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Calling Our Shots: Week Fifteen

Fantasy football can at times be a very funny place to seek help when you need it most. One week, a so called “expert” will tell you to start “Player A” because “Player A” is a “can’t miss” starter who will blow up that week. A week later, that expert will deny giving that advice to their readers or followers but will be more than happy to tell you to start “Player B” this week. It would be almost comical in some instances if it wasn’t so tragic for the people who take the advice of these charlatans.

As a staff member of DLF, I can tell you that everyone affiliated with this site both loathes and detests this behavior. Every staff member on the DLF team constantly tries to learn and better ourselves so we may be of better help to you. Part of that process is being accountable for our successes, as well as our failures. We’re doing that each and every week as we’re offering personalized lineup advice as part of our premium content. We’re answering every question posted in a timely manner and helping out as best we can – those answers are public knowledge and we’ll stand by them every week.

We’ve also decided to roll out this new series entitled, “Calling Our Shots.” The premise of this series is to get some predictions for the upcoming week. Some writer’s predictions are bold, some are solid, while others, well, we wouldn’t place too much money on them in Las Vegas!

When we’re right, we’ll share our successes. When we’re wrong, it should present a great way for our loyal readers to give us a good (and hopefully friendly) ribbing. The point is we don’t hide from the advice we give or the predictions we make.

We also want to give you the same chance.

Our community is an essential part of the success of DLF. This weekly series also asks YOU, the readers, to post your own shots in the comments below. We all have that coach in our league who says, “Yeah, I could have told you not to start that guy” and perhaps that’s even you who thinks that! Well, here’s your chance to make those bold predictions when they count – before the games are played. We invite everyone to blow up the comments section again today and make any player predictions you want for the week – this will give you a perfect opportunity to officially say, “I told you so,” or offer a brutally embarrassing piece of ammunition for your opponent to use against you next week. Either way, this is a great way for the community and the writers to have some good old fashioned fun each and every week!

Every person who is featured in subsequent weeks will be put into a drawing after week 17 for a free yearly membership or their renewal to our premium content and a free DLF T-shirt!

Week 14 was another weird one folks, but I’m sure you knew that! We saw several games become absolutely blowouts. That’s great for some fantasy players and owners, bad for others. One of the most surprising weekly leaders was Nick Foles who threw 32 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Less surprising was Jamaal Charles who went out against Cleveland and rushed for 165 yards and the only Chiefs score of the day. Finally, how about Brandon Marshall who caught 10 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown? I’d take that any day on any of my fantasy teams, as I’m sure most of you would too.

Well, the DLF staff did OK. Not our best outing but not our worst either. Part of tour score can be attributed to a few of our staff members being unable to enter their shots for various reasons but in the end the DLF staff were able to call 13 shots correctly. Once again Jacob Feldman lead the staff in correct shots called with three correct shots this week. Here are the DLF staff’s correct shots called for Week 14:

Eric Dickens – Brandon Marshall tops 100 receptions on the season, picking up 9+ in this one.

Jacob Feldman – Peterson has more carries than Ponder has completions.

Jaron Foster – Martin bounces back with 125+ total yards and a score.

Jacob Feldman – Ray Rice posts over 125 combo yards and a score.

Andy Miley – D-Will has 100 combo yards for the 1st time this season.

Jaron Foster – Matty Ice finally returns to a multi-TD game.

Andy Miley – Montell Owens goes over 75 combo yards.

Eric Dickens – Denario Alexander gets targeted 7+ times as he continues his run as their WR1.

Jacob Feldman – Crabtree has more receiving yards than anyone else in this game.

TheFFGhost – Total passing yards will be under 400 yards.

Andy Miley – Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 100 yards and scores a TD.

TheFFGhost – Manning will pass for over 250 yards, Brees will pass for over 350 yards.

As a staff we just barely missed on another 10 shots by just a hair. Here are the shots we just barely missed on:

TheFFGhost – Interceptions outnumber passing touchdowns in this game. (St. Louis @ Buffalo)

Andy Miley – Forte has 100 combo yards and a TD.

