TipAndPick's: Tips and Picks, DK Edition

Cash game and GPP selections for DraftKings

For the uninitiated, playing daily games on DraftKings can be an enjoyable experience, but equally sobering is the fact that season-long knowledge does not always translate to success in the daily space. FootballGuys will bring you a series of value- and strategic-based selections from a number of seasoned daily veterans throughout the NFL season. Herein is another edition of “Tipandpick’s Tips and Picks,” where we will examine the salaries of players at each position on DraftKings and make value-based recommendations for both your cash games and tournaments.

Below you will find a list of recommended players for both formats. GPP players generally have high-upside, but are too risky for cash games; cash game players are consistent with high fantasy floors. In some instances, the value for a player is so strong, he may fall into both categories…let’s have a look.



Russell Wilson (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $6300). Arguably the hottest quarterback in the game, Russell Wilson gets a prime matchup against a Baltimore Ravens team that has allowed the 9th most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season. In his previous three efforts, Wilson has compiled 25.4, 38.2, and 34.1 DraftKings points, respectively; he should put up similar numbers against the Ravens, who boast ProFootballFocus' 4th best rush defense (3.8 yards per carry), but are ranked in the bottom ten of most passing defense metrics. This discrepancy on defense forces most opposing offenses to focus on moving the ball through the air, a prospect that bodes well for Russell Wilson on Sunday. Wilson also adds in some security via his legs, as he is averaging nearly 40 rushing yards per game over the course of 2015. At $6300, we are shooting for 20 fantasy points from Wilson, whose Seahawks team has one of the higher team totals on the weekend slate--he should get there with a 225-passing yard, 40-rushing yard, and 2 touchdown afternoon...but I could envision more in this mismatch.

Jameis Winston (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $5500). Jameis Winston will likely be the highest-owned quarterback on DraftKings this weekend because he will face-off against the worst passing defense in the entire league. The New Orleans Saints passing defense is on the verge of going into the history books as the worst in the history of the league; the 1963 Denver Broncos allowed 40 touchdown passes (over a 14-game season) and the Saints have allowed 35 passing touchdowns through their first 12 games. Nobody is more excited about Sunday than the Bucs' Offensive Coordinator, Dirk Koetter, who should have no problem scheming his offense to score 28+ points against the Saints. Jameis Winston is certainly a likely beneficiary, as the Saints have yielded more fantasy points to the quarterback position than any team in the league; in fact, no quarterback has scored less than 14.3 fantasy points this season (Brandon Weeden in Week 4) and the average fantasy score of opposing quarterbacks is in the neighborhood of 25 points...which would be a 5x multiplier for Jameis Winston's Week 14 salary. If Drew Brees can muster his troops and keep this game close, Winston could have his biggest fantasy day of the year.

Also eligibleCam Newton ($7500)


Doug Martin (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $6200). While everybody will be on Jameis Winston for cash games and GPP's this weekend, do not discount Doug Martin's fantasy potential against the Saints, who are quietly allowing a league-high 4.9 yards per carry and 137.8 rushing yards per game. Since the Bucs' bye in Week 6, Martin has averaged 24.2 touches per game in their five wins, but only 14 touches per game in their two losses over that span; this week, the Bucs are at home and are currently 4.5-point favorites over the visiting Saints, which, if history holds, means that Martin should see 20-25 touches in this game. If Martin gets that kind of action against this terrible rush defense, he should easily reach the 18-20 fantasy point threshold needed to achieve cash game value. It is not a terrible idea to have both Winston and Martin in your cash game lineups because if one falters, the other should be having a big day...the only risk in that hedge is if the Bucs choke and fail to score altogether, but that seems like an impossibility against a Saints team that is allowing an average of 31.7 points per game to their opponents in 2015.

