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The Haul – Fantasy Futból Week 4

While we wait for fantasy football to start, our fantasy PL futból team is holding steady in 2nd place, seven points back of 1st, going into the international break. We’re also tracking new fantasy PL stats to analyze our transfer decisions.

Fantasy PL Futból Week 4 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

Week 4 Points: 50
Total Points: 235
Default League Position: 2 (no change)
Head-to-Head League Result: L
Head-to-Head League Record: 3-1
Lineup Shakeup: (Free) Ryan Sessegnon (MID – FUL; 6.4M) to Ryan Fraser (MID – BOU; 5.6M)
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (This Week): +1
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season – Weeks of Initial Transfer): -3
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season – Cumulative): +7
Money in the Bank (Started): 0.5M
Money in the Bank (GW3 Transfers): 1.3M
Money in the Bank (Current): 2.1M
Squad Value Increase/Decrease From Transfers: +0.6M
Money Gained/Saved From Transfers & Available to Spend: +0.4M

The Net Point Haul/Loss (Season – Individual Weeks) is an increase or decrease in points from week to week on which the initial transfer occurred. The Cumulative stat is the increase or decrease in points from when the initial transfer occurred to the current game week, including the transfer for the most current game week.

Example: Last week, we transferred out Josh King and Ben Davies for Danny Ings and Benjamin Mendy, respectively. King and Davies combined for 10 points last week and 3 points this week. Ings and Mendy combined for 6 points last week and 13 this week. This week we transferred Sessegnon for Fraser. Sessegnon got one point and Fraser got 2 points.

Thus, last week’s transfers net us -4 points, and the one transfer from this week net us +1, for a total of -3 points week by week. However, the cumulative season long point gain so far from these transfers is +7.

Things We Like

  1. Remember how last week we said we’d captain Mo Salah until we found another player matchup too tantalizing to resist? We thought we found that and captained Sergio Aguero. Turns out, all of the top 5 teams in our default, big money league captained him as well. It still turned out to be a good decision since Aguero’s assist and bonus point earned us an extra 8 points over keeping Salah as captain. Don’t expect this to continue, as we fully expect Salah to return his form last year that set the Premier League on fire.
  2. We’re fortunate that bench players automatically get subbed in for points purposes if a starter does not play in his respective match. In our case, we started Wilfred Zaha, but unbeknownst to us, he was hurt and did not play. However, Danny Ings got subbed in and hauled us two bonus points and points from scoring a goal.
  3. It was nice to finally see Luke Shaw and Manchester United get a clean sheet. Could this be the turning point in their season?
  4. 2.1M in our bank to track players during the international break and determine who to transfer in. Diligent planning and management of our lineup and the salary cap has given us a leg up on our scoring as opposed to last year.

Things We Hate

  1. Since his goal in Week 1, Bernardo Silva has done next to nothing in terms of points. In fact, he didn’t even start this past game week. We’re not sure how much longer we can stomach starting a player if he continues to be rotated in and out of the lineup.
  2. Ditto for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Since his 12 point outburst in the first week, he scored a grand total of -2 points the last three game weeks combined, with one of them serving a suspension. It’s unlikely we’ll get rid of him since he’s one of the cheapest starting DEF in fantasy, but how can we trust to start him again?

With the international break, fantasy PL is taking a break this weekend, and will be back Saturday, September 15th.

Also, in a few days, the fantasy football season starts! Check out our post on how we did in our draft.

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The Haul – Fantasy Futból Week 3

On one hand, we had a poor fantasy PL futból scoring week. On the other hand, we could have transferred in Richarlison and suffered with the rest of you knee jerkers.

Fantasy PL Futból Week 3 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

Week 3 Points: 43
Total Points: 185
Default League Position: 2 (no change)
Head-to-Head League Result: W
Head-to-Head League Record: 3-0
Lineup Shakeup: Two free transfers
Net Point Gain/Loss from Transfers: -4

Things We Like

  1. Consistent double digit returns from captaining Mo Salah. Remember people, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Salah has scored or assisted in all three matches so far, and we’d be hard pressed to take the captain label off him unless we see a matchup too tantalizing to resist for one of our other players.
  2. Swapped out Ben Davies (DEF – TOT) for Benjamin Mendy (DEF – MC). While Mendy did not get a clean sheet this week, this swap was a net gain of three points. In fact, Davies didn’t even start this past week against Manchester United, making way for Danny Rose. If Tottenham is going to rotate their fullbacks like this, even when Rose has been rusty for quite some time, then it’ll be awhile before we transfer Tottenham defenders back in.

