Baker Mayfield ($5,800 DK – $7,500 FD)
Baker found the Houston Texan defense with 3 different passes last week and only managed to get into the end zone once. Even with a loss and a bad TD/INT ratio Mayfield still passed for more yards than he has all season with the Browns reaching 397 yards. This week he will go up against the Carolina Panthers who have the third most passing touchdowns scored against them and have only forced 1 turnover in their last 4 games.
Mitchell Trubisky ($5,700 DK – $7,900 FD)
The Bears have been without their starting quarterback for the last two weeks but it looks like Trubisky will suit up this week against the Rams. Los Angeles has let opposing teams throw for 297+ yards in 6 out of their 12 games this year. Mitch has shown some versatility throughout the season rushing for a total of 3 touchdowns and having multiple passing touchdowns in 6 out of his 10 games this year.
Tarik Cohen ($5,600 DK – $6,100 FD)
In the Bears last three losses Tarik Cohen has seen 14, 13, and 9 targets. They play the Rams this week so it will be likely that they are forced into a position where they are playing from behind, which is right where Cohen flourishes. He has 6 touchdowns this season and can get it done on the ground and through the air with his big play ability.
Jeff Wilson ($3,800 DK – $5,600 FD)
Matt Breida will miss his first game since his freshman year in high school with an ankle injury (somebody look into that because I swear he’s been hurt every single week this season). This opens the door for 5th string RB Jeff Wilson (remember Alfred Morris? Lol simpler times) to see most of the snaps against an ok Broncos defense. Last game Wilson saw 15 carries for 65 yards and caught 8 passes on 9 targets for an additional 73 yards.
Jaylen Samuels ($3,700 DK – $4,600 FD)
Samuels has out-touched Pittsburgh’s other backup RB Stevan Ridley this season but not by much considering neither one has many carries or catches. James Conner sprained his ankle and will miss this week so the touches will be up for grabs. Right now it looks like Samuels is going to start and is the better pass catcher of the two so he definitely looks like the better play this week but it wouldn’t surprise me if Ridley manages to have the hot hand and gets all of the goal line touches.
I usually don’t do this even though I have thought about it on occasion but for each of my wide receiver picks I have paired them with an even bigger discount from the same team. I don’t feel great about any of the picks in particular but each one of these guys could pop off so I listed multiple options.
Larry Fitzgerald ($4,900 DK – $6,200 FD) / Trent Sherfield ($3,000 DK – $4,500 FD)
Christian Kirk was looking like the breakout star for this Cardinals team (for what it’s worth) but has found himself on IR. The smart move would be to assume that Larry is gonna get fed from here on out especially with a good match up this week hosting the Lions. Trent Sherfield has snuck his way onto the field in the last 3 games while seeing several targets so if you are looking for a super cheap flier — you might want to sprinkle him in instead of Larry (but the Cardinals stink so maybe take a look at these next two guys instead).
Courtland Sutton ($4,500 DK – $5,600 FD) / DaeSean Hamilton ($3,000 DK – $4,500 FD)
The Broncos lost 2 tight ends to injury, traded away Demaryius Thomas, and now lost Emmanuel Sanders with a torn achilles. Courtland was next in line and has now been thrust into the lead role at WR. While he has shown some promise this year he will need to step up the rest of the way or else Denver will be in big trouble. Surprisingly Daesean lead the receivers in snap count last week but failed to see a single target. He will see the field quite a bit going forward and he might be able to soak up some of Sander’s workload.
Dante Pettis ($4,400 DK – $5,500 FD) / Kendrick Bourne ($3,400 DK – $4,700 FD)
Dante Pettis has been very efficient since Goodwin and Garcon have been sidelined. In his last two games he has hauled in 9 of 14 targets for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns. San Francisco would be smart to keep him on the field and I’m sure he will be a popular pick this week but Goodwin will be back this week and the last time he played was in week 10 where Bourne actually lead the snap percentage at 94.5%, then Goodwin at 83.6%, and finally Pettis at 56.2%.
Trey Burton ($3,800 DK – $5,800 FD)
This season Trey Burton has averaged 4.5 targets per game with just under 1 of those coming in the red zone. Burton only saw one target last game so people might be soured on him for this week but the Bears have a good scoring match up against the Rams who have let up 15.6 fantasy points to tight ends in their last 3 games.
Ian Thomas ($2,700 DK – $4,900 FD)
Last week Greg Olsen injured his foot for what I can only assume is the 10th time in 3 years so Ian Thomas will be called on yet again. Last week he had 5 catches for 46 yards and with a depleted receiver core he could see some action yet again. The Panthers also play the Browns this week who have given up 19.3 fantasy points to tight ends in their last 3 games.
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