Yahoo Cup – Week 4 Recap October 2, 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 4 Winner:   202.72 FP

Points to Cash: 160.76

My Lineup: 132.48

Total Players: 361,598

My Week 4 Rank (#): 11,109

My Week 4 Rank (%): 3.07%

Overall Leader:   638.36 FP

My Total FP: 547.42

Overall Rank (#): 663

Overall Rank (%): 0.18%

Current Prize Status: $10.00

Ian and Doug’s Week 4 Teams


Week 4 Lineup Strategy and Results

Hey, what do you know…TFF’s own Doug Shain is also playing in the Yahoo Cup. So, starting this week, I’m including Doug’s lineup next to mine so you can see how the two of us build lineups differently. We only ended up using three of the same players: Jordan Howard, Terrelle Pryor, and Marvin Jones Jr. Their success came in that exact order. Howard was a beast all day, and looks like he could have solidified himself as the starter going forward. We knew the touches would come, and he’s in an excellent position to meet or exceed his success this upcoming week against the Colts, who are bottom-5 against RBs on the season. After pivoting off of Cam early in the week, I moved pretty quickly to a Brian Hoyer/Zach Miller stack, which worked out very well. Miller could have had a few more receptions, but he predictably came through with the TD against the Lions’ pathetic TE defense. Still, it would have been better to have Hunter Henry this week and used that extra $6 to bulk up at another position.

Now, here is where I feel really stupid, and I don’t want you to follow my mistake. I made the dreaded move of changing my lineup near kickoff. Instead of Sanders/Howard/Cardinals, I originally had Crabtree/Fleener/Vikings. While the difference wasn’t huge (only about 5 points lost), this shows what can happen when you don’t trust your initial research. I’m lucky Fleener didn’t have a huge day, or I’d have been ruing the late switch even more. Le’Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon both came through, and continued my trend of paying up for RBs in this contest.

Doug, or Banky…whatever you want to call him…stayed true to his advice from his Hail Mary and stacked Big Ben and Antonio Brown, which proved a very effective tandem. He also wisely used Steve Smith and Carlos Hyde, both of whom I mentioned in my value pick article last week, but failed to use in the lineups here. The use of Houston’s DST was a smart move as well. He doubled my DST points, and paid $3 less.

Doug started out slowly in the first two weeks, with scores of 111.86 and 101.38, but has climbed very quickly with two back-to-back huge weeks. He scored a massive 160.16 last week by utilizing T.Y. Hilton, Marvin Jones, Christine Michael, and Allen Robinson. His solid 146.10 this week bettered my lineup by about 12, and has helped vault him into the top 2,700. I need to look over my shoulder as the Bankster is climbing fast.


Early Week 5 Lineup Thoughts

Oof…I might have to forget about Tom Brady. He is a whopping $40. Then again, this will be pissed-off Tom Brady. I like rostering pissed-off Tom Brady. Pissed-off Tom Brady throws for 20 touchdowns a game while eating the souls of those who have dared cross him. Hell, $40 might be a bargain. I’m sorry, Cleveland…you don’t deserve to face his wrath. It’s just not fair. First you lose games because of fake fumbles, and then you have to go face the GOAT? At least you have the Cavs, cause the Browns are still a few decades away from glory.

Well, if I don’t pay 20% of my salary for Brady, I’m going to be looking at Ben Roethlisberger ($36) or Carson Wentz ($34), whose matchup is so choice this week…if you have the means, I highly recommend you exploit it. Speaking of the Eagles, Zach Ertz ($20) is looking like he’ll be back this week, and gets to face a team that lets tight ends do whatever they damn well please. A Wentz/Ertz stack will fill your quota for points and zees for the week.

At RB, it’s going to be hard to not roster Jordan Howard ($21) again. He looked excellent last week against the Lions and gets to face an even worse run defense this week. Happy days in fantasyland!

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!

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