Week 10 Draft King’s Main Slate Picks, thoughts & notes

By: Sean Weymouth

TW @delrayboston

He’s baaaaaaack! Mr MVP is back to help save your season long team and available today for daily fantasy. The injury time has done something miraculous – he is only $7,000! Let’s Go!!

Also if you have not heard MATHEW STAFFORD IS OUT for the first time since 2010. This has changed my projections on some Lions players.

Here’s how my picks article works if new to it. I do not go full board on analysis with each player. There are two many. So I have them broken out by position in 3 tiers. “Pricey” “Good Value” “Sleepers”. I have them ranked as well underneath each of those headers, using my personal rankings system.

I heard from several last week that some of my sleeper WR picks helped them cash. Congrats! Let’s see if we can keep it rolling!

Lastly, if there are notes I have about a player you will find them right next to that player. Great price, great opportunity etc. Ok. Here we go:

QB

Pricey:

– Patrick Mahomes $7,000

– Lamar Jackson $7,300

– Drew Brees $6,700 (Great Price!)

– Jameis Winston $6,800

– Kyler Murray $6,500

– Matt Ryan $6,100

– Josh Allen $6,300

– Aaron Rogers $6,600

Good Value:

– Daniel Jones $5,700

– Ryan Tannehill $5,100

– Bryan Hoyer $5,900

– Ryan Fitzpatrick $5,200

Sleepers:

– Mason Rudolph $4,900

– Kyle Allen $5,100

– Ryan Finley $4,800 (Risky!)

– Jeff Driskel $4,100 (RISKY!!)

RB

Pricey:

Christian McCaffery $10,500 (please note, there are ways you can fit McCaffery in and still get a quality lineup you just have to get creative. McCaffery has the opportunity to win you $. Don’t be scared of the price and I highly recommend you have at least 1 lineup featuring him. It may be the case today where it’s impossible to cash, without him. Just my advice)

– Alvin Kamara $8,200

– Mark Ingram $7,100

– Saquon Barkley $8,800

– Marlon Mack $7,000

– Nick Chubb $7,000

– Aaron Jones $7,400

Good Value:

– Devin Singletary $5,000

– David Montgomery $5,300

– Jaylen Samuels $6,300

– Damien Williams $4,900

– Derrick Henry $6,400

– Le’veon Bell $6,900

– Todd Gurley $6,100

– David Johnson $5,700

– Davonte Freeman $5,100

Sleepers – Also – Interesting Flex Options:

– Kenyan Drake $5,500

– Jamaal Williams $5,200

– Kareem Hunt $3,000 (GREAT price!!)

– Ronald Jones $4,300 (Great Price!)

– Latavius Murray $7,300

– Joe Mixon $4,700 (GREAT Price!

– J.D. McKissic $4,300

– Trey Edmunds $3,400

WR:

Pricey:

– Michael Thomas $8,300

– Cooper Kupp $7,300

– Chris Godwin $7,400

– Mike Evans $7,600

– Marquise “Hollywood” Brown $5,100

– Julio Jones $7,500

– JuJu Smith Schuster $5,800 (if he plays)

– Davonte Adams $6,900

– Golden Tate $5,900

– Allen Robinson $6,300

– Kenny Golladay $7,000 (Risky)

– Marvin Jones Jr $6,200 (Risky)

– John Brown $6,000

Value:

– Danny Amendola $4,700

– Zack Pascal $5,300

– Jamison Crowder $5,000

– Calvin Ridley $5,400

– Diontae Johnson $4,300

– Robbie Anderson $4,700

– Davante Parker $4,300

– Jarvis Landry $4,900 (GREAT Price!)

– Tyler Boyd $4,700

– Robert Woods $5,600

– Christian Kirk $5,200

– DJ Moore $5,200

– AJ Brown $4,300

– Alex Erickson $3,900

– Auden Tate $4,000

– Adam Humphries $3,500

– Cole Beasley $4,100

Sleepers:

– Darius Slayton $4,200 (My Favorite Play Today)

– Albert Wilson $3,300

– Allen Hurns $3,000 (Great Price!)

– Taylor Gabriel $4,000

– Josh Reynolds $3,800

– Curtis Samuel $4,600

– Ted Ginn Jr: $3,700

– Keeshon Johnson $3,900

– Chester Rogers $4,100

– Demaryius Thomas $3,500

– Mecole Hardman $4,000

– Tre’quon Smith $3,200

– Willie Snead $4,000

– Antonio Callaway $3,300

– Andy Isabella $3,300

DEEP Sleepers – For Price Savings Only buyer beware:

– Jake Kumerow $3,100

– Tajae Sharpe $3,100

– Jakeem Grant $3,200

– Duke Williams $3,200

– Cordelle Patterson $3,200

– Justin Hardy $3,000

– Cody Latimer $3,000

TIGHT END:

Best Play:

– Austin Hooper $5,500

– Travis Kelce $6,400

– Rhett Ellison $2,500

– Chris Herndon $3,800

– Gerald Everett $4,500

– Mark Andrews $5,200

– Cameron Brate $3,700

– TJ Hockenson $3,900

– Jon’u Smith $3,500

– Mike Gesicki $3,100

– Jack Doyle $3,600

– Greg Olsen $3,600

Sleepers – Value Plays:

– Ricky Seals-Jones $2,800 (If he Plays – if not, Demetrius Harris is worth a look)

– Vance McDonald $3,800

– Tyler Higbee $2,700

– Jared Cook $4,100

– Dawson Knox $2,800

– Charles Clay $2,900

– Trey Burton $2,800

– Hayden Hurst $2,500

– Nick Boyle $2,500

DST:

– Bears $3,100

– Ravens $4,000

– Colts $3,500

– Bills $2,900

– Giants $2,800

– Steelers $2,600

– Rams $3,000

– Detroit $2,900

– Jets $2,700

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR CONTESTS!

Thursday Night Showdown. Raiders vs Chargers. Draft Kings Picks and Strategy 11/7

By Sean Weymouth

TW @delrayboston

Tonight’s matchup with the Chargers and Raiders has a sneaky chance at being the best Thursday Night Football game of the season. The Chargers are coming off their best performance in over a month and Jon Gruden’s Raiders are .500 on the season! Let’s get into it!

Just some housekeeping, the way I structure this article I will list off everyone in my player pool on both sides and then give you my thoughts on how I’d deploy them. Maybe it will help you, I know my article on Monday had some hits for some folks – here we go:

The Raiders:

Derek Carr – Captain $14,400, Flex $9,600

Josh Jacobs – Captain $14,100, Flex $9,400

Darren Waller – Captain $12,900, Flex $8,600

Tyrell Williams – Captain $12,000, Flex $8,000

Hunter Renfrow – Captain $7,500, Flex $5,000

Daniel Carlson – Captain $5,400, Flex $3,600

Jalen Richard – Captain $4,500, Flex $3,000

Zay Jones – Captain $3,900, Flex $2,600

Marvell Ateman – Captain $900, Flex $600

If you are going to start your build with a Raider in Captain, my pick is Derek Carr. Derek Carr rather quietly is having a career year. He has a 7:1 TD to interception rate over his past 3 games and is tied for the highest completion percentage in the league. He just has dialed in on Jon Gruden’s plans and has thrown for over 280 yards over those last three games. His price isn’t so high either that you aren’t able to fit in key other skill players either. He is my captains pick.

Now to Carr’s targets. Darren Waller is the obvious choice for targets, himself having a career year. “The Baller” however has been held to 50 yards or under over the last 4 games. I am not sure if he will break that trend. The Chargers have been good against Tight Ends actually ranked 4th best in the league. Despite this I think Waller will be a popular choice for a Captain or Flex play and while anything could happen, and he could go off, I think I may fade him in my lineups…

However one Raider I will not fade is Tyrell Williams. Despite likely drawing the coverage of Casey Heyward, I really like Williams chances for a deep ball as he is healthy tonight. He also is due for a touchdown having only one since week 4. Now granted he was hurt for 3 games – but still. I think Williams scores. I also like the discount of almost $1,000 from Waller that Williams gets you.

