Last week was hit or miss depending on who you snagged from my suggestions. We had some huge performances and some players that were absolute duds. Unfortunately, that’s the way the cards fall sometimes. There wasn’t a single Buccaneers player that would’ve helped you out last week, which may be my fault considering I chalked Jameis Winston’s poor play the week before as a fluke. However, we hit on players at each position that put up big numbers, and you should’ve cleared at least 150 points if you grabbed the right ones. Similar to last week, you should’ve at least doubled your money depending on the format you played in. Fingers crossed we keep the good times rolling this week. Lets do this!
Side note: the values and scoring we use are from Draft Kings. I prefer them for two reasons. They utilize PPR scoring and have an additional flex spot on the roster with no kickers. Everyone hates kickers.
Matt Stafford – Detroit Lions
Value – $6,800
Matt Stafford has been on a roll over the last few weeks and looked damn good on Monday night against the Packers. The veteran completed 26 passes for 361 yards and had two touchdowns, which is the third consecutive game he’s thrown for more than 300 yards. He’s also thrown for multiple touchdowns in two out of those three contests. Considering the complete lack of a running game the Lions have, Stafford should continue to be busy against the 23rd ranked defense against quarterbacks in the Cleveland Browns. I also like stacking Stafford with Golden Tate.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Value – $6,700
Jared Goff and the Rams have to be one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season. After being completely written off after a below average rookie campaign, Goff has come storming back in his second year as a starter. While Goff has been up and down at times this season, he’s been a solid option when the matchup calls for it. He’s also coming off his best game of the year after throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants. I think he’ll put up big numbers again this week against a reeling Texans team.
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Value – $6,500
I’ll go ahead and say I don’t feel great about this one. Matt Ryan has struggled in just about every game this season. However, he’s coming off his best game of the year as he finished the day with his second 300 yard passing performance of the season and completed two touchdown passes against the Panthers. My hope here is that Ryan is finally putting things together and getting over his Super Bowl hangover. We’ll see if he can string two decent games together this week against a below average Cowboys secondary.
Josh McCown – New York Jets
Value – $6,100
It’s a little surprising that the Jets are not worse than they are. They were a heavy favorite to finish as the worst team before the season but have actually played some decent football. Part of that success can be attributed to Josh McCown. In weeks five through eight the veteran quarterback had thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game. His production dipped a bit last week due to the rushing attack repeatedly gashing the Bills, but I think we should see him put up at least 20 fantasy points against the Buccaneers heading into week ten. Tampa Bay has been terrible on defense lately and will be without Jameis Winston. At only $6,100 McCown could pay off big.
Hail Mary play:
Eli Manning – New York Giants
Value – $5,100
I may be one of the biggest Eli Manning haters out there, but I don’t allow my dislike to cloud my judgement when it comes to fantasy football. The Giants are decimated and look like a team with nothing to play for. Manning has been through the ringer as of late and has faced some of the best defenses in the league in three straight games. He actually would have had a respectable game last week in a blowout loss to the Rams has he not turned the ball over twice. All that aside, Manning faces one of the other worst teams in the league this week in San Francisco. The 49ers are 24th in the league against quarterbacks, so there’s an outside chance that Manning could put up serviceable numbers this week.
Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars
Value – $8,400
Leonard Fournette was surprisingly a healthy scratch last week after breaking team rules, but it’s already been announced that he’ll return this week. The rookie sensation hasn’t been on the field since week six due to a bye and being a little banged up. Fournette has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and is averaging nearly 100 yards on the ground. At this point there’s no reason to think that he’ll slow down this week against a Chargers defense that’s ranked in the bottom half of the league against running backs.
Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers
Value – $7,200
Anyone who thought that Melvin Gordon’s breakout sophomore season was a fluke was sorely mistaken. While he’s battled injury at times, Gordon has only two games this season where he hasn’t put up double digit points and has 20 or more fantasy points in half of his games. He ripped the Patriots apart for 132 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, so he appears to be back to full health. While Jacksonville’s pass defense has greatly improved from a season ago, they’re still giving up a lot of points to opposing running backs. I don’t foresee Gordon having much trouble continuing his dominance.
Tevin Coleman – Atlanta Falcons
Value – $4,800
Tevin Coleman, much like the Falcons in general, has been up and down this season. He had a stretch of four straight games with double digit points but was unable to get anything going against Carolina last week. I’m including Coleman on here this week for the sole reason that Devonta Freeman came away from last week’s matchup with a new injury. If Freeman is limited or can’t play against Dallas, then Coleman gets a tremendous boost. The Cowboys are 26th against running backs, so Tevin Coleman is a steal at only $4,800 if he is thrust into a featured role.
