CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Matthew Stafford reacts after throwing an interception during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hard to believe we are already here, but welcome to the week 17 edition of Starts and Fades. Before we get into the crazy storm that is week 17, I want to take a quick look back at our picks last week. Dion Lewis was excellent for us, being the main reason we cashed in most of our contests. Getting those kind of massive performances in your lineup can make up for small mistakes made elsewhere. Cam Newton disappointed us a little, but a late rushing touchdown salvaged his day. As for this week, I cannot stress enough the importance of looking at the inactive lists on Sunday morning. It is almost certain that a surprise player(s) will show up inactive and present a slate-changing opportunity. Be ready to make adjustments come Sunday morning to stay ahead of the sharp field. Grab your coffee, settle in, and let’s get started!

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). It's a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency; DVOA does this by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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Happy holidays and welcome to the week 16 edition of Starts and Fades! Last week we had some absolute massive performances from a few players; Nick Foles led the way to another profitable weekend. Usually we can count on the Vegas point-spreads to guide us in our player pool, however that is not the case this week. The teams that were favorites went 14-0 last week, making the odds makers lose a ton of money. They responded by making the smallest point-spread 3.5 points this week, something I have never seen before. Luckily, I dug deep into the slate and am here to bring you which players to use in your daily fantasy lineups. Grab your coffee, settle in, and let’s get started!

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). It's a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Nick Foles hands off the ball to running back Jay Ajayi (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Welcome to the week 15 edition of NFL DFS 5 Starts and 5 Fades! Our core plays crushed last week, with the only player not paying off his salary being Alex Smith. If you watched the game, Smith had a few pass plays get down to the one-yard line, so his statistical line could have been massive. We are right back at it for week 15, which includes football on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Grab your coffee, settle in and let’s get started!

During this article you will see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). It's a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or player's efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 3: Alex Smith is a top play in Week 14 DFS (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Welcome to the week 14 edition of NFL DFS 5 Starts and 5 Fades! Last week our core was good enough to build up our cash-game bankroll, but Jordan Howard’s disappointing performance kept us from major tournament cashes. After researching for this week, I am confident we can keep our cashing streak alive. We’ve got five core plays and five fades ready for you; hopefully they'll help you decide who to start and fade in daily fantasy. Grab your coffee, settle in and let’s get started!

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). It's a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Jordan Howard runs the ball during a game against the Detroit Lions (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

We have an interesting slate in NFL DFS this week. There is no game projected to go over 50 points, which makes sense after digging into the slate. In a week with no truly great plays standing out, it will take an even deeper dive this week to bring you the top plays for Week 13 NFL DFS. We've got five core plays and five fades ready for you as you decide who to start and fade in tournament play. Grab your coffee, settle in, and let’s get started!

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Todd Gurley runs with the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Week 12 NFL DFS 2017: 5 Starts and 5 Fades- We are approaching the home stretch of the NFL season. After a wonderful Thanksgiving slate, week 12 presents another interesting puzzle to solve in NFL DFS. The teams who are implied to score the most points this week are New England, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs. Typically, you will want to fill your rosters with players from the teams Vegas projects to score the most points. In this article I will try and point you in the right direction on which players to start.

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare teams' offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Adam Thielen carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Week 12 NFL DFS 2017: Thanksgiving Slate Picks- Thanksgiving Day is nearly here! While you are enjoying a feast with your loved ones, Fanduel and Draft Kings typically roll out massive daily fantasy contests for the holiday. This year is no different; both sites have many large tournaments at every entry fee level.

During this article you will often see references to DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). It's a metric from Football Outsiders that measures a team or players efficiency by comparing results from every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. For example, if an offense runs for 4 yards on a 3rd and 3, it will be weighted and graded more favorably than if an offense runs for 4 yards on 3rd and 15.  DVOA is a better way to compare team’s offenses vs opposing defenses than more traditional stats like yards gained and allowed.

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