Yahoo Cup – Week 1 Recap
September 13, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
A lot of DFS sites have rolled out leagues this year, where you can play in one league with your friends all season long while still getting the enjoyment that comes with picking a new lineup each week. Somewhat unique among those is Yahoo’s season long Yahoo Cup. Every week there is a Freeroll (Week 1 was $10K, Week 2 is $1K); the person who has accumulated the most points throughout the course of the first 16 weeks of the NFL season is the overall winner, and gets a nice chunk of change. You can join in at any week for the weekly prizes, even if you have no hope for the year-end title.
I thought it would be fun to recap how I’m doing on a week-to-week basis. You can see my thought process into how I built my lineup for the previous week, see how I did, and where I am in comparison to the weekly winners. So, let’s get to it!
Week 1 Winner: 212.20 FP
Points to Cash: 158.26
My Lineup: 146.86
Total Players: 275,856
My Rank (#): 19,127
My Rank (%): 6.93%
My Week 1 Team
My Week 1 Lineup Strategy and Results
Since this is a year-long tournament, I was a bit more conservative in a few places than I normally would have been, especially defense. In a lot of other tournament lineups I entered in Week 1, I used Cleveland. While that pick didn’t pan out, I liked the opportunity they gave while going against a rookie QB. Now, since this is a year-long tournament, using Cleveland was a bit riskier. Sure, they could have gone off, but I would rather have a relatively guaranteed 6-10 points from a team like Houston and take a few calculated risks elsewhere.
I was dead set from the beginning on Spencer Ware, Antonio Brown, Donte Moncrief, Marvin Jones, and Jordan Reed. All of these players had a high probability of having a high number of touches. The first four panned out. Jordan Reed? Not so much. After a strong first quarter, the Steelers were able to take him out of the game. That hurt a bit. What hurt more, though, was that I initially had DeAngelo Williams penciled in as the RB2. When it became clearer that Christine Michael would get the start and the bulk of the carries for the Seahawks, I moved away from DWill to Michael. Ouch.
Now, it’s not like Michael was bad. His 8.1 FP were actually a good return on his minimum salary of $10. However, with the saved $ at RB, I spent up at FLEX and moved from Eddie Lacy to Julio Jones. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. A guy like Julio needs to put up a lot more than a 4-66-1 line in order to hit value. Out of all the players on my roster, he dragged it down the most. The DWill-Lacy combo would have put up just over 40 FP. The CMike-Julio combo put up only about 23 FP. Those 17 extra points would have vaulted me about 15,000 spots higher than I sit now.
Still, I’m pretty happy with where things ended up. Even with that late move to C-Mike and Julio, the team was still good enough to finish in the top 7% of lineups for the week. I’ll take it. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m happy to be the tortoise…as long as I remain in view of the hare.
Early Week 2 Lineup Thoughts
The first thought, obviously, is to look at the players in the Saints-Giants game. While there is almost no chance (never say never!) that the teams will combine for 101 points again, they could easily combine to score in the 60s or 70s. Drew Brees ($37) and Eli Manning ($36)are going to have incredibly high ownership, as are Odell Beckham Jr ($37), Brandin Cooks ($27), and, probably, Willie Snead ($21). You should still be able to get a little differential in the matchup with rookie Sterling Shepard ($17). He did score a TD last week, but his game paled in comparison to Snead, who is similarly priced. I’d be more than happy using both Shepard and Snead. They cost a combined $38, which won’t break the bank.
If I’m considering going even cheaper this week, then my #1 WR target will be Tajae Sharpe ($15). Sharpe had an excellent first NFL game in Week 1. Mariota looked his way early and often, as he settled with a 7/76 line on 11 targets. That number should only go up in what could be a high scoring affair with Detroit. In fact, like fellow Fake Football writer Doug Shain, I am excited about using Sharpe’s QB this week, Marcus Mariota ($31). I’m considering stacking Mariota, Shain, and Delanie Walker. Detroit proved last week against Indy that they cannot defend tight ends. Want even cheaper? How about Tyrell Williams ($10). He is sitting at minimum salary and, with Keenen Allen out, takes over as a starting WR in San Diego. He is one of the better plays this week on Yahoo! if for no other reason than he affords you the chance to buy more expensive players.
If you haven’t joined the Cup, click here to join for the upcoming week. If any of you are playing in the tournament, let me know how you’re doing in the comments below or on Twitter @ianrgold. We can discuss strategy, or you can gloat about how much better you did in Week 1. Up to you!