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STEVE'S FANDUEL WEEK 3 LINEUP
QB - Andrew Luck (IND, $9,000)
RB - Marshawn Lynch (SEA, $8,700)
RB - Jamaal Charles (KC, $8,700)
WR - Donte Moncrief (IND, $6,000)
WR - John Brown (ARI, $6,000)
WR - Allen Hurns (JAX, $5,100)
TE - Travis Kelce (KC, $6,400)
K - Chandler Catanzaro (ARI, $4,700)
DEF - Seahawks ($5,300)
Total Salary - $59,900; Remaining Salary - $100
Bonus Sleeper Pick - Jets WR Quincy Enunwa ($4,500, ONLY IF ERIC DECKER IS OUT)
Is Andrew Luck a contrarian play this week? In other words, will people be much less likely to play him given his first two weeks, considering his hefty $9,000 price tag? I think so. To me that creates opportunity. Luck had 6 TD in only 6 quarters against the Titans last year. When's the best time to buy a stock? When everybody else is selling their stock. And don't be fooled. Andrew Luck is still a blue chip stock.
There's a couple QB-WR stacks I like this week (Palmer-Brown/Fitz, Brady-Edelman/Gronk), but I like the idea of Luck and Moncrief because, again, I think their usage will be much lower. I think the public isn't fully on board with Moncrief yet, and I'm here to tell you his snaps aren't going anywhere. He's earned it and continues to earn the trust of Luck with increased targets.
I think QB Russell Wilson will be a hugely popular play this week against the Bears. I'm trying to spin off that high usage and go with Marshawn Lynch, hoping he has the big day near the goal line.
Another lower usage play is John Brown instead of Larry Fitzgerald. Carson Palmer likes to spread the ball around. Antonio Brown burned the 49ers with his speed last week, and here comes the speedy Brown this week. Brown would be much more popular if they realized he's had a big chunk of yards (and fantasy points) negated by pass interference penalties.
I expect Jaguars WR Allen Robinson to be a popular pick too after last week's big showing, but against the Patriots, I expect Bill Belichick to try to take Robinson out of the game. That leaves Allen Hurns against an otherwise fantasy friendly secondary (even if it is garbage time points that count all the same).
I usually like getting cheaper defenses, but the Seahawks at home looking for their first win against Bears back-up QB Jimmy Clausen is too much to pass up this week. Everybody will use them, but it might be far too many points to let the rest of your tournament competitors to get away with in the standings.