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Week 4 FanDuel Recap

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

There's only one word that can aptly describe Week 4 of the 2015 NFL season: quiet. Okay, maybe there's more than one word. Ironically, I used the same opening line last week, with the exception that the applicable word was “bananas”. It was definitely a week that was the opposite of the week prior, and the key to success was simply avoiding all the highly-owned landmines that were out there. If you managed to put up a lineup with every fantasy player scoring in double-figures, you likely had a very good week.

 

 

Here's a look at the winning lineup for this week's “Sunday Million” tournament on FanDuel:

 

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Philip Rivers

QB

26.2

$7,400

Karlos Williams

RB

14.5

$6,300

Devonta Freeman

RB

35.4

$7,200

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

20.2

$7,900

Keenan Allen

WR

15.2

$7,700

Demaryius Thomas

WR

13.8

$8,500

Martellus Bennett

TE

19.8

$5,500

Graham Gano

K

13

$4,700

Carolina Panthers

DST

18

$4,800

Total

 

176.1

$60,000

 

 

User “brettrau24” took home the $1,000,000 first place prize on FanDuel this week, and there was an interesting fact that stood out to me right away: Devonta Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins, and Keenan Allen were all on the winning Sunday Million roster for the second consecutive week. As I wrote in the introduction, he also managed to avoid most of the landmines out there, as each one of his players scored at least 13 fantasy points.

 

 

I will discuss Devonta Freeman, Martellus Bennett, and the Panthers Defense in detail a little bit later in column, as I had all three of those players on my best team for the week. Obviously, all of them were a big key to success in Week 4, especially Freeman. The highest-owned player in the contest this week was Karlos Williams, who checked in with a 40%+ ownership clip on almost every FanDuel tournament on Sunday. Williams didn't have the great day that everyone predicted, but he grabbed a late touchdown reception to salvage a decent day.

 

 

The key to his lineup, outside of grabbing the three players I mentioned above, was the presence of Philip Rivers. This was not a recommended play coming into the week, as the Browns have a shutdown corner in Joe Haden, and the Chargers were missing four starting offensive linemen. However, Haden was a surprise inactive (though this wasn't announced until after rosters locked). This allowed brettrau24 to get Rivers at a 3.5% ownership, and he responded with a 358-yard, three-touchdown day. It worked out in the end, and sometimes taking a risk is what you need to take down a large field tournament.

 

 

DeAndre Hopkins is simply a target monster in Houston, as he received over 20 targets this week. He is going to produce every week on volume alone. Demaryius Thomas wasn't great with just 13.8 fantasy points, but he outscored all of the more popular expensive wide receivers like Julio Jones and Randall Cobb. When all was said and done, brettrau24 had avoided all the popular plays that had poor days, and he was rewarded with a cool million dollars. Congratulations to him and any of you readers that may have won some cash this past week!

 

 

 

STLCardinals84: Week 4 Recap

Despite the fact that Week 4 was a low-scoring fantasy week, I had perhaps my best week in four years playing daily fantasy football. My top lineup on FanDuel was leading the “Monster” tournament for $100,000 late Sunday afternoon, and I ended up finishing in fourth place for a $20,000 payout. A rundown of the roster appears below:

 

 

Player

Pos

           FPs

     Salary

Derek Carr

QB

       14.84

$7,000

Jamaal Charles

RB

17.5

$8,700

Devonta Freeman

RB

35.4

$7,200

Amari Cooper

WR

12.9

$7,200

Randall Cobb

WR

6.9

$8,200

Allen Robinson

WR

10

$6,500

Martellus Bennett

TE

19.8

$5,500

Chandler Catanzaro

K

17

$4,800

Carolina Panthers

DST

18

$4,800

Total

 

152.34

$59,900

 

 

The keys to this roster doing well were the performances of the tight end, kicker, and defense. Martellus Bennett was a fairly popular tight end choice once news broke that Jay Cutler was starting for the Bears, and he also got to go up against the awful tight end defense of the Raiders. Alshon Jeffery was out again this week, making Bennett a shoo-in for a bevy of targets. He did not disappoint with a solid line of 11/83/1. I could not quite afford the popular Seahawks or Cardinals Defense on this team, so I had to pivot down to the Panthers, who were my third-favorite defense of the week. They managed four interceptions of Jameis Winston and parlayed one into a defensive score. Throw in five field goals from Arizona kicker Chandler Catanzaro, and my squad had 55 points from those three positions.

 

 

I opted for the popular Derek Carr/Amari Cooper stack at QB/WR, and they didn't exactly have the best day. Carr only had 196 passing yards, but he did manage two touchdown tosses, and one of those was to Cooper. The second key to my lineup was the running back combination of Devonta Freeman and Jamaal Charles. Freeman was the highest scoring fantasy player of the week and was just 11.4% owned in this tournament, so having him was a big key to anyone's success this weekend. Charles didn't have his best day on the ground, as the Chiefs were in catch-up mode much of the afternoon. He did, however, add six catches for 70 yards to salvage a solid performance.

 

 

Where my lineup fell just short was at wide receiver. Randall Cobb was my highest-owned player at 35% owned, and he put up a disappointing game by his standards with just 6.9 FanDuel points on the day. Allen Robinson was only 4.8% owned, and he managed only four grabs. I was the highest finisher that had Cobb, and I was just 2.1 points away from first place. Oh, what could have been...

 

 

The aspect of the daily fantasy “sweat” is also an intriguing one to discuss. At 7:20 PM EST on Sunday, I was leading this tournament. The Broncos' strip sack of Teddy Bridgewater with 25 seconds to go in that game allowed one Denver defense owner to pass me. One Mark Ingram owner inched by me on Sunday night. The dagger came on Monday as a Steven Hauschka owner passed me by 0.12 points thanks to his second 50+ yard field goal. If just one of those would have been 49 yards, I would have held on to third. Regardless, I'll happily take the fourth-place finish. It marks back-to-back solid weeks for me, and hopefully it is a sign that big wins are on the horizon.

 

 

 

Stock Rising

 

1. Philip Rivers  

2. Devonta Freeman

3. DeAndre Hopkins

4. Allen Hurns

5. Martellus Bennett

 

 

Stock Falling

 

1. Colin Kaepernick

2. Frank Gore

3. Melvin Gordon

4. Jordan Matthews

5. Jordan Reed

 

Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.