FanDuel is hosting a MEGA $1.2 Million NFL Tournament starting 1:00 ET on Sunday. It’s $25 to enter, and the winner gets a sweet payout of $200,000.
Here’s my tournament lineup for that contest, outlining some of my favorite players and some strategy tips along the way. Just a disclaimer that this article was written on Saturday morning, so beware of injury developments between that time and kickoff.
Best of luck!
QB Kirk Cousins – Washington (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
RB David Johnson – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $9,700)
RB Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
WR Mike Evans – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $8,900)
WR DeSean Jackson – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
WR Taylor Gabriel – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
TE Jimmy Graham – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
K Mike Nugent – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
DEF Detroit Lions (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Quarterback – Andrew Luck is my favorite cash game quarterback of the week, but I’m switching it up in this large-field tournament format. Kirk Cousins could be a sneaky pick on Sunday, facing a Philadelphia defense that has gotten worse throughout the season, giving up big plays with regularity. Some people may fear taking Cousins on the road, but he has put those wide home/away splits to rest as of late. Kirk has posted 22, 25, 30, and 18 fantasy points respectively in his past four road games.
Running Back – David Johnson is pretty much a no-brainer, and I’m taking him despite the imminent large ownership rate … Jeremy Hill may also be a somewhat popular selection, but I’m hoping the recent game log directs people in a different direction. Don’t worry about Hill’s recent struggles, as this is a “green light” matchup against a Cleveland team that ranks 31st against the run.
Wide Receiver – Mike Evans is a popular selection that I’m sticking with regardless. New Orleans doesn’t have anyone to cover him, and he should have a clear path to dominance on Sunday afternoon … The next two picks are a little more underrated, or at least I hope. DeSean Jackson is my favorite pairing with Kirk Cousins. The Eagles have been solid against intermediate and short passing routes, getting torched repeatedly by the deep ball in recent weeks. Brandon LaFell in Cincinnati last Sunday was a prime example. I’m hoping D-Jax can get behind the defense a few times to put up a solid fantasy performance. You know he’ll want to show up when returning to Philadelphia … I’m not sure what Taylor Gabriel’s ownership rate will look like, but I’m guessing it’s not enough. Julio Jones is playing through injury, and Gabriel has an outstanding matchup against struggling CB E.J. Gaines of the Rams. Gabriel has massive upside on any week, but a potentially higher workload and terrific draw subsequently raises his floor as well.
Tight End – I’m “paying up” for a tight end this week, as I believe that’s where the upside lies. Jimmy Graham, Tyler Eifert, and Ladarius Green were all on my radar. I ultimately went with Graham against a generous Green Bay defense. There may be snow at Lambeau this weekend, which would place more of an emphasis on the short passing game.
Kicker – Mike Nugent is minimum salary with good accuracy and the Bengals should move the ball regularly against the Browns to give him a satisfying number of attempts.
Defense – I’m looking at two defenses this week: Minnesota and Detroit. The Lions are $200 cheaper than the Vikings, and they fit perfectly to round out this lineup. Detroit’s defense has improved over the second half of the season, and now they’ll face Matt Barkley and Chicago’s injury-riddled offense at home.