FanDuel Single-Game Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 13 Sunday Night
Week 13's Sunday Night Football game features an AFC matchup between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. Following the main slate of action, fantasy enthusiasts can stay involved throughout the night by playing in FanDuel's Sunday night's single-game contests.
For those unfamiliar, single-game slates feature five flex spots with identical scoring to the main slate. However, kickers are included in these contests and there is an "MVP" roster slot. The MVP receives 1.5-times his total fantasy points, making this spot crucial.
Bookmakers currently peg the 49ers as 3.0-point favorites with a 46.5-point over/under. Here are the notable matchups to target on this slate.
Tom Brady ($14,500) - With quarterback carrying more importance on single-game slates, Tom Brady gets the slight edge over Deshaun Watson due to a superior matchup. While Brady hasn't excelled in recent weeks, he gets back both Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu. Additionally, he faces a Houston secondary that ranks 21st against the pass this season, according to our schedule-adjusted metrics. Still averaging 36.6 pass attempts per game, Brady should get plenty of volume. Potentially coming in lower owned than Watson, Brady looks like a nice MVP play.
Will Fuller ($12,500) - On the Houston side, Will Fuller stands out with Jason McCourty ruled out for Week 13. The Patriots have the league's best pass defense, per our metrics, and we can expect Stephon Gilmore to spend a lot of time covering DeAndre Hopkins. This leaves a potential exploitable matchup for Fuller on the other side. In his return from injury last week, Fuller saw a massive 11 targets and 164 air yards. With elite volume and a potentially softer matchup than some might expect, Fuller makes another solid contrarian option for the MVP slot.
Sony Michel ($11,000) - For those going the cheaper route as captain, Sony Michel offers elite scoring upside in New England's offense. The Patriots enter this game favored by 3.0 points. The Texans have a middle-of-the-pack run defense going by our numbers, and they just let Gus Edwards and Jonathan Williams rush for 112 and 104 yards, respectively, in their last two games. Michel is currently tied for seventh in the NFL with 32 red zone rushes, giving him plenty of touchdown equity here.
N'Keal Harry ($8,000) - Even with Sanu and Dorsett returning to the lineup, N'Keal Harry expects to maintain a role in New England's offense. A week ago, in his first game as a full-time starter, Harry played 81 percent of New England's snaps while receiving four targets. As mentioned above, Houston's secondary has struggled throughout 2019, setting up Harry for a solid matchup. Also a threat in the red zone, Harry received two targets in that area of the field last week. With ownership likely moving away from Harry, the uncertainty surrounding his situation looks like a potential spot to gain leverage.
Rex Burkhead ($7,000) - Another New England player with a volatile role, Rex Burkhead continues to play in a three-way committee with Michel and James White. More of a gadget player, Burkhead has received target counts of three and five since New England's bye. He has also mixed in for a few rush attempts, as well, with seven in that span. With his snap rate hovering between 20 percent and 30 percent on any given week, Burkhead certainly brings risk, but he is a cheap dart throw who will see a few touches.
Darren Fells ($6,000) - A cheap attachment to the Texans' offense, Darren Fells has played 70 percent and 90 percent of Houston's snaps in back-to-back weeks. In that span, he also has five targets. An important red zone weapon for Watson, Fells' 10 red zone targets actually lead the team. While New England's pass defense remains elite, Fells' every-down role combined with red zone usage renders him a viable punt play on this single-game slate.
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