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Week 5 FanDuel Recap

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

In summing up Week 5 of the 2015 NFL season, I would venture to say this was the most “normal” week we have had so far this season. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises, there were some big performances by popular players, and there were a few injuries that derailed some teams (namely Jamaal Charles). This week will provide a good barometer of what to expect in many of the coming weeks as we hit the heart of the football season.

 

 

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

 

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Eli Manning

QB

29.8

$7,700

Doug Martin

RB

35.3

$6,400

Devonta Freeman

RB

29.2

$7,600

Odell Beckham Jr.

WR

21.9

$9,000

James Jones

WR

14.7

$6,400

Julian Edelman

WR

20

$7,700

Antonio Gates

TE

25.7

$5,500

Matt Bryant

K

8

$4,800

Denver Broncos

DST

22

$4,900

Total

 

206.6

$60,000

 

 

The winning lineup this week belonged to “joshua9028,” and his roster was an interesting blend of popular picks and sleepers. Let’s start with the popular players that he chose this week. All three of his wide receivers qualify, as Odell Beckham, James Jones, and Julian Edelman were all greater than 12% owned in this tournament. Edelman was the highest-owned wide receiver with an ownership clip of 30.6%. All three wide receivers found the end zone in their respective games, with Jones and Edelman scoring on long touchdown plays. joshua9028 got 57 points from his trio of wide receivers, and this was a great kick-start to his Week 5 prospects.

 

 

He paired Odell Beckham with Eli Manning, as part of a common QB/WR stacking strategy for an NFL tournament contest. This worked out very well, as Manning threw for an eye-popping 441 yards and three touchdowns in the Sunday Night game against San Francisco. In addition, joshua9028 got a solid 22-point performance from the Broncos Defense, as they continue to stake their claim as the most talented defense in the league. They held the Raiders to ten points, sacked Derek Carr four times, recovered two fumbles, blocked a kick, and had an interception which they returned for a touchdown. That’s a pretty good day!

 

 

The key to the winning roster lied in the performance of the running back tandem of Doug Martin and Devonta Freeman. Martin was a super sleeper for the week, and he had one of his best games as a pro. He logged 123 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Jaguars, and he also caught a touchdown pass on the day. He was a big key to success on FanDuel this weekend, as nine of the top ten finishers in the Sunday Million had Martin at a 3.6% ownership level. As for Freeman, he was one of the most popular running back picks of the week. I was not on board the ship this week, as the Falcons had a tough matchup against a stout Washington run defense. However, Freeman continues to prove his critics wrong, as he had another spectacular day and scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 

 

joshua9028 did not have a great performance from his kicker, but there wasn’t a stand-out, must-have performance from a kicker this week. Antonio Gates was the final hammer that pushed the winner to the top of the standings. In his return from suspension, Gates looked youthful on the field, proving he is still a top-tier tight end in the NFL. His first touchdown was a great start, and his late fourth-quarter score vaulted Joshua into first place. It had to be a great feeling to leap to the top of the standings late in the Monday Night game, and $1,000,000 is a pretty cool prize on top of it. Congratulations to all the winners this week!

 

 

 

STLCardinals84: Week 5 Recap

 

I mentioned above that the key to success this week was Doug Martin, and I had zero shares of Doug Martin. I also had zero shares of Devonta Freeman. In other words, it wasn’t my best week at the office. After two really good weeks, this was bound to happen at some point. I am going to do something a little different this week, and I am actually going to break down my worst roster on FanDuel for the week. An ugly breakdown of it appears here:

 

 

Player

Pos

          FPs

     Salary

Peyton Manning

QB

8.64

$8,200

Jamaal Charles

RB

8.9

$9,100

Le’Veon Bell

RB

20.7

$9,000

Demaryius Thomas

WR

8

$8,600

Willie Snead

WR

17.1

$5,300

Kendall Wright

WR

4.5

$5,900

Owen Daniels

TE

0

$4,900

Zach Hocker

K

5

$4,500

Baltimore Ravens

DST

3

$4,500

Total

 

75.84

$60,000

 

 

Let’s start with the good. Le’Veon Bell was a workhorse and a beast on Monday Night, scoring a touchdown to win the game on the final play and providing his owners with a solid 20.7 fantasy points. Willie Snead was a fantastic value play (and somehow was only 5.9% owned), and he was one of the leading receivers on the week with six catches for 141 yards against the Eagles. That’s it. That’s where the success ends for this team. You could even argue that Bell wasn’t a fabulous pick, as he was the second most expensive running back on the board, and there were quite a few cheaper ones that outscored him this week. Still, I’ll take the small victories where I can get them. He was the highest scoring player on my roster, and that’s not a good sign.

 

 

It’s very easy to talk about how the QB/WR or QB/TE stack can work out to help create a winning team, but it’s also possible for this to go the other way. I opted for one roster with a QB/WR/TE stack of Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and Owen Daniels. Oakland is awful against tight ends, and Daniels had scored in back-to-back weeks. I didn’t think the Oakland secondary had anyone capable of slowing down Thomas, so it just seemed like a week where Manning and the passing game could get on track. This did not happen. Denver’s only touchdown was scored by the defense, Manning threw two interceptions, Thomas didn’t do much, and Daniels failed to catch a pass. This qualifies as a giant swing and a miss.

 

 

The rest of the roster wasn’t pretty, either. The early second half injury to Jamaal Charles was a downer. Kendall Wright had an awful game against an up-and-down Bills Defense that had been struggling against the pass. Zack Hocker was a minimum priced punt option at kicker and scored just five fantasy points. The Ravens Defense got shredded to pieces, allowing 453 passing yards to Josh McCown and the Browns. They ended up losing at home as a significant favorite on the NFL odds board. In other words, outside of Bell and Snead, this roster was a hot mess. It finished in 226,047th place out of 229,885 entries on the week, and it’s definitely a roster that I can toss in the trash! It’s time to move on to Week 6 and see if we can get the good karma working again.

 

 

 

Stock Rising

 

1. Eli Manning

2. Doug Martin

3. Devonta Freeman

4. Allen Robinson

5. Tyler Eifert

 

 

Stock Falling

 

1. Peyton Manning

2. Jamaal Charles

3. Jordan Matthews

4. Kendall Wright

5. Rob Gronkowski

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.