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Andrew Luck $9300 to T.Y. Hilton $8000
This is the cheapest Luck has been since Week 10, so this would be a good time to get him into your lineups. Besides the drop in price, he’s facing a team that he’s had much success against in his career. He plays the Texans. In five career games against them, Luck has thrown 12 touchdowns and just two picks. Earlier this season, he threw for 370 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick against the Texans defense. Luck is one of the more consistent quarterbacks in the game. You know what you get when you pay up for him. Hilton is another one who has found much success against the Texans throughout his career. In five games against them, he has 31 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns. In their last meeting which was earlier this season, Hilton caught nine passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. This duo has been crushing defenses for almost the entire season. They’re expensive to pair up, but there’s a ton of value at all positions this week, so it isn’t impossible to get them in your lineups.
Drew Brees $8400 to Jimmy Graham $6300
These two have been off beat in recent weeks. Graham has scored less than six fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s been unreliable, and has burned many fantasy owners. However, I refuse to believe that he’ll let his owners down this week. The Bears are actually the worst when it comes to defending against tight ends. They’re giving up 10 fantasy point per game to tight ends, and have allowed 11 touchdowns. After posting up consecutive 30+ fantasy point games, Brees put up a stinker last week against the Panthers. He’ll look to bounce back this week against a real bad pass defense. The Bears allow 265 passing yards per game, and have yielded the most passing touchdowns (30). While Brees is known to play better at home than on the road, this year he’s actually averaging more fantasy points per game in away games. The over under in this game is 54, so Vegas is expecting some points to be scored. These two should have no trouble connecting often this week, and I’m expecting Graham to come out of his funk.
Ben Roethlisberger $7900 to Antonio Brown $8700
Big Ben and Brown will head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The Atlanta defense is giving up 288 passing yards per game, which is most in the NFL. They’ve surrendered 12 passing touchdowns in the last seven games, and have allowed 300+ passing yards in four of their last six games. Roethlisberger had a big game last week against the Bengals defense that has been solid against the pass. He has now scored more than 30 fantasy points in back to back weeks, has thrown for 340 or more yards in in five of his last six games, and had 19 touchdowns passes in the last six weeks. Brown has been the recipient of many of those passes. Since Week 7, Brown has caught eight or more passes in each game, and has scored six touchdowns. He has over 100 receptions for the season and already scored 12 touchdowns. He’s as consistent as a receiver can be. The matchup is also great. The Falcons are giving up the most receiving yards per game (294.7). They’re also allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (24.7). This is another game with a high over under (55). It should be business as usual for these two.
Jay Cutler $7500 to Alshon Jeffery $8200
Cutler is coming off of a nice game against Dallas. He threw 341 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also scored a rushing touchdown. This week he will take on the Saints who have been very vulnerable defending the pass. The Saints are allowing 18.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and have surrendered 22 passing touchdowns. In the last four games, they’ve allowed nine passing touchdowns. Now that Brandon Marshall is out for the season, Jeffery officially is the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, even though he’s been putting up better numbers than Marshall in recent weeks. He has scored a touchdown in five of his last six games, and has six touchdowns in that time frame. The Saints have allowed at least one receiving touchdown in all but two games this season. Over the last five weeks, they have allowed six touchdowns and 150 or more receiving yards in four of the games. Jeffery should see his role increase and should have no trouble getting the job done against the Saints. Cutler will likely lock in on Jeffery this weekend, and there’s a good chance this combo will hook up for a touchdown or two.
Eli Manning $6400 to Odell Beckham Jr. $8400 and/or Larry Donnell $3800
The Giants will host the Redskins on Sunday. The last time these two teams met was in Week 4. In the matchup, Manning threw for 300 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. That was Manning’s only four touchdown game of the season. The Redskins are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (20). They’ve given up 28 touchdowns, and are allowing 238 passing yards per game. However, in recent weeks they’ve allowed more yards through the air than they normally do. They’ve surrendered more than 250 passing yards in five of the last six games. Beckham wasn’t in the lineup against the Redskins earlier this season, so he was unable to partake in the fun. The good news is that he’ll have his shot at this vulnerable secondary. He has at least 90 receiving yards in the last six games, and has caught six or more passes in in each of those games. The Redskins are allowing 23.3 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. They have yielded 16 receiving touchdowns, and six of those have been in the last four weeks. Manning found much success against them earlier this season, and without Beckham. In fact it was Larry Donnell who did most of the damage. He’s another player to consider stacking Manning with. He caught seven passes for 54 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins in Week 4. The Giants offense should have no issues moving the ball through the air.