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The game at FanDuel is an entirely different battlefield with many different opportunities. Rather than rehash the Perfect Lineup for DraftKings, I'll get right to the point here with two players. I'm starting my roster with Le’Veon Bell ($9.100) and Martellus Bennett ($5,200).
Bell now ranks 8th in PPR leagues at the RB position while his average per game (23.05) is only a slight step back from David Johnson (24.48). Last week Le'Veon had his first impact game of the season (134 combined yards with two TDs and nine catches). He's on pace to catches 90 passes in just 12 games. His only failed area of production is in TDs (2). The Browns allowed the 5th most Fantasy points to RBs with one disaster game (CIN - 312 combined yards with two TDs and four catches). Over the last six games, team average 34.5 rushes against Cleveland. On the year, RBs gain 4.5 yards per rush vs. the Browns while allowing 14 TDs to the RB position. Pittsburgh should score at least four TDs, so Bell will be a big part of the game plan. Huge salary with a huge opportunity expected in this game. Possible 35+ Fantasy points.
With Rob Gronkowski out this week, Bennett becomes a great value play at TE. Last week he appeared to regain his bounce in his step (7/102) after being quiet over his previous three games (5/48, 1/5, and 4/35). Martellus already has four games of value (5/114/1, 5/109, 6/67/3, and 7/102). Even with his success, Bennett doesn't have a game with over eight targets. The 49ers are league average vs. the TE position (45/528/2 on 65 targets) with two bad games (5/122/1 and 8/109/1). I'd love to say shove all in, but San Fran has risks in all area on defense so any player on the Patriots could come in this week.
I don’t believe I need to be cute at TE as Martellus Bennett is too cheap and New England is a top team in the league featuring the TE position (63/1044/7 on 82 targets). Over the last five games with Brady in the lineup, TEs have 47 catches for 768 yards and six TDs on 60 targets (11/176/3, 12/210/1, 5/98/1, 9/144/1, and 10/158). We now have two core players.
When deciding between Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Bell should be the stronger option with less failure risk. If Pittsburgh happens to get out to a big lead, the Steelers don’t have anyone behind Bell to steal or limit his touches. Whereas, Brown’s upside could be limited by game score. Based on this, I’ll use Bell as my foundation RB.
FanDuel just about gives a Fantasy owner the Giants' Defense ($4,700) and kicker (Robbie Gould - $4.500) combo, so I'll add both to my starting lineup.
At this point, I feel I’m in good shape with $7,300 in salary left for each of my last five players.
If I played C.J. Prosise ($4,900) at RB2, I would have plenty of elite options to fill my WRs and QB.
With Christine Michael getting injured last Friday, Prosise earned his first career start. He's looked electric in two of his last three games in the passing game (4/80 and 7/87). Last week the Seahawks gave him 17 rushes leading to 66 yards. On the year, C.J. gains 3.7 yards per rush. RBs have 48 catches for 324 yards and two TDs on 57 targets against the Eagles. Seattle should give him the lead role this week, but it will be tough to trust his opportunity with Thomas Rawls expected to return to action.
My other thought was to roster a solid RB2 in Spencer Ware ($7,700), which would leave me $7,200 per player.
Ware suffered a concussion in Week 8, which led to him missing the next game. Last week Spencer was on the field for 41 of 64 plays run by the Chiefs. He gained 72 yards on 16 touches. On the year, Ware only has three TDs with one game with over 100 yards rushing. The Bucs are 23rd in the league defending the RB position with 10 TDs allowed to the RB position. The last five opponents rushed for over 100 yards against Tampa while gaining 4.8 yards per rush. I've chased the Chiefs' RB situation around too much this year, but this is another matchup that offers upside.
By playing Ware, I was intrigued by the options by double stacking the Colts’ WRs.
Luck has two impact games in 2016 (385/4 and 353/3) with the second game coming on the road against the Titans. In his other seven starts, Andrew has fewer than 300 yards passing in five games with no other game with more than two TDs. This will be the third game back for Donte Moncrief who scored a TD in each of his last two games. This gives Luck three upside options in the passing game when combined with Hilton and Doyle. Tennessee allowed an impact score to the QB position in three of the last four games (353/3, 337/3, and 379/3) with each game coming at home. This game lines up to be a shootout with the Titans rounding into form offensively as well. The top end of the QB pool looks strong this week, which makes it difficult to identify the player that offers the biggest edge.
The bye week should help T.Y. regain his form after battling a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks. Over the last two games, Hilton has only seven catches for 102 yards on 14 targets. His best three games came in Week 3 (SD - 8/174/1), Week 5 (CHI - 10/171/1) and Week 7 (TEN - 7/133/1). He averages ten targets per game with a short catch rate (57.7). The Titans have struggled to defend WRs in three of their last five games (CLE - 18/202/2, JAC - 16/203/2, and GB - 25/341/1). WRs have 143 catches for 1820 yards and 10 TDs on 240 targets vs. Tennessee in 2016. T.Y. will get plenty of chances in this game and he already posted an elite game vs. the Titans this year.
Moncrief has a TD in each of his three full games played while averaging 7.3 targets per game. His catch rate (46.7) has been short in his last two games. Last season Donte had only five catches for 30 yards and a TD on nine targets in two games against the Titans. He should draw Tennessee's top CB Jason McCourty in coverage who will give up catches and yards while minimizing the damage in TDs. Nice upside player, but his targets and catches need to be higher to support this price point.
This path would leave me with $6,300 in salary with two solid options in Jamison Crowder ($6,300) and Julian Edelman ($6,100).
Edelman had his best game of the season in Week 10 (7/99 on nine targets). Over the last three games, he has 20 catches for 196 yards and a TD on 27 targets. His salary still doesn't match his stats in 2016 plus Julian only has one TD. On the year, he averages almost eight targets per game while gaining only 9.5 yards per catch. The 49ers allow the second-most Fantasy points to WRs (113/1493/15 in 181 targets) with possibly more risk if they didn't struggle so bad defending the run. May surprise if Rob Gronkowski doesn't play as San Fran will be geared up to stop the run game with Blount doing so well in close.
Crowder has a TD in three of his last four games. He had his best two games in Week 7 (7/108) and Week 8 (9/107/1) while receiving 22 combined targets. Jamison is on pace for 78 catches for 951 yards and nine TDs while averaging seven targets per game. WRs have 103 catches for 1520 yards and 12 TDs on 168 targets against the Packers. Six of their passing TDs allowed to WRs came in the last three games. Green Bay has risk at slot CB, so Crowder has a chance to post a solid game. Jamison has become Cousins' top WR over the last few weeks.
The last report from Washington suggest DeSean Jackson will play, which will steal some targets from Crowder.
Here’s my Perfect Lineup at FanDuel: