The time is almost here. The time to adopt a new family of Fantasy Football Players. Many of the BEAST DOME Superstars from 2014 are no longer an option, or a shade of their former self.
Marshawn Lynch (Retire) Calvin Johnson (Retire) Arian Foster (coming off of Torn Achilles) SSS (coming off of Torn Achilles)
Montee Ball (Domestic Abuse)
Added to that list is the QB we all depended on last year.
Matt Stafford (No more Megatron)
Last year we were all in on Matt Stafford. While his start was slow which included a switch at Offensive Coordinator mid-way through the season. Stafford was a BEAST from Week 12 on as he collected 17 TD and 1 INT to close out the final 6 games of the season (32 TD/4262 Yards).
With no more Megatron on the field, the Lions are a completely different team and while Stafford will still be productive when the matchup is right. He will also be much more of a QB2 than QB1 in 2016. In 2014 when Megatron went down for 8.5 games, Golden Tate and Matt Stafford were forced to lean on each other. The result of that season was 1331 Yards. 4 TD. 99 Receptions. Superstar to the next level for Golden Tate, and guess which Fantasy Expert Ranked him Top Tier?
In 2015 Megatron was healthy all year. Golden Tate was a check down target machine in what was a season where the Lions switched up their passing scheme mid-way through the year. Stafford threw for over 4,262 Yards last season. Golden Tate never had one game over 100 Yards. Tate did not even break 1,000 Yards as he digressed with 813 Yards. 6 TD. 90 Receptions.
46 of those 90 receptions came in the last 7 games with their more recent OC Jim Bob. That is an average of just under 7 receptions per game. Total that average out for a full season, you have over 100 Receptions on the year. Now imagine Megatron is no longer on the team.
It is amazing to think that Stafford could throw for over 4,000 Yards and Golden Tate not even have 1,000 on the season. Calvin Johnson made up for more than 25% of the production with 1,412 Yards, but now that amount is missing. Marvin Jones is going to be an automatic Top 25 WR in Fantasy Football this season as he comes in from Cincy to try and replace Megatron shoes. However look for Matt Stafford to throw the ball to Golden Tate 15+ a game easily. The checkdown throws, the quick slants, then those 70+ Yard Deep Bombs we saw in the preseason last year between the two.
Golden Tate will join a new club with his 15+ Targets each week.
1500 Yards. 150 Receptions. 15 Touch Downs.
While those numbers are semi-unrealistic, do keep in mind that Golden Tate has a HUGE advantage over a few WRs such as Odell Beckham Jr. and even Julio Jones. Golden Tate takes more quick hit screen passes than those two WRs combined. Screen passes to Golden Tate are vital in the Lions offensive scheme as it allows Stafford to build confidence while giving him a safe play to let Golden Tate do what he does best, break peoples ankles.
While I am sure Golden Tate will not rank ahead of ODB JR. or Julio Jones when my Rankings come out, also have to mention BEAST DOME Legend Brandon Marshall. You can expect Golden Tate to easily be a true #1 BEAST in Fantasy Football this season.
Golden Tate is locked and loaded as a Top 10 WR when my first Rankings come out
The site has been on ghost mode as of late as I focus all of my energy to Qualifying for an NBA Championship Qualifier spot. Came in 3rd place a couple weeks ago for the PlayBoy Mansion, only a handful of spots left for DraftKings. Need to qualify for a 4th straight year for NBA.
Big Football Weekend this week. One wrong move and you are probably going to be okay because everyone will have wrong moves as there will only be a few correct picks. With that being said get your pen and paper ready, or just open up a FanDuel tab. Here are my Busts.
CARSON PALMER @ CAR
Out of all the QB’s on the list this week, Carson Palmer had the best Divisional Round as far as Fantasy goes. The Panthers have made it this far with their ‘Dab’ Squad, and they will put the finishing touches on advancing to the Super Bowl. While Carson Palmer and the re-surging Larry Fitzgerald were dominant last week, the Panthers on the Road is going to be a completely new experience. Read below to learn more.
