Stack up Lions and Raiders on FanDuel
Two prevailing themes this week are a potential shootout in Detroit, and the fact that a large amount of value exists, without a large number of glaringly elite plays to spend the savings on. Between just Derek Carr ($7,700), Charcandrick West ($7,100), Stevie Johnson ($6,500), and Danny Amendola ($6,100) we gain enough lineup construction flexibility to go in several directions when paying up. Yet, due to matchup factors, few studs stand out – particularly ominous are the top-tier wideouts’ shadows.
Splurging on a high-end option like Todd Gurley ($9,200) or Rob Gronkowski ($8,400) is easier to do, and players that can explode despite poor matchups are rarely bad tournament plays when rostered at moderate-to-low ownership. Those conditions balance well with the more highly-owned, but inexpensive players that are likely to erupt in strong matchups, like West against San Diego’s league-worst run defense (-52.1). This week we’ll look at mostly mid-to-low-cost options that can glue that chalky value together with those expensive lineup-differentiators.
The Raiders and Lions are on everyone’s mind, for good reason. There are several plays examined below, but one more that deserves mention is Latavius Murray ($6,800). The world expects the game to shoot out on both sides, but what’s the next-most-likely scenario if it doesn’t? Who will score the favorite’s touchdowns if they’re not thrown by Carr? A game-stack with Lions’ passing game pieces on one side, and Murray on the other, still gains exposure, but a bit differently than most lineups will.
On with the Week 11 FanDuel tournament picks.
Pat Thorman is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy and was named 2013 Newcomer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @Pat_Thorman