Each week I will make daily fantasy football lineups suggestions specific to DraftStreet, Draft Day, and Draft Kings, FanDuel that we like to call DFS Cheat Codes. In the world of gaming, cheat codes involve a player using non-standard methods for creating an advantage beyond normal gameplay. I think that’s a very apt definition of this weekly column. I’ll be incorporating our fantastic daily apps with some other contrarian tactics championed by the rest of the RotoViz staff.
It’s important to note that the scoring and position requirements at these sites are slightly different. A dual threat quarterback offers more value on sites with four-points per passing TD than sites with six.
Finally, you should not just blindly follow these lineups. Very often guys are ruled out, players are upgraded, downgraded and usage becomes clearer as game-time approaches. There are tons of places to check for pre game updates, but I’ve found Twitter searches work best for me.
- In a bit of non-fantasy news, it looks like the Jaguars may be once again playing their way out of position to draft a franchise quarterback. I do not know how to reconcile the “to tank or not to tank” dilemma when it comes to football, but there is no denying a team like the Colts benefited from hitting rock bottom in 2011.
- Is it just me or did Chad Henne look pretty decent last night? I mean at the very least he made some nice throws in high leverage spots (his first two touchdowns came on third down) and extended a few plays with his legs. It was a welcome sight for those of us who have been stubborn enough to hold onto Cecil Shorts and start him out of desperation.
- Finally, I wanted to address last week’s Monday Night Football game real quick. For as great, and I mean great, as Russell Wilson has been playing I remain in complete awe at the Seahawks play calling. Now I am not a tape-grinder nor will I pretend to fully grasp the depth of Seattle’s playbook, but it refreshing to see a team capitalize on its strengths.
Week 14 Lineup Suggestions Plus Some Medium-Length Commentary:
- I’ll start off by doing my weekly RotoViz PSA: Check out the super-handy Lineup Dominator daily apps. They are awesome, they work, and if you are not using them you are just putting yourself at a disadvantage.
- So that Josh McCown guy seems to fair pretty well in Marc Trestman’s offense eh? Look at this point he’s probably going to be the most started quarterback across the daily game, however I’m actually okay with being a sheep and starting McCown. The Cowboys have not been able to stop anybody through the air all season, giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to Quarterbacks this season.
- Jamaal Charles is about the only true reliable number one fantasy running back this season. The matchup looks awesome, as Washington has given up the 7th most points to running backs this season, and the Chiefs have heavily relied on JC to lead their offense (because all Alex Smith can do is ‘manage’ it). You will have to pay a premium for Charles this week and that will likely force the majority of weekly gamers to look elsewhere. I’d make the big investment, though, considering the lack of other attractive options.
- Admittedly, I do not feel great about Lamar Miller but at his price is way too low across many sites for the number of touches he is in line to receive. Pittsburgh has given up the 14th most fantasy points to running backs this season although they have been much better over the past three weeks. Miller is the kind of cheap asset that can allow you to fit someone like Jamaal Charles in your lineup, but I would not build a roster around him.
- There are a few good non-Gronk/Graham options at tight end this week with Jared Cook drawing the Cardinals and Julius Thomas supposedly returning to action. I won’t fault either option, but I’m a creature of habit. I like winning and Rob Gronkowski is a staple of any profitable recipe. I could give you some stat about the Browns giving up the 11th most points to tight ends, but we are talking about a player with 42 touchdowns in 49-career games.
- DeSean Jackson was shut down by Patrick Peterson last week and has not eclipsed 100 yards since week nine. This has led to a sharp fall off in his salary across the board, which is good news for DFSers. Jackson is the clear number one option in a Philly passing game that has become one of the best in the league. According the Football Outsiders’ DVOA, the Eagles have the third-most potent offense in the league. In case you were wondering, the Lions have the 22nd ranked pass defense per DVOA.
- Greg Jennings is not a player I ever thought I would be recommending in 2013. In fact, I really believed Jennings has signed his career away when he chose to leave Green Bay for the beautiful confines of Minnesota. Then Christian Ponder played himself (through injury and lack of performance) out of a job and suddenly Matt Cassel has resurrected Jennings’ fantasy value. In two and half games with Cassel under center, Jennings has 15 catches for 202 yards with three touchdowns. Small sample size be damned, put my team on his back.
- If you have any other specific questions, you can always hit me up on Twitter otherwise good luck and see you same time, same place next week.