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See Which Cards I Scored on Ultimate Fan: Week 18

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Jan 9, 2022

Think Ultimate team/MyTeam meets NFT pack drops meets fantasy football. Interest piqued? UtimateFan may have the game for you. 

UltimateFan has created a unique fantasy offering where fantasy managers open packs to determine their squad and build a lineup. When you sign up, you will get a free pack that will include at least one gold card and will give you enough positional variety to fill out a team for your first week of action. To add more players to your team, there are a few options. The standard pack, available free of charge, can be opened once a week on Tuesdays. The silver packs guarantee you at least two silver cards and one gold. The gold packs guarantee two gold and one silver. The packs are not for sale like with Ultimate team or MyTeam but can be had via subscription. The silver package will grant you one silver pack drop per week for a month, while the gold package will grant one gold pack per week. 

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UltimateFan’s settings are as follows: touchdowns worth four points for QB’s and six for all other positions. It is full-point PPR with bonus points. Quarterbacks get one point at 200+ yards, two points at 300+ yards, and three points at 350+. On the ground, one point is awarded for 40+ yards, one point for 70+, and three for 100+. Through the air, there is one point for 50+ and one point for 100+. Interceptions and fumbles lost cost one point. 

For the team cards, you get five points for a win and -1 for a loss. One point for field goals between 40-49 points, and two for 50+. Furthermore, one point is awarded per sack and two per interception. A special teams touchdown nets you six points. And for the D/ST-like scoring, you get eight points for a shutout, two points for allowing 1-13 points, zero for 14-28, and -3 for 28+. This scoring makes your lineup decision at that spot a critical piece of your weekly lineup decisions. The roster spots are QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Team. 

Week 18 Pack Results

Week 18 means no more gold pack from my subscription. Three fewer golds per week puts a serious dent on the amount of potential new additions. At this point, I am prepared to let go of some of my duplicate cards for players that will be on playoff teams so I can keep pushing for some winnings once the postseason starts. Unfortunately did not have much luck in that regard as three of the four cards that I pulled belong to non-playoff teams. This week I pulled a Baker Mayfield dupe, Imhir Smith-Marsette, C.J. Uzomah, and Allen Robinson. I will leave Uzomah in my transfer pile but will not be switching him in unless I actually need him to fill out a playoff lineup. 

Week 18 Team-Building Decisions

QB: Justin Herbert, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Mac Jones 

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey

WR: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Michael Pittman, CeeDee Lamb, Antonio Brown, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, Tyler Lockett, DeVonta Smith, Brandin Cooks, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Golladay, Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson, Will Fuller

TE: Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Dawson Knox, Mike Gesicki, Dalton Schultz

Team: Chargers, Ravens, Packers, Broncos, Washington, Titans

My focus for Week 18 lineup building will be to do my best to avoid playoff teams who may be resting their stars for some or all of their matchups this weekend. At quarterback, I will be sticking with Justin Herbert. He is playing in a must-win game against the Las Vegas Raiders and remains a better option than Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins. 

At running back, Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler are both in ‘win or go home’ matchups. Taylor is locked into my lineup when eligible, and Ekeler gets the nod over Nick Chubb after the debacle of a performance we saw on Monday night. At tight end, the debate is a rather simple one as Travis Kelce plays on Saturday and is ineligible for my Week 18 lineup. Mark Andrews gets the nod over Dawson Knox and Dalton Schultz (who also plays on Saturday).

At wide receiver, Cooper Kupp remains locked in as my WR1. As it stands right now, Kupp is expected to play as the Rams need a win to lock up the NFC West. At WR2, the debate is between Justin Jefferson and A.J. Brown (CeeDee Lamb plays on Saturday, and Antonio Brown has been released). Jefferson has been better this season, but Brown plays for a team looking to lock up the number one seed in the AFC and will be facing the Houston Texans. Brown was not great against Houston back in Week 11 (nine targets, five receptions for 48 scoreless yards), so I will be rolling with Jefferson who will be without top running mate Adam Thielen and will be facing a Green Bay Packers team expected to sit a number of starters and play more than a few others for just a handful of snaps. 

At team, my choices remain the same as I have failed to add a team card in multiple weeks. Chargers, Ravens, Packers, Broncos, Washington, Titans. The Packers are ruled out due to having the top seed locked up and is set to rest a large number of players. Baltimore is a toss-up with Lamar Jackson is expected to miss another game. Pittsburgh has T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward and will be facing a backup QB in Tyler Huntley. They are enough of a straight-up loss threat to fade for Week 18. The Broncos are ruled out due to playing on Saturday. Washington is interesting due to facing Jake Fromm and the New York Giants. Los Angeles has a tough matchup they may lose outright and represent a higher risk probability-wise than Washington and Tennessee. The Titans are a strong play due to having something to play for and going up against a Houston Texans team they will be looking for some revenge on. The Titans get the nod due to having the healthier defense.

Now for the golden helmet and the golden football. The golden football doubles the points of anyone who scores a touchdown. I will be placing it on Justin Herbert. It is hard to fade Herbert for the helmet as quarterbacks are much more likely to have a touchdown on their stat sheet.  The golden helmet doubles the points of any player it is assigned to. The football will be going to Jonathan Taylor. Kupp is also in the mix, and this debate will likely go down to the wire, but Taylor is the bigger threat to find the end zone multiple times, so I will be going with upside.

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Raju Byfield is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Raju, check out his profile and follow him @FantasyContext.

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