Clash of the Beards and Bellies

Abominable Snowman

What a terrible performance! Except for Alvin Kamara and Joshua Palmer, I saw six snowflakes on my side of the board. That is by far the most I’ve ever had in a head to head clash with Scott. I literally gift wrapped his second-consecutive win last week, so now I don’t need to get him anything for Christmas. He can build all the fires with composite logs from Costco that he wants, the flames will be back in my column for Week 15.

Bo’s Lineup

QB – Davis Mills – Houston Texans – $5,400

The rookie out of Stanford has played better in three of his NFL games than he ever did in the Pac-12. Last week, Mills passed for over 300 yards and put up his third 20-point performance of the fantasy season. He gets the lowly Jags this week, who took the most vile dump in the history of dumps (and Florida). I like Mills to air it out and get me some serious points-per-dollar.

RB – Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins – $5,600

You guessed it! It’s an odd-numbered week and Myles Gaskin is active against the god damn Jets. No, Gaskin isn’t magically a better player this week than he was before, but the Jets are so bad at defending running backs that if you put Rose in the end zone with a beer, Scott could rumble to 20 points on DK against them.

RB – James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – $5,400

J-Rob is finally free of Urban Meyer’s venomous, barbed tentacles. Interim coach Bevell will undoubtedly establish the physical running game with Robinson, especially without the corpse of Carlos Hyde shuffling about. Houston is just as terrible as Jacksonville, but this game is ripe for fantasy purposes.

WR – Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – $8,900

Adams is a target vacuum. Aaron Rodgers isn’t a dummy when it comes to finding open receivers or throwing them open. Since there’s nobody on the Ravens that can dream of covering Davante one on one, they will zone out and die by a million PPR cuts. Adams is a must start player at any price.

WR – Nico Collins – Houston Texans – $3,500

It’s a little bit sad that I’m trying to prevent Scott from a three-peat with a Texans skinny stack, but here we are. The rookie Wolverine inexplicably stayed at a very nice salary this week after a 10/5/69 (nice) performance against Seattle last week. He will be among the most likely Texans to score a touchdown on Sunday, which would be a nice continuance of my spend-down receiver hot streak.

WR – Albert Wilson – Miami Dolphins – $3,400

Tua still seems very content with his historically-low aDOT/high completion percentage approach. Without Jalen Waddle, the slot role will go to Wilson, who has shown flashes of brilliant playmaking ability since returning from injury. I’ll bet that Scott has Gesicki here, but I’ll leverage that with Wilson and save a couple thousand to squeeze more studs into my build.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts to a play during a game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

TE – Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – $6,400

Until Travis Kelce lit up Los Angeles in primetime, it was actually Mark Andrews who held the TE1 crown. Green Bay is pretty good on defense this season, but a hobbled Lamar Jackson might be even more dangerous as a passer. Andrews is priced perfectly for his immense upside as the most relied upon option in the Ravens attack.

FLEX – Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – $8,200

Imagine if other dynamic playmakers were given a similar set of plays as Deebo. He has been absolutely outstanding as a receiver and running back this season, scoring touchdowns on what seems like every other time he touches the football. Atlanta is what the kids call “down bad” on defense. I shudder to imagine what Shanny has dialed up for his former team involving his best playmaker.

DST – San Francisco 49ers – $3,100

The Falcons are also what the kids call “trash” on offense. Matt Ryan has yet to find time behind this abysmal offensive line to put up very many decent games. The Niners have a fellow named Nick Bosa that is unblockable for most linemen anyway. This is a pseudo RB-DST stack with Deebo that sounds pretty fun.

Don’t Call It A Comeback, Part 2

Last week I got lucky and Tyler Lockett exploded to help me win my second straight over the illustrious Cash King himself, Bo McBrayer. Bo currently leads our Head-to-Head contest, 8 – 6, so you won’t hear any bragging out of me until I am at least .500. With that being said, I do have the chance for my first three-game winning streak against….oh looks like I just jinxed it….

