The Daily Dose for Week 9
Jeremy Hill and Anquan Boldin are two of the best value players you can find on FanDuel this week. Our Jamey Eisenberg helps you set your lineups for a big winner.
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To help you win, we'll identify some players with good values for this week and others to avoid. As you'll read below, I'm going with a lot of Colts this week, but you should figure out the best way to set your lineup for your potential winner. Good luck!
Colin Kaepernick (vs. STL)
The last time Kaepernick faced the Rams was Week 6 in St. Louis, and it was his best game of the season with 343 passing yards and three touchdowns and three carries for 37 yards. He scored 29.42 Fantasy points on FanDuel that week, and we hope he can have a similar outing. Every quarterback that has faced the Rams this year aside from Alex Smith in Week 8 has scored multiple touchdowns, and we expect Kaepernick to do just fine coming off his bye week.
Philip Rivers (at MIA)
Rivers has scored at least 21 Fantasy points on FanDuel in five of his past seven starts, which is impressive, and he's No. 4 in points per game behind only Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. He's been good more often than not, but this week I would avoid him. His price is high, which makes sense given his production, but his matchup is challenging. The Dolphins have done a nice job against all but two quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, who both had multiple touchdowns. But Miami has limited Brady and Jay Cutler to minimal production, and Rivers could suffer a similar fate on the long road trip. I'd rather gamble on Palmer or Eli Manning this week since both are cheaper with similar or even better upside.
Jerick McKinnon (vs. WAS)
McKinnon has scored at least 11 Fantasy points on FanDuel in three of his past five games, but he's still searching for his first touchdown this season. We'd love to see him get it here, especially since the Redskins have allowed only two touchdowns to opposing running backs. McKinnon has at least 17 touches in three consecutive games, and we're expecting him to play well at home this week. He's a solid buy based on his upside at home.
Jeremy Hill (vs. JAC)
Hill is expected to start for the injured Giovani Bernard (hip), which will be his first opportunity to get a full workload this year. Twice this season we've seen Hill get at least 10 carries, which was Week 2 against Atlanta and Week 8 against Baltimore. He scored 16.6 Fantasy points on FanDuel against the Falcons and just 7.3 points against the Ravens, but we like his chances this week. He'll catch the ball with 11 receptions in his past three games, and the Jaguars have allowed seven touchdowns to running backs this year. Jacksonville is playing against the run of late, but Hill's potential workload and his price make him an excellent option this week.
Ben Tate (vs. TB)
In seasonal leagues I think Tate is a solid starting option with the workload he'll get against a shaky Tampa Bay run defense. The Bucs have allowed eight touchdowns to running backs this season, and Tate has scored three touchdowns in his past three games. But he's reached double digits on FanDuel just twice this year, and his offensive line has let him down the past two games with the injury to center Alex Mack (leg). In his past two games combined, Tate has 31 carries for 62 yards against Jacksonville and Oakland. Since he's among the Top 15 running backs this week in terms of price, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere on someone with more upside.
Zac Stacy (at SF)
If Stacy were the starter and guaranteed a full workload then I could understand this price. But he's sharing time with Tre Mason ($5,400) and Benny Cunningham ($5,300), and none of the Rams running backs are worth using this week. Patrick Willis (toe) is expected to return for the 49ers, and they should be stout against the run at home. If I had to pick a Rams running back this week it would be Cunningham based on his role as a receiver and his price, but none of them have much upside as long as they are splitting touches three ways.
Other bad value picks: Juwan Thompson (at NE) for $6,500, Lorenzo Taliaferro (at PIT) for $6,400, Knile Davis (vs. NYJ) for $6,400, Andre Williams (vs. IND) for $6,200 and Jonas Gray (vs. DEN) for $6,000
Rueben Randle (vs. IND)
I'm hoping three things continue this week for Randle and the Giants. The first would be Eli Manning's track record off a bye, and he's averaging 282 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions in his past five games after a week off. The second would be Randle's target volume, and he has at least nine in each of the past five games. And the third would be the Colts defense from last week, which just allowed five touchdowns to three different receivers in Pittsburgh. Odell Beckham ($6,600 is a good play this week as well, and the Giants should hopefully be in a high-scoring game with the Colts.
