I’ve found a pleasantly surprising amount of players I like on DraftKings this week, so let’s just jump into it immediately…
QB: Philip Rivers ($6,900)
Player(s) you can stack him with: Travis Benjamin ($5,900), Tyrell Williams ($4,400), Hunter Henry ($2,700)
This stack may be high owned, but it’s a great stack, especially for cash games. Rivers has a better Passer Rating when targeting Travis Benjamin than any QB has when targeting any wideout (PFF), so Benjamin is my favorite player to stack him with. Hunter Henry seems to be the most popular TE this week, and at $2.7K he should be a good value play.
QB:Cam Newton ($7,800)
Player(s) you can stack him with: Kelvin Benjamin ($7,100), Greg Olsen ($6,000)
I expect this stack to score in bunches like it did in Weeks 1 and 2, and it will be much less owned, especially after the Vikings defense humiliated them. The key here is Benjamin, who is sure to be less than 10% owned after he was shut out completely by Minnesota.
Who to Fade
Ben Roethlisberger ($7,100)
I know it’s hard to not play a super-stack of the Steelers with Ben, Antonio Brown, Jesse Hames, and of course the returning LeVeon Bell. But, KC’s defense is no joke. They intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 times last week. SIX! I’ve learned to never bet against the Chiefs on the defensive side of the ball, and Roethlisberger is not a player I want this week.
Jamaal Charles ($5,400)
Seeing Charles at $5.4K seems like a terrible glitch in the system, but don’t fall into the trap. Sure, he will be active for Sunday night’s game, but there is good reason to believe he won’t get the normal amount of carries he always gets when playing. Charcandrick West is out, so if Charles was as well, Spencer Ware would be their only RB available. I expect Charles to get just a small handful of carries as they ease him back into action.
Don’t Sleep on These Guys
DeAndre Hopkins ($8,400)
I’ve been all over Hopkins every week this season so far, and I’m not stopping now, especially because of his matchup against the Titans, in particular Perrish Cox, PFF’s lowest graded CB in all of football this year. A stat line similar to what AJ Green had on Thursday is totally a possibility for Nuk.
Jamison Crowder ($4,200)
Crowder, who has put up double digit points in every game so far, has the potential to break out this week against an awful Browns secondary, and increased targets due to the absence of Josh Doctson. $4,200 is a great bargain for a great player.
Melvin Gordon ($6,300)
Gordon has been easy money all year so far and I expect nothing different against the NFL’s worst defense. Sure, he’ll probably be the highest owned RB this week, but who cares? He’ll probably run for at least 1 TD, possibly 2, and rack up yardage, and he’ll be used in the passing game more often after Danny Woodhead tore his ACL
Cole Beasley ($3,900)
Beasley has also scored at least 10 points in every game so far, and I expect the same here. At just $3,900, he provides an outstanding cheap option. Plus, it’s safe to expect increased targets due to the absence of Dez Bryant.
That’ll be all for this week, so good luck in your contests, and as always, I will leave you with a list of players I also like a lot this week
Matthew Stafford/Marvin Jones/Eric Ebron
Joe Flacco/Steve Smith/Mike Wallace/Dennis Pitta
Trevor Siemian/Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders