Fanduel Friday\'s: Week 17
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-16 in Week 17 and you will at least triple your $10 investment (all top-16 finishers will receive at least $30). Win the battle and you’re looking at a $200. 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 17 thoughts.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders ($5,300): He has five TDs and 11 interceptions on the year. He has a 66.0 QB Rating. What he also has is a strong set of legs. Pryor has run the ball 74 times for 527 yards, a 7.1 YPC clip, and that gives him plenty of upside in the fantasy game. The Raiders face the Broncos and given the way the playoff races are shaping up, it's not at all certain that Denver will be resting their players this week, so factor that in to your decision with Pryor.
Kyle Orton, Cowboys ($5,000): As cheap as any quarterback in the game, you could load up everywhere else if you took this risk. I can't envision Tony Romo playing this weekend because of that back injury, so Orton could be the play in fantasy. Orton has thrown only five passes this season and just 10 last year, but he's proven to be a competent QB in the NFL. He would face the Eagles who are the 6th worst defense this season against the QB.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers ($5,500): He's scored six times in seven games and the Saints have allowed runners to score 12 times this season (10 via the run, two via the pass). Rainey has carried the ball at least 17 times in five of his last six games as well – he just gets the rock a lot.
Edwin Baker, Brown ($5,400): The Browns had two rushing scores in the first 13 games this season. Baker becomes the lead dog and they end up with two in two games. The matchup is a good one for the streak to continue in Week 17 as the Steelers have allowed 18 rushing score this season.
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
James Jones, Packers ($5,300): Aaron Rodgers is back, and that's huge for Jones. The last time Jones faced the Bears he caught three touchdown passes. The Bears have allowed 16 touchdown to the wideout this season. A cheap option with the potential to have a huge day.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts ($5,200): Does it seem like Hilton is in this column every week or is it just me? Hard not to recommend him given that there are wideouts that cost more than $9,000. While playing at home this season Hilton averages 36 more yards receiving a game than on the road (45 to 81). Hilton also lit up the Jags for four receptions, 113 yards an a score the last time he faced them in Indianapolis. There's also this fact. The Jags have given up 18 score to wide outs this season.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Delanie Walker, Titans ($4,800): In four of the last five games Walker has seen at least seven targets, and he's scored four times in his last eight games. The Texans have allowed nine scores to the tight end this season as well.
Ryan Griffin, Texans ($4,500): Griffin has been missing practice with a knee issue but everyone expects him to see a full compliment of snaps in Week 17. The last two weeks he's hauled in 11 balls for 128 yards. The Texans may be better off with Griffin on the field than Garrett Graham anyway.
Justin Tucker, Ravens ($5,300): Justin was massive in Week 15 (six FG's) before tanking in Week 16 that cost oh so many (he had but one extra point). Still, the guy has hit 92.1 percent of his kicks this season and has 131 points, just one off his total from last year.
Mason Crosby, Packers ($5,000): The last time he missed a field goal was November 10th, and he's in a game that figures to have plenty of scoring in it (Bears vs. Packers). He needs 10 points to set a career best and eight to give him a third season of 140 points.
The Dolphins ($5,000) are as cheap as they come which is a positive. Add in that they are facing the Jets and the matchup is solid. The Jets are merely 27th in total yards, they barely throw for 180 yards a game, and they average a mere 18.0 points a game. The Chargers ($5,300) face a Chiefs club that seems likely to treat Week 17 as if it were a preseason game meaning the starters aren't likely to see much game action.
To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to the event. 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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