The final few games of the regular season schedule present interesting
options for DFS owners as NFL teams out of playoff contention often
turn to young and unproven players to see what future talent may
be hiding in their roster.
Take for example the New York Jets, now officially out of playoff
contention after a disappointing 2016 campaign, are turning the
reigns over to second-year quarterback Bryce Petty while benching
ineffective veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Petty was less than impressive in reserve of Fitzpatrick in Monday
Night’s debacle against the Colts, but he did appear to
have a rapport with rookie wide receiver Robby Anderson, an undrafted
6 foot 3, 190 pound wide receiver from Temple who worked with
Petty all season on the practice squad.
With the Jets heading out to Santa Clara to take on the 27th
ranked 49er pass defense that has allowed the most fantasy points
to opposing wide receivers, Anderson could be an interesting play
considering the fact that Petty gave Anderson 12 second half targets
In a game where targets and catches are paramount to success,
a $3000 receiver like Anderson could be the difference between
winning or losing this week.
On the other hand, starting Petty might be too much of a risk
for my liking, as it would not surprise me if the former Baylor
Bear throws a few picks.
As we close out the final few weeks of DFS play, I highly recommend
keeping an eye out on other no-name players like Anderson when
rounding out you tickets. Low-cost players that are playing on
teams looking to the future may be the key to daily fantasy success.
The Eagles have allowed the 8th most fantasy
points to quarterbacks over the past five weeks.
I took more than a few body blows last week with my quarterback
picks as all three of my QB recommendations fell victim to the
quarterbackmaggedon in Week 13.
Week 14 may be equally as bad of an outcome as there is not a
clear option for owners looking to maximize production while limiting
The closest option and a decent salary is Kirk Cousins on the
road against the Eagles in a must-win game for the Redskins. After
back-to-back 30 plus games against the Cowboys and Packers, Cousins
came back down to earth last week with an 18 point game against
I look for him to bounce back against a Philly defense that has
allowed the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the past
five weeks after starting the year off stout against the pass.
The return of Trent Williams from suspension will bolster the
offense and give Cousins time to find DeSean Jackson on deep 9-routes
and Jamison Crowder underneath.
With only one game over 30 fantasy points on the year, Winston
has not had many huge games in 2016. But he has managed to score
well even against tough opponents, as evident by his 21 point
game against the Chiefs Week 11 and his 17 points at home against
Seattle two weeks ago.
Despite having a less than stellar defensive unit, the Saints
have been surprisingly stingy this season against opposing quarterbacks,
allowing only rookie Jared Goff to throw for three or more touchdowns
in a game.
Look for that to change this week as Winston should be able to
score well at home in what could be a shootout. Drew Brees enters
the game on the heels of one of his worst games as a Saint and
should get the New Orleans offense back on track, forcing Winston
to trade scores through the air.
A talented quarterback with drastic gaps in his home and away
splits, Big Ben has only one road game this year in which he topped
20 fantasy points.
Despite allowing 38 points on the road against the Raiders last
week, the Bills have been tough against quarterbacks at home this
season, with only Tom Brady managing to throw more than two passing
touchdowns at Ralph Wilson stadium.
Big Ben could have a big game, but his history of poor play and
the Bills success at limiting quarterbacks makes him a bit of
a gamble this week.
Cash game owners are always looking for that guaranteed floor
with a high upside ceiling at an economical price.
With a salary of $9,800, David Johnson is anything but economical,
but he has been the definition of constant with 28.2 fantasy points
His skill set as a runner and receiver makes him a must start
regardless of matchup, and his high usage in the red zone gives
him the ability to deliver a 30-point game every week.
The Dolphins did not allow a rushing touchdown until Week 7 against
Buffalo, but they have been softening up as the season goes on,
with an opposing running back scoring a TD or topping 100 total
yards in each of the last eight games.
Jeremy Hill has made a career of beating up on the Cleveland
Browns, with 25% of his yards on the season coming on just nine
carries against Cleveland this year.
In Week 15 of his 2014 season, Hill rushed for 148 yards and
a touchdown on 25 carries in 30-0 shellacking of the Browns at
Paul Brown stadium.
If you took out the 168 yards Hill had against the Browns this
year and replaced it with his average game of 45 yards, Hill would
average barely over 3 yards a carry with 6 touchdowns, not exactly
the type of production you want in a GPP game.
Have no fear, Hill will get work early and often and will continue
his destruction of the Browns. Just be sure not to read too much
into this and start Hill again this season. You will be disappointed.
Fade - Jay
Ajayi vs. Arizona ($5,900 on DraftKings)
The Jay Ajayi experiment was fun while it lasted. With a fully
healthy offensive line and three home games against mediocre run
defenses, Ajayi averaged 30 points per game in weeks 6,7 &
8, giving fantasy owners a breakout performance for the ages.
Against better run defenses and without a healthy offensive line,
Ajay has been mediocre at best.
The Cardinals own the number run rush defense and the offensive
line is not back to full strength. Connect the dots, and you have
a matchup that I would avoid.
Crowder has been one of the most consistent sub-$6000 fantasy
wide receivers this season, with double-digit points in every
single game except Week 4 at Cleveland.
A favorite target for captain Kirk Cousins in both deep and intermediate
routes, Crowder’s high floor of 10 points is almost a guarantee
while his ability to score on a deep post makes his ceiling high
The Eagles defense has taken a big step back over the last five
weeks after a strong start to the year. The secondary is allowing
the second-most points to receivers during that period, with Odell
Beckham Jr., Davante Adams, and Brandon LaFell all posting big
My only concerns with this game is the fact that DeSean Jackson
may be the main target this week, and the possible return of Jordan
Reed could eat into Crowder’s targets.
Although injuries have decimated the Dallas secondary this year,
the Cowboys have been respectable against the pass by allowing
the 13th-most fantasy points against wide receivers.
The area that they due struggle, and a way that I anticipate
the Giants exploiting this Sunday Night, is in the slot against
nickel corners and linebackers.
Eli Rogers, Randall Cobb, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Matthews, and
Sterling Shepard have all caught touchdowns out of the slot this
season against the Cowboys, and I think Shepard will do it once
again on Sunday Night Football.
Season-long owners will be forced to start Jones due to the upside
for a big game against the Rams, but daily owners may want to
look elsewhere as Jones is limited with a turf-toe injury.
It is not out of the question for the Falcons to have Jones active
and line him up as a decoy against Trumaine Johnson on the outside,
opening up the defense for the running game and secondary options
in the passing attack.
Jones could blow up, and for the sake of my season-long league
of record I hope he does, but my gut tells me he will not have
a big game and DFS owners should look for another option.
With predicting touchdowns an exercise in futility, especially
at the tight end position where so many players are TD-dependent,
I like to focus on players that receive volume in the passing
game, even if they do not reach the end zone.
The Fedora is one such player, with 25 targets in his last three
games, including a stellar 10-target game Week 11 against Oakland.
The Colts allow the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight
ends, with the Fedora posting his best game against Indy when
the two teams placed in Houston in Week 6 (7/85/1).
A non-factor for more than half of the regular season, Gresham
has quietly been a solid tight end play recently with three-consecutive
double-digit point performances, including touchdowns against
Atlanta and Minnesota.
The Dolphins have been downright terrible against the tight ends
lately, with Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, Garret Celek and Dennis
Pitta all scoring touchdowns in the last five weeks.
Gresham is the perfect GPP play for owners looking or a home
run play at the tight end position.