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Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Or Both?
Choosing wide receivers during Championship Week is a little easier because the options are limited. If you don’t have too many to choose from, then it becomes easier to pick out who the best options are. But then again, it becomes a little tougher if it appears like two of the better options are on the same team.
For instance, two of the better receivers this week play for the Minnesota Vikings, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Which one is more likely to have the better day this week against Philadelphia? Should you consider starting both?
The Vikings passing game is not too shabby.
Behind the surprising yet solid play of Case Keenum, the Vikings finished the regular season with the 11th ranked pass offense in the league. But can they be as good or better against the Eagles 17th ranked pass defense?
Keenum has played well against higher ranked pass defenses, so there is no reason to think he’ll struggle. So, the question comes down to whether Thielen or Diggs is more likely to have a better day.
Thielen is targeted more than Diggs (143 to 95) and has made more receptions (91 to 64). Both have a fairly high per reception average (14.0 for Thielen and 13.3 for Diggs). But Diggs and Rudolph appear to be Keenum’s go-to guys in the red zone (eight touchdowns each; Thielen has four). Thielen has made more big plays (25+ yards) than Diggs as well (11 to eight).
From a fantasy standpoint, Thielen outscored Diggs in ESPN leagues, 239.7 to 198.2.
Diggs will likely get a ton of attention from daily fantasy players thanks to the game-winning 61-yard touchdown catch he made last week. But prior to that catch, he had one less reception (five) than Thielen (six), only two more yards (76 to 74), and the same number of targets.
If you just look at their production, Thielen has clearly had the better fantasy season. But the Eagles do not allow too many guys to surpass 100+ yards receiving. In this case, it may be better to go with the guy more likely to score touchdowns, Diggs.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to star both. It is hard to rely on Nick Foles or Blake Bortles to have good days. It is not hard to imagine Tom Brady having a bad day as well.
That leaves the Vikings passing game– and Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath or Steelers Kicker Chris Boswell?
With the player pool being what it is now, every position is important. Not that they aren’t all important during the regular season, but when your options are limited, you can’t afford to slip up with anyone. Yes, even the kickers, because there is nothing worse than losing out on the money by three points when you got only two out of your kicker.
So, when you are making your daily fantasy lineup for Sunday’s slate, should you go with Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell or Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath?
Why roll with Kai Forbath?
Forbath did miss six kicks this season, and as far as his field goal percentage goes, his was 16th in the league. Three of his misses were from 50+ yards, one from 40-49, and the other two from 30-39 yards out. As far as his fantasy production is concerned, he ranked 11th among kickers in ESPN leagues and averaged 8.9 points/game.
His high was a six-field goal day against Baltimore back in Week Seven (24 points). He scored in double digits eight times and made all three attempts against New Orleans in Week One.
But what makes him appealing is that the Saints, while stingy with kickers during the season (avg. of 7.1 points/game), they gave up 16 last week against Carolina. The Saints defense was the epitome of ‘bend but don’t break.’
Minnesota’s offense has the potential to be explosive and score quickly. But the Vikings offense isn’t great at anything. It would not be shocking to see the Saints defense bend but not break and hold the Vikings to a few field goal attempts.
But what about Chris Boswell?
Boswell has exemplified what a ‘clutch’ kicker should be this season making several game winners at the end of regulation. He only missed three of his 38 attempts, one from 40-49 and two from 30-39. He made all four of the ones he attempted from 50+.
From a fantasy perspective, his highest score was 19 points which he hit three times. But he only scored in double digits six times. When the Steelers played the Jaguars back in Week Five, he hit all three field goal attempts for nine points.
What makes him appealing is that the Jaguars defense is going to make it very hard to get into the end zone. So, if the Steelers even think they might be in range, they are going to let Boswell attempt a kick. However, Jacksonville barely allowed Buffalo to cross mid-field last week and allowed kickers to average just 6.1 points/game during the regular season.
So—who do you go with?
It is easier to see the Vikings getting within field goal range against the Saints defense more so than the Steelers against the Jags defense. Forbath may not be as accurate as Boswell, but he’ll score more this week.
Don’t Let Jason Garrett Fool You When It Comes To Ezekiel Elliott
The Dallas Cowboys are not in a great position to make the playoffs, but they are still in a place where they can make it. All they have to do is win out and hope for a little help from a couple of other teams. They may get that help; they may not. But it will not matter if they don’t take care of business on their end.
With Ezekiel Elliott back after serving a six-game suspension that should be a lot easier. His return will certainly make daily fantasy players happy. Depending on how they use him, that is.
For some crazy reason, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett seems to think that if he says he doesn’t know how the team will use Elliott this week, we’ll believe him. But his team needs to win. To win, it needs great games from its great players.
Elliott is only one of the most powerful running backs in the NFL. He hasn’t played in six weeks which makes him the most well-rested and healthy player in the NFL this week. This makes Elliott a prime candidate to be used early and often.
While the team needs Elliott to have a big day, they have to be concerned about asking too much of him, too soon. Yes, he’s been training while out of the country the last six weeks. Yes, he looks like he is in the best shape of his life. But that doesn’t mean he is in football shape.
It doesn’t mean he is ready to take the pounding that comes with carrying the ball 25 times a game.
So—is Jason Garrett not pulling our leg?
Maybe just a little.
Garrett said he didn’t know what role Elliott would take before seeing him take the field for practice. Practice isn’t a substitute for playing a game, but it will be all Garrett will have to judge how ready Elliott is.
We have to believe that Elliott is chomping at the bit to play again. He is going to want to make up for his absence. He is going to want to make a statement in his first game back from what he viewed as an unjustified suspension.
It certainly helps that he’ll be running against a defense that was gashed and embarrassed by Todd Gurley. Will the Seattle defense be mad and looking for redemption? Probably. But Elliott is going to be doing the same.
If you want to win— start him.
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What Does Geno Smith Do For Daily Fantasy Value Of New York Giants?
Something needs to happen in New York. The Giants have had their issues on offense for the last couple of years. However, as long as Eli Manning had a couple of good wide receivers, the Giants still generated yards. But with all the injuries the team has been hit with this season, he’s been hard-pressed to get the offense moving.
Since he is the only piece that anything can be done about at this point in the season, the Giants have decided to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith.
Yes, that Geno Smith.
The Giants can’t possibly believe that the team could be better with Smith than Eli. Either they do, and they deserve what is going to happen to their team going forward. Or they are tanking. With the competition for the best quarterbacks expected to be fierce, they need to position themselves as high as possible in the next draft.
Before the draft, they need to find out what they have, so they do need to get both Smith and Davis Webb into the game. That way, come Draft Day, they’ll know if that first draft pick will be a quarterback or something else (i.e., Bryce Love, offensive line, etc.).
Daily fantasy impact?
Overall, the most significant impact is going to be on the defensive side of the ball—because whoever they play will have a defense worthy of starting. Everyone is going to take out the running game (making Orleans Darkwa not worthy anymore).
They are going to force the Giants to beat them with Smith.
If you ever watched Smith play during his time with the Jets then you know he is turnover prone and not very accurate. Since defenses are going to go all out to stop him (it will not take much to stop their run game), his accuracy will get even worse.
Tight end Evan Engram is only advisable if he is cheap enough and you can afford to have one guy not do well. He may do well as Smith’s safety line. But with Geno Smith throwing the ball, it is hard to imagine any of the skill players with the Giants scoring well in daily fantasy play.