In one of the biggest bye weeks remaining, finding my targets for FanDuel this week was actually not that bad. There are some good games and opportunities for some game stacks. With some high implied game totals and good match ups, I will weed out the creme of the crop.
Once again I struggled to get my targets in print last week, but if you followed me on twitter I did tweet them out. Grading the targets I sent out last week starting with quarterback, Jameis Winston had the setup to excel, yet threw away his opportunity along with his starting role. At running back I gave out some good picks with Jalen Richard the only disappointment. JuJu, Martavis Bryant, and Christian Kirk were all pedestrian with Martavis putting up a donut. David Njoku also decided he would take the day off at tight end. Process over results, we will move onward.
Cam Newton $8,600
There has not been a more generous defense this year than the Bucs. Cam will remain a top option this week with his ability to score on the ground and the air.
Jared Goff $8,400
It is the highest projected total on the board according to Las Vegas. Goff should have to pass it around to keep his Rams in the game against the Saints.
Baker Mayfield $7,400
I don’t have the best track record suggesting Baker as a target so far this year, but that should change this week. In a game where they should be playing from behind early, he should be able to get the volume needed to reach value.
Ryan Fitzpatrick $7,100
Fitzmagic is back! I do not know how long of a leash he has as the starter, but with how bad the Bucs’ defense is, he will be forced to pass to keep them in the game.
Todd Gurley II $11,200
Gurley remains in a tier by himself and even at his hefty price I will find a way to fit him in.
Kareem Hunt $8,500
My game expectation has the Chiefs leading early on and that means Hunt should be in on the fun all day.
Alvin Kamara $8,000
Kamara is still getting the targets and touches we want for DFS. He is not that expensive and I feel like he is a must play at his price.
Christian McCaffrey $7,900
I already mentioned with Cam about how bad the Bucs defense is. McCaffrey should have no problem doing what ever wants this week.
Phillip Lindsay $6,700
Lindsay is slated to get the majority of the work with Royce Freeman out again. As long as he keeps getting some targets in the passing game he should earn his value.
Nick Chubb $6,600
Chubb is a risky play as I think the Chiefs can jump out to a quick lead. If they give him plenty of run in the first half, however, the Chiefs do struggle to stop the run.
Isaiah Crowell $5,700
Another team who has had trouble containing the run is the Dolphins. A few games ago Crowell had a 200 yard game, and while I think that is not in play, a big day is still attainable.
Michael Thomas $8,600
He is probably the best receiving option in the highest projected score. What more do you need?
Tyreek Hill $7,800
Will Tyreek take one or more deep this week? I think so.
Robert Woods $7,600
I expect the Rams’ passing attack to be on point this week with the only omission being Cooper Kupp. Not knowing how healthy he is, has me focusing in on Woods and Cooks.
Brandin Cooks $7,500
I don’t believe in the revenge game narrative. I do believe in Cooks’ game-changing deep speed and big play ability.
Keenan Allen $7,400
The Seahawks’ defense has been playing better lately and they will need to find Allen early and often, especially if Melvin Gordon doesn’t suit up.
JuJu Smith-Schuster $7,200
This is a game that I have largely dismissed for this main slate. I do think JuJu is a viable option with the Steelers most likely having to pass the ball to be competitive.
Jarvis Landry $6,600
Landry remains the top target in this offense and should be called upon a ton in this match up.
DeSean Jackson $6,600
Jackson does not give you the big target share upside, but has shown the chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Panthers do give up big plays though, making him worth the risk.
Marvin Jones Jr. $6,500
After the trade of Golden Tate there are more targets up for grabs. The leading red zone target for the Lions, should get more looks and exceed his price value with ease.
Courtland Sutton $5,500
After the Demaryius Thomas trade, Sutton should take over as the clear cut number two receiver. I expect the Broncos to give him a full compliment of looks this week.
Anthony Miller $5,400
Allen Robinson is likely to miss this game and that could mean an extended role for Miller.
D.J. Moore $5,300
The Panthers have made an effort to get him more involved in the offense lately. No pun intended. If they are going to manufacture touches for him I will roster him in spots like this.
Tre’Quan Smith $5,100
Smith is working his way into the top three on the team for targets. He is a cheaper option that I am looking at to help fit in the pricey Todd Gurley.
Travis Kelce $7,600
Kelce should be locked in as the top tight end option this week. I do not feel like the Browns can slow him down. It may be whether or not the Browns can force the Chiefs to continue to pass in the second half.
O.J. Howard $6,000
One of the top receiving options for the Bucs, Howard should be a good play this week.
Kyle Rudolph $5,700
The possibility that Stefon Diggs may miss this week’s game would make Rudolph a great value at his price.
Jordan Reed $5,600
The Falcons biggest issue this year has been allowing receptions to running backs. What does that have to do with Jordan Reed? Technically nothing. My thoughts are that the Redskins will use the short passing attack to Reed to fill that avenue.
David Njoku $5,200
After scoring zero points last week it will be interesting to see how much he gets dialed up this week. It is still a plus match up and he should still be a good play.
Hayden Hurst $4,300
The Steelers are not good at stopping the tight end and paying down here could help fit in some other pricier options.
The Bears will likely be the most widely owned defense this week facing Nathan Peterman.
The Broncos defense should be able to at least generate some sacks and pressure on Deshaun Watson.
We saw the Bills stifle the Patriots and their defensive unit has looked solid for most of the year. At their minimum price, they are worth a look.