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Calling our Shots: Championship Week

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!

Can you feel it?

It’s that time of the year when most of your league members are sitting on the sidelines. Hopefully you aren’t with them, hopefully you’re still standing. If you are maybe it was due to one of the players. First, we had Tom Brady who threw for 443 yards and a touchdown against a strong San Francisco defense. We also had Adrian Peterson who just exploded for 212 rushing yards and a touchdown in his on-going pursuit to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Finally, the leading receiver for last week was Brandon Lloyd who had a great rhythm going with Brady – he racked up 190 receiving yards off of ten receptions. Brady and Peterson were fairly predictable but if you started Lloyd this week you’re probably still doing a happy dance that could make you a YouTube sensation.

As for Week 15 in the DLF compound, our mighty group of super-powered fantasy genius finished with a final tally of 20 correct shots called! A very good performance, all in all it is our second best performance this season. Jacob Feldman continues his hot streak, once again becoming the DLF Shot Caller of the Week. He pulled down seven correct shots called, three more than his closest competitor. Here are the correct shots called by the DLF staff for Week 15:

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.

TheFFGhost – Morris out rushes a suddenly slumping Richardson.

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

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

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

TheFFGhost – Freeman will get at least 9 tackles.

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!).

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

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.

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

Eric Hardter – Ryan Fitzpatrick throws at least two interceptions.

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

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.

Jacob Feldman – Under 200 yards passing for the Chiefs.

Andy Miley – Oakland defense shuts out Kansas City.

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

Another three shots were missed by just the smallest of margins. Here are those shots:

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

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

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

After this week only two spots remain. Which of our Week 15 readers took the week? I won’t keep you waiting any longer; we decided that Peter G would take home the crown. Peter G called three shots correctly which are listed below:

-MIN @ STL: Adrian Peterson rushes for over 175 yards.

-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).

Putting it another way, Peter G really knows his top end running backs!

With two weeks left the DLF staff is looking to finish strong. Here are our shots for Week 16:

New Orleans @ Dallas

TheFFGhost – Witten ourperforms Graham.

Eric Olinger – Two Dallas pass catchers go over 100 yards receiving.

Jacob Feldman – Witten out produces Graham in catches and yards.

Andy Miley – Witten and Graham will combine for 175 yards and score a total of three TDs.

Eric Hardter – Tony Romo throws for over 370 yards.

Chris Rohrer – Brees and Romo combine for over 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Tennessee @ Green Bay

TheFFGhost – Chris Johnson gets less than 75 rushing yards but is still the leading rusher in the game.

Eric Olinger – Chris Johnson has 80+ yards and a score.

Jacob Feldman – Randall Cobb leads all skill position players in yards from scrimage.

Andy Miley – Randall Cobb will find the endzone twice and account for over 200 yards (receiving/rushing/returns).

Eric Hardter – Kenny Britt bounces back with at least 80 receiving yards and a TD.

Chris Rohrer – Chris Johnson held to under 60 yards rushing.

Indianapolis @ Kansas City

Eric Dickens – Andrew Luck finishes with 2 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD.

TheFFGhost – Kansas City does not score a touchdown.

Eric Olinger – T.Y. Hilton finds pay dirt.

Jacob Feldman – Ballard continues to look strong with his 4th game in a row over 4 YPC and he’ll top 100 combined yards.

Andy Miley – Reggie Wayne will rebound with 7+ catches and a TD.

Eric Hardter – Andrew Luck goes over 300 yards passing.

Chris Rohrer – Coby Fleener finally has a game with more receptions and yards receiving than Dwayne Allen.

Buffalo @ Miami

Eric Dickens – Steve Johnson has 100+ receiving yards.

TheFFGhost – Chandler has more receiving yards than any player on Miami.

Eric Olinger – Reggie Bush has over 100 total yards.

Jacob Feldman – Miami has more passing yards than Buffalo.

Andy Miley – CJ Spiller will have 150+ combined yards and two TDs.

Eric Hardter – Mario Williams will have at least two tackles for loss.

Chris Rohrer – Bush and Spiller combine for over 225 total yards from scrimmage.

Jaron Foster – Reggie Bush will outperform Spiller in total yards and TDs.

