We’ve reached the week most fantasy football leagues begin their playoffs. If you made it to your playoffs, congratulations, for those of you who missed out, you came to the right place because playing DFS is a lot of fun and can extend your fantasy football season.
Last week, Carson Wentz, Austin Ekeler, Tyler Boyd and Sterling Shepard were all pretty solid plays and I hoped they helped you as Ronald Jones, Mecole Hardman (the weather had a lot to do with this), Ryan Griffin and the entire Jets’ offense played like crap. Speaking of crap, I am really sorry about recommending the Chargers DST as they have been failing for a while now and getting Derwin James back didn’t really make a difference, because at the end of the game, it was still the same ol’ Chargers.
So crack a beer, get over your fantasy leagues and lets get some bargain plays in your lineups!
Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans ($5,800)
Prior to last week, Ryan Tannehill hasn’t scored less than 19.5 DK points since taking over as the starter. Last week he put up 14.78 to go along with his lowest rushing totals since week 8. This week he gets to go up against the Oakland Raiders who are struggling to stop anything on defense. I expect him to bounce back here.
Sony Michel, Running Back, New England Patriots ($5,600)
It’s been a while since I’ve recommended playing Sony Michel. He hasn’t been the running back we were all hoping for this season for the Patriots. Michel hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 7 and is still yet to break the 100-yard rushing barrier this season. I can’t guarantee that he will end that century mark drought, but I can see that touchdown drought coming to an end against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. They struggle against the run and just gave up a 100-yard game to Josh Jacobs. If there is a week to trust Michel in a lineup, this is your week.
Devonta Freeman, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons ($5,400)
With nothing much left to play for, the Atlanta Falcons were not afraid to give Devonta Freeman the bell-cow workload against a top-five rush defense in the New Orleans Saints last week on Thanksgiving. When you get a team like the Carolina Panthers coming to town, licking their wounds after giving up a 100-yard game to Derrius Guice, you have to like the idea of getting Freeman into a lineup. His yards per carry may not be what you want, but his volume and targets are what could help boost him this week. I could see a stat line similar to his week 6 stats of 19/88/0 to go with 3/3/30 in the receiving game.
D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers ($7,000)
You may not think of D.J. Moore as a true “bargain play” but when you are getting a wide receiver who is getting 8+ targets for eight games in a row, you have my attention. He has topped 75 receiving yards each of the last five weeks, and there is no reason to think that the Panthers will change the game plan, even with the recent firing of Ron Rivera. Atlanta’s pass funnel defense should bode very well again for Moore as he is looking for nine games in a row for over 75 yards.
Tyrell Williams, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders ($5,000)
There is nothing to really enjoy from the Oakland Raiders outside of Josh Jacobs. This whole offense has looked horrible as of late, and after coming off of a nine-yard receiving game, I can understand how you feel about this. Tennessee has a pretty good defense, but Adoree’ Jackson sat out Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury, and if he is out I really like Tyrell Williams’ outlook for Sunday. He hasn’t been known for his yardage, but more so for his touchdowns. I can see this Oakland offense bouncing back in general as they try to keep up with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Chargers ($4,500)
He’s had the yardage. He’s had the targets. What more does Mike Williams need to do for you? Oh yeah, score touchdowns. Because at the moment he has ZERO on the season! He’s Philip Rivers’ deep threat and is always just one big play away from cashing in. A defense that has pretty much checked out in the secondary of the Jacksonville Jaguars may prove to be the first game we see Williams break his touchdown streak; and at this basement price, I’ll gladly take it.
Jack Doyle, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts ($4,600)
With Eric Ebron on IR and T.Y. Hilton possibly out for the season, we’re running out of pass catchers left for Jacoby Brissett. Last week we saw Jack Doyle turn his 11 targets into six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. I don’t see anything changing this week going into Tampa Bay as every single offense has been able to throw against them.
Houston Texans DST ($3,300)
This defense is finally starting to click after knocking off the Patriots at home last week. The score is not a true indicator of what happened in this game as the Texans dominated New England prior to a little garbage-time work from Tom Brady. Denver is once again coming in with Drew Lock at the helm. He looked good for the first quarter of play before turning into a bit of a game manager in his debut last week. Take him out of his home stadium and it’s a whole new ball game. The Texans are first in the AFC South and plan to keep it that way.
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