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Week 6 Throwdown Showdown Results

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sword_140x140Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

We hosted three Throwdown Showdowns for Week 6. Check out the new Throwdown Showdown page for rules, links to past results and to sign up for Week 7.

jeffNFL vs. Mike vs. rhazes_darkk vs. Wilforkisland

Wk 6 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 2 1 320.7 296.9 23.8
2. Wilforkisland 2 1 350.9 340.8 10.1
3. Mike 1 2 282.6 339.4 -56.8
4. jeffNFL 1 2 376.0 353.2 22.9

rhazes_darkk finishes 1st using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Wilforkisland.

jeffNFL 98.6
Mike 105.4

jeffNFL 145.05
rhazes_darkk 105.95

Wilforkisland 141.8
jeffNFL 132.35

Mike 67.95
rhazes_darkk 115.55

Mike 109.25
Wilforkisland 125.2

rhazes_darkk 99.15
Wilforkisland 83.85

rhazes_darkk vs. jeffNFL vs. mikemar vs. Ditka

Wk 6 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Ditka 2 1 398.7 320.1 78.6
2. rhazes_darkk 2 1 355.2 374.3 -19.1
3. mikemar 1 2 355.6 398.7 -43.1
4. jeffNFL 1 2 370.7 387.2 -16.5

Ditka finishes 1st using the head-to-head tie-breaker over rhazes_darkk.

rhazes_darkk 123.95
jeffNFL 104.05

rhazes_darkk 126.4
mikemar 120.3

Ditka 149.9
rhazes_darkk 104.85

jeffNFL 141.75
mikemar 144.95

jeffNFL 124.9
Ditka 118.25

mikemar 90.35
Ditka 130.55

awilde27 vs. j0eo1s vs. mikemar vs. Wilforkisland

Wk 6 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 3 0 349.4 337.6 11.8
2. Wilforkisland 1 2 339.4 331.0 8.4
3. awilde27 1 2 368.3 369.7 -1.4
4. mikemar 1 2 368.0 386.7 -18.8

j0eo1s finishes 1st with a perfect 3-0 record.

awilde27 131.65
j0eo1s 138.85

awilde27 131.75
mikemar 108.45

Wilforkisland 122.4
awilde27 104.9

j0eo1s 124.1
mikemar 119.85

j0eo1s 86.45
Wilforkisland 86.1

mikemar 139.65
Wilforkisland 130.85

Week 6 Throwdown League Results

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trophy_105x105A league is usually an 8-player, 8-week event, with players playing a 7-week double header regular season. The top two teams after the regular season compete in the eighth week in a triple header championship. A league gives some flexibility to have a little fun with the format, implementing neat twists and turns from regular Throwdown matches over the course of the regular season. Some examples include, “bench only challenges”, or “#RaceToTheBottom” (must pick all uninjured starters, but lowest points wins).

We currently have only one official Throwdown League running, but that should change once sign ups and results become more automated. Then people can even start and run their own league, which would be pretty cool, but we’re not there yet. The payout for this $10 entry fee league is $50 for 1st place and $22 for 2nd place. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the trophy icon and achievement bonus points of 10 and 5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

This one started in Week 3, so we are past the halfway mark of the 7-week regular season after the conclusion of Week 6. The games this week restricted our players to using three of only four NFL games on the schedule. Those games were Jaguars-Titans, Lions-Vikings, Chargers-Raiders and 49ers-Rams.

Why these games? They were calculated as the lowest combined points scored of all NFL games on the Week 6 schedule, so our players have to dig deep to find some fantasy success from these NFL rosters. As expected, it resulted in some close matches, included a 1.4 point win by tttimmyg over jeffNFL and a 2.3 point win by Wilforkisland over rhazes_darkk.

Throwdown League #1 (reg. season week 4)

Wk 6 – TL1 – 10 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 7 1 672.9 544.0 129.0
2. jeffNFL 6 2 729.1 586.9 142.2
3. Bigchief37 5 3 657.1 581.8 75.4
4. TheKommish 4 4 690.9 746.8 -55.9
5. Luxuriousdusti 4 4 591.5 656.8 -65.3
6. mikemar 3 5 607.6 691.2 -83.6
7. tttimmyg 2 6 637.6 695.8 -58.3
8. rhazes_darkk 1 7 558.0 641.4 -83.4

Wilforkisland won both of his matches to jump to 7-1 and sit all alone in first place through four weeks. The only other 2-0 week goes to tttimmyg, giving him his first two wins of the season and pulling him out of the basement.