Savings which you will need for Josh Jacobs who is as ride or die right now as any other top back in the league. Jacobs who is averaging 92.9 yards per game is coming off a monster performance in Week 9 going 28 for 120 and two touchdowns. Now he gets the Chargers who are giving up 114 yards per game on the ground. If the Raiders are to win tonight, I think they will need to ride Jacobs to victory and now with no injury distinctions – ride away Chucky!! I will have Jacobs in every lineup I roll out tonight. I’ll eat the chalk.

About two weeks ago I would have called Hunter Renfrow a sneaky play tonight but not anymore. Behind Waller, I’d expect Renfrow to be the most popular receiver tonight. And for good reason – he has scored in both of the last two games and averaging 18 Fantasy points over the last two weeks. Also he comes in criminally under priced. Coming out of the slot into a formidable Chargers secondary, I don’t expect him to come away with a huge night but for his price I think he is a great play allowing you tons of upside with the rest of your lineup.

Oakland’s Kicker Carlson shouldn’t be forgotten either. The Chargers have been pretty good in the Red Zone and I don’t see Gruden getting stalled out in the RZ without points. Carlson has 3+ Field goal upside here but he isn’t as cheap as I’d want to see him. Therefore he may go overlooked and may come in under owned. He’d certainly be an interesting choice to run back a Chargers Focused Lineup.

Zay Jones, Marcell Ateman and Jaylen Richard I mention because these guys are involved even if on the lower side of the Snap Count. Ateman can always hit for a deep bomb. Jones is much more of a possession receiver but is very cheap and you can do a lot with your reminding spots with him rostered. Richard will likely a small snap share but he can be a great asset on third downs. I am not saying to play these guys but I am saying you do have options if you only have $1,000 or under left after stacking a pricey lineup – you have options.

The Chargers

Phillip Rivers: $15,000 Captain, $10,000 Flex

Melvin Gordon: $10,800 Captain, $7,200 Flex

Keenan Allen: $13,500 Captain, $9,000 Flex

Mike Williams: $11,100 Captain, $7,400 Flex

Hunter Henry: $12,600 Captain, $8,400 Flex

Austin Ekeler: $10,500 Captain, $7,000 Flex

Mike Badgley: $5,700 Captain, $3,800 Flex

The Raiders Defense is sneaky. They have a decent pass rush and their secondary can get a pick six just as easily as get burned. As much as the latter of those two things is more likely Either way, I am not as high on Phillip Rivers as I am on Carr. Credit where Credit is due, the Chargers broke a 3 game slide in Week 9 and Rivers had a good game throwing for 294 yards / but no touchdowns. In fact Rivers only has 1 Touchdown over the last 3 weeks. Now that certainly could change but I just don’t thing he is worth being the highest priced Captains choice on the slate. Flex ok, stacked with his receivers.

That being said I actually don’t mind either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams as Captain or Flex. First Keenan Allen who has had a downright disappointing season to say the least being held to under 70 yards per game over the last 6 games. Also – no Touchdowns. Because of this and his higher price tag I expect him to not be very popular and at least from a Contrarian standpoint – he could be a great play. He is Keenan F’N Allen after all. Mike Williams on the other hand may end up being the slate breaker. The Raider’s secondary for all of the youthful exuberance shown on Hard Knocks, have been fooled deep and that is where Mike Williams lives. Coming off of a stellar game against Green Bay where he went 3 for 111, I expect Williams to feast and have multiple shots at TDs from 25 yards or more. He also is a bit of a value – $1,600 less than Allen and $100 less from Tyrell Williams. He may be chalk tonight but Mike Williams may be worth it. He could make for a sneaky Captain pick.

Behind Phillip Rivers tonight I think the most popular Charger will be Hunter Henry. But if you are playing Rivers, I don’t see how you don’t include Henry in the stack. Henry has no less than 6 targets per game since his return including a tremendous 84 yard performance in Week 9. Plus the matchup – the Raiders are 26th against Tight Ends. I think Henry gets a score tonight, maybe two. He is my favorite Charger for the Captains Seat and a great play. But he will be extremely Chalky, you will need some contrarian plays to offset.

So that is why I like Austin Ekeler tonight. I think after Melvin Gordon’s stellar week 9 performance a lot of people will be off Ekeler. However as much as I like Gordon who I assume has gotten his confidence back, I don’t think the Raiders will allow the same level of open holes like GORDON saw last week. Especially over the Goal Line. Both backs are in play and while I am sure GORDON will be Chalky and he does have 2 touchdown upside, I do like Ekeler as a contrarian flex choice. If it so happens that the Raiders go up in this game, Ekeler has a good shot lining up as a receiver. I don’t recommend it to everyone but for me, I like taking that chance. Please note I don’t recommend ignoring GORDON here but the Raiders are quietly 10th best in the league against the run. And while he has 4 touchdowns over the last two weeks, these came on Red Zone trips and goal line work. Again I am not saying to fade GORDON. I am just saying I prefer Eckler for the savings and the opportunity.

Lastly the kicker Mike Badgely should be on your radar. Especially with the Raiders being tough on the run and the Chargers play call favoring the run in the red zone over the pass, Badgely (like Carlson) could have a busy night.

Lastly – the Defenses. I don’t like the Defenses tonight as much as I have in the past in Showdown slates. However it may be a sneaky play to pair the defense with the QB, RB, WR stack from the same team. Then come back with the opposing kicker to follow the narrative that GRB defense you are playing are making things tough. Both Defenses come in aggressively priced and this could be a nice way to stack higher priced players as you want.

Good luck in your contests!!

Studs & Duds, a look ahead at Week 10 including early Draft King’s Week 10 Main Slate thoughts (11/7/19)

By: Sean Weymouth

TW: @delrayboston

First off I apologize for being tardy on this article. It so happens that when your passion is Fantasy Football but your career pays the bills, sometime the career comes in first. Again I apologize.

That being said, this is not going to be your run of the mill Studs & Duds this week. I have too much on my mind going into week 10. Also do I need I need to tell you that Gardner Minshew was a dud in week 9 – the Jags already did it for me by naming Foles as their starter after their buy.

No – today will be my predictions on who will be Studs and who will be Duds in Week 10. This will include season long, early DFS thoughts and I will also highlight some Thursday Night Football picks too. Cool with you? Well then if all agreed – let’s begin.

My STUD Picks for Week 10:

Christian McCaffery – if you have him you are starting him and if you are questioning starting him ever, then get out of Fantasy Football. He is the unquestionable set it and forget it choice and aside from two games against a very underrated Bucs run defense, he has likely helped win you your weeks. Good luck getting a trade done, just hope you don’t have to play him. In week 9 McCaffery touched the ball 27 times for a total yardage of 166 and three touchdowns. He scored roughly 40 Fantasy Points (depending on your league’s scoring) and it was his third time doing so this season. McCaffery is on pace for the most fantasy points of all time. In week 10 Christian the Destroyer gets a Green Bay defense averaging 158 yards allowed on the ground per game – is there any doubt that all 158 will go to one man on the Panthers? Plus with Cam done for the season I could see McCaffery and Kyle Allen using this as a statement game. Week 9 Stud, yes. Week 10 Stud, he’s a pick for me.

Now Christian is the most expensive running back on DK’s main slate at $10,500. Tough to fit in, tough to fade. I expect him to be a popular choice but I also expect a contrarian approach would be to stack him with Kyle Allen and one or two Panthers Pass Catchers like DJ Moore or Greg Olsen. I think most players that pay up for McCaffery will go elsewhere from the rest of the Panthers. The Panthers D with McCaffery also could be a Boom/Bust play too.

Devin Singletary to quote the Rock, Devin Singletary owners in week 9 were saying: “Finally”. Yes Devin Singletary was a Stud in Week 9 and he’s one of my picks to be a stud again in Week 10. Coming off of a 20 Carry 95 and 1 performance in Week 9 I believe Singletary has finally usurped the ageless Frank Gore as Buffalo’s starter. Singletary also had 45 yards receiving and his involvement in the passing game is what will keep him as Buffalo’s workhorse for the remainder of the season. Week 10 will have him face Cleveland who’s front 7 have a reputation for being tough on the run but the reality is they are 27th in the league against it. I think you should have confidence in Singletary as a high end RB2 or Flex. Stud in week 9, he’s one of my Stud picks for week 10.

Draft Kings has Singletary at a great price of $5,000 for Week 10 which again puts him fully in play as a RB2 or Flex option. Alone or stacked with Josh Allen, at $5,000 he gives you a great high ceiling upside and value.

Aaron Jones Here is a player that easily could have been a Dud had this article not included the look ahead, but then again the entire Green Bay offense could have been listed as Duds. More on that later. However, I have to put him here because I think he bounces back against the Panthers this week because I think Aaron Rogers is pissed off. In Week 9 the Panthers Defense gave up two scores on the ground to Derek Henry last week and Green Bay (despite stinking in Week 9) are overall a superior offense than Tannehill’s Titans. I think the opportunity for Jones to have multiple scores is real – so don’t be scared. He may have been a Week 9 dud but he’ll be a Week 10 Stud so if you have him, start him.

At $7,400 on Draft Kings I think Jones and Rogers for that matter will go a little over looked, with the other choices around them. In Jones’ case, for under $1,000 more you can get Alvin Kamara and if Kamara sits for $100 less you can get Latavius Murray. Also in the range is Mark Ingram at a $300 dollar discount from Jones and Nick Chubb a $400 discount, both of whom with great Running Back matchups in week 10. I think a risky but sneaky tournament play would be to stack Jones and Jamal Williams ($5,200) together in the same lineup with Rogers ($6,600). Just an idea.

Lamar Jackson Who’s afraid of the Boogeymen? Not Lamar. Lamar went into New England in Week 9 and slayed the beast in formidable fashion and taking a big leap toward MVP status for the season. Interestingly he had under 200 yards passing and under 100 yards rushing but it was his two Touchdowns (1 passing, 1 running) and his overall control of the offense that made him a Stud in week 9 and now he gets to play Cincinnati in week 10 a team he decimated in week 3 with 388 total yards and a rushing Touchdown. You should have started this stud in week 9 and you need to start this stud in week 10.

Lamar Jackson is the most expensive QB on the DK main slate at $6,700 and a fine play against Cincy in Week 10 – but, who do you stack him with? In Week 9 Jackson targeted all three of his tight ends, 3 different wide receivers and 2 different running backs. I don’t often say or do this with DFS, but I think you are good to go with Jackson solo! If he gives you another 150 yard performance and a score on the ground plus 250 yards in passing and another score – you are in the driver’s seat. I think it could be very sneaky to actually pair him with Mark Ingram ($7,100) and be done. Hollywood Brown ($5,100) is a fine WR stacking choice, but … the only reservation I have is that with the Bengals starting their untested rookie quarterback in place of Dalton, will the Ravens run roughshod over them early and turn to Gus Edwards to suck up the clock and grind ’em down. But what is DFS without the risk, right?

Mike Evans: for the second week in a row Mike Evans made a statement with his play in week 9. The statement was – I’m the Man. Corralling 12 of 16 for a whopping 180 yards and a score. Holy smokes. Now looking ahead he will likely draw Patrick Peterson in week 10 as the Bucs take on the Cardinals, but you simply cannot fade this Stud. If he was a wrestler you know his name would be “Big” Mike Evans. This is a big time stud in your lineup, was in week 9 and will be again in week 10.

I am anticipating the most popular game stack of the week will be The Bucs and Cardinals and Mike Evans at $7,600 could bring tremendous value. You should note that Chris Godwin, coming off of a great Week 9 himself, at $200 less may end up being the more popular choice of the two due to the discount. That’s fine. Give me plenty of Evans in tournaments or cash games. Stacked with Winston you can’t go wrong BUT I will tell you, the “perfect” DK Lineup in Week 9 actually game stacked with Russell Wilson, Tyler Locket, DK Metcalf, Jacob Hollister and MIKE EVANS… could that again happen in week 10 with Kyler, Kirk and another Cardinal with Evans included?

(PS may I humble brag that right here on Real Deal Fantasy in our Week 9 DK article – we were one of the only sites to pick Jacob Hollister as a Sleeper Tight End Play. That “Perfect Lineup” I mentioned, with Hollister, took down the Millionaire Maker! In other words – don’t sleep on our DFS coverage here. The next big winner – could be YOU!)

Other notable Week 9

– “Danger” Russ Wilson – 5 Touchdowns and an overtime win!

– Jameis “No Interception” Winston – 335 Yards and Two Touchdowns!

– Kenyan “The Desert Suits Me” Drake – 15 for 110 and a score on the ground and another 52 in the air!

– Matt “Come Back Patrick!” Moore – pulling out a win!

– Emmanuel “Told You I could be the #1 Guy” Sanders

– Pittsburgh Steelers D – also was a part of that DK “perfect lineup” in week 9 by the way

My DUD Picks for Week 10:

Mitchell Trubisky is is possible to say that Trubisky is currently the worst starting QB in the NFL right now? Week 9 saw Trubisky pass for only 124 yards on 21 attempts. While he didn’t throw a pick this week, he also didn’t throw a touchdown and the second half of the game – 25 yards.Honestly David Montgomery’s two TD runs were about the only bright spot on the day for the Bears but here’s a couple more TRUEbisky stats. On the season he is a mere 5:3 TDs to Interceptions. His completion percentage has dropped a full point from 2018 (64% to 63%) and worst of all, he isn’t rushing either – where last year, that was a hallmark. Trubisky was a week 9 dud and in week 10, if he is even still on your roster – drop him and find a replacement.Amazingly Draft Kings still has Trubisky priced over $5,000 ($5,100) in Week 10 and that is over priced big time. While it may be a contrarian play to start Trubisky, I also don’t see it being a wise one either. #StayAway

Keenan Allen: I think that Keenan Allen is a fantastic NFL football player and he is a key player in the Charger’s offense – but for some reason this season either he just isn’t playing well or the Chargers just are choosing not to use him. It’s mind boggling really. Week 9 saw a mere 40 yards on 3 receptions – but look at what Allen has put up over the last six weeks: 7 for 53, 4 for 61, 2 for 33, 4 for 18 and 5 for 48.Unfortunately I don’t see a break in this pattern coming in Week 10 so I reccomend if he is on your bench, keep him there. I wouldn’t even bat an eye if I saw him on a waiver wire come Sunday.Until the offense shows they will go to him more, he is an unplayable fantasy asset right now.You’ll only be able to play Allen in the Thursday – Monday or Showdown slates in Draft Kings, since he is playing tonight against Oakland. Prices: $6,100 Th-M Slate. $13,500 Captain, $9,000 Flex. As unplayable as Allen has been in Season Long, I actually don’t mind him in Daily. I don’t expect him to be highly owned in either slate and I actually don’t hate him as a GPP option against the Raiders who, with a decent pass rush could have Rivers looking for Allen in the Slot. Allen’s biggest threat for targets though comes via Hunter Henry though who plays and runs similar routes and has had River’s eye. So beware.

Davante Adams I don’t expect Davante Adams to stay a dud for long but after multiple weeks on the shelf to come back in week 9 with a 7 for 41 stinker was like a lead balloon to a lot of fantasy teams I am sure, mine included. The positive was he logged 83% of the offensive snaps, the negative is that he enters week 10 questionable once again. Now to be fair the entire Packers offense and defense put up dud performances in Week 9 so it wasn’t just Adams. Additionally if you watched the game you clearly saw that despite the performance he was Roger’s #1 target by a long shot.However in Week 10 they get to face a very formidable Panther’s defense and while I will never sh to fade your studs, I would be wary of Adams here.Keep an eye on the inactives leading up to kickoff.Perhaps Adam’s turf toe will make your difficult decision to sit him or not, much easier if he isn’t playing.I actually do not like Adams this weekend in DFS. At $6,100 I think you can find better options in the same range, plus I could easily see Rogers and LeFleur going back to the well and focusing on the two running backs. The Panthers at after all much better against the Pass than they are a against the Run.

Cameron Brate: so much for a favorite of Winston which has been a narrative on why Cameron Brate for the last few seasons. In a shoot out game that ended in over time, Brate drew 0 targets from Winston and was a non-existent “streamer” with OJ Howard out in Week 9. Not like Howard was setting the world on fire to begin with but often part of that problem was Brate’s presence on the field. Well you can’t be more than a dud than popping a goose egg. In week 10 Howard is probable and I don’t see any trends changing regarding the tight ends in Tampa Bay. Stay away.Regarding Daily Fantasy, Brate does clock in at a cheap option at only $3,700 – which could help your Tampa Bay Stacks out with Evans and Godwin over 7k, but I would look elsewhere at the position. Delanie Walker could be back for the same price, for $100 more you could get Vance McDonald and for a $100 less you could get Greg Olsen. Both of whom are better plays than Brate. I won’t be going to Brate and I’d recommend doing the same. If you are looking for a Sleeper play save $600 and start Mike Geisiki in Miami with Fitzmagic throwing to him.Other notable Week 9 Zeroes:

Adam “Laces out on my career” Viniteri

Aaron “Even a Goat eats a bag egg every once in a while” Rogers

Dalvin “Yeah, I don’t know what happened either” Cook

Stefon “I am half steppin’ ” Diggs

TRADE DEADLINE

Trade Deadline in review

The trade deadline has come and gone, and we’ve now had some time to see the moving pieces get some time in their new systems. So the question is, what does this mean from a fantasy perspective? While many expected some big moves at the deadline, players like AJ Green and Trent Williams remain with their teams.

Dolphins trade for Aqib Talib

Talib was already on IR, and is likely done for the year. Nothing to note here.

Eagles acquire Genard Avery, LB

Not an impact player on an already bad Eagles D. This move shouldn’t have much fantasy impact.

Giants trade for Leonard Williams

Williams is a solid run stuff, but doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Gives a slight boost to a bad Giants D, that needs much more help in other positions.

Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals

This is a big move and possibly the most important trade made before the deadline for a fantasy perspective. Drake goes to a beat up Cardinals RB room. This bodes well for Drake, even though David Johnson should return this week. Drake had his foot out the door in Miami, and played well in his debut against a stout 49ers D. He’s a upside guy as long as David Johnson is healthy, but if Johnson is to miss any more time this year, Drake is an RB2. This hurts DJ’s value slightly, as Drake could steal some carries.

Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks

Once known for their fierce D, the Seahawks have been Charmin Ultra Soft this season on defense. While this is an improvement, you shouldn’t be playing this team anyway.

Emmanuel Sanders from division loser to 8-0 49ers

Sanders has now played in 2 games in San Fran, and has managed to haul in 2 TD passes. While he operates in a similar area of the field as George Kittle, Garoppolo needed some more talent to throw the ball to. The 49ers schedule ramps up in the second half, and I anticipate them throwing the ball more. I believe this move only opens the field up for Kittle, and the Running backs, and only detracts from the other 9er WR’s, who you probably weren’t starting anyway.

Sanu is Tom Brady’s shiny new weapon

Sanu saw 54% of the Pats snaps against Cleveland, and 100% of the snaps against the Ravens in that great Sunday Night game. This is awesome news for Sanu owners, as he looks to be Brady’s #1 target on the perimeter.  10-81-1 with 100% of the snaps is just the upside you want in a WR. His stock went way way up. He’s got a bye this week, and expect him to come back even better as he gets another week in that offense. Hooper and Ridley have both seen a slight increase in target share in the one game since sanu’s departure.

Ramsey is a Ram 

This is a slight boost the the Rams D, but more importantly, it makes you hesitant to start some of your lesser WR1’s against the Rams. Ramsey is one of the best lockdown corners in the game.

Peters to the Ravens

Peters has already had an instant impact on that defense, but more importantly with Jimmy Smith back healthy, the Ravens now have the best trio of Pass Defenders in the league at corner.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter and IG @CodyReer24, and for more fantasy football content, follow @RealDealFantasy.

Starts of the Week: Week 10

Jameis Winston (vs ARI)
Passing volume is the best way to describe this Tampa Bay offense this season. In the past 3 games Winston has had passing attempts of 54, 43, 44 respectively in each game which is a very healthy amount in terms of fantasy production. Winston gets the Cardinals this week, who in the last 5 games are allowing 29.7 fantasy points per game and last week the Cardinals let up 32.07 to Jimmy Garoppolo on a run first offense. Passing volume and a good matchup alone are solid reasons as to why Jameis will be a top play this week, but pace of play is playing an extremely important role this week as well. Via Rotoviz.com pace of play tool, both of defenses are top 10 in terms of plays allowed in a neutral game script. In what should be a “neutral” shootout I expect both offenses to tear apart the opposing defenses making this a fantasy gold mine.

Marlon Mack (vs MIA)
In what is a tough week in terms of running back matchups, I think Marlon Mack is in a very solid role this week against the Dolphins. In the last 3 games Mack has seen 18,19, and 21 rushing attempts deeming him as nothing less of a workhorse back and I have no reason to pull me against him not being a workhorse this week. In the past 5 games, the Dolphins are allowing 25.5 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and they are set to face a run heavy team in the Colts. With T.Y. Hilton out and Jacoby Brissett most likely sitting out of this game the Colts will look to use Mack for 20+ carries to manage the game clock. Mack will easily go over 100 yards and has a very solid chance to find the endzone.

Keenan Allen (vs OAK)
Keenan Allen fantasy owners have been nothing less than disappointed by Allen’s fantasy production since his monster start, but I PROMISE you that this week will be a Keenan Allen bounce back week. Allen is still second in total air yards and has seen a 30% and 34% target share the last two games, so he is still seeing elite numbers in terms of usage in this Chargers offense. Allen has been given a 21% matchup advantage this week to a team that has allowed totals of 13.8, 28.7, 21.3, 21.9, and 26.6 to a receiver on the opposing team. The Raiders have been absolutely torched the past couple games and this game is lining up to be another offensive minded game, so I expect Allen to be used heavily. Remember folks, air yards never lie, and a bounce back IS coming, and it will be this week.

Mark Andrews (vs CIN)
If you can remember back a couple weeks to when the Ravens played the Bengals last you may remember Mark Andrews totally shredding this Bengals defense for a line of 6-99 on 8 targets. I know any fantasy owner would be happy with 6-99 in PPR when it comes to the tight end position. Andrews is currently seeing a 24% target share and was given a 50% matchup advantage this week! An advantage of 50% is by far the biggest advantage I have seen so far this year. The Bengals have given up on the season and I fully expect the Ravens to control this game and Andrews will be used as the primarily target.

Monday Night Showdown Week 9: Cowboys v Giants. Draft Kings Picks and Strategy

By: Sean Weymouth

TW @delrayboston

Tonight’s NFC matchup between the Cowboys and the Giants has some very cool storylines behind it – well at least one. Who’s better: Zeke or Saquon? Probably depending on your side of the Mason Dixon will lie you’re gut answer. But with these two titans of the turf set to square off, allow me to give my take on what to do with your lineup – why? Cuz I’ll be playing too and I love fantasy football – especially showdowns.

But first a lesson learned. Last Thursday aka Halloween Night, I pushed out an article and then walked the neighborhood kids around the block trick or treating. Had I seen that Matt Brieda was in fact active, I wold have edited. So lesson learned for everyone – always make sure you are paying attention to the actives/inactives. One strategy I employ is to set dummy lineups in the contests I want to play in, editing them down before lock with the most up to date info. Just keep in mind, what I say here is opinion and an educated opinion yes, but I don’t have all the answers. That being said I have most of ’em. Use it wisely. (PS – I am a very sarcastic person in real life, it just doesn’t come out well in print – so keep that in mind with that last statement)

I’m going to do this one slightly differently, because I think with this high profile matchup it may be better to state who is in my player pool and then talk my strategy with those players, than it would be to go player by player.

The Cowboys

– Ezekiel Elliot: $17,400 Captain, $11,600 Flex

– Dak Prescott: $15,600 Captain, $10,400 Flex

– Amari Cooper: $15,000 Captain, $10,000 Flex

– Michael Gallup: $11,100 Captain, $7,400 Flex

– Cowboys D: $8,100 Captain, $5,400 Flex

– Jason Witten: $7,800 Captain, $5,200 Flex

– Randall Cobb: $7,200 Captain, $4,800 Flex

– Brett Maher (Kicker): $6,000 Captain, $4,000 Flex

– Tony Pollard: $5,400 Captain, $3,600 Flex

– Tavon Austin: $4,800 Captain, $3,200 Flex

– Blake Jarwin: $3,000 Captain, $2000 Flex

You probably think I am nuts for bothering with Pollard, Austin and Jarwin but let me explain/remind that in Austin and Jarwin’s case they both scored Touchdowns on the Cowboy’s last venture onto the grid iron. Austin ran one in from 20 yards out and Jarwin caught one in the redzone. You will need some savings if you are going to grab Zeke, Prescott, Cooper & Gallup plus a Giant and including either Jarwin or Austin in your stack may not only pay off with a score, but could also set you apart against the competition. I mention Pollard because there is a real scenario here that the Cowboys go up so big that he gets some runs in the 4th quarter and again – not the craziest thing if he falls in the end zone for ya too. I do not starting any of these guys over any of the big 4 on the team – and I certainly don’t reccomend using Jarwin or Austin without pairing with Dak either, but I just want to mention them.

Dak. Honestly I think Dak is probably the best dollar value of the entire night. First I think he will have a great night. His receivers have great matchups (more on that later) he can scramble and gain yards on the ground, he’s been known to call his own number in the red zone – the upside on Dak is kinda off the charts. The Giants do have a decent pass rush but the Cowboys offensive line is damn near legendary. I think Dak will be very popular but worth it. With the prices as they are it will be tough to fit Dak, Zeke, Cooper all together. A contrarian thought would be to leave Zeke off and stack both Cooper and Gallup with Dak and build from there. But leave Zeke out? Well…

It will be very difficult to fit Zeke in your Captains spot and fitting in Dak with Cooper or Gallup and having anything left to fill out your lineups. However I think due to this it would be a contrarian move.

That all being said my target for Captain tonight on the Cowboys side is Amari Cooper. Of your top 3, he has a little bit of savings you. Plus you can pair with both Dak and Gallup and Witten and still have enough for a couple more competent flex’s. However that would be leaving Zeke off your lineup and I don’t recommend that entirely. With Cooper though it is a guarantee he will see plenty of targets, most of them worthwhile ones too and I feel good about his floor and ceiling in relation to the 1.5 value it holds.

The Giants believe it or not are the 10th best against the run, allowing an average of 96.4 yards per game to the running back – but this is Zeke here and with the offense running through him (pun intended) I could see this stat being as dead as the Patriots undefeated record is, after tonight.

Another consideration for tonight in Captains chair is Michael Gallup who according to the consensus has the second best corner back to receiver matchup of the entire week 9 slate of games. Number 1 on that list is Amari Cooper though but I digress. Gallup has been an absolute stud for Dak this season and should see a healthy share of targets particularly along the sidelines where the Giants are even weaker than anywhere else in the secondary. The Giants are averaging 228 air yards allowed so far this season and if Zeke is slowed on the ground, Dak will be looking to air it out. I don’t think it will hurt you to stack both Cooper and Gallup with Dak but I also think that with the discount that Gallup provides he will be the more popular Captain pick of the two. That being said stacking Gallup with Dak and leaving Cooper off and using the savings for a higher priced Giants player may be a contrarian play tonight.

I don’t love Randall Cobb tonight because I don’t see a scenario outside of a handful of plays where Dak will need to look his way on the field. Witten I like slightly more for his red zone upside but both of these guys may only be useful to round out an otherwise high priced Cowboys stack. I wouldn’t use either without pairing with Dak.

The Cowboys Defense is a decent play but due to the narrative, I see them being a very popular option and I don’t see them bringing double digit value back. I wouldn’t use them as a Captain either. Too many weapons on the other side of the ball that could do damage.

I do think it may be slightly contrarian to use Dallas’ kicker Brett Maher. I think he may be overlooked versus the Giants Kicker Rosas who I think will be very popular, since the narrative I think people will gravitate too is that the Giants will be kicking a lot of field goals after stalling in the red zone etc. but it’s not like the Cowboys aren’t going to want to put points up if their own red zone offense stalls. The biggest issue though is he isn’t cheap, but I think I’d still rather play him than Cobb or Witten to be different. 

The Giants

Saquon Barkley: Captain $17,100, Flex $11,400

Evan Engram: Captain $11,700, Flex $7,800

Golden Tate: Captain $10,200, Flex $6,800

Daniel Jones: $12,000 Captain, $8,000 Flex

Darrius Slayton: $7,500 Captain, $5,000 Flex

Aldrick Rosas (Kicker): $5,700 Captain, $3,800 Flex

Rhett Ellison: $1,800 Captain, $1,200 Flex

Giants D: $3,900 Captain, $2,600 Flex

Cody Latimore: $1,200 Captain, $800 Flex

Bennie Fowler: $2,400 Captain, $1,600 Flex

Wayne Gallman: $2,700 Captain, $1,800 Flex

Ellijhah Penny: $900 Captain, $600 Flex

Much like Zeke it is going to be hard to leave Saquon out of your lineup, but unlike Zeke due to the discounts on the Giants skill position players, it’s not impossible to make a Giants stack with the best pieces of the offense. I like Saquon tonight actually. I don’t see a way he is game scripted out and I also think he may have a nice night via the air. He’s my favorite Giant play.

I also like Darrius Slayton. Call me crazy but I think he gets a touchdown or two tonight. The thing is, he will he very touchdown dependent and the Cowboys have a great secondary. Due to that I don’t think Slayton will be highly owned. He has been very good with contested catches, particularly in the red zone. A fairly affordable play with two touchdown upside when I’m paying up everywhere else? Sign me up!

Daniel Jones is an interesting play. I’m not thrilled to plug Mr Dimes in but if you are playing any Giants receiver tonight outside of Engram or Barkley, you have to stack Jones with them. I mean doubling up on the upside you are hoping to achieve with the dart throw receiver with Jones will need to be a must. The issue I have with Jones is he doesn’t feel safe. Too much worry for turnovers and with a fearsome Cowboys Defense led by Demarcus Lawrence and Leighton Vander Esch coming at him, it just doesn’t feel safe. It’s a risky thought but playing Jones as Captain in an otherwise stacked Cowboys lineup could be very Contrarian.

