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It’s clear Drew Brees is still dealing with a shoulder that’s not 100% (he said after the game it felt “good enough”), relegating him to mostly underneath throws. But Sunday night showed that doesn’t mean he can’t still possess plenty of fantasy value, as he threw for 359 yards and got 8.9 YPA with a 2:0 TD:INT ratio. A missed New Orleans 30-yard field goal at the end of regulation helped, as it sent the game to overtime, where Brees connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard score that marked the 400th TD pass of his career. He may be on the decline, but in the year of the injured quarterback, Brees can still be a top-five type fantasy QB from here on out. A healthy Spiller filling the old Darren Sproles role would certainly go a long way. The Saints’ upcoming schedule (@Phi, Atl, @Ind, NYG, Ten) should feature a bunch of shootouts.
Longread of the Week: Terrence Howard’s Dangerous Mind
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Lance McCullers, SP, at Ari (Ray), $44: He’s pitched better at home this season, although McCullers does own a 9.1 K/9 mark on the road. He gets to face a National League lineup (albeit in a strong hitter’s park) in what amounts to a must-win game for the Astros.
Garrett Richards, SP, at Tex (Hamels), $40: He’s allowed three runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts (and just four in the other), has a solid K rate and will be pitching for an Angels team with their season on the line. Richards is modestly priced, as there are 11 more expensive pitchers on Sunday’s slate.
Miguel Montero, C, at Mil (Lopez), $12: He has 12 homers in fewer than 300 at bats versus righties this season.
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Jake Odorizzi, SP, vs. Mia (Fernandez), $40: He has a 3.05 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 71 strikeouts overt 73.2 innings at home this season. A win won’t come easy since Jose Fernandez is pitching for the opposition, but the Marlins have scored the second fewest runs in baseball, and Odorizzi should dominate this NL lineup (that’s missing Giancarlo Stanton). The over/under for this game is 6.5.
Trevor Bauer, SP, vs. Min (Duffey), $35: He gets his first start in more than three weeks, and while control remains a problem, Bauer should be a nice source of strikeouts. There are only three cheaper pitchers during Thursday’s evening slate.
Brian McCann, C, vs. Bos (Hill), $16: He faces a lefty (he actually has a higher OPS vs. them compared to RHP this year), which typically isn’t ideal, but McCann hits far better at home, and the catcher position is ugly here.
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Garrett Richards, SP, vs. Oak (Zito), $45: He has a 3.08 ERA and 1.12 WHIP at home this season and sports a 10.2 K/9 rate over his last four starts. The Angels are fighting for a playoff spot, so they should put out their best lineup possible. They face off against Barry Zito, which is part of the reason why L.A. is the biggest favorite on the board Wednesday (-230).
Yovani Gallardo, SP, vs. Det (Boyd), $37: He doesn’t have the prettiest peripherals, but Gallardo owns a 3.42 ERA this season and should face a depleted Tigers lineup likely resting Miguel Cabrera. The Rangers are big favorites (-185) as a result.
John Jaso, C, vs. Mia (Cosart), $11: He owns a .357 OBP against right-handed pitchers (and a .395 OBP away from Tropicana Field) and remains cheap at a thin catcher position.
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Week 3’s winner of the “NFL Million Dollar Baller” contest rode a balanced approach to a whopping 246.6 points, which would’ve beaten last week’s champion by 59.02. The winner took home a cool $100,000 while besting 77,786 other participants in a highly competitive Week 3 tournament.
Cam Newton was started by just 10.2% of the teams despite a modest price tag ($36) and up against a New Orleans secondary that has been shredded this season (they’ve now allowed 9.9 YPA and an NFL-high 119.6 QB Rating to opposing passers), which led to 29.90 points.
The winner also had Devonta Freeman, who was this week’s top scoring back (39.80) yet was owned by only 16.9% of teams. Freeman is suddenly tied for the NFL lead with four rushing scores on the year, and he’s really impressed as a receiver. As a result, his cost has gone from $18 last week up to $27 in Week 4.
