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The 2015 NFL regular season comes to an end on Sunday giving FanDuel owners one last full slate of games to cash in on. This week fantasy owners have no Thursday Night game to worry about or even a Monday Night contest to wait on to see if you cashed in a big time win. All we have is a full 16 game slate with a few key matchups that have playoff implications.
This gives FanDuel owners a ton of options to build their lineup around this weekend. The first place we elected to start with was finding a key quarterback/wide receiver tandem to build our roster around. One of those tandems is Matt Ryan and Julio Jones as the Atlanta Falcons as they get a shot at a New Orleans Saints team that has allowed a league high 43 passing touchdowns through the first 16 weeks.
A few of the other solid quarterback/wide receiver tandems we could have gone with include both quarterbacks from the Philadelphia Eagles/New York Giants showdown on Sunday as well as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown against the Cleveland Browns.
After looking at the quarterback/receiver position we moved on to finding our running back options. Our top option for week 17 is the St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley going up against a San Francisco 49ers team that has allowed a league high 17 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs.
View our final NFL FanDuel lineup for week 17 of the NFL season.
Quarterback – Matt Ryan ($7,600): Matty Ice takes home the quarterback spot this weekend against the Saints. While we could have built a fantasy stack around this matchup or even took Drew Brees we elected to take Ryan. Despite not reaching 20 points in his last five games this fantasy matchup was too hard to pass up on.
Other top NFL FanDuel Quarterback Options include Sam Bradford, Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.
Running Back – Todd Gurley ($8,600): While we aren’t 100% sure if Gurley will be in the lineup on Sunday we are leaning towards him in our lineup. If Gurley is inactive, we suggest going with his backup Tre Mason against the same matchup. Mason would also give you some salary cap relief a move that could allow you to go with two of the top tier wide receivers.
Running Back – Tim Hightower ($7,000): Hightower isn’t the bargain he was just a few weeks ago but we expect him to see a ton of scoring opportunities this weekend against Falcons.
Other top NFL FanDuel Running Back Options include James White, Alfred Morris and Joique Bell.
Wide Receiver – Mohamed Sanu ($4,900): After watching the Baltimore Ravens shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack last week, we can understand why some fantasy owners may stay away from the Bengals receivers. For us though the Ravens have struggled all season slowing down opposing receivers and that should continue this weekend. Add in the fact that Marvin Jones missed practice this week adds to Sanu’s value.
Wide Receiver – Brandin Cooks ($7,600): We love the Falcons/Saints matchup this weekend despite not having playoff implications for either of these teams. Look for both teams to put up some points to finish off the season.
Wide Receiver – Julio Jones ($9,300): As we looked to build our roster we considered stacking Jones, Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown all in the same week. In the end the salaries didn’t work out so we elected to go with Jones against the Saints.
Other top NFL FanDuel Wide Receiver Options include Rueben Randle, Jordan Matthews, Antonio Brown, Terrance Williams, Kamar Aiken and Stefon Diggs.
Tight End – Zach Ertz ($5,700): Ertz has been red hot for fantasy owners the past three weeks turning in three straight double digit fantasy performances. This week, Ertz has a chance to continue that success against a Giants team that has allowed the second most amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
Other top NFL FanDuel Tight End Options include Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski and Delanie Walker.
Kicker – Brandon McManus ($4,700): We could have gone a few directions here but we like the Denver Broncos/San Diego Chargers matchup on Sunday. McManus has connected on at least two field goals in two of the Broncos last three games.
Other top NFL FanDuel Kicker Options include Cairo Santos, Justin Tucker and Chris Boswell.
Defense – St. Louis Rams ($4,600): The Rams have a very favorable matchup in week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers. When these two teams met earlier in the season the Rams finished that contest with 12 total points. Over the past three weeks the Rams turned in two double digit fantasy performances.
Other top NFL Defense Options include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts.
The final two weeks of the regular season has arrived as daily fantasy owners continue to look for fantasy sleepers and bargains around the NFL. While at this point most of the reliable fantasy stars have been found we can all still find a few of those sleepers that will help us build our FanDuel fantasy lineup around.
Last week one of those bargains was quarterback Brock Osweiler who sat in the bottom half of options at the position. The Denver Broncos quarterback didn’t disappoint while providing for the low percentage of owners who elected to use him as compared to someone like Cam Newton he was used nearly in ten percent of most tournaments.
As we turn our attention to this week we have a bunch of bargains/sleepers to take a look at including a trio of running backs that all stand out. The first of those running backs is Cameron Artis-Payne for the Carolina Panthers. While it is uncertain for sure if Jonathan Stewart will miss the game but with the top spot locked up the chances are the veteran will get a few games off before the playoffs.
While Cam Newton will still be the key to the Panthers offense in week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons we expect Artis-Payne to have his opportunities. Last week the Panthers running back picked up 59 yards on 14 carries while adding two catches for 34 yards.
Just two weeks ago, Stewart managed to post 75 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown in a blowout win over the Falcons. The other two options we like are Donald Brown of the San Diego Chargers as a Fantasy Sleeper and Tim Hightower as a bargain.
Hightower is playing in a Saints offense that will put up points each week as long as Drew Brees is under center. Just two weeks ago, Hightower managed to rush for 85 yards with a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown on the other hand will benefit from the loss of Melvin Gordon while Danny Woodhead should see most of the touches out of the back field.
View our other FanDuel Fantasy Sleepers and Bargains for week 16 of the 2015 NFL season.
Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback ($6,100): Coming off his 20 plus fantasy performance last week we expect the Baltimore Ravens quarterback to be used in less than one percent of leagues this weekend. Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed over 30 fantasy points to Osweiler a number that had us look at Clausen.
Brian Hoyer ($6,700) or Brandon Weeden ($6,300): Quarterback: While we really like Hoyer if he is healthy enough to start but taking a gamble on Weeden might pay off in tournaments where he will be used in a handful of games. In the end one of these two quarterbacks will be hard to pass up against a bad Tennessee Titans team this weekend.
Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver ($5,700): Coming off back to back double digit fantasy games, the New York Giants and Eli Manning will turn to Randle even more this weekend. That is because the teams number one wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr will miss the game as he serves his one game suspension. Randle has touchdowns in back to back games, three of his last four and four of his last six games for the Giants.
Blake Bell, Tight End ($4,500): If you are looking for an even bigger FanDuel Sleeper in week 16, Bell might be your guy. Bell who many fans might not have heard of might have played his way into more of an involvement in the San Francisco 49ers offense. Last week, Blaine Gabbert targeted Bell eight times allowing him to finish with four grabs for 43 yards. This week the 49ers take on a Detroit Lions team that has allowed a league high 11 touchdown receptions to opposing tight ends.
Jeremy Butler, Wide Receiver ($5,600): While all eyes will be on Antonio Brown to put up some big time fantasy numbers this weekend, we expect the Ravens receivers to add some numbers especially if they find themselves in a big hole. Butler has posted 60 and 72 yards over the past two weeks turning himself into a legit option behind Kamar Aiken.
Other week 16 NFL FanDuel Sleepers and Bargains include Zach Ertz, Mike Gillislee (Karlos Williams is another option in Buffalo), Darren Fells and DeVante Parker.
The holiday season kicks off with a bang on Christmas Eve for FanDuel owners to cash in on. This weeks Thursday Night Football contest features the San Diego Chargers traveling to Oakland to take on the Raiders. This game features a few key fantasy options including both Philip Rivers and Derek Carr at the quarterback position.
Along with those two a few of the other top fantasy options include running back Latavius Murray, wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Danny Woodhead. In the first meeting, Carr passed for 289 yards to go with three touchdown passes while Rivers finished the game with 336 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The other three players also put together big fantasy performances as Murray finished with 85 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown. Meanwhile Amari Cooper scorched the Chargers secondary for 133 yards on five catches and one touchdown. On the other side, Woodhead carried the load picking up 11 catches for 75 yards with two touchdowns to go with 26 yards on the ground.
Along with these fantasy options on Thursday Night, the weekend action also offers a few key fantasy matchups. One of those matchups features Blake Bortles taking on a New Orleans Saints team that has struggled to slow down opposing quarterbacks. Entering this weekend the Saints have allowed over 4,053 yards and 39 touchdown passes through the first 15 weeks.
Here is our week 16 NFL FanDuel lineup kicking off on Thursday Night Football.
Quarterback – Blake Bortles ($8,200): Bortles has been one of the more consistent quarterbacks in the NFL this season including four straight games with at least 23 fantasy points. Add in his week 16 matchup against a very bad Saints team makes him a great fantasy option.
Other top NFL FanDuel Quarterback Options include Cam Newton, Alex Smith and Ben Roethlisberger.
Running Back – Joique Bell ($5,300): Bell is coming off a solid fantasy performance in week 15 as he finished with 17.1 fantasy points. This week, Bell gets a shot at a San Francisco 49ers team that has allowed the second most amount of fantasy points to opposing running backs in the NFL. The 49ers allowed two rushing touchdowns to Jeremy Hill during week 15.
Running Back – Frank Gore ($6,000): While Gore has not been as consistent as he has over the past few seasons he is still a great option this week. The Indianapolis Colts running back has a pretty favorable matchup this weekend against a Miami Dolphins team that continue to allow big numbers on the ground.
Other top NFL FanDuel Running Back Options include Latavius Murray, Alfred Morris and Dernard Robinson.
Wide Receiver – Allen Robinson ($8,400): Looking to build around Bortles landed us with Robinson. While we could have went with one of the other Jaguars receivers we elected to go with Robinson who is putting together a big time season in 2015.
Wide Receiver – Pierre Garcon ($5,800): While Garcon has not delivered the big time fantasy numbers we saw from him a few seasons ago but he is a solid option this weekend. While many fantasy owners will turn to Desean Jackson we elected to go with the cheaper option. Garcon gets a shot to go against a Philadephia Eagles team that has allowed 22 touchdown receptions this season.
Wide Receiver – Antonio Brown ($9,300): Brown was a very easy option for us this weekend going against the Baltimore Ravens. The same Ravens team that has allowed a league high 25 touchdown receptions to opposing receivers and those numbers will go up as the teams top corner Jimmy Smith is dealing with an injury.
Other top NFL FanDuel Wide Receiver Options include Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Maclin, Jarvis Landry, Andre Johnson and Jordan Matthews.
Tight End – Antonio Gates ($6,200): Gates has been hot of late posting double digit fantasy numbers in three of his last four games. The Chargers tight is a great option at tight end against a very bad Raiders team that has allowed a league high 11 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season.
Other top NFL FanDuel Tight End Options include Julius Thomas, Kyle Rudolph and Ryan Griffin (Fantasy Sleeper).
Kicker – Chandler Catanzaro ($4,900): This weekends matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers should feature a ton of scoring opportunities. This makes Catanzaro a great fantasy option this weekend.
Other top NFL FanDuel Kicker Options include Brandon McManus, Graham Gano and Stephen Gostkowski.
Defense – Houston Texans ($5,000): As we looked around the NFL we looked at teams that have struggled on the offensive side of the ball. While, Marcus Mariota has turned in some solid fantasy numbers the overall offense has struggled making the Texans a great option.
Other top NFL Defense Options include the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and the Seeattle Seahawks.
Another week to pay up at QB!!!! Big Ben $6800 @ Baltimore could produce a huge total if DeAngelo Williams doesn’t vulture TDs. Cam Newton $7500 tore the Atlanta Falcons apart a few weeks back and is back to torment them again. He’s hot and looking to solidify a perfect season and MVP honors. Tom Brady $7500 gets a matchup @NYJ and these two teams don’t like each other. Expect the foot on the pedal all afternoon but the NY Jets defense is good. Just not sure if they can slow Tom Brady with his options getting healthier. Russell Wilson $7200 still has a lot to play for and the running game is suspect so Wilson should carry the scoring via the pass and Baldwin makes for a nice stack with how hot that TD connection has been recently. Blake Bortles $6500 gets the dream matchup at New Orleans so expect him to throw for multiple TDs this week. He had 5 TD passes a few weeks ago and all his receiving options are healthy.
