NFL H2H vs. GPP Plays: Week 7

In daily fantasy football, there are two main types of playing formats; head-to-head games (including 50/50 and double-up formats in which half of the entries win and half of the entries are left wondering what went wrong) and large field guaranteed prize pool tournaments (GPPs) where between 10-20% of the field is paid out.

In this article, we will utilize the FanDuel Week 7 NFL contest period beginning with Sunday’s 1 pm ET games and continuing through the Monday Night Football game with the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Arizona Cardinals.

Please note the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers are on a bye this week.

Looking through the lens of the FanDuel pricing and scoring system, we will key in on players suited for both H2H and GPP game formats.

Head-to-Head/50/50/Double-up Format

When constructing a H2H roster, the important thing to remember is that you want to construct a team that has the highest projected “floor” with regards to projected scoring production. The reasoning behind this is simple, you just need to be better than half of the field. Whether it is mano-a-mano or a whole crowd, the top half are victorious and the others are looking ahead to next week.

For this reason, we will want to focus on players that have the highest projected points per salary cap dollar. The key word to remember is “projected.” In today’s NFL, just about any offensive player could have a three-TD day, or they may not see the end zone for a month.

As a general rule of thumb, in this format on FanDuel you will need to score about 120 points in order to put your team in a good position to win. Sometimes you will win with less points, other times you will lose with a much higher score, but that is a reasonable target figure.

With an overall in-game salary cap on FanDuel of $60,000, this means we need our players to score 2 points for each $1k of salary. The roster format includes 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 D/ST.

Now for the fun part, let’s look at a few players at each position that should be able to “return value” on their FanDuel in-game salary. These will be players that I will be using myself on various iterations of my FanDuel H2H lineups this week.

Quarterback

Depending on the style that best suits your team-building preference and risk-reward potential. One school of thought focuses on anchoring your roster with a premium guy like Tom Brady or Andrew Luck, another way to approach a week may be with a mid-tier QB who has a great matchup, or perhaps even someone who has come into the starting job after that week’s pricing was already created. The key thing to keep in mind though is that we need to find a production ratio of 2 pts/$1k of salary.

philip rivers

Philip Rivers – SD vs OAK – $8,000: Though he is not the flashiest of recommendations, he has been very solid this season averaging just over 20 FanDuel points per game. With the Chargers offensive line dinged up and running back Melvin Gordon disappointing in his rookie campaign, we should see Rivers carry the offense once more making him a relatively safe option as your signal caller this week.

Carson Palmer – AZ vs BAL – $8,200: These are not the same Baltimore Ravens who used to terrorize opposing offenses wreaking havoc all over the field. Instead, this version of the Ravens is actually allowing the most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks at 22.5 per game. Last weekend in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, Palmer piled up 421 passing yards as the Cardinals could not get anything going on the ground. He should flirt with 300 yards and a couple of scores on Monday Night Football.

Running Back

While QBs are a very important building block for a solid fantasy roster, RBs are absolutely crucial. Running backs have the volume and opportunity to earn points with touchdowns, rushing and receiving yards, and receptions. This usually makes them the steadiest source of daily fantasy production.

Generally it is wise to “pay up” for a premium RB in a good matchup by utilizing your savings from another position such as defense or kicker, which will be addressed in short order.

todd gurley

Todd GurleySTL vs CLE – $7,400: The Cleveland Browns have been a bottom five defense for most of the season against running backs from a fantasy standpoint. Gurley will likely be a popular pick at this price point and I have no issues going with the obvious here and looking to differentiate at another slot.

Devonta FreemanATL at TEN – $8,700: At some point Freeman is going to disappoint us with a bad game. On the season, the Titans have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Yes, last week they got worked over at home by the Dolphins allowing 180 yards and two scores on 32 carries for a healthy 5.6 average. I am chalking that up to a bit of an anomaly yet I am still cautiously optimistic that Freeman will post 15+ fantasy points.

Wide Receiver

There are always great WR options at varying price levels and matchups. Typically what you do at the other positions will dictate how you assemble your receiving corps.

deandre hopkins

Top Shelf Option – DeAndre HopkinsHOU at JAX – $9,200: With 89 targets on the season through six games, there is not much left to say about Hopkins…well other than the fact that he came into his Week 5 matchup at Jacksonville averaging 20.2 FanDuel points per game and he tallied a monster 31.8 fantasy points. If you have the funds, he is worth playing against as it is clear that the Texans will be leaning on him all season.

Mid-Tier Choice – Larry Fitzgerald – AZ vs BAL – $7,800: Yes, back to the well once more with Fitzgerald. He is a fine option on his own or as a pairing with QB Carson Palmer. The Ravens are allowing 15.7 receptions, 222 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing wide receivers.

