FanDueling Week 9: Into Darkness

For an explanation of the FanDueling series, click here.



Before we move on to the Week 8 games, let’s take a look at the results from Week 8:


It was another winning week, despite duds from Justin Forsett, Martavis Bryant, and Ladarius Green. Michael Floyd was a huge value, while Philip Rivers, Todd Gurley and Julio Jones dominated as much as I had hoped. I scored 127.24, and the last winning position was 120.54.

I considered using Le’Veon Bell last week, and thank goodness I didn’t. Jamaal Charles suffered his season-ending injury the week I started him in FanDuel, and if the same thing happened to Bell I might have start thinking my team was cursed. Then I’d only be able to start players I’m going against in my season-long leagues.

On to Week 9! Here’s the team I’m rolling with this week:

QB – Tom Brady (WAS@NE) – $9,500

I like Brady in potential blowout games since, as I’ve said before, the Patriots have no problem running up the score. He has a high price, but I think he’ll be worth it.

Also considered: Derek Carr ($7,000), Kirk Cousins ($6,600)

RB – Mark Ingram (TEN@NO) – $7,700

I think there’s a decent chance the Saints will be protecting a lead in this one. Ingram’s value also goes up since Khiry Robinson is no longer around to vulture his touchdowns.

RB – DeAngelo Williams (OAK@PIT) – $6,500

Williams should pick up where Bell left off, and he’ll be at a discount for a few weeks. I’m happy to exploit that, though I’m sure many other players will as well.

Also considered – Todd Gurley ($9,000), Devonta Freeman ($8,900), Darren McFadden ($6,500), Jeremy Langford ($6,400)

WR – Antonio Brown (OAK@PIT) – $8,700

I think this is a high scoring game. Roethlisberger is a week healthier and should do better against Oakland’s poor secondary.

WR – “Mediocre” Michael Crabtree (OAK@PIT) – $5,800

As I said, I think this will be a track meet. I didn’t have the money for Amari Cooper, so I settled on Crabtree.

WR – Steve Johnson (CHI@SD) – $5,400

He’s San Diego’s top option now that Keenan Allen is gone. He should get plenty of targets.

Also considered: Alshon Jeffery ($7,900), Amari Cooper ($7,300), Brandon LaFell ($5,200)

TE – Antonio Gates (CHI@SD) – $6,000

Gates was already getting a ton of looks before the aforementioned Allen injury. He was considerably cheaper than Gronk, so I went with him.

Also considered: Rob Gronkowski ($8,500), Heath Miller ($5,800), Delanie Walker ($5,500)

K – Brandon McManus (DEN@IND) – $5,000

Peyton Manning’s red zone futility has been great for his kicker.

Also considered: Stephen Gostkowski ($5,200)

D – Denver Broncos (DEN@IND) – $5,300

If Andrew Luck continues his run of poor play, this could get out of hand.

Also considered: Atlanta Falcons ($4,900), New York Jets ($4,700), New Orleans Saints ($4,200)


TOTAL – $59,900


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