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FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1

Interview with the King

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By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer


RealTime Fantasy Sports is proud to announce George Pouria as our winner of the King of the Mountain contest. Pouria was the last owner standing in our fantasy contest, winning a prize of $25,000 for his efforts.

If you aren't familiar, here is how the King of the Mountain contest works. You pick one simple lineup each week, consisting of one quarterback, one running back and one receiver/tight end. If the team you pick scores better than just the worst one-third of teams in the contest, you advance to the next week. But here is the catch, you can only pick a player for your team once during season, including the playoffs. If you are the last owner standing, you take home a $25,000 prize for winning the King of the Mountain contest.

Pouria was the winner in this year's contest. He had a strategy for the contest but it almost burnt him, running low on players as he continued to survive in the contest. But ultimately, his strategy was the winning one in the end.

"I had played in a similar contest a few years ago and found that stacking my quarterback with their most likely receiver made a lot of sense," said George Pouria. "Unfortunately, I didn't read the rules very carefully, and didn't realize until Week 17 that the contest ran thru the first two playoff weeks, so I was very low on usable quarterbacks for the last two weeks."

But even with that said, Pouria was able to win it all. It did not come without some close calls, though. It was not all smooth sailing for Pouria.

"My one serious close call was in Week 10," Pouria said. "I got caught trying to look too far ahead instead of at that particular week and was only one point above the cutline."

That close call in Week 10 helped Pouria the rest of the way. He changed up his strategy a bit, which proved to be a good move en route to his big win.

"That week was a turning point," Pouria said. "After that, I went with whomever I determined had the top potential for that week and stopped worrying about saving them for a future week."

The unlikely combination of Nick Foles, Damien Williams and Travis Kelce ended up being the final lineup for Pouria. This combination scored 52.25 points in Week 19. Water Boys 2 was the other team remaining and had a lineup of Drew Brees, Marlon Mack and Julian Edelman. Unfortunately for Water Boys, that lineup managed just 43.45 points as Mack struggled to do much of anything that week.

"Actually, because of my careless reading of the rules, I really didn't think I would win," Pouria said. "I had to choose Lamar Jackson for Week 18 because I only had Foles and Trubisky left besides him. By taking Jackson, barring an injury, I would have either Foles or Trubisky left for the final week. And I knew that Water Boys 2 still hadn't used Brees."

Pouria wasn't super nervous the last week of the contest because he didn't like his chances all that much, but that quickly changed after the games started.

"I think because I didn't think my chances were too good, I wasn't nervous watching the early game," Pouria said. "But when Damien Williams outscored his running back (Mack) by a wide margin, I did start to get antsy."

So now that Pouria is $25,000 richer, does he have big plans for the winnings? Well, you won't be surprised to see some of his winnings will go towards the sport that won him the money.

"My son and I take a fall golf/Giants football weekend every year somewhere warm," Pouria said. "We will probably get better seats for this year's game in Tampa."

If you want to try to dethrone the king, sign up for the King of the Mountain contest before next season. Here is a link to the contest, including rules for the contest: King of the Mountain.

Player Notes
Antonio Callaway May 17 2:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been showing more explosiveness at organized team activities this week. He led the Browns in receiving touchdowns and finished third in yards in his rookie season in 2018, so there is plenty of upside remaining. He was a fourth-round pick in 2017 but missed the entire season. The Browns offense should be much more explosive this year with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr., but that might also hurt Callaway's upside in this offense. Callaway finished with 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. The 22-year-old is certainly worth a late-round flier for receiver depth, but his ups and downs could continue this season.

From RotoBaller

Robby Anderson May 17 2:10pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson signed his second-round restricted tender offer on Thursday, which is worth roughly $3.1 million. Anderson preferred a long-term extension, but he'll have to prove himself in 2019 again and wait until next offseason. The 26-year-old has led the team in receiving yards, targets and touchdowns each of the last two years. He finished with 50 catches for 752 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games for Gang Green in 2018. Anderson has yet to reach the 1,000-yard mark in his three seasons, but that could be coming in his second year with Sam Darnold under center as the team's top wideout.

From RotoBaller

Eli Manning May 17 2:00pm ET

New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder (ankle) will miss spring workouts after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean out his ankle after he dealt with bone spurs. The surgery isn't considered serious and Solder will be back for training camp. Solder was the highest paid left tackle in the league in 2018 and underwhelmed in his first season with the Giants after coming over from New England. The Giants need Solder to be much better this year, protecting either Eli Manning or rookie Daniel Jones.

