Fanduel Friday’s: Week 16
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 16 and you will at least double your $10 investment (all top-16 finishers will receive at least $30). 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 16 thoughts.
Jay Cutler, Bears ($8,000): There are 16 QBs ranked above Cutler this week. There probably shouldn't be six. He certainly has the look of an elite play this week given that he faces the poor Eagles pass defense, that he looked sharp last week (three scores) and that he has six scores and no interceptions in his last two outings against Philly.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins ($7,000): There are eight QBs over $9,000 in salary, just to show you what a great bargain Cousins is this week. He's thrown for 300 yards in both his NFL starts and he faces the Cowboys who seemingly have every linebacker hurt while they've allowed 29 passing scores and an average of 297 passing yards a game this season. Sign me up.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Alfred Morris, Redskins ($6,000): A cheap play (Morris only costs $200 more than Lamar Miller for goodness sakes). Since the start of his career Morris has faced the Cowboys three times. He's run for an average of 131 yards a game while scoring five times. Any questions?
Dennis Johnson, Texans ($4,500): Some times the salaries are set before the injury news breaks, and that's what happened here. Ben Tate was placed on the I.R. with his rib issue, and that leaves the starting tailback spot in the hands of Johnson at the lowest cost in the game. Stands to reason that the Texans may not run much as they will likely fall behind the Broncos early, but that would still leave Johnson to catch a lot of passes out of the backfield.
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Roddy White, Falcons ($5,900): White looks like the player we've seen on the field for the better part of a decade. The matchup might seem a bit scary on paper – the Niners rock on defense – but check out the history. The last three times White has faced the Niners all he has done is catch 22 balls for 414 yards and two scores (including the playoffs). You would take that type of production, right?
Rueben Randle, Giants ($4,500): Another player who has a cost that is dirt flipping cheap. With Victor Cruz out, the Giants will finally give Randle a shot at every down work out wide. The Lions are strong against the run but not as potent against the pass. In fact, they have allowed the 4th most points to wideouts this season in a PPR setup. At the cost, if you're willing to take the risk while loading up everywhere else, there's a lot to recommend Randle.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Delanie Walker, Titans ($5,200): Eleven guys at the position cost more. Walker gets to face the second worst D against tight ends, the Jaguars, and he's caught at least five balls in three of his last four games. He's also scored three times in that time span.
Zach Miller, Seahawks ($4,500): Keep an eye on his health, but if he plays it's hard to argue against starting him given the cost. Miller has scored the last two times he's face the Cardinals, and that club allows tight ends each week to catch 6.5 passes for 83 yards and 1.1 touchdowns.
Justin Tucker ($5,300) is riding on a high. Coming off a game in which he became the first kicker ever to hit a 20 yard, 30 yard, 40 yard, 50 yard and 60 yard kick in the same game, how is he ranked 11th at kicker this week? Curious. Greg Zuerlein ($5,000) is as cheap as a kicker gets and he gets to play at home in the dome. In seven road games he's hit only eight field goals this season but in seven home contests that number swells to 14.
The Dolphins ($5,100) are the best bang for your buck this week. E.J. Manuel is out. Stevie Johnson is out. Fred Jackson is at less than 100 percent. I like the sound of all of that if you're planning on starting the Dolphins. The Rams ($5,500) are also putting a ton of heat on teams of late and they face a Bucs offense that is solid but one that has been far from explosive this season.
To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to the Week 16 contest.
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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