Philip Rivers – LAC @ NE – $6300
Aside from a 6.5 point game vs the Chiefs, Rivers has scored at least 14 points in every game. While 14 isn’t a great game by any means, Rivers will be forced to throw vs a Pats D that stops the run. Oh and if you haven’t been watching the NFL this year the Patriots can’t seem to stop the passing game this year. All of this combines to make Rivers an exciting option in all formats.
Andy Dalton – CIN vs IND – $5700
So the Colts without Andrew Luck are pretty useless overall. They’re ranked 28th against QBs this year which is a great matchup for Dalton. Since the Bengals replaced their OC in week 3 Andy has put up a 7-4 TD-INT with at least 3 of those picks being tipped into the air by his WRs. The big problem for Dalton has been the lack of an O-Line, but the Colts pass rush is in the bottom of the league. Dalton is a reasonable option in year long fantasy and a standout in DFS tournaments due to his reasonable price.
Kirk Cousins – WAS vs DAL – $6400
One thing we’ve seen this year is that the Cowboys offense can score (27.5 PPG). The Redskins have been right behind them with 23.5 PPG and Cousins is a big reason why. He’s averaging 22 points a game and has put up at least 20 in his last 4. Cousins has been throwing mostly to RBs and TEs as his WRs have been mostly useless (Terelle Pryor). Expect Cousins to throw a lot to hold pace with the Cowboys, this volume should make Cousins a solid option in any format.
Mark Ingram – NO vs CHI – $7300
Since Adrian Peterson was traded to the Cards, Mark Ingram has produced in a big way with 34 and 24 points. If the Saints go up early, and at home vs the Bears they should, both Ingram and Alvin Kamara will be solid options. Ingram has the better upside of the two as he is the bruiser that will eat clock in a blowout. Start Ingram and Kamara if you have them.
Tarik Cohen – CHI @ NO – $4600
Cohen hasn’t shown up as much recently as he did in the beginning of the season. The Bears have been relying mostly on Jordan Howard in the run game, so Cohen’s real value is as a pass catcher. This role has been less valuable with the Bears avoiding the passing game, as they acquaint Trubinsky to their offense. Though unlike in recent weeks, the Bears will likely be down big early and need to chase the game. This could favor Cohen’s passing downs role.
Raiders RBs – OAK @ BUF – $4300 (Richard) $4100 (Washington)
With Marshawn Lynch out this week there is a chance for touches to go to other players. Jalen Richard has been the Raiders 3rd down back most of the year, and should maintain this role and see a number of targets. Washington saw more of the goal line snaps last week once Lynch was ejected so he might have the better TD chance. While the Bills aren’t the best team to run on, these players should see a nice share of touches for their price in DFS.
Tevin Coleman – ATL @ NYJ – $5000
The Jets have been fairly good against the run this year, but where they have allowed RB points it’s been receiving touches. The Falcons should win this one, and in the chance that they have to kill clock both Freeman and Coleman should see plenty of touches. Consider Coleman a fairly high floor option with a decent ceiling. Considering the explosiveness he’s shown, one big play could make him a quality start this week.
Enter Healthy Ravens WR here – MIA @ BAL
The Ravens receiving corps have taken major hits in recent weeks. If Maclin or Wallace play (and the other doesn’t) he should see a large target volume. Both players will be cheap options in DFS and their target share should give them solid value. Check the inactives before this TNF game.
Alshon Jeffery – PHI vs SF – $6700
The 49ers might not win a game this year. Their defense is torched basically every week, and the Eagles have been one of the best offenses. This matchup should favor Wentz and any Eagles pass catcher. Even if the Eagles go up early, their run game has been largely unsatisfactory. jeffery has seen a large amount of targets this year, but has been matched up vs opposing teams best corner. While he hasn’t produced up to this point the Niners don’t have anyone that should lock him down. Look for Jeffery, Agholor and Ertz as starters this week.
DeAndre Hopkins – HOU @ SEA – $7500
While a matchup with the Seahawks isn’t typically what you want from an offensive standpoint, the Texans will need to throw the ball to stay in the game. Hopkins sees a large target share of the Texans pass game. That coupled with the fact that Richard Sherman typically stays on one side of the field could mean a big day for Hopkins if he is allowed to play on the opposite sideline of Sherman. If Hopkins is matched up with rookie Shaq Griffin he will have a big day.
Kyle Rudolph – MIN @ CLE – $4500
Rudolph has seen 9-9-7 targets over the past 3 weeks. The Browns have been the worst team in the league at defending TEs. What the Browns do well is stop the run, which means the Vikings will likely have to pass. With Stefon Diggs possibly out for the game, Rudolph will continue his heavy usage. He’s a solid streaming option this week.
Tyler Kroft – CIN vs IND – #3000
Kroft has filled in for Tyler Eifert strongly. He has at least 4 catches each of the last 3 weeks, and has found the endzone 3 times in that span. Kroft has been the only Bengals pass catcher of any value besides AJ Green. If you start Andy Dalton in a DFS lineup Kroft could be a valuable cheap stack.
Jason Witten – DAL @ WAS – $4200
Jason Witten has been fantasy relevant for over a decade. While he likely won’t rack up a ton of yardage, he will be targeted in decent volume. The Redskins are ranked 30th vs TEs in fantasy this season and Witten will look to be the next TE to take advantage of them.
Vikings D/ST @ CLE – $4000
Clearly the best option this week, the Vikings are a strong unit and the Browns are easily feasted on by opposing defenses. Expect a few turnovers, low scoring, and at least 4 sacks. The only knock on the Vikings D/ST this week is that almost everyone in DFS will be using them.
Bengals D/ST vs IND – $3600
The Bengals don’t have quite the big play potential as the Vikings. The Bengals don’t force a ton of turnovers typically, but what they have done this year is hold teams to low scoring and rack up sacks in bunches. The Colts poor Oline should be feasted on by Atkins, Dunlap, and Lawson this week.
Saints D/ST vs CHI – $3400
Chicago scored 17 points last week, but 14 of those points were scored by one defensive player. If the Saints protect the ball of offense and win the field position battle it’ll be hard for the Bears to score at all. Best case scenario they go up early and force the Bears to throw, which could expose Trubinsky and provide a few turnovers.