Today I am looking at fanduel.com for some players that I am considering this week in my qualifiers for the King of the Gridiron contest fanduel.com is holding on December 22nd.Let’s not waste any more time and get right down to business.Quarterbacks: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons ($7,700): Ryan threw for 311 yards on Sunday in the frigid temperatures of Buffalo; do not be concerned about him playing in the frozen tundra against GB this week. Ryan will be facing a GB defense that has been torched by opposing QB’s in which they allow the 11th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. Atlanta really does not have much of a run game and now that Roddy White looks to be back to his old self and with Harry Douglas on the other side Ryan has weapons to do some damage to this GB secondary.Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens ($6,900): Over the last two games Flacco has thrown for 251 yards and 273 yards with one TD in each game. Those numbers may not be as impressing as you want to see but that has caused his salary to stay in the area that is has been in and now he will face the horrendous defense of the Minnesota Vikings. This season Minnesota ranks dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing QB’s this season. The only downside to Flacco this week is the weather could be an issue since there is a chance of wintry mix (70%), if that weather is able to hold off Flacco could be a steal at this price.Running Backs: Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens ($6,400): You know what happens to an offense when it rains and snows, it becomes one dimensional. This is where Rice would come into play against a Viking defense that is allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing RB’s this season. If the weather is nasty in Baltimore this weekend look for Baltimore to run the ball a bit more while using short screens for the passing game, this has the making of Rice getting 30 touches this weekend.Matt Forte, Chicago Bears ($8,600): I continue to mention Forte’s name each week as I love the how versatile he is in the Chicago offense. The issue I have had with Forte is he is not finding the end- zone as he has scored just one TD in the last four weeks. This week Forte is facing a Dallas defense that ranks dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing RB’s this season. This is the week I feel confident enough to say Forte finds pay dirt.Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers ($7,000): Do not be too concerned about the dud Lacy laid last week against a very good Detroit run defense. This week Lacy will get a matchup with the Atlanta Falcons who have been torched by C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson last week and by Bobby Rainey’s coming out party three weeks ago. Lacy should have a huge game against a run defense that is struggling to contain anyone.Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions ($10,000): If you have the budget and are able to afford Johnson in your lineup he is a must start against a Philadelphia defense that ranks dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing WR’s. Believe me when I say Philly will struggle to contain Johnson, I get the pleasure of watching Eagles games each week as I hail about one hour outside Philly and Philly’s DB are not going to be able to handle the strength and size Johnson possesses. He is expensive but he should be well worth it this week.Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,400): If you are not spending on “Megatron” than you are going to have to at least look towards V-Jax this week. Jackson will take on a Buffalo Bills secondary that is allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing WR’s this season. Jackson is usually hit or miss as he has struggled the last two weeks with just five total catches; this is a good thing since his price comes down and now he gets an outstanding matchup to exploit; look for a big week from V-Jax.DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles ($7,000): Jackson is a risky play for his price-tag but Philadelphia is going to have to lean on the passing game since Detroit has such a strong run defense. Jackson will be facing a Detroit secondary that is allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing WR’s this season. Look for a big week from Jackson in what should be a shoot-out with the Lions this week.Tight Ends: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys ($6,500): Witten is that type of player that is not going to put up Jimmy Graham type numbers each week but is capable of those type numbers at times. This week is one of those times we may see Witten put big numbers up as he will face a Chicago defense that is allowing the eighth most fantasy points to opposing TE’s this season. Tony Romo likes to throw the ball and with oddsmakers posting a large total they expect it to happen and Witten should be able to do his part to exceed value.Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers ($4,900): Gates continues to get the ball thrown his way but he is not finding the end-zone as he has just one TD over the last eight games. This week Gates will face a Giant defense that is allowing the ninth most fantasy points to opposing TE’s. Gates has a cheaper price-tag which should allow for him to exceed his value.Defenses: Oakland Raiders ($5,100): All I really have to say is anyone that plays the Jets have to be given some consideration. The last three weeks the Jets allowed Buffalo to score 19 fantasy points, Baltimore 16 fantasy points and Miami 17 fantasy points. This is pretty much a no-brainer as the Jets are struggling.New England Patriots ($5,200): If you do not have any faith in Oakland then you need to lean towards the Patriots as they will be playing the Browns who have two QB’s with concussions right now and may have to start a third string QB. This one could get ugly fast if Cleveland has to start a third string QB or a quick veteran off the street.
We only have a few weeks left in the NFL regular season with majority of the daily fantasy sites running the last of their qualifiers this week for a shot at some serious cash.
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