Lou Sherman @LoudogSports
I’m not going to mention Christian McCaffrey very often. He’s an obvious play every week. At $10,500, you are paying a premium for a premium fantasy asset. If value opens up on any given week, he is worth adding to your lineups. This week he faces a Packers defense that struggles to defend running backs. You should play him.
Daniel Jones ($5700) has a rushing floor and a great matchup. I’m probably too high on the “ Battle of the Meadowlands,” but Jones has over 40 pass attempts in consecutive games and has thrown at least one TD in all of his starts.
Lamar Jackson ($7300) is a guy I want this week. We saw him run all over the Bengals a few weeks ago. His 19/152/1 rushing stat line in that game is something no other QB has in their arsenal. Jameis Winston ($6800) is a guy I will continue to play every week. Arizona has been struggling on defense, allowing the most fantasy points to QB this season, and Winston has a great chance at the 300 yard bonus any given week.
Devin Singletary ($5000) szn has officially begun after 20 carries last week. Frank Gore has averaged less than 2.5 yards per carry since Singletary’s return. TJ Yeldon appears to be a non factor when it comes to competition in the passing game, so you can’t really beat this price on a lead back.
David Montgomery ($5300) has also seen increased volume recently. The Lions have given up the most fantasy points to running backs, and Mitch Trubisky doesn’t really pose a threat through the air. Montgomery has been up and down this season, but with 3 TD over the past 2 games and a plus matchup, there is a lot to like this week for him.
Le’Veon Bell ($6900) is at a nice price this week. If most people are going to lock in Marlon Mack ($7000) against the Dolphins, you should be able to get Bell are great leverage in a similar matchup. Bell also has a pass game floor that Mack does not. However, Mack has scored a touchdown in every game that the Colts have won by multiple touchdowns in his career, and has eclipsed 119 rushing yards in 5 of those 6 games.
Jaylen Samuels ($6300) is in play again, as we saw he has enough of a passing game role to get you 20 points with only 8 carries. Ronald Jones ($4300) is worth considering as value is harder to come by this week. The matchup is good, and his big play ability could lead to him being a difference maker in your lineup. Kalen Ballage ($3800) is hard to tout, as he hasn’t ever looked particularly good. However, the Dolphins don’t really have other options and he is an extremely cheap option.
Golden Tate ($5900) has been getting consistent action in the absence of Sterling Shepard. Now Evan Engram looks to be missing this game. The Jets secondary is terrible, and Tate could break one of his short crossing routes for a TD in this contest.
Jamison Crowder ($5000) is an extremely safe option against the Giants, who have given up 6 100 yard receiving performances to WR this season. Crowder has yet to reach that milestone this year, and their might not be a better matchup for him to do it.
Ted Ginn ($3700). All of the cornerbacks in Atlanta are outside of the top 70 according to PFF rankings. Michael Thomas ($8300) is the obvious play here, but Ginn comes in over $4500 cheaper. Ginn provides you plenty of savings to a Saints attack that should flourish at home against the 1-7 Falcons.
Tyler Boyd ($4700) continues to be the top option in Cincinnati with AJ Green still out. He’s #2 in the Air Yards Buy Low Model, and could be a fall back for a rookie QB in his first NFL game. The Bengals will need to pass after Lamar runs all over them. AJ Brown ($4300) has opened up as value with Corey Davis and Delanie Walker missing this game. The Titans don’t have many other options. Marquise Brown ($5100) is the guy I am pairing with Lamar. When he is on the field, Brown is used, so I don’t care how limited he is. Josh Reynolds ($3800) is a cheap WR who gained target exposure with Brandin Cooks getting another concussion.
Mike Gesicki ($3100) could be the #2 option for the Dolphins with Preston Williams, and his 22% target share, out for the season. Gesicki often runs routes like a WR and has seen 20 targets over the past 4 weeks (Preston had 30) so Gesicki should see at least 5 targets, and at this price, seems like a good value play to me.
Travis Kelce ($6400) should not stay this cheap for long. He’s worth a play in what I expect to be lower ownership than he deserves. He has 13 red zone targets without a TD this year, and will have Patrick Mahomes back. TJ Hockenson ($3900) was on the right track last week until he got knocked out of the game. Now he gets a Bears defense giving up 8 yards per target. Hockenson had 7 targets last week and at least 5 in 3 of the 4 games since their bye. Jonnu Smith ($3500) could be the biggest beneficiary of Corey Davis’s absens with Kansas City’s ability to cover WRs.
Saquon Barkley ($8800) faces the Jets this week. A team that his dad has a tattoo in honor of his dedication to the team. His father said he will root for the Giants, but Saquon should give him a reason to remove that tattoo.