A good week last week that fell just short of some cash paying places. An extra yard each for James Robinson and John Brown would have earned some bonuses and if Chase Claypool hadn’t dropped his early touchdown opportunity it would have been a win in my league. Lets try and find a lineup to hit top spot, instead of top 5.
QB – Tom Brady $6,300 – Anyone fancy a bounce back performance from TB12? He along with the whole Bucs offence will have spent the week licking their wounds after a Sunday Night Football embarrassment. Maybe less targeting of Antonio Brown and more Evans and Godwin would be a good plan? Look for Brady to return to more like his normal self against a Panthers side riding a 4 game skid and minus CMC yet again. The Panthers pass defence is ranked in the bottom 12 against the pass so presents a nice opportunity to right that wrong.
Other QB’s to target – Expensive = Josh Allen $7,500. Cheap =Drew Lock $5,500
RB – Aaron Jones, $7,100- The Packers were happy to get their lead back against the 49ers. Now with a mini bye behind him he should be all systems go against the Jags. Its the game on the schedule that screams blow out so you would expect plenty of carries for Jones as the Packers look set to hold a comfortable lead throughout. Jones is used more than ever as a duel threat out of the backfield so a nice sprinkling of targets in the passing game should also be expected.
RB – Nick Chubb, $6,800 – He’s back! The Browns best offensive weapon returns to the field for the first time since quarter 1 of week 4. The run game has slowed to a more pedestrian pace in his absence but with Wyatt Teller also returning to the O-line, look for Cleveland to put that right today. The match up of course will obviously help as they face a Houston Texans team ranked 31st when giving up points to opposing running backs. Bad weather is also forecast in Cleveland so the Browns may well lean on the running game more than usual in this one.
Other RB’s to target – Expensive = Miles Sanders $6,400. Cheap = J.D. Mckissic $4,900, Mike Davis $4,000, Devontae Booker $4,000
WR – Keenan Allen $7,100 – Justin Herbert has a best friend, his name is Keenan Allen. The veteran wide receiver is on pace for career highs in the first season paired with the young signal caller. In the past 3 weeks Allen has seen double digit target numbers and has returned 28 catches for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns during that span. The Miami defence may not have given up a lot of points (outside of last week) but they have still conceded draft kings points to opposition wide outs at a league 8th worst pace, so I have no match up concerns here.
WR – Robert Woods $6,600 – The weekly selection of a receiver facing Seattle sees the selection of Robert Woods. He had his best season output from a fantasy perspective last time out. We know how bad the Seahawks are defensively ranked unsurprisingly dead last against opposing receivers. I like the fact that Woods gets involved in end arounds and miss direction plays as that is always easy money against a defence that doesn’t play with eyes discipline. Woods should hopefully have a monster day, along with a number of other Rams players.
WR – Travis Fulgham, $6,400 – The Eagles continue to get healthier overall which should hopefully mean more sustained drives offensively and more opportunities for Fulgham. He has really stepped up for Philly in the 1st half of the campaign and despite Alshon Jeffery set to return, he is surely the number 1 option in the passing game. He registered 5 catches for 73 yards in the reverse match just 3 weeks ago but as I have said, this looks a better Eagles team. That game was his only 1 without a touchdown on the campaign, and I’m confident he puts that right today.
Other WR’s to target – Expensive = Davante Adams $9,000, Will Fuller 6,700. Cheap = Josh Reynolds $3,500, Gabriel Davis $3,400
TE – Jace Sternberger, $2,500 – This selection was due to be Robert Tonyan until he was added late to the injury report late in the week. Rather than looking elsewhere for an alternative I simply slot in the player likely to see the biggest up tick in workload from his likely inactive status. Sternberger is likely a touchdown or bust type selection but the sheer value here has also allowed me to draft a ton of superstars at other positions. With Mercedes Lewis as the blocking tight end, Sternberger figures to be the receiving threat against a porous Jags defence who routinely give up 30 points plus.
Other TE to target – Expensive = Darren Waller $5,900. Cheap = Dallas Goedert $4,200
FLEX – KJ Hamler, $3,800- The 2nd round rookie is beginning to find his feet after a slow start to the campaign. A week after finding his first touchdown of the season, Hamler saw a season high in terms of targets, receptions and yardage against the Falcons last week. I expect the Raiders game to be equally high scoring with both sides better on the offensive side of the ball. Hamler has also been used creatively in the run game which is always useful for fantasy points.
DST – Detroit Lions $2,600 – I was burned by spending too much money on defence last weekend so I’m back shopping in the bargain bin. The Lions have not ben great on defence but they draw the Football Team who aren’t exactly prolific offensively. I like the selection as Alex Smith threw 3 picks in limited action last weekend, hopefully the Lions can return 1 of those to the house for a brucie bonus this week.
Other D/ST to target – Its a crapshoot!
Good luck if you are playing in week number 10. Catch me tomorrow on the Full10 Yards NFL podcast where we will be reviewing all of the action.