Boom Fantasy Monday Night Slate – Week 1, September 11th NFL is back!!! We have all been waiting a long time to watch some REAL PROFESSIONAL football and it is finally here, with a Thursday night game kicking off the season. For DraftKings and FanDuel you have Thursday-Sunday slates which are worth playing, but BOOM Fantasy’s format allows you to just play the Thursday game by itself which is fun and allows for same day payouts. Sign up for BOOM Fantasy and receive 30 free days of FanVice premium content >>> (click here) contact with any questions. Most of you know me as a FanVice PGA analyst, but in addition to that I dabble in the higher stakes NFL DFS world as well as play a lot of NBA volume, in addition to some college football and basketball wagering.  Yikes, who has time for sleep with all of this action!?!? This has allowed me to carve out a nice non-traditional way to make a living.  The other thing I have learned is that we need to look for that mysterious “edge” where we can find it which will help tip the scales in our favor. Being a New York resident, I didn’t know much about BOOM Fantasy since I could only register for games when I was traveling outside of the state.  However, they just received approval from the New York State Legislature so I decided to check them out. Essentially, the contests are a series of “proposition-like” questions and as you select your answers, that forms your lineups. This is a very unique style of gaming and runs counter choosing players within a salary cap and position requirement format like we are used to. This is where we should be able to find some advantages that the more casual players may overlook.  We will begin this journey together! BOOM Fantasy has the same type of contest familiar contest formats whether its multi-entry GPPs or H2Hs where you are taking on one opponent. Here is a sample question from the Monday opening night slate: Basically, we are choosing between the two listed QBs to predict which one will accumulate the most passing yards. At first glance, it seems obvious to just pick Drew Brees and move on, but if you look closely you see that Philip Rivers gets 5,800 points if you are right while Brees only gets you 4,300. That is the risk reward aspect that the site offers, do you go safety with the obvious choices or take a shot for the big points and lower ownership?  As an added wrinkle, which creates more decision points, each quarterback will be awarded an additional 25 points for each passing yard. Similar to DraftKings you want to structure your teams based off the types of tournies you are playing as well as making sure the lineups correlate.Unlike all the other weeks during the season , Week 1 has a doubleheader on Monday night football. We have the New Orleans Saints at the Minnesota Vikings in the first game and the Los Angeles Chargers going to Denver to take on the Broncos in then night cap. BOOM Fantasy has slates ready to go so lets jump right into the questions: Question 1 – More Passing Yards – Drew Brees or Phillip Rivers – Brees definitely has the edge in the matchup department as the Broncos are no joke on D. Slightly higher bonus if you take Rivers which makes him a little more appealing, but I am still leaning Brees on this one. Each passing yard will also be worth +25 points Question 2 – Most Rushing Yards – Melvin Gordon, CJ Anderson, Delvin Cook, Mark Ingram – Gordon is the favorite, while Ingram is the longshot with the backs featured. I think Dalvin Cook is the wildcard here as he is explosive so I do not mind taking a risk with him and hope he breaks a long one. While I am not super high on any of these players, Gordon is probably the safest option, though that means the lowest bonus potential. Each rushing yard will also be worth +100 points Questions 3 – Most Receiving Yards Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Keenan Allen, Ted Ginn Jr – Diggs is the favorite in terms of bonus with Ted Ginn being the guy who will get the biggest bonus if he turns out to be the winner. Keenan Allen has to deal with Broncos secondary and Sanders has Demaryius Thomas to contend with targets wise so I lean to the favorite and plan to go Diggs here.  Each receiving yard will also be worth +100 points Question 4 – Most Receptions Adam Thielen, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates, Willie Snead – Snead is suspended for the first three weeks of the season so do not select him. Out of the other three Gates is an interesting target with nice bonus upside, while Thielen is the safe option. Benjamin is more of an explosive type of receiver rather than someone I expect to get a lot of targets so I think it comes down to Gates or Thielen for this one.  Each reception will also be worth +1,000 points Question 5 – Most TDs Kyle Rudolph, Adrian Peterson, Hunter Henry, Coby Fleener – AP vs his former team has narrative street written all over it so I would not fault anyone for going that route. Fleener should get a nice bump without Snead in the lineup so I might try and take a risk on this question and hope Fleener can catch a TD and grab the giant bonus he offers which is pretty much double that of everyone else in this group. Each touchdown will also be worth +6,000 points Question 6 – Made Field Goals – Lai Forbath, Brandon McManus, Wil Lutz, Josh Lambo – Hard question, as predicting kickers can be frustrating. I expect the Vikings Saints game to have more points, but you get the thin air in Denver which should extend the range for both Lambo and McManus. I think the Broncos may have some trouble converting in the red zone and could see them stall on some drives giving McManus plenty of opportunities to convert on Monday night.  Each field goal will also be worth +2,500 points Question 7 – Receiving Yards for Michael Thomas – Without Snead he should be targeted early and often, but the Vikings D at home should be focused on stopping him. Definitely would expect him to have at least 5 catches so 75 yards seems like a medium outcome.  +/- 3 yards – 30,000 points,+/- 10 yards 20,000 points, +/- 20 yards 10,000 points Question 8 – Receiving Yards for Demaryius Thomas – Broncos QB situation is not ideal for DT and Emmanuel Sanders also steals some of those targets. Range of outcomes is pretty big with DT and I plan to probably go lower than most with this question and hope that the Broncos look elsewhere thru the air on most possessions. +/- 3 yards – 30,000 points,+/- 10 yards 20,000 points, +/- 20 yards 10,000 points   I will be doing some other NFL content this year and still plan on crushing Golf year round, but if you have any questions find me in the FanVice Premium slack chat or on Twitter @JazzrazDFS