Things We Hate

  1. Swapped out Josh King (FWD – BOU) for Danny Ings (FWD – SOU). This caused us a net loss of seven points since King scored a goal off a penalty kick. What’s more upsetting than the loss of points is the transfer itself. For example, we were looking to swap out one of our lower performing MIDs because all three of our bench players were projected to miss their match this past week. However, we didn’t expect Sessegnon (MID – FUL) to be benched.
  2. Continued starting of Jordan Pickford (EVE) as our goalie. He hasn’t returned one clean sheet at all this year despite the easy fixtures. While we can’t place the blame squarely on Pickford since his defense in front of him is trash, we can’t envision keeping Pickford for much longer.

Who will we transfer in for the EPL matches in Game Week 4?

Also, next week, the fantasy football season starts! Check out our post on how we did in our draft.

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The Haul – Fantasy Football Draft Edition

First year in a fantasy football keeper league. How will this draft turn out?

TL;DR: Very good fantasy football draft for our team, although it’s kind of hard to screw up a draft with Alvin Kamara as a keeper pick and the 2nd overall pick. Maybe we’ll be the team that will be hit with injuries galore this year.

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It’s that time of year again. You put in the research and have what you believe is a foolproof strategy to get the guys you want in your fantasy football draft.

Then, draft day comes. Pick by pick, your strategy gets a wrench or two thrown in it. Do you respond with a panic pick? Do you stay true to your draft board and pick best player available?

Most importantly, is your draft strategy tailored to maximize its potential based on the rules and point system of your league?

Our League Rules

We must say that we’re very happy with the state of our league and the rules behind it. We encourage our followers to talk with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on all the rules of our league and what you think we should implement to make it even more exciting.  Also, let us know a good punishment for the last place team.

To start, our league is a 12-team, 0.4 PPR, one IDP, one keeper league on ESPN.

We do not randomize our draft slot. The team that wins the league gets to choose 1st in their draft position for the following year. Since we finished 2nd last year, we got to choose 2nd in terms of our draft slot.

Each team is allowed to keep one player that was on their team by the end of the NFL regular season. However, the team loses the pick of the previous round the player was drafted in the prior year.

Example: Davante Adams was drafted in the 4th round last year. The team keeping Adams must forfeit their 3rd round pick for this draft.

If the player kept was drafted in the 1st round last year, they give up their 1st round pick for this draft.

Any player that was drafted in the 11th round or later last year, including undrafted players, must forfeit a 10th round pick.

Since ESPN does not allow manual forfeiture of draft picks, we require each team to draft their IDP player in the round they “lost” their pick due to their keeper selection.

Below are the keepers. Keep in mind that the other teams are named based on their draft position.

Keepers

Team
Player
2017 Draft Round / 2018 Round Lost
Team #1
Russell Wilson, Sea QB
6/5
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Alvin Kamara, NO RB
14/
10
Team #3
Dalvin Cook, Min RB
3/2
Team #4
Davante Adams, GB WR
4/3
Team #5
Jordan Howard, Chi RB
1/1
Team #6
Joe Mixon, Cin RB
5/4
Team #7
Demaryius Thomas, Den WR
4/3
Team #8
Deshaun Watson, Hou QB
NA/10
Team #9
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit WR
NA/10
Team #10
Keenan Allen, LAC WR
4/3
Team #11
Todd Gurley II, LAR RB
1/1
Team #12
Le’Veon Bell, Pit RB
1/1

Huge shout out to the Reddit Fantasy Football board for initially bringing Kamara to our attention before the season. We highly suggest you mark that as a reference before and during the season to give yourself the best shot at winning your league.You’ll see that our team is already in excellent shape thanks to Kamara as a relative unknown at the beginning of the season to setting the league on fire en route to winning NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Now, onto the draft…

Round 1

Team #1
Ezekiel Elliott, RB DAL
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David Johnson, RB ARI
Team #3
Saquon Barkley, RB NYG
Team #4
Leonard Fournette, RB JAX
Team #5
Aaron Donald, DE LAR
Team #6
Kareem Hunt, RB KC
Team #7
Antonio Brown, WR PIT
Team #8
Melvin Gordon, RB LAC
Team #9
DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU
Team #10
Christian McCaffrey, RB CAR
Team #11
Christian Kirksey, OLB CLE
Team #12
Bobby Wagner, ILB SEA