LeSean McCoy (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $6100). Historically, I am not a person to buy into "narratives," whereby a player's performance is affected by factors outside of normal matchups and gamescripts (for a complete rundown of narratives, read fellow Footballguy Jeff Pasquino's "Daily Grind" piece from this week). This week, however, I am prone to sway from that conviction because I truly believe that LeSean McCoy is returning to Philadelphia with a "chip" on his shoulder (pun intended). Earlier this week, Chip Kelly said that he would love to shake hands with McCoy on Sunday to put McCoy's unpleasant departure from the Eagles behind them, but McCoy responded with a quote not fit for this article--suffice it to say that McCoy and Kelly will not be shaking hands on Sunday afternoon. For his part, McCoy has been solid since his arrival in Buffalo; the veteran has averaged 4.6 yards per carry this season and is likely to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau for the 5th time in his career. Over the past four games, McCoy has touched the ball 20 or more times in each game and we should expect a similar workload this weekend without Karlos Williams (shoulder). If the motivation and/or the volume does not convince you, perhaps the fact that the Eagles have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the previous five weeks will convince you?

Also eligibleDeAngelo Williams ($6000), Shaun Draughn ($4800)


Alshon Jeffery (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $6900). Only Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins average more targets per game than Alshon Jeffery and yet, Jeffery's DraftKings salary is the 11th highest of the Week 14 receivers. Jeffery's lack of touchdowns represent the primary reason his salary remains depressed, but I fully expect him to turn things around to close out the season. Why? Because Alshon Jeffery has been injured for the bulk of this season, missing six games due to a preseason calf injury and issues with his groin/shoulder later in the season. He is 100% healthy these days and should be in line to close out the season strong in a contract year. Jeffery has 11 or more targets in six out of seven games this season with the lone exception being a game against the Rams, who sold out to prevent him from getting the ball (and were toasted by the likes of Jeremy Langford and Zach Miller for 37 points). Against the Redskins this week, Jeffery should get plenty of attention from Jay Cutler, particularly after Martellus Bennett's season ended last week with a rib injury; furthermore, Marquess Wilson is inactive this week, which should further emphasize Jeffery's role in the passing game. Do not let last week's less-than-stellar performance against the 49ers dissuade you from going back to the well this week--Jeffery is a steal for cash games (and GPP's) at his current salary.

Anquan Boldin (Primarily cash format, Salary: $4000). Since Blaine Gabbert took over the reigns in San Francisco, Anquan Boldin has easily been his favorite target, amassing 10.3 targets per game over that span. This week, look for Boldin to experience similar volume against a Browns secondary that has really struggled without Joe Haden (concussions) for most of the year. The Browns are allowing 8.2 passing yards per attempt, which is 2nd worst in the NFL behind only the New Orleans Saints; that statistic bodes well for Boldin, who should play the role of possession receiver once again and rack up the points via DraftKings' full point per reception scoring system. Boldin's upside is somewhat limited by the 49ers' low team total and presence of Shaun Draughn, who has become a bellcow running back in this talent-depleted offense; that said, Boldin should easily finish this game with a 6-catch, 60-yard stat line that would pay off his modest salary.

Malcom Floyd (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $3600). If you need to pinch pennies, I think Malcom Floyd is a reasonable punt play this week against the Chiefs. The entire Chargers offense is a dumpster fire right now with a complete lack of a running game and a slew of injuries to key receivers including Keenan Allen, Steve Johnson, and Dontrelle Inman. This week, Malcom Floyd will assume the role of WR1 in a less-than-optimal matchup against the Chiefs, who have won six straight and are actively seeking an AFC wild-card playoff spot. That said, the Chiefs are lofty 10.5-point favorites, which means that Philip Rivers is going to be forced to throw the ball upwards of 40 times; if/when that happens, I fully expect Malcom Floyd to see 8-10 targets and should easily obtain 10 DraftKings points, even if he gets them all during garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Also eligible: Danny Amendola ($5200), Doug Baldwin ($4500)


