Do you like money? How about free money? How about free money that I’m going to tell you how to win? I know it seems too good to be true, but just like some people trading Eric Decker for Alfred Morris, this is happening right now. That’s right, just by clicking this link right here, you can sign up for our Week 2 FanDuel freeroll. If you’re new to FanDuel, it’s a little like a game where you have to choose a bunch of players under a certain salary cap and get the best combination that will score the most fantasy points. Now that I think about it actually, it’s exactly like that. The top five players win at least $10 (and as much as $100!) in cold hard cash (well, placed in your FanDuel account, at least), so you’ll want to get your entries in by 1 PM Sunday. Not sure who to pick? I’m here to help with some suggestions so you’re not left out in the cold like some poor Eskimo.
Robert Griffin III at St. Louis ($7,500): The artist otherwise known as RGIII should probably be on every entry in this contest. When I look at the standings Sunday, I better see a row of Griffin III’s on it. He can throw, he can run, and he’s facing a Rams team that can’t stop anybody from doing either of those things. This might be the cheapest you get him for the rest of the season, so take advantage.
Matt Cassel at Buffalo ($6,000): Okay, let’s say you’re crazy and don’t want RGIII on your team. You’re muttering something about “separation theory” and “jumping off bridges if everyone else is, too.” Well, anyone who believed in the Buffalo defense (*raises hand*) was punched in the jaw last week when Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez!) torched the unit. So clearly they can make crappy QBs look like gods and Cassel is a safe play this week.
C.J. Spiller vs. Kansas City ($6,600): The wonderful thing about C.J. Spiller is his versatility out of the backfield. Even if Buffalo gets behind (or when Buffalo gets behind), Spiller can hop out into the flat and grab the dink-and-dunk stuff. With Fred Jackson out this week, Spiller’s poised to be one of the top-scoring backs (he’s seventh in the Razzball rankings). That’s too good a deal to pass up at this salary.
Stevan Ridley vs. Arizona ($5,900): Another Razzball-rank wonder. Ridley’s just three spots behind Spiller, but a full $700 cheaper on FanDuel. Of course, Bill Belichick is second only to Mike Shannahan in evil deployment of running backs, so this pick carries as much risk as a party involving Britney Spears, Tara Reid, and Lindsay Lohan.
Alfred Morris at St. Louis ($5,500): Yes, I just said Mike Shannahan is akin to the Devil himself when deploying his running backs, but with this matchup, and this salary, and last week’s results, it’s harder to say no to Morris than a $3.99 Las Vegas buffet.
Percy Harvin at Indianapolis ($6,600): Much like RGIII, Harvin is the type of player who can do multiple things – mainly run, catch, and complain about migraines – playing against a team that can’t stop opponents from doing any of those things (if anything, Colts fans have gotten more migraines over the past year). Christian Ponder didn’t look completely inept last week, either, which could be an excellent sign for Harvin.
Lance Moore at Carolina ($5,800): Success at daily fantasy is like success in regular gambling on games. To do well, you have to be like somebody who doesn’t know how to shave and go against the grain. So if the weekly narrative is “the Saints are screwed without Sean Payton,” then you should realize that same team scored 32 points last week, has a tasty matchup this week, and go put Moore on your team.
Brandon LaFell vs. New Orleans ($5,400): If Steve Smith is held out with his knee soreness, LaFell becomes the #1 target on a team that will probably be trailing for most of the day. If Smith plays, he’s still the #2 option on what seems to be a more pass-happy team this year. Well worth the price.
Jacob Tamme at Atlanta ($5,300): I want you to go to your old tape collection (you still have one of those, right?) and find one with a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” on it. If you’re too hip for that sort of thing, just go here. Then take yourself back to a time when Peyton Manning could send the ball flying to Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne and still have enough left over to make Dallas Clark an excellent fantasy tight end. Now consider that Tamme is clearly the third option behind Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas in Denver going against an Atlanta team that will be without Brent Grimes and take the upside his low salary offers you.
Garret Hartley at Carolina ($5,000): If you’re new to FanDuel, you won’t remember last year when John Kasay was one of the most expensive kickers on the site. The high-powered New Orleans attack makes for great opportunities for the team’s kicker, so getting Hartley for the minimum kicker salary is pretty darn spiffy.
Cincinnati Defense vs. Cleveland ($5,000): So, uh, Brandon Weeden is not good at football. I won’t say as bad as Tim Tebow… okay, yes, I will say that. Wheedon is as bad, maybe even worse, than Tebow. I’d start my local high school team’s defense against them and the high school team went (*Googles*), wow, actually 6-2 last year. Still, it’s a high school team and the Bengals are real, actual NFL players that cost the minimum on defense. So enjoy all the points.
Now, if you’re playing along at home (and you should be! Razzball: Home Edition is on sale for just $19.99 and is fun for the whole family!), you’ll notice taking even the most expensive players I’ve suggested at each position leaves you with $6,300 left over on your salary cap. So splurge a little and add somebody really good to your team, too. What sorts of high-salary players do I recommend? Well, there’s Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Darren Sproles, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, and Sebastian Janikowski, for starters. Now get out there and win some free money!