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!
Darren Sproles – $3,500 (Chase)
32 year old Darren Sproles started last week in front of DeMarco Murray if you can believe that. Sproles had 15 carries for 66 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 34 yards. His 83 yard punt return for a touchdown is really what padded his fantasy points total last week. Generally, Sproles’ production will come in the passing game and on special teams so for the price and opportunity his somewhat ambiguous role is actually clear cut. We can count on him to be used on passing downs and on special teams where the Eagles excel. Chip Kelly used Sproles as the starter and they were able to beat the Patriots on the road. It doesn’t make sense to change the recipe that worked.
Scott Chandler – $3,800 (Chase)
Who needs Rob Gronkowski when you have Scott Chandler? I kid. The Patriots are decimated in the passing game and by default Scott Chandler has been thrown into an increased role overnight. He has hands that resemble shoe boxes and moves like a sloth, but the volume and red zone looks have been there. Last week, Chandler caught 4-of-7 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. Perfect for his price. He was a chalky play last week and he’ll be a little less chalky this week. All we need to know is that the Patriots are going to score points and Tom Brady is going to sling the Pig skin often. As DFSers, we will be more than happy to take 5-6 receptions, 60+ yards, and a touchdown at his price.
Brandon Coleman – $3,700 (Fade)
One thing we have learned about Drew Brees during his illustrious career is that he spreads the ball around. Last week, rookie Brandon Coleman hauled in 4-of-7 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. Coleman’s role increased with Willie Snead sidelined. It has always been difficult to pin point where Brees is looking and the right answer is the guy that is open. Coleman has been plagued with drops so far this season but his 6’6″ frame makes him a big red zone target for Brees. We have seen Snead, Cooks, Watson, and now Coleman all have solid weeks this season. Some offenses are just best to avoid to minimize the guessing game.
Ted Ginn Jr. – $3,700 (Fade)
Ted Ginn Jr. is a special teams specialist that has all of a sudden transformed into one of Cam Newton’s favorite targets this season. I had a vision months ago that Cam Newton would be force feeding Kelvin Benjamin every week in 2015. KB got hurt prior to the start of the season leaving rookie Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn, and Philly Brown to get the scraps. Ginn caught 5-of-10 targets last week and has become an ultimate boom or bust option. The ten targets are intriguing for sure, but he is very capable of having zero catches just as easy. Ginn is a GPP option that provides a ton more risk than reward. The Panthers offense has been successful with their dependency on the running game and Greg Olsen primarily.
Dorial Green-Beckham – $3,700 (Chase)
Dorial Green-Beckham had a field day in week 13 against the Jaguars. DGB grabbed 5-of-6 targets, for 119 yards and a touchdown. Historically most rookie wide outs struggle their rookie season and he is no different. Green-Beckham is as raw as they come and if DGB starts to understand the playbook the future could be bright for Marcus Mariota and the Titans. He is a rare blend of size and speed that could be a nightmare for opposing secondaries. He has shown inconsistencies all season but he may have turned the corner last week. The way Marcus Mariota has played, I may have to play DGB in a few tournaments. Kendall Wright is dealing with a rib injury which means an increase in volume could be in store for DGB.
Blaine Gabbert – $5,100 (Fade)
Growing up watching the 49ers of the 1980’s was a beautiful thing. Montana to Rice, Roger Craig, and Ronnie Lott laying lumber every week. My, my, my have times changed. Blaine Gabbert did shine last week in a meaningless game against the Bears. He ran for 76 yards and a touchdown along with 196 yards throwing. The quarterback position has been a great spot to find superb value this season on Draft Kings and this week will be no different. Kirk Cousins is also $5,100 and has his turn against the lowly Chicago Bears. Alex Smith is also $5,100 and is in a good spot this week at home. Blaine Gabbert and his week 13 performance was an anomaly more than anything else.
Bilal Powell – $3,500 (Chase)
Last week Bilal Powell caught 8-of-13 targets against the Giants. Every team has a Bilal Powell type running back to change speeds, and flourish in the passing game. Obviously Chris Ivory is the lead back at this point still, but in the second half after a fumble the two were just about deadlocked in snaps. Powell won’t have more than 10 carries, but he should be a lock for five dump off’s a game going forward. To put things into perspective, the last three weeks Powell has out snapped Chris Ivory by 30. This week the Jets will play a Titans team that has allowed (105.5) yards a game and (10) rushing touchdowns. I love Powell’s price this week combined with a great matchup at home as favorites.