Aaron Rodgers #12 QB
Aaron Rodgers (vs SD, $7,700) – If you’re looking to pay top dollar for a consistent quarterback, you may want to avoid Rodgers and play Brady. Rodgers, however, is a high upside player, and he recently called out the Packers offense for underperforming. Green Bay’s offense will likely be out to make a statement this week, and they are -10 point favorites in a game set at 50 points. Even while the offense has been struggling, Rodgers has had a fairly high floor, and his ceiling is as high as any quarterbacks in the league. Don’t be fooled by their recent string of games, as Green Bay’s offense is still elite. Rodgers can be used in all leagues.
Andy Dalton #14 QB
Andy Dalton (at BUF, $5,700) – Dalton’s price is a bit of a mystery on DraftKings, and his own percentage will surely be through the roof this week. He’s averaging the second most fantasy points per game at quarterback this season, behind only Tom Brady. In five games, Dalton has thrown for over 1,500 yards with 11 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He also has added 55 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL this season, and he has also displayed great upside. He’ll get a great matchup against the Bills, who currently rank 25th in the NFL against quarterbacks. Dalton dominated the Seahawks last week, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t at least hit value against the Bills on Sunday.
Josh McCown #13 QB
Josh McCown (vs DEN, $5,400) – McCown paid off last week and I’m going back to the well. In his three full starts this season, he is averaging 29.45 FPs, which is the highest in the NFL. He’s throwing the ball 47 times per game, which gives him a great floor, but he can also score a couple fantasy points on the ground. He gets an awful matchup against the Broncos, who have been the best secondary in the NFL this season. While that may be the case, McCown is cheap enough to be able to hit value on his volume alone. I’m going to continue to use him until his price shoots up, and he makes a great play in all leagues.
Adrian Peterson #28 RB
Adrian Peterson (vs KC, $7,600) – There seems to be a trend revolving around Adrian Peterson this season. In Minnesota’s two wins, Peterson has carried the ball 49 times for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns, while he only has received 26 carries for 112 yards and 1 touchdown in their losses. The Vikings are currently -3.5 favorites against the Chiefs this week. Kansas City has played fairly well against the run this season, but Peterson can change that in a second. The Vikings will likely ride their workhorse back this week, which will make him a great fantasy option.
Dion Lewis #33 RB
Dion Lewis (at IND, $5,800) – There are a couple players on DraftKings that can be plugged into all leagues without any questions or concerns. One of those players in Dion Lewis. He’s averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game this season, which is the second best out of running backs that are available on this slate. He doesn’t run the ball all that much, recording only 21 carries over his last 3 games. He does, however, catch the ball out of the backfield, which is an advantage on PPR sites like DraftKings. On the season, Lewis has 23 receptions for 238 yards and touchdown. He also has the ability to score a touchdown on the ground, and he’s an extremely safe option for his price against a weak Colts defense.
Charcandrick West #35 RB
Charcandrick West (at MIN, $4,000) – Jamaal Charles suffered a season ending injury for the Chiefs last week, and there will be a lot of production to fill on their offense. Andy Reid stated that West and Davis will split carries, but West will likely get the first opportunity. He gets a matchup against the Vikings, who have a middle of the pack defense against the run. West will also play the role of the Chiefs passing down back. This is significant this week because Kansas City is a 3.5 point underdogs, which means they will likely be throwing quite a bit throughout the game. West will be high owned this week, and he makes a great salary relief option at running back.
DeAndre Hopkins #10 WR
DeAndre Hopkins (at JAX, $7,700) – At this point in the season, it seems silly to avoid Nuk Hopkins, especially in cash games. He has scored 27 or more fantasy points in 4 of his 5 starts. He’s leading the NFL if targets, and he has turned those targets into 42 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns. Aside from his tough matchup against the Panthers defense, he has caught nearly 10 passes in each of his games. He has a great floor, but he also has as high of a ceiling as anyone in the league. He has scored 27.7 and 30.9 fantasy points over his last two games, while failing to catch a touchdown. It’s only a matter of time before Hopkins makes his way in for a score, and he is one of the safest options on the slate this week.
Jeremy Maclin #19 WR
Jeremy Maclin (at MIN, $6,500) – Maclin is also an extremely safe option in his price range. Over his last three games, he has recorded 27 receptions for 374 yards and 1 touchdown. He has been peppered with targets over those weeks, and I’m expecting the Chiefs to find a way to get him more involved with Charles going on the injured reserved. That may mean Maclin will catch a few screens or run some jet sweeps, but the Chiefs will be getting the ball in his hands. This will likely be the last week his price is this low, so take advantage of it while you can.
Marquess Wilson #10 WR
Marquess Wilson (at DET, $4,000) – Wilson started the season out slow, but he has been playing well over the last couple of weeks, recording 12 catches for 165 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bears love throwing the ball, which gives Wilson good upside, especially if Alshon Jeffery misses this game. Wilson has been one of the more productive players for the Bears recently, and he will likely continue to be a factor in the red zone. He’s too inconsistent to trust in all leagues, but Wilson makes a great GPP option if you need a bit of salary relief at wide receiver.
Greg Olsen #88 TE
Greg Olsen (at SEA, $5,500) – Olsen tends to go a bit under the radar in DFS leagues, and that mainly has to do with his price, which sits between guys like Gronk and Eifert, who may be a bit more appealing of options. Olsen has flashed potential in two games this season, but he has also been all but shut down in his other two contests. He has soaked up 28% of Carolina’s targets this season, and he is Cam Newton’s clear number one option. He gets a matchup against the Seahawks, which will likely discourage some players from using him. While Seattle is seen as an elite defense, they currently rank 28th in the NFL against tight ends. Olsen is one of the highest upside tight ends in the league, and he’s best suited for tournaments this week.
Larry Donnell #84 TE
Larry Donnell (at PHI, $2,800) – Donnell has been somewhat of the forgotten man in New York, but he has put together a couple good games this season. He’s coming off a 6-35-1 line against the 49ers, and the Giants will likely continue to use him in the red zone. He’s most appealing this week because OBJ and Randle are both injured and questionable to play. If they both miss this game, Donnell and Harris should soak up the targets, which will give them both great upside. Donnell also gets a great matchup against a fast paced Eagles team. The pace of the Eagles helps Donnell because the Giants will be running more plays as a result of the game speed. He is a big body, who doesn’t need much more than a touchdown to hit value at his current price tag.
Arizona Cardinals D/ST (at PIT, $3,600) – I generally like to use Vegas odds when picking my defense, which will lead you more towards the Seahawks or Jets, but I’ll use more of my own judgments with this pick. Arizona has been unbelievable this season, recording 13 turnovers, 8 sacks, and 4 defensive touchdowns in only 5 games. They get a matchup against the Steelers, who will have Vick leading the way. He has looked awful in his starts this season, and if the Cardinals can slow down Le’Veon Bell, they could be in line for another great defensive performance.