San Diego @ NY Jets

Eric Dickens – Denario Alexander rebounds from his donut last week to have 6+ catches and a TD.

TheFFGhost – Edwards is the Jets top receiver.

Eric Olinger – Shonn Greene rushes for 75+ yards.

Jacob Feldman – Jets take lessons from last week and hold the Chargers under 14 points.

Andy Miley – Rivers will fumble once, throw an interception, and get sacked 3+ times.

Eric Hardter – Greg McElroy and Philip Rivers combine for five or more turnovers.

Chris Rohrer – One of the defenses takes a turnover for a touchdown.

Washington @ Philadelphia

Eric Dickens – Nick Foles will account for 3 turnovers.

TheFFGhost – Over 225 passing yards and over 40 rushing yards for RGIII.

Eric Olinger – No wide reciever hits the 100 yard mark.

Jacob Feldman – McCoy has a higher yards per offensive touch (not counting returns) than Brown.

Andy Miley – Jason Avant will have 100+ yards and scores.

Eric Hardter – RGIII returns with a vengeance, with over 320 total yards and 3+ TD’s.

Chris Rohrer – Morris finds the end zone.

Jaron Foster – Garcon scores regardless of who his QB is.

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

TheFFGhost – AJ Green goes over 100 receiving yards, scores and the Bengals win. (That’s called going all in!)

Eric Olinger – Andy Dalton throws for fewer than 200 yards with at least two turnovers.

Jacob Feldman – Wallace leads all WRs (on both teams) in yards.

Andy Miley – Wallace and Green both go over 100 yards and score.

Eric Hardter – I’ll keep predicting Heath Miller until he lets me down:  70+ receiving yards and a TD.

Chris Rohrer – Antonio Brown has a modest 5+ reception game with 80+ yards.

St. Louis @ Tampa Bay

TheFFGhost – Bradford strings together his second 300+ passing yard performance.

Eric Olinger – Chris Givens bounces back with a TD over 25 yards.

Jacob Feldman – Steven has more yards than any other Jackson in this game.

Andy Miley – Sam Bradford goes back to back weeks with 350+ yards and 3 TDs.

Eric Hardter – Vincent Jackson gets shut down as the Bucs rely on their ground attack:  under 70 yards receiving and no TD’s.

Chris Rohrer – Ammendola leads this game in receptions and yards receiving.

Oakland @ Carolina

TheFFGhost – Welcome back Myers owners, 5+ receptions for him.

Eric Olinger – Darren McFadden rushes for over 100 yards.

Jacob Feldman – Pryor plays double digit snaps as Oakland starts to look towards next year.

Andy Miley – Cam goes over 300 combined yards and accounts for 4 TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing).

Eric Hardter – Greg Olsen scores another touchdown.

Chris Rohrer – Rod Streater has another modest game with over 50 receiving yards.

New England @ Jacksonville

TheFFGhost – Lots of mind games going on, New England wants Jacksonville to pass to Shorts. They will anyways and will get Shorts over 100 yards in receiving.

Eric Olinger – Chad Henne throws for 300+ yards.

Jacob Feldman – Shorts continues to produce and gets 5+ catches for 80+ yards.

Andy Miley – Woody, Ridley, and Vereen all score.

Eric Hardter – Wes Welker returns to PPR prominence, with 10+ catches for 120+ yards.

Chris Rohrer – Hernandez makes his regular appearance in the end zone and ‘makes it rain’.

Minnesota @ Houston

Eric Dickens – Arian Foster scores 2 TD’s in a blowout of the Vikings.

TheFFGhost – Peterson held to under 100 rushing yards despite getting feed the ball often.

Eric Olinger – JJ Watt records at least 2 sacks.

Jacob Feldman – AP keeps the dream of becoming AP2K alive and rushes for over 100 yards. Vikings still lose.

Andy Miley – AP rushes for 160+ yards and a TD.

Eric Hardter – Andre Johnson torches the Vikings to the tune of 140+ yards and a TD.

Chris Rohrer – Owen Daniels tops 70 yards and scores.

Cleveland @ Denver

TheFFGhost – Thomas held under 100 receiving yards.

Eric Olinger – Peyton Manning picks apart the Browns defense – 300 yards and 3 TDs.

