The building blocks of DFS, fades, values, and trade options

Whether you have played Daily Fantasy on Yahoo Before you try it or try it for the first time, this weekly column will take a look at the DFS landscape, revealing the guys I like to build lineups around, stars that should fade, undervalued plays and bargain basket options to help you build a better team.

The basic building blocks of a team lineup

Amon-Ra St. Brown ($31) to Los Angeles Chargers

St. Brown has averaged 14.3 goals over his last three games and should fully recover from his nagging foot issue following Detroit’s bye. He has scored all his goals on the road this season and will play indoors Favorable match this week. The Chargers have The range recently closed, but has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. St. Brown’s is among the league leaders in Yards per route run against the pressthe coverage used by LA in One of the highest rates in the league.

The Lions have one of the highest implied team totals this week in a fast-paced matchup, making St. Brown’s a DFS building block.

Christian McCaffrey ($40) @Jacksonville Jaguars

McCaffrey should be healthier coming off the bye after playing with an oblique injury. He could also set an NFL record for his 18th straight game with a touchdown if he hits paydirt on Sunday. CMC is averaging 19% more fantasy points (0.5 PPR) than their No. 2 RB (Travis Etienne) this season despite playing through a painful injury and coming off four incredibly tough games against solid defenses.

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Jacksonville also defended the run well, but the Jaguars allowed the most receptions (7.5) and the third-most yards (49.4) to running backs. The 49ers have the second-most yards per game and EPA/play, and have good team point totals in Week 10. San Francisco is also hoping to bring back star LT Trent Williams, so CMC should be worth his high salary.

DeAndre Hopkins ($26) @Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Titans are called Will Levis The team’s new starter This is huge news for Hopkins, who did just that The fourth lowest target rate that can be achieved this chapter. He hauled in three touchdowns during Levis’ NFL debut and then saw 11 targets last week, when Hopkins had the third-most unaccomplished air yards (128) while shadowed by breakout corner Joey Porter Jr. More than any other WR in the league.

Tennessee got Tampa Bay’s key defense in the conversion pass this week that absolutely shut down the run but was blown away for a 9.2 YPA, 9:1 TD:INT ratio, and By far the most passed yards During the past month. The Bucs have allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers this season and may be missing CB Jamel Dean (concussion), so D-Hop is a solid DFS option.

Star to fade

Derrick Henry ($28) @Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The emergence of Will Levis should benefit Henry in the long run, but he has a tough game ahead of him this week. The Buccaneers have generated the fourth-fewest EPA/Rush and second-fewest fantasy points by running backs this season. Despite facing a tough schedule, Tampa Bay allowed just one running back to reach 70 yards and none for 15.0 fantasy points (0.5 PPR). Teammate Hopkins appears to be the best player in DFS this week.

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Undervalued options

Joe Mixon ($23) vs. Houston Texans

Mixon remains ineffective but ranks in the top 10 among RBs in Expected fantasy points For every game. He could be very busy on Sunday as Ja’Marr Chase deals with a back injury and Tee Higgins is ruled out after struggling Hamstring injury During Wednesday’s training. The Bengals are the favorites at home and sporting one of the team’s highest implied totals of the week (thanks Joe Burrow who is healthy now).

It’s worth noting that Houston has run better lately, though Rashad White still ranked No. 1 on the fantasy running backs list last week anyway. Moreover, Texas deals with Tons of defensive hitsso Mixon appears undervalued with a salary outside the top 10 regional offices.

Chris Olave ($19) @Minnesota Vikings

Olaf continues to lead the league Unrealized air yards Thanks to Derek Carr The second lowest target rate that can be achieved (And See a few layups). But he’s ready for a bunch of goals this week against a Minnesota defense that has been difficult to contend with. The Vikings have one of the lowest pressure rates in the league and have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Carr has also performed much better on the road (7.5 YPA) than at home (5.9 YPA), and this should be a fast-paced matchup. Olave’s salary may be decent (WR18) given his QB inaccuracy issues, but his size and matchup this week make him a good DFS player.

Marquise Brown ($15) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Brown ranks first 12 inches air yards And goals but it has The third lowest target rate that can be achieved. Kyler Murray is scheduled to return from knee surgery this week, which is huge for the Browns. It was Hollywood Top five fantasy WR last year With Murray and No DeAndre Hopkins, he averaged 12.8 targets, 7.2 catches and 97.0 yards with three touchdowns over five games.

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Murray may be rusty, and the Browns will face a lot of AJ Terrell, but he’s undervalued at WR39’s salary in DFS this week.


Juwan Johnson ($10) @Minnesota Vikings

Johnson saw season highs in snap percentage (74) and route % (71) during his second game back from injury last week, including three goals in the red zone. He’s got a Vikings defense that’s stingy against the run but has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to a tight end this season. Johnson is a DFS punt option at tight end this week.

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