From RotoBaller

Marquise Brown May 17 1:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens first-round wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot) won't be on the field for organized team activities next week as he recovers from Lisfranc surgery. Receiver Miles Boykin (hamstring), a third-rounder, will also be eased into action next week while he deals with a minor hamstring injury. The Ravens are very thin on the receiver depth chart, so they'll need Brown and Boykin to contribute immediately in their first seasons in the NFL. Baltimore also has Willie Snead, Jordan Lasley and Chris Moore in the mix at the position.

From RotoBaller

Michael Floyd May 17 1:50pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens are signing free-agent wide receiver Michael Floyd to an undisclosed deal on Friday, according to a source. Baltimore is a good landing spot for Floyd, but there's still no guarantee that he'll make the final roster out of training camp. The 13th overall pick in 2012 by the Cardinals, Floyd has played for four different teams in the last three years and has 20 catches for 178 yards and one score in the last two seasons (24 games) for the Vikings and Redskins. He'll be a long shot to return any fantasy relevance for a run-first squad if he makes the team.

From RotoBaller

Patrick Peterson May 17 1:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he was "definitely, definitely sorry" after it was announced that he would be suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The shutdown corner will be eligible to return in Week 7 against the Giants, but his absence to begin the season will be a huge downgrade for Arizona's secondary. The 28-year-old had 54 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and five passes defensed in 2018.

From RotoBaller

Kyle Rudolph May 17 1:40pm ET

The Minnesota Vikings continue to discuss a contract extension with tight end Kyle Rudolph, but neither side has made much progress, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Minnesota has also offered Rudolph a five-year extension which would give him a new-money average among the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. An extension would also likely reduce his current salary cap number of $7.625 million. The source said the Vikes haven't asked Rudolph to take a pay cut in the final year of his current deal in 2018. The team drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round last month, leading many to believe that Rudolph would be gone. Rudolph can be a solid red-zone fantasy weapon, but he's dependent on those touchdowns and could see a lighter workload with Smith now in the fold if he remains in Minnesota.

From RotoBaller

May 16 9:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Browns) signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, May 16, to announce his retirement.

Dontrelle Inman May 16 9:13pm ET

New England Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman's one-year deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus, a $100,000 reporting bonus and incentives worth up to $1 million.

Mike Gillislee May 16 6:03pm ET

Free-agent RB Mike Gillislee (Saints) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, May 16.

Antonio Callaway May 16 5:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has 'added some explosiveness,' according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. 'He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness. He has been catching the ball really well. He is doing a good job. Just like everybody else, he has to continue,' Kitchens said.

Robby Anderson May 16 4:43pm ET

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson signed his restricted free-agent tender Thursday, May 16.

Damontre Moore May 16 3:23pm ET

Undrafted free-agent DB Alex X. Brown (South Carolina State) signed a three-year undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, May 16. DE Damontre Moore was waived to make room for him on the roster.

Pernell McPhee May 16 2:53pm ET

Free-agent LB Pernell McPhee (Redskins) signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, May 16. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Jerick McKinnon May 16 12:53pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida said Wednesday, May 15, the team could feature a three-man running back rotation also involving Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. 'They've talked to us about it,' Breida said. 'They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys.' All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used in the offense.' It's still too early/unclear how snaps will be divided.

Fantasy Spin: There are ample fantasy points to be found with Kyle Shanahan running backs, but the current three-pronged outlook doesn't bode well for fantasy GMs at the moment. Hopefully you'll have ample time before your drafts to see if the picture takes on some clarity.

Kyle Rudolph May 16 10:33am ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph can be a decent backup as a TE2 in fantasy, but his upside is minimal in the offense. If he's cut and winds up somewhere like New England? He could receive a spark.

Ricardo Louis May 16 10:13am ET

Free-agent C Tony Adams (Patriots), OG Kyle E. Fuller (Redskins) and LB Nate Orchard (Seahawks) signed undisclosed deals with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 16. OG Isaac Asiata (undisclosed) was waived/injured. C Kirk Barron was waived. WR Ricardo Louis (neck) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

May 16 9:33am ET

Former All-Pro WR/KR Dexter McCluster is signing with the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League Thursday, May 16.

Cordrea Tankersley May 16 3:03am ET

Miami Dolphins CB Cordrea Tankersley (knee) could open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly.

Jake Butt May 15 10:13pm ET

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will 'hopefully' be ready to return by the start of training camp, according to head coach Vic Fangio.