The Buccaneers want to win their tenth sport of the season on Saturday, which might mark the primary time since 2010 they’ve reached double-digit wins. In the meantime, the Lions could also be with out their interim head coach because of COVID protocol and are already effectively out of the playoff race. This sport may flip right into a blowout, however the Lions have sufficient offense to make issues attention-grabbing. Both approach, there shall be some ways for NFL DFS gamers to construct their lineups, and our FanDuel Single-game strategy is focusing on each QBs and one workforce’s main defensive weak spot to construct our lineup.
That weak spot could be the Detroit run protection. It hasn’t carried out effectively all yr, in order that’s a part of why we’ve two Tampa RBs in our lineup. There are quite a few methods to pivot to different key contributors when you aren’t a fan of this lineup’s strategy, but when all goes effectively, we must always have an excellent likelihood to money with this five-man squad.
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FanDuel Single-Recreation Picks: Lions vs. Buccaneers
MVP (1.5x factors): Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers ($12,000)
There aren’t any scarcity of fine MVP choices on this slate, together with the 2 QBs and the various receiving weapons on every workforce, however Leonard Fournette has too good a matchup to move up. The Lions rank final in fantasy factors allowed to RBs this yr and have given up a league-high 25 TDs to the place. For context, no different workforce has allowed greater than 18. With Ronald Jones (finger, COVID) out final week, Fournette performed 66 p.c of the Bucs’ snaps and noticed 19 touches in comparison with Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s two and LeSean McCoy’s three. Fournette additionally managed to seek out the top zone twice and rating 20 fantasy factors, and that was towards a a lot sturdy Falcons run protection. He ought to feast on this matchup, so we’ll roll with him as a prime choice right here.
FLEX: Tom Brady, Buccaneers ($16,000)
Like Fournette, Brady may additionally feast. The Lions have given up the fourth-most FanDuel factors to QBs this yr, and in latest weeks, they’ve been terrible at containing passing assaults. In three of their previous 4 video games, the Lions have allowed not less than 273 passing yards and three TDs, and the one time they did not got here towards Mitchell Trubisky. Brady must be poised for a powerful day, and he has not less than two TDs in his previous 5 video games. He may be trusted as a high-floor, high-ceiling choice right here, as he’ll keep within the sport (and produce) even when this turns right into a blowout.
FLEX: Matthew Stafford, Lions ($15,500)
Stafford deserves quite a lot of credit score for a way he performed towards the Titans whereas nursing a painful rib damage. To reward him, we’ll embody him in our FanDuel lineup! In all seriousness, this initiatives to be a pass-heavy sport plan for the Lions, as they are going to probably be enjoying from behind. They’re additionally dealing with a Buccaneers workforce that has allowed the fewest speeding yards to RBs this season. By having Brady and Stafford, we’ll capitalize on all passing manufacturing in what may very well be a high-scoring sport. Stafford is a little bit of a threat given his accidents, however the Bucs have given up three large video games in latest weeks to Jared Goff, Matt Ryan, and Patrick Mahomes. All had not less than 356 yards and three TDs. Stafford may put up comparable numbers, particularly if he is enjoying from behind.
FLEX: Marvin Jones, Lions ($11,500)
Jones, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, T.J. Hockenson, and Rob Gronkowski had been all out there on this worth vary, however we in the end determined to pair Jones with Stafford. Jones has been on a tear ever since Kenny Golladay exited the Lions’ Week 8 sport with a hip damage. Since that point, he has averaged 8.9 targets, 5.8 receptions, and 69.1 receiving yards whereas recording six TDs. In two of his previous three video games, he has posted not less than 112 yards and a TD, and he may need an opportunity to do this towards the Bucs. Tampa Bay has allowed 5 TDs to WRs in its previous three video games. If Jones can take benefit whereas racking up some yardage, he ought to repay simply right here. Stacking him with Stafford is a high-upside transfer.
FLEX: LeSean McCoy, Buccaneers ($5,000)
To afford so many costly choices for this lineup, we needed to spend all the best way down for one low-priced participant. That ended up being McCoy. As acknowledged earlier, the Lions have been terrible towards RBs all yr, so if McCoy performs even just a bit bit behind Fournette, he may find yourself breaking a giant run, scoring a TD, or catching a protracted move. He had three catches for 32 yards towards the Falcons final week, and if he spells Fournette as a receiver, he may rack up some catches from Brady, who loves throwing to RBs out of the backfield. McCoy is a dangerous choice, however at this cut price worth, he is price a shot, and he’ll earn us some lineup differentiation, as few will wish to spend down this far for any participant.