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The NFL DFS season continues with the Thursday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big money in the first Week 9 NFL DFS contests!NOTE: For a refresher on showdown general rules and strategy, see the Week 1 TNF showdown article.Let’s get to the game!Week 9 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.Week 9 NFL DFS Chalk: Carson Wentz (FD $16,500, DK $16,200)Pivot: Mike White (FD $14,000, DK $14,700)Pivot #2: Jonathan Taylor (FD $16,000, DK $17,400)Contrarian #1: Michael Pittman, Jr. (F...

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The NFL DFS season continues with the Monday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big money in the final Week 5 NFL DFS contests!NOTE: For a refresher on showdown general rules and strategy, see my first showdown article of 2021.Let’s get to the game!Week 5 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.Week 5 NFL DFS Chalk: Lamar Jackson (FD $17,000, DK $18,900)Pivot: Jonathan Taylor (FD $13,000, DK $14,700)Contrarian #1: Marquise Brown (FD $13,500, DK $16,500)Contrarian #2: Michael Pittm...

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Mikey Two Times Show Week of 4.1

Thursday is Mike North Day! Get ready for the 4.8 Win Daily Sports Advantage with Mike North and Jon Jansen. Mike and Jon discuss their best bets of the day in the NHL and MLB! Also, Mike poses this question to Jon, Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid?

Make sure to get all Mike’s Picks in the Win Daily Sports Betting Membership, and use promo code MIKE to get one month FREE! Mike has been picking winners so far and was even nice enough to throw us a couple more picks here on the live show!

Follow Mike at @North2North, Jon @jjansen34, and Win Daily Sports at @WinDailySports!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91iE67J1tS0

You can check the show out on our podcast as well!

If you haven’t already, follow Mike on Twitter @North2North, follow us @WinDailySports, and get ready to win with us everyday! Keep coming back every Thursday at 5pm EST for another show with Mike North. Don’t forget to check us out on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 5-7pm EST with Special Guests Mike North, David Meltzer, Brandon Steiner, and more!

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Mikey Two Times Show Week of 4.1

Thursday is Mike North Day! Get ready for the Mikey Two Times Show Week of 4.1. Mike and Jon discuss their mutual hate of the extra innings rule, why betting Opening Day is so hard, NHL bets for the night and pro wrestling stories!

Make sure to get all Mike’s Picks in the Win Daily Sports Betting Membership, and use promo code MIKE to get one month FREE! Mike has been picking winners so far and was even nice enough to throw us a couple more picks here on the live show!

Follow Mike at @North2North, Jon @jjansen34, and Win Daily Sports at @WinDailySports!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2bKAeQAxKE

You can check the show out on our podcast as well!

If you haven’t already, follow Mike on Twitter @North2North, follow us @WinDailySports, and get ready to win with us everyday! Keep coming back every Thursday at 5pm EST for another show with Mike North. Don’t forget to check us out on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 5-7pm EST with Special Guests Mike North, David Meltzer, Brandon Steiner, and more!

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Mikey Two Times Show Week of 2.25

Thursday is Mike North Day! Get ready for the Mikey Two Times Show Week of 2.25. Mike and Michael chat about Mike’s record this week in betting, we discuss how LeBron won’t be winning the MVP this season, and what the Bears might look like if Russell Wilson comes over in a trade! Don’t worry, Mike doesn’t get too excited about the Bears getting Wilson, so not as much fun as we were hoping for.

Make sure to get all Mike’s Picks in the Win Daily Sports Betting Membership, and use promo code MIKE to get one month FREE! Mike has been picking winners so far and was even nice enough to throw us a couple more picks here on the live show!

Follow Mike at @North2North, Michael @MichaelRasile1, and Win Daily Sports at @WinDailySports!

https://youtu.be/khVeW6EgOiY

You can check the show out on our podcast as well!

If you haven’t already, follow Mike on Twitter @North2North, follow us @WinDailySports, and get ready to win with us everyday! Keep coming back every Thursday at 5pm EST for another show with Mike North. Don’t forget to check us out on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 5-7pm EST with Special Guests Mike North, David Meltzer, Brandon Steiner, and more!

