There are slim pickings at wide receiver this week due to the Rams and Chiefs being on bye, leaving Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and others out of the picture for DFS this week. In addition to two of the most potent offenses in the NFL being off this week, the Falcons, Saints, Redskins, Cowboys, Bears and Lions have already played this week, further depleting the options for Sunday.
Julian Edelman @ NY Jets – $7,400 FD/$7,000 DK – The Jets perimeter corners are pretty good meaning Josh Gordon may have his hands full on the outside with Morris Claiborne. The Jets are also fairly decent against opposing tight ends due to the emergence of former first rounder Jamal Adams. Although the Jets have an emerging and underrated secondary, Buster Skrine has been getting abused pretty much all year out of the slot. Look for Edelman, who should be matched up on Skrine most of the day, to get the job done in a big way, as he’s caught 9, 6 and 9 balls in his last 3 games. Edelman also hasn’t scored since October 21st, so he’s due.
Alshon Jeffery vs NY Giants – $7,200 FD/$5,800 DK – Back in week 6 against the Giants, Alshon was targeted 12 times, pulling down 8 balls for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. Against taller #1 wide receivers over the last few weeks, the Giants have also given up 6 grabs for 120 and a TD to Mike Evans and 9 for 104 to Julio Jones. The Eagles pass defense has been terrible lately, so if the Giants are able to put up points, the Eagles should need to throw deep into the game to keep pace.
DJ Moore vs Seattle – $5,800 FD/$4,600 DK – The Seahawks don’t really have a stud shutdown corner and with Devin Funchess set to miss this week’s game, it sets up well for DJ Moore to continue his roll from last week.
Odell Beckham Jr. @ Philadelphia – $8,500 FD/$8,800 DK – Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the biggest deep threat wide receivers in the league and this week he faces a depleted Eagles defense that has given up 41 passing plays of 20 or more yards which is 5th worst in the league. The Eagles have been ok against teams with mediocre wide receiver corps, but have given up serious yardage to teams with legit receiving threats. Beckham came up small against them back in week 6 grabbing 6 for just 44 yards but the Eagles defense was different back then, it was a lot healthier than it is today.
Adam Thielen vs Green Bay – $8,600 FD/$7,800 DK – Thielen should see a lot of Bashaud Breeland this week going against a struggling Packers secondary that has given up 12.2 yards per completion which is 6th worst in the league. In their previous matchup Thielen went off for 12 catches, 131 yards and a touchdown, expect similar results in this one.
DeVante Parker @ Indianapolis – $5,400 FD/$4,200 DK – Parker has 4.45 wheels and will be up against Pierre Desir most of the day who has 4.6 wheels. Parker also has a slight height advantage over Desir, so he has a clear physical advantage in this matchup. Ryan Tannehill will be back this week which should help Parker if he plays.
Jarvis Landry @ Cleveland – $6,100 FD/$5,900 DK – Even if Dre Kirkpatrick does play for the Bengals this weekend, this sets up as a great matchup for Jarvis Landry as the Bengals are giving up 306.1 passing yards per game which is second worst in the league. That number is a little skewed, however, as the Bengals played the Ravens last week featuring Lamar Jackson at QB who barely put the ball in the air. If Kirkpatrick doesn’t play, Landry should see a lot of Darius Phillips who would be forced into action in the slot. No matter which way you slice this one, the Browns offense as a whole should feast on the Bengals defense all day this week.
Matt Breida @ Tampa Bay – $6,400 FD/$5,700 DK – The Bucs have been in the middle of the pack as far as rushing yards allowed are concerned, giving up 113.6 per game and 4.6 per attempt. However, they have been gashed for 20 or more yards on 11 plays this year which is tied for 3rd worst in the league. Breida isn’t your traditional workhorse running back but he can pop off plays in big chunks and he gets it done in the passing game, making this an intriguing matchup for Breida.
Nick Chubb @ Cincinnati – $7,400 FD/$6,300 DK – This is the matchup of the week, Nick Chubb vs the Bengals struggling run defense that is still without its starting linebackers. I feel like recommending to play Nick Chubb this week is like saying you need to play Todd Gurley, it’s obvious. The only way Chubb doesn’t come through in this one is if the Bengals jump out to an early 28-0 lead and he completely gives way to Duke Johnson as the passing down back, but that is unlikely to happen, especially since AJ Green is questionable.
Gus Edwards vs Oakland – $5,300 FD/$4,400 DK – The Raiders give up a terrible 4.8 yards per carry on the ground and 142.3 yards per game. Gus Edwards proved that he can get the job done against a below average defense, gashing the Bengals on the ground last week and every indication points to Edwards having similar success this week. There is a concern that NFL defenses may be able to game plan against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rushing attack now that there’s a full game of tape out there on him, but that won’t happen this week against the terrible Raiders defense.
David Johnson @ LA Chargers – $7,900 FD/$7,300 DK – The Chargers give up a healthy 4.6 yards per carry on the ground and are coming off a game where they gave up over 7 yards per carry to Phillip Lindsay. Ever since there was an OC change in Arizona, David Johnson has been getting the rock and the way you move the ball against the Chargers this year is on the ground. The return of Joey Bosa last week didn’t really improve the Chargers run defense, so things are setting up well for a second straight big week from David Johnson. Even if the Chargers get out to a big lead on the struggling Cardinals, Johnson is dangerous in the passing game, so he won’t be phased out due to game flow.
Kenyan Drake @ Indianapolis – $5,500 FD/$4,700 DK – The Colts have yet to surrender a 100 yard rusher on the season, giving up a stingy 3.9 yards per carry and just about 100 yards rushing per game on the ground. Although the Colts have had a tough run defense this year, they have been beat by opposing running backs in the passing game. This sets up well as a Kenyan Drake game rather than a Frank Gore game, but it’s difficult to play Drake with confidence.
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