This is a deep-dive review to cover over 150 players participating in the DraftKings main slate for NFL’s week 13. Since we’re past the bye weeks, there are a lot of players to consider in your lineups this week.

It’s a work in progress that will be updated constantly as we get close to lock time on Sunday.

The label in front of each player’s name is how much exposure I recommend for that player in your lineup construction for the slate: low, medium, or high exposure.

For strength of matchup data, we rely on FantasyData’s fantasy points allowed tool.

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Minnesota @ Atlanta Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Atlanta: 25.0
Minnesota: 22.0


(Low Exposure) QB Matt Ryan ($6400): He should have about an average performance this week with a solid implied point total of 25 points for the Falcons. Minnesota has been stingy against quarterbacks this year though.

(Medium) WR Julio Jones ($8600): I hope you owned him last week. If you didn’t, you likely didn’t place at all. This is a good spot to have at least some shares of Julio, and a case could be made to be overweight on him compared to the field this week.

(None) WR Mohamed Sanu ($5600): I wouldn’t count on another passing touchdown for him, and his upside is limited.

(Low) RB Tevin Coleman ($7000): He’s back to a timeshare now that Freeman has returned from concussion. However, Minnesota is allowing the fewest points per game to running backs this year. It’s a bad matchup and one to avoid.

(Low) RB Devonta Freeman ($5700): He’s back from his concussion just in time for the toughest possible defensive matchup. His chances of going off are low.

(None) TE Austin Hooper ($3400): He’s a shot in the dark if you want to go there. Minnesota is also tough against tight ends.


(Low) QB Case Keenum ($6000): While he lit up Thanksgiving Day lineups, Keenum is still not a proven stud. This is an average matchup for Keenum in a game that could be somewhat high-scoring. It’s not bad to have some exposure to him.

(Medium) WR Adam Thielen ($7500): He had a slow week last week, but the Minnesota offense was moving. The Falcons are the 5th best defense against wide receivers, so this isn’t a smash matchup. Have some exposure to him because he’s so reliable, but don’t go too overweight.

(Low) WR Stefon Diggs ($6200): Diggs is much riskier than Thielen, and this is a tough matchup. He’s a boom/bust play this week

(Medium) RB Latavius Murray ($5200): He’s come to life recently with at least 12 DK points in the past 3 weeks and at least 15 rushing attempts in the past six weeks. His upside is limited, but there aren’t a ton of running backs in this price range that have as high of a floor as Murray.

(Low) RB Jerick McKinnon ($5100): It’s been 4 weeks since McKinnon scored over 10 DK points, and his best performances have come against soft defenses. With the resurgence of Latavius Murray, his floor is very low.

(Medium) TE Kyle Rudolph ($4500): Ironically, last week was his best fantasy performance of the week with 22 DK points, but it was his lowest target total recently (4 targets). He’s had between 7 or 9 targets each game during the previous 6 weeks. At $4,500, he’s a solid play, and has finally shown some upside to go along with his reliability. ATL is not a soft-spot for TE fantasy points, but you can’t get his reliable targets at that price with any other player.

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Detroit @ Baltimore Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Baltimore: 21.5
Detroit: 19.0


(None) QB Joe Flacco ($5400): Don’t bother.

(None) WR Jeremy Maclin ($5200): While he has had reliable targets, he had only one catch last week and he’s been under 10 DK points in half of his matchups this season.

(Low) WR Mike Wallace ($4600): He had 11 targets last week, but only registered 9 DK points. At $4.6k, he’s cheap enough to throw in the mix in tournaments.

(Medium) RB Alex Collins ($4800): Detroit is a soft matchup for running backs. They’ve allowed the 5th-most fantasy points to running backs in the league. He may be the only bright spot on offense for Baltimore, and can be a low-cost tournament play. This backfield is murky though.

(Low) RB Danny Woodhead ($4400): If you want to bank on Woodhead finally returning to his old self, but it doesn’t seem all that likely. Worth a dart throw in GPPs at this price.

(None) RB Javorius Allen ($3800): Only has value if Collins can’t play due to his injury.

(None) RB Terrance West ($3300): Only has value if Collins can’t play due to his injury.

(None) TE Benjamin Watson ($3100): This is an above-average matchup for Watson, but Woodhead’s return has sucked most of the upside value out of Watson.


