WEEK 13 DRAFTKINGS/FANDUEL SELECTIONS


Want an easy, non-intimidating way to try DFS? Check out DRAFT with a free $3 entry.Use promo code “Top2”

QUARTERBACK

Cam Newton: at TB (DK 6600; FD 8700)

It’s hard to go wrong with the QB1 in fantasy football through 12 weeks in Patrick Mahomes or the 2015 MVP in Cam Newton.  Cam provides salary relief on both sites and at least the Buccaneers can score and keep the game close compared to what should be a one-sided affair in the Chiefs, Raiders matchup.  Don’t let Nick Mullen’s lackluster performance fool you into thinking Tampa Bay can play any semblance of defense because that defensive unit is awful.  The formula remains unchanged and Cam Newton will prove yet again that targeting the Buccaneers against fantasy quarterbacks is still a viable strategy.

Jameis Winston: vs CAR (DK 6000; FD 7500)

He’s thrown for over 300 yards in three of the four games he has started and meets a divisional foe that has given up nine games of multiple passing touchdowns.  Jameis Winston has the weapons on the outside in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Godwin against a Panthers secondary that is exploitable on the perimeter and is part of a pass-heavy offense that should give the Panthers a run for their money in this potential shootout.  The risk in 2018 has been the rotation at quarterback at a moment’s notice but at this point, Tampa Bay’s front office needs to determine if he will be in their future plans that Winston being benched shouldn’t occur anymore.  He and the quarterback to be described below are two of the better mid-tier priced quarterback options on the main slate this week.

Lamar Jackson: at ATL (DK 5900; FD 7500)

He was still able to return value on both sites despite the Ravens defense keeping the offense off the field by forcing both a fumble and punt return for a touchdown against the Raiders.  Lamar Jackson has averaged an astounding 12.5 fantasy points with just his running ability in his first two NFL starts and now gets a Falcons defense that allows the second-most passing touchdowns and the second-most rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks.  Rostering the quarterback from Louisville comes with risk in the case that he doesn’t manufacture a touchdown which occurred in his first start against the Bengals.  Nonetheless, Jackson’s dynamic ability to scramble out of the pocket, as evidenced by his 39 yard run in the 4th quarter this past Sunday, makes him worth consideration for rostering at his reasonable salary for a third straight week.

RUNNING BACK

Christian McCaffery: at TB (DK 8800; FD 8800)

One of the deterrents in rostering Christian McCaffery this week will be the soaring ownership levels after an incredible 41.2 FD/52.7 DK performance in a loss against the Seahawks.  However, not rostering him can prove detrimental against this Buccaneers team that has allowed 641 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns to the position over the last four weeks.  McCaffery has handled 92.6% of the running back touches in this same timeframe including all of them in week 12.  Simply put, the Buccaneers defense has no ability to slow him down and paying up for CMC gets you the running back that posted three touchdowns against them four weeks ago.

Kareem Hunt: at OAK (DK 7800; FD 8900)

The last time Oakland gave up less than 100 rushing yards to the running back position was way back in week 6 against the Chargers.  If Gus Edwards can log 100 yards on the ground, Kareem Hunt shouldn’t find this task too challenging in a much more efficient Kansas City offense.   Back to his days with Philadelphia, teams led by Andy Reid have performed well following the bye week and against a terrible Raiders team that the Chiefs are favored to defeat by more than two touchdowns, there shouldn’t be any threat of an upset.  As long as that plays out, Hunt will be in line for plenty of work throughout the duration of this game.

Aaron Jones: vs ARI (DK 6700; FD 7600)

Like the Bucs and Raiders, attacking the Cardinals with running backs is in play each week, especially after Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler slaughtered them for 169 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns on the ground.  Enter Aaron Jones who has assumed the bell-cow duties for the Packers following their bye week and it correlates well for him to be a one-man wrecking crew against this Cardinals team that has allowed at least 75 rushing yards in every game this season.  He’s crossed the pylons six times since he was entrusted with the feature back duties and he has one of the highest Week 14 touchdown potentials-with the Packers favored by two touchdowns.

Phillip Lindsay: at CIN (DK 5400; FD 7000)

Andy Dalton is on season-ending IR, the Bengals were defeated by their in-state rivals for the first time in four years, and the inevitability of firing Marvin Lewis looms in the horizon.  The Bengals are a mess and it sets up well for the Broncos to head into Paul Brown Stadium and continue Cincinnati’s downward spiral.  Phillip Lindsay continues to dominate the touches over Royce Freeman and gets a Bengals defense this week that hemorrhages yardages and touchdowns on the ground.  11 carries for 60 yards has been the floor for Lindsay over the last five weeks with five rushing touchdowns in that span.  He has a solid floor that is slightly touchdown-dependent but has a great chance of crossing the pylons this week as the Bengals have allowed at least one rushing touchdown in six straight games.