Eric Dickens – Riley Cooper & Jason Avant both have 10+ FP’s in PPR leagues.

Jacob Feldman – Bryce Brown looks a bit more human with under 125 rushing yards and another fumble.

Jacob Feldman – Both White and Jones have 5+ catches and 75+ yards.

TheFFGhost – Both tight ends catch 4+ receptions a piece.

Jacob Feldman – Big Ben makes the Steelers WRs useable again with 300+ yards passing.

TheFFGhost – The top passer, rusher and receiver will all come from San Francisco.

Andy Miley – Crabtree goes over 100 receiving yards.

Jacob Feldman – Megatron will continue his streak with another game of 100+ yards and a score.

Week 15’s Shot Caller Reader Award goes to “Matthew” who had four correct shots called but every single one of them would have been considered a tough one going into those games. Here are his correctly called shots:

 KC & CLE – Jamaal Charles has a TD of over 50 yards.

-TEN @ IND – Jake Locker has more passing yards than Andrew Luck.

-SD @ PIT – Antonio Brown finds paydirt for the first time since week 3.

-HOU @ NE – Steven Ridley has more rushing yards than Arian Foster.

Now then, those are some very nice shots! I’ve got to admit I wouldn’t have guessed correctly on any of them myself.

What do the DLF staff think will happen in Week 15? Well let’s just see what shots they’ve called:

NY Giants @ Atlanta

TheFFGhost – Wilson will rush for over twice what Turner rushes for.

Jacob Feldman – Ryan throws for over 300 yards with multiple TDs.

Andy Miley – David Wilson has 125 combined yards and 2 TDs.

Eric Hardter – Martellus Bennett has 50+ receiving yards and a TD.

Chris Rohrer – Jacquizz Rodgers has more combined yards than Michael Turner.

Minnesota @ St. Louis

TheFFGhost – Rudolph returns again with over five receptions.

Jacob Feldman – AP stays on pace to break 2000 yards rushing with over the 134 rushing yards he needs.

Andy Miley – AP goes over 175 yards combined.

Eric Hardter – Christian Ponder attempts fewer than 25 passes.

Chris Rohrer – Neither quarterback throws for over 250 yards.

Jacksonville @ Miami

TheFFGhost – Shorts comes back and gets a touchdown.

Jacob Feldman – Hartline gets his 4th 100 yard game of the year, which puts him over 1000 on the year.

Andy Miley – Ryan Tannehill throws for over 250 yards and throws 2 touchdowns.

Eric Hardter – Brian Hartline goes over 100 yards receiving, with 5+ catches.

Chris Rohrer – There are more interceptions thrown than touchdowns.

Green Bay @ Chicago

TheFFGhost – Cutler gets sacked at least three times and will leave the game early.

Jacob Feldman – Rodgers is held under 300 yards with 2 or fewer TDs.

Andy Miley – B-Marsh has 8+ catches, 100 yards, and a TD.

Eric Hardter – The Packers put up over 30 points on the once-vaunted Bears D.

Chris Rohrer – Brandon Marshall tallies over 125 receiving yards.

Washington @ Cleveland

TheFFGhost – Morris out rushes a suddenly slumping Richardson.

Jacob Feldman – Cousins ends up playing a few series due to the knee of RGIII.

Andy Miley – Both middling TEs: Paulsen and Cameron score.

Eric Hardter – RGIII plays and has over 300 combined yards with 3+ scores.

Chris Rohrer – Josh Gordon has 75+ yards receiving.

Denver @ Baltimore

TheFFGhost – Manning has no problem putting up over 250 passing yards.

Jacob Feldman – Moreno posts over 120 combined yards and a score.

Andy Miley – Pitta goes over 75 yards and scores twice.

Eric Hardter – Demaryius Thomas has over 130 yards receiving.

Chris Rohrer – Manning throws 3+ touchdown passes.

