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Above Average At Fantasy?

Friday, August 30, 2013


Rotoworld's partner FanDuel has a $10 Sunday-Monday 50/50 fantasy football league. Click here to enter.

 

Hello Rotoworlders. I’ve been playing in FanDuel's one-week fantasy football leagues since its inception four years ago and I’m hooked. I especially enjoy these 50/50 games. Just ask yourself, are you better than average at fantasy football? All you have to do is finish anywhere in the top half of FanDuel’s 50/50 fantasy football league and you win. You’ll win almost double your money.

 

For these leagues I prefer to play it safe. You don't need to win the whole thing to win. In a 200 team league like this one you get paid the same if you finish 100th or 1st, so playing risky picks to win it all isn't really the route I take. So, Mr. above average fantasy football player, what are you waiting for? Hop in now for just $10.

 

Here is my risk averse team:

 

QB: Tony Romo: Last year Tony Romo averaged 372 yards passing and two touchdowns against the Giants. He also threw a whole load of interceptions as he is wont to do, but if he plays anything like last year’s season opener he’ll be worth the $8,200 you’ll pay for him, which is the 11th most for quarterbacks.

 

RB: Steven Jackson: He didn’t blow anyone away in preseason, but got what was blocked for him and ran through people in his bruising style, all while playing on third downs and getting receptions. The Saints defense hasn’t improved much this off-season from the team that gave up the most fantasy points to running backs in 2012. Jackson should have plenty of opportunities in the Falcons efficient offense.

 

RB: Stevan Ridley: Last season Ridley was one of the most consistent running backs in the league and against the Bills he averaged 102 yards rushing and 1.5 touchdowns.  The Bills were just behind the Saints in fantasy points allowed to running backs last year and Ridley comes at a nice price of $7,200, the 16th highest for a running back.

 

WR: Dez Bryant: Bryant is the second highest priced receiver at $8,300 but he has looked unstoppable in preseason and going back to the last eight games of the regular season. The Giants don’t have a corner who can handle him, but who does? And I’m good with doubling up on Romo and Dez in the season opener.

 

WR: Pierre Garcon: The Eagles secondary hasn’t looked much better in preseason than it was last year when they gave up a league-high 23 touchdowns to wide receivers.  Garcon looks to be healthy and has been getting rave reviews this preseason.  If Garcon’s foot does flare up this year it most likely will be with extended use later in the season. Grab him for Week one at a cheap $6,200.

 

WR: Kenbrell Thompkins:  Here’s the value play of the weekend. At $4,200 the starting receiver for the Patriots should get your attention. And with Rob Gronkowski out, Tom Brady will have to look to someone besides Danny Amendola in the passing game. And in their Week 3 preseason game Brady targeted Thompkins 12 times with him catching 8 of those for over 100 yards.

 

TE: Jimmy Graham: Last year the Falcons gave up the second most receiving yards to tight ends with 205 of those yards and two touchdowns coming against Graham. And he wasn’t even fully healthy last season. He’s the highest priced tight end at $7,500 but outpaces all the others enough for me to feel good about paying the extra cash.

 

K: Dan Bailey: I seldom take a kicker over $5,000 unless I just happen to have a few hundred lying around. Bailey should be in a high scoring game at home in good weather. Good enough for me.

 

D: Indianapolis Colts: Picking a FanDuel defense is all about matchups.  Yes, the Seahawks are an amazing defense and if I somehow had them on my yearly league team (which I won’t) I’d be happy, but they cost $5,700 and are traveling cross-country to play the Panthers and Cam Newton. They could easily put up a decent game, but I like my odds of the Colts in their season opener at home against whomever the Raiders trot out at quarterback.

 

Hop in the 50/50 fantasy football league now!



Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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