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- The Bengals pass defense has been much shakier than their season long ranking of 8th in yards allowed gives off. In the past three weeks Cincinnati has given up either 250 yards or two touchdowns to opposing teams. Marcus Mariota is finally healthy and should be a good contrarian play for players who are scared off by Cincinnati’s season long pass defense numbers.
Fantasy Draft Price: $10,600
- Knowledge Nugget of the Week! The Giants have six linebackers on their roster that have played at least 5 snaps on defense. The top three in snap count (Kennard, Goodson, Robinson) have been ruled out for Week 10 with the next two (Casillas, Munson) very questionable to play. New York has also given up a league worst 332 passing yards per game over the past three weeks. If I’m trying to win in a deep tournament play, I’m rolling out CJ Beathard. The guy nearly tossed for 300 yards last week and this is a matchup of two VERY bad defenses.
Fantasy Draft Price: $10,400
- The over/under for the New Orleans/Buffalo matchup is 48 points which means Vegas thinks points are going flowing in this game and so do I. The best playmaker on the field for the Bills is LeSean McCoy. Before last week’s stinker vs. the Jets, McCoy was getting at least 23 touches per game since Week 4. He is the focal point of the offense and it doesn’t hurt that the Saints have given up the 7th most catches to running backs out of the backfield this season.
Fantasy Draft Price: $14,300
- Only Dallas and (now suspended) Ezekiel Elliott have had more rushing attempts per game over the past three weeks than the Chicago Bears, who average 37. Jordan Howard, when given over 20 carries in a game, has gone over 100 yards rushing in three of four games. The Bears will continue to pound the rock on the ground and Howard could have a big day this week against a Packers defense that has been struggling to stay healthy.
Fantasy Draft Price: $12,600
- It’s hard to get away from a guy with such a great first name like Robby, never mind the fact that I share that first name (and spelling). The entire world knows how bad the Bucs have been at covering anyone in cleats and a helmet on this season, and Anderson has scored in each game the past three weeks. The volume is also steady for Anderson as he has gotten at least five targets in all but one game this season. Great name, great matchup, great price. Sign me up.
Fantasy Draft Price: $9,500
- Maaaaaan do the 49er’s miss Jim Harbaugh. Since his departure, San Francisco has won a total of seven games. In Harbaugh’s worst season (and last) he won eight. Their defense gives up more ground than France in both World Wars as they have allowed opposing #1 wide receivers to invade with at least 70 yards or a touchdown in every week since Week 3. Fire up Sterling Shepard as the Giants #1 wideout this week.
Fantasy Draft Price: $12,000
- Make Brate Great Again! No really, throw the fellow Harvard grad the football Mr. Fitzpatrick. Brate was the third best tight end from Week 3 through Week 8 behind only Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski. During that same span, he never had less than four catches a game and only dipped below 60 receiving yards once. What’s more, the Jets are giving up an average of 50 yards and a touchdown to starting tight ends over the past four weeks.
Fantasy Draft Price: $7,600
- Charles Clay enjoyed being the only viable passing option early in the season, getting first looks left and right from Tyrod Taylor. However, newcomer Kelvin Benjamin and a healthy Jordan Matthews are poised to mix into the passing game which is already the second least used leaguewide in terms of pass attempts per game (29.5). I’m not sold on Clay returning to his earlier usage making him a risky play in most daily formats. Fade him this week.
- The Rams haven’t given up more than 17 points to any opposing team the past four weeks. They also have gotten at least one interception in every game this season but one. Best Knowledge Nugget of all, they face Tom Savage. Savage has completed less than 50% of his passes in the two games he has played this season and has one passing touchdown to his name in four NFL starts.
Fantasy Draft Price: $6,700
- You won’t find a cheaper defense with a better matchup than the Chicago Bears this week. The Bears have forced at least two turnovers in their past three games and get to face a struggling Packers offense since Aaron Rodgers went down. QB Brett Hundley hasn’t guided Green Bay to more than 17 points in his three NFL starts this season. Revenge is a dish best served cold and Chicago is looking for some at Soldier Field after the beating they took from the Packers in Week 4.
Fantasy Draft Price: $5,100