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Fantasy football: FanDuelin' Week 8

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Along with the weekly San Francisco 49er focused fantasy preview (resuming next week), the Fan Duelin’ series documents one man’s battle to turn a fantasy football addiction into cold hard cash through daily fantasy contests.

Doug Pensinger

Week 7 Recap

Last week I played in 50/50 game and also squared off against Niners Nation commenter, "Niners1977" who proceeded to hand me my lunch.

50/50 Final Roster

Colin Kaepernick $7800 - 15.32 points
Lamar Miller $7200 - 15.3
Marshawn Lynch $8800 - 8.1
Dez Bryant $8600 - 19.6
James Jones $5500 - 5.5
Rueben Randle $6500 - 10.4
Vernon Davis $5700 - 3.1
Brandon McManus $4900 - 6
Buffalo Bills $5000 - 10


I finished 13 spots out of the money last week. I blame Marshawn Lynch and his 8 points, but I don't mind too much since his poor performance was part of a Seahawks loss.  Here is my FanDuel 50/50 squad this week. If you want to go head-to-head (looking at you Niners1977) drop a comment with your FanDuel name.

Starting Bank: $60

Week 1: Lost $1
Week 2: Won $4/Lost $5
Week 3: Lost $5
Week 4: Lost $5
Week 5: Won $5
Week 6: Won $1.80/Lost $6
Week 7: Lost $6

Current Bank: $37.36

$5 Head to Head $60,000 Player Acquisition Budget

Winners Receive $9


Carson Palmer (Cardinals) $7400

Let's play the cheap QB game this week. Palmer is the poster boy for streaming quarterbacks this season. Philly's secondary is incredibly beatable and Arizona's defense isn't much better which could lead to busy scoreboard operator. There should be points a plenty in this game and Palmer is good for at least 2 touchdowns.

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon (Vikings) $5800

McKinnon is like off brand potato chips:  affordable, pleasing and great at parties. Speaking of parties, I expect there to be plenty of FanDuelers buying a ticket to the McKinnon Experience this week. Tampa Bay's defense has underwhelmed and the Vikings should be able to keep this one close. If he gets a TD or breaks 100 yards again I consider this a successful endeavor.

Lamar Miller (Dolphins) $7,400

Jacksonville kept the Browns in check last week and their defense is getting better. However, Lamar is running as well as any back in the league. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield keeps his floor high and with some luck maybe we could see an increase in his rushing attempts.

Wide Receivers

Jordy Nelson (Packers) $8800

Now you know where all my money went this week. A healthy Jordy catching passes from a healthy Aaron Rodgers is always a strong play. Let's hope New Orleans shows up and makes this a high scoring affair.

Brandon Marshall (Bears) $7400

Chicago is on bit of a skid, but I'm buying a bounce back effort against the Patriots. Marshall gets moved around and even works out of the slot, so Revis Island isn't a deal breaker. Cutler is coming off his worst game of the season, but I think the matchup is friendly for the apathetic QB, especially with Chandler Jones not around to apply pressure.

Jeremy Maclin (Eagles) $8000

Running against the Cardinals is a tough gig. However, they can be had through the air. Maclin is on pace for a career year and should continue to stockpile targets and receptions this week.

Tight End

Owen Daniels (Ravens) $5500

Splurging on wide outs left me with shallow pockets as I approached the tight end position. Daniels is a TE2 with TE1 upside going against the faltering Bengals. Cincinnati should divert more attention to Torrey Smith and Steve Smith Sr. this time around. Daniels is in a good position to deliver respectable receptions and yardage numbers and is a good bet for a touchdown against a defense that struggles to cover tight ends. *Might have to change this pick if he doesn't practice Friday.*


Dan Carpenter (Bills) $4900

The Jets aren't a good team right now. Their once dominant run defense has begun to crack and injuries to their secondary have left them vulnerable all over the field. The Bills should be able to move the ball even with backup RBs (give then hell Boobie Dixon) and unproven wide outs. They should also fall short a few times, giving Carpenter ample opportunities to put the ball through the posts.


Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis is coming off a huge win (thanks Rams!), but must go to the unfriendly confines of Arrowhead. The Chiefs defense isn't the juggernaut from 2013, but out of the more inexpensive options I prefer their match-up against a flawed quarterback with limited receiving threats.

Who is on your favorite daily lineup this week? You got any Niners on there?