Russell Wilson (at BAL, DK - $$6,300, FD - $8,500) – Wilson got off to a slow start this season, but he has been on fire over the last three weeks. In those games, he’s averaging 293 yards and 3.7 touchdowns. He has also added 95 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground in those three games. He gets a matchup made in heaven against the Ravens this week, who have had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season. Wilson and the Seahawks are fighting for the playoffs right now, so they may continue to throw the ball and pour on the points even in a blowout. Wilson is safe enough for all leagues, especially with his price on DraftKings this week.
Jameis Winston (vs NO, DK - $5,500, FD - $7,800) – Winston’s price tag is a bit high on FanDuel, but it’s extremely high on FanDuel. He has been struggling since his matchup against the Eagles, but he’ll face the Saints this week, who are allowing 287.3 passing yards per game, which is the second most in the NFL this season. Along with his passing abilities, Winston also has found the end zone five times on the ground this season, which gives him slightly more upside. He’s a bit too risky for cash games, but he’s a great tournament option.
Tyrod Taylor (at PHI, DK - $5,400, FD - $7,500) – Taylor gets the matchup of all matchups this week, as he squares off against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the Eagles last three games, they have allowed the quarterback to average 298.3 yards and 4.3 touchdowns through the air. They also allowed Tom Brady to score on the ground, and Taylor will likely be running quite a bit in this game. He has really been playing well over the last two games, and this will be a better matchup than both of those games. Taylor is price fairly on FanDuel, but he’s entirely too cheap on DraftKings, and he can be used in all leagues.
DeAngelo Williams (at CIN, DK - $6,000, FD - $7,300) – Aside from his brutal game against the Cleveland Browns, Williams has played exceptionally well in the starting role for the Steelers. In 6 games as the starter, he’s averaging 98.5 rushing yards, 1.0 touchdown, 3.3 receptions, and 34.8 receiving yards per game. Those numbers are great for someone who is priced considerably lower than the top options. The Bengals have a good run defense, but the Steelers run at such a fast pace that Williams is going to see more than his fair share of opportunities. This should be a close game, and Williams can be used in all leagues.
Javorius Allen (vs SEA, DK - $5,300, FD - $7,000) – Allen is a much better play on DraftKings where he gets a full point per receptions, but he is more than serviceable on FanDuel, as well. He gets a tough matchup against the Seahawks, but Allen isn’t a typical running back. The Ravens feed him the ball through the air, as he’s coming off a 12-reception game, and it’s tough for any defense to stop a running back from catching the ball. He’ll continue to see heavy touches, as he’s really the only playmaker on the Ravens offense. They likely won’t be scoring much, but Allen is too cheap for a player that has 25+ touches and decent touchdown potential.
Eddie Lacy (vs DAL, DK - $4,700, FD - $6,200) – Lacy is a tournament only play this week because his status with Green Bay is unclear as of now. He played sparingly against the Lions because he broke curfew, but Alonzo Harris lost his spot on the team for that incident, and it looks like missing that game was Lacy’s only punishment. Before that, he had strung together two consecutive 100-yard games, and he looked as if he was a bit rejuvenated. The best approach may be to wait and see how Green Bay plays this, but you could get a jump on your competition if you decide to play Lacy this week and he ends up without restrictions.
Antonio Brown (at CIN, DK - $8,900, FD - $9,300) – How Antonio Brown isn’t the clear-cut most expensive option on the slate is beyond me, but he isn’t on either site. He has been tremendous in three of his last four games, but he was shut down by Richard Sherman two weeks ago. The Steelers announced that it was part of the game plan to look elsewhere, as they wanted to avoid Sherman, and Brown responded with a monster week against the Colts last week. The Bengals don’t have any shut down corners, and Brown has seen double digit targets in five consecutive weeks. He can be used in all leagues this week.
Sammy Watkins (at PHI, DK - $6,100, FD - $7,200) – The Bills have a tendency to leave Watkins out of the game plan, as one can see from his four targets last week. With that being said, he turned those four targets into 3 receptions for 109 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had a great week before that, in which he caught 6 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. He certainly comes with a ton of risk, but the Eagles have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and the Bills should have no problems moving the ball on them. Watkins makes a great stack with Taylor in tournaments this week.
Doug Baldwin (at BAL, DK - $4,500, FD - $6,800) – Baldwin has been on fire, which coincides with Wilson being on fire, as Baldwin has caught 5 touchdowns in the last two weeks. I wouldn’t predict this touchdown production continues, but he is the Seahawks first option in the passing game, and he has seen 31 targets over the last four weeks. He gets a great matchup against the Ravens, who have had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and Baldwin makes a great stacking option with Wilson. They can be used in both tournaments and cash games while they are on this current hot streak.
Greg Olsen (vs ATL, DK - $6,900, FD - $6,600) – Olsen is a great play at tight end every week because he is essentially a wide receiver for the Panthers. He has a good floor for a tight end, but he also has great upside. He has good touchdown potential, as the Panthers really have limited weapons on offense and Newton has to throw the ball to someone. He’s coming off a great game against the Saints, and gets a matchup against the Falcons, who rank 25th in the NFL against tight ends this season. Olsen can be a basis tight end for both cash games and tournaments this week.
Scott Chandler (at HOU, DK - $3,800, FD - $5,800) – As many people expected, Chandler’s price took a pretty big jump this week, but it still is too low. If Gronk is out, which seems likely, Chandler will start in his place and have great upside once again. In his last two games, he has recorded 9 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Patriots find the end zone early and often every week, and Chandler has been a big part of that since the injury to Gronk. He’s cheap enough for both cash games and GPPs this week, if Gronk is ruled out.
San Francisco 49ers D/ST (at CLE, DK - $2,100, FD - $4,300) – This play comes with a bit of risk, but it’s tough to ignore the matchup and price tag here. The 49ers will take on the Browns, who will likely be starting Johnny Manziel at quarterback. They have essentially no offensive playmakers outside of Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge as a red zone threat. Manziel has proven that he loves turning the ball over early on in his career, and the 49ers could be a sneaky defense this week. Furthermore, this game is set at the lowest over/under of the week and it is set at even. The 49ers could burn you, but they also will allow you to get some elite options at real positions, which could win you a tournament or two this week.