By Dave Moore (@Davieremixed)
It’s a good thing the AFC North matchup was taken off the plate for this Sunday’s Draft Kings contests…Yeesh, what an ugly game in just about every sense of the word.
Anyway, with just the four teams on byes this week (Seahawks, Packers, Giants & Titans) we’ve got a bit of a deeper pool to pick from this week. As with Week 7’s article I’ll be picking these to enter into a contest and put my money where my mouth is so you won’t be seeing CMac, Zeke and Kamara as selections here.
Let’s get into it…
Quarterback – Dak Prescott – $6,700 (Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions)
With no Russell Wilson available the obvious choice would normally be Drew Brees and the Saints against a 32nd ranked Bucs D that have no cornerbacks of any repute available.
However, there’s enough about the Saints offense to concern me that it may not be the blowout we’re all anticipating. One hamstring strain to Michael Thomas and it all crumbles.
Enough about who I’m not picking, let’s focus on Dak.
I don’t consider the Cowboys #4 ‘elite’ at all, that said, he’s got reliable receivers in Cooper, Cobb and Gallup, the screen option to Zeke and in front of him is a Lions D who haven’t had an INT since Week 6. When you see that the Cowboys rank 1st in total offense YPG whilst the Lions D are 30th in total defense YPG it makes it a no-brainer for me.
Running Back – Dalvin Cook – $8,900 (Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings)
I love this guy. He’s a Fantasy hero week-in, week-out and with Adam (More Than A) Thielen looking doubtful to dress for this game I think we’ll see even more of Cook against a Broncos D that is solid against the pass but a bit more susceptible up front.
Through the first ten games, Cook has managed ten scores and only two games where he hasn’t found the endzone (on those occasions he managed 218 yards and 116 yards against the Giants and Chiefs respectively).
Simply put, this is a no-brainer. Whilst most contests will see Cook as a starter he’s the guy that you probably can’t win with but you definitely cannot win without.
Running Back – Brian Hill – $4,800 (Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers)
With Devonta Freeman leaving the game last week, Brian Hill stepped in admirably and nabbed himself a score to boot.
Freeman won’t play this Sunday so expect Hill to continue and I expect him to flourish as a pass-catching back against a Carolina D that ranks 29th against the run.
I suspect that the only thing left for the Falcons this year is to act as spoiler (see last Sunday) and a game against a divisional rival with playoff aspirations will be enough spark for Dan Quinn and his troops to build on last week’s surprise win.
Wide Receiver – Mike Evans – $7,400 (New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mike Evans in the Superdome 2019: Three targets. Zero Receptions. Zip. Nil. Nada. You can thank Marshon Lattimore for that. However, with Lattimore looking doubtful for Sunday there are going to be opportunities for Evans to break free and continue his fantastic season.
He’s hit 180 yards or more three times already this year! Three! If you take away his shutout against the Saints he’s going off at an average of 115.5 yards a game.
You can look at this matchup in two
different ways. You can see the Bucs carving open a Saints D that’s still in
shock after Atlanta came in and blew them out in the Superdome. Or, the Saints
get ahead early and force Jameis Winston to do what he does
best, well, okay
often and sling the ball downfield. Either way, Evans is looking a very
good pickup if Lattimore can’t go.
Wide Receiver – Courtland Sutton – $6,000 (Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings)
It’s a struggle to pick anyone else out (other than Michael Thomas but let’s play value here), who looks a lock to have a big week as a WR. The Cowboys can move it around three/four players, Texans & Ravens could just be the two QBs rushing forever and ever, Pats & Eagles? A hard pass from yours truly.
So what about Courtland Sutton? Last seen doing his best Randy Moss impression at Mile High against the Browns as he reeled in Brandon Allen’s first career TD pass.
I feel the Vikings could have far too much for the Broncos and Allen has had one game for us to judge him on but the Vikings give it up against wide-outs and I smell Sutton getting some garbage time yards and maybe even a score.
Wide Receiver – Auden Tate – $4,200 (Cincinnati Bengals @ Oakland Raiders)
Another WR with a rookie throwing the ball to him? Am I crazy? Probably.
However, last Sunday was the first time he was held to under 60 receiving yards and that was with Marcus Peters having a terrific day. That won’t happen against the Raiders who are coming off a bye week, which means they’ll be well rested…Or perhaps rusty. I am sensing the latter.
The Oakland D is not setting the world alight despite Phillip Rivers’ best efforts in Week 9 and I am a big fan of Tate, I gave him the nod in my Week 7 Draft Kings article and I am sticking with my underdog. All in for Auden!
Tight End – Eric Ebron – $3,600 (Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts)
The stat line rarely lies but Ebron should have had a TD against the Dolphins last week and with Jacoby Brissett (or is it Jake Brisket? My mind’s been warped) returning this week I think we’ll see plenty more of Double E and with the Colts lacking in receivers I expect Brisket to target Ebron plenty.
Flex – Miles Sanders – $4,100 (New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles)
When you’re trying to run to budget, things can get difficult. This is a difficult pick.
Hope is not lost, however, we saw the Ravens run right off the Patriots a fortnight ago and the Philly rookie could have a game similar to the one he did against a just-as-impressive Bills D in Week 8.
He’s a low cost option if you’re looking to squeeze in under budget to allow for bigger names (much like I am here).
D/ST – New York Jets – $3,100 (New York Jets @ Washington Redskins)
This was a toss-up between the Bills and the J-Men and for the extra value I had to take the Jets against a Redskins time that has the currently-out-of-his-depth Dwayne Haskins at QB.
I think I’m taking them based purely on watching that Jamal Adams snatch-6 of Daniel Jones a hundred times. It was a thing of absolute beauty if you’re on the green side of New York (and if you had Adams as an IDP in Fantasy).
The Jets blow hot and cold when it comes to Fantasy D, hitting double digits only three times (once against the Pats!) but when they hit it, they hit it well. I am backing them to take advantage of a weak Redskins side.