October 30, 2015 - by Seth Trachtman
Week 7 didn’t go so well. Okay, it was a disaster.
My popular Cardinals stack of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald didn’t do much on Monday night, and I was already playing from behind with poor showings from Willie Snead, Jason Witten, and the Redskins defense.
My FanDuel results so far this season:
|Week||# Contests Entered||Total Entry Fees||Total Prize Winnings||Net Gain/Loss for Week||Finals Tickets Won||Cumulative Profit||Cumulative Finals Tickets Won|
This week Pro-Football-Reference.com released their new fantasy football stats section. It’s an exciting time for fantasy stats nerds, and to celebrate, I used their stats to compile the top 10 FanDuel points seasons since 2006 at the skill positions.
Granted, FanDuel launched in 2009, but it’s still good to look at this year’s best players in full context.
Here’s the top 10 at each position by FanDuel points per game:
The fact two quarterbacks from this season make the list says quite a bit about quarterback scoring. That’s especially the case when we consider the record-breaking seasons on the list, including Tom Brady 2007, Drew Brees 2011, and Peyton Manning 2013. Brady is on pace to break the single-season passing yardage record following Thursday’s game, and he’s also on an impressive 46/2 TD/INT pace. And who would have thought Andy Dalton would be on a list like this one entering the season?
The golden age of the fantasy running backs has long since past, but Devonta Freeman is setting back the clock thus far. The surprise sleeper still stands well behind LT’s 28.4 points per game from 2006, and he also stands six points ahead of this year’s second best back, Chris Ivory. He’s scored 10 touchdowns, but failed to find the end zone last week.
|2||Odell Beckham Jr.||2014||NYG||22||12||249.5||20.8|
It’s not shocking to see DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones make this list with their early performances. Hopkins has seen at least 11 targets in every game this season, and he’s on pace for a staggering 233 targets. That means he’s been targeted on more than 71% of Houston’s pass attempts. As for Jones, he’s slowed considerably after the first three games of the season. He’s failed to produce a 100 yard performance over his last four contests, and only has one receiving touchdown over that time. For what it’s worth, Julian Edelman’s 2015 season ranks 13th on the list, while Larry Fitzgerald ranks 18th.
This is Gronk’s third season on the list, and his best so far. New England’s tight end is on pace for 91 catches, 1,477 yards, and 16 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage would edge out what he produced in 2011, but he scored 17 times in that breakout season. Currently, Tyler Eifert and Gary Barnidge also rank in the top six, with Eifert on pace for 16 touchdowns and Barnidge on pace for 1,175 receiving yards and 11 scores. Drafted in 2008, the 30-year-old Barnidge had a total of 603 receiving yards and three scores over his entire career coming into this season. The early strength at tight end has given fantasy owners plenty of weekly options.
I apparently didn’t go safe enough last week, and failed to predict the Rams’ 25 point performance. Not splurging on defense really did me in, so I’m hoping not to make that mistake again this week.
(OK, “splurging” may be a bit of an exaggeration, given the Rams only cost $100 more than the defense I ended up using. But I did set myself a hard spending cap, rather than being open to using any defense.)
To review my normal strategy:
The highest Vegas-implied point totals this week include:
The lowest Vegas-implied point totals include:
Here’s my lineup for Week 8:
That’s my lineup for Week 8. Don’t forget to compete against me in this week’s TRFC contest!
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