Jacob Feldman – Moreno continues to post solid numbers with over 100 total yards and a score.

Andy Miley – Decker goes over 100 yards and scores again.

Eric Hardter – Knowshon Moreno more than doubles Trent Richardson’s rushing yardage.

Chris Rohrer – Demaryius Thomas goes for 100+ yards and a TD.

Chicago @ Arizona

TheFFGhost – The Bears defense gets back on track with at least 3 turnovers.

Eric Olinger – Brandon Marshall catches at least 3x as many passes as any other Bear.

Jacob Feldman – Arizona passes for under 150 yards for the 4th week in a row and gives up multiple turnovers.

Andy Miley – Forte goes over 150 combined yards and scores twice.

Eric Hardter – Ryan Lindley is held to under 120 yards passing.

Jaron Foster – Chicago defense has 3+ turnovers, including a pick-six.

NY Giants @ Baltimore

TheFFGhost – Eli outperforms Flacco in a battle of QBs who need to bounce back.

Eric Olinger – Dennis Pitta keeps the hot streak going. 5 catches and a score.

Jacob Feldman – Rice gets 20+ touches and over 100 yards. It shocks Cam Cameron, as he is sitting on his couch, that Rice can do that!

Andy Miley – Wilson and Rice both go over 125 yards, but neither scores.

Eric Hardter – Ray Rice has over 40 receiving yards and 100 rushing yards.

San Francisco @ Seattle

TheFFGhost – In a battle of mobile quarterbacks Wilson outrushes Kaepernick.

Eric Olinger – Vernon Davis scores a TD.

Jacob Feldman – Crabtree gets 10+ targets and 80+ yards.

Andy Miley – Russell Wilson shocks the world again accounting for 300 yards and scores 3 times vs. the 49ers.

Eric Hardter – The Seahawks make Colin Kaepernick look human with under 200 passing yards and 2+ turnovers.

Peter G, you are our Shot Caller for Week 15, congratulations from the DLF. We’ve put your name in our drawing for a chance to win a full year of DLF Premium and a DLF t-shirt. As for the rest of our readers, you’ve only got two weeks left to punch your ticket for a chance to win our drawing. We’d like to finish the season strong with a lot of user interaction so take a few minutes to leave your shots. You never know, we may be calling you name next week! Good luck everyone!

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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Derek
9 years ago

Too little too late…No 4th title in 5 years for me…..I hope these predictions for D.Alexander, D.Thomas, R.Cobb ,J.Graham and Spiller don’t happen, because I will be very bitter if they blow up now after sucking in the conference championship for me…atleast Alexander and Thomas sucked….bad thing was i had A.Brown and H.Miller on my bench……I would’ve won….but there are 15 other teams in my league that are ticked to death with the outcome…..that really makes it worse!!!!

Peter G.
9 years ago

Thanks for the mention guys! It’s cool to see I won last week, and congrats to everyone else. I’ll make my picks for this week soon.

Peter G.
Reply to  Peter G.
9 years ago

I hope I win the Premium!

Peter G.
Reply to  Peter G.
9 years ago

Just posting tonight’s pick right now…

DET @ ATL: Calvin Johnson has 7+ receptions, 125+ yards, and 1+ TDs

Peter G.
Reply to  Peter G.
9 years ago

Here are all my picks for today…

NO @ DAL: DeMarco Murray has at least 175 total yards
TEN @ GB: Chris Johnson averages less than 3.5 yards per carry (min. 10 attempts)
IND @ KC: Kansas City has less than 200 yards of total offense
BUF @ MIA: C.J. Spiller has 250+ total yards (includes returning)
SD @ NYJ: No Jets WR has more than 50 yards receiving or more than 7 receptions
WSH @ PHI: Both Alfred Morris and LeSean McCoy each have 125+ total yards
CIN @ PIT: A.J. Green or Mike Wallace has a TD of 50+ yards
STL @ TB: Danny Amendola has 125+ yards and at least 1 TD
OAK @ CAR: Cam Newton has 350+ total yards and 3+ total TDs
NE @ JAC [I’ll be there! Go Jags!]: Cecil Shorts III has at least 100 yards, a TD, and 1 or more 30-yard plays
MIN @ HOU: Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster combine for 325+ total yards
CLE @ DEN: Knowshon Moreno has 125+ rushing yards and a TD
CHI @ ARI: At least 5 turnovers by both teams combined
NYG @ BAL: Ray Rice has 125+ total yards and a TD
SF @ SEA: Marshawn Lynch has over 30 touches