There were four players who split their games this week, but still some separation in the standings based on head-to-head record when all was said and done. jeffNFL holds 2nd place with a 6-2 record. BigChief37 is a game behind in 3rd at 5-3, while TheKommish and Luxuriousdusti are in 4th and 5th with an even 4-4 record.

Note guys, the standings, for simplicity are sorted by record and then points differential, but head-to-head is still the first tie-breaker if needed to decide playoff spots at the end of the season. Each player should play every other player twice over the course of the season.

mikemar 74.15
jeffNFL 112.85

Bigchief37 83.85
TheKommish 98.85

Wilforkisland 110.45
Luxuriousdusti 60.15

rhazes_darkk 80.75
tttimmyg 103.35

Bigchief37 109.45
mikemar 80.65

rhazes_darkk 86.25
Wilforkisland 88.55

Luxuriousdusti 99.05
TheKommish 88.45

jeffNFL 97.75
tttimmyg 99.15

Daily Fantasy Sports For IDP Fantasy Football Players – Week 6: Get Hooked on IDP

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Tell everyone you know - fantasy football players who love using IDP can play weekly FF too, right here at Fantasy Throwdown. Who wouldn't want the chance to add Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt to their fantasy team?

Tell everyone – fantasy football players who love IDP can play weekly FF with IDP, right here at Fantasy Throwdown. Who wouldn’t want the chance to add Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt to their fantasy team?

One of the things that sets Fantasy Throwdown apart from other daily fantasy sports websites, and weekly fantasy football games in particular, is the fact that it offers you the opportunity to use Individual Defensive Players (IDPs). Much like weekly games, which add a whole new twist to the hobby we all love, IDPs add a new level of strategy and excitement to fantasy football.

Just as in the NFL, defense can finally make a difference. However, many fantasy enthusiasts eschew the IDP route, fearful of voyaging into uncharted waters. Fear not, intrepid reader! We have you covered.

Each week for the rest of the season, we’ll be providing you with valuable tips and information you can use to gain an advantage over the competition.

So if you’re already into IDP, read on and prepare to dominate. If you aren’t, perhaps the info contained here will inspire you to give IDP a try. Once you do, you’ll be hooked.

Games of the Week

Another one of the things that makes Fantasy Throwdown unique is the manner in which players are selected. With fantasy owners picking from only a few games, the games you choose are almost as important as the players.

With that in mind, here’s a look at a couple of contests in Week 6 that are brimming with tasty IDP goodness.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

This AFC East matchup is worth a look for the pass-rushers alone. The Patriots’ defensive line features a pair of IDP studs in Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, while the Buffalo Bills have one of the most loaded fronts in the National Football League.

The Bills and Patriots also offer more than a little linebacker talent, headlined by New England’s Jerod Mayo. However, be warned that the secondaries of these clubs don’t offer a whole lot from a fantasy perspective, with Buffalo safety Aaron Williams headlining a weak group.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams may not be much to look at NFL-wise, but when looking at the Rams through IDP goggles it’s a different story. Led by defensive end Robert Quinn and linebackers James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree, the Rams’ front seven is stacked. Conversely, the Rams are also very friendly to opposing IDP’s, allowing the most fantasy points to defensive players in Fantasy Throwdown IDP Scoring in 2014.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers may still be without the services of linebackers Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, but from defensive end Justin Smith to inside linebacker Patrick Willis and strong safety Antoine Bethea, the Niners have fantasy-relevant talent at every level of the defense.

No-Name All-Stars

If one of the games you’ve selected is this week’s AFC South showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, I hope I don’t have to tell you that grabbing J.J. Watt early is a pretty good idea. The fourth-year end doesn’t suck, that’s for sure.

However, if you can pull the proverbial rabbit out of your hat, and field a less-than-household defensive name who puts up Watt-like numbers, then you’ll be well on the way to a Week 6 win.
To help you in that regard, here’s one recommendation at each position for Week 6, with an extra “flex” option thrown in for good measure. These players may not have their own commercials yet, but this quartet should be available late in your draft and have the potential for a fat stat line this week.

DEFENSIVE LINE

DE Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers (at STL)
After posting at least one sack in each of the 49ers’ first two games of the season, Smith has now gone three straight games without one. However, the odds are good that dry spell ends this week against a Rams team that’s been very generous to opposing defensive linemen in 2014. Besides, there’s something to be said for having someone to cheer for on Monday night.

LINEBACKER

ILB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAC)
After coming out on the wrong end of the biggest road comeback in NFL history, Woodyard told ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky he’s “pissed off.” With any luck the 28-year-old will take out some of the frustrations over his pitiful two tackles a week ago on the Jaguars Sunday, as Jacksonville is allowing the most fantasy points per game to linebackers by a significant margin.

