Today I am turning my focus to Fanduel.com for some NFL plays this week. This week Fanduel.com is running their $1 Million King of the Gridiron tournament; one lucky winner will walk away with $150,000 and a trip for six to the Super Bowl.I am not going to waste anymore of your time – let’s get down to business and find some players for our lineups this weekend.Quarterbacks: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49’ers ($7,900): The former Nevada Wolf Pack star has a full arsenal of weapons, now that Michael Crabtree is back healthy. This week he faces the Atlanta Falcons who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. SF is going to secure their playoff spot this week with “Kaep” doing his part to make sure that happens; take advantage of the dual-threat he has this week against a poor Atlanta defense.Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins ($7,000): I am not a fan of the huge price jump on “Captain Kirk” this week. I am a fan of the match-up he has against the Dallas Cowboys who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs this season. Dallas is unable to slow down a high school football offense, how are they going to slow down a guy who is trying to show other teams he deserves a starting QB job in this league.Running Backs: Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers ($7,100): In case you haven’t noticed, the third-year pro is now healthy and running like a top-tier back in this league. Over the last two weeks he has averaged 29 carries per game, 115 yards per game and 1 touchdown per game. This week he faces the Oakland Raiders defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Look for SD to continue to lean on him; they are 2-0 the last two weeks with him carrying the workload.Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,800): No Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts and potentially no Maurice Jones-Drew; guess who is going to carry the workload for the Jags? (Answer: Todman) After his 25 carries, 109 rushing yards, 4 receptions and 44 receiving yards, he is able to follow that up with a match-up against the Tennessee Titans who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.Wide Receivers: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns ($9,500): I never thought I would have put him before “Megatron” when it comes to my WR rankings. The former Baylor Bear is at the top of his game now; he looks to continue that with a match-up against the NY Jets who allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season. NY’s defense is a complete mess now, look for Gordon to have another dominating afternoon against this struggling Jets team.Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers ($7,100): The former third-round pick is on fire now; he has scored no less than 12 fantasy points the last four weeks, has four TDs and 22 receptions through those four games. This week he faces the Oakland Raiders who allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season and surrendered six receptions, 115 yards and TD to Allen in their first meeting this season. He is Phillip Rivers’ favorite target; it is going to show again this weekend against a struggling Oakland defense.Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears ($8,000): Defenses spend so much time trying to figure out how to slow Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall down they tend to forget about the former South Carolina Gamecocks star. Over the last ten weeks he has scored 13 or more fantasy points eight times. This week he faces the Philadelphia Eagles who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing WRs this season. Another big week is in the making from the second-year pro.Tight Ends: Delaine Walker, Tennessee Titans ($5,200): I mentioned him last week and he came through with eight receptions, 53 yards and a TD; I am going right back to him this week against a Jags defense who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing TEs this season. He continues to impress in the passing game, allowing for him to exceed his value again this week.Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks ($4,500): This week it is the former Arizona State Sun Devils chance at the horrendous Arizona Defense that ranks dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs this season. Back on 10/17/13 he went for 5 receptions, 40 yards and a TD against Arizona; look for a similar stat line this week.Defense: Cleveland Browns ($6,000): This is becoming a ritual for me; plug-in any team that is playing the NY Jets. This week the Browns defense gets a crack at the struggling Jets offense; look for antoher strong outing from a defense against the Jets.Detroit Lions ($5,700): Did you see Eli Manning throw five interceptions last week; it could happen again this week considering Detroit’s run defense is tough, forcing Eli to throw the ball more than he would like. The Giants have packed it in this season; look for Detroit to push them all over the field.
The last two weeks of the NFL regular seasons has arrived. This week the NFL has no Thursday night games, 15 games on Sunday and one Monday night game. There are still a few teams battling for playoff sports and a few teams vying for that division crown; we should not see team’s sitting there starters quite yet with so much at stake now.
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