(None) QB Matthew Stafford ($5800): Baltimore is the 2nd-toughest fantasy matchup in the league, right behind Jacksonville. Stafford’s typical 200 yards and 1 – 2 TDs seems like his ceiling this week.

(None) WR Golden Tate ($6100): Baltimore’s passing defense is extremely tough. It’s hard to swallow starting either Tate or Jones this week with both having $6k price tags.

(None) WR Marvin Jones ($6000): See Golden Tate.

(Low) WR Kenny Golladay ($3900): He seems to be the #3WR now, and his cheap price tag could let him find his way into a few lineups this week, but don’t expect too much.

(None) RB Ameer Abdullah ($3800): Baltimore is a middle-of-the-road rushing defense, and Abdullah is banged-up and touchdown-dependent.

(None) RB Theo Riddick ($3400): Not much to get excited about here.

(None) RB Dwayne Washington ($3300): Remote chance he gets some touches if Abdullah is out this week.

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New England @ Buffalo Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Buffalo: 19.75
New England: 28.75


(Low) QB Tyrod Taylor ($5400): New England is generally a soft defense for quarterbacks, but has locked that down more recently. Taylor’s rushing ability gives him a bit higher floor than most. Plus, he will likely be playing from behind. He has some value in tournaments.

(None) WR Kelvin Benjamin ($4900): Hasn’t clicked yet in Buffalo, and his knee injury limits him even more.

(Low) WR Zay Jones ($4600): His impressive 10 targets last week only translated into 3 catches, but with one touchdown. Worth a flier, but keep expectations low.

(None) WR Jordan Matthews ($3500): Hasn’t scored 10 DK points once all year. Pass.

(None) WR Deonte Thompson ($3400): Cheap, but too risky. He has a couple games this year of 9 or more targets, but only 2 targets last week.

(Low) RB LeSean McCoy ($7600): He’s an expensive boom/bust play. He can have passing game value as well, so his floor should be relatively high. But in a game with Buffalo expected to lose by 9, the game script likely won’t be in his favor.

(None) TE Charles Clay ($4100): Unreliable with only a handful of targets each week. Hasn’t scored a touchdown in two months.

New England

(Medium) QB Tom Brady ($7800): Buffalo is generally tough against fantasy quarterbacks, but Tom Brady may be the exception. He always finds a way to torch Buffalo. The only reasons not go all in on Brady are his high price tag and likely high ownership.

(Medium) WR Brandin Cooks ($7700): This is an average-difficulty matchup for New England’s wide receivers. DraftKings seems to have priced the Patriots all a bit more expensive due to the expectation that they will smash the Bills. Have some ownership of Cooks for sure to avoid missing out on a big game, but he’s the 4th most expensive receiver on this slate, and the Patriots aren’t guaranteed to give the ball to any one playmaker. Hogan being out for week 13 helps increase Cooks’ target share.

(None) WR Chris Hogan ($5500): Out.

(None) WR Danny Amendola ($5000): Very streaky and injury-prone. Not worth the $5k price tag.

(Medium) RB Dion Lewis ($5500): He’s scored at least 15 DK points in each of the past 3 games, which for a New England running back, is world-class reliability. He’s also done it on only 5 receptions over that span. His salary has climbed though, but in a potential smash spot for the Patriots, he deserves decent ownership in your lineups this week.

(Low) RB Rex Burkhead ($5000): His two touchdowns last week saved his fantasy day, but he is an important part of this offense, at least for the moment. Lewis is probably the smarter play, but Burkhead could have decent value as well.

(None) RB James White ($3700): He’s in the dog house for now.

(None) RB Mike Gillislee ($3400): The dog house would be an upgrade for Gillislee.

(High) TE Rob Gronkowski ($7300): This could be a big Gronk-smash week, especially if Hogan is inactive again. His splits against Buffalo are fantastic. The only thing that should limit his exposure in your lineups are his price tag and likely high ownership.

San Francisco @ Chicago Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Chicago: 21.75
San Francisco: 18.75


(Low) QB Mitch Trubisky ($4500): Although Trubisky hasn’t been impressive so far, this is a fantastic matchup. San Francisco is giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks of any defense in the league. At such a low price, it’s not crazy to mix him into your lineups a bit if you’re trying to fit in more expensive options like Julio, Cooks, or Gronkowski.

(Low) WR Dontrelle Inman ($3900): On the plus side, he’s the team’s #1 receiver with healthy targets each week going up against a very bad defense for under $4k on DraftKings. While he might not be an exciting option, don’t hesitate to plug Inman in your lineups if you need a dirt-cheap wide receiver.

