Flavor of the Week: The best calls from a crazy season

By DJ Eberle - [email protected] | January 12th, 2018 8:39 pm

DJ’S DAILY FANTASY LINEUP

QB: Tom Brady, New England Patriots - $8,800

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers - $9,400

RB: James White, New England Patriots - $4,800

WR: Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons - $5,800

WR: Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans - $4,800

WR: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings - $7,300

TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots - $8,500

K: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots - $5,300

D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers - $5,300

This is a pretty expensive stack, going with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but I think it’s the way to go. Especially after adding Le’Veon Bell to the mix. However, I don’t have much depth. We’ll see.

— $60,000 salary ($200 remaining).

Prices and roster structure based on FanDuel standards

After using Miley Cyrus to put a pop-culture spin on my bad fantasy football calls from the season, I tried to find another reference from my childhood for this week’s column — my good takes.

But I couldn’t find any.

It’s probably better that way. Less humiliation on my part.

Was it necessary to reveal that I watched Hannah Montana in my younger years?

Absolutely not. But I did it anyway.

It’s what I hope keeps you coming back.

Thanks for taking this wild and crazy ride this season. It’s been fun.

Good luck this weekend Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles fans.

QUARTERBACK

Must have: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

One of Newton’s best games of the season came against the New England Patriots. Who would have guessed that to open the year? Thirty-three points in Week 4.

Pass: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

While Cousin’s season seemed up-and-down, he did finished as QB6. Week 9 was not one of his better seasons. Finished with just 8.3 points against the Seattle Seahawks.

Worth a shot: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

This call came in the draft. It was arguably my best call of the season, considering Wentz was drafted as QB16 and finished as QB5.

RUNNING BACK

Must have: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

AP had three games of good return this season. Week 9 against the San Francisco 49ers was one of them. Peterson finished with 16.7 PPR points.

Pass: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots

After back-to-back double-digit weeks to start the season, Week 3 was the turning point for Gillislee. The bruising back finished with 3.1 PPR points against the Houston Texans in what started a string of six games in the single digits before he found himself as a healthy scratch on game day.

Worth a shot: Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns

Like Wentz, Johnson was another draft sleeper who outplayed has average draft position by a mile. Johnson finished as RB11 after going as RB34 during the draft. He was the lone bright spot for the Browns.

WIDE RECEIVER

Must have: Sterling Sheppard, New York Giants

With the number of opportunities Sheppard had this year, his season was a bit of a disappointment as a whole. However, the talented wideout scored 25.2 points in Week 10 against the 49ers.

Pass: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Nelson was a completely different receiver without Aaron Rodgers under center. Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of those weeks. He finished with just 4.1 PPR points.

Worth a shot: Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills

You could make a strong case that Benjamin won the Bills the Snow Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14. Benjamin finished with 12.8 points in PPR, which was his best output for Buffalo.

TIGHT END

Must have: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

Clay was a top-10 tight end for the first four weeks of the season. Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons was his best outing of the season scoring 16.2 points in PPR. He finished with five receptions for a season-high 112 yards.

Pass: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert is uber-talented, but injury prone. The talented tight end only played in two games this season after having to undergo another back surgery. He finished as the TE90.

Worth a shot: Evan Engram, New York Giants

Engram only scored 8.4 points in PPR in Week 1, but it was a sign of what was to come. The rookie tight end was New York’s offensive MVP this season.

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By DJ Eberle

[email protected]

DJ’S DAILY FANTASY LINEUP

QB: Tom Brady, New England Patriots - $8,800

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers - $9,400

RB: James White, New England Patriots - $4,800

WR: Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons - $5,800

WR: Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans - $4,800

WR: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings - $7,300

TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots - $8,500

K: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots - $5,300

D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers - $5,300

This is a pretty expensive stack, going with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but I think it’s the way to go. Especially after adding Le’Veon Bell to the mix. However, I don’t have much depth. We’ll see.

— $60,000 salary ($200 remaining).

Prices and roster structure based on FanDuel standards

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398, [email protected] or on Twitter @ByDJEberle


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