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Straight cash homie! In his never-ending quest to pay off his kids' college education early, Brad Evans unveils his FanDuel picks for the upcoming week and explains his reasoning behind them. Make that money, #TeamHuevos.
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CONTEST RULES AND SCORING
FAKE BUDGET: $60,000
Cam Newton, Car, QB (FanDuel Price: $8,400) – He's got legs. And he knows how to use them. Back to his old, versatile ways, Newton, who had slumped his way to 42 rushing yards in his first four games, found the spring in his step last week in Cincinnati. The QB, showing vintage open-field burst, sprinted his way to a season-best 107 rushing yards. Sam Shields and Co. have grounded many aerial attacks this year, but Green Bay's ineffectiveness up front could make Cam quite the opportunistic runner. Only Cincinnati and Washington have conceded more rushing yards to QBs than the Packers. Something along the lines of 280-300 combined yards and three touchdowns (one rush) is in my fearless forecast.
Justin Forsett, Bal, RB ($6,200) – Pulling away from Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the ferret-sized rusher has emerged as the Ravens RB to own. In six games, he's averaged a robust 6.05 yards per touch, notching several 10-plus yard plays. Since Week 2, he's also tucked inside the RB top-20 netting 13.0 fantasy points per game in PPR. Atlanta is abysmal defending versatile rushers. In total, six RBs have eclipsed 90 total yards against them. Even worse, eight of them have scored at least 10 fantasy points. On roughly 14-16 touches, Forsett is a shoo-in for roughly 100 total yards and a TD.
Branden Oliver, SD, RB ($7,400) – The Chargers' hot hand has branded the competition with consecutive scintillating performances. He accounted for 306 total yards and three touchdowns against the Jets and Raiders, gaining an impressive 66.5 percent of his yards after contact. The good times should keep rolling this week against KC. Yes, the Chiefs have surrendered the eighth-fewest fantasy points to RBs this year, but they've also yielded 5.29 yards per carry. They're refreshed off the bye, but the Chargers' commanding offensive line should open plentiful holes for the firecracker to explode through. Another century-mark effort with a TD is on tap.
Demaryius Thomas, Den, WR ($9,100) – He certainly isn't for the thrifty, but with Peyton Manning gunning for NFL history at home and on prime-time, Thomas is sure to have another monster game. San Francisco's secondary has played admirably this year. Among eligible corners, Perrish Cox has given up the third-lowest QB rating at the position (39.4). Chris Culliver, who's allowed a 57.6 catch percentage, isn't too shabby either. Only Michael Floyd has crossed the 70-yard mark against this secondary. Still, given the circumstances, Thomas cranks out a 7-110-1 line.
Brandon Marshall, Chi, WR ($7,700) – Hampered by a tender ankle for several weeks, Marshall finally resembled his usual self last week in Atlanta catching six balls for 113 yards, his first triple-digit effort of the season. Another standout performance is likely. Though they've produced respectable surface numbers, Miami boasts only an average secondary. Targeted 61 times, starting corners Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes have surrendered 41 receptions (67.2 catch percentage). Big physical wideouts Sammy Watkins and Jordy Nelson have given the duo fits. Marshall, constructed from similar materials, poses a serious matchup problem.
Andre Holmes, Oak, WR ($6,000) – Derek Carr has a man-crush on the guy targeting him 20 times over the past two weeks. During that span the pair have connected nine times for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Stunningly, Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie have been burned often in coverage this year. Combined the tandem has surrendered 17.34 yards per catch and a 117.8 QB rating. With Carr's confidence growing and Holmes now a prominent downfield presence, their torrid on-field romance surges on. Odds are strong the Raider becomes the fifth 100-yard receiver allowed by Arizona this year.
Jordan Reed, Was, TE ($5,400) – Last week against 'Zona, he resembled the stud that ranked top 10 at the TE position over the first eight weeks of 2013, catching eight passes for 92 yards on 11 targets. Reed could build on that production against a Tennessee defense that often employs zone. A TE has done an end zone jig against the Titans in three straight games. He extends that streak and chips in 50-60 yards.
Shaun Suisham, K, Pit ($4,700) – He's accurate and most importantly CHEAP. Fantastic price for the No. 12 kicker currently in fantasy.
Buffalo Bills D/ST ($5,000) – The Bills have their issues against the pass, but expect them to rattle Teddy Bridgewater in his first appearance at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Minnesota has allowed the third-most fantasy points to D/STs.
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