Bargain Bin Ballers – Willie Snead – NO at IND – $6,500: After the long week, I am counting on the Saints coaching staff to come up with a few new wrinkles and hope to see Snead make just his second appearance in the end zone this weekend. The Colts are allowing the third most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and the Saints love to throw. Stefon DiggsMIN at DET – $5,800: With 28 total FanDuel points in his last two games at Denver and against Kansas City, I have no issues liberally employing him as a discount dandy across my rosters in all formats this week.

Tight End

antonio gates

Antonio Gates – SD vs OAK – $5,800: The Oakland Raiders are by far the worst team in the league against tight ends, allowing 38% more fantasy points per game than the second worst team. Through his first two games back from his PED suspension, Gates has been targeted 27 times resulting in 18 receptions, 187 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t think too long about this pick.

Delanie WalkerTEN vs ATL – $5,500: If you can’t find the extra $300 to get to Antonio Gates, Walker would be someone deserving of consideration. While he has not found paydirt, he does have 19 receptions and 201 receiving yards over his last three games. The touchdowns will come.

Kicker

Kickers are very tricky to project, so I typically look for the lowest-priced kicker in a decent matchup, ideally in a dome or a fair weather stadium.

Matt PraterDET vs MIN – $4,500: This week’s minimum priced dome kicker is Matt Prater.

Josh Lambo – SD vs OAK – $4,700: For the late game set, I am fine with taking Lambo, who has put up 33 FanDuel points over the last three weeks. The weather looks good once again in San Diego, and the Chargers should have no problems scoring against Oakland.

Defense / Special Teams (D/ST)

D/ST is another position that is very hard to predict because so much of their value comes from return touchdowns. The best teams will have ten return scores on the season and the worst around four, which makes it tough to know which team to roster.

There are decent D/ST options at very manageable price points this weekend. The St. Louis Rams – $4,500 vs CLE are in an excellent spot against the Browns and at this price point they will probably be on nearly half of all contest entries. The San Diego Chargers – $4,400 vs OAK are in the mix as the best play on the late game set against the hapless Raiders. With the great cheap options, it is highly unlikely that many gamers will consider the Arizona Cardinals – $5,100 vs BAL they have been averaging a healthy 11.8 FanDuel points per game this season and should be keyed up for their Monday Night Football appearance.

Large Field Tournaments aka Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs)

Depending on the contest, GPPs will generally pay out 10-20% of the field. It will take an outstanding score in order to finish in the money, so your mentality needs to be that you want to be in the top 10% or finish last. Being middle of the pack or even above average does not come with any reward, so don’t be afraid to take a few risks and stray from the herd.

Quarterback

andrew luck

Andrew LuckIND vs NO – $8,900: If the crowd continues to stay with QB Tom Brady, Luck could be completely overlooked by 80-90% of all gamers this week. While all the attention was on the Patriots, don’t forget that Luck posted 312 passing yards and three scores along with another 35 yards on the ground. The matchup against the Saints is a favorable one, as they are allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Landry JonesPIT at KC – $6,000: Look, this is not a play for the faint of heart or fiscally responsible. However, if you want to throw caution to the wind in a low dollar tournament, stranger things have happened. Let’s not forget that Arrowhead Stadium has one of the loudest crowds outside of Seattle and this will be a tough spot for Jones, however, with the firepower the Steelers have at the skill positions, there is a chance to catch lightning in a bottle.

Running Back

arian foster

Arian FosterHOU at MIA – $8,600: With 51 touches in his last two games, Foster is getting the ball every other play when he is on the field. It seems that he is as healthy as he will be all season. Enjoy the usage and potential major upside, however, do be prepared for the wheels to fall off at the worst possible time as this usage tends to catch up with him quickly after so many miles on his odometer.

Christine MichaelDAL at NYG – $5,600: It sounds like Jerry Jones’ team is making a lot of changes this week with QB Matt Cassel getting a shot and RB Christine Michael getting his first pro start. Michael has always been uber talented, but he has never made the most of his opportunities, so this is far from a sure thing. The savings at this position will allow you several other deluxe options, though.

Wide Receiver

Generally in a GPP it is a good idea to pair a receiver with your QB so you can double up on your points if they connect for a score or two. Remember you want to go big or go home in this format.

t-y hilton

T.Y. HiltonIND vs NO – $7,700: Hilton looked great against the Patriots posting six catches, 74 receiving yards and a touchdown on his way to 16.4 FanDuel points. With QB Andrew Luck back, he and teammate Donte Moncrief – $6,500 are both back in the mix as viable options.

Antonio BrownPIT at KC – $8,300: Doubling or even tripling down with QB Landry Jones and Martavis Bryant – $6,900 would be one way to go big or go home.