Please do yourself a favor and check the injury report before playing any RBs. DeAngelo Williams $6500 should get in the end zone @ Baltimore as the scoring back in Pittsburgh’s high octane offensive attack. Doug Martin $6600 can get in the end zone also if you want to pay up at RB. Fade David Johnson at your own risk but his speed is too much to handle at this point. Johnson gets a tough matchup with Green Bay but expect him to have productive carries late in the game. Charcandrick West $5700 is in a nice spot vs Cleveland as Kansas City continues surging to a playoff spot. Keep an eye on the Buffalo Bills RB situation as Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee $4500 could present nice value.
Kamar Aiken $5400 vs Pittsburgh is a great matchup. Pittsburgh allows the most points per game to the WR position and we can expect Baltimore to play from behind most of the day. Brandon Marshall $7600 should be needed early and often vs the Patriots. Jeremy Maclin $6000 has received the highest percentage of his teams targets over the last 5 weeks so we can be confident Alex Smith will continue to pepper him with the football. Allen Robinson $7500 could be in for a HUGE day at New Orleans this week against that terrible defense. Detroit certainly took advantage so Bortles to Robinson could produce multiple scores. Golden Tate $5800 paid off last week @ New Orleans and we can expect more of the same as he is being highly targeted by Stafford the last 4 games.
Gronk $7600 and Olsen $7000 are very close in price at this point. They produce and have quality matchups. With Jordan Reed not eligible for Sunday play the cost savings begin with Delanie Walker $5600 who is a risk with Marriota possibly out. Barnidge $4700 is one of the few healthy options left for Johnny Manziel. Zach Miller $4000 is the #2 option in the Chicago passing game and is a great option at his price if you want to save and pay up elsewhere.
Options this week include Carolina $3700, Seattle $4300, and Kansas City $4200. But our favorite option is Denver $3400 at home vs Cincinnati. We expect AJ McCarron to struggle with his pass catching options banged up and Denver to be motivated after Pittsburgh took it to them in the 2nd half last week.
The holiday cheer is just setting in as the NBA looks to deliver a big time present for FanDuel owners tonight. While the slate of games isn’t full we do however have 13 taking to the hardwood to assemble our squad around including the likes of Stephen Curry, James Harden and LeBron James to name a just a few.
As we start to look a little deeper at the list of games tonight we wanted to take a little deeper look at a few games that we expect to be high scoring contests that will provide us with some big time fantasy scorers. One of those contests we are keeping our eyes on is the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers.
Entering tonight’s game between the Thunder/Lakers is slated to have the third highest over/under line at 207 points. For us we are looking at building a stack around a Thunder team that should put up some big numbers against a very bad Lakers team who is coming off a game last night.
Last week the Houston Rockets were able to post 126 points against the same Lakers team that was on the second end of a back to back. Along with the Rockets the last three teams to face the Lakers on the second end of a back to back have all posted at least 104 points.
This makes both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook a great tandem despite being very expensive. Other great options include power forward Serge Ibaka who has posted at least 25 fantasy points in four of his last five games including two of those games with at least 30.
Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for Wednesday December 23rd, 2015.
PG – Russell Westbrook ($10,400): We were looking at a few options at the point guard position but it was very difficult to pass up Westbrook against a very bad Lakers team. Only concern is an early big lead could see both Westbrook and Kevin Durant to be rested down the stretch.
PG – Raymond Felton ($4,900): The Dallas Mavericks back up point guard should see an increase in minutes as we expect Deron Williams to miss tonight’s game after suffering a hamstring injury. We considered going a little more expensive tonight with someone like Brandon Knight or Jarrett Jack as well.
