We have a bunch of guys I’d like to use this week: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Jay Cutler. Brady would be my #1 guy to rollout but his price is high at $8,500. The two QBs that caught my eye were Philip Rivers and Cam Newton. Rivers is my personal favorite and I have been playing him often for the last few weeks. San Diego averages 70.6 plays per game which is 2nd most in the NFL. In the last 5 games Rivers has had at least 37 pass attempts. Chicago allows 18.73 fantasy points per game to QBs which is one of the highest totals and Vegas projects San Diego to score 27 points this week. Brees just finished a QB performance for the ages in throwing for 511 yards and 7 TDs. New Orleans is tops in the NFL in averaging 71.4 plays per game and the defense has also looked bad so they will most likely need to keep scoring. Vegas projects a team total of 28 points for the Saints vs Tennessee. Eli Manning is completing 66% of his passes and has a TD to INT ratio of 17:4. Tampa Bay gives up 21 fantasy points per game to QBs and the Giants team total is 25.3 points. Cutler is cheap this week on the site’s I checked but has a paced up matchup vs San Diego. San Diego is a home favorite so Cutler looks like a nice option to outperform his price tag in this game.
My early favorites at RB are Devonta Freeman, Darren McFadden, Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory, Antonio Andrews, and Jeremy Langford. I tried to give you a few guys at different price points to consider. Devonta Freeman gets a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which Atlanta should be leading late in the game. He can get extra carries and rack up 4th quarter yardage and TDs. McFadden is just so cheap on DK at $4300 and could see 30 touches including a bunch of catches out of the backfield. Mark Ingram is the #2 overall RB in PPR and averaging 19 touches a game. With Khiry Robinson hurt he figures to see every more work and the goal line work. I’m sure everyone will want to play Drew Brees after his week 8 performance so Ingram could fly under the radar. The Jets have Geno under center and injuries at WR so this looks like a Chris Ivory week to me. Jeremy Langford is cheap and has no competition. I really don’t know how good he is but he will get touches. Andrews is $3600 and has emerged as the lead back in Tennessee. He got almost 20 touches last week.
Three wide receivers that I want to use this week are Stevie Johnson, Malcolm Floyd and Alshon Jeffrey. I will sprinkle in the like of Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham also. San Diego had bad news when Keenan Allen came out for the 2nd half this past weekend and then promptly returned to the locker room. It seems he had a kidney injury after further evaluation and luckily for him he did not play but now he is out for the year. Stevie Johnson and Malcolm Floyd will now see increased targets in the San Diego pass heavy offense. I stated earlier that Rivers has thrown at least 37 passes for 5 straight weeks and that means these guys will be peppered with targets. Both guys are priced under $4000. Alshon Jeffrey is just too cheap at $6700 and has seen double digit targets his last 3 games. Stacking that Saints/Giants game last week paid huge dividends and I like these receivers in this Chargers/Bears game.
I like two under the radar tight ends a lot this week. Everyone seem to know that Oakland is terrible at defending the TE position and Heath Miller seems to have redeveloped his raporie with Big Ben to the tune of 10 catches for 105 yards. I think this trend continues without Bell in the backfield and his price tag of $2700 makes for some salary relief. I also like Jordan Reed getting healthy and coming off the bye last week. New England is going to score so Washington will be forced to pass and Reed is a high volume target in the pass game. At $4500 he makes for a nice play.
I don’t mean to pile on but the Atlanta Falcons seem to be in a great spot at $3400. A new QB behind center for San Francisco and RBs that nobody knows are all the reason to roll the Falcons out and reap the benefits of an inept San Francisco offense. A nice correlation stack of the Falcons D and Devonta Freeman could pay off big if game script follows accordingly. Other options in include Denver, New England, New York Jets, and St Louis.