Will Grier may not be an NFL DFS game for the faint of heart, but if you lost your fantasy league in Week 16, it might be the risk you want to take in the FanDuel GPP tournaments. It starts with our choices this week, which we will see below in a variety of examples.
If you are new to this article, we select four players each week we will be overweight in our lineup build. Next, we give an example of how to complete them around tournaments. Our “Core Four” this week are Will Grier, Austin Ekeler, Joe Mixon and Darius Slayton. This is not an “optimal composition”. rather, it’s an example of one you could build if you started with “Core Four”. If you’re looking for more great NFL, NBA, MLB or PGA DFS tips, check it out on Twitter (@DFSBenj).
WEEK 16 RATING NO PRESENCE:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
Option FanDuel Week 16: Variant NFL DFS Examples for GPP
CORE PLAY QB: Will Grier, Panthers @ Colts ($ 6,000)
The Panthers have decided to upgrade Kyle Allen and see what they have in Will Grier for the last two games of the season. While Grier is a virtual unknown, I’m willing to give FanDuel a chance at $ 6,000 in a good match with the Colts. Grier has a strong hand and has shown some rushing up during his college days in West Virginia. The Week 16 slate is pretty ugly for quarterbacks if you don’t want to pass up Lamar Jackson or Drew Brees, but I’m going to choose to go down and punt at Grier in cash to help jam three big volume runs back into the lineup.
CORE PLAY RB: Austin Ekeler, Chargers vs. Raiders ($ 6,800)
Christian McCaffrey is going to make my turn in cash, but there is enough of an advantage to weaken him in this week’s tournaments to avoid cutting the core. Instead, I opt for a much cheaper run back to Ekeler, which has the highest dollar per dollar upside between each run back on the slate. The Chargers’ season is dead in the water, but I expect them to put up a decent battle this week in a home game against a division rival. Ekeler has not seen the elite of volume since Melvin Gordon returned from his holdout, but was one of the league’s most effective players with his limited touch. FanDuel’s under $ 7,000 swap options are impossible, but Ekeler makes a nice mid-range value and can hit salary expectations 3 times at his price point.
WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:
FD Cash | FD GPP | DK cash Y! Cash Y! GPP
CORE PLAY RB: Joe Mixon, Bengals @ Dolphins ($ 7,800)
I haven’t been able to play Mixon once this season, but it will be impossible to ignore him this week, given the volume he has seen in the last four weeks and the fight against the Miami Dolphins, who are 32nd in the DVOA defense. Mixon has 23 or more touches in each of the last three games and has 150 or more yards of scrimmage in each of the last two. I don’t like the FanDuel price of $ 7,800 – much better for the DraftKings at $ 6,600 – but I don’t have much interest in spending on any of the other high-end backs outside of Christian McCaffrey. The combination of volume and match make Mixon a top cash game and one that will want some exposure in tournaments despite the potential high ownership.
CORE PLAY WR: Darius Slayton, The Giants @ Redskins ($ 6,000)
Anyone who picked Darius Slayton last week (I was one of them) got a great deal after staying out, seeing only three goals a day. While I’m a little anxious to get back to him after seeing that small volume, I think last week’s game is a departure and not the rule after New York chose to lean on Saquon Barkley. Slayton is a great value for FanDuel at $ 6,000 and the matchup is good against the Redskins, who are on average the best team against the pass. Slayton should be priced in the $ 6,500 range with players like Mike Williams, Terry McLaurin and Michael Gallup, so I’ll be happy to get the value and promoter up with Slayton in all forms.
WR: D.J. Moore, Panthers @ Colts ($ 6,600)
I’ll stack Moore with QB Will Grier in the tournaments. While Grier is a huge unknown, you have to think he’s smart enough to lean on the top of the Panthers to Moore, who is undervalued at FanDuel at $ 6,600. We’ve seen the Colts’ defense come under fire in two weeks from two other NFC South teams in the Bucs and Saints, and the Panthers will reach three in a row.
WR: Michael Thomas, Saints @ Titans ($ 9,000)
Needless to say, Thomas is the top pick in the wide receiver this week, despite the high price of $ 9,000. Thomas was a consistent model this season, with 21 or more FanDuel points in six of his last seven games.
Seminar 16 Degrees PPR: Running Back Wide Receiver | Tight end
TE: Zach Ertz vs. Eagles Cowboys ($ 6,900)
Ertz is a very reasonable price for someone who is the clear top passing piece catching option in his team. Ertz has seen 10 or more goals in five of the last six games and has a matchup with the Cowboys, who are struggling to defend their opponent’s tight ends. Ertz should have been over $ 7,000 in FanDuel given his role in the offense with the Eagles core under Greg Ward Jr. and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
FLEX: Alvin Kamara, Saint Titan ($ 7,200)
Kamara is disappointing this season and has been held by endzone since Week 3. The volume for Kamara is still where we want it to be, both on the ground and in the air, and I’m willing to keep buying Kamara low for $ 7,200 at low ownership in tournaments.
D / ST: New York Jets vs. Steelers ($ 3,600)
The D / ST goes to the New York Jets, which are very cheap at $ 3,600 and have a good matchup at home against the Steelers. It doesn’t matter who between Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph starts at quarterback for Pittsburgh. both are primary turnovers and not NFL-caliber starters.