WIDE RECEIVER 

Adam Thielen: at NE (DK 8000; FD 8100)

The Patriots have fared much better against receivers lined up on the perimeter as of late but are still susceptible to those lined up in the slot.  If New England determines that Stefon Diggs (if he plays) is the bigger threat and focuses on taking him out of the game, it’s going to open up more opportunities for Adam Thielen to slaughter this defense that surrenders the 5th most FPA to slot receivers.  He’s discounted on both sites this week after his 9th 100+ receiving yard game as the Vikings played on Sunday night.  Thielen is seeing 11.27 targets per game and it’s safe to expect double-digit targets again as the Vikings travel to Gillette Stadium as 5-point underdogs and may be required to play catch-up.

Kenny Golladay: vs LAR (DK 6700; FD 7300)

With Marvin Jones and Golden Tate removed from the equation, it leaves Kenny Golladay as Matthew Stafford’s best receiving option for the remainder of the season.  Since the Tate trade, Golladay has been peppered with targets, averaging 10 of them in those four games and now with Jones on IR, that number has a chance to rise.  This young receiver possesses the ability to break off a deep shot for a score against a Rams secondary that has been torched over the last month and one that is tied for last with the Raiders in allowing 12 pass plays of 40+ yards.  Vegas has Detroit as 10-point underdogs at home and it’s safe to say that the Lions could be playing from behind where Golladay will be counted on to get the Lions back in it.

Emmanuel Sanders: at CIN (DK 6300; FD 7000)

Truth be told, he could have done more damage against the Steelers if not for a few drops that he should have brought in.  Nonetheless, Emmanuel Sanders performed well against his former mates and now faces a Cincinnati defense that won’t be able to keep up with his daunting speed.  Recent receivers that have amassed the required 20+ fantasy points to hit 3x this week against this porous secondary include Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, and Michael Thomas.  Evans ripped off a 72 yard shot for a score, something that is within the skillset of this speedy Broncos receiver who should have his way at Paul Brown Stadium.

Chris Godwin: vs CAR (DK 3900; FD 5400)

This play is certainly contingent on DeSean Jackson being unable to play on Sunday with a thumb injury.  In the final two games that Jackson missed in 2017, Chris Godwin posted 10 receptions for 209 yards and a touchdown in his absence.  Of course, Mike Evans will be the first receiving option but Godwin has shown he can be a reliable option and this weekend will battle opposite James Bradberry and Donte Jackson, cornerbacks that are responsible for Carolina allowing the 7th most FPA to receivers lined up on the perimeter.  If DeSean plays this weekend, it nullifies Godwin’s ceiling as they will eat into each other’s targets.  If he warms the bench, Godwin has the potential to do some serious damage at an inexpensive salary.

TIGHT END

David Njoku: at HOU (DK 4300; FD 5500)

He performed as he should have against a hapless Bengals defense and now faces a Houston one that also has its struggles against tight ends.  The Texans are surrendering a floor of seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown to the position in the last three games; Jonnu Smith comes to mind as the latest to victimize that defense.  Ideally, more targets would provide more comfort as David Njoku hasn’t seen at least six in a game since week 7.  Yet, if he can continue to capitalize on the targets he does receive, catching 90.9% of since them since that game against Tampa Bay, he can prove viable in this spot at a reasonable salary on both sites.

Eric Ebron: at JAX (DK 4200; FD 5600)

Enjoy his lowest salary for the rest of the season as the week 13 salaries had already posted when Jack Doyle was placed on season-ending IR on Monday.  Eric Ebron benefits from being part of an Indianapolis offense that has thrown the most touchdown passes to tight ends and now that Doyle is out of the picture, he will assume additional snaps and volume.  He averaged 10 targets from week 3 to week 7 when Doyle was inactive vs 3.66 when he was on the field and it bodes well this week against a Jaguars team that had surrendered six touchdowns in three games to tight ends prior to their matchup against the Bills last week.

Matt LaCosse: at CIN (DK 2500; FD 4700)

He’s the bare minimum on DraftKings as Jeff Heuerman will miss the rest of the season but this is anything but a punt play.  Matt LaCosse encounters a Bengals team that gives up the 2nd most FPA to tight ends and allowed both David Njoku and Darren Fells to score touchdowns last week.  He made his presence felt right away by hauling in his first career touchdown against the Steelers when Heuerman succumbed to injury.  Returning value in this spot on DraftKings should be simple for LaCosse as all he needs is a few catches for some yardage against this Bengals defense that is in competition to be one of the worst units in the history of the league.

DEFENSE

Green Bay: vs ARI (DK 2800; FD 4400)

The Cardinals have eclipsed 20 points just twice this year, a perfect recipe for a Green Bay defense that possesses a +9.8 FPPG differential in games played at Lambeau Field.  The Packers have sacked the quarterback multiple times in every home game as well as forced multiple turnovers in three of five, something to keep in mind as Josh Rosen has thrown at least one interception in six straight games.

Denver: at CIN (DK 2700; FD 4500)

Jeff Driskel is now the starting quarterback for the Bengals and we’re not sure which A.J. Green will return Sunday now that he’s declared himself ready to play.  Both of these facts downgrade the Bengals offense against a Broncos defense that forces 1.63 turnovers and three sacks per contest.

