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Saturday 27th May 2017

A month ago, Rick Wolf--the Wolfman in Fantasy Industry vernacular--crushed it in Fout Wars, taking the weekly prize of bragging rights with 165.14 points. So, with another lunar cycle under our belt, it seems appropriate that the Wolfman drew top blood for the Week 8 Fout Wars contest. Wolfman took honors this time with 158.44 points, fueled by Aaron Rodgers (33.82), Rob Gronkowski (24.9), Mohamed Sanu (23.4) and Michael Crabtree (21.8).

Mastersball mate Brian Walton scored the two slot this time. Brian has had such a solid DFS year, making the finals of the Tout DFS contest, and holding the top spot in Fout Wars as well. Derek Carr (39.8) led the way for his DomeBoys, followed by the Broncos 22-point defensive show, helping to assemble 150.42 points. USA Today's Steve Gardner scored third at 147.42, riding the Raiders duo of Carr and Crabtree, augmenting with Terrelle Pryor, Sr. (21.9) to help finish among the top troika.

Thanks to the stunning (think stun gun, as in immobilizing) performance of Ryan Fitzpatrick against an ostensibly non-existent Cleveland defense, coupled with T.Y Hilton's three points, I finished 12th with a measly 105.82 points, a miserable three slots below Jeff Boggis and his 109.72 digits.

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

Week 9 DFS Plays

Drew Brees  ($7200): Picking a lower priced QB imagining a big day is kind of like picking Hector Santiago pitching against the White Sox. They whiff, he can strike guys out, but Hector is as erratic and unpredictable as are the Sox. Now Drew Brees, he can throw, he can hit his targets, and he is kind of like picking Madison Bumgarner in that he will likely give you a good game irrespective of the outcome of the game. Since Brees is going up against the terrible Niners, well, that seems to make the play so much tastier. 

Derrick Henry ($6000): Henry is a conditional play, assuming DeMarco Murray is still hobbled, but even if the incumbent plays, Henry should get some work. Either way, the #1 pick bagged 60 yards for a score coupled with four catches out of five targets, and I would simply expect Henry's role to increase anyway as he is the future. Going against the #21 defense this week, the future might be now.

Antonio Gates ($3000): It doesn't matter how old Gates is, he gets his targets, his catches and his scores. He will get some of all that against the Titans.

Panthers ($3400): The Panthers are starting to get into a groove and they should have some fun against the Rams.

Jarvis Landry ($7100): If the Browns can score 28 against the Jets, think about what Landry should be able to do.

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My mate, Howard Bender, who is really @rotobuzzguy, would have taken the prize if there was one as the Tout Warriors display their Fantasy Football DFS chops, landing a solid 180.82 points, with no fewer than six of his players earning more than 20 points. Those names would be Mike Evans (29.6), Julio Jones (29.4), Tyrell Williams (24), Spencer Ware (21.1), Jameson Crowder (20.8), and Jacquizz Rodgers (20.3). And note that every league in which Howard and I play, he owns Jones and Matt Ryan (14.72), whom he started (as did I) this week as well.

Jason Collette earned second place honors, nabbing 170.24 points, earned upon the shoulders of LeGarrette Blount (29.4), Kirk Cousins (25.4) and DeMarco Murray (24.7), along with Crowder and Evans. Jake Ciely bagged third with 168.62 points largely on the arm of Andrew Luck (30.82), T.Y Hilton (29.3) and Michael Crabtree (23.6).

I did beat out Jeff Boggis, finishing sixth with 152.82, and was actually on top pretty much till halftime Sunday, when I started to run out of player minutes. Still, I had Murray, Crabtree, Mike Wallace (25) and Michael Thomas (26), and while it was not enough to catch the Buzz, I did bang over Boggis' 133.32, only good enough for 12th this week. But, I know that Jeff will be back Week 8. Hey, we all will!

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

Week 8 DFS Bargain Picks

Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6200): The Jets seem better than their 2-5 record suggests, and though they are -61 in their point differential, Fitzpatrick gets to throw against the worst team in the NFL, and he should have a chance to get well against the poor, also-ran Browns.

Latavius Murray ($4500): Murray's stock dropped due to the combo of injury, and replacement threat of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. But he is back, and his two scores last week prove he is still the go-to guy. Against the Bucs, this makes him a nice cheap play.

