NFL DFS: Week 6 Monday and Thursday Night Playbook

Sam Bradford

This weeks NFL DFS playbook for the Monday and Thursday night games might be the most difficult one yet. The Monday night game has questionable receivers everywhere and the Thursday night game doesn’t seem to feature too much offense between two bad teams. Much like last week, this one is going to be all or nothing. Good luck, and let’s keep building on our success so far this season.

 

Quarterback 

Sam Bradford

Bradford is the safest player at the position this week, and he comes at a cheaper price tag. I don’t want any part of the rollercoaster that is Colin Kaepernick. Russell Wilson is on a team that doesn’t throw the ball and who the hell knows whom Eli Manning is throwing to tonight. Bradford finally showed why the Eagles traded for him last week with his three touchdown performance. I expect this to be a high scoring affair, and he’s the guy I feel most comfortable in investing.

 

Eli Manning

I have no issue fading Eli tonight, but know that if both ODB and Rueben Randle play tonight he’s definitely worth taking a shot on. The Giants are thin at receiver and I don’t have much confidence in Dwayne Harris to being the glue of this passing game. Eli is coming off of his best game this season, and I have high hopes for him with this Giants offense. But thinking he can replicate those numbers without his top three guys catching the ball is something I cannot buy into. Monitor the status of those guys if you want to squeeze him in tonight.

 

Running Back

Carlos Hyde

I should note that Hyde did leave the game on Sunday against the Ravens with a foot injury. With that being said, it sounds like he should be good to guy on Thursday. While I think he will be highly owned on Thursday night, it’s not the best matchup for a guy coming off an injury on a short week. Hyde’s saving grace is the 49ers simply have nobody else to play the position and get the workload like him. I like his price tag, but be sure to watch injury information as it comes out this week.

 

Shane Vereen

I keep saying how I don’t like PPR running backs, but here I am again starting Vereen. You know how I said that the Giants don’t have much of a receiving corps? Well Vereen will be the main benefactor if those guys have to sit out. I think Rashad Jennings is the more safe play, but Vereen should be in line for at least 7 catches and some rushes tonight.

 

Marshawn Lynch

Sunday wasn’t exactly the welcoming party that Seattle hoped it would be for Lynch returning from injury. Luckily, Thursday should be the night that he gets back on track to being Beastmode. The 49ers are a bad defense despite keeping Adrain Peterson in check week one. I have the most confidence in Lynch this week, and I’m rostering him with confidence to do big things on Thursday.

 

DeMarco Murray

It can’t get much worse than it has been for the first four games of the season for Murray. 130 yards was something we all expected him to get on a weekly basis in this high-powered offense…not his total through 4 games played. I’m hoping last week was a sign of things to come, and his ownership shouldn’t be as high as you might think. For those of you that have gotten burned by him before in DFS, I totally understand, but I think he makes for a nice pivot from Lynch to save some cash.

 

Wide Receiver

Jordan Matthews

I am all in on Matthews this week. He has been “my guy” since last season and I am going to continue to believe in him. I have to believe that Chip Kelly will be looking for him to get involved early and often tonight, especially with Prince Amukamara out for the Giants secondary. The funny thing about Matthews is the better Bradford plays, the less involved he seems to be. Tonight should be the night where the Eagles right the ship and feed him the ball like the WR1 that he is for them.

 

Anquan Boldin

I was all over Boldin this Sunday in my DFS lineups and I have no reason to fade him tonight. This Legion of Boom secondary has shown that it has major holes over the middle which is exactly where Boldin has made a living his whole career. While he doesn’t have the upside of Torrey Smith, he’s still the main threat in the passing game for Colin Kaepernick and company.

 

Odell Beckham Jr./Reuben Randle

Randle is listed as probable for tonight, so it would be infinitely better for him if Beckham plays. If ODB is out, I still would start Randle but I would definitely waver my expectations some and wouldn’t mind fading him. The bottom line is that Beckham is one of the biggest playmakers in the game and he makes everyone around him better just being on the field. Randle has finally shown some talent this season, but he’ll get a tougher matchup if he’s the only threat in the passing game.

 

Tight End

Brent Celek/Larry Donnell 

It’s a coin flip this week at the position for me. Donnell should see an increase in targets depending on the Giants receivers situation so I like his upside tonight. Celek will probably be highly owned as well, but there simply isn’t much else out there outside of these two. I find it difficult to trust any of the 49ers tight ends at this point. Vernon Davis is as useful as a condom in a convent. I’m fading Jimmy Graham because of his ownership and my lack of faith in the Seattle passing offense.

Defense 

Seattle Seahawks

It’s not even close when it comes to defense this week. The Eagles and Giants game could break 60 points and I want no part of that on Monday night. The Seahawks are coming off a heartbreaking loss at home where the defense was the reason they lost. I expect them to come out to prove to the world they can still play.

 

Kicker

In all seriousness, pick one. This is the hardest part about building your lineup I my opinion. All four of them could easily top 10 points or finish with less than 5. I have made it known for my hatred of kickers in fantasy. I would say Cody Parkey and Josh Brown are my top two with Steven Hauschka being my 1A. Phil Dawson has the ability to still knock them down as well, so none of them are a terrible choice.

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