By Brian Quick

Hey Fanduelers, right about now you should be having those “I can’t believe it’s week 7 already” feelings. We are running out of time to win big, especially if you’re in one of those fascist states that are taking away are most basic human right, the right to play fantasy sports. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who wrote that all men have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect Fanduel lineup. Here is my weekly first look at some potential options and longshots for this week in FanDuel tournament style games. The purpose here is to provide you with some early impressions and then for you to investigate further as the week goes on.


Quick Tip #1 – Todd Gurley – $7400 – Todd Gurley had to take a bye week time out from his explosion onto the fantasy scene. He has a great matchup vs. the Browns and their despicable run defense and he gets to showcase his skills on his home turf. In his last game he boasted an impressive 159 yards on an eye popping 30 carries. The Rams are going to give him the ball and the numbers he puts up this week at a $1500 discount from the top RBs is incredible value.

Quick Tip #2 – Antonio Gates – TE – Chargers ($5800) – Gates has been great since his return and his price is relatively low. Last week, he was targeted 16 times, while catching 9 of those targets for 95 yards. The Raiders are clueless when it comes to stopping opposing TE’s and Philip Rivers loves to throw to Gates. The situation is perfect and the price is agreeable.

Quick Tip #3 Carson Palmer – QB – Arizona ($8200)
Last week was frustrating for Carson Palmer as the yardage was there, he threw for 421 yards, but a mere one TD and two interceptions ruined the day. This week he returns home, gets an extra day off, gets a nationally televised Monday Night Football game, and goes up against one of the worst pass defenses in all of football. Even Colin Kaepernick threw for 340 yards and 2 TDs against them last week.

Quick Tip #4 – Rams Defense – D – ($4500)
I honestly don’t understand why the Rams D is this cheap but I’m not going to complain because the $4500 D with tremendous upside is a welcome and wonderful fit to any lineup. The Browns are 30th overall in offense and the Rams are awfully tough to play against at home. Heck, they’re pretty darn good on the road too even holding Aaron Rodgers to 236 passing yards in Green Bay. They are rested coming off of the bye week and will feast on the Browns.

Quick Tip #5 – Donte Moncrief – WR – Colts – (6500) – I really like TY Hilton this week but I can’t justify paying the extra $1200 when Moncrief might put up the same or better numbers. Last week Luck targeted Moncrief 11 times and he caught 6 of those targets for 69 yards and a TD. It was Andrew Luck’s first game back so I expect a more crisp performance from him this week which bodes well for Moncrief.


Below are 5 longshots that have a chance to hit this week along with a small blurb about each one and their Fanduel price. Adding any one of these guys is like adding a longshot into horse racing exacta or trifecta.

Theo Riddick – RB – $5200 – I took Riddick out of my lineups last week due to injury concern. Not that he had an outstanding week or anything but he does show flashes of burst and excitement. With Lions RBs falling apart all around him he may finally be given a chance to showcase his skills. Some deterrents to using him this week would be the stingy Vikings run defense and the return of Joquie Bell and his stellar (sarcasm) 1.5 YPC average.

Tavon Austin – WR – $5800 – Tavon is finally emerging as a potential big play, big reward player in fantasy sports. I can see a little double dip action too if you take the Rams D and Austin and he returns a punt for a TD. I can also see him scoring on an end-a-round or WR reverse.

Christine Michael – RB – $5600- I’d prefer if he had a tougher name like Mary or Samantha but Christine Michael will be a very popular play this week at this price. My instincts are telling me to stay away as he might be in a high percentage of lineups and there isn’t much of a track record to evaluate. This is a true crap shoot.

Tedd Ginn Jr. – WR – $5300 – He is Carolina’s second leading pass catcher this year trailing only Greg Olsen. The Eagles secondary is hit or miss. If you’re spending big elsewhere he could be a cozy fit at this price.

Andre Ellington – RB – $5200 – It’s tough to play him because of the limited amount of targets and rushing attempts. Perhaps the Cardinals were just easing him back after missing time from injury. The price here is real low and there is some potential for him to break a few catches and have a monster night. He won’t be used in a whole lot of lineups so if you have the guts think about throwing him in a lineup.

By the way my $1 tournament experiment using a mix of mostly long shots and not spending all of my money turned out about the way you’d expect. 101 total points so no need to try it.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read this. Remember, this is early week advice, so make sure you read up as the week goes on and make necessary changes to your lineups before game times. Please follow me on twitter @QuickRotoTips.