By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)
The penultimate week although in reality this is the final week for some starters as teams who’ve locked up their playoff seedings/their top ten draft pick will sit their main guys next week.
So let’s enjoy it while we can and maybe make you all some money along the way…
Quarterback – Russell Wilson – Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks – $7,000
Since the bye week, DangeRuss hasn’t performed as marvellously as he had in the weeks prior (see the wild game against Tampa and the superb duel in San Francisco).
However, I don’t see Wilson having a quiet game as he did in Arizona in Week 4. The Cardinals leak yardage and points by the bucket-load and with a first round bye on the line for the Seahawks I expect Wilson and his team to go off in a big, big way.
Running Back – Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – $7,900
So Dak has a dodgy shoulder and it’s a divisional road game to basically decide who goes to the playoffs. The previous meeting in Week 7 ended up Zeke going for nearly 150 scrimmage yards and a score.
This is a high-price investment but one that is worth making due to the remaining value left further down the pecking order.
Running Back – Kerryon Johnson – Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos – $4,900
He’s just been activated off IR and will now be the focal point of the repugnant Lions Offense. He’s a cheap option that before his Week 7 injury was gaining north of 75 scrimmage yards on a regular basis and with his cheap price I think he’s a worthy pickup, the Broncos rank 20th against the run in terms of Fantasy.
Wide Receiver – Terry McLaurin – New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – $6,200
It feels like if Dwayne Haskins has a good game it’s because of this guy. Their connection has been the one bright spot in a woeful Redskins season.
The one game that T-Mac has missed this season was against the Giants back in Week 4 but in every other divisional matchup he’s cleared double digits in Fantasy Points. The Chase Young Bowl could come down to which young receiver has the better game: Slayton or McLaurin. I back McLaurin.
Wide Receiver – Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins – $5,800
Now that Andy Dalton has returned to the Bengals, Tyler Boyd has seemed back to his regular self with some good games against decent Ds in recent weeks (Steelers, Jets, Browns, Patriots). Okay, maybe not the Jets but still, it’s a promising sign against a Dolphins team that loves to give up yards, points and just about anything else an opposing team will throw at them.
Wide Receiver – Greg Ward – Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – $4,200
He’s now the WR1 for an Eagles team ravaged by injuries to their wide-outs but its’ not all doom, he caught 7 of his 9 targets for 61 and a score last time out and at such a low price for a guy that is obviously going to be targeted he’s an excellent budget choice because Carson has no-one else to throw to on the perimeter!
Tight End – Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans – $5,000
We’re finally seeing the Jared Cook that New Orleans thought they were getting in free agency and whilst this could be a run-heavy game, I fancy Cook to continue to take advantage of the coverage afforded to Michael Thomas and bust out a big game.
The Titans rank 23rd against TEs and in goal-to-go situations I see Cook being that threat in the endzone as he was against San Francisco a fortnight ago.
FLEX – Phillip Lindsay – Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos – $5,300
Much like Kerryon Johnson, I don’t see much in the way of passing offense for Denver. Yes, Drew Lock seems superior to David Blough but with Darius Slay likely to be shadowing Courtland Sutton all day that opens up plenty of running opportunities for Lindsay to have himself a big day against the 29th ranked D against the run.
D/ST – Denver Broncos – Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos – $3,500
When David Blough does throw the ball, I expect this top-5 Broncos D to take full advantage. They’ve forced multiple turnovers in three of the five games since their Week 10 Bye and that was against Quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins, DeShaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. This is…David…Blough.
This is a complete lock for at least one D/ST touchdown as far as I’m concerned.
Good luck with all your lineups, hopefully Santa can bring down a Draft Kings win down the chimney.