(Medium) RB Jordan Howard ($6500): Howard can truly disappear if the Bears are behind in a game. Luckily for him, that probably won’t be the case this week. He is in a good spot to crush it this week, assuming he gets the game plan Vegas is predicting.

(None) RB Tarik Cohen ($3700): He’s kind of fallen off the map.

San Francisco

(Low) QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($5100): A lot of unknowns here. What we do know is that this is an average matchup for Garoppolo’s first start for the 49ers. It’s unclear who his main targets will be. You’ll have to primarily go with your gut here. I’m not overly optimistic about him lighting the world on fire, so I’ll be passing on him.

(Low) WR Marquise Goodwin ($4000): A middle-of-the-road matchup for Goodwin. Could be a sneaky play paired up with a half-decent quarterback, but any change in QB means that target distribution will be an unknown.

(Medium) RB Carlos Hyde ($5900): He saw 14 targets last week, and this should be a relatively close game against the Bears that keeps Hyde involved on the ground as well.

(None) TE George Kittle ($2,700): Hobbled by injury and not relevant this week.

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Tampa Bay @ Green Bay Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Green Bay: 21.0
Tampa Bay: 23.0

Green Bay

(Medium) QB Brett Hundley ($5100): Brent Hundley isn’t great, but Tampa Bay is pretty horrible. He’s not a bad GPP play if you want to pay down at quarterback. His three TDs last week show that he has some upside.

(Medium) WR Davante Adams ($6500): The new #1 receiver in Green Bay, expect Adams to do well in this easy matchup.

(Medium) WR Jordy Nelson ($4400): It’s easy to completely forget about Nelson since he’s disappeared since Rodgers was injured. The chemistry between Nelson and Hundley isn’t there. However, he’s still at least been averaging 5 targets per game in the past month, and this is a great spot against the worst defense for fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. An amazing talent against a bad defense that is only going for $4.4k deserves some exposure in your lineups.

(Medium) WR Randall Cobb ($3900): It’s such a good matchup that Cobb deserves strong consideration as well since he’s priced so low.

(None) RB Ty Montgomery ($5300): Out for the season on IR.

(Medium) RB Jamaal Williams ($4700): With his strong performance last week, Williams will likely be highly owned in lineups this week now that Montgomery is out. Feel free to load up on Williams and pay up at other spots. The Buccaneers can’t stop the run and he has a decent floor and ceiling.

Tampa Bay

(High) QB Jameis Winston ($5600): It’s a great matchup for Winston in his first game back from injury. If he’s truly healthy and back to normal, then $5.6k is an absolute steal for him. However, he did try to play through the injury before he took time off and did not perform well. It’s risky to start him, but he has huge upside. Four out of his first six games of the year went for over 300 yards.

(High) WR Mike Evans ($7100): Evan should definitely benefit from Winston’s return, assuming he’s coming back fully healthy. This could be a chance to get Evans’ stud value relatively cheaply and not highly owned. Evans hasn’t had his big blow-up week yet this year, and the stars are lining up for him to do it here against the Packers.

(Low) WR DeSean Jackson ($4700): His fantasy value should stay about the same as it has been with Fitzpatrick. He actually hasn’t been as streaky lately as his reputation might lead on. But he hasn’t had any big high scoring games either.

(None) WR Adam Humphries ($3100): Too crowded in this offense to rely on him having much value this week.

(Medium) RB Jacquizz Rodgers ($4300): Rodgers could have decent value this week if Martin is out. Rodgers would be in line for a heavy workload at a cheap salary.

(None) RB Doug Martin ($4000): As of Thursday, Martin is still in the concussion protocol and hasn’t practiced.

(None) RB Peyton Barber ($3900): He vultured two scores last week. Unsure if he’ll fit into the rotation with Rodgers if Martin is out. Just pay up the $400 extra for Rodgers.

(None) RB Charles Sims ($3600): Not worth rostering even if Martin is out.

(Low) TE O.J. Howard ($2800): He’s lightly used in this offense, and has passed up Cameron Brate. He has definitely TD upside, but he’s not reliable and doesn’t receive a large share of targets.

