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Nick Lemma

Being from New York Nick is loud and persistent. Known as the Hot-Headed Italian within his circle, his opinions are bold with facts and stats to back them up. While playing across multiple leagues and serving as commissioner of his hometown league for the past 12 years, he’s been consumed by football. Being a seasoned player, he’s had success in various formats and league setups. When he’s not reading or writing about football he can be found spending time with his wife and son.

LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 14

RB_Melvin_Gordon_SDC_2

The Jags have been beaten up on the ground all year allowing 113 yards per game, Gordon should be able to take advantage of a great matchup. Even with Ekeler in the mix, there should be more than enough to go around in this one.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 13

RB Aaron Jones and QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones did appear to get into the end-zone on the first play of the fourth quarter as he bounced it outside, however a holding call against the offense would negate the score. He got another chance late in the fourth and was stood up at the 1-yard line.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 13

QB_Jared_Goff_LAR_1

Goff has been bad the last three games there’s no denying that... This week is a strong bounce-back opportunity against a weak Cardinal defense coming off a bye week. It’s been five weeks since the Cards have held an opponent under 300-passing yards.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week12

DB Janoris Jenkins NYG

Late in the third quarter with just under three minutes left, Fournette kept the drive alive on a 4th&2 from the Titan 10-yard line. He made a catch on a screen pass and was tackled at the one and proceed to punch it in on the next play. Fournette would then get three cracks at breaking the plane again late in the fourth quarter.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 12

QB_Matt_Ryan_ATL_1

The Bucs have given up 340 yards or more in two of the last three games and have surrendered 11 touchdowns over that same span. Matt Ryan and the Falcons should be able to feast on this secondary, fire up Ryan this week and don’t look back.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 11

QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF

Garoppolo hasn’t been all that great this year and has just one 300-yard game on the year so far. But, that game just so happens to be against the same Cardinals he already torched. Garoppolo hasn’t done much this year, but this is a prime matchup for him if you need a bye week fill in at quarterback.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 10

WR_Tyreek_Hill_KCC_1

Tyreek Hill took off on a slant route from the line of scrimmage and just outran the coverage to the corner of the end zone. Kansas City would go on to lose this game on a couple of special teams blunders, but the offense is firing on all cylinders.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 10

QB_Jameis_Winston_TBB_1

After a rough few weeks, Winston has been playing better football as of late. This week he gets a juicy matchup against the Cardinals at home. The Cards have given up a league-high 24 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed over 400 yards passing in three of their last four games.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis

RB Josh Jacobs OAK

The first-round pick from Alabama is making a strong case for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019. Jacobs had nine red zone opportunities with two touchdowns last week. In the early stages of his career, he appears to have the makings of a generational player.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 9

QB_Matthew_Stafford_DET_1

Matthew Stafford has been on fire as of late. He has thrown for over 340 yards and has at least three touchdown passes in his last two games. With Kerryon Johnson going down and without a reliable running game, the Lions are going to have to throw the ball even more.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 8

RB Tevin Coleman SF

Tevin Coleman broke out in a big way on Sunday. He had five red zone opportunities (converted three for touchdowns) and had four total scores on the day... The San Francisco running game has been on fire this year and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 8

QB Josh Allen BUF

Second-year man Josh Allen is having a good season. With at least one touchdown pass in all but one game this year, he has also cut down on his turnovers the past two weeks, only throwing two interceptions. This week the Bills welcome the Eagles to town in a matchup that should feature Allen’s big arm.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis

RB Latavius Murray NO

If you handcuffed Latavius Murray to Alvin Kamara, great job there. If you held onto Murray for this long and were able to get him in your lineup this week, even better job. Murray ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon and saw a whopping 12 red zone opportunities.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 7

RB Devin Singletary BUF

Singletary is set to make his return this week after missing the past four weeks with a hamstring injury. Singletary looked great before he went down both as a runner and pass catcher, adding a different dimension to the Bills offense He gets a nice welcome back present in the Miami Dolphins and the third-worst run defense in the league.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 6

