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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: Robert Griffin III: ($8,800) Griffin has found his football legs and is running all over the place showing them off to people. Over the last two weeks he has run 20 times for 160 yards and last week it paid off in the passing game as well as he threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. This game has an over/under at a whopping 58.5 and that’s the game I want my quarterback playing in, especially if he’s getting rushing yards, which we all know count more than passing yards.
Other QB Picks: Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer
RB: Marshawn Lynch: ($8,600) The Rams give up an average of 120 yards and one touchdown per game to opposing running backs. Marshawn Lynch is an opposing running back and an imposing one at that. Lynch is third in fantasy points scored for running backs and tied for second in rushing touchdowns with six. The Rams have Kellen Clemens starting and will have trouble moving the ball, so Seattle won’t need air it out to keep up and Lynch already averages the third most rushing attempts per game. He’ll get his.
RB Fred Jackson: ($7,100) Jackson is a little scary since he had to leave last week’s game after re-aggravating his knee injury, but he came back and played well. Nobody can slight his toughness. This week he won’t have C.J. Spiller to lose snaps to and he faces a Saints run defense that gives up 92.2 yards per game to running backs at 4.6 yards per carry. And if you are worried about what might happen if the Saints get up big, Jackson has 25 receptions on the season while splitting time with Spiller.
Other RB picks: Eddie Lacy, Darren Sproles, Andre Ellington
WR Kris Durham: ($4,600) Over the last three weeks Durham has caught 16 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Not great numbers of course, but he’s clearly the #2 target for Matthew Stafford right now and this week they don’t face the Browns or the Bengals, they face the Cowboys who are giving up 311 passing yards per game and according to Football Outsiders rank 30th against #2 receivers. I’m not going to spit in your eye and tell you it’s raining and I’m not going to tell you Durham is anything special, but he has the opportunity and a great price on FanDuel.
WR: Terrance Williams: ($6,000) Williams has the #2 receiver job wrapped up after catching 24 of 28 targets for 380 yards and three touchdowns this season. Miles Austin most likely won’t play and even if he does he won’t start because Williams is playing too well. The Lions were just scorched by Andy Dalton and Brandon Weeden the last two weeks and they will have to pay heed to whatever Dez Bryant is doing.
WR: Marques Colston: ($6,400) Jimmy Graham is either going to be limited or not play and that makes it prime time for Colston to step up. With a bye week to reassess, the Saints will have looked at ways to get Colston the ball more. They need him to be successful and with Graham hurting this is a great time to do so. The Bills are giving up the second most yards to wide receivers and the second most touchdowns. This is the week.
Other WR Picks: Jarrett Boykin, Pierre Garcon, Antonio Brown, Cole Beasley
TE: Rob Gronkowski: ($7,600) The Dolphins gave up 100+ yards and a touchdown to Jordan Cameron and 100 yards and two touchdowns to Jimmy Graham and now they get to face Gronkowski as Tom Brady’s go to receiver. They’ve given up a touchdown per game to tight ends and I’d fall over if Gronk doesn’t catch one this week.
Other TE Picks: Jordan Reed, Tony Gonzalez, Charles Clay
K: Dan Bailey: ($5,000) The Lions lead the league in fantasy points allowed to kickers. Bailey is the cheapest kicker on FanDuel. Fin.
DEF: Kansas City: ($5,900) Kansas City leads the league in sacks by 11 and the Browns are third in sacks allowed. Jason Campbell has a shot-putters time on his delivery and lead feet. You do the math.
Other Defense Picks: Seattle