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 – New Orleans @ Dallas
Sunday Night Football – LA Chargers @ Pittsburgh
Monday Night Football – Washington @ Philadelphia
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – New Orleans @ Dallas
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 – Dak Prescott ($15500)
FLEX – Alvin Kamara ($14500)
FLEX – Michael Thomas ($14000)
FLEX – Wil Lutz ($10000)
FLEX – Michael Gallup ($6000)
The Amari Cooper trade has worked out brilliantly for Dak Prescott, who has come alive with 20+ fantasy points in four of his past six games. The Dallas QB will continue to maintain his rushing upside as well, piling up five scores on the ground through that six contest span. The Saints have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but they have been playing much better as of late. I still believe Prescott is one of the better all-around picks in this single game DFS format due to a modest salary and the fact that he’ll likely need to carry the Cowboys in this matchup. The Saints boast one of the best run defenses in the league, which could funnel a higher-than-usual percentage of plays through the air for Dallas.
Both teams are good against the run, which has me looking towards the pass catching back of New Orleans – Alvin Kamara. Game flow has been an issue for Kamara over the past two weeks, as he has only drawn two targets over that span. I’m expecting him to see a healthy dose of passes on Thursday, which could propel him and his explosiveness back to elite fantasy production.
Drew Brees is expensive, so I’m looking to capitalize on his production through pass catchers like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. It’s pretty remarkable to think that Thomas has nearly double the targets of any other New Orleans player over the past five games. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, both teams will likely look towards the air to avoid stout run defense. That certainly helps the Saints’ best receiver.
Michael Gallup is my favorite cheap filler, hoping he can break loose for a big gainer. The fact that he has seen 11 total targets over the past two games is a good sign moving forward, especially in a matchup that could feature more than usual pass attempts from QB Dak Prescott. In the event Amari Cooper gets slowed down by CB Marshon Lattimore, Gallup and Cole Beasley will look to step up with more targets.
Additional notes. Here’s an alternate lineup I am contemplating for tournament and cash game usage: Place Drew Brees at MVP, then Dak Prescott in one of the FLEX positions. Remove Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas from the sample lineup above. Finish off with Amari Cooper, Brett Maher, and Michael Gallup … This combination relies heavily on the Prescott-Cooper connection, but the duo showed some amazing upside last week vs Washington.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – LA Chargers @ Pittsburgh
Check back on Sunday for detailed analysis!
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Washington @ Philadelphia
Check back on Monday for detailed analysis!