Well folks, it's been a rough go for this column in 2016. It seems that half of our picks hit big each week, but a couple of misses and it's a middle-of-the-road finish in bigger tournies. We are going to stick to it though, knowing that all it takes is one big week and you're loaded up with cash! So with that in mind we forge on and have produced the following lineup in the $40K Sun NFL Oakheart Squib (Single Entry) contest. Just a buck, and 47,000k potential entries.
Defense: Don't really like any of the "cheapos" this week. Scrolling up from the bottom we do find Baltimore ($4,600) who's been consistently good both in "NFL" terms and by "fantasy" terms as well. Miami has been getting better offensively but think there's just too much going on here with the Ravens D at home. They'll rattle QB Ryan Tannehill and won't allow RB Jay Ajayi much at all.
Kicker: Ditto with kicker. We usually just grab a guy at the bottom who has a decent matchup. Here, we're going with an "almost sure thing" in Dustin Hopkins ($4,700). He had a rough week last week (2-4 FGs against Dallas). But things are lining up for him to get more chances this week. He'll rebound in what should be a higher-scoring game, indoors, against a Cardinal D that will close the door on red zone scoring. Especially with TE Jordan Reed out.
Wide Receiver: Gonna get this one out of the way. Detroit WR Golden Tate has completely rebounded from a sluggish start to put up some solid numbers. Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones out-targeted him last week but against a Saints secondary that has given up the 3rd most fantasy points, Tate should have a huge game. At just $5,900, it's the kind of bargain we like to see in GPP's.
Running Back: Another value pick, Jeremy Hill ($5,800), that will likely see decent usage this week, but gives us a nice "high floor" with potential for serious upside. The Eagles' defense is no longer dominating and Hill is the steadiest offensive weapon the Bengals have right now.
QB/WR Stack: OK guys, last time we did this, we cashed. It's time again. Drew Brees ($9,300) and Michael Thomas ($6,900) are going to be widely-used, but are going to also stack on Brandin Cooks ($6,800). The thinking is that few people double-stack with QBs and this DET/NOS game has the potential to go into the high-50's in terms of over/under, with a TON of passing. Both of these guys can put up 90+ yards each and score at least once each.
Tight End: How is Travis Kelce only $6,300? He's had two solid outings in a row and now enters a contest with one of the higher o/u's of the week (especially considering the strength of KC's D). If there's a tight end that'll approach (or even top) 100 yards, it's Kelce.
Running Back: We're left with enough money to sign anyone we want, so we're going with our (and the consensus) number-one RB for the week, David Johnson ($9,200). He should blow up against Washington at home.
QB: Brees ($9,300)
RB: D. Johnson ($9,200)
RB: Hill ($5,800)
WR: Thomas ($6,900)
WR: Cooks ($6,800)
WR: Tate ($5,900)
TE: Kelce ($6,300)
PK: Hopkins ($4,700)
DEF: Baltimore ($4,600)