Russell Wilson (vs CLE, D K - $7,000, FD - $8,800) – Wilson’s price still isn’t all that high, especially on DraftKings. He has been unbelievable over the last four weeks, as he has thrown for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns, while adding 101 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground, as well. He gets a great matchup this week against the Browns, who have really struggled against quarterbacks this season. The Seahawks recently lost Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls to injuries, which means they will likely continue to rely heavily on Russell Wilson. Even when they are winning, Wilson tends to find ways to score, and he can be used in all leagues this week.
Matthew Stafford (at NO, DK - $6,100, FD - $7,800) – Stafford has really been struggling this season, but he has flashed tremendous upside. A few weeks ago, he torched the Eagles for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns. While that will likely be his best performance of the season, he gets a great matchup against the Saints this week. The Saints have been the worst team in the NFL against opposing quarterbacks, and they are allowing 278.8 passing yards per game. This game has the second highest over/under of the week, and the Saints are only slight favorites. That means the Lions should be able to score a few times, and Stafford will likely be throwing those. He isn’t consistent enough for cash games, but he’s a great GPP option.
AJ McCarron (at SF, DK - $5,400, FD - $6,000) – McCarron will draw the start for the injured Andy Dalton, and his price tag is extremely low this week. The Bengals recently said that they are not going to lean on the run this week, and after seeing McCarron open up against the Steelers, I believe them. He’s going to make mistakes, but luckily, those hurt more in real life than in fantasy. He has a great arm to pair with a great group of receivers. He also gets a matchup against a weak San Francisco defense. McCarron should be able to hit value this week with the chance for a lot more. He can be used in all leagues this week.
David Johnson (at PHI, DK - $5,700, FD - $6,500) – Johnson took over as the Cardinals full time running back two weeks ago. In those two starts, Johnson has run for 191 yards, while also totaling 7 catches for 52 yards and 1 touchdown. He’s a “do it all” type of running back for the Cardinals, and he gets a great matchup against the Eagles this week. Philadelphia is allowing 126.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks 28th in the NFL this season. Johnson has a ton of natural talent, and he can pile up fantasy points in a multitude of ways. He can be used in all leagues this week.
Eddie Lacy (at OAK, DK - $5,200, FD - $6,900) – Lacy really paid off for anyone that was willing to take a risk on him last week. He received 25 touches for 148 total yards and 1 touchdown. Green Bay looks like they are going to feature Lacy as the workhorse moving forward while James Starks will play the change of pace role. Unfortunately, Starks could potentially steal Lacy’s touchdowns, but Lacy should see more than enough opportunities to score fantasy points. He’s a bit too cheap for a workhorse back who has as much talent as he does, and he can be used in all leagues against a weak Oakland defense.
Tim Hightower (vs DET, DK - $3,900, FD - $6,300) – Hightower is a bit underpriced on both sites, as he’s the clear workhorse back for the Saints now that Ingram is out. He carried the ball 28 times in the Saints last game, and regardless of his talent, he should easily be able to hit value at his low price tags if that happens again this week. The Saints also love throwing the ball to the running back, and Hightower has decent hands. The Lions have a below average run defense, which bodes well for Hightower, and this game should feature a ton of points. Hightower makes a great salary relief play this week.
Sammy Watkins (at WAS, DK - $6,200, FD - $7,200) – Watkins is priced significantly under the elite options, but he has been playing extremely well recently. Over the last three weeks, Watkins has 14 receptions for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns on 26 targets. Watkins is a huge part of the Bills offense, although they tend to leave him out of the game plan every now and then. He’s an extremely talented wide receiver, and he’s facing off against a weak Redskins defense. He has caught a deep touchdown in three consecutive games, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he made it four straight games this week.
Doug Baldwin (vs CLE, DK - $5,800, FD - $7,400) – If you’re going to use Russell Wilson this week, pair him with Doug Baldwin. Baldwin has seen 40 targets over the last 5 weeks, and he has turned those into 30 receptions for 515 yards and 9 touchdowns. Baldwin has found the end zone multiple times over the last three weeks, and his upside is tremendous. He does come with a bit of risk, but he has been dominating since Jimmy Graham was injured. The Seahawks will likely rely on Wilson without much of a running game this week, and Baldwin is Wilson’s number one option. He can be used in all leagues.
Michael Floyd (at PHI, DK - $4,400, FD - $6,100) – Floyd has quietly been dominating recently. He has recorded over 100 yards in four of his last five games, and he has totaled 38 targets in those four games. Floyd hasn’t been the most efficient player, but he has turned those targets into 23 receptions for 425 yards and 4 touchdowns. He gets a great matchup against the Eagles, who play at such a fast pace that the Cardinals will see a few extra drives this game. Floyd is extremely underpriced for how well he has been playing, and he’s a great option for a low price tag this week.
Julius Thomas (vs ATL, DK - $4,700, FD - $6,200) – I’m not a huge fan of Julius Thomas, but he has been playing well recently. He was a touchdown machine in Denver, and after a slow start to the season, he has now caught a touchdown in four consecutive games. He’s seeing a good amount of targets each week, and he gets a great matchup against the Falcons this week. Atlanta has really struggled against tight ends this season. Thomas comes with a bit of risk because of how touchdown dependent he is, but he gets tons of red zone targets, which makes him a high upside tournament option.
Richard Rodgers (at OAK, DK - $4,300, FD - $5,500) – Speaking of touchdown dependent tight ends, Richard Rodgers makes a good play this week. He has flashed good upside at times this season, specifically in the Detroit games. The Raiders have been one of, if not the worst team in the NFL against tight ends. Green Bay will likely focus on Rodgers in the game plan, and he has great upside for his price tag this week.
Seattle Seahawks D/ST (vs CLE, DK - $4,200, FD - $5,400) – You’re going to have to pay a premium for the Seahawks defense this week, but it may be worth it. The get a matchup against the Browns, who have a team total projected at only 7.5 points. That’s the lowest I have seen this season, and it’s the lowest I believe I have ever seen. The Seahawks defense has been playing well recently, and the are far and away the safest defense on the slate this week.