Aaron Rodgers (vs MIN, DK - $6,800, FD - $8,300) – If I told you that Rodgers would be anything besides the most expensive quarterback in DFS before the season started, you’d have called me crazy. Well, he’s the fifth most expensive quarterback on the slate on each site, and it’s time to take advantage of it. Green Bay is playing at home this week where Rodgers is significantly better, and he’s playing for the division title. The Green Bay offense has really struggled this season, but Rodgers has flashed great upside in a few games. Green Bay will likely come out firing this week, as this game is a must win for them. The Vikings secondary has been struggling a bit recently, and Rodgers makes a great GPP option.
Kirk Cousins (at DAL, DK - $5,400, FD - $7,700) – The Redskins aren’t playing for anything this week, and they could opt to bench Cousins. If they don’t, he’s too hot to ignore. He has thrown for nearly 700 yards along with 8 touchdowns over the last two weeks. He has thrown for 300+ yards in four of his last five games, and he has really hit his stride before the playoffs. The Cowboys tend to slow the game down, but Cousins has been dominating everyone recently, even when he has limited attempts. If he’s starting this week, he makes a great option in all leagues.
Johnny Manziel (vs PIT, DK - $5,100, FD - $6,000) – I’m a huge believer in Manziel is an awful quarterback, and he’ll never be a franchise quarterback, but he does possess great fantasy upside. Regardless of his inaccuracies from the pocket, he’s going to throw the ball 30+ times this week, but more importantly he is coming off a 100-yard game on the ground last week. His running ability is his best fantasy asset. He gets a good matchup against the Steelers, who have been struggling defensively this season, and Manziel doesn’t need many fantasy points to hit value. He’s a good tournament option.
Davonta Freeman (vs NO, DK - $7,600, FD - $8,800) – Freeman is one of the safest players on each slate because of the volume of touches he sees each week. In the last two weeks, he has recorded 191 total yards and 2 touchdowns on 57 touches. He gets a great matchup against the Saints, who have been the third worst team in the NFL against running backs this season. They’re allowing 132.3 rushing yards per game this season, and the Falcons will likely game plan around Freeman this week. They will be playing for a potential playoff spot, and Freeman makes a great play in all leagues if you can afford him.
David Johnson (vs SEA, DK - $6,000, FD - $7,700) – Johnson will get his toughest matchup of his young career tonight, but he has been outstanding and looks somewhat matchup proof. The Cardinals are getting him the ball in a variety of ways, which makes him a safer option. Since getting the starting job four weeks ago, Johnson has recorded 93 total touches for 599 yards and 5 touchdowns. Johnson has as much upside as any running back on the slate, and he makes a great play in all leagues, even with the tough matchup.
Tim Hightower (at ATL, DK - $5,500, FD - $7,000) – Hightower isn’t the most talented player, but he’s a bit too cheap for how much the Saints are using him each week. He has recorded 68 carries over the last three weeks with a few receptions, as well. He’s also getting goal line carries, and he has scored three touchdowns in his first three starts for the Saints. He gets a great matchup against the Falcons, who have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Saints may also lean on Hightower a bit more, as Brees is dealing with a foot injury. Hightower is a cheap player who can be used in all leagues this week.
Antonio Brown (at CLE, DK - $9,300, FD - $9,100) – Brown is coming off a bad game, but there is really no reason to avoid him this week. On the season, he has recorded a ridiculous 123 receptions for 1,647 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has seen double digit targets in eight consecutive games, and he’ll likely be a huge part of the game plan, as the Steelers are playing for a playoff spot. The Browns have also had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and they will continue to play without Joe Haden. Brown has as much upside as anyone on the slate, and he makes a great play this week.
Doug Baldwin (at ARI, DK - $6,700, FD - $7,400) – It seems as if everyone is waiting for Baldwin to cool off, but he isn’t going to. Over the last seven weeks, Baldwin has recorded 42 catches for 678 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is finding the end zone weekly, and multiple times per week on occasion. He gets a tough matchup against Arizona, but Baldwin is the Seahawks number one option, and he has performed well in some tough matchup this season already. He’s a huge part of the red zone offense, and Baldwin can be used in all leagues again this week.
Dorial Green-Beckham (at IND, DK - $3,800, FD - $5,700) – Green-Beckham is a bit too expensive on FanDuel for the risk he carries, but he’s a great tournament option on DraftKings. He was starting to find his groove late in the season, but he didn’t record a catch last week. In the three weeks before that, he recorded 14 receptions for 285 yards and 1 touchdown. He’s a huge target in the red zone, which gives him good touchdown upside, but he also has the ability to go catch-less on any given week, which makes him a GPP only option.
Jordan Reed (at DAL, DK - $6,500, FD - $7,400) – If you’re using Cousins, Reed is the best stacking option with him. He has been on fire recently, recording 25 catches for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns over the last three weeks. He has enjoyed a great season, but his numbers recently have been out of this world for a tight end, especially at his price point. The matchup against Dallas isn’t ideal, as they slow the game down, but the Redskins will be throwing the ball early and often, and Reed makes a great play.
Zach Ertz (at NYG, DK - $3,600, FD - $5,700) – Ertz has become a huge part of the Eagles offense over the last couple of weeks, as he has seen 30 targets over the last two weeks. He turned those 30 targets into 21 receptions for 200 yards and 1 touchdown. He gets a great matchup against the Giants, who have really struggled against the tight end, and it looks like the Eagles are featuring him as much as possible. He can be used in all leagues, as he’s a bit too cheap on both sites.
St. Louis Rams D/ST (at SF, DK - $3,000, FD - $4,600) – This pick is based purely on the Vegas lines. This game has an over/under of 37, which is the lowest I have seen this season. The Rams are 3.5 point favorites, which means the 49ers are projected at only 15 points. The Rams defense has great upside, as they have had a few great weeks this season. The 49ers have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, and the Rams D/ST makes a great play in all leagues.