As they say in the business, my cash game play for the Giants is Golden Tate who looks to have a safe floor in the offense and always comes with a touchdown upside. Tate is a fine play tonight and I expect him to be a busy target in the slot with the fearsome pass rush that Dallas will Gabe coming for Senor Dimes. I think Tate will be a sneaky Captains play because I think people will be looking for more TD upside, but for the savings he gets you his near guaranteed target share may be nice at 1.5x value/return.

I think the most popular Giant tonight will be Evan Engram. Coming in at a nice discount off of Barkley, I think people will prefer Engram in the Captains chair. The stats are there too, despite the big guy coming back down to earth recently versus the start of the season. But now Daniel Jones has a near full depth of weapons where then he didn’t. But still the Cowboys rank 29th versus the tight end and have shown to be a funnel type defense. This favors Golden Tate but more so favors Engram who is also well over due for a multi score game. I like Engram and with him being cheaper than Daniel Jones himself, I don’t feel like you have to pair the two. He isn’t as set it and forget it as he was earlier this year or late last year, but I feel good about Engrams chances – particularly if the Giants are playing from behind – tonight.

I think the sneakiest I’d sneaky plays this week is the Giants Defense. Call me crazy but I feel like there is something in the air this week. We’ve seen the Niners have a tough go with the Cardinals. The Chargers literally just shut down Aaron Rogers and the “we’re good now” Green Bay Defense. Tom Brady and the Boogeyman Defense also has their undefeated streak broken last night in a rather glorious way – is it too crazy to think the Giants couldn’t get off 2 or 3 sacks and maybe a pick or a fumble recovery? That’s your scoring measure right there. They may be a very cheap and different way to go with your Saquon, Engram, Jones stack (c’mon you know everyone will be on that one right?). Just saying…

Aldrick Rosas should be in your lineup. He is a good kicker on an offense that more likely than not will he kicking a lot. I don’t see the Cowboys shutting the Giants out and if there isn’t touchdowns to be had, the Giants will opt for 3 points when they get it. I predict he will have at least 3 field goals and two extra points. That’s 10 points … don’t sleep on it.

The rest of the cast of characters I listed unfortunately are all in play. All of them have been involved over the last two weeks collecting targets and yards and any of them could be a red zone hit. Well maybe not Gallman and Penny, but the recievers sure. I will not tell you not to play a dirt cheap Bennie Fowler or Cody Latimore so you can put both Zeke and Saquon in the same lineup. The one cheap guy that I do have interest in though above the others is Rhett Ellison. He got a red zone look last week and I think there is a little bit of a connection between Ellison and Jones. If I was going to use any of the Giants second or third options, Ellison is my guy. But no matter how tempting it is to put Eli Penny in your Captains seat for only 900 clams, know that it is going to be a very – very – very risky proposition. I wouldn’t do it! But that’s just me.

Hope this helps, good luck in your contests!!

Week 9 DFS Draft Kings Main Slate Picks & Strategy (with injury updates) mo

By Sean Weymouth

TW @DelRayBoston

Would it be fantasy football or DFS without unpredictability? That is certainly what we saw several times during week 8, including several surprises on Monday Night. If nothing else it keeps it interesting, and leading into a Week 9 with several very interesting games and plays at hand – well then, LETS GO!

A couple notables – Injury Related:

Davante Adams is in

James Connor is out - sounds like a for a few weeks

Adam Theilan is in

Myles Sanders AND Darren Sproles are in, get excited!

Desean Jackson is IN – actually get excited!

No TY Hilton – sounds like for a few weeks

If your are playing a Sunday Night showdown, James White is in. No shock.

Also Patrick Mahomes – out.

Here are my picks:

QB

Russell Wilson $7,100

Mathew Stafford $6,800

Kirk Cousins $6,700

Aaron Rogers $6,900

Josh Allen $6,500

Jameis Winston $6,100

Value:

Derek Carr $5,500

Ryan Fitzpatrick $4,800

Phillip Rivers $5,100 – GREAT PRICE

Ryan Tannehill $5,300

Sleepers

Matt Moore $4,800

Mason Rudolph $5,000

Mitchell Trubisky $5,000

Best Price:

I get it he is 100% unproven but you can get Denver’s Brandon Allen, a Starting Quarterback Starting Today for only $4,100 – seriously think about where you can go from there. 

RB

Christian McCaffery $10,000

Dalvin Cook $9,500

Aaron Jones $7,000

Josh Jacobs $6,500

Nick Chubb $7,300

Jaylaen Samuels $4,000

Jordan Howard $5,100

Derek Henry $5,700

Le’veon Bell $7,700

Melvin Gordon $5,000 – Great Price!

Royce Freeman $4,900

Jamal Williams $5,900

Philip Lindsey $5,300

Austin Ekeler $6,000

Value:

Adrian Peterson $4,200

Mark Walton $4,500

Frank Gore $4,300

Devin Singletary $4,700

Myles Sanders $4,600

Sleepers:

David Montgomery $5,200

Damian Williams $4,000

WR

Davante Adams $7,100

Kenny Golladay $7,700

Tyler Lockett $7,500

Chris Godwin $7,300

Mike Evans $7,200

Stefon Diggs $7,600

Adam Theilan $7,800

Tyreek Hill $7,400

Desean Jackson $5,200

JuJu Smith-Schuster $6,300

Tyrell Williams $5,900

Allen Robinson $6,800

DK Metcalf $5,700

Robbie Anderson $5,500

Courtland Sutton $5,800

John Brown $6,100

Marvin Jones $6,000

Alshon Jeffery $5,000

Jamison Crowder $5,300

Keenan Allen $6,400

Value:

Mike Williams $4,600

Diontae Johnson $4,500

Jarvis Landry $4,500

Danny Amendola $4,700

Zac Pastel $4,100

Demaryius Thomas $4,000

Allen Lazard $3,900

Davante Parker $4,400

Preston Williams $4,200

Hunter Renfrow $4,100

Cole Beasley $4,100

Sleepers:

Albert Wilson $3,500

Allen Hurns $3,000

Mecole Hardman $4,200

Adam Humphries $3,800

Daesean Hamilton $3,700

Trey Quinn $3,200

Zay Jones $3,000

Duke Williams $3,400

Cordelle Patterson $3,200

TE:

Darren Waller $6,300

Travis Kelce $6,900

Hunter Henry $6,000

Chris Herndon (if he plays) $4,000

Zach Ertz $4,700

Dallas Goedart $3,100

Value:

Erik Ebron $3,600

Jonnu Smith $3,800

Greg Olsen $3,509

Ryan Griffin (if Chris Herndon Sits) $3,400

Cameron Brate $3,100

TJ Hockenson $3,700

Sleepers:

Mike Gesicki $2,800

Noah Fant $3,000

Demetrius Harris $3,000

Ricky Seals-Jones $2,900

Dawson Knox $2,800

Jacob Hollister $2,900

Jeremy Sprinkle $2,700

DST:

My Bold Call of the day – my favorite Defense today? The Eagles at $3,000 against Twitchy Mitchy and the Bears.

I also like:

Bills

Packers

Denver

Carolina

Seahawks

Jets

Miami

Best Price

Now I want you to consider this. Today you can play the Redskins D for $1,800 aka minimum price. These guys have been playing better lately and is it too much of a stretch to think a pick, a sack and a blocked anything would be out of the question against Josh Allen and the Bills? $1,800 for your defense / think about what you could do with that.

