Quarterback: $7,800 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans- Sadly Mariota saw his season cut short by injury last year, but luckily he hasn’t shown any signs of lingering effects. He draws an excellent matchup with a subpar Oakland Raiders defense. In a game that should be a shootout, Mariota will have plenty of opportunities to accrue yardage and touchdowns. He is an excellent play for both cash games and
Running Back: $7,300 Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams- After a disappointing 2016 season, Gurley will look to regain some of his 2015 form that made him rookie of the year. He should be able to get things rolling against the abysmal Indianapolis Colts run defense. In my opinion Gurley is the fourth best running back for this week, and there is an outside chance that he ends up pacing all running backs.
Running Back: $9,300 Le’Veon Bell- Bell facing the Cleveland Browns is a match made in heaven. He should be able to gain yardage with ease against the porous Cleveland run defense. Bell and David Johnson are easily the top two options at the running back position, and you can’t go wrong with playing either of them.
Wide Receiver: $5,100 Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills- Jones is primed for a huge year, and he should find plenty of success against the New York Jets. He should be Tyrod Taylor’s go-to option, which means plenty of targets will be headed his way. He has the physical ability to make big plays, and that gives him a very lofty ceiling for this week. If Jones is a free agent in your league, make sure he is picked up immediately.
Wide Receiver: $9,000 Julio Jones- This play is a bit better for tournaments since there is a chance that the Falcons are up by so much in the second half that they only run the ball. Nevertheless, Jones should be able to slice up an inferior Chicago Bears defense. The potential is there for a huge game, but as we saw last year against the Saints, the potential for a dud is present as well.
Wide Receiver: $7,500 Doug Baldwin- As Russell Wilson’s favorite target, Baldwin should see plenty of targets headed his way. The Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks game has one of the highest implied point totals, meaning you want at least some exposure to that game.
Tight End: $4,500 Zach Miller, Chicago Bears- With Alshon Jeffrey gone, someone is going to need to catch passes in Chicago, albeit the fact that they are Mike Glennon passes. Kevin White and Kendall Wright should soak up some targets, but that won’t stop Miller from having a big game.
Kicker: $4,900 Matt Bryant- The Atlanta Falcons offense should be able to score at ease against the Chicago Bears, which means Bryant will have plenty of opportunities to put points on the board. Other options here are Stephen Hauschka and Ryan Succop.
Defense: $4,600 Los Angeles Rams- There is only one reason why you should start the Rams this week: Scott Tolzien is the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. The Rams are also a relatively cheap for the amount of production they can give you.
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