Eric DeckerNYJ at NE – $6,200: With the Fightin’ Belichick’s likely focused on WR Brandon Marshall – $8,200 we could see Decker find the end zone for the sixth straight week.

Tight End

Gary BarnidgeCLE at STL – $5,900: Five touchdowns in his last four games including a pair last weekend against the Denver Broncos. Look, sometimes things just can’t be explained and we have to go along for the ride.

Kickers and Defense / Special Teams

Generally I will utilize the same handful of cheap kickers and DSTs across my H2H and GPP lineups because of their inherent boom/bust nature.

About the Author

  • Emac (emac)

  • Emac won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. You can check out his ESPN Fantasy Experience here. Emac finished in the top ten for the DraftKings inaugural $1,000,000 Chase for the Crown promotion and also won the first ever MLB King’s Crown ($5k top prize) on DailyJoust.

Comments

  • navymarine

    Before I read this, my initial cash game lineup had Rivers, Gurley, Freeman, Gates and St. Louis D. Even had Prater as my K. Don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing but I am rolling with it for now. LOL.

  • emac

    Yes, I have a feeling that is going to be the chalky lineup on FanDuel. It just means that we will need to make our hay with the appropriate wide-receiver selections!

    EMac

  • kbarnhill7523

    • 2018 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    • x2

      2017 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    I really feel like a real case can be made to make a good portion of your GPP lineups this week fading all the guys listed in the cash games section. Obv if you are GPP only you can’t 100% fade those guys, but I will be building about 50% of my lineups with no Gurley, Freeman or Gates. Each one will be around 30% owned so if they dud you can shoot past most of the field.

  • millipops

    Gurley definitely won’t be 30 % owned. Plus his match-up and price make him a excellent play. He might get 25-30 carries. @kbarnhill

  • Deuce_dropper

    Pretty close 3 player match last week Emac. I’ll have to drop another deuce on you this week. Keep up the good work.

  • emac

    @Deuce_dropper said...

    Pretty close 3 player match last week Emac. I’ll have to drop another deuce on you this week. Keep up the good work.

    Terrifying thought!

  • emac

    @kbarnhill7523 said...

    I really feel like a real case can be made to make a good portion of your GPP lineups this week fading all the guys listed in the cash games section. Obv if you are GPP only you can’t 100% fade those guys, but I will be building about 50% of my lineups with no Gurley, Freeman or Gates. Each one will be around 30% owned so if they dud you can shoot past most of the field.

    As Millipops says, we may see Gurley on closer to 40-45% on FD. Of course that leaves three courses of action 1) all in, 2) fade or 3) match the Thursday field numbers.

    I have not made any decisions yet as there is of course a lot of other information to absorb.

    EMac

  • shockeyville80

    I’m GPP only and I’m very curious to see the Thursday %‘s, though I think we have a good idea as to how high they’ll be on some of these guys. The only fortunate thing is that the price on Freeman and Hopkins has been raised enough that they might force people into having similar lineups (especially if both are taken in the same lineup), and the value selections at the other positions might easily underperform. I’m sure I’ll have decent exposure to both, especially Freeman, but I’ll have a better idea on Friday as to what that exposure is going to be.

    My initial lineup had Gurley in it as well. Lineups make themselves this week, our work is done! jkjk

  • emac

    @shockeyville80 said...

    Lineups make themselves this week, our work is done! jkjk

    This also makes for a fun tournament week when things line up like this….if you are willing to take a few chances…not everyone is wired that way.

    I still am on the fence myself.

    EMac

  • Njsum1

    I will have zero devanta freeman shares in cash….ZERO… Do I think he’ll have a bad game? No…he never does….but is there a bevy of rbs who cost 2500 to 3500 (dk) less that have the ability to equal or perhaps come close to his production….I think so

  • Mike2308

    Not sure if you could fade Freeman in a cash game unless it gets out of hand early and Coleman gets the red zone carries.Freemans touches are off the charts

  • Njsum1

    @mike2308….I completely agree….freeman gets tons of touches and will more than likely have a real nice game….don’t forget last week he got a garbage timer that padded the stats, yet regardless of that he was still doing well. My point is that there is so much value in the 4500 to 5500 range on dk at rb, that paying 8k for any rb this week just doesn’t make sense….to me anyway

  • hamwhich8

    I’m relatively new to DFS, so this may be a dumb question, but when you say “cash game,” what do you mean exactly?

  • emac

    @Njsum1 said...

    I will have zero devanta freeman shares in cash….ZERO… Do I think he’ll have a bad game? No…he never does….but is there a bevy of rbs who cost 2500 to 3500 (dk) less that have the ability to equal or perhaps come close to his production….I think so

    There is always a chance someone has a bad game, even in a great matchup…look no further than Adrian Peterson last weekend.

