Author Archive: C.D. Carter

Fantasy Equity Scores: The Upside Running Back Flier Tier

Fantasy equity scores for running backs get shakier as we move past the guys with solid, knowable roles in their…

Fantasy Equity Deep Dive: DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray, headed into the 2015 season, was the owner of a gleaming 4.9 yards per carry average. He had…

Fantasy Equity Scores: The Un-Sexy Running Back Tier

They sport all sorts of fantasy warts: inefficiency, injury history, blown opportunities in recent seasons, potential timeshare backfields, new coaches…

Fantasy Equity Scores: Top Running Backs And Arbitrage Options

Widespread Zero RB indoctrination, propelled by the NFL’s steady gravitation toward a pass-heavy league, could lead one to look directly…

Equity Score Deep Dive: Dwayne Allen

This equity score deep dive is a little shallower than others, but could be as vital as any range-of-outcomes examination…

Fantasy Equity Scores: Sifting Through The Tight End Trash

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, which is why I own a Miami Dolphins helmet signed by the team’s…

Fantasy Equity Scores: Top Tight Ends And Chasing Bad Game Script

We write, read, and tell stories to better understand the incomprehensible world in which we live. Fantasy football, as you…

Fantasy Equity Scores: Late-Round Quarterbacks And Every-Week Starters

The goal of streaming quarterbacks, as I’ve written seven or eight hundred times, is not to stream. The successful streaming…

Fantasy Equity Scores: Floors, Ceilings, And Elite Quarterbacks

Let’s get this out of the way: this year is not the year to invest in an early-round quarterback. Last…

Fantasy Equity Scores: The Kamar Aiken Tier

This is the point in the equity score exercise in which I admittedly get creative with generating top-end prospects. I’ve…

Equity Score Deep Dive: Markus Wheaton

The thought is logical enough: Martavis Bryant, who I (mostly) jokingly call the Steelers’ best receiver, is done for the…

Fantasy Football Equity Scores: The ‘What If’ Wide Receiver Tier

Predicting our collective fantasy football futures is difficult for anyone who has not sold his eternal soul to a fella with…

Equity Score Deep Dive: Jeremy Maclin

A receiver who threatens the 1,100 mark, snags 87 passes, and manages eight touchdowns for one of 2015’s run-heaviest offenses should…

Fantasy Football Equity Scores: Eric Decker, Michael Floyd And The Value Tier

Every player tier is going to present some sort of market inefficiency, but you’ll be hard pressed to collect a…

Fantasy Football Equity Scores: The Brandon Marshall Tier

I like a range of outcomes. Hot taeks are fun, if not terrible on a certain Twitter account, but nuanced…

Fantasy Football Equity Scores: Elite Wide Receivers

Player value gets lost. In all the analysis, all the breakdowns of how guys might be used, of how offensive…

Four QBs Who Are Fantasy Disasters When Their Teams Lose

I’m not exactly opening up the innermost sanctum of fantasy football knowledge when I charge that quarterbacks are often statistically…

Tom Brady’s Suspension, Rob Gronkowski, And Run-Heavy Schemes

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Which Elite Wide Receivers Are Matchup Proof?

You need not a crystal ball, but rather than ability to search the archives of fantasy football sites, to…

Dreaming of Streaming: How Not To Stream

We don’t base our defensive streamers on who’s hot, or individual matchups or even who has served us well…

Dreaming of Streaming: Re-Examining Our Formula

You may or may not remember me as the guy rambling on and on in 2014 about how we…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 17 Update

There’s an understandable but oh-so-reflexive inclination to go all in on a defense facing off against a backup…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 17

It’s not lost on me that the object of our defensive streaming animus, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, likely won…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 16 Update

The defensive Streaming Score assigned to the Carolina Panthers this week isn’t reflective of their matchup, which could very…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 16

We saw the power of home field advantage in Week 15. It’s an edge we’ve chased throughout the 2014…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 15 Update

The very basics of streaming defenses — the guts of pinpointing matchups ripe for exploitation — told us to…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 15

Defensive Streaming Scores, it turns out, are something less than infallible. We discovered as much in Week 14, when…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 14

Let’s get back to the basics of streaming defenses: We look for defensive units set to face inaccurate quarterbacks…

Dreaming Of Streaming: Week 14

There’s a reason our Streaming Scores weigh home field advantage so heavily, as anyone who relied on the Dolphins’…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 13

I spent an inordinate amount of time looking a reason — any reason — to hedge on the Giants’…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 13