Travis Kelce (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $4700). Everything is in place for a big day from Travis Kelce this weekend. First, the Chiefs have Vegas' highest implied team total on the board at 28-points. Next, Kelce's opponents, the Chargers, rank in the bottom 10 of all NFL defenses against the tight end position (fantasy points allowed). Lastly, Jeremy Maclin's role in the offense should be lessened this week because he will see a lot of cornerback Jason Verrett in coverage, who has not received a negative score on ProFootballFocus since Week 3; with Maclin's role reduced, Kelce should be the next receiver in line for looks from Alex Smith. With relatively pedestrian fantasy performances in three of the past four weeks, this is a perfect situation for Kelce to right the ship and finish with 15+ point day.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $2700). If you decide to spend up at the quarterback position for a player like Cam Newton and thereby avoid Jameis Winston, a shark move would be to gain some exposure to the Buccaneers' offense at other positions. Certainly, Doug Martin is an option (see above), but Austin Seferian-Jenkins ("ASJ") is a player who should be locked into your sights. ASJ returned from an extended shoulder injury last week and played a limited number (21) of snaps in that return, but quickly amassed six targets along the way. This week, ASJ just play a lot more offensive snaps against the Saints, who have allowed more fantasy points to the tight end position than any team in the league. The best aspect of throwing ASJ onto your cash game rosters is the opportunity cost--getting him onto your teams costs almost nothing and affords you the ability to spend up elsewhere for players with high H-values to round out your cash game rosters (for a refresher on H-value and it's importance in roster composition, click here).

Also eligible: Zach Ertz ($2600)


Seahawks (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $3500). Remember when we were excited to target team defenses against the Ravens because they were starting Matt Schaub? What if Matt Schaub were injured and his backup were going to play against one of the better defenses in the league? You might be interested? So that is exactly how things are lining up for the Seahawks this week, one which did not see Matt Schaub make the practice field; that could mean that we will see the return of Jimmy Clausen, who has thrown only five career touchdowns (versus nine interceptions) in three years of NFL play. Clausen is 49/88 (55.7%) for 407 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions over the past two years in the league; he inherits an offense that has been decimated by injuries, losing Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Dennis Pitta, and (of course) Joe Flacco to the injured reserve this season. What is left behind is a promising rookie running back in the form of Javorius Allen and a stable of receivers who have not been able to muster much offense in the absence of their injured teammates. The Seahawks should feast on Clausen and Vegas agrees, as evidenced by the line almost doubling from Sunday (-7 points) to Friday (-12.5 points).

Chiefs (Cash and GPP formats, Salary: $3200). An alternative to the Seahawks to could save a few hundred dollars is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have scored double-digit fantasy points in five out of their last six games (all wins) and will be hosting the 3-9 Chargers, who have lost seven out of their last eight games...scoring only three points in two or their last three efforts. As hefty 10.5-point underdogs, the Chargers will look to Philip Rivers to tighten the gap, but Rivers was limited at practice all week and will be without both Steve Johnson and Dontrelle Inman, both of whom were injured in last week's embarrassing 17-3 loss to the Broncos. Last thing: Guess who has thrown the most pick-sixes this season? Yep...Philip Rivers.



Drew Brees (Salary: $6800). Winning GPP's is all about rostering that high upside player with low ownership; Drew Brees represents that kind of player this week in a potential shootout against Tampa Bay Bucs. The Bucs are tied with the Denver Broncos for the best rush defense in the league, allowing a scant 3.5-yards per carry and less than 100-yards per game on the ground. They can, however, be beaten through the air; the Bucs have FootballOutsiders 24th ranked pass defense (DVOA metric) and have given up multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in eight out of their twelve games. In other words, teams are forced to funnel their offensive efforts through the air and given the fact that Mark Ingram II is inactive this weekend, the Saints might be left with no choice but to throw the ball 40-50 times, particularly if Jameis Winston and company build an early lead. Brees tend to falter on the road and his salary is quite high (4th highest), which collectively should help keep his ownership levels low; that said, Brees is a future Hall-of-Famer who possesses 300-yard, 3-touchdown upside on any given Sunday, so he should be in play for GPP formats this weekend.

Tyrod Taylor (Salary: $5400). Last week, Tyrod Taylor achieved 6x value on his salary with only 21 pass attempts against the Houston Texans, finishing the day with nearly 30 DraftKings points. This Sunday, Tyrod will travel to Philadelphia to face an Eagles secondary that has given up 30 or more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in three consecutive weeks, including an astounding 13 passing touchdowns over that span. Offenses are having their way with the Eagles, who have allowed an average of 33 points against since their Week 8 bye. While I fully expect LeSean McCoy to get ample opportunity in this matchup, a Tyrod Taylor-Sammy Watkins stack merits serious consideration, as Watkins will line-up across from rookie cornerback, Eric Rowe, who was absolutely toasted by Calvin Johnson (8/93/3) in his first NFL start on Thanksgiving; Watkins has back-to-back 100-yard games with touchdowns in each, so the momentum, precedent, and matchup is there for continued success against this porous Eagles secondary.

