For daily fantasy fans… not for the next year. Even though the merger was in fact announced recently, it will take about a year for everything to take place. A lot of the details have not yet emerged such as what the new company will be called, or when the exact date will happen. In fact nothing has come out about what it means for the fans once the merger actually does come to fruition. The one thing that is certain is that it was all done to help bring in more profit to these two DFS sites. So that basically means they are here to stay for the long term.
Due to all of the legal fees that FanDuel and Draft Kings had to pay for ( they spent about 8 million in fees in the Q4 alone) and the settlement with New York State (12 million plea deal with both companies), they needed an increase in revenue. This is just another example of the rich continuing to get rich.
As for fans, sit tight for now. There are no real changes that you should be concerned about at the moment. If you want more information check out the Forbes article detailing the merger. Otherwise, enjoy the last few weeks of the football season.
Here are a few things to be thankful for during this holiday season.
The Ageless Wonders: Once again, the Quarterback position is a position of stability. As just like in past seasons, the great quarterbacks have stayed great. Quarterbacks such as Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben, and Tom Brady have been their normal elite self. Each Quarterback is within the top 10 basically every week and has brought consistency across the NFL season.
The New Age Wonders: Some of the New Quarterbacks have stepped up their game this year. Names such as Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott, and Kirk Cousins are all young Quarterbacks who have leaped into top 10 territory for the season. All of them (for exception of Cousins which is his 5th year) are in their third season or less. Huge for Dynasty and keeper leagues.
First Round Picks: Subtract Deandre Hopkins, Adrian Peterson, and Todd Gurley, and you will realize that most first round picks have performed up to the measures in which you have them. You ask for consistency out of the early draft Picks. And it seems like most of them have done just that.
Return of the workhorse backs: One man running back committee has been a little bit of a lost art recently, but this year, it has swung back the other way. The following are dominating their workload: David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Demarco Murray, Ezekiel Elliot, Lesean McCoy, and Lamar Miller and Todd Gurley. Some have performed better than others, but the touches are there. They should all be gone by the second round next year.
There is an interesting article about running back depth chart of every single NFL team. It is slightly confusing, so I will break it down.
They have each team labeled and next to them is the first string player, the second string player and the third string player. At the end of the row, you will see a ranking. So if we are referring to running backs, you may see RB1, RB2, Flex, leave on waiver wire. This does not make reference to the starting running back, but to the backup running back. It states the value of the backup and what his value is if the starter would to get hurt.
The ESPN article by ESPN’s Mike Clay is constantly updated and reviewed. And there is a breakdown for each position . Take a look if you have lost an important player for a long period of time.
It happens every year. In fact if it doesn’t happen to you, consider your lucky. The injury bug bites and infects all. Within the first two weeks, I’ve lost the following players to injury all on one team: Danny Woodhead, Zach Ertz, Jamaal Charles (granted i drafted him injured), and Julio Jones is even fighting off some injuries. But I know someone else in another league who has lost AP, Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead, and Zach Ertz. That is brutal. I’m going to go through which players you should be concerned about for at least the near future.
Danny Woodhead: It pains me to say this because he is so talented. But you can drop Danny Woodhead. His season is over after tearing his ACL Sunday afternoon. He should be ready to go by the beginning of next season because the injury happened so early into the season. But start looking for replacements and trade for Melvin Gordon if you can.
Adrian Peterson: So at least we know what is wrong with him now. AP has a torn meniscus in his right knee. Not nearly as serious as Woodhead’s injury, but no one knows how much time he will miss. He has not been ruled out of next week’s game. If he gets partial surgery he will be back in about 4 weeks. If he gets the full surgery he will be out for about 4 months. Big difference there. If you own AP you need to own Jerrick Mckinnon. If you don’t own AP, Mckinnon he is worth a waiver claim anyway.
Arian Foster: Foster suffered from a groin injury during the game after giving it go with a previous hamstring injury. He is considered day to day. Don’t be surprised if he plays this week. Also don’t be surprised if the oft-injured Foster either reaggravates this injury or stumbles upon on another one. Foster owners should already have Ajayi by now.
Jonathan Stewart: Stewart also injured his hamstring this past weekend. It also not thought to be serious, he will probably miss at least one game. Pick Up Fozzy Whittaker as a one week replacement. But, when stewart comes back, he will take back is regular role.
Try to persevere through the rough week that was fantasy football.