Jared Goff/Todd Gurley/Robert Woods
At this point, it’s difficult to avoid the Los Angeles Rams, specifically in cash games. They lead the NFL in total yards (447.1) per game, while also ranking third in the league in points (33.2) per game. They get a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, who have found plenty of defensive success this season. They currently rank seventh in the NFL in total yards allowed (333.3) and fifth in points allowed (19.5) per game. Still, the Rams are -10 point favorites in a game set at 51 points, and they feature the second highest implied total on the slate at 30.5 points.
Jared Goff has found plenty of success throughout the season, but he has been at his best in Los Angeles. Through four home games, Goff is averaging 367.0 passing yards and 3.0 passing touchdowns (30.2 DK points) on 34.0 pass attempts per game. He has also scored 22+ DK points in each of those games. Todd Gurley is another option on the Rams offense that has been playing at an elite level this season. Through nine games, he’s averaging 136.6 total yards and 1.8 total touchdowns on 24.3 touches (4.1 receptions) per game. He has scored 30+ DK points in four of his last five games, as well. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp can all be considered to fill out the stack, but Woods gets the write-up because of his matchup (see WR/CB Matchups article). After struggling the first week of the season, Woods has scored double digit DK points in each of his last eight games. Overall, he’s averaging a 5.7/82.6/0.3 line on 8.2 targets per game. He’s another option that has been better in Los Angeles this season, where he’s averaging 21.7 DK points per game. The Rams will feature plenty of ownership this weekend, and they’re an elite cash game stack.
Aaron Rodgers/Davante Adams/Marquez Valdes-Scantling
The Green Bay Packers currently rank sixth in the NFL in passing yards (301.0) per game, but that doesn’t tell the entire story, as Aaron Rodgers has dealt with injuries throughout the season. Surprisingly, Green Bay only ranks 17th in the league with 15 passing touchdowns this season. They get a matchup against the Miami Dolphins, who are allowing 258.0 passing yards per game this season. They have also allowed 16 passing touchdowns, while recording 15 interceptions this season. Green Bay is currently a -10 point favorite in a game set at 47.5 points, giving them an implied total of 28.8 points this week.
Aaron Rodgers is averaging 317.8 passing yards per game this season, while throwing for 15 touchdowns. He has dealt with injuries, though, limiting his mobility. Rodgers is coming off of two down games, but was able to throw for 400+ yards and 2+ touchdowns