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Below you’ll find my team for the $200,000 league. When going for big money you need to get a little risky to help differentiate your team from the masses., so that’s my plan this week, which goes against my usual FanDueling thought process. Not all of my players go against the norm, or at least what I think the norm will be, but I believe there's enough differentiation to give these picks a shot at the big money.
QB: Cam Newton: After a tough week one where his coach handcuffed him and the Seahawks defense did things the Seahawks defense does, Newton gets a much easier road to hoe in week two against the Buffalo Bills. Newton’s upside is without question one of the highest in the league with his ability to run and pass and the Bills are weak against both. Last week they gave up 158 yards rushing to the Patriots and they’re without three defensive backs. He’s not cheap at $9000, but I have a feeling others will shy away from him after his week one numbers.
RB: Darren McFadden: I’m not ready to go bonkers over McFadden, but I liked what I saw out of him week one. He ran strong and showed that he is a worthwhile goal line back as well as almost staying in bounds on a touchdown pass. If you add in the extra threat of Terrelle Pryor on the ground, it will open up some holes for him. The Jaguars defense gave up 120 rushing yards at 4.3 yards per carry to the Chiefs in Jacksonville and now goes into the Black Hole. He’s a risky pick no doubt, but one worth taking in a big league.
RB: Eddie Lacy: Lacy will probably be owned in quite a few leagues this week, but his price ($6900) and upside makes him a must add for me with this team. Washington was just leveled by Chip Kelly and LeSean McCoy for 263 yards rushing at 5.4 yards a clip. The packers aren’t going to go to a run based offense anytime soon, but Lacy will be used at the goal line, in the passing game and any time he runs the ball the defense must be ready for Aaron Rodgers because they can’t afford for him to beat them deep.
WR: Marlon Brown: At $4800 he’s the value pick of this group. The Ravens showed in the season opener that they were severely undermanned in offensive receiving positions. Throwing to Brandon Stokley, Dennis Pitta and Dallas Clark isn’t going to win them games, but Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown are legitimate playmakers. Brown had 6 targets against Denver and turned them into 4 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. This Sunday they get a Browns defense that manned up Joe Haden on Mike Wallace last week, which allowed Brian Hartline to put up 9 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
WR: DeSean Jackson: The run first Eagles offense creates few opportunities for wide receivers when they are ahead, but thankfully for Jackson he is the best and most targeted receiver on the team. Michael Vick threw the ball only 25 times in their win over Washington week one and 9 of those (36%) targets went to Jackson which he caught 7 of for 109 yards and a touchdown all in the first half before they ran out the clock. The Chargers were just lit-up by Matt Schaub and the Texans and now they go into Philadelphia on short rest and jet lag.
WR: Vincent Jackson: Last season Jackson’s two games against the Saints resulted in 13 receptions, 297 yards and a touchdown. In his first game of this year he took on a tough Jets defense and caught 7 passes for 154 yards. He may be on plenty of teams this week, but I can’t think of another receiver with a higher ceiling.
TE: Jimmy Graham: The Buccaneers just allowed Kellen Winslow to catch 7 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown and now they face Graham. Last week almost any tight end not named Sudfeld went off, but the way of the tight end is a fickle one. While other chase those week one games I’ll go with old reliable.
K: Greg Zuerlein: The Rams will be on the road, but they will also be in a dome. Zuerlein has a big leg and can hit those big 50 yarders which can put you over the top. Oh, and he’s just $5000.
D: Baltimore Ravens: After giving up seven touchdowns to Peyton Manning many people will be afraid of the Ravens which is a good reason to use them. They are a good young defense that just got embarrassed on the road when they should have been playing at home basking in the glory of their Super Bowl victory. I think they’ll take it out on the Josh Gordon-less Browns who just allowed six sacks and three interceptions.
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