SG – Eric Bledsoe ($8,200): Despite struggling of late posting three games with less than 23 fantasy points, the Phoenix Suns shooting guard is a great option tonight against the Denver Nuggets.
SG – O.J. Mayo ($5,200): Anytime you get a chance to take someone against the Philadelphia 76ers you should look to cash in on him. Now Mayo might not get the consistent points and minutes but he has delivered eight games with at least 20 fantasy points.
SF – Kevin Durant ($10,000): Durant is nearly guaranteed to drop at least 30 fantasy points tonight against the Lakers. The Thunders small forward has three fifty plus fantasy performance as well as two forty plus outings over his last ten games.
SF – Chandler Parsons ($4,300): The Dallas Mavericks small forward is still working his way back to the type of player we saw at times last year. Yes Parsons is a big time gamble but he showed us just a few nights ago against with his 33 fantasy points that he can be worth every penny at $4,300.
PF – Kevin Love ($7,800): Since we went cheap at the second point guard position we were able to spend heavier at the power forward postion. Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the New York Knicks.
PF – Marvin Williams ($5,000): We stuck with another fantasy bargain as we elected to go with Williams against the Boston Celtics. Williams is riding three straight solid performances including a 30.5 point performance against Toronto last week.
C – Steven Adams ($4,100): While we liked the idea of using Ibaka but we needed a fantasy bargain that could provide us with some salary cap relief. Adams might not post huge numbers but he does however give you a solid option to post 20 plus fantasy points.
The fantasy action is heating up on the ice as the NHL season continues to roll on Tuesday Night. Tuesday Night’s lineup features ten games to provide us all with a great selection of fantasy options to build our roster around. One of those games features the NHL top goal scorer Jamie Benn taking on the NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.
Kane will lead his Chicago Blackhawks on the road to Dallas to take on the Stars. As we start to look at these two stars, each of them look like a great option on Tuesday Night. Entering that contest, Kane is coming off a 12.3 point fantasy performance in his last outing as well as at last three fantasy points in nine of his last ten games.
Benn on the other hand hasn’t been as consistent as Kane has over the past ten games, but he has turned in some big time fantasy performances. That includes a 12.1 performance just a few nights ago against Montreal as well as a 12.9 fantasy outing back on December 8th against Carolina.
As far as some other options we took a long look at a few of the matchups that feature teams that have allowed the most goals in the NHL. One of those matchups features the Winnipeg Jets traveling to take on a Calgary Flames team that is allowing a league high 3.36 goals per game. A few of those Jets we like include defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and left winger Andrew Ladd.
Along with the Jets, you could also consider adding some Flames to your lineup as well. The Jets have struggled to slow down opposing teams as well as they enter this game allowing the fifth most goals in the NHL. Another team to consider building your team around is the Toronto Maple Leafs who are taking on an Arizona Coyotes team that ranks second in goals allowed.
Here is our NHL FanDuel Lineup for Tuesday December 22nd, 2015.
LW – Jussi Jokinen ($5,300): Jokinen and the Florida Panthers have a solid fantasy matchup tonight against an Ottawa team that ranks seventh in the NHL in goals allowed per game. Jokinen has been a solid option over the past ten games including four games with at least 3.9 fantasy points in the teams last seven games.
LW – Mathieu Perreault ($5,600): We could have gone a few different directions in tonight’s Jets/Flames matchup. While we loved the idea of using Johnny Gaudreau but we needed a cheaper option. Perreault is one of those options currently riding a six game stretch with at least two fantasy points.
RW – Patrick Kane ($8,700): Kane has been brilliant for most of the season in route to leading the NHL in points scored. That success has also shown up in fantasy stat line including posting at least four fantasy points in three straight games.
RW – Loui Eriksson ($5,200): Since we went expensive with Kane at the other right winger position we elected to a little cheaper with this pick. That being said, Eriksson has posted at least three fantasy points in six of his last ten games including back to back games with at least 4.7 fantasy points.
C – Patrick Marleau ($7,200): Marleau is another great option tonight at the center position. Enter tonight, the San Jose Sharks center has 13 goals and 12 assists on the season.
C – Adam Henrique ($4,100): The New Jersey Devils center might not be the big name fantasy owners like to add but we need a few FanDuel bargains to build our entire lineup around. Henrique has the potential to put up some big time fantasy numbers for his owners including three games over his last ten with at least 5.3 fantasy points.
D – Ryan Suter ($4,200): Looking at cheap options to build our fantasy lineup around landed us with the Minnesota Wild defenseman. Suter is a buy/low type of player turning in at least three fantasy points in four of his last ten games but has also turned in a few negative performances.
D – Morgan Rielly ($5,000): As we looked through the lineups featuring the teams allowing the most goals in the NHL, we looked for a few FanDuel Bargains. One of those options is the Maple Leafs defenseman against the Coyotes.
G – Henrik Lundqvist ($9,500): Lundqvist might be the best option between the pipes tonight against a Anaheim team that has scored only 59 goals through their first 32 games this season.
The 2015 NFL season is approaching the finishing line giving FanDuel owners a few more opportunities to cash in before the season is over. One of those opportunities comes this weekend including electing to take part in some action that gets underway tonight as the New York Jets head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
For us we have elected to turn our attention to the NFL action taking place on Sunday and Monday Night. That allowed us to look at a few key fantasy matchups to build around including the Monday Night showdown between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.
Entering this week the Saints have struggled to slow down the passing game and it has shown up in the fantasy numbers. Through their first 13 games, the Saints have allowed league highs in passing yards (3,799), passing touchdowns (36) while only intercepting six passes.
This makes Matthew Stafford one of the top fantasy options for the week as well as a handful of his teammates. That list includes wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate as well as tight end Eric Ebron. While we don’t expect this matchup to yield the double digit touchdown mark the Saints and New York Giants combined for we do expect Stafford and Drew Brees to put up some big numbers.
Here is our NFL FanDuel lineup for Week 15 kicking off on Sunday.
Quarterback – Matthew Stafford ($7,800): While we ended up going with Stafford on Monday Night Football, it was a difficult debate between the Lions quarterback and Cam Newton. In the end we expect Newton to be used in a higher percentage of leagues making Stafford a higher risk, higher reward type play against a very bad Saints defense.
Other top NFL FanDuel Quarterback Options include Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Alex Smith.
Running Back – Jeremy Hill ($6,000): Coming off a disappointing 3.4 point fantasy performance last week, Hill will look to bounce back this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. According to ESPN’s Points Against, the 49ers are allowing a league high in fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Running Back – Denard Robinson ($6,300): Robinson is a safe play this weekend as T.J. Yeldon is listed doubtful. This weekend the Jacksonville Jaguars host an Atlanta Falcons team that has allowed a combined 18 touchdown to opposing running backs this season.
Other top NFL FanDuel Running Back Options include Ameer Abdullah, Lamar Miller and Adrian Peterson.
Wide Receiver – Calvin Johnson ($8,000): Despite finding his name on the injury list each week, Johnson is a must start option this week at the wide receiver position. Prior this his single digit fantasy performance last week, Johnson had yielded double digit numbers in seven straight games.
Wide Receiver – Albert Wilson ($5,300): Wilson might not have the appeal that Jeremy Maclin has this weekend but both should be able to put together some nic fantasy numbers as the Chiefs take on a very bad Baltimore Ravens defense. Entering this weekend, the Ravens have allowed a league high 24 touchdown grabs to opposing receivers this season.
Wide Receiver – Allen Robinson ($8,100): Robinson turned in one of his only disappointments of the season last week. This week we expect the Jaguars offense and the Falcons offense to put up some offensive numbers. Look for Robinson to bounce back with another double digit fantasy performance.
Other top NFL FanDuel Wide Receiver Options include DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Larry Fitzgerald, Malcom Floyd, Tyler Lockett and Jeremy Butler (Fantasy Sleeper).
