The perfect lineup last week did not include a quarterback and receiver pairing. It did however include Andrew Luck, Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks, which we did talk about as top options. By the way, did you see Osweiler have a decent game? Those shootout games are big point opportunities and we will target them again this week. Let’s look at our top match ups which include a Falcons stack.
New York Giants vs. New Orleans (o/u 53 1/2)
Perhaps you missed me telling you that two of the Saints receivers put up big points. One thing to note, the New Orleans Saints just lost to the Raiders and did so giving up 319 passing yards. Any game New Orleans plays this year has shootout potential written all over it. They have one of the worst secondaries and one of the best passing offensive units, currently ranked 23rd, and THE worst rush defense. With that in mind, Brees ($9,200) and the Saints top ranked passing offense will look to the air to keep up. This week Brandin Cooks ($8,400) and Willie Snead ($7,200) are your top options and rookie Michael Thomas ($5,000) may have his break out game, if the Saints run a 3 wide receiver set. The Giants secondary doesn’t have a shutdown corner and his size is a huge advantage. The Cowboys didn’t take advantage of that, but I believe Drew Brees will. With the steep price tag of Brees and Cooks, you need to be some value plays in your lineup.
On the other side of the ball the Giants have to find a way to get the ball to OBJ. Odell Beckham Jr. ($9,400) only caught 4 passes out of 8 targets last week against the Cowboys for 73 yards. Eli Manning ($8,100) will have a big day against that Saints defense, and that leaves Victor Cruz ($5,700) and Sterling Sheppard ($6,200) with plenty of opportunity to be great value picks if you choose not to stack them with Eli. Larry Donnell could be a sneaky play at TE, if you are looking for a 10 point performance.
Tampa Bay vs. Arizona (o/u 50)
Jameis Winston ($7,600) threw four TD’s last week and scored 26.5 FDP’s against a weak Atlanta defense. He has a different challenge in Arizona. The Cardinals defense will challenge Winston by trying to shut down the big play guy Mike Evans ($8,100). I’m going to say that won’t be as easy as everyone thinks since Winston connected with eight different receivers during the 281 yard performance. Sefarian-Jenkins ($5,200) had a single target, which he caught for a score. With that kind of spread, I am going to avoid spending up on Evans this week and assume the rookie corner in Arizona will make more mistakes against Vincent Jackson ($5,400) or Cecil Shorts III ($4,900). Just remember you heard it here first!
Arizona will continue to feed the backfield and get the ball in the hands of David Johnson ($9,000). Carson Palmer ($8,200) will be given tons of opportunity to throw downfield because Tampa Bay will be trying desperately to stop Johnson and the running game. Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400) played all but two snaps in the opener, and caught a pair of touchdown passes. He will be the top pair with Palmer and Michael Floyd ($7,000) will need to do better with his targets this week. He was targeted 7 times and only converted 3 of those to 61 yards.
Atlanta vs. Oakland (o/u 49)
After getting shredded for 423 yards the Oakland defense is suspect. Matt Ryan ($7,900) is 11th in price on Fanduel and I believe has better receivers in Julio Jones ($9,300) and Mohommad Sanu ($6,700) than the Saints. This should be a high paced game with a high volume of pass attempts. Oakland is favored by 5, and I think the Falcons will need to continue to air it out to keep pace and this Falcons stack is worth the price.
Oakland won a tight contest last week and Derek Carr ($8,300) threw for 319 yards, but only one touchdown. The Oakland offense ran the ball well for 167 total yards which was the best performance in the NFL in week 1. Three different running backs scored for the Raiders which makes our job difficult picking the right combination this week. I don’t believe the Atlanta defense will give up as much on the ground as they only allowed 90 yards last week. Amari Cooper ($7,900) and Michael Crabtree ($6,200) have an opportunity to have big games this week. What fits best with your lineup, and how you fill in around these guys will make or break you. I like Cooper over Crabtree this week, but if you cannot swing the extra $1,700 in salary, Crabtree will cover value enough to make your lineup worthy of cash.
Last week I ran the following lineup that included one of my suggested Fanduel NFL stacks of Big Ben and Antonio Brown.
Ben Roethlisberger – 22.8
Arian Foster – 11.5
Ezekiel Elliot – 11.7
Antonio Brown – 28.6
Donte Moncrief – 15.4
Eric Decker – 10.7
Jason Witten – 11.1
Chris Boswell – 9
LA Rams – 1
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