Kansas City: at OAK (DK 2500; FD 4300)

The Chiefs have forced at least five sacks as well as multiple turnovers in three of their last four games.  They travel to the Black Hole to duel with an Oakland offense that is scoring 12.25 points per game in the last four weeks and has allowed 4.75 sacks per game in that same timeframe.

PRICE SHOPPING

Each week, I will identify what players are bargains based on the salary cap percentage difference they represent on the respective site.  Here are the notable week 13 bargains from both sites:

NOTABLE DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS

QB Matt Ryan: 2.96

QB Andrew Luck: 2.06

TE Matt LaCosse: 2.86

TE Ricky Seals-Jones: 2.86

DEF Kansas City: 2.16

DEF Denver: 2.1

NOTABLE FANDUEL BARGAINS

RB Christian McCaffery: 3.14

RB Todd Gurley: 2.27

RB Dalvin Cook: 2.07

WR Tyreek Hill: 4.2


Is your league missing sweet silverware for your champion? Save 10% on ALL merchandise from Fantasy Champs with promo code “Top2”

5 Rounds of Week 13 DRAFT Advice


Want an easy, non-intimidating way to try DFS? Check out DRAFT with a free $3 entry.Use promo code “Top2”

Note: The article has been edited to remove suggestions to play Kareem Hunt since his Friday release 

I’ll be helping you navigate this user-friendly and competitive way to play DFS every week this season. My advice is based on 6 team standard fast draft formats.

If you’re not familiar with DRAFT I highly encourage you to jump into your App store or Google Play store and download the most user-friendly and fun DFS app out there. You can try DRAFT by taking advantage of our promo code “Top2”-you’ll get a free $3 entry. My takes are a combination of stats, match-up analysis, and what I’ve seen drafting this week: to draft with me next week add me MattHicks15.

Round 1: 2 (RBS) & I’m Out

There’s only 3 running backs I’m willing to spend my 1st round pick on this week; luckily they aren’t necessarily the first 3 going off the board. Mixed in with the 3 listed below, are Barkley and Conner. Barkley may seem tempting still since Chicago has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, however, they’ve allowed the 7th least receiving yards to running backs, including just 5 touchdowns through the air. Combined that with what’s likely to be a stalled offense and Khalil Mack sealing the edge, and I’m out on an otherwise lock play. Conner has just 35 carries, 143 rushing yards, and 1 touchdown combined in his last 3 weeks-and his match-up against the Chargers doesn’t inspire me enough to burn my top pick. Here’s the guys I would take:

  • Todd Gurley

This game is the second highest over/under of the week (55 points) and the Rams have the second highest implied total of the week (32). The Lions have allowed the 7th most rushing yards to opposing running backs this season, and 11 total touchdowns. Gurley is reportedly back to full health after an ankle scare in his last game. He’s my 2ndfavorite pick this week.

  • Christian McCaffery

CMC has finished as a top 2 running back twice in the last 3 weeks. Those match-ups were against the 9th best defense against the rush (Pittsburgh) and Seattle, which is ranked 18th against the rush. This week, he gets the Bucs-they’ve ranked 25th against the run and have allowed the 11th most receiving yards to running backs and 17 total touchdowns this season. Vegas pegs this game as high-scoring (54.5) and I peg this as the week Carolina declares they’re back in the conversation as a playoff contender.

The 2nd Round Should be Stacked

The drop off at running back makes it essential to pivot quickly if players don’t drop to you in the back end of the first. It does create the opportunity to reel in a money-making stack: Mahomes and Tyreek Hill.

I’ve already made the case for the Kansas City offense, and Mahomes needs no further explanation. Hill has finished as the WR1 in Weeks 10 and 11, and he’s fresh off a Week 12 bye. In Weeks 10 and 11 he combined for 342 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Oakland has allowed the 6th most touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season and is ranked 28th in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. My suggestion is to take Mahomes in 1st-Tyreek has consistently made it to the early 2nd for me, but if he does get taken you can pivot again (cue Friends reference) and stack Mahomes with Kelce later on.


Is your league missing sweet silverware for your champion? Save 10% on ALL merchandise from Fantasy Champs with promo code “Top2”

Backs Run the 3rd Round

Good things will come to those who wait for their 2nd running back this week. Steer right past Johnson and Mixon’s negative game scripts and grab one of these guys, who have consistently been available in the third. Note: Davante Adams makes a great 3rd round value (high floor, high implied total) if you do start with 2 running backs.

  • Phillip Lindsey

Lindsey rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown in Week 12, on just 14 touches against the Steelers 10th ranked rush defense. In Week 11 he rushed for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 11 touches, against the 15th ranked Chargers rush defense. In Week 13 he faces the Bengals 32nd (aka worst) ranked run defense. Cincinnati has allowed 1,896 total yards and 17 total touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Add into the mix that Denver is likely to have a positive game script against a Driskell-led Bengals team, and this one is a no-brainier.

