By: Kento Kato
With week 9 under way, I’ve decided to talk about some of the players I like for this weekend.
I know he is coming off of a knee injury and didn’t play too well last week. But the fact remains that Big Ben is one of the best QBs in the league, especially at home. On top of that, he is going up against an Oakland Raiders defense that is allowing the most passing yards per game. With Oakland’s pass defense not being as good as their rush defense, and Le’Veon Bell missing the rest of the season, I believe Roethlisberger and this passing game will be relied heavily.
Taylor is also coming off of a knee injury, but he is going up against a Dolphins defense that has given up big games to Tom Brady and Bryan Hoyer in the last two weeks. On top of that, they will be without pass rusher, Cameron Wake. He is only owned in %57.4 of leagues on ESPN, and is pretty cheap in daily fantasy leagues. He is the 5th best QB on a points-per-game basis so if you are looking for a quick replacement or a cheap option on daily fantasy sites, he could be a good fit.
I’m not going out on a limb by any means when I pick Freeman. He has broken out on to the scene with 709 yards and 10TDs but has been held scoreless the last two weeks. I believe he will get back on track as he has gotten over 100 total yards and has averaged 27 touches in those two weeks. They will be playing a 49ers defense that has been kind to RBs so if you have been disappointed by his performances the last two weeks, don’t be afraid to go back to him this week.
For the most part, I’m not too crazy about the running back matchups this week. While he is owned in over %90 of leagues on ESPN, he is cheap on daily fantasy sites and his matchup against a Eagles defense that is 23rd in the last 5 weeks makes him a very intriguing pick.
All of the WRs in the Chargers vs. Bears game.
Alshon Jefferey won’t be available in your season-long league but he is still relatively cheap on daily fantasy sites. He has been a favorite target of Cutler’s and for a good reason. The talented WR is an obvious choice, but guys like Marquess Wilson for the for the Bears and Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd for the Chargers are guys that are worth looking at if you need some value guys or need to a fill-in for a injured player or a player with a bye week. Wilson is only owned in about %3 of leagues on ESPN and he should get more targets with Eddy Royal hurt. On the other side, Phillip Rivers is averaging 52 pass attempts in the past 4 weeks, and with Keenan Allen out, Floyd and Johnson should see plenty or targets. Many believe this game will be a very high scoring affair so these WRs could get a good amount of points.
Miller is only owned in %50 of leagues on ESPN and is very cheap on daily fantasy sites due to his quiet season. But things are trending upwards for the veteran TE. After not catching a ball last week for the first time in his career, he came back with 10 catches for 105 yards against the Bengals last week. Miller has long had good chemistry with Big Ben and with the Steelers looking to their passing game to carry them, expect Miller to continue playing well.
When Reed has been healthy, he has been great. He is going up against a Pats team that led by a coach who is great at taking one thing away. That being said, the Pats should take the lead early on and force the Redskins to air it out for much of the game. Coming off of a game where he had 11 catch, 72 yards, and 2 TDs, I look for him to get double-digit targets again.
Yes, the Saints just came off a game in which no defense was played. And, yes, they made Eli Manning look unstoppable. But also true, is the uncertainty in Tennessee. If you need a cheap pick up or a quick replacement, you could probably do worse than the Saints defense.
Dez Washington came back last week, but he still was’t his old self. While this Eagles defense isn’t necessarily a great defense, they are good in fantasy as they get sacks and create turnovers. In a division game, against a team still led by Matt Cassel, I can see the Eagles rewarding owners with multiple interceptions.