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Why Terrelle Pryor is a must start in fantasy this week

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Last week in Week 3 Terrelle Pryor took the fantasy world by storm. He accomplished that by filling up the box score in a game that felt like a high school game. Pryor filled up the box score to the tune of 8 receptions for 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards, 35 passing yards, and a rushing touchdown. Even though Pryor had the luxury of playing the Miami Dolphins last week, he has an even better matchup against the far from asphyxiating Washington Redskins defense. 

The Browns offense is severely lacking in offensive options which will benefit Pryor greatly. A converted quarterback, the main concern regarding Pryor is who will be throwing him passes. Even though he is their top receiver with Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon sidelined, don't expect Pryor to garner over 100 receiving yards this week. However, his value mainly rests in the fact that Pryor will get snaps in the wildcat formation, and as the Browns' goal-line QB.

Because of the aforementioned reasons, Pryor should be stating in your daily or season-long fantasy lineup, whether he is sitting on your bench or sitting on the waiver-wire. My projections for Pryor this week are 8 receptions for 125 receiving yards, 48 rushing yards, and 32 passing yards. I also expect him to get both a receiving touchdown and rushing touchdown against the Redskins. Based on non-ppr ESPN scoring, that will come out to 29 fantasy points which is well within Pryor's potential.

Optimal Daily Fantasy Football Lineup Week 1

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This will be my introductory article into the world of daily fantasy sports. This article will feature my favorite lineup for the upcoming week. Keep in mind that the $ amounts for players are based on Yahoo's amounts.

Quarterback: Dak Prescott $20- At the minimum amount for quarterbacks, Prescott offers huge value and huge potential.

Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott $24- Elliott should be fantasy's top running back this week as he is facing the New York Giants. Elliott also has a great advantage with having the leagues premier offensive line paving the way for him.

Running Back: DeAngelo Williams $26- With Le'Veon Bell out this week, Williams should score at least 12 fantasy points this week.

Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper $23- Against a fairly weak New Orleans defense, Cooper should rack up plenty of yardage.

Wide Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins $34- The player with the best overall matchup this week is a must start. Hopkins should feast on the Bears' defense.

Wide Receiver: Donte Moncrief $16- Moncrief should have a breakout season this year, and this week should start things off.

Tight End- Rob Gronkowski $27- While he may not have the greatest matchup, you should get plenty of points out of him.

Flex: Spencer Ware $12- Since Jamaal Charles will sit out this week, Ware is easily this week's top value pick.

Defense: Houston Texans $16-  The Texans' defense will look to be asphyxiating against a subpar Bears offense.

The money totals up to $198 which leaves you $2 to make an upgrade if you want.

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Fantasy Football players to pick up before Week 1

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The opening game of the NFL regular season is two days from now. Since the NFL season is starting Thursday, that means the fantasy equivalent is starting as well. Each week I will be posting an article giving you a few players to pick up for your fantasy squads ahead of the upcoming NFL week. This week will focus mainly on waiver-wire players who have gone undrafted in most leagues.

New England Patriots Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo- Since Tom Brady is suspended the first four games of the season, Garappolo is in an ideal situation. Blessed with plenty of options ranging from Rob Gronkowski to Julian Edelman, Garappolo could easily put up 25 plus fantasy points. If he is able to put up 25 points, he should find himself in the top five for fantasy quarterbacks.

Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor- After making the switch from quarterback to wide receiver, Pryor experienced some growing pains last year. This year however he is an intriguing option as he impressed many in the preseason.

New England Patriots Running Back James White- White will share carries with LeGarrette Blount this week, but I personally favor White over Blount. Since Garoppolo is a young quarterback he will be looking for a dump off option on pass plays. White will get most of those looks as he is a much better pass-catcher than Blount.

Indianapolis Colts Tight End Dwayne Allen- Now that he is the lone tight end in Indianapolis, Allen should be a solid fantasy producer this season. Allen should get plenty of red zone targets with Andrew Luck as his quarterback.