Can Tyler Eifert’s return for the Cincinnati Bengals give us a little relief from the cold, seemingly endless string of names we hope can start for us at tight end this season? Will Landry Jones completely sink Antonio Brown’s value (again)? Are the Titans actually favored over the Colts? Will you wake up in time to set your lineups, or forget there is a game in London this Sunday?
This article will address none of those questions. Instead, take a look at my favorite GPP lineup for FanDuel this week.
QB: Colin Kaepernick $6,500 – Tampa Bay (-1) @ San Francisco, +/- 45.5
Kap didn’t exactly light up the surprisingly stout Buffalo defense, but he did more than enough to convince me that when we got so excited about Chip Kelly going to the Niners it was for good reason. This week Kaepernick will face a softer Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, and San Fran will be at home. The rushing yards will be there even if Carlos Hyde misses the game, and those rushing yards will pay off Colin’s bargain basement price.
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers $5,600 - Tampa Bay (-1) @ San Francisco, +/- 45.5
Other side of the ball in the same matchup here, ‘Quizz is the chalk play of the week. After getting 30 carries before the Buc’s bye last week, he’s expected to get another full workload with Doug Martin expected to miss the game and Charles Sims on IR. San Fran hasn’t met a running back they haven’t made look contract-extension-worthy yet, and I expect Tampa Bay to feed J'accuse again this week.
RB: DeMarco Murray $8,700 – Indianapolis @ Tennessee (-3), +/- 48
Murray is 3rd in points per game (PPR) behind stud rushers David Johnson and LeSean McCoy. With McCoy expected to sit out Sunday, and Johnson in a tough matchup against the Seahawks (this is not me talking you out of DJ this week, I still like the DJ play), I love Murray at home against a struggling Colts defense. The Titans won’t throw unless they have to, and I doubt they’ll have any need as their rock-em-sock-em rushing game should grind the Colts D in to the ground.
Last and absolutely least, I’m hoping getting Murray in here at his high cost will make this lineup a bit different from the crowd in the tournament field.
WR: Allen Robinson $8,400 – Oakland @ Jacksonville (-1), +/- 47.5
Hans Solo pick of the week here. Never tell me the odds… Oakland can’t stop anyone in the passing game. The hope here is that Bortles stops stopping himself. Robinson is good at football… right? There isn’t much more to this pick than Robinson is good and Oakland is bad. We’ll see how it turns out.
WR: Brandon Marshall $7,400 – Baltimore @ New York Jets (-2), +/- 41
Marshall will be catching passes from Geno Smith this weekend, and hopefully that will scare off the crowd in your GPPs. Smith is no Rhodes scholar, but he is smart enough to throw the ball to the most talented receiver on the field. I expect we’ll see plenty of volume and production for the Marshall – Smith combo.
WR: AJ Green $8,500 – Cleveland @ Cincinnati (-10), +/- 45
I understand that Cleveland is not good, but Cincy hasn’t been exactly gangbusters this year, either. I’m thinking this contest will be a lot closer than the -10 Vegas number would lead you to believe. Anytime I can get AJ in to a lineup against a bad D where I expect a close game, I’ll pay the price.
TE: Jack Doyle $4,700 - Indianapolis @ Tennessee (-3), +/- 48
Doyle is a Wookie amongst Ewoks when it comes to the Colts receiving corps. If Indy does make it to the red zone this weekend, I expect Doyle to be the go-to target at 6’6”.
K: Steven Hauschka – Seattle @ Arizona (-1.5), +/- 43.5
Seattle has dominated the past couple of matchups between these two NFC West rivals. I expect the Seahawks to win running away, or that we’ll have a close game where every point counts. Either way, I like the matchup here for the Seahawks kicking game.
DST: Vikings $4,900 – Minnesota @ Philadelphia (-3), +/- 39.5
The Vikings defesne is an absolute must play if you have the budget. They’ve been running roughshod over every opponent they’ve faced.
Good luck out there folks. Remember, ‘Be Excellent to Each Other’ – Ted.