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The Sunday Blitz – FanDuel Week 16

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Week 16

The standard salary cap is $60,000. The familiar names and studs will put a dent in your salary cap so you will need to find some value picks along the way. This contest includes only the Sunday games so you’ll have until 1 p.m. kickoff when rosters lock to sign up.

QUARTERBACK

Quarterback prices seem to be up this week and there really is not a bargain pick for Week 16. I would target
Jay Cutler ($8,000) or
Colin Kaepernick ($7,900).
Eli
Manning is the only guy with value, but Manning has had a disappointing season and will likely be without

Victor Cruz

this week. His interceptions have not all been his fault, but the points you lose per interception are costly in fantasy.
Jason Campbell ($7,200) is probably the best value pick if you do not like to spend more than $7,500 for a quarterback. He gets the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

RUNNING BACKS

Studs

: LeSean McCoy wins the lottery this week and gets to face the Chicago run defense. His price tag is a bit high, though, so if you choose to run with him, you will need a cheap tight end and third receiver. While

Joique Bell

still sees time on the field,
Reggie Bush is still the feature back. With Matthew Stafford struggling, I would expect Bush to have a heavy workload this weekend against the New York Giants. New York struggles with these shifty backs more than the power backs that they contained earlier this season such as
Adrian Peterson or
Eddie Lacy. It is highly unlikely you will be able to roster McCoy and Bush, but if you can squeeze one into your lineup, a 20-plus point day is very attainable.

Next Level
:
Shane Vereen continually increased his point total in the four weeks he’s been active since his injury. However, he posted four points against Miami last week. A lot of credit has been given to the Miami defense this week for focusing on shutting down Vereen. His price dropped from $9,000 to $6,700 and provides more value at that mark. He does not have the greatest matchup in Baltimore, but is the best play at this price range.
Alfred Morris’ ($6,000) numbers have been brutal the last five weeks, but for the most part he is still piling up the yards when he is given the ball. Last week he carried the ball 18 times for 98 yards and five weeks ago he had a 22-carry, 93-yard effort. Two other games were against tough defenses (San Francisco and Kansas City) and his team was down big in those games early. Morris ran for 80 yards and a score last time against Dallas so another similar game at home seems to be a fair assessment.
Frank Gore ($6,300) is another option with a solid matchup on Monday night against Atlanta. After posting five straight double-digit weeks, he has just one double digit game in his last five. He is a rebound candidate this week, though.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Studs
:
Calvin Johnson ($9,900) should be ready to shake off his drop-filled Monday night performance and have a field day against the New York Giants. The Giants have packed it in for the season, and unless they put three guys on Johnson, which is never out of the question, expect him to have a big day. Leave LeSean McCoy in your lineup, take out Reggie Bush, and add Johnson if you want to diversify your lineup. As a side note, if

Wes Welker

is out, I would consider
Eric Decker ($7,200). His price dropped after the Denver offense posted a dud in Week 15, but you would expect a rebound performance this week.

Values and Gems:

Julian
Edelman ($6,700) has been a monster with 37 catches and four touchdowns in his last four games. Three of those four games he has more than 100 receiving yards. It is a no brainer to add
Tom Brady’s No. 1 target to your lineup at this average price. If

Aaron Rodgers

is active,
James Jones

($5,100) is a clear value pick. It is tough to trust any New York Giants receiver, but
Rueben Randle ($4,500) is a bargain with

Victor Cruz

unlikely to play. He came on strong at the end of last season (Week 17: 4 catches, 48 yards, 2 TD) when Hakeem Nicks was out for the final two games of the season. If you add Randle in your lineup, it gives you the opportunity to have both LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson in your lineup.

Strategy
: Johnson-Edelman-Randle is my trio selection.

TIGHT ENDS

When
Rob Gronkowski was playing, he was my automatic choice. I liked the advantage of having a stud tight end and would take my chances with a lower-priced, boom/bust WR3. Now that he is out,

Jimmy Graham

is the clear No. 1, but his matchup is not a slam dunk. Therefore, I will spend in the $5,000 range on a tight end.

Options
: Delanie Walker ($5,200),
Garrett Graham

($5,000),
Zach Ertz

($4,900),
Martellus Bennett

($4,800)

I would pick
Delanie Walker

as my tight end this week, but if I need to save a few hundred, I would go with any other option to fit in my lineup.

KICKERS AND DEFENSES

Pick your poison at the kicker position in the $5,000 price range:

Choice:
Greg Zuerlein

– $5,000

Alternatives at $5,000
:
David Akers

,
Ryan Succop

,
Robbie Gould

*Keep an eye on the weather. Zuerlein and Akers are in domes.

As for defenses, if I had the money to spend:

Nothing really stands out and I have $5,500 left so I used it all on St. Louis because of the big play ability.

Choice: St. Louis – $5,500

Cheap Alternatives
: Philadelphia vs. Chicago ($5,100), New York Jets vs. Cleveland ($5,100)

Good luck in Week 16!

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