More data begets more accuracy begets more confidence in our weekly defensive streaming decisions. The colder the weather gets…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 12

Keep my Twitter mentions in your thoughts and prayers today as it recovers from a raging fire sparked by…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 12

The Green Bay Packers’ defense is going to break the Streaming Score algorithm if it keeps up its downright…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 11 Update

Editor’s Note: Check out our DFS Cheat Sheet! Many of you dedicated defensive streamers were champing at the…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 11

We saw in Week 10 that Streaming Score require context. They don’t exist in a vacuum. They can — and…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 10 Update

There seems to be some gnashing of fantasy teeth among those who have the Detroit Lions’ defense stashed on their…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 10

Quite sadly, for those who snagged the Bengals’ defense off their local waiver wire, the Jaguars in Week 9…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 9 Update

Washington’s relentless Week 8 pressuring of the oft-injured Tony Romo was no mistake, and if Washington beat writers and…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 9

A better defensive streaming week we could not possibly have asked for. Check out how our top Week 8…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 8

Check out The Fake Football’s Week 8 NFL DFS Cheat Sheet! We have a new rookie quarterback to…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 8

Week 7 Streaming Scores for the Vikings and Jaguars were so low that they didn’t qualify to be listed…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 7

Every week, upon the release of my Streaming Scores, there are a spate of questions about defenses that might…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 7

The Cardinals against Kirk Cousins, the Titans against Blake Bortles, and the Broncos against Geno Smith: Three perfectly fine…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 6

Check out our Week 6 NFL DFS Cheat Sheet! I hoped against hope that I wouldn’t have…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 6

Probably you’re tired of reading this, but it bears repeating: Defensive streamers, or anyone interested in scoring fantasy points…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 5

Here is our Week 5 DFS Cheat Sheet with picks for FanDuel, Draftkings, DraftDay and Fantasy Elite Check out Spreadsheet Sports powerful projection…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 5

For as much thinking as this little game requires, it’s good to know that refusing to over-think a decision…

Dreaming of Streaming Update: Week 4

Check out our Week 4 DFS Cheat Sheet with picks for FanDuel, Draftkings, DraftDay and Fantasy Elite Check out…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 4

Check out our Week 4 DFS Cheat Sheet with picks for FanDuel, Draftkings, DraftDay and Fantasy Elite Check out…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 3 Update

I would’ve been bullish about the Saints’ Week 3 defensive prospects even if the Vikings offered their extended middle…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 3

I think we’re starting to get a feel for how bad some NFL defenses are going to be in…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 2 Update

Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or Fantasy Elite! Watching practice and injury reports on…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 2

Derek Anderson showed just how difficult this streaming defense business can be. The journeyman backup quarterback started on the…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 1 Update

 Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or Fantasy Elite! Because nothing is static and the…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 1

Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or Fantasy Elite! Quantification is the key to fantasy football…

Dreaming of Streaming: Heavy Favorites and Streamers

Cheat Sheet Creator – Draft Analyzer – Draft Assistant – Auction Calculator Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or…

Dreaming of Streaming: Favoring The Favorites

Anyone familiar with this space in 2013 will remember that I spilled quite a bit of digital ink on Vegas…

Dreaming of Streaming: Every-Week Starters

Cheat Sheet Creator – Draft Analyzer – Draft Assistant – Auction Calculator Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or Fantasy Elite! If…

Dreaming of Streaming: The Math Behind The Strategy

Cheat Sheet Creator – Draft Analyzer – Draft Assistant – Auction Calculator Get our DFS Cheat Sheets  free just by signing up and depositing at DraftDay or Fantasy Elite! Imploring fantasy…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 17: Advice from Vegas

Week 17, as veteran fantasy footballers know, is something of a whacky season. So many teams are playing for nothing,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 17

The Detroit Lions’ defense in Week 16 was the living embodiment of what it means to have a high fantasy…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 16: Advice From Vegas

I’ve offered my mea culpa. I’ll try to move on now. Many of you committed defensive streamers have a…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 16

I hope, for the sake of your sanity and your fantasy squad, that you listened to Vegas, dismissed the Eagles’…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 15: Advice From Vegas

I’m of two clashing minds when it comes to deploying the Eagles’ defense against Matt Cassel and the Vikings this…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 15

I know you’re not mad at the Oakland Raiders’ defense. You’re just disappointed. It’s what you’d say to your significant…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 14: Advice From Vegas

