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Derrick Lewis Beating Daniel Cormier At UFC 230 Would Be The Upset of the Year

Can Derrick Lewis pull off the improbable and beat the #1 pound-for-pound UFC fighter in the world at UFC 230?聽Initial betting lines have The Black Beast as a massive underdog.

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. We do not recommend betting on Derrick Lewis to beat Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 unless you’re a super fan like us but expect to lose.

Betting sites agree. For example, Bovada set their initial odds for Daniel Cormier as a -800 favorite and The Black Beast as a +500 underdog. This means that if you bet $100 on Cormier and he wins, you only win $12.50 plus your $100 back.

However, if Lewis pulls off the win, you’d win $500 on a $100 bet. Personally, we think the odds will shift to an even larger payout for a potential Lewis win.

The Biggest UFC Upset of 2018, So Far

In any case, a Lewis upset would be the upset of the year for UFC purposes and betting purposes. So far, Paul Craig defeating Magomed Ankalaev back in March was the biggest upset of 2018 from a betting perspective.

Please do yourself a favor and watch how Paul Craig won in the last second of the last round:

https://twitter.com/TeamFA/status/975115558801719296

While betting sites opened as an aggregate +148, according to OddsShark, closing odds had Paul Craig between a +400 to +600 underdog.

The Fight

As of Monday, October 8th, Daniel Cormier is the #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Derrick Lewis isn’t even in the top 15.

In reality, this fight serves as nothing more than a Cormier tune-up for a megafight vs. Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar in 2019. We can’t imagine The Black Beast getting in enough recovery and conditioning to last a whole fight with Cormier in just a month.

Seriously, watch his post-match conference with Joe Rogan from UFC 229 again and catch his quote starting at 1:08.

Fuck what you talking about right now, I ain’t trying to fight for no title right now, not with no gas tank like that.

With all of this, it’s no wonder Lewis is viewed as a massive underdog.

Whatever, we don’t care. Derrick Lewis is #1 in our hearts. We’ll always bet on him. We hope he uses his 6.5″ reach advantage to land a one hitta quitta.

Until UFC 230, check out this hilarious promo video The Black Beast posted on his Instagram.

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The Haul – Fantasy Football Week 5

The drama of our fantasy football season rises to its peak. We made a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. Eight of twelve teams have a 3-2 record or better. This is getting fun.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Summary (for last week’s result, click here)

StakeHaul vs. Team #10

Week 4 Points: 124.1
Head-to-Head League Result: W 124.1-94.5
Total Season Points: 653.3
Record: 3-2
League Standings: 2nd
Power Rankings: 1st
Total Season Haul From Side Bets: +$90
FAAB Dollars Remaining: $216 (-$18)

FAAB Dollars Spent This Week

Our league mates spent the most FAAB dollars for waiver pickups all year. Also, we decided to get in on the action. Below are the final results:

  • Jared Cook, Oak TE – $40
  • Alex Smith, Wsh QB – $20
  • Keke Coutee, Hou WR – $18
  • Titans Defense – $15
  • Dede Westbrook, Jax WR – $15
  • Nyheim Hines, Ind RB – $15
  • Ty Montgomery, GB RB – $11
  • Vance McDonald, Pit TE – $8
  • Dan Bailey, Min K – $7
  • Cameron Brate, TB TE – $3
  • Josh Lambo, Jax K – $1
  • Luke Kuechly, Car LB – $1

Keke, we love you.

First Trade of the Year

Remember when we almost traded Tyreek Hill and Alex Collins for Le’Veon Bell and Larry Fitzgerald before Week 1?

Well, we traded Tyreek Hill for Odell Beckham Jr. We felt the trade was a good but risky trade based on two factors.

One, Hill is arguably the most exciting skill position player in the NFL. His ability to blow the top off any defense contributed to many top scoring fantasy weeks. We will never forget his monstrous Week 1 won us a high-scoring matchup. In addition, his contribution won us $15 for being the highest scoring team of the week, as well as $10 for having the most fantasy points for any one person.

The other reason is that the Giants offense struggled mightily the first four weeks of the season. As a result, OBJ scored zero touchdowns and ranked outside the top 20 in total points going into this past weekend.

