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2015 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 6 Results & Week 7 Preview

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Follow Dubs on his gaming odyssey as he guides a pair of Fantasy Football teams through the 2015 season.

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The 2014 NFL season was my first as a Fantasy Footballer. Well, I'm hooked. Excitement reigned supreme as I awaited this years drafts for my pair of Fantasy Football teams. Big boards, mock drafts, ADP's...the whole nine yards. I make it a point to never do anything half-ass. After all, winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!

As part of an ongoing weekly series, I'll be sharing my results, transactions and strategies with all Fantasy Footballers. Since I'm still a neophyte at this game, I hope you'll share your thoughts on how I can improve my teams and perhaps win a league championship or two!

The Snake Drafts - Strategies & Rationale

To prepare for my pair of Fantasy Football Snake Drafts, I came up with a game plan for successfully drafting the best team(s) possible. The game plan included 6 draft tenets:

1/ Research is king. I spent a considerable amount of time researching players/teams, entering mock drafts and creating a draft board of 200 players.

2/ One of the goals in each draft was to take a balanced approach through the first five rounds. In each draft I managed to take quality players at a number of positions without reaching: 2 RB's, 1 WR, 1 QB, 1 TE.

3/ I place more importance on the Defense, Placekicker and Tight End than many Fantasy Football participants do. I believe these positions can win weeks for you. I like to have both my PK and DEF selected between picks 85 and 120 if possible. If I can draft a quality Tight End, I'll take one fairly early.

4/ I like to target a half-dozen or so specific players that I feel will be available at certain points/rounds in the draft. This year, my targets were RB Arian Foster (dropped in most drafts due to injury), WR Larry Fitzgerald (a great connection with returning QB Carson Palmer), RB David Johnson (a versatile, high upside rookie with a team who knows how to use him; a great fit), RB Melvin Gordon (the rookie bell-cow back for San Diego), QB Tom Brady(dropped in most drafts due to the threat of a 4-game suspension), and TE Tyler Eifert (looking to rebound from injury).

5/ I'm never afraid to take a chance on rookies and higher-risk players with upside.

6/ In the mid-to-late rounds I tend to trust my board explicitly. BPA rules and I'm always searching for value, especially at the RB and WR positions.

Teams/Draft Results

Team Dubs (TST Live 1 Yahoo - 8 Teams)
Pick Position Player Team
1.3 RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle
2.14 QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis
3.19 WR A.J. Green Cincinnati
4.30 RB Melvin Gordon San Diego
5.35 TE Jimmy Graham Seattle
6.46 WR Jeremy Maclin Kansas City
7.51 WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona
8.62 RB Arian Foster Houston
9.67 QB Tom Brady New England
10.78 TE Julius Thomas Jacksonville
11.83 WR Eric Decker NY Jets
12.94 DEF Denver Broncos
13.99 K Dan Carpenter Buffalo
14.110 WR Kendall Wright Tennessee
15.115 RB David Johnson Arizona
16.126 RB Andre Williams NY Giants
Frank's Team (Yahoo Public 1103417 - 10 Teams)
Pick Position Player Team
1.6 WR Dez Bryant Dallas
2.15 RB DeMarco Murray Philadelphia
3.26 QB Russell Wilson Seattle
4.35 RB Melvin Gordon San Diego
5.46 TE Travis Kelce Kansas City
6.55 RB Alfred Morris Washington
7.66 WR Sammy Watkins Buffalo
8.75 WR Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay
9.86 DEF St. Louis Rams
10.95 RB T.J. Yeldon Jacksonville
11.106 WR Nelson Agholor Philadelphia
12.115 K Justin Tucker Baltimore
13.126 TE Owen Daniels Denver
14.135 QB Joe Flacco Baltimore
15.146 RB Tevin Coleman Atlanta

Results & Statistics

Team Dubs romped to another victory, with Devonta Freeman once again leading the way (27.60 fantasy points). Still my best acquisition to-date.

