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Fantasy Football: Best picks include Jets

By Sean Reis    
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The Fantasy Football season is upon us, and while most have already drafted their teams, others will test their skills in weekly leagues. Different than average draft leagues, websites like Draft Kings are all about players’ values and their match-ups. Below I have listed suggested players per position with their Draft Kings prices. Good luck.

Quarterbacks:

Aaron Rodgers ($8,600) — If you are willing to spend big money on a QB, you can never go wrong with Rodgers, especially when he has such a great match-up this week.

Matthew Stafford ($7,000) — In the likely scenario you are unable to fit Rodgers in your budget, Stafford has a lot of upside. You know Megatron always has a chance for a monster day, and who throws him the football? Stafford.

Running Backs:

Justin Forsett ($6,200) — Following the loss of Ray Rice last season, Forsett quickly filled the void in the backfield. Like Rice, Forsett not only could rush, but could also receive, which makes him a solid play for the price.

Jonathan Stewart ($5,800) — After years of splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams, Stewart is alone and will be taking a majority of the carries. I like him as a week-toweek budget RB to consider.

Carlos Hyde ($5,300) — I wanted to draft this kid in my annual league, but I waited too long. Luckily, I still like him on Draft Kings as a similar play to Forsett and Stewart, high upside for a low price. I recommend staying away from picking a top tier RB — are they worth the extra thousands of dollars?

Wide Receivers:

Calvin Johnson ($8,500) — We draft three WRs and although he has a high price tag, the money should be in the budget for one star WR, Megatron.

Victor Cruz ($5,100) — In the OBJ hype, one man has been forgotten, Cruz. I cannot promise he will be the same receiver he was before injury, but for $5,100 I am willing to take that risk.

Davante Adams ($4,400) — Jordy Nelson is on IR and Randall Cobb has been battling injury as well, which leaves Adams as the No. 1 receiver for Rodgers.

Tight Ends:

Jimmy Graham ($5,600) — Relative to other positions, TE is an inexpensive position. Personally, I am willing to pay top dollar at TE for that reason, especially for Graham in his new uniform, but if you disagree…

Jason Witten ($4,000) — Tony Romo’s go-to TE is cheap! The match-up is OK, but Romo has always had a soft spot for Witten and I expect plenty of targets and maybe a touchdown.

Defense:

New York Jets ($2,900) — Unlike other positions, I only have one suggestion at defense — the New York Jets, because at an average price they have an ideal match-up with Cleveland. The Jets have top tier defensive backs and they will be eager for interceptions against a weak QB.

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