We have finally made it, time for the fantasy football championships to be played. If you’ve made your fantasy championships congratulations and good luck, but for the rest of us, we need something else to get us through week 16 (especially if you are a fan of the Giants like I am).
I normally turn to FanDuel to get my fantasy football kicks in case my teams aren’t in the finals. Let’s take a look at how my picks faired in week 15 and a look to week 16 as well (I’ll break down both Thursday/Saturday games and Sunday/Monday games).
Week 15 (Thursday included):
Quarterback: Philip Rivers $8200 Mark Sanchez $7500, Eli Manning $7500, Matt Ryan $7900
A pretty good outing at quarterback this past week with 2 out of the top 3 selected (Manning and Ryan). Eli can thank Odell Beckham Jr. and his 3 TDs for his spot, while the porous Steelers defense aided the Julio Jones-less Ryan. Rivers underwhelmed against the Broncos coming in 19th at 11.58 points. Mark Sanchez looked like he was back on the Jets with only 8.08 points.
Running back: CJ Anderson $8000 Chris Johnson $5300, Latavius Murray $6500 Dan Herron $6300, Jonathon Stewart $6700
Ugly week at running back in general with only 4 players over 20 points and none of them are from my list. CJ Anderson was the highest scoring running back pick at 10.6 points but didn’t justify his $8000 price tag. Murray and Herron were both in the top 30, but Johnson and Stewart barely were able to stay in the top 50.
Wide Receiver: Jordan Matthews $7000 Steve Smith $6800, Donte Moncrief $5700, Marquess Wilson $4500, Marquis Lee $5800
As ugly as running back was this past week, wide receiver was much worse. I didn’t have 1 player in the top 30 receivers this week. Leading the way was Jordan Matthews with a big, fat 0. That’s right 0 points for my pick last week. I’m obviously not happy about it, but that was ridiculous.
TE: Delanie Walker $5300 Jared Cook $5200, Larry Donnell $5200, Brent Celek $4500
The wild world of tight ends gave us a mixed back this week. 3 of picks were in the top 20 with Delanie Walker at number 7 ahead of players like Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett. Donnell was the worst performer of the bunch ending up as the number 31 tight end with 2.1 points.
Week 16 Thursday/Saturday:
QB Mark Sanchez $7500
He can’t possibly be THAT bad. Sanchez put up a stinker last week against the Cowboys in a primetime showdown with only 252 yards and 2 INTs. He didn’t throw for a touchdown, but that will change this week against Washington. Washington is dead last in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up over 20 points per game (in 4 point passing TD leagues) and is also last in the league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. I look for Sanchez and the Eagles to bounce back this week.
Other Values: Robert Griffin III $6900, Colin Kaepernick $6700
RB: Alfonso Smith $4500
It certainly looks like both Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde will not play for the 49ers this weekend against the Chargers, so if you are looking for a cheap alternative at running back you can look no further than Alfonso Smith. He should carry the majority of the load for the 49ers on Saturday night. The Chargers are a middle of the pack defense against running backs (giving up 14.5 points per game), but any back that has 15-18 touches in a game is someone worth looking into.
Other Values: Darren Sproles $5300, Toby Gerhart $4700
WR: DeSean Jackson $6900
REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE! No, this isn’t a movie, but it could play out like one for Jackson and the rest of Washington if they can defeat the Eagles. Last time out against his former team Jackson caught 5 of his 11 targets for 117 yards and a long TD. Do I think it can happen again, I certainly do as the Eagles are 2nd worst in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up just under 26 points per game. Jackson is the ultimate boom or bust player, but could prove his worth in FanDuel.
Other Values: Nate Washington $6600, Allen Hurns $5400
TE: Delanie Walker $5400
Someone has to score some points in the Jaguars-Titans game, and while I expect a Jaguars victory, I do think Delanie Walker has some value here. The Jaguars are giving up about 8 points per game to opposing tight ends, and couple that with the fact that Charlie Whitehurst is going to start gives you a solid option in Walker.
Other Values: Jordan Reed $4900
QB: Matthew Stafford $8200
If you haven’t been watching football lately you may fail to realize that the entire Bears team is a mess right now. Their coach is on the hot seat, Jay Cutler just got benched for Jimmy Clausen and their defense is a total joke (2nd worst against opposing QBs this season). I expect Stafford to do some major damage, just like in their meeting on Thanksgiving (you can see what I wrote here on the matter). Even if it is only for 3 quarters (the Lions should be up huge in this game), Stafford should be a top 10 QB this week and well worth the investment.
Other Values: Eli Manning $7700, Josh McCown $7000
RB: Fred Jackson $6700
With at least 18 touches in his last 3 games, Jackson is clearly back as the lead back for the Buffalo Bills, a team surprisingly still in the playoff hunt. I expect the Bills defense to hold down the struggling Raiders in this game and a lot of work for old man Fred (at least 20 touches). Again, if a running back is going to get 20 touches I’ll certainly take him on my roster and against the Raiders who are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs is just one more reason to have Jackson on your roster.
Other Values: Pierre Thomas $5700, Doug Martin $5500, Joseph Randle $4900
WR: Dwayne Bowe $5500
I know a wide receiver hasn’t caught a pass for the Chiefs yet this season, but that has to end sometime. The Steelers have been getting torched in recent weeks against opposing wide receivers, giving up at least 29 combined fantasy points per game. The Chiefs will have to score in this game against the red hot Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell so I think the curse will be broken and Bowe will get into the end zone for the Chiefs.
Other Values: Kenny Stills $6100, Cole Beasley $5700, Torrey Smith $6400
TE: Dwayne Allen $5400
Prior to their performance against the Eagles, the Cowboys defense was going in the wrong direction and I see that again this week against Andrew Luck and the Colts. When healthy, Allen is a red zone machine with 8 touchdowns on the season and his teammate TY Hilton doesn’t appear to be fully healthy, so Luck will have to utilize his tight end much more in this game. Add in that the Cowboys defense has given up over 10 fantasy points to tight ends twice in their last 4 games and I think Allen and the rest of the Colts have a good bounce back effort.
Other Values: Owen Daniels $5300, Jermaine Gresham $5300
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