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2015 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 7 Results & Week 8 Preview

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

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

Last weeks news is dominated by the loss of RB Arian Foster for the season with an Achilles tear. He was progressing nicely from an injury that had kept him out through the first three weeks of the season. Foster's fantasy points totals had been climbing over the last three weeks: from 11.80 to 17.20 and 24.50 last week before the injury occurred. He will be sorely missed on Team Dubs.

Both of my teams are 6-1 and leading their respective leagues heading into Week 8 after a pair of resounding victories in 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
7 113.80 83.88 774.86 570.62 1st 6  1

Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Tom Brady New England 29.70
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 13.00
RB Arian Foster Houston 24.50
WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 3.90
WR Eric Decker NY Jets 9.40
Flex Marshawn Lynch Seattle 18.20
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle 3.10
PK Josh Brown NY Giants 10.00
Defense Pittsburgh Steelers 2.00
Total Points Week 7 113.80

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Tom Brady 27.62 28.24 22.72 Bye 25.30 23.48 29.70
Andrew Luck 19.72 11.40 18.50 Out Out 27.98 26.02
Andy Dalton 18.44 Waived
Marshawn Lynch 12.40 6.20 2.30 0.00 Out 11.40 18.20
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90 2.90
Andre Williams 1.40 4.30 8.90 Waived
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60 13.00
Charcandrick West
Ronnie Hillman
Arian Foster Out Out Out 1.50 11.80 17.20 24.50
David Johnson 11.50 16.50 4.10 12.10 12.60 1.70 Waived
A.J. Green 6.30 10.50 34.70 8.20 7.80 3.60 Bye
Kendall Wright 16.10 1.70 16.80 Bye 3.00 3.40 Waived
Larry Fitzgerald 8.70 29.20 25.40 7.90 11.80 9.30 3.90
Jeremy Maclin 5.20 5.50 20.10 14.80 8.50 4.80 Out
Eric Decker 9.70 15.70 Out 10.60 Bye 9.90 9.40
Jarvis Landry
Jimmy Graham 11.10 1.10 14.30 2.90 3.00 14.00 3.10
Jordan Reed
Charles Clay 0.70 6.20 2.60
Julius Thomas Out Out Out Waived
Dan Carpenter 11.00 2.00 13.00 6.00 2.00 Waived
Josh Brown 10.00
Brandon McManus 14.00 Bye
Pittsburgh Steelers 2.00
Denver Broncos 16.00 22.00 16.00 10.00 22.00 17.00 Bye

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
6 117.32 111.02 532.90 490.90 1st 5  1
7 81.80 37.70 614.70 528.60 1st 6  1

Position Player Team Fantasy Points
QB Russell Wilson Seattle 13.40
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta 13.00
RB DeMarco Murray Philadelphia 7.00
WR Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay 1.30
WR Travis Benjamin Cleveland 2.70
Flex Allen Hurns Jacksonville 11.30
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle 3.10
PK Justin Tucker Baltimore 5.00
Defense St. Louis Rams 25.00
Total Points Week 7 81.80

Player Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Russell Wilson 16.14 23.04 16.20 15.48 13.62 18.86 13.40
Andy Dalton 28.04 21.52 Bye
Joe Flacco 2.68 22.56 21.48 8.56 Waived
DeMarco Murray 14.00 5.50 0.00 4.80 18.00 18.60 7.00
Melvin Gordon 4.70 9.80 5.10 4.60 7.40 0.90 Waived
Devonta Freeman 32.90 25.70 27.60 13.00
Charcandrick West
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 18.40
Tevin Coleman 8.00 9.20 Out Waived
Allen Hurns 9.00 11.30
Travis Benjamin 29.50 8.50 7.90 8.30 Waived 2.70
Sammy Watkins 0.00 12.00 3.90 Out Out 10.80 Out
Marvin Jones 1.00 Waived
Vincent Jackson 5.10 11.40 4.00 20.70 3.40 Bye 1.30
Dez Bryant 4.80 Out Out Out Out Out Out
Nelson Agholor 0.50 Waived
James Jones 13.70 9.00 Bye
Travis Kelce 22.60 5.80 10.00 2.90 3.50 8.80 7.30
Ladarius Green 5.00 Waived
Jimmy Graham 14.00 3.10
Owen Daniels 0.50 1.90 8.80 Waived
Justin Tucker 10.00 15.00 6.00 15.00 6.00 8.00 5.00
Carolina 4.00 Waived
St. Louis 14.00 4.00 11.00 10.00 9.00 Bye 25.00

Transactions

Team Dubs
Week Added Dropped
4 Devonta Freeman Andre Williams
Charles Clay Julius Thomas
6 Brandon McManus Dan Carpenter
7 Josh Brown Kendall Wright
Pittsburgh David Johnson
8 Jarvis Landry Arian Foster (IR)
Ronnie Hillman Josh Brown
Charcandrick West Pittsburgh
Jordan Reed Charles Clay
Frank's Team
Week Added Dropped
2 Travis Benjamin Nelson Agholor
4 Devonta Freeman Tevin Coleman
Marvin Jones Owen Daniels
5 Andy Dalton Joe Flacco
Ladarius Green Alfred Morris
James Jones Marvin Jones
6 Allen Hurns Travis Benjamin
Carolina St. Louis
7 St. Louis Carolina
Travis Benjamin Melvin Gordon
Jimmy Graham Ladarius Green
8 Marvin Jones Vincent Jackson
Charcandrick West Travis Benjamin

Week 8 Starting Lineups

Team Dubs
Position Player Team
QB Tom Brady New England
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta
RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati
WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona
Flex Jeremy Maclin Kansas City
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle
PK Brandon McManus Denver
Defense Denver Broncos
Out Jordan Reed Bye

I'm still speechless about the loss of Arian Foster for the remainder of the season. Hopefully, Jeremy Maclin and new additions Charcandrick West and Ronnie Hillman can partially make up for the loss. Maclin is the choice this week in the Flex position due to a favorable matchup. Brandon McManus and the Denver Broncos defense return from last weeks bye.

Frank's Team
Position Player Team
QB Russell Wilson Seattle
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta
RB Charcandrick West Kansas City
WR Marvin Jones Cincinnati
WR Dez Bryant Dallas
WR James Jones Green Bay
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle
PK Justin Tucker Baltimore
Defense St. Louis Rams
Out DeMarco Murray Bye
Out T.J. Yeldon Bye
Out Allen Hurns Bye
Out Sammy Watkins Bye

The bye's this week are forcing my hand in creating a less-than-ideal starting lineup. Starting WR Dez Bryant (in his first game back from a prolonged injury hiatus) isn't ideal. Vincent Jackson is expected to be out for many weeks. I dropped him in favor of RB Charcandrick West. The addition of West should help the lineup this week and add roster depth for the remainder of the season. Marvin Jones replaces the struggling Travis Benjamin at wide receiver. My wide receiver issues are a recurring theme. I hope those issues get resolved in the next week or two.

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Keys To A Winning Season

1/ A solid draft from top to bottom.

2/ Correctly setting weekly starting lineups.

3/ Avoiding the injury bug.

4/ Being proactive and vigilant with respect to the Waiver Wire and Free Agency.

5/ Having a good luck charm handy at all times!

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