C.J. Fiedorowicz ($2800): Houston's Tight End has received 31 targets, catching 21 for 236 yards and a pair of scores, making him a nice buy going against the Lions.

Raiders ($2600): Yeah, I am a Raiders fan, but I watch the team closely, and their defense is a lot better--and is improving--than it seems. These are young guys coalescing around Khalil Mack, and so far they are 4-0 on the road in 2016. Facing an inferior Tampa team, they should ride roughshod.

Quincy Enunwa ($4800): Again, facing the Browns, the offense should have a field day, and Enunwa has 32 catches out of 48 targets for 409 yards and a pair of TDs.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

Rick Wolf, the "Wolfman" end of Colton and the Wolfman, romped Week 4 of Fout Wars, where the Tout Warriors are going head-to-head playing DFS Football. Well, for Week 5, Glenn Colton, rhetorical former of the dynamic duo, mopped the floor with his 14 league mates.

Colton wrangled no fewer than 30-plus points from three of his starters--Ben Roethlisberger (33.2), Ezekiel Elliott (35.1) and Cameron Meredith (30.6), the steal of the week at $3000, all contributing to a massive point total of 182.6 points.

Finishing second was Tim Heaney with 176.98 points, fueled by T.Y. Hilton (36.1), Amari Cooper (30.8) and Cooper's passing mate Derek Carr (25.98), and amazingly I finished third with Roethlisberger, along with Sammy Coates (34.9) and Theo Riddick (26.2), building a total of 166.5.

However, a few weeks ago I wrote a column about getting lost in the miasma of teams and DFS contests, and in my haste to build my roster, I mistakenly grabbed Dwayne Washington of the Lions instead of DeAndre Washington of the Raiders. I had the bucks for the latter, whose 10.2 points would have pushed me past my buddy Tim, but not far enough to catch Glenn.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof-right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings. And the big question of the week is "Where are you Jeff Boggis?"

Week 6 DFS Bargain Picks

John Kuhn ($3100): OK, Kuhn is a blocking back who maybe gets a couple of touches a game, but they are generally red zone touches, inside the two, and thus far Kuhn has converted seven total carries into three TDs. I'm not saying to build an offense around him, but as a second RB Kuhn makes it so there are still a lot of bucks in your budget for higher priced guys.

Brandon LaFell ($3200): Eight catches and a pair of scores off 11 targets last week bumped LaFell's season totals to 21 catches for 271 yards on a team with a good passer facing a team with a questionable pass defense.

Andre Johnson ($3400): Sure, like Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith Sr., Johnson is no longer an up-and-coming star, but these wiley vets know how to play, and despite some age, Johnson has been targeted 21 times, although he has only caught nine. But, he has a pair of scores out of that and his team faces the pathetic Browns at home this coming week.

Browns ($2600): OK, so I badmouthed the Browns, but they are playing the Titans with the #31 defense at home, and as bad as Cleveland has been, they have seven sacks, five picks, and turned a fumble into a score. 

Jalen Richard ($3800): With Latavius Murray still out, the heavy workload falls to Richard and Washington, and the rookie Richard, with 175 rushing yards and 11 receptions for another 105 yards, should get to grind out some points and yards facing the Chiefs at home.

Woe is me. After a nearly triumphant Week 5, all my main players were on their bye week this past Sunday. The problem is none of them seemed to know, as they all suited up, hit the field, and went through the motions. Five of my teams lost their games and in the infamous Fout Wars, where Tout Wars means a helmet and oblong sphere, my team dropped from a season-high 166.5 points to a lifetime terrible 64.4. And, that meant I was able to finish with the best worst record of the week.

My opposite, however--since this is not about me--Brian Walton, screamed to the top of the standings with 179.54 points driven by Tom Brady (30.24), LeSean McCoy (37.2), Cameron Meredith (25.3) and Christine Michael (23.3), all of whom helped push the esteemed Mr. Walton to the top of the season long standings

The Great Lenny Melnick earned silver for the week with 166.92, fueled by Lamar Miller (35.8) and Eli Manning (29.12), along with McCoy, while the Iniminable Jeff Boggis returned to the top tier with a 152.54 cycle on the prowess of Brady, Miller, and Meredith.

