Booms, Busts, Battlestar Galactica: NFL Week 14

From left to right: Tua Tagovailoa, Obi Wan Kenobi, Matt Ryan

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With fantasy football playoffs beginning, players were meticulously crafting their rosters like a Disney social media manager crafting Star Wars and Marvel announcement tweets.

Unlike those social media managers, fantasy team owners will only have themselves to blame for a bad performance and not overly judgmental fans.

Here are some of the biggest hits and misses that could have determined your fantasy fate this past week.


Booms

Derrick Henry RB Tennessee Titans

The return of King Henry made Lord of the Rings: Return of the King look like The Return of Jafar (No, Disney: an Aladdin without Robin Williams as the Genie will never be forgiven). After dropping a disappointing 5.9 points in PPR leagues last week, Henry rolled through Jacksonville like a runaway semi-truck for 215 yards and two touchdowns

The current NFL rushing leader continues his delicious playoff schedule with a matchup against Detroit next week, the worst rushing defense in the league.

Drew Lock QB Denver Broncos

Will the real Drew Lock please stand up? One week, he'll drop nine points, but then torch a team for four touchdowns and 280 passing yards the next as he did against Carolina.

The former Missouri Tiger is only rostered in 11 percent of all Yahoo leagues, but that could change with this performance and two bottom-seven pass defenses left in the season to play.

Jonathan Taylor RB Indianapolis Colts

After losing touches to Nyheim Hynes and Jordan Wilkins in the middle of the season, Jonathan Taylor is finally becoming the stud rookie running back managers hoped he would be at the beginning of the season. He ran through the Raiders like heavyweights at a buffet in Las Vegas, rumbling for 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns, scoring 30.5 PPR points — second only to the aforementioned Derrick Henry.

Taylor managers who held on to the former Wisconsin Badger will be blessed with another premium matchup when the Colts face the Houston Texans, who just gave up 155 total yards and a touchdown to running back David Montgomery this past week.

Tua Tagovailoa QB Miami Dolphins

Being benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick was just what Tagovailoa needed to take a step from NFL starter to fantasy quarterback stud. He put up a modest 16.14 points in standard leagues in his return last week but made the Kansas City defense look like the Tennessee Volunteers defense, putting up 28 points in standard leagues.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller has a much tougher matchup against rookie torturer Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, but the future looks bright for the dynamic Hawaiian.

Busts

Aaron Jones RB Green Bay Packers

With a soft playoff schedule, managers of former UTEP running back were hoping he would propel them to the semifinals. Jones' 9.5-point PPR performance against the worst rushing defense in the league left much to be desired.

With Carolina next on the schedule, Jones has a shot to redeem himself against a defense that has given up some big games to running backs in the past.

Matt Ryan QB Atlanta Falcons

The bye week rust apparently has not shaken off for Matt Ryan, who has thrown six interceptions since the break, including three against the Chargers this past week. His 9.26 points in standard leagues were the fourth-worst out of all starting quarterbacks Week 14.

Next on the schedule are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have allowed seven passing touchdowns in the last three games.

Jamison Crowder WR New York Jets

Despite facing a defense giving up the most points to wide receivers in fantasy, Jamison Crowder tanked much like the Jets' record this season, only mustering up two catches for seven yards. If New York is trying to lose, Crowder definitely took a leadership role this past week.

With the Rams hosting the Jets this week, the supposed No. 1 receiver will be seeing plenty of Jalen Ramsey, but not a lot of catches.

James Conner RB Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have gone to a pass-heavy attack, but there were high expectations for Connor to perform in his return from injury. Instead, he put up a pathetic 1.8 yards per carry, which was sadly the same as his fantasy points output for the day.

The Steelers revealed he is dealing with a quad injury, so even if he is able to go against the Cincinnati Bengals, stay far away from him in all formats.

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Bet on the number of shots a soccer player will attempt “on goal” over the course of the game. Just like in hockey, if a player takes a bum shot it’s not counted toward a “shot on goal” or your bet. But there have been some surprising goals that can make you a few bucks.

Golf: Over/Under Birdies

A bet we see a lot lately is “whether a player will achieve “over X / under X” birdies. A birdie is a term for a score of one under par. This is when a player’s golf ball hits the green — close to the hole — in fewer shots than it usually takes to complete the hole. Here’s a hot tip: So, bet on exceptional golfers who you think can complete all 18 holes in under 72 shots, especially at Augusta National!


Baseball: NRFI

Believe it or not, the MLB is home to one of the most popular betting props - the NRFI, the MVP bet for our time. It stands for "No Run First Inning".

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Just because March Madness is behind us doesn’t mean your sports betting fun is on pause until ‘24.

Make FanDuel Sportsbook your place of the year, no matter the sport or the game.

So March Madness is over, and either you won big or died trying. Whatever the case may be, now that the hoopla of the tournament is behind us, you may be thinking that there’s nothing exciting to bet on before the ramp-up to the NBA Playoffs. However, there’s so much more going on post-March Madness than you might realize.

So, we sent our sports editors to chase down all of the best sports to bet on now that the winning team has been crowned.

First things first, you’ll want to make an account with FanDuel Sportsbook — a legitimate and easy way to put your money where your mouth is and bet on just about every sport, including:

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • UFC
  • and the PGA Tour

With FanDuel, enter your name, credit card, and social security number — that’s to ensure you're not a coach or player. Then you’re good to start placing bets with the most user-friendly sports betting app out there. You’ll find an easy-to-navigate interface and in-depth tutorials on every type of bet you can make. Plus, they are always offering amazing promotions. Right now, when new users bet $5, they get $150 in Bonus Bets, win or lose!