DEFENSIVE BACK

SS Ryan Mundy, Chicago Bears (at ATL)
Mundy’s hardly a well-known name, but he’s quietly posted Top 20 fantasy numbers among defensive backs through the season’s first five weeks. There’s little reason to think the sixth-year veteran can’t keep that up in Week 6, when the Bears travel to face an Atlanta Falcons squad surrendering over 40 fantasy points per game to defensive backs in 2014.

FLEX

MLB Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys (at SEA)
McClain has been a pleasant surprise for the Dallas defense in 2014, playing well after sitting out all of last year. The fourth-year veteran appears to be more-or-less fully recovered from his groin injury but now is nursing a leg issue, but with the Cowboys set to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks there should be no shortage of tackle opportunities in Week 6 assuming McClain plays.

 
Have a question regarding a specific player or game? Hit me up on Twitter and I’ll do my best to help!


Gary Davenport is a Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks, an NFL and Fantasy Football Analyst at Bleacher Report, a Contributing Author and Associate Editor at Football Diehards and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America. Gary’s work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio, and he was a finalist for the FSWA Web Article of the Year in 2013.

Three Keys To Victory – Week 6: Unheralded Yet Productive Bench Players

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Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith is turning into a specialist coming off the bench and busting off 40-yard plays. Conventional wisdom says that can't keep up. Tim says maybe not, but maybe yes. Embrace the bench players.

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith seems to be a specialist coming off the bench and busting off long plays. Conventional wisdom says that can’t keep up. Tim says maybe it can. Embrace the bench players.

In every week this season, a bench running back, a player considered the number two option on his team going into the week, has finished inside the Top 12 for the week (standard fantasy points scoring). Here is the list: Isaiah Crowell (Week 1), Darren Sproles (Weeks 1 and 2), Jeremy Hill (2), Joe McKnight (3), LeGarrette Blount (3), Jerick McKinnon (4), Andre Williams (4), Branden Oliver (5), Pierre Thomas (5), and Antone Smith (5).

Note, I would have included Fred Jackson for Week 3, but he has quietly out-snapped C.J. Spiller all season.

[Editor's Note: I finally decided to give Jackson some props and moved him into the "starter's" role on the Buffalo Bills depth chart this week, albeit a shared role with C.J. Spiller.]

This same trend has occurred with wide receivers as 11 bench wide receivers, per the depth charts at DraftBuddy.com and Fantasy Throwdown, finished inside the Top 20 at week’s end this year. Did you know that there are two top backup running backs and one bench wide receiver in the Top 20 at their respective positions this year? And did you know that Jeremy Hill is averaging more standard PPG than C.J. Spiller and LeSean McCoy?

I’m not saying you should be seeking out Hill over McCoy every time out, but knowing when to pick a bench guy towards the end of a Throwdown draft instead of a starter can win you some weeks. Last week this strategy helped me win a couple of games drafting guys like Andre Williams and Antone Smith. Since this strategy is generally more effective to spot in running backs and wide receivers, I’m giving you three keys to finding RB/WR gems late in your drafts.

Consider these keys especially if you feel you have lost the first part of the draft. Then you may want to take a high upside sleeper and allow your opponent to waste a pick blocking a player you don’t care about. It is higher risk, but ultimately very rewarding when you strike gold on the right player while your opponent is left wondering, “how did he know to draft that guy?”

Running Back Bench Sleepers

Atlanta Falcons have allowed a player listed as bench (for fantasy) to score in the Top 12 for three out of five weeks this season (Jeremy Hill, Jerrick McKinnon and Andre Williams), and in Week 1 they allowed all three New Orleans running backs to score in the Top 30. They are currently giving up the most points per game to running backs, and this week they face the Chicago Bears. Matt Forte should be huge, but two weeks ago, the Bears gave the ball to Ka’Deem Carey to the tune of 14 carries and 72 yards. It’s possible that both backs score well in this game.

Jeremy Hill and Darren Sproles (listed as a starter now) have both had Top 24 finishes twice this year, and they both have plus matchups. Sproles is matched up with the New York Giants who are tied with the Falcons for most Top 24 games allowed to backup running backs, and McCoy is not running well. Sproles was getting drafted higher at Throwdown after his stellar opening two weeks, but the shine wore off a bit since. This could be another big week for Sproles. Hill is taking on the Carolina Panthers, who allowed Top 24 finishes to LeGarrette Blount and Lorenzo Taliaferro in Weeks 3 and 4. Don’t select a Panther RB before Jeremy Hill.