    If you are comfortable with your team, then by all means you want to construct it as you see fit.

    At his price point this week, Freeman is not a slam dunk and I think a ton of his production is the result of how well the Falcons offensive line has been playing so far this season.

    Solving a new and ever changing puzzle each week is what makes this so fun!

    EMac

  • generalkenobi711

    How about GPP uber-stack of Fitzpatrick/Marshall/Decker, thinking that the Jets will be chasing the Pats all day and even though the Pats are winning pretty big they are in the bottom half in 2 of 4 postitions (fantasy points given up). Might get a classic Blake Bortles kind of day, 3 TDs and 3 INTs. But since the trade off int for td isnt that bad I might ride or die wit it. lol Then have a few extra bucks for AP and L. Bell. Go cheap on D and TE, say Donnell or Barnidge. No kicker for me I dont play FanDuel anymore too many good players. Stick to the less popular sites, lower payouts but much better chances and higher payout percentages. Throw Snead in there and maybe Gurley and Boom, got myself a potential winning lineup if the Jets throw for 3 or more TDs, garbage time or not.

  • Mike2308

    I think the value is in wr on Fan-duel.Only a handful of running backs I can roll with this week

  • bookersnookers

    @navymarine said...

    Before I read this, my initial cash game lineup had Rivers, Gurley, Freeman, Gates and St. Louis D. Even had Prater as my K. Don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing but I am rolling with it for now. LOL.

    I would say those players will have high ownership % for cash.

  • bookersnookers

    @emac said...

    There is always a chance someone has a bad game, even in a great matchup…look no further than Adrian Peterson last weekend.

    If you are comfortable with your team, then by all means you want to construct it as you see fit.

    At his price point this week, Freeman is not a slam dunk and I think a ton of his production is the result of how well the Falcons offensive line has been playing so far this season.

    Solving a new and ever changing puzzle each week is what makes this so fun!

    EMac

    I feel like the game could be a blowout also. No reason to keep Freeeman in and let coleman take over in the 4th quarter

  • Rubble44

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I threw a roster up yesterday just to test the numbers. Palmer, Gurley, Hopkins, Fitz, Gates, Rams D GET OUT OF MY HEAD EMAC!!!

  • emac

    @Rubble44 said...

    GET OUT OF MY HEAD EMAC!!!

    Too late, I am in control…now how about some nice Fruity Pebbles for breakfast!

  • emac

    @generalkenobi711 said...

    How about GPP uber-stack of Fitzpatrick/Marshall/Decker, thinking that the Jets will be chasing the Pats all day

    When doing trios like this, I want to make sure that I can envision a scenario where there is a somewhat decent shot where my guys could combined for at least six touchdowns.

    This grouping projects to have a better chance of that than the Pittsburgh flyer I discuss in the article….then the question becomes what can you put around the core combo at the other positions.

    The thing a lot of people forget is that Fitzpatrick is actually an experienced quarterback, so he has a shot to do just fine in Foxborough.

    EMac

  • njsum

    Ive thought about using a similar Jet combo, yet as a Jet fan im always cautious about rostering Jets…haha. that said, it could work out nicely. if the Jets fall behind. The real caution here is that if i’m todd bowles im not trying to get into a shootout with the pats so I’d probably go for a run heavy approach (although a shootout may be inevitable). Now the next question id ask myself is what is belichik gonna take away from the JETS. I’d guess theyd try to sell out to stop the run but trying to get in the mind of belichik is usually unwise. so in summation, I have no clue what will happen, yet for the salary its as good a play as any in a gpp.

    Also EMac…ive been thinkin about snead as well…do u think hell be shadowed by davis? thx

  • emac

    @njsum said...

    ive been thinkin about snead as well…do u think hell be shadowed by davis?

    He may get some attention, but I would think that Davis may be more on Brandin Cooks I were the Colts, I know that Brees is going to take whatever he is given….and I would be more worried about containing Cooks if I were the Colts.

    Of course, I am not an NFL defensive coordinator so I could be wildly incorrect ;)

    EMac

  • johnnyj580

    @emac said...

    There is always a chance someone has a bad game, even in a great matchup…look no further than Adrian Peterson last weekend.

    I understand the absurd POW that AP has, but last weekend was FAR from a perfect match-up for him:
    -KC’s Run Defense ranks 9th
    -Tough to determine what KC’s offense (and pace) will look like in it’s first week without J Charles.

    I had zero shares of AP last weekend.

    Before you go patting me on the back, i did have a lot of C West on DK for $3000 (“No chance he doesn’t score 9 Fantasy Points!” was texted to a friend.)

  • lunchy79

    HEAD to HEAD hamwhich8……. or 3 to 5 man tournaments….. NOT large tournaments with thousands of people

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