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Jacksonville: 25.0
Indianapolis: 15.5


(Low) QB Blake Bortles ($5400): Yes, Bortles had 23 DK points last week. However, that came on a season-high 64 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. He had zero passing touchdowns. The week before he had 9 total DK points. Save yourself the headache and pass on him this week. The only thing positive for Bortles is that Vegas is projecting 25 points out of this offense. You’ll have to decide if you think those points will come in the air or on the ground.

(Medium) WR Marqise Lee ($5200): Indianapolis is allowing the 4th most points to fantasy wide receivers. A lot of people are going to jump on Dede Westbrook this week, but that might be premature. Lee had a down week last week, but he was also shadowed by Patrick Peterson. He sees a ton of targets and should have a solid game this week.

(None) WR Allen Hurns ($4200): Still not playing due to an ankle injury.

(Medium) WR Dede Westbrook ($4100): He definitely has talent and upside, and saw 10 targets last week. Some of the hype is a bit much, but there should be some exposure to Westbrook in your lineup.

(Medium) RB Leonard Fournette ($7800): He hasn’t been the same since before his ankle injury. I’m tempted to totally fade him until he shows that he’s back to his old self. However, this is a good matchup, and the game script should be going his way. Plus, he practiced in full this week for the first time since his injury. He’s a very risky $7.8k play, but the stars are lining up for him to rebound in week 13. Vegas is projecting 25 points out of this offense, and if it’s not coming from Bortles, it’s likely going through Fournette.

(None) RB Chris Ivory ($4300): Only 8 rushing attempts in the past 3 weeks. Ignore.

(None) RB TJ Yeldon ($4100): Only receiving a handful of targets each week. No trustworthy fantasy value.


(None) QB Jacoby Brissett ($4600): Jacksonville is still the league’s most stingy defense for fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Stay away.

(None) WR T.Y. Hilton ($4800): Very tough matchup. Not a spot for him to rebound.

(None) RB Frank Gore ($3800): The Jags’ D is average against the run, but the Colts will likely be playing from behind. Besides, he doesn’t have much upside anyway.

(None) RB Marlon Mack ($3400): Not a good matchup.

(None) TE Jack Doyle ($5200): He has reliable targets coming his way, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to get cute. Just pass on him.

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Denver @ Miami Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Miami: 18.5
Denver: 20.0


(Low) QB Jay Cutler ($4700): Denver is an average difficulty defense for fantasy quarterbacks. His price is so low, and he’s had a few big games, that it could be an option to throw some shares of Cutler into your lineups.

(None) WR Jarvis Landry ($5900): This is a tough matchup against the Denver secondary. Landry has been very reliable recently, but he could be shut down completely.

(None) WR Kenny Stills ($4700): Boom/bust play. His most recent big game came against the soft Bucs defense. Probably a pass here.

(None) WR DeVante Parker ($4500): I’m waiting for a different matchup to bank on a rebound for him.

(Medium) RB Kenyan Drake ($4900): With Denver secondary being so strong, and no other competition in the backfield this week, Drake could be in line for a solid workload this week. It’s going to be tough to find another running back on the slate at this price and guaranteed touches.

(None) RB Damien Williams ($3900): Out

(Medium) TE Julius Thomas ($3500): The Broncos are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. He’s quietly been racking up targets at a consistent clip this year. With this price, look at Thomas for a cheap tight end in a good matchup.


(Low) QB Trevor Siemian ($4800): This is actually a decent matchup for Siemian. He threw 2 touchdowns last week in relief of Paxton. It’s worth throwing him in a few of your lineups this week in case he is good enough to exploit the weak Dolphins defense.

(Low) WR Demaryius Thomas ($5300): This is an average WR matchup. Thomas has been seeing a lot of targets, but he only has 1 game over 100 yards this season. He’s worth putting into some of your lineups this week.

(Low) WR Emmanuel Sanders ($4900): Sanders is another option to plug in your lineups this week if you’re paying down at WR. I wouldn’t load up on Broncos though unless you’re feeling particularly risky. But some exposure to this offense is recommended this week.

(None) WR Bennie Fowler ($3400): Hasn’t proven much yet.

(Low) RB Devontae Booker ($4100): Miami’s D is a relatively soft matchup for running backs. Booker was a popular play last week, but he didn’t quite get the carries that people expected. The murkiness of the split of carries causes hesitation to going all in on either Booker or Anderson.

(Low) RB CJ Anderson ($3600): If there were some clarity around the workload, it would be a good matchup to load up on one or the other. As of now, it’s mostly a situation to avoid.

