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Finally, it has happened to me right in front of my face and I cannot hide it! No, this is not a CeCe Peniston song, it is all of America’s expression when football is on television for the next five months. Welcome to the first game of the Daily Fantasy Football season.

I love playing slates involving the Thursday game. Inevitably, there are a large amount of teams who just want to see their names on top of the leader board. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it makes for a cool picture to your friends?

At any rate, the Thursday night games are a good way to build your bankroll as these aforementioned idiots create an opportunity for all of us.

My Daily Fantasy Football picks today will tend to cater to cash games as I’m not trying to be sneaky and expect very high usage of these picks.

Let’s get the picks.

 

FanDuel Picks for Thursday, September 10

 

Quarterback

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Perhaps his ownership won’t be as high as I anticipate because of his injury history. He may not make it two snaps into the game and taking a zero at quarterback is the equivalent of a punch in the bean bag, but the upside against Atlanta’s defense has me salivating.

 

Running Back

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

Well, hello Marc Trestman! If you don’t know what Marc Trestman can do for you, you haven’t been paying attention. Sure, the Bears ran him out of town, but he is the single reason Matt Forte was at the top of the running back charts last season. Expect the same from Mr. Forsett.

Alfred Blue, Houston Texans

I will say this, if I was Bill O’Brien I would roll with Chris Polk, but lucky for you, I’m not. The Chiefs are a different defense on the road and can be exposed on the ground, besides do you really expect Houston to throw anywhere down field?

 

Wide Receiver

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

In all my season long leagues, he was my No. 1 overall pick. He is a PPR machine even if it is only a half a point. Brown does it all- screens, deep balls, reverses, you name it. The play has him involved somewhere. I expect a bigger uptick in volume with Le’veon Bell out for the first few weeks. He’s not cheap, but he is a must play.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

I expect Julio Jones to be heavily involved in a game with the highest over-under. Julio is very much like Antonio Brown, although he is taller which makes him a great option on fade routes in the endzone. Roddy White’s status may be up in the air for Monday, which means all your balls belong to Julio!

Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

Yes, I like to pair my quarterback with a receiver. If you haven’t guessed, I will be focusing on the Eagles/Falcons game. I loved Mathews this off-season and I think he will be targeted early and often. After watching most of the preseason games, you are going to want shares of the Eagles. I think Mathews is due to get the biggest piece of the pie on the receiver core. The Eagles are the Coors Field of football DFS.

 

Tight End

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

I went cheap here. I believe the Bears defense will be worse than your local high school team. Since I spent heavily on wide receiver, I had to find value and upside somewhere. Judging by the preseason, Aaron Rodgers will give Rodgers plenty of red zone looks.

 

Kicker

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

The fact I even have to write about a kicker is making me sick. I like Janikowski due to Oakland’s struggles in scoring touchdowns during the preseason. In the third preseason game, Janikowski went 5-5, plus the dude can hit it from anywhere.

 

Defense

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are cheap, they are at home and I really don’t trust Baltimore’s receivers a hell of a lot. I expect Baltimore and Denver both to run it pretty frequently. What’s the worse that happens? Denver gets up big, and Baltimore has to throw it a lot? In the words of John Madden, “When you pass, three things can happen and two of them are bad.”

 

So, there you have it.

Look, I’m biased, but these are in my opinion, the Best FanDuel Picks for Thursday, September 10.

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