Clash of the Beards and Bellies

We’re Going Streaking

Bring your green hat, everyone’s doing it. Just like Frank the Tank in the timeless classic Old School, I’m streaking through the quad. I’ve been known to throw back some brewskis, but I typically go long periods of time before I hit the level of inebriation that induces public nudity. I may have plenty of cause to pop the cork on some Dom Perignon after I mashed Scott’s potatoes on Thanksgiving for my fourth-consecutive official victory (then again unofficially on the Sunday main slate and yet again on the Monday night showdown slate), but I’ll remain stoic and modest.

Scott is still a very talented DFS player. He is outpacing me in earnings this season, leaving me clutching at my gentlemanly victories like they are the last marbles that I have yet to lose. I wholeheartedly believe I will win yet again on Sunday in this Clash and take another non-cardio victory lap on the SportsMe app. I’m making like Matthew Berry with a love-hate lineup for Week 13, littered with juicy matchups.

Bo’s Lineup

QB – Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins – $5,500

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

I went on record this offseason to say I think Tua is a much better real-life quarterback than he is for fantasy. I’m feeling very wrong for the last couple of weeks. He has been the picture of consistency and precision. He also gets a cupcake matchup with extra sprinkles this week at home against the pathetic Giants. Devante Parker is also slated to return. At this salary, he’s definitely good for fantasy.

RB – Alexander Mattison – Minnesota Vikings – $7,600

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

I hated Mattison as a player until this season. He had simply never performed when given chances to carry the load in Dalvin Cook’s absence. As amazing as it would have been to see Cook take on the Lions even once this year, we already saw Mattison rip them apart earlier in the season. The salary is sharp, but the play is sharper.

RB – Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – $9,200

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 28: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Lavonte David #54 and Sean Murphy-Bunting #23 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

I stan for JT. He has been my dynasty RB1 since Week 10 last season and hasn’t looked back. After two brutally tough matchups, where he still returned value in DFS, he is back on the AFC South cupcake tour against Houston. You might recall his 30 point performance before he was really on a roll. Scott should be shaking at the potential ceiling game incoming.

WR – Cooper Kupp – LA Rams – $9,000

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 28: Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams avoids a tackle by Henry Black #41 of the Green Bay Packers during the second halfat Lambeau Field on November 28, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Jags did corral the powerful Bills earlier this year, but I believe Sean McVay will pull the tape on that game and isolate his best offensive player against the soft underbelly of this defense. The injuries to other skill players will force the Rams to lean even heavier on Kupp, which excites me, to say the least.

WR – Josh Reynolds – Detroit Lions – $3,400

Scott had one call right on Thanksgiving, throwing the former Ram and Titan into his GPP lines. The level of desolation in the Lions’ receiving corps was never more apparent than when Reynolds was thrown in the trash by a receiver-starved Titans team, then latched on with Detroit and was immediately their best option. The Vikings’ secondary is hot garbage and will have to defend a lot of pass plays.

WR – Quez Watkins – Philadelphia Eagles – $3,600

Quez is very young and raw, but he is making huge strides in this offense every week. He has already supplanted the atrocious Jalen Reagor on the depth chart. He gets a further upgrade with the much more accurate Gardner Minshew at quarterback for the Birds.

TE – Foster Moreau – Las Vegas Raiders – $2,700

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: Foster Moreau #87 of the Las Vegas Raiders looks for a flag in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

My main waiver squeeze this week (I have a TON of Darren Waller) is down at his normal backup price on DK. I don’t foresee a ton of upside for Moreau this week, and he will be entirely too chalky in GPPs, but he slides into this build like a cheese raclette.

FLEX – Elijah Mitchell – San Francisco 49ers – $6,000

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Shanahan has chosen Mitchell to be his bell cow. He now has very little choice, with injuries to Mostert and Sermon. Mitchell fits the scheme like a glove and was given a full load last week against the Vikings. The Seahawks are one of the worst defenses against the running back position as it is, so don’t be surprised if Mitchell goes for even more points this week.

DST – San Francisco 49ers – $3,000

A lot of people are grasping at straws this week, hoping that the Seahawks will finally allow DK Metcalf to catch passes again. I say, “the Seahawks really suck.” Russell Wilson is now cringeworthy on and off the field. The 49ers have hit a stride on defense and will be all over Wilson with Nick Bosa and company, with nary a single shred of threat in their running game. This is my favorite RB/DST stack on the slate.

