Lou Sherman @loudogsports
It’s week 2 of the Patrick Laird experiment. This will surely be the cheapest we will see him if he has another solid fantasy day in the Meadowlands on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson ($6700) threw the ball 50 times last week, and is playing in the highest Over/Under game on Sunday. This is a critical divisional matchup against a leaky Titans pass defense, plus Watson has 7 rush TD on the year, with 7 separate games of at least 30 rushing yards, furthering increasing his floor.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($6100) has a plus matchup against the Falcons, on a team with an implied total of 29.5 points. Jared Goff ($6100) has looked better of late, with back to back games of multiple passing TD. Kyler Murray ($5600) has rushing upside and has shown he can get you 20 fantasy points without 300 yards, a number in which the Browns have yet to allow a QB to reach this season.
Chris Carson ($7500) should take back the bell cow role with Rashaad Penny out, leading to 20+ touches against the Carolina Panthers, who have allowed a rushing TD from a RB in 9 straight games.
Patrick Laird ($4500) is the cheap option that I am looking to jam into lineups this week. He has a floor of 3-5 receptions and is in a plus matchup against the 2-win Giants. Also, Pete Overzet is going to this game so we should expect 2 TD out of Laird and get a cake eating celebration. Only 8 RB have more snaps than Laird over the past 2 weeks.
Phillip Lindsay ($5600) is not the sexiest pick, as he really needs to reach the end zone once or twice to truly make him worth a spot in your lineup, but the matchup with the Chiefs rushing D is a juicy one. Lindsay has a floor of 15 rushes for 50 yards and a couple catches, but the Chiefs have allowed 6 different backs to eclipse 100 yards this year and are stout against the pass.
Saquon Barkley ($7700) should get 15+ touches against the Dolphins, which can turn into a massive fantasy day any given week. DeAndre Washington ($4700) is in a better situation than Laird if Josh Jacobs were to miss this game, and he would become a lock in cash games if that were the case. Todd Gurley ($6000) has 20+ touches in 3 of his last 4 games, leading to 18+ fantasy points in those contests.
DeAndre Hopkins ($8000) is facing a Titans secondary that we have been targeting, and have been riddled by injuries over the past month. If Will Fuller misses this game again, Hopkins should easily see double digit targets in the highest scoring expected game on the slate.
Robert Woods ($6200) is too cheap for the role he has been playing on the Rams offense over the last month, with at least 6 receptions and 95 receiving yards in 4 straight games, on a ridiculous 47 targets.
Chris Conley ($3600) has a 24% target share when DJ Chark has been off the field this season. The Jaguars have been dust for the past month, but they should need to throw and the Raiders have been vulnerable through the air, allowing 153 yards and 2TD to AJ Brown last week.
Chris Godwin ($7700) plays without Evans, but the Winston thumb injury worries me more than paying up for Hopkins or down to Kenny Golladay ($7200). Golladay has a 32% target share when Marvin Jones is off the field and gets a juicy Bucs matchup. Greg Ward ($3000) and Keelan Cole ($3000) are min priced receivers who should at least see an uptick in snaps, leading to opportunities to score fantasy points.
Tyler Higbee ($3900) has essentially replaced Cooper Kupp in this offense, with back to back 100 yard games. With Gerald Everett out, lock Higbee into your lineups with confidence.
Zach Ertz ($6000) showed last week how he can be force-fed when Carson Wentz has limited options in the passing game and should continue to be fed this week against the lowly Redskins. Ian Thomas ($3100) is in line to get another 5+ targets with Greg Olsen out, against a Seahawks team that is beatable by TE.
Breshad Perriman ($4500) is the son of Brett Perriman, who played WR for the Detroit Lions from 1991-1996. Breshad also has back to back games with 70+ receiving yards and Mike Evans is done for the season.