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This should be a fun week for FanDuel with all the injuries at running back and receiver, opening the door for some great value buys with the replacement options. We'd obviously rather have the stars, but sometimes Fantasy owners can benefit when a player is out.
The big injuries this week are Calvin Johnson (ankle), A.J. Green (toe), Montee Ball (groin), Rashad Jennings (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion). Ryan Mathews (knee) is also out for the Chargers, which makes Branden Oliver a great one-week option at the Raiders.
We also like Andre Williams stepping in for Jennings as the starter for the Giants at the Eagles, and Mohamed Sanu can do well for the Bengals with Green out against the Panthers. Golden Tate also benefits with Johnson hurting for the Lions in their matchup at Minnesota.
We'll get into the value for these players and also look at some players to avoid based on high salaries. I'm very excited about Oliver this week based on his price.
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The tournament is based on a $60,000 salary cap and you have to fill out a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K and D. The scoring is 0.5 PPR and passing touchdowns are worth four points, with interceptions minus-1 point. All other touchdowns are worth six points. It's decimal scoring for all positions with 0.1 points for rushing and receiving yards and 0.04 points for passing yards.
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Russell Wilson (vs. DAL)
The best quarterback this season on FanDuel based on Fantasy points per game is Peyton Manning at 24. Right behind him is Wilson at 23.5 and we expect him to stay hot against the Cowboys at home. Wilson has multiple touchdowns in every game this season, plus he's rushed for at least 29 yards in three of four games. He has one interception on the year and the Cowboys have allowed at least two touchdowns to three of the five quarterbacks they've faced. Wilson is the No. 7 quarterback in price this week, but he's well worth it based on his performance thus far.
Matthew Stafford (at MIN)
I don't expect Stafford to be as bad as he was in Week 5 against Buffalo when he was 18-of-31 passing for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But he now has one game with multiple touchdowns in his past four outings and now Johnson is expected to be out. The Vikings aren't a daunting opponent with three quarterbacks scoring multiple touchdowns against them in the past three weeks, but Stafford's down a big weapon in Johnson. Based on his price, I'd pass on Stafford, especially knowing options like Wilson and even Cutler are cheaper.
Andre Williams (at PHI)
Williams gets the chance to start in place of Jennings and we love his opportunity this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia could be without linebackers DeMeco Ryans (groin) and Mychal Kendricks (calf), and Williams has done well the past two games with 35 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 18 yards against the Redskins and Falcons. He's a great value buy based on his workload and the Eagles have allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs already this season.
Branden Oliver (at OAK)
Oliver should be the only show in town with Brown and Mathews expected to be out, and he was awesome in Week 5 against the Jets once Brown got hurt. Oliver had 19 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. He has a dream matchup against the Raiders this week since Oakland has allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs. The Chargers should remain pass happy with the way Rivers is playing, but Oliver should still get plenty of chances to shine. And based on his value, his expected role and his matchup, he's a great option to use this week.
Other good value picks: Joique Bell (at MIN) for $6,500, Justin Forsett (at TB) for $6,300, Shane Vereen (at BUF) for $6,200, Chris Ivory (vs. DEN) for $5,600, Bishop Sankey (vs. JAC) for $5,400 and Storm Johnson (at TEN) for $4,500
Alfred Morris (at ARI)
Morris struggled in Week 5 against the Seahawks with 13 carries for 29 yards and one catch for minus-2 yards. He should struggle again this week even with the Cardinals down standout defensive lineman Calais Campbell (knee). The Cardinals have not allowed a running back to rush for more than 65 yards in a game, including matchups with Mathews, Jennings and Frank Gore. They have allowed three touchdowns to running backs, but Morris has scored in just two games this year. He also provides next to nothing in the passing game with four catches for 25 yards on the season. His value is too high for me based on the matchup, so I'd pass.
Zac Stacy (vs. SF)
Stacy is coming off a calf injury from Week 5 at the Eagles, so he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. It's a shame because he was finally starting to turn the corner with a touchdown or 100 total yards in his previous two outings prior to Week 5. But he could lose playing time to Benny Cunningham, who did well after Stacy got hurt against the Eagles. And he faces a tough opponent in the 49ers, who have done a great job shutting down Forte, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles. We hope Stacy is 100 percent healthy for this game, but he's an easy running back to avoid at his price tag.
Other bad value picks: C.J. Spiller (vs. NE) for $7,300, Doug Martin (vs. BAL) for $6,900, Lamar Miller (vs. GB) for $6,900, Chris Johnson (vs. DEN) for $6,800, Knowshon Moreno (vs. GB) for $6,700 and Matt Asiata (vs. DET) for $6,600
Brian Quick (vs. SF)
Quick has been great all season, but he finally had a breakout game in Week 5 at the Eagles with five catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. While we don't expect him to do that again this week against the 49ers, he should continue to play well. He has at least five catches and 74 yards in three of four games, and he's scored three touchdowns in his past two outings. He also has nine targets in three of four outings. The Rams will likely be chasing points, so Quick will continue to see a hefty amount of targets from Davis. There could be a letdown coming, but based on his value and his recent level of production he is worth using this week.
