Week 16 optimal Yahoo lineup: Tampa Bay/New Orleans, please
This is a look at Week 16 in Yahoo DFS. As I will every week, I’ll remind you that it’s important to remember some of the subtle differences between daily fantasy and other types of fantasy football, as well as the differences between the aforementioned DFS game types. Daily fantasy operates under a budget, so the relative value a player offers at his respective price is just as important as his raw statistical production when constructing lineups. As far as cash games vs. tournaments, remember that 50/50s and Double Ups generally have a lower cash line while tournaments will require a unique and high-scoring lineup, so choose the ceilings and floors of your players accordingly.
Here’s my optimal Week 16 tournament lineup on Yahoo’s main slate, which as always includes the Monday night game (an important distinction from the two main sites).
QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($32)
Tampa Bay-New Orleans has been tabbed with the highest Las Vegas over/under of the week (52.5, tied with Indianapolis-Oakland). As the 14th-priced quarterback on the Yahoo board, Winston is one of the best ways to get a piece of that action. Saints’ opponents are averaging over 30 points against them in the Super Dome this season, where Drew Brees dominates and thus forces the other team to pick up the pace and passing volume. Last week, New Orleans allowed Carson Palmer to finish as the third-highest-scoring quarterback when he had finished as a QB1 in just three other weeks this season. Winston has been mediocre statistically as of late, but with the Bucs severely struggling to get anything going on the ground, they are going to have no choice but to put the ball in the air early and often on Saturday.