Well then. Dez is now a Saint. The signing is a huge boost to the Saints offense as they continue the charge towards playoffs. Michael Thomas may find himself a little more open as defenders also take Dez into account. There could also be more space for Kamara, Ingram and Watson, while Drew Brees gets another big bodied wide receiver to throw to. He just had to pray Dez doesn’t drop it, right Cowboy fans? It’s going to be interesting to see how it comes together. But if you’re looking for him as a PlayON Daily Fantasy option below, you won’t find him. I haven’t included him. I’m giving it the eye test first.
PlayON PICK OF THE WEEK
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers ($8.8M)
Before I go any further, I’m just going to refer to him from now on simply as MVS. He gets a bump this week thanks to the recent IR designation of Geronimo Allison. Not to mention that Randall Cobb isn’t being as productive as he once was. The only other Packers wide receiver worth his salt this year is Davante Adams.
Since week 5, MVS has seen at least five targets per game, including an 11-target game against the Lions. He’s had two 100+ yard games and two touchdowns during that time. One of the 100-yard games was last week against the Pats. He’s become Aaron Rodgers’ No. 2 option lately and now the Packers head into week 10 with the Miami Dolphins and their 22nd ranked pass defense rolling into town.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns ($10.7M)
I’ve got a couple of Browns players scattered throughout this article, as well as the man to lead them. Baker has a great matchup with the Falcons defense who have been horrible against the pass all year. They’re allowing 304 yards through the air each week. The weeks that they’re not allowing a 300+ yard performance, they’ve given up multiple touchdown games.
Baker hasn’t been spectacular by any means, but he’s been a solid fantasy contributor. He’s averaged around 170 DFS points but is every chance of putting up a big week against the Falcons defense who have been decimated by injury.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons ($12.7M)
Here’s your best stack this week. The Atlanta Falcons. I’m running with Ryan, Coleman, and Julio in my lineups. They’ve got a great matchup with the Browns who allow about 285 pass yards a game. They’ve actually been worse lately, allowing the combination of Winston, Roethlisberger and Mahomes to average 318 yards against them.
Then there’s what Matty Ice has been doing. His last three games, he’s thrown a low of 350 yards. Yes, a LOW. He’s also tossed eight touchdowns compared to just the one interception in leading the Falcons to a three-game win streak. I’ve said it before, but he’s starting to look every bit the NFL MVP that he was two years ago. Better even. He’ll torch this secondary.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals ($11.4M) vs. Saints, Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles ($11.5M) vs. Cowboys
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons ($10.3M)
See? Stack. Tevin isn’t your cheapest option at the position, but he’s far from your most expensive either. And it’s a perfect starting point to grab a guy who’s capable of a stat line like five catches for 68 yards and two scores, which is what he had last week in just receptions. He also ran for another 88 yards just to pump up the score a little bit more. He’s really thriving in the absence of Freeman in this backfield.
The best part about Coleman is that not only will he contribute through the air, but if the Falcons end up blowing out to a big lead, he’ll get a lot of running work as well. He’s reached double figure attempts in every game this year, bar one. It won’t change here.
Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans ($8M)
If you’re starting the cream of the crop running backs and looking for a nice cheap flex option to compliment your them, Dion Lewis could be the answer in a revenge game for the former Patriot. Titans OC Matt LaFleur started the season by stating the Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis would be his running backs 1A and 1B. However, fast forward to week 10, and Lewis is the clear #1 option. Of course, the coaches would never come out and say that, but it’s hard to argue against it.
Lewis has seen a snap percentage of over 60% over the past month and like Coleman, he’s had double figure attempts in all but one game. Then, as if to put the final stamp on it, Lewis came out against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football and touched the ball 23 times for 122 yards and one receiving touchdown. It’s his backfield now. Henry is just living in it.
Elijah McGuire, New York Jets ($5.7M) vs. Bills, Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns ($10.8M) vs. Falcons
Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins ($6.5M)
Who? Let me introduce you to Maurice Harris. A kid in his third year getting his first real shot. Why? Redskins teammate, cornerback Quinton Dunbar said of Harris “Probably some of the best set of hands I’ve seen on receiver”. How? Paul Richardson has just landed on IR. Jamison Crowder has been out with an ankle injury for a few weeks. Pass catching RB Chris Thompson is the same, except with rib injuries. And Jordan Reed is (surprisingly) dealing with his own injuries too.