Indianapolis @ Houston

TheFFGhost – Freeman will get at least 9 tackles.

Jacob Feldman – Foster gets back on track with 100+ rushing yards and another score.

Andy Miley – Luck and Schaub go over 325 yards each and combine for over 6 TD passes.

Eric Hardter – Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne combine for over 240 receiving yards.

Chris Rohrer – Vick Ballard finds the endzone.

Tampa Bay @ New Orleans

TheFFGhost – Brees is done messing around, over 325 passing yards.

Jacob Feldman – Brees posts his first game with 300+ passing yards AND multiple TDs in the same game since week 7 (yes, it has been that long!).

Andy Miley – Freeman and Brees combine for 775 passing yards but only throw 4 combined TDs.

Eric Hardter – Doug Martin runs all over the Saints to the tune of 180+ total yards and 2+ scores.

Chris Rohrer – Colston hits the 1,000 yard mark in this game – needs 111 yards.

Detroit @ Arizona

TheFFGhost – At least two sacks and two turnovers for the Lions defense, they are a must start!

Jacob Feldman – Megatron destroys Patrick Peterson and posts 100+ yards and 6+ catches.

Andy Miley – Both Detroit RBs go over 100 combo yards and score.

Eric Hardter – There will be at least 10 combined sacks and forced turnovers by the Detroit defense.

Chris Rohrer – Calvin Johnson has his first multi-touchdown game of the season.

Carolina @ San Diego

TheFFGhost – No running back goes over 75 rushing yards.

Jacob Feldman – Alexander stays hot and posts another game with 100+ receiving yards.

Andy Miley – D-Will goes over 100 combo yards and scores.

Eric Hardter – Ryan Mathews is held to under 80 total yards despite playing against a soft run D.

Chris Rohrer – Ryan Mathews has his longest play from scrimmage of the season (31+ yards).

Seattle @ Buffalo

TheFFGhost – Chandler grabs a touchdown.

Jacob Feldman – Seattle’s defense gets 3+ turnovers.

Andy Miley – Spiller and Lynch both go over 125 yards and combine for 4 TDs.

Eric Hardter – Ryan Fitzpatrick throws at least two interceptions.

Chris Rohrer – Spiller has over 130 yards combined yards.

Pittsburgh @ Dallas

TheFFGhost – Over 600 passing yards between Romo and Big Ben in this game.

Jacob Feldman – Big Ben tries to make Mike Wallace some more money by giving him 8+ targets and over 100 yards.

Andy Miley – No defense is played, both QBs throw for over 300 yards, yet only combine for 3 passing TDs.

Eric Hardter – Heath Miller continues his run towards a Pro Bowl berth with 60+ receiving yards and a score.

Chris Rohrer – The quarterbacks throw for a combined total of 600+ yards and 4+ touchdowns.

Kansas City @ Oakland

TheFFGhost – Charles rushes for over 125 yards.

Jacob Feldman – Under 200 yards passing for the Chiefs.

Andy Miley – Oakland defense shuts out Kansas City.

Eric Hardter – Juron Criner catches at least three passes.

Chris Rohrer – Jamaal Charles breaks 100 total yards again, but does not find the end zone.

San Francisco @ New England

TheFFGhost – No rusher in this game will get over 100 rushing yards.

Jacob Feldman – Under 350 yards by the entire San Fran offense with multiple turnovers.

Andy Miley – Kappy is fooled by Belicheck and accounts for under 200 total yards and is responsible for a single TD.

Eric Hardter – Wes Welker leads both teams in receptions and receiving yards.

Chris Rohrer – LaMichael James gets of 50 yards from scrimmage.

NY Jets @ Tennessee

TheFFGhost – Three different Titans receivers will go over 60 yards receiving.

Jacob Feldman – Multiple skill position guys go over 100 combined yards, but none of them are wearing Jets Green.

Andy Miley – Chris Johnson rushes for 164 yards to get himself over 1200.

