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Week 2: Fanball DFS Primer

If your new to DFS (daily fantasy sports), don’t worry! Fanball has contests for beginners so you can test the waters along with other new players. In this article players are categorized by position and then split into two different prices ranges. Here’s a few different words you’ll be seeing in my articles and what they mean for fantasy purposes. A value is a player that reaches three times their salary or higher. A fade is a player that doesn’t return value. A contrarian pick is a player with low ownership. A stack is a combination of multiple players from the same team or game. I’ll also try to throw in revenge, homecoming, and/or birthday picks if I come across them.


High Priced Value – Ben Roethlisberger – PIT vs KC – $7,800

No quarterback is better known in the fantasy world for his home/road splits, but how much of a split are we talking? In 2017, Big Ben averaged 316 passing yards and 2.3 touchdowns home. Those numbers fell to 254 yards and 1.5 touchdowns on the road. The last time Big Ben played Kansas City at home he threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns.

Fade – Tom Brady- NE @ JAX – $7,400

It’s not a good feeling betting against TB12, but DFS is all about value. He needs 22 Fanball points to reach three times his salary, a number he’s fallen beneath in six consecutive regular season games. Last week Brady put up 22 Fanball points on a Houston squad that gave up 12 more touchdowns than Jacksonville a season ago.

Running backs

Higher Priced Value –  Todd Gurley – LAR vs ARI – $9,300

Last week Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson tag-teamed the Arizona defense with 23 and 24 Fanball points respectively. The duo  combined for 294 total yards, 39 touches, and two touchdowns. If the Washington running backs put up gaudy numbers like that, imagine what Gurley will do. In two matchups last season Gurley had yardage totals of 154 and 158.

Lower Priced Value – Philip Lindsay – DEN vs OAK – $4,100

Lindsay looked like the better running back facing Seattle. He finished with 102 total yards led the team in touches with 17. That was more than fellow runners Royce Freeman (15) and Devonte Booker (four). Freeman needs just 12 Fanball points to be valuable player and faces an Oakland team that gave up the seventh-most receiving touchdowns a year ago.

Wide Receivers

Stack Attack – Matt Ryan – $6,400 & Julio Jones – $9,100 – ATL vs CAR

In their last three home meetings with Carolina Matt Ryan has thrown for an average of 375 yards and two scores. Julio averaged 186 yards and scored in two of three at home  vs Carolina. Last season the Panthers defense allowed opposing quarterbacks the fourth-most passing yards and 9th most-passing touchdowns and wide receivers did the most damage. Opposing wideouts caught more receptions and totaled more receiving yards against the Panthers than any other team in the league.

Homecoming King – Nelson Agholor – PHI @ TB – $6,100

Agholor returns to his birthplace in Tampa Florida as a pro football player for the first time. He has a fantastic opportunity to make it a homecoming to remember facing a Bucs’ defense missing both starting cornerbacks. Agholor will have a shot to beat up on these Bucs’ if his quarterback plays better, after all he was targeted 10 times last week vs Atlanta.

Contrarian Play – Mike Wallace – PHI @ TB – $3,900

Wallace can show off his wheels this week in a perfect matchup for his set of skills. He’s still capable of flying down the field as a deep threat and faces a Tampa team that just lost it’s second starting cornerback last week. The Bucs’ surrendered 104 yards on deep passes (15 yards or further downfield) alone and gave up a combined 439 passing yards to the Saints. Wallace only needs 12 Fanball points to reach value and he can do that on one play. If he blows up and reaches 20 Fanball points, he can reach five times salary and be a perfect tournament option.

Fade – T.Y. Hilton – IND @ WAS – $7,500

Josh Norman will be covering Hilton on the outside this weekend, making it a tough to pay a price tag as high as $7,500. He would need 22.5 Fanball points to reach value, a rarity for Hilton as he’s done so just 21 percent of the  time over the past three seasons. Indy is also running a new offense focused around shorter passes. Andrew Luck had 39 completions last week, but only one of them was on a throw downfield.

Tight Ends

Value – George Kittle – SF vs DET – $5,400

Even against the elite Minnesota defense Kittle had five receptions for 90 yards. Detroit presents an easier matchup for Kittle this week. The Lions allowed six tight-end touchdowns over their  last eight matchups dating back to 2017. That downward trend of Detroit’s now meets Kittle’s upward trend. He’s averaging six targets, four receptions, and 71 yards over his last four games.

Fade – Travis Kelce – KC @ PIT – $6,900

Kelce and his quarterback Patrick Mahomes weren’t on the same page in week one. While there’s no doubt he’s extremely gifted, Kelce may not put up the same elite tight end statistics now that Alex Smith is in Washington D.C. He managed only 1.6 Fanball points in the opener vs the Chargers. It was his lowest score since week three of 2017, also against the Chargers. His third-lowest Fanball points from last season came against Pittsburgh, the best defense defending tight ends according to Football Outsiders.

Defense and Special Teams

Value – Washington Redskins – $3,500 – WAS vs IND

The Washington defense had the highest pressure rate in the league last season, which is a great way to measure how good a team is at getting to the quarterback and causing a sack, hurry, or scramble. They successfully pressured opponents on 38 percent of snaps. They face Indianapolis, the worst offensive line last year according to Football Outsiders and sacks allowed. It’s a perfect storm for the Washington pass rushers.



Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.