Yahoo Cup – Week 2 Recap
September 20, 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 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/season leaders. So, let’s get to it!
Week 2 Winner: 192.12 FP
Points to Cash: 156.15
My Lineup: 130.02
Total Players: 317,626
My Week 2 Rank (#): 12,136
My Week 2 Rank (%): 3.82%
Overall Leader: 347.24 FP
My Total FP: 276.88
Overall Rank (#): 3,786
Overall Rank (%): 1.19%
Current Prize Status: $1.00 (woo!)
My Week 2 Team
My Week 2 Lineup Strategy and Results
Consistency, consistency, consistency. While I’m going to put in a few risky picks here and there throughout the season, I’m taking each week a little bit more like a cash game than a tournament. The riskiest pick of the week was Marcus Mariota. After a poor Week 1 against the Vikings, I was looking for him to bounce back in a big way against the porous Lions DST. He didn’t have a huge game, but 17.62 FP was an acceptable result. He hooked up with Delanie Walker, who I slotted into the TE spot, often, leading to a solid 6/83/1 line. I was a little too optimistic with Tajae Sharpe, however, who only ended up with a pedestrian 4/33 line on 7 targets. His 5.3 FP proved to be the only real drain in the lineup; everyone else scored at least 13.6 FP.
As I’ve said before in previous weeks, part of my strategy is picking a safe defense each week. This week it was Carolina. Although they gave up 26 points, they scored a touchdown on a fumble return, and had two sacks and three turnovers, returning a very solid 14 FP. In a bit of an unusual move given all of the love for the “No RB” strategy in redraft, I decided to spend just over 30% of my salary cap on David Johnson and CJ Anderson. Neither were spectacular from a fantasy perspective, but they were adequate. David Johnson finished with nearly 100 yards through the air; he would have had a better day in fantasy had the Cardinals not been beating the Bucs by such a big margin. As such, he was pulled for Chris Johnson, who ran out the clock and grabbed a late TD. Anderson did manage to get a TD, but the Broncos were not able to exploit the Colts DST in the same way Detroit was a week before. Still, he ended up with nearly 17 FP, which was solid enough.
The best part of this lineup, other than Delanie, came with three cheap WRs: Sterling Shepard, Tyrell Williams, and Willie Snead. In what turned out to be a low scoring game (especially for what was expected), Shepard and Snead came away with very decent fantasy lines. Shepard was Manning’s target of choice, tying Odell for a team-leading 8 targets, which he turned into a team-leading 117 receiving yards. The rookie is legit. Snead put up his second solid game in a row after catching a TD in the 4th quarter, a nice finish to a 5/54 day. Tyrell only caught three passes, but one of them went for a 44 yard TD. For minimum salary, I’ll take a 3/61/1 line.
Bottom line: I moved up from around 19,000th place in Week 1 to inside the top 4,000. I’m happy with this result, especially considering the injuries that befell a large number of players. Slow and steady wins (or places in) a year-long race.
Early Week 3 Lineup Thoughts
Like many, my fantasy eyes are set on the Atlanta/New Orleans game on Monday night. The over/under is set at 53.5 currently, and I am confident that the game will actually be relatively high scoring, unlike the 16-13 line that the Saints/Giants turned out being…blech. Drew Brees at home is a near must start for me this week, as the Superdome makes him as close to a lock for 300/2TD as there is. His salary is $37, so you’ll have to pay up, but he has an excellent chance of rewarding you with 25-30 FP. In the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons have given up lines of 281/4TD and 299/3TD to Winston and Carr. Of course, on the other side of the field you have another capable QB in Matt Ryan, who is the #1 fantasy QB on Yahoo! through two weeks. He has similar upside to Brees and can be had a a $5 discount, which is full 2.5% of your salary cap.
For DST, the early favorite to be in my lineup is Miami. They are at home, facing a Cleveland team who are going to be forced to start 3rd round pick Cody Kessler because, well…they have nobody else. It would almost be better if they looked to Terrelle Pryor at QB. He actually has some experience, and can extend plays with his legs. Dolphins it is at the moment, with Seattle a good contender as well. Yahoo, however, has them priced as the top defensive team at $18. So, you’ll have to pay up a it for them, but the matchup should be golden.
At WR….Mike Wallace is, for some reason, only $14. So, there’s that.
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 your lineup was than mine. Up to you!