Welcome gamblers to another section geared towards winning the big $$$ on Fanduel. Taking a different approach this week by going with two high priced running backs vs. looking for the bargain backs with high volume potential. This may hurt my wide receiver selections, but I couldn't pass up on the running back matchups. Good luck to you all!
QB – Drew Brees, NO ($9,400): Brees should be up for a huge performance at home this week going up against a Carolina defense that averages 2 touchdowns allowed through the air per game. Expect Brees to top that average in what looks to be a high scoring affair.
RB – Arian Foster, HOU ($8,700): Foster is healthy coming into this dream matchup so I can't pass up on this one. Jacksonville gives up 129.4 rushing yards per game and at least 1 touchdown per game. Foster should hit those numbers on the ground and add to them since he is involved in the passing game as well.
RB – Eddie Lacy, GB ($8,500): Taking another high ticket RB this week since Lacy has a great matchup against a Falcons defense giving up 118.3 yards per game on the ground. As we start getting into more cold weather games expect the Packers to lean more on the ground game vs. their norm of airing the ball out.
WR – Kenny Stills, NO ($6,400): Great price for someone who has stepped up to be the number 1 receiving option for the Saints. I love pairing my quarterback with one of their receiving options for Fanduel tournaments as well.
WR – Robert Woods, BUF ($5,900): Should be a decent play for the price as Buffalo will inevitably need to be throwing for touchdowns to keep up or catch up to the Broncos. Throw in Orton returning to Denver where he had success and Sammy Watkins being banged up adds some more incentive.
WR – James Jones, OAK ($5,400): Breaking a rule of never playing anyone from Oakland, but going high on other positions this week makes the receiver selections limited. Strictly went off of who has been averaging the most fantasy points in this price range for this selection.
TE – Antonio Gates, SD ($5,600): New England has been shutting down opposing teams outside receivers but tight ends and slot receivers have had success. This game has potential for high scoring and if it does expect Gates to be involved in that.
K – Phil Dawson, SF ($4,800): Looked to be the best priced kicker not playing in a cold weather location. Oakland also gives up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing kickers.
DEF – Houston Texans ($5,300): I love playing any defense against the Jaguars and especially love playing an elite fantasy defense against them. Good chance for some touchdowns coming here.
Last week was a rough one for me with Orange Julius sidelined after an early ankle injury and Patriots giving all the love to Jonas Gray and not so much to Shane Vereen. Time to rebound this week and win all the $$$!
QB – Josh McCown, TB ($7,500): Taking a bargain pick with high upside potential for QB this week. We have two of the worst secondaries in football going against each other which could make for a lot of fantasy points coming from QB/WR in this game. Throwing in the rivalry aspect of McCown and Lovie Smith returning to Chicago just adds fuel to the fantasy point fire.
RB – DeMarco Murray, DAL ($9,000): The best running back in the league going up against the worst rushing defense in the league; not much else to explain here.
RB – Trent Richardson, IND ($5,700): With Ahmad Bradshaw being lost for the season Richardson should see a spike in his volume of touches. That expected volume increase will be exasperated in this matchup that has blowout potential written all over it.
WR – Mike Evans, TB ($8,400): This is primarily a point variance increasing companion pick to my QB selection. Besides that, Evans has become a premier receiver lately as he has placed in the top 4 for WR’s in PPR formats over the past 3 weeks. Expecting his success to continue against the vulnerable Bears secondary.
WR – Brandon Marshall, CHI ($8,300): Sticking with the Bears/Bucs game here to further increase point variance. If this game does turn into a high scoring affair expect Marshall to walk away with a couple touchdowns.
WR – Marques Colston, NO ($6,000): Colston should be the biggest beneficiary to Brandin Cooks being lost for the season. I expect him to cash in right away in a Saints home game against a Baltimore team giving up the 4thmost fantasy points to opposing WR’s in PPR. Baltimore also gives up the 4thfewest fantasy points to opposing TE’s in PPR which could mean less leaning on a banged up Jimmy Graham.
TE – Coby Fleener, IND ($5,400): This is the first time all season I’ve gone bargain on the TE position but I’m not sold on the top TE’s due to matchups/injuries. Fleener is a cheap option with potential to rack up more targets the usual with Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw not in the lineup.
K – Billy Cundiff, CLE ($4,500): The best min-priced kicker available this week in my opinion; that’s what I generally target.
DEF – Buffalo Bills ($5,200): Great defense vs. a turnover machine in the New York Jets. Last time these teams met the Bills had 4 sacks and 6 turnovers, expect more of the same this week.
Here are my selections for the optimal line-up in Fanduel for week 11. Note this line-up leaves $200 on the table which gives some wiggle-room if you feel obligated to swap any players out. Good luck and get that ca$h!
QB - Aaron Rodgers, GB ($10,100): I usually like to look for bargain QB's with great match-ups, but this week I'm siding with an elite QB in a game that has potential for a lot of touchdowns. Rodgers is at home against a Philadelphia defense that has already given up 19 touchdowns through the air this year; ranking 3rd worst in the league in that category. A nice bonus is that Chip Kelly loves to play hurry up all game which should give Green Bay some extra possessions on offense than they would against other teams.
RB - Mark Ingram, NO ($8,000): With Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson both sidelined again this week Ingram is up for another high volume day against the second worst rushing defense in the league. This has the set up for a perfect running back play at a decent price.
RB - Shane Vereen, NE ($6,500): The Patriots/Colts game is one that I see has potential for a lot of scoring. Besides the fact that Vereen is great at racking up points in PPR, the Colts usually do a good job at shutting down opposing wide receivers so I see Vereen getting some red zone receiving TD opportunities in this game.
WR - Kelvin Benjamin, CAR ($6,600): Benjamin was the recipient of some great garbage time fantasy points last week after being shut out for the majority of the game. I see Carolina trying to save some face by blowing out an Atlanta team that is near the bottom of the barrel for defending against the pass.
WR - Pierre Garcon, WAS ($6,500): Garcon has been very mediocre this season compared to the numbers he put up last year. With RG3 back in the lineup I expect him to start producing again and it only makes sense for that to start happening against a Tampa Bay defense giving up tons of points to opposing wide receivers. This is a bargain play with a great match-up.
WR - Jordan Matthews, PHI ($5,500): In my opinion for Fanduel tournaments it's always a good idea to combo your quarterback with an opposing teams wide receiver to hope for a high scoring game. Matthews looked to be the favorite receiver of Mark Sanchez so this should be a very cheap play with tons of upside.
TE - Julius Thomas, DEN ($7,500): When it comes to TEs I feel like you always need to play one of the big three (Gronk, Graham or Thomas). I'm playing Thomas this week solely because the other two names are just out of my salary restriction.
K - Blair Walsh, MIN ($4,500): Love this kicker play this week. Chicago is giving up the most points to opposing kickers due to their terrible defense, combine this with a Minnesota offense that isn't spectacular should mean a lot of field goal attempts for Walsh at the cheapest kicker price!
DEF - Chicago Bears ($4,600): I know I just mentioned the Bears have a terrible defense, but Minnesota ranks 29th in the league at giving up sacks which is why I like this bargain play. Always a good chance for a pick 6 when your QB is getting pressured too!