The second quarter of the NFL season goes into full swing this weekend and I have four sleepers to help stack your DraftKings lineup. Remember that the Bears and Bucs are on byes so plan accordingly.
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Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars ($5,500)
Will it be “Good Blake” or “Bad Blake” this Sunday in Kansas City? Bortles’ inconsistent performances is the stuff of recent NFL legend. However, in the right circumstances the 6-foot-5 pivot can be shockingly effective in a fantasy lineup.
In 2018 he’s rotated between poor and spectacular DKFP showings (14.24, 36.54, 8.9, 28.32). The pattern would suggest the UCF alum is due for a dud, but based on the opponent I’m betting on a booming day for the Jaguars QB. The Chiefs pass defense is ranked 31st, averaging 328.5 yards per game to opponents. Bortles is known to be elusive and create plays with his feet, all of which will be useful to avoid K.C.’s aggressive pass rush.
The other positive for sliding the 2014 third overall draft choice into your lineup is that he’ll likely be forced to sling the ball around. Pat Mahomes ($6,200) is scoring touchdowns at a record pace. If he gets after that typically stingy Jacksonville defense, then Bortles would be forced to play catch up, and that of course benefits his fantasy owners.
Alfred Morris, RB, 49ers ($3,600)
However, this week’s encounter versus the winless Cardinals could be the cure for what ails the seven-year veteran — for at least one game, anyway. The possibility of a strong output for Morris goes beyond Arizona’s last place fantasy run defense. As bad as they are against the rush, the Cards have been tough on quarterbacks, allowing just one passing touchdown over the past three weeks.
This naturally suggests that San Fran will look to ground and pound the ball, which would also limit the chances for backup QB C.J. Beathard ($4,900) to turn the ball over (two INTs in Week 4). Prior to Morris being banged up last Sunday he produced two straight double-digit DKFP outings. Now off the injury report and at a price of $3,600, the Pensacola, Fla., native is worth a shot as a RB2 or flex.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Bengals ($2,900)NFL tight ends. At an already thin position group the casualties for Sunday matchups include Greg Olsen, Evan Engram, Tyler Eifert and Delanie Walker.
Speaking of Eifert, the Bengals TE was carted off with a broken ankle last weekend and is done for the season. Tyler Kroft ($2,900) stepped in last year when injury struck his teammate, however, in 2018 plugging in Uzomah is the smart bet.
It was Uzomah, not Kroft, who was sharing the majority of snaps with Eifert and the fourth-year Auburn alum has reliable hands. At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds he’s a red zone dream and as long as Marvin Lewis keeps the on-field timeshare in Uzomah’s favor he could be in store for some TD targets versus the Dolphins.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Browns ($3,900)
I believe rapper LL Cool J said it best, “don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years. Rocking my peers and putting suckas in fear” — ok i’ll stop.
Point is that Johnson was probably a fantasy darling on your draft night as we all dreamed of Tyrod Taylor constantly checking down to the diverse running back. Well that never happened and poor Duke was ignored up until the Raiders game in Week 4.
Johnson led the 0-16 Browns in receptions last season and is a true jack of all trades on offense. You can send him on a fly pattern deep or in the slot as a receiver, swing him for a toss out of the backfield or actually hand him the ball. He’s been grossly under utilized until Baker Mayfield ($5,300) rediscovered him, pumping his DKFP from low single digits in the first three weeks to 13.6.
The Ravens D is rated second against the run and 10th versus the pass. Cleveland suffered nine drops in the Oakland loss, but Johnson possesses terrific hands and the ability as a tweener RB/receiver go-to asset for Mayfield. It’s time to put No. 29 back on the map.
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