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It's Week 15 and there are only a few more weeks of FanDuel football left to play so let's make them count and win some cash monies before the abyss that is the off season sets upon us. Here is one of my favorite teams for the week. Take a look and tell me what you think over on the Twitter machine.
QB Matt Ryan $7,500 WAS@ATL
Picking a quarterback this week is tough business. I love Drew Brees and Nick Foles, but they cost just a bit too much for me to make the lineup I want. I will probably own them on a few teams, but I’m really liking Matt Ryan at home against Washington. Ryan has been pretty much horrible without Julio Jones and Roddy White for much of the season, but I like what I’ve seen from him now that White is finally healthy. Harry Douglas proved that he is reliable during White’s prolonged injuries, so that also helps put together a good one-two punch now that White is back. Tony Gonzalez is still a good safety valve and Jacquizz Rodgers and Steven Jackson can catch passes as well.
Washington has fallen to pieces lately for a myriad of reasons and on the season they are giving up 272 passing yards per game and have allowed 25 passing touchdowns, which ties them for 30th overall. I like the matchup and I like that Ryan will be playing at home. Even though he’s had a poor season without his top weapons, he is still playing much better in Atlanta. In seven games on the road he is averaging 261 yards passing at a 60% completions rate with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a QB Rating of 74.3. In six games at home sweet dome he is averaging 308.5 yards passing at a 72.4% completions rate with 10 touchdowns and one interception for a QB Rating of 106.2.
RB DeMarco Murray $8,000 GB@DAL
For the season the Packers are giving up 109.4 rushing yards per game (27th) to running backs at 4.5 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns (24th). And over the last six games they are giving up 199.2 total yards per game to opposing running backs. With Matt Flynn in at quarterback instead of Aaron Rodgers I think the Cowboys can keep a lead or at least keep it close so Murray will get plenty of work.
On the season Murray has played in 11 games and has 1,120 total yards, 41 receptions and seven touchdowns. That’s 101.8 yards per game he’s played in, which counts games he was hurt in as well. He also has a nice 5.27 yards per carry and once again, the only thing keeping him from being a top back are injuries. But he’s healthy right now and gets a great matchup at a slightly discounted price, so I’m rolling with him.
RB Eddie Lacy $7,200 GB@DAL
On the other side of the field is Lacy and he also has a great matchup. The Cowboys will again be without Sean Lee and they are giving up the most fantasy points to running backs in the league. On the season they are allowing an amazing 172.3 total yards per game to running backs and 17 total touchdowns.
Lacy hurt his ankle last week, but played through the injury and now says he’s feeling much better than he did in the second half of last week’s game. I was worried about Matt Flynn getting the Packers down by about 50 points by halftime and not being able to run the ball, but he looked much better last week against the Falcons than he did against the Lions tough defensive front on Thanksgiving. He’s not going to be Rodgers, but he still has plenty of weapons and is facing a Dallas defense that can barely call themselves that with a straight face. So I think Lacy will see plenty of chances and make good on them as he often does.
WR Roddy White $6,200 WAS@ATL
White’s price hasn’t caught up with his newly found ability to run and stop and run again in a different direction so I think he’s one of the must haves on my teams this week. In his last two games he has 18 receptions for 217 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown, but with 24 targets in the last two I think a touchdown is on its way.
WR Torrey Smith $6,000 BAL@DET
Smith had a big dud in the snow against the Vikings last week, but I’m willing to give him a mulligan in that one due to the weather. Before last week he had caught three touchdowns in four games and now he takes on the Lions who are getting torched by #1 receivers. Nine wide receivers have topped 100 yards and three receivers have had two touchdowns against them. On the season they are allowing 184.9 yards per game to wide receivers and have allowed 17 touchdowns, tying them for worst in the league. So play Smith!
WR Riley Cooper $5,800 PHI@MIN
The Vikings also happen to be just awful at defending the pass. They rank 30th in yards allowed to wide receivers at 191 yards per game. They also have been worse against #2 receivers than #1 receivers. Football Outsiders has the Vikings ranked 13th against #1 receivers and 26th against #2's. He missed a big game with some bad drops last week, but the 8 inches of snow weren’t the best conditions for handling the ball. This week he gets to be in the nice recycled air of the Metrodome.
TE Jimmy Graham $8,200 NO@STL
I like Delanie Walker against the Cardinals this week for his cheap $4,800 price, but with Rob Gronkowski out, Graham has a stranglehold on the #1 tight end spot and is too reliable to pass over if you can fit him on your team. The Rams are tough against tight ends, but so were the Panthers last week and Graham caught two touchdowns against them.
K Matt Bryant $5,000 WAS@ATL
Bryant hasn’t had many opportunities of late with the Falcons offense on the skids, but I like him and the team to put up more points this week in the dome.
D Carolina Panthers $6,000 NYJ@CAR
Geno Smith has been a great quarterback to target this season for defenses and that shouldn’t stop this week in Charlotte. On the road this season the Jets have allowed defenses to average of 16.8 FanDuel points while the Panthers are averaging 15.5 at home. And it doesn’t hurt that they will want to exact some revenge on the closest team after getting throttled by the Saints last week.