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Thursday 27th Jul 2017

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

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.

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.

Boy, the early games were rife with numbers for me, with Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Jarvis Landry rocking the point world, and moving me up among the top teams. Unfortunately, the Steelers defense (-1) were destroyed by the Eagles.

Apparently Michael Beller saw no such attractions in Fout Wars, where the Touts stage a weekly DFS on DraftKings. Beller's squad went big with Ryan Tannehill (24.96), Christine Michael (28.1), and David Johnson (26.1), who helped contribute to a 167.36 week that gave the S.I. writer top honors in a week where the bulk of teams performed well. Jeff Erickson (160.46), riding big days from Landry and Johnson, but also Michael Crabtree (21.2) and DeMarco Murray (29.5) while third place this week went to Brian Walton (156.2) who exploited Rodgers and Landry, but then got great days from Charles Sims (24.4) and Mike Evans (32.2)

To show how things have tightened, though, my squad, which finished tenth, with 143 points. Oh what a difference a pick six by the Steelers would have made. But, sometimes grass don't grow, and sometimes the wind don't blow.

You can check out the entire league Scoreboard here: Fout Wars Google Doc.

So, who am I looking at for Week 4? Let's look.

Christine Michael (RB, Seahawks): Considering the roundabout manner in which Michael even got a start last week, let alone took advantage of the opportunity, we just have to take a look at the RB who bagged a pair of scores, a pair of catches, and 106 yards. Michael has to move ahead of Thomas Rawls on the depth chart, at least for the coming week, and if you have an RB void.

Tevin Coleman (RB, Falcons): Coleman, paired with Devonta Freeman remind me of the old Raiders who had Napoleon Kaufmann grabbing the yards and Zach Crockett scoring the TDs. Not thinking of Coleman as a potential weekly producer like Michael can be, but he could be a fun bye play and DFS bargain, meaning track the guy and his match-ups.

Everson Griffen (DE, Vikings): Griffen was dynamite, sacking Cam Newton three times while bagging three tackles for losses, and leading what looks to be a pretty solid defense and pass rush. If your league plays individual defense, Griffen is this week's guy. 

Dorial Green-Beckham (WE, Eagles): Every week we seem to have an Eagle on the list, and Green-Beckham is in the spotlight this time. A second-round pick in 2015 Green-Beckham caught three passes last week for a modest 33 yards, but, he was in on half the team's snaps, and just looks to have an increasing role. (Do note the Eagles are on their bye week.)

Cameron Brate (TE, Bucs): The Harvard grad stepped right into the Bucs breech, and collected a pair of TD passes over the past week, giving him 11 catches for 92 yards, and making Brate another player to track and maybe stash, thinking injuries and byes. 

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