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One of the best parts of this job is watching games with my coworkers every week. After Fantasy Football Today ends each Sunday, we gather in a room to observe all of the action.
And since we all play FanDuel -- me, Dave Richard, Adam Aizer and Pete Prisco -- we're keeping up with our teams during the day. Prisco was having a great Sunday in Week 11, and it was fun to root for him.
He played in the $2.5 million Sunday Million tournament -- the same one we always discuss here -- and at one point he was within 26 points from $10,000. Prisco didn't win one of the big prizes, but he did end up with a positive result and some extra cash in his pocket.
We hope the same thing happens for you this week. This tournament is just $25 to enter, and the first-place prize is $300,000. The top 21,840 teams win money, so you don't want to miss out on this opportunity. You can also play against me by clicking here.
You can see my lineup below, and we'll also address some players with good values in the tournament and others to avoid. The goal is to win money -- and maybe come away with one of the bigger prizes, which just escaped Prisco last week.
Josh McCown (vs. CHI)
McCown has done a nice job the past two weeks against Atlanta and Washington, and he has another good matchup this week against the Bears, his former team. He's scored at least 20 Fantasy points on FanDuel in consecutive games, and the Bears have allowed 14 passing touchdowns in the past four outings with just one interception. McCown knows the defense he'll be facing and the personnel, and hopefully Mike Evans will stay hot to help McCown's cause. I love using him at this price.
Matthew Stafford (at NE)
Stafford has not been a good FanDuel quarterback this season. He comes into this game averaging 16.5 Fantasy points per game, which is worse than Eli Manning (16.6), Ryan (17.7) and Ryan Tannehill (17.9). Stafford only has three games this season with more than 20 points and just one in his past six outings. This should be a tough game at New England, and Stafford just isn't worth the risk at this price. I'd rather spend my money elsewhere at quarterback on Ryan, Sanchez or McCown this week.
Rashad Jennings (vs. DAL)
The encouraging news for Jennings last week in his return from a four-game absence from a knee injury was the Giants gave him 22 touches against the 49ers. He struggled with 18 carries for 59 yards and four catches for 8 yards, but we hope this type of workload continues moving forward. He's facing a Dallas defense this week that has allowed a running back to score in three consecutive games with Alfred Morris, Andre Ellington and Denard Robinson, and Jennings had two touchdowns at Dallas last year as a member of the Raiders.
Steven Jackson (vs. CLE)
Jackson has scored at least 12 Fantasy points on FanDuel in two of his past three games coming into this matchup with the Browns, who are beat up on defense. Last week, Alfred Blue had 15.6 Fantasy points at Cleveland, and we like using Jackson at home when he has a favorable matchup. He's a great value buy at this price, and I would have no hesitation starting him in my lineup this week as a No. 2 running back.
Other good value picks: Denard Robinson (at IND) for $7,500, C.J. Anderson (vs. MIA) for $7,200, Frank Gore (vs. WAS) for $6,900, Trent Richardson (vs. JAC) for $5,700, Tre Mason (at SD) for $5,600 and Isaiah Crowell (at ATL) for $5,500
Alfred Morris (at SF)
Morris is on a roll coming into this game with at least 12 Fantasy points on FanDuel in his past three weeks. He's been getting plenty of work with at least 19 touches in each game over that span, and he has played much better with Robert Griffin III as the starting quarterback. But facing the 49ers in San Francisco will be a daunting task since they have not allowed a running back to score in three consecutive games. De'Anthony Thomas has been the only opposing running back to score in San Francisco, and that came on a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage. I wouldn't use Morris this week at his price.
Jonas Gray (vs. DET)
Gray was a star in Week 11 on FanDuel with 44 Fantasy points behind 37 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns at the Colts. We wish he would follow that game up with another standout performance this week, but it might not happen based on the matchup. Detroit has a stout defense up front, and the Lions should be able to contain New England's running game. Most likely, the Patriots will come out throwing, and Gray's only chance for success is in garbage-time production. I don't want to risk that for his price, so I would pass on Gray this week.
Other bad value picks: Arian Foster (vs. CIN) for $8,700, Giovani Bernard (at HOU) for $8,400, Andre Ellington (at SEA) for $8,000, Fred Jackson (vs. NYJ) for $6,500, Ryan Mathews (vs. STL) for $6,400 and Andre Williams (vs. DAL) for $6,400
Odell Beckham (vs. DAL)
Beckham has been a great FanDuel option the past four games with at least 12.3 Fantasy points in each outing. He hasn't scored a touchdown in three games in a row, but the last time he found the end zone was Week 7 at Dallas with four catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas has allowed four receivers to score or gain at least 100 yards in each of its past four games, and Beckham makes for a great value buy this week based on his upside.