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Mikey 2 Times Show with Mike North and Michael Rasile

Thursday is Mike North Day! Get ready for the Mikey 2 Times Show with Mike North and Michael Rasile. Every Thursday get excited for Mike North to come on the Win Daily Sports Show! We’ve got you covered this week with some Carson Wentz to the Colts news. He was expected to go to the Chicago Bears, where Mike lives, but thankfully Mike doesn’t have to both with that. We also talk NCAAB and NBA!

Make sure to get all Mike’s Picks in the Win Daily Sports Betting Membership, and use promo code MIKE to get one month FREE! Mike has been picking winners so far and was even nice enough to throw us a couple more picks here on the live show!

Follow Mike at @North2North, Michael @MichaelRasile1, and Win Daily Sports at @WinDailySports!

https://youtu.be/T6Cy7M96ChU

You can check the show out on our podcast as well!

If you haven’t already, follow Mike on Twitter @North2North, follow us @WinDailySports, and get ready to win with us everyday! Keep coming back every Thursday at 5pm EST for another show with Mike North. Don’t forget to check us out on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 5-7pm EST with Special Guests Mike North, David Meltzer, Brandon Steiner, and more!

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The NFL DFS season continues with this week’s Monday night showdown, and we’re helping you win big money in one of the final Week 12 NFL DFS contests!

Introduction to Single-Game Showdowns

DraftKings calls them “Showdowns,” and FanDuel doesn’t really have a name for them other than “Single-Game Contests,” but whatever we call them they require an understanding of game narratives and game theory – which means we need to target low-ownership players that will give us the best opportunities within the narratives and game outcomes we’re expecting.

My picks will focus almost exclusively on finding GPP-winning combinations that have a chance at taking down the contests you’re entering, be they single-entry or MME. While we can’t cover all the possible combos or provide full lineups for you to deploy, the goal here is to give you the tools to win and highlight some names that will help make for profitable results.

If I enter five lineups in a large-field GPP, at least three of those lineups will focus on the most likely game outcome (based on Vegas odds, props and totals), with one or two contrarian builds. As we know, late-breaking news can have a significant effect on full slates, and that’s just amplified with single-game contests. If you have any questions leading up to lock, please consult our NFL DFS experts in Discord.

Let’s get to the game!

Week 12 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)

Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.

Chalk: Russell Wilson (DK $18,900, FD $16,500)

Pivot: DK Metcalf (DK $17,100, FD $14,000)

Contrarian #1: Carson Wentz (DK $15,600, FD $14,500)

Contrarian #2: Miles Sanders (DK $13,800, FD $13,500)

DK Punts: Seahawks DST ($5,700) or Jalen Reagor ($8,700)

DK Contrarian Punt: Alshon Jeffrey ($2,400)

We’ve got to love Russell Wilson in this game, and he’ll likely be the chalk. The Seahawks should be able to roll out their usual offensively balanced approach in this game, as they’re back to full capacity with their stable of RBs – grinder Chris Carson is back in action and leads the way – and no major injuries to report among their top two WRs. They will be missing TE Greg Olsen, but I expect to see Wilson picking his spots with efficiency against the Eagles secondary.

As with the rest of the league, the Eagles don’t have anyone who can contain the relatively matchup-proof DK Metcalf, and with the athletic receiver seeing just nine targets over the past two weeks, I expect him to have a big game and around 7-10 targets. Since the Eagles do have a strong run defense, they’ll likely run some play action with Carson to get the ball in the hands of Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and TE Will Dissly, who might notch a couple extra looks in this one.

I’m plenty interested in using the Seahawks DST at captain if it gets me Wilson, one of the big two Seahawks WRs and Carson, and there’s already a viable roster construction for large-field GPPs that I’m envisioning which utilizes a Carson Wentz meltdown/replacement with Jalen Hurts. The Seahawks could force him right out of the game with constant pressure, as the Eagles have yielded a league-high 40 sacks this season through 10 games.

If Wentz is successful in avoiding pressure, it’ll be because their defense will help keep the game close and they give plenty of opportunities to Miles Sanders. The Seahawks defense is about league average against the run, but they looked like a much-improved unit in their game against the Cards. WRs Jalen Reagor and Travis Fulgham probably have the most upside in this matchup, but I’m sprinkling in plenty of Dallas Goedert and will have a few shares of embattled and oft-injured wideout Alshon Jeffrey, who could see more snaps in this matchup.

