Headsupfantasy.com Championship Week Picks January 17, 2014  |  Jeff


Welcome, Fake Footballers! Aside from smashing on opponents each week in our yearly fantasy football leagues, we at The Fake Football also do some dabbling in the fine arts of Daily Fantasy Sports. If you like the rush of fantasy football in one-week portions (with a few pesos on the line), then Daily Fantasy Sports may be your cup of tea as well. This season, we will be pumping out weekly advice for the daily games run by our pals over at Headsupfantasy.com, which is a new platform that offers daily gaming with NO RAKE taken. Need convincing? Take it from the Headsupfantasy folks themselves:

“It is our goal to present our users with the most enjoyable and affordable form of competition possible. Under no circumstances will Headsupfantasy take any percentages from user funds in challenges or pools.  Users can use our organized categories to find the perfect game for them. We have provided the clearest form of scoring for each sport so that all our users can compete on an even scale.”

So, instead of the host site taking a percentage of your hard earned winnings, you simply purchase “tokens”, and use one per contest. Now that you have an idea of how things work, let’s check out the format:

Each week, players have multiple formats to choose from including 2 athlete, 3 athlete, and 6 athlete contests. Within those formats there are further options for fantasy degenerates to enjoy! All scoring is standard fantasy scoring…4 pt passing TDs and no PPR.

2 Athlete: Choose any TWO fantasy players then compete head-to-head in any one of five categories:

* Most combined fantasy points  * Most touchdowns  * Most passing yards

* Most rushing Yards  * Most receiving yards

 * 3 Athlete: Choose any THREE fantasy players then compete head-to-head in any one of five categories:

* Most combined fantasy points  * Most touchdowns  * Most passing yards

* Most rushing Yards  * Most receiving yards

6 Athlete: Choose any SIX fantasy players then compete head-to-head in either:

* Most combined fantasy points  * Most combined touchdowns

(6 athlete contests can be either QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/TE *fixed format* or six of any position)




With so many different contest options, we are going to highlight our favorite three formats and the picks we’re rolling with this Sunday. With the ability to select any fantasy football player, the options are endless, but here are the top plays for Championship Weekend:


* 2 Athlete: Most Passing Yards Yards

– This is a very simple category this week, but take some time to scroll through the available matchups at Headsupfantasy.com and look for open matches where someone is playing either Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick. With both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady far superior fantasy plays this week, an all AFC duo would give you a huge advantage. Not much analysis here, but keep an eye out for a potential advantage like this. THE PICK: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady


* 3 Athlete: Most Rushing Yards

– In the ‘Most Rushing Yards’ category this week, we will go ahead and fade Frank Gore who faces Seattle at the menacing Century Link Field. For our three running backs, we will stick with the lead dogs on both AFC teams, Knowshon Moreno and LeGarrette Blount, and use Marshawn Lynch from the NFC. When rushing yards is the category, you basically have to choose one of the four lead running backs to cut from your lineup in this format and Gore should struggle against the Seahawks. THE PICK: Knowshon Moreno, LeGarrette Blount, Marshawn Lynch


* 6 Athlete: Most Combined Fantasy Points (fixed format)

– In the ‘6 Athlete’ format, we will start off with the easiest selection of the bunch, and that is Mr. Peyton Manning. Manning will be the top option at quarterback this week and I would hate to face another lineup without him. At running back, we will go with two of the three backs we mentioned above in Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount. Look for New England to keep pounding the ball on the ground in an attempt to keep Manning off the field, and Seattle will continue to feed “Beast Mode” against San Francisco. At wide receiver, I will be using the top two players in my wide receiver rankings this week and they are Demaryius Thomas and Julian Edelman. DT is Peyton’s top target and should turn in yet another solid effort this Sunday. Next to Thomas, we will go with Julian Edelman, who is Tom Brady’s only viable receiving threat and is always good for a healthy reception total. At tight end, Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis are the only respectable options, but Thomas offers the most upside so we will finish off our lineup with the Orange Julius himself. PICK: Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch, LeGarrette Blount, Demaryius Thomas, Julian Edelman, Julius Thomas




Good luck this week, and be sure to check out Headsupfantasy!


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