Wide Receiver Bench Sleeper

There are ten teams that have allowed a bench wide receiver to score in the Top 36 at least 2 times this year (Chiefs, Seahawks, Broncos, Redskins, Titans, Saints, Vikings, Chargers, Falcons and Jaguars). Jacksonville is the only team that has allowed this with four different bench players. Taking a closer look, three of these were by the team’s slot receiver, with the one exception being Hakeem Nicks. Kendall Wright is in the slot, while Justin Hunter is most likely to score on the outside, but if there was ever a week that Nate Washington will score this year, Week 6 is most likely it. Justin Hunter was bench material until last week, and I think he is worth a play this week.

Washington Redskins are matched up with the Arizona Cardinals this week. They allowed a Top 10 finish to Jordan Matthews in Week 3 and a Top 30 finish to Jermaine Kearse last week. Both of these players lined up primarily in the slot during those matchups. John Brown is the slot receiver for the Cardinals and has been impressive this year. He is one of nine bench players to have repeat performances inside the Top 36, and this is a prime matchup for him.

Finally, Eddie Royal has the most bench finishes inside the Top 36, but the Seattle Seahawks have had a least one bench receiver inside the Top 36 in four out of five weeks. Ricardo Lockette finished 25th and 26th in Weeks 1 and 3, and Jermaine Kearse finished near 30th in Weeks 2 and 5. Russell Wilson spreads it around, and although facing a tough matchup for receivers with the Cowboys, there’s a good chance one of these two scores this week as tight ends are not scoring the touchdowns for the Seahawks.

Not Getting Enough Credit

In that Chicago vs. Atlanta game, Antone Smith will be playing. Smith has scored as a Top 20 running back in four out of five weeks of the season, and he is currently 16th in standard scoring. He has four touchdowns of over 30 yards (no other player has three), and he is tied for the most 40-yard plays in the league. He’s done all of this on the fourth most snaps at running back on the team. This week bodes well for Antone as the Bears are tied for third most 40-yard plays allowed. Of players with at least 15 carries, Smith and Mark Ingram are the only two to have higher than .60 standard fantasy points per touch. I’d strongly consider taking Smith towards the end of this matchup.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Devin Hester are two (bench) slot guys that are seeing increased playing time and are who have performed well in a limited role. They are both ranked inside Pro Football Focus’s Top 15 rated wide receivers this year. Beckham played 50% of the snaps in his first week back from injury and saw 5 targets, turning one into a touchdown. Tom Coughlin said Beckham will see increased playing time.

Devin Hester has seen increased snaps each week of the season, not to mention he is a return threat. His .38 points per target would put him in the Top 10 in the league along the same level as Terrance Williams, Brian Quick and Randall Cobb. Although that would likely drop with more targets, it is possible he has another big week against Chicago this week.

Week 5 Throwdown Showdown Results

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sword_140x140A bit of an off week while I worked to better automate our special event sign ups, we hosted just one Throwdown Showdown for Week 5. It was a close one though! Three teams finished 2-1, forcing a three-way points differential tie-breaker to decide the winner.

Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Check out the new Throwdown Showdown sign up and rules page for more details.

Doclate vs. Wilforkisland vs. Scott Kuff vs. Kjhawkey

Wk 5 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 2 1 324.2 220.0 104.2
2. Kjhawkey 2 1 315.6 288.0 27.7
3. Doclate 2 1 332.7 322.1 10.7
4. Scott Kuff 0 3 239.8 382.2 -142.5

Wilforkisland finishes 1st using the points differential tie-breaker over Kjhawkey and Doclate.

Doclate 116.85
Wilforkisland 106.55

Doclate 121.95
Scott Kuff 96.65

Kjhawkey 118.85
Doclate 93.9

Wilforkisland 123.6
Scott Kuff 43.05

Wilforkisland 94
Kjhawkey 60.1

Scott Kuff 100.05
Kjhawkey 136.65

Week 5 Throwdown League Results

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trophy_105x105We currently have only one official Throwdown League running, but that should change once sign ups and results become more automated. Then people can even start and run their own league, which would be pretty cool, but we’re not there yet.

This one started in Week 3, so Week 5 was the third week of its regular season. This week our league members played straight up – no funny business like the all-bench challenges in Week 4 – but we did add QB-Flex to the lineups.

A league is usually an 8-player, 8-week event, with players playing a 7-week double header regular season. The top two teams after the regular season compete in the eighth week in a triple header championship. A league gives some flexibility to have a little fun with the format, implementing neat twists and turns from regular Throwdown matches over the course of the regular season. Some examples include, “bench only challenges”, or “#RaceToTheBottom” (must pick all uninjured starters, but lowest points wins).

