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 10 and you will at least double your $10 investment (all top-20 finishers will receive at least $20). Win the battle and you're looking at a $250 windfall. Simple as that. You interested?
WEEK 10 BYES: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
But 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 10 thoughts.
Jake Locker, Titans ($6,600): The Jaguars are the worst team in football against the run, so there's always a chance we'll get 35 touches out of the backfield led by Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene. Still, the Jags are also allowing the 4th most points to quarterbacks this season, so let's just face facts – they are a hideous defensive squad.
Eli Manning, Giants ($6,400): He stinks. He's all over the map. OK, you got me. Still, he's also had 14 days to prepare since the Giants are coming off a Bye Week. There's also the little matter of getting to face a Raiders team that was dismantled by Nick Foles and company last week.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Mike James, Buccaneers ($6,000): He went for more than 150 yards rushing last week... against the Seahawks. That has to grab your attention. He also has a great matchup as the Dolphins are allowing more points to the running back than any team in football in a PPR setup.
Lamar Miller, Dolphins ($5,900): The last two weeks the most talented runner the Dolphins have on the roster has actually been given the ball, and the results are an average of 97 rushing yards per contest. There's always the looming specter of Daniel Thomas stealing work but there is no disputing that Miller is starting to grab a bigger piece of the pie.
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Michael Floyd, Cardinals ($5,800): For 5-straight games, in a standard PPR setup, Floyd has recorded at least 11 fantasy points. Dez Bryant hasn't done that. Neither has Calvin Johnson or Andre Johnson. Obviously we're only talking low end consistency with Floyd, but it's something to build on. He's also scored in two of his last three games.
Mike Brown, Jaguars ($5,200): With no Justin Blackmon, Brown is going to have to step up. The Jaguars are often behind late in games, and as such they do a whole lot of passing in the second half which is great for a wideout. There's also the fact that Brown has seen 14 targets leading to eight receptions, 163 yards an a score the past two weeks. For that price ($5,200), that's tremendous production.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Antonio Gates, Chargers ($5,600): He hasn't scored since Week 4 and the Broncos have allowed only two scores to the tight end this season. So why on earth is The Oracle saying start Gates? How about because Denver allows the 6th most points to tight ends? Or how about that since Week 1 Gates has at least four receptions each games this season including an average of 6.6 grabs a week?
Tim Wright, Buccaneers ($5,100): Someone is stepping up. With the loss of Mike Williams, Wright is the second option in the passing game behind VJax. Over his last four games Wright is averaging more than four catches and 53 yards, and he's also scored in 2-straight games. He's a cheap option if you spend big at other spots given that Miami has allowed six scores in eight games to the tight end.
The Titans ($5,800) have a nice matchup with Jacksonville, but they are also the third most expensive squad. No need to roster that. What about the Colts ($5,100) against the Rams? It's not like that offense in STL is bringing anything to the table other than Zac Stacy at the moment and the Colts have been really good against the run this season allowing the second fewest weekly points to running backs in a PPR setup of any team in the league.
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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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