Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 25, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I had been a fantasy sports person long before the daily fantasy betting websites came along. I’ve always been more of a fam of the week to week year long fantasy type set up, but I’ve jumped in and played my share of daily fantasy. I’d love to be able to tell you that I win every time I play and tat it’s become easy for me, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I use restraint as I’ve never bet more than $2 on a contest; which is smart for me, but I know other people spend a lot more. The majority of the time I play baseball and football, but I’ve also spent some time playing Basket ball and hockey and if the website sends me a free entry I’ll take a shot enter a golf or WNBA contest. I enjoy playing even though at times it’s quite frustrating like it was this Sunday. Here’s how my entry went.

I was looking at the NFL schedule and like everyone else I saw that the Dallas Cowboys were playing the Miami Dolphins. Now the Dolphins had been giving up plus points a game and appear to be the worse team in the NFL. Then I saw that the New England Patriots where at home against the New York Jets. The Jets where without their starting quarterback and their best defensive player because of injuries and that was just where the Jets injury list started as they where going to be missing quite a few players against New England. 

Now after seeing these two match ups it made all the sense in the world to load up my line up with players from the Cowboys and Patriots. Now on the website I play daily fantasy on you’re only allowed to use a maximum of four players from one team and there are nine roster slots you have to fill; so I was going to have to find one more player to wrap up my guaranteed winning line up. At least that’s what I thought it would be. 

After working things out here’s the line up I ended up going with. From the Cowboys I went with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Smith and Jason Witten. From the Patriots I went with Rex Burkhead, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and their defense. Now after putting this line up together I didn’t even think I’d need another player, but rules are rules and since I had quite a bit of my salary cap money left I was able to add Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants. After entering this line up I just sat back and waited for the money to roll in; man was I wrong.

Prescott had only thrown 11 incompletions in the first two games of the season combined. Against the Dolphins he had 13 incompletions and didn’t light the scoreboard up anywhere near like I thought he might. Elliott had 19 carries for 125 yards which are very good numbers, but he didn’t get into the end zone; so he under performed. I thought that Smith might be an under the radar type of play, but he managed just 2 receptions for 39 yards. While Witten who I thought might actually catch a touchdown pass or two managed just 3 receptions for 54 yards.

So my Cowboys where pretty much all busts which meant I was in big trouble and my four Patriots player and Barkley needed to have big days. Well two of my Patriots players Burkhead and Dorsett scored above what was expected of them, but neither had a breakout game. Gordon did catch 6 passes, but only put up 83 yards and didn’t score; so he was disappointing. New England’s defense did out up 14 points for me which is good for a defense, but I was hoping that they’d really have a high point scoring game.

So with the exception of Gordon my Patriots where solid for me. I knew that I was in real trouble and I probably wasn’t going to win any money, but I did have Barkley left to play and there was a chance that he could put up some big numbers.

The Giants had made the switch at quarterback going with rookie Daniel Jones against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I thought that they would rely on Barkley heavily not only in the run game, but as a receiver as well. Well I might’ve been right had Barkley not injured his ankle limiting him to 8 carries for 10 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 27 yards. 

So as you can see Barkley was a bust as was pretty much the majority of my line up as I didn’t get anywhere near winning all that money that I thought it was going to.

I’m not a fan of the stacking technique, but I thought that this made a lot of sense and I thought that I’d give it a shot. Now I have to tell you I’m not sure if I’ll try the stacking technique again unless there’s someone out there that can convince me it works.

I’d be interested to know how you did if you played daily fantasy this past Sunday. If you’re willing I’d also be interested to know what type of system you use; if you’re willing to share. I know that most people hold their systems like family secrets and if you don’t want to share the entire way you build a line up maybe just pass along a tip or two and will see how similar what you do is to what I do. To be honest I hope you had a lot better luck than I did this past Sunday. I guess I’ll have to come up with another plan for Week 4 in the NFL.

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  1. I’m not sold on the stacking method. Too many variables and too many upsets from week to week in the NFL.


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