Those of us who had shares of Ben Roethlisberger got killed last week and while you can’t predict injuries it still sucks to pay so much money for not only him but Antonio Brown and get burned. Here’s hoping this week is a better one!
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan ($8700)is having a fantastic season averaging 24.5 FanDuel points a game including 15 TD passes this season. This week the Falcons have an implied total of 28.8 when they play host to the San Diego Chargers and that could spell big day for Ryan. This season the Chargers defense has allowed 279 passing yards a game and ten TD’s. Huge 53 point over under in this one and if I had to choose today I would probably pick Ryan.
As good as the Falcons offense is, and it is good, the Falcons defense is just plain awful. How awful? How about 279 passing yards a game and 14 TD’s on the season awful. That puts the Chargers QB Philip Rivers ($7800) firmly in play this week. Rivers is averaging 18.2 FanDuel points a game with 12 TD’s on the season. This game should be a high scoring affair and Rivers might go overlooked this week.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith ($7200) has a terrific matchup at home this week against a New Orleans Saints defense allowing 301.6 yards a game with just seven TD’s. Smith is averaging just 14.7 FanDuel points with five passing TD’s and one TD on the ground. The Chiefs have a 28 point implied total with a huge 50 point over under. The Chiefs are also an early week seven point favorite. If ever there was a week for Smith to go off in a big way it should be this week.
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins ($7300) has a nice matchup on the road this week against the Detroit Lions. This season the Lions are allowing 271.3 passing yards and 17 TD’s. Man that is a LOT of touchdowns. Cousins is averaging 16.8 FanDuel points a game with nine TD’s on the season. The Redskins have an implied total of 23.5 and are a one point road underdog with a 48.5 point over under. I’m sure plenty will be on Lions QB Matthew Stafford ($7900) this week but I think I like Cousins better.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton ($8100) often goes overlooked but I think he’s a solid play this week against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing 283 passing yards a game with 16 TD’s. This season Dalton is averaging 17.9 FanDuel points a game with six passing TD’s and one TD on the ground. Vegas has set a 46 point over under with the Bengals a huge ten point home favorite. There are cheaper prices and options out there but for some strange reason I keep envisioning long TD passes to A.J. Green ($8500) on Sunday.
Just as I did with the Quarterbacks I was able to find value this week at Running Back……and here is who I have for you this week!
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware ($7000) is still a vital part of whatever the Chiefs are doing and he has a great matchup with a New Orleans Saints defense allowing 117 rushing yards a game including an NFL worst 11 touchdowns. Ware is having a fine season averaging 15.4 FanDuel points with two touchdowns on the season. He’s also averaging 83 yards rushing a game to go along with nearly four targets a game. The Chiefs are seven point home favorites with a huge 50 point over under.
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy ($9000) is the most expensive back on the main slate and is averaging 20.2 FanDuel points with six rushing and one receiving touchdown this season. He’s also averaging close to 100 rushing yards a game. The Miami Dolphin defense has allowed 147 yards a game and four TD’s this season. The Bills are a three point home favorite with a 45 point over under. I don’t like to use terms like “must play” but on this slate McCoy is darn near a must play this weekend.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard ($6300) is in a very good spot this weekend against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing 118 rushing yards a game and five TD’s this season. The Bengals are favored at home by 10 points and last week Bernard had 45 snaps compared to RB Jeremy Hills 21. I think the Bengals have decided to roll with Bernard as the lead back. Bernard is averaging 27 rushing yards and 42 receiving yards a game with one TD this season. I like the price and love the opportunity Bernard has against the Browns on Sunday!
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray ($8700) has a nice matchup this week against an Indianapolis Colts defense allowing 117.7 rushing yards a game as well as giving up six touchdowns this season. For the season Murray is averaging 19.3 Fantasy points, 87 rushing yards a game with four touchdowns on the ground and two receiving TD’s. The Titans are a slight 2.5 point home favorite with a solid 48 point over under. If you are looking at Titans this week Murray is probably the only one worth rostering.
The Oakland Raiders are allowing 132.2 rushing yards a game and have given up seven touchdowns this season. The travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars and I’m considering Jags RB T.J Yeldon ($6300). This season Yeldon is averaging 8.7 FanDuel points, 35.2 rushing yards and another 20 receiving yards a game. The Jags are a slight one point home favorite with a huge 49 point over under. I have a feeling Yeldon might go overlooked and would make a nice RB2 this week at FanDuel.
