On a weekly basis, I'm going to focus on one matchup in the upcoming Detroit Lions game and elaborate on why I think that particular player (or the team's defense) would be your best pick at that respective position in fantasy football. I'll also throw in some wrinkles (i.e. some players to avoid, opposing players to look out for, rankings, etc.).
Lastly, in spirit of our sponsor FanDuel, I am going to post my weekly FanDuel team and, like Floyd Mayweather, I will only brag about the times I win money. You should do the same in the comments, where we can talk fantasy football free from ridicule. I will also try to highlight the POD FFL matchup of the week.
Matchup of the week: TE Eric Ebron vs. Jets
The rookie tight end out of UNC is a two-time sleeper pick who slept, but an "innocent" and mysterious injury to Joseph Fauria is going to increase Eric Ebron's snap count on Sunday and finally put him in position to do some damage.
Wake up, No. 10 pick; it's your time to shine.
Ebron received a red-zone target in Week 1 and caught three balls in Week 2 for 38 yards, but he was invisible in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the decent matchups, this is actually Ebron's first "green" matchup, according to The Football Scientist KC Joyner.
Take it from Jeremy Reisman's On Paper:
Ebron will assuredly have an increased role this week. The Lions will likely be trying to get the ball out quick to keep Stafford off his back, so expect Ebron to pick up little chunks of yards here and there.
Little chunks of yards here and there could result in a big day for Ebron, and perhaps -- for real this time -- his first NFL touchdown.
I'm starting Eric Ebron this week (mostly because my backup is Jordan Reed).
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS OF THE WEEK:
Week 1: Calvin Johnson - 7 catches (11 targets), 164 yards, 2 touchdowns
Week 2: Golden Tate - 5 catches (8 targets), 57 yards
Week 3: Reggie Bush - 12 carries, 61 yards, 1 touchdown, 6 catches (8 targets), 38 yards
Sleeper: QB Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford has thrown only one touchdown opposite three picks the last two weeks and has been hit a lot. The Jets defensive front has 10 sacks this season, tied for the most in the league, and they're thirsty for their first interception. It doesn't seem like a very good matchup, but I think Stafford bounces back with a solid game. I'm thinking at least 225 yards (Jay Cutler's total last week) and three touchdowns.
Week 1: Eric Ebron - No
Week 2: Rain - No
Week 3: Eric Ebron - No
POD FFL Musty Game of Week 3:
Stafford's Registry (Me) 76, Blue Suh Crew (DrewsLions) 70.62
I was able to beat DrewsLions to improve to 3-0 by winning one of the mustier games in fantasy football history. Our tight ends put up a combined zero points, and I had to get 19 points from Jay Cutler on Monday night to pull off the win. We each would have beaten only two teams in the rest of the league.
POD FFL Matchup of Week 4:
Tate's Golden Shower (JCruize, 3-0) vs. By Levyathan's Beard (Nate D., 1-2)
I thought By Levyathan's Beard was going to have a great chance to take down the 3-0 Golden Shower, but then Eli Manning, filling in for his brother, put up a 40 burger. Wow.
I lost $47 last week, bringing my three-week total to $19.80!
QB Matthew Stafford $8,600
RB Matt Asiata $6,300
RB Le'Veon Bell $8,800
WR Kelvin Benjamin $6,700
WR Victor Cruz $6,900
WR DeAndre Hopkins $6,400
TE Eric Ebron $5,100
K Matt Bryant $5,200
D Chargers $5,300
Remaining cap: $700
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