This is where things get good. We’re down to just eight teams now, and we have just seven games left in the season! That also means that we only have one more article after this, and it’s been a treat to help you guys all year long. Last week was another solid one for us, with our Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs stack doing some damage. We’re going to look to build off of that, so let’s get into it!
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Quarterback of the Week
Lamar Jackson (BAL) $7,600 at BUF
Jackson was hesitant to run the ball in the regular season because he wanted to be healthy for the stretch run. While his team barely snuck in, L-Jax has been running like crazy in every meaningful game since then. Since Week 13, Jackson is averaging 94.3 rushing yards on 12 carries per game. That’s solid production from a running back, and we haven’t even mentioned that this is a quarterback! While his passing number are a bit lackluster, that rushing floor has led to him averaging 29 DraftKings points per game in that span despite mediocre throwing numbers. Oh, and Buffalo owns a 26th OPRK against opposing quarterbacks this season.
Cash Game Running Back
Cam Akers (LAR) $5,600 at GB
There aren’t many good matchups for running backs on this slate, but Akers has one. We say that because Green Bay surrenders the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. They’ve done that despite winning many of their games, as those numbers could look worse if teams actually got a lead against them. We love that for a guy like Akers, considering the youngster has taken over the Rams backfield. Akers has compiled 555 rushing yards, 141 receiving yards, and three touchdowns on 123 carries over his last six games played. That means he’s getting over 20 carries a game, which he should do again against Green Bay’s poor run defense.
GPP Running Back
Clyde Edwards-Helarie (KC) $5,500 vs. CLE
CEH was a big disappointment for redraft fantasy managers, but this dude has all the talent in the world. We’re still talking about a guy who averaged 14 DK points per game in a “down” year — despite dealing with numerous injuries at different parts of the season. One would have to believe that sitting the last two weeks has gotten him ready for 15 carries and five targets. We believe he will get those 15 carries because of this game script, with the Chiefs entering this matchup as a 10-point favorite. That’s the largest spread of the weekend, and double-digit spreads are always good news for the starting running back. We also don’t mind that he faces a 19th-ranked Browns defense.
Cash Game Wide Receiver
Michael Thomas (NO) $6,700 vs. TB
It would be easy to write-up Davante Adams here, but number-one wide receivers have really struggled with the Rams and Jalen Ramsey. That’s why we’ll save $1,900 and ride Thomas instead. The thing that makes him an attractive option is his role, as he has averaged 8.8 targets over his last five games played. That’s standard from a guy like Thomas, and he’s done that despite missing tons of games because of injury. He’s starting to hit his stride in terms of production, too, scoring at least 16 DraftKings points in four of those five games. The icing on the cake is the matchup, though, with Tampa owning a 25th OPRK against opposing wide receivers this season. That certainly appeared to be the case when he averaged 24 fantasy points per game in two meetings with them last season.
GPP Wide Receiver
Jarvis Landry (CLE) $5,600 at KC
Landry is probably too good to be in the GPP section, but I had to squeeze him into this article somehow. The thing we love about him is the fact that he has a 30 percent target share since Odell Beckham Jr.went down. While that didn’t lead to big numbers at first, it certainly has recently. Not only has Landry reached double-digits in DK points in six-straight games, but he’s also averaging 20 fantasy points per game in that span. All of that is big news, with Cleveland expected to throw a ton here as a huge underdog against the Chiefs.
Tight End of the Week
Travis Kelce (KC) $7,800 vs. CLE
Picking tight ends is always tough, but it’s nearly impossible when we have only four games. The good news is that we have the best tight end in football on this slate, making him an easy choice. Kelce is currently doubling up the second-highest priced tight end in fantasy points per game and has scored at least 22 DraftKings points in 10 of his last 11 games. In that stretch, Kelce is averaging 7.4 receptions for 101.7 yards per game while scoring a touchdown in nearly every fixture. There are only a couple of wide receivers out there with better numbers, and we’re talking about a tight end! We haven’t been gotten to the fact that he’ll face the Browns, the team that surrenders the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
D/ST of the Week
Baltimore Ravens $2,800 at BUF
Alright, this is always a tough position to figure out when we get to this point in the season, but Baltimore looks like a great cash-saving option. We say that because they’re one of the best defenses left, ranked second in points allowed, and ranked seventh in yardage surrendered. Those are amazing totals from a $2,800 defense, especially when you consider that they’re the third-cheapest defense on this slate. While Buffalo is a terrible matchup, it’s a team that can’t run the ball. That gives the Ravens some interception potential, as Josh Allen throws the ball 40-plus times a game. Look for Baltimore to hunt interceptions knowing that Buffalo can’t run, and that alone makes them a nice punt play with pick-six potential.
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