  • Aaron Jones

Jones has found the endzone in 4 of his 5 games since Week 6. He’s scored 6 times in those 5 games, including 3 touchdowns in his last 2 games. He’s also totaled at least 85 combined yards in all 5 oft hose games and finished as RB4 in Week 10 against Miami. Not only does Jones have a positive game-script, he’s facing the second worst rushing defense in the league. The Cardinals have allowed 1,454 rushing yards (2ndmost) and 14 rushing touchdowns (the most) to running backs this season. Jones is a close 3B to Lindsey’s 3A value this week.

  • Nick Chubb

Chubb rushed for more than 84 yards just once under Jackson and Haley. Since their dismissal, and the subsequent offensive makeover under Kitchens, Chubb’s rushed for 84 yards in all 3 games. Chubb’s also had two games with at least 33 receiving yards, compared to 0 games with more than 10 receiving yards. Chubb also has 5 total touchdowns since Kitchens took over. Chubb falls below Lindsey and Jones for me, however, because his match-up vs Houston this week (6th best run defense) is significantly tougher than his previous 3 against Kansas City, Atlanta, and Cincinnati.

Be Patient and You Shall Receive in the 4th

Two big names have been hanging around late this week. They’re being pushed down by tough match-ups, mid-round running back value, and a nincreased appeal to tight ends like Kelce and Ertz. Still, these two names bring enough of a floor to justify their weekly upside potential.

  • Odell Beckham Jr.

OBJ’s match-up is tough, but not as tough as you may think. Chicago is ranked 1st in DVOA and this game has the 2nd lowest over/under total (with the Giants having an implied total of 20 points). The Bears, however, have been a strong run defense (2nd) than pass defense (18th). They’ve allowed the 7th most receiving yards to wide outs this season and have allowed 14 touchdowns. It’s also worth noting that the Bears will likely be led again by Daniel-who performed well against the Lions but still has very little experience as a starter-a positive game script for the Bears isn’t guaranteed.

  • Antonio Brown

I understand OBJ slipping, but Brown makes no sense to me. The Chargers are the 7th best passing defense this season and 9th in DVOA, however, they have still allowed 10 touchdowns to wideouts. Although Brown didn’t catch a touchdown pass in Week12, he has found the endzone in 9 of the 11 games he’s played this season-including two multiple touchdown weeks. He’s worthy of a 3rdround pick, even with the match-up, making him a must grab if he’s falling toyou as far as he’s fallen to me this week.  

5, Round 5 Quick QB Pivots

I mentioned earlier Mahomes has 1st round value,I also expect Newton to go off the board in the mid-rounds. I quickly broked own the highlights of my next 5 highest ranked QBs (in order) for Week 13.

  • Andrew Luck

Projections will be low for Luck this week because, overall, the Jaguars defense has been solid (17th) against quarterbacks this season. The Jaguars offense, however, is in shambles-with Bortles benched and Fournette suspended. While Jacksonville has been imploding, Luck has quietly racked up 8 straight weeks with top 10 fantasy finishes (excluding his bye week).

  • Jared Goff

The red-hot Rams are coming off a huge win against Kansas City and a full week of rest. Prior to his bye, Goff had thrown for at least 300 yards 3 weeks in a row-and posted a 9:1 touchdown to interception ratio. He’s likely to beat up against a Lions defense that has allowed the 11thmost fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, the 4thmost in the last month, and the 4th most touchdowns on the season.

  • Kirk Cousins

I’ve seen a lot of hesitancy to play Cousins this week, which baffles me. Cousins is coming off his 2ndbest week of the season-posting 342 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions against the Packers in Week 12. In Week 13 he faces off against the Patriots,who have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, including the 10th most passing yards and 9th most passing touchdowns. Cousins has a safe floor, and big upside in a prove-it game for a team that still considers themselves a Super Bowl contender.

  • Lamar Jackson

If you get past the 5 guys I mentioned above, it’s time to go for upside-and Lamar Jackson is all the upside you could ever want. Since taking over as “starter” in Baltimore, Jackson has averaged 259 total yards per game-including an average of 95 rushing yards. The Falcons have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks,the 2nd most passing touchdowns, the 6th most rushing yards, and the 4th most touchdowns.

  • Russell Wilson

Wilson is coming off his best passing game of the season-throwing for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Panthers. This week he faces off a depleted 49ers team, who have allowed the 8th most points to opposing quarterbacks this season, including allowing 23 touchdowns and only pulling in 2 touchdowns. Vegas implies 28 points for Seattle,suggesting at least 2 touchdowns, with upside for much more for Wilson.

Redraft Waiver Wire Targets: Week 13


Want an easy, non-intimidating way to try DFS? Check out DRAFT with a free $3 entry.Use promo code “Top2”

We’re done with byes, playoffs are starting or will start for some in week 14 and everyone is at full strength. The question now is what do you do? Well, injuries still happen as well as roster tinkering. Just because you made it to the playoff doesn’t mean waiver wire picking stops. You ride that skill to the championships!

Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said,  stay tuned to my tweets for more gems later on in the week and Follow THE Fantasy Vigilante HERE!