It seems like just yesterday that our collective degenerate mind began its plotting and scheming for the fantasy football…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 14

Brandon Weeden showed precisely why even the most scientific approach to selecting weekly defensive plays can be such a dicey…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 13: Advice From Vegas

‘Tis the season for over-thinking. I’m as guilt of it as you, and I think it’s natural this time…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 13

Those numbers seemed to be speaking the truth, or some version of it, anyway. I wrote last week about the…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 12: Advice from Vegas

Blessed are the planners, for they will inherit fantasy football glory, however fleeting. We’ve talked a lot in this space…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 12

We should head into every week holding two diametrically opposed ideas firmly in our minds: Trust the numbers, and know…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 11: Advice from Vegas

It’s far from a high percentage play, but I wouldn’t begrudge any fantasy footballer who rolled with the Kansas City…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 11

I’m not just the president of the Sell Your Chiefs Defense club. I’m also a member. Last week I asked…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 10: Advice From Vegas

I’ll look ahead, not behind, because I know you’re a group of planning, scheming degenerates. I love that about you.…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 10

Kill your darlings. That phrase, uttered by William Faulkner, was meant to remind writers that it’s sometimes your favorite sentences,…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 9: Advice from Vegas

Sometimes Vegas’ over-unders fly directly in the face of my preconceived streaming notions. This is not one of those weeks.…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 9

A hearty congratulations to anyone and everyone who banked on defensive and special teams touchdowns and cashed in – big…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 8: Advice From Vegas

There are as many terrifyingly high over-unders this week as there were mouth-wateringly low over-unders last week. And strangely enough,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 8

That worked out. Our Week 7 dreamy streamers, the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers, were first and third in…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 7: Advice from Vegas

We have no shortage of potentially low-scoring affairs from which to pick this week, as, amazingly, there are five games…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 7

Week 6 was a rude reminder of the ever-present volatility of fantasy defenses. Deploying the Jacksonville Jaguars defense last week…

Dreaming of Streaming: Advice from Vegas

My beard matted and dirty, my clothes torn and wreaking of booze, my poster board read: “The end (of the…

Dreaming of Streaming: A 10-Week Plan

Streamers of any position seem to be a planning lot, a bunch of degenerate Type-A personalities looking weeks — months,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 6

Congratulations. You let Blaine Gabbert wash over you. Interceptions for touchdowns, no matter when or where, are flukey by their…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 5: Advice From Vegas

The big, flaming red flags waved by Vegas odds makers in the lead up to Week 4 were certainly warranted,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 5

Week 4 might have been the masterpiece, the masterstroke, the crowning achievement of defensive streaming. We dreamed of streaming, and…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 4: Advice from Vegas

The King Degenerates in Vegas are sending emergency smoke signals in the form of a preposterous Week 4 over-under. They’ve…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 4

I won’t soft soap it: defensive streamers the world over took a licking last week. Not even the Vikings’ defense,…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 3: Advice from Vegas

Week 3 is shaping up as the most wonderful time of year for those of us who stream our defenses.…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 3

Fantasy footballers who sunk a mid-round pick in the Seattle Seahawks ferocious defense will point to this week’s leading fantasy…

Dreaming of Streaming Week 2: Advice from Vegas

We’ve learned that defensive streaming options aren’t as thin as they seemed early this week. The Panthers, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 2

Let’s start with this: six of Week’1 top 10 fantasy defenses were owned in less than 20 percent of Yahoo!…

Dreaming of Streaming: Advice From Vegas

Our powers of prognostication don’t have to be honed through years of game watching, analyzing, and statistical parsing. We can…

Dreaming of Streaming: A Three-Week Plan

Think of a deep bench as a weapon to be wielded against your fantasy football enemies. Think of it as…

Dreaming of Streaming: A Glut of Week 1 Options

Nothing is static in fantasy football. There are so many moving pieces, so many parts of the formula. I once…

Dreaming of Streaming: The Secret Sauce

It’s important, I think, to know where your fake football advice is coming from — to know its innards, what…

Dreaming of Streaming: The Fallacy of Elite Defenses

I’d like to remind you that burning a mid-round draft pick on a defense is a mortal sin in fantasy…

The Bills Pick Up The Pace

The charge that the New England Patriots were the NFL’s run heaviest team in 2012 is frequently countered with the…

Late-Round Flier Wide Receivers

If you’re keen on buying a fantasy football lottery ticket just before you draft your defense and kicker – and…