It’s post-March Madness- Here’s what’s heatin’ up:

Basketball: NBA Player Combos

A popular strategy is betting on whether a player will score a certain amount of points, grab a certain amount of rebounds, or dish out a certain amount of assists. For instance, say you bet that LeBron James will hit a PRA (total Points, Rebounds, and Assists in the game) over 44.5. Therefore, if his PRA is 45, you win your bet, but if it is 44, you lose.

Pro Tip: Combine multiple bets on one game with bets on another game for a chance at an even bigger payday using FanDuels Same Game Parlay Features!

Hockey: Total Shots On Goal

A “shot on goal” in hockey refers to a statistic that counts any shot that hits the net or the goalie. So, bet on the number of shots an NHL player will attempt “on goal” in the game. When a player takes a shot and is completely off — missing the net — or the goalkeeper — entirely — this won’t count toward a shot on goal. Did you know there are no regulation-draw markets in pro hockey? A hockey game is held in 3 periods. But when teams are tied at the end of the 3rd period, the winner is decided in overtime or in a shoot-out — which often leads to a nail-biting finish.

Soccer: Total Shots

Bet on the number of shots a soccer player will attempt “on goal” over the course of the game. Just like in hockey, if a player takes a bum shot it’s not counted toward a “shot on goal” or your bet. But there have been some surprising goals that can make you a few bucks.

Golf: Over/Under Birdies

A bet we see a lot lately is “whether a player will achieve “over X / under X” birdies. A birdie is a term for a score of one under par. This is when a player’s golf ball hits the green — close to the hole — in fewer shots than it usually takes to complete the hole. Here’s a hot tip: So, bet on exceptional golfers who you think can complete all 18 holes in under 72 shots, especially at Augusta National!


Baseball: NRFI

Believe it or not, the MLB is home to one of the most popular betting props - the NRFI, the MVP bet for our time. It stands for "No Run First Inning".

With the NRFI, you don't have to waste four hours anxiously waiting to see who the winner is. Instead, you only need six quick outs at the beginning of the game, with 89 percent of the game still remaining.

Simply put, it’s revolutionized how people view baseball. For such a brief time-investment, NRFI transforms the most sleepy sport in the world into the most intense and electric betting out there. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and give you a hit of instant gratification when you win!

Just because March Madness is behind us doesn’t mean your sports betting fun is on pause until ‘24.

Make FanDuel Sportsbook your place of the year, no matter the sport or the game.

So March Madness is over, and either you won big or died trying. Whatever the case may be, now that the hoopla of the tournament is behind us, you may be thinking that there’s nothing exciting to bet on before the ramp-up to the NBA Playoffs. However, there’s so much more going on post-March Madness than you might realize.

So, we sent our sports editors to chase down all of the best sports to bet on now that the winning team has been crowned.

First things first, you’ll want to make an account with FanDuel Sportsbook — a legitimate and easy way to put your money where your mouth is and bet on just about every sport, including:

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • UFC
  • and the PGA Tour

With FanDuel, enter your name, credit card, and social security number — that’s to ensure you're not a coach or player. Then you’re good to start placing bets with the most user-friendly sports betting app out there. You’ll find an easy-to-navigate interface and in-depth tutorials on every type of bet you can make. Plus, they are always offering amazing promotions. Right now, when new users bet $5, they get $150 in Bonus Bets, win or lose!

It’s post-March Madness- Here’s what’s heatin’ up:

Basketball: NBA Player Combos

A popular strategy is betting on whether a player will score a certain amount of points, grab a certain amount of rebounds, or dish out a certain amount of assists. For instance, say you bet that LeBron James will hit a PRA (total Points, Rebounds, and Assists in the game) over 44.5. Therefore, if his PRA is 45, you win your bet, but if it is 44, you lose.

Pro Tip: Combine multiple bets on one game with bets on another game for a chance at an even bigger payday using FanDuels Same Game Parlay Features!

Hockey: Total Shots On Goal

A “shot on goal” in hockey refers to a statistic that counts any shot that hits the net or the goalie. So, bet on the number of shots an NHL player will attempt “on goal” in the game. When a player takes a shot and is completely off — missing the net — or the goalkeeper — entirely — this won’t count toward a shot on goal. Did you know there are no regulation-draw markets in pro hockey? A hockey game is held in 3 periods. But when teams are tied at the end of the 3rd period, the winner is decided in overtime or in a shoot-out — which often leads to a nail-biting finish.

Soccer: Total Shots

Bet on the number of shots a soccer player will attempt “on goal” over the course of the game. Just like in hockey, if a player takes a bum shot it’s not counted toward a “shot on goal” or your bet. But there have been some surprising goals that can make you a few bucks.

Golf: Over/Under Birdies

A bet we see a lot lately is “whether a player will achieve “over X / under X” birdies. A birdie is a term for a score of one under par. This is when a player’s golf ball hits the green — close to the hole — in fewer shots than it usually takes to complete the hole. Here’s a hot tip: So, bet on exceptional golfers who you think can complete all 18 holes in under 72 shots, especially at Augusta National!


Baseball: NRFI

Believe it or not, the MLB is home to one of the most popular betting props - the NRFI, the MVP bet for our time. It stands for "No Run First Inning".

With the NRFI, you don't have to waste four hours anxiously waiting to see who the winner is. Instead, you only need six quick outs at the beginning of the game, with 89 percent of the game still remaining.

Simply put, it’s revolutionized how people view baseball. For such a brief time-investment, NRFI transforms the most sleepy sport in the world into the most intense and electric betting out there. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and give you a hit of instant gratification when you win!

Just because March Madness is behind us doesn’t mean your sports betting fun is on pause until ‘24.

Make FanDuel Sportsbook your place of the year, no matter the sport or the game.

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