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With Dez Bryant hurt and now Ben Roethlisberger sidelined in Pittsburgh, which hurts Antonio Brown, Julio Jones has separated himself as the clear No. 1 wide receiver and arguably the No. 1 overall fantasy asset. To highlight just how crazy good Jones has been, according to Pro Football Focus, he’s been the target on five passes that have gone 20+ yards in the air this season, and he’s secured every one of them for 170 yards and two scores, which is obscenely efficient. Jones has seen 35 targets over the past two contests, and his 34 catches are the most over the first three games of a season in NFL history. Jones is on pace to finish with 181 catches, 2,347 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. That’s just unfair, especially in PPR formats. As hoped, new OC Kyle Shanahan is getting the most out of this unique talent.
Longread of the Week: The Fermi Paradox
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Luis Severino, SP, vs. CWS (Johnson), $47: The rookie starter has 48 strikeouts over his first 49.1 innings in the majors, averaging a whopping 95.5 mph with his fastball while producing a strong 9.9 SwStr%. The White Sox have scored the second fewest runs in the American League, which is part of the reason why the Yankees are big favorites Sunday (-190).
Mark Buehrle, SP, vs. TB (Andriese), $37: Unlike Severino, Buehrle has anything but overpowering stuff, but he too faces an anemic offense (the Rays rank last in runs scored in the AL) and is helped by baseball’s best offense backing him up. Like the Yankees, the Blue Jays are also -190 favorites.
A.J. Ellis, C, at Col (Rusin), $12: He’s hitting in Coors Field and owns a .271/.401/.514 line against southpaws.
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Michael Wacha, SP, vs. Mil (Jungmann), $45: He has a 3.03 ERA and 1.16 WHIP at home this season, and the Cardinals are heavy favorites Thursday (-185). Wacha is reasonably priced here.
Wade Miley, SP, vs. TB (Ramirez), $41: He sports a 4.1 K:BB ratio at home this year and is facing a Tampa Bay offense that’s scored the fewest runs in the American League.
Tom Murphy, C, vs. Pit (Locke), $9: The rookie has homered in three straight games and has the platoon advantage. He’s also super cheap but beware there’s a chance Murphy is rested in an afternoon contest after catching a night game.
Prince Fielder, 1B, at Oak (Bassitt), $13: He owns a .335/.409/.488 line against righties this season yet 16 first basemen are priced higher during Thursday’s slate.
Jason Heyward, OF, vs. Mil (Jungmann), $16: He has 11 homers, 15 stolen bases and a .357 OBP over 365 at bats when facing right-handed pitchers this year.
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Bartolo Colon, SP, vs. Atl (Perez), $44: He has a 1.21 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over his last six appearances (five starts), with a 5:1 K:BB ratio over 37.1 innings. The Braves have also scored by far the fewest runs in baseball this season. The Mets are the third-most favored team on the board during Wednesday’s slate.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, vs. Mil (Davies), $38: He’s coming off a rough start but owns a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with a 69:19 K:BB ratio over 73.1 innings at home this year. Meanwhile, opposing starter Zach Davies sports a 14:12 K:BB ratio this season, and the Cubs are the second-most favored team Wednesday.
John Jaso, C, at Bos (Porcello), $12: He has a .368 OBP when facing righties, usually bats atop Tampa Bay’s lineup and will be playing in a terrific hitter’s park.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, vs. Cin (Finnegan), $12: He has the platoon advantage and often hits cleanup in St. Louis’ lineup.
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Week 2’s winner of the “NFL Million Dollar Baller” contest took an unconventional route, starting a contrarian lineup that bested 77,787 other entrants. Of course, it’s no surprise the winner didn’t go chalk, as it takes some standouts from little owned players to win such a deep tournament.
It started with Tyrod Taylor, who scored a whopping 28.98 points despite holding a measly $27 price tag. Thanks to his rushing ability, Taylor has been the No. 5 fantasy quarterback through the first two weeks of the season, yet he remains affordable in Yahoo DFS (he’s actually cheaper this week at $24 despite coming off such a big performance). Taylor was used in less than 5 percent of this pool, but expect that number to start rapidly climbing moving forward.