Welcome everyone to the inaugural Stars and Scrubs DFS rundown! My name is Trevor and I have been playing DFS for a long time. And, not to brag, but I am pretty good. Like anyone, I hit on a good deal of my picks and sometimes — I whiff. But, I am going to help you find the best streamers for DFS weekly. DFS is a different animal than season-long leagues. You get to begin anew every week and aren’t bogged down by injuries or a bad draft slot. You get to spend that fake salary cap like you’re up in the club making it rain. My job is to help you sort out which players are a good deal, or which players are overpriced, based on PPR scoring. We base this all on value. No one is questioning that DeAndre Hopkins is a better wide receiver than Brandon Marshall, but what we will debate is the value on a week-to-week basis of those players. So, without further ado…
I use the DraftKings salary cap as my basis for picks, which operates on a 50k salary but I know we have many FanDuel players as well. For reference, Fanduel operates on a 60k salary, so prices will appear higher.
QB- Andrew Luck vs. Jax @ $5,500
When Luck returned this season, we all wondered what it would look like. All the reports of him throwing a “regulation-size” football over the summer were exhausting. But here we are in week 10 and Luck has been a solid performer throughout the season. Over the past four games, Luck has thrown 14 touchdowns to go along with five picks. His last two games, he has thrown 7 touchdowns with zero interceptions. He’s got Hilton and Doyle back from injury, Mack has provided a legitimate rushing attack, paired with the shifty receiving back Hines. Add in another big body at tight end in Eric Ebron, and Luck has some weapons around him. I know you may see the Jags D and get nervous, but they seem to be in a funk, and I don’t see them dampening Luck’s day too much. The price tag and the propensity of Luck to throw the ball, make this a streamer in my book.
RB- Tevin Coleman vs. Cle @ $5,400
Coleman took a bit to get going after Freeman headed to injured reserve, but the last three games, Coleman has four TDs — three by air one by land. Yeah, Ito Smith is a thing, but against the Browns — who are actually decent against the pass — pounding the rock may be a bit larger part of the game plan. Coleman is the clear lead back and should get opportunities to punch a couple in close, making him a nice pick at a reasonable price.
WR- Larry Fitzgerald vs. KC @ $5,400
Anyone remember the famous line from the old Mel Brooks movie “Young Frankenstein”?…
Enter Larry Fitzgerald. Byron Leftwich took over as offensive coordinator in one of those spots where you say, “What the heck, it couldn’t get any worse.” Fitzgerald hadn’t topped 40 yards since week 1. He was lifeless until Leftwich let the young QB Rosen start slinging it and channeled the ghost of Bruce Arians. Can someone be a ghost if he’s technically still alive? Never mind. Anyway, the Chiefs will give up yards and points. They aren’t winning games 21-3. They’re winning them 42-28 and Arizona has nothing to lose by letting it all hang out and featuring one of their best players. I think the Fitz resurgence continues this week and I am starting him in my lineups.
TE- O.J. Howard vs. Wash @ $5,300
New-and-improved Juice has been on a roll lately, going for over 50 yards in each of the last four contests. The tight end position this year has been very shallow, beyond the top-tier guys. Where do you turn?
Consider Howard, who plays on a team with one of the worst defenses in recent memory. The Bucs defense on the verge of being historically bad. What does that mean for the Bucs and FitzMagic/FitzTragic? Air. It. Out. Tampa Bay HAS to throw the ball and put up a lot of points to keep up with their defense giving them up. Howard has four touchdowns in the past four games and in three of the last four games has scored more than 16 fantasy points. And he faces a Redskins defense that gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense to the Falcons last week. Look for him to stay hot against Washington, regardless of who is the Bucs QB.
Flex Bargain Bin- Duke Johnson vs. ATL @ $4,700
Duke exploded for 9 catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Chiefs Swiss cheese defense. He racked up 29.6 fantasy points which was only a few points less than the rest of the season combined. I don’t know whether Hue Jackson was purposefully not prioritizing Duke getting touches or if he and Todd Haley were just too busy having a pissing match with each other to realize they were woefully under-utilizing a player who has great pass-catching skills out of the backfield … either way, #FreeDuke is officially underway and Atlanta is a defense that can be sliced and diced. I also expect the Browns to be playing from behind and throwing the ball a lot, which is the perfect game script for another big Duke Johnson day. Dial him up.
DEF- Jets vs. the Fightin’ Peterman (Buffalo Bills) @ $3,400
Nathan Peterman is the Bills starting QB. Seriously, do you need more analysis than that?
Best of luck to everyone and here’s to hoping your squad shows out — and you cash out.