Fanduel Friday\'s: Week 15
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 15 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 15 thoughts.
Joe Flacco, Ravens ($7,600): He squares off against the Lions, a moderate pass defense. He's also got Pitta back and that's a huge boost for the cannon armed Flacco. The past three weeks he's also averaged 256 passing yards which is a nice return to prominence after back-to-back efforts under 165 yards in Weeks 10-11.
Matt Ryan, Falcons ($7,500): As I noted in my Week 15 Matchup column, Ryan threw for 345 yards and two scores last time out versus the Redskins. He's also facing a 'Skins defense that has allowed the 5th most points to quarterbacks and he now has a healthy Roddy White catching passes.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Zac Stacy, Rams ($6,700): Faces a Saints club that allows 4.7 YPC. He's also working on a five game run where his average outing has been 84.5 yards an a score. He is the Rams offense.
Alfred Morris, Redskins ($6,400): With Kirk Cousins under center I'm betting we get 20 touches from Morris who faces the Falcons, the third worst run defense in football. Seems like a pretty tasty matchup given that he costs so much less than a guy like Chris Johnson ($7,200) who faces the tough ass Cardinals defense.
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Torrey Smith, Ravens ($6,000): Joe Flacco finally has a second option he can trust now that Dennis Pitta is back. That will only help Smith who has scored three times in five games. Just 37 yards from his first 1,000 yard effort, Smith faces the Lions who give up 262 yards a week and 21 touchdowns through the air this season.
Riley Cooper, Eagles ($5,800): He's tough to trust given the up and down nature of his work, not to mention that he's caught only 17 passes the past five games. On the plus side he has scored five times in those five games, has averaged 80 yards a contest and faces a Vikings club that is one of the three worst units against wide receivers this season.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Garrett Graham, Texans ($5,500): The Texans face a Colts club that Case Keenum lit up for 350 yards and three scores in Week 9. Graham has seen, get this, nine or more targets in 4-straight games with an average of 12 targets per week. Yeah, that's a monster workload. The only concern is a hamstring that has limited him all week. Could end up being a game-time decision.
Brandon Myers, NY Giants ($4,800): He's scored in 3-straight games though the Seahawks have allowed only five tight end scores this season. Still, the guy costs less than a tight end across the field in Luke Wilson ($4,900).
Kai Forbath ($5,000), Graham Gano ($5,100) and Rob Bironas ($5,000) are three solid plays as they face the Falcons, Jets and Titans. Those are the only three teams that allow more than 10 points a week to kickers this season. They are all substantially less than the top dog at the position – Stephen Gostkowski ($5,900).
Jaguars ($5,100) vs. Bills ($5,300): Two teams, two decent prices, two solid options on defense.
The Jaguars have been much better on defense of late. That's not that hard to do considering how bad they were at the start of the season. Over the last three weeks they've allowed an average of 18 points a week. They have also forced six turnovers. The Bills' E.J. Manuel last passed for 250 yards on September 15th and has thrown for one score and four interceptions the last two weeks.
The Bills face a Jaguars team that is ranked 32nd in rushing, 23rd in passing and 32nd overall – that's dead last. They also average a league worst 14.5 points a game and had thrown for a total of 11 scores. Two teams have tripled that number – Broncos (45) and Saints (33).
To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to the Week 15 Matchup.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own 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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