So why did we offer the trade?

Frankly, we felt it can’t get any worse stat wise for OBJ. Did you know he had a similar slow start in 2016? Here are his numbers in 2016, compared to 2018:

  • 2016: 39 targets / 22 receptions / 303 yards / 0 touchdowns
  • 2018:聽45 targets / 31 receptions / 331 yards / 0 touchdowns

OBJ聽finished the year the #4 WR in fantasy with 101 receptions, 1367 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Time will tell on who won this trade. We wish Tyreek Hill the best, unless his fantasy team is playing ours.

Other Roster Moves

First, we dropped O.J. Howard and Peyton Barber to waivers due to the multi-week injury of the former and the ineffectiveness of the latter.

Second, we added Hunter Henry (LAC TE) on a free waiver and stashed him to our IR. We’re hoping he makes a comeback from his May ACL tear and is able to play on or before Week 11 when Rob Gronkowski is on a bye week.

Third, we swapped kickers. We dropped Denver’s Brandon McManus for San Francisco’s Robbie Gould based on SF’s matchup against Arizona.

Finally, we picked up the Patriots D to start them against a injury-riddled Colts teams. Below shows how depleted the team was for the Thursday night matchup:

Thoughts From This Week

It’s about time we had our first semi-comfortable win of the season. Also, we won the OBJ-Hill for this week.

Tom Brady’s overall performance and David Johnson’s two touchdowns made us happy. OBJ scored his first receiving TD of the year and threw for another off a trick play. Kenny Golladay burning the Green Bay defense created a silver lining for the overall depressing Green Bay performance.

However, starting the Patriots defense turned out to be a mistake, as well as swapping kickers. Also, Alvin Kamara put up his first dud of the season despite the New Orleans offense scoring 43 points. In reality, our team should have won $15 for being the highest scoring team of the week, but the roster moves and the dud from Kamara prevented this.

Oh well, our team will take the win, considering how even our 12-team league is by record. The first place team is 4-1, seven teams are 3-2, and two teams are 2-3.

Hear It From Our Week 5 Opponent!

Tom Brady has AIDS.

Week 6 Preview

Team #5 vs. StakeHaul

We play the first place 4-1 team this upcoming weekend. We believe this team to be the oddest 4-1 team in fantasy football history.

First, this is the lone team in our league where the manager missed the fantasy draft. Also, the manager has not spent a dime in FAAB dollars all year.

Despite this, our opponent scored the most points out of all teams in two separate weeks. However, this team was the 3rd lowest scoring team two other weeks, with an average week thrown in. When you combine this with our Alvin Kamara and Kenny Golladay both having bye weeks, we have no idea what will happen.

Will we make any attempts at waiver pickups? If so, how much will it take to bid to secure their services? Finally, will we make any side bets for the weekend?

Tune in next week to find out!

Finally, for fuck’s sake, this would only happen to the Packers.

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The Haul – FPL Fantasy Futb贸l Week 8

Another poor week has caused our FPL fantasy futb贸l squad to fall to 4th place. The ship is sinking fast.

FPL Week 8 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

FPL Week 8 Points: 36
Total Points: 416
Default League Position: 4th (down from 2nd)
Head-to-Head League Result: L
Head-to-Head League Record: 4-4

Lineup Shakeup

  • (Free) Wilfred Zaha (FWD – CRY; 7.0M) to Marko Arnautovic (FWD – WHU; 7.0M)

Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (This Week): -1
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season – Weeks of Initial Transfer): -27
Money in the Bank (GW6 Transfers): 0M
Money in the Bank (Current): 0M
Squad Value: 102.1M

Things We Like

  1. Nothing. This was a bad week all around. All we can do is sit back during this upcoming international break and hope our team figures out how to score.

Things We Hate

  1. Joe Hart could not keep a clean sheet against Huddersfield Town, tied for the lowest scoring team in the Premier League this season coming into this past weekend. This is getting ridiculous in that we haven’t had one clean sheet from our goalie this season.
  2. Our decision to captain Mo Salah over Richarlison backfired. We missed out on eleven points because of this move.
  3. Luke Shaw (DEF – MUN) got zero points against Newcastle United. Newcastle was the other lowest scoring team in the Premier League. United sucks, and we can’t imagine their manager lasts beyond the calendar year.
  4. We left a total of 13 points on our bench between two players.