Good Luck with your Contests

Thursday Night Showdown: Spooky Cards & Ghoulish Niners – Draft King’s picks 10/32

By Sean Weymouth

TW @delrayboston

Tonight’s NFL Main Event is eerily similar to Monday. Dominant Defense vs Shaky Offense. Rookie QB vs Former Backup. Running game vs an organized committee. Wait is this Steelers Dolphins again – is it a Halloween vortex? A time warp? Just kidding there is one big, big defense.

The 49ers are undefeated and their Defense rivals only that of my beloved Boogeymen. Additionally, unlike the Steelers last week there should be no mistake who the targets will be funneled to or who will be running between the 1’s & 2s.

But let’s start with the Cardinals, because I think they are more interesting tonight.

Kyler Murray: I am going to keep this short and sweet. I think Kyler is going to have a tough time tonight if he continues what he has been doing over the last 2 weeks. If the Cardinals have a shot tonight, Kyler needs to take the ball and run. Run like the wind. If there is one thing that the Nick Bosa led 49ers is an actually mobile QB. I am not going to say, it is going to work – but it’s worth a shot.

Unlike last week where I thought you would need to pair every receiver with their QB and vice versa, I don’t mind playing Kyler by himself or to be very different as your MVP. But should you want to pair him with a receiver, my first pick to do that with may surprise …

Charles Clay: Quietly Clay the journeyman TE was second only to the returning Christian Kirk in receptions and yardage, with 79. I expect the 49ers to be in Kyler’s face early and often and without DJ or Chase Edmunds tonight (and with Kenyan Drake new to the offense) I like Clay to be the check down… but do so with risk and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work out, the Niner’s are #1 against the position…

Christian Kirk & Larry Fitzgerald: I pair these two only because I think you have an equal shot of success with either. I’d expect Richard Sherman to be on Christian Kirk like a kid on a bowl of candy on Halloween – but I also see an opportunity for Kirk to put on the jets and if Kyler can get a pass off, he has a great chance to boom. Meanwhile Larry Fitz hasn’t been Larry Fitz lately and therefore I thCardinals ink he could be very sneaky play. Kingsbury has been known to script Edleman type sweeps for Fitz and chewing up 10 or 12 yards a pop during a big blitz isn’t out of the question. I also think a very contrarian play could be Kyler with both of these guys in Flex spots surrounded by Niner’s. Junk time points are still points after all.

Back Field of Drake, Morris and Zenner: No

The Forty Niners:

Start ’em all. Don’t be cute.

My pick for your MVP is the 49ers Defense. If you go that way and then grab a cheap Charles Clay, you can pretty much start who you want on the 49ers.

George Kittle: I see this as a game where when the 49ers aren’t running the ball they will be funneling to the big guy. Not only for the narrative that tight ends do well against the cardinals – cause he’s George Kittle. He is a fine choice for MVP or Flex.

Tevin Coleman: I wouldn’t have a lineup without Coleman tonight period. It may me bold of me to say but I don’t recommend it.

Emmanuel Sanders: I would have to think that if the 49ers continue to keep him outside tonight he will draw Patrick Peterson. If that is the case I may choose to look the other way. But in Denver, Sanders often ran from the slot and if he does that he certainly will be a red zone target. He isn’t my favorite play but he is in play.

Debo Samuel and Jeff Wilson: as I head to go trick or treating I just want to mention these two. They cheap and they will be involved. Wilson especially on the goal line.

Jimmy G: my daughter is running house to house as I type but one thing Handsome Jimmy doesn’t do is run. For that reason, I like it. He won’t need to. I also don’t know if he’ll need to throw a ton here but don’t sleep on the handsome one tonight. Pair with Kittle or Sanders or be different with Samuels. Let’s Go!

Happy Halloween and Good Luck in your Contests!

Studs & Duds Week 8 (A bard’s tale)

So let’s put a couple things in perspective shall we. First – I want to say thank you to everyone who have been checking out my DFS Posts lately. Hopefully you started a couple of my sleepers in your lineups, cause a more than a few had double digit fantasy production and more than a few weren’t being talked about by DFS experts anywhere… but with that said, I admit I missed Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson in my picks last night and I shouldn’t have as both were so cheap they allowed for almost any other combination you could have wanted to fit. In case you missed it, both Wilson and Hurns scored the Dolphins only touchdowns last night – so for that allow me to declare ME as the first DUD on my list today. Let this be a lesson however, much like Drake says – start at the bottom of the list for Showdown Slates. There may be some gems to find at mint pricing, and if you start one or more and they go off like they did last night – that can be a difference maker between cashing and not cashing.

Ok, with that out of the way – On with the show:

DUDS

KYLER “Lead Foot” MURRAY. Last week I had Kyler as a ‘Dishonarable Mention’ and as I had said to an apparently angry twitter follower about it – that was more about the Coach than him. This week though … whoa nelly, I can’t avoid full Dudness for the #1 Draft Pick. Now to be fair – the Saints are very good at defense. If you didn’t know that before, then maybe you could be on this list just like me. But still – even with his favorite target Christian Kirk back in the fold, Kyler for the second straight week had ZERO touchdown passes. Additionally, he only ran twice for a paltry 13 yards, which I suppose is a better average than he had over the prior two games where he went 10 for 28 and 11 for 32 respectively, but still. If the defense is that stout, you need to make plays Ky and for you that means you gotta move them feet! If you aren’t going to throw touchdowns, how about try running for them – or JUST RUNNING! Now look before Twitter throws more shade on me for this pick, Kyler is on a bye this week. Maybe they get DJ back in Week 10, maybe they get Chase Edmonds back in Week 10. Maybe Kyler goes for a run in between and remembers how good it feels. Either way for Week 8 – DUD

MITCHELL “Overthrow or Bust” TRUBISKY. Is there an actual NFL rule that when Matt Nagy gets something right (ie; get the running game going), then everything else goes wrong? Well wait, that isn’t really fair. The defense played well. But in a very real way, I think Mitch needs to be switch-ed. Someone needs to sit him down and get whatever is going on in his head out. Inaccurate is a nice way of saying – STINK, STANK, STUNK. Actually a nice way to say that is to not use Caps, but I digress. It is actually fairly incredible Mitch was able to throw for over 250 yards in a game where errant pass was king. It isn’t often you’d hear me say thank god for a pass interference call but poor Allen Robinson was looking to go to the house. You gotta feel for the guy. Another week another extremely costly interception and on top of it a fumble too and Mitchell the Pickel has now gone 4 of his last 6 games without a Touchdown pass. I mean Andy Dalton has been benched for less. Joe Flacco and his ‘neck’ has been benched for less (by the way – did it look like Flacco was in neck pain when he spat venom at the post game press conference? Yeah, I didn’t think so either). Back to Mitch. Make the Switch, don’t ignore the Itch, Matt Nagy. DUD.

SAM “I think I’m actually Haunted” DARNOLD. Now as a Pats fan I can chalk this one up to simply that the Boogeymen are still in Darnold’s head. Ok maybe not, but there was not a fantasy analyst anywhere that didn’t predict a bounce back for Ol’ Kissin’ Sammy. For the Jets entire offense really, but Darnold in particular. Yes Sam Darnold threw 2 touchdown passes. However he also threw 3 Interceptions along the way. Just some quick math here, since he had been back (Week 6) Sam Sham has thrown a TD to INT Ratio of 4:8. So in other words double the amount of interceptions than touchdowns for those keeping score. Sam has been so DUDerrific I am not even sure he is a viable started against the NFL’s Cheat Code for Offenses – the Dolphins. Meh, who am I kidding – it’s the Dolphins. If Mason Rudolph can do it – maybe Sam can too. Especially with his new shiny toy and Week 8 leading receiver Demariyus Thomas who in case you missed it, nabbed the catch of the week including a little Harlem Globetrotter action between the leg on the way to the ground. That was a Stud. Darnold however is a DUD.

