You see the adverts about selecting your FanDuel lineup in just seconds. Just click Jamaal Charles Le’Veon Bell, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham, et al. But obviously no one can create an All-Star team that will fit under the $60,000 cap. The utilization of value plays is what makes it all work. Fortunately, strategies exist in Week 13 for contestants to take advantage of matchups while allowing cap room for elite players.
Search for last-minute developments and advice come Sunday morning, whether it be via television, social media or other avenues. Those playing FanDuel on Thanksgiving who inserted Joique Bell upon hearing news of Reggie’s deactivation got rewarded handsomely.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (HOU) $5,000
The grizzled, well-traveled veteran starts with Ryan Mallett now out for the season, and receives a favorable home matchup against Tennessee. Fitzpatrick will not throw for 400 yards and six scores, but has a solid offense behind him. About 230 yards and one or two scores is a reasonable projection, far exceeding his discounted price.
Colt McCoy (WAS) $6,000
The Washington staff made it clear that RG-Third String is not in the organization’s plans going forward. McCoy has not seen action since going 25-for-30 for 299 yards in an upset win at Dallas. Colt should have never lost his starting job, and faces Indianapolis Sunday.
Shaun Hill (STL) $6,200
You get the theme, this is a good week for cheap quarterbacks. Hill gets the woeful Raiders in St. Louis on Sunday.
C.J. Anderson (DEN) $7,800
With several elite backs playing on Thanksgiving, Anderson is a top-five back among those scheduled on Sunday/Monday. He is worth the price for another week and will be a popular play.
Rashad Jennings (NYG) $7,100
Jeremy Hill and Denard Robinson at $7,200 also merit consideration. Per FantasyPros, Jennings gets the nod at 86 percent over Robinson and 96 percent over Hill. He’s facing the Jaguars so you should not go wrong.
Tre Mason (STL) $6,000
Mason has started for several weeks and averages more than four yards per carry. He has only one touchdown and is not a PPR specialist, but I like the price point in addition to playing Oakland.
Joe Banyard (MIN) $4,600
My secret weapon for the week. Jerod McKinnon underperformed for weeks and is ruled out with a back injury. This leaves Matt Asiata, Ben Tate and Banyard. Asiata is two yards, a cloud and ice and goal line vulture. The Vikings signed Tate off the scrap heap last week and finding out what the Cleveland Browns already knew. That leaves Banyard, who found success in his first action of the year against Green Bay. Conditions in Minneapolis will be brutal with temperatures in the low-teens. Ride the Polar Vortex on Sunday, Banyard is your go for the gold play, and one who will allow you to play a more expensive QB.
Arian Foster (HOU) $8,700
Cleared to return for a favorable matchup against Tennessee, but don’t go bananas inserting Foster into a daily game. The risk of re-injury is too great. I call it the Michael Turner effect (ruined my 2009 playoff run). You don’t want to be finished at 1:05 Eastern Time when Foster makes one run and immediately limps off. Foster is a better bet in a standard season-long league.
Kenny Stills (NO) $5,100
Look for Stills to be the highest-owned player this weekend. Seeing an increased role with the loss of Brandin Cooks, Stills caught eight passes for 98 yards last week. Stills has evolved into being more than just a spot play.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) $9,400
After Stills, two moderately priced RB’s and a cheap quarterback, there is ample cap space for the final two receivers and tight end. Thomas’ streak of seven straight 100-plus yard games ended last week, but he scored three times. He is guaranteed production.
Josh Gordon (CLE) $8,100
Hopefully you ignored the coach-speak last Sunday that Gordon would only see 20-30 snaps in his season debut. Gordon can now be used with confidence but the wind may be tricky in Buffalo on Sunday. Other options include Mike Evans at $8,400 and Odell Beckham at $8,500.
Rob Gronkowski (NWE) $7,700
For the most part I am steering away from the Patriots/Packers game, but Gronkowski is both matchup and Belichick-proof. With Julius Thomas still on the mend and Jimmy Graham under-performing, Gronk is head and shoulders above the rest of the tight end crowd.
Delanie Walker (TEN) $5,700
He returned from a concussion last week and caught five passes for 155 yards in Philadelphia. Walker provides a cheaper option if you would like to play someone like Jamaal Charles or a more expensive quarterback.
Greg Zuerlein (STL) $4,800
This is a good spot to use Legatron in a weatherproof home game against the Raiders.
DO NOT SELECT
Greg McManus (DEN)
Was let go by the Broncos earlier in the week. Replacement Connor Barth is not available in FanDuel for Week 13.
Miami Dolphins $4,900
The wait until Monday night will be worth it, as the Dolphins visit the Jets with Geno Smith back under center. There will be a bountiful supply of turnovers.