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Four-Down Duel: Spiller Unbound

Kevin Payne

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Here’s a look at some recommended plays on FanDuel for Week 11:


Nick Foles, PHI, $5300 – Here’s a solid play if you’re looking for a cheap quarterback this weekend. Foles finished with 219 passing yards and one touchdown in only three quarters worth of work in Week 10. Those numbers are mildly impressive given the Cowboys secondary is one of the better ones in the league and Foles had the tall task of coming into the game cold. Now with a week of first team reps, Foles will look to take advantage of a Washington defense that is the third worst in the league, giving up 302 passing yards per game.

Running Backs

C.J. Spiller, BUF, $8000 – I don’t typically recommend taking high-priced players like Spiller, but this week is a rare exception. Even going up against the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the Dolphins, Spiller has the possibility of being the top-ranked fantasy back this week. The key to Spiller this week is that Fred Jackson has already been ruled out and head coach Chan Gailey has vowed to give Spiller as many touches as possible – up to 30 – to get the Bills the win. During the four games this season in which Spiller has gotten 16 or more touches, he’s scored anywhere from 12.2 to 30.5 points in the FanDuel format showing where both his floor and ceiling lie for Thursday night’s contest.

Chris Ivory, NO, $4900 – Ivory is worth a play if you’re willing to take a gamble in a tournament format. He has put together two long touchdown runs in each of the past two weeks. Without Darren Sproles in the lineup the last two games, Ivory has scored 11.5 and 15.0 points and heads into a good matchup. While long touchdown runs are rather fluky for ball carriers with less than 10 attempts per game, the Doug Martin breakout game against the Raiders shows how susceptible they are to long touchdown runs. Again, this is a gamble of a play; keep an eye on Sproles’ health the rest of the week as his presence could hinder Ivory’s production.

Wide Receivers

Denarius Moore, OAK, $6500 – Moore has put together a solid run of games since the Raiders’ bye in Week 5. Here’s his weekly scoring during that stretch: 19.9, 11.6, 18.1, 8.6 and 17.0. He has been Carson Palmer’s favorite and most consistent target, having the ball thrown to him at least eight times every game this season. The Oakland defense is one of the worst in the league, meaning the Raiders have played in a lot of high scoring games. Sunday should be no different as the Saints have one of the best offenses in the league but don’t have a good defense, as their 8.6 YPA against is the worst in the league. With the news that Darrius Heyward-Bey tweaked his hamstring in practice Wednesday, Moore could see a ton of targets Sunday.

Danario Alexander, SD, $5200 – It took a Robert Meachem injury for Alexander to have a shot at being the starter and he’s made the most of it over the last two weeks. Alexander took advantage of a weak tackling Buccaneers secondary to score a long catch-and-run touchdown, finishing Sunday with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown or 22.1 points. Alexander has a tougher matchup this week, but he should see softer cover with Champ Bailey likely shadowing Malcom Floyd.

Tight End

Jermichael Finley, GB, $4700 – This has to be a crazy pick considering Finley hasn’t eclipsed 31 receiving yards over his last five games or scored a touchdown since Week 1, right? The key here is that it’s hard to imagine anyone in a tournament format selecting Finley considering those stats. On the bright side, Finley has been dealing with a shoulder injury and could be the healthiest he’s been over the last few weeks. The game in Detroit could be a pass-heavy, high-scoring, which would benefit Finley. Again, he’s a gamble that you should only look at as a long shot in tournament formats.


San Francisco, $5200 – The 49ers are coming off a tough tie last week in a game that should have been won on a David Akers field goal in overtime. San Francisco is first in the league allowing only 14.1 points per game and will likely spend the game chasing down the turnover-prone Jason Campbell. The Niners are second in the league with 29 sacks and have forced nine fumbles. They also come at a good price considering the lowest price a defense can have is only $5000