MELVIN “But I scored” GORDON. I hate to repeat myself from last week here – but C’mon guy! Prior to week 8 the Bears Defense had been chewed up on the ground. If there was a spot for Gordon to get right, especially in a tough overall matchup and prove why he deserves the money he was asking for – it was this one. Eight carries for 31 yards and 3 catches for 3 yards ? Seriously? Now look I get it – the Bears are still a good defense but after the last two weeks they seemed to have a hole in their hull with the run game. Thankfully ol’ Melly Mell was there to plug it up it seems. Ok I give it to the guy he has scored touchdowns in the last two games but (and I say this as classy and as adult as possible) BIG WHUP! Since his return Melvin Gordon has run for a total of 112 yards – over 4 games! Can you stop please – no more contract extensions, no more GORDON starting. It’s Ekeler’s backfield now – he is the far more explosive player. Interestingly enough, Gordon’s role model in hold out haven Lev Bell certainly isn’t lighting things up either – but at least he has the Dolphins next week to push around. DUD DUD DUD DUD DUUUUUUUD.

MARVIN “Touchdown-less” JONES. From hero to goat. Please note, this kind of goat does not need to be separated by periods. Now I do not think anyone assumed a 4 touchdown game was going to happen back to back but seriously Marv – 22 total yards? Ewww. Marvin’s longest gain was for six yards on Sunday. I know what you are thinking, I thought you were done talking about Melvin. Well you read it wrong. MARVIN’s longest gain was for six yards. So I guess that would mean that Marvin’s ceiling is 4 touchdowns and his floor is a high of six, yards that is. Again – no one should have been expecting the cieling two weeks in a row – but now that we have seen the floor, time to call National Floors Direct and get some carpeting – cause it’s COOOOLD. Dud.

DIShonarable Mentions

BAKER “Wait, you’re not my guy come back with that” MAYFIELD

TY “But, uh, I thought the job was mine Coach?” Johnson

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS. ALL OF THEM. WELL, 9/10ths at least

KEENAN “Yeah, I know, me too guys – sorry” ALLEN

STUDS

COOPER “Two Bills” KUPP. What more is there really to say about Coooper Kupp than the guy is a machine. After two down weeks in a row, Kupp looked like the actual real life version of that Stefon Diggs commercial where everything sticks to Diggs’ hands. Wherever Jarrod Goff looked, there was Kupp going 7 for 10 for a eye opening, jaw dropping 220 yards and a touchdown. Now to put that in perspective, Cooper Kupp in one game actually doubled the offensive yards Melvin Gordon has gained in 4 games. How about dem apples? It is a shame Cooper Kupp is on bye week this week, I know 2 of my 3 fantasy teams will miss him – but good luck Pittsburgh in Week 10. Cooper Kupp is coming to town and hell is coming with him! STUD.

MIKE “Contested Catches are my Jam” EVANS. Hey here is a fun fact about Mike Evans – he is really, really good! It seems like all season long and even dating back to the pre-season all anyone wanted to talk about was Chris Godwin. Chris Godwin is a special talent, no doubt – but so is Mike Evans. How special? How about 31.8 standard fantasy points good. 198 yards on 11 receptions and TWO touchdowns! Dag! Here’s the crazy thing, against the tight coverage of the Titan’s secondary, Evans only missed on 1 pass. He caught 11 of 12 of his targets – incredible! This is also the second time this season that Evans has had a multi touchdown game. Pretty good for sure. Definitely a STUD this week. Next week Evans goes up against Seattle. My money is on Big Mike. I think you’ll see him later this week in my DFS article too. STUD.

AARON “The other Aaron in Green Bay” JONES. Much like Melvin Gordon is now a two time dud, Aaron Jones is a two time stud! Rightfully so. I mean when Aaron Rogers gushes praise on you on national TV and your name isn’t Davante Adams, then sir – you a stud! And here is the kicker, it wasn’t Jones’ rushing that makes him a stud this week (though 67 yards on 13 carries against a very game Chiefs Defense isn’t something to shake a stick at) it was Jones’ receiving – 159 yards receiving and two, I say, two receiving touchdowns. I’m sorry – was that actually Davante Adams? No, no it wasn’t. Hey here is a fun fact – on Sunday Aaron Jones had only 10 less yards receiving than Josh Allen had throwing. Let’s hear it for the boy! And thank god they finally gave this boy a chaaaayaaaance (yes, that is an 80’s song reference but I don’t care) – cause Aaron may not be any romeo, but he sure has been a one man show Oh Oh Oh Oh …. STUD

DESHAUN “Go ahead, Kick me again, I dare ya” WATSON. Now before I mention any stats, the reason Dr. Watson here is on this list is because he GOT KICKED IN THE FREAKIN’ EYE and still threw a game winning touchdown pass – his third of the game by the way. Incidentally this is Watson’s third game this season with 3 Touchdown passes. If you are a Texan’s fan, I sure feel for ya with JJ Watt going down – but in the immortal words of Bruce Springsteen – show a little faith, there’s magic in the night. Watson on Sunday 27 of 39 for 279 and the aforementioned three touchdown passes. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and also ran for 46 yards. Getting kicked in the face, in the eye really and still is out there throwing touchdowns. Don’t argue – just admit it! STUD

TEVIN “The T in my name stands for Touchdown” COLEMAN Ok all you Tevin Coleman Truthers out there, please stand up – right? Oh wait, there were no Tevin Coleman truthers out there, but I bet there is now! 11 rushes for 105 yards and THREE touchdowns. Oh wait, there is more… no not DJ Moore, more for Coleman catching 2 balls for another 100 yards receiving and ANOTHER Touchdown! 4 Touchdowns, 205 yards of total offense – now that is studerrific if you ask me! This is Tevin Coleman’s backfield to lose… so look out, everyone else. The Niners and Coleman are undefeated. Let’s Go! STUD

Honarable Mentions

Jamal “Yeah, we all know that ball was being thrown away – but then again, was it?” Williams

Dalvin “Don’t Look Now, I just ran past ya” Cook

Kenny “2 Receptions last week, 2 Touchdowns this week” Golloday

The Boogeymen aka The Patriots Defense

Wavier Wire WK9

Waiver wire pickups wk 9

Danny Amendola Wr, 

DetroitLions

Amendola fought through a ‘questionable’ designation in Week 6 before finishing with a single six-yard catch. Seemingly healthy in his last two games, he’s since averaged a team-high 24 percent target share on 86 percent of Detroit’s slot routes as the team’s cemented No. 3 wideout 

Diontae Johnson Wr, 

Pitt Steelers

Johnson’s matched JuJu pound-for-pound in Mason Rudolph’s four starts this year, basically mirroring Pittsburgh’s star wideout in targets (27), touchdowns (3) and air yards (279 to 275) in said contests. The difference is JuJu’s rostered in 99% of Yahoo leagues whereas his running mate continues to be glossed over at 12%. The Steelers’ unquestioned No. 2 receiver for the rest of the season, Johnson warrants WR4/FLEX consideration weekly.

Mark Walton Rb,

Miami Dolphins

In his first full game without Drake last night, Walton out-carried Ballage 11 to 3, ultimately turning six targets into three catches for 19 yards and a fumble. There’s still value in rostering a(ny) back shoring up 77.7 percent of his team’s backfield touches, but his workload has its flaws in simply being tied to the worst offense in the league. Opportunity is king, however, and Monday night projects as Walton’s floor moving forward.

Derek Carr Qb, 

Oakland Raiders

Carr has a favorable matchup this week against a lions defense that is struggling with some key injuries on defense. Carr could be a great filler for teams on their bye weeks