Week 12 NFL DFS Utility options (and some DOs and DON’Ts)

Remember to build your team based on a narrative that makes sense, and utilize the WinDaily fantasy toolbox for cheatsheets and projections that can help you tremendously with lineup building.

DO: Build a trio (or quartet) of offensive weapons for a team that makes sense together

DON’T: Use more Eagles than Seahawks. Unless something goes terribly wrong and the Eagles defense flips the script, we’re looking at a max of two or three lineups per ten where you could go 3/3 (maybe two) or 4-2 (1/10 at most) in favor of Philly.

DO: Get a little creative with the Eagles offensive performers you use. There’s been talk of replacing Wentz if he struggles, and this is exactly the type of game and DSFS format you could see him put together a second half worthy of inclusion.

DON’T: Fiddle around too much with the non-Chris Carson Seahawks backs, aside from possibly Carlos Hyde. The price on Hyde is steep because of last week’s performance, but we have every indication Carson will lead the backfield in touches this week.  A few shares are okay, but don’t go overboard.

Now that we’ve established some narratives and MVP candidates, the best way to round out this piece is with a list of my favorite options in descending order, based on overall value (a combo of salary and projected points):

  1. Russell Wilson
  2. DK Metcalf
  3. Chris Carson
  4. Tyler Lockett
  5. Carson Wentz
  6. Miles Sanders
  7. Jalen Reagor
  8. Travis Fulgham
  9. Dallas Goedert
  10. Seahawks DST
  11. Will Dissly
  12. Greg Ward
  13. Jason Myers
  14. Boston Scott
  15. Carlos Hyde
  16. Freddie Swain (questionable)
  17. Alshon Jeffrey
  18. Jake Elliott
  19. Jalen Hurts
  20. Jacob Hollister
  21. Eagles DST
  22. Richard Rodgers
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The NFL DFS season continues with this week’s Thursday night showdown, and we’ve got the breakdown to help you win big in the first Week 7 NFL DFS contests!

Introduction to Single-Game Showdowns

DraftKings calls them “Showdowns,” and FanDuel doesn’t really have a name for them other than “Single-Game Contests,” but whatever we call them they require an understanding of game narratives and game theory – which means we need to target low-ownership players that will give us the best opportunities within the narratives and game outcomes we’re expecting.

My picks will focus almost exclusively on finding GPP-winning combinations that have a chance at taking down the contests you’re entering, be they single-entry or MME. While we can’t cover all the possible combos or provide full lineups for you to deploy, the goal here is to give you the tools to win and highlight some names that will help make for profitable results.

If I enter five lineups in a large-field GPP, at least three of those lineups will focus on the most likely game outcome (based on Vegas odds, props and totals), with one or two contrarian builds. As we know, late-breaking news can have a significant effect on full slates, and that’s just amplified with single-game contests. If you have any questions leading up to lock, please consult our NFL DFS experts in Discord.

Let’s get to the game!

Week 7 NFL DFS MVP candidates (1.5x points)

Some notes on the differences between MVP on FanDuel and DraftKings: The 1.5x point boost on FD comes with no salary penalty, while and DK also bumps the salary to 1.5x – a crucial factor in deciding who we can and cannot afford on both sites. We can use this to our advantage on FD by occasionally targeting non-QBs to establish more variance and more unique lineups, and on DK it allows us to build more hearty overall stacks when we punt the MVP position with a cheap but high-upside player.

Chalk: Carson Wentz (DK $16,200, FD $15,500)

Pivot: Daniel Jones (DK $15,600, FD $14,500)

Contrarian #1: Darius Slayton (DK $13,800, FD $12,500)

Contrarian #2: DeSean Jackson (DK $8,700, FD $8,000)

While both the Giants and Eagles defenses have not been the teams’ main issues this season, it’s hard not to like both Carson Wentz and Daniel Jones in this showdown, and there are probably a few ways to fit both of them into your lineups – especially if we use one of the defenses in the hopes of a pick six. With all the injuries facing the Eagles, it’s not hard to see a low-salary player for them emerging with a viable fantasy performance and being worth the juice of using in the Captain spot on DraftKings.