Dreaming of Streaming: Three Defenses I’m Targeting on Draft Day

It’s your brain, polluted with so much fear and anxiety on fantasy football draft day, that twists itself into pretzels…

Best Players For Best Ball Fantasy Football Leagues

Home run derbies aren’t won with screaming line drives striped into the outfield gaps, just as long drive contests aren’t…

Ignore Jermichael Finley at Your Own Peril

He’s hurt you plenty over the past couple seasons, and like any player who leaves scars on your fantasy football-loving…

Creating The Ultimate PPR Fantasy Football Squad

If you’re into hulking wide receivers who prove relevant from goal line to goal line, soaring over defenders and serving…

More on the Miami Dolphins Use of the Read-Option

The mere possibility of Miami Dolphins second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill rushing for 500 yards was tantalizing enough to explore…

Does The Read-Option Change Ryan Tannehill’s Fantasy Prospects?

Miami Dolphins second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, with athleticism to burn and a year of pro football’s brutal reality check…

Exploring A Truer Measure Of Fantasy Football Tight End Efficiency

Understanding which fantasy football commodities did the most with their opportunities is one of the ways we gauge value and…

Donald Rumsfeld’s Advice For Your Fantasy Football Team

Accepting fantasy football for what it is, rather than what we want it to be, is perhaps the most important…

Running Back Upgrades In PPR Leagues

Running backs with heavy involvement in a team’s passing game, like quarterbacks who tack on a few points with rushing…

Running Back Downgrades In PPR Leagues

Pass-catching running backs provide a cushion for their fantasy owners – even when running lanes are closed for business…

The Understated Fantasy Football Value of Dennis Pitta

It’s been two months since we first heard, upon Anquan Boldin’s departure to San Francisco, that Baltimore Ravens tight end…

Chip Kelly’s Three Tight End Formations: A Fantasy Football Nightmare

It appeared, for about a minute and a half, that James Casey was the Philadelphia Eagles tight end begging to…

In Fantasy Football, More is More

Fantasy footballers’ search for psychological comfort has a distinct ring to it. It sounds a little something like this: “I’ll…

Tight End Streaming: Trusting Your Eyes

It’s best sometimes to remove your head from the numerical quicksand that so slyly sucks you down that statistical rabbit…

Expanding the Case for Streaming Tight Ends

In determining the feasibility of a strict streaming strategy for fantasy football tight ends in 2013, a fail proof formula…

Fantasy Tight End Instability and a Case for Streaming

You stumble upon a truly dominant fantasy defense that proves to be an elite option every Sunday, whether at home…

DeSean Jackson Shouldn’t Be Dead to You

The best kind of DeSean Jackson is one that’s engaged, involved, active, blazing around the corners of defenses, juking and…

It’s Still OK To Love Jared Cook

The post-post-hype sleeper cometh. Jared Cook, the 6-foot-5 and 249-pound Tennessee Titans tight end who runs the 40 in an…

Playing the Slots: Greg Little Edition

When supremely talented wide receivers are moved to the slot with more frequency, we’re excited about their usage becoming slightly…

Playing the Slots: Stevie Johnson Edition

It’s tough to convince fantasy owners that Stevie Johnson’s impending move to the slot position in the Buffalo Bills’ offense…

Playing the Slots: Larry Fitzgerald Edition

Reggie Wayne is the model. Wayne, a year after his Indianapolis career was considered very much over, was moved from…

The Death of a Value Quarterback

Rid yourself of any illusions you may have had in December. You’re not getting Colin Kaepernick on the cheap in…

Harry Douglas: FanDuel Hero. Don’t Laugh.

Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Harry Douglas only played 55 percent of his team’s offensive snaps this season. Matt Ryan targeted…

Fantasy Football’s Dream Makers and Heart Breakers of 2012

I know you well, dear fantasy fiend. Would you like to know how I know you so well? Because I…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 17 Edition

Dear Brian Daboll, You’ve been great to us this season, and as this wonderful year winds down, we – the…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 16 Edition

I whiffed, and I have no regrets. The Bengals’ defense was the quintessential dreamy streamer Thursday night against the bumbling…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 15 Edition

I will not, I refuse, I won’t. Put it out of your collective mind, streamers. We’ve been fixated on the…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 14 Edition

#LongLiveLindley, am I right? Here’s to hoping you plugged and played the Jets’ defense last week against what could very…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 13 Edition

We should all, as civilized, decent people, buy Ryan Lindley jerseys this week. It’s the least we can do. It…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 12 Edition

