So, with the final week of the regular NFL season upon us, and with Zach getting a holiday break, let's dig a little deeper into the daily play at FanDuel.
Since I am new to playing daily formats, I consulted the local SME (that would be Subject Matter Expert), Lord Zola himself.
To start, I got these parameters:
-Generally, all the games on a given site are the same. Each site may have variations of scoring, and different combinations of games, but generally the set up is consistent within a given site.
-Make reasonable picks for defense and kicker, but go cheap.
-Match-ups are important, but a Quarterback who can run and throw is generally good.
-All things being equal, a Running Back who is part of the passing game--like Matt Forte--is the best type of play.
-Look to late starters/replacements for potential sleeper/cheap points.
To this I added one thing that is tough to follow: Trust your instincts. As in, last week I had Luke Wilson in my starting lineup of the Sunday Night/Monday Night play until the last moment. But, I thought it might be a mistake to leave $600 unused, so I dropped Luke for Julius Thomas. Oops.
That brings us to this week, where the bulk of match-ups involve intra-divisonal games, making it a little tough. Anyway, here goes:
QB: Drew Brees ($8900): The Saints are still alive, sort of, while Tampa is not even close. New Orleans needs a big game out of Brees, who is a money player. I am gambling he delivers against a weak team.
RB: Arian Foster ($8600): He runs, he catches, and apparently he even throws for points. Again, Houston is still alive, and Jacksonville is dead and gone. Just makes sense to go to the go-to guy.
RB: Doug Martin ($5100): Martin has picked it up the last few weeks, and even if the Saints score some points, I suspect they will allow some as well.
WR: Odell Beckham, Jr. ($9200): I think he is the best WR out there on the planet right now, and he is hot. I also think the Giants might win, but suspect they will be playing catch-up for most of the game and figure the #1 guy will be the go to guy.
WR: Markus Wheaton ($5100): Another division title game, and I like Wheaton as a secondary recviver for a QB who is good at throwing. Game should be a fun one.
TE: Owen Daniels ($4900): Toss up with Larry Donnell, but I went Daniels to try and exploit points within another game. And, I suppressed the desire to teach myself a lesson and grab Luke Wilson again, though at $4500 it was tempting.
PK: Robbie Gould ($4500): Gould is pretty good, and he should get some chances against the Vikings.
DEF: Kansas City ($4700): Yet another intra-divisonal game with playoff implications, Kansas City has a solid rush and pass defense, and San Diego is a passing team. So, even if the team allows some points, the chance for some picks and sacks is right there.