Looking Forward

After eight game weeks, we go into the international break in 4th place and 60 points behind first place. We have a lot of tough decisions over the break regarding players on our FPL squad, and no real answers right now. Oh well, all it takes is one strong week to right the ship.

Recall that the squad in 1st place after Game Week 20 will receive $450, and the team in 1st at the end of the Premier League season also gets $450.

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Bad Sports Betting Beats of the Week

Welcome to a new series on the StakeHaul blog, where we bring together bad sports betting beats and Nicolas Cage. If you don’t like this series, we’ll personally send an angry Nicolas Cage to scare you into liking it.

Everyone sports bettor has stories where the Gambling Gods find new ways to screw up their seemingly good bet.

For example, our CEO’s father, a Green Bay Packers fan, made a sports bet against his Chicago Bears fan buddy on the Packers winning more than 4 games over the regular season than the Bears and gave his buddy +160 odds. However, they agreed on this bet the day before the Raiders traded Khalil Mack over to the Bears.

Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season featured two especially awful bad sports betting beats for the losing side.

Below are the games. We will rate each game based on how angry Nicolas Cage would be if he bet on the losing side.

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts (+1)

Final Score: 37-34 Houston (OT)
Nicolas Cage Anger Level: ?????

The Colts聽decided to go for it on 4th and 4 with 24 seconds left from the Colts’ own 43 yard line with the score tied in overtime instead of punting it to secure a tie game. Needless to say, the Colts failed to convert.

According to ESPN Analytics, the Colts made a poor decision to go for it. Colts fans everywhere threw their TV remote at the screen and made them question their loyalty.

But wait, that’s not all! Afterwards, the Texans gained enough yards to get into field goal range. However, Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the field goal! Tie game, right?

Hell nah, said the Gambling Gods. They laughed their asses off as Colts coach Frank Reich called a timeout right before the field goal to ice the kicker. Naturally, Fairbairn converted the field goal on his second try, giving the Texans, and people betting on Houston to cover, the win.

Speaking of icing the kicker, that’s another coaching decision that been proven time and time again to backfire, according to numerous articles with a simple Google search.

We imagine Nicolas Cage clubbing a baby seal in anger if he bet on the Colts here.

New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars UNDER 40.5

Final Score: 31-12 Jacksonville (OVER)
Nicolas Cage Anger Level: ????

The Jaguars were up 25-12 on the Jets and got the ball back with around five minutes left in the game. The Jaguars marched all the way down to create a 4th and Goal on the 1 with 27 seconds left.

The Jets had no chance to score two touchdowns with that little time left. However, we still feel most coaches in that situation would have kicked the field goal to give themselves a 99.99999999% chance of winning as opposed to a 99.999% chance.

Instead, the Jaguars go for the touchdown and convert. Also, the Jaguars went for two, but failed to convert. However, that touchdown gave people that bet on the Over the win.

There is ample evidence that Jaguars coach Doug Marrone ran up the score as payback for not obtaining the Jets head coaching job following the 2014 season. We believe it.

Doug Marrone being a bitter man left sports bettors taking the Under on this game even more bitter.

Nicolas Cage would at first be screaming curse words after losing this bet, but we’d like to think he’d later appreciate that level of vindictiveness based on his movie villain roles.

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The Haul – Fantasy Football Week 4

Alvin Kamara is a fantasy football cheat code. Too bad the rest of our team let us down.

Fantasy Football Week 4 Summary (for last week’s result, click here)

StakeHaul vs. Team #1

Week 3 Points: 145.6
Head-to-Head League Result: L 145.6-151.1
Record: 2-2
League Standings: 6th
Power Rankings: T-2nd
Total Season Haul From Side Bets: +$90
FAAB Dollars Remaining: $234 (no change)

No FAAB Dollars Spent This Week and No Roster Moves

The final winning bids are below:

  • Tyler Boyd, Cin WR – $35
  • Philip Rivers, LAC QB – $28
  • Tavon Austin, Dal RB – $6
  • Austin Hooper, Atl TE – $3
  • Christian Kirk, Ari WR – $1
  • Lions Defense – $1

We didn’t make any free waiver moves because we wanted to wait one more week to see who to drop for Week 5 since Alshon Jeffery is now back form injury. Therefore, we decided to keep him in the IR spot.

