FanDuel Week 1 GPP Breakdown
This will be a GPP-specific breakdown of FanDuel. In GPPs, your main focus should be on player ceilings and you should be willing to take risks. You should also be submitting multiple tournament entries each week -- if you have $10 to spend, 10 $1 GPPs is better than one $10 GPP. One huge cash could exponentially increase your bankroll, and there's only 20 playable weeks in the season, so you need to give yourself as many chances as possible to win by diversifying your player pool.
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Below, I'll highlight the players I believe should be taken into consideration in FanDuel tournaments-- that is, who your player pool should consist of. I will not proceed to make an airtight case for why a player is one of the safest picks on the slate; instead, I'm concerned with highlighting potential upside. I won't discuss downside at all, but it should be understood that many of these picks carry more risk than cash game options would, although if a player appeared in my cash game breakdown, he'll most likely make it into here too.
To have success in GPPs, you need to beat a large portion of the field, so having some "contrarian" players that aren't in many other entries is key. I'll be drawing heavily from my Ownership Outlook column to decide which players have the right balance of upside and potential low ownership. Players will generally be discussed in order of how much exposure I'll have to them. Also keep in mind that it's okay to have some highly owned plays in your lineup -- if you're fading ALL of the best values in every lineup, you'll have a hard time placing. The key is to avoid having a bunch of the most popular plays all in the same lineups, you want to give yourself multiple ways to profit depending on who the rest of the field ends up being wrong about.
Since stacking is a key component of tournaments, I'll include QBs, WRs, and TEs under the heading 'Passing Game'. I'll focus more heavily on the passing game, because that's where a lot more volatility occurs. At RB, my player pool is smaller-- I focus on Vegas favorites and I'm not as worried about trying to over-diversify in fear of "missing out" on top performances -- I'm just looking for enough value to keep me in the running. Besides, if I'm doing my reserach correctly, I'll hopefully have narrowed down to the right RBs, anyway. Depending on how you fare in your picks in the passing game, up to three positions and four to five lineup slots may be affected, but if you mix and match too much at RB, it could lead to a great stack being ruined with a sub-optimal RB play. Ditto for kicker and D/ST.
Andy Dalton ($7,100) excels with a clean pocket; the Raiders finished last in adjusted sack rate last season. Dalton was a top-5 fantasy QB in 2013; last year he was without A.J. Green ($8,900), Marvin Jones ($4,500), and Tyler Eifert ($5,000) for 34 games but they're healthy now. The Raiders have two members in their starting secondary who gave up TDs on over 10 percent of targets last season, and another who's 39 years old. Green averages 6/101/0.7 in 30 career road games. Dalton-Green is my favorite stack; Jones and Eifert are in play as well. Dalton was 1% owned in FanDuel's Thursday GPP; Green was 7%.