Headsupfantasy.com Week 17 Picks December 28, 2013  |  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 Week 17:


* 2 Athlete: Most Rushing Yards

– We begin each week by selecting the running back who gets the luxury of facing the Chicago Bears defense, and this week is no different. In the ‘2 Athlete’ format, we will start with Eddie Lacy as one of our two running backs who will rack up piles of rushing yards. The Bears are just atrocious when attempting to stop the run and Lacy should continue that trend this week. Next to Lacy, we will use LeSean McCoy, who faces the Dallas Cowboys in a big game on Sunday. With Philadelphia flying high and Dallas barely clinging to life after naming Kyle Orton their Week 17 starter, I fully expect Nick Foles and company to take advantage of Dallas’ defensive issues and run out to a nice lead. McCoy will be tallying tons of carries in this one as the Eagles roll to victory.  THE PICK: Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy



* 3 Athlete: Most Receiving Yards

– In the ‘Most Receiving Yards’ category, we will run with three wide receivers who are in line for big games this Sunday. We will start with Jordy Nelson, who should see a jump in production after the long awaited return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Next, we will snag DeSean Jackson, who faces the horrendous Dallas Cowboys defense and will roast them much like the rest of the NFL has so far in 2013. To finish off our trio of pass catchers, we will go ahead and use Josh Gordon. Gordon has been an animal this year and will have one more week to show off his skills before the Browns head into the offseason. The matchup isn’t great for him, but Josh Gordon has certainly showed the ability to perform in any situation. THE PICK: Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson, Josh Gordon


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

– In the big boy, the ‘6 Athlete’ format, we will start off with Nick Foles at quarterback. Foles and the Eagles have a terrific Week 17 matchup against Dallas,which we hammered home throughout our picks this week. At running back, we will use the two beasts we tabbed above, in Eddie Lacy and LeSean McCoy. At wide receiver, we will continue our Eagles-fest and use DeSean Jackson and Josh Gordon, who we discussed previously. To round out our set of six studs, we will go ahead and slide big Jimmy Graham into our lineup at tight end. The best tight end in football can’t be ignored. There you have it! PICK: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Eddie Lacy, Josh Gordon, DeSean Jackson, Jimmy Graham.



Good luck in Week 17, and be sure to check out Headsupfantasy!


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