It was encouraging to see he put up 100 yards and a touchdown. He might be a regular in our starting lineup going forward.

Thoughts From This Week

Unfortunate.聽 We’re going to be asking ourselves “what if” a lot over the next couple days.

  • What if Alex Collins hadn’t lost a fumble at the goal line and instead scored his second touchdown of the night
  • What if Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have his career high in scrimmage yards?
  • What if Rob Gronkowski hadn’t gotten hurt (again)? What if, before getting hurt, Gronk could have been like our opponent’s FLEX (Will Fuller V) and scored before getting hurt?
  • What if Sony Michel could have waited an extra week before getting a workhorse role in the Patriots offense?

All in all, you would expect this kind of high scoring matchup between two of the best fantasy teams in the league. It came down to last night’s Monday night Chiefs/Broncos game, and ultimately Mahomes doing Mahomes things was the difference.

We really want this matchup back in the playoffs. Until then, we have to see the bright side of things. For example, while we lost our $10 bet to our opponent, we gained $10 right back thanks to Alvin Kamara, our fantasy cheat code, scoring the most fantasy points for one player in Week 4. Also, assuming our score holds up, we will win $45 at the end of the season for having the most team points scored in a loss.

Hear It From Our Week 4 Opponent!

No taunts from me, it was a nail biter dude.

Week 5 Preview

StakeHaul vs. Team #10

There’s always one team you want to beat more than any other team in your fantasy football league. For us, that matchup happens this upcoming weekend. In fact, we’ve already changed our team names to appropriately start the trash talking.

Our opponent is 3-1 and rode the hot wave of Ryan Fitzpatrick for a few weeks before flaming out this past weekend. Therefore, we’re not sure what waiver moves he will make, but we’re confident we can handle his team.

Will we make any attempts at waiver pickups? If so, how much will it take to bid to secure their services? Finally, will we make any side bets for the weekend?

Tune in next week to find out!

Oh yeah, LOL Lions.

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The Haul – Fantasy Futb贸l Week 7

This week, we swung for the fences in regards to transfers for our FPL fantasy futb贸l lineup. We whiffed and fell on our ass in the process.

FPL Week 7 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

FPL Week 7 Points: 41
Total Points: 380 (includes -8 transfer hit)
Default League Position: 2nd (no change)
Head-to-Head League Result: L
Head-to-Head League Record: 4-3

Lineup Shakeup

  • (Free) Jordan Pickford (GK – EVE; 5.0M) to Joe Hart (GK – BUR; 4.5M)
  • (-4) Benjamin Mendy (DEF – MCI; 6.3M) to Andrew Robertson (DEF – LIV; 6.2M)
  • (-4) Kenedy (MID – NEW; 5.0M) to James Maddison (MID – LEI; 6.7M

Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (This Week): -5 (including -8 hit)
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season – Weeks of Initial Transfer): -26
Money in the Bank (GW6 Transfers): -1.1M
Money in the Bank (Current): 0M
Squad Value: 102.3M

Things We Like

  1. We’re really grasping at straws here because very little went right this week, but we like the setup of our team now and believe better weeks are ahead. Barring injury, we won’t have to make a transfer next week.

Things We Hate

  1. Naturally, Jordan Pickford gets a clean sheet the week we transfer him out.
  2. Our decision to captain Richarlison over Sergio Aguero backfired. We missed out on ten points because of this move.
  3. We had the option of transferring in Andrew Robertson or Kiernan Trippier (DEF – TOT; 6.0M) because we saw more clean sheet potential for Liverpool over the next ten weeks. So far, that decision has cost us nine points.

Looking Forward

After seven game weeks, we are still in second place, but 47 FPL points behind the first place squad. Also, the team in 3rd place had a strong week and is only six points behind us.

