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Justin’s Journey Week 11

daily fantasy footballThis daily fantasy football weekend was close to being great, but no cigar.

I had a daily fantasy football lineup that I played only in double ups that scored nearly 175 points. It beat each player in those games by 40 points, and would have certainly been good for some big cash in GPPs. Unfortunately, I didn’t play that lineup in any large tournaments. Needless to say, I cashed most of my double up matchups, so it was still a good week overall. I can’t stop thinking about what could have been with that daily fantasy football lineup. The lineup included studs like RGIII, Antonio Brown, Calvin Johnson, and the Bengals D. It was my best daily fantasy football lineup to date, and moving forward, I’ll be making sure that each and every lineup I make is inserted in at least one GPP tournament so that I don’t cheat myself out of a big payday again. As the daily fantasy football season rounds into the final stretch, I feel that I am getting closer to perfecting my lineups. Now I need to just make sure that I play them in the right spots at the right times. Winning a majority of double up and H2H matches is nice, but I’m looking for a bigger score this week. My goal is to cash in multiple GPP tournaments, and in order to do so, I will be playing a few more lineups in big tournaments in lieu of one or two of my H2H and double ups. The season is almost 75% through, and I have yet to make my mark by taking down a big tournament. I’ll be looking more in depth this week, and spending much more time tinkering with my daily fantasy football lineups in order to make sure I get every player I want in each lineup. I’ll be looking to find some great daily fantasy football combos as well, and I’ll get to that in a minute. Here are some guys I’m looking to fit in everywhere I can, and why.

QB- Eli Manning. Go ahead and laugh at this daily fantasy football play all you want, but I’ll be targeting little brother for some of my GPP lineups for a few reasons. First off, the Cowboys defense is bad. Really, really bad. The Giants are suddenly rejuvenated, and now that they have found some balance in their offense with Andre Brown running the ball effectively. Manning will have chances to throw the ball down the field against the worst pass defense in the league. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an Eli fan this year, and he hasn’t had more than one touchdown pass in a game since Week 5. But if I’m looking deep for someone that nobody else will be looking at, it’s Eli. Big upside here if you ask me.

QB- Colin Kaepernick. Another guy that I don’t think many people will be looking for, he also has an incredible matchup with a bad defense. The Redskins are near the bottom in pass defense, and while Kaep has struggled to find a rhythm in his game, he won’t find a better time than this week to rectify his shoddy work over the past month. I’m looking for him to find some rapport with Mario Manningham this week, as opposed to only looking for Vernon Davis as it seems he has been doing all year. He is also an asset to a daily fantasy football team because of his ability to run the ball effectively.

RB- Ben Tate. He finally seems to be near 100 percent healthy following his rib injury, and matchups don’t get any better than this. He should get plenty of touches this week, as it seems that Kubiak is pulling in the reins a little bit on Case Keenum. I’m looking for Tate to get off to a good start, and in a game I believe Houston should dominate I’m expecting him to put it away at the end. I think he has a huge game.

RB- Chris Ivory. A guy that I’ll be looking at in many of my GPP matchups, because his price is perfect for a guy who could see 20 touches. He has been the feature back in New York for a few weeks now, and he has the ability to break one at any time. If Haloti Ngata is still out, he might have an even bigger game. He should be a great middle of the road daily fantasy football option this week.

WR- Victor Cruz. Cruz has struggled as of late, and a lot of that is due to Eli Manning’s struggles under center. But this is a huge game for the G-Men if they want to contend in that pathetic division, and Cruz has played well against the Cowboys in the past. It may seem like ancient history, but if Cruz wants to be featured in a Time Warner commercial again he’d better start playing like he did in Week 1 against Dallas.

WR- Demariyus Thomas. As we all saw last week on Monday Night Football, the Patriots aren’t a great tackling team. Thomas is one of the best, if not the best at shedding tacklers. This combination could make for a huge night for Peyton’s top target. The best thing about Thomas is that he is a threat in the short passing game, just as much as in the downfield game. He can hurt you any number of ways.

WR- Jerricho Cotchery. Five scores in the past three weeks, and Antonio Brown will be matched up with Joe Haden. Cheap. That’s all I need to know.

TE- Coby Fleener. Arizona is the worst in the league against opposing TEs this year. Fleener has emerged as one of the main threats in the Indianapolis offense, and given his history with Luck at Stanford, it will only get better from here.

TE- Delanie Walker. I actually wish I could start both of these guys in lieu of one WR this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick is in love with this guy, and he caught all 10 targets last week. The Raiders allowed Garrett Graham to run all over them last week to the tune of 136 yards and a score. Walker is more talented in my book, and could replicate that performance on Sunday.

D/ST- There are no matchups that I love this week. I’ll likely roll with a cheap option in order to save salary for the rest of my daily fantasy football lineups.

About the Author
Justin was born to play fantasy sports. He may or may not be half man, half machine. Adrian Peterson thanks him daily for the privilege of being on his team.

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