Philip Rivers (FD - $8,500, DK - $6,900) - Just to start this off this week I just want to point out this is one of those weeks on FD you should be paying up for QB. A lot of prime matches for the big names. Could maybe convince me Hoyer or Prescott at their cost, but other than that none of the low price players are worth. Now Back to Rivers. This game is the narrative of the week. Rivers replaced Brees 11 years ago in San Diego and this is Brees’ first game back in San Diego since then. So should make for an interesting game itself. But out of the narrative idea of it all this on paper is a better game for Rivers than Brees. With the highest O/U of the week and highest predicted points, you know this game is going to be high scoring game for Rivers. Saints have given on average over 309 yards per game which clearly shows nothing has changed since last year. Would expect Rivers at home to continue carrying the scrap of receivers they have and have a big game.
Other Options: Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Brian Hoyer, Kirk Cousins
Ezekiel Elliott: (FD - $8,100, DK $6,900) - Ezekiel has really transitioned pretty well so far. Lost 1 fumble only so far through 71 carries. Sometimes you will see rookies have issues out of the gate but seems to be holding it together averaging 3.9 yards per carry. With Dez being in the air currently, they are probably going have to have to rely on Elliot to carry the team. 49ers last year were one of the worst teams in the league against RBs. Pass 3 games they haven’t been the worse, but still giving up 4.17 yards per carry to RBs. Solid all around play this week and with the 10+ point floor makes him considerable in cash.
Other Options: Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Jordan Howard, Mark Ingram
Emmanuel Sanders (FD - $6,900, DK - $6,400) Demaryius Thomas (FD - $7,900, DK $6,700) - With these two I wanted to more point on Sanders is a better play on FD than DK, while covering Thomas who also is great for his price. Both these guys have great match-ups against Tampa Bay who continues to just get destroyed in the secondary. Leading the league so far with 2.33 TDs per game to WRs. Sanders coming off a big game could see some higher than normal ownership, but this for sure an off play compared to players like Marvin Jones and Terrelle Pryor who are coming off both huge games and around the same price on FD. The only worry is Denver getting way ahead in this game which would result in using the run game more, but I really don’t see that happening.
Other Options: Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, DeSean Jackson, Antonino Brown, Marvin Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Kelvin Benjamin
Greg Olsen (FD - $7,900, DK - $6,000) - Okay I am not someone to pay up for Tight End ever unless they have an actual good match up. Reed last week had one, but I honestly don’t know what happened. Kirk and him are just not on the same page or something this year so far. But Olsen and Newton still haven’t missed a beat. Still averaging 9 targets a game so far with tons of upside this week against a team that just has been a complete joke against Tight Ends for 2 years now. Last year Olsen didn’t really excel against the Falcons, but that was without another receiving threat in Kelvin. So expect Olsen to have a big game.
Other Options: Dennis Pitta, Hunter Henry, Jordan Reed, Zack Miller
Arizona Defense (FD - $5,300, DK - $3,900) - I feel this week it's actually kind of hard to avoid this defense and not pay up for it. Arizona is coming off one beating by Buffalo that for sure has had them focusing what the hell went wrong. This is an elite defense and nothing has really changed to take away from that from one bad outing. They have far worse of a team than last week and should dominate this game with no issue with a couple turnovers.
Other Options: Washington, Denver, Seattle, Houston