Don’t worry, everyone. I’ve sent a strongly-worded hand-written note to Sam Bradford, informing him that he repeatedly put our Rams’…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 11 Edition

It’s been good couple weeks in the defensive streaming business. The Colts dropped a Week 10 Thursday night people’s elbow…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 10 Edition

You’re still buzzing from the Chargers’ defense’s 24-point atomic bomb last Thursday night against an ever-unraveling Chiefs’ offense that has…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 9 Edition

I have anecdotal evidence that makes me believe many of you could not or would not use the Cardinals’ defense…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 8 Edition

I felt your pain, heard your cries of agony, felt the sting of your varied and lewd curses. From my…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 7 Edition

Your defensive streaming assignment last week was to let Brady Quinn wash over you, and despite the best efforts of…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 6 Edition

The Vikings and Rams – the duo of defenses that I so breathlessly recommended last week to Fake Football fiends…

Don’t Quit on Pitta

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta went from Kate Upton to Dina Lohan in one week. He was sexy, and then…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 5 Edition

Now to delve into my other specialty: zombies. You, dear defensive streamer, are undead, no thought in your rage-ravaged mind,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 4 Edition

This week, for us dyed-in-the-wool defensive streamers, is an embarrassment of riches – and not because there are a cavalcade…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 3 Edition

Defensive streamers have a shiny new target: the Tennessee Titans. For all their potentially explosive weapons, this offense has been…

Links That Don’t Stink

Every fantasy obsessive with an Internet connection is still analyzing every solitary Chris Johnson carry, Robert Griffin III isn’t dumb,…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 2 Edition

I know you’ve been dreaming of streaming defenses because, like me, you’re a very sick person who thinks of little…

Links That Don’t Stink

Jamaal Charles won’t be chained to a Strasburgian snap count, Ray Rice might have backfield company on or around the…

Steal Ryan Mathews

You have 24 hours – 48, maybe – to break into the vault of your league mate’s insecurities and pry…

Beware the Bandwagon Effect: Benson and Olsen

Cedric Benson’s fumbleitis will suppress his fantasy value and Greg Olsen won’t get enough tosses from Cam Newton to achieve…

The Expert on Fantasy Experts

Zach Law is the Mike Wallace of fantasy football. And by Mike Wallace, I don’t mean the longtime preseason holdout…

Links That Don’t Stink

Displaying his mastery of Microsoft Excel’s RANDBETWEEN function, Fantasy Douche is helping your feeble human brain comprehend recency bias with…

Dreaming of Streaming: Week 1 Edition

Yes, this column is called Dreaming of Streaming. It tested through the roof with The Fake Football focus groups: third-graders…

Bold Predictions for 2012

So you had Jimmy Graham slated for 99 grabs and 1,300 yards last August? Your summertime projections showed Darren Sproles…

Links that Don’t Stink

The fantasy world is getting high on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, Justin Blackmon is converting the fake football masses,…

Film Time: Breaking Down Decker and Hankerson

If you’re not watching the first halves of preseason games, your fantasy obsessive card should be revoked. Preseason match-ups devolve…

Links that Don’t Stink

The Raiders essentially promised fantasy football glory for Darren McFadden this morning, people are using fantasy statistical measurements from the…

More Fear and Loathing in Fantasy Land

So many jersey-wearing fantasy football fiends at the inaugural Fantasy Football Fest in Atlantic City were like blackjack players who…

Fear and Loathing in Fake Football Land

It never stops, the fantasy chatter, even at the urinal. I’m at the first-ever Fantasy Football Fest in Atlantic City,…

Fake Football Links that Don’t Stink

All the various Internets are abuzz with overreaction to last night’s NFL preseason games. Fantasy football Jesus, Julio Jones, continues…

The Agony of Choosing: Percy Harvin-Brandon Lloyd Edition

Mock drafts over the past couple weeks have taught me two things: People use draft rooms to scream at each…

Don’t Draft Megatron

I write this with the understanding that advising against drafting Calvin Johnson in your league’s draft this summer is tantamount…

Brandon Pettigrew: Unsexy and totally draftable

If you want Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski this year, you have to be all in. They won’t drop to…

One Buc Stops Here, Another Starts

Here’s the thing about LeGarrette Blount: he’s not very good at football. The Tampa Bay running back who, in 2010,…

Meet Isaiah Pead, Love Him, Draft Him

There’s a workhorse running back with startling elusiveness and power, and he can be had for the low, low price…