The payout for this $10 entry fee league is $50 for 1st place and $22 for 2nd place. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the trophy icon and achievement bonus points of 10 and 5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

Throwdown League #1 (reg. season week 3)

Wk 5 – TL1 – 10 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. jeffNFL 5 1 518.5 413.6 104.9
2. Wilforkisland 5 1 473.9 397.6 76.4
3. Bigchief37 4 2 463.8 402.3 61.6
4. mikemar 3 3 452.8 468.9 -16.1
5. Luxuriousdusti 3 3 432.3 457.9 -25.6
6. TheKommish 3 3 503.6 563.9 -60.3
7. rhazes_darkk 1 5 391.0 449.5 -58.5
8. tttimmyg 0 6 435.1 517.3 -82.3

A huge shakeup this week in the standings! jeffNFL and Wilforkisland each won their pair of games, while Bigchief37 dropped both to fall out of 1st place and into 3rd.

TheKommish also fell on hard times. He was 3-1 heading into the week but dropped both of his games. mikemar won both of his (impressive, considering he probably went TE for his Flex instead of QB). Now there is a complete logjam in the middle with three, 3-3 teams.

rhazes_darkk got off the schneid with his first win, while tttimmyg continues to scuffle in this league. On the bright side, he lost the two closest matches of the week, by 8.25 to mikemar and 11.4 to Luxuriousdusti. Second thought, he probably preferred I didn’t bring that up…

Note guys, the standings, for simplicity are sorted by record and then points differential, but head-to-head is still the first tie-breaker if needed to decide playoff spots at the end of the season. Each player should play every other player twice over the course of the season.

mikemar 104.6
rhazes_darkk 81.3

Bigchief37 90.75
jeffNFL 105.35

Wilforkisland 119.95
TheKommish 109.4

tttimmyg 95.75
Luxuriousdusti 107.15

tttimmyg 90.85
mikemar 99.1

Wilforkisland 106.1
Bigchief37 77.25

Luxuriousdusti 83.55
rhazes_darkk 97.1

TheKommish 85.5
jeffNFL 115.25

Three Keys To Victory – Week 5: Punch It In From The Red Zone!

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RB Jamaal Charles

When the Kansas City Chiefs get Inside the red zone, expect RB Jamaal Charles and his sidekick Knile Davis to get their number called most of the time.

The great John Madden once said, “They’ll score if they can just get into the end zone.” It does seem to make sense, doesn’t it? Part of the trick to fantasy football is figuring out who is going to score each week. Just like I mentioned last week, I think opportunity is the key here. Although not a perfect measure, looking at red zone data can help identify team-specific trends when they near the end zone.

After Week 4 there are six NFL teams that are averaging 11 or more red zone plays per game (BAL, IND, NYG, MIA, KC and CIN). Five of those teams are in the Top 10 in points per game, and the sixth is 14th. All of them are averaging 24 points per game or higher, and the Colts and Giants are the top two red zone scoring teams, with over three red zone touchdowns per game.

I looked at rushing and passing tendencies from all 32 NFL teams from inside the 20 and inside the 5 yard line. The most interesting trend was that only six teams change their approach drastically when entering the goal line zone (inside the 5). For the most part, if a team likes to run or pass near the goal line, they do it consistently from either distance.

Red Zone Rushing Tendencies

Hue Jackson’s Cincinnati Bengals are the prototype for red zone rushing and are Top 6 in the league in getting into the red zone. They run the ball on over two-thirds of the plays inside the red zone, and that increases to 90% of plays inside the five. Both are tops in the league. They are the only team to have 80% or more of their red zone touchdowns come from running plays. Giovani Bernard has three red zone rushing touchdowns and Jeremy Hill has their other two. New England has given up six touchdowns to running backs already this year and are reeling after their trouncing on Monday night. Look for more of the same here.

Baltimore is averaging the most plays inside an opponent’s red zone of any team (13.5 plays per game). Unfortunately, they are second to last in touchdown conversions (13%), which is good for Justin Tucker but no one else. The good news is they run more than they pass, and with Bernard Pierce out the last two weeks, they have trended up. Simply put, Lorenzo Taliaferro has been better. Taliaferro is third in the league in red zone rushes (9) the past two weeks, and he has converted two of those into touchdowns. Justin Forsett had a third, while they only managed one in the first two weeks. They have a plus matchup in Indy this week that could keep them on this same trend.

Kansas City is 50/50 split on pass/run inside the red zone, but 54% passing inside the 5. This is deceiving though, as Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis have combined for 65% of all looks and touches, and seven of their nine red zone touchdowns have gone to running backs. They feed their running backs and will feast again this week at San Francisco.

