Fantasy Football – 3 Potential Surprise Studs For Week 1
Every Fantasy Football player is searching for that great player that is going to take it to their opponents with surprisingly low-ownership. Finding that player or players could be the difference between winning a nice chunk of cash and having a line-up that just misses.
Here are 3 potential studs that you might want to incorporate into your lineup at the last possible moment.
1. James Conner, RB Pittsburgh Steelers
I know, I know, you’ve heard everything that you can take about Conner ($5000 on FanDuel) being the key cog for your line-up. However, I think that the extraordinary young man who has overcome sickness and long-odds to get to this point (and who has been taking first team reps throughout camp obviously) will go for more than 100 yards and multiple TDs against the Browns. He is nearly a must-play to save money at this point.
He was an exceptional player in college and I think that he will step up to the plate in a big way this week. He has his own dual-threat skills, and the Steelers seem resigned to using him while Le’Veon Bell sits out his contract dispute.
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2. Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals
While everyone is focusing on how Fitzgerald is not really able to do what he used to, you can pick up a WR 1 for a bargain! Fitzgerald saw a large number of targets last year, and that figures to continue with him operating out of the slot in the middle of the field with Sam Bradford. Honestly, Bradford will hit him with a ton of short passes that could add up to 10 catches and a TD or two.
The Redskins secondary is suspect and will not likely be able to dedicate enough attention to Fitzgerald, who won’t be lining up on the outside. This mismatch is likely to be identified by the coaching staff and exploited through both Larry Fitzgerald and another discount option in Ricky Seals-Jones.
3. Tyrod Taylor, QB Cleveland Browns
Vegas certainly seems to agree with me, as the line for this game just keeps getting closer and closer. And Vegas is generally pretty smart (believe me). I think that Tyrod has a chance to score 2 rushing TDs in this game and throw for some serious yardage en route to a 25+ point night. Now, I am not sure I am picking them to pull off the upset (or even cover the spread), but there is a decent chance that this game is close in the 4th quarter.
The Steelers D shouldn’t scare you off here, as they do have the tendency to let up when dealing with a lopsided score. And given Pittsburgh’s offensive firepower (yes, even without Bell), I would not be surprised to see this game surpass it’s over/under of 41. Taylor has more of a supporting cast (Landry, Gordon, Njoku) and backfield (Johnson, Hyde) than we are used to seeing from the Browns.
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