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The quarterback position has a few options this week, especially given the top-tier is still playing for something. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens need a win to lock up a playoff spot. Baltimore has a 27 implied total this week and faces a Bengals defense allowing 1.9 passing touchdowns per game. Jackson also has solid rushing numbers against this group and is a strong pay up option. Averaging 23.6 FD points over the last seven games, Deshaun Watson gets another premium matchup against the Titans, who have allowed 271 passing yards per game and 2.2 passing touchdowns per game on the year. Love the mid-range this week with Kirk Cousins and Justin Herbert. Cousins gets a strong matchup against the Lions, who have allowed 22.8 FD points per game. Herbert is a nice pivot facing a Chiefs team resting their starters, and we usually just think that is on the offense, but the Chargers face a subpar defense now. Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are cheaper GPP options.
Derrick Henry is going to be the popular back this week and a really tough fade. He faces a Houston defense allowing 26.7 FD points per game to running backs this season. Of course, he is the highest-projected back this week. There is no other high priced pivot to make now that Cook and Kamara are ruled out. Jonathan Taylor, David Montgomery, and Nick Chubb are your next tier. Taylor is my favorite this week given the healthy workload and matchup against a bottom-five run defense. Montgomery has been on a tear and torched the Packers last time out, they have allowed 21.4 FD points per game to running backs this season.
Jumping to below the $7,000 range, I really like Melvin Gordon, Myles Gaskin, JK Dobbins, and Ezekiel Elliott this week. Gordon is in a great spot against the Raiders, who are a bottom-ten run defense this season. Phillip Lindsay is out, so Gordon will have a strong workload. Gaskin returned in a major way last week and when healthy, he has had a huge amount ot touches. Buffalo’s defense is average at best against the run. Elliott and Dobbins are way underpriced in decent spots this week. Offsetting Henry’s large price tag with one of these names is a great way to build lineups.
Most of the top options at wide receiver this week are still playing for something or at least won’t be rested. Tyreek Hill has been ruled out and so has Keenan Allen, outside of that Stefon Diggs is the only name that could potentially be limited because of rest. Davante Adams, AJ Brown, Calvin Ridley, and Mike Evans are the big pay up options and their production speaks for itself at this point. All are fine plays. I really like the Vikings options this week. Detroit has allowed 204 receiving yards per game and 1.2 touchdowns per game to receivers. This is a great spot for both Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.
The Texans-Titans game both feature poor secondaries and the production will be there from multiple names. Coutee is a bit cheaper and both Cooks and Davis give a slight discount as well. T.Y. Hilton is a cheap value against the Jaguars, who are allowing 1.1 touchdowns per game to wide receivers. Curtis Samuel at $6,100 is very enticing averaging 12.8 FD points over his last seven games. Marquise Brown, Mike Williams, Keke Coutee, and Russell Gage are all solid values for filling a WR3.
With the Chiefs resting their starters this week, Travis Kelce comes off the board, pushing Mark Andrews and Darren Waller into that top tier for options. Both are in great spots this week, but Waller continues to have the stronger upside, averaging 16.6 in his last seven games. George Kittle is a solid GPP option given he is on a team with limited options around him but the quarterback play is what makes him a tad risky. Robert Tonyan and Rob Gronkowski find themselves in good spots this week. Chicago ranks inside the bottom-ten in fantasy points allowed to tight ends, as does Atlanta. Irv Smith remains a cheap option and Detroit is a soft defense to target. Both him and Jared Cook are intriguing this week, and Cook might see a tick up in targets with Kamara out.
You don’t necessarily have to pay up this week now with the Rams plugging in a backup quarterback and the Steelers resting their starters. The Browns and Cardinals are two cheaper options to consider this week and pricing has not adjusted. Both give you an extra $1000+ to work with as well. Otherwise, you are looking at the Colts and Ravens, who are in the best matchups of the week. Both opposing teams have implied totals under 18 and both teams are double-digit favorites. The price tags are the only knock but the upside is there. The Saints, Patriots, and Buccaneers are all tournament pivots but with four usable options, ownership shouldn’t be too crazy. Cleveland will likely take the cake in terms of ownership.