So I played FanDuel this week and I have to admit I hate that they use the kicker position. Adam Vinatieri scored 23 points on FanDuel and crushed all of my dreams! Good thing is I won my cash contests on DraftKings to make up for it!
This is going to be a short intro this week because I am crunched for time, but just know that the lack of witty writing was invested into more research. Okay, that’s a lie, it was actually invested in watching Netflix, but either way it does not make my insight any less insightful.
So without further ado, here we go!
I hit on all three of my quarterbacks last week. Brady, Carr and Hoyer were all excelent options and I succeeded the most with Hoyer in my lineups. He will be another option again this week and I will explain why below.
Drew Brees - $7,900 (NO vs. CAR)
Here is a rule of thumb with Drew Brees. If you see an @ symbol next to Carolina he is not worth investing, but if there is a vs. then plug him in. Especially against bad pass defenses. Carolina is ranked 26th against the quarterback position in my new projection system. Yes, I have been building my own projection system that is specific to DraftKings scoring. Brees has a crazy home/away split and at home he should throw for over 300 yards this week. We will see how accurate my projections are as I have Brees slated for 28.43 fantasy points.
Blake Bortles - $6,300 (JAX @ CHI)
Cannot believe it, but Bortles is my 11th highest quarterback for this week on DraftKings. Factor in his price and you have yourself a decent quarterback. Chicago has not been the easiest matchup for the QB position, but the Jaguars will likely be throwing the ball often. I expect a turnover or two for Bortles, but he will make up for it in other areas.
Brian Hoyer - $5,800 (CHI vs. JAX)
I struggled to put Hoyer here again. He cannot keep up this pace, right? He is one of only five quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards, three times this season. Not to mention, Hoyer has done it in all three of his starts and back-to-back-to-back games. He is worth a mention and a play though. Jacksonville has allowed decent amount of points to the QB position and Hoyer is my seventh highest quarterback for the week. Alex Smith is another solid option and comes in at number eight in my projections.
Another week I would suggest David Johnson, but he is not a part of this slate. C.J. Anderson and Lamar Miller were busts last week (although I won with them in my lineups), but Jordan Howard did not disappoint and is proving to be an every week option.
DeMarco Murray - $7,700 (TEN vs. CLE)
Murray tops my projection system for the week with 25.59 fantasy points. He is a great option in both cash and GPP, although expect his ownership in GPP tournaments to be through the rough. Murray not only has a great matchup against the Browns, he is also third in touches. Touches in fantasy are one of the more important factors when choosing a player.
Jordan Howard - $6,200 (CHI vs. JAX)
Jordan Howard played his way into my mid-priced range. He has been dominant since starting for the Bears and like I said, opportunity leads to fantasy relevance. Since starting two weeks ago, Howard has ran for over 100 yards in each game. He is ranked fourth in my projections this week.
Carlos Hyde - $5,100 (SF @ BUF)
Hyde looks to return great value if my projection model holds up. (This said, it is my first week trying the model out and it may need tweaks) Hyde has a matchup against the Bills who are allowing 24.72 DraftKings points to the RB position. I have Hyde ranked eighth this week and projected for 18.83 points.
So remember when I said I was watching Netflix, I was also working on my projection model. I have yet to finish calculating the WR position, so these suggestions will be based on other previous research.
Kelvin Benjamin - $8,100 (CAR @ NO)
So Odell Beckham had a bleh game last week for his salary. He did well enough to help me win in cash, but I expected more. Benjamin is another guy I’m expecting big things from this week. However, this hinges on Cam Newton’s return (he practiced on Wednesday). If Newton can play, then Benjamin has a great matchup against the Saints who I have giving up the fifth most points to the WR position on DraftKings.
Jeremy Maclin - $6,300 (KC @ OAK)
Maclin is a solid option in cash games. He has not put up big enough numbers to make me use him in GPP tournaments, but he is consistent. He has seen at least seven targets per game and has a favorable matchup against the worst passing defense. Alex Smith is on pace to throw for over 4,000 yards and Maclin should benefit.
Sammie Coates - $4,700 (PIT vs. MIA)
I will likely be owning a large share of Coates and Cameron Meredith this week. Coates has the blow up potential for GPP tournaments. He is dealing with a hand injury he sustained before halftime of last week, but if he plays he should be good enough to use. I may go Meredith more in cash lineups because he should see plenty of volume in the Bears’ offense. Plus, pairing him with Hoyer is always a plus!
Delanie Walker - $5,500 (TEN vs. CLE)
Walker makes my list for the third time this year. He has a wonderful matchup against the Browns and is worth the salary. Walker is by far the favorite target of Marcus Mariota and will see a high volume of targets.
Jimmy Graham - $4,900 (SEA @ ATL)
Graham looks to be back to full form. He has had back-to-back games with over 100 receiving yards and is facing a Falcons’ team allowing the second most points the TE position. He has become a favorite target of Russell Wilson and could hit the 100-yard mark again.
Jesse James - $3,000 (PIT @ MIA)
James is not a guy I would target and I will likely pay up more at the TE position this week. However, if you were to punt, James is the guy to go with. Miami is 22nd against the TE position on DraftKings and could easily find his way into the end zone.
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