Carson Palmer (at SF, DK - $7,100, FD - $8,100) – Palmer has really been enjoying a great season, as he has totaled 3,066 yards and 27 touchdowns in 10 games. He has also thrown for at least 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in three straight games, and he gets one of his best matchups of the season this week. The 49ers are allowing 277.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL this season. Palmer carved them up for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns in the third week of the season, and we should see something similar this week. Palmer is an extremely safe option, and he’s best suited for cash games.
Kirk Cousins (vs NYG, DK - $5,400, FD - $6,700) – Cousins is the exact opposite type of quarterback as Carson Palmer, as he is a GPP only option. He’s one of the riskiest quarterbacks in the NFL, but he has flashed great upside with 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in two of his last four games. He gets a great matchup against the Giants this week, who are allowing 309.9 passing yards per game, which ranks dead last in the NFL. Cousins played fairly well against New York this season, although he only threw for one touchdown. Cousins is a great tournament option, and he can be stacked with Jordan Reed, who is his favorite red zone target.
Josh McCown (vs BAL, DK - $5,000, FD - $6,300) – Manziel was unsurprisingly demoted to third string when a video was released of him partying during the Browns bye week. McCown lost his job because of injury, but he’s likely to regain it this week. In his last game before he was injured, he threw for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns against a tough Cardinals defense. The Ravens have had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and McCown will likely throw the ball 30+ times this week. He can be used in all leagues for his ridiculously low price tag.
Doug Martin (at IND, DK - $5,800, FD - $7,500) – Martin is coming off an unbelievable game, in which he ran for 235 yards on only 27 attempts. That was a breakout game after a few weeks in which he struggled. If the trend continues from this season, Martin will have a few more great games before he struggles again. He gets the matchup to do it this week, as the Colts have the 22nd ranked defense in the NFL against running backs. Martin isn’t a surefire back any week, which makes him best suited for GPPs, but he does have loads of upside.
Javorius Allen (at CLE, DK - $4,600, FD - $6,300) – Buck Allen has been waiting for his opportunity this season, and now that Forsett is out, he will get all the carries he can handle. Last week, he recorded 27 total touches after Forsett was injured. He turned those touches into 115 total yards, but he failed to score. Allen is going to be the workhorse back for the Ravens, who will also be using Matt Shaub at quarterback. That means the Ravens will likely ride Allen all game, which Shaub will be checking down to him when he’s throwing. Allen gets a great matchup against the Browns, who have struggled against the run this season, and he can be used in all leagues.
Thomas Rawls (vs PIT, DK - $4,500, FD - $6,300) – Rawls had his breakout game last week, and he will likely be owned by everyone this week. That is for good reason, as he took 33 touches for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. It looks like Marshawn Lynch will be out again this week with an ab injury and Rawls will be the workhorse on the offense. He doesn’t get a great matchup against the Steelers, but they do play fast, which means Rawls will be on the field more, and he has tremendous upside. He should be used in all leagues for his low price tags.
Odell Beckham Jr. (at WAS, DK - $8,700, FD - $9,100) – Beckham Jr. got off to a slow start this season, but he has recorded 21 catches for 339 yards and 4 touchdowns over the last three weeks. He gets a great matchup against the Redskins, who have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. The Giants tend to feature other players over OBJ, which is a bit odd, but some weeks they look determined to get him the ball. He should be able to shred the Redskins this week, and he can be used in all leagues.
Allen Robinson (vs SD, DK - $7,300, FD - $7,900) – A-Rob always seems to hit value, regardless of whether he catches a few deep balls or whether he catches a touchdown each week. In 10 games, Robinson has recorded 10 catches for 871 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. San Diego’s defense has been able to slow down wide receivers this season, but Robinson has been special, and his price is still low. The Jags love throwing the ball, which means Robinson will see plenty of targets, and he’s an extremely safe option at his price.
Danny Amendola (at DEN, DK - $4,700, FD - $6,100) – Amendola was injured on Monday night, and he may not play this week. Keep track of his injury because he makes a great option if he starts. In less than three quarters last week, Amendola caught 9 passes for 117 yards. He’ll be the focal point of the Patriots offense with Edelman out, and Amendola is a reception machine when he’s healthy. The matchup is awful against the Broncos elite pass defense, but it’s tough to cover wide receivers like Amendola, and he’s a great GPP option if he is playing.
Delanie Walker (vs OAK, DK - $5,400, FD - $6,100) – I love using tight ends against the Raiders, and it hasn’t been panning out recently. That will change this week, as Walker is a great fantasy option against anyone, and this matchup is ideal. He’s a huge part of the Titans offense, as he has been seeing slightly under 10 targets per game this season. The Raiders have been one of the worst teams in the NFL against tight ends, and Walker can be used in all leagues.
Heath Miller (at SEA, DK - $3,100, FD - $5,300) – Miller is a significantly better fantasy option when Ben Roethlisberger is starting at quarterback. That will be the case this week, and the Seahawks have really struggled to cover the tight end this season. Miller is fairly cheap on both sites because of his recent struggles, but he should catch a few balls and he has the potential to score a touchdown. It isn’t glamorous, but he isn’t the worst fantasy option.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST (vs STL, DK - $3,000, FD - $4,800) – The Bengals get the golden matchup against the Rams this week, who have arguably the worst offense in the NFL this season. They have essentially nothing outside of Todd Gurley, who has still been performing well against eight man boxes. This game has a 42-point over/under, and the Bengals are -7.5 point favorites. That sets the Rams at the lowest team total of the week, which means the Bengals are a great option in all leagues.