Dak Prescott ($6,700) vs Lions– Dak Prescott continues to put up big numbers in this Cowboys offense, in their last game he threw for 397 yards and 3 TDs which makes it 2 games in a row with 3 TDs. His full arsenal of weapons are healthy for the most part and the offensive line is mostly healthy as well which is only good for fantasy owners. He will be up against the Lions defense that is allowing 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season so someone with Dak’s skillset should be able to feast in this matchup.
Sam Darnold ($5,700) vs Redskins– Darnold has shown flashes this season but there have been some games where he has really struggled. He played well last week throwing for 230 yards with a TD and even rushed one in. His confidence is on the rise and against the Redskins he should be able to have ample opportunities to throw down the field to Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder, who looks like his favorite target in the slot. Darnold has struggled vs some of the good defenses like the Patriots and Jaguars but he has been able to produce vs the weaker competition and this is one of those games. I like Darnold to continue his streak of good play this Sunday on the road.
Leonard Fournette ($7,900) vs Colts– Fournette has been one of the best fantasy backs in this price range this season because he has been getting fed at an extremely high rate. He has also been getting active in the passing game with 12 catches in the last two games for 92 yards. This is not usually something we see and it is still very odd that Fournette only has 1 TD on the season and I am expecting that to turn in his favor as well. Nick Foles will be returning to the starting lineup and it is unclear how much will change but we should still their bell cow RB get all the touches he deserves. The Colts run D has been pretty solid but if Fournette punches one in like I expect him to he will be valuable in this spot.
Joe Mixon ($5,500) vs Raiders– Despite the Bengals struggles running back Joe Mixon has been productive in their last two games scoring 20.1 FPTS and 17.7 FPTS. Even though they got blown out by over 30 points against the Raiders he still picked up 30 carries and was targeted 3 times out of the backfield. Gio Bernard is banged up and fumbled last week so we could be seeing even more Mixon in this one. The Raiders defense was just gashed by Melvin Gordon and the Chargers last Thursday night so even if the Bengals are down I expect Mixon to get a lot of opportunities. Usually I don’t like RBs on bad teams but this team has shown that they are going to stick to the run game no matter the score.
Brian Hill ($4,800) vs Panthers– The Falcons fed the ball to Brian Hill 20 times in their last game and he caught 2 balls out of the backfield with a TD in their surprising win vs the Saints. Devonta Freeman is banged up and if he is forced to miss this game or even be limited I like Hill in this spot vs a Carolina defense that has been getting exposed a little bit by opposing running backs. They are allowing the 3rd most points to RBs on DK this season and if Hill gets anywhere near 20 carries again he should be able to put up some big numbers.
Amari Cooper (7,700) vs Lions– Cooper is back to full health and is producing in a big way for the Cowboys high powered offense. In their last game vs the Vikings he caught 11 of 14 targets for 147 yards and a TD. He hasn’t scored under 18 FPTS in the last 3 games and in two of those games he didn’t even make it through the entirety of the contest. The Lions pass defense hasn’t been very good this season, 24th vs opposing WRs in DK, so Cooper should have a field day. Getting Cooper at only $7,700 almost feels like a steal even though he is the 3rd highest priced WR on the Sunday slate.
Courtland Sutton ($6,000) vs Vikings– With Brandon Allen as the Broncos QB this pick is a little scary but he was still targeted 8 times for 56 yards and a TD in his first start so there is some signs of life with him throwing the ball. He is the big play threat in this offense and if Allen can get it somewhere near him he has the ball skills to bring it down. The Vikings were just torched by Amari Cooper and even though Sutton isn’t on that level I think he will be able to make a big impact in this game.
Terry McLaurin ($5,600) vs Jets– Terry has been held down pretty well in the last 3 games but that was also against 3 tough defenses and 1 game where teams could hardly throw the ball forward due to the weather. I think he will get back on track with his Ohio State buddy Dwayne Haskins at QB and against a Jets defense that has had its fair share of issues and injuries. He looked like a legitimate rookie of the year candidate early in the season but I am looking a return to form with him vs the subpar defensive unit.
Jared Cook ($4,400) vs Buccaneers– Is it finally safe to start Jared Cook??? A lot of people expected a lot from Cook this season after a great year in Oakland and with Drew Brees as his new QB. He started the season off really slow but he has now scored 12.7+ FPTS in each of the last 3 games with 2 TDs. In their loss vs Atlanta last week he recorded 10 targets for the first time and against the Bucs defense that is 2nd worst in the NFL in DK vs TEs he could be in for a lot more where that came from. The Bucs can’t stop anyone and I don’t expect the Saints to get held down 2 weeks in a row.
New England Patriots D/ST ($3,500) vs Eagles– A lot of people have gotten scared about the Patriots defense after they got 31 hung on them vs the Ravens but I’m not too worried. The Ravens have a unique offense that we don’t see around the league and the Eagles run a more traditional one. They have lockdown corners on both sides and speed all over the field. While we won’t see the numbers that the Patriots put up vs teams like the Dolphins I think it’s a little unfair that after 1 game they are already down to the 4th highest priced defense of the Sunday slate.