Recall that the squad in 1st place after Game Week 20 will receive $450, and the team in 1st at the end of the Premier League season also gets $450.

Let’s hope for a better week next week.

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The Haul – Fantasy Football Week 3

A big sigh of relief as our low scoring fantasy football team outscored our even lower scoring opponent. Up next is a date with the highest scoring team in the league.

Fantasy Football Week 3 Summary (for last week’s result, click here)

StakeHaul vs. Team #7

Week 3 Points: 103.6
Head-to-Head League Result: W 103.6-81.7
Record: 2-1
League Standings: 3rd
Power Rankings: 3rd
Total Season Haul From Side Bets: +$45
FAAB Dollars Remaining: $234

No FAAB Dollars Spent This Week

We thought about putting in a bid for Ryan Fitzpatrick to ride his hot start, but ultimately we decided against it. We couldn’t justify placing a bid on any QB when we have Tom Brady.

Here were the final winning bids from last week. All teams start with $250 at the beginning of the year.

  • Giovani Bernard, CIN RB – $48
  • DeSean Jackson, TB WR – $28
  • Browns Defense – $25
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – $10
  • Calvin Ridley – $5

Other Roster Moves

We added Antonio Callaway (CLE WR) and O.J. Howard (TB TE) to our roster and dropped Philip Rivers (LAC QB) without spending any FAAB dollars.

Historically, rookie WR’s have inconsistent fantasy point outputs week-to-week, so it will be interesting to see if Callaway is one to break the mold in the same way the Cleveland Browns broke the mold and finally won a game.

Speaking of Cleveland, did you know the last time their record was above .500 was during the 2014 season? Fun fact, their record was 7-4 before they lost the final five games of the season.

All jokes aside, congratulations to the Browns, and we look forward to watching them grow into a respectable team.

Thoughts From This Week

The fantasy gods taketh Week 2, and the fantasy gods giveth Week 3. That seems to be the running theme this season, as our fantasy output has been inconsistent at best.

We easily could be 0-3 if our fortune and misfortune were balanced. However, our team faced the worst team going into this week, and his team continues to be butt.

When your QB is Tom Brady and is playing against a Lions defense that gave up 5,000,000 points to the Jets Week 1 with a rookie QB, you’d expect him to obtain at least double digit fantasy points.

Oh well, the only sure thing in fantasy is expect the unexpected. Did you know the Detroit defense forced Tom Brady into his worst regular season game聽by QB rating in the past five years in which he played the whole game?

On the bright side, Kenny Golladay, whom we drafted at the tail end of the draft, continues to produce. Also, Alex Collins finally produced above his fantasy point projections.

Finally, for the love of God Arizona, please fire Mike McCoy and start Josh Rosen for the rest of the year. We can’t take these ugly yardage outputs from David Johnson any longer.

Hear It From Our Week 3 Opponent!

I’m glad Tom Brady sucked it up yesterday and can’t wait for Antonio Brown to earn 50+ points to win this week for me!
(Ed note: Our opponent sent this to us before the Steelers Monday night game.)

We Won Our First League Side Game

Only two other league mates chose to participate in this, which was disappointing. However, we won $20 this past week by picking the highest scoring lineup from the Week 3 Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night games.

Week 4 Preview

Team #1 vs. StakeHaul

We’re facing the top team in our power rankings this upcoming week. However, we feel confident. In fact, we agreed to a $10 side bet on the winner of this matchup with our opponent.

Our opponent is also feeling confident. In fact, he states:

“I can鈥檛 wait to watch your cuck of a QB Tom Brady get put into another body bag as his farewell/misery tour continues. The Pat Mahomes train is coming to town, choo choo motherfucker.”

Our response:

“Mahomes will beg Von Miller for extra Old Spice after the Denver defense makes him shit himself all night.”

Will we make any attempts at waiver pickups? If so, how much will it take to bid to secure their services? Finally, will we win our side bet?

Tune in next week to find out!

Oh yeah, LOL Vikings.

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The Haul – Fantasy Futb贸l Week 6

Our FPL fantasy futb贸l lineup is still holding down 2nd place, but unfortunate transfer decisions the last couple weeks are dragging down our total score.