Round 2

Team #12
Julio Jones, WR ATL
Team #11
Odell Beckham Jr, WR NYG
Team #10
Devonta Freeman, RB ATL
Team #9
Jerick McKinnon, RB SF
Team #8
Royce Freeman, RB DEN
Team #7
Kenyan Drake, RB MIA
Team #6
Michael Thomas, WR NO
Team #5
A.J. Green, WR CIN
Team #4
LeSean McCoy, RB BUF
Team #3
J.J. Watt, DE HOU
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Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
Team #1
Adam Thielen, WR MIN

Round 3

Team #1
Jarvis Landry, WR CLE
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Tyreek Hill, WR KC
Team #3
Mike Evans, WR TB
Team #4
Luke Kuechly, ILB CAR
Team #5
Travis Kelce, TE KC
Team #6
Amari Cooper, WR OAK
Team #7
Kenny Clark, DT GB
Team #8
Josh Gordon, WR CLE
Team #9
Zach Ertz, TE PHI
Team #10
Joey Bosa, DE LAC
Team #11
Stefon Diggs, WR MIN
Team #12
Marshawn Lynch, RB OAK

Round 4

Team #12
Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARI
Team #11
Jay Ajayi, RB PHI
Team #10
Brandin Cooks, WR LAR
Team #9
Doug Baldwin, WR SEA
Team #8
Allen Robinson, WR CHI
Team #7
Latavius Murray, RB MIN
Team #6
Demarcus Lawrence, DE DAL
Team #5
T.Y. Hilton, WR IND
Team #4
Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
Team #3
Derrick Henry, RB TEN
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Alex Collins, RB BAL
Team #1
Kerryon Johnson, RB DET

Round 5

Team #1
Khalil Mack, ILB OAK
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Tom Brady, QB NE
Team #3
Greg Olsen, TE CAR
Team #4
Mark Ingram, RB NO
Team #5
Dion Lewis, RB TEN
Team #6
Emmanuel Sanders, WR DEN
Team #7
Jimmy Graham, TE GB
Team #8
Lamar Miller, RB HOU
Team #9
Golden Tate, WR DET
Team #10
Tevin Coleman, RB ATL
Team #11
Robert Woods, WR LAR
Team #12
Chris Hogan, WR NE

Round 6

Team #12
Rashaad Penny, RB SEA
Team #11
Delanie Walker, TE TEN
Team #10
Evan Engram, TE NYG
Team #9
Duke Johnson, RB CLE
Team #8
Corey Davis, WR TEN
Team #7
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB SF
Team #6
Michael Crabtree, WR BAL
Team #5
Marvin Jones, WR DET
Team #4
Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN
Team #3
Julian Edelman, WR NE
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Marquise Goodwin, WR SF
Team #1
Randall Cobb, WR GB

Round 7

Team #1
Jordan Reed, TE WAS
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Alshon Jeffery, WR PHI
Team #3
Pierre Garcon, WR SF
Team #4
Jacksonville Jaguars, TD JAX
Team #5
Isaiah Crowell, RB NYJ
Team #6
Tarik Cohen, RB CHI
Team #7
Jamaal Williams, RB GB
Team #8
Chris Carson, RB SEA
Team #9
Sammy Watkins, WR KC
Team #10
Cooper Kupp, WR LAR
Team #11
Carlos Hyde, RB CLE
Team #12
Cam Newton, QB CAR

Round 8

Team #12
Rex Burkhead, RB NE
Team #11
Carson Wentz, QB PHI
Team #10
Cameron Meredith, WR NO
Team #9
Aaron Jones, RB GB
Team #8
Trey Burton, TE CHI
Team #7
Nelson Agholor, WR PHI
Team #3
Sterling Shepard, WR NYG
Team #5
Zach Brown, ILB WAS
Team #4
Donte Moncrief, WR JAX
Team #3
Andrew Luck, QB IND
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Robby Anderson, WR NYJ
Team #1
Will Fuller, WR HOU

