The NFL Field Report: Week 6

The Field Report is designed to give you a look into the most popular plays from FanDuel’s Thursday Night action.

In order to truly separate your entry from the rest of the field, you need to create a very unique roster. In GPPs especially, playing along with the rest of your opponents won’t get you very far. The rules are much different in H2Hs and 50/50s, but in tournaments where you need to beat ALL of your opponents (e.g. major qualifiers), you need to take risks and use a player or two that you know will be lightly owned.

The percentages in the tables below come from the FanDuel $1 Dive, which has 4,597 entries. The listed players are ones that I have identified for a variety of reasons, but if you don’t see “your guy” here, post below in the comments and I will do my best to get you a percentage.

Quarterbacks

Player % Owned
Tom Brady ($9.0K) 19.50%
Andy Dalton ($7.6K) 15.30%
Aaron Rodgers ($9.3K) 6.80%
Carson Palmer ($8.0K) 6.60%
Blake Bortles ($7.3K) 4.80%
Eli Manning ($7.8K) 4.70%
Brian Hoyer ($6.7K) 4.10%
Marcus Mariota ($7.2K) 3.00%
Philip Rivers ($7.5K) 2.50%
Sam Bradford ($7.7K) 2.30%
Matthew Stafford ($6.9K) 2.00%
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6.9K) 2.00%
Colin Kaepernick ($7.3K) 1.40%
Joe Flacco ($7.8K) 1.20%
Jay Cutler ($7.5K) 1.20%
Peyton Manning ($8.1K) 1.20%
Cam Newton ($8.0K) 1.10%
Russell Wilson ($8.0K) 0.70%
Ryan Tannehill ($7.7K) 0.70%
Andrew Luck ($8.6K) 0.50%

Once again we have Brady at the top of the list with some pretty notable players holding lower numbers this week. I expected to see Eli Manning hold a higher percentage and it might be a case of people worrying more about the injuries at WR than Eli himself.

Another week and another Sam Bradford low ownership percentage. The Eagles passing attack has looked a lot better as of late and if he can manage to keep it together in the red zone, Bradford is a very solid lower owned option.

Running Backs

Player % Owned
Dion Lewis ($7.2K) 20.80%
Adrian Peterson ($8.9K) 11.50%
Chris Ivory ($7.3K) 11.50%
Le’Veon Bell ($9.0K) 9.90%
Matt Forte ($8.4K) 9.50%
Eddie Lacy ($7.3K) 9.00%
Arian Foster ($8.5K) 7.40%
LeGarrette Blount ($6.5K) 7.40%
Charcandrick West ($6.2K) 5.90%
Danny Woodhead ($6.0K) 5.30%
DeMarco Murray ($7.6K) 4.40%
Giovani Bernard ($6.7K) 4.40%
Shane Vereen ($5.6K) 3.20%
Chris Johnson ($7.0K) 3%
Carlos Hyde ($7.0K) 2.60%
Frank Gore ($7.0K) 1.90%
Duke Johnson ($5.9K) 1.40%
C.J. Anderson ($6.6K) 1.40%
Lamar Miller ($6.4K) 1.30%
Justin Forsett ($7.6K) 1.10%
Melvin Gordon ($6.5K) 1.10%
T.J. Yeldon ($6.8K) 0.80%
Marshawn Lynch ($8.3K) 0.30%

Either people didn’t see the report on Lewis today or they simply don’t think it was enough to take him out of their Thursday lineups. Regardless, that is something we need to keep our eye on and will shift the RB numbers quite a bit if he is ruled out for some reason.

Both Bell and Foster are under 10% here, but we need to remember that Devonta Freeman is over 50% owned and we will likely see more of each of the top options on Sunday. If you are looking for a low owned player nobody seems to like, then Melvin Gordon facing a Green Bay defense that has been extremely friendly to opposing running backs is worth a look.

