Aaron Rodgers (vs DET, $7,500) – Rodgers is having an extremely down season, but he’s coming off a game in which he torched one of the best defenses in the NFL for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns. This week, he’ll get a much easier matchup against the Lions, who have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Rodgers and Green Bay may be looking to take a bit of their frustration out on the Lions, as they have lost two straight games. Rodgers has displayed great upside this season, but he hasn’t been able to play at the consistent level that he has in past years. He’s best suited for GPPs this week.
Blake Bortles (at BAL, $5,600) – Bortles may have turned the corner in his young career, as he has scored 25+ fantasy points in three of his last four games. He gets a great matchup this week against the Ravens, who are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Bortles is a gunslinger, who has thrown for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in three of his last four games. He’s likely going to throw the ball over 30 times this game, which will give him a high floor. His ceiling has been displayed recently, and Bortles price is surprisingly low. He can be used in all leagues in this matchup this week.
Kirk Cousins (vs NO, $5,200) – To be clear, I’m attacking the situation, not the player here. I don’t like Cousins as a football player, as I believe he’s a quarterback with a gunslinger mentality, who has a weak arm. Those two characteristics do not mix, but it does give him a decent fantasy ceiling. He also gets a great matchup against the Saints, who have been the worst defense in the NFL against opposing quarterbacks this season. The Saints should have no problem scoring on Washington, which means Cousins will be throwing the ball early and often. Regardless of the talent, anyone who will throw the ball 40+ times against the Saints defense deserves consideration. Although, I wouldn’t use him outside of GPPs.
DeAngelo Williams (vs CLE, $6,500) – It feels strange recommending Williams as a top running back option, but it’s hard to argue with his opportunity and production. In three starts this season, Williams has recorded 449 total yards and 5 touchdowns. He also gets a great matchup against the Browns, who are allowing nearly 150 yards on the ground per game this season. That ranks dead last in the NFL, and Williams looked outstanding last week against the Raiders. The Steelers may be running the ball a bit more than usual with Big Ben on the sideline, as well. Williams is a high upside, low risk play. He can be used in all leagues.
LeGarrette Blount (at NYG, $4,900) – It was recently reported that Dion Lewis tore his ACL, and Blount is going to be the biggest benefactor of that. Blount recorded a season-high 29 touches last week, which was a result of a blowout and the injury to Lewis. The Patriots should have very little problems beating the Giants, which means Blount will likely be highly involved. The Giants are also one of the worst defenses in the NFL against running backs. Blount also has great touchdown potential, and his price isn’t going to stay this low forever. He’s a great play in all leagues this week.
Darren McFadden (at TB, $4,900) – Run DMC has been one of the most consistent running backs in the league since getting the starting job, as he has scored a total of 60.7 fantasy points over the last three weeks. He gets a matchup against the Bucs this week, who are an average team against the run. Over those three weeks, McFadden has been the clear focal point of the offense, as he has recorded 85 total touches. It is clear that they are going to ride McFadden any way they have to during the game. That makes him a safe option, as he can add a few extra points with receptions. His price is on the rise, but still entirely too low. He can be used in all leagues.
Odell Beckham Jr. (vs NE, $8,800) – The Giants game plan should be extremely simple. They need to get OBJ the ball early and often, but they rarely do that. Over that last two weeks, OBJ has flashed his upside with 17 receptions for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns. This game has the potential to be a shootout, and the Giants will need to feature OBJ if they want a chance to win. The Patriots do not have a strong secondary, which gives Beckham Jr. great upside. He’s best suited for GPPs because of his low target weeks, but he has as much upside as anyone on the slate.
Allen Robinson (at BAL, $6,700) – Robinson has been incredibly consistent over the last few weeks, scoring 20+ fantasy points in four straight games. Over that span, he has recorded 25 catches for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns. As I mentioned earlier, the Ravens have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and Robinson makes a great stack with Bortles this week. ARob’s fantasy upside is through the roof, as he scored nearly 40 fantasy points against the Dolphins earlier this season. Robinson’s price is still fairly low for his production, and he can be used in all leagues.
Stefon Diggs (at OAK, $5,100) – Diggs is coming off his first bad game of the season, in which he recorded only 3 catches for 42 yards. In the four games before that, however, Diggs compiled 25 receptions for 419 yards and 2 touchdowns. He gets a matchup this week against the Raiders, who have arguably the worst secondary in the NFL. The Vikings will likely run a balanced attack this week, as teams have torched the Raiders both through the air and on the ground this season. If Bridgewater is a full go, which is the most likely option at this point, Diggs is a great play in all leagues. If Bridgewater is out this week, Diggs is more of a GPP option.
Gary Barnidge (at PIT, $4,800) – Barnidge, along with the rest of the Browns offense, suffered with Manziel at quarterback last week. Luckily, McCown is likely to play this week, and Barnidge gets his consistency and upside back. Barnidge is enjoying a breakout season, recording 42 catches for 602 yards and 6 touchdowns in 9 games. The Steelers have struggled mightily against the tight end this season, and Barnidge is going to be one of their toughest tests. Barnidge has great upside, but he also should have good consistency with McCown returning to the lineup. He can be used in all leagues.
Richard Rodgers (vs DET, $3,000) – Rodgers has been a surprisingly big part of the Packers offense this season, including his two touchdown game last week. Green Bay will likely use this game to gain some momentum to stop their current losing streak. That means Aaron Rodgers will be throwing a lot, and Richard Rodgers will have good upside. He’s a bit part of their red zone offense, and Detroit has really struggled against tight ends this season. Rodgers isn’t consistent enough for cash games, but he makes a great GPP play.
St. Louis Rams D/ST (vs CHI, $3,600) – The Rams will likely be one of the highest owned defenses in DFS this week, and for good reason. They get a great matchup against a weak Chicago offense. The Bears have really struggled at times this season, and the Rams are -9 point favorites in a game set at only 41.5 points. The Rams have scored double-digit fantasy points in over half of their games, and they have a great chance to do that again this week. They can be used in all leagues.