Red Zone Passing Tendencies

100% of the Chicago Bears’ red zone touchdowns have been passing touchdowns, and they have one of the highest touchdown conversion rates in the league (26%), helping them average 2.5 passing touchdowns per game inside their opponent’s 20. They throw a pass over 70% of their plays inside the red zone and it only decreases to 63% inside the 5. The beneficiaries of this are Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett, as 61% of all red zone targets are throw their way, and they have combined for 9 touchdowns on the season. With Marshall banged up, Alshon Jeffrey has been second in targets the last two weeks. They match up with Carolina whose defense has been atrocious the past two weeks against good receivers (Antonio Brown, Steve Smith and Torrey Smith.)

The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers don’t seem to believe in running the ball into the end zone. They each have the throw the ball inside the five yard line an astounding 69% of the time. They actually increase their pass rate the closer they get to the end zone. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are the top receiving tandem in the league in percentage of red zone targets (66%), while the Thomas pair, Demaryius and Julius, garner 63% of red zone targets themselves. They are playing the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, respectively. Both of which are in the top five of least allowed red zone plays, but neither have faced such high caliber offenses.

Red Zone Dominators

The top five players in the league with the highest percentage of red zone involvement (looks and touches) are Marshawn Lynch (58%), Matt Forte (50%), Lamar Miller (48%), Matt Asiata (46%) and Rashad Jennings (44%).

Interestingly, Seattle actually increases their amount of passes by 15% inside the five yard line, but Marshawn Lynch has two receiving touchdowns already this year, and he has garnered five of the six red zone touchdowns for Seattle. Rashad Jennings is facing the Falcons this week, who are bottom three in the most red zone plays allowed, and they have been terrible against the run. Even with Jerick McKinnon‘s big game, Matt Asiata will continue to be a monster red zone threat until someone can stop him, and I expect Matt Forte’s scoring drought to end soon even if it is a receiving touchdown. DeMarco Murray leads the league with four rushing touchdowns.

Andre Johnson (55%), Larry Fitzgerald (41%), Jordy Nelson (38%) and Vincent Jackson (37%) are the top targeted wide receivers in the red zone. While the top targeted tight ends are Delanie Walker (43%), Larry Donnell (35%) and the trio of Martellus Bennett, Rob Gronkowski and Julius Thomas (29% each).

Aside from the two old guys (AJ and Fitz), all of these players have multiple red zone receiving touchdowns, and their streaks probably won’t end anytime soon. All five of those tight ends seem unstoppable as they all have four red zone touchdowns, except for Gronk, who while ailing still has three. Brandon Marshall leads all receivers and players with five red zone touchdowns on the year.

Finally, if you’re looking for a matchup to exploit for touchdowns, the Falcons and Titans have allowed the most red zone touchdowns, and they join the Bears, Jaguars and Raiders as the top five most allowed red zone plays/touchdowns.

Good luck scoring big in your Throwdown challenges this week!

Week 4 Throwdown League Results

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trophy_105x105We currently have only one official Throwdown League running, although I suspect there are a couple of the unofficial variety on the go. This one started in Week 3, so Week 4 was the second week of its regular season. This league really needs a proper name, doesn’t it? League members, feel free to post suggestions.

The twist with the games this week – a Throwdown favorite – all-bench challenges! Using the start/bench filter our drafters could only select bench players, except defense. Charlie Whitehurst slipped through the cracks as the only QB who was marked as bench early in the week. Some difference makers included Devin Hester, Eddie Royal, Stevie Johnson, Brandon LaFell, and there sure wasn’t much to get excited about at running back.

A league is usually an 8-player, 8-week event, with players playing a 7-week double header regular season. The top two teams after the regular season compete in the eighth week in a triple header championship. A league gives some flexibility to have a little fun with the format, implementing neat twists and turns from regular Throwdown matches over the course of the regular season. Some examples include, “bench only challenges”, or “#RaceToTheBottom” (must pick all uninjured starters, but lowest points wins).

The payout for this $10 entry fee league is $50 for 1st place and $22 for 2nd place. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the trophy icon and achievement bonus points of 10 and 5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

Throwdown League #1 (reg. season week 2)

Wk 4 – TL1 – 10 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Bigchief37 4 0 295.8 190.8 105.0
2. jeffNFL 3 1 297.9 237.4 60.5
3. Wilforkisland 3 1 247.9 210.9 37.0
4. TheKommish 3 1 308.7 328.7 -20.0
5. Luxuriousdusti 2 2 241.6 265.0 -23.5
6. mikemar 1 3 249.1 296.8 -47.7
7. rhazes_darkk 0 4 212.6 261.3 -48.8
8. tttimmyg 0 4 248.5 311.1 -62.6

Bigchief37 holds down top spot after back-to-back 2-0 weeks. Wilforkisland was tied for first but falls back into a three-way tie for second after he split his week.

