The key to winning a GPP tournament on FanDuel is to look for players that are under-owned that have potential to have big games. Obviously the most popular picks for this coming NFL week are going to be Dak Prescott, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, DeAngelo Williams and so on. It’s all right to roster one or two popular players a week but don’t try to go with the public on everything. I say this because how are you going to differentiate your team from the rest of the pack if you have the same players as everyone else?
Below, I am going to list some players at each position that should be under-owned on FanDuel this upcoming NFL week.
* Note this article will not include Thursday night’s game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.
Brock Osweiler – Salary $7100 – Brock Osweiler will definitely go under-owned this upcoming week. Some reasons for this are 1) Brock is only $100 cheaper than Eli Manning, and 2) Everybody will rather have the preseason phenom Dak Prescott on his or her team for over $2000 cheaper. That being said, this is a perfect opportunity to bank on everyone else’s predictable nature. What we do know about this Texans team this year is that Bill O’Brien will once again push the pace on offense and run a lot of plays per game this year. Last year the Texans ran on average a play every 25.58 seconds. That’s third only to the Eagles and Giants. Pair the pace this offense plays with along with the Bears having a secondary that’s decimated with injuries and you have yourself a sexy QB option for Week 1. Bill O’Brien is no dope as a coach, and he will make sure he will attack the weakest link of the Bears defense during their matchup. Look for Brock Osweiler to find DeAndre Hopkins and company easily on a consistent basis this Sunday. Do not be surprised if Brock Osweiler throws for 3 TDs against the Bears.
Andrew Luck – Salary $8700 – Pop-quiz. Which NFL team is projected to score the most points during Week 1? If you guessed the Indianapolis Colts then you are correct! Andrew Luck will go under-owned for numerous amounts of reasons this weekend; Drew Brees being the same salary on FanDuel as Luck, and Dak Prescott being only $5000 are some reasons why a lot of people will not roster Luck during Week 1. This is music to my ears because this gives sharp daily fantasy players an opportunity to own a under-owned QB on a pass first offense that is projected to score the most total points this upcoming weekend. Andrew Luck is a unique talent that can score fantasy points with his rushing abilities or his arm. Look for Luck to get his offense rolling against the Detroit Lions in a game that has the potential to become a shootout. Pairing T.Y. Hilton with Andrew Luck will also be a good idea this weekend because if Luck does have a big game it will probably be because T.Y. Hilton caught a pair of touchdowns as well.
Giovani Bernard – Salary $5600 – Giovani Bernard will fly under the radar in a matchup in which his team will need to rely heavily upon him in order for them to succeed. Jeremy Hill will probably find no running lanes versus the Jets very stout rushing defense. This will lead the Bengals to be more pass heavy than usual, which in turn will make Giovani Bernard the primary running back to use in the Bengals backfield. Bernard isn’t the safest option to put on your team so do not use him in cash game formats. I do believe, however, that he can catch a touchdown and gain a lot of yards though the air.
Latavius Murray – Salary $6600 – Murray’s weird outing in Week 3 of the preseason will probably cause a lot of drafters on FanDuel to avoid him because of the fear that his workload could be reduced versus the Saints. Jack Del Rio had this to say the game however, “We have a body of work under Latavius. For us the bigger question coming in was to find out who would be able to be the backup back for us. Obviously, we didn’t feed him tonight.” This quote shows that Del Rio will give Murray a bell cow role against the Saints terrible defense during their game this weekend. If Murray is given the workload that Jack Del Rio promised then the sky is the limit for Latavius Murray in Week 1. The Raiders and Saints matchup will be a fast-paced game in which both teams will score plenty of points (Vegas has the over/under at 51 points). Murray will definitely account for some of the points that Las Vegas predicted on this game. Do not be surprised if Latavius punches the ball into the end zone a pair of times against this terrible unit that the Saints have to call their defense.