Wide Receivers

Player % Owned
Julian Edelman ($7.9K) 35.30%
DeAndre Hopkins ($8.5K) 30.20%
Larry Fitzgerald ($7.5K) 23.50%
Allen Robinson ($6.7K) 18.90%
A.J. Green ($8.1K) 12.50%
James Jones ($6.6K) 11.70%
Brandon Marshall ($8.0K) 11.40%
Eric Decker ($6.1K) 9.30%
Allen Hurns ($6.5K) 7.20%
Jeremy Maclin ($7.2K) 6.90%
Kendall Wright ($5.8K) 6.60%
Emmanuel Sanders ($7.9K) 5.90%
Anquan Boldin ($6.5K) 5.60%
Calvin Johnson ($8.2K) 5.20%
Jordan Matthews ($6.6K) 4.70%
Travis Benjamin ($6.3K) 4.30%
Randall Cobb ($8.1K) 3.80%
Keenan Allen ($7.7K) 3.10%
T.Y. Hilton ($7.4K) 2.70%
Jarvis Landry ($7.3K) 2.50%
Kamar Aiken ($6.0K) 2.50%
Donte Moncrief ($6.2K) 2.40%
John Brown ($6.1K) 2.30%
Odell Beckham Jr. ($9.1K) 2.20%
Demaryius Thomas ($8.3K) 1.80%
Antonio Brown ($8.6K) 1.80%
Andre Johnson ($6.0K) 1.60%
Golden Tate ($6.9K) 1.20%
Jamison Crowder ($5.5K) 1.00%
Martavis Bryant ($6.1K) 0.90%
Steve Smith ($6.7K) 0.70%
Alshon Jeffery ($7.4K) 0.30%

It seems as though people were sufficiently scared off of Maclin. One week after having one of the highest ownership percentages, he has dipped all the way down to 7% in a good matchup. Likewise, Jordan Matthews appears to be under owned here with a very good slot matchup against Trumaine McBride.

One of the most interesting plays is Antonio Brown, who has asked Vick to trust him to make plays. He only saw six targets on Monday, and I expect we will see the Steelers forcing him into the action this weekend.

Tight Ends

Player % Owned
Antonio Gates ($5.5K) 36.00%
Tyler Eifert ($6.0K) 14.60%
Rob Gronkowski ($8.2K) 11.70%
Gary Barnidge ($5.7K) 6.60%
Martellus Bennett ($5.8K) 5.90%
Greg Olsen ($6.3K) 3.50%
Travis Kelce ($6.2K) 3.20%
Richard Rodgers ($5.1K) 2.20%
Julius Thomas ($5.2K) 1.80%
Jimmy Graham ($6.3K) 1.10%
Jordan Cameron ($5.4K) 0.60%
Derek Carrier ($4.9K) 0.30%
Darren Fells ($4.8K) 0.20%

I had to go back and double check that I didn’t mess up the numbers here. Sure, it makes sense that at his price, Gates number would jump as people chase the points. What surprises me is that Eifert has also jumped Gronk this week. Any time you can get Gronk as anything but the outright ownership leader, you have to consider him strongly.

Looking for a sub $5K guy this weekend? Take a look at Carrier, who I expect to see a jump in targets this week, and TE will always be a threat in a Cousins-led offense.

Kickers

Player % Owned
Stephen Gostkowski ($5.1K) 15.90%
Brandon McManus ($4.8K) 11.10%
Robbie Gould ($4.5K) 11.00%
Josh Brown ($4.7K) 10.30%
Justin Tucker ($4.8K) 5.50%
Josh Lambo ($4.6K) 3.80%
Mason Crosby ($4.9K) 3.60%
Steven Hauschka ($5.0K) 3.10%
Matt Prater ($4.5K) 1.80%
Caleb Sturgis ($4.9K) 1.70%
Adam Vinatieri ($5.0K) 1.40%
Blair Walsh ($4.6K) 1.20%

Defenses

Player % Owned
Denver Broncos ($5.0K) 22.90%
New York Jets ($4.8K) 17.20%
Arizona Cardinals ($5.0K) 6.60%
Green Bay Packers ($4.7K) 6.00%
Cincinnati Bengals ($4.7K) 5.30%
Minnesota Vikings ($4.5K) 4.00%
Seattle Seahawks ($5.0K) 3.70%
New England Patriots ($4.8K) 3.70%
Carolina Panthers ($4.7K) 3.20%
Detroit Lions ($4.3K) 2.60%
Buffalo Bills ($4.6K) 0.40%

Thursday Game Notables

Player % Owned
Devonta Freeman ($8.0K) 51.80%
Willie Snead ($6.2K) 18.80%
Matt Ryan ($8.1K) 10.70%
Julio Jones ($9.2K) 9.90%
Mark Ingram ($7.8K) 6.50%
Brandin Cooks ($7.0K) 5.20%
Drew Brees ($8.3K) 4.40%
Leonard Hankerson ($5.8K) 4.10%
Jacob Tamme ($5.1K) 2.40%

About the Author

  • Andrew Cook (louiescards)

  • Andrew “LouiesCards” Cook is a DFS veteran who has been playing since 2009. You will see him grinding MLB, NBA, and NFL with a main focus on DraftKings. Over the years he has held several roles at RotoGrinders helping write articles and features, both in-front and behind-the-scenes. Andrew was able to throw the first pitch out at a St. Louis Cardinals game, courtesy of DraftKings. You can follow Andrew on twitter @louiescards

  • emac

    Thank you for including the Thursday Notables section!