Case Keenum

ESPN OWN %: 9.2

YAHOO OWN%: 16

Being a Steelers fan, this pains me to even have him on this article. However, in this line of work we must remain unbiased so here goes. You’ve lost Alex Smith, Bortles got benched, Dalton is out for the year and there just isn’t a lot of guys you feel comfortable starting. Case Keenum should be worth taking the shot. His schedule is relatively easy down the stretch so that should be some extra confidence for player looking for a QB replacement. For reference his remaining schedule is: CIN, SF, CLE, OAK.

Josh Allen

ESPN OWN %: 1.5

YAHOO OWN%: 3

I’m not saying shirk your starters for the guy, but if you need a QB replacement, give him a shot. He just performed pretty well against JAX who isn’t a slouch defensively although they’ve been under-performing. His slate only gets easier to wind down the season with the next 3 being MIA, NYJ and DET.

Matt LaCosse

ESPN OWN %: 0

YAHOO OWN%: 0 

Heuerman is out for the season and Matt should be the next man up. If you need assistance at the TE position and maybe in a deeper league than normal, Matt could end up being good for you. He didn’t look bad at all out there against the Steelers and like Keenum, he has a decent schedule ahead of him.

Chris Herndon

ESPN OWN %: 9.9

YAHOO OWN%: 8

Again, another replacement level TE, Herndon gets enough opportunity share to be a viable option. He’s also getting looks in the redzone which is one of the better ways of measuring the players chances of getting into the endzone. His opportunity seems to have not changed between McCown and Darnold, so his production should be safe despite which QB is in.

Josh Reynolds

ESPN OWN %: 33.8

YAHOO OWN%: 51

He may be out of range for you Yahoo players, but as always ESPN is behind the curb. Reynolds is in the Cooper Kupp role and so far he hasn’t been bad. If you need a decent flex option in a pinch, Reynolds is definitely an option. With an offense like the Rams, he’s gonna see his fair share of opportunity to produce.

Adam Humphries

ESPN Own %: 28.2

Yahoo Own%: 30

This offense spreads the ball around a lot and Adam has been benefiting from it. In the last month he has been very easily a great flex option out performing expected production. Getting roughly 6 targets a game, he’s worth a shot to shore up your receiver corps.

Bruce Ellington

ESPN OWN %: 0

YAHOO OWN%: 0 

Purely based on the targets alone he’s worth a shot. With Marvin Jones down for the season he has to be a big part of the passing offense along with Kenny and Theo, so he’ll have a high floor on a nightly basis.

Dontrelle Inman

ESPN OWN %: 8.3

YAHOO OWN%: 2

Consistent and a high catch rate. Two things I want out of my fantasy options and Inman gives them to you. With the news breaking about Jack Doyle being down for the year, I expect him along with TY and Eric to see more looks the rest of the season. From what I can see, he seems to be a trustworthy option for Andrew Luck.

Curtis Samuel

ESPN Own %: 6.3

YAHOO OWN%: 9

My guy Hilal @hjchami on twitter beats the drum for this guys harder than anyone I know and I’m starting to see why. Samuel’s month of production has been with limited touches but he does SO much with them. With his uptick in production, he and Moore should see more work and make Torrey Smith ghost and maybe even steal some show from Funchess as well. He really is a high ceiling-low floor type of guy.

C.J. Uzomah

ESPN OWN %: 30.1 

YAHOO OWN%: 29

From what I’ve read and looked over, his production wont change with Driskel at the helm. Even though he’s not blowing the doors off, he’s contributing enough to be a viable option at your tight end spot. If they decide not to bring AJ Green back, he’ll see a lot of targets alongside Boyd.

My new plea to you all for this part of the season is to continue to watch the waivers. Not because of bye weeks wrecking teams, but teams are out of the playoffs so drops will happen. Also, with teams back at full strength, “placeholder players” will also be dropped and if you’re struggling with depth, this is still a great time to continue to tinker.

You set yourself up in the draft, you win through waivers! Go get your #waiverxmas on and come home with a #Top2TypeVictory!


Is your league missing sweet silverware for your champion? Save 10% on ALL merchandise from Fantasy Champs with promo code “Top2”

Dynasty Trash Pile: Week 13 Edition


Want an easy, non-intimidating way to try DFS? Check out DRAFT with a free $3 entry.Use promo code “Top2”

I’ll be digging through the trash for your next waiver stash. These 3 guys are barely owned. They might not be huge contributors to your squad right now, but could possibly be useful down the road. Here goes:

1. Brandon Powell, WR, Detroit Lions
(2.5% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Chicago, Vs Los Angeles Rams, @ Arizona

Powell was an undrafted player out of Florida. Standing at 5’8” and 181lbs, he was mainly featured in the slot and also returned kick offs and punts. During the preseason, he was targeted 20 times in 4 contests. He displayed his quickness and physicality and ended up snagging 16 receptions for 103 yards. His most talked about play was his punt return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 3. Powell fielded the ball towards the left sideline, ran towards the middle of the field and juked a few defenders before sprinting towards the right side of the field for an 80 yard score. Even with his heavy usage in the preseason, Powell was cut and then signed to the practice squad.