Freeman was also a huge factor in Frank's Team's nail-biter victory. Plenty of drama unfolded in last weeks matchup. Frank's Team was down 12.30 points heading into Monday night. The only player remaining who hadn't played (on either team) was RB DeMarco Murray. Talk about keeping my fingers crossed. After a slow start against the Giants, Murray lit it up in the second half, finishing with 18.30 fantasy points, ensuring the victory for Frank's Team.

Both of my teams are 5-1 and leading their respective leagues heading into Week 7.

5 players I'm glad I selected/added: Devonta Freeman, Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, A.J. Green and the Denver Broncos defense. 5 players who are my biggest disappointments: Andrew Luck, Marshawn Lynch, Melvin Gordon, Sammy Watkins and Dez Bryant. My top two players drafted in each league have woefully underperformed, although DeMarco Murray is finally hitting his stride. Luckily, solid drafting overall, my waiver wire/Free Agent additions and dismal performances by my opponents have allowed me to remain at or near the top of the standings in both leagues.

Team Dubs
Week Team Dubs Opponent PF PA Rank Record
1 95.12 88.72 95.12 88.72 1st 1  0
2 93.90 78.06 189.02 166.78 1st 2  0
3 150.32 59.58 339.34 226.36 1st 3  0
4 72.84 81.94 412.18 308.30 1st 3  1
5 117.90 90.26 530.08 398.56 1st 4  1
6 130.98 88.18 661.06 486.74 1st 5  1

Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Tom Brady New England 23.48
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 27.60
RB Arian Foster Houston 17.20
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati 3.60
WR Jeremy Maclin Kansas City 4.80
Flex Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 9.30
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle 14.00
PK Brandon McManus Denver 14.00
Defense Denver Broncos 17.00
Total Points Week 6 130.98

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Tom Brady 27.62 28.24 22.72 Bye 25.30 23.48
Andrew Luck 19.72 11.40 18.50 Out Out 27.98
Andy Dalton 18.44 Waived
Marshawn Lynch 12.40 6.20 2.30 0.00 Out 11.40
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90
Andre Williams 1.40 4.30 8.90 Waived
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60
Arian Foster Out Out Out 1.50 11.80 17.20
David Johnson 11.50 16.50 4.10 12.10 12.60 1.70
A.J. Green 6.30 10.50 34.70 8.20 7.80 3.60
Kendall Wright 16.10 1.70 16.80 Bye 3.00 3.40
Larry Fitzgerald 8.70 29.20 25.40 7.90 11.80 9.30
Jeremy Maclin 5.20 5.50 20.10 14.80 8.50 4.80
Eric Decker 9.70 15.70 Out 10.60 Bye 9.90
Jimmy Graham 11.10 1.10 14.30 2.90 3.00 14.00
Charles Clay 0.70 6.20
Julius Thomas Out Out Out Waived
Dan Carpenter 11.00 2.00 13.00 6.00 2.00 Waived
Brandon McManus 14.00
Denver Broncos 16.00 22.00 16.00 10.00 22.00 17.00

Frank's Team
Week Frank's Team Opponent PF PA Rank Record
1 91.34 79.82 91.34 79.82 3rd 1  0
2 91.14 60.66 182.48 139.88 2nd 2  0
3 68.90 119.06 251.38 258.94 4th 2  1
4 82.38 54.94 333.76 316.48 4th 3  1
5 81.82 63.40 415.58 379.88 3rd 4  1
6 117.02 111.02 532.60 490.90 1st 5  1

Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Andy Dalton Cincinnati 21.52
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 27.60
RB DeMarco Murray Philadelphia 18.30
WR James Jones Green Bay 9.00
WR Sammy Watkins Buffalo 10.80
Flex Allen Hurns Jacksonville 9.00
TE Travis Kelce Kansas City 8.80
PK Justin Tucker Baltimore 8.00
Defense Carolina Panthers 4.00
Total Points Week 6 117.02

