Its the final weekend with bye weeks to contend with and with a lot of the big guns involved in primetime match ups this week will test the ability to find some value. A starting QB for less than $5,000 will certainly help so lets see who makes this weeks cut.
QB – Taysom Hill, $4,800 – A starting quarterback on a high powered offence for less than $5,000. Its obviously a boom or bust type play but after a few years of the odd gadget play here and there, Hill actually gets the start at QB for the Saints this weekend. His ability with his legs will likely see a few extra points on top and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him receiving balls from Jameis Winston also. Lets be honest he also could be benched by halftime. Like I say, boom or bust but the value could be huge.
Other QB’s to target – Expensive = Justin Herbert $6,800. Cheap =Alex Smith $5,300, PJ Walker $4,800 (If Teddy B doesn’t go)
RB – James Conner $6,600- It feels as though a concerted effort to give Conner a big game is on the horizon. He draws the lowly Jags defence in a game which in theory the Steelers should dominate so all of the ingredients are there for Conner to strike gold. His last 3 weeks have produced a low fantasy output but I’m more than comfortable with the selection of a man who is still unquestionably the lead back. Look for the 2 week touchdown drought to be brought to a close.
RB – Adrian Peterson, $4,000 – All day will once again lead the Lions backfield against the Panthers with D’Andre Swift ruled out through injury. Again the sheer value of a bell cow back, in the starting spot for just $4,000 makes this too appealing of a play for me. Peterson produced at a reasonable level when given starting action earlier in the season so there is no reason to expect any great decline in production after surrendering his starting role to Swift over the past month.
Other RB’s to target – Expensive = Mike Davis $6,800. Cheap = Salvon Ahmed $4,800, Rex Burkhead $4,600
WR – Keenan Allen $7,400 – Allen made my team last week and disappointed along with the rest of the Chargers offence. His fantasy day was somewhat saved by his touchdown and that is now 3 straight ganmes with a score. I am fully expecting a Chargers win today against the hapless Jets and thats hould see the return to volume and yardage for Allen, along with potentially a visit or 2 to pay dirt for the 4th week in a row.
WR – Justin Jefferson, $6,000 – Jefferson has been a revelation in the Vikings passing game. Whilst Adam Thielen annoyingly seems to find the end zone with more consistency, Jefferson is the volume guy. The Vikings are an improving side and despite some signs of life from the Cowboys defence in recent weeks I can’t trust them anywhere near enough to not select Jefferson. He already has 4 100 yard games on the season and I would be surprised if this isn’t number 5.
WR – Rashard Higgins, $4,500 – The Browns passing game has all but disappeared with the wind ruining the aerial attack in Cleveland over the past 2 games. A fairer weather day and an Eagles team that will be committed to stopping the run could lead to more opportunities in the passing game for Rashard Higgins. He has become the security blanket for Baker Mayfield so look for that connection to thrive in this one.
Other WR’s to target – Expensive = Terry McLaurin $6,900. Cheap = Willie Snead $4,500, Marvin Hall $3,800
TE – TJ Hockenson, $4,200 – Hockenson has finally shedded the injury designation he has carried around for the past month and is full go for the Lions against Carolina. With Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola both out it should lead to more looks for TJ. He has logged consistant usage in thge passing game all season long with at least 4 targets in each game. I’m looking for an uptick here in a friendly match up. The tight end market is sparse this weekend.
Other TE to target – Expensive = Mark Andrews $4,900. Cheap = Logan Thomas $3,300
FLEX – Dalvin Cook $9,000 – Over the past 2 eligible draftkings contests Cook has scored 93.8 points. The Vikings have used him early and often and the results of both Cook and the team have blossomed over the past 6 weeks. Winners of 4 out 5 the Vikings draw the Dallas defence which has surrendered yards in the running game to everyone they have faced. Cook could be the game changer yet again this week.
DST – Miami Dolphins $3,400 – Miami have been excellent defensively. Denver have been sloppy and turnover prone offensively. Queue a 3 touchdown clean display from Drew Lock! In all seriousness as I say every week, D/ST is a little pot luck but on paper at least this looks a wise choice.
Other D/ST to target – Its a crapshoot!
Good luck if you are playing in week number 11. Catch me tomorrow on the Full10 Yards NFL podcast where we will be reviewing all of the action.