NFL DFS Week 16: It’s A Trap!
December 19, 2014 | Renee Miller
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One thing I’m avoiding this week is/was the Thursday-Saturday slate! Phew, that was ugly. I mean, someone has to win, so good luck if you’re in there, but yuck. Anytime Mark Sanchez is the most appealing QB option, I’m pretty much out. For the rest of Week 16, the real problem is that you can’t afford all the studs you want in your lineups. It’s a good week to diversify at the top in my opinion. I want Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees…Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown, and Dez Bryant…Le’Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, and Jamaal Charles. Of course I want Rob Gronkowski.
It’s like a six year old’s Christmas wish list!!
The fact that there are so many great expensive plays and that value is so hard to come by is going to drive a lot of people to consider Jimmy Clausen at QB for minimum salary on FD and DK. I’m not one of those people. As is the whole idea behind a trap play–this is not going to end well.
Clausen has appeared in three games this season, and is a cumulative 3/9 for 42 yards. He’s been sacked once this season. These brief relief appearances don’t tell us anything about how he’ll perform on Sunday, but the fact that he didn’t see the field once for THREE ENTIRE SEASONS in Carolina should. This lack of play probably directly resulted from his performance in 2010. Those numbers? 3TD, 9INT, 52% completion rate, 9 fumbles, and 33 sacks through 13 games played (per PFR). He led the Panthers to a 1-9 record in games he started.
That’s enough for me, but if you’re still tempted to roster Clausen, look at some of the Lions’ numbers. They are PFF’s #2 graded defense in the NFL, and are tied with Buffalo for 19 interceptions, second most in the league. They are going to eat Clausen alive. The Bears say they need a spark at QB? I’m afraid this spark is going to burn the entire offense to the ground.
If you want to go a cheap QB route, Shaun Hill and Case Keenum are better options. They both see much friendlier defensive match ups and they’ve both had good fantasy games in the last year. I’m not wildly enthusiastic about either guy, but they do provide some significant salary relief with a higher floor than Clausen. I’m leaning toward only using Keenum if DeAndre Hopkins plays. I think Hill is a pretty safe play across the board.