  • mstunnabro

    My lineup includes like 2 people not on here, maybe being contrarian will work this weekend!

  • RealJB17

    Reuben Randle
    Mike Wallace
    M Wilson from the Bears
    Danny Amendola

    Thanks

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @RealJB17 said...

    Reuben Randle
    Mike Wallace
    M Wilson from the Bears
    Danny Amendola

    Thanks

    Wilson around 2%
    Wallace and Randle around 1%
    Could not find Amendola % which likely means <1%

    These are all from other GPP but will translate to pretty much everything. Randle could see a spike if ODB is out and he is in.

  • Richebee

  • narniak

    This is gold, Jerry! GOLD!!

  • tmarohl

    Actually I think they were looking at Eli, cuz he sucks as a real life QB :)

  • leratain

    Thank you Cards

  • jr1886

    • 2017 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    Amendola is at 1.4% in a $5 buying of over 130k participants.

  • KillaChap

    @tmarohl said...

    Actually I think they were looking at Eli, cuz he sucks as a real life QB :)

    I think Eli Manning is one of the biggest doofuses to ever grace a football field, generally looking aloof and confused at all times. To claim he sucks in real life is absurd. Can I play you in a H2H game?

  • gooch2306

    Interesting that there is no Bridgewater percentage in a great matchup for him to possibly break out.

  • Neiderman

    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    Give me all the Amendola

  • LOXRULES

    Bridgewater is interesting but definitely a punt. This week is weird because you have the Pats revenge game, Dalton severely underpriced (especially on DK), and a lot of questionable top guys. Amendola could be a good pick if Vontae Davis is completely healthy and shadowing Edelman but he could also be a total dud. Gronk being 3rd is huge, although I’m not so sure the Sunday slate will be the same after all the pregame hype starts. Plus its the Sunday night game. But definitely interesting. I’m surprised nobody is on Blount.

  • tmarohl

    @KillaChap said...

    I think Eli Manning is one of the biggest doofuses to ever grace a football field, generally looking aloof and confused at all times. To claim he sucks in real life is absurd. Can I play you in a H2H game?

    Sure, but I only do 5, 10 or 25 dollar H2H’s

  • Bayoung1989

    I’m looking for the following ownership percentages:

    Bridgewater, Mic Floyd, T Smith, Donnell, Ertz, and Rudolph.

    Thanks a lot! I appreciate it!

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @Bayoung1989 said...

    I’m looking for the following ownership percentages:

    Bridgewater, Mic Floyd, T Smith, Donnell, Ertz, and Rudolph.

    Thanks a lot! I appreciate it!

    T. Bridgewater <2%
    Mi. Floyd ??
    T. Smith 1%
    L. Donnell <2%
    Z. Ertz 1%
    K. Rudolph <1%

  • Bayoung1989

    @louiescards said...

    T. Bridgewater <2%
    Mi. Floyd ??
    T. Smith 1%
    L. Donnell <2%
    Z. Ertz 1%
    K. Rudolph <1%

    Thanks a lot!

  • tbryan

    @LOXRULES Given the track record for Blount against the Colts I’m surprised he’s not on here either, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see Belichick troll everyone and run Blount all day just when Lewis has gained the hype.

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @tbryan said...

    @LOXRULES Given the track record for Blount against the Colts I’m surprised he’s not on here either, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see Belichick troll everyone and run Blount all day just when Lewis has gained the hype.

    He is listed. 7.4%

  • tbryan

    @louiescards HA!, sorry man, my mistake, got lost in the stats. Thanks for the article by the way, this is great stuff! While we’re on the topic, thoughts on Blount vs. Lewis?

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @Bra3105 said...

    Delanie Walker?

    Between 1-2% in other GPP

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @tbryan said...

    @louiescards HA!, sorry man, my mistake, got lost in the stats. Thanks for the article by the way, this is great stuff! While we’re on the topic, thoughts on Blount vs. Lewis?

    I think Lewis is the guy unless that injury turns out to be something. Keep an eye on the injury report.

  • cheatc0des

    • $1M Prize Winner

    • 2015 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    I played the Thursday bomb and freeman was 61%…I faded and faded money in that contrarian process lol. On to Sunday since those are dead :/

  • Outlandas

    I just played Freeman and..ugh Hankerson. I’m done with that dude.

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