Update (10:40 PM)
Decided to make some adjustments. We still have Daniel Jones, Sterling Shepard, Austin Ekeler, & Keenan Allen.
With TY Hilton out, I see a pretty run-heavy attack from Marlon Mack & the Colts today against a below-average Raiders rushing defense and I'm switching out McCaffrey to put in Mack!
Although Terry McLaurin is an a great match-up, I'm not taking any chances with him and his sore hamstring. I'm sticking with Paul Richardson Jr. who is coming off his best game of the season (8 receptions, 83 yards, TD) and I think could be in for another big game.
I'm going with Tyler Lockett as I needed to get some action agianst a Cardinals team that has struggled with slot receivers and has given up a bunch of big plays this season.
At TE, I wasn't able to fit Engram in there to go with our NYG stack, however, I'm happy we were able to to fit in Darren Waller who should be in line for a big performance agianst Colts.
On defense, we decided to pay up for Jacksonville as we like their match-up agianst Denver, especially coming of a 9-sack game.
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Hope everyone has had a nice start to their weeks.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for FanDuel NFL “Main Slate” that features 12 games and starts at 1:00pm.
I think Seattle is going to be a very popular stack this week, however, I’m going to go with the rookie Daniel Jones who took New York by storm last week in their incredible comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones was outstanding last week, completing 23 of 36 passes for 336 passing yds & 2 TD’s while also rushing for 2 TD’s. Jones price is very reasonable and the match-up doesn’t get much better as he faces a Redskins defense that has already allowed 9 passing TD’s on the season.
At the RB position, we’re going to be targeting Austin Ekeler of the Chargers & Christian McCaffrey of the Panthers.
Austin Ekeler is showing the Chargers front office that they don’t need to rush and get Melvin Gordon back as the duel-threat running back has been incredible this season, averaging 22.8 FanDuel points/game. Ekeler is a duel-threat RB that has been extremely value in the passing game this season as he already has 19 receptions for 208 yards & 2 TD. Ekeler gets the privilege this week of going against the Miami Dolphins who have had no answers against the run as they come into this game ranked dead last in rushing defense, already allowing 624 yards & 6 TD’s on the season.
Cam Newton has already been listed out again, which means I have no hesitation of paying up for Christian McCaffrey who bounced back after a rough outing against the Buccaneers to put up a solid 26.3-pooint performance against the Cardinals last week. McCaffrey is arguably the best fantasy RB in the league with his ability to do some much damage in both the running/passing attacks and gets a Houston defense that is allowing RB’s to average 5.4 yds/carry and currently rank 27th in receiving yards allowed to RB’s on the season.
There is absolutely no way I’m fading Keenan Allen this week in his match-up against the Miami Dolphins. Allen has been unstoppable to start the season as he is avenging 9.7 rec/g & 134.7 yds/g and is coming off a career performance against the Texans in which he has 13 receptions (17 targets) for 183 yards & 2 TD’s. Miami ranks just 28th in team defense against the pass and struggled last week against the Cowboys Amari Cooper (6 rec, 88 yds, 2 TD). Allen might not see the playing field for the entire game due to the blow-out risk, however, I think he does plenty of damage to make his high price tag worth again this week.
As we’re going with Daniel Jones at QB, we wanted to get at least one of his receivers in the lineup and did so with Sterling Shepard. Shepard looked fully recovered for a concussion that made him miss Week 2 and finished last week with 7 receptions for 100 yards & TD. The Redskins have struggled allowing TD’s to opposing WR’s this season, as they come in ranked 31st in FanDuel pts/allowed to WR at 38.7 pts/game. It’s only been one game for Daniel Jones, but he seemed to be on the same page with Shepard and as the Giants top WR, I think Shepard value is only going to go up over the next few weeks.
Staying in the WAS/NYG match-up, we’re going to go with the Redskins impressive rookie, Terry McLaurin who comes into this game with an impressive 16 receptions (24 targets) for 257 yards & 3 TD’s on the season. The Giants defense has had no answers for opposing WR’s this season, as they rank dead last in team passing defense, already allowing 997 yards & 8 TD’s on the season. McLaurin has the ability to take it to the endzone anytime he gets his hands on the ball and I think he is in for another big game this Sunday.
Adding on to our Giants stack, we’re going with Evan Engram. Engram has seen an incredible 30 targets so far this season and comes into this game with 23 receptions for 277 yards & 2 TD. Engram looked good last week with Jones under center, going for 113 yards & TD on 6 receptions and showed his big-play ability with a 75-yard TD pass. As we’ve mentioned, the Redskins have been one of the worst teams defending the pass this season and I think Engram continues his solid start of the season with another big game.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m really targeting the passing games in the WAS/NYG game as both passing defense have been horrendous this season. At our Flex position, we’re going with Paul Richardson Jr. who I think brings in great value at just $4,700. Richardson was a big acquisition for the Redskins from Seattle just two seasons ago and although he hasn’t lived up to his potential to date, we saw what he is capable of doing last week as he finished with 8 receptions for 83 yards and a TD against the Bears. Richardson Jr. should have no problem getting open against the Giants secondary and I’m hoping for a repeat performance from what we saw from him last week.
At this point, I’m sacrificing a quality defense to be able to fit in both McCaffrey & Ekeler at RB. I had enough salary to afford the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their match-up against the Rams. The Rams obviously have some serious weapons on the offensive end, however, Goff hasn’t looked great this season and I’m just hoping that Tampa Bay can get a few turnovers to get us around 10 points.
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