Matt Forte – New York Jets
Value – $4,400
I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that more attention needs to be paid to Matt Forte. While his rushing totals before his 77 yard two touchdown performance last week have been below average, the veteran running back has been more than serviceable due to his involvement in the passing game. Forte has at least ten fantasy points in four straight games and should lead this backfield in touches again this week. I especially like him against an awful Tampa Bay defense. At $4,400 Forte is an inexpensive option you can build your lineup around.
Hail Mary play:
Orleans Darkwa – New York Giants
Value – $4,500
Orleans Darkwa is quietly churning out decent yardage for the Giants and is clearly the lead back in this offense. If we look passed the matchup against the Seahawks, Darkwa has averaged almost 86 yards a game in three of the last four weeks and has found the end zone one time. Considering the lack of weapons at Eli Manning’s disposal I can only assume that the Giants would like to run the ball as much as possible. Unfortunately, tough matchups over the last several weeks have prevented them from doing that. That should change this week against the 49ers. San Francisco is dead last in the National Football League against opposing running back. If New York continues to feed Darkwa 15-20 carries, then I think he has a good chance to have a big day.
Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks
Value – $6,400
Much like Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin has been up and down this season. Outside of Antonio Brown there aren’t many great matchups at the wide receiver position this week. It seems like almost everyone is facing a top ten defense. Baldwin is coming off his second best game of the season after catching seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. He’s been targeted at least ten times in the last three games, which should continue this week against an Arizona defense that is 26th against wide receivers.
Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Value – $6,000
Jarvis Landry thrived with Matt Moore under center. However, now that Jay Cutler is back under center I think Parker will be the go to receiver in this offense as long as he can stay healthy. The big receiver picked up right where he left off last week against the Raiders and caught five passes for 76 yards on eight targets. Before his injury Parker had at least 65 receiving yards three straight games to start the season. This will be a tougher matchup this week against the Panthers, but Miami will likely have to throw to move the ball against a tough run defense. Parker should put up 15 points on the low end with a chance to find the end zone.
Juju Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers
Value – $5,600
Juju Smith-Schuster had shown flashes earlier in the season even before his breakout game against the Lions before Pittsburgh’s bye two weeks ago. Although his seven catches and 193 yard performance was eye popping, the rookie is still the second receiving option behind Antonio Brown. He also has Le’Veon Bell to contend with touches as well. That being said, the Steelers face an Indianapolis defense that’s giving up nearly 32 points per game and ranks 25th against wide receivers. While he’s a bit of a dart throw, I think Juju has earned the right to see a little more attention from Big Ben.
Robby Anderson – New York Jets
Value – $5,100
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m on the Jets band wagon this week. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big Robby Anderson guy heading into this season. He made some plays last year, but I just wasn’t sold on the guy. After a slow start he has actually played very consistently over the last four weeks. During that span he’s caught three touchdowns and had four catches for 76 yards in the other contest. He’s not very flashy, but he’s been a lock to score at least ten points a game. If that trend hold up against Tampa Bay, who is second to last in the league against wide receivers, then you’re looking at a safe floor with potential to go over 100 yards and a touchdown.
Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams
Value – $5,000
I’m using Robert Woods as my Hail Mary play for two reasons. First, Jared Goff has been hit or miss at times this season due to the Rams feeding Todd Gurley all he can handle. Second, Woods, while consistent as of late, has as good a chance to score three points as he does 15. Woods had by far his best game of the season after catching two touchdowns and racking up 70 yards. I’m banking on the Texans slowing down Gurley a bit and making the Rams throw the ball. If that happens Woods should see a healthy amount of targets come his way.
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
Value – $7,000
This may be the first time I’ve put Gronk on this list all season. While undoubtedly the best at his position when healthy, it’s just hard to justify paying this much for a tight end. However, most of the big name tight ends are either dealing with injury or have difficult matchups this week. For that reason I’m banking on Gronk having one of his signature games this week. Denver’s defense isn’t exactly the juggernaut we’ve seen in years past, and they’ve been extremely vulnerable against the tight end position. In fact, they’re second to last in the league. Gronk is about as safe a pick as you can have this week. You’ll just have to pay up for him.
