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At 4for4, I posted value plays and optimized lineups for three sites. First, FanDuel:

Value Plays

QB Alex Smith $6700 (@PHI)
As I’ve explained in the past, FanDuel underprices their elite guys, so you want to get as many of them into your lineup as possible. To do that, you can and should implement a high-low strategy, generally fading mid-tier players who won’t allow you to go big elsewhere.

Smith is one of those guys who can allow you to jump on Adrian Peterson-esque players. And he’s playing the Eagles, so there’s a decent chance he throws for 2,000 yards this week.

RB Adrian Peterson $9500 (vs CLE)
Peterson showed last week that it just doesn’t matter who he’s playing. The Vikings don’t have a passing game and Peterson still can’t be stopped, so he’s only going to get better if Christian Ponder can find a receiver more than five yards downfield.

Peterson makes for a great heads-up play because he’s so safe, but he’s also an outstanding player to use in tournaments because he can go for 250 yards on any given Sunday.

Then DraftDay:

WR Julian Edelman $12450 (vs TB)
DraftDay typically underprices their lower-tier players such that they are by far the best values. But they also have a soft cap, so you can’t really use more than one bottom-dweller. That means that you often need to move far down the value reports to find usable players just because the top is filled with guys who aren’t projected to score very many points.

It also means that when an elite (or near-elite) player finds himself near the top of the DraftDay values, it usually means he’s really good value. Edelman is a great value on a bunch of sites this week—he’s a monster in PPR and Tom Brady has nowhere else to go with the ball—and there’s no one else in his tier that’s near as good of value.

TE Greg Olsen $9150 (vs NYG)
Olsen was undervalued in season-long leagues and he’s undervalued on a week-to-week basis in daily leagues. He’s a good mix of value and projected points on DraftDay, and he should be able to eat up the Giants.

And finally, StarStreet:

QB Andy Dalton $10800 (vs GB)
You have to start two quarterbacks at StarStreet, and you’ll want to use at least one lower-priced player in most situations. Dalton can be that guy with only the 21st-priciest quarterback salary on the site. Playing the Packers, there’s a good chance that the Bengals will be down late, forcing Dalton to air it out. He makes for a great stack with wide receiver A.J. Green in tournaments.

RB Jamaal Charles $13800 (@PHI)
If you’re getting in some leagues tonight, you can start Charles if you wish. He’s not a great heads-up play because he’s semi-dependent on long runs, but that makes him worth the risk in tournaments. He’s such a big-play back that he can break off a couple long touchdowns against anyone. That’s especially true against the Eagles.

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