This week, I have a special guest column from Eric of FantasyLoot.com, who will discuss who to select and who to avoid in your daily fantasy lineups. Did he hit or miss for his Week 6 picks? Read on to find out!
It’s that time again. When putting a lineup together for salary cap football, you have to pick the right studs to complement your sleeper plays to ultimately create a winning lineup. A lot of times, your studs can carry you to a victory in different formats even if your lower cost players flop.
With that said, if your studs don’t perform to their value, you don’t have a chance. When deciding on higher priced players, I always look for the guys who realistically have a chance of going off for 30 or more. If you find two or three of those players, it almost doesn’t matter what the rest of your lineup does.
So, let’s look at some players you should feel comfortable with in your lineup this week on FanDuel, and a few others you should probably stay away from.
As usual, we’re only looking at higher priced players, typically $8,000 or more.
Peyton Manning: $10,200 – You’re going to pay a pretty penny for Manning, but he’s worth it, especially this week against the Jets. Manning can realistically get you 35+ on any given week and all signs point to that this week.
Matt Ryan: $8,700 & Jay Cutler: $8,500 – I like both Ryan and Cutler in a potential high scoring affair in the dome this week. The Falcons don’t bring pressure very often and Cutler is a much better quarterback when he’s comfortable in the pocket. Ryan shouldn’t have any problems finding his receivers beating the Bears secondary.
Matt Forte: $9,000 – Something tells me Forte is going to go off this week. He gets so many touches and he could realistically reach the end zone rushing and receiving. Not only can he rush for 100+ yards any given week, he can get close to 100 yards receiving as well. I think he’ll have a hay day against the Falcons.
Giovanni Bernard: $8,700 – The Bengals were embarrassed last week, but I think they’ll give the ball to Bernard a lot this week with A.J. Green probably sitting out. He should run wild against the Panthers.
Julio Jones: $9,000 – See Matt Ryan above. Jones is nearly a lock to get close to 100 yards every week and this is a contest where he could go over that mark and add a couple touchdowns. He has a high upside this week. On the contrary, even his low side is double digit scoring.
Matthew Stafford: $8,600 – I need to see more out of Stafford before I feel comfortable taking him at this price. There’s too many quarterbacks in this price range that are outperforming him. The Lions running game is plagued with injury right now, so for the Lions to beat the Vikings, Stafford will have to get them in the end zone a few times. I just don’t want to roll the dice and spend my money on him until he proves he’s worth it.
Demarco Murray: $9,300 – It’s hard to go against the best running back in the league right now, even playing against Seattle. However, the Cowboys have expressed some concern about the amount of touches he’s getting and could scale it back just a bit. I just think you could spend a little less and get a back with more upside this week.
Eddie Lacy: $8,100 – He finally came through last week, but I want to see more before paying a high price for him. Spend this money elsewhere and let’s see how he does over the next week or two before using some of our cap space on him.
So how did Eric do in Week 6? His recommendations of Forte and Bernard killed it, while Manning and Cutler each finished as top-10 quarterbacks thus far in Week 6. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones did not meet expectations, but fantasy owners dodged a bullet if they sat Stafford and Lacy this weekend. The gravy train has to slow down at some point for DeMarco Murray, but he it doesn’t appear ready to slow down anytime soon.
Want to see how you can construct a team with these plays? You can find my personal lineup for this week’s Fanduel 50/50 leagues here.