It’s that time of year. I’m marathoning Aaron Sorkin’s “Sports Night” (“You do love draft day.” “To an admittedly psychotic extent.”) and we finally have enough data to start reasonably playing the matchups in daily fantasy games like this week’s Razzball FanDuel (Almost) freeroll (just click that link to sign up – just a $1 entry fee). So this week’s picks all have a common thread: their opponents are in the top third of the league in most fantasy points scored against them by position this year…

Alex Smith ($6,600 vs. BUF): …which leads to the sort of thing where I lead off my advice by picking the 49ers QB who isn’t Colin Kaepernick. I can’t really believe it either. But even with Mario Williamsthe Bills are giving up a whopping 33 points a game. That schedule includes the Jets and Browns, so we’re talking The Surreal Life levels of awful here. Smith will benefit.

Jackie Battle ($5,400 at NO): Ryan Matthews apologists will give an over-exaggerated Scary Movie-like shriek at this one, but facts are facts: Sometimes coaches do dumb things with their players and their workloads. There’s no reason to think 1) That Norv Turner will stop channeling his inner Shanahan and shut down Battle any time soon or 2) That New Orleans is good and the Chargers won’t be running clock in the second half of this one.

Reggie Bush ($6,900 at CIN): I guess? It’s tough to find cheap RBs this week. Peterson, Lynch, and Foster have good matchups this week, you know….

Domenick Hixon ($4,700 vs. CLE): I’m going to be honest, I had no idea his first name wasn’t Dominick. It’s like those people who spell Caleb with a K. Or how Kristen somehow mysteriously morphed into Kirsten over the years. Kirsten, really? That’s the best you can do? Anyways, Hakeem Nicks is out this week, which opens up Hixon as a deep-sleeper. The price is right for that though, so get your fantasy team spayed or neutered.

Andrew Hawkins ($5,400 vs. MIA): Being the #3 option of your offense isn’t that bad when you’re facing the Dolphins. First, the Miami secondary has been incredibly generous to opposing wideouts this year, and second, Cincinnati just might be bad enough they’re trailing in the second half and must air it out.

Demaryius Thomas ($6,200 at NE): Sure, the Patriots defense has improved compared to last year, but they’re still giving up a healthy output to opposing receivers. With Peyton Manning finally looking like, well, Peyton Manning, again, this could be the week Thomas has a huge breakout.

Tony Gonzalez ($5,900 @ WSH): Tony Gonzalez is still (tied to be) the highest-scoring tight end on FanDuel. And he’s got a good matchup. And for some reason that’s as foreign to me as the whole Brony phenomenon, still costs less than six thousand dollars there. Why? Don’t ask that question, just slot him into your lineup.

Justin Tucker ($5,200 at KC): Tucker is like Jenna Fischer in the first two seasons of The Office – you don’t know where she came from, but once you got a look at her, how could you imagine life without her? Tucker has been on fire as a rookie, and the Ravens have the perfect offense to capitalize. The Chiefs defense might just help, too.

Houston DEF ($5,200 at NYJ): The Jets are terrible. Don’t spend too much time on this one, make like Nike and just do it.

  1. Rags says:
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    Booo! Freeroll or bust!

    I know it’s not up to you guys and I know it’s only Fanduel’s generosity that gives us any freerolls at all, but still…

    :P

  2. Josh Carey

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    Yeah, I’ll admit to it taking us a bit by surprise (this being an “Almost” freeroll was only half clever wordplay and half “How do I keep the entire article I just wrote?”) and you’re right, if it were up to us, everyone would get free money as long as they could. And not that I would ever condone just leeching off anyone else’s hard work for your own personal game, but I will mention a quick Twitter search for “FanDuel freeroll” can help. Then you come back to Razzball, use this article to make your picks, win some free money, and come back every week for our tournament!

    Or just deposit, which is probably what FanDuel would prefer. Really, dropping $10 into some daily fantasy games is no different than spending the money on a movie ticket – still a lot of fun if you don’t win anything!

    • Rags says:
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      @Josh Carey, Yeah. They did it last year too. The difference was they had a “beat-the-expert” bonus so i ended up making about $20 before they switched off the free money. I just used that as seed money for the rest of the season.

  3. gmatt21 says:
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    I NEED HELP! i have amendola and virtually no bench. I have 1 W/R/T flex and my Rbs are Sproles, MJD, and i use ALFRED morris as my flex. currently w/out amendola i have 3 Wrs starting: miles Austin, HANKERSON and Percy. I just got offered DREW brees for matt stafford and alfred morris. Should i do this? if i were to accept I have to start witten as my flex with Vernon davis at TE.

    • Josh Carey

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      @gmatt21, I’m not sure I see how that trade would help you. First, I love having RB depth, and I’m not sure the upgrade from Stafford to Brees is worth that (especially if the waiver wire is thin, which I’m guessing it is, making the player you pick up with Brees weak). It sounds like your need with Amendola out is at WR. Since you have Witten and Davis at TE (but will usually only be starting one with a RB at your flex) maybe try looking at moving one of them for a WR? Maybe in a deal where you include Stafford and get another QB back? But to answer the original question, I wouldn’t move Morris for QB help right now with your team.

  4. gmatt21 says:
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    THANKS!

  5. nugjuice says:
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    I went on about 15 minutes after Nicks was ruled out and started up 2 fanduel leagues when I saw Hixon at $4700. He’ll be the steal of the week. Also like James Jones as a gamble at $5400

    • Josh Carey

      Josh Carey says:
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      @nugjuice, Robert Meachem at $5,000 could be a decent play with Moore out too.

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