Round 9

Team #1
Sony Michel, RB NE
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Peyton Barber, RB TB
Team #3
Jordy Nelson, WR OAK
Team #4
Ty Montgomery, RB GB
Team #5
Devin Funchess, WR CAR
Team #6
Ronald Jones II, RB TB
Team #7
John Brown, WR BAL
Team #8
Michael Gallup, WR DAL
Team #9
Kirk Cousins, QB MIN
Team #10
Kelvin Benjamin, WR BUF
Team #11
Philadelphia Eagles, TD PHI
Team #12
Jamison Crowder, WR WAS

Round 10

Team #12
James White, RB NE
Team #11
Marlon Mack, RB IND
Team #10
Allen Hurns, WR DAL
Team #9
Blake Martinez, ILB GB
Team #8
C.J. Mosley, ILB BAL
Team #7
Denver Broncos, TD DEN
Team #6
Drew Brees, QB NO
Team #5
Chris Thompson, RB WAS
Team #4
Mohamed Sanu, WR ATL
Team #3
Dez Bryant, WR fa
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Telvin Smith, OLB JAX
Team #1
Josh Doctson, WR WAS

Round 11

Team #1
Patrick Mahomes II, QB KC
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Minnesota Vikings, TD MIN
Team #3
Nick Chubb, RB CLE
Team #4
Adrian Peterson, RB WAS
Team #5
Sean Lee, OLB DAL
Team #6
David Njoku, TE CLE
Team #7
Jared Goff, QB LAR
Team #8
Mike Williams, WR LAC
Team #9
Kenny Stills, WR MIA
Team #10
Calvin Ridley, WR ATL
Team #11
Greg Zuerlein, PK LAR
Team #12
Jack Doyle, TE IND

Round 12

Team #12
Keelan Cole, WR JAX
Team #11
DeVante Parker, WR MIA
Team #10
Alex Smith, QB WAS
Team #9
Houston Texans, TD HOU
Team #8
Los Angeles Rams, TD LAR
Team #7
Danny Amendola, WR MIA
Team #6
Los Angeles Chargers, TD LAC
Team #5
Big Ben, QB PIT
Team #4
Terrance Williams, WR DAL
Team #3
Baltimore Ravens, TD BAL
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Matthew Stafford, QB DET
Team #1
Corey Clement, RB PHI

Round 13

Team #1
New England Patriots, TD NE
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Kenny Golladay, WR DET
Team #3
Chris Boswell, PK PIT
Team #4
Justin Tucker, PK BAL
Team #5
Stephen Gostkowski, PK NE
Team #6
Jordan Wilkins, RB IND
Team #7
Jake Elliott, PK PHI
Team #8
Mason Crosby, PK GB
Team #9
Baker Mayfield, QB CLE
Team #10
Wil Lutz, PK NO
Team #11
Rishard Matthews, WR TEN
Team #12
New Orleans Saints, TD NO

Round 14

Team #12
Harrison Butker, PK KC
Team #11
Jeremy Hill, RB NE
Team #10
Tennessee Titans, TD TEN
Team #9
Robbie Gould, PK SF
Team #8
James Conner, RB PIT
Team #7
Doug Martin, RB OAK
Team #6
Matt Bryant, PK ATL
Team #5
Carolina Panthers, TD CAR
Team #4
Ryan Grant, WR IND
Team #3
pick skipped
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Matt Prater, PK DET
Team #1
Adam Vinatieri, PK IND

Comments

  • Pick 1.02: We were fine with either Elliott or Johnson.
  • Pick 1.03: Never has a rookie been drafted so high in our league. However, we drafted Elliott in the 1st round two years ago, so who knows.
    Pick 1.05: Keeper pick for Jordan Howard, RB CHI
  • Pick 1.07: Our 1st round pick at #4 last year. Took us to the championship, but couldn’t play in the final game. We lost by four points.
  • Pick 2.05: Our whole draft group laughed at Royce Freeman picked in this position.
  • Team #5 was on autodraft the entire draft. Needless to say, that team is not in a strong position to start the season.
  • Pick 2.11: No way, Gronk fell to us!? Yo soy fiesta.
  • Pick 3.02: Ultimately we liked Hill’s potential vs. Mike Evans’s consistency. Could come back to bite us.
  • Pick 3.08: Damn it, we were hoping Josh Gordon would fall to the next round!
  • Pick 4.06: Another reach!
  • Pick 4.11: Can’t believe Collins fell to us in this round.
  • Pick 5.02: In hindsight, this may be a reach, but we assumed a run on QBs would occur when Aaron Rodgers was picked at 4.09.
  • Pick 6.06: Jimmy G was the 4th QB taken. Maybe this manager knows something we don’t.
  • Pick 7.02: The definition of a boom/bust pick.
  • Pick 7.04: Jags are the first DEF off the board. Seems a tad early.
  • Pick 7.12: Cam fell to here!?
  • Pick 8.07: Pick received from Team #7 trading Joe Mixon, RB CIN as a keeper to Team #5 prior to the draft. As a result, Team #7 forfeited their final round pick.