FPL Week 6 Results (to see last week’s results, click here)

FPL Week 6 Points: 51
Total Points: 347 (includes -4 transfer hit)
Default League Position: 2nd (no change)
Head-to-Head League Result: L
Head-to-Head League Record: 4-2

Lineup Shakeup

  • (Free) Lee Peltier (DEF – CAR; 3.9M) to Ryan Bennett (DEF – CHE; 4.1M)
  • (-4) Bernardo Silva (MID – MCI; 7.5M) to Richarlison (MID – EVE; 6.6M)

Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (This Week): -14 (including -4 hit)
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season – Weeks of Initial Transfer): -21
Net Point Haul/Loss from Transfers (Season 鈥 Cumulative): -6
Money in the Bank (GW6 Transfers): +0.7M
Money in the Bank (Current): 1.1M
Squad Value: 101.6M

Things We Like

  1. We liked our decision to captain Mo Salah. We made a risky decision to captain Salah over Sergio Aguero, considering the contrasting form of these two the past two weeks.
  2. For the second straight week, Aaron Wan-Bissaka nabbed a total of nine points due to a clean sheet and three bonus points. It goes without saying that AWB is the best budget defender in FPL, and we expect this defender to be in our lineup for the entire season.
  3. We wouldn’t quite call this a “like,” more so a relief. In our head-to-head league, we tried to bet $10 with our opponent this week on who would have a higher score. We wanted to make it interesting because our squads held the top 2 W-L records. They declined, and their squad outscored ours.

Things We Hate

  1. We took a -4 hit to sub in Richarlison for Bernardo Silva. This is by far the worst transfer decision we’ve made this season, in hindsight. Our team lost out on 16 total points because of this one move. If we miss out on winning our league, this move in hindsight will loom large.
  2. The move a couple weeks ago to transfer Trent Alexander-Arnold for Marcos Alonso haunts us. This transfer alone created a cumulative net loss of nine total points. If we waited towards the end of the first international break, we would have transferred out Benjamin Mendy for Alonso. Since we didn’t, we missed out on 17 total points.
  3. The transfer decisions above forced us to reshuffle our lineup going into next weekend earlier than we wanted to. There are players on our watch list whose prices have increased at a rate where it forces us to make potentially knee jerk decisions that could hurt us in the long run.

Looking Forward

After six game weeks, we are still in second place and 33 FPL points behind the first place squad. We’re hoping that any any transfers we do before game week 7 will start paying off for us.

Recall that the squad in 1st place after Game Week 20 will receive $450, and the team in 1st at the end of the Premier League season also gets $450.

Stay tuned for next week to see whether we gained ground on the 1st place squad.

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2018 Fantasy Football Side Action

Our first fantasy football side bet begins with picking the highest scoring fantasy football lineup from the six NFL night games in Week 3.

We still have a bad taste in our mouth from this past week’s fantasy football loss. We’re talking a Human Centipede level of bad taste.

But hey, the show must go on. Now that the first two weeks of NFL played out, fantasy football players are getting a sense of how their players will play out for the remainder of the season.

Format

This bet focuses on the Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night games in Week 3. Thus, the three games are Jets/Browns, Pats/Lions, and Steelers/Bucs.

Our rules are simple:

  1. Pick a fantasy football team (one QB/RB/WR/TE/K/DEF). You may only pick one player on each of the six NFL teams in those games.

  2. Scoring is 0.4 PPR, and the same as our season-long league. However, the scoring for other positions is very similar to most ESPN leagues.

  3. The fee is $10 per entry. Each person may submit only one entry.

  4. Highest scoring team of the week gets all the cash. If multiple teams tie for the highest scoring lineup, then the winnings will be split evenly.

Lineups

Only three out of twelve teams had the balls to step up and compete in this side bet. We’re disgusted with our league.

The lineups for each team, including ours, are below:

Team #1

QB: Matthew Stafford
RB: James Conner
WR: Mike Evans
TE: Rob Gronkowski
K: Jason Myers
DEF: Browns

Team #2

QB: Tom Brady
RB:聽James Conner
WR: Golden Tate
TE: OJ Howard
K: Jason Myers
DEF: Browns

StakeHaul

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB:聽James Conner
WR: Jarvis Landry
TE: Rob Gronkowski
K: Matt Prater
DEF: Jets

Which Lineup Will Win?