Eric Hardter – Kenny Britt continues his late season surge and goes over the century mark for receiving yards yet again.

Chris Rohrer – Kendall Wright has the first 100 yard receiving game of his career.

We’d like to congratulate Matthew, our Week 14 Shot Caller of the week. We’ve only got three more winners to announce then it’s time for our big drawing to determine the winner of a full year of DLF Premium and a DLF t-shirt. Be sure to bring you’re A game in order to get a spot in the drawing. Good luck to everyone and remember, you can’t win if you don’t play, don’t forget to get your shots posted!

Don’t forget, if we select your entry we’ll enter you into a drawing for a full year of DLF premium content and a free DLF t-shirt!

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Nick Bucknell
9 years ago

Miami vs Jac- Reggie Bush shows up with over 100 total yards and a TD
Seattle vs Buffalo- Spiller has a huge day with over 125 and a TD
KC vs Oakland- More turnovers in this game than TD’s
Pitt vs Dallas- Ben throws for over 300 and 3 TD’s
Detroit vs Arizona- Fitzgerald finally has a good day with 80 and a score
Carolina vs SD- Deangelo has more rush yards than Mathews
TB vs NO- Brees throws no picks and 4 Td’s, Jimmy Graham has 2 of them
Rams vs Minnesota- Rams stuff AP, Givens has 100 plus and a TD
NE vs SF- Aldon Smith gets 3 sacks SF stuns NE at home
Jets vs Titans- Locker has impressive day, 250 and 3 td’s
Houston vs Indi- Ballard outrushes Foster

Matthew
9 years ago

Well looks like I got lucky on a few last week (but then again I missed on a LOT as well!). Let’s give ‘er a go again this week and see if we can’t up the percentage of correct shots called. One for each game:

NYG @ ATL – Hakeem Nicks has the most receiving yards of the big 4 WRs in this game (Nicks, Cruz, White, Jones).
GB @ CHI – Brandon Marshall is held to under 6 receptions for only the fourth time this year, and Cutler can’t finish the game (again).
WAS @ CLE – Field goal fest. Six or more kicked between Forbath & Dawson.
MIN @ STL – AP’s quest for 2000+ hits a major roadblock as the Rams hold him to under 80 rush yards.
JAX @ MIA – Cam Wake & the Miami front dominates and records 5+ sacks.
TB @ NO – Neither VJax nor Colston top 100 yards.
DEN @ BAL – Dennis Pitta has a top 5 TE game with 6+ catches, 70+ yards and a touch.
IND @ HOU – Foster has a major bounce-back game after the stinker in Foxborough. Over 120 total yards and 2+ TDs.
DET @ ARI – It’s on like Ndamukong! Suh gets a sack, forced fumble, and yes…an INT! (That’s how bad these Cards QBs are – they toss picks to the fat guys).
CAR @ SD – Steve Smith has a multi-TD game.
PIT @ DAL – Steelers continue to be tough on TEs as Witten goes for under 6 receptions, averaging under 10 ypr.
KC @ OAK – McFadden out-rushes Charles.
SF @ NE – Welker goes for double digit receptions.
NYJ @ TEN – Kendall Wright goes for over 100 receiving yards while Cro & Britt battle it out.

Matthew
Reply to  Matthew
9 years ago

Woops, forgot one for the SEA @ BUF game (in my home country of Canada no less!)…here goes:

CJ Spiller has more receiving yards than Marshawn Lynch does rushing yards.

mfde
9 years ago

Matt Ryan has <250 yards passing and fewer than 2 TDs
Doug Martin has 3 TDs
CJ?K has <60 yards rushing
Lions D/ST more points than Bears D/ST
TY Hilton more points than Roddy White and Julio Jones combined
Josh Freeman more points than Aaron Rodgers

Peter G.
9 years ago

Here’s mine… I have one for every game.