JeffNFL won his pair of games thanks to the aforementioned Eddie Royal. TheKommish won his doubleheader by the narrowest of margins of 1.1 and 0.3 points, which explains his 3-1 record but odd looking -20 points differential.

Note guys, the standings, for simplicity are sorted by record and then points differential, but head-to-head is still the first tie-breaker if needed to decide playoff spots at the end of the season. Each player should play every other player twice over the course of the season.

mikemar 31.15
Wilforkisland 76

Bigchief37 56.4
rhazes_darkk 33.1

jeffNFL 48.7
Luxuriousdusti 37.7

TheKommish 55.05
tttimmyg 54.75

Luxuriousdusti 47.4
mikemar 45.3

tttimmyg 44.4
Bigchief37 82.7

jeffNFL 69.8
Wilforkisland 19

TheKommish 52.6
rhazes_darkk 51.5

Week 4 Throwdown Showdown Results

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sword_140x140We hosted four Throwdown Showdowns for Week 4, and these were some tightly contested battles. Two were decided with a 3-0 sweep, and two came down to a head-to-head tie-breaker scenario to determine the winner. Talk about narrow margins of victory. Looking across the board at the 24 games played there was a 1, 0.2 and 0.1 point margin of victory (or defeat, depending on your perspective).

Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Terminalkennedy vs. jeffNFL vs. Kjhawkey vs. Shooby

Wk 4 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Kjhawkey 3 0 423.1 346.7 76.4
2. jeffNFL 2 1 237.5 195.3 42.2
3. Terminalkennedy 1 2 347.0 417.6 -70.6
4. Shooby 0 3 264.7 312.7 -48.0

Kjhawkey sweeps this Showdown with a perfect 3-0 record.

Terminalkennedy 70.85
jeffNFL 142.2

Terminalkennedy 131.5
Kjhawkey 131.6

Shooby 143.75
Terminalkennedy 144.65

jeffNFL 94.3
Kjhawkey 124.45

jeffNFL DNF
Shooby DNF

Kjhawkey 167
Shooby 120.9

Terminalkennedy vs. rhazes_darkk vs. j0eo1s vs. mr_punisher

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 2 1 425.4 382.7 42.8
2. mr_punisher 2 1 419.7 361.6 58.2
3. Terminalkennedy 1 2 335.7 399.5 -63.9
4. rhazes_darkk 1 2 368.4 405.4 -37.1

j0eo1s wins this Showdown using the head-to-head tie breaker over mr_punisher.

Terminalkennedy 126.65
rhazes_darkk 114.6

Terminalkennedy 111.75
j0eo1s 141.8

mr_punisher 143.1
Terminalkennedy 97.25

rhazes_darkk 138.75
j0eo1s 134.3

rhazes_darkk 115
mr_punisher 144.45

j0eo1s 149.3
mr_punisher 132.15

jeffNFL vs. Luxuriousdusti vs. j0eo1s vs. awilde27

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. jeffNFL 2 1 438.7 397.7 41.0
2. awilde27 2 1 405.9 411.3 -5.4
3. Luxuriousdusti 1 2 408.2 437.5 -29.4
4. j0eo1s 1 2 351.9 358.1 -6.3

jeffNFL wins this Showdown using the head-to-head tie breaker over awilde27.

jeffNFL 156
Luxuriousdusti 130

jeffNFL 119.3
j0eo1s 135

awilde27 132.7
jeffNFL 163.4

Luxuriousdusti 125.65
j0eo1s 121.45

Luxuriousdusti 152.5
awilde27 160.05

j0eo1s 95.4
awilde27 113.15

jeffNFL vs. awilde27 vs. mr_punisher vs. rhazes_darkk

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. awilde27 3 0 453.5 399.1 54.4
2. mr_punisher 2 1 396.6 414.7 -18.1
3. rhazes_darkk 1 2 373.0 372.4 0.6
4. jeffNFL 0 3 380.5 417.3 -36.9

awilde27 wins this Showdown with a perfect 3-0 record.

jeffNFL 129.7
awilde27 154.55

jeffNFL 137.35
mr_punisher 141.5

rhazes_darkk 121.25
jeffNFL 113.4

awilde27 158.75
mr_punisher 136.3

awilde27 140.2
rhazes_darkk 133.1

mr_punisher 118.8
rhazes_darkk 118.6

Three Keys To Victory – Week 4: Fantasy Points Per Snap Analysis

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Should C.J. Spiller be looking over his shoulder at Fred Jackson, who is quietly stealing snaps out of the Buffalo Bills backfield? Tim says, yes, and fantasy owners take serious note as well.

