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Daily fantasy football – Best buys for Week 10


Success in daily fantasy comes down to your ability to find value, identify players in great matchups and maximize the relationships between the players in your roster (otherwise known as correlation).

Each week, I’ll go through each position and give you a few players I’m considering for my head-to-head lineups — usually players who are getting as much volume as possible while also coming in at value prices. I’ll also include some players I’m considering for my tournament pool in the write-up section or in the “also considering” section for each position, and while things may change from the time I write this until kickoff on Sunday, I do what I can to keep people updated on my various social media channels all the way up until game time.

With that in mind, here are my favorite plays for Week 10:



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Joe Horn thanks Michael Thomas for cellphone celebration, buys his jersey – New Orleans Saints Blog


NEW ORLEANS — Joe Horn said he was watching Sunday’s game when New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas channeled the most memorable moment of Horn’s career: pulling a cellphone from the bottom of the goalpost to celebrate a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.

When asked for his reaction, Horn responded with a Muhammad Ali quote.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” Horn said. “That’s what I want to say.”

Horn and Thomas don’t know each other well. Horn said Thomas didn’t tell him the celebration was coming. But he said it “absolutely” meant a lot to him, and he called Thomas “my hero.”

Horn said he texted Thomas and “thanked him for doing what most athletes in his position would never do.”

Horn said he also let Thomas know that he ordered his No. 13 jersey to wear when he comes to any Saints events — “hopefully the Super Bowl.”

“It took a lot of courage … and I appreciate that, and I’ll never forget that,” Horn said.

Horn, a Saints Hall of Famer who caught 50 touchdown passes for the franchise from 2000-06, will forever be remembered for his controversial 2003 touchdown celebration, which resulted in a $30,000 fine in an era when receivers such as Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Horn were regularly coming up with elaborate celebrations. The penalty was harsher because it was Horn’s second offense of the season, and the NFL reportedly considered suspending him.

Thomas was penalized for using a prop in his celebration, too, and he should also expect a fine, though likely a more lenient one as a first offense.

Horn was criticized by his own coach and general manager for being selfish at the time. Likewise, Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t give his approval to Thomas’ celebration, saying he wasn’t “fired up” by it, though he was quick to praise Thomas for how well he played. Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards in the Saints’ 45-35 win.

When asked if he thinks he was more praised or criticized for his original celebration, Horn said, “I was criticized more for it because back when I did it, that was nothing that was expected. But I was more loved for it from the people who loved me and cared about me, my teammates.”



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New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley buys parents a new house, doesn’t plan to spend football earnings


NEW YORK — New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley bought his parents a new house and didn’t need his first contract to make it happen.

That is where some of that fresh endorsement money from Nike, Pepsi and Panini America is headed. Barkley doesn’t plan to use his football earnings on any lavish purchases, such as the home he recently bought for his family in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

Barkley hasn’t even signed his rookie contract with the Giants, who made him the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft.

“Once I realized when I declared for the NFL draft and kind of realized where I was going to be drafted, that was something I was like, ‘You know what? Kind of want to follow the Marshawn Lynch method. I don’t want to touch that. I want to invest it, put it in the right peoples’ hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals,'” Barkley said on the red carpet for the CC Sabathia Celebrity Softball Game on Thursday night.

He plans to follow in the financial footsteps of players such as Lynch and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. They have both made an effort not to spent their NFL paychecks, and instead capitalize on their marketability.

“That’s the goal,” Barkley said. “Not to touch it.”

Barkley’s first major purchase with the money he already has made, thanks to the help of his Roc Nation team landing several major endorsement deals, was a house for his family. It’s a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,400-square-foot home not far from where he spent most of his childhood.

Purchasing the home for his family was the fulfillment of a promise he made long ago.

“I’ve been promising my mom, I think since I could talk, honestly 2 or 3 years old I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I’m not lying to you guys that I’m going to buy [my mom] a house one day,” Barkley said. “My family has been through so much and made so many sacrifices for my brothers and sisters.

“And that’s not it. That’s not the last thing I’m going to be able to do for my family. That’s a great thing.”

The Bronx-born Barkley moved to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, where his grandparents lived, when he was 5 years old. His family eventually settled in Coplay, where he became a football star at Whitehall High School.

The former Penn State star wanted his younger brother and sister to finish school in the area. That is part of why Barkley’s mother, Tonya Johnson, chose not to move far. It’s about an hour and a half drive to where Barkley stays in northern New Jersey as a member of the Giants.

