This week should be a rather interesting one on the DFS landscape. Prices shoot way up on star players, and bye weeks cause tons of issues. Finding value can be tough, but there’s still plenty of it out there thanks to favorable matchups at certain positions with decent prices. Get ready for another crazy main slate of games by reviewing locks, value plays, and the CrackUm player of the week!
Lock: Lamar Jackson (FD:$8.6K/DK:$7.3K). Jackson is currently the best fantasy quarterback in the league. He matches up with a Cincinnati defense that he will expose with ease. They are near the bottom of the league against the position and also near the bottom of the league against the run, an area in which Jackson particularly excels. His floor is super safe and his ceiling is super high this week.
Value: Josh Allen (FD:$7.5K/DK:$6.3K). The Bills signal-caller has been very consistent over the last few weeks. That should continue against a struggling Browns defense. Even Brandon Allen went out and had a solid week against Cleveland. Look for Allen to rack up multiple touchdowns in this matchup.
Lock: Alvin Kamara (FD:$8.3K/DK:$8.2K). The superstar running back should return this week. It’s a great week for him to come back, as he will match up against a defense that is starting to struggle across the board. Expect Kamara to come back in full force with a 25-plus touch game and a touchdown this week.
Value: Marlon Mack (FD:$7.4K/DK:$7.0K). The Colts are dealing with a few injuries that will actually help out Mack. Jacoby Brissett went down last week, and he may or may not be back this week. The Colts also lost T.Y. Hilton for a few more weeks, so their passing attack is not the same. They will aim to keep the ground game going and attack the Dolphins, who are in the bottom three of the league against this position. Mack will be a workhorse this week. Expect 20 touches a score in this matchup.
Lock: Chris Godwin (FD:$8.2K/DK:$7.4K). Even though it has been the Mike Evans show lately, this is a great matchup for the entire Buccaneers wide receiver corps because Cardinals are in the bottom five against the position. The targets are always there for both players, but this week should be a high-scoring affair that puts Bucs receivers over the top and allows Godwin to get into the end zone.
Value: Christian Kirk (FD:$5.7K/DK:$5.2K). Look at this, another wide receiver in the same game. Kirk has not really had his break out game yet, but this the perfect game to accomplish just that. This week, he will see a big workload with ten-plus targets and finally find his way into the end zone. The Buccaneers also rank in the bottom three of the league against wide receivers.
Lock: Travis Kelce (FD:$6.7K/DK:$6.4K). No matter who the quarterback is for the Chiefs, Kelce always tends to be the go-to guy. Talk about consistency at the tight end position. For that reason, he is one of the highest-priced tight ends on the slate this week. In all but one game this season, he has had eight or more targets. That will not change this week. Lock and load Kelce if the price is right.
Value: T.J. Hockenson (FD:$5.3K/DK:$3.9K). Looking for a good budget play this week? The rookie tight end should be able to have a return to relevancy against a Bears defense that is slowly falling into the bottom five of the league against his position. The Lions are still struggling to find a running game, which has resulted in increased passing attempts. Hockenson’s targets were elevated last week. He should see around seven targets once again and find his way into the end zone.
CrackUm Player Of The Week
David Montgomery (FD:$6.4K/DK:$5.3K). The Bears rookie running back is starting to shine. They are focusing more on power running with him, which has increased his touches and resulted in three touchdowns over the last two weeks. This week, he finds himself in a favorable matchup against a defense that is currently the worst in the league against running backs. Chicago will look to establish the run, which should set Montgomery up for around 25 touches and another touchdown continue his streak. With that being said, find a way to roster him in those lineups, crack open your beverage, and get ready to watch him do work this Sunday.
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