Ryan Tannehill (Salary: $5200). No team in the NFL, not even the New Orleans Saints, allows more passing yardage per game than the New York Giants, which mandates that we consider the merits of their opponents' passing games each week in DFS circles. This week, Ryan Tannehill will get his shot to slice through this Giants secondary that has allowed three consecutive 300-yard passers (and four in their last five games). Last week, Tannehill laid an egg in a similar prime situation against the Ravens, finishing with only 8.54 fantasy points on DraftKings, largely due to jumping to an early lead and never being in danger of losing it (Tannehill finished the game with just 19 attempted passes). This week should be different against the Giants, who are in a battle for the NFC East title and have been leaning heavily on Odell Beckham Jr. to carry the offense (see below); if Eli Manning can coerce the Giants offense into a productive Monday night performance, Ryan Tannehill has 25-point upside, as he has demonstrated in three different occasions this season (versus Jets, Texans, and Jaguars).


Thomas Rawls (Salary: $5800). Any time an offense is favored by nearly two touchdowns in the NFL, one must consider the running back from that team. This week, Thomas Rawls will get yet another start while Marshawn Lynch heals from abdominal surgery; since becoming the feature back in Seattle in Week 11, Rawls has three consecutive games with 20+ touches and a touchdown, including almost 400 rushing yards. His matchup against the Ravens is less-than-optimal, as the Baltimore front seven have been the lone bright spot on an otherwise disappointing team in 2015; the Ravens are allowing only 3.8 yards per carry and less than 100 rushing yards per game. Last week, however, Lamar Miller was able to break the century mark, which could be an indication that the Ravens are entering full-on collapse mode as they continue to get hammered with injuries to key personnel. Rawls is a good GPP play simply based on implied gamescript and volume...if this game plays out according to Vegas, Rawls could see 25+ touches, which could result in a 100-yard performance with multiple scores.

Spencer Ware (Salary: $4500). It is a shame that the Chiefs are splitting carries down the middle right now because the Kansas City running backs have a plum matchup against the Chargers this Sunday. The Chargers have been near the bottom of the league against the rush for most of the year, yielding nearly 5.0 yards per carry almost all season. Back in Week 11 against this same Chargers unit, Charcandrick West left the game early with an injury, which gave Spencer Ware a chance to show Andy Reid his skill set on the fly; Ware did not disappoint, scoring a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries (for 96 yards). Since then, Ware has averaged nearly 6.0 yards per carry and has not missed a beat...unfortunately, West has returned from his hamstring issue and the two are splitting carries. Ware gets the edge in GPP formats this week because he is the goalline back and because he is $600 cheaper than West. The gamescript suggests these backs could get plenty of action and if any of that action takes place inside the Chargers' 10-yard line, it will be Ware who benefits. GPP only.

Frank Gore (Salary: $4300). Nobody is going to roster Frank Gore this weekend...and for good reason: The Jaguars field one of the league's best rushing defenses and Frank Gore has not surpassed 100-rushing yards in a game all season. So why is he appearing here? Because the Jaguars are a different unit without their star linebacker, Paul Posluszny, who had surgery earlier this week on his hand and will miss this game. In the only game Posluszny missed this season, Doug Martin finished the day with 158 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns; the Jags were similarly susceptible in 2014 when Posluszny missed time due to injuries. That said, the 32-year old Frank Gore is almost assuredly not going to put up a 40-fantasy point performance, particularly in light of his recent lackluster play, but his first 100-yard game with a touchdown is not out of the question this weekend; if that were to happen, you would have a 5x running back at less than 2% owned for your efforts.

C.J. Spiller (Salary: $3000). Are we really going to trust that Tim Hightower will become the lead back in New Orleans? If so, can we count on him to muster any type of yardage against a Buccaneers defense that is allowing a league-low 3.5 yards per carry? My answer is 'no' in both cases. Instead, I think we will see a lot more C.J. Spiller than we have seen to this point in the season, which has been very little; entering this weekend's game against the Bucs, Spiller has played on only 20.0% of the Saints' offensive snaps, which has to be a disappointment for Spiller, who signed with the Saints in the off-season expecting to be more heavily-used. This could be his best opportunity yet this season, as Mark Ingram II's season is over and the Saints are projected to be playing from behind; both of those factors should generate additional opportunities for Spiller, who is offered up at the site minimum. If Drew Brees can get the ball to Spiller in space, he could reach GPP value in a single play.