Carolina @ New Orleans Sun. 4:25 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
New Orleans: 26.25
Carolina: 21.75

New Orleans

(Medium) QB Drew Brees ($6500): It’s tough to trust Brees in this offense at this salary. However, Carolina is very tough against the run (3rd-least fantasy points allowed to running backs, and a bit softer against the passing game. Brees deserves some ownership since he’s a stud on a team with a projected score of 26 points.

(Medium) WR Michael Thomas ($6900): The Panthers are average against wide receivers this year. Thomas has been receiving reliable targets, and is still a WR1. $6.9k is a low salary for him, and you should find a way to get him in your lineups.

(Low) WR Ted Ginn Jr ($5100): Ginn had a season-high 11 targets last week against the Rams, which shows some promise of more reliable fantasy production.

(Low) RB Alvin Kamara ($8400): Carolina is allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. While Kamara is on fire, and almost requires some ownership, this might be the place to fade him a bit. His higher salary also makes it harder to get him into lineups.

(Low) RB Mark Ingram ($7900): It’s a tough matchup, and it feels like a tough spot to pay up for Ingram due to the difficult matchup.


(Low) QB Cam Newton ($6800): The Saints defense is pretty solid, but not unbeatable. Newton isn’t a bad play, but not one to go out of your way for.

(Low) WR Devin Funchess ($6800): Funchess has been hot lately with 20+ DK points in each of the past two weeks. He’s not quite the talent to justify a $6.8k salary, but he’s getting the targets and this game could be a shoot-out.

(Medium) RB Christian McCaffrey ($7200): He has 4 games of over 20 DK points so far this season. He has a pretty high floor since he’s involved in both the running and passing games, and this could be a high-scoring game.

(None) RB Jonathan Stewart ($3600): TD-dependent. Not worth rostering.

(None) TE Greg Olsen ($4300): Questionable. Wait for him to play a full game before sticking him in your lineup.

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Kansas City @ NY Jets Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
NY Jets: 20.25
Kansas City: 23.75

NY Jets

(Medium) QB Josh McCown ($5500): The Chiefs are an average-difficulty matchup for quarterbacks. With his recent performance, his price should probably be higher than it is. Have some shares of him so that you can pay up in other areas.

(High) WR Robby Anderson ($6300): The Chiefs are allowing the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. He’s on fire with a touchdown in each of the last 5 games. Keep riding this train until it stops.

(Medium) WR Jermaine Kearse ($4300): I don’t see any reason not to roster Kearse in this great matchup at only $4.3k.

(None) RB Bilal Powell ($4200): He’s not that involved in the offense.

(None) RB Matt Forte ($4000): Kansas City is somewhat tough against the run, and Forte’s workload is not certain. Stay away.

(Low) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($4000): Nothing special stands out about ASJ this week. He’s a cheap TE that has some upside though.

Kansas City

(None) QB Alex Smith ($5900): He hasn’t cracked 20 DK points since mid-October. Wait to see if this offense turns it around.

(None) WR Tyreek Hill ($6700): A bit too much to pay for 12 – 15 DK points.

(Low) RB Kareem Hunt ($6900): Things in Hunt’s favor: He’s a running back on the team favorited to win, and Charcandrick West has been ruled out. He should have a positive game script working for him, and no competition for carries. Working against him: He hasn’t topped 100 rushing yards since early October, and hasn’t cracked 20 DK points since September. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a small rebound from Hunt, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he and the rest of the Chiefs offense underperformed.

(None) RB Charcandrick West ($4400): Out

(Low) TE Travis Kelce ($7000): A slow week last week, but he should bounce back against the Jets. Seems likely to return on his high value, but going beyond that depends on how well this offense performs.

Houston @ Tennessee Sun. 1:00 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Tennessee: 25.0
Houston: 18.5


(Low) QB Marcus Mariota ($6200): This is a great matchup for Mariota, and the Titans are favored to win by a touchdown. The Texans are allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. However, he hasn’t shown much upside this year, only topping 20 DK points once. Things would really have to start clicking for the Titans in order for Mariota to go off. His 9 points last week against Indianapolis shows that he’s not a guarantee to smash against anyone.

(Low) WR Rishard Matthews ($5700): Matthews is a game-time decision for Sunday. He’s been a target monster for the Titans when he’s on the field. If he plays, he has some decent upside.

