Yahoo Cup – Week 6 Recap
October 18, 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!
Week 6 Winner: 201.82 FP
Points to Cash: 163.94
Our Lineups: 162.66/133.80
Total Players: 402,968
Our Week 6 Ranks (#): 639th/10,571st
Our Week 6 Ranks (%): 0.16%/2.62%
Overall Leader: 897.10 FP
Our Total FP: 864.48/814.80
Overall Ranks (#): 23rd/305th
Overall Ranks (%): 0.006%/0.076%
Current Prize Status: $100.00/$10.00
Ian and Doug’s Week 6 Teams
Week 6 Lineup Strategy and Results
Doug Shain implores you to learn from his mistakes this week. The Bankster, much to his dismay, repeatedly changed his lineup throughout the week; instead of using a lineup that had both James White and LeSean McCoy, he ended up using neither. That’s right…he could have had an easy 55+ from those two, but was not confident in his decisions and moved away from them before kickoff. He urges you not to follow this mistake. Early in the week he was locked onto both of these players and didn’t stick with it. If you have such a strong feeling about a player(s), use him! I, too, am kicking myself about McCoy. I had him until Saturday and then changed my lineup to use Le’Veon Bell. Bell didn’t destroy my lineup, but he certainly didn’t help. I left 20 FP on the table with that one move. If I had those 20, I’d be in 9th place overall. I’m not complaining about being 23rd, mind you, but every little mistake is beginning to have more and more financial implications.
Our lineups we quite different from one another’s. Where we had five similar players in Week 5, we only had three this week: Christine Michael, Lamar Miller, and John Brown. Michael was absolutely fantastic. Though he underwhelmed in yardage, he made up for it by finding the end zone twice. It could have been a 3 TD day, but Alex Collins vultured a TD from 2 yards out in the 2nd quarter. Oh well, we were both happy with 21.8 FP for $24, a solid return on investment. Miller was electric. After setting an NFL record for touches without a TD in a season, he came through with a rushing and receiving TD, en route to an incredible 31.3 FP outing. Yes, Indy is bad. Really bad. This performance from Miller is yet another reminder to stream RBs against them. Our last player in common, John Brown, scared us both with a ridiculously slow start against the Jets, but finished with a tolerable 5/54 line, good for 7.9 FP. We’ll take it.
At QB, I went through a number of players before settling on Marcus Mariota. I had him initially, but then moved to both Carson Palmer and, GASP, Brock Osweiler before settling on the former Duck. I’m glad I didn’t stray, as Marcus ended up being an excellent play, scoring more FP than his salary. He ended up with 28.76 FP on a $28 salary, coming through with 3 TDs and 64 yards on the ground. That’s two weeks in a row with 60+ rushing yards, which makes me feel much more comfortable using him regularly going forward. Doug didn’t waiver much at QB, sticking with Derek Carr. Carr started out the game hot, finding Holmes for a 1st quarter score. From then on, however, the Chiefs had his number. He ended up with only 225 yards, the aforementioned TD, and lost a fumble for a grand total of 10.8 FP, which really hurt the Bankster’s lineup.
Doug did hit with his other Raider, Amari Cooper, who finished his day with a solid 10/129 line, most of which came in the first half. That 17.9 FP output was very solid at only $26. Doug definitely wanted more, as Cooper did most of that damage in the first half before KC took control of the game. His final receiver was Brandon LaFell, who came through at minimum salary with a TD. It wasn’t pretty (he only had two catches for 13 yards), but the TD was enough for him to surpass value. I, too, went with a $10 receiver: Jaelen Strong. Thinking he’d be the beneficiary of Will Fuller’s absence (well, he did end up being active, but did nothing), I forgot to take into consideration how bad his QB is. I was on LaFell early in the week, but moved to Jaelen. He was a dud….for 66 minutes. And then? A glorious 36 yard reception in overtime giving him 4.1 FP. Thinking I’d hit nothing, 4.1 FP was incredible. I fortunately hit it big with my other cheap WR, Kenny Britt. Britt, who cost a paltry $12, had been consistent this season, hitting 8.7 FP in all but one game. Well, he more than tripled that output on Sunday, catching 7 of 8 passes thrown his way for 136 yards and two scores. His 29.1 FP was a huge boost to my final score; it was sorely needed with Le’Veon’s relative stinker.
At TE, the Bankster played it smart, rolling with Rob Gronkowski. Gronk finished, finally, with a very Gronk line of 7/162/1. His 25.7 FP exceeded his salary of $25 and represented the most of any player on Doug’s team. My pick at TE was Jimmy Graham, who did enough to make me happy, but not thrilled. Graham continued his solid play of the past two weeks, finishing with 11.9 FP on a 6/89 line. I’ll take it, but imagine if I had saved that $3 on Bell to McCoy and moved from Graham to Gronk….ah, dreams.
At defense, Doug went with the Bills, who performed admirably enough, tallying 6 FPs against the 49ers. For my DST, I continued to go with my plan of paying up for the position. I went with Arizona, who, thanks to two late interceptions, finished with a very solid 12 FP.
Well, when it was all said and done, both Doug (even with his RB switch) and I moved up in the rankings. Going into Week 7, I’m sitting at #23 overall , and Doug is not far behind at #305.
Early Week 7 Lineup Thoughts
Well, I wouldn’t say Doug and I are on completely different pages for this week, but we are definitely targeting some different players. In early discussion, Doug has mentioned that he is strongly considering stacking Matt Ryan ($39) and Julio Jones ($40). Of course, that is one heck of an expensive stack. I’m not saying it can’t pay off (we’ve seen these two dominate several times before this year), but if Doug goes with this, he’d better hope that Freeman and Coleman don’t vulture a few TDs on the ground! Doug, of course, knows this and is considering the cheaper Mohamed Sanu ($17) to get a similar, if lower upside, stack with Ryan.
The main stack I’m looking at this week is Colin Kaepernick ($24) and Torrey Smith ($12). There was no way I was going to touch them last week against Buffalo, but this week is a different story. They are playing at home and face a Tampa Bay defense that has given up at least 2 TDs to opposing teams that were starting guys not named Derek Anderson (shudder). Tampa is also giving up the 4th most FP per game to opposing WRs, so you could do a lot worse considering a guy like Smith at such a low price. For $36 total, I think there is a legitimate 40 FP upside, if not a bit more.
Doug is looking to pay up at RB, likely with DeMarco Murray ($38) in a dream matchup. If I can afford him, I’ll definitely be considering the same move. However, there are a number of cheaper RBs I like as well. I’m considering James White ($16), whose price has inexplicably stagnated, and both KC RBs. I’m actually considering (and I’m sure I’m not alone) stacking both Spencer Ware ($23) and Jamaal Charles ($25). All I can think about is what Freeman and Coleman did to the Saints…and then I remember that the KC backfield is better than them. On a cheaper note, Doug points out that Terrance West ($18) is still a screaming value for his big workload and upside.
A few of the other players Doug or myself are considering: Hunter Henry ($17), David Johnson ($39), Marcus Mariota ($30), Tyrell Williams ($23), Vernon Davis ($12), Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon (both $18), and Kirk Cousins ($34).
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!