FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 6

Most people will want to spend up at running back this week, so Pat Thorman helps looks of smart plays around the rest of FanDuel.

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(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 6

Week 6 is all about running backs. Le’Veon Bell is at Miami, DeMarco Murray goes against the Browns, LeSean McCoy welcomes the 49ers, Lamar Miller faces the Colts, and Christine Michael takes on the Falcons. All are in excellent spots. All are expensive. There really is no wrong answer when choosing among them at this point, although some will be more correct than others come Sunday night.

The inclination is to find other ways to skin the Week 6 cat since they will all be popular plays — some, like McCoy, more than others. The problem comes from avoiding players who have the most bankable workloads, best matchups, and are all game-script agnostic. We would essentially need to nail every other lower-probability selection we make. Completely running away from those running backs is not advisable.

Since there are so many of them, we can still construct unique lineups around one, or maybe even two stud running backs. Use game stacks (Bell with Pittsburgh’s defense and Jarvis Landry, for instance), correlation plays (Houston’s defense with Miller), and pivots off of highly owned value plays (Michael Thomas instead of Cameron Meredith). Make a lot of lineups at whatever buy-in level that allows you to do so. This is an interesting week and the season is almost halfway over, so have fun with it!

Here are some suggestions for Week 6 FanDuel tournaments. Good luck, everyone.


Tom Brady, New England Patriots, $9,000

In addition to at running back, there is a lot to like among the top quarterbacks. Brady is the most expensive, albeit not by a wide margin, and will likely be lowest-owned. We can anticipate more traffic on Drew Brees at home against Cam Newton in a projected shootout, Russell Wilson welcoming fantasy’s most quarterback-friendly defense, and maybe even Ben Roethlisberger in Miami. Brady gets a Bengals team that has allowed the 13th-most points to passers on only the 30th-most attempts (31.2 per game), and he just threw 40 passes on the road when the Patriots led throughout.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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