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“Big Rigg’s” Wide Receiver and Running Back Calls for Week #14

Zeke Elliott vs Philadelphia – $8,800 FD/$8,600 DK – The Eagles defense is an absolute mess right now and with Dallas on a roll at 7-5, they should sell out to get the ball to their best players to keep the division lead in the NFC East.  Over the Cowboys’ last 4 games, Elliott has touched the ball a minimum of 25 times.  Four weeks ago against the Eagles Elliott ran the ball for 7.9 yards per carry, gaining 151 and a touchdown on the ground while adding 36 yards receiving.

Alvin Kamara @ Tampa Bay – $8,300 FD/$8,100 DK – Back in week 1 Alvin Kamara only ran the ball 8 times as the Saints were playing catch up with the Bucs, but he did score 3 total touchdowns in that game.  Although Kamara isn’t likely to repeat his 3 touchdown performance from week 1, he should still tear it up on the ground and through the air against the Bucs as they give up 5.0 yards per carry and have surrendered 14 rushing plays of 20+ yards on the season.

Sony Michel @ Miami – $6,900 FD/$5,900 DK – The Dolphins give up 5 yards a pop and 144.7 yards per game.  This indicates that  the Dolphins are not only bad on a per play basis against the run, but they also get run on with significant volume on a regular basis, which indicates that the Patriots may look to rely on him this week in a tough spot on the road.

Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Denver – $5,600 FD/$3,800 DK – Just like his daddy, it seems like all running backs in the Shanahan system produce in real football and fantasy football.  The Broncos give up 4.7 yards a pop and 122.1 yards per game on the ground.  Wilson is the only show in town with Breida banged up and all he needs to do is put up around 15 fantasy points to come through.

Gio Bernard @ LA Chargers – $5,000 FD/$4,000 DK – The Chargers are giving up a healthy 4.4 yards per carry but they’re only giving up 104 yards rushing per game.  The Chargers should lead this one from the time the ref blows the whistle to start the game, so Gio may see some work late in the game and get some garbage time check downs.  This is a reach play based on forecasted game flow only.  If the Bengals fall behind early, Gio may see 7 or 8 targets as the Bengals play catch up.

Kenyan Drake vs New England – $6,300 FD/$4,500 DK – In a matchup against the Patriots earlier this season, Drake might as well been inactive for the game given how little the Dolphins used him.  However, going back to week 14 of the 2017 season, Drake shredded the Patriots for 114 yards on the ground and 79 and a touchdown through the air.  Drake has gotten 9 to 13 touches a game over the Dolphins’ last  several games so hopefully that upward usage trend continues as the Dolphins fight to hang on for their playoff lives.

Justin Jackson vs Cincinnati – $4,500 FD/$3,800 DK – Jackson is clearly more of an every down or early down back than Austin Ekeler is and in the work he’s been given over the last two weeks, he’s averaged around 8 yards a carry, albeit in a limited sample.  The Bengals are giving up over 153 yards per game and 4.9 yards a pop.  As a dedicated Bengals fan, I do not see any way the Bengals are able to move the ball down the field against the Chargers unless they go out there with six offensive linemen and pound the ball with Joe Mixon 45 times.  That being said, the Chargers should look to grind this one out with Jackson versus checking it down to Ekeler in the passing game.

Julio Jones @ Green Bay – $8,400 FD/$7,900 DK – Julio Jones figures to see a lot of Tony Hill this week and that should be an easy win for Julio.  The Packers should put up a lot of points against a struggling Falcons defense and the Falcons offense hasn’t been able to move the ball at all on the ground lately, so this sets up well for a big Julio Jones day.

Antonio Brown @ Oakland – $8,800 FD/$9,000 DK – Oakland doesn’t surrender a ton of passing yards per game but they do give up 8.7 yards per pass play which is pretty terrible.  Given James Conner’s injury, I expect the Steelers to put the ball in the air to move it this weekend given they don’t have proven options in the backfield.

Tyreek Hill vs Baltimore – $8,200 FD/$8,000 DK – Jimmy Smith has been playing well this year and the Ravens secondary has been playing well as a whole, but one thing remains, nobody in this league can run with Tyreek Hill.  It’s hard to keep Tyreek Hill down two weeks in a row, and unless the Ravens dedicate two players to stopping him, you have to think he gets behind Smith a few times.

Amari Cooper vs Philadelphia – $6,900 FD/$6,600 DK –  Sidney Jones hasn’t been right lately but the Eagles have no choice but to roll him out there.  Jones faces a tough task this week as he will attempt to slow down Amari Cooper who has been the clear #1 target in the Cowboys passing game since they acquired him ahead of the trade deadline.  I do not foresee Jones fulfilling that tough task this week, Cooper should put up solid numbers in this one.

Larry Fitzgerald vs Detroit – $6,200 FD/$4,900 DK – Nevin Lawson is a weekly target of this article and also gets heavily targeted by opposing quarterbacks.  This week it’s Larry Fitzgerald’s turn to eat, especially after the Cardinals lost Christian Kirk for the year.

Robert Foster vs NY Jets – $5,100 FD/$3,300 DK – Robert Foster has 4.41 wheels and Morris Claiborne has 4.5 wheels.  Now that Kelvin Benjamin is gone and not stealing snaps from the young ascending receivers, Foster’s chances of getting behind Claiborne and the Jets secondary goes up.  Josh Allen has a huge arm and he’s got a guy in Foster that is hard to overthrow.

Dante Pettis vs Denver – $5,500 FD/$4,400 DK – Do you know who Isaac Yiadom is? That’s the dude that’s supposed to cover Dante Pettis this week.

 

 


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