If you spend big in DFS, grab DeMarco Murray
Can you believe that we're already in Week 3 of the NFL regular season. The good news is that while Fantasy owners in standard leagues are at the quarter pole of the regular season, we still have 15 weeks of action in Daily Fantasy. Let's win some money this weekend.
1pm - San Diego at Buffalo (Temp near 70, SW wind 11 to 15 mph and 90 percent chance of precipitation)
1pm - Baltimore at Cleveland (Temps mid 70s, WNW wind from 15 to 18 mph and 40 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
1pm - Oakland at New England (Temps upper 80s, 50 percent chance of scattered t-storms)
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas ($14700 at STL): If you're going to spend heavily on any one player, Murray has to be your guy. Sure, he has faced the St. Louis Rams just twice in his career, but he has had his best days as a pro against them. In Week 7 of the 2011 season, Murray rolled up 253 rushing yards on 25 carries with a touchdown, and in Week 3 of the 2013 season, he ran 26 times for 175 yards and a score while adding three grabs for 28 yards. This season, the Rams rank 29th against the rush, allowing 171 yards per game. Murray WILL go off again.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota ($10700 at NO): If Fantasy owners aren't salivating about Patterson's matchup this weekend, well they should be. He will face the 32nd-ranked pass defense in the NFL, a Saints defense which has been dinged for an NFL-worst 10 plays of 20 or more yards through the air.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo ($10200 vs SD): As mentioned above, there is a high probability of rain in the Chargers-Bills game, and that likely means we'll see more ground-based offense than usual. Spiller has toted the rock 27 times in the first two games while adding four receptions. It wouldn't be surprising to see Spiller get 20 touches in Week 3, and on a potentially sloppy field, the Chargers could have difficulty wrapping him up.
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota ($9700 at NO): Asiata isn't as great of a DFS bargain as last weekend, but he still has a mid-level salary and he could shine in a potential shootout in the Superdome. While he ran 13 times for just 36 yards, he was targeted seven times out of the backfield, posting five grabs for 48 yards and a touchdown. Look for similar Fantasy production this week against a Saints pass defense which is dead-last in the NFL, allowing 323.5 yards per game.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville ($9350 vs IND): Yes, really. If your Daily Fantasy provider requires two starting quarterbacks, Henne is a viable option. First off, the Colts rank 29th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 295 yards per game with a total of four touchdowns through two games. They have been dinged for three plays of 40 or more yards through the air. Henne isn't great, but he should be adequate, and could pass frequently if his team gets behind early, too. He will also save you plenty of salary to spend on studs at other spots.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota ($8350 at NO): Again, we've mentioned multiple times about the inability of the Saints to stop the pass. Rudolph could very well make his way into the end zone for the second time in three games. He was targeted eight times in Week 2 against New England, and double-digit targets wouldn't be surprising here.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston ($4000 at NYG): File this name away for Sunday, and when inactives are announced at 11:30am ET or so, make your decision then. RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game at N.Y. Giants. If he is declared inactive, Blue might step up and carry the mail. He had 11 carries last week to just three for Jonathan Grimes, apparently passing him on the depth chart. Blue could be a surprise against Big Blue if he starts.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis ($5950 at JAC): The Jaguars are allowing 168 yards per game on the ground with four rushing touchdowns through the first two games, and they cannot stop the pass either, ranking 26th in the NFL. There is plenty of opportunity for Bradshaw to get into open spaces, and at this low salary he is a player who could well exceed expectations.
Derek Carrier, TE, San Francisco ($4000 at ARI): Keep a close eye on the inactives before finalizing your lineup. Carrier was targeted four times last weekend, posting three grabs for 41 yards. With TEs Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee) having not practiced this week, and the team promoting TE Asante Cleveland from the practice squad Saturday, it appears Carrier might get the start. If so, he could easily exceed DFS salary expectations.
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