I’m paying a premium on Russ this week with the Seahawks heading
to Atlanta to take on a dreadful Falcons defense that gives up
the most points to quarterbacks. Wilson is going to bounce back
from last week’s disappointing performance at home against the
Ravens with a monster game against Atlanta. The last four quarterbacks
to play against Dan Quinn’s beat-up defense finished with at least
268 passing yards and three total scores, including Jared Goff
and Kyler Murray. The Falcons are a gold mine for fantasy points,
and Wilson provides a high floor perfect for cash games.
Starting Tannehill may be too difficult for some fantasy owners
to swallow. I get it. He is a lousy quarterback with a history
of destroying fantasy dreams and is a torn ACL waiting to happen.
A guy like him should only be started at home against a defense
that is terrible against the pass, stout against the run, and
against an opposing offense that should turn the ball over and
give short fields for easy scoring drives. If you are looking
for a cheap GPP play, Tannehill ticks all the boxes this week
and is dirt cheap.
I’m sure the Patriots and Bill Belichick got a good laugh
when Jarvis Landry guaranteed a win this week for the visiting
Browns. The Pats have been the best at pressuring the opposing
quarterbacks to make bad decisions with the ball, and Mayfield
leads the league in interceptions. This is a recipe for disaster,
and the Pats are going to torment Baker all day long.
As a Gurley owner in season-long leagues, I know full well how
terrible he has been with regards to efficiency. Touchdowns have
saved his bacon on a number of occasions, but he is still a good
play when the matchup is right. This week’s game in London
against the Bengals, a team that is second in the league behind
Miami in fantasy points allowed, is one of those times to play
Gurley in what could be a monster game for the former fantasy
Johnson is going to be a favorite GPP play game this week as
the presumed starting running back at home against the Giants.
While I can see this split more as a 50-50 in neutral game scripts,
I anticipate the Lions will be up big, and Johnson, not J.D. McKissic,
will get the close our touches to end the game.
What do Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Todd
Gurley, and the three-headed monster of the 49ers all have in
common? They are all shut down by the Tampa Bay Bucs defense,
a team that has allowed the fewest rushing yards on the season
despite playing against the best running backs in the NFL. If
you think Henry has a chance to perform better than those running
backs I mentioned, feel free to start him this week in DFS.
Kenny G went from eight or more targets in all of his games leading
up to Week 7, only to garner two targets against the Vikings.
This is a prime matchup for a player who will bounce back big
time this week at home against the Giants, a team that has given
up five 100-yard games and eight receiving touchdowns this year.
It is much easier to pass on the Raiders than it is to run (Just
ask Aaron Rodgers and the Packers). Stills is set to start and
get a ton of snaps now that Will Fuller is out yet again with
an injury. Pair Stills with Watson for a monster stack that could
bring a finish in the money this week in GPP.
Evans is coming off a ridiculous 17-target game against Carolina
two weeks ago. While the volume is attractive, teams have found
more success passing to tight ends and slot receivers that outside
receivers like Evans. He could score three touchdowns or he could
goose you. I would rather spend my money elsewhere.
Henry’s price tag has yet to catch up with his performance on
the field. With 14 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns in
his first two games back from injury, Henry is clearly a favorite
target of Philip Rivers in the middle of the field. Teams have
found success as of late running the ball and passing to tight
ends against Chicago.
O.J. Howard is out with an injury, Jameis Winston loves throwing
to Brate, and the Titans are one of the most difficult teams to
pass on when targeting wide receivers. The formula is there for
Brate to have a big game, and his bottom-barrel price tag is juicy.
Ertz has been a massive disappointment over the previous two
weeks and has a tough road matchup against a Bills team that is
stout against tight ends. I’d rather save the money and
go with Brate against Tennessee.
Defense & Special Teams
High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Rams
($3,800) vs. Bengals
Well Priced with Upside: Lions ($2,600) vs.