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.
Are you 0-2 in your home league and growing frustrated with a lineup that includes players like Frank Gore, Stevan Ridley, Eddie Lacy and Roddy White? Are you about ready to start hitting the bottle as the despair seeps into your soul? OK, maybe that’s a wee bit heavy, but if you’re looking at your club and thinking this has all gone horribly wrong, this game is a way to get out of the doldrums.
Fanduel.com offers weekly games. You pick your team in Week 3. It doesn’t matter who you had in Week 1 or Week 2. You pick a whole new team for Week 3. You get a salary cap that you have to fit the players into and that’s it (the positions are as follows: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, D). Choose the best team that money can afford and have at it. The best part is that you can win money too. Here is the info for Week 3:
BaseballGuys.com Exclusive Week 3 League
1st prize is $250.
2nd prize is $180.
3rd prize is $100.
And so on with 15 people earning at least $20.
Not bad since it only costs $10 to enter.
WEEK 2 REVIEW
Apparently I don’t give very good advice, or at least I didn’t in Week 2. Poor Ray finished in 41st place for the week while username Coachella killed it winning the league over my junky squad. I got it right with Michael Vick, Matt Forte and Jordy Nelson, but I struck out miserably with Miles Austin, Jared Cook and Darren Sproles.
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.
WEEK 3 SUGGESTIONS
Russell Wilson, Seahawks ($8,100): I don’t love Wilson but he’s about 15 percent cheaper than Rodgers/Brees types, so it’s hard to turn away from that. Also doesn’t hurt that he’s playing at home where he’s 9-0 with 18 TD passes and just three interceptions in his young career.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals ($6,900): The Saints don’t have an imposing defense, and we all know they will score points. That will force the Cardinals to pass to keep up. A healthy Larry Fitzgerald may or may not happen, but Palmer is $900 less than Jay Cutler this week.
RUNNING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS
Frank Gore, 49ers ($6,900): Gore faces a Colts team that is middle of the pack versus runner this season (18th most points allowed to the position), but the Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor ate them up in Week 1. Colin Kapernick should do the same thing this week and that will open up lanes for Gore to do his thing too.
Joique Bell, Lions ($6,500): Reggie Bush sounds likely to play, but there is no way he will be at 100 percent. That makes Bell a very intriguing option given his price when you consider that through two weeks Bell is a top-10 RB in PPR setups while sharing the backfield with Bush. What could he do if Bush was out or severely limited?
WIDE RECEIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Eric Decker, Broncos ($6,200): He’s currently $600 less than a hobbled Roddy White (if you’re starting White, even at that reasonable price, you’re nuts). Decker actually has been on the field for 26 more snaps than Wes Welker through two weeks.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts ($5,800): Everyone is afraid of the matchup with the Niners, and that makes a lot of sense (of course). At the same time the weak link of the Niners’ D is their backfield. Hilton was invisible in Week 1 but he bounced back for six grabs and 124 yards in Week 2. With Dwayne Allen out of the mix the club from Indianapolisfigures to go to 3-wide sets more often.
TIGHT END RECOMMENDATIONS
Garrett Graham and Charles Clay are both $4,700, but they just aren’t guys I can trust. Sorry. Why not just spend $200 more and start Brandon Myers? After all, Myers has been a top-10 play through two weeks who has caught 13 balls for 140 yards an a touchdown.
If going super cheap you could go with Jay Feely ($5,000). The Saints will put up points meaning the Cardinals will have to push things (just like I noted with Palmer above). Another fella on the down low at $5,000 is Sebastian Janikowski. Something about knowing that your kicker is bigger than the other teams biggest wideout makes me feel safe.
I cannot tell anyone that going with Seattle this week is a mistake since they take on the anemic Jaguars club. However if you don’t want to spend $5,700 to roster them how about going with the Vikings ($5,200). The Vikes face a Browns team that is about as much of a mess on offense as any club in football. They get back their #1 WR in Josh Gordon this week, but there’s the rub – he hasn’t played in the first two games. With the Trent Richardson deal the club signed Willis McGahee to take his roster spot. How much can he play given three days of prep time? He was signed off his couch don’t forget. Chris Ogbonnaya or Bobby Rainey scare you? They will also be starting Brian Hoyer, an undrafted free agent who has thrown 96 passes during a four year NFL career. Ugly.
To sign up to take me on in the contest over at FanDuel.com click on the link to the Week 3 Game with Fanduel.com.
By Ray Flowers