I hope everyone had a great week! We’re a day late here on getting this thing posted, but it was a busy week, so I wasn’t able to start my research until later than normal and I didn’t want to rush something that I don’t have conviction behind. With that being said, let’s get right into it.
WR: Antonio Brown – Steelers
Brown is the play this week. He’s the play every week, but he’s really the play this week. The Chiefs secondary is like Jekyl and Hyde with Peters and Mitchell. While Peters is one of the corners I don’t like to target against, Mitchell is someone I do want to target against. Since Peters plays his side and won’t be shadowing, Brown will line up across from Mitchell more often than not. He’s expensive, but he should be the first player you lock into your lineups this week.
RB: C.J. Anderson – Broncos
After Brown, Anderson is the second guy I’m clicking the plus button on. While there are certain situations where I’m torn between a few different guys, Anderson is far and away my favorite RB play given price. The Giants are in for a long day in Denver on Sunday. Their offense is decimated by injuries and wasn’t doing much before their playmakers started dropping like flies. Because of that, their defense is going to be on the field a lot. Anderson is the perfect play, even paired with the Broncos DST. For what it’s worth, I’ll have 100% Broncos defense this week. This will be a situation where you should see longer runs as the game goes on and the Giants defense wears down. Anderson has run the ball 20 times or more in all three home games (this game is at home) and caught eight balls in those three games. I think it’s reasonable that he could touch the ball 30 times in this one and when it’s all said and done, he should have a massive line.
RB: Kareem Hunt – Chiefs
If I can find a way to afford it, I want to run back Kareem Hunt opposite of Antonio Brown. Hunt has been exceptional and he’s my top raw points running back play of the weekend. The Steelers run defense has had its issues and outside of Fournette last week, they haven’t really faced anyone that scary. Both of the respectable run teams that they have faced (Jaguars and Bears) rushed for over 200 yards and multiple scores. This kid is a stud and the Chiefs are fully committed to putting the ball in his hands as much as possible. He should approach 150 total yards and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t find his way across the goal line at least once.
QB/WR: Kirk Cousins/Jamison Crowder
Everyone and their dog will be playing Deshaun Watson this week and I think he’s a great play as well. However, he’s way too chalky for me in tournaments and he’s due for a down game. I promise he won’t score five touchdowns every game, LOL. Cousins has a great matchup coming out of his bye week against the 49ers, who have been generous to opposing arms. After a rough start to the season, Cousins has bounced back the last two games, with 585 yards and five touchdowns. While Washington would like to run the ball, I think they’ll revert to the path of least resistance through the air in this one with Samaje Perine likely starting at RB.
Jamison Crowder hasn’t had a very good start to this season either. He’s had injuries working against him and it sounds like he’s pretty healthy coming out of the bye week. This is also a squeaky wheel play. Jay Gruden said this past week that they have to get Crowder more involved and I think we see his targets spike here. Working in his favor is a dream matchup against K’waun Williams. He’s cheap enough to take a risk on and makes the perfect pairing with Cousins.
Tight End Options
I’m still trying to decide what route I’m going to go at tight end and will likely take it right up to Sunday morning. I’ll make sure to tweet out who I end up on. Here are the guys I’m considering at the moment:
Ryan Griffin (Texans) – Griffin is the front-runner for my TE spot as of right now. I’ve resigned to the fact that no matter which tight end I play this week, there’s a lot of risk. This Browns team has been horrible against the position and haven’t played a top-tier TE, so it’s not like their bad numbers have been a result of a facing great opponents.
A.J. Derby (Broncos) –You know I love playing tight ends against the Giants. In five weeks, the they’ve allowed six touchdowns to TE. Before the bye week, Derby caught four passes for over 70 yards and a touchdown, so he’s trending in the right direction. Derby has run more passing routes than Virgil Green, so he’s the guy to play if targeting against the Giants.
Evan Engram (Giants) –You can’t really go wrong with Engram on this slate. He’s affordable, he’s the last man standing in the Giants offense, and he’s facing a team that funnels opposing passers to target the middle of the field. I probably wouldn’t be against playing Engram, even though I’m playing the Broncos too.
That’s it for this week. Because of new information and a better gauge of ownerships, I may add updates here through the weekend, so be sure to follow me on Twitter at @mrclutchdfs so you don’t miss any additional recommendations.
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