Scott’s Lineup

QB – Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – $6,500

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 12: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys stiff arms Will Bradley-King #56 of the Washington Football Team during the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 12, 2021, in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Dak Prescott let down DraftKings players in Week 14, scoring a paltry11.9 points. That was last week. This week he faces a Giants defense that he absolutely lit up in Week 5, passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Dak’s floor this week is 20 points and his ceiling is 30. It’s going to feel extra special beating Bo with his own precious Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

RB – Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins– $5,600

Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin runs for yards against the New York Giants during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Miami Gardens. (John McCall/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Myles Gaskin has cleared the NFL COVID-19 protocols and will be active this week for the Dolphins, making him one of the best value plays at running back on the slate. The New York Jets are dead last against running backs, having given up over 2,300 total yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. On average, they give up 35 points per game to running backs. Myles Gaskin should be in every lineup you build this week.

RB – James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – $5,400

James Robinson is FREE!!! Well, not completely. He’s actually $5,400 on DraftKings, but he is free from half-wit Urban Meyer. According to interim head coach Darrell Bevell, Robinson will see an increased workload this week with Carlos Hyde OUT with a concussion. It’s tremendous news for DFS players who are looking to finally cash in on Robinson. His matchup against the Texans is a juicy one as well. They currently rank 28th in the NFL against opposing running backs, giving up 26 points per game. Robinson is my second favorite running back play this week behind Gaskin.

WR – Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – $8,900

GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 12: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) leaps into the waiting arms of Green Bay Packers center Lucas Patrick (62) during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021, in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Davante Adams has been averaging 30.7 DraftKings points per game over his last three games. The man is on fire! This week he faces Ravens secondary that hasn’t been good all season. According to PFF, Adams has the best cornerback matchup this week. Ravens cornerback Cliff Westry has a PFF grade of 58.7. The Ravens’ other starting cornerback, Anthony Averett has a PFF grade of 55.8. No matter who tries to cover Adams, he will be open all day long. He’s the best wide receiver play on the board for me this week.

WR –  Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans – $5,800

Brandin Cooks is the 11th most targeted wide receiver in the NFL through 14 weeks with 109. All the other active receivers on the team have a total of 81. Cooks has been feast or famine lately, scoring 21.1 last week after only registering 8.4 points in Week 13. The last time Cooks faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 he caught five of seven targets for 132 yards. I am expecting more of the same from Cooks this week. If he can find the end zone, he has the potential to score 25 points.

WR – A.J. Green – Arizona Cardinals – $4,900

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 13: AJ Green #18 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a leaping catch against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on December 13, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Hopkins is OUT this week. Both A.J. Green and Christian Kirk stand to benefit, but Green is more likely to run Hopkins’ WR1 route tree than Kirk. At $4,900, he’s a perfect Cash play with GPP upside. His opponent, the Detroit Lions, rank 27 in the NFL, giving up 27.2 points per game. The Arizona Cardinals are -13 road favorites in this matchup and should be able to move the ball down the field at will, creating potential red zone opportunities for Green and company. I’m projecting Green for 16 DraftKings points this week.

TE – Pat Freiermuth – Pittsburgh – $4,500

Pat Freiermuth has six touchdowns in his last seven games. He’s currently tied for 2nd amongst all tight ends with Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry who both have seven touchdowns. Freiermuth’s $4,500 price tag is a value for someone who has a great chance to find the end-zone again this week.

Flex – Michael Carter – New York Jets – $4,700

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 21: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Michael Carter #32 of the New York Jets in action against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 21, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 24-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Michael Carter currently has an IR designation next to his name in DraftKings, but he has been practicing all week and according to Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh, he will have a “significant role” in the offense this week. In the four games before his injury, Carter racked up 31 targets, 7.7 per game, and was averaging 19.4 points per game. I’m just looking for 15 points out of him to beat Bo.

DST – Dallas Cowboys – $3,600

Paying up for defense in Cash makes more sense than in GPP tournaments. This week I had to splurge. The New York Giants will be without Daniel Jones again this week. Their 17.8 points per game rank 27th in the NFL. If the Cowboys don’t score a defensive touchdown I would be disappointed.

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