Week 6 is in the books and we had a pretty tight contest with three teams finishing in the 150’s to take the top three prizes. For week 7 we again have a brand new league with the same rules as last week– 30 teams max, $5 entry, top 6 win and top prize of $55. 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 winner in week 6 was wvstrey3, who had a very nice lineup led by Jets running back Chris Ivory who scored 27 of the team’s 158 points. It was a very good overall team with 7 players over 15 points on the day. 2nd place went to goinsie with 154 points. He had some big heavy hitters with 3 players over 20, but fell just short when the running backs failed to fire. Natewheel took 3rd with 150 points and could have won with better play from the Jets defense (actually the Jets offense that kept putting them in a bad spot) or the RB2 position.
4th and 5th place were taken by mcb4811 and tokyola, both in the 145 point range. Dcarcass took home the 6th place trophy at 132 points. Hopefully I can redeem myself for my 89 point effort. It’s hard to be as bad as my team was this past weekend. 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.
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.