Fanduel.com and BaseballGuys.com have joined forces this season. Every week there will be a contest set up at Fanduel.com for my audience to sign up and play a weekly, salary cap game that includes yours truly as one of the participants. Let me explain to you what that means.
A WEEKLY FANTASY BATTLE
Take on Ray Flowers. Show me that you’ve got more football knowledge than the arrogant one.Sign up for the Weekly Fanduel.com/BaseballGuys.com NFL Salary Cap Contest. Pick your one week squad based on salary cap levels for players. Finish in the top-15 in Week 14 and you will at least double your $10 investment (all top-15 finishers will receive at least $20). Win the battle and you’re looking at a $250 windfall. Simple as that. You interested?
Before you go and sign up at Fanduel.com there’s this – wouldn’t you like to know who to play? Now I’m not going to tell you who my team is, after all you will be competing against me each week, but that doesn’t mean I won’t offer some helpful advice each week. So have at it folks.
Here are some Week 14 thoughts.
Andy Dalton, Bengals ($7,200): The Colts are a moderate pass defense allowing 239 yards a week and 17 passing scores, but this is as much about Dalton as the matchup. People may not have noticed that Dalton has more passing yards than Tony Romo and more touchdown passes than Cam Newton. He only needs to keep the interceptions in check, 16 is an unacceptable number, to be a solid play at that cost.
Joe Flacco, Ravens ($6,900): Dirt cheap, Flacco costs $900 less than Alex Smith this week. I know Smith has performed well of late, but come on now. Regardless, this is what you need to know about Flacco. The Ravens face a Vikings club that sucks exhaust pipes against the pass (how descriptive huh?). The Vikings allow the third most passing yards a game (287) and the 26 passing scores they have permitted are a league worst.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Lamar Miller, Dolphins ($5,000): He received 22 touches last week and had 85 yards which was a success given the opponent (the Jets). Things are a bit easier this week as the Steelers are middle of the pack against the run. They’ve also allowed 13 rushing scores which piques my interest.
Darren Sproles, Saints ($5,000): I mean really, he’s less money than Trent Richardson ($5,100) so how can you go wrong? The last three times Sproles has faced the Panthers he’s had a score or 100 receiving yards. Even against a stout Panthers defense, there’s no way they can stop 3-yard dump-offs in the flat, can they?
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
T.Y. Hilton, Colts ($5,900): These two wideouts cost $4,100 less than Calvin Johnson. Think you could beef up the rest of your lineup with the extra cash? Hilton hasn’t been a big time producer week after week, but as I’ve noted elsewhere, he’s caught at least five passes in 5-straight games, something guys like Demaryius Thomas, DeSean Jackson, A.J. Green and Josh Gordon can’t say they’ve done.
Kendall Wright, Titans ($5,900): Did you know that Wright has more receptions than Demaryius Thomas and more yards than Hilton, Anquan Boldin, Mike Wallace, Wes Welker and Larry Fitzgerald? Wright has also averaged seven receptions and 85 yards the past four games.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Jared Cook, Rams ($4,900): The best matchup play at the position this week. Cook faces the Cardinals, the worst defense in football against the tight end. Fresh off a three TD beating at the hands of the Eagles, the Cardinals allow a weekly average of 6.5 catch, 86.5 yards and 1.2 touchdowns a week to the tight end. Yeah, looks good for Cook.
Antonio Gates, Chargers ($4,900): I know he has a hamstring issue but the guy played 62 of 67 snaps last week so it can’t be that bad, right? All this love for Ladarius Green has blinded some people to the fact Gates is still catching four passes for 50 yards pretty much week after week, and that he constantly receives more targets than Green. When I see a guy who plays this much, in an offense that throws the ball a lot, and $300 less than Zach Ertz… sign me up.
I know the Saints are coming off a brutal offensive effort and that they face the rough and tumble Panthers defense this week but Garrett Hartley ($5,000) is as cheap as you can get at kicker so sign me up. Even if you buy that that Panthers will pull a Seahawks against the Saints this week, doesn’t it stand to reason that the Saints will move the football enough to get Hartley’s leg plenty of work?
The Ravens ($5,000) are as cheap as you can get with a defense and they face what can be called a one dimensional offense of the Vikings. It’s actually a one player offense. Another solid play this week is the Raiders ($5,100). I mean, look at the laughable numbers of Geno Smith: 4-straight without 10 completions, 4-straight with less than 130 yards passing, 5-straight without a passing score.
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By Ray Flowers