Every week I preview a FanDuel tournament team for their featured fantasy football contest. This week, as they had been doing on previous Sundays, FanDuel is hosting a $5 Million NFL Sunday Million Tournament with $1 Million going to first place. It is $25 to enter, and I believe the winner last week was a first time player…so you never know.
For my tournament lineups, I like to mix the “more obvious” plays with a few sneaky sleepers. Here’s what I found this week.
QB Tyrod Taylor - BUF @ MIA ($7,000)
Taylor’s upside of picking up 10 fantasy points on the ground alone (40 yards, 1 TD) really intrigues me for tournaments. That, plus he’s one of the cheaper viable options to consider at QB. That’s not to say this pick comes without risk, as Taylor and the Bills are playing their first road game. However, Miami made Blake Bortles look like Brett Favre last week, so I’m willing to bet that Taylor can put up a decent stat line, if not salvage his fantasy day in garbage time (like last week).
RB Adrian Peterson – MIN vs SD ($8,900)
I’m seeing a lot of media outlets very high on Marshawn Lynch and Le’Veon Bell this week. I like those two guys, but I believe Peterson may have a higher floor/ceiling combination than those two. He had 31 touches last week, and that was the recipe for a win against the Lions. I’m willing to bet Minnesota follows that same strategy as home favorites over a San Diego team that has been very susceptible to the run this year. I highly doubt Peterson will have two goal-line carries “vultured” away from him as well, which was the only thing holding him back from a monster fantasy performance last week (18 FPTS).
RB Latavius Murray – OAK @ CLE ($7,000)
There’s a little bit of risk within this pick, but the upside is also very present. First, let’s start with the bad news: Oakland checks in as road underdogs traveling across the country for this game. Game flow may not be Murray’s friend if the Raiders find themselves in a deficit early … Now the good news: Cleveland ranked dead last in rushing defense last season, and Chris Ivory proved earlier this year that they could be poised for a repeat campaign. Murray is also heavily involved in the passing game to snag some fantasy points via that route as well.
WR Randall Cobb – GB vs KC ($8,200)
I’m willing to bet that Cobb will be overlooked this week, as his price rivals that of Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. However, Cobb could churn out a similar fantasy total as those two, while saving a little bit of cap space in the process. Kansas City has been weak against the pass through the first two games, giving up big statlines to Emmanuel Sanders and DeAndre Hopkins. Cobb could be the third receiver in that line, as he had a solid outing in a much tougher draw vs Seattle last week. It doesn’t hurt that he has the best QB in football throwing to him either.
WR Brandon Marshall – NYJ vs PHI ($7,400)
Marshall will be a very popular selection, but I believe it is warranted this week. Essentially, I’m succumbing to the “public play” in this spot and looking to be different in other spots. Marshall passed his first two test of the season against two of the better corners in all of football. Now, he gets a matchup on the opposite side of the spectrum against Philadelphia, who allowed Julio Jones and Terrence Williams to break out. If Chris Ivory is out, the Jets will need to rely more on the passing game. Marshall’s fellow receiver, Erick Decker, is highly questionable as well, which could funnel some more targets Marshall’s way.
WR Donte Moncrief – IND @ TEN ($6,000)
I’m a believer in Moncrief, as his 100+ yard performance last week was no fluke. Well, that is to say that I believe in him more than the other value wide receivers in this range. With T.Y. Hilton still banged up, Moncrief will be asked to do a little more one more time, and there’s a chance he plays the part of Andrew Luck’s #1 WR once again. Speaking of Luck, I’m expecting him to have a bounce-back game, and it’s somewhat encouraging to think that Moncrief had a nice fantasy day in a game where Luck struggled last week.
TE Greg Olsen – CAR vs NO ($5,900)
Olsen bounced-back in week two, hauling in 6 passes on 8 targets for 70 yards. That’s more of what we expected while heading into the season, as Olsen is theoretically Carolina’s most reliable receiver. He should continue to see a steady stream of targets, especially in the red-zone. All of this lines up well against a subpar New Orleans secondary.
K Nick Folk – NYJ vs PHI ($4,600)
Folk looks like a quality, cheap kicker in this situation. Philadelphia runs an up-tempo offense that usually means more possessions for both teams. If the Jets don’t have Chris Ivory to lead their running attack, a few drives may stall in the redzone.
DEF Houston Texans – HOU vs TB ($5,000)
A lot of people are liking the Seahwaks defense (hard not to) and New England for value. That leaves the Texans right in the middle, possibly with a low ownership percentage. As we saw last week, defenses in good situations are far from a sure thing, so I believe there is some merit in going against the grain with Seattle as the “chalk play”. The Texans will play host to Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers this week. Last Sunday, Winston had a nice bounce-back game at New Orleans, but that was due to the Saints not getting any pressure on him. That shouldn’t be a problem for J.J. Watt and company. It could be another “turnoverfest” for the Buccaneers.