FanDuel is hosting a MEGA $1.75 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.
Best of luck!
QB Brian Hoyer – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
As I passionately described in the FanDuel Must Plays column, I love Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford for cash games. However, I’m taking a different route for tournaments, hoping Brian Hoyer can deliver a solid 20-25 fantasy point performance. He came close with 19 FD points last week, and the matchup against a beatable Detroit pass defense helps. The Lions have been shredded by Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Mariota, and Andrew Luck so far this season, and it’s not out of the question to believe Hoyer can make that list. There’s a chance Hoyer could rack up some garbage points like last week, as Chicago will likely fall into “pass heavy” mode while trying to keep pace.
RB Lamar Miller – Houston (FanDuel Price: $8,200)
A breakout week is coming for Lamar Miller. He has been seeing a ton of carries every game, yet to score a touchdown or break a big-gainer. That could change against a generous Tennessee defense at home. The game flow should align well for Miller, as Houston steps in as home favorites. While others look towards David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell for a similar salary, I’m “swerving” with Miller and the high-upside that comes with his consistent workload.
RB Melvin Gordon – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
You don’t have to fill your lineup with sleeper picks to do some damage in tournaments. Actually, blending a few under-the-radar pivots alongside well-aligned popular plays is probably the way to go. Gordon falls into the latter category, as he’s assuming a larger workload with Danny Woodhead out. He’s facing New Orleans too, a rush defense that was just humiliated last Monday night with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman running wild en route to a blowout victory. Now Gordon will take his turn, and the Chargers should move the ball with regularity to set up scoring opportunities for their second-year back. I’m expecting Gordon to cash in with 120+ total yards and 1-2 scores.
WR Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $9,400)
The matchup doesn’t look outstanding on paper, and I’m hoping that results in a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. We all know Brown is capable of a sparkling performance no matter who’s lining up across him. I believe the return of Le’Veon Bell will help the Pittsburgh passing game, as there’s one more playmaker to devote attention towards. QB Ben Roethlisberger has been a beast at home over the past few years, and he’ll be looking for a strong bounce-back after last week’s humiliating loss. Brown should be the beneficiary of that mentality.
WR Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
I mentioned the rationale for Maclin in my FanDuel NFL GPP Pivots article. To sum it up, he’s seeing massive volume through this season, and the game flow will likely be the best of the season for Kansas City’s passing attack. The Chiefs will try to keep pace with Pittsburgh’s quick-strike attack, which should call for a heavier does of pass attempts from Alex Smith. As we noticed last week, this Steelers’ offense has plenty of holes in the secondary for Maclin to do his thing. This could be the week where he finally has a breakout performance.
WR Travis Benjamin – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
I don’t mind taking Benjamin alongside Melvin Gordon from the same team, as there should be plenty of fantasy points for all Chargers on Sunday. Taking on one of the worst defenses in the league makes that a reality. Benjamin was fairly subdued by Indianapolis last week, but he’s still seeing a healthy amount of targets as San Diego’s arguable number one option in the passing game. He should be able to generate plenty of space against the Saints’ defense, and I’m expecting a stat-line closer to his week two performance (6-115-2).
TE Zach Miller – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
I’m hoping the Brian Hoyer-Zach Miller connection works as well as it did last week. Miller went for eight receptions, 78 yards, and a pair of touchdowns against the Cowboys on Sunday night. I don’t believe that’s a fluke either. Hoyer has always had “check down” tendencies throughout his NFL career, and stepping into a new system will only promote more of that. Miller is still way too cheap given his upside, and he’s a great pick in all formats … Also, with Alshon Jeffery nursing an injury, Miller could serve as the primary target in a game that should feature plenty of pass attempts.
Simply put: Tucker is one of the best kickers in the game, and the Ravens’ one-dimensional offense gives him plenty of attempts to rack up fantasy points. Baltimore should move the ball with regularity against Oakland’s generous defense, putting Tucker into position.
DEF Denver Broncos (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
I’m giving a strong look to Arizona and Denver this week. Denver is $100 cheaper, which actually is the difference between fitting into this lineup and standing on the outside. Jameis Winston has been turnover prone this season, and the Denver defense should keep that sentiment alive.