Struggling in your season-long fantasy league? Give DFS a spin

And some enticing FanDuel bargains to get you started

Published: Updated:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) — Marcio Jose Sanchez

As our backup utility lineman, I have the privilege of keeping this space warm for John Sahly the next two weeks.

As such, I thought it'd be fun to consider some of the top reasons for season-long players who have endured difficult first halves of 2016 to throw their hat in the daily ring. After all, that's the beauty of DFS – a fresh start. John Fox can't put the toothpaste back in the tube, but Jay Cutler gets new life in Week 8 – and you can, too.

• You drank the Blake Bortles, Carson Palmer or Kirk Cousins Kool Aid: Fantasy's third, fifth and eighth scorers, respectively, overall last season, none has even been decent weekly QB1 options this season. We've been down on all three at PFW dating back to the spring, but if you didn't have access to our magazine or YouTube channel before your draft, well, there's still hope, and it's called DFS.

• You thought this was the year Doug Martin, Sammy Watkins and Jordan Reed could stay healthy: When Martin is right, he's as good in fantasy as anyone but Adrian Peterson with two intact menisci. Alas, the Bucs spent big to retain their feature guy in free agency and he's disappointed (note: don't pay free-agent running backs). But don't worry: former Bears RB Jacquizz Rodgers has gone berzerk the past two weeks. (Sidenote: Who had Rodgers, not Matt Forte, as the former Bears back balling out for a team in the playoff hunt?) As for Watkins and Reed, we can't fault you for targeting these two 2015 home-stretch MVPs, but what now?

• You assumed slim Eddie Lacy and disciplined Jameis Winston were here to stay: In fairness to Lacy, even at a 4-3 DE weight, he was blowing through would-be tacklers like a box of Krispy Kremes. And Winston, well, it's not like he's shouting obscenities on lunchroom tables or lifting crab legs – he just can't protect the football. But there's still time for Winston and fellow second-year passer Marcus Mariota.

• You welcomed your firstborn Monday afternoon and won't have time to make tough roster choices, much less file waiver claims and consider trades. Fortunately, I'll set your Week 8 FanDuel lineup for you right now...

QB: Jameis Winston, $7,400, vs. OAK: A wise man recently told me not to pay up for my DFS quarterback. Winston's ball secuity issues notwithstanding, the Raiders' 'D' is expensive and exploitable.

RB: Spencer Ware, $7,400, at IND: Lesser backs have a tendency to wear down the Colts. This is the one who's made the great Jamaal Charles expendable.

RB: Matt Forte, $7,300, at CLE: Forte will miss the Cubs in Cleveland by a day, but not a second consecutive chance to get back on track against a decimated AFC North defense.

WR: Mike Evans, $7,900, vs. OAK: It's stack time, says Rex Ryan (it's also about to once again start getting late early for Ryan's Bills).

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, $7,000, at CAR: David Gettleman miscalculated his losses in the secondary, but don't miss a chance to add a Hall of Famer who always picks up his team when it's down.

WR: Julian Edelman: $6,500, at BUF: Edelman looks healthy, Tom Brady is hot and New England was shut out by Buffalo a few weeks ago.

TE: Jimmy Graham, $6,700, at NO: The Saints could use Graham back ... to play anywhere in their secondary. New Orleans 'D' cures more ills, including Seattle's offense, than penicillin.

K: Dan Bailey, $4,700 vs. PHI: Good kicker. Good offense. Opponent with some newfound turnover issues.

D: New York Jets, $4,700, at CLE: Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, Kevin Hogan: different means to the same end.