INDIANAPOLIS —I'm back in the win column.
Despite one of my Week 6 running backs, Theo Riddick, not playing due to an injury, I was still able to squeeze by the great Kevin Bowen by less than four points to move to 2-4 in our head-to-head matchups so far this season.
As it turned out, I just ended up having a couple less duds than Kevin did. Julian Edelman (5.8 points), Jeremy Maclin (6.4 points) and Zach Ertz (2.7 points) really hurt at some key spots in Kevin's lineup.
Also, here's another encouraging sign for my growing FanDuel knowledge: I think I'm getting a little better at picking sleepers.
I can pick the guys to pass on all day long, but up until this week, I really hadn't hit on a sleeper pick. This week, two of my sleepers — running back James White (22.6 points; more than eight points above his minimum value) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (16.3 points; about three points above his minimum value) really came through.
So without further jib-jab from me, here is my Week 7 FanDuel lineup, sleepers and passes, as well as the full results from last week's action.
As always, send me any chatter, questions, "LOL"s or anything else to @AWalkerColts on Twitter using #FanDuelFF.
Also, be sure to catch this week's FanDuel Fantasy Focus show LIVE around 3:30 p.m. today (Friday) on Colts.com and/or on the Colts Mobile App, as Caroline Cann and Kevin discuss the upcoming week in fantasy football. I'll make my return to the show soon.Andrew's Week 7 FanDuel Lineup:QB: Kirk Cousins ($7,300; at Detroit): Great value for a quarterback who's gaining momentum each week. The Redskins have won four straight, and they seem to alternate between big running performances and big passing performances. Matt Jones ran wild last week, so look for Cousins to somewhat copy what Andrew Luck did against the Lions in the second half Week 1.RB: DeMarco Murray ($8,700; vs. Indianapolis): I have to go with the Colts' opposing running back in this one, unfortunately. Murray is having a heck of a season, and the Indianapolis defense just struggles mightily against the run.RB: Mike Gillislee ($5,300; at Miami): Great value for a second back here. The Dolphins allow 147 rushing yards per game, which ranks 31st in the NFL. Gillislee had 12 points last week, and is primed for an even better performance this week.WR: Mike Evans ($8,000; at San Francisco): I like Evans coming off the bye against the San Francisco defense. He's gotten at least 70 yards and a touchdown in four of five weeks this season. Even though the 49ers have actually been pretty tough against the pass this season, I don't see Evans slowing down.**
WR: T.Y. Hilton ($7,800; at Tennessee):Must. Win. Book it.WR: Jeremy Maclin ($6,800; vs. New Orleans):I like any decent wide receiver against this New Orleans secondary, which is allowing 301.6 passing yards per game, second most in the NFL. Maclin gives you great value here as a third receiver.TE: Travis Kelce ($6,300; vs. New Orleans):Same deal. If you're going to spend a little more on the other skill positions, you need to save a little money elsewhere, and this is a perfect opportunity to both save money and get some decent point production.K: Matt Bryant ($4,700; vs. San Diego):Usually I'd save this spot for Adam Vinatieri. But I'm just going for a little more value here, and Bryant could be called upon often against the Chargers.DEF: Denver Broncos ($5,000; vs. Houston):** Brock Osweiler isn't going to have a welcoming homecoming to Denver this week. I think this one is a pretty sure thing.
Andrew's Guys To Pass On:
QB: Tom Brady ($9,100; at Pittsburgh): OK, this one didn't work last week, but he still didn't get a TON of points over his projected value. He's $100 more this week, on the road against that Steelers defense; I think this is the week he has a couple hiccups and isn't worth the value.WR: Allen Robinson ($8,400; vs. Oakland): I'm not taking this guy off until: A.) He actually does something noteworthy; or B.) His price drops significantly. He's playing Oakland, which should help, but, again, he's just not doing it for me so far.RB: Melvin Gordon ($8,000; at Atlanta): Gordon goes and earns a measly 9.4 points last week, and his price increases $900 this week? The Falcons have the 11th best rush defense in the NFL. I guess I don't get this one.RB: Lamar Miller ($7,700; at Denver): We all saw what he was able to do against the Colts. He won't do that on the road against the Denver Broncos. He needs 19.25 points to reach the minimum needed out of him this week; I don't see it happening.
