Hey there, Who2Start Nation! First off, Happy Veterans' Day. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the sacrifice you've made for this country. It is appreciated more than you'll ever know. Next, make sure to take a peek at the DFS Accountant's writeup yesterday, especially if you play DraftKings. For those of you that stick to FanDuel, we are here to help you build a unique lineup that'll hopefully have a chance at cashing in on those bigger stages. Let's get started, plugging into the $2 entry $300K Sun NFL Snap (17k entries max).
Defense: As always we start at the bottom and try to start the savings early on. Looking at our rankings versus FD pricing, the best blend of value and upside seems to be the LA Rams. We expect them to get to Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick early and often come Sunday. At just $4,600, it's a fairly good value. And as with most weeks, we should be able to "value engineer" for a better defense at the end if we have cash left over. For the time being, though, we are good with the Rams and will let us spend more later.
Kicker: Same deal here, most of them are pretty much the same. In this case, one of the cheapest options at $4,500 is our #1 kicker of the week, Wil Lutz of the Saints. We expect Drew Brees to move the ball on this tough D at home, and although Denver's weaker on the run side of the defense, Lutz should see some red zone chances.
Tight End: Carolina gives up the 3rd-most fantasy points to TEs. Travis Kelce was having a great game last week until he was tossed for two personal fouls. Look for him to settled down and continue his good play especially with the good matchup. He cost us $6,300, which in relative terms is pretty cheap for a higher-tiered TE.
Running Back: We typically don't like overspending at RB, but this is just too good to ignore. The 32nd-ranked Niner run D is going to have fits trying to contain Cardinal RB David Johnson. We are ponying up $9,400 for him but think he'll be worth every penny. Since he's going to be such a "chalky" play, we will definitely look for a guy with big upside at the 2nd RB spot that won't be as widely-owned.
Wide Receiver: The Vikings have allowed the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to WRs. So, of course we're going to start a WR facing them. Why? They haven't faced a slot WR like the Redskins' Jamison Crowder yet. While the Viking corners shut down (or try to, at least) Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon, the slot routes may be open for Crowder. We'd prefer him in a full-PPR format but think he'll certainly get his FD average of 12.4 points, more if he happens to score. At only $6,000, he looks fairly budget-conscious and given the matchup on paper, think he'll provide us with some lineup uniqueness.
Running Back: FD has Packer WR/RB hybrid Ty Montgomery listed as a RB and quite surprisingly, only $6,200. With the amount of touches he'll get again this week, this screams value.
QB/WR Stack: Going to once again hit up the Vegas lines to see what matchup could yield the most points. The ATL/PHI game should be a shootout and love combining that fact along with folks likely pausing on entering rookie Carson Wentz ($6,800) into their lineups. What's up with that price? Really? Only Case Keenum is a cheaper starting QB this week. That's insane. The Falcons give up the MOST FANTASY POINTS TO QBs. Sorry for e-yelling, but come on people. If there's a week that the rookie QB pulls it all together and puts up big passing numbers, this is it. Easy stack pick with Jordan Matthews, who's priced at an equally-insane $5,900.
Wide Receiver: With $10,300 remaining, we simply plug in our #1 WR, Mike Evans, and call it a day.
Value Engineering: With $1,800 left over, we are able to flip in our #1 DEF, Arizona ($5,200).
QB: Wentz ($6,800)
RB: D. Johnson ($9,400)
RB: Montgomery ($6,200)
WR: Evans ($8,500)
WR: Matthews ($5,900)
WR: Crowder ($6,000)
TE: Kelce ($6,300)
PK: Lutz ($4,500)
DEF: Arizona ($5,200)