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Franchise is playing the matchups this week with Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon going against the bad Colts defense. Similarly, he's got DeMarco Murray and Delanie Walker loaded up against the Raiders. Why Brandin Cooks, you ask? The matchup is certainly good, but Franchise is also playing the #narrative card by reminding me that Sunday is Cooks' birthday. Since we're no longer doubting Larry Fitzgerald, it makes sense to have him in the lineup. Perhaps the most outside the box pick is the Texans defense facing the Patriots on the road on Thursday night. It has to be the Jacoby Brissett effect.
Alex described this to me as a "YOLO lineup" and when you see Todd Gurley planted as his RB1 this week, you completely understand how he came to that conclusion. But considering how Gurley and the running game have struggled, it's plausible that the Rams try to feed their feature back repeatedly. Elsewhere, he goes with Carson Palmer over the likes of Matt Ryan or Drew Brees. And hey ... Gelhar finally took a Packer! Jordy Nelson has been one of the brighter spots in an otherwise underwhelming offense. Finally, Gelhar takes a chance on the Dolphins, who were one of his streaming defense options this week.
Harmon goes with a number of elite, talented players at most of his Perfect Challenge spots. Nearly across the board, all of the players he's selected were projected to be top tier players at their respective positions (we might be fudging a little on DeAngelo Williams, but we knew he'd be productive with Le'Veon Bell out of the lineup). Then there's Matt Ryan. The Falcons quarterback has been the target of fantasy derision for years but through two games, he's the highest scorer at the position ... and he gets to face the woeful Saints defense. That's worth going against the chalk for.
After trying to think outside the box and play matchups in Week 2, I decided to go a little more chalky in Week 3. Drew Brees back at home on the turf against a division rival on Monday night? Yes please. David Johnson no matter what and Melvin Gordon against an atrocious Colts defense make for a solid backfield. Julio Jones and Larry Fitzgerald remain good at football while the Saints and Bills defenses are still questionable. The Titans got Delanie Walker much more involved last week and that should continue versus a leaky Raiders defense. After the Bears poor peformance on Monday night, Dan Bailey should have plenty of chances to score. Meanwhile, the Dolphins should be a nice streaming defensive option against rookie Cody Kessler and the Browns.