Week 1, or the information week as I often think of it, is complete. The information accrued is essential for not only week 2, but for the entire season. Things change rapidly in the NFL. If you won last week that’s great, but Fanduel has a funny way of humbling you quickly. Here are this week’s Quick Picks for Fanduel tournament contests with a little bit of an updated format.
3 New Things I learned Last Week:
#1 – Derek Carr may not have scored many touchdowns in week one, but he looked poised and the breakout season is very real.
#2 – The Browns are even worse than I thought they would be. Just ugly.
#3 – The Rams offense is predictably too one dimensional so curb your enthusiasm (new season is coming out!) on Gurley.
3 Things I already knew and were confirmed:
#1 – Antonio Brown can not be stopped.
#2 – The Colts secondary is awful and their offensive line can not protect Luck. They should not let him play vs. Denver this week.
#3 – If you are sure which Chiefs RB will get a majority of the snaps then take that RB.
Player I gotta have this week – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – Giants ($9400) Saints rank 29th against the pass and last year Odell torched them last year to the tune of 8-130-3 TDs. I’d pay the price for him because I see value elsewhere and you don’t want to miss the party.
Cheap player I’ve talked myself into all week long and firmly believe he will do wellstrong></ Jesse James – TE – Steelers ($4500) Last year Heath Miller did very well in the two meetings (20-171 combined) against the Bengals. In his debut as a starter last week, Jesse James caught 5 of his 7 targets for 31 yards and no TDs. The Bengals defense will do a better job on the other Steeler skill players than the Redskins did leaving James an opportunity for a big day at a small price.
Value Play – Michael Crabtree – WR – Raiders ($6200) This game should be offensively entertaining right from the start. The Falcons gave up four TDs to Winston last week at home and will be even worse traveling across the country to take on a determined Raider squad who will not be taking their foot off of the gas. I see no reason to spend the extra $1700 on Amari Cooper when there’s a good chance at $6200 Crabtree will put up similar or better numbers. For reference, Crabtree caught 7 of 9 targets for 87 yards last week.
Player I’d stay away from – Adrian Peterson – RB – Vikings ($8200) There are just so many more enticing options at RB this week. Also,the Packers are very good at stopping the run and historically very good at limiting Adrian Peterson (last year 112 rushing yards in two games). A slight ankle injury and questions at the QB position add to the troubles here.
“The Sure Thing” (if there is such a thing) – AJ Green – WR – Bengals ($8900) The challenge isn’t deciding whether Green should be in your lineup this week, rather, figuring out a way to squeeze him and Beckham into the same lineup. Jesse James’ salary will help you do that! His stats last week were awesome catching 12 of his 13 targets for 180 yards and a TD. Historically, he does well vs. the Steelers. Last year he went 11-118-1 at Pittsburgh and 6-132-1 at home. This rivalry has grown and the best players tend to rise up in that atmosphere.
Trevor Siemian – Broncos – QB – ($6400) The Broncos can do whatever they want to the Colts. It would behoove them to let Siemian get a confident boost by throwing 4 TDs and running in for one.
Bears D – ($4,400) They held their own vs. the Texans on the road last week while registering 2 sacks and an interception. Carson Wentz might be a little shaky in his first road game and might cough up a few picks and/or fumbles. Bears are a great way to help you fit multiple high-priced players at the other skill positions.
Phillip Dorsett – ($5500) Colts should be trailing for most of this game. Dorsett has some great speed creating a challenge for even the best defenses in the league. If Luck isn’t knocked out of this game due to injury early on Dorsett could rack up some big time points.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and best of luck this week!