Tom Brady (vs WAS, $8,500) – Tom Brady is the definition of consistency at quarterback this season. He has scored 25+ fantasy points in all 7 of his starts, but he has also scored 30+ fantasy points in 3 of those starts. He’s averaging 344 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game on the season, and he gets a great matchup against a struggling Redskins defense. This game could quickly become a blowout, but Brady has still been scoring well this season, even when the Patriots get a quick lead. He isn’t going to come cheap, but not many players have the floor-ceiling combination that Brady does. He can be used in all leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs OAK, $6,600) – Roethlisberger started last week for the first time since week 3, and he clearly was shaking off some rust. He’ll have another full week of practice under his belt for this game, and he gets a great matchup against Oakland, who is allowing 302.1 passing yards per game. Even though his stats were a bit down, Roethlisberger still threw the ball 45 times last week, and anyone who will throw that ball 40+ times against the Raiders makes a high upside play. I may avoid him in cash games until he has proven he’s over his injury, but he’s an extremely high upside play for his somewhat low price tag.
Jameis Winston (vs NYG, $5,200) – Winston has been playing well this season, recording 1,648 yards and 10 touchdowns in only 7 games. These stats aren’t overwhelming, but he’s still a rookie, and he does carry some upside. He gets a great matchup against the Giants, who rank dead last in the NFL while allowing 316.1 passing yards per game. If this game stays close, Winston could throw the ball upwards of 40 times, which would give him great upside. Everyone saw what Brees did to New York last week, and while I wouldn’t expect that, Winston could have 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns, which would more than exceed value at his low price tag.
Todd Gurley (at MIN, $6,900) – Gurley has been playing unbelievably well this season, as he has recorded 566 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns in his last 4 games. He gets a matchup against the Vikings this week, who have an average run defense this season. He should continue to see 20+ touches this week, as he works as the Rams lead running back. His price continues to go up, but he’s still too cheap for his production. Everyone and their mothers will likely own Gurley for the fourth straight week, but he’s as close to a must play as you can get.
DeAngelo Williams (vs OAK, $5,500) – Williams is going to be owned by everyone this week, as Le’Veon Bell is injured for the season, and Williams’ price is extremely low. In the three weeks that Williams has totaled 20 or more touches, he has recorded a total of 63.4 fantasy points. He should see 20+ carries this week with a few receptions peppered on him. He’s a good touchdown threat, as he plays on a high-powered offense and he’s big enough to be a goal line back. Williams is a fairly low risk, high upside play this week, and he can be used in all leagues.
Darren McFadden (vs PHI, $4,300) – McFadden’s price seems to be based a bit on his injury history rather than his recent production. He has started the last two games, in which he recorded 275 total yards and 1 touchdown. He also had a screen pass called back from a touchdown two weeks ago, which would add onto his production. He gets a decent matchup against the Eagles this week, who are allowing 109.9 rushing yards per game this season. The Cowboys look like they are going to feed McFadden the ball, whether it be on the ground or through the air, and as long as he can stay healthy for all four quarters, he shouldn’t have a problem hitting value.
Alshon Jeffery (at SD, $6,700) – Jeffery is finally over his injury, and his price hasn’t quite reflected that yet. The first week, he was priced at $8,300, which is significantly higher than his current $6,700 price tag. In his last two starts, Jeffery has recorded 18 receptions for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns (62.3 fantasy points). He gets a good matchup against the Chargers, who have really struggled as a defense this season, and Jeffery is one of the safest wide receiver plays in the NFL this week.
Stefon Diggs (vs STL, $5,300) – In four games this season, Diggs has recorded 25 catches for 419 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has been consistent in every game, scoring 14+ fantasy points in each one. He has quickly worked his way as arguably the second biggest offensive threat behind Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings are willing to force feed him the ball. As I mentioned last week, his price is slowly climbing, but it still hasn’t reached his production value. Diggs gets a tough matchup against the Rams this week, but he produced against the Broncos defense earlier this season, and he can be used in all leagues.
Malcolm Floyd (vs CHI, $3,900) – Floyd has been a bit up and down this season, but he should have a much larger role in the offense with Keenan Allen out. Last game, he recorded 4 catches for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he could be the first option on the Chargers with Allen, Gates, and Green all nursing injuries. Floyd has been a touchdown machine throughout his career, and the Chargers should have no problems scoring on a weak Chicago secondary. Floyd has also proven that he can produce when given the opportunity, but he’s still best suited for GPPs this week.
Rob Gronkowski (vs WAS, $8,000) – There is a ton of value on the board this week, which means you can attack a Gronk/Brady combination with no problem. In 7 games this season, Gronk has recorded 40 receptions for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s the safest tight end play every week, but he also has loads of upside. The Patriots should have very little problems picking apart the Redskins defense, and Gronk has scored a touchdown in all but two games this season. He’s a great play in all leagues.
Heath Miller (vs OAK, $2,700) – Miller lost all of his fantasy value after Roethlisberger was injured, but he’s back on the radar now. In three full games with Big Ben at quarterback, Miller caught 20 passes for 204 yards and 1 touchdown. He’s coming off a game in which he caught 10 passes for 105 yards, and he’ll get a juicy matchup against the Raiders this week. The Raiders are the worst team in the NFL against the tight end, and the Steelers would be wise to incorporate Miller into their game plan. He’s a high upside GPP play, but I wouldn’t trust him in cash games.
Atlanta Falcons D/ST (at SF, $3,400) – The Falcons defense won’t come cheap this week, but they make for one of the best options on the board. They get a great matchup against the 49ers, who recently benched Colin Kaepernick, and will be starting Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert has proven to be anything but an NFL caliber quarterback, and the 49ers have little to no offensive playmakers with Carlos Hyde injured. The Falcons have flashed good upside as a defense, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they shut out the 49ers this week.