Odell Beckham Jr. (Salary: $9100). Five consecutive 100-receiving yard performances and matching up against Brent Grimes, who ranks 71st out of 78 coverage cornerbacks (ProFootballFocus) in the league this season? Sign me up. The truth is that Odell Beckham Jr. is matchup-proof, as Richard Sherman stated last year during Beckham's rookie season...but there just is not much else to be excited about on the Giants offense, as the running game has suffered behind a disappointing running back-by-committee and the remainder of the Giants' receivers are largely afterthoughts for Eli Manning. Beckham has 58 targets over his past four games (14.5 targets per game) and has the ability to score 40 DraftKings points any week...he will be my "Monday Night Hammer" for Week 14.

Brandon Marshall (Salary: $7600). A model of consistency, Brandon Marshall surpassed 1,000-receiving yards for the eighth time in nine seasons last week and picked up 34.1 fantasy points in that effort. Marshall now has touchdowns in five consecutive games and has been 52 times over that span (10.4 targets per game). Marshall gets another great matchup this weekend against the Titans, who continue to field subpar talent in their secondary; Interim Head Coach Mike Mularkey has been juggling several different cornerbacks trying to avoid blatant mismatches, but none of them will be able to contain Brandon Marshall (or Eric Decker). Marshall gets the slight nod over Decker here because Decker has only surpassed 100 receiving yards once this season and achieving that 3-point bonus on DraftKings is key for securing high GPP finishes. Against a team that is allowing 8.2 passing yards per attempt (31st in NFL), however, both Marshall and Decker are in play, particularly considering their respective size advantages over the Titans' defensive backs (5" and 4", respectively).

Vincent Jackson (Salary: $4500). If you are stacking Jameis Winston with a receiver this week, you have multiple options in the form of Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and/or Austin Seferian-Jenkins. I am recommending Jackson and/or Seferian-Jenkins because their salaries are far more reasonable and they will be lesser-owned than Evans, who is the Bucs' feature receiver. In fairness, all are great options, but rostering the cheaper alternatives affords you the ability to spend up elsewhere and potentially diversify your roster from the masses. If you need a statistic-based reason, do not forget that Mike Evans has dropped 12 passes on 108 targets this year (worst in the NFL), while VJax has dropped only 1 pass on 56 targets (8th in league). Furthermore, Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux held Mike Evans without a catch the last time these teams faced one another...if the Saints decide to employ a similar strategy this Sunday, Evans could be a disappointment once again. 

Marvin Jones Jr (Salary: $4200). Generally speaking, the second game between intradivisional opponents results in lower-scoring affairs, but I do not expect another 16-10 game between the Steelers and Bengals this Sunday. The last time these teams met, Ben Roethlisberger was coming back from a month-long injury hiatus and had a difficult time finding a rhythm against a very sound Bengals defense, particularly after Le'Veon Bell left the game with a knee injury that would later end his season. Since then, Big Ben has been rolling, compiling four consecutive 330+ yard performances, the kind of output that tends to promote fast-paced games with high totals; with Adam Jones doubtful to play on Sunday, this Bengals secondary is going to have a more difficult time holding the Steelers to just 10 points. For these reasons, I suspect we will see a lot of scoring on Sunday in this matchup and I like Marvin Jones Jr' fantasy prospects against a Steelers secondary that has allowed the 4th most yards through the air, but tends to bottle up opposing running backs. Jones' output has been limited this season due to the emergence of Tyler Eifert (below) and A.J. Green's continued dominance in the receiving corps, but he possesses the skill set to finish the afternoon with 6 catches for 100+ yards and a touchdown, which makes him a very attractive GPP option, particularly because he will be the lowest owned receiver on a team capable of scoring four receiving touchdowns.