Golden Tate took the rookie under his wing and helped him since his addition to the practice squad and even praised Powell more than once when speaking to the media. With Golden Tate traded to Philadelphia at the trade deadline, the Lions have turned to T.J. Jones as the next man in line for the slot receiver duties. As of right now, Jones has underwhelmed by only catching 5 passes for 42 yards in the 4 games played without Tate. Powell has only seen the field as a receiver in one of them (week 10 against the Chicago Bears). He played 25 snaps (a 32% snap share), was targeted 3 times and caught one reception late in the game for 6 yards.

The past 2 weeks, Powell was inactive due to the addition of free agent wide receiver Bruce Ellington. Ellington appears to have taken this role from T.J. Jones as he seen an 82% snap share in week 12 and has caught 12 passes for 80 yards the past 2 weeks. As you can see, there is definite PPR value in this position on the Lions team. This season appears as if it could be a wash for Powell. Ellington seems to be the key here. If the Lions end up bringing Ellington back, it honestly could mean that Powell won’t get his shot. However, if Ellington either gets hurt or signs elsewhere, Powell could be a worthy stash for your dynasty roster, or he could be banana peel that has been sitting your garbage can for days. You have to love fantasy football and it’s unpredictability.

2. Jeff Driskel, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
(0.0% owned in FFPC leagues)
Vs Denver, @ Los Angeles Chargers, Vs Oakland

Driskel was drafted in the 6th Round in 2016 out of Louisiana Tech by the San Francisco 49ers. He has a decent arm and is not afraid to run the ball (he ran a 4.5 40 yard dash at the Combine). In his first training camp Driskel lost out to Christian Ponder for the 3rd String Quarterback and was placed on waivers. The Bengals scooped Driskel up and he served their 3rd string QB behind Dalton and A.J. McCarron in 2016. In practice during the 2017 preseason, Driskel broke his hand was placed on IR.

He was brought back in 2018 to battle for the backup quarterback position with Matt Barkley and with strong play in the preseason (34/58 for 58.6% completion rate, 448 yards, 2 td’s 1 INT), he landed the job. Driskel has since been plugged in for duty in a few separate occasions this season. The first appearance of Driskel was in mop-up duty against the Chiefs in week 7. Driskel ended up throwing 4 passes (all completed) for 39 yards. In another blowout vs the Saints in week 10, he was again sent in for mop-up duties. In this contest, however, he would score a nice touchdown run. On a 4th and 1 from the 27 yard line, Driskel faked a handoff up the middle to running back Mark Walton and confused the entire defensive line. He would go untouched down the left sideline for a score. His final stat line of that game read 2/3 45 yards, 2 rushes, 35 yards and a touchdown.

This past week against the Cleveland Browns is when Driskel would actually be pressed into duty due to an Andy Dalton injury. After Dalton injured his thumb, Driskel was sent in and played fairly well. In the 3rd quarter on the 27 yard line on a 1st and 10, Driskel found Tyler Boyd running down the middle for a quick strike that would go for a touchdown. Then, in the 4th quarter on a 1st and goal, Driskel called his number and took it up the middle (with help from Joe Mixon) for a rushing touchdown. After helping his team score 2 touchdowns, he almost led them to a comeback, but they just fell short. Driskel ended his day going 17/29, 155 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 rushes for 9 yards and another score. He did throw an interception in this contest, but it was called back after a roughing the passer call went his way that wiped it out.

Driskel is serviceable for you Dalton owners (Dalton was just placed on IR). Driskel is definite Trash Pile material as he is another player that will be free for all you FAAB cheapskates.

3. Jason Croom, TE, Buffalo Bills
(1.05% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ Miami, Vs New York Jets, Vs Detroit

We finalize the Trash Pile this week, appropriately, with a tight end. As many of you know, tight end is a wasteland this season. If you don’t have the top 5 guys, you basically are plugging in nuts and bolts to try to get basically anything from the position. Croom played college ball for the University of Tennessee, where he was used sparingly and only scored 6 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Going undrafted, the Buffalo Bills signed him in 2017. After being placed on the IR for a short amount of time in the preseason of 2017, he was then cut. Then in November of that same year was finally signed to the practice squad.

After a large chunk of a season learning from Charles Clay, Croom finally showcased his skills in week 3 of the preseason vs the Bengals. In this game, Croom ran a tight end screen pattern and Nathan Peterman found him and Croom did the rest. From 18 yards out, Croom weaved away from a tackler, ran down the right sideline and jumped between 2 defenders for a score. This solidified his role as the backup to Charles Clay. Croom was on the opening day roster and has since had some success.

In week 3 against the Vikings, Josh Allen found Croom on a play action pass down the right sideline and he ran it in for a 26 yard touchdown (untouched). Croom has also been heavily targeted in a few matchups. Against the Chargers in week 2 he had 4 targets and against the Bears in week 9, he had 5 targets (catching 3) for 36 yards. With Charles Clay being often injured and the only other tight end on the roster being a converted quarterback in Logan Thomas, Croom could have some dynasty value.