Tight End – Rob Gronkowski ($8,500): Now we have elected to go with Gronk this weekend our only concern is this game becomes a one sided affair led by the New England Patriots leading to rest time in the second half.
Other top NFL FanDuel Tight End Options include Eric Ebron, Tyler Kroft (Deep Fantasy Sleeper) and Richard Rodgers.
Kicker – Nick Novak ($4,500): We looked at a few of the top fantasy kickers this weekend but elected to go with Novak. Novak and the Houston Texans travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts in a game both team needs to win.
Other top NFL FanDuel Kicker Options include Stephen Gostkowski, Mason Crosby and Matt Prater.
Defense – Seattle Seahawks ($5,400): The Legion Of Boom might not be the same as we have seen over the past few seasons but they have stepped up over the past two weeks to reward fantasy owners. This week they get a shot at a Cleveland Browns team that is not really good giving the Seahawks a chance to make it three straight weeks with double digit fantasy numbers.
Other top NFL Defense Options include Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.
The approach this week is to play one cash game lineup on Draftkings. Here is a plan for $20 worth of entries and you can adjust your plan up or down based on how much of your bankroll you are committing to week 11. Of the $20 of entries, enter 14 $1 Head to Head games, 3 $1 3 man leagues, 2 $1 5 man leagues, and 1 $1 GPP.
QB Carson Palmer $7000
RB Brandon Bolden $3200
RB Adrian Peterson $7100
WR Michael Floyd $4400
WR Julio Jones $8500
WR Golden Tate $5500
TE Jeff Reed $5900
FLEX Jeremy Maclin $5500
DST Houston Texans $2500
Carson Palmer has a great matchup in Philadelphia who ranks 29th vs the pass and 31st vs WRs. Palmer has plenty of options at WR to exploit the matchup he desires. He also has David Johnson out of the backfield who has proven to be a good pass catching option capable of breaking a long TD with his speed on a check down or RB screen pass. Palmer had the highest projected floor in some projections earlier in the week but with the updates to all the injury news he is still top 5 in all projections I have seen.
Running Back Breakdown:
The Running Back selections for this lineup are Brandon Bolden and Adrian Peterson. Bolden and Peterson are both ranked inside the top 10 at the RB position this week in rankings and PPR projections. Bolden saw 16 carries last week in relief of Blount who is now out for the year. Bolden and James White figure to see most of the work in the backfield but Bolden is the runner and White is more of a pass catcher. Bolden may not get the targets but he should pay off his price in a game the Patriots are favored by 14 points at home and could run late in the game with the lead. Adrian Peterson should get 20 to 25 touches again vs the Chicago Bears defense. Minnesota is in the playoff picture so needs a win to solidify its spot. Expect the Vikings to ride Peterson all day as they play as home favorites.
Wide Receiver Breakdown:
The Wide Receiver slots are filled by Michael Floyd, Julio Jones, and Golden Tate. A WR was selected for the FLEX spot also, Jeremy Maclin. Michael Floyd continues to be underpriced. He is healthy and seeing 10 targets per game in his last 3 healthy starts. Julio Jones hasn’t scored a TD in 5 weeks which is why his price is down. I expect Julio to get 15-20 targets this week because he’s the best player on the field and I assume the Atlanta Falcons want to win. Golden Tate gets the great matchup in New Orleans. The New Orleans pass defense is terrible so targeted WR vs them is a great play. Drew Brees also plays better at home which means New Orleans will score and in turn Detroit needs to counter with scores of their own. Tate has outscored Calvin Johnson in 3 of the last 4 games (remember Thanksgiving) and has out targeted Johnson in that span also. Jeremy Maclin vs the worst pass secondary in the NFL! Baltimore is giving up the most fantasy points per game to WRs. I want Maclin and hope people don’t realize the weather last week in Kansas City is the reason his production was held in check.