DAVID JOHNSON @ CAR
The D-Train is coming to an end. Less than 100% health is one thing, when you are on the road at Carolina in a game where the Cardinals will probably struggle on offense from the very start. I would look to spend my money on a different RB. The Panthers Defense will be coming to play and that is no cupcake match up.
STEVEN JACKSON @ DEN
Usually putting Steven Jackson on a Bust List is no big deal. With only 2 games on the docket, some will consider using the veteran. The thing about Steven Jackson is that he is a TD or nothing type of RB in the Patriots system. Being that it is a road playoff game, it is worth it to spend a little extra or re-allocate funds to make sure you do better than S-Jax at the RB department. The chances of Steven Jackson seeing 10 Carries is very slim to no way it will happen.
MICHAEL FLOYD @ CAR
Floyd has been very consistent for a player that has to deal with a lot of competition for targets. While his match up this week could prove favorable if he plays a lot of slot, there is still a good chance Carson Palmer is not the same Carson Palmer we have grown to watch this season. The Panthers Defense is going to come to play, Floyd will suffer because of it.
JOHN BROWN @ CAR
Brown will need a deep bomb catch to get his numbers this week. If everything falls in place, it could happen. More likely than not though, Carson Palmer will not have time to load up a bomb or two and put it right on the money for Brown to get under.
LARRY FITZGERALD @ CAR
To finish off the trio, we have the MVP of last week. Larry Fitzgerald this week gets Josh Norman, but most importantly he has to deal with Carson Palmer who will be rushed by the Panthers Pass Rush. While Fitzgerald will definitely get some numbers in this game, but the only reason to pay that type of money for Fitzgerald in Daily Fantasy is if he is going to be the best. There are better ways to spend that cash.
After this week Fantasy Football will be delegated to two games. This is your last chance to have some variety with your roster and give yourself a realistic chance to give yourself an edge to take home a big pay check. In order to do that in Daily Fantasy Football, you have to avoid the players you cannot take as they will destroy your team.
DIVISION ROUND BUSTS OF THE WEEK
BEN ROETHLISBERGER @ DEN
While Big Ben is more than expected to play this week despite having a bad shoulder, it does not mean you should play him on your Fantasy Team. Playing in Denver in a Playoff atmosphere is going to be tough. Antonio Brown will likely be out, and the Broncos Pass Rush will be playing with too much of a fire to ignore. One hit to Big Ben’s shoulder and he is out of the game.
MARSHAWN LYNCH @ CAR
While BEAST MODE is expected back, this is easily the worst matchup he could ask for. The chances of Marshawn busting out Huge runs left and right against the Top run Defense in the NFC is not likely at all. The Seahawks have been really strong leaning on Russell Wilson and the passing game, it has taken them this far, and they are only looking to go further in the Playoffs with it.
EDDIE LACY @ ARI
While Lacy was able to score a Touchdown last week in the closing minutes, this is a matchup that has more problems than solutions. The Cardinals Run D has been strong all year and if the Packers fall behind to the Cardinals, we will see a lot of James Starks. Lacy is a bruiser and is best fit for a game where the Packers should dominate from start to finish, this is not one of those games.
MARTAVIS BRYANT @ DEN
While you may be tempted to take Martavis Bryant since Antonio Brown is likely out. There is a strong chance that Bryant will be double teamed all game, as well as having Chris Harris Jr. banging Bryant all game long. If Big Ben does not last the entire game, than Martavis Byrant will do nothing. Either way, it is not going to be an easy game for Bryant to get his fantasy numbers.
TED GINN JR. vs. SEA
Ginn Jr. is essentially a power ball play. The Seahawks Secondary is too talented and the chances of Ginn having a strong game is not likely at all. Cam Newton is going to have to be very creative if the Panthers want to win, Ginn Jr. is too hit or miss to play in Daily Fantasy.
