fantasy football 2020

Win or lose, you need that JuJu TikTok energy as you head into the championship round.

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For once, if you're stressed about your lineup this week, that's actually a good thing: Itmeans that you've maneuvered your way into the final round of playoffs.

Congrats on making it this far in the most replacement-laden fantasy season we've ever seen.

While making it this far is an achievement unto itself, you can't coast and bench your starters like an NFL first seed playoff team. If anything, this is the most stressful week of them all: one wrong move, and you've lost your Super Bowl (and a hell of a lot of money).

Take home the bag and the bragging rights by making these drops, pops and shops in the final round of playoffs.

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David Montgomery may just carry your team to first place after Week 15.

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For most fantasy football leagues, Week 15 marks the second round of fantasy playoffs.

As you may have learned from last week, playoffs require a slightly different strategy. Now is not the time to gamble on a player that could develop—you need to pick the perfect players to overperform in Week 15, depending on their matchups, injury reports, and various other factors.

A win this week could lead to third, second or even a first place cash prize—or it could mean your frenemy claims your $100 entry fee and your dignity. If you want to cash in next week, here are some drops, pops and shops to make in the second round of fantasy playoffs.

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SoFi Stadium is reflected in the visor of Chicago Bears wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson during pregame warmups before playing the Los Angeles Rams.

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If you're reading this, congratulations—you've made it to the first round of playoffs.

Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back, because making it through the minefield that has been the 2020 fantasy season wasn't easy. It took hours of research, a little plotting on the waiver wire, and a lot of luck with simply having the right players.

If you had McCaffrey and you made it this far, well, you're worth your salt as a fantasy football manager. You've also earned the right to be a little salty to everyone who doubted your post-season ascent.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves: You're in, but you haven't won it just yet. There are still three weeks to go, and you'll have to keep your wits about you as opponents notice your roster deficiencies and steal every available player (yes, that is a thing).

Here are some of the drops, pops and shops that'll help you clean house before Week 14.

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As a Dad, it's kind of magical that my kids remind me of me at their ages; that also means they're insane.

All quarantine they've been bouncing off the walls, and now that they need to focus for school, they spend the rest of their time vibrating at hyper speed, especially during football games. They like to watch and also run around in my old jerseys chasing the dog and shouting at the screen.

My wife knew I missed going to games with her or at least watching when we could give it all our attention, so she suggested making the game more fun with FanDuel.

I'd missed the Fantasy drafts, but they have Daily Fantasy Sports, so it didn't matter. They have an online version and an app that I heard was really easy to use, so I made an account with my name, email, card, and social (it stops coaches and players from betting).

Once I was in, it was pretty simple - instead of committing to a 4-month league, you switch up your teams on a weekly basis. For new users, they match your first deposit and there's a chance for a bonus of up to $500!

I snuck away for an hour during the week to do all my research (my wife also gets an hour to watch reality tv). You can lock in your lineup right up until the game.

NFL was the only thing on my mind, but they have pretty much every sport you can think of.

When it was gametime, I was pumped. I even told my kids that I was doing fantasy and my son, Michael told me why he didn't like my lineup and why. I was kind of proud.

I tried to switch channels during the game commercials, but it was too chaotic. I followed along with the app on my phone to see how I was doing.

For my first time? Not bad!

I made sure my coworkers knew about it because they're all competitive people.

I cannot wait until next week. FanDuel let me cash out immediately, and offers plenty of bonus offers that make it fun every week.

Even when I can go to games again or at least watch one without anybody running headfirst into the coffee table, I'll be playing fantasy with FanDuel.