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Here is my team for the $30,000 FanDuel tournament. I feel good about this team after writing this, so that’s a warning flag, but hear me out and join the league and see if you can come up with a better team!
QB: Eli Manning: ($6,600) Peyton Manning would be my pick, but FanDuel has raised their cap on pricing and he’s now $10,400. I think that’s worth it still, but I am having trouble making an overall team I like with him in there so it came down to Terrelle Pryor and Eli. I like both quite a bit and they both cost the same, so I’d feel good about either really.
But I chose Eli because I see this as his comeback game against an Eagles team that doesn’t have the personnel to stop the pass. The Giants have been on the road three of four games in this losing streak and their one loss at home came against the Broncos. This home game also comes against a team who gave up 329 yards and two touchdowns to Robert Griffin III, 419 yards and three touchdowns to Philip Rivers, 273 yards passing and 33 yards rushing to Alex Smith, and through three quarters they gave up 327 yards and four touchdowns to Peyton Manning. The Eagles rank dead last in pass rush according to Pro Football Focus and second to last in pass coverage. Eli hasn’t had time in the pocket, but he should this week.
Other QB Picks: Terrelle Pryor, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers and Michael Vick
RB: LeSean McCoy: ($8,800) There really haven’t been any can’t miss matchups for running backs this season. The Rams come the closest and I just can’t stomach starting Maurice Jones-Drew. So I’m going with the best non-Adrian Peterson running back. McCoy couldn’t keep his breath in the altitude of Mile High last week, but will be good to go in a game that he should excel in. The Giants as Evan Silva noted in his Matchup Article for this week, have had trouble with dual threat quarterbacks and their running back sidekicks. Last season RGIII and company ran all over them and this year Cam Newton and friends did the same.
McCoy has 608 total yards this season. That’s over 100 yards more than the second placed running back Jamaal Charles, who has 502. He will get his no matter what.
RB: Matt Forte: ($8,600) Forte has been playing like one of the best running backs in the league, but hasn’t had much press. He leads all running backs in receptions with 24 and is fourth in total yards, ahead of Adrian Peterson. Under new head coach Marc Trestman he is being utilized perfectly and that won’t change this week as the Saints come marching into Chicago to eat deep dish and spend too much money on schlock at Navy Pier.
The Saints are giving up the second most yards per reception to running backs and the most yards per carry in the league at 5.0. This could be a shootout, but Forte is packing for shootouts with Trestman on his side. Unlike some running backs Forte is completely in his element on passing downs.
Other RB picks: LeGarrette Blount, Eddie Lacy, Rashad Jennings, Giovani Bernard and David Wilson
WR Terrance Williams: ($4,800) I whiffed on Ryan Broyles last week when I should have went with Williams (hopefully it won’t be the other way around this week). Williams saw eight targets as Miles Austin’s replacement and caught seven of them for 71 yards. He had a costly fumble, but it’s still better than the ZERO points Ryan Broyles put up. This week is a tougher matchup, but with Austin out again and Peyton Manning most likely scoring early and often, Tony Romo should have his most passing attempts of any game this season. He should give you enough points for his price.
WR: DeSean Jackson: ($7,000) He was completely on fire to start the season, but was cooled down by Kansas City and Denver. Now that they are out of the AFC they should have better luck against the 0-4 Giants who are missing Corey Webster (groin), Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring). You need those parts to play and defend other players. The Giants are also dead last with just four sacks on the season and if you give Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson time, they will find each other.
WR: Victor Cruz: ($7,500) The Eagles give up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and Victor Cruz has scored the most fantasy points for wide receivers – hurricane meet june bug.
Other WR Picks: Denarius Moore, Ryan Broyles, Jordy Nelson, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown, and Hakeem Nicks
TE: Julius Thomas: ($6,400) Jimmy Graham is still cheap for his production at $8,400 and I could see plugging him in here and downgrading one of the running backs to Eddie Lacy, but I feel pretty good about Thomas who faces a Dallas team who just gave up a huge game to Antonio Gates. Li’l Gates as I now like to call Thomas is set up for a big game. Peyton Manning likes to keep his pass catchers happy and Thomas has only had eight targets over the last two games and failed to score a touchdown for the first time last week. He’ll get him his.
Other TE Picks: Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, and Charles Clay
K: Greg Zurlein: ($5,100) The Jaguars often get behind and instead of needing to go for it on fourth downs opposing teams will settle for field goals.
Other K Picks: Matt Prater and Steven Haushcka
DEF: Carolina: ($5,100) We saw what Carolina did to the Giants offensive line two weeks ago. They now have had an extra week to game plan for the Cardinals who have a work in progress offensive line.
Other Defense Picks: Kansas City, St. Louis, and Atlanta