JEREMY MACLIN @ NE
While Maclin is likely going to play with a high ankle sprain, he will not be even close to a shad of the player we expect him to be. I would not play Jeremy Maclin this week as the Patriots will likely dominate the Chiefs from start to finish leaving Maclin on the sidelines when the game is out of hand.
TRAVIS KELCE @ NE
There are only 3 Tight Ends to consider this week realistically. While many will go with Gronk, that leaves you with Kelce or Greg Olsen. At the end of the day, Greg Olsen will have to expose Seattle’s Secondary in the middle of the field for Cam to really move the ball with confidence. With Kelce there are a lot of factors going against him, one of them being the fact that the Chiefs will have a tough time doing anything against the Patriots Defense. There will likely be a lot of Daily Fantasy Players rolling with Kelce this week after his breakout game last week, but lightning does not usually strike twice in this situation.
First of all want to wish you all a Happy New Year, and remember to achieve all the goals you set for yourself in 2016. The first goal for myself is to BEAST this week in Daily Fantasy Football with the Wildcard Round on tap. The thing about Daily Fantasy Football for the Playoffs is you cannot afford to have a MAJOR Bust. If you own a MAJOR Bust at a position with only 4 games on tap, there is no way your team can rebound. These players below are players you cannot afford to play.
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER vs. SEA
While you may think you can go with a strategy of saving money at the QB Position this week, it better not be with Teddy Bridgewater. The chances of Bridgewater throwing the ball 20+ times against the Seahawks is one thing, the chances of him doing it with weather at zero degrees, there is no way Bridgewater is throwing the football much on Sunday. The Vikings will live and die with Adrian Peterson and their defense.
EDDIE LACY @ WAS
Eddie Lacy has been a HUGE Bust this season and maybe one of the most inconsistent Fantasy Stars in the game today. Get ready to add another fact behind that statement as he goes up against Terrance Knighton and the very underrated Redskins Run D. Lacy is a BEAST, but James Starks is still a factor and the Packers play-calling has been as predictable as Stefon Diggs ending up somewhere on my BUST list.
CHARCANDRICK WEST @ HOU
While West has proven to be a stud, the Texans Defense is playing on Steroid level Football right now. J.J. Watt cannot be stopped, and when Watt is on fire the entire Texans D-Line gets too much pressure. For West to have a big game it will have to be on a fluke big play.
DOUG BALDWIN @ MIN
Doug Baldwin was easily the Fantasy MVP of the last month of Fantasy Football, but that all comes to an end this Sunday when he plays in the cold zero degree weather in Minnesota. While Russell Wilson will definitely try to win this game if Marshawn cannot get it going, it is still too risky to play Doug Baldwin who has seen his price rise with his historic success.
STEFON DIGGS vs. SEA
Diggs put together a nice end of the season for the Vikings, but a matchup against the Seahawks in zero degree weather is not what the doctor ordered. For Stefon Diggs to have a big game against the Seahawks is one thing, the zero degree weather makes him unplayable in Daily Fantasy.
DAVANTE ADAMS @ WAS
Adams has been dropping passes all season and it appears Aaron Rodgers has had enough. While you can take a gamble that Davante Adams magically comes alive, he is definitely gone in the wrong direction as far as how many times Rodgers looks for him.
KYLE RUDOLPH vs. SEA
While you may think Bridgewater will just dump the ball to Kyle Rudolph because it is so cold, you still cannot trust any Vikings player outside of AP. Kyle Rudolph will be in block mode all game, and the only chance you get something productive is a goal line TD. It will still be hard for the Vikings to make their way up the field against the Hawks.
I want to thank you all for another amazing Fantasy Football Season. This year I would rank as #1 as far as success from the BEAST DOME NATION as a community, and for that I thank you all. This was the 4th Fantasy Football Season ran by myself on BEAST DOME, and I am already looking forward to the 5th. Please Post any Testimonial you have on the season, I will reply to every message.
Coming later this Week is the Fantasy Football Playoff Preview/Predictions, as well as what BEAST DOME has planned for 2016.
*Please Post All Testimonials in the Comment Section at the bottom.*
(BEAST SEASON PACKAGE) MGM – MoneyBall
To all of the Beast Dome Nation:
16-0 is possible. That is right, a perfect season.
While you may not think it is possible, just as i certainly did, not….
to quote ricky bobby: “THAT. JUST. HAPPENED.”
4 years ago i was a middling fantasy sports player who always was right on the cusp of the playoffs, and made the playoffs about half of the time or better due to hard work, risk-taking, and a sports aptitude. But i had only won one title (baseball), and it was more luck than anything, across almost 10 years of playing. I was essentially a risk-prone mathemetical player who simply loaded up on RB and went safe on other positions and performed decently for the most part.
I didn’t fully incorporate things because i was not a VIP then, but the free articles still helped me get over the initial hurdle, and got into the top 3 in all my football leagues that season. I only played one basketball league, and won it.
But i could SEE the value, so i decided right then and there to sign up for VIP the following year. That was 2 years ago. It has been one of the best fantasy sports decisions of my life.
in the 2014-2015 season i played 5 football leagues across various platforms and won 2 of them and finished 2nd in 2 of them. Both of my second place finishes were very simple causes…dan bailey (most accurate fg kicker in history) missed a fg and CJ anderson got tackled from behind on a break-away run, if those outliers don’t happen its 4 of 5 leagues won. In the 5th league, i lost Adrian Peterson my #1 draft pick but STILL pulled in two beast rb in the draft in 2nd round pick Foster (and via trade – Forte), which helped me have a HUGELY dominant team all season, and i was the overwhelming favorite…until the Buffalo Bills happened to Aaron Rodgers, knocking me out in the semi-final round. I had Tony Romo on the bench (who of course went insane that week), and to be honest it was just my error…the team was absolutely stacked, and still scored around 140 points that week, with my opponent of course scoring the highest score of the season, barely beating me, with his team playing to its ultimate potential, and mine was hamstrung by my carelessness as i was juggling a lot of leagues and that was my newest league and i knew the other owners the least so i put it at the bottom of the totem pole. But still – 4 out of 5 leagues in the championship game with 2 titles isn’t too shabby.
Literally all i did was do my regular thing and give priority to all of Munt’s BEAST advice.
So logically, i signed up for VIP again this season, and used it for all of my teams this season. I went all in this year and expanded my number of teams, and took on some dynasty teams that were struggling, and utilized a variety of strategies to try and litmus test them, but in my redraft leagues and ‘clean slate’ leagues especially, i did EXACTLY what i did last year and that is 1) sign up for VIP 2) listen to Munt 3) enjoy wins
But i never anticipated the following scenario:
I entered a 14-team dynasty league which actually turned out to be my most competitive league that i have ever played in. Naturally, i upped my competitive fire to Russell Westbrook levels, and leaned solely on Munt as my source of information for decisions in that league. I abandoned all other sources for this league except Munt & the beast dome community! Munt graciously responded to all of my VIP communications, probably even when i was over-thinking, etc. Anyways, the point is that he was ‘driving the bus’ for my team, while i was the ‘execution’ part of the team, because i knew all of the owners and knew what their strategies would be, and their general sense of player worth etc.
It’s that simple.
That team is now 16-0.
It averaged 129 points per game in the regular season. It only scored less than 104 points once (Julio’s bye and Rawls bust week – 82 points). It scored 150-155 points multiple times. The average margin of victory was 31 points and that is skewed by the stunt i agreed to (which i did not have to agree to but figured it was the sporting thing to do) in the title game (see below), it was much higher throughout the regular season. The consistency was amazing, and a product of the Munt BEAST strategy.
and this was all, in a NON-ppr 14 team dynasty league (ie all highly competitive pro-active owners, zero ‘lazy coaches’), with 10 starting spots (2 flex), standard scoring, 4 pt passing TD.
