Ben Roethlisberger – PIT ($6100)
$6100 is affordable, yet top tier this week with fairly low projected ownership. He’s got one of the best matchups against the Browns, who are performing worse in recent weeks compared to their 2018 total in fantasy points allowed to QBs. I think Roethlisberger is best suited for cash this week, as he reliably puts up better numbers at home, and while Antonio Brown may seem to be the obvious play, his high ownership makes me wary of a stack. Pairing Roethlisberger with Juju Smith-Schuster or Vance McDonald seems like the better GPP play.
Blake Bortles – JAX ($4700)
You might steer away from him because of his total meltdown last week against the Texans, but the Eagles’ defense is a much easier play. As well, it was his poor performance last week that pushed his price down $500 and will likely lead to low ownership. If you’re looking to be sneaky and punt Derek Anderson for the crazy chance he actually produces, why not spend up a few hundred dollars and nab one of fantasy’s top producing QBs in recent years? Just like you should chase injury in DFS, so should you chase uncertainty. Play him in large field tournaments.
Kareem Hunt – KC ($7100)
I think it’s always worth paying up for one of the top RBs, but the trick is to find the right one. While Gurley is still a strong play (esp. for cash games), Kareem Hunt’s lower ownership and incredible matchup entice me. Be warned, though, that DraftKing’s absolutely hit on him as Hunt’s price increased $1000, but if anything, it’s a correction toward his typical play. This is projected to be one of the highest scoring games, plus a double-digit favorite to the Chiefs. There will be plenty of work on the ground and the air, and Denver has surrendered the 3rd-most fantasy points to RBs in the last 4 weeks.
Chris Thompson – WAS ($5500)
Thompson is one of the most prolific running backs in DraftKings primarily because of his receiving-specific role that favors DK’s PPR scoring. While he’s far behind Adrian Peterson in rush attempts, only Jordan Reed has more of the team’s targets, yet Thompson leads in receptions. Without a lot of work on the ground, his upside is obviously limited, but he’s a solid play against a soft Giants’ defense in a close, low-scoring game that should favor a few easy dump offs to the RB.
Marlon Mack ($5400) exploded onto the scene last week and his price rose accordingly, but the matchup against the rebuild-Raiders is too good to pass up. Matt Breida ($5000) / Raheem Mostert ($3800) Keep an eye on the injury report for this one. Neither are too costly and whoever starts should more than make up for their price.
Adam Thielen – MIN ($8700)
Thielen is the most expensive WR you can roster, but he’s also not somebody you can really afford to leave behind. He’s facing the league-worst Saints in surrendering fantasy points to WRs and has a home game that should see plenty of air yards and scoring. Thielen, along with the other top WRs, are all expected to see high ownership, so maybe avoid him in large field tournaments, but he’s a solid move for cash games.
Chris Godwin – TB ($4500)
Godwin won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but has an excellent team matchup and a good individual matchup against Cincinnati’s William Jackson. Tampa Bay will most likely be playing from behind, and with lead back Peyton Barber still banged up and questionable, this ball will have to be forced through the air. Godwin is currently a distant second on the team in terms of targets, but he leads the team in TDs and he’s a far easier WR to afford than either Evans or Jackson.
Randall Cobb ($4900) is cheaper than the man behind him on the depth chart, but I especially like him in large-field tournaments because he’ll be lowly owned and is playing in the highest-projected scoring game. Anthony Miller ($3400) has been quiet so far, but he saw 7 targets last week and is facing one of the worst teams in the league. Michael Thomas ($7300) may face shadow coverage from Xavier Rhodes, who is questionable to play at best. This PPR monster will face a slightly beat up secondary.
CJ Uzomah – CIN ($3500)
Uzomah has been making a name for himself in the DFS world, so don’t expect any sneaky play here, but at a little over half the price of Travis Kelce, you can roster the TE with both the best individual matchup and team matchup as nobody is giving up more points to TEs than the Buccaneers. This game will likely be a high scoring air attack and could see multiple lead changes. I like him, Green, and Boyd as stackable action with Dalton.
Charles Clay – BUF ($2700)
Clay is low enough on this list to be considered a punt play, and just about nobody in the universe wants to start any Buffalo player, but if you’re going to pick a pass-catcher, Clay is this team’s answer. Although the Bills have been suffering across the board, the Patriots are weak against all things pass, but Clay is far and away the better option than Benjamin or Jones. Clay has an obviously low floor, so avoid in cash, but Buffalo will be playing catchup the entire time as 2-score underdogs.
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