Week 7 DFS Bargain Picks

Terrance West ($4800): West is carrying the load for the Ravens at this point, so just having a starting RB with 20-plus carries under $5K is a deal. But, West is actually pretty good, with 414 yards and ten catches to go with three scores and an average of 13.1 fantasy points per week. West is going up against the defensively derelict Jets. 

Vernon Davis ($2900): A conditional selection, assuming Jordan Reed, who is still on concussion protocol, remains sidelined. Davis would start in lieu of Reed, and he still has some zip as the 50 yards on a couple of catches he bagged last week attests. Plus, Kirk Cousins likes to throw to his Tight Ends, and Davis is a pretty good alternative.

Mike Wallace ($5800): It is not like I am suggesting a stack against the poor Jets, but, well, the stats speak for themselves. Wallace didn't score last week but did catch four of ten targets for 97 yards.

Ravens ($2800): Maybe a stack is what is in order, as the Jets offense, led by either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Geno Smith or even Christian Hackenberg, gets the snaps. That is enough to keep a schizy offense totally off-balance, and the Ravens, who have traditionally had strong defenses, should be able to take advantage. 

Matt Ryan ($7200): Ryan is not necessarily cheap, but he is such a solid pro, who makes so few mistakes, that his going up against the #24 pass defense in the league should be a lot of fun. As in Matt and Julio down at the football yard. I think he will turn a profit for you. I am picking him, too!

The team of Colton and the Wolfman scored well in Week 4 of Fout Wars, the Tout Wars 2016 foray into DFS football madness. Mind you, I have played with and against many of the Touts for many many years, and they are all savvy game players, and Rick and Glenn are indeed two of the men I have known and competed against for the longest.

So, it was indeed Rick who led the pack this time with 165.14 points spearheaded by Philip Rivers (22.84 pts.), one of five players rostered who banged out more than 20. Also on the list were DeMarco Murray (25.9), Emmanuel Sanders (22.8), Greg Olsen (21.6), and Ezekiel Elliott (25.7), adding in Fozzy Whittaker and his 18.2 points just for fun.

RotobuzzGuy Howard Bender moved into the second-place slot bagging 150.72 points, driven by Joe Flacco (23.02) and Terrance West (20.3), adding in Murray, Sanders, and Olsen to take the virtual silver while the Wolfman's fantasy and radio partner, Glenn Colton pulled in third, riding Jordan Reed (28.3), Antonio Brown (22.4), Jordan Howard (19.2) and Kirk Cousins (18.32) along with West to finish the day with 150.42.

I did move up, finishing fifth with 141.92 points mimicking Glenn with Cousins and Brown along with Whittaker, but in the end, good was not good enough.

You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof-right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings. And the big question of the week is "Where are you Jeff Boggis?"

Week 5 DFS Picks:

Seth Roberts ($3400): OK, so I am thrilled with the Raiders this year, but the team has a high flying offense, and Roberts and Derek Carr have connected each of the first three weeks for a score. Going against the #28 pass defense in the league, I get the feeling that all the Raiders receivers will get a chance to get fat. 

Terrance West ($4800): Not much of a secret, but still on the low price for a running back who just bagged 113 yards and a score, and with Justin Forsett gone baby gone, West gets the ball. The Raven can also catch with four receptions out of six targets, but clearly that is not a big part of his game. 

John Brown ($4400): Actually, the big scorer on my team last week was the Cardinals WR who caught ten of 16 for 144 yards (27.4). Brown bagged 1065 yards last year on 61 catches, and is just getting into a groove. Of course, the condition of Carson Palmer (on concussion protocol) bears watching, but again, Brown is very good and will finish strong, methinks.

Eagles ($2900): The Eagles defense is really good, and though the Lions offense is not so horrible (9th ranked) the team could produce nothing against the Bears last week, a defense not as strong as Philly's. I suspect Detroit will play better, but by the same token Philadelphia is looking at what worked. But, the real bottom line is the Eagles defense does indeed seem to be good, and they are coming off their bye, meaning energy to burn. 

Sammie Coates ($3900): Markus Wheaton should be looking over his shoulder at Coates, and not an oncoming pass. Coates has 13 catches for 282 yards (21.7 average) and has five catches of 40-plus yards on a team that loves to go deep.

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