The championship week my starting lineup had 147 points, had i left in full lineup, but in the interest of sportsmanship i honored an agreement we made BEFORE the season that if somehow we both made the finals, he could choose the positions we played with no minimum, he choose QB and TE since he had Cam Newton the hottest player in the league and his main target Greg Olsen and i managed to squeak it out by 1.5 points, my closest shave of the season. Had we played our full starting lineups the score would have been STILL a BEAST WIN by 147 to 128 (and that 147 is with Stafford on the bench who would’ve upped it to 155). I am pretty sure that we would’ve chosen 0 positions played if he could, but that 0-0 tie would have not worked for him because as the #1 seed i had all the tie breakers.
The feeling is unlike i’ve ever experienced in fantasy sports, and while it is just one league and one year, it is particularly remarkable to me because i learned one main principle…..
Munt’s advice matters more and is more crucial the higher the stakes get.
The reason i say that is because those PAST leagues that i used to at times make the playoffs or even top 3 in, were usually less deep leagues….10 to 12 team leagues, redraft style, where you could be uber-aggressive and simply reload off the waiver wire and essentially rely on luck/injury roulette to keep you in contention and then hope to hit a hot waiver wire pickup in the playoffs to beat your buddies.
HOWEVER, this league was a grueling experience (in a joyful sense) all season long….14 teams, 23 roster spots deep…by far the deepest league i’ve ever played in! And, it is a dynasty league so every move matters more, etc, and my point is, the waiver cupboard was bare by around week 3, for the most part. What i learned is that Munt sees through the fog of sheepy information, fear, and general fantasy bozoness. He sees talent, and while at times it takes time to pay off….ie Buck Allen who i traded for….in week 2….and then flipped right before the deadline for a BEAST arbitrage play….Munt’s eye for talent is highly trained and accurate.
He is not perfect. (so all of you haters that like to quote Monte Ball (but neglect to mention CJ Anderson’s success in that role) and yet withhold credit for all of his BEAST calls, which happen every single year out of freaking nowhere, you can all go jump in a lake). But he has never claimed to be perfect. He is better, though, than any other ‘expert’ out there. In stock trading ‘contrarian’ usually wins, and while Munt is not contrarian on purpose, he simply calls it like he sees it, and that by definition ends up oftentimes being contrarian simply because many sheep are not highly trained in evaluating talent.
Beast moves: thanks to Munt, i pulled in Brandon Marshall in a pre-season trade (and nearly nabbed David Johnson but that owner was too sharp), Chris Ivory for next to nothing, Stafford for next to nothing (who was crucial and i knew when to play him over Brady thanks to being a VIP, and Munt was right on every time i played him over Brady. Buck Allen for literally nothing, James Jones (who i then flipped), Tyler Eifert (who i then flipped since he would be a backup on my team), DeAngelo Williams (who was vital when the Bell injury happened), Ryan Fitzpatrick (as soon as Geno got sucker-punched, who i then sat on and flipped much later), and if i had more roster spots i would’ve had SO many more beast pickups….Chacandrick West/Spencer Ware, Denard Robinson, Tyler Lockett etc. This is far from a complete list, i cannot remember them all. However i decided early on i was ‘going for it’ this year, and would at the same time line up future draft picks for next year.
The only problem is now thanks to those calls specifically it is going to be really hard to get any trade action in the future).
Speaking of, for those of my fellow dynasty nerds, this is what my draft pick situation looks like, in case you’re wondering if i’ve mortgaged the future:
That is essentially 7 first round picks over the next 3 years if you are scoring at home. At one point i actually had 10 first round picks over the next 3 years, had injury issues not caused me to need to move in handcuffs and backups, who ended up proving vital. It also proved vital to have those draft picks who were generated by having BEAST players lined up to flip to people, thanks to Munt being on them before everyone else woke up to who they are.