On paper, the Jets/Browns matchup looks to be low scoring. Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Browns are also favored at home for the first time in forever.

Thus, it makes sense as to why the Browns and Jets defenses was picked.

On the flip side, both the Patriots/Lions and the Steelers/Bucs games look to be high scoring. The majority of oddsmakers set their highest O/U of the week for these latter two games.

Therefore, it makes sense as to why players from those four teams filled most of the skill positions.

Tune in next week to see the results!

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The Haul – Fantasy Football Week 2

Well, this fantasy football weekend sucked. Our opponent has a short and not-so-sweet message to our readers for our cockiness.

Fantasy Football Week 2 Summary (for last week’s result, click here)

StakeHaul vs. Team #8

Week 1 Points: 122.3
Head-to-Head League Result: L 122.3-134
Record: 1-1
League Standings: 4th
Power Rankings: 1st
Total Season Haul From Side Bets: +$25
FAAB Dollars Remaining: $234

Spending FAAB Dollars Early

Since we consider Wisconsin our hometown, the majority of us are Green Bay Packers fans. Thus, we watched the Packers/Bears game Week 1, and saw how terrifying that Bears D can be with Khalil Mack.

I know most fantasy football “experts” say you should not roster two defenses. However, we had to have the Bears D, even with already having the Vikings D. Did you know that they placed in the top ten in fantasy for defenses last year without Mack?

Finally, we couldn’t believe what we saw in the Detroit Lions/New York Jets game. The Lions allowed 48 points to a team with a rookie QB in his first NFL start? That defense ate more ass than its fans!

Upon final review, we made a $16 FAAB claim for the Bears D and also drop the Lions D. The final waiver claims from this week were as follows:

CLAIM BID
T.J. Yeldon, Jax RB $36
Jared Cook, Oak TE $25
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB $22
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ WR $18
George Kittle, SF TE $17
Bears D/ST聽D/ST $16
Jets D/ST聽D/ST $8
Tyler Lockett, Sea WR $6
Corey Coleman, NE WR $2
Tyrod Taylor, Cle QB $1

Our $16 claim for the Bears D beat out another manager that bid $8. However, we weren’t done.

Other Roster Moves

The performance of the Lions D wasn’t the only fantasy football player that left us flabbergasted. Matthew Stafford’s performance against the Jets was just as ugly. And with Tom Brady facing the Jaguars defense, we wanted to start a different QB.

Thus, we made a free waiver transfer. Philip Rivers (LAC QB) in, Matthew Stafford dropped.

We made another free transfer by dropping our kicker Matt Prater (yes, we had too many Lions players) for Brandon McManus (DEN K).

Finally, with Marquis Goodwin (SF WR) hurt and inactive for Week 2, we decided to take a risk and sub in the one Lions player that played well Week 1 (Kenny Golladay).

Thoughts From This Week

The fantasy gods giveth Week 1, and the fantasy gods taketh Week 2.

We lost to a team that got 19 points from their kicker (Mason Crosby) and 4 points from one of their starting WR’s blocking a punt (Geronimo Allison).

We lost 4.5 fantasy points by starting Rivers at QB and McManus at K instead of keeping Stafford at QB and Prater at K.

The Arizona Cardinals are a dumpster fire. We have David Johnson, while our opponent had the Rams D.聽It is pathetic that not only did the Rams shut them out, but that the Cardinals didn’t get the ball past midfield until the 4th quarter.

So yeah. We’re salty as hell.

Hear It From Our Opponent!

How the mighty have fallen! The previously unbeaten and unmatched are now “kupping” the enormous balls of Melvin Gordon. An upset for the record books.

Week 3 Preview

StakeHaul vs. Team #7

We’re facing the lowest scoring team through two weeks. For the love of God, we better not lose this matchup.

Will we make any attempts at waiver pickups? If so, how much will it take to bid to secure their services? Tune in next week to find out!

Oh yeah, LOL Vikings and LOL Browns.

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