Originally posted: September 23, 2017
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I’m back from my two week’s off (we just added baby #3 to the Sylvester household) and ready to continue to streak. On the season, these lineups have been 3 for 3 in double-ups. This week, we are afforded two terrific cheap running backs who are guaranteed substantial touches against weak defenses, so we will be able to spend up with the rest of our lineup.
Drew Brees (NO vs DET): $8,600
QB is a nightmare to shuffle through this week. Rodgers has a tough matchup, Brady is so expensive that he would need a huge game to be worth it, Stafford is fighting an injury, Watson has only given us a small sample size, and so forth. We could spend down on Phillip Rivers or Carson Palmer, who should both throw a ton, but with our value running backs, we have too much money to not use Brees who is coming off a bye, going against a bottom 5 pass defense, and playing at home in his comfy dome. You can put his 2x value (17.2 points) in the bank this week.
C.J. Anderson (DEN vs NYG): $7,000
There hasn’t been a running back play I’ve been more excited about all season. Like Brees, Anderson is coming off a bye and has a terrific matchup. He has picked up 4.6 yards per carry so far this season behind an improved offensive line and the Giants have major issues with finishing tackles, and have been getting worse as their miserable season wears on. The Broncos’ have given C.J. 20+ carries in three of their four games this season, and with a positive game script, he should see just as much action again this week.
Samaje Perine (WAS vs SF): $4,900
Just because Perine has been subpar for two games doesn’t mean he can’t play football. Just ask Le’Veon Bell or Todd Gurley:
We are talking about a rookie with a similar game to Michael Turner, who as you remember, was a first round fantasy pick. With Rob Kelley out, Perine will be afforded another 20+ touches in a terrific game script and against a run defense that would allow Trent Richardson to go for 100+ if he stepped back on the field Sunday.
Antonio Brown (PIT @ KC): $9,200
Big Ben has remarkably thrown the ball to Brown a whopping 64 times over the first 5 games including 19 targets last week against one of the best corners in football. He should see plenty more work this week against the Chiefs, who have been a bottom 6 defense against the pass. You need not worry about Marcus Peters anymore either apparently, as he has been getting torched all season for whatever reason.
Michael Thomas (NO vs DET): $8,500
Last season, Thomas was one of the best receivers in football despite only seeing 122 targets This year, with Brandin Cooks gone, he is on pace for 148 targets and has been every bit as efficient. As I mentioned with Brees, the Lions have been struggling against the pass this season, and with the Saints coming off the bye and playing at home in the dome, they are a good bet to keep that trend going for Detroit.
Keenan Allen (LAC @ OAK): $7,200
I’d love to use DeAndre Hopkins here, but it just couldn’t fit under the budget unless we made a significant sacrifice elsewhere. Allen is another terrific option, however. Just check out this gem from our podcast friend, Jim Sannes (@JimSannes):
Keenan Allen has 27.6% of Chargers’ deep targets & 29.2% of RZ looks. With how many raw targets he gets, that’s a huge floor+ceiling combo.
Don’t be too discouraged about Allen’s performance last week. He was being manned by Janoris Jenkins, who has locked down even the best receivers in football. Allen should see another dozen targets in a shootout of a game this weekend.
Martellus Bennett (GB @ MIN): $5,500
Only Zach Ertz, Delanie Walker, Jared Cook and Bennett have at least 3 receptions every game this season. Bennett is the only one playing with the greatest quarterback in the history of the world. Tight end is such a crapshoot that we need a touchdown to make value, so we will take any safety we can get and cross our fingers for that TD. Bennett hasn’t scored this year, but he is getting plenty of red zone targets and goes against the Vikings, who have already allowed 57.9 fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Brandon McManus (DEN vs NYG): $4,900
Picking kickers is tricky business, but the Broncos are big favorites and likely won’t be aggressive in the red zone. There won’t be much wind and the balls fly in Denver so 50+ yarders are quite a bit easier. Perhaps most important is that the Giants have surrendered 51 fantasy points to kickers this season, which is among the top five in football.
New Orleans Saints (NO vs DET): $4,200
Maybe I had you until hear you are suddenly questioning everything I said. Give me a chance for a second. After Anderson, this was the second piece I built my lineup around. They are coming off the bye and have 4 sacks in each of their last two games while allowing just 6.5 points per game. They finished the season strong last year too, so it doesn’t seem like a fluke. Then, there is the fact that Matthew Stafford has been sacked 6 times in each of the past two games and will be playing on what looked like a severe ankle sprain sustained at the end of last game. He was clearly in a lot of pain as he struggled to finish the game. There is a chance we end up seeing Jake Rudock at some point in this one, which gives them a terrific ceiling on top of what I consider a great floor for the price.
Source: Fantasy Pros
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