Hookups key to NFL Daily Fantasy success
September 19, 2018 3:06 AM
by Alan Berg
One of the key things when playing daily fantasy is hookups. While my top players weren’t exactly home runs last week, they wouldn’t have killed your lineup. However, the QB bargains could have lead you to victory.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles finished No. 4 QB overall with 36.58 points, Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished No. 5 with 33.98. The hookup portion comes in when looking at these two QB’s. Jaguars WR Keenan Cole finished No. 6 WR overall with 27.6 just like Bucs WR DeSean Jackson with 25.9 in the No. 9 spot.
It’s important to take shots on the hookup. Pick the right QB and WR, ideally bargain guys, and it will help you fill out a winning roster when paired with high salary Top 10 household names like Stephon Diggs (No. 1 WR), Michael Thomas (No. 4 WR), Travis Kelce (No. 1 TE), Todd Gurley (No. 1 RB), Melvin Gordon (No. 3 RB), etc.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB ($6,000): Crazy that never in a million years did I think I would have Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Captain Obvious spot, but here we are. The Steelers seem to be a team completely falling apart. While I expect a true effort from them Monday on offense, regardless, Pittsburgh defense has looked atrocious to me and Tampa’s confidence is sky high. Projection: 325 yards, 3TDs
Diamond in the Rough
Lamar Miller, HOU ($5,000): One thing the NY Giants proved on Sunday night, they cannot stop the run, especially against the QB. The Texans, after an 0-2 start, are a deceiving team. They put up over 400 yards against Tennessee and lost. Miller has averaged 4.9 yards per carry and should be ready here for the breakout. Houston should be all in to win as a -6 favorite in the game and I expect him to be a part of that winning mentality on Sunday. Projection: 141 yards, 2 TDs
Top 2 QB Bargains: Joe Flacco, BAL ($5,400); Derek Carr, OAK ($5,400).
Flacco goes up against a Denver D bringing a great pass rush, but they have not shown a quality secondary.
Carr had seemingly his best game in years last week at Denver. The jury is still out on Miami, who benefited a lot from the Jets offensive mistakes and delayed game vs. Tennessee.
Top 2 QB/WR Bargains: Carr/Amari Cooper OAK ($5,400, $6,600); Mitchell Trubisky/Allen Robinson, CHI ($5,500/$5,400)
If Carr does indeed have a good game the resurgence of No. 1 WR Cooper continues in Miami.
While he is definitely still learning, Mitchell Trubisky had a serviceable game last Monday. Facing Arizona in a road game should add to his confidence as the Cardinals have a big mess on their hands.
A solid big game for Trubisky would mean a lot of targets and likely a TD, hopefully two, for Allen Robinson.
Top 3 RB Bargains: Matt Breida, SF ($5,400); Dion Lewis, TEN ($4,500); Phillip Lindsay, DEN ($4,600).
When it comes to running backs finding at least one bargain a week is crucial. In my estimation, wide receiver is where your big money should usually end up.
Matt Breida had a breakout game last week against Detroit and faces off against the red hot Kansas City Chiefs. I expect 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will not want to get into a shootout with red hot QB Patrick Mahomes.
Look for Shanahan to dial down the pace and get Breida involved grinding clock and making the game easier on QB Jimmy G against (through two games) the worst pass defense in the NFL.
Lewis has been the better player in the backfield for the Titans but game scripts have gotten in the way. He has big game this week.
Lindsay is the new Denver starting back – get him now!