This value could be limited though, but most tight end value this year is limited. If you have a larger roster, Croom might be a name to look into. Basically Croom is a player sitting on the curb with a piece of cardboard with sharpie on it that says “FREE”. How much do you like picking up free trash?


Is your league missing sweet silverware for your champion? Save 10% on ALL merchandise from Fantasy Champs with promo code “Top2”

Week 12 RB/TE Start ’em Sit ’em

Here we are in week 12. Some of our leagues have this week and next week before the playoffs. Some of us might get a bonus week of the regular season. Either way, week 12 is already underway! If you are a faithful and friendly reader,

I sincerely hope you are either facing the Kamara owner OR are lucky enough to have Zeke OR brave enough to have started Dak, Amari Cooper seems to be making quite the impact.

Let’s move on to why you’re here!

Running Back: Start ’em

MATT BREIDA (SAN FRANCISCO 49ers)

Matt Breida put our fears to rest in week 10 when he rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and also added 4 catches for 31 yards and another touchdown through the air. In half point leagues, that amounted to almost 28 points. Week 11 was a bye week for the 49ers. Even if that week 10 performance didn’t completely calm your worries, the week of rest will.

The 49ers return from their bye week to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are the 6th worst defense against the run. They have allowed 17 total touchdowns to the Running Back position. That’s the most in the NFL. They have allowed 1286 rushing yards. That’s the most in the NFL. Running Backs succeed when they face Tampa Bay.

You might be concerned that the matchup is an “away” game for the 49ers or that the team just isn’t that good due to the injury plague which is attacking their team. Please do not be concerned. The Bucs defense couldn’t stop a 2 year old in a power wheels car. Even if the 49ers lose the game Breida will score a touchdown.

MARLON MACK (INDIANAPOLIS COLTS)

Mark this day in history. I’ve never suggested a Colts Running Back in this section until today. This was a matchup that I simply couldn’t pass up.

Marlon Mack impressed in week 11 with 17 touches for 69 yards and a touchdown. It might not have lit the world on fire, but it was a sturdy RB2 week for the young Running Back. He is the lead back in Indianapolis gathering 61% of the offensive snaps in week 11. Jordan Wilkins has largely been relegated to Special Teams while Nyheim Hines still has his passing down niche.

As if the position clarity wasn’t enough, the Colts are at home against the Miami Dolphins. Much like the Bucs above, the Dolphins can’t stop the run. They have allowed the most rushing yards per game and are 4th worst against the position. When you combine Mack’s lead role with the opposing defense, you have a recipe for success.

Running Back: Sit ’em

LAMAR MILLER (HOUSTON TEXANS)

I made this decision before hearing the sad news about the passing of the beloved Texans owner, Robert McNair. Teams do strange things after terrible events like that. If you are going to go for the glory play by starting Lamar Miller, proceed with caution.

I know what you’re thinking and can hear the questioning of this decision: “Why is Lamar Miller here in the “sit ’em” list? He is the clear lead back on a winning team! They’re playing at home in week 12. The offense is still clicking even with the loss of the touchdown king, Will Fuller.” Lamar Miller is in this list because they are playing the Tennessee Titans. Sure, the Titans are nothing special as a whole. But their defense is still the 3rd best against Running Backs. Only the Baltimore Ravens have allowed less points to opposing teams over the entire season. Finally, Las Vegas has the over/under for this game at a paltry 41.5. There is only 1 game on the schedule with a lower over/under (I’m looking at you, snoozer Jags vs Bills game). There will not be a cornucopia of points in this game.

Since Miller is the clear lead back and they’re playing at home, we could see a touchdown from him and my sit recommendation is lost. Keep in mind that this is still a divisional matchup and the Titans are easily in the mix for a playoff spot in the relatively weak AFC. At the very least, you’ll need to temper your expectations for Lamar Miller.

RAIDERS BACKFIELD (OAKLAND RAIDERS)

Is Doug Martin healthy? Can Derek Carr back up his claim that he wants to ruin the Oakland Raiders draft position? In week 12, you don’t even have to think about it because………

The Raiders travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. That alone should scare you away. Why are you still curious? Fine, I’ll explain.

The Ravens have the best defense against the Running Back position. Only the Saints have allowed fewer yards to the position and it’s not by much. To make up for their lack of effort (that’s sarcasm, folks), the Ravens have allowed 2 less touchdowns over the season compared to the Saints.  These stats include passing down work, so you can forget about Jalen Richard having a decent week, too.

This game is going to be a massacre of epic proportions. The Raiders don’t stand a chance. If they rush for more than 50 yards, I’ll eat a Brussel sprout, I won’t fry it either.

Tight End: Start ’em

VANCE MCDONALD (PITTSBURGH STEELERS)

Vance McDonald is a clear red zone threat, lately. And he’s a clutch player; He has caught 75% of his targets in the red zone. He has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games. Meanwhile, the Steelers travel to Denver to play the Broncos. These are the same Broncos that let Antonio Gates be the overall TE1 in week 11. Antonio Gates, readers. Look at your calendars, it’s not 2014 or before. Start Vance McDonald with confidence.

