Yahoo Cup – Week 13 Recap December 6, 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; 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 fellow TFF writer Doug Shain and I are doing on a week-to-week basis in the tournament. You can see our thought processes into how we built our lineups for the previous week, see how we did, and where we are in comparison to the weekly/season leaders. We’ll also take a quick look at the week ahead. So, let’s get to it!


Results (Ian/Doug)

Week 13 Winner:   180.14 FP

Points to Cash: 151.84

Our Lineups: 89.54/92.38

Total Players: 471,946

Our Week 13 Ranks (#): 90,291th/83,708rd

Overall Leader: 1,759.54

Our Total FP: 1,662.4/1,542.88

Overall Ranks (#): 82nd/2,007th

Current Prize Status: $25/$1

Ian and Doug’s Week  13 Teams




Week 13 Lineup Strategy and Results

Well, what can I say. I decided to tinker with my lineup again at the last moment and paid the price. In the process, I lost roughly 30 points by switching three players. Before kickoff, I moved from Roethlisberger to Brees, Carlos Hyde to Tim Hightower, and Golden Tate to Julian Edelman. I can at least give you a hint as to why I made the first two moves, but the Tate move? You tell me. I had him locked in from the moment salaries were released. When Jones was deemed out, I was even more sure of using him…then I must have started to overthink the situation. Yeah, you know…it was TOO obvious a move to use him, so I settled on Edelman. While Edelman did fine, I lost 10 points in that one button click. Ouch.

It’s quite frustrating, to be perfectly honest. I spent the first 11 weeks playing with calm, using each week like a cash game with no big changes, and then all of a sudden mixed up my way of doing things and have had two horrific weeks, moving me from 8th all the way down to 82nd. That distance will not be made up over three weeks without two weeks of 200+. While possible, I’m realistic…that’s likely not happening. So, learn from my mistakes, folks! Anyways, venting over, where did Doug and I succeed this week?

Theo Riddick was in play from me when I first saw the salaries last Monday. At $20 and the matchup against the Saints, he was a very enticing play. He scored an early TD and then…well, he disappeared. He finished with an OK 10.2, but it could have been so much more. Edelman was Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, which was no surprise. It was a little risky using him in a game that was such a shoo-in for a blowout, but he came through anyways. Vance McDonald, who had been very consistent for the Niners, did not. He caught only 2 passes for a whopping 9 yards. Ouch. Odell Beckham did well enough in the real world with a 10/100 line, but his 15 FP on Yahoo was not enough given his $31 salary.

LeSean McCoy did come through, though Mike Gilislee took away 2 TDs from him. Ugh. Still, it’s hard to complain about 191 total yards and 7 receptions. Brandon Marshall was very disappointing on Monday night, though to be fair, his QBs were worthless. The one last bright spot on my lineup was the Packers, who put up a very solid 8 FP in the snow at a cost of only $11.

Doug’s went cheap at DST as well, using the Bengals who were a mere $10. Also finishing with 8 FP against the crumbling Eagles, the .8 multiple was one of the best on his team. Doug did end up using Carlos Hyde, who did pretty well considering how poorly the rest of his team played. With 98 total yards, his 10.8 FP were pretty respectable on an otherwise underwhelming day. What made it more underwhelming for Doug was the Matt Ryan/Julio Jones duo who combined for under 32 FP on $74 salary. Still, they did enough to help his team score more than mine. We both need a big Week 14…

Early Week 14 Lineup Thoughts

I’ll keep this a bit shorter than weeks before and give a list of players below that Doug and I are considering. It boils down to this: after dropping 74 spots in two weeks, I need a Hail Mary. So, I’m going to do my best Aaron Rogers impersonation and pretend that my entire lineup is full of Richard Rodgers and Jeff Janis. Back against the wall, time running out….I need a top-10 week and I need it NOW. That’s right, I need a big 200 FP week to gain 40-50 points or more. Believe, baby!

I’m not going to go that in depth this week about who Doug and I like, but we are both in need of a miracle, so we’re playing it like a big GPP. The time of the cash-game style is over. I played it for 11 weeks well, and then went downhill. Time to stop being risk-averse. Without further ado, here are players that one or both of us are considering this week…

Players are listed in order of salary, not preference. Thursday players are excluded.


Tom Brady ($37), Colin Kaepernick ($33), Matt Stafford ($31), Jameis Winston ($31), Cam Newton ($30)


David Johnson ($40), Devonta Freeman ($27), Jeremy Hill ($27), Thomas Rawls ($24), Todd Gurley ($20), Charles Sims ($10…very risky, but very cheap with a good matchup)


Mike Evans ($40), Odell Beckham ($36), Tyrell Williams ($24), Demaryius Thomas ($22), Julian Edelman ($22), Malcolm Mitchell ($18), DeVante Parker ($18), Ted Ginn ($13)


Jimmy Graham ($24), Tyler Eifert ($23), Cameron Brate ($18), Ladarius Green ($13), Vernon Davis ($10), Jermaine Gresham ($10)


Vikings ($21), Panthers ($16), Lions ($16), Bengals ($16), 49ers ($12), Jaguars ($11)


Good luck in Week 14 everyone! May you do (much) better than Doug and I did the past two weeks!

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 at @ianrgold. Doug is also very happy to talk anything DFS, so hit him up on Twitter as well. We can discuss strategy, or you can gloat about how much better your lineup was than ours. Up to you!

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