Week 14 FanDuelingPosted: December 7, 2014
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Before we move on to Week 14, let’s take a look at the results from Week 13:
It was the best week I’ve had since I started playing on FanDuel. I put three entries into the same contest, and came in 120th place out of 1,136. It was a 50/50 contest, so I doubled my money by finishing in the top half.
First, I’d like to sing the praises of Tre Mason. I generally don’t have extremely high hopes for the guys I spend $6,000 or less on, and Mason was my team’s highest scorer. Bless you, Oakland Raiders.
I chose incorrectly when I picked Roethlisberger over Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was tough to watch as Roethlisberger sucked for most of his game while Fitzpatrick was throwing six touchdowns. Thankfully, Roethlisberger (and Antonio Brown) salvaged their fantasy days in garbage time. I’m obviously not too bummed about it. Fitzpatrick was much cheaper than Roethlisberger, so my entire team would have changed with the extra money I had. I might have replaced Mason with someone more expensive and my team would have been worse overall.
My gripe of the week is not with any one player, but rather FanDuel scoring. Each week, I’ve been referring to the team defense I select as “D/ST” because I assumed they, like most fantasy leagues, took special teams scoring into account. Apparently, that isn’t the case.
I was ecstatic last week when the Vikings were able to block two punts and run each one back for a touchdown. I wondered when my FanDuel team would update with those points, but it never did. Then I noticed on the scoring page that it only says “D” not “D/ST.” So I guess the Vikings could have blocked three more punts and five more field goals and I wouldn’t have gotten any points. I think that’s just plumb silly.
On to Week 14! Here’s the team I’m rolling with this week:
QB – Russell Wilson (SEA@PHI) – $8,500
Russell, my old friend! The Eagles have been the fourth most generous team to opposing quarterbacks this season. I realize this doesn’t mean much in Russell’s case since a good chunk of his fantasy points typically come on the ground. Remember that time he scored 34 fantasy points against the Redskins with only 202 passing yards?
I’d love to start Aaron Rodgers, but the budget wouldn’t allow. Russell is the bargain of the week at quarterback. He’s scored a rushing touchdown against the other three NFC East teams this season, and if the Eagles do manage to score on the Seahawks, Russell has a good track record in shootouts.
Also considered: Aaron Rodgers ($10,400), Matthew Stafford ($8,300)
RB – Le’Veon Bell (PIT@CIN) – $9,300
The Bengals have been known to get gashed on the ground from time to time. They let Doug Martin score last week.
Bell has been getting the ball a whole bunch lately. The Steelers also really, really need to win this game, so I think we’ll see their best. Bell is worth the high price.
RB – C.J. Anderson (BUF@DEN) – $7,800
Obviously, the folks over at FanDuel have a lot of respect for the Bills defense, seeing as C.J. Anderson has been a man on a mission since he inherited the starting job in Denver and he’s only $7,800.
Yeah, I’ll admit, the matchup does scare me a little bit. But come on. He’s the hottest running back in the league! The Dolphins and Chiefs weren’t supposed to be great matchups either, and he torched them. For only $7,800, I’ll happily roll the dice on Anderson this week.
Also considered – Arian Foster ($8,700), Marshawn Lynch ($8,600), Eddie Lacy ($8,500), Daniel Herron ($6,400)
WR – Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG@TEN) – $8,200
If you read our picks column this week, you know I think OBJ (ODB?) is going off today. Yeah, Tennessee’s run defense is abysmal and there’s a decent chance Rashad Jennings or Andre Williams steals the show.
But, somehow, the Titans’ pass defense seems to be getting a little worse every week. And hey, don’t get me wrong, I liked Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. He was nearly my FanDuel quarterback. But six touchdown passes? From Ryan Fitzpatrick?!
I could never completely recommend trusting Eli Manning, but this could be the week. And if he succeeds, it’ll be in large part because of Beckham.
WR – Kenny Stills (CAR@NO) – $6,400
I am a Kenny Stills believer. His salary obviously took a huge leap after he went off last week, but I still think he’s a good bargain here. Now it’s clear he’s the first or second receiving option on a team that loves to throw the ball. I’m on the Stills bandwagon until FanDuel prices me out.
WR – Jermaine Kearse (SEA@PHI) – $4,700
Total lottery ticket. I spent money elsewhere and had to roll the dice here. You never know who Wilson is going to target in a given game, so each Seahawks receiver is pretty much the same from a fantasy standpoint. The matchup is good and there’s always a chance Kearse scores a long touchdown.
Also considered: Josh Gordon ($8,000), Robert Woods ($5,900),
TE – Antonio Gates (NE@SD) – $5,600
The Patriots are good at many things, but stopping tight ends is not one of them. Only eight teams have given up more fantasy points to tight ends than them. Gates gets up for big games, too. The two best teams the Chargers have played so far are the Broncos and Seahawks. Against them, he had 12 receptions, 150 yards, and five touchdowns.
Also considered: Delanie Walker ($5,400)
K – Connor Barth (BUF@DEN) – $4,700
The Broncos re-signed Brandon McManus, but he’s supposedly only handling kickoff duties. Barth scored 17 points in his Broncos debut. He’s a good bargain here.
Also considered: None
D – Denver Broncos (BUF@DEN) – $4,700
That’s a pretty low price to pay for the privilege of going against Kyle Orton on the road. He hasn’t been throwing many interceptions, but the price is good and Denver is a tough place to play. Hopefully the Bronco pass rush can force him into some mistakes.
Also considered: New Orleans Saints ($4,800)
TOTAL – $59,900