Each week, I’ll be playing the age old game, NFL style. There are always new faces that pop up, and you’ll need to know which guys to chase or fade. Get me on Twitter – @lonero_justin. Let’s get to it!
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Matt Jones – $4,000/Alfred Morris – $3,900 (Fade)
It is time share central in Washington these days with Alfred Morris, Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Jones had 11 carries for 55 yards and three receptions for 131 and a touchdown. Morris had 15 carries for 92 yards and three receptions and Thompson had 77 yards on 3 touches. All of this production came against a lackluster Rob Ryan ran defensive unit in a game that was a blowout. Typically Alf Morris is non-existent in the passing game and Matt Jones has been way too inconsistent to depend on other than in tournaments. I have difficulty believing the Redskins running game will be a factor when playing from behind against the undefeated Carolina Panthers in week 11.
Zach Ertz – $3,100 (Chase)
Brent Celek reminds me of Heath Miller. He just doesn’t go away. During week 10, Zach Ertz and Miller combined for 11 catches and 202 yards. I’m not going to advocate for either mainly because Chip Kelly’s circus offense aggravates me to no end. It is to be determined how Mark Sanchez will handle things under center. Ertz may steal all the targets and become Sanchez’s safety blanket in the middle of the field. Jordan Reed went bananas against the Bucs in week 7 with 11 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. I say Ertz will get his first touchdown of the season this week. Celek’s performance was more of an anomaly.
Jonathan Stewart – $4,400 (Chase)
Remember when DeAngelo Williams and J-Stew were in an expensive time share in Carolina? Jonathan Stewart is now in a featured role getting 20+ carries in five straight games. Based on the volume alone he continues to be a safe play week to week. Week 11 Stewart will face a Redskins unit that let Doug Martin, Chris Ivory, LeGarette Blount, and Devonta Freeman to run wild against them this season. Even though he is absent in the passing game, his price, matchup, and usage are all very much desirable. The Panthers success has been largely attributed to the run game thus far.
Zach Miller – $2,900 (Fade)
The Zac Brown band is popular I hear, but don’t ask me to tell you what they sing. Zach Miller made week 10 his coming out party even though he shares the field with the Black Unicorn, Martellus Bennett. Mole’s like this pop up from time to time dropping five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The week prior Miller caught his first touchdown since 2011 against the Chargers. So maybe he’s not a mole, he may be a ground hog. Whatever the case is Martellus Bennett is still in Chicago and he will remain the top tight end option. To cover my bases, Miller could be a real sneaky GPP play because we know what he is capable of doing periodically.
Kirk Cousins – $5,300 (Fade)
There is a trend here with Kirk Cousins picking on NFC South teams. He has lit the Saints and Bucs up and next up are the Panthers who are no walk in the park. Last week Cousins completed 20-of-25 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns. I find it hard to believe the theme will continue against Josh Norman and company on the road. It may be wise to have ONE share or so of Cousins because he will be chasing points for certain.
Stevie Johnson – $3,900 (Chase)
Stevie Johnson is an older version of Keenan Allen. They are both possession receivers that excel on intermediate routes. Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd are injured so its next man up and we all know how Philip Rivers likes to sling it. The Chargers are going to rely heavily on Stevie Johnson going forward in the passing game and he should see 7-10 targets for the duration. Coming off the bye, Johnson has a great matchup against the Chiefs who have allowed 17 touchdowns through the air so far this season.