I am back off of a personal bye week to bring you my FanDuel targets of the week. A few notes as to some of the process I go through when choosing my targets. You may look over the options I choose and often not notice who I chose to leave off the list. For me, in DFS, if I see two receivers on the same team I will generally play the cheaper of the two as long as the target share is similar. There are exceptions to that from week to week usually based on the defensive match up. When you see me list JuJu Smith-Schuster later on and notice I did’t list Antonio Brown it does not mean I think JuJu is better. It means, to me, that JuJu is the smarter choice as the cheaper option with likely a similar outcome.
In relation to the running back position, I feel from week to week we want to roster at least one or two top backs. One might notice each week I generally target the top priced backs almost automatically. It is imperative to roster the guys who should get 20 plus touches each week to garner the most upside. Of course there will be outliers at each week like Isaiah Crowell‘s 231 yards on 16 touches last week. I always want to go after Todd Gurley because he is almost guaranteed to get 20 plus touches.
With no previous week to review I want to get right to it. Let’s have a great week.
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Matt Ryan $8,300
In what is expected to be the highest scoring games on the board, Matty Ice should be a top option. As he disappointed last week versus the Steelers, I do not expect many people to go back to the well with Ryan. In my opinion, the Steelers getting six sacks on Ryan led to his demise as it was the most he had given up this year. He bounces back and is a safer option than his opponent.
Kirk Cousins $7,900
While Dalvin Cook remains limited so does the rushing attack for the Vikings. Captain Kirk has two top ten wide outs to play with and will use them against an improved Cardinals team. I say improved defense yet C.J. Beathard dropped 349 and two passing touchdowns while his top options where a full back and a tight end.
Jameis Winston $7,400
I foreshadowed him earlier, the opponent to Matty Ice, will be used a lot by a lot of people. The way the Buccaneers have started the season lighting up the score board while Jameis was suspended, have set high expectations for him. The Falcons defense has been ravished with injuries and this should be an easy spot to plug him in.
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Derek Carr $6,900
The running game has yet to click and the Raider’s defense has been sub par and you can copy and paste that for the Colts. This is my pick for sneakiest shootout game of the week. If the game goes as I expect Carr will be throwing a lot and as a cheaper option he should earn his value easily.
Todd Gurley II $9,500
In a tier by himself, he is always in play. Add in a few banged up wide receives and the possibility or more looks in the pass game and he almost locks himself into my line up.
Melvin Gordon $8,800
Speaking of great usage, Gordon continues to stay around 20 plus touches each week regardless of game flow.
Ezekiel Elliot $8,100
Zeke has been the bulk of the Cowboys offense this year and I think they must lean on him again this week. As long as he is shouldering most of the touches I will keep putting him in my line up.
Joe Mixon $7,500
Mixon, like the first three will garner the majority of the touches for the Bengals. He seemed to not be be affected by the injury that side lined him previously.
T.J. Yeldon $7,100
He is also getting good usage while being one of the last remaining healthy backs for the Jaguars. As long as he is getting passes thrown his way he will be worth a play.
Tevin Coleman $6,300
It is looking like Coleman might end up being the lead back versus the Bucs’ pitiful run defense. The game will be heavily stacked on both sides and he should be included.
Jordan Howard $6,200
The Bears absolutely destroyed the Bucs the last time they were on the field. Despite the outcome, Howard didn’t get much work. People will not be on him this week even though he is facing a juicy match up and it would make sense the Bears would want to get him going.
Ronald Jones II $5,600
He has done absolutely nothing up to this point. One big DFS strategy is to peg the player breakouts. The match up makes sense. The Falcons have not been able to stop much this year and he could be used in the passing attack also.
Dion Lewis $5,500
Lewis is a tempting target for me this week due to his receiving ability. The Titans do not have a lot of great passing options and he could get plenty of targets this week.
Julio Jones $8,500
Is this the week? Why wouldn’t it be? The only person that can stop him in this game is Matt Ryan if he chooses to spread the ball around.
Stefon Diggs $8,200
As I mentioned earlier, if there are two teammates whom I view as close in value, generally I will take the cheaper option. Diggs happens to be the cheaper option over Adam Thielen this week.
Mike Evans $8,000
I am doing the opposite here. In this case there has seemed to be a better connection with Winston, than with any other wide out. Give me the top option in the biggest implied total of the week.
JuJu Smith-Schuster $7,800
JuJu has the same number of receptions as Antonio Brown after five games and is cheaper this week in a plus match up. Save the $1,300 and use it to pay up for a top running back.
Robert Woods $7,300
Usually, it is tough to pick one of the three top wide receivers from the Rams, but this week the other two are questionable to play. I’ll take a shot on Woods this week as long as the lone fully healthy target.
Amari Cooper $6,400
Pull out a coin and flip it. Was it heads or tails? See where I am heading here? Who knows if Amari will reward me for picking him this week or no show again. The Seahawks can be exploited through the air. The every other week trend is cute though, Amari.
Tyler Boyd $6,300
The pattern continues with Boyd over A.J. Green. The target share is similar and the main focus of the defense will most likely not be on Boyd.
Doug Baldwin $6,200
The Seahawks defense is still not good. This is some what of a gut call. He passive aggressively said his injury had nothing to do with him getting only one target last week. All of that together, I feel he will get plenty of targets this week in a competitive game.
Antonio Callaway $4,900
I tried Callaway a few weeks ago and it did not pan out. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who got burned. He still has the talent and speed to get huge chunk plays.
Jordan Reed $6,200
After getting embarrassed on MNF versus the Saints, the Redskins will try to bounce back versus the Panthers. Reed remarkably only saw two targets in that game. I fully expect a bounce back this week.
Trey Burton $5,800
Did I mention the last time we saw the Bears offense they dismantled the Bucs by halftime? In what I hope is a closer game, I look to Burton to step up as a top option in the passing game with Xavien Howard likely to shadow Allen Robinson.
C.J. Uzomah $5,100
The top tight end now for the Bengals is Uzomah, and despite only seeing two targets last week, he is in a favorable match up this week. The Steelers have given up the 2nd most points to the position so far.
Cameron Brate $4,500
The Buc’s tight end is widely believed to be one of Winston’s favorite targets, especially around the goal line. He is dirt cheap which means everyone will be on him this week.
The Bears defense remains one of the upper tier defenses and are still earning their keep each week.
The Cowboys are still able to pressure the quarter back and that leads to good things for fantasy defenses.
I think the Bills defense has been vastly underrated so far this year. They are making enough plays that if you go cheap and pick them they should’t kill you.