On FanDuel, it’s going to be very hard to get away from Boston Scott at the still-depressed price of just $6,500 – although using him at CPT may not be advisable. Scott and Corey Clement are the Philly backs who’ll get the touches this week, with Scott in the starting role and Clement likely handling goal line work and about 8-10 touches. Both are capable of monster days if they get the proverbial “hot hand.”

DeSean Jackson is expected to make his return for the Eagles this week and could be an interesting CPT on DK, where he’s sub-$9K. Jackson headlines a group of capable receivers that has seen the emergence of Travis Fulgham in recent weeks. Fading the popular Fulgham might be one way to get some leverage on the field, especially since we don’t have any idea how much he’ll contribute with D-Jax back in the fold.

The Giants will rely on a slightly hobbled Darius Slayton, TE Evan Engram (great bounce-back candidate this week) and a relatively inexpensive Devonta Freeman (handling most of the touches at RB) to move the ball on offense, with Golden Tate checking in as a solid low-price option – especially if Slayton is rendered less effective because of the lingering foot injury. While Slayton doesn’t have an injury designation ahead of this matchup and has more multi-TD upside than probably any other non-QB on TNF, he’s still a risk. There’s even talk of activating Sterling Shepard (toe, just back from IR) before this game, but he’s still a GTD – so stay tuned.

Week 7 NFL DFS Utility options (and some DOs and DON’Ts)

Remember to build your team based on a narrative that makes sense, and utilize the WinDaily fantasy toolbox for cheatsheets and projections that can help you tremendously with lineup building.

DO: Build a trio (or quartet) of offensive weapons for a team that makes sense together

DON’T: Be afraid to play the Giants defense, especially since they have some playmakers, Wentz has been erratic, and the Eagles offense is pretty banged up.

DO: Check the injury report and chatter before lock to determine who’s healthy and who’s not. Football is one sport where players below 100 percent can be active and used as decoys.

DON’T: Forget about Eagles TE Richard Rodgers. He’s cheap and will be the starter with both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert out.

Now that we’ve established some narratives and MVP candidates, the best way to round out this piece is with a list of my favorite options in descending order, based on overall value (a combo of salary and projected points):

  1. Carson Wentz
  2. Daniel Jones
  3. Darius Slayton
  4. Boston Scott
  5. DeSean Jackson
  6. Evan Engram
  7. Devonta Freeman
  8. Travis Fulgham
  9. Golden Tate
  10.  Giants DST
  11.  Eagles DST
  12.  Richard Rodgers
  13.  Corey Clement
  14.  Graham Gano
  15.  Greg Ward
  16.  Jake Elliott
  17.  Dion Lewis
  18.  Sterling Shepard (GTD)
  19.  JJ Arcega-Whiteside
  20.  Jason Croom
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In this article we will be taking an in depth look at the Philadelphia Eagles 2020 preview.

Are the Philly Eagles Undervalued?

The NFC East Division Champion Eagles will look to build upon the successes of the 2019 season and take another step or more toward another Super Bowl appearance. The time is now for the Eagles, and despite a couple of head-scratching draft picks, are in position for a big season. The current ‘Wins Total Line’ is set at 9.5 wins at +110 on the DraftKings Sportbook, which is one better than they had in 2019. My studies show that they will win at least 11 games and maybe the most underrated team entering the 2020 season.

No doubt, the passionate Eagle fans were angry with the first-roundselection of WR Jalen Reagor from TCU. I did a head scratch of my own and waspuzzled why they did not grab LSU standout Justin Jefferson with that pick.Afterall, Reagor had a sub-par combine performance recording a 4.47 40-yarddash and 7.31 cone drill but did bench 225 pounds 17 times. Jefferson ran atouch fast and is 2 inches taller than the 5-11 Reagor.

Who in the World is Jalen Reagor

Every once in a while, the lightbulb goes off in my head,and I suddenly realized that speed is what the Eagles have sorely missed inrecent seasons. The speed at the WR position stretches a defense vertically andgives the ground attack a much better chance to succeed on early downs. VeteranWR DeSean Jackson was that speed guy, and the offense was far superior to himon the field that when he was injured and not.