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Russell Wilson 16.14 23.04 16.20 15.48 13.62 18.86
Andy Dalton 28.04 21.52
Joe Flacco 2.68 22.56 21.48 8.56 Waived
DeMarco Murray 14.00 5.50 0.00 4.80 18.00 18.30
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60
Alfred Morris 12.10 7.20 1.90 6.50 Waived
T.J. Yeldon 6.70 8.30 4.20 10.90 12.30 Out
Tevin Coleman 8.00 9.20 Out Waived
Allen Hurns 9.00
Travis Benjamin 29.50 8.50 7.90 8.30 Waived
Sammy Watkins 0.00 12.00 3.90 Out Out 10.80
Marvin Jones 1.00 Waived
Vincent Jackson 5.10 11.40 4.00 20.70 3.40 Bye
Dez Bryant 4.80 Out Out Out Out Out
Nelson Agholor 0.50 Waived
James Jones 13.70 9.00
Travis Kelce 22.60 5.80 10.00 2.90 3.50 8.80
Ladarius Green 5.00 Waived
Jimmy Graham 14.00
Owen Daniels 0.50 1.90 8.80 Waived
Justin Tucker 10.00 15.00 6.00 15.00 6.00 8.00
Carolina 4.00
St. Louis 14.00 4.00 11.00 10.00 9.00 Bye

Transactions

Team Dubs

Week 4 - Added RB Devonta Freeman, Dropped RB Andre Williams

Week 4 - Added QB Andy Dalton, Dropped TE Julius Thomas

Week 5 - Added TE Charles Clay, Dropped QB Andy Dalton

Week 6 - Added PK Brandon McManus, Dropped PK Dan Carpenter

Week 7 - Added PK Josh Brown, Dropped RB David Johnson

Week 7 - Added DEF Pittsburgh Steelers, Dropped WR Kendall Wright

Frank's Team

Week 2 - Added WR Tavon Austin, Dropped WR Nelson Agholor

Week 2 - Added WR Travis Benjamin, Dropped WR Tavon Austin

Week 4 - Added RB Devonta Freeman, Dropped RB Tevin Coleman

Week 4 - Added WR Marvin Jones, Dropped TE Owen Daniels

Week 5 - Added WR James Jones, Dropped WR Marvin Jones

Week 5 - Added QB Andy Dalton, Dropped QB Joe Flacco

Week 5 - Added TE Ladarius Green, Dropped RB Alfred Morris

Week 6 - Added WR Allen Hurns, Dropped WR Travis Benjamin

Week 6 - Added DEF Carolina Panthers, Dropped DEF St. Louis Rams

Week 6 - Added TE Jimmy Graham, Dropped TE Ladarius Green

Week 7 - Added DEF St. Louis Rams. Dropped DEF Carolina Panthers

Week 7 - Added WR Travis Benjamin, Dropped RB Melvin Gordon

Week 7 Starting Lineups

Team Dubs

QB - Tom Brady

RB - Devonta Freeman, Arian Foster

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Eric Decker

Flex - Marshawn Lynch

TE - Jimmy Graham

PK - Josh Brown

Def - Pittsburgh Steelers

Out - K - Brandon McManus, Def - Denver Broncos, WR - A.J. Green (Byes)

With Denver on a bye, I needed to make a couple of moves to cover for Brandon McManus and the Broncos defense this week. The Steelers and Josh Brown should prove to be adequate bye week replacements. The ultra-consistent Eric Decker starts in place of Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a concussion last week and may not be available on Sunday.

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Frank's Team

QB - Russell Wilson

RB - Devonta Freeman, DeMarco Murray

WR - Vincent Jackson, Allen Hurns, Travis Benjamin

TE - Jimmy Graham

PK - Justin Tucker

Def - St. Louis Rams

Out - WR - Dez Bryant, WR - Sammy Watkins (Injuries), QB - Andy Dalton, WR - James Jones (Byes)

Another week, another set of WR issues. Watkins and Bryant won't play and Jones is on a bye week. I had to scramble yet again to cobble together a decent WR group for Week 7. Adding Benjamin and waiving Gordon has left me with only three RB's for now (Freeman, Murray and Yeldon).

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Lukewarm Week 6 Fantasy Football recap: We get it, Devonta Freeman: Sports Illustrated
Fantasy Football Week 7: Complete player rankings for every position: Sports Illustrated
Fantasy Football Week 7: Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Jamey Eisenberg - CBS Sports