Cam Newton (at ATL, DK - $7,500, FD - $9,300) – Newton has been playing out of his mind recently, as he has thrown for 13 touchdowns in his last three games. He’s coming off a dominant game against the Giants, in which he threw for 340 yards and 5 touchdowns while adding 100 yards on the ground. On the season, he has thrown for 3,402 yards and 33 touchdowns while also running for 580 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s a true dual-threat quarterback, and he gets a matchup against the Falcons this week. Atlanta’s defense has surprisingly played well against quarterbacks this season, but Newton is matchup proof. He can be used in all leagues this week.
Blake Bortles (at NO, DK - $6,500, FD - $8,200) – Borltes has been playing exceptionally well this season, as he has thrown for 3,821 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 305 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. This week, he gets a great matchup against the Saints, who have had the worst defense against quarterbacks in the NFL this season. They are allowing 276.4 passing yards per game, and Bortles has been throwing the ball at least 30 times per week. The Saints have also been much better team at home this season, and this game could quickly turn into a shootout. Bortles can be used in all leagues on DraftKings, but he’s best suited for GPPs on FanDuel, where his price is significantly more expensive.
Ryan Tannehill (vs IND, DK - $5,100, FD - $6,900) – Tannehill is more in play on DraftKings than FanDuel because of how low his price is, but he is cheap enough on both sites for tournaments. Tannehill has thrown the ball a total of 133 times in three of his last four games. This week he gets a great matchup against the Colts, who are allowing 267.2 passing yards per game. Tannehill has struggled to find the end zone recently, which has been his fantasy downfall, but he does have good upside because of the opportunities the Dolphins are giving him. For comparison, Tannehill is the same price as Clausen and Weeden on DraftKings. He’s a good GPP upside this week.
David Johnson (vs GB, DK - $5,800, FD - $7,300) – Johnson flashed his upside last week, as he had a career day with 167 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with 4 receptions for 42 yards. He has been touching the ball 20+ times per week since becoming the Cardinals workhorse back, and he has displayed tremendous upside. He’s also a fairly safe option for his price this week, as he takes on a Green Bay defense, who are allowing 116.6 rushing yards per game. Johnson is one of my favorite plays on the week, and he can be used in all leagues once again.
Tim Hightower (vs JAX, DK - $4,500, FD - $6,300) – Hightower has taken over as the lead back for the Saints, and he has recorded 45 total touches over the last two weeks. His price is still fairly low across the industry, and he has good upside. This game is projected to stay fairly close, and the Saints could lean a bit more on Hightower with Bress dealing with an injury. If Brees is forced to sit out, Hightower would likely be the focal point of the offense with Matt Flynn at quarterback. The Jaguars have really struggled on defense this season, and Hightower can be used in all leagues as a cheap workhorse running back this week.
Karlos Williams (vs DAL, DK - $4,500, FD - $5,400) – Williams’ price across the industry is ridiculous, but the prices did not factor in the LeSean McCoy injury. McCoy is currently listed as doubtful, and it would be a huge surprise is he is able to play this week. Williams will be the lead back for the week, and he has proven that he can play well when given the opportunity. He has only touched the ball over 10 times in two weeks this season, but he was able to total 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in those two weeks. He gets a great matchup against a struggling Cowboys defense, and Williams makes a great salary relief option at running back this week.
Antonio Brown (at BAL, DK - $9,300, FD - $9,300) – There is very little reason to avoid Antonio Brown right now. He’s coming off a ridiculous game, in which he torched the best defense in the NFL for 16 receptions, 189 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He gets a much easier matchup against the Ravens defense this week, who have been one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season. Brown isn’t going to come cheap, but there are plenty of value plays this week, and he can easily be fit into lineups. Fade him at your own risk.
Allen Robinson (at NO, DK - $7,500, FD - $8,400) – If you’re going to pair Bortles with someone, Robinson makes a lot of sense. He has really been struggling recently, as he only has four receptions over the last two games, but he has two touchdowns in those games, as well. He has scored at least one touchdown in four consecutive games, and he has 13 touchdowns in the 14 games this season. This game will likely be high scoring, and the Jags would be wise to feature their top receiver. The Saints don’t have anyone that is going to be able to slow A-Rob down, and he’s a great tournament pair with Bortles this week.
Kamar Aiken (vs PIT, DK - $5,400, FD - $6,600) – Since the Ravens bye in week 9, Aiken has is averaging 10.3 targets per week. That’s an elite amount of targets for a wide receiver, and he has responded well with at least 5 receptions in each game. This week, he gets a great matchup against the Steelers, who have struggled defensively this season. Aiken is coming off a huge game against the Chiefs, and he is fairly safe because of the volume he will see. The obvious problem with Aiken is the quarterback situation in Baltimore, but he can still be used in all leagues for his price.
Julius Thomas (at NO, DK - $5,100, FD - $6,500) – Thomas’ role continues to grow for the Jags, but last week he snapped his streak of touchdowns. With that being said, he was a big part of the offense, and he recorded 6 receptions for 79 yards. He gets another great matchup this week against the Saints, who have been the worst team in the NFL against tight end. Yes, even worse than the Raiders. Thomas is a huge red zone target for the Jags, and this game should feature a lot of points. It wouldn’t come as a shock if Thomas was able to find the end zone this week, and he’s another great pair with Bortles.
Kyle Rudolph (vs NYG, DK - $3,300, FD - $5,000) – Rudolph has the ability to be a reliable tight end, but the Vikings only use him every now and then. He’s a big target with some of the best hands in the NFL. He has flashed great upside with three games in his last five with six or more receptions. He gets a great matchup against the Giants this week, who have struggled against the tight end this season. The Vikings will likely try to exploit that, but Rudolph is best suited for GPPs because his targets are far from guaranteed.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST (vs CLE, DK - $4,200, FD - $5,400) – The Chief defense isn’t going to come cheap, but they have great upside for a defense this week. On the season, they have 20 interceptions, 41 sacks, and 6 defensive touchdowns in only 14 games. They get a great matchup against the Browns this week, who love turning the ball over and rarely find the end zone. If you have the money for the Chiefs defense, it would be wise to spend up for them.