If you missed my first article introducing the “Joe 2 Pro” series, you can read it here. It gives a brief overview on how to attack daily fantasy football without feeling like you’re drowning. What I am trying to do with the Joe 2 Pro series is bring up topics regarding daily fantasy football that I wish I knew about when I had first started playing. There’s definitely a learning curve when you go from seasonal leagues to daily fantasy football.
There are a few signal callers I’m pretty keen on for Week 14. Obviously you can’t go wrong with Aaron Rodgers as they have an insane team total at 33 points, and they have a cushy matchup against the Falcons in the frozen tundra. Selecting Rodgers is going to cause you to tighten up your salaries elsewhere, though.
Drew Brees against Carolina is fairly discounted to the other top-tier QBs, and he’s just as capable of putting elite numbers up as the other guys. Pro Football Focus has CAR graded as the seventh-worst team in pass coverage, and Brees is looking more Brees-esque as he’s thrown eight TDs in the last two weeks. If you want to drop down a little in price, look no further than Russell Wilson.
Wilson gets a boost on Sunday due to the Eagles’ fast paced offense, which allows opposing teams to get more possessions. Wilson’s discounted price on DraftKings and FanDuel will allow a little more flexibility when putting together the rest of your team.
Looking at the Buy Low Machine there are a few backs that stick out to me in both matchup and salary. Eddie Lacy has the best matchup according to our Buy Low Machine, and he’s got a moderate price tag compared to the other RBs. I’ve used Le’Veon Bell every single week so far in my DFS rosters, but this is the week that I don’t pay up for that hefty price tag. I’m going back to the well with C.J. Anderson. He’s seen over 30 touches the last two weeks and his contribution to the pass game makes him immune to game flow. Not that game flow will get out of hand for Denver as they’re 10-point favorites at home against Buffalo. There aren’t many cheap RBs I like this week. Lamar Miller could be in play strictly from a value standpoint, and now Haloti Ngata is suspended for four games, which may help.
Wide receiver is a little easier to navigate when you’re scrolling down the player salaries compared to RB. If you’re looking at our Buy Low Machine, a lot of the WRs I’ve been looking at have been coming from those matchups. It’s difficult to roster any WR being targeted by Blake Bortles, but the salaries and the matchup look appealing. Cecil Shorts might be the guy I turn to, to give me some salary relief. Jarvis Landry has seen 10 or more targets in three of the last four games and has the second best matchup for WRs against Baltimore. Stedman Bailey at $4300 on DraftKings and $6300 on FanDuel is another guy I am intrigued by due to his usage the last few weeks, the salary, and the matchup against Washington. I am likely fading Tre Mason this week and rostering Bailey, not because of his great last name, but because the Washington secondary continues to be absolutely throttled by opposing passing offenses.
Tight end continues to be one of the more challenging positions to figure out when you’re filling out your daily fantasy football rosters. Rob Gronkowski’s price tag is too steep at $8,000 on DraftKings for me to roster him in cash games. If you’re looking to really punt the position, Jared Cook is min-salary on DraftKings and only $4900 on FanDuel, and he has the third-best matchup according to our Buy Low Machine. The two TEs I am most likely to roster in my cash games this week, though, are Kyle Rudolph and Jordan Reed. Rudolph squares off with the horrible Jets who rank 32nd in adjusted DVOA according to Football Outsiders. Rudolph seems to be back to full health as he’s played 88 percent of the snaps or more in the last two games. Reed continues to be one of Colt McCoy’s favorite targets when he’s under center.
Jordan Reed has been targeted on 28.3% of his routes in games started by Colt/Cousins as opposed to 16% with Robert Griffin.
— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) December 2, 2014
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