(Low) WR Corey Davis ($5100): He’s very talented, and could break out any week. If Matthews doesn’t play, then Davis will get more looks. However, $5.1k is kind of steep to pay for a guy that hasn’t yet caught a touchdown this year.

(None) WR Eric Decker ($3800): Not doing much these days. Pass.

(None) RB DeMarco Murray ($5600): Houston is tough against the run, and his YPC for the last 4 weeks has been: 2.1, 3.0, 1.2, and 0.8. If he doesn’t get into the endzone, he’s not fantasy relevant.

(Low) RB Derrick Henry ($4700): Henry has been looking much better than Murray, but Mike Mularkey doesn’t seem to think so. Wait until Henry gets a clearer path to carries before investing in him.

(Medium) TE Delanie Walker ($5600): He’s Mr. Reliable this year so far. No games over 100 yards receiving, but 7 games with at least 10 DK points. Great for cash games and for sprinkling into your tournament lineups.


(None) QB Tom Savage ($4600): He’s looked pretty poor. Nothing to see here.

(Medium) WR DeAndre Hopkins ($7600): Tennessee is soft against opposing wide receivers. Despite the poor QB play, Hopkins is finding a way to get it done. Jam him in your cash and GPP lineups this week.

(None) WR Will Fuller ($4500): Out.

(Medium) WR Bruce Ellington ($4200): With Fuller out, Ellington will continue to see a lot of targets. He’s averaged 8 targets per week for the past month, but he hasn’t done much with them. Consider Ellington a salary saver, but he hasn’t shown to have a high ceiling yet.

(None) RB Lamar Miller ($6000): There’s not much to like about Miller in this spot this week. Tennessee is tough against the run. Also, they’re expected to lose by a touchdown, which means that Miller probably won’t get the game script he needs. Lastly he’s touchdown-dependent, as he hasn’t cracked 80 yards rushing in any game this year, and only sees a handful of targets each week.

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Cleveland @ LA Chargers Sun. 4:05 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
LA Chargers: 28.0
Cleveland: 14.5

LA Chargers

(Medium) QB Philip Rivers ($7000): Rivers finally had his big game last week, with 434 yards and 3 touchdowns for 31 DK points against the Cowboys. The Browns are giving up even more fantasy points to quarterbacks this year than the Cowboys, and Vegas has the Chargers beating Cleveland by 2 touchdowns. While there is an off-chance the Chargers could fall on their face against the Browns like they did last year, providing the Browns their only win of the season, it’s more likely a smash spot for the Chargers and Rivers. The only reason to move off of him might be his high salary (2nd highest of all QBs this week) and likely high ownership.

(Medium) WR Keenan Allen ($8300): He’s on fire, and you’ll need to get some exposure to Allen this week. He would be great to stack with Rivers this week, but they both have rather high salaries and it will eat into the rest of your lineup. Feel free to play Rivers naked and Allen on his own to get some exposure to both.

(Low) WR Tyrell Williams ($3900): He caught a TD last week when Rivers was going off. Might be worth a dart throw, or to stack with Rivers as a contrarian move. Still a high risk play though.

(Low) RB Melvin Gordon ($7400): The cracks are starting to show in Gordon’s RB1 status. He hasn’t had a good week in a month, and he’s losing actual touches to Austin Ekeler, who has more burst and big-play ability than Gordon. He’s hard to trust even in a good matchup with a positive game script.

(Medium) RB Austin Ekeler ($4200): It’s not a fluke that he’s getting touches and performing well with them. He has a decent floor of 10 DK points and big-play burst against a bad defense. Rely on him in your roster construction so that you can pay up in other spots.

(Medium) TE Hunter Henry ($4700): He’s alive again, and the Browns are notorious for allowing a lot of fantasy points to opposing TEs. Get him in your lineups this week.


(Low) QB DeShone Kizer ($4500): It’s easy to dismiss Kizer, but he has been putting up decent fantasy numbers, partially due to his rushing stats (3 rushing TDs in the past 4 weeks). While you don’t want to get too cute by relying on him too much, there is a decent case to be made for having some ownership of Kizer due to his super-low salary. If you want to be contrarian, stack him with Duke Johnson this week.

(Low) WR Corey Coleman ($4300): He’s a good talent getting targets, but his QB can’t get him the ball. Gordon’s return could be positive or negative for Coleman. It’s hard to say. Let’s stay away in this bad matchup for this week and see how it shakes out.

