By: Lou Landers – https://twitter.com/LandersTalks
Drew Brees vs ATL – 6,700
Brees looked great in his first game back in week 8. 28 fantasy points total against the Cardinals. He’s shaken off any rust, rust that really wasn’t even there. The Saints just had their bye week and now he gets to play at home where he’s at his best, against a Falcons team that ranks 27th in the league vs the QB position. They also rank 24th in the league, allowing 380 yards per game. Brees should feast in this matchup and will be a top 5 QB this weekend.
Matt Ryan at NO – 6,100
The Saints defense has been excellent this season, but there is just something about the 2 times a year that the Falcons and Saints meet up. We seem to always see a ton of scoring, specifically from the 2 QB’s and despite a terrible record this season, Matt Ryan has put up big fantasy points. I prefer Brees, but in saving the 700 bucks and going with Ryan, you can pay up at another position.
Nick Chubb vs BUF – 7,000
He has been the lone bright spot and consistent producer on this Browns team this year. He has been one of the leagues top rushers, he has a nose for the end zone and is taking on a Bills defense this week that is highly ranked overall, but happens to be in the bottom 3rd of the league against the run this season and in fantasy they rank 23rd vs the RB position.
David Montgomery vs DET – 5,300
It’s been 2 straight weeks now that the rookie has been more involved in the offensive game plan and his Draft Kings points dictate that. He has over 50 points combined the past 2 weeks and is taking on the 32nd ranked defense vs the RB position in fantasy. He’s priced as an RB2 and carries RB1 upside.
Devin Singletary at CLE – 5,000
Like Montgomery, it’s been 2 straight weeks since this rookie has been more involved in the offense as well. Last week he led the backfield in touches by a large margin and averaged nearly 5 yards per carry, while also adding 3 catches for 45 yards. This weekend he takes on this Browns defense that ranks 27th vs the RB position and should be in line to see another 20 touches while putting up low end RB1 numbers at a great price.
Michael Thomas vs ATL – 8,300
Not only do I want to pair him with Drew Brees, but Thomas has been the best WR in fantasy this season and the most consistent. He is averaging 24.5 points per game and gets to take on this Falcons defense that tanks 28th in fantasy vs the WR position. They are also allowing over 30 points per game, giving Thomas a great chance to put up 8-12 catches for 100 plus yards and a TD.
Chris Godwin vs ARI – 7,400
Arizona ranks 21st in the league against the WR position this year, and both these teams play in high scoring games. The Bucs throw the ball as often as any team in the league and we should expect to see Patrick Peterson up against Mike Evans for most of the game. That should leave Godwin to do some of his best work and of the 2 big time Bucs WR’s, he is my pick to click this week. I think he will get into the end zone for the first time since week 5, but even if he doesn’t, 8 catches for 100 yards is a very reasonable expectation.
Golden Tate at NYJ – 5,900
Not only is Tate the most targeted WR on this Giants team, but he has had no less than 6 catches since his 2nd game of the season and has seen at least 9 targets in 3 of his past 4 games as well. What I like even more is his matchup vs this Jets team who not only just lost to Miami and allowed a ton of yards and TD through the air, but they rank 27th in the league vs the WR position as well.
Zach Pascal vs MIA – 5,300
With TY Hilton out for at least one more week, Pascal will be the Colts number 1 WR for the 2nd straight week. He took full advantage of that opportunity in week 9 vs the Steelers, reeling in 5 of 6 targets for 76 yards and a TD. He has 3 TD’s over his past 3 games and gets to go up against the Dolphins who have been one of, if not the leagues worst defensive units all season long.
High priced guys like: Kelce, Engram, Hooper
Mike Geseki at IND – 3,100
Week 9 might have been the break out game for this 2nd year pro. He caught all 6 of his targets and racked up 95 yards in the Dolphins first win of the season. He has averaged over 9 points a game over his past 4 and gets a matchup vs the Colts D that ranks 24th in fantasy vs the TE position. The high priced, bigger name TE’s have not been producing at the elite level we expect them too, so in a GPP tourney, I prefer to save anywhere from 2,500-3,500 bucks by taking Gesicki who could have as big a game as any of them. It also helps that dolphins top WR Preston Williams is out for the year.
Def: Bills at CLE – 2,900
The Bills are a tough defense to score on, especially via the pass and they get to face Baker Mayfield who has been a turnover machine this season. The Browns play sloppy football and the Bills should take full advantage of it. Whether it be forcing turnovers, picking up sacks or something even bigger like a special teams TD on a return or a blocked punt.