DAVID NJOKU (CLEVELAND BROWNS)

Yes, he’s questionable with a knee injury. If he doesn’t play, I would not recommend starting him in your fantasy league.

But, if he plays, he gets a juicy matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals who have been particularly giving on defense, lately. In particular, they enjoy allowing Tight Ends to get touchdowns from red zone targets (Mark Andrews, Logan Paulsen, Demetrius Harris). It’s easy to forget because the Browns have been somewhat forgettable this season, but David Njoku is 6’4″ tall. His height alone screams “THROW ME THE BALL AND THROW IT HIGH!”

Tight End: Sit ’em

ANTONIO GATES (LOS ANGELES CHARGERS)

(I still almost typed San Diego up there. Habits, am I right?)

Don’t chase the week 11 performance. This game will be the Melvin Gordon/Austin Ekeler show. The Chargers travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals who actually aren’t that bad against the pass. It’s possible that they appear good against the pass because their opponents don’t have to try to pass the ball. They can just plow through the Cardinals using the running game. When you have one of the best Running Backs in the league (Melvin Gordon), you use him.

EVAN ENGRAM (NEW YORK GIANTS)

Against my better judgement, I am including a second “sit” recommendation. This one leaped out at me, though. The Giants travel to Philly. The Eagles are pretty darn good against the Tight End position, allowing only 2 touchdowns to the Tight End position over the ENTIRE season.

In addition, Engram has been largely disappointing this season. The Giants need blockers up front and Engram doesn’t do that. I hope you have another option.

Good luck to each of you in week 12! Unless you’re facing me. In that case, I hope you are still suffering from Turkey and festivity hangover and your lineup still has the Rams and Chiefs players from last week!

Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 12 Edition

Want an easy, non-intimidating way to try DFS? Check out DRAFT with a free $3 entry.
Use promo code “Top2”

Last Week’s Results: My choice of Dak Prescott was overall a disappointment,scoring 14.82 fantasy points. He did rush for a TD which is one of the things that gives him fantasy upside, but overall the Cowboy defense was able to keep Atlanta from turning it into a high scoring game and Zeke dominated the game on the other end. Those factors combined to limit the need for Dak to do as much and capped his potential fantasy production. This week brings the weekly average for my main streaming options to 23.4 fantasy points per game, which is a higher point per game total than Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady.

This week there are only 2 bye weeks, but both are big names for fantasy QBs with Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff not available they are currently the number 1 and 2 QBs in fantasy. Mitchell Trubisky is also expected to miss action this week so that is 3 relevant QBs unavailable this week, so here are some streaming options I like to fill in for them.

Main Streaming Option: Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay continues to play musical chairs with the QB position and this week it is Winston’s turn again. He has the chance to blow up and get benched, but the situation is a great one. The game has the 2nd highest over/under of the week at 54.5 and Tampa Bay is favored by 3.5 points, which means it is expected that they will score in this game.

They are playing at home against a team that has to come across the country as well. The Buccaneers have enough options in the passing game for Winston to put up a big fantasy day. He is likely to turn the ball over, because that is the player he is at this point, but I expect the good to out weight the bad against a favorable match up.

Tampa Bay will being doing everything they can to win this game as their coach tries to keep his job and their defense is known to give up a lot of points so they should come out attacking in on Sunday.

Alternate 1: Lamar Jackson

There is not much evidence yet that Jackson can throw the ball at the NFL level. He is someone I like as a high floor option due to his rushing. He carried the ball 27 times in his first start, with a combination of some designed runs as well as him looking to take off. He only threw 19 passes in his start and at times when he dropped back it didn’t look like he ever intended to throw the ball. I expect him to run often again this week, if he gets into the end zone on the ground he will have a very good fantasy day.

Baltimore is a heavy favorite in this game and they will likely play it safe on offense, keeping the ball on the ground a lot. Jackson also has the potential to be valuable down the stretch if he keeps the job, his rushing could potentially make a big difference in deciding fantasy leagues this year.

Alternate 2: Nick Mullens

After his initial breakout Mullens came back to earth in his 2nd game. Last week they were on a bye and it is time to see what Mullens can do after having very different games in his 2 starts. He is playing against my main streaming option in a game where there is expected to be a lot of points.

Tampa Bay is the worst in the league at giving up fantasy points to the QB and what I really like is that Tampa Bay is 2nd worst at giving up fantasy points to the TE. George Kittle has been great this season and I expect the 49ers to exploit that match up and heavily feature him in the game plan. We do not know if Mullens is any good at this point, other than safely being able to say he is better than Nathan Peterman it is hard to judge exactly what he is. I

f he is unable to exploit this match up then he is likely unplayable the rest of the season, but I am with Vegas expecting this to be a higher scoring game and there will be a lot of fantasy points scored.

This is the last of the bye weeks, but there are always options out there for streaming. Check back next week for more streaming options.

Is your league missing sweet silverware for your champion? Save 10% on ALL merchandise from Fantasy Champs with promo code “Top2”