of-pack on pass defense. Look for the Rodgers/Nelson connection to take advantage.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

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