There's really no recipe for success when it comes to Daily Fantasy Sports. No matter how much you study each matchup, it's a total crapshoot each week.
If only it were as easy on-the-field halftime interviews, right Jim Tomsula?
Regardless, we've done our very best to give you a wide range of options for this week.
And as always, good luck this weekend.
John "The Professor" Paschall
Most are excited about the possible production the Cardinals offense could have on Monday night against the Ravens. And I get it. On paper it looks like a great matchup and that's one of the reasons why I have Brown in my lineup.
But I'm more of a fan of what the Chargers could do this week. Rivers and the Chargers have one of the best passing offenses in the league as they lead the NFL in passing yards and are third in attempts. Rivers freaking threw the ball 65 (!!) times last week. That's insane. In fantasy, it doesn't matter if the real life team is any good like the 2-4 Chargers. They are going to be slinging it all over the place against a Raiders defense that stops the run but can't stop the pass. Remember how bad Oakland is at stopping tight ends? Green should be the beneficiary this week with Antonio Gates not practicing this week. Allen claims he's healthy and I believe he will perform exceptionally well even if he's not 100 percent.
Bell is my expensive spend of the week. The Steelers will likely try and lean on him with Landry Jones starting on the road. Gurley will be an immensely popular pick and with good reason. He's great and the Browns run defense ain't.
When Andrew Luck is in, Moncrief continues to catch touchdown passes. It's that simple. And against this Saints defense, he could see a few of them.
I started my lineup around 4-5 matchups I really like, and that starts with Larry Fitzgerald going on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens secondary has really struggled this year, and Fitzgerald seems to play well in primetime games. Another elite play this week is Todd Gurley, who faces a Cleveland Browns defense allowing 5.0 yards per carry. In his last game, Gurley rushed 30 times even with his team trailing most of the game and I expect him to see at least 20-25 carries against a weaker opponent. I believe Antonio Gates is going to be in almost everybody’s lineup this week, but for good reason. The matchup against the Raiders is too good, with Oakland the only team in the NFL allowing over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing Tight End’s.
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At Quarterback I’m sticking with the Chargers and going back to Phillip Rivers and pairing him with Keenan Allen. The Chargers are 5 point favorites and Las Vegas projects this to be one of the higher scoring games Sunday. Lastly, there was some conflicting news about T.Y. Hilton possibly missing Friday’s practice, but it appears he was just given a day of rest. Whether or not Hilton plays, I think Donte Moncrief will continue his breakout year. He has scored double digit fantasy points in 5 of 6 games and at only $6,500 he is one of the safer value plays this week.
There's a reason why Philip Rivers is in the majority of DFS lineups this week. The Chargers like to pass (65 times in a Week 6 loss to the Packers) and they're going up against a horrible pass defense in the Oakland Raiders.
Todd Gurley is still extremely cheap and it won't stay that way for very long. He's a star in the making and he will continue to shine bright like a diamond against a shaky Browns defense. Lamar Miller looked like the guy we all thought he was going to be in his first game post Joe Philbin.
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I went big at my first two wide receiver spots with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. The Titans are thin at cornerback and will line Bildi Wreh-Wilson up against Jones. HELLO, easy money. My guess is Brown, despite the absence of Big Ben, turns it around against the league's worst pass defense in the Kansas City Chiefs.
No Jamaal Charles. Possibly no Jeremy Maclin. And an offensive line which has given up the third-most sacks in the NFL? Steelers will eat that Chiefs offense alive on Sunday.
I'm putting my money on Brown this week.
Antonio Brown has been downright terrible in fantasy lately, but I'm betting he has a comeback game, especially since Landry Jones may get the start, and the young QB seems more inclined to look Brown's way over Michael Vick. The Chiefs give up the most points in the NFL to opposing WRs, so everything about this seems like a great option. John Brown also has a great matchup and coming off a 10-catch, 196-yard performance last week, the Cardinals receiver is primed for another huge game.
I'm also high on Brandin Cooks and love his matchup against the Colts. It's about time Cooks makes good on his potential and becomes a top-flight fantasy WR. Carson Palmer is going up against the worst secondary in the game and is already a Top 5 QB each week. Todd Gurley is coming off a Bye, so he should be completely healthy and rested and he's already shown he is a stud. Is this the week he finds the endzone?
I went with other great matchups plays with Latavius Murray and Travis Kelce, both of which came right around average in terms of their price. The Giants offense should rebound this week, so I'm taking a chance on Josh Brown (told you I was putting my money on Brown this week). Since I couldn't take the Seahawks defense (who were money against the Niners' sad offense), I guess the next best option is the Panthers, who have been very solid this season.