Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DraftKings - $6,100
It’s not often that I tout a player two weeks in a row especially after said player wasn’t all that I hyped him up to be in the previous week’s matchup, but I am going to go ahead and do that this week with Winston. With a division rival game at home against the Atlanta Falcons terrible secondary I see Jameis and the Buccaneers repeating the success that they had in week one where Winston threw for 4 touchdowns. The Buccaneers running game is in shambles so they are going to be airing it out all night long and with Winston’s low cost I don’t know that there is a better value at the position this week.
Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis Colts : Draftkings - $6,700
Luck has not scored less than 20 in 4 straight weeks and now draws the revived Green Bay Packers. Packers boast a middling and very torch-able pass defense. Couple that with 54 point over/under and an equally touchable pass colts pass defense and you have a recipe for a shootout. You want a piece of this game and Luck’s price tag is $1,100 less than Aaron Rodgers’ buy and start with confidence!
Terrance West, RB Baltimore Ravens: DraftKings - $4,700
2 weeks of irrelevance and people seem to have forgotten about Terrance west and the numbers he was putting up after taking over the starting job in Baltimore, but that is about to change after week 9. In week 7 he faced one of the league’s most stingy run defenses in the New York Jets and then had a bye in week 8. I expect West to be fully recharged and ready to run all over the pitiful Pittsburgh run defense. I see 19-22 touches this week while putting up 85 to 100 yards and a score.
Charcandrick West RB Kansas City Chiefs : Draftkings - $4,400
We’re rolling out the West brothers this week. Really with all the bye its tough to find better options for the price. DraftKings pricing came out before Ware was pretty much ruled out so West is down in the low 4’s. Given the KC Running back usage this should be a steal. Jacksonville isn’t a dream matchup but its not scary either. They have yielded 9 rushing touchdowns this year so crossing the goal line should be about assured. With Ale Smith out look for the Chiefs to lean on West early and often. He proved last year he can handle the load and I’m sure he’s itching to get back in the action in a significant way!
Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings: DraftKings - $5,900
With Sam Bradford still manning the QB position for the Vikings it seems that Diggs just does not get the respect that he is due. The only player that made anything happen against the Bears in week 8 is facing a Detroit Lions secondary that is one of the worst in the league to date and should have no problem creating space for himself all day long. I see his week 8 numbers as his floor with the potential to reach 150 and a score in week 9.
Mike Evans Tampa By Buccaneers : Draftkings - $8,500
I recommended Jody Nelson last week against the Atlanta Secondary and he gave us a respectable 19.4 points. Evans is a good bit younger and faster than Jordy at this juncture and unlike Jordy he is about the only target on his team. In fact, Evans is 2nd in the NFL in targets despite already having his bye week (he trails AJ Green by 2 targets) Evans leads the league in receiving touchdowns and I see no reason to think he won’t score in this one. I don't think Atlanta can stop him so spend the extra cash and start him with confidence this week!
Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers : DraftKings - $3,000
I was one of the believers that Gates was on his last leg (pun intended) heading into the 2016 season and Hunter Henry was ready to take over the top TE spot in the Chargers passing attack, but it appears Antonio is not ready to ride off into the sunset just yet. Facing a Tennessee Titans defense that has been susceptible to a pass catching TE I see the big, sure handed Gates hauling in 5-7 receptions for 65-80 yards and a score in week 9.
Kyle Rudolph TE Minnesota Vikings : Draftkings - $4,000
Rudolph is a little steep this week at 4k but the lions stink agains the pass. More specifically they stink against Tight ends having given up a league worst 517 yards and 8 touchdowns. Sam Bradford loves Rudolph who actually leads the team in targets through 8 weeks. This should be a huge game for Rudolph, he’ll be worth the extra budget spent come close of business Monday night.
Buffalo Bills Defense: DraftKings - $2,800
If Russell Wilson was his normal self then I would not be going with the Bills Defense in a primetime matchup, but he is not and the entire Seahawks offense is struggling because of it. Add in the fact that the running game for Seattle is a shell of its former self and you have a recipe for a low scoring and defensive minded battle on Monday night. I see a turnover for points being a big turning point in the game and the Bills might just be on the right side of it.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense: Draftkings - $3,500
Well the Patriots are off this week so I can’t plug them in here like I normally do! The Chiefs really know how to get after the quarterback and have shown some real grit scoring double digit points the past three weeks. their opponents the last three weeks? Oakland, New Orleans, Indianapolis. The jaguars are no where near those three teams offensively and the game is in arrowhead. KC Defense is my start of the week.
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