This week I have five Wide Receivers that I think have the opportunity for big games Sunday. Each of these receivers are available on the Main slate at FanDuel….and here we go.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ($9200) has a great opportunity against a San Diego Charger secondary allowing WR1 to average 82.6 yards a game. On the season Jones is averaging 17.5 FanDuel points with 109.3 yards per game and four touchdowns. Atlanta is an early week six point home favorite with a huge over under of 53 points. This game has the highest over under on the slate and I think Jones might have a big game this Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green ($8500) is really good at football. This season he’s averaging 15.6 FanDuel points, 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns. As impressive as that total is it could rise dramatically this weekend against a Cleveland Browns secondary allowing WR1 to average 67 yards a game. The Bengals are a ten point home favorite with an over under of 45 points. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Green dancing in the end zone a couple of times on Sunday.
The New York Jets secondary is allowing WR1 to average 73.2 yards a game. They are allowing WR3 and such to average nearly 80 yards a game. That absolutely leaves Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace ($6900) in play. If Steve Smith ($6200) doesn’t play it also gives opportunities to Ravens receivers like Breshard Perriman ($5400) and Kamar Aiken ($5300). For me I’m leaning toward Wallace; in six games this season he’s averaging 11.3 FanDuel points and 61.7 yards per game with three TD’s. I’ll consider Perriman and Aiken if I need to save some money this week. This game is a toss-up with a small over under of 42 points. There’s good value in Ravens world this week.
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones ($7700) has a great matchup this week against a Washington Redskins secondary allowing WR1 to average 90.7 yards a game. This season Jones is averaging 15.1 FanDuel points and 88.2 yards a game with four touchdowns on the season. The Lions are one point favorites at home with a huge over under of 49 points. This is going to be a fun game to watch and I like the opportunity Jones has for a big game this week.
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin ($6100) has let me down a couple of times already this season but I do like his matchup this week against a Falcons secondary allowing 51.6 yards a game to the WR1 position. That isn’t that many yards but that secondary has given up nearly 300 yards a game and 14 touchdowns this season. Benjamin is averaging 10.4 FanDuel points and 68.5 yards a game with two touchdowns this season. The over under is huge and being six point underdogs in this one assumes the Chargers will be coming from behind so why not Benjamin this week?
After paying all that money for Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers we really need to find value this week at the Tight End (TE) position. We also hope they go off big and this week I have five TE’s who I think will not only be on the cheaper side of things but also go off big this week.
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ($8500) has big game potential every time he steps on the field. He also has a hefty price tag but his matchup against a Pittsburgh Steelers secondary allowing TE’s to average 63.7 yards a game is mighty appealing. Gronkowski is averaging 10.2 FanDuel points, 70.5 yards and one touchdown this season. The Patriots are a 7.5 point road favorite with a 46 point over under. Needless to say Gronk is always in play.
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker ($6500) is pricey but his matchup Sunday against an Indianapolis Colts defense allowing TE’s to average 71 yards a game. That might make the price tag worth it this week. On the season Walker is averaging nine FanDuel points a game, 49.2 yards per game and two touchdowns this season. The Titans are a three point home favorite with a 48 point over under and I like Walker this week.
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry ($5800) has a sweet matchup this Sunday against an Atlanta Falcons defense allowing TE’s to average 74.5 yards a game. Henry is averaging 11.3 FanDuel points and 62 yards a game with three touchdowns in just three games played. This game has the highest over under on the slate with the Falcons an early week 6.5 point home favorite. I’m a fan of Henry and I have a feeling he’ll do well this week.
If the Minnesota Vikings defense has a weakness its allowing TE’s to average 60.6 yards per game and that puts Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz ($5100) firmly into play this week. This season Ertz is averaging 5.6 FanDuel points and 39 yards without a touchdown this season. He does have two red zone targets this season and that is a good thing. Vegas has the Vikings as a 2.5 point road favorite with a 40 point over under. Ertz won’t have to do much to make value this week and I think he will do just that,
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas ($5500) has a great matchup against an Oakland Raiders defense allowing TE’s to average 69 yards a game. This season Thomas is averaging 7.5 FanDuel points, 44 yards a game and one touchdown this season. The Jags are a one point home favorite in this one with a 49 point over under. This is another one I’m going to enjoy watching on Sunday.
Good luck this week at FanDuel!!