It was reported that the Eagles were aggressive to acquireWR Stefon Diggs, but lost the bid to the Buffalo Bills. So, they were making afocused effort to give QB Carson Wentz elite athletes to throw the ball to inspace and have much higher big-play potential on any down. They ended up withReagor, and I now believe this will turn out to be an excellent first-roundpick that will be contributing immediately to the Eagles season.

After the combine, Reagor was hand-timed at 4.19 in the 40.I do not care if it was hand-timed or not. That is fast period, and they use atleast three watches to get an average time. Even 4.25 is light-years from the4.47 he ran at the combine. Simply put, the Eagles may have gotten the fastestWR in the draft and combined with the three other rookie WR weapons and thetrade for former 49er Marquis Goodwin have transformed themselves into thefastest and scariest offense in the NFC East. Goodwin has missed 12 games overthe last two seasons but ran a blistering 4.27 in the 2013 combine.

There is more. In the 5th Round, the Eagles selected BoiseState’s John Hightower with the 168th pick overall. He ran a 4.43 40time and is 6-1 and more physical with 50-50 balls than his 190-pound framewould indicate.

In the 6th Round, they got on of the best‘steals’ in the draft in Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins with the 200thoverall pick in the draft. He recorded the third-fastest 40-time among WR atthe combine with a blazing 4.35 and is 6-0 and 185-pounds. His potential isendless and has the deceptive abilities to get a defender to bite on a routeand then be suddenly behind the defense for big-play potential.

The Eagles Pass Blocking Must Improve

QB Carson Wentz was under constant pressure ranking 20thwith only 2.3 seconds of pocket time, blitz 284 times ranking 11thmost, hurried 67 times ranking second-most, and hit 53 times ranking ninth-mostin the NFL last season. The offense used play-action pass 171 times rankingsecond only to the Jared Goff of the Rams, who threw 194 passes out ofplay-action.

The Eagles offense had minimal opportunity to exploit adefense with vertical routes. Wentz ranked 27th throwing 131 passesbetween 11 and 20 yards and completed 68 for 57% completions and 1,242 yards. Bycomparison, there were seven NFL starting QB’s that posted a 70% or bettercompletion percentage in this category. Furthermore, he ranked 29thin passes thrown 21 or more yards completing just 41% or 17 completions of the59 passes thrown.

Having the ‘new’ speed on the perimeter has to improve thesenumbers from last season. Wentz is deceptively elusive, and these WR will havethat extra split second to get behind a defender or gain an extra yard ofseparation, creating big-play opportunities.

How Many Games Will the Eagles Win?

I see the Eagles winning at least 11 games in the NFC Least(Sorry, had to write it) and potentially as many as 13. This is Wentz’sdefining season as he will have more athletes to throw the ball to than in anyof his years as a professional.

The Eagles will play six divisional games and favored in allof them, except being a slight underdog when they visit Dallas for the secondtime on December 27. They start the season on the road with the WashingtonRedskins, who will be better than in recent seasons, but still a team theEagles will dominate. The NY Giants are a mess, and the Eagles will be favoredby at least six points when they host them in Week 7, October 22. In week 10,the Eagles will travel to the Meadowlands, where I expect them to be installedas a minimum 4.5-point favorite. So, the Eagles record against divisionalopponents will be 5-1 SU.

As bold as it sounds, they could go a perfect 6-0against-the-spread if my vision of their offense comes together. The Giantsdefense ranked 28th allowing an average of 7.1 net yards per passattempt. The Redskins ranked 20th allowing 6.5 net yards-per-attemptand Dallas a more impressive 10th rank allowing 5.9net-yards-per-pass-attempt. So, with the elite speed at the skill positions andhave the sure-handed TE Zach Ertz, it is easier to see the potential for theEagles to sweep the division ATS.

How will the Eagles Do in the Non-Divisional Games?

It is a must for the Eagles to get out of the gate quicklyto start the season as the toughest portion comes in the second half startingin week 12 when they host the Seattle Seahawks, and in a game, they will beinstalled as no more than a 3-point favorite. They then turn right around totravel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers and will be three or morepoint underdogs. The third straight game of this gauntlet will be at home takingon the always-excellent New Orleans Saints in a game I see as a pick. So, overtheir last seven non-divisional games, they will be in matchups with bettinglines between -3 and +3.

