After a tumultuous first week of daily fantasy football matchups I feel sharper than ever.
I’m feeling much more confident in my daily fantasy football matchups strategy going forward. If there was one main thing that I learned, it is that the NFL is just as unpredictable as any other sport in the world. Eddie Royal cashed in big time with three scores this week in his matchup with Philly, despite the fact that he had a total of three scores in his previous 36 games leading up to this season. Marshawn Lynch was the backbone of nearly every team I played this week, breaking the plane three times himself while continuing his dominant play in the first matchup against his big division rival. Robert Griffin III struggled early again, but rebounded by still posting top five numbers. Doug Martin punished the New Orleans defense with 144 yards on the ground, but failed to score. Cecil Shorts was a nice value play with eight grabs for 93 yards. The daily fantasy football matchups predictions were on full display.
Now is the part of the article where I acknowledge the players that flopped in my lineups. Larry Fitzgerald and Dallas Clark both went down with injuries, but Fitzy was shut down for more than a half before he finally left the game. Little brother Eli Manning couldn’t escape his brother’s shadow all day, throwing four picks while playing most of the game from behind in the Manning versus Manning matchup. I finished right about even this week, but am content with that moving forward. I still have a lot to learn about daily fantasy football matchups, and it helps the growing pains to not get crushed the first weekend.
At the end of the day, I’ve learned much more in one week than I had anticipated I would. In any big tournament, you need to play multiple spots with high upside players (see Eddie Royal), as well as guys who you know will produce for you consistently each week. A roster of only Pro Bowl players may look unbeatable on paper, but once you brag about it on Twitter, you’ll realize that all you’ve done is donate your buy-in to the eventual winner. I had a few instances this past week where I went by name recognition, and that was one of the traps I was trying to avoid. The key is finding the diamond in the rough while considering daily fantasy football matchups. Spending a minimal amount of your budget on a few guys like Royal not only helps your chances in the bigger leagues, but also opens up your lineup to add the big boys, such as Aaron Rodgers, who had such a huge game he would have been a top five play even if he sat on the bench in the second half.
Now that the season is a few weeks in, we can all get a little better feel of which players and teams are heading in which direction, and we can look deeper into the daily fantasy football matchups that benefit each player. Let’s start from the top for each position this week.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Quarterback
Matthew Stafford- Stafford finally started clicking again with Megatron, and there are no daily fantasy football matchups that these two can’t exploit. The Redskins secondary that allowed Packers wide receivers to torch them to the tune of 22 catches for 372 yards and 3 TD on Sunday. The trio of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones toyed with that secondary like the daily fantasy football matchups dictated they should. It was an absolute clinic. Good luck this week ‘Skins. You’re going to need it.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Running Back
Marshawn Lynch- The back who certainly earned his “Beast Mode” nickname last week in dominating the 49ers defense now gets the distinct pleasure of a matchup against the worst run defense in the league so far this season at 5.7 yards per carry. The good news for the Jags is that Lynch will likely take some of the attention away from those awful new helmets, even if just for a few seconds at a time. Tim Tebow may actually be an improvement for this offense. Seriously.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Wide Receiver
AJ Green- The Packers secondary has allowed the second most receiving yards thus far, and last time I checked, Green’s matchup nemesis Ike Taylor is still playing for Pittsburgh. So unless the Packers make a move to land Taylor this week expect Green to make the most of a cushy matchup with Green Bay. I’m sure nobody has forgotten that Anquan Boldin went for over 200 yards against these guys, and then was promptly held to SEVEN the next week. If these guys can make a 32 year old Boldin look like a star expect Green to have his way with them.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Tight End
Owen Daniels- Baltimore has ZERO answer for tight ends so far this season. They were responsible for Julius Thomas’ coming out party, as well as Jordan Cameron going for nearly triple digits last week. With Andre Johnson banged up, Matt Schaub should be looking for Daniels all day long. I anticipate the Texans exploiting this matchup, and wouldn’t be surprised to see Garrett Graham get in on the action as well.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Defense/Special Teams
Seattle Seahawks- Have you watched the Jacksonville Jaguars offense? That is exactly what it is: OFFENSIVE. This is a defense that just held the poster boy for the NFL, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers to THREE points. The Jags have scored a grand total of nine offensive points so far this season against the Raiders and Chiefs. If there is any way that the Jags could end up with negative points, Seattle will find a way. Throw in the fact that this matchup is in Seattle and this will be as ugly as we have seen in recent years.
Daily Fantasy Football Matchups – Additional Value
Joique Bell vs WAS
Charles Clay vs ATL
Stevie Johnson vs NYJ
Leonard Hankerson vs DET
Best of luck to you this week, I plan on seeing you next week when I write about how I took down every single league in a clean sweep. Stay tuned!