Evan Engram – New York Giants
Value – $6,200
I’m taking the Zach Ertz approach with Evan Engram moving forward. Which is keep playing this kid until he doesn’t have 60 yards and a touchdown in a game. The rookie has been incredibly consistent as one of the only reliable pass catchers the Giants have at this point. He’s not scored less than 17 points in the last three weeks and should be heavily targeted once again this week against San Francisco.
Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings
Value – $4,600
Kyle Rudolph has become a complete roll of the dice this season, and it makes me yearn for last season when this guy was a dominate tight end. Obviously, Rudolph is without Sam Bradford and is feeling the effects tremendously. With that being said, the hulking tight end is coming off his second best game of the year and is facing a Washington defense that is struggling to contain tight ends this season. It’s hard to trust this guy when he only averaging 33.9 yards a game, but I’m banking that he finds the end zone this week. Consider Rudolph a boom or bust option this week due to the matchup.
Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Value – $4,100
Surprise! I’m actually featuring a Buccaneers player this week. My hope here is that last week was an outlier. Even when Jameis Winston missed time, Ryan Fitzpatrick was still able to get his tight end the football. Before last week Brate had six consecutive games with double digit fantasy points. That tells me this kid is a viable contributor. Even Fitzpatrick is capable enough to throw a football to his tight end, and the Jets aren’t very good at covering them. Fingers crossed, but I’m thinking Brate gets back on track without Mike Evans available this week.
Hail Mary play:
AJ Derby -Denver Broncos
Value – $2,900
Let’s try this one again. I had AJ Derby on this list last week as a dart throw, and he only caught one pass for 11 yards in a blowout loss to the Eagles. I was a little surprised at how little attention he received considering Denver had to throw early and often. Some of that likely has to do with the Broncos putting in Brock Osweiler. That being said, Derby had a solid matchup this week against the Patriots. This should be another game where Denver will have to throw the ball to keep up with New England, so it’ll be interesting to see how this offense responds. Derby is a roll of the dice that could pay off considering his inexpensive price tag.
Who I’m Stacking:
Cam Newton/Christian MacCaffrey – Carolina Panthers
Value – 13,200
Cam Newton has been infuriating this season. He’s struggled to get much going through the air and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. Despite that, he’s been able to make things work on the ground and still put decent numbers from a fantasy standpoint. With Kelvin Benjamin gone I think we’ll see more targets go MacCaffrey’s way, who has been very reliable out of the backfield. His rushing totals have left something to be desired, but he’s been targeted at least six times in all but one game this season. Miami’s defense hasn’t been bad this season, but they’ve allowed 27 points or more in three straight games. This one is worth a shot this week.
Dak Prescott/Terrence Williams – Dallas Cowboys
Value – $11,700
Dak Prescott has been on fire this season. His only down game was two weeks back when Dallas and Washington were forced to play in a monsoon. Outside of that and the first week of the season Prescott has thrown for at least two touchdowns and has added four touchdowns on the ground in every game this season. If Dez Bryant sits out, then Terrence Williams automatically becomes the number one receiver in Dallas. All he did in that role last week was catch nine passes for 141 yards. Considering this was Williams’ best game of the year by far, a repeat performance isn’t out of the question. I also wouldn’t mind using someone like Cole Beasley as well.
Hail Mary play:
Tyrod Taylor/Kelvin Benjamin – Buffalo Bills
Value – $11,400
It’s time to see how much Tyrod Taylor likes his new toy. While Kelvin Benjamin has only been in Buffalo for a little more than a week, he should be far enough along to make an impact this week. The Bills wide receivers have been led by the likes of Deonte Thompson and Zay Jones this year, so Taylor has to be thrilled to have a true number one receiver to throw to. Taylor is also coming off one of his best statistical games of the year and should put up decent numbers. The Saints defense has been surprisingly impressive as of late, so this is a boom or bust option this week.
Steal of the Week:
Will Fuller – Houston Texans
Value – $4,700
Hear me out on this one. While Will Fuller’s upside has taken a tremendous hit with Tom Savage now at quarterback, the second year receiver is still a talented player. This kid would’ve cost you $7,000 to play last week, which means his price has dropped $2,300 in a single week. While I expected a downgrade, I feel like this is an overcorrection. Sure he’s probably not going to catch a touchdown every game, and Houston probably doesn’t want Savage throwing the ball a ton. However, the Texans will be hosting the Rams this week. Los Angeles scores more points than just about every other team in the league, and Houston will have to throw to keep this game even remotely competitive. Again, I’m not saying Fuller is going to have 125 yards and two touchdowns. He should, however, put up enough points to outperform his $4,700 price tag.
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