When? This might be the best part. Harris announced himself last week against the Falcons, hauling in career high receptions (10), targets (12) and yards (124). Then the Skins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their bottom three ranked pass defense, allowing 307 yards per game and has let in a league high 22 touchdown passes.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons ($15M)
I actually didn’t realize that I was writing this stack until I laid it all out, but here we are. All of a sudden, Julio is the most expensive wide receiver on the slate. And he’s managed to achieve the feat despite not scoring a touchdown until last week. He had a hugely impressive line of seven catches, 121 yards and his first touchdown of 2018.
Jones ranks in the top wide receivers every year for targets, receptions and yardage, but for some reason, Matt Ryan looks elsewhere when they get into the redzone. So, Julio took it on himself. He grabbed a screen pass and ran it 31 yards for the score. And he’ll look to make it two in two weeks against the Browns. They’ve allowed big reception days from Mike Evans and Amari Cooper and Tyrell Williams already.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks ($8.9M) vs. Rams, Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns ($11.5M) vs. Falcons
Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints ($6.4M)
How about Watson’s big news? He scores a touchdown and then celebrates by holding up five fingers on one hand and adding two more from his other hand. Yep, the man is adding twins to his existing tribe of five. If you scored fantasy points for pumping out kids, he’d be in the MVP discussions.
But I digress. Why I love him this week is low price; high scoring game. Watson comes in under $7M for a game that has a projected point total of 54. And don’t forget what I mentioned about Dez taking some of the focus away from supplementary players. He finished with a line of 3-62-1 last weekend and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts ($7.9M)
Jack Doyle might not be your first option considering he plays the Jaguars defense but don’t let that turn you off. So far this season, they aren’t nearly as potent as they were last season.
Doyle is also one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets. He’s been active in just three games this season but has seen at least five targets in each and averaged 50 yards. He’s had a touchdown too. He’ll continue to work as Luck’s security blanket.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals ($6.2M) vs. Saints, Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons ($6.9M) vs. Browns
Kansas City Chiefs ($4.8M)
We all know the narrative around Kansas City. Pat Mahomes this. Kareem Hunt that. Tyreek Hill here. Travis Kelce there. And because of all that, the Chiefs are 17.5-point favorites over the young, and frankly terrible, Arizona Cardinals. Josh Rosen has been serviceable in his rookie season, but he also gets hit or sacked the 7th most of all quarterbacks. The offensive line doesn’t protect him and as a result, the Cards throw for just 166 yards per game. It’s hard to score points when you can’t move the ball. Regardless of how much Kansas City usually let in, they’re a great, value option this week.
New England Patriots ($6.3M)
The Patriots defense has become a juggernaut over the last two weeks. They’ve allowed just 23 points total to the Packers and Bills (ok, one of those is a good team), and they’re facing the Tennessee Titans who have scored just 20 or under in six of their eight games this year. New England also have 17 takeaways this season (11 interceptions, six fumble recoveries), ranking them 4th in the NFL.
Los Angeles Chargers ($6.2M) vs. Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles ($7M) vs. Cowboys
PlayON PASS OF THE WEEK
Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions ($9.1M)
As fun as this rookie has been to watch, this isn’t the week to fall over yourself to start him. He faces the daunting Chicago Bears run defense; the current number one ranked run defense in the NFL. They’re allowing just 85 rush yards per game (#3), 3.7 yards per rush attempt (#5) and, most impressive of all, they have allowed a single rushing touchdown against them all season, and it came last weekend courtesy of a 1-yard Nathan Peterman scramble. They have yet to allow any opposing running back to run into the endzone. Every other team has at least three rushing touchdowns against them. It’s a crazy stat.
That’s all for this weekend’s picks. Now be sure to get your lineups in and win a share of guaranteed cash prizes playing daily fantasy NFL at PlayON.