Oh, and did i mention that both Marshawyn Lynch and Leveon Bell injuries limited the upside of this team? The Keenan Allen addition is actually a bet on the future, since i am a little old at WR, i actually took a waiver wire pickup of Munt’s and turned him and another Munt BEAST preseason call into Keenan who will come in handy whenever Fitzgerald retires. I had SSS on this team but traded him, also, FYI, in a series of deals that ended up netting me multiple draft picks.
Also, during the auction i was essentially cheated against as one owner would talk up/essentially bid up any player that i (and no one else, he only specifically targeted me) was bidding on WITHOUT actually bidding on that player. Yet there was a rule before to be silent if you were not bidding and everyone else followed it. I adjusted on the fly and started bluffing on bust guys and stuck them on some people, and there was only one BEAST player that he figured it out on, and then i called him out on it and the commish put the hammer down on him, and after that he was silent (i stuck him with two big BUSTS also, along the way :) Most importantly, i beat him in week 15 in the playoffs. Never has a victory felt more sweet. There has never even been a need to gloat, nor will i, but he knows now what JUSTICE is and how it works.
I often think in Socratic method, and the one thing i would say as devil’s advocate is well i ‘got lucky’ in playoff matchups because i would have lost either of the first 2 weeks had i not played who i played.
However, as our league commissioner said to me – “yes, that is true, however you earned that seed” with my performance all season.
There is no better compliment than that. I just hope he, and none of my other league opponents, NEVER find out who Munt is!
THANK YOU MUNT.
you are the man, and a special shout out to JHillionaire who not only introduced me to Beast Dome but also helped me out this year with advice and tips as well.
PS….this was with Munt picks getting hit by injuries more than ever before….just imagine what it is going to be like next season when variance goes the other way. You can make the devil’s advocate argument about Lynch or Foster injuries, but the bottom line is no one can predict when Father time happens, specifically….they were both beasts last season…..and mainly – all the BEAST VIP waiver wire pickups and trade targets more than made up the difference.
PPS……if you’re still hating: Wins: 16. Losses: 0. all moves: Munt-inspired/approved.
(PRESEASON BEAST PACKAGE) Jeffy – HYDE & GO BEAST
here i am munt second year in a row and im writing to tell you we did it again. i play in about 7 different leagues but this league is hands down the most competitive. 12 man ppr auction league.
Steve smith carried me much of the early part of the season in addition matt stafford and brandon marshall were beasts as well. With the top 4 spots locked for playoffs 2 more spots would need to be determined by the remaining 8 team which were all separated by only 1 in apart from each other. The standings were so close at the end of the season it was scary. Through out the season working the waiver wire was vital due to the exruciating losses of Lynch/Graham/Hyde/Smith/Bush/AJ (never showed up may as well be injured). I finished in position 4 so i was in the bracket against the #1 seed. In the first round i would face off against one of the highest scoring teams overall this season in our league and was ranked #5. The score was so close it game down to a .7 difference. Yes thats .7!!! Either way a wins a win.
Thankfully we barely slide into the second round and we would have our hands full playing the #1 team in our league. The #1 team only lost twice the whole season!! (We gave him one of those losses ;) !! ) Somehow we were able to win this round by only 3 points. It was a high scoring match but in the end we prevailed.
Having knocked out the highest offensive producing team and the #1 team we made it to the finals. So the team i was facing at this point some how was able to make it to the finals but at this point the team seemed to be out of steam. thankfully the team i was facing put fitzpatrick, garcon and demarco murray on the bench. That was a total of 60 points! We cant predict the outcomes of the future so the team i was facing started who he thought would best fit. Thank you Eli Manning and your 5 points! Having made it to the end as a repeat winner feels gratifying. Thanks again for your help in the draft and throughout the season. Looking forward to the 3-peat! maybe we can call ourselves a dynasty! Beast!