dave hoover
9 years ago

cam goes for 300 yds and 4 tds
spiller goes for 125+ and a td
charles goes for 125+ and a td
megatron goes for 150+ and 2 td
wallace goes for 125+ and a td
cobb goes for 125+ and a td
pitta goes for 75 and a td
capernick less then 200 and 2 turnovers
peterson less then a 100
murray less then a 100
welker less then a 100
d. thomas less then a 100
l. moore less then a 100
witten less then 50
if a bunch of these happen, i like my chances to win my league title, if the opposite happen for a bunch of these, i don’t like my chances…wish me luck

Nick Bucknell
9 years ago

Denver @ Cleveland- Moreno has 100 rush yards anda TD
Minn @ Houston- AP struggles but gets close to 100
NO @ Dallas- Brees throws for 350+
[email protected] GB- Cobb continues be top WR over 100 and a TD
Indi @ KC- Luck throws for 3 TD’s
Buffalo @ Miami- Reggie has strong showing 80 Rush yards and a score
SD @ Jets- Danario rebounds with 5+ catches and a TD
Skins @ Eagles- Alfred Morris has more rush yards than McCoy
[email protected] Pitt- Ben throws for 300 and 3 scores
St Louis @ TB- Martin has a strong effort with over 150 total yards
Oakland @ carolina- Cam rushes for more TD’s than any Raider
[email protected] Jags- Brady sits the 4th quarter in a blowout win
Chicago @ Arizona-Bears stumble again, Cutler throws 2 picks
SF @ Seattle- Wilson throws for 2 TD’ and 250 yards

9 years ago

[email protected]: Jason Witten and Jimmy Graham combine for fewer than 150 yards receiving and no more than 1 TD.
[email protected]: I’m doing the foolish thing and taking the “under” line even though Rodgers and CJ2K are both healthy. Under 44.5 total points.
[email protected]: Jamaal Charles finishes with under 100 rushing yards and 0 TDs, despite being ranked as a top 10 RB by almost all fantasy experts.
[email protected]: Neither Fitzpatrick nor Tannehill passes for more than 250 yards.
[email protected]: Chargers and Jets team defenses combine for more fantasy points than the QBs (standard Yahoo scoring).
[email protected]: Under 500 yards combined passing for both teams but over 100 yards rushing for each team.
[email protected]: In a division rivalry with two powerhouse defenses, I’m still taking the “over” line. Over total 41.5 points.
[email protected]: Bradford passes for over 250 yards, even though he’s only done that twice in the past 9 weeks.
[email protected]: Cam Newton has better rushing fantasy points (rush yards + rush TDs) than any Oakland Raider.
[email protected]: Patriots rebound from last week’s loss and beat the Jaguars by 14 or more points.
[email protected]: Adrian Peterson posts more rushing yards than all Houston RBs combined, despite Houston’s top 5 rushing defense.
[email protected]: Trent Richardson averages under 3 YPC and has fewer than 11 fantasy points in standard Yahoo scoring.
[email protected]: Brandon Marshall records at least 300% more receptions and 200% more receiving yards than Larry Fitzgerald (it hurts to even type that sentence).
[email protected]: Despite the Giants being favored, Baltimore pulls out the win, knocking the NYG off the top of the NFC East.
[email protected]: Seattle does not score 50+ points for the first time in 3 weeks. Actual projection: Marshawn Lynch rushes for at least 30% more yards than the 49ers have allowed on average over their past 4 games. (For those mathematically challenged, the 49ers have allowed an average 67 yards. I think he rushes for 88 or more).

Reply to  Jeremy Nusbaum
9 years ago

Looks like I got these right: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

And it looks like I missed these: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

7 of 15 isn’t too shabby. Especially in what was one of the least predictable weeks of the season, and on some fairly bold calls.

How did everyone else fare? Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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