The return of some of the big guns this week should make getting those Fantasy Draft line-ups sorted a less daunting proposition. The loss of the Bills, Jags, Redskins and Eagles remove a few DFS options but not as many as last week’s byes did where every position felt depleted. However, we do also lose the Patriots and Dolphins to Thursday night football this week which takes away a few common favourites in the last few weeks and some really hot players right now.
Andy Dalton, $12,200, CIN @ PIT: Dalton has been unbelievable this season averaging nearly 25 fantasy points per game. Now coming out of his bye, he looks as a good a cheap option as ever. Honestly Dalton looks ridiculously undervalued this week, but his history of making a mess is still being held against him with many people and driving down his price. Whilst the match-up this week is mid-level, he has an unbelievable array of weapons. That means that if the Steelers work to cover one, he can utilise another two or three to produce results.
Jonathan Stewart, $8,800, IND @ CAR: Stewart has shown his class the last couple of weeks, running tough against Seattle before having his way with the Eagles defence. This week he gets the Colts who are 6th in points given up to running backs this season. The Colts defense is nothing special and the offense is dysfunctional, which all points towards Carolina having the chance to run the ball plenty. Stewart now appears to have taken on the role with 20 carries the last two weeks.
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Chris Johnson, $8,800, ARI @ CLE: Johnson has put up double digits four times this season, twice scoring over 20 points, including a really nice game against the Ravens on Sunday. This week he gets the Browns who rank second in most points given up to running backs this season. Johnson has clearly taken the role as number one in this offense and he is showing not only some of the speed but also greater vision than he ever has before allowing him to be successful once again.
Antonio Andrews, $6,400, TEN @ HOU: This is a shot in the dark if you need to really go cheap because Andrews should lead the Titans in carries this week against a bad Texans defense. Andrews should see the early down and short yardage work this week and I would expect him to be able to get close to double digits in the lead back role.
Stefon Diggs, $10,300, MIN @ CHI: Diggs has been a revelation this season averaging 6.66 receptions and 108 yards in his three games, giving him an average of 21.43 fantasy points per game. He has fast become the number one receiver on this squad and is just redzone work short of becoming a number one receiving option for fantasy. At $10,300, he is ridiculously under-priced considering he is putting up the numbers of people in the $14,000+ range.
Marvin Jones, $9,000, CIN @ PIT: Marvin Jones’ season has so far followed a pattern, low score, 10+ points score, 20+ points score, repeat. However, I think he breaks that cycle this week in a game I see being a shootout, meaning Dalton is going to need to use all his weapons and utilise the match-ups to keep the Bengals unbeaten. Jones will serve as the second receiver and third pass catching option after Green and Eifert and whilst the Steelers defense has been better than expected this season they will have to pick their poison and I don’t think Jones will top their list.
Ted Ginn Jr., $6,600, IND @ CAR: Ted Ginn has stepped up for Cam Newton in 2015 and now has double digit fantasy points in four of the last five games, with only the Seattle game being a blip. This week he goes up against the Colts who have been among the worst defenses against wide receivers this season. A bit of a shot in the dark but he has averaged 3-4 catches in four of the last five weeks and I expect him to see similar opportunities this week.
Ladarius Green, $8,300, SD @ BAL: With Antonio Gates looking likely to be out this week and possibly longer, Green becomes a really interesting option. He has four touchdowns this season whilst averaging 4.33 receptions per game giving him 14 points a game. With no Gronk in the Sunday to Monday tournaments, the tight end position has a few interesting options but whilst Green isn’t likely to be top at the position he does have a decent floor which makes him a safe mid-level option this week.