NYG @ ATL: Matt Ryan throws for less than 200 yards and gets sacked at least three times
GB @ CHI: Jay Cutler has 2+ turnovers
WAS @ CLE: Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson combine for 250+ total yards
MIN @ STL: Adrian Peterson rushes for over 175 yards
JAX @ MIA: Reggie Bush has 100+ total yards and at least one TD
TB @ NO: Two or fewer total turnovers
DEN @ BAL: Ray Rice has less than 75 yards rushing
IND @ HOU: Arian Foster has an average of at least 5.5 yards per carry (min. 10 attempts)
SEA @ BUF: Marshawn Lynch has at least 120 yards rushing, 25 yards receiving, and 1+ TDs
DET @ ARI: Calvin Johnson has 150+ yards
CAR @ SD: Cam Newton rushes for 65+ yards
PIT @ DAL: Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, and Emanuel Sanders all have fewer than 100 yards
KC @ OAK: QBs throw at least 3 picks
SF @ NE: Ridley rushes for 70+ yards and a TD
NYJ @ TEN: Sanchez is the only Jets QB to throw a pass

Peter G.
Reply to  Peter G.
9 years ago

Looks like I got three of mine right during the early games:

MIN @ STL
DEN @ BAL
IND @ HOU

Not too shabby, but it could’ve been better.

Trevor
9 years ago

Side note- if any of my shots are or have been nearly identical to ones already called, I write my own shots before I read the ones that other people have made in this article. If any of my shots are the same as yours, it means we’re thinking the same.

NYG @ ATL: Giants D line dominates the line of scrimmage, resulting in Tony Gonzalez leading the Falcons in receiving yardage due to Ryan’s need to dump the ball off quickly.
GB @ CHI: Less than 40 points scored combined for this game.
WSH @ CLE: Man, there’s a lot of rookie starters in this game. 5+ combined turnovers.
MIN @ STL: Everyone knows AP is gonna run it. STL actually bottles him up pretty well, holding him under 100 yards rushing.
JAC @ MIA: Reggie bush goes for 125+ combo yards.
TB @ NO: Drew Brees bounces back with 3+ TDs and 350+ passing yards.
DEN @ BAL: Peyton Manning dissects the Baltimore D, posting a quarterback rating of over 120.
IND @ HOU: Arian Foster struggles with less than 100 combo yards.
SEA @ BUF: Another multi-touchdown game for Marshawn Lynch as he’s in full beast mode.
DET @ ARI: Joique Bell is the leading rusher in this game and scores a TD.
CAR @ SD: Cam Newton keeps rolling, over 300 passing and 50+ rushing yards.
PIT @ DAL: Both QBs struggle, as Romo and Ben both throw multiple INTs.
KC @ OAK: Neither defense actually shows up, 60+ points scored in a shootout.
SF @ NE: Kaepernick accounts for more total yardage than Tom Brady.
NYJ @ TEN: Wow, does anyone even care about this game? Kenny Britt goes for 100+ again.

Tommy L.
9 years ago

NYG @ ATL – Bradshaw who? Wilson has 100+ rushing, 20+ receiving and a TD
GB @ CHI – Randall Cobb has the most receiving yds in the game and finds the end zone
WAS @ CLE – TRich tops 4 ypc and has 3+ receptions
MIN @ STL – Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson each have 75+ yds
JAX @ MIA – Tannehill throws for less than 250 yds
TB @ NO – Josh Freeman throws for more yards than Brees
DEN @ BAL – New offense clicks for Ravens. Flacco with 300+ yds and at least 2 TDs
IND @ HOU – Andre Johnson is held under 80 yards and out of the end zone
DET @ ARI – Kris Durham has the most receptions for the Lions
CAR @ SD – DX stays hot, 90+ yards and a TD
PIT @ DAL – DeMarco Murray bounces back with 125+ combine yards and a TD
KC @ OAK – McCluster leads KC in receptions with 5+
SF @ NE – Woodhead is the Pats RB with the most yards
NYJ @ TEN – Tennessee has three players with more receiving yards than any Jet

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