Torrey Smith (at NO)
Smith has been on fire coming into this game, and we expect him to stay hot in this matchup. He has a touchdown in five of his past seven games, with six total scores over that span. He's scored at least 14.3 Fantasy points on FanDuel in four of his past five games, and the Saints have struggled with receivers in each of the past two weeks as Anquan Boldin and A.J. Green have both scored. Smith is a great value buy based on how well he's played coming into this matchup.
Other good value picks: Roddy White (vs. CLE) for $7,300, Anquan Boldin (vs. WAS) for $6,800, Mohamed Sanu (at HOU) for $6,800, Percy Harvin (at BUF) for $6,400, Andrew Hawkins (at ATL) for $6,200, Kenny Stills (vs. BAL) for $5,900 and Malcom Floyd (vs. STL) for $5,600
Golden Tate (at NE)
Tate has been a great Fantasy option in all leagues this season, especially FanDuel, and he comes into this matchup with the Patriots having scored at least 16.4 points in three of his past four games. But he could be headed for a matchup with Darrelle Revis, and that would make it a challenge you should avoid in your lineup based on the cost. Tate also has yet to score a touchdown with a healthy Calvin Johnson on the field, and he had just 5.9 Fantasy points on FanDuel last week. He should do better in Week 12, but it might not be by much.
Mike Wallace (at DEN)
Wallace comes into this game needing a touchdown to save his Fantasy value in any formats, especially on FanDuel. He only has one touchdown in his past four games, and he's been at 6.9 Fantasy points or less in each outing where he's failed to score. Even when he does score touchdowns it doesn't always guarantee a big performance since he has yet to score at least 16 Fantasy points on FanDuel in any game this season. By comparison, Boldin has done that three times in his past five games, and he's $100 cheaper this week. I expect the Broncos to contain Wallace, and I wouldn't start him based on this value.
Other bad value picks: Julian Edelman (vs. DET) for $7,000, Michael Floyd (at SEA) for $6,800, Rueben Randle (vs. DAL) for $6,700, Keenan Allen (vs. STL) for $6,500, Larry Fitzgerald (at SEA) for $6,500 and Kendall Wright (at PHI) for $6,400
Coby Fleener (vs. JAC)
I anticipate a lot of people will use Fleener this week based on the tight end landscape and his price. That's OK because he should deliver. He scored against the Jaguars in Week 3, and he's coming off two solid outings against the Giants and Patriots with at least 15.7 Fantasy points on FanDuel in each game. Dwayne Allen (ankle) is out, meaning more targets for Fleener, and he should be considered the No. 3 tight end this week behind Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham in all formats based on his upside.
Antonio Gates (vs. STL)
Gates is having a resurgent season and has been great on FanDuel. He has at least 10 Fantasy points in six games this year, including 13.6 points or more in three of five home games. But this matchup with the Rams is brutal since they have allowed just 10 touchdowns to tight ends in the past 42 games, and Cooper Helfet is the lone tight end to score and have more than 20 receiving yards in the same game against them this season. There's no chance I would spend this much money on Gates in this matchup.
Shayne Graham (vs. BAL)
Robbie Gould (vs. TB)
Brandon McManus (vs. MIA)
Matt Prater (at ARI)
Greg Zuerlein (at SD)
Nick Folk (at BUF)
Eagles (vs. TEN)
Broncos (vs. MIA)
Rams (at SD)
Ravens (at NO)
Texans (vs. CIN)
Lions (at NE)
QB: Matt Ryan (vs. CLE): $7,600
RB: DeMarco Murray (at NYG): $9,000
RB: Isaiah Crowell (at ATL): $5,500
WR: Dez Bryant (at NYG): $8,900
WR: Roddy White (vs. CLE): $7,300
WR: Torrey Smith (at NO): $6,500
TE: Coby Fleener (vs. JAC): $5,400
K: Brandon McManus (vs. MIA): $4,500
D: 49ers (vs. WAS): $5,300
Two teams I'm counting on here are the Falcons and Cowboys, and I hope Ryan, White, Murray and Bryant come through. I'm not worried about Murray (19.7 Fantasy points on FanDuel vs. the Giants in Week 7) or Bryant (19.6 points in Week 7) since they have already faced this Giants defense once and dominated. And White has at least 16.2 Fantasy points on FanDuel in three of his past four games heading into a great matchup against Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine. But Ryan hasn't reached 20 Fantasy points on FanDuel in his past six games, and I hope coming home works well for his outlook. I love the value for Crowell, Smith and Fleener given their potential this week, and I expect the 49ers to destroy the Redskins at home. This should be a successful lineup, and hopefully it leads to a nice reward when Week 12 is over.