Monday Night Football FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 12 Eagles-Seahawks single-game tournaments
The Seahawks and the Eagles are both battling for the top spots in their division despite being very different-looking teams. The Seahawks have a 7-3 record, an MVP candidate at quarterback, and play in one of the NFL’s toughest divisions. Meanwhile, the Eagles have a 3-6-1 record, have a QB that is leading the league in interceptions (14) and times sacked (40), and are in one of the league’s worst divisions. This Monday Night Football clash will be an interesting way to close Week 12, and there will be no shortage of lineup options for NFL DFS owners. Our FanDuel single-game lineup is using a balanced approach this week but is spending more for Seahawks players than for Eagles.
The strategy in crafting this lineup was simple. We wanted to get the Seahawks’ top-tier playmakers at QB, RB, and WR to make sure we had shares in each area of their offense. That will give us a chance to benefit from most of their yardage. After that, we used the rest of our money to target the Seahawks’ biggest weakness — their pass defense — and went with a couple of cheaper Eagles wideouts who could pan out as sleeper options.
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FanDuel Single-Game Picks: Eagles vs. Seahawks
MVP (1.5x points): DK Metcalf, Seahawks ($14,000)
There are a handful of trustworthy MVP options in this one, but we wanted to go with a player on the Seahawks since they seem likely to put up strong numbers against the Eagles defense. Metcalf is our choice here since his ceiling is higher than any other skill-position player on the Seattle roster. This year, Metcalf has posted at least 17 FanDuel points six times and will get to take on an Eagles defense that has allowed an average of 177 receiving yards to wideouts in their past two games. Metcalf is one fo the league’s best and most consistent receivers, and after two relatively quiet games (five catches, 74 yards, and a TD total in that span), he should be motivated to pop off and the Eagles may not be able to guard him deep. Feel free to roll with him in the hopes that he can get 10 targets, 100 yards, and another score.
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FLEX: Russell Wilson, Seahawks ($16,500)
The Eagles have allowed only 17.7 FanDuel points per game (FD PPG) to QBs this season, but that number is a bit misleading. The Eagles have played the following quarterbacks on the year: Dwayne Haskins, Jared Goff, Nick Mullens/C.J. Beathard, Ben Roethlisberger, Lamar Jackson, Ben DiNucci, Daniel Jones (twice), and Baker Mayfield. There are a couple of good QBs on that list, but the only world-beater is Jackson, who is having a down year. The Eagles have yet to face a player like Wilson who can truly expose the weak back-end of the team’s defense and throws one of the best deep balls in the game. Wilson has posted at least 20 FanDuel points in all but one game this year and has at least 24.1 in all but three contests. Wilson’s high floor makes him a must-have in this lineup, and he certainly could be a solid MVP choice. We just went with Metcalf over him as a slightly more contrarian play to earn some lineup differentiation.
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FLEX: Chris Carson, Seahawks ($11,500)
By adding Carson to our lineup, we’re ensuring that we’ll be in on most of the Seahawks’ offensive production against the Eagles, as we have their top passer, receiver, and runner scheduled to play. Carson is set to return from a foot injury and is facing an Eagles defense that has allowed 10 rushing TDs to RBs this year, tied for the sixth most in the NFL. Carson had been averaging a TD per game in his first six contests before an injury, so he should have a good chance to score against the Eagles, especially if the Seahawks work their way into the red zone frequently.
FLEX: Jalen Reagor, Eagles ($9,500)
Now that we have a balanced Seahawks approach, it’s time for us to target their biggest weakness: Their pass defense. The Seahawks are allowing 44.3 FD PPG to WRs, good for the most in the NFL by a wide margin. The Seahawks lead the league in receptions allowed to WRs (213) and yardage allowed (2,597), and they may have issues fully containing the Eagles’ passing attack. Reagor is averaging 5.2 targets per game for the Eagles and seems to be blossoming into their top receiving option. He can be trusted to get targets and to be a potential big-play threat, and given that he may be lesser owned than the similarly priced Travis Fulgham, having him in our lineup makes sense.
FLEX: Greg Ward, Eagles ($7,500)
Ward is a solid sleeper pick for this lineup, as he allows us to spend up for the Seahawks playmakers without sacrificing too much of our ceiling. Ward is averaging 5.5 targets per game this season and has played at least 63 percent of the offensive snaps in every week since Week 3. He doesn’t break long gains often and he’s more reception and TD-dependent than Reagor and Fulgham, but he does have the potential to win in the slot. We’ll grab him in the hopes that the Seahawks focus on the outside receivers and leave Ward open enough for him to pay off and possibly, exceed, this price tag.