It took Brees almost three quarters last week to finally get
into the game and throw a passing touchdown in a surprisingly
strong game by the Browns defense. I donít anticipate Brees
will have nearly as much trouble moving the ball against a Falcons
team that gave up 335 passing yards and three touchdowns to Cam
Newton last week. This game is going to be a shootout, and I want
to own a piece of it in all formats.
For similar reasons to Brees in cash games, I am targeting the
more volatile quarterback of the two in cash. The Saints allow
the third-most points to opposing defenses, and Ryan is coming
off a 31.68 point performance at home against Carolina. He is
always a risk to throw interceptions, especially in the red zone,
but his price tag and the likelihood of this game being a shootout
makes Ryan a great GPP play.
I anticipate that the Chargers are going to take a page out of
the Raiders playbook in Week 1 one and try to run the ball and
avoid the stellar Rams secondary. Rivers will find success passing
to Gordon and Ekeler out of the backfield, but it will not be
enough to make Rivers worth a start over options like Ryan and
Howard has yet to find the end zone this season, despite rushing
for 5.5 yards per carry in Week 1 against Green Bay and getting
more action as a receiver out of the backfield. Look for that
to change this week with the Bears taking on the hapless Arizona
Cardinals. No other team has allowed more points to opposing running
backs and Howard is in line for his first big game of 2018.
The reigning rushing championís value has plummeted to
the point of absurdity on Draftkings. Hunt has been on the field
for 70% of the snaps for the high flying Chief offense and gets
the 49ers in a home matchup on Sunday. Anyone not playing Hunt
at $6,000 on DK is leaving free money on the table.
Michael Thomas is off to a historic start with 28 catches and
three touchdowns over his first two games, and there is little
to suggest that he will slow down this week against an injury-depleted
Falcons defense. Pay the premium and reap the benefits.
Iím sure this pick is going to cause some eye rolls, as
Moncrief has 15.8 total points over his first two games. The reasoning
behind this pick his is incredibly low price tag mixed with the
fact that he leads the Jags in targets. If he hits, Moncrief paired
with a high-priced wideout with a high floor like Thomas will
In keeping with my theme of benching Chargers against the Rams
this week, I am avoiding Allen and his matchup against a defense
that has allowed just 98 passing yards and no touchdowns through
the first two weeks of the season.
I am going back to the well for Kittle, even though he burned
me last week with two catches for 22 yards and zero touchdowns.
This is going to be a blowout game for the Chiefs, and the 49ers
will need to pass a ton to keep pace. The possible return of Marquise
Goodwin should add another weapon for Garoppolo and take the focus
off of Kittle.
Hooper is one of the cheapest ways to get a piece of the action
in Atlanta. With nine targets in two games, Hooper has been more
involved than people think, and this game has the makings for
a high scoring affair.
The Dissly hype train will come to an end this week against a
Dallas defense that will make life miserable for Russell Wilson.
After a breakout first week with five catches for 105 yards and
a score against Denver, Dissly salvaged what would have been a
turd of a performance against the Bears with a garbage TD in the
closing minutes. It was fun while it lasted.
Defense & Special Teams
High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost:
Vikings vs. Bills ($4,300)
Bargain Priced with Upside: Dolphins
vs. Raiders ($2,700)