[UPDATES: This post was originally posted at around 12:40 Sunday, Sept. 29. I will be able to provided it earlier in subsequent weeks. It was updated with more information and styling until about 1:15 p.m.]
This list includes a bunch of players I have in my FanDuel lineups this week. I recommend them for players
Most of them fit into my matchup formula which helps to determine which defenses provide the best fantasy matchups.
Top quarterback value: Tony Romo – For my top quarterback I look for a QB with elite fantasy skills going up against a poor pass defense. Only Washington has been poorer than San Diego.
Best cheaper QB: Ben Roethlisberger – The Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown connection could be huge this week against a Minnesota team that gives up buckets of points and passing yards.
High-end option: Peyton Manning – Philadelphia is a pretty good passing matchup for the best quarterback in all the land.
Mid-high: Matthew Stafford – The Bears fantasy defense is good at scoring points, but their real defense has been one of the worst against the pass.
Low-end: E.J. Manuel, Matt Flynn/Terrelle Pryor – Baltimore is at the lower end of my Powerball QB ratings, but it’s still there. If we knew for sure who was starting against Washington for Oakland — and if they were playing the whole game — they’d probably be the value pick of the week.
Top running back value: DeMarco Murray – He’s on too many of my teams. San Diego hasn’t given up a ton of yards on the ground, but I expect DAL to be up early and running late.
Top high-end running backs: Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte – Charles is worth the top-shelf price against the Giants. At $8,500, Forte is still the most undervalued RB at FanDuel.
Mid-high: Trent Richardson, Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles – With Bradshaw out, Richardson has the opportunity to be the top running back this week. McFadden, facing the fantasy playground that is the Redskins defense, has a similar opportunity.
Low-end: Bilal Powell, David Wilson – Bilal Powell is only $200 over the minimum. He is a starting running back. If he gets 80 yards and four catches, that’s 10 points at a pittance. If he goes over 100 again and scores twice that’s a rare PowerBall performance from a running back. I’m not a huge fan of Wilson until the Giants trust him, but he has a strong matchup this week and his price has dropped so much that he’s worth a flier or two.
Top wide receiver value: Antonio Brown – At only $6,500 and facing a poor pass defense, this pick feels easy.
Top high-end wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant – Huge matchup potential for all three of these luxury WRs.
Mid-high: DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker, Pierre Garcon, Josh Gordon – These guys all feel a little boom-or-bust-ish this week, which means a couple of them will boom and win FanDuel leagues.
Low-end: Eddie Royal, Santonio Holmes, Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jason Avant – This is where you find PowerBalls. Of course there are a bunch of guys – like Leonard Hankerson and Riley Cooper, who aren’t on the list. These are just guys I played in my leagues. I played Moore in most of my leagues. Some of the rankings out there have Royal ahead of him. Holmes is an interesting play at $4,700 if he continues performing like the player the Jets thought they were getting from PIT years ago.
Top tight end value: Julius Thomas – If Manning’s slated for a big day, expect Thomas to go big too.
Top high-end tight ends: Jimmy Graham – Duh, it’s Jimmy Graham.
Mid-high: Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, Heath Miller – I started Witten on more than 50% of my teams this week. I turned to Miller and Gates when I need a few hundred bucks elsewhere.
Low-end: Joseph Fauria, Dallas Clark – Fauria has 2 touchdowns through 3 weeks. Does Nate Burleson’s injury open the door for more? When you look at receiver stats make sure you take targets into account. Joe Flacco tossed to Clark 12 times in Week 1 and seven times in Week 3. He’s only thrown more passes to Torrey Smith this season.
Top kicker value: Dan Bailey – I expect Dallas to put up big points whether SD can keep up or not.
Top high-end kickers: Matt Prater, David Akers, Ryan Succop – Succop was last week’s top kicker. This week he gets opportunities against the Giants
Low-end: Shaun Suisham, Robbie Gould, Sebastian Janikowski – I probably have Suisham and Janikowski on too many teams, but they are facing defenses which have allowed a lot of points this season.
Top defense value: Kansas City Chiefs – Play defenses facing the Giants. If that defense also leads the league in sacks, is second in interceptions and defensive touchdowns and third in fumble recoveries, look out.
Top high-end defenses: Bears, Vikings – While I have quite a few Steelers on this list, the team has allowed a lot of points this year, making it a decent matchup for the MIN D.
Low-end: Colts, Steelers – A $5,000 defense (IND) vs. Jacksonville? Done. Ponder vs. Steelers would have been a slam dunk. Cassel could make things interesting … or worse. It’s worth a shot.
Alright, finally, I put together a couple what-the-heck lineups. This one was my oddball favorite:
QB: Geno Smith
RBs: Bilal Powell, Jamaal Charles
WRs: Santonio Holmes, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant
TE: Jimmy Graham
K: Dan Bailey