Josh Allen v MIA ($8,300)
Allen on a short slate is a must to consider. Not having some lineups could just bury you before you even get started with your other positions. Miami’s offense should be able to bring enough of a challenge that Allen and the offense are going to need to be at their best. With his rushing floor, and slate breaking potential through the air, you have to put him in some lineups.
Kirk Cousins v IND ($6,000)
Cousins is the QB that I keep finding myself selecting on the slate. I like the stacking opportunity with Justin Jefferson and/ or T.J. Hockenson, a nice O/U and a home game the Vikings should be able to control. The Colts defense aren’t an easy game on paper, with them only giving up 16.5 DKPts on average. But, the price opens up alot of lineup options elsewhere.
Matt Ryan @MIN ($5,200)
Ryan is the cheapest (starting) QB on the slate, which means he has be to considered at least in some builds. The Colts offense has been inconsistent at best, with Ryan struggling with turnovers. This is a risky selection, so I’d only consider it in GPPs, but the Vikings secondary isn’t a strong unit. Ryan has had some games this season when he has managed to put up numbers. Being in a dome should help him too.
Jonathan Taylor @MIN ($7,200)
The Colts offense is built off the back of Taylor’s ability to run with the ball effectively and often. Even when the team have been faced with a huge points deficit they have handed him the ball. With the Vikings middle of the road against the position I’m fine to put him in.
Dalvin Cook v IND ($6,900)
Cook is definitely a tier-break, with the options available for less having questionmarks over their usage. Cook is definitely getting carries in the offense, the question for him comes with production. But, in what should be a high-scoring game, that the Vikings should win, Cook should see plenty of scoring opportunities.
Devin Singletary v MIA ($5,500)
Singletary has been getting the bulk of carries in the Buffalo offense, and has been getting a handful of targets too. This slate has a split of expensive players that get all the touches, or timeshare backfields. Singletary is in the middle, but being priced as a timeshare back. I don’t love it, but he offers nice value as the price.
J.K. Dobbins/ Gus Edwards @CLE ($5,200/ $5,000)
The answer to this backfield I feel is going to be the key to this slate. The Ravens are without Lamar Jackson, which is going to mean that they lean on their backfield slightly more than normal. Dobbins and Edwards split carries pretty evenly last week, and that’s shown in their pricing. The Browns defense isn’t strong at defending the RB position either. Both could take off, infact I’m going to build a lineup with both of them in. But, for the main choose one and hope you got the right one. I’d lean Dobbins, but I’m fine with both.
Justin Jefferson v IND ($9,100)
Jefferson is an expensive option, the most expensive on the slate infact, but he is just on fire. In the last three weeks he has a total of 37 targets which he converted to 27 receptions for 407 yards and 2 scores. The floor is there, and the ceiling too. The Colts are the toughest matchup in the league in terms of average points given up to the position, which will put some people off. But I’m fine building round him in the highest O/U game on the slate.
Tyreek Hill @BUF ($9,000)
If there is a player that is going to rival Jefferson for breaking the slate, it’s Hill. He is the type of player that can break any reception for a long gain or score. The Buffalo secondary has been getting better as the defense has been returning to health, but Hill’s speed should still mean great fantasy production.
Michael Pittman @MIN ($5,800)
Pittman has had what feels like a middling season. The Colts struggles on offense have hurt him, and at times he has struggled against tight coverage. But, the Colts are still being forced to throw the ball with the struggles that they have overall. As a result, Pittman should see plenty of targets against a Vikings secondary giving up an average of 43.1 DKPts to the position this season.
Donovan Peoples-Jones v BAL ($5,100)
Peoples-Jones is having the best season of his career, and unlike previous seasons seems to be getting a (somewhat) consistent role in the offense. The health of Amari Cooper has helped Peoples-Jones, but this secondary of Baltimore has been one that you can pass on.
Gabriel Davis v MIA ($5,000)
Davis is one of those player that on a short slate you need to consider. The price absolutely bakes in those ‘dud’ games, which is fantastic. There isn’t much of a floor here, but the ceiling is huge. I’ll have a decent number of lineups with him in as a mid-range WR to use.
Alec Pierce @MIN ($3,900)
There aren’t many cheap options that I feel that you can really put in a lineup and feel good about it. Pierce is one though. The Colts have been putting him out on the field constantly, and he has generally been getting a decent number of targets in the offense. The Vikings secondary, as we said with Pittman, isn’t great. This price for a WR3 with great upside is very handy on this short slate.
T.J. Hockenson v IND ($5,000)
Hockenson is going to be popular on the slate, with Lamar Jackson’s status hitting Mark Andrews’ value. Since being traded to the Vikings he has been getting a decent target share in the offense, and has shown his ability to turn that into production. The Colts defense are a middling defense against the position too, so it shouldn’t scare you away.
David Njoku v BAL ($4,200)
Njoku is benefitting from the lack of gametime of his QB. After being out of the game for such a long time, he hasn’t been pushing the ball downfield. Instead, Njoku has been getting work through the air, with 9 targets last week, good enough for second on the team in that game. A nice pivot from Hockenson.
Jelani Woods @MIN ($2,700)
This slate at TE gets ugly quickly. If I’m not going for one of the two above, I’m going to be punting the position a little. Woods is probably the player I’d go for. Isn’t on the field as much as Kylen Granson ($2,800) but Woods gets the ball when he is out there. The Colts have shown they are more than happy to get him the ball, and he has had some blow up games.
Buffalo Bills v MIA ($2,700)
The Bills defense has been improving as it has been getting healthier. There aren’t really alot of teams that I truly feel confident in playing, so the Bills feel ok here. The Dolphins offense has been putting up plenty of points, but they have also turned the ball over plenty of times this season. With Tua being sacked 9 times in the last three weeks too, the Bills are a fine play here.