Eagles start 3-0 with wins over the Redskins, Rams, andBengals. In Week-4, they lose at the 49ers. In Week-5, the first of severalseason-defining games when they travel to state-rival Pittsburgh and theSteelers. Eagles defeat the Steelers and begin to show the offensive power andspeed to the NFL world. Wait a minute, in Week-6 they host the power-houseBaltimore Ravens and a massive ground attack that will put pressure on theEagles defense. Ok, so the Eagles must earn at least a split of the Steelersand Ravens games. Eagles are 4-2 heading into the easiest part of the seasonfacing the Giants, Cowboys, Giants, and Browns in Weeks 7 through 11, includinga BYE in Week 9. Entering the gauntlet in Week 12, I see the Eagles now 8-2 andon a strong four-game win streak.

So, at this point, they need to go 3-3 over the remainingsix games to win the ‘OVER’ 10-wins bet. So, the three wins would undoubtedlyinclude the Redskins in the season finale and then two wins among the Seahawks,Packers, Saints, Cardinals, and Cowboys in Weeks 12 through 16, respectively.In all of these games, the line will be between -3.5 and +3.5. The Eagles are1-7-1 ATS against non-divisional foes over the last two seasons. As bad as thismark is, it is a contrary indicator as winning records teams coming offback-to-back poor records do very well ATS.

The Eagles are a solid 13-6 ATS with a 62% or better winrecord and facing non-divisional opponents over the last three seasons. Plus,an eye-opening 10-2 ATS mark when at home with a 62% or better win percentageand facing a non-divisional opponent; 9-5 ATS after Week 8. Looking at SUrecord, note that head coach Doug Pederson is a robust 7-2 as a home favoriteagainst a conference foe in the second half of the regular season. Thatsupports wins over the three-headed conference monster foes. So, yes, I do seethem winning three or more of their last six games and reaching 11 wins for theseason.

Speed is the theme, and the immense need to translate to the field of play for the Eagles to win 11 or more games, and I believe they can. Make sure to place your bet on DraftKings Sportsbook!

I hope you enjoyed this article and be sure to check out all of the other fantastic Win Daily Sports articles too. I can be found on Twitter @JohnRyanSports1 and I welcome any and all comments. Please join me on the Free Discord Chat. See you soon.

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We’ve arrived to the final “normal” week of the regular season. It will be normal in terms of starters who are expected to play and contribute. Week 17 will bring a whole new host of opportunities to cash due to second-teamers running the show, but this week I’ll discuss the injuries that will affect us this Saturday through Monday. Note that all of the following prices are from DraftKings. Let’s get into the DFS: Final Injury Report

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Dalvin Cook ($8,100)

In Week 16 it seems that Cook dislocated his shoulder. My tweet below will give a better description of what happened. The bottom line is that when this happens damage occurs to the labrum, which helps to hold the shoulder joint in place. Cook has damaged his labrum twice before so this is not a new injury, which counter-intuitively is an advantage. When a person has this kind of recurring instability issue, most of the damage is done after the first dislocation.

https://twitter.com/FFStudentDoc/status/1206356906325037056?s=20

In fact, a study in 2018 found that 92% of NFL players who had a shoulder instability injury (subluxation or dislocation) were able to return that same season. Players who had a subluxation (i.e. shoulder dislocated partially but went back on its own) returned to play at a median at zero weeks. This means they didn’t miss any time. The players who had a complete dislocation (required some pushing and pulling to put back) were able to play at a median of three weeks. This means half of them came back before three weeks and half of them came back after three weeks. The downside? Almost half of these players (47%) re-injured the shoulder once they returned.

The question is this: will the Vikings put Cook out there knowing he’s at a major risk for a recurrence that will almost certainly land him on the IR? They can either risk-it-for-the-biscuit for a shot at clinching a playoff spot or allow Cook to heal up for a few weeks before the playoffs begin. A classic case of what “should” a team do versus what *will* a team do? Check back with me for updates on Cook’s practice report but even if he’s active I cannot imagine using Cook in cash games or tournaments due to his volatility.

