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Now let’s see what is on the menu for week 1, as we attempt to pile the most possible points into a 60K budget…
Jay Cutler ($6,900): Cutler is facing a nice matchup with the Indianapolis secondary, and will be eager to show off his new weapon, Brandon Marshall. Cutler is cheaper than guys like Schaub and Freeman, and is a nice value if you want to stack up star players elsewhere.
Russell Wilson ($5,400): Have you heard? Russell Wilson is starting for the Seahawks! For those who want a SUPER cheap QB option, Wilson is a crazy good buy at a mere $5,400. This would provide a FanDuel lineup with plenty of flexibility to add the Fosters and Grahams of the world.
Stevan Ridley ($5,500): Ridley is cheaper than other players like Beanie Wells, CJ Spiller, and Roy Helu, and is a much more appealing option. BGE was solid in New England’s feature back role in 2011, and that is what Ridley has morphed into.
Kevin Smith ($5,000): This is where FanDuel money is made. The scoring system offers .5 points per reception, which benefits a quality pass catching RB like Smith. Smith is a tremendous by, as he is priced down with Brandon Jacobs and Mike Goodson. Jump on this one.
Antonio Brown ($6,000): There are roughly 20 wide outs priced higher than Brown this week, and I would take Brown over a decent chunk of them, especially as Mike Wallace gets his legs under him. Brown was awesome in the preseason, and he should be able to keep that momentum rolling, despite the return of Wallace.
Nate Washington ($5,300): As Kenny Britt serves a suspension for boozin’ and drivin’, the Titans get the New England secondary at home. Locker will be throwing quite a bit in this contest, and Washington will be on the other end. A nice reception total will provide a great boost at only $5,300.
Just pick one. However, make sure he does not cost a penny over $5,000. Nate Kaeding will work just fine.
Seattle Seahawks ($5,000): 5k is the minimum price for defenses, and the young ‘Hawks secondary should be able to feast on the Cardinals.
Buffalo Bills ($5,000): Another fine 5k option, as Buffalo gets the Jets in week 1. The Jets!