It's the Texans bye week, we have already done some reflection and projection when it comes to the Texans fantasy going forward for the remainder of the season. Now it's time to win some money. The last time I put up a BRB Fanduel Challenge, my lineup flipped 15 dollars into 40 dollars.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers - Sure, Roethlisberger won't throw six touchdowns for a third straight game but I'll take a game with two or three. Pittsburgh's quarterback faces a defense that has allowed the most fantasy points per week to quarterback (20.7) and is the only team that has allowed twenty-plus passing touchdowns (24). The next closest teams are Washington and Tampa Bay at 18 touchdowns. (FanDuel Salary: $8,300)
RB: Ronnie Hillman, Broncos - Mike Shanahan maybe gone but the door keeps revolving for Broncos running backs. Many expected the hard running second-year running back out of Wisconsin Montee Ball to grab the job, but Hillman has added another dimension to the Broncos offense on the ground and in the pass game. It also helps that the Broncos are facing the Raiders, Oakland has given up the second-most average points per week (22.1) to fantasy running backs. ($7,400)
RB: Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers - Have to cut cost somewhere, Rainey is getting the full load of carries with Doug Martin sidelined. Rainey has average over 80 rushing yards per game and at least 10 fantasy points in the two games were he was handed the ball at least 15 times including last week. We just talked about the fact the Raiders have given up the second-most average points to running backs, Mr. Rainey faces the team that gives up the most average points to running backs. The Falcons have given up 25 points to running backs on average this season. ($6,700)
WR: Jordy Nelson, Packers - The last time Jordy Nelson faced the Bears, he went off for 10 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. No reason to doubt Nelson and quarterback Aaron Rodgers can't replicate a similar stat line in at home, coming off a bye, and looking to take control of the NFC North. ($8,500)
WR: Brandon Marshall, Bears - Marshall got a much needed rest this past week as the Bears, like the Packers, were on a bye. If the Bears hope to turn their season around, they will need Jay Cutler and the passing game to step up against the pass-happy Packers. ($7,300)
WR: Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers - Rookie receivers don't put a thousand-yard seasons. Be it the learning curve, the tough hits, or tougher defensive backs, they just don't. Kelvin Benjamin has had his up and downs this season, but he faces a Eagles defense that has given up the four-most average points (25.6) to wide receivers this season. ($6,700)
TE: Owen Daniels, Ravens - If anyone knows what a Gary Kubiak offense can do with Owen Daniels, it's Texans fans. Daniels returned from a knee scope to catch six passes for 53 yards against the Steelers last week. This week he faces the Titans, who have given an average of 8.5 fantasy points per week to tight ends - eleventh-most in the league. ($5,400)
K: Brandon McManus, Broncos - Peyton Manning is going to take his frustration of losing to Tom Brady again on the Raiders this week. McManus will have plenty of chances to get field goals or extra points this week. ($4,700)
DEF: Steelers - Who would have guessed James Harrison would come out of retirement to make an impact on the Steelers defense? Steelers face the time bomb that is the Michael Vick and the Jets. Sign me up. ($5,000)
Good luck this week in fantasy. My lineup is set.
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Editor's Note: Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a one-week fantasy football "Double Up" league this weekend. It's $10 to join and nearly half the field doubles their money. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link.