Our Team

Final Thoughts

We seemed to have grabbed quality players at every turn of this draft. It’s rare indeed to be better than the average team at the three core positions (quarterback, running back and receiver), but we think this team is. Tight end, of course, is also a big plus for this team. We think we have positioned our team well enough to make the playoffs. However, that’s why we play the game.

Stay tuned for season long updates!

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The Haul – Fantasy Futból Week 2

No changes in our EPL fantasy futból lineup. No luck on successfully completing the Dele challenge. Still another great points haul from the EPL team.

EPL Fantasy Futból Week 2 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

Week 2 Points: 72
Total Points: 142
Default League Position: 2
Head-to-Head League Result: W
Head-to-Head League Record: 2-0
Lineup Shakeup: None

Recall we’ve mentioned how once the season starts, each team gets one free transfer per week, and each subsequent transfer per week subtracts 4 points from your season total. However, if a team decides to not make any transfers one week, they get a second free transfer the following week.

Things We Like

  1. We saved our transfer from Game Week 1 to 2, and now have two transfers for this week because we had confidence in our initial lineup. Even with the hot starts of Richarlison and Benjamin Mendy, we weren’t ready to transfer them in because A) we don’t know if Mendy is a rotation risk, and B) history suggests individuals at a new club, like Richarlison, are very inconsistent. We may revisit this in the upcoming weeks.
  2. If we were to transfer in Richarlison, we would have likely transfer out Ryan Sessegnon. However, after watching Fulham play Tottenham this past weekend, I was pleasantly surprised with how fast Sessegnon got up the pitch and blew past Tottenham defenders. He tallied an assist, but he could have easily gotten two goals. One shot was blocked by Lloris at point blank due to a well timed goalie charge. The other was one Sessegnon should have scored off a cross, but fluffed it. Luckily, he fluffed it directly to his teammate who was able to get his head on the ball and tap it in.
  3. Beginning the year, we initially had Alexis Sanchez and Roberto Firmino, but last minute swapped those two for Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane. Needless to say, that switch gave us 36 extra points in only two weeks. Also, after watching the Liverpool match this week, Firmino is playing the CF in a False 9 much farther back than last year. Whether this will change in the upcoming weeks, but he is not worth his price, in our opinion.

Things We Wish

  1. We had Mendy in our initial Week 1 lineup, but swapped him out for Ben Davies. Needless to say, that cost us 20 points through two weeks. Mendy doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon, as his 12 crosses against Huddersfield last week set a record for most crosses by a Man City player in the past two years.

Who will we transfer in for next Saturday’s EPL matches?

Also, next week, fantasy football starts! Stay tuned to see how our draft plays out.

Fantasy Football and EPL Futból Week 1 Review

Very good start to the EPL fantasy season, but like Tiger leaving a couple strokes on the board in yesterday’s PGA Championship, a couple late lineup decisions kept us from being first.

Since fantasy football isn’t starting for us in a couple weeks, we’ll be focusing on our EPL fantasy futból team for now. Check out our post from last week to see the main differences between fantasy football and fantasy futból.

Our main EPL fantasy league is a $50, 8-team, winner take all league with total scoring. Thus, whoever scores the most points over the course of a season wins.

In our main league, we are determining the winner based on who finishes 1st in the first session (first half of the season), with another $50 follow-up for the second session.

After Week 1, our EPL fantasy futból team scored 70 points, good for 2nd place in our main league. We’re also in a separate head-to-head league and won that matchup.

For context, to make it in the top 1% of all EPL fantasy futból teams last year, you’d need to average around 55-60 points for each game week.

However, two late swaps prevented us from being first. The first was swapping out Richarlison for Sessegnon in MID, and swapping out Mendy for Davies in DEF. Those two decisions cost us 25 points.

Oh well. Until next week.

In other news, our fantasy football team drafts 2nd in our 12-team, one keeper league. Stay tuned for updates on who every team in this league will keep before our draft in two weeks.

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