Tight End Breakdown:
Jordan Reed is averaging 8.5 targets per game over the last 4 games and the Washington Redskins need him. They are in win at all costs mode to get into the playoffs which means winning the NFC East. They are in the driver’s seat and need to take advantage of their best offensive weapon. Expect Reed to get his normal target production and be highly targeted in the red zone as usual.
The weekend has arrived giving daily fantasy owners a full slate of NBA games to cash in on. That includes a 12 game NBA scheduled for Friday Night that features some potential high scoring contests. That includes three games that currently sit with an over/under of at least 210.
Those three games include the Sacramento Kings heading to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves, the New Orleans Pelicans traveling to Phoenix to take on the Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks traveling to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors.
All three of those games feature some big time fantasy studs including DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis. For us we are turning our attention to the Warriors/Bucks matchup as all eyes will be on this matchup after the Bucks handed the Warriors their first loss of the season last week.
Add in the fact the Warriors felt the Bucks disrespected them after the win with the way they celebrated makes nearly every member of their team a great fantasy option tonight. One of those players was Klay Thompson who will be coming off his 50 point fantasy performance including scoring 27 points in the third quarter for the Warriors on Wednesday Night.
This contest should also supply us with a few fantasy sleepers/bargains to choose as well as the Warriors are currently sitting as high as a 20 point favorite. One of those options could be Festus Ezeli at the center position and Andre Iguodala at the small forward position. Then you have John Henson, O.J. Mayo and Khris Middleton that all sit under the $6k mark for the Bucks.
Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for Friday December 18th, 2015.
PG – Stephen Curry ($10,900): There is no way we are passing on Curry tonight in a game the Warriors are looking to blowout the Bucks. While a blowout could limit Curry’s minutes down the stretch, we will take are gamble with the NBA’s leading scorer.
PG – Ricky Rubio ($7,200): Rubio when healthy has shown he can be one of the top playmakers at the point guard position. That included he near triple double performance on Wednesday Night against the New York Knicks falling one point short of that mark. While he lacks the big time scoring performance Rubio does make up for it in the rebound and assists columns most nights.
SG – Kent Bazemore ($5,500): Looking at shooting guards below the $5k mark landed us with Bazemore. The Atlanta Hawks shooting guard has turned in some solid fantasy performance of late including at least 25 fantasy points in five of his last six games. Tonight he should get an opportunity to produce against the Boston Celtics.
SG – Eric Bledsoe ($8,800): Bledsoe is the top option at the shooting guard position tonight in a game that Vegas expects to see a ton of scoring in. Even on a bad night scoring just six points, Bledsoe still managed to finish with 23 fantasy points. Look for him to bounce back tonight against the Pelicans.
SF – Tobias Harris ($6,000): After playing in just 17 minutes three games ago, Harris appears to be healthy posting 23 and 26 minutes in the next two games. While this is low compared to his minutes prior to the injury we expect to see the minutes continue to rise. Harris has shown with his four 30 plus fantasy performances in his last ten games he is worth every penny.
SF – T.J. Warren ($4,000): We wanted to look at few key fantasy matchups in the matchup between the Suns and Pelicans. While we loved the idea of using Anthony Davis we are still debating his salary cap number hit on the rest of our roster. The downside to Warren has been his inconsistency posting 38 fantasy points one night and failing to reach double digit points the next.
PF – Ryan Anderson ($6,6000): As fantasy owners look to add Anthony Davis to their rosters we are looking at a cheaper alternative who might not be used in a high percentage of fantasy leagues. That landed us with his teammate Anderson who has posted at least 30 fantasy points in two of his last three games played.
PF – John Henson ($3,800): While Henson and Miles Plumlee will split time in the abscnese of Greg Monroe, Henson is still a solid fantasy sleeper option coming off the bench if that is the case.
C – Jahlil Okafor ($6,600): After looking back at a few of the contests that we have submitted lineups in, all of the top teams stayed away from the most expensive fantasy options at the center position. Most of those stayed below the $7k mark leading us to look at Okafor against the New York Knicks tonight. A few of the other plays we like include Nikola Vucevic who sits right above that mark and Al Horford against the Boston Celtics.