Single-Game contests have emerged as popular NFL DFS formats this season. Essentially, you are picking five fantasy players from one game with one designated player getting a 1.5x multiplier on his overall fantasy points. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend dipping your toe in the proverbial water. It’s a great way to make these Primetime matchups even more entertaining.
For this article, we will focus on FanDuel’s Single Game Contests with strategy and advice in the corresponding write-ups. The goal is offer cash game solutions and potential tournament pivots/sleepers for each format.
The following games will be covered:
Thursday Night Football – Miami @ Houston
Sunday Night Football – New Orleans @ Minnesota
Monday Night Football – New England @ Buffalo
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Miami @ Houston
Here’s what I came up with as a cash game lineup. Take note that this is based on my personal preference by using the reasoning listed below.
MVP – Deshaun Watson ($16500)
FLEX – DeAndre Hopkins ($17500)
FLEX – Danny Amendola ($10000)
FLEX – Ka’imi Fairbairn ($95000)
FLEX – Jakeem Grant ($6000)
Houston is a healthy 7.5 home favorite, and I’m looking to take their top options in DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson. This combination has been held down by tough matchups over the past two weeks, but Hopkins still put forth 15 and 13 FP respectively. I’ll certainly take that as his fantasy floor while expecting him to top his current 16.5 FPPG average on the season.
As for Watson, there’s some concern with him playing through injury. Regardless of that, I still believe he needs to be part of your squad on this Thursday Night slate – pushing for MVP status as well. He has had some time to heal up, and this draw vs Miami is significantly better than his previous matchups that reflected uninspiring fantasy totals. In other words, I’m thinking this is a nice spot for Deshaun to bounce-back at home.
Danny Amendola has been stepping up for the Dolphins with 14 receptions on 18 targets for 143 yards and a score combined over the past two weeks. He’ll continue to see plenty of looks with Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson out … Take note that those injury situations may boost the snap counts of Miami WRs Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker as well. With both of them at similar price points, I’m preferring Grant as a value filler in my lineups. He seems to be one step ahead in the pecking order of Dolphin pass catchers.
Additional notes. Switching things up by taking Will Fuller or Lamar Miller in tournaments is something I’m looking towards. Miller is coming off his best game of the season, and there’s a chance he’ll benefit from game flow – or more carries if the Texans try to shield Watson from a heavy workload. Fuller could see more targets with Coutee out on Thursday, potentially enhancing his upside similar to the 21 and 19 FP performances we saw in the first two weeks of the season … One way to fit either Fuller or Miller in your lineups would be by taking DeVante Parker instead of Fairbairn in the sample lineup – then replacing Amendola with your preference … Another enticing tournament alteration revolves around going with Osweiler-Amendola-Parker, then Watson-Fuller: hoping Fuller can outperform (or come close) to Hopkins.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – New Orleans @ Minnesota
MVP – Kirk Cousins ($15500)
FLEX – Adam Thielen ($15500)
FLEX – Stefon Diggs ($11500)
FLEX – Will Lutz ($9500)
FLEX – Tre’Quan Smith ($8000)
I’m high on Kirk Cousins this week in general, making him a relatively easy pick as MVP in this Single Game slate. New Orleans has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and their first-ranked rushing defense tends to funnel production to the air. As you can see, I’m going all-in on the Minnesota passing attack, stacking Cousins with his top options in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Some may be discouraged by Diggs’ recent game log, but the targets are still there for him. If the volume persists, I could see him making good on those looks in this favorable draw … Meanwhile, Tre’Quan Smith is one of my favorite cheap plays to make this lineup work. He’s legitimately the WR2 in this offense with Tedd Ginn Jr on injured reserve.
Additional notes. I have my eye on Alvin Kamara as a cheaper spin-off from Adam Thielen. Another option from the lineup posted above comes from changing Diggs to Kamara and Lutz to Meredith. This way, you’d be looking to catch upside with Kamara while hoping Meredith can hold serve somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-10 fantasy points - keep your fingers crossed that the snap rate correlates.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – New England @ Buffalo
MVP – Tom Brady ($18500)
FLEX – James White ($16000)
FLEX – Stephen Gostkowski ($10000)
FLEX – Charles Clay ($7000)
FLEX – Kelvin Benjamin ($8000)
Stacking Tom Brady and James White is a preferred strategy of mine. Sure, you’ll have to sacrifice by taking some cheap and risky options in a few FLEX spots, but the upside of these two players is tremendous. Brady spreads the ball around enough that I don’t feel nervous by ignoring any of his receivers in this lineup. Actually, Brady to White could serve as a stack, as the Pats’ RB has already caught six touchdowns on the season. James White is set for a full workload with Sony Michel sidelined tonight … Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay are two of my favorite (I use that word very loosely here) cheap options of this slate. You can’t perform much worse than what QB Derek Anderson showed last week, and hopefully most of the struggles are out of his system. These Buffalo pass catchers should see plenty of opportunities to make things happen with game flow stacked against them. New England ranks bottom ten in pass defense as well. I particularly like Charles Clay as a value play while serving as Anderson’s safety valve.
Additional Notes. I like the aforementioned lineup in tournaments and cash games alike. However, you can switch things up by taking Rob Gronkowski instead of James White and then Derek Anderson instead of Kelvin Benjamin. That lineup set would depend on the success of Anderson, who hopefully pads his stats in garbage time if the Bills fall behind by several scores in this one.