Once again, I joined Chris Meaney and the fine people over at FNTSY Sports Network for a phone interview this morning, for “The FanDuel Show,” sharing my early Week 16 FanDuel lineup for cash games.
Check out all of their shows here every week. They do a great job, for sure, and this week is going to be the week you really want to pay close attention.
There have been plenty of injuries over the past couple weeks, including LeSean McCoy’s injured knee, and we even have a major player suspended for a week. There’s a small chance that Odell Beckham Jr. will win the appeal on his one-game suspension Wednesday, but we’re going on the basis that he probably misses it.
Then, you add in the really tough matchups for many of the top players, or the fact that Cam Newton might not play a full game, and this week is chock full of potholes, my friends!
But have no fear – I believe I’ve set up an excellent lineup that mixes in great player reliability (high floors) with plenty of opportunities for big games (high ceilings).
My Early Week 16 FanDuel Lineup
Something you’ll notice is that I didn’t stack any players for this week, which is actually something I try not to do in all of my cash games lineups. (Of course, by “cash games,” we’re referring to 50/50s, Double-Ups and Head-to-Head contests on FanDuel, which generally pay back twice the entry fees to the top half of the field.)
QB – Blake Bortles, Jacksonville vs. New Orleans ($8,200)
The Saints are the worst defense against quarterbacks – by a MILE. The Buccaneers wanted to run against New Orleans last week, though, and the Saints had given up 21 passing touchdowns in the five games before last week. Plus, the only QBs hotter than Bortles since Week 13 are Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.
RB – Doug Martin, Tampa Bay vs. Chicago ($8,100)
This is a rough week for running backs actually, with injuries, split backfields and not-so-great matchups, and if you’re playing on Thursday, Latavius Murray against the Chargers is a decent option. Martin has looked really good lately, and I don’t expect the Bucs to fall behind in this game early, which means they’ll keep pounding the rock in the third and fourth quarters.
This one’s not ideal since he’s coming off his own injury, but with LeSean McCoy (knee) sidelined, the Bills will likely put the load on the big rookie out of FSU. Dallas has allowed four total touchdowns to running backs over the past two weekends,
WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Baltimore ($9.300)
This is the must-play of the week, as the best wide receiver in the game goes up against the worst defense against Fantasy wide receivers. Brown has two touchdown passes in three of his past five games, and since Week 9, Brown has scored more FanDuel points than any non-QB in the game. The Ravens defense gave up five touchdowns to wide receivers in Week 13, and we could see 35-point game out of Brown this week.
WR – Kamar Aiken, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh ($6,600)
Aiken has quietly produced big-time FanDuel points over the past few weeks. As a matter of fact, since Week 10, he ranks 12th among all wide receivers in FanDuel points, and only six wide receivers have more catches than him (37) in that span. The Steelers defense ranks third-worst against wide receivers, and this game should be a pass-fest. Arizona’s Michael Floyd is a great option here, too, if you need to squeeze a few hundred more dollars ($300) out of your lineup.
WR – Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants at Minnesota ($5,700)
With Odell Beckham Jr. likely suspended for this game, Randle should receive the bulk of Eli Manning’s attention against the Vikings. Randle has already been playing well, catching three touchdowns in his past four games. The Vikings are mediocre against the pass, but Randle getting WR1 targets at this price is too good to pass up.
TE – Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta ($6,800)
Normally, I’d be all over Gronk here, but the Jets defense is tied for second-best against tight ends, and Olsen’s knee injury didn’t seem to affect him last week. He suffered that injury against Atlanta a couple weeks ago in the first half, and now he gets a second chance to post big numbers against the fifth-worst defense against tight ends this season. If you’re playing Saturday’s game also, then Jordan Reed is probably the play here.
K – Justin Tucker, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh ($4,500)
The Ravens kicker hasn’t has the same amount of chances as in years past, but before last week, he had averaged three field goal attempts over his previous four games. The weather is much warmer than past Decembers in Baltimore (60 degrees), but there is a chance of rain. If it looks rainy by gametime, I’m swapping Tucker out for Detroit’s Matt Prater inside the Ford Field dome.
DEF – Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis ($5,400)
After a rough middle part of the season, the Seahawks have toughened up on defense again. The Rams love to run the ball, which runs the clock out, and let’s not forget the two defensive touchdowns Seattle scored on the Rams in Week 1.
If you choose to move away from Greg Olsen, and maybe stack Julius Thomas (at NO) with Bortles, then consider replacing Williams with the Panthers’ new starter at tailback.
RB – Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina at Atlanta ($5,600)
With Jonathan Stewart iffy for another game because of a foot injury, the Panthers should turn to their rookie out of Auburn once again. The Falcons played tough against the run last weekend, but before that, they had allowed five touchdown runs in three games, giving up over 5.00 yards per carry.
We hope your weekend is full of plenty of FanDuel points and Fantasy Football championship wins!
Check around the “So-Called Fantasy Experts” site for rankings, previews and reactions over the week ahead. Hopefully, this early Week 16 FanDuel lineup puts you on the winning side.
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