Mohamed Sanu (vs. CAR)
The last time Green missed time with his toe injury was Week 2 against Atlanta. In that game, Sanu had three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. He's found a way to be productive all season, including a touchdown catch in Week 5 at New England and a touchdown pass to Dalton in Week 3 against the Titans. He has 17 targets in his past two games and that number should increase with Green out. The Panthers have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers this year and a receiver has at least 80 yards or a touchdown in four consecutive games. If that streak continues, Sanu should be the one to benefit.
Other good value picks: Victor Cruz (at PHI) for $6,800, Golden Tate (at MIN) for $6,400, Michael Floyd (vs. WAS) for $6,300, Devin Hester (vs. CHI) for $6,200, Rueben Randle (at PHI) for $5,900 and Allen Robinson (at TEN) for $5,400
Steve Smith (at TB)
Smith is a difficult player to avoid because he's been so good this season, and the matchup at Tampa Bay isn't exactly daunting. But Joe Flacco tends to struggle on the road and he has just 10 touchdowns away from Baltimore in his past 10 road outings. In two road games this year, Smith has 10 catches for 135 yards and no touchdowns. The Ravens should have plenty of success running the ball against the Buccaneers, and Baltimore wants to get Torrey Smith going a little bit, which could take some targets away from Smith. I don't mind Smith's price, but I also don't expect a big game for him this week.
DeSean Jackson (vs. ARI)
Jackson is coming off a tremendous game in Week 5 against the Seahawks with five catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, but he has a bad history against the Cardinals. In two meetings with Arizona the past two years while with the Eagles, Jackson has combined for six catches and 79 yards with no touchdowns. Patrick Peterson did a great job on Jackson last season, holding him to three catches for 36 yards. Now, Jackson is the type of receiver who could go off at any time, as we saw last week and Week 3 against the Eagles when he had five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. But we also know what Jackson does when he doesn't score, which is one catch for 9 yards like he had against the Giants in Week 4. I'm expecting him to be closer to that this week, so I'd avoid him if possible.
Other bad value picks: Dez Bryant (at SEA) for $8,900, Pierre Garcon (at ARI) for $7,300, Julian Edelman (at BUF) for $7,200, Terrance Williams (at SEA) for $6,900 and Michael Crabtree (at STL) for $6,700
Owen Daniels (at TB)
Daniels has been OK stepping in for the injured Dennis Pitta (hip). In two starts, Daniels has nine catches for 113 yards on 13 targets. He was solid at the Colts in Week 5 with five catches for 70 yards, but this is a great matchup for him at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed two touchdowns to tight ends, and in Week 5 the Saints had three tight ends combine for 10 catches and 132 yards. I plan on using Daniels this week based on his price and the matchup.
Jordan Cameron (vs. PIT)
Cameron might not be 100 percent with his shoulder injury, but he continues to play and rack up targets, just not production. In three games, Cameron has combined for six catches, 103 yards and no touchdowns on 15 targets, including two catches for 47 yards at Pittsburgh in Week 1 when he first got hurt. He has a bad history against the Steelers with just 10 catches for 148 yards and no touchdowns on 22 targets in their past three meetings. I hope Cameron starts to play well soon, but I have no interest in using him this week based on his cost.
Mason Crosby (at MIA)
Shaun Suisham (at CLE)
Robbie Gould (at ATL)
Dan Bailey (at SEA)
Cody Parkey (vs. NYG)
Graham Gano (at CIN)
Lions (at MIN)
Packers (at MIA)
Giants (at PHI)
Panthers (at CIN)
Eagles (vs. NYG)
Bills (vs. NE)
QB: Russell Wilson (vs. DAL): $8,400
RB: Matt Forte (at ATL): $9,000
RB: Branden Oliver (at OAK): $6,200
WR: Julio Jones (vs. CHI): $9,000
WR: Golden Tate (at MIN): $6,400
WR: Brian Quick (vs. SF): $6,300
TE: Owen Daniels (at TB): $5,300
K: Robbie Gould (at ATL): $4,600
D: Giants (at PHI): $4,800
I'll ride Wilson's hot hand this week against the Cowboys at home and I'm expecting a lot of points between the Bears and Falcons, which should lead to great things for Forte and Jones. Tate should continue to benefit with Calvin Johnson being out, and I like Quick at his price. Like I said above, I'm going with Oliver as my No. 2 running back and I like Daniels at his price and matchup. Gould is kicking indoors in that potential high-scoring affair and the Giants hopefully will keep Nick Foles turning the ball over this week.