(Low) WR Josh Gordon ($4100): It’s definitely worth plugging him into a couple of your lineups this week. He’s cheap, and we really don’t know what he’s going to do. He could be a total dud, but let’s have some fun finding out what he’s capable of in 2017.

(Low) RB Duke Johnson ($4800): The Chargers are very soft against the run, allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to running backs in the league. He has a high floor, but his ceiling depends on the rest of the Browns offense.

(None) RB Isaiah Crowell ($4100): The game script is not going to go Crowell’s way this week.

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LA Rams @ Arizona Sun. 4:25 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Arizona: 19.0
LA Rams: 26.0


(None) QB Blaine Gabbert ($4700): Tough matchup against the Rams. Don’t overthink it.

(None) WR Larry Fitzgerald ($6000): Feels like another spot where he’ll get shut down.

(None) RB Adrian Peterson ($4800): Game-time decision. Not a great tournament play this week in a tough matchup.

(Low) RB Kerwynn Williams ($3600): He could start if Peterson is out, but he would split time with D.J. Foster. If that happens, it’s worth buying some shares of Williams as the Rams are actually soft against the run, allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

(Low) TE Ricky Seals-Jones ($3200): He’s really hard to pin down. With back-to-back big games, you can’t totally bet against him, but the Rams are only allowing the 6th-least fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Play at your own risk.

LA Rams

(Medium) QB Jared Goff ($6700): Arizona is the 4th-easiest matchup for fantasy quarterbacks, and everyone knows what a roll the Rams’ offense has been on this year. While there is debate about who to stack him with, he has enough weapons that you can feel comfortable playing him naked if necessary.

(Medium) WR Cooper Kupp ($6400): Should have a solid game this week.

(None) WR Robert Woods ($5900): Out.

(Low) WR Sammy Watkins ($5200): Could have a good game, but he’s likely to match up against Patrick Peterson. He has a wide range of outcomes for this game.

(Medium) WR Josh Reynolds ($3500): He saw a lot of snaps last week, and is in line again to be a serious part of this offense with Woods out again. There aren’t many other wide receivers at this price with his upside.

(Medium) RB Todd Gurley ($8200): It’s not a great matchup, but Gurley is a workhorse running back for a team predicted to score 26 and win by a touchdown. Even in tournaments, this is a great high floor/high ceiling play.

NY Giants @ Oakland Sun. 4:25 PM ET

Vegas implied point totals:
Oakland: 25.5
NY Giants: 16.5


(Low) QB Derek Carr ($6100): The Giants are the 2nd-easiest fantasy defense for quarterbacks this year. The big question is who is he going to throw to with Crabtree and Cooper out? He’ll either find a new favorite target, or the Raiders might just run the ball all day. I think there will be enough of a shift toward the running game that Carr’s upside will be capped.

(None) WR Michael Crabtree ($6600): Suspended

(None) WR Amari Cooper ($5800): Out

(Medium) WR Seth Roberts ($3700): Both Roberts and Patterson seem like the guys to own this week in a good matchup.

(Medium) WR Cordarrelle Patterson ($3400): He should see a lot of looks against a bad Giants defense.

(Low) WR Johnny Holton ($3400): Unsure how many targets he’ll see.

(High) RB Marshawn Lynch ($4800): This could be his time. He seems likely to smash here as a 9-point favorite and the wide receiving corps in shambles. Load up on Lynch this week, especially at this salary.

(High) TE Jared Cook ($5400): There’s a decent chance Cook sees more targets with Crabtree and Cooper out. On top of all that, the Giants are allowing the absolute most fantasy points to tight ends. Things couldn’t line up any better for Cook this week. He has two games this year with over 100 receiving yards, so the upside is there also.

NY Giants

(None) QB Geno Smith ($4500): He could be an interesting play if he had real weapons to work with. Even though it’s a good matchup against the Raiders, he’s an easy pass this week.

(None) WR Sterling Shepard ($7000): Last time he saw the field, he had 13 targets and 28 DK points. The volume will be there, but how well can Geno Smith move this offense? At $7k, Shepard is an easy pass.

(None) RB Orleans Darkwa ($4600): An average running back predicted by Vegas to lose by 9 with a sketchy starting quarterback is not a great play, even in tournaments.

(Low) TE Evan Engram ($5700): He’ll be in line for decent targets this week, and has a decent floor. But if Geno Smith isn’t playing well, then his upside is severely capped.

That’s it! Good luck this week!

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