As always, FanDuel is hosting a $5 Million NFL Tournament, starting at 1:00 ET on Sunday. It is $25 to enter, and the winner gets a cool seven-digit payout ($1,000,000).
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 Sam Bradford – PHI (FanDuel Price: $7,700)
Most people have written Sam Bradford off of their FanDuel short list. He was pretty bad in his first three games, but has looked much more comfortable over his last two, recording 24 and 20 fantasy points respectively against Washington and New Orleans. A home matchup against the Giants isn’t too bad, considering that NYG ranks 20th against the pass, and they will be missing cornerback Prince Amukamara. Also, the Giants have struggled to get pressure on opposing QBs this season, ranking 28th overall with just seven sacks. Bradford could get comfortable in this Monday Night matchup.
RB Le’Veon Bell – PIT (FanDuel Price: $9,000)
Some people may shy away from Le’Veon Bell, as the Cardinals have been pretty solid against the run this season. However, a closer look at those numbers suggest that Arizona’s run defense has been a beneficiary of game flow more than being actually that effective. That is, the Cardinals have owned a solid lead in all but one game, where they gave up 146 yards to rookie RB Todd Gurley. Bell should see 30+ total touches in this game, which should equate to another 20-25+ fantasy points.
RB Christopher Ivory – NYJ (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
Washington has a top ten run defense to begin the season. However, they haven’t really been tested in too many spots. Last week at Atlanta was one of their first real tests to stop the run, and they gave up 153 yards and a TD to Devonta Freeman. Ivory had 29 carries in his last game, and now he is rested, ready to take on a full complement once again. Game flow could work to his favor, as the Jets check in as reasonable home favorites against a struggling Washington team.
WR DeAndre Hopkins – HOU (FanDuel Price: $8,500)
Hopkins will be a very popular play on Sunday, and I’m biting the bullet despite that. Ultimately, I believe he’ll live up to the hype, so I’ll take my chances being “contrarian” in other spots. Hopkins has been an absolute target monster this season, and this is one of his best matchups to date against a bad Jacksonville secondary. In addition, there aren’t many other top-end WRs deserving of your attention this week, making Hopkins an even easier selection.
WR Jordan Matthews – PHI (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
I’m pairing Sam Bradford with his favorite target, Jordan Matthews. Granted, Matthews hasn’t posted very good fantasy totals over the past few weeks, but a draw vs New York’s banged up secondary could change that. After all, Anquan Boldin toasted the Giants for a solid fantasy output last Sunday Night, so it’s not inconceivable to think that a target-hog like Matthews could do the same.
WR Mike Wallace – MIN (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
At this point in the season, Kansas City has the worst pass defense of any team. Mike Wallace has cemented himself as the Vikings #1 wide receiver, fresh off an 8 reception, 83 yard, 1 TD performance against a good Denver secondary last game. There was some concern that Wallace may not play, as he was dealing with a knee issue all week. However, he has been upgraded to probably as of Friday afternoon. Most people probably overlooked his questionable status all week, potentially leading to a low-ownership percentage despite the cheap price and great matchup.
TE Tyler Eifert – CIN (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
There are two tight ends I really like this week…aside from Rob Gronkowski. They are Tyler Eifert and Antonio Gates. Eifert is definitely the sneakier option, as Gates had a whopping 25-30% ownership rate in FanDuel’s Thursday GPPs. He’s a good play, but on the road where his QB typically struggles isn’t exactly the safest of bets. For that reason, I’m looking towards Tyler Eifert for $500 more. The Bills have solid cornerbacks who could stifle A.J. Green on the perimeter, funneling targets towards Eifert. In addition, Buffalo has given up the fifth most receptions to tight ends this season.
K Robbie Gould – CHI (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Robbie Gould and Stephen Gostkowski are two of the most reliable kickers in the NFL right now. Gould is $500 cheaper and playing in a dome this week, which is why I ultimately chose him in this lineup.
DEF New York Jets (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
The Jets defense correlates well with one of my previously listed selections, Christopher Ivory. Washington has been struggling on offense, especially considering injuries to their offensive line. Kirk Cousins already had a propensity to turn the ball over, and that notion gains more traction against a good defense with holes on the offensive front. The Jets could force a few turnovers, putting the offense in good field position, which could lead to a few TD scores for Ivory.