FanDuel is hosting a $2 Million NFL Tournament, starting at 1:00 ET on Sunday. It is $25 to enter, and the winner gets a cool six figure 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 Kirk Cousins – Washington (FanDuel Price: $6,700)
This is supposedly the week of the value quarterback. However, Cousins isn’t as popular as other value commodities like Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown. Still, the Washington passing game has a very nice matchup against the New York Giants, and Cousins went off in a similarly good draw vs New Orleans two weeks ago. I believe Hoyer, McCown, and Cousins are clustered in the same group, and getting Cousins at a much lower ownership percentage is a nice bonus.
RB Thomas Rawls – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Doug Martin was the most popular running back in FanDuel’s Thursday contests, and I’m choosing to fade him for two cheaper options who could realistically reproduce his output. Neither of them are particularly sneaky plays, especially Rawls, who is coming off a sweet 30 carry, 209 yards, 1 TD (39 FP) performance vs San Francisco last week. The matchup isn’t quite as good vs Pittsburgh, but I’m willing to bet that Rawls hits value based on sheer volume.
RB Javorius Allen – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Due to injury, Allen has taken the reigns as Baltimore’s starting running back. He got 27 total touches last week, translating to 115 total yards against a tough St. Louis front seven. His Monday Night matchup with the Browns should be much more comfortable, and that type of volume certainly bodes well for a high return on investment. Plus, you can’t beat having a high-volume playing in a prime Monday Night matchup!
WR DeAndre Hopkins – Houston (FanDuel Price: $9,400)
Hopkins will probably be the most popular player (regardless of position) within this game slate. I don’t care. I’m locking him in, and going choosing other spots to go against the grain. Hopkins will face one of the worst pass defenses in all of football, New Orleans. Hopkins has caught 4 TDs over his past three games, heating up just in time for his best matchup of the season.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. – NY Giants (FanDuel Price: $9,100)
While Hopkins and Beckham will likely both be popular individually, I doubt many people will have them in the same lineup. I’m looking for a Washington-New York Giants shootout here, getting Cousins and Odell Beckham involved in a dual against each other. It’s not that far of a stretch to think it can happen, and Beckham put up a respectable 7-79-1 against the Redskins earlier this season. That is his baseline in this game, with upside for much, much more.
WR Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $6,700)
Bryant is a high-risk/high-reward pick in this spot. I’m expecting many people to gloss over him due to a perceived tough matchup against the Seahawks. However, his teammate Antonio Brown will likely be the focal point of Seattle’s secondary, which could leave Bryant (as a matchup nightmare) with one-on-one playmaking situations. Pittsburgh will certainly want to throw the ball in this game, and more targets could funnel towards Bryant as the deep threat.
TE Jordan Reed – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Reed sees a ton of targets for Washington, and he is a fine paring with QB Kirk Cousins. As I mentioned before, this is a very nice matchup for the Redskins’ passing game, and Reed went for two touchdowns the last time Cousins had a fantasy outburst. Needless to say, if Cousins succeeds in this game, Reed will likely see a fair share of that production.
K Chandler Catanzaro (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Cantanzaro is a safe kicker for all intents and purposes. You can feel free to use him in both tournaments and cash games alike. The Cardinals are matched up against a bad San Francisco defense, and they should be able to move the ball regularly on Sunday. The weather should be friendly, and Catanzaro has notched double-digit fantasy performances in three straight games.
D Cincinnati Bengals (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
The Bengals defense hasn’t been very good over the past three weeks, and I’m guessing that will leave many people overlooking them this weekend. Still, we can’t rule them out in a quality home matchup vs an anemic St. Louis offense. Remember, this defense was light’s out to begin the season. This could be a situation where they get back to that level.