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Joe 2 Pro: Daily Fantasy Football – a Quick-Start Guide to Week 16 Tournaments

Travis Kelce

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.

Quarterback

Usually in tournaments I target the same quarterbacks as for my cash games, while also maybe digging into some of the lower tier QBs. I think Tom Brady will make for a decent tournament option, you could even double-handcuff him with Brandon LaFell and Rob Gronkowski, but I would only do that if Julian Edelman is ruled out. I like Brady a little more on DraftKings, where he only costs $8,000, compared to FanDuel where he is $9,700. I think Matt Ryan is in play in a divisional game of utter importance for both teams, with the highest over/under of the week. Alex Smith may not have the highest ceiling, but he is going to allow for some roster flexibility because of his low salary and Pittsburgh ranks as the fourth-best matchup for QBs according to the RotoViz Buy Low Machine.

Running Back

Lamar Miller and Tre Mason are both cheap across the industry and I prefer them as tournament plays to cash game plays.1 Both RBs are home favorites on Sunday, and should see the majority of touches for their teams. Minnesota ranks as a top 10 matchup for RBs using our Buy Low Machine. The Giants haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 12, but the last three weeks they faced Tennessee, Washington, and Jacksonville, so I think that is a bit of a mirage. I’m also looking at Pierre Thomas because the Falcons are a top matchup for RBs.

Wide Receiver

Charles Johnson is still playing very well in recent weeks and his price is certainly appealing around the industry. Despite being viewed as a top pass defense, the Dolphins have given up seven touchdowns to wide receivers in the last four weeks. I also like Vincent Jackson because of the market share he has in that offense. The volume he’s receiving just hasn’t turned into production, and he comes in discounted to counterpart, Mike Evans. I like both WRs in this matchup, though. I really like Kelvin Benjamin as I do every week, because of the volume he receives in that offense, but if Joe Haden is ruled out because of his shoulder injury, I’ll like him even more as the Browns will be thin in the secondary. When selecting my WRs for GPPs, I refer back to when I’ve heard  Jonathan Bales state “Can this guy get me two TDs?” This is a great thing to remember because TDs are going to be the difference makers in your tournaments.

Tight End

For the tight end position, I am targeting the same players as in my cash game article, and Dwayne Allen. Allen is highly touchdown dependent as most tight ends are, but Allen is a TD machine. The Cowboys have allowed 10 TDs to tight ends on the season, and rank as the second best matchup for TEs using our Buy Low Machine. His low price on both DraftKings and FanDuel will allow for some roster flexibility elsewhere.

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