13 Oct Daily Fantasy Football: FanDuel RB/WR
By: Phil Naessens
Week six of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season offers us some value at Running Back (RB) and Wide Receiver (WR) and of course we have some pricey options in good matchups as well…..so let’s get after it.
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (8200) is off to a fine season averaging 17.5 FanDuel points a game. This week the Bills are home to face a San Francisco 49er defense allowing RB’s to average 25.08 Fantasy points, 146 rushing yards and five TD’s this season. The Bills have an implied total of 25.8 and are also an eight point home favorite. McCoy might be highly owned this weekend but he has a tremendous opportunity for a big game on Sunday.
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick ($6600) has had two games where he recorded FanDuel scores exceeding 20 points. He’s also had three games where he was held to less than ten FanDuel points. He has an opportunity to score big when the Lions entertain the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday. The Rams are allowing RB’s to average 18.92 Fantasy points, 122 yards a game as well as five TD’s on the season. The over under is set at 43 points with the Lions an early 3.5 point favorite. The Rams are much better against the pass and I like Riddick in this game.
There isn’t much else we can say that hasn’t already been said about Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeVeon Bell ($9300). The Steelers have the highest implied total on the slate this week (27.? and the Miami Dolphins are the worst defense against the rush in the NFL; they are allowing RB’s to average 150.8 yards a game and have allowed three TD’s this season. Pittsburgh is a huge 7.5 road favorite and if you can make that high price work Bell might have a field day against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray ($6000) missed last week’s game with turf toe but is supposedly playing this Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Murray has underwhelmed this season averaging just 11.6 FanDuel points a game but he has a chance to redeem himself against a Chiefs defense allowing 129.5 yards a game and three TD’s this season. If for some reason Murray is unavailable you can pivot to his backup DeAndre Washington ($5500) because this home matchup is just too cheap to miss out on.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Matthews ($6600) has a solid matchup against a Washington Redskins defense allowing RB’s to average 23.74 Fantasy points and 130 yards a game plus a whopping eight touchdowns this season. On the other hand Matthews is averaging 10.8 FanDuel points with two rushing TD’s and another receiving TD. The Eagles are a slight early week 2.5 point favorite with a 44 point over under. I really like the price and the matchup this week.
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley ($5900) has a solid matchup this week against a Green Bay Packers secondary allowing the WR1 to rack up 132.5 yards per game. For the season Beasley is averaging 10.7 FanDuel points, 6.5 targets and has scored one TD this season. The Packers are an early week four point home favorite and if Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is forced to throw a bunch more than likely the main target will be Beasley.
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks ($7500) has a great home matchup against a Carolina Panthers secondary that has allowed WR1 to torch them for 104 yards a game. For the season Cooks is averaging 12.1 FanDuel points and eight targets a game with two touchdowns on the season. Vegas didn’t set an over under on this game but the Saints are an early three point underdog. There is nothing better than Drew Brees coming from behind at home and I think Cooks will have plenty of opportunities this week.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin ($6900) has a terrific opportunity this week against an Oakland Raiders secondary allowing WR1 to average 97.6 yards a game. This season Maclin is averaging ten FanDuel points and nearly ten targets a game with one TD. This game has a relatively high over under of 47 points with the Raiders being an early week one point home favorite. The Raider secondary has coughed up 12 TD’s and over 330 yards receiving this season so if anyone goes off on Sunday it should be Maclin.
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal ($6300) has a nice opportunity Sunday against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense allowing WR2 to average 64.6 yards a game. Royal is averaging 11.8 FanDuel points and roughly five targets per game with two TD’s this season. There is a sizeable 47 point over under with the Bears being a slight two point home favorite. This is a tremendous opportunity and I think Royal is going to go overlooked this week. Let’s hope he goes off!!
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown ($9700) is the most expensive player on the slate and he has another opportunity to go big Sunday on the road against a Miami Dolphins secondary allowing WR1 to average 98.9 yards a game. This season Brown is averaging 18.1 FanDuel points and eight targets a game plus five TD’s this season. Pittsburgh is a huge 7.5 point road favorite with a decent looking over under of 47.5 points. With all the value on the slate this week you should be able to easily fit in Brown and just about whoever else you want on your roster.
Good luck at FanDuel this week!