My Week 3 Guys On FanDuel
I’ve made a bunch of teams this week and I keep coming around to the same players over and over. I feel like these are my safest and upsidiest plays for this week.
Colin Kaepernick ($9,200) There’s not much holding Kaepernick back this week. Last Sunday night in Seattle Kaepernick and the 49ers were absolutely shut down. It had to be a little humiliating. But this week all the stars have aligned for a big game from Kap. The Colts aren’t a strong defense and allowed a big game to Terrelle Pryor on his running ability alone. Then the next week gave up 319 yards passing to Ryan Tannehill. If you put those two quarterbacks together you still don’t get the equivalent of Kaepernick. And if you add in the ability of Andrew Luck to move the ball, I doubt the 49ers will just sit on their heels with a big lead. He’s expensive, but I think he’s worth it this week.
Eli Manning ($7,500) The Panthers secondary is in shambles. I don’t even have energy to list all the injuries they have sustained this season, but they have three defensive backs out for this game and one questionable. Manning has thrown an inordinate amount of interceptions, but still is averaging 406 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns a game. The Panthers aren’t the Broncos, but they do have a strong front seven while the Giants have a weak secondary as well. There will be passing.
Bernard Pierce ($5,900) What’s not to like? He’s going to get his 20+ carries, he’s a strong, explosive runner and he’s only $5,900. But yeah, he faces the Texans who aren’t the easiest matchup in the world, but just on volume of touches and price he’s a safe play.
Joique Bell ($6,500) Yes, I know I’m stating the obvious here, but if Reggie Bush can’t play Bell is the safest $6,500 back you’ll see ever in the history of FanDuel (slight exaggeration most likely). Bell has played spot duty for the Lions this season and has 24 touches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. And for his career he has 158 touches for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns. That’s a hefty 6.7 yards per touch to go along with his great 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. He’s worth hovering over your computer waiting for official word on Bush.
Marshawn Lynch ($8,300) Of course you didn’t start him last week against the 49ers and he goes off for three touchdowns. These things happen. So you may worry that the fantasy football Gods will smite you down for starting him this week, and hey, they might, but you have to go with the matchup and Lynch is about as good a play as you can find. The Jaguars have no offense to speak of and really, you shouldn’t speak of it in polite company. And the Seahawks have possibly the best defense in the league with Brandon Browner and Chris Clemons returning this week! There won’t be much need for Seattle to pass the ball and the Jaguars are giving up the most yards per carry to running backs and the third most yards rushing. The only concern is that Lynch will sit late in the game, but you’ll already have a bunch of fantasy points by then.
Julian Edelman ($6,700) With Darrelle Revis most likely on Kenbrell Thompkins Edelman should stick to the slot and have another high target game with Danny Amendola out again. I don’t expect Bill Belichick to let his offense continue to sputter like it has and Edelman is the most reliable receiver on the team right now.
A.J. Green ($8,400) The Packers have been demolished by #1 receivers this season and Green is the number oneiest. Anquan Boldin and Pierre garcon have combined for 21 receptions, 351 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. I’ll take a 10.5/175.5/1 line from Green in FanDuel this Sunday thank you.
Hakeem Nicks ($6,800)/Victor Cruz ($7,300) Do you remember all of those injured Carolina defensive backs? Yeah, Nicks and Cruz will be facing their backups. I’ve been putting Nicks in my lineups more often due to his slightly cheaper cost, but Cruz has been garnering enough fantasy points to deserve those extra bucks as well.
Greg Olsen ($6,300) The Giants have given up three touchdowns to tight ends already and Olsen had seven receptions for 98 yards last year when they met. He also leads the team in receptions and yards. He’s a safe play in a plus matchup.
Jason Witten ($6,500) His poor game in Kansas City knocked his price down a bit, but not my confidence in him. He was targeted plenty, but KC played good defense as they are quickly becoming known for. St. Louis lacks good coverage linebackers and safeties and Witten should have plenty of opportunities in this one.
Seattle ($5,700) and Minnesota ($5,200) These look like the two strongest options this week. The Seahawks take on Chad Henne and either a banged up Maurice Jones-Drew or Jordan Todman. While the Vikings get the Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden-less Browns, which make them the whoever at running back and Brian Hoyer-full Browns. Whichever fits my lineup is good for me.