Was it Over When the German’s Bombed Pearl Harbor?!!

In the legendary words of John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky:

“What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!…

It ain’t over now, ’cause when the goin’ gets tough, the tough get goin’. Who’s with me? Let’s go! Come on!…(He ran to the front door but no one followed him)

Bluto (returning): What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. ‘Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you, Bluto, we might get in trouble.’ (shouting) Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Bo, he’s a dead man! McBigTime, dead! Niedermeyer…”

Scott’s Lineup

QB – Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $7,200

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 28: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seen before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Tom Brady threw for five touchdowns and scored over 30 points the last time he played against the Falcons. It’s like it’s still Super Bowl 51 and the Falcons cannot stop Brady. I expect a safe 20 point floor from Brady, with a 30 point ceiling. I’m pairing him with Chris Godwin to inflict twice the pain on Bo each time they connect for a touchdown, which I am hoping is twice.

RB – James Conner – Arinzona Cardinals – $5,900

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 14: Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals scores on a 11-yard rushing touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 34-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

James Conner has been averaging 22.5 DraftKings points per game over his last four starts. The Bears are more than a touchdown underdog in this matchup which means that James Conner might be the hammer all game and then at the end to salt them away and grind out the clock. I am projecting him for 18 points, and a bright red flame next to his score on Sunday.

RB – Elijah Mitchell – San Francisco 49ers – $6,000

The Seattle Seahawks are terrible against the run. They give up over 31 points per game each week. Elijah Mitchell is the truth and my partner Mike “Cash” Collins at the Fantasy Millionaires was right. I was wrong. I want the whole world to know. I learn from my mistakes and think that Mitchell could be the absolute nuts this week at $6,000. Just like Bo to cock-block me by playing Mitchell this week as well. Looks like he’s eating Mike’s humble pie as well. Good to see. Tip of the cap to you good sir.

WR – Keenan Allen – LA Chargers – $7,500

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a first down against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Keenan Allen is averaging 11.6 targets per game and already has 116 total targets this season, good for third overall at wide receiver. His 31% target share the last five weeks gives me confidence that 12-16 points are close to guaranteed. This game also has the potential to shoot out, which means at 20 plus point ceiling. He’s worth the $7,500 this week.

WR – Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $6,600

Chris Godwin is $6,600 and one of the best Cash and GPP plays on the board this week. The last time Tom Brady and Chris Godwin played the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season Godwin caught four of five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. Godwin’s top 10 PFF matchup gives him the slight edge over stacking Mike Evans with Brady.

WR –  Tee Higgins – Cincinnatti Bengals – $5,800

CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 28: Tee Higgins #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches the ball over James Pierre #42 of the Pittsburgh Steelers for a touchdown during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Tee Higgins showed out last week, catching six of eight for 114 yards, a touchdown, and 26.4 DraftKings points. This week the Bengals are favored in a potentially high-scoring game. The Vegas total is 49.5, which means that there will be plenty of points to be scored on both sides. Higgins priced at $5,800 is a tremendous Cahs game value with GPP upside.

TE – Foster Moreau – Las Vegas Raiders – $2,700

Foster Moreau is stepping into a very productive role in the Raiders offense. The last time he was the starter he caught all six of his targets for 60 yards and a score. His 18 DraftKings points are his ceiling, but his floor is safe in a matchup that is projected to reach or exceed 50 points. The $2,700 is just too good to pass up and I’m not surprised Bo has Moreau rostered as well.

Flex – Jamaal Williams – Detroit Lions – $5,400

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) looks down the field during warmups prior to an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 25, 2021. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jamaal Williams is the only game in town this week at running back for the Detroit Lions, who continue to establish the run, despite its futility. I love him in the flex this week, coming off of Thanksgiving when Bo beat me with Williams, it is going to feel extra special regifting him to Bo this week. LOL

DST – Cincinnati Bengals – $2,800

The Bengals were the most appealing pay-down option this week. I’m not in love with this play, but could definitely see them forcing a few turnovers and getting to Justin Herbert a few times.

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