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Lamar Jackson, BAL at CHI, $7,600 — I’m sorry but you’re never NOT going to see Jackson in the top spot at quarterback when he’s on a slate. Averaging 22 DKFP coming into this game, Jackson has been finding some success through the air as well lately, completing two touchdowns in two of his past four games. Of course, his real strong point is on the ground, averaging just under 70 rushing yards per game with 26 touchdowns scored. His ceiling is higher than any other quarterback you can choose from on this slate by far.
Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. ARI, $5,800 — If you’re looking to pay down at quarterback, naturally, people will flock to Mitch Trubisky ($5,900) and rightfully so. However, I don’t think the matchup for Brissett should be overlooked as he is going against a very poor Cardinals secondary. Brissett is averaging 240 passing yards with 75 touchdowns and 17.7 DKFP. For as cheap as he is, he could end up being an immense value, especially at very low ownership.
Tevin Coleman, SF at DAL, $6,300 — Coleman should not be $900 less than Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200) but I’ll happily take the discount here. As I’m sure you’ve read numerous times, Coleman is nothing less than a beast in these simulations and his 18.8 DKFP average is the highest amongst all running backs, wide receivers and tight ends on this slate. Taking all the ground work and catching out of the backfield, Coleman is averaging a massive 104.3 scrimmage yards per game with 39 total touchdowns scored. You can’t beat this production.
Nyheim Hines, IND vs. ARI, $3,600 — If you’re seeking some cheap PPR points at the running back position, Hines could be your guy. Averaging 44.8 scrimmage yards per game, Hines is a great way to save some salary while also not skimping out on production. For someone down on the depth chart, Hines is averaging over two receptions per game and has reached the end zone four times through the air. He most certainly will help offset some of the salary burden from some of the more expensive options.
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T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. ARI, $6,800 — As you can tell, I’m a big fan of the Colts in this matchup against the Cardinals. To be honest, these players are simply too cheap to be in as good of a matchup as they are. Hilton is likely the receiver I’d trust the most in this range, averaging 4.1 receptions, 65 yards and 25 touchdowns scored. Some of the other top receivers like Amari Cooper ($7,400) and Emmanuel Sanders ($7,100) are in tougher matchups and are more expensive. I like this spot for Hilton against a team he made six receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown once already this season.
Kendrick Bourne, SF at DAL $3,200 — Bourne is nearly priced at the bare minimum and yet has 17 touchdowns to his credit. To be fair, if he’s not scoring, he’s usually dwelling in single-digit fantasy points but I’m willing to take a shot at such a low price point. His overall numbers won’t blow you away, averaging just 2.7 receptions and 38 yards per game, but if he can reach the end zone, coupled with his low ownership, he’ll put your lineup in a great position.
George Kittle, SF at DAL, $6,000 — It would be great if Kittle could start scoring more but it’s hard to hate him when he’s averaging just under five receptions per game. It’s honestly amazing for someone who receives as much volume as he does to have only scored 15 times, four of which came in three of his past seven games. Even still, he’s constantly racking up double-digit fantasy points. The ownership will likely be high on him so keep that in mind but he remains one of the most consistent players at this position, averaging 14.7 DKFP overall.
Jason Witten, DAL at SF, $4,100 — You’re not going to find super cheap options at this position so Witten is likely the lowest I would be willing to go. To his credit, age doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in this game, as Witten is averaging 3.7 receptions, 41.8 yards and 17 touchdowns scored. With that many touchdowns to his credit, which by the way is two more than Kittle, Witten provides some good upside potential while not breaking the bank at the tight end position.
Bears DST vs. BAL, $2,600 — I always recommend taking your D/ST last, as it’s the most volatile position amongst all you can select. I do think the Bears’ D/ST is one to consider despite facing the Ravens. While Jackson has been excellent, he does generate a healthy amount of turnovers both through the air and on the ground. Jackson has thrown 17 interceptions and has lost the ball 18 times. The Bears should be a low-owned play, so it could be a chance to one-up the field.
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