FanDuel is hosting a $1.75 Million NFL Tournament, starting at 1:00 ET on Sunday. It is $25 to enter, and the winner gets a nice $175,000 payout. Runner-up receives $100,000.
Here’s my tournament lineup for that contest, outlining some of my favorite players and some strategy tips along the way.
Best of luck!
QB Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Taylor is essentially the cheaper version of Cam Newton, and he actually has a better matchup than the Carolina QB. Equipped with both passing and rushing upside, Taylor will face an Eagles’ defense that has struggled mightily as of late. Philly has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, just behind New Orleans. Tyrod is turning it on at the right time, hitting 26+ fantasy points in each of the past two. There’s a very good chance he eclipses that total again.
RB Doug Martin – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $8,000)
Cheaper options like LeSean McCoy and Thomas Rawls will be very popular this week. Most people aren’t looking at the running backs priced above them. That leaves Doug Martin with a low ownership possibility against New Orleans. The Saints have been horrible against the pass this season, so most people are selecting Jameis Winston and the Tampa WRs to attack that susceptibility. Let’s not forget that the Saints have also allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, and game flow is on Martin’s side (4.5 point home favorites).
RB Shaun Draughn – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
Draughn will undoubtedly be a popular selection, but I believe he is a necessary value play to reach for upside in other spots. He is very involved in both the passing and rushing game for San Francisco, topping double-digit fantasy points in each of the past four games. His role keeps expanding as the weeks go along, and a draw against Cleveland is one of his better matchups as a starter.
WR Brandon Marshall – New York Jets (FanDuel Price: $8,200)
Marshall has been on fire, hitting 30 and 25 fantasy points respectively over the past two weeks. However, I still believe he’ll have a lower than deserved ownership percentage, as most people are looking towards Allen Robinson, A.J. Green, Odell Beckham, and Antonio Brown in the upper-tier. Marshall has a pretty good matchup here against a Titans team that was destroyed by Jacksonville’s passing game last week, and the rapport between Marshall and his QB Fitzpatrick has never been better.
WR Sammy Watkins – Buffalo (FanDuel Price: $7,200)
I’m looking to pair Watkins with QB Tyrod Taylor in this scenario, hoping they can connect on a few big plays. Watkins is profiles as more of a “boom or bust” wide receiver, but he has a fantastic opportunity to catch the former half of that label, considering Philly has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
WR Allen Hurns – Jacksonville (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
As I somewhat alluded to earlier, Hurns’ teammate, Allen Robinson, will likely be a popular pick coming off a sweet 3 TD performance. However, that came with Hurns out, and now he’s back for this matchup against a struggling Colts’ pass defense. The last time Jacksonville played Indianapolis, Robinson was shadowed by All-Pro corner, Vontae Davis, coming up with 5 catches for 80 yards. Hurns saw much softer coverage, benefitting for 11 receptions, 116 yards, and 1 TD. I’m expecting a similar situation to play out this weekend.
TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Greg Olsen is everyone’s tight end of choice, which is leaving Eifert ignored for a similar salary. If you think about it, the two are pretty similar in terms of profile, and they both have top five matchups for their respective position. With that being the case, I’m going with the much lesser owned option in tournaments, hoping to get a “leg up” on the pack.
K Graham Gano – Carolina (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
I’m not getting too fancy here. Gano has been one of the best kickers in the league this season, benefitting from a Carolina offense that hasn’t had many issues moving the ball. That should play out Sunday against Atlanta, and I’m expecting Gano to mark his sixth double-digit fantasy effort in seven games.
DEF Kansas City Chiefs (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
The Seattle Seahawks will probably be the most popular defense this weekend, but we can’t forget about the Chiefs either. After a horrible start to the season, they are starting to turn things around, notching double-digit fantasy performances in five of the last six games. They’ll face a struggling, injury-plagued San Diego team at home. That’s good news, considering they racked up 20 FP at San Diego a few weeks ago.