“I kind of left it up to my mom. I said, ‘You pick a house that you like and you feel that will be comfortable enough for you and Dad and the rest of the family,'” Barkley said. “And she decided on that home. To be able to buy a house is truly probably the best accomplishment I have so far.”

That’s saying a lot. Barkley was named a consensus All-American his junior season at Penn State. He was considered a near-flawless prospect whom Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has described as a “special young man.” Barkley has even received rave reviews from teammates early in his Giants career.

He seems to be doing just fine off the field as well as a new father and thoughtful son. Getting the house for his parents out of the way without touching a paycheck from the Giants was a meaningful gesture.

“Obviously it’s special,” Barkley said. “I just hope I can set an example for future athletes and other athletes that, planning on doing something like that, I was able to do that without signing my contract,” he said. “That just shows that so far I’ve been making a lot of right decisions and surrounding myself with a great team. They have been able to help me a lot. I have to give a lot of credit.”



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Jim Irsay of Indianapolis Colts buys Alcoholics Anonymous founding document


LOS ANGELES — The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the “Big Book,” sold at auction Saturday for $2.4 million to billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

The auction house Profiles in History announced the sale of the manuscript with handwritten notes from the group’s founding fathers.

Irsay told The Associated Press he plans to build a special display for the manuscript and display it for several months a year at Alcoholics Anonymous’ headquarters in New York. He says he attempted to buy the manuscript when it was up for auction several years ago, and he is thrilled at the opportunity to share it publicly.

Irsay said he considers himself a steward for the manuscript, which he said he may also send out on tour so it can be seen by more people.

“I’ve held it. I’ve looked through it. It is absolutely mind-blowing,” he said. “It was just a miracle to see this thing live.”

Irsay, who was clearly excited about obtaining the manuscript during a telephone interview, said he considered remaining anonymous about purchasing the manuscript, but wanted to go public to try to relieve the stigma of alcoholism and addiction.

“The only way we stay sober is to give it away,” Irsay said.

“I think it’ll help a lot of people,” he said. “That’s the reason I’m doing it.”

He said he attended his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting 25 years ago, and marvels at the reach of the organization and what its founders built.

It is the third time the 161-page typed document has been sold. It sold in 2007 for $850,000 and for $1.6 million in 2004. Saturday’s auction was delayed by a dispute with Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

The manuscript includes notes and scribbles from one of AA’s founders, William Wilson, more commonly known as “Bill W.”

Wilson’s widow Lois owned the papers after his death in 1971, and she passed them on to her friend Barry Leach. Alcoholics Anonymous said Leach signed and notarized a letter in 1979 saying the manuscript would belong to the organization after his death. He died in 1985, but the manuscript did not make its way to Alcoholics Anonymous, which did not know about the notarized letter at the time.

Its ownership history in the ensuing years is not entirely clear until 2004, when Sotheby’s auctioned it for $1.6 million. Then it sold to Roberts in 2007.

A website devoted to the auction describes the manuscript as a “Bible to millions” that has sold 30 million copies since 1939, been translated into 43 languages and has been ranked by the Library of Congress as a top non-fiction book that shaped America.

“We are thrilled this most historic manuscript has sold and hope it will be exhibited for the world to see the manuscript that has saved the lives of millions of people,” Profiles in History founder Joe Maddalena said.



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New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski buys stake in Derby horse Gronk


Now people can really say Rob Gronkowski is horsing around. The New England Patriots tight end has bought a minority stake in a racehorse that is named after him and will race in the Kentucky Derby.

The 3-year-old colt named Gronk will run at Churchill Downs on May 5. Phoenix Thoroughbreds, a global horse racing investment fund, purchased the horse for over $400,000 in England last year. Trainer Jeremy Noseda’s family are big Patriots fans, so the horse was named after the player.

Terms of the deal with Gronkowski were not revealed.

Reached by the Wall Street Journal, Gronkowski said he hopes to meet the horse a few days before the Derby.

“I’ve never dealt with horses,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”

Gronkowski admitted that he has a lot to learn about the sport. He’s treating the horse as an investment but also a source of fun.

“It will be a new experience. Hopefully it will be something I like. I like new hobbies,” he said.

There has been speculation this offseason that Gronkowski might walk away from football. He hasn’t been attending the start of the Patriots’ offseason program.





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