We are now in the thick of the bye week blues. With limited amounts of games to sift through, I dug up what I could to target for the main slate on FanDuel. Remember how difficult these weeks can be to put together a quality line up, so I am here to help.
Digging into the results from last weeks column, I was wrong in targeting Derek Carr, as he totally killed you if you rostered him. The worst running back calls were Dion Lewis and Ronald Jones, who combined for about six points. The Bucs apparently can’t quit Peyton Barber, and the Titans just could not move the ball at all last week. Amari Cooper getting hurt early, and choosing Stefon Diggs over Adam Thielen last week, clearly did not work out for me. Here’s to a better week and hopefully, better results.
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Jared Goff $8,300
It has been a few weeks since we saw Jared Goff dominate through the air, and I feel he is ready to return this week. The 49ers have played good enough to force their opponents to keep scoring. That should be the case again, as the Rams have been able to be scored on lately.
Jameis Winston $7,800
In one of the highest projected scoring games on the slate Jameis could be a no brainer if he can avoid the turn overs that have plagued him so far.
Joe Flacco $7,500
The Ravens have played well as of late, without the need for Flacco to air it out. The Saints, in my opinion, just have too many weapons to shut down. The Ravens will have to score a lot to win. Joe Flacco will need to pass to keep pace.
Baker Mayfield $7,100
As I mentioned earlier, there should be a bevvy of points, and Baker should rebound from last weeks performance. Facing one of the worst defenses in the league has to be enticing enough to grab Baker in a few spots.
Todd Gurley II $10.200
It does not matter how much FanDuel raises his price tag. I will try and always play him in at least one line up. His weekly volume and usage, no matter the game flow, is too hard to pass up.
Ezekiel Elliot $8,400
The Cowboys want Zeke to be the bell cow, and keep pounding him throughout the game. The Redskins are average versus the run, and Zeke should be able to exploit this match up.
Christian McCaffrey $8,000
The Eagles are great at stopping the run, but have been willing to let teams throw to their running back. Run CMC should be involved in the passing game a lot here, making him a top priority.
Tarik Cohen $6,600
The expectations for this game is to be a close game with the Patriots leading most of the way. If it ends up playing out like that, Cohen will get a good amount of passing targets, and is explosive enough to make big plays.
Kerryon Johnson $6,500
With Theo Riddick expected to sit this week, Kerryon could see some more catching opportunities. The Dolphins have not been great at stopping the run, either.
LeSean McCoy $6,200
Will Shady be more involved this week? The Bills are expected to roll with Derek Anderson at quarterback, and could definitely choose to play more conservatively. There are certainly worse options in the middle range than him.
Corey Clement $6,000
Clement is the best all around back on the Eagles current roster. I will take a few shots on Corey after seeing Adrian Peterson run for almost 100 yards last week against the Panthers.
Marlon Mack $5,900
I am a fan of M&M, and have been since his college days at USF. Admittedly, that is my Alma mater as well, so he gets a few bonus points from me. Seriously though, he has home run and big play speed.
Duke Johnson Jr. $5,100
His receiving targets are trending up and I always look for him in games like this.
Michael Thomas $8,600
The top receiving option for Drew Brees, and the Saint’s offense is always in play. Choosing when to pay up for him is the issue. In all but two games, the Ravens have given up at least five catches for 60 yards to the opposing number one receiver. He is a good bet to beat that baseline.
Mike Evans $7,800
I believe there will be points scored. He didn’t have the best game last week, yet should bounce back nicely against the Browns. The Browns have given up big plays recently, and that trend should continue this week.
Stefon Diggs $7,600
In four of six games, the Jets have allowed over 100 yards, to at least one wide out. I believe Diggs will get his this week, and make it five out of seven.
Brandon Cooks $7,500
Maybe the most dynamic pass catcher for the Rams, look for his field stretching speed to be on full display. The 49ers just gave up 425 through the air last week, and while that is a hefty goal to achieve the Rams should come close.
Julian Edelman $7,100
One of the top targets for the Patriots came right back to a healthy share of looks from Tom Brady. As long as he gets his normal targets, he is worth is price tag.
Kenny Golladay $7,000
Coming out of their bye week, the Lions will look to get right back to moving down the field consistently. Golladay has been great thus far, and this a game the Lions should be able to pass with ease. Give me some Babytron.
Jarvis Landry $6,500
After an abysmal performance last week, only bringing in two of his ten targets, things can only get better for him. The Bucs have been bad on defense, especially versus the pass. He should exceed his price with ease.
John Brown $6,500
I said before, I think the Ravens will need to pass to win, or even keep up with the Saints. Picking the right receiver of these corps is tough. I think Smokey seems to be the most reliable option week in and week out.
Taylor Gabriel $5,900
He is coming off back-to-back campaigns, and you have to think the Patriot’s defense will try and take away Allen Robinson. If that ends up being the case, Gabriel will be a steal.
Marquise Goodwin $5,500
Goodwin had his 2018 coming out party last week. It is the first time he has looked fully healthy this year. At his price, he is worth rostering in hopes of at least a few long catches.
D.J. Moore $4,900
The Eagles seem to struggle a little in defending the pass this year. Moore is a very cheap option, who could be big on Sunday if he gets loose.
Zach Ertz $7,500
Ertz has simply been amazing since the return of Carson Wentz. He has asserted himself as one of the top targets, and is facing a Panthers team who struggles to contain tight ends.
George Kittle $6,400
He seems to be a favorite target of C.J. Beathard, and they should be forced to pass it a bunch in this one.
David Njoku $5,700
With all the receiving woes for the Browns of late, Njoku has been good. He could end up as the second guy in line for targets against a bad Bucs defense.
Charles Clay $4,600
If we are going to go cheap at tight end, this is where I’ll land. If he can get five catches for 50 yards with a shot at a touchdown, he could put a great line up over the top.
I do not know exactly what the Bills will have to offer on offense, but so far, they have been the gift that keeps on giving.
Fool me once Brock Osweiler.
If you want a cheap option that can get turn overs, the Browns could do just that.