As we continue to move through the first quarter of the season, two more teams, the Lions and Dolphins, are on the bye this week. We will all totally miss the Dolphins this week, that’s for sure. In the meantime, we must find a new team to pick. As for DFS implications, some players will be returning from suspensions or injuries. Lineups will start to get interesting with those players coming back. Hopefully everyone had success last week and it continues for you this weekend.
Lock: Deshaun Watson (FD:$8.0K/DK:$6.7K). Houston is at home with a matchup that could surely be a high scoring game against the Falcons. Watson might have a trend going on this season already — big performances on odd weeks. Atlanta is a defense that will definitely let up a decent amount of points to the opposing quarterback, which will play into Watson’s favor.
Value: Chase Daniel (FD:$6.5K/DK:$4.8K). The veteran is getting another chance to start this week for Chicago due to Mitchell Trubisky being sidelined with a shoulder injury. It is a perfect game for Daniel to start, as the Raiders have struggled against the pass this season. Oakland has also allowed the ninth-most points to the quarterback so far this season.
Lock: Ezekiel Elliott (FD:$8.8K/DK:$8.3K). The Cowboys will be going up against the Packers this weekend. Anyone remember what happened to Green Bay last weekend? They got exposed by Jordan Howard of the Eagles. That’s not to say that Howard is a bad player, but Elliott is on another level. The Cowboys are undoubtedly going to run the ball to control this game. Elliot’s volume will be top of the line in this week’s action.
Value: David Montgomery (FD:$5.7K/DK:$5.2K). The Bears are continuing to give the volume to the rookie running back. It seems as if we’re just waiting on him to break out with a 100+ yard performance, and this could be the game it becomes a reality. The Raiders are middle-of-the-road at stopping the run, so expect Montgomery to carry the ball frequently and record a few receptions out of the backfield.
Lock: Julio Jones (FD:$8.2K/DK:$7.7K). The Falcons will be trying to get back on the winning side of the football. In order to do that, they will need to rely on their star wide receiver. Jones’s targets will need to tick back up this week, especially since he’s going against an opponent that’s near the bottom of the league in passing defense. This will certainly be a great fantasy football game, and it won’t stop here.
Value: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (FD:$6.3K/DK:$5.6K). The Packers will be without their number one wide receiver, Davante Adams. “MVS” was already starting to make a name for himself these last few weeks, so a breakout performance could be in the cards. The Packers will need to battle all game to keep up with the Cowboys, so you can’t go wrong with a player that will get the volume on a team that needs him to produce.
Lock: Zach Ertz (FD:$6.6K/DK:$6.0K). This week will be a challenge at the tight end position. Guess who’s always a reliable target? You know it, Zach Ertz. The Eagles will be going up against the Jets, who struggle against the pass. The one thing Ertz still needs to do is break into the endzone. That is going to happen at some point; will this finally be the week?
Value: Tyler Eifert (FD:$4.6K/DK:$3.3K). Eifert is not a name you normally see around the fantasy football landscape anymore. However, Cardinals are still the worst against the tight end position. For the price, why not try to get the value this week and pay up where you really need it?
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DeAndre Hopkins (FD:$8.5K/DK:$7.8K). Some people may shy away from Hopkins at this point due to some struggles over the last few weeks. There is no better opportunity for him to turn it around than this game due to the likely possibility of a high-scoring affair. The game will be in Houston, so perhaps the home-field advantage will benefit Hopkins as well. The Texans will be vying to get back to their 2018 ways again, and you can bet Hopkins wants to be a key part of it.
If you are in need of additional advice, head to Twitter and bounce your questions off of @FantasyHRontap. Good luck to everyone this weekend and don’t forget about the bye weeks!
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