Are you playing Fantasy Football at FanDuel and Draft Kings this weekend? Does your season long league need some roster help in the wake of Jamaal Charles' injury? If either is the case I have some quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for you to consider no matter where you play.
If you want to save money at QB for your weekly Fantasy Football roster these QB's might help you this weekend.
QB: Josh McCown Cleveland Browns (FanDuel: $7,000 Draft Kings: $5,400) McCown is currently available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and has been red hot over his last 3 starts with 1154 passing yards, 6 touchdown passes and just 1 interception and a fumble. He even ran one in for six this past Sunday against Baltimore. He faces a difficult test this Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos who just happen to have the best defense in the NFL overall and allow just 192 yards passing per game.
QB: Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars (FanDuel $7,300 Draft Kings $5,200) Bortles has been flying under the radar all season long and is currently available in over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Football Leagues. This season Bortles has thrown for 1,026 yards, 10 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles. He's also run the ball 14 times for 126 yards and this Sunday he's at home facing the 11th best defensive team in the league in the Houston Texans who also allow 225 yards per game via the air.
QB: Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens (FanDuel $7,800, Draft Kings ($5,900) Flacco is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and has thrown for 1.073 yards, 5 TD's, 4 interceptions and 3 fumbles. Flacco has only run the ball 7 times for 4 yards but scored 2 touchdowns. This Sunday Flacco is on the road against second worst defense in the league the San Francisco 49ers who allow a whopping 298 yards in the air per game.
QB: Jay Cutler Chicago Bears (FanDuel $7,500 Draft Kings $5,200) Cutler is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and has thrown for 878 yards, 6 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 3 fumbles. Cutler has also run the ball 12 times for 70 yards. This Sunday the Bears travel to Detroit to play the #22 ranked defense of the Lions that allows 248 passing yards per game.
QB: Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers (FanDuel $7,300 Draft Kings $5,000) Kaepernick is available in just over 50 percent of Major Fantasy Football leagues and this season has had his ups and downs. Over his past 5 games Kaepernick has thrown for 989 yards, 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and 5 fumbles. He's also rushed 36 times for 218 yards a 1 touchdown this season. This week the 49ers host the Baltimore Ravens who have the 24th ranked defense in the NFL and allow 278 yards passing per game.
Matthew Stafford has had a rocky season and is still owned in over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues. Stafford was yanked in favor of backup QB Dan Orlovsky. He's still scheduled to start this Sunday at home against Chicago who just happen to be ranked #4 in the NFL in total defense and allows 185 yards passing per game. If you want to take the chance on him he's relatively cheap at FanDuel ($6,900) and at Draft Kings ($5,300).
Kirk Cousins had a nice run but last week struggled against the Atlanta Falcons throwing for 219 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. The Falcons defense is ranked #20 and this week the Redskins are on the road to face the #2 ranked New York Jets defense allowing 185 passing yards per game. Cousins is currently available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues and if you use him in DFS this week you he's $6,200 at FanDuel and $5,100 at Draft Kings.
The following running backs would more than likely be better suited for a season long league.
RB: Thomas Rawls Seattle Seahawks (FanDuel $6,400, Draft Kings $4,800) Rawls has had a good rookie season rushing for 328 yards on 69 carries for a touchdown and he's busted loose for a 69 yard run. The Seahawks don't use Rawls in their passing game but with Marshawn Lynch out Rawls is the number one man and is available in 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues. He has tough matchup this week at home against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks 6th in the NFL against the run.
RB: Chris Thompson Washington Redskins (FanDuel $5,100, Draft Kings $3,300) I wouldn't necessarily say Thompson has been hot but I would say he's been consistant as the 3rd down back for the Washington Redskins. He does run the ball and has 108 yards on 14 carries including a 42 yard run 2 weeks ago against the Eagles. Where he is valuable is as a receiver catching 17 catches out of the backfield for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins face a tough test this week against the Jets who are 8th in the NFL against the run and 31st against the pass so maybe Thompson has a big game on Sunday. Thompson is available in over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.
RB: Charcandrick West Kansas City Chiefs (FanDuel $6,200, Draft Kings $4,000) Is the obvious choice to replace Charles and he is currently available in just over 45 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues. This season West has rushed for 48 yards on 7 carries and caught 2 passes for 9 yards this season. Sunday the Chiefs are in Minnesota to take on the Vikings and their 126 rushing allowed per game defense so maybe adding West is a good thing this week.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
The following are good for both weekly and season long leagues.
WR: Kamar Aiken Baltiomore Ravens (FanDuel $6,000, Draft Kings $4,300) Aiken has been decent this season and lets face it he's one of the only capable receivers the Ravens currently use. He's hauled in 15 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown this season and has a road matchup against a league worst passing defense of the 49ers. Aiken is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.
WR: Allan Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars (FanDuel 6,500, Draft Kings $5,000) Hurns has been quite good this season catching 27 of Blake Bortles passes for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns as well as 2 fumbles. His matchup this week is at home against the Houston Texans who allow 236 passing yards per game. Hurns isn't the number 1 option but as we've seen over the last couple of games Bortles sends balls his way. Hurns is available in just over 30 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues.
WR: Lance Moore Detroit Lions (FanDuel $4,500, Draft Kings $3,000) If Lions tight end Eric Ebron doesn't suit up again this then and only then would I consider rostering Moore. Last week Moore had a nice game last week against the Arizona Cardinals catching 6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He'll have a tougher task ahead of him this week against a strong Bears passing defense but the opportunities should be there for Moore.
TE: Gary Barnridge Cleveland Browns (FanDuel $5,700, Draft Kings $4,400) If you are playing at FanDuel and Draft Kings then you already know Barnridge is a big producer. If you are a Cleveland Browns fan then you also know Barnridge leads the team in receptions with 24 including touchdowns in his last 3 games. The Browns have a much tougher matchup this Sunday against the #5 team againts the pass in the Denver Broncos and his price is great if you want to spend up this week. Barnridge is also available in just over 30 percent of all Major Fantasy Football leagues so grab him while you can.
TE: Brent Celek Philadelphia Eagles (FanDuel $4,700, Draft Kings $2,500) Celek is priced so low its incredible and this week he has a very good matchup against the #31 passing defense NY Giants. Celek has scored a touchdown in each of his last 2 games and while he isn't the sexy choice if he scores another touchdown this week he'll double his value. For seasonal leagues I wouldn't roster him unless I'm in a deep league of 16 teams or more.
On this week's Phil's Fantasy Sports Draft Kings Playbook writer Jason Walker and Phil discuss Fantasy Football Waiver Wire options plus picks for both FanDuel and Draft Kings. Rotowire NBA writer Alex Rikleen and Phil discuss several Fantasy Basketball small forward sleepers and Fantasy Bully Busters co-founder Joe Gibbons and Phil discuss several Fantasy Hockey overrated and underrated players and off tips for those of you playing DFS Fantasy Hockey. You can download the show from my site or listen at the link below.
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