RB_David_Johnson_ARI_2

Johnson had himself a vintage David Johnson day, rushing for 34 yards and catching six balls for 68 yards. He had six red zone opportunities on the day and was able to convert on two of them for touchdowns.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 6

QB Kyler Murray ARI

If ever there was a week to roll the dice on Kyler Murray, this might be it. The Falcons are the worst team in the league when facing opposing quarterbacks. If the Cardinals can spread them out and give Murray some time he should be able to have his best game as a pro.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 5

RB Aaron Jones and QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers

Week 5 gave us some dominant performances by a few key players. With bye-weeks starting to impact lineups role players are going to be key each week. We are getting to the part of the season where “managing” becomes essential ...

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 5

RB_Melvin_Gordon_SDC_2

Gordon is back from his holdout and started practicing last week. He should be a go for this week with a full week of practice under his belt. He gets a nice welcome back gift in the Broncos, who are the third-worst run defense in the league.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 4

DB Janoris Jenkins NYG

Leonard Fournette had 10 red zone opportunities in a game where Jacksonville trailed most of the day. Although he was unable to capitalize on any of them he still gashed Denver for 225 yards on 29 carries, which included an 81-yard run in the third quarter.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 4

RB James Conner PIT

James Conner has been less than stellar this year rushing for only 97 yards and one score. Things are looking up this week for him though as he gets a soft matchup with the Bengals, who are the second-worst team against the running back position.

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis

WR_Mike_Evans_TBB_1

Mike Evans scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half of Sunday's game against the Giants. Evans had four red zone opportunities and scored twice, with his third touchdown coming from just outside the red zone.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 3

RB Austin Ekeler LAC

Ekeler is crushing it in the absence of Melvin Gordon, in fact at this point, the Chargers are probably happy he is not reporting. Ekeler and Jackson have a nice rotation going so far, that seems to be matchup proof to start the season.

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 2

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger had a rough Week 1, finishing with 276 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.. It’s no secret that Roethlisberger is better at home than on the road as he has 64 more touchdowns and 17 fewer interceptions in his career at home versus on the road. Look for a bounce-back game..

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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 1

RB Damien Williams KC

Week 1 is in the books and there are plenty of things to discuss after opening kickoff weekend. There is always a lot of buildup heading into the first week. Everyone is anxious to see if their offseason work and ...

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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 1

QB_Jared_Goff_LAR_1

Jared Goff gets a juicy matchup to start the year against the Carolina Panthers. Coming off a red-hot year where he threw for 4,688 yards with 32 touchdowns and 12 picks, Goff looks to keep it going against a weaker Carolina defense.

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RED-ZONE: A Final Look at 2018

RB James White NE

Red Zone statistics can be a valuable tool if used correctly.  Obviously, the teams with better offenses will have more opportunities and we can use this data to exploit certain match-ups or identify players that could be overlooked while looking ...

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DRAFT DAY: Tips & Tricks

Fantasy Football Draft

There are a few simple practices that you can follow to kick-start your team for the season. You won’t win your fantasy season with just a good draft, but it sure helps to start the season ahead of the competition in your league.

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DRAFT DAY: Players to Avoid Rounds 1-3

WR_Adam_Thielen_MIN_1

Thielen is a great story, but he is being drafted way too high in fantasy leagues. With an ADP of 3.09 he is going higher than some premium wideouts that will outperform him such as Amari Cooper (3.10), Stefon Diggs (4.05) and Julian Edelman (4.08).

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DRAFT STRATEGIES: Zero-RB Candidates

RB James White NE

With the departure of Gronk and his 72 targets from last year, James White is going to see some of those out of the backfield and a top-ten finish among running backs is not out of the question. Currently he has an ADP of 7.04 which is a steal at that price, for a back that could catch 100 passes this season.

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DRAFT DAY: Late Round Fliers

WR_Emmanuel_Sanders_DEN_2

Emmanuel Sanders is falling in drafts because we are now getting word out of Denver that he may land on the PUP list to start the season. Even though no player has come back from such an injury, I will take a chance on Sanders with a late pick, coming back healthy in Week 7 and rolling with him as a potential WR3.

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