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My Big Three Quarterbacks
Matt Ryan, $12,200
Vs. TB (ranked 25th vs. QB)
The Buccaneers have been pretty awful at defense in general and their poor pass D can be taken advantage of by a stud passer like Matt Ryan. I like that he has a gamut of receiving targets, even his #1 option at running back in Tevin Coleman today. I’m expecting passing touchdowns galore.
Cam Newton $12,100
@NYJ (ranked 20th vs. QB)
The Jets are also ranked 21st against the WR position, so if Cam can get it done through the air, which he has as of late — 254 yards passing and 4 PASSING touchdowns last game against Miami. He gets Greg Olsen back today which only helps him for fantasy purposes.
Marcus Mariota $11,300
@IND (ranked 28th vs. QB)
He gets a Super Mario-ta matchup for his skill set as a dual-threat QB. If you want a discount at QB who could put up elite numbers today on a shaky Colts defense (who are also ranked 26th vs. rush attacks), he’s a phenomenal option.
My Big Three Running Backs
Kareem Hunt $15,500
Home vs BUF (ranked 31st vs. RB)
With this matchup that is primed for a huge run game, it’s about time for that blow-up game. I know he has disappointed many in cash games for weeks as of late, but I think you have to keep riding the Krispy Kareem Express.
Carlos Hyde $10,400
Hyde has been showing his stuff again: 98 yards on the ground last game vs Giants; 84 yards through the air along with 41 yards on the ground the week prior vs. ARI. I have to believe he has a new fire after seeing Matt Breida steal some work. With the Seahawks defense not that scary now, I expect him to execute one of the best fantasy days for runners. Plus, his last 2 meetings with the Seahawks, he has GONE OFF! 21 attempts f0r 103 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns in 2016 and 15 attempts for 124 yards earlier this season.
Jay Ajayi $9,700
Vs. CHI (ranked 20th vs. RB)
Feed the Jaybird even after Thanksgiving! Ajayi should be way more comfy with the offensive system by now and I really like his potential especially with his price tag.
My Big Three Receivers
Julio Jones $14,900
Vs TB (ranked 30th vs. WR)
I mean, it’s Julio, not a whole lot needs to get you to play him. He could be the WR1 of the week, love stacking him with Ryan here.
TY Hilton $12,600
@TEN (ranked 25th vs. WR)
Hilton has been VERY good in favorable matchups. We saw what just happened week 9 @HOU, 175-for-2 touchdowns. I’m hoping for a similar game today.
Tyreek Hill $13,400
We saw what Keenan Allen could do last Sunday at home against the Bills. Hill has this weird back and forth pattern where he is average or terrible for fantasy and then catches fire. Last week was decent for 68 yards rec. I expect this to be one of his blow up games.
Zay Jones $7,100
@KC (ranked 32nd vs. WR)
Zay could be the #1 option for Taylor with Benjamin out and Matthews banged up. He has gone 10-for-121 and a score his past 2 games. Kansas City has been known for giving up big plays in the passing game this year and I hope a Zay Jones and Tyrod Taylor connection takes advantage of that.
JD McKissic $7,700
@SF (ranked 32nd vs. RB)
With the running game of Seattle completely depleted, I fully expect them to give JD all he can handle in the pass catching and run game against the worst fantasy rush defense. Expect some exciting plays for chunk yardage and for him to get in the end zone.
Devontae Booker $6,700
@OAK (ranked 29th vs. RB)
Booker is getting more action. Last game, he carried 14-for-44 and caught 5 of 6 targets for 54 yards. With the Broncos struggling and going with Lynch at QB, expect them to give the ball to Booker a ton to see more of what they have in the second year rusher.
Adam Shaheen $5,000
Vs. PHI (ranked 25th vs. TE)
Dion Sims has been out the past two games and Shaheen has stepped up. These OHIO boys, Mitchell Trubisky from Mentor and Shaheen who earned the name “Little Gronk” at Ashland University, have been linking up! Last game, Shaheen grabbed all 4 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Oakland Raiders $5,700
I like their price and that they get Paxton Lynch and the struggling Broncos defense.
My favorite lineup
QB Matt Ryan
RB Jay Ajayi
RB Carlos Hyde
WR TY Hilton
WR Julio Jones
TE Jack Doyle
FLEX JD McKissic
FLEX Tyreek Hill
D/ST Jacksonville Jags
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