Tyler Lockett (Salary: $3500). Doug Baldwin has scored five touchdowns over the past two games, but his salary is still a very affordable $4,500, which should be low enough to sustain his high ownership headed into the Seahawks' matchup against Baltimore this weekend. Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett is quietly embedding himself into this offense, picking up 15 targets over the past three weeks, while also handling all the punt and kick return duties for the Seahawks. One of my favorite plays this weekend will be stacking Lockett with the Seahawks defense because the possibility of Lockett returning a kickoff or punt for a touchdown would mean 12-points for those teams and I would also get the added value of Lockett as a receiver against a sieve of a Ravens secondary. On a team slated to score nearly four touchdowns, Lockett could be a difference-maker in GPP lineups if he were able to nab one of them.


Tyler Eifert (Salary: $5600). As outlined above, I suspect the Steelers-Bengals game will be a high-scoring affair this week and Tyler Eifert has scored more touchdowns than any player in the league at any position. Eifert missed last week's game with a neck injury, but looks to be a full 'go' against Pittsburgh in Week 14. Given the strength of the Steelers is defending the run, Eifert's number will likely be called even more often inside the redzone in this game; if he can put together another multiple touchdown game (he has four this season), Eifert would represent great value for GPP formats.

Ben Watson (Salary: $4400). Simply put: I do not believe that the Saints are going to be able to move the ball on the ground against the Buccaneers on Sunday. With that premise in mind, Drew Brees is going to throw a lot of passes and rostering his biggest redzone threat is a calculated GPP decision. Watson is a seasoned vet who knows how to find space in the redzone and has the size to outmaneuver smaller defensive backs; he has been Drew Brees most targeted redzone receiver and trails only Brandin Cooks in receiving touchdowns. His price point is intriguing because it will probably keep him at lower ownership levels...if somebody is paying up at the tight end position, they will be looking at names like Tyler Eifert, Greg Olsen, and Delanie Walker; meanwhile, bargain hunters will be rostering guys like Will Tye, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Zach Ertz. Watson will be in the middle where he will not see as much attention, which should keep his ownership level well below 10%.


Panthers (Salary: $3400). The Atlanta Falcons have lost five in a row and six of their last seven en route to what appears to be a complete offensive collapse; over those same seven games, the Falcons are averaging only 13.9 points per game against opponents like the Buccaneers, 49ers, Titans, and Saints...none of whom are defensive juggernauts. The Panthers, however, are defensive juggernauts and will use their best cornerback, Josh Norman, to eliminate Julio Jones from the Falcons' offensive scheme; if that happens, Matt Ryan, who struggled against Tampa Bay's bad secondary last week, will have his hands full trying to move the offense in this unfriendly Carolina environment. DeVonta Freeman's name will surely be called, but even Freeman has displayed serious negative regression over the past month, rushing 50 times for 190 yards without a single touchdown. There is not much to like about Atlanta here, which means there is a lot to like about the Panthers defense.

Packers (Salary: $3200). Outside of an outlier performance against a horrid Eagles secondary, Matt Cassel has, himself, been horrid as a replacement quarterback for the Cowboys this season. Cassel has as many touchdown passes as interceptions (five) and has led his team to victory only once in six starts. This week, Cassel and the Cowboys will have traveled from Washington D.C. to Dallas (after defeating the Redskins) late Monday night, had short week of preparation for the Packers, and then traveled again to Lambeau on Saturday. The combination of poor quarterback play, extensive travel, a short week of preparation, and the unfriendly confines of Lambeau Field all argue against the Cowboys doing much on offense this weekend. The Packers could very well score a defensive touchdown and be less than 5% owned because DFS owners will sway towards the Panthers, Broncos, and Chiefs at similar price points...but if you have multiple entries into this week's $3 Milly Maker, you will definitely want some exposure to this Packers defense against Matt Cassel.

49ers (Salary: $2100). If you really need the salary cap space, you might consider the 49ers defense against Johnny Manziel in Cleveland on Sunday. If the premise of rostering the 49ers defense scares you, remember two things: 1) their salary mandates that you get 8-10 fantasy points to reach GPP value, and 2) they will face Johnny Manziel. Manziel's style of play renders him prone to trying to do too much with the football, which can lead to turnovers...and turnovers can lead to scores. If the Niners can get any degree of pressure on Manziel, it would not be surprising to see him throw a pick-six or fumble the ball while trying to make something happen...either way, the risk and opportunity cost is minimal, as the price is only $2,100.

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