Andrew's Sleepers ($6,000 or less)
TE Vernon Davis ($4,500; at Detroit): He had his first touchdown of the season last week, and scored 12 points, which exceeded his minimum value for the week. With Jordan Reed's concussion still not resolved, look for Davis to continue getting more targets vs. the Lions.WR: Allen Hurns ($6,000; vs. Oakland): Hurns hasn't exactly been a burner this season, averaging 9.2 points per game. But if you need a third receiver and don't have a ton of money, I'd go with this guy.TE Jack Doyle ($4,700; at Tennessee): How is this guy still in the $4,000s? Or even the $5,000s? He's already been making tons of plays for the Colts this season, but with Dwayne Allen out, Doyle becomes the go-to guy at the tight end position for Andrew Luck. Buy. Buy. Buy.———————————Week 6 ResultsAndrew's Week 6 FanDuel Lineup:
QB: Marcus Mariota ($7,600; vs. Cleveland): 28.76 points (19 minimum value; 9.76 in total value)
RB: Theo Riddick ($6,600; vs. Los Angeles): 0 points (DNP; 16.5 minimum value; -16.5 in total value)
RB: LaGarrette Blount ($7,000; vs. Cincinnati): 14 points (17.5 minimum value; -3.5 in total value)
WR: DeSean Jackson ($6,400; vs. Philadelphia): 7.5 points (16 minimum value; -8.5 in total value)
WR: Kelvin Benjamin ($7,800; at New Orleans): 12.6 points (19.5 minimum value; -6.9 in total value)
WR: Rishard Mathews ($5,400; vs. Cleveland): 14.5 points (13.5 minimum value; 1 in total value)
TE: Greg Olsen ($8,100; at New Orleans): 12.4 points (20.25 minimum value; -7.85 in total value)
K: Adam Vinatieri ($5,200; at Houston): 12 points (13 minimum value; -1 in total value)
DEF: Buffalo Bills ($4,800; vs. San Francisco): 6 points (12 minimum value; -6 in total value)
**= 107.76 total points (-39.49 in total FanDuel value; -4.39 per player)
Kevin's Week 6 FanDuel Lineup:** QB: Tom Brady ($9,000; vs. Cincinnati): 27.24 points (22.5 minimum value; 4.74 in total value)
RB: Le'Veon Bell ($9,300 vs. Miami): 15.8 points (23.25 minimum value; -7.45 in total value)
RB: Frank Gore ($6,300; vs. Houston): 11.3 points (15.75 minimum value; -4.45 in total value)
WR: Julian Edelman ($7,200; vs. Cincinnati): 5.8 points (18 minimum value; -12.2 in total value)
WR: Jeremy Maclin ($6,900; vs. Oakland): 6.4 points (17.25 minimum value; -10.85 in total value)
WR: Jarvis Landry ($6,900; vs. Pittsburgh): 12.6 points (17.25 minimum value; -4.65 in total value)
TE: Zach Ertz ($5,400; vs. Washington): 2.7 points (13.5 minimum value; -10.8 in total value)
K: Nick Novak ($4,500; vs. Indianapolis): 8 points (11.25 minimum value; -3.25 in total value)
DEF: Philadelphia Eagles ($4,500; vs. Washington): 14 points (11.25 minimum value; 2.75 in total value) = 103.84 total points (-46.16 in total FanDuel value; -5.13 per player)WEEK 6 WINNER: Andrew (2-4) WEEK 6 PICK OF THE WEEK: QB Marcus Mariota, Andrew (28.76 points; 9.76 in total value)
WEEK 6 JOKE OF THE WEEK: RB Theo Riddick, Andrew (did not play; -16.5 in total value); WR Julian Edelman, Kevin (5.8 points; -12.2 in total value)REVIEW: Week 6 Guys To Pass OnAndrew:
QB: Tom Brady ($9,000; vs. Cincinnati): 27.24 points (22.5 minimum value; 4.74 in total value)
WR: Allen Robinson ($8,600; at Chicago): 6.4 points (21.5 minimum value; -15.1 in total value)
QB: Carson Palmer ($7,700; vs. New York Jets): 12.42 points (19.25 minimum value; -6.83 in total value)
RB: Jordan Howard ($7,700; vs. Jacksonville): 11 points (19.25 minimum value; -8.25 in total value)
ANDREW SAVED YOU: 25.44 in total valueKevin:
QB: Russell Wilson ($8,400; vs. Atlanta): 11.5 points (21 minimum value; -9.5 in total value)
RB: DeMarco Murray ($8,800; vs. Cleveland): 12.5 points (22 minimum value; -9.5 in total value)
WR: A.J. Green ($8,400; vs. New England): 11.8 points (21 minimum value; -9.2 in total value)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins ($8,100; vs. Indianapolis): 11.6 points (20.25 minimum value; -8.65 in total value)
KEVIN SAVED YOU: 36.85 in total valueREVIEW: Week 6 SleepersAndrew:
RB: James White ($5,700; vs. Cincinnati): 22.6 points (14.25 minimum value; 8.35 in total value)
RB: Tevin Coleman ($5,900; at Seattle): 2.2 points (14.75 minimum value; -12.55 in total value)
WR: Michael Thomas ($5,400; vs. Carolina): 16.3 points (13.5 minimum value; 2.8 in total value)
ANDREW COULD'VE GIVEN YOU: -1.4 in total valueKevin:
RB: Giovani Bernard ($5,700; vs. New England): 11.4 points (14.25 minimum value; -2.85 in total value)
WR: Jeremy Kerley ($5,800; vs. Buffalo): 2.2 points (14.5 minimum value; -12.3 in total value)
WR: Cameron Meredith ($5,400; vs. Jacksonville): 16.8 points (13.5 minimum value; 3.3 in total value)
KEVIN COULD'VE GIVEN YOU: -11.85 in total value