It seems like it was just yesterday that we were suffering through the endless drought of the off-season, but now we’ve got more football than we can handle! Check out some of my favorite FanDuel plays for this week’s Sunday slate.
QB: Josh McCown - $6,000
Exit Robert Griffin III and enter Josh McCown. The Browns faced the Ravens twice last year with McCown at the helm. McCown had an amazing day against Baltimore on the road in Week 5, throwing for 457 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 picks. In Week 12, when the Browns hosted the Ravens, McCown had a more pedestrian outing, throwing for 212 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions.
McCown is capable of posing big numbers, and at this price he's too good to pass up. This week, we should see McCown buoy the value of Duke Johnson, Gary Barnidge, hell, he just makes the Browns better as a whole. Josh will be highly owned because of his price, so you’ll have to diversify elsewhere if you roster him at QB. But, even with high ownership, I think he’s a solid play for the weekend.
RB: TJ Yeldon - $6,500
Yeldon and the Jags head cross-country to face the U-G-L-Y you-aint-got-no-alibi Chargers defense. After giving up nearly 200 yards and a touchdown to Chiefs running back Spencer Ware in Week 1, the Chargers will be facing a more talented back in Yeldon.
Now, the Jaguars don’t feature their backs like the Chiefs have under Andy Reid, but with Chris Ivory not expected to play this week, Yeldon will have to carry the load for the Jags. With Yeldon going 8% owned in Fantasy Aces contests (thanks to TwoQBs.com for the data!), you’ll have a chance to get a running back with immense upside that not too many folks will be rostering.
WR: John Brown - $6,600
The Cardinals lost a squeaker against a Pats side that came to play last Sunday night. I’m betting on a bounce-back from Carson Palmer and company this week. The Cards face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad that gave up over 300 yards to Matt Ryan and the Falcons in the season opener, and the Cardinals just have too much talent to be held down for long.
This is absolutely not a cash game play as with the Cardinals, you can never be sure who will produce at wide receiver. But, in a tournament, the chance to get a couple of long touchdowns out of Brown is very tempting.
TE: Eric Ebron - $5,500
Ebron worried DFSers last week since we didn’t know if he would be able to play a full game due to his ankle injury suffered in the pre-season. Those fears were put to bed on Sunday when Ebron saw 92% of the snaps on offense for Detroit. This week, the Lions host a bad Tennessee Titans team, and I expect we’ll see Ebron string together a few games as he takes that step forward that we've been waiting for. With everyone looking to play Gary Barnidge (and I’m not here to talk you out of doing that) I think Ebron is a great alternative that wont see a high ownership percentage.
DST: Miami Dolphins - $4,300
The Dolphins give you both great salary relief and a nice potential to roster a low-ownership player that could hand in a great day. The Dolphins D-line is a few notches above formidable, and the entire Dolphins defense looked pretty good against Seattle last week. It is incredibly difficult to bet against the Patriots, but the Dolphins will never have a better chance to go to New England and lay the wood to the Pats. I want a piece of this defense that will be spending all day in the backfield against Jimmy Garoppolo.
K: Mike Nugent - $4,600
The Nuge posted 12 points last week against the Jets, and this week he’ll face Pittsburgh in a matchup that has one of the highest expected point totals according to the folks in Vegas. Nugent gives you plenty of potential at a near-minimum price for the K spot this Sunday.
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