This week some of the safer quarterback options have tougher matchups that make them much less viable. Russell Wilson has been on fire lately, but he draws the Jaguars who have been getting after the quarterback like gang busters. Don’t like Russell. Philip Rivers has an ok matchup against the Redskins, but that’s too easy. Alex Smith plays the Raiders which is a good matchup, but you have to ask yourself which Alex Smith you’re going to get this week. In addition to Smith’s inconsistency, his price is up to $8,200 on Fanduel, so not only are you taking a risk, but you are paying up for it. Carson Wentz plays at the Rams which isn’t the worst matchup in the world, but he’s the highest priced QB on the main slates, making him a little less desirable than other weeks. With all that being said, here are some solid, middle of the pack to low end options worth consideration this weekend.
Jameis Winston vs Detroit Lions – $7,200 Fanduel – $5,900 DK – Jameis Winston was ok in his first game back from a shoulder injury last week, but he didn’t exactly light things up out there. Although I don’t have the most confidence in Winston, the matchup against Detroit is a plus. The Lions defense just gave up 269 yards passing and 2 touchdowns to Joe Flacco who has been horrible this year. In week 12, Case Keenum put up 282 yards and 2 TD’s, and back in week 10 even DeShone Kizer put up over 20 fantasy points against them. Winston needs to come through in this one and feed Mike Evans.
DeShone Kizer vs Green Bay Packers – $6,400 Fanduel – $4,900 DK – If Mitchell Trubisky can throw for 297 yards and a touchdown against the Packers, then DeShone Kizer should too, especially now that he has Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman back at his disposal. The Packers have given up 8 passing touchdowns over the last 4 weeks even though two of those four games were against Joe Flacco and Mitch Trubisky who have been below average this year. You cannot find a starting QB priced lower than Kizer, so it’s worth a shot to build a lineup around him given the matchup. This may be the game that the Browns actually win this year – you heard it here first.
Dak Prescott @ NY Giants – $7,700 Fanduel – $5,600 DK – It’s time to go back to Dak Prescott. The Giants are without Janoris Jenkins and are as dysfunctional as ever after the Eli Manning fiasco and the firing of Ben McAdoo. The vibes are really bad in New York and they are ascending in Dallas. Last week, it looked like Dak and the Cowboys finally figured things out and got back on track without Zeke. Although Dak only put up just over 100 yards passing against the Redskins, he figured out a way to get the ball into the endzone twice, leading the Cowboys to a victory. The Giants don’t have anything left to play for and the Cowboys are scratching and clawing to stay in the playoff picture – I will put my money down on the guys who have something to play for.
Case Keenum @ Carolina Panthers – $7,500 Fanduel – $6,100 DK – Case Keenum has been on fire lately and although the Panthers have given up the 10th fewest points to quarterbacks on the season, over the last 4 weeks they have surrendered an average of 2 passing touchdowns and have given up over 250 passing yards in 3 of their last 4 games. The Panthers run defense is very good and forces teams to pass the ball in order to move it down the field. Keenum might not blow up in this one, but given the way the Vikings offense is rolling, he should put up at least 2 touchdowns and a decent yardage total.
Hunter Henry vs Washington Redskins – $5,600 Fanduel – $4,600 DK – I have recommended targeting DJ Swearinger in coverage for most of the season, and for the most part that has worked out. Henry has scored two weeks in a row, and he’s going up against a Redskins defense that’s given up the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends on the season, and a touchdown to tight ends in 3 of their last 4 games. Ride Hunter Henry while he’s hot and his price remains suppressed.
Jack Doyle @ Buffalo Bills – $5,400 Fanduel – $4,900 DK – Buffalo hasn’t given up a ton of fantasy points to tight ends on the season, but they did get gashed by Gronk last week. For the most part, teams have gotten it done on the ground against Buffalo so they haven’t needed to throw it all that much, but the Colts can’t really run the ball. That being said, the Colts will most likely need to pass the ball in what looks to be a competitive game. Donte Moncrief is banged up and if Tre’Davious White plays, he will likely line up against TY Hilton, so things are setting up for Jack Doyle to have a decent day.
David Njoku vs Green Bay Packers – $4,700 Fanduel – $3,000 DK – The Packers give up the fewest points to opposing tight ends on the season, but if you look at who they have played, it’s no wonder: Jason Witten, Coby Fleener, Eric Ebron, Adam Shaheen, Jesse James, etc. Njoku will be the most athletic tight end the Packers have faced all year and are coming off an effort where they surrendered 2 touchdowns to Cameron Brate. It makes sense to play Njoku here.
Stephen Anderson vs San Francisco 49ers – $4,500 Fanduel – $3,200 DK – Up until last week, the 49ers had given up at least 8.3 standard league points to opposing tight ends and a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of the last 6 weeks. After CJ Fiedorowicz went down last week, Anderson was targeted 12 times. This is setting up to be the DeAndre Hopkins and Stephen Anderson show against the 49ers this weekend as the Texans don’t really have any other proven options to handle the ball. I understand Will Fuller might come back this week, but he fell off the map after Deshaun Watson went down.
“Big Rigg” QB/TE Stack of the Week
The Browns wide receivers have tremendous matchups this week and should take care of business against a Green Bay secondary that’s been devastated by injury, meaning DeShone Kizer should have a big day. Josh Gordon should be matched up on Damarious Randall who has been getting shredded all year and Corey Coleman will find himself matched up on Davon House. If the Packers take away the big play by putting a safety over the top of either Coleman or Gordon, then the other receiver should be able to run free. As long as Kizer can connect, there should be a few big plays. Rookie Safety Josh Jones figures to match up on David Njoku which should be a really interesting matchup because both have been coming on as of late. However, the Packers did give up two touchdowns to Cameron Brate last week. If the Packers really try to slow down the receivers, Njoku may run free down the seam and you can’t forget he’s always a solid red zone threat. Both Kizer and Njoku are priced towards the bottom in both DK and Fanduel, and given their matchup, it just makes sense to take a shot and stack these guys.