Some big scores last week in the OTC Fanduel league with the winner’s back in the 160’s. If you want to join in the fun for week 10 here is the link to a brand new league with the same rules as last week– 30 teams max, $5 entry, top 6 win and top prize of $55. Typically we get between 17 and 22 teams so there is plenty of room if you want to try it out If you are new to FanDuel make sure to sign up with the promo code OTC100 to get a deposit bonus up to $200, paid out as you enter contests. The link will take you right to the enter fields so if you have never played before you can see how the team building process works. After the jump Ill recap last week’s game and just do a primer on FanDuel for any new users.
Our top team in week 9 was wvstrey3, with 166 points behind the DeAngleo Williams/Antonio Brown Steelers explosion against the Raiders. If only the Jets could have played like that on offense two weeks ago…Just 3 points behind was pushingatoms, who not only had the Brown/Williams tandem but hit a home run with Michael Crabtree. It was Doug Martin, who is so up and down, having a down week that cost him the win. Third place went to retamterts with just under 158 points while xteam88 was close behind with 157 in 4th. Jmac11su and goinsie rounded out the top 6. So it was a nice mix of some old and new players in the winners circle. Congrats to all the winners and good luck to everyone this week who enters the contest.
Unless you have been living under a rock you have likely heard of FanDuel and have also heard the recent controversy surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry and the possibility of employees using information to win prize pools meant for regular players. While none of that impacts our OTC league (no ringer is signing up for a $55 top prize) I can certainly understand the hesitancy to play on any of the DFS sites. I personally enjoy the product and find the format to be fun, but don’t let my opinion push you to play and Id encourage you to research the sites and form your own opinion on the product.
This week New York seems to be the next state to jump in on the bandwagon to possibly shut down the site in that state. I would think that would have a bigger impact that the other states who have shut it down (weve lose a few players this year when those happened) since we do get a lot of traffic from the NY area. If that happens I do intend to continue the league at least until we see if we can get enough players to keep them running it in some format.
FanDuel is a salary cap based format league in which prices are set each week for every player in the NFL and you have to fill your roster within the salary cap limits. So for example this week if you want Julio Jones on your team you will use $9,400 of your cap limit and if you decide to pair him up with AJ Green there goes another $8.400. Keep going until you fill out your roster which will consist of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 Def. The teams that score the most fantasy points that week will win money, with the first place team winning the most. Our league will allow you to select anyone who plays in the weekend or Monday night games. There are a number of other options outside of the OTC league on Fanduel including 50/50 leagues (finish in the top half and win), big multiplayers leagues (thousands of entries with huge prizes), 4PM only leagues (games with just afternoon games), late games, and wraparound weeks. If you have never played before I must warn you it is a great deal of fun and highly addictive. If you just want to experience building a team I believe if you click the link it will take you direct to the selections and let you build a team even if you don’t enter.
I will try to post about the new game each Wednesday with a recap of how things went the week before and a link to the new game. I’ll try to pin the post to the sidebar and occasionally sticky it when no new posts are going up on cap or other NFL related matters. Like I mentioned above we’ll adjust the league size based on participation.Its a friendly league and feel free to jump into the comments about how things went the week before or any general fantasy thoughts.
Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions on the format or how it works.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.