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NFL Fantasy Football Finals: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football, plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game.

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Hello all!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year while thanking you for reading this year. If you are reading this and in the finals, I wish you the best of luck especially at the RB position which is almost a complete dart throw this week.

If you were wondering how I did this year in my four leagues...

In my two lowest money leagues, I finished just out of the playoffs by one spot. In my two biggest ones, I am in the finals with basically a 50/50 shot to win. I will at least triple total buy ins, so it was definitely a successful year on the bottom line. As for FanDuel, I bought in for $50 and now have a tad over $250 in my account.  It was my first year playing every week, so it's a rookie success. I am going to only cover guys who are on the start/sit line this week.

Let's get to it.


  • Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: The offense looks broken and plodding, I have him outside my top 10 this week.
  • New York Giants QB Eli Manning: He has had 21 TD's in last 10 weeks but with Odell Beckham and on the road, I do not like his chances.
  • New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The owner of a very good fantasy season but the Patriots defense is getting better and better, I would pass this week.
  • Miami Dolphins RB Lamar MIller: He is the RB5 on the season but the unknown is very scary, I would rather stay with a guy I know is getting 15-17 touches.
  • Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore: He is Antonio Andrews but with a better history.
  • Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy: He looks slower than OL, and I could not guess how many touches he will get against the tough Cardinals defense.
  • Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson: The last 2 weeks have been bad and I think he is banged up right now, I'm benching him for DeSean Jackson in 1 league finals.
  • Cincinatti Bengals WR A.J Green: It's a combination of playing Denver, having a rookie QB on the road plus a possible injury.
  • Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb: He has the name but not the production the last 8 weeks.
  • Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witter: His last touchdown was week 1.


  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford:  Very quietly he has been a top 7 QB the past 6 weeks.
  • Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins:  The Eagles pass defense is awful and "I like that"
  • Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: I think he has a  big game with his legs.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson: I do not love the talent but 15 plus touches and the Saints make him a top 10 play.
  • Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis Payne: The Falcons are dreadful against the run and he is clearly the lead back.
  • New England Patriots RB James White: I see this as one of the games that Brady throws the ball 50 plus times.
  • Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson:  A revenge game against a bottom 3 pass defense and a guy who has scored 4/5 games, yes please.
  • Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken:  A top 15 WR the past 6 weeks and getting the Steelers in a game they will throw to try and stay in it.
  • New York Giants WR Rueben Randle: Someone has to catch the passes this week.
  • Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz:  Bradford and him have a nice connection.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week. I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position. As you will see, I will be focusing on the defenses to pick on:


  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford $7,600
  • Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles $8,200
  • Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger $8,900


  • Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee $5,300
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael $5,500
  • Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis Payne  $5,600
  • Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West $6,70000
  • Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson $7,300


  • New York Giants WR Rueben Randle $5,700
  • Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett $6,200
  • Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate $6,700
  • Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant $7,200
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans $8,000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson $8,400


  • Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas $6,500

Thank you for reading and enjoy the holidays.   See you in 2016!  Feel free to ask any questions here or Twitter!