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No matter what we do, we all find ourselves stepping on a fantasy football landmine that does nothing but sabotage what could have been a fantastic lineup. After a Week 15 full of regrets, I asked the Twitter universe which of their lineup decisions made them salty after the fact.

As always, they didn’t disappoint.

Antonio Brown, how dare you.

Let’s be honest: Brown had this game circled, starred, highlighted and hashtagged as a #primespot. In a game with huge playoff implications for his Steelers, he faced a Patriots defense that had allowed an average of 23.5 DKFP to opposing wide receivers before Week 15. So you can’t really regret rostering Brown in that spot.

Before he was knocked out of the game in the second quarter — reportedly with a partially torn calf — Brown caught two of his three targets for 24 yards and 4.4 DKFP. I mean, if Martavis Bryant can go on to score 15.9 DKFP in this game, you know Brown would have eaten up the Pats.

Yes, it was extremely unfortunate that Brown was injured, mainly when his $9,100 DraftKings salary was the second highest behind teammate Le’Veon Bell. But we can’t predict these injuries, nor can we do anything about them after the fact.

As for all my friends who play season-long fantasy football and had Brown in the playoffs, just remember …

 

My man Ty$ didn’t just whiff on one Panther. He whiffed on two.

I have to assume Cole was in his flex spot since he swapped him out for Stewart. They were very close in price (Stewart was $4,100; Cole $3,700), but those was their only numbers near each other, as Stewart ended his day with 4.6 DKFP and Cole hit 34.6.

Take it away, Daniel Day-Lewis.

My only problem with this choice was that Cole was in a huge spot for the Jaguars and coming off two huge games despite limited opportunities. He averaged 16.4 DKFP in those games despite drawing six total targets.

Against the Texans — the worst team in the league against opposing receivers — Cole felt like a very friendly value play at his price. He rewarded everyone who took a chance by catching seven of his nine targets for 186 yards and one TD.

 

I could kiss Mike for this tweet. I real life “laughed out loud” after reading his clever pun with the expletive emoji to top it off.

I sang Funchess’ praises heading into his matchup against the Packers. Not only did I write him up in my Week 15 Cheat Sheet — seen exclusively on DraftKings Playbook — but I also wrote him up on the only fantasy app you need in your life DK Live (available on iPhone and Android.) So Funchess posting 2.9 DKFP smears my reputation.

Honestly, this was confusing and frustrating. Funchess drew just four targets in the Panthers’ win and somehow didn’t have a catch in the first half. Instead of paying up the $6,600 for Funchess, we would’ve been much better off going to the bare minimum of $3K and rostering Damiere Byrd. Granted, he drew just four targets himself, but he turned those into three receptions for 25 yards and two TDs. Funchess was next to Byrd on one of those scores, so at least he had the right idea.

 

WHERE YOU AT, JORDY?!

I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Wingate. I mean, look at this lineup — flames everywhere except Jordy Nelson. Even with that dud, Mr. Wingate cashed for a cool $200 on the evening. Imagine if Jordy performed like we all expected?

History was on Nelson’s side, as he entered Sunday averaging seven targets and 19.5 DKFP with Aaron Rodgers under center this season. Rodgers even came out this week and said he wanted to get his guy going again, but apparently, he has a new friend he likes to feed instead. Randall Cobb was the main beneficiary of Rodgers’ return, scoring 21.4 DKFP with a season-high 14 targets. Nelson drew six targets, which normally could be fine, but he simply can’t make anything happen anymore on the field.

I’m done with Nelson. I don’t ever want him on my roster again. I don’t care if he’s facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — he’ll just post a dud like always. It’s been real, Jordy. We had a good run.


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