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!
Benjamin Watson – $4,000 (Chase)
Watson had a career day against the Giants last Sunday catching 9 out of 10 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown. The 35 year old has been a favorite of Drew Brees for the last three weeks. Watson has been targeted 27 times over that span. Tight end has become somewhat of a vanilla position to pick from if you decide not to pay up for Rob Gronkowski. Drew Brees historically has spread the ball around, but Watson and Brees have a clear rapport at this point. Watson is a matchup nightmare to opposing defenses due to his freakish size and speed. He has also found the end zone in three of four contests.
Malcom Floyd – $3,900 (Chase)
The San Diego Chargers are falling apart physically by the week. Their most recent casualties include star wide out Keenan Allen who suffered a kidney injury and up and coming tight end Ladarius Green. Last week Malcom Floyd had four catches on six targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens. The veteran could see a huge bump in targets in an expanded role. Week nine, on MNF, Floyd will get to face a Bears pass defense that has allowed 16 touchdowns through the air. We know Rivers is going to chuck the ball 50 times and Floyd is in a good spot at a great price.
Heath Miller – $2,700 (Chase)
Ben is back and that means a reemergence of Antonio Brown and Heath Miller. One thing we have learned while playing on Draft Kings this season is, START every tight end against the Oakland Raiders. Last week Miller had 10 catches on 13 targets for 105 yards. This week he comes at a near minimum salary at home. The Raiders have made every tight end a chalky play, but who cares at this price. Just think of the salary relief Miller provides to let you spend elsewhere.
C.J. Anderson – $4,100/Ronnie Hillman – $4,600 (Chase)
Hard to imagine CJ Anderson is only $4,100 on Draft Kings considering he was drafted in the first round in many season long leagues. I’m wrong a ton. I’m wrong about football often and I’m wrong about more important things than football. I’m also right a fair amount of the time. Does being right a “fair” amount make me a fantasy football expert? Absolutely. All that said, the Colts are allowing 124.9 yards rushing per game and have also given up nine touchdowns on the ground. With Peyton Manning’s aged right arm, it’s evident that the Broncos want to run the ball with Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson. The issue here is trying to gauge how the carries are distributed between the two. Hillman and Anderson combined for 161 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. I’m chasing the situation for certain and I’m thinking both running backs are in play for cash games and tournaments.
Jacob Tamme – $3,000 (Fade)
Usually the term ‘ fade’ in DFS does not pertain to tight ends that are $3,000. The theme of Whack- A-Mole is to identify which players will or will not follow up the performance they had the previous week. Jacob Tamme caught 10 of 12 targets, for 102 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bucs at home. Aside from Julio Jones, the receiving game has been somewhat ambiguous to date for the Falcons. Matt Ryan has leaned periodically on the veteran tight end but the consistency of production has been way too up and down. Tamme could be a sneaky tournament play on the road against a disoriented 49ers team. Heath Miller at home for $2,700 is by far a more preferred/safer choice.
Dwayne Harris – $3,800 (Fade)
Make no mistake I like Dwayne Harris and how dynamic he is on offense and special teams. The problem is he is touchdown dependent. His upside is limited which attributed to his inconsistency. In Victor Cruz’s absence Harris has, however, outperformed Reuben Randle and tight end Larry Donnell over the last five weeks. Chances are if I’m mentioning a player on Whack-A-Mole he is notable and has some sort of upside. Harris is getting better as his role has increased. Tread lightly for now.