It has been an absolutely ridiculous week of football, with the Cowboys beating the Saints, Mike McCarthy getting fired and Kareem Hunt getting cut by the Chiefs.
I’m sure the Eagles and Redskins will find a way to put one heck of a cherry on top of this absurd NFL sundae.
While it’s going to be tough to know exactly how they’ll do that, all I can do is look at this game and gauge which NFL DFS picks are best for FanDuel’s showdown contests.
Let’s dive into my favorite lineup for GPPs tonight:
MVP (1.5x points): Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($16k)
The Redskins technically have the superior DFS matchup, but Wentz is without a doubt the best fantasy option in this game. He bounced back from a disastrous start in New Orleans two weeks ago and this may be the perfect spot for him to blow up for the first time in a while.
There are maybe 2-3 other guys to consider sliding in here, but nobody has nearly the case Wentz does. He’s locked into the MVP slot for me.
FLEX: Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ($14.5k)
If you like Wentz, you’ll need to pair him with a weapon or two of his. Ertz is easily the most targeted Eagles receiver and in a game where our own Will S. likes the Eagles to cover a 6-point spread, it’s likely Philly puts up some points.
Ertz will be a big part of that. The stud tight end has had a monster role all year and is averaging over 15 fantasy points per game. He’s probably the top contender to leap-frog Wentz for the MVP slot, but I won’t go quite that far with him tonight.
FLEX: Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins ($14k)
The Redskins don’t have an imposing offense on paper, but this game could be a shootout and the best way to attack the Eagles is through the air. McCoy has actually been a fine DFS player the past two weeks and if Washington has a chance tonight, he’ll have to ball out a bit.
Whether he shows up early or has to throw late, I think McCoy could be one of the better fantasy plays on this one-game slate. You can also consider Adrian Peterson here, but he’s banged up and tough to trust.
FLEX: Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins ($8k)
Speaking of Peterson, he’s not only not 100% healthy, but his skill-set may not translate the way you’ll want it to in this matchup.
Thompson is an elite scat-back that could end up being very active in the passing game and with the Redskins likely playing from behind in this one, things set up nicely for him.
Thompson has terrific upside and is arguably way too cheap to fade in this game.
FLEX: Maurice Harris, WR, Washington Redskins ($6.5k)
I also have interested in other Eagles as well as Redskins slot receivers, Trey Quinn or Jamison Crowder. However, the Philly options are a bit pricey and both of these other Washington receivers happen to be banged up.
If one or both end up being out, Harris could be in for a huge role and is simply too cheap if that’s the case. Jordan Reed is even hurt and the Eagles play tight ends well anyways, so I’m digging a Redskins scrub pass-catcher here.
Ideally you’re using as many viable Eagles weapons as possible tonight, but I’m opting to include both quarterbacks in my lineup. McCoy could easily bomb and I’ll wish I added another Eagle, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.
The other two Redskins are cheap and help me get the top two Eagles options you’ll want. I’m also eating $1k of my salary to help differentiate my roster a bit from the field in GPPs.
Make changes as you see fit, but I like this team and think it could have a chance in tourneys. Whatever you do, I wish you luck. Enjoy the game and hit up Will’s Eagles vs. Redskins pick if you plan on betting on it as well!