Fanduel.com and BaseballGuys.com have joined forces this season. Every week there will be a contest set up at Fanduel.com for my audience to sign up and play a weekly, salary cap game that includes yours truly as one of the participants. Let me explain to you what that means.
A WEEKLY FANTASY BATTLE
Take on Ray Flowers. Show me that you’ve got more football knowledge than the arrogant one.Sign up for the Weekly Fanduel.com/BaseballGuys.com NFL Salary Cap Contest. Pick your one week squad based on salary cap levels for players. Finish in the top-15 in Week 13 and you will at least double your $10 investment (all top-15 finishers will receive at least $20). Win the battle and you’re looking at a $250 windfall. Simple as that. You interested?
Before you go and sign up at Fanduel.com there’s this – wouldn’t you like to know who to play? Now I’m not going to tell you who my team is, after all you will be competing against me each week, but that doesn’t mean I won’t offer some helpful advice each week. So have at it folks.
Here are some Week 13 thoughts.
E.J. Manuel, Bills ($6,300): The Falcons are listing like a ship that's been pummeled with 32 cannon balls during the Spanish/American War. The last four weeks they've allowed at least 373 yards a game at an average of 412 yards a week. They've also allowed an average of 31 points a game over those four contests. Manuel is also coming of his most efficient game of the season in Week 11 (20-for-28, 245 yards and two scores) and Stevie Johnson and Roberts should be near 100 percent physically.
Josh McCown. Bears ($6,100): McCown has been very solid this season since taking over for Cutler, he's only thrown one interception on the season, and he's thrown 78 passes the past two weeks. Oh yeah, the Vikings also allow the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks of any team in football (Cowboys are the only ones worse).
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Frank Gore, Niners ($6,800): I know he's not exactly been tearing it up the last two games with only 26 carries for 79 yards, but here's the good news. He always eats up the Rams. Over the last 13 matchups with the Rams Gore's scored 14 touchdowns and the Rams have allowed more than a rushing score a game this season (12 in 11 games). Gore also costs the same thing as Stevan Ridley this week.
C.J. Spiller, Bills ($5,700): The Falcons defense, as I noted above, has been on a downward spiral. They’ve also allowed the 5th most rushing yards a week at 130 per contest on a far too high 4.6 YPC. Spiller also had a Bye week to rest his injured ankle. Look for him to come out ripping off viscous, ankle breaking cuts.
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Alshon Jeffery, Bears ($6,200): I have a really hard time understanding how Tavon Austin ($6,300) costs more money this week? Take the performance of each guy over their last eight games as ample proof as to why you should start Jeffery.
Jeffery: 45 receptions, 756 yards three scores Austin: 23 receptions, 296 yards, two scores (he has two other scores as a runner, returner)
Steve Johnson, Bills ($5,200): He costs the same amount of money as Marvin Jones for goodness sakes. I mentioned how had the Falcons' pass D is of late, but get this: they've allowed 14 passing scores to wideouts this season. Do yourself a favor and start at least one of the three Bills I mentioned.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons ($5,300): His season has been a moderate disappointment, but he's still HOF bound Gonzo. He's also cheaper than 10 other tight ends in Week 11. The matchup is tough on paper, the Bills are the 7thg stingiest D against tight ends, but I think he can play through that, that is if Roddy White finally steps up.
Delanie Walker, Titans ($5,300): Walker and Ryan Fitzpatrick are making sweet music together. He's scored twice over the last three games while hauling in 19 passes. In fact, back in Week 11 he torched his Week 13 opponents, the Colts, for 10 grabs, 91 yards an a score.
No team allows more points to kickers than... wait for it... our whipping boy this week the Falcons. Fire up Dan Carpenter ($5,500). Garrett Hartley ($5,000) is as cheap as they come at kicker. He'll play in Seattle and there could be some rain, but the Saints put up points and with their all-suspended defensive backfield the Saints should be able to move the ball with ample success.
The Browns ($5,800) face the Jaguars, and as we've seen all year starting a D against the team from Florida is never a bad thing. What about the Panthers ($5,300) against the Bucs? The other team from Florida has been rocking a very efficient offense of late but the Panthers allow a league low 13.7 points and have the third best run D in football (81.5 yards a game).
To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to the Week 13 battle.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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