Justin Fields @ATL
It’s hard to ignore Fields, was he is running all over the teams that he has faced (literally). With DK scores of over 40 points in back to back weeks, Fields has seen his price increase. The Falcons defense being ineffective really keeps Fields in consideration, with their secondary in particular being poor. We could easily see a rushing display with some long-range bombs thrown, and another slate-breaking performance.
Joe Burrow @PIT ($6,800)
Burrow has taken a stepback for fantasy without his primary receiver, Ja’Marr Chase. With Chase set to miss this one too, alot of the field are likely to pivot to another QB. But, with how the Steelers have struggled to limit production through the air, Burrow is a decent option this week. In Week 1, despite getting hammered in the pocket, he managed to throw for 338 yards and 2 TDs. Burrow is a player you can put in by himself, but I’d likely stack with both Tee Higgins & then either Tyler Boyd or Hayden Hurst.
Dak Prescott @MIN ($6,600)
Prescott feels to me a nice play as part of a stack, given the weakness of the Vikings secondary. The performances of CeeDee Lamb are dominant, and Michael Gallup should be able to stretch this secondary with his speed. The Vikings have given up an average of just over 21 DKPts to the position this season, and Prescott has a great opportunity to increase that average this week.
Also consider Kirk Cousins v DAL ($6,100), Russell Wilson v LV ($5,800), Daniel Jones v DET ($5,700) & Marcus Mariota v CHI ($5,500)
Saquon Barkley v DET ($8,900)
Barkley is one of the players that I’m building around. He is getting such a volume of work in the offense, and producing with the opportunities too. The Lions defense seems like it has hardened it’s defensive front, but they still give up just under 25 DKPts on average to the position.
Joe Mixon @PIT ($7,400)
Mixon is going to be a popular play this week, with people looking to try and chase the points from his last performance. With involvement on the ground and through the air, he is somewhat gamescript proof. With Ja’Marr Chase set to miss this week, Mixon should be given more work.
David Montgomery @ATL ($6,100)
Montgomery is a nice pivot from Fields on the slate. There is no doubting Fields talent, but with the headlines he has been making he is going to be highly owned. Montgomery is now set to be the clear back for the Bears, with Khalil Herbert put onto IR. Against this struggling Falcons defense, Montgomery should see plenty of touches.
Antonio Gibson/ Brian Robinson @HOU ($5,600/ $5,300)
Welcome to the chalk. The Houston Texans are the worst team against the position in the league, and they haven’t really priced them up accordingly. Both have appeal, with Robinson working in the offense as the early-down back and Gibson the third-down/ relief back. Of the two, I would opt for Robinson, who has had 93 carries in 6 games.
Also consider Rhamondre Stevenson v NYJ ($6,700), Dameon Pierce v WAS ($6,500), Devin Singletary v CLE ($5,800), Gus Edwards v CAR ($5,500)
Justin Jefferson v DAL ($9,100)
It’s hard to ignore Jefferson. He is just a constant slate-breaking threat. His target share combined with his ability to turn opportunity to production makes him a huge play. That obviously comes at a cost, but when you have six 100+ yard games, one 98 yard game along with 5 TDs, he is worth it in some lineups.
CeeDee Lamb @MIN ($7,500)
Lamb is the alpha receiver for the Cowboys. Week to week he has a safe floor with his target share in the offense, and as a result his ceiling is slate-breaking. Want proof? Look back at his 11/150/2 box score from last week. With Dak Prescott’s arm talent, he should be able to enjoy a great game against this poor Minnesota secondary.
Terry McLaurin @HOU ($5,900)
McLaurin has really stepped up for fantasy with the QB change to Taylor Heinicke. His average yards per game has jumped by just over 30 yards. The Texans secondary has some playmakers, but I expect Washington to move McLaurin around and he should be able to feast here at sub-$6k.
Allen Robinson/ Van Jefferson @NO ($5,600/ $4,500)
Cooper Kupp is gone from the offense, which frees an average of 11 targets per game from the offense. The majority of the field is going to flock to Allen Robinson, which is fine, and he is likely to finally see a decent number of targets. But, if you are looking for true slate-breaking ability, I’d opt for the cheaper and more boom bust guy- Van Jefferson. With his speed, he has the ability to break any reception into a score if an opportunity arises.
Michael Gallup @MIN ($5,100)
I wanted to write up Gallup separately from Lamb, and for the record I’m actually fine having both in the same lineup. Gallup hasn’t had a great performance yet, which will push down his ownership. Against this poor Vikings secondary, and not even getting primary coverage, the potential for a big game is there. If you want more proof, this season there have been six different WR2’s have a game with 15 or more points.
Also consider Stefon Diggs v CLE ($8,300), Tee Higgins @PIT ($7,100), Jakobi Meyers v NYJ ($5,500), Garrett Wilson @NE ($4,900), Nico Collins v WAS ($4,100) & Kendall Hinton v LV ($3,600)
Dalton Schultz @MIN ($4,300)
Schultz seems to be putting together the pieces that he was previously missing in the offense- mainly health. With Dak Prescott returning to the field, Schultz has seen a decent amount of the ball. In fact in the last two games, he has been targetted 15 times catching 12 for 128 yards and a TD. Against this Minnesota defense that has struggled against TEs this season, Schultz is a nice selection.
Tyler Higbee @NO ($4,000)
The Rams are now set to have to deal without their main offensive playmaker, Cooper Kupp. That frees up an average of 11 targets a game, and Higbee is actually second on the team in targets. On paper, the Saints are a tough matchup for TEs, but they haven’t really faced anyone of note. I’m fine with putting Higbee in my lineups this week.
Greg Dulcich v LV ($3,800)
I wrote up Dulcich last week, and it didn’t work out at all- the Titans defense was too effective at shutting down the Broncos offense. This week though I’ll go back to him, with a much better matchup against the Raiders. The Raiders have given up an average of 14.7 DKPts to the position
Also consider Pat Freiermuth v CIN ($4,200), Foster Moreau @DEN ($3,700) & Hayden Hurst @PIT ($3,500)
New York Jets @NE ($2,800)
The Jets defense has really taken a step forward this season with the young playmakers they have managed to bring together. This game is currently projected to have a low O/U, and the Patriots offensive line has struggled to protect the QB this season. Last time these teams met a few weeks ago, the Jets had 6 sacks and forced two turnovers.
Pittsburgh Steelers v CIN ($2,300)
The Steelers defense has started finding it’s feet again. I don’t know if that is the return of T.J. Watt or just having had their bye week to rest up. I’m not expecting the Steelers to be able to really cause the issues they did in Week 1 against the Bengals, but they should still be able to get a few sacks and potentially some turnovers with the playmakers they have at each level.
Indianapolis Colts v PHI ($2,200)
The Colts are a real-life good defense who will be looking to make an impact for their new Head Coach’s home game. The risk is of course the fact that they are matched up against an Eagles offense this week. After losing to Washington this past week, they are going to be wanting to make a statement.