Week 3 is here, and the NFL is the biggest thing in the world. Seriously. The Rugby World Cup has started, the political debate scene is in full swing, and the stock market is as volatile as red face Coughlin on the sideline, but the NFL TRUMPS (wink wink) everything. Let's get right to it; below are my week 3 FanDuel lineup picks. Exploit injuries. Find value. Build the perfect puzzle. Enjoy:
Carson Palmer QB, ARI $8100
Until he's stopped or gets hurt, you can no longer doubt that he's an every week QB1, and still on sale to boot.
Latavius Murray RB, OAK $7000
Cleveland sports the NFL's worst rush defense dating back to last year, and the Oakland offense should be able to move the ball consistently. Running lanes will be more ample than throwing, which makes Murray a cheap RB1 candidate.
Jonathan Stewart RB, CAR $6500
He's disappointed YTD, but this matchup is too good at his current price. Drew Brees is out, and the Saints' season is already in doubt, so JStew should get 20+ touches during clock-killing mode.
Brandon Marshall WR, NYJ $7400
BMarsh looks healthy and scary in green, and has been a weekly WR1 with an ivy league lumberjack for a QB. If Decker sits due to injury, Marshall could conceivably hit 15-20 targets against the lowly secondary of the Beagles.
A.J. Green WR, CIN $8000
The Ravens secondary made the Raiders think that they had Tim Brown and Fred Biletnikoff back on the field. Green/Dalton always have bigger games on the road, and I anticipate some circus TD strikes for Green.
Julio Jones WR, ATL $9000
Pay up. HE'S WORTH IT.
Coby Fleener TE, IND $4900
Dwayne Allen is out, which makes "Fleen Dog" a TE1 plug in play at minimum cost.
Cairo Santos K, KC $4600
Obviously not one of the "Usual Suspects" of fantasy kickers, but the Chiefs will move the ball against the Packers in a game I see going down to the final minutes. Plus, no one in the NFL has a cooler name to say.
NY Jets DST $4500
I'm not sure why the Jets defense hasn't gotten more expensive in Fanduel, but they are a top three unit, and play the Eagles at home. Sam Bradford see's ghosts everywhere, and Todd Bowles' blitz playbook is next on the list.