Anquan Boldin (vs. STL)
Boldin's track record against the Rams is impressive, and we hope it continues this week at home. He has at least seven catches and 90 receiving yards in four of the past five meetings with St. Louis, with two touchdowns over that span. In Week 6 at St. Louis, Boldin had seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, and he has 27 targets in his past three games. The Rams have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers this year, and we hope Boldin can make it 10 this week.
Other good value picks: John Brown (at ARI) for $6,400, Andrew Hawkins (vs. TB) for $6,400, Martavis Bryant (vs. BAL) for $6,300, Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. WAS) for $6,300 and Mike Evans (at CLE) for $6,000
Vincent Jackson (at CLE)
Jackson has two games this season with at least 10 Fantasy points on FanDuel, but he's only scored two touchdowns this year and has one game with more than 70 receiving yards. He will likely face Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden, and that will be a tough matchup for him. He's also battled wrist and rib injuries of late, which could be impacting his play, but he's not worth this price based on his recent lack of production.
Allen Robinson (at CIN)
Robinson has been one of the better FanDuel options at receiver the past two weeks with 30.7 Fantasy points combined against Miami and Cleveland. He has nine catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns over that span, but we're expecting a letdown game this week. The Bengals have allowed just three touchdowns to receivers this season and only one since Week 2. Robinson will likely find tougher coverage as he continues to emerge as the No. 1 receiver in Jacksonville, so we'll find out if he can handle the attention. He should be fine, but for this week you can find better alternatives based on the price.
Other bad value picks: Terrance Williams (vs. ARI) for $6,800, Julian Edelman (vs. DEN) for $6,800, Keenan Allen (at MIA) for $6,700, Andre Holmes (at SEA) for $6,500 and Percy Harvin (at KC) for $6,400
Timothy Wright (vs. DEN)
Wright is a great gamble this week based on his price and the potential shootout in New England. He has at least 15 Fantasy points on FanDuel in two of his last four games, including last week when he had seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. We hope he remains a consistent contributor on offense after he went without a catch in Week 7 against the Jets. But the Broncos have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends this season, which means Wright and (obviously) Rob Gronkowski ($7,900) should be great options this week.
Jason Witten (vs. ARI)
The matchup is good and the recent play for Witten has been solid, but it's still hard to trust him this week. The Cowboys could be without Tony Romo (back), which makes nervous to trust Witten with Brandon Weeden under center. And if Romo plays you can expect Witten to do plenty of blocking to max protect against the Cardinals. Witten does have two touchdowns in his past three games, so take that into account, but also remember he has five games this season with less than 50 receiving yards. He's a boom or bust player, and we would lean more toward bust here with his price and his overall play in 2014.
Chandler Catanzaro (at DAL)
Cairo Santos (vs. NYJ)
Nick Novak (at MIA)
Josh Brown (vs. IND)
Kai Forbath (at MIN)
Shaun Suisham (vs. BAL)
Vikings (vs. WAS)
Redskins (at MIN)
Browns (vs. TB)
Colts (at NYG)
Patriots (vs. DEN)
Dolphins (vs. SD)
QB: Andrew Luck (at NYG): $10,100
RB: Andre Ellington (at DAL): $7,700
RB: Jeremy Hill (vs. JAC): $5,200
WR: T.Y. Hilton (at NYG): $8,100
WR: DeAndre Hopkins (vs. PHI): $6,900
WR: Anquan Boldin (vs. STL): $6,300
TE: Dwayne Allen (at NYG): $6,200
K: Nick Novak (at MIA): $4,700
D: Browns (vs. TB): $4,800
I wanted to try something different this week and go with the Colts' main weapons in their passing game, so I spent big on Luck, who is the most expensive player on the board at any position. Then I went with his No. 1 receiver in Hilton and his No. 1 tight end in Allen. If Luck connects with either or both of these guys then I have the chance to benefit greatly with everyone scoring. My other receivers were Boldin, who has a great history against the Rams, and Hopkins, who should torch the Eagles in their secondary. At running back, Hill was an easy choice, and I love the upside for Ellington at Dallas. Novak should make a couple of field goals at Miami, and I like the Browns defense against Mike Glennon and the inept Bucs.
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