Should C.J. Spiller be looking over his shoulder at Fred Jackson, who is quietly stealing snaps out of the Buffalo Bills backfield? Tim says, yes, and fantasy owners need to take note as well.

Fantasy Throwdown continues to grow, and one of the main reasons is that people can’t get enough of the draft, especially if their traditional fantasy league teams have been a bust. Just like a good draft, one of the keys to winning a Throwdown game is finding value at the right time and grabbing some productive late draft picks.

Two questions that persuade me to draft someone is: 1) Are they getting opportunity? And 2) Are they being productive with that opportunity?

Snap counts can tell us at a glance how involved a player is in the game plan. I looked at snap counts for three positions this week, based on snap data from Pro Football Focus, and matched that with Draft Buddy’s player stats (standard scoring) to come up with points per snap chart for running back, wide receiver, and tight end.

This chart answers some of the questions above, but also gives us the opportunity to compare values for drafting (I had Mike pull average draft position data for all Throwdown games played in Week 3). The chart excludes multi-week injured players, and it only includes running backs with an average of 20 snaps per game and receivers with an average of 30 snaps per game. Maybe you’ll find gold in the chart below, and good luck playing Throwdown this week.

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Running Back Draft Values

Mark Ingram was performing at an astounding 0.86 fantasy points per snap before he was injured, and Knowshon Moreno and Ryan Matthews were also performing near Top 5 efficiency. But in their absence, some other performers have stepped up. Rashad Jennings was criminally underdrafted last week on Throwdown. He was the 28th drafted running back, drafted around the same frequency as Jonathon Stewart and Joique Bell. After his 176 yard outburst, I’m sure that will change, but you’ll have to grab him before Thursday this week.

C.J. Spiller’s snaps are limited right now, and they have gone down since Week 1. What is not on the chart above is that Fred Jackson is 14th in points per snap and he is averaging almost 10 more snaps per game. Last week, Jackson was in on over twice as many of Spiller’s snaps, and Jackson is preferred in short yardage and passing downs. Spiller was drafted as 17th running back last week, while Jackson was not in the Top 40.

Throwdown drafters are keen on Ahmad Bradshaw and Darren Sproles’ production, but buyer beware on Sproles. Sproles has been in on fewer plays each week of the season, with a season low of 21 snaps out of 74 last week. Bradshaw has a plus matchup this week with Tennessee who have given up 4 touchdowns to running backs in the past 2 weeks. Neither Bradshaw nor Trent Richardson have a rushing touchdown this year, but I believe this could be the week.

Wide Receiver Draft Values

Only five non-quarterback players have scored at least one touchdown every week of 2014, but only one of the five is a wide receiver. Jeremy Maclin joins Martellus Bennett, Marshawn Lynch, Julius Thomas, and DeMarco Murray as the only players to have at least 1 touchdown per week. Maclin is valued low in Throwdown drafts, and I was able to grab him late in every draft last weekend. He’s even being drafted below Michael Crabtree who is in his matchup this week. San Francisco has not been able to stop the pass, and Maclin’s streak should continue. He’s a volume play and production play. Maclin and Jordan Matthews (15th in FP/s) should both provide good value.

The value play of the week might be DeAndre Hopkins versus the Buffalo Bills. He is a Top 12 wide receiver right now in standard formats, and he is being drafted below the big names of Andre Johnson and Sammy Watkins at Fantasy Throwdown. Buffalo is in the bottom ten in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, and you will be pleasantly surprised to grab him late and watch him elevate above the competition like he did last week.

Tight End Draft Values

Travis Kelce has been mentioned before in a previous article, but he leads all tight ends in yards per pass route run (Pro Football Focus). His snap count has also increased every week, and last week, he was in on 47 snaps. His production value is the same as the league’s top tight ends with less snaps. In fact, he is the number 12 tight end in standard leagues with only 15 targets on the year. Of course, Julius Thomas is number one with only 17 targets. Either way, he is becoming more involved, and on Monday Night, “Mini-Gronk” could out score the real Gronk. Or they could both dominate in Gronk-ish fashion.

Finally, with tight end you have a chance to limit your player pool and gain an advantage. Martellus Bennett is facing the Packers this week who have no viable tight end threat this year. Bennett is second in standard scoring fantasy points, second in tight end targets, and second in tight end red zone targets. He is also one of the top scoring threats in the league with four touchdowns. If you can pair this matchup with a matchup like Falcons-Vikings or Bills-Texans, you might be able to effectively limit your player pool and gain an advantage when you draft Bennett.