FantasyPros NFL DFAC on FanDuel – Week 7 Recap
In this article I will be breaking down my previous week’s lineup for the DFAC (Daily Fantasy Accuracy Cup). For those of you not familiar with the DFAC it is a season long competition between the top analysts in the industry. It last for all 17 weeks with your lowest scored dropped at the end of competition.
I told myself all week that I was not going to play Kirk Cousins at quarterback. I personally think that Cousins is an awful real life quarterback as he is turnover prone but as I digged into the numbers I realized that Cousins was a great play this week. The numbers showed that the Lions were allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the passing touchdowns. The numbers also showed that Cousins had been very consistent this season with at least 18 FanDuel points in all but two games this season. Those numbers with Cousins price were enough to sway me in his direction and I am glad I did as Cousins had a huge game and was difference maker for me at his 9.5% ownership.
There were only a trio of running backs I was looking at this week. That trio was the two above and DeMarco Murray. Murray was too expensive for my blood so I settled on these two backs as both were in great match-ups and figured to get a lot of touches with the injuries ahead of him. Both turned out to be smart plays and I am glad I played them even though they both were over 50% owned.
I didn’t even think twice this week about this trio of wide outs. I plugged all three of them in when I made my initial lineups and I didn’t move off of them one bit this week. All three have been some of the best at the position and all three where in great match-ups. All three also came up huge for me with each scoring over 20 fantasy points.
Doyle was another easy choice for me this week as Dwayne Allen was out and Doyle figured to get even more targets and snaps because of it. The match-up was also a positive one and the price tag was very attractive. Doyle came through as he was one of the highest scoring tight ends on this slate. I was pleasantly surprised to see Doyle’s ownership level at only 25.4% in this tournament as it looks like most went the Vernon Davis route. While Davis had a great game, Doyle had an amazing game and along with Cousins was one of my difference makers.
I don’t have a magic formula for picking kickers. I find a kicker in a high scoring game in an offense that normally has trouble punching the ball in the end zone. This week Santos was that kicker for me. While he was not the highest scoring kicker by any means he did exactly what I needed him to do and scored ten fantasy points which is my magic number for kickers.
The Vikings were another team I was high on this week. They are a defense that can get you fantasy points in a variety of ways and were against an offense that had been struggling. While the Vikings did not have their best game of the season they were solid once again with nine fantasy points and I have no complaints against them.
As you can tell this week was my best week of the season. I had a monster score that placed me fourth in this weeks competition. I followed the same process I have been all season and things clicked like I knew they eventually would. What really stood out to me this week is how much ownership is overrated. Most of my plays on this slate were chalky with each of my running backs and wide receivers over 50% owned and I knew that coming in. What I also knew coming in that chalk is okay when they are correct plays like all five of those guys were. There nine roster spots in your lineup each week and it is okay to play chalk even in GPPs as there are plenty of spots to have low owned plays like I did with Kirk Cousins and Jake Doyle. The other thing to remember is just because a player is high owned it doesn’t mean that your combo of highly owned players will be highly owned. Most owners will have one or two of the chalky plays at wide receiver and only one of the chalky running backs. For me most weeks I play the players that I like and I don’t worry about what their ownership level will be. If you follow that strategy I can promise you that you will have more success than failure in this game.