Philip Rivers ($6,100) vs Titans- Rivers gets a lot of hate on a week to week basis but he has backed it up with some very good play as of late for the Colts. He has started to limit his turnovers and he has scored 19+ FPTS in 4 of his last 5 games, including a gutsy 3 TD performance vs the Packers last week. He will face off against the Titans this week, who are allowing 277 pass yards per game which ranks 27th in the NFL. Rivers should have all the opportunities in the world to put up another good game this week.
Derek Carr ($5,700) vs Falcons- Other than a late interception last week, Derek Carr looked great vs the Chiefs throwing for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day. This was his highest yardage total since week 7, and I think we could see more of the same this week vs Atlanta. The Falcons have had issues trying to stop anybody through the air this season allowing 312 pass yards per game. Carr has shown he can do it and I think we are getting great value with him here at only $5,700.
Nick Chubb ($7,100) vs Jaguars- Since his return from IR, Nick Chubb has been great rushing for 114+ yards in each of his last 2 games with a touchdown. He hasn’t averaged less than 5.6 YPC in a game this year and I don’t expect that to change vs Jacksonville. The Browns are committed to the run and Chubb has shown that even with Kareem Hunt in the conversation he can still produce at a high level. The Jags are allowing the 5th most FPTS to opposing RBs this season so I don’t think they will be able to stop anyone of Chubb’s caliber.
Wayne Gallman Jr. ($5,000) vs Bengals- With the injury to Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman Jr. has stepped into the starting role and has put up some pretty good fantasy numbers. He hasn’t scored under 13.2 FPTS in each of the last 3 games and he has a season high in rushes his last time out with 18. He hasn’t been excellent in the YPC department but the Giants continue to give him the ball near the goal line which has resulted in 5 TDs in the last 4 games. The Bengals are giving up the 3rd most rushing yards in the NFL so if there was ever a game for Gallman to pick up more yardage it is this one.
Michael Thomas ($7,400) vs Broncos- There were a lot of question marks about what Michael Thomas could do with Taysom Hill at QB in week 11 but those worries were put to bed. Thomas caught 9 balls on 12 targets for 104 yards and looked like the Thomas we expected to see before the injuries earlier this season. Week 11 was his highest point total of the season and vs a Broncos team that boast a mediocre pass defense I see no reason why we couldn’t expect more of the same. Michael Thomas commands too many targets to pass up in this spot and at this price.
Curtis Samuel ($5,100) vs Vikings- Curtis Samuel has quietly become one of the better fantasy options on DK. He has scored 17+ FPTS in 4 of the last 5 games and in 3 of the last 4 he has eclipsed 21.4 FPTS. In the last 3 games Samuel has 24 targets and he also gets a couple looks in the backfield from time to time. Not only does he get plenty of touches, he has surprised a lot of people with his 3 TDs in the last 4 games as well. Samuels is a speedster and I would start him no matter the QB but if Teddy Bridgewater is back under center that only boosts Samuel’s value vs a mediocre Vikings secondary unit.
Darren Waller ($6,000) vs Falcons- Waller is one of the NFL’s most productive TEs and he has shown it. He was great on Sunday night catching 7 of 7 targets for 88 yards and a TD en-route to 21.8 FPTS on the day. Derek Carr loves to throw to Waller early and often and vs a Falcons defense that struggles with the pass I think we will see more of it. He comes in as the 2nd highest priced TE behind Travis Kelce, but I think if you go any lower than these two there isn’t many TEs that you can trust this week.
Miami Dolphins D/ST ($4,200) vs Jets- The Dolphins defense was a little underwhelming last week but I’m not going to move away from them as they take on the Jets this week in New York. The Jets played strong at the end to make it a game vs the Chargers but for most of the game they looked like they had trouble getting anything going. The Dolphins put up 15 FPTS in the first meeting between these two teams this year and I don’t see why they couldn’t do it again. The price is steep but if you can fit them in your lineup I wouldn’t hesitate.