Hot or Hot Garbage: DFS Style

Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

Here we go, T2’s weekly “Hot or Hot Garbage” article. To those new to “Hot or Hot Garbage” this is our weekly quick takes article where I go through and let you know if popular fantasy players are “Hot” and worth their hype, or “Hot Garbage” and should be avoided. I’m switching it up this week and talking DFS, so let’s jump right into it.

Carson Wentz: Hot

Wentz is leading the NFL in touchdowns (17) and is 4th in passing yards (1,852). Even better, he’s playing San Francisco this week, who’s D/ST has given up the 3rd highest amount of points this season. Wentz is ranked by DRAFT as the QB6 this week, which is nuts. He’s QB1 for me.

Drew Brees: Hot Garbage

This reeks of a trap game to me. Brees is QB9 overall this season, which is one spot behind Cam Newton. Brees is facing the Bears D/ST, who forced Cam to turn the ball over 3 times last week. I think Brees is a decent play this week but he’s currently ranked as QB2 this week, which is much too high.

Ezekiel Elliot: Ridiculously Hot

I won’t fluff this up: Zeke won or lost you your game last week. His upside is impossible to pass up when playing DFS. The RB options are shallow this week so you should go for Zeke #1 overall, or plan on losing.

Kareem Hunt: Who Turned Down the Heat?

Hunt was unbelievably hot the first 3 weeks of the season; scoring 87 fantasy points. In his 4 games since then, he’s put up just 46. He’s facing Denver this week and is facing his 8th week without a BYE. It’s always tempting to take him for his upside, but I don’t seem him scoring big this week.

Julio Jones: Still Hot Garbage

I know we want to think Jones had a bounce back game, but he didn’t. He was facing a week New England defense and scored 6 of his 16 points off a TD pass that he had to physically rip away from a defender because Ryan threw it so poorly. Don’t get excited, folks, Jones isn’t back and he shouldn’t be ranked as the WR2 by DRAFT this week.

AJ Green: Everyone’s Hot Against the Colts

The Colts have allowed 27.3 points per game to opposing WRs; that’s the third highest rate in the league. Green is the WR5, and has scored double digit points in half of his games. I love Green’s big play potential with this match-up and he’s well deserving of his WR3 rank this week in DFS.

Rob Gronkowski: Don’t Play with Fire

It’s tempting to jump on his big upside. But taking the TE2 doesn’t make sense in DFS. Gronk is one of many weapons in New England and it has lead to him scoring 8 or less points in half of his games. In DRAFT, the WR & TE position is combined so I’d suggest avoiding TEs all together. If you do want a TE this week, though, take Ertz vs San Francisco.

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Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing is focused on dynasty and devy fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @TheFF_Educator

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