2020 Season

January 13, 2021

TOMMY LASORDA: A LIFE IN BLUE

When I got the news on the morning of Jan. 8 that the legendary Tommy Lasorda passed away at age 93, it was a major sock in the gut. More like a baseball bat to the forehead. This was another connection to my youth that was leaving our world, and even though I’d been bracing for it during his recent hospital stay, I still wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this man. You see, I grew up a Dodger fan, and I fell in love with the team and the game in 1977. That happened to be Lasorda’s first year managing the Dodgers. From the start, this was something special.

I had to sneak into a photo with three Dodger managers: Tommy Lasorda, Don Mattingly and Joe Torre. This was the day that Mattingly was named manager in 2010. Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2010

I grew up watching him, listening to his colorful interviews, seeing him in commercials and on guest appearances as the genie in the Baseball Bunch. I heard the bombastic spots on the Dodger pregame show. I bought in completely when Tommy talked about bleeding blue and loving the Dodgers above all else. The motivational lines and stories sometimes repeated, but I didn’t care. I saw the screaming, hugging and urging on his players. This all seemed normal to me. Didn’t Sparky Anderson, Chuck Tanner and Billy Martin do all these things, too? Over time I found out how different Tommy was. In fact, it was Joe Torre himself who once said it was Tommy who made it OK for a manager to hug his players and saying he loved them like sons. 

He was the epitome of one of his favorite lines: If you believe it, you can achieve it. This son of Italian immigrants, a high school dropout, a short left-hander with a big curveball, average fastball and the toughness of a man twice his size… this man would waltz into Cooperstown, become baseball’s unofficial worldwide ambassador and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers anywhere. Yes, the American Dream personified.

He was called many things: Tommy Lasagna. Hot dog. Cheerleader. There were many names he was called by San Francisco fans that are not PG-13.

When I went to work for the Dodger organization in 2006, one of my biggest thrills was to meet Tommy. The first time I sat by him at a press conference, I was 9 years old again. I had to introduce myself and tell him that I missed him managing the Dodgers. He chuckled and thanked me. He said that what drove him from managing wasn’t the pressure of the games, but the traffic getting to and from the games. 

I quickly learned that there was something different about being on the inside of the organization when it came to how you related with Tommy. I remembered when I was younger how he said after one of their NL West titles that they won for the fans and all the hard-working people in the Dodger organization. I saw quickly how he believed it. He’d take groups of young front office members out to lunch, hardly any of them having seen or remembered him managing even a single game for the Dodgers. 

Tommy was going to show them what it was like to be a member of the Dodger Family. He loved to tell stories. He’d urge them on from the side of their desks, sometimes even grabbing the phone to help them close season ticket sales. Beyond wanting everyone to feel accepted, Tommy wanted them to feel his passion for the Dodgers and to have it rub off on them. That’s what being a part of the Dodger family meant to him.

I was even luckier. To my own family he was simply, “Uncle Tommy.”

From the time my daughter Solana met him on Opening Day 2006, a month shy of her 2nd birthday, he told her to call him Uncle Tommy. My twin daughters – Rheanne and Larissa – were born in 2007, so they grew up calling him Uncle Tommy and seeing him as this grandfatherly figure who was very different from the larger-than-life and sometimes profane personality that baseball fans had come to know.

The funny thing about my daughters’ relationship with Tommy was, because it was so normal to see Tommy whenever they came to games, my kids didn’t realize just what an icon this man was not only in LA, but also the world of baseball. One memory comes to mind featuring my oldest daughter, Solana. 

I think she was in second grade, and Solana’s class assignment was to interview someone. She came to me and told me about the assignment. Thinking she was about to ask to interview me, I got a little hurt when she said she wanted to interview someone famous. She asked if I could arrange for her to interview one of the Dodgers. They were on a road trip, so I told her that would not be possible. I threw out Uncle Tommy’s name.

“Uncle Tommy’s famous?!” My incredulous daughter asked me. I went on to remind her about how a few months before we’d gone to the Dodger game and the entire stadium sang Tommy Happy Birthday. “Do you think they do that for everyone? Yes, Uncle Tommy’s very famous,” I said. I told her about his 20-year managing career. And I told her that Tommy gets standing ovations all over the world. 

Fast forward to the interview, and Tommy could not have been more kind and patient. The first question she asked was what was his favorite part of his job. “Winning!” Tommy exclaimed, without elaboration. He didn’t need to do much more. At this point he was about 15 years past managing his last game, but the fire to win was still burning inside of him. 

From 1976-96, Tommy did a lot of winning. Four pennants, two World Series titles and 1,599 regular-season games. The man loved to win as much as he did breathing air. His is one of the greatest lives I’ve ever seen, and I feel not only privileged that he knew my name, but that he became a great uncle to my daughters. 

I could tell stories for days about Tommy. There was my first night at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, when he and GM Ned Colletti traded Frank Sinatra stories for hours. I didn’t want to pinch myself for fear I might wake up from a dream.

There was the time I was standing in the middle of the Dodger clubhouse, talking with Tommy, Rick Honeycutt and Dodger Photographer Jon SooHoo. This man I didn’t recognize, but wearing a media credential, approached our group. He was dressed completely in denim and had thick facial hair before it was fashionable. He spoke with an unrecognized accent and directed his question to Tommy.

“Do you work here?”

I kid you not. This was like asking the Pope for directions to the bathroom in the Vatican. Tommy was annoyed and told him that he did work there. The man asked if he could borrow a chair. Tommy gave him a resounding, “No!” The man walked away perplexed. I later found the unknown man with the credential. He was from People En Español, and he was there to set up an interview with Nomar Garciaparra. I quietly helped him with a chair. I guess I found the only person who ever walked into a Major League clubhouse who didn’t know who Tommy Lasorda was.

I was lucky to be on the inside, because whenever I needed him for a quote or a full-on interview for one of the Dodger publications I was producing, he was ready and available. Still, I’ve said many times that interviewing Tommy could be like putting a saddle on a tiger and hopping aboard for a ride. You never knew which direction it was going. One time I was asking him about the 1981 Dodgers’ improbable World Series run. He was great, until he got off on a tangent about Reggie Jackson sticking his hip out and knocking Bill Russell’s throw into right field on what should have been an inning-ending double play in Game 4 of the 1978 World Series. Yes, there was plenty of anger and colorful language, and Tommy made it very clear that it was a dirty play that likely cost the Dodgers not only that game, but the World Series. Even close to 30 years later, he had not forgotten nor forgiven. Damn, that really was a fun interview. 

The last time I saw him was about a year and a half ago. I was at Dodger Stadium to do some interviews for a book idea that I’m developing. I asked for a few minutes of his time and he was happy to chat. His assistant had his back turned, and when he saw Tommy talking he moved to shoo me away. Tommy put his arm out and stopped him. “He’s OK,” he said. “We go way back.” I thanked him profusely for showing me again that his mantra “once a Dodger, always a Dodger” was alive and well. When we were done he asked me how my daughters were doing. 

It’s been a few days since he passed, and this is the Tommy whom I miss the most. I’m still sad that he’s gone, but man, am I ever happy that he lived. Like with the passing of my father, my sister, my grandparents, the pain of loss becomes less and less over time. It’s not that you don’t still feel deeply for those people, but regular life and acceptance take over as time moves forward. I know this will happen with Tommy. But like him and Game 4 in 1978, I’m never going to forget. Yet my memories are plentiful and happy.

Tommy, thank you for what you did for my home city and its beloved Dodgers. Thank you for sharing your love of the game. Thank you for being the raconteur for baseball. Thank you for being Uncle Tommy to my girls, and for sharing a few Eskimo kisses with them. Thank you for the friendship and the gift of your time. 

I’m glad you got to see the Dodgers win it all one more time. It wasn’t the same without you yelling, “How sweet it is! The fruits of victory!” and doing a funky dance on the steps of City Hall. But a title is a title, and we’ll all take it. I know you enjoyed the fruits of victory out in Texas.

Say hello to the Big Dodger in the Sky up in Blue Heaven. Dodger Nation is going to mourn your loss for quite a while, probably the entire season. But the world is a better place for your having lived in it. You believed it. You achieved it.

January 7, 2021

ADENTRO Y AFUERA WEEK 17: THE WEIRD WEEK KICKS OFF 2021

I love the NFL playoffs. Much as I relish the regular season with 7 games on in the early window, I so enjoy it when there’s only a single game happening at once. It gets that Sunday or Monday Night Football feel where everything is just stopping for this one game.

Diontae Johnson has been a target monster for the Steelers, as he led the NFL with 96 targets from Weeks 9-16.

It’s easier to focus and study the game and the players. This is for both the next game, and the next season. Let’s remember how D.K. Metcalf’s explosion in last year’s playoffs was a precursor to his evolution into a WR1 this season. I also like that teams seem to funnel the ball even more than usual to their stars. That’s why you’ll see Derrick Henry running the ball 30+ times and Travis Kelce getting 15 targets this time of year. You live and die with your studs.

There will be plenty of studs on display this Super Wild Card Weekend. And a few that you may want to fade, or in this case, put them AFUERA. Let’s get into the DFS picks for the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs. All dollar amounts are Draft Kings based on Saturday or Sunday slates, not the entire weekend. More action that way. Vamonos!

QUARTERBACKS

ADENTRO
DFS START OF THE WEEK
Josh Allen vs IND SAT
$7500
From Weeks 13-17, Allen threw for 1516 yards and 15 TDs against 2 INTs. He’s the QB1 over that time, so no one is hotter going into the playoffs than the Buffalo signal caller. The Colts have been vulnerable to the pass late in the season, as they gave up 326.6 yards per game since Week 13. They were blitzed by Ben Roethlisberger in the second half of their Week 16 tilt on the way to 341 yards and 3 TDs. Keep in mind that the Colts are going to play in frigid Buffalo, another dome team headed for slaughter in freezing temperatures. There is no better QB on the Saturday slate, and it’s not even close.

Lamar Jackson @ TEN SUN
$7800
Guess who’s the QB2 since Week 13? Yup, the 2019 MVP has got his groove back. Jackson has thrown for 11 TDs and run in 4 more the last 5 weeks of the season. He’s back to being Action Jackson, becoming the first QB in NFL history with multiple 1000-yard seasons. The Titans, even at home, are not a good defense. In spite of the great running games that these two teams have, this over/under is at 54.5. Look for Jackson to not only run wild against a defense that is #25 in Fantasy PPG allowed to the QB, but he’ll likely have to throw plenty because there will be mucho points scored. 

Drew Brees vs CHI SUN
$5700
Since coming off the IR with what seems like more cracked ribs than a typical human has, Brees has thrown for 300 yards twice and 3 TDs a pair of times. The one game where he didn’t throw a TD, Alvin Kamara ran all over the Vikings to tie an NFL record with 6 rushing TDs. That stellar Chicago defense from years past has taken a step back since Week 13, allowing 12 TD passes over that span. Brees should have a full complement of weapons for the postseason. 

Ben Roethlisberger vs CLE SUN
$6100
Did Big Ben find something in the second half against the Colts in Week 16? Those 3 TD passes with the division title hanging in the balance definitely looked like vintage Ben. The Browns have had their issues in the secondary of late, both injuries and performance, so it’s very likely that Ben takes his shots against their biggest weakness.

AFUERA
Baker Mayfield @ PIT SUN
$5400
Even at this low price, this game is going to test a lot for Mayfield. He’s without HC Kevin Stefanski calling the plays. LG Joel Bitonio is out on the COVID IR. Add to it that the Steelers are allowing an average of 217.8 passing yards a game to QBs since Week 13. Not a good week to be Mayfield. 

RUNNIG BACK

ADENTRO
Derrick Henry vs BAL SUN
$9200
King Henry surpassed 200 yards twice in the last 4 weeks of the season, crossing the goal line 5 times. He’s in his December-January mode that mimics Godzilla destroying buildings in Tokyo. The Ravens have not been very good against the run lately – 20th in Fantasy PPG allowed to the RB position since Week 13. Playing a home game, Henry will announce his presence with authority quite often on Sunday.

J.K. Dobbins @ TEN SUN
$6600
Since Week 11, Dobbins has scored in all 6 games in which he’s played (he missed one game on the COVID list). He got double-digit carries in each of those games, so he’s as close to a lead caballo as the Ravens will have. The Titans are equal opportunity against the run as they are against the pass, as they’re 18th in Fantasy PPG allowed with 22.9 points a game since Week 13. 

Cam Akers @ SEA SAT
$5100
The Saturday slate looks rough for the RB position. As far as Akers is concerned, the good is that he got 21 carries last week against the Cardinals when it was debated whether he’d even play with a high-ankle sprain. Only 3 other carries were given to Ram RBs last week. His 34 yards rushing from that effort are tough to swallow, but this matchup should be easier against the Seattle defense that is just #15 in giving up 22 Fantasy PPG to RBs since Week 13. LT Andrew Whitworth should be back, which is good for Akers.

AFUERA
Jonathan Taylor @ BUF SAT
$7900
It does appear to be sacrilege to put Taylor anywhere but in your lineup. I had him in my lineup at first, then talked to Primo GreggyGreg, our DFS expert. He pointed out the game script could make Taylor a well-paid bystander if the Bills, 7-point favorites, run out to a big lead at home. That would lead to plenty of expletives and junk food consumption during the first game of the weekend. 

Zack Moss & Devin Singletary vs IND
As with how it’s been going for these teams all season, no one is taking firm hold of the Buffalo backfield. Then pile on that the one place where the Colts have remained good on defense is against the run – #1 in allowing just 39.6 rushing yards per game since Week 13. Stay away from both Buffalo RBs.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

ADENTRO
STACK PLAY OF THE WEEKEND
Stefon Diggs vs IND SAT
$7700
Since Week 9, Diggs has at least 7 catches in every game, and has received a minimum of 10 targets coming his way four times. There’s no question that this first-time All-Pro selection is one of the elite wideouts in the game, and the Colts are #28 against WRs in Fantasy PPG. As hot as Allen-to-Diggs has been, we’re almost expecting a massive game from Diggs.

Antonio Brown @ WAS SAT
$6100
Those 15 targets that resulted in 11 catches for 138 yards and 2 scores look like vintage AB. With Mike Evans possibly out or at best limited because of a knee injury, Brown and Chris Godwin are going to benefit. The Washington defense is just 19th against WRs in Fantasy PPG, and appear to be vulnerable when Tom Brady has time to throw,.

Marquise Brown @ TEN SUN
$5400
His somnambulate first half of the season left many people to place Brown on the bench or even cutting him. Those people missed out on 6 TDs from Week 12 on. His 41 targets during that time showed he was being looked for plenty. The Titans allowed 1087 passing yards and 11 TDs since Week 13, figures that were #31 and dead last, respectively, over that period. The high over/under says there will be some points scored through the air as well as the ground.

Diontae Johnson vs CLE SUN
$6200
It’s hard to ignore the 96 targets that Johnson received from Weeks 9-16. That was tops in the league, 10 more than Davante Adams in second place. Even amid all the drops that were very well-documented in the media, Big Ben kept looking for Johnson, who happened to be the WR5 over that span. The Browns’ weakness has been the secondary (#22 in Fantasy PPG allowed to the WR position since Week 13). This could be a big game for Chase Claypool as well.

AFUERA
D.K. Metcalf vs LAR
$6700
This one pains me to type up, because Metcalf is one of my favorite players in the NFL. He’s as close to Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones as I’ve seen. There’s just something about the Ram defense QQthat has not allowed him to get much going in either game. Week 10, when the Seahawk offense looked as unstoppable as the sunrise, Jalen Ramsey put a blanket on Metcalf to the tune of 2 receptions for 28 yards. The Rams have been doing that to everyone, as they’re the top defensive unit against QBs and WRs all season. 

Jarvis Landry @ PIT SUN
$5800
The Browns and their fans were en fuego after qualifying for the playoffs. Baker Mayfield was 7. They’ll see that things are far different than they were last week when they beat the Pittsburgh JV squad. The Steelers are #7 against WRs in Fantasy PPG, and held Landry to 8 catches for 91 yards over both games this season.

January 1, 2021

ADENTRO Y AFUERA WEEK 17: THE WEIRD WEEK KICKS OFF 2021

This week the strategy completely changes. The challenge is more complex than every other week this season, because you’re not just looking at past performance within a great matchup. You’re also looking at who is going to actually “play” this week based on teams’ chances to either make the playoffs or improve playoff seeding. 

Jonathan Taylor won’t stop after gaining the 84 yards he needs to hit 1000 during his rookie season.

The Chiefs are a prime example of why Week 17 is different – and why leagues should NEVER play their championship in the last week of the season. The Chiefs have clinched the top seed in the AFC and have nothing to play for. Their studs – Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce – are all expected to sit down for the finale. Do you want to play Chad Henne in Week 17 with a title on the line?

Since most fantasy leagues are not playing for titles this week, we’re switching things up a little bit for Adentro y Afuera for this week and the postseason. We’re going to focus on DFS from here on out, as we did with episode 116 of our podcast.

This is the time of year that DFS was made for. Our fantasy football playoffs are over, and we just can’t wait for September. Doing mock drafts in January just doesn’t compete with getting some real fantasy action. So let’s tackle Week 17 for the crazy week that it is. What we need to do is look at teams that are not playing for anything as far as playoff seeding and take them out of the equation. Aside from the Chiefs, the Steelers and Bills are pretty set on their playoff seeding. On the NFC side, the Packers need to win to assure that all teams have to travel to Arctic Green Bay in January, an amazing advantage. (Editor’s note: We had it wrong in the podcast that Green Bay had already clinched the top seed. Correcting here.) Tampa Bay looks good as the #5 seed playing the division champ from the dumpster fire that is the NFC East. That would appear to be plenty of incentive for the Bucs to play to win this week.

So most of the Afuera calls will be centered around players who are on teams with nothing to play for. Also, you might want to play just the morning slate of games – there are 7 in the early window and 8 in the afternoon window – so you would be assured of players playing to win early, and not having players sit down in the late afternoon matchups because playoff seeding was already determined (this could affect the Titans-Texans in particular). Alright, let’s get to Week 17 (pricing is according to Draft Kings). Vamonos!

QUARTERBACKS

ADENTRO
DFS START OF THE WEEK
Kirk Cousins @ DET
$6300
Cousins has without fanfare had a really good season with 3860 yards and 32 TDs. A lot of that has come with the Viking QB taking advantage of bad defenses. From Week 9-13, he hit 300 yards 3 times and threw for 3 TDs on 4 occasions. One of those games was a 3-TD effort against the Lions in a 34-20 victory. This is as great a matchup as he’s going to see, as the Lions have given up 1321 passing yards (30th) and allowed 13 TDs through the air (last). With Dalvin Cook out, Cousins is going to throw all day. 

Deshaun Watson vs TEN
$7700
This game is going to be a track meet, as you’ll see by the next player. The Titans don’t put pressure on the QB (last in the league with 15 sacks), which will leave Watson plenty of time to do his improvisational magic as he lets his receivers get open deep. Watson did plenty of that in Week 6 when he passed for 335 yards and 4 TDs. The Titans are just #25 in Fantasy PPG allowed to the QB since Week 13, this game has a 56.5 over/under and the Texans are going to give up yards and points in chunks. This game will have plenty of action in DFS.

Ryan Tannehill @ HOU
$7000
Week 6 proved that Tannehill can have a great game at the same time that Derrick Henry is going off. While the bruising back went for 212 rushing yards and 2 TDs, Tannehill passed for 364 yards and 4 TDs. The opponent? The Texans. We’ve already talked about the shootout potential above, so just adding here that Houston is 23rd in Fantasy PPG allowed to the QB, and the secondary has recorded just 3 INTs. The matchup is delightful for Tannehill.

GAMBLE OF THE WEEK
Drew Lock vs LV
$5000
Those 4 picks that Lock threw against the Raiders in Week 10 haunt me as I type his name down here. This is a game that has plenty of back-and-forth potential, with a 50.5 over/under. Lock threw 4 TDs as recently as three weeks ago. The Broncos need as much data as they can get as to whether he is their starter for 2021, so they will throw it plenty against a Raider defense that is #24 against the QB position since Week 13. Lock is cheaper than Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and C.J. Beathard, so he’s a way to get Henry into your lineup.

AFUERA
Russell Wilson @ SF
$7300
Wilson hasn’t surpassed 300 yards in a game since Week 9, though he did throw for 4 TDs against the Jets in three quarters in Week 14. You can tell that the Seahawks are trying to balance out their offense with more rushing. The 49ers are #2 in Fantasy PPG allowed to the QB since Week 13, with the Seahawks being tops. So this could be a low-scoring game. Add to it that the 49ers have been good rushing the passer. Those teams have given Wilson fits the back half of the season.

RUNNIG BACK

AFUERA
Jonathan Taylor vs JAX
$7400
Taylor is a great option if you want to save $2000 and be different from all those who are going to start Henry. Since Week 13, Taylor is the RB3 with 398 yards and 6 total TDs. The Jaguars have allowed 582 yards rushing over the last 4 weeks, which is worst in the NFL. With the Colts needing to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, Taylor is in a great spot to get the ball all game long. 

D’Andre Swift vs MIN
$6200
Did you see what Alvin Kamara did to the Viking D on Christmas? Tying a 91-year-old record with 6 TDs is out of the question, but Swift is still in a great spot. The Vikings will likely do whatever they want when they have the ball, which will likely put the ball in Swift’s hands plenty when the Lions have it. The Detroit RB had 97 yards on 16 touches in Week 9 against the Vikings. With the Lions having little to play for and being in evaluation mode for their players, wanting to see Swift run and catch the ball should be a priority.

Josh Jacobs @ DEN
$6200
If you’re putting together a cheap stack around Lock, Jacobs is a good play on the other side. When the Raiders pounded the Broncos, 37-12, earlier this season, Jacobs went for 112 yards and 2 TDs. That keeps up the narrative that he’s great when the Raiders are winning. He needs just 24 yards to hit 1000 on the season, so expect him to keep going after hitting that milestone. I’m asking for way more to have him come close to living up to the RB5 prediction I made for him during the preseason. Also, the Broncos have allowed 5.1 YPC since Week 13.

AFUERA
Chris Carson @ SF
$6100
Since returning in Week 12 after a 4-game absence due to injury, Carson has yet to surpass 76 yards in any game. He’s been nursing a foot injury recently and had his practice reps kept under control. Plus, the 49ers are #8 against the RB position in Fantasy PPG since Week 13. At that price, I’m passing. 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

ADENTRO
START OF THE WEEK
Justin Jefferson @ DET
$7600
Jefferson needs just 47 yards to catch Randy Moss for most receiving yards by a rookie in Minnesota history. That could be done by the first quarter against a Detroit defense that is dead last against the WR position since Week 13. Jefferson should be able to go loco all over the field in Detroit to finish off a glorious debut season.

Brandin Cooks vs TEN
$6900 
When Watson went off last time these teams met, Cooks caught all 9 balls for 68 yards and a score. The past 3 games Cooks has been targeted 25 times, and when you add to it that the Titans are 30th against WRs in Fantasy PPG, this is a great spot for Watson to look for Cooks all game long. 

T.Y. Hilton vs JAX
$5800
It’s been quite the late-season revival for the 31-year-old Hilton, who has been targeted 36 times the past 5 games and caught 4 TDs during that span. The Jaguars have given up 4067 passing yards on the season – #27 in that category – and 33 TDs via the air. Only the Lions have given up more scores this season.

Mike Williams @ KC
$5000
Keenan Allen has already been ruled out for this game and Hunter Henry has not been activated off the COVID IR, so Williams should get a healthy dose of targets against a K.C. defense that should be mostly understudies. Last week, Williams got 10 targets, which should be the floor in the finale. 

AFUERA
DeAndre Hopkins @ LAR
$7900
This is purely based on the price and the matchup. If you want to spend up this week on WR, go with Mike Evans at $7500 and save a little dough. Hopkins has been dealing with a hip issue, and QB Kyler Murray was limited with a lower-leg injury. Add to it the top-flight Ram defense that “held” Hopkins to 8 receptions on 13 targets for 52 yards and a score. 

All Pittsburgh WRs @ CLE
Mason Rudolph is going to be pitching for the Steelers this week. That’s enough reason to sit Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool. The fact that their playing time is likely to be limited is another reason to go shopping elsewhere. 

December 24, 2020

ADENTRO Y AFUERA WEEK 16: LOYALTY? KARMA? GET A TITLE!

If you’re reading this, you’re likely in the championship of your fantasy football league. I’m in two title matches. There are few things that match winning the championship. It’s the culmination of months and hundreds of hours studying and obsessing over players and lineups. We do it for the love of the game. Yes, money leagues bring with them a cash prize, but if you were all doing this for the cash I’d tell you to do something more cost-effective with your time, because few leagues have a payout to match up with the amount of time we all spend on this “casual” pastime.

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December 22, 2020

LOS WAIVERS WEEK 16: CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Here we are. Week 16. Championship Week. La Semana del Campeonato. Five months ago when professional sports were starting back up and NFL training camps were opening under incredible safety protocols and scrutiny, this week seemed like a galaxy far, far away. Yet we all were so hungry for anything to take our minds off “regular” life. 

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December 17, 2020

ADENTRO Y AFUERA WEEK 15: IN THE PLAYOFFS YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH

You know how you remember so much about the great calls you make in setting fantasy football lineups? Well, if you’ve been playing fantasy football long enough, you’ll see your share of calls that go wrong. And they stick with you just the same.

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December 16, 2020

RANKINGS, WEEK 15

Historic seasons are continuing. Some incredible matchups are ahead for so many players. Just in time for the playoffs. This is going to be fun. Here are the Week 15 rankings:

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December 15, 2020

LOS WAIVERS WEEK 15: IT’S WINNIN’ TIME!

When it comes to waivers during the fantasy football playoffs, the first priority is to get a player you can insert into your lineup to help you win. It could be an injury replacement, or just taking advantage of an RB who has emerged into a prominent role.

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December 14, 2020

EVERYBODY HURTS: WEEK 14 TAKEAWAYS

The first week of the fantasy football playoffs are almost in the books. Did you ride Derrick Henry, Davante Adams or a Ryan Tannehill-A.J. Brown stack to the next round? Did you lose when Josh Allen kneeled down at the end of the Bills-Steelers game? I actually saw someone post a photo of that corazon roto on Twitter to show proof of that one.

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December 11, 2020

ADENTRO Y AFUERA WEEK 14: OUTHOUSE TO THE PENTHOUSE

I mentioned earlier how I had a team that went on a winning streak after starting the season 0-5. Well, that streak lives. My team is 8-5, just took the points title for the league and is roaring into the playoffs. It’s not great management to draft Davante Adams in the back end of the 1st round and later trade RB and WR depth for Travis Kelce. 

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