Yahoo Cup – Week 9 Recap
November 9, 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 9 Winner: 194.68 FP
Points to Cash: 160.38
Our Lineups: 125.98/138.28
Total Players: 437,665
Our Week 9 Ranks (#): 24,460th/8,438th
Our Week 9 Ranks (%): 5.59%/1.93%
Overall Leader: 1,281.80 FP
Our Total FP: 1,229.38/1,165.74
Overall Ranks (#): 21st/298th
Overall Ranks (%): 0.005%/0.068%
Current Prize Status: $100.00/$10.00
Ian and Doug’s Week 9 Teams
Week 9 Lineup Strategy and Results
Live by the Chiefs, die by the Chiefs. I had never before rostered four players from one team before, but, lo and behold, four Kansas City players made their way onto my team in Week 9: Charcandrick West, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs DST. Well, at least the DST lived up to their billing with four turnovers and a couple of sacks. The other three? Not so much. West didn’t find running room all game, and Hill was unable to produce his highlight-reel plays from the past couple of weeks. Kelce was decent, but his best play of the game was the one that got him ejected. At least it was entertaining, because the rest of that game wasn’t.
Doug and I did share five similar players this week: Aaron Rodgers, West, Ezekiel Elliott, Hill, and Donte Moncrief, all of whom were near locks once the salaries were released. Rodgers had a stellar matchup at home, even though the bulk of his points didn’t happen until he was furiously trying to mount a comeback. Moncrief was able to pull in a TD, and Zeke was the beast we thought he’d be against Cleveland. I wish the Browns had been a bit more competitive, because Zeke ceded a ton of late touches to Morris. We all know what happened with West and Hill. That’s two weeks in a row that I’ve been burned by KC RBs. Ugh.
Doug made a couple of great calls with Mike Wallace, who burned Pittsburgh for a 95 yards touchdown, and Antonio Gates who turned in a very solid 5/75/1 line on 9 targets. Perhaps my eyes were a little too filled with Chiefs love to see that great matchup right in front of me. Oh well. I was able to make up some of the lost ground that KC caused by rostering Frank Gore, who found the end zone twice in a somewhat surprising Colts win in Green Bay. Those 20 FP were sorely needed.
Each of us rostered another Packers. Doug used Jordy Nelson, who turned in a big 7/94/1 line, while I used Ty Montgomery, who was extremely efficient, but was apparently on a play limit and only touched the ball 10 times…I was hoping for 10 targets! Finally, Doug rostered the Raiders DST against the underwhelming Trevor Siemian and the Broncos. Though they gave up 20 points, they were able to get two sacks and two turnovers for a respectable 7 FP at a the low, low price of $11. Nice one, Doug!
After Week 9, I somehow (honestly…how?) moved up four spots and now sit at #21 overall; Doug’s big week bumped him up over 350 spots in the rankings. He has cracked the top 300 for the first time this season!
Early Week 10 Lineup Thoughts
Well, the first thing you should probably do this week is roster David Johnson, and then worry about how you’re going to spend the remaining $159. Yes, he costs a whopping $41, tied for the highest price I’ve seen this year, but his matchup is just oh so juicy. The Niners are, in a word, pathetic. Everyone knows it, and yet San Fran can’t seem to stop what they know is coming. Both Doug and I are in agreement that DJ is the top play this week and needs to be on your team.
There are a few defenses to use this week. If you are paying up, Arizona ($20) is probably the top play, but I’m actually wary of using them this week as they are a bit banged up. I’d probably rather have Houston ($15) for a nice discount, or even New Orleans ($10) for minimum salary, at home against Siemian. In addition to these, Doug is looking to San Diego and the Jets, both of whom are mid-priced at $16.
Cheap RB options include Darren Sproles ($15), or, if you are not risk averse, Kapri Bibbs ($10). Kubiak wants to get him more involved. How involved? No idea. That’s why he’s risky! Of course, he is min salary and you’ll need to save $$ if rostering DJ.
At WR, I see little reason to pay up this week with a bevvy of mid-priced options with good upside. Rishard Matthews, Dez Bryant, Tyrell Williams, Kenny Britt, J.J. Nelson, and Michael Thomas can all be had in the $17-$21 range, which is excellent for their decent floors and big upside.
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!