Alexander Mattison ($5,400)

Next on DFS: Final Injury Report Mattison’s last carry in Week 14 happened with 2:08 left in the 4th quarter. He took a handoff to the right and was tackled with both his ankles in an awkward position. Although this is admittedly speculation, my hypotheses are this:

  1. Eversion ankle sprain to his right ankle and lateral “low” ankle sprain to the left.
  2. High ankle sprain to the right and lateral “low” ankle sprain to the left.
  3. Isolated lateral ankle sprain to the left.
https://twitter.com/FFStudentDoc/status/1207109532280852480?s=20

If all Mattison did was pick up a low ankle sprain to his left ankle, he could return to play this week with minimal concerns (relative to the other two types of injuries) so long as he gets in at least one full practice by Saturday. Even if Mattison is active without Cook, I’m not confident he’ll dominate the snaps and be healthy enough to produce with Mike Boone ($,900) chomping at the bit. The Vikings have shown they have no issues spreading the snaps around.

So what does this all mean? I’m only confident in using one Vikings running back under one specific set of circumstances: Mike Boone is both Mattison and Cook are active. Otherwise, the entire backfield is a fade in cash and tournaments

Update: There’s nothing new to report on the Vikings backfield other than confirmation of what was projected earlier this week: Alexander Mattison has a high ankle sprain, Dalvin Cook needs time off, and Mike Boone is a smash play and money saver this week. Obviously he’ll be big time chalk, so try sneaking in Ameer Abdullah into a few tournament lineups.

Dak Prescott ($6,400)

Prescott is dealing with finger sprains, a wrist sprain, and now apparently a shoulder issue. The Cowboys reported his MRI is “clean” but as we know from a year of injury reports from me, the MRI correlates very poorly with how an athlete feels. He could be in significant pain. Given the set of circumstances working against Dak with all of his injuries to the throwing shoulder, he’s a cash game fade for me. There’s no reason to take on the risk of re-injury to the shoulder this week. To make matters worse, Dak actually sat out of practice today while Cooper Rush took first-team reps. So, even if Dak is active, pivot to Carson Wentz ($5,800) in tournaments who has had no choice but to shoulder the offensive load for the Eagles in a crucial game to determine the NFC Least East.

Update: Dak was not listed on the final injury report but make no mistake about it, he’s injured. The A.C. joint injury he sustained takes at least a week to partially heal. There’s no plausible way he is 100% considering he missed an entire week of practice for the first time in his career. He is not a cash game play this week.

D.J. Chark ($6,300)

After rolling away(literally) from Week 14 in a walking boot and a scooter, it seems Chark has risen from the dead and is not running routes and cutting hard without restrictions. This is a head-scratcher to me as usual, a rolling scooter is a sign of the IR for players. Whatever the case may be monitoring his practice reports and only use him in cash if he can get in a full practice before Sunday.

Josh Jacobs ($6,700)

Last week I didn’t expect Jacobs to be active but he indeed was and took on a full workload. The result was that against a bottom two rushing defense and bottom five passing defense Jacobs totaled just 89 rushing yards on 24 attempts and two receptions for 20 yards. Now that he’s been officially ruled out for Week 16, it’s evident that I was a week early on Jacobs (read my breakdown on him from Week 15).

DeAndre Washington ($4,000) will be the chalk so, consider a pivot to Keenan Allen ($6,300) against these pathetic Raiders linebackers who won’t be able to slow him down out of the slot.

Update: Jacobs was officially ruled out early in the week, and Jalen Richard is a tournament play in a game the Raiders are seven point dogs in.

JuJu Smith Schuster

JuJu was finally a full participant in practice with no setbacks this week, which is only slightly encouraging given the long road he’s had since a presumed MCL/meniscus issue dating back to Week 11. You can fire him up in tournaments as a contrarian play.

Joe Mixon

Mixon had a setback early in the week with a calf issue as he went from full practice on Wednesday, to partial on Thursday and back to full on Friday. This calf issue is only mildly concerning and theoretically shouldn’t affect Mixon’s production. Just keep in mind the achilles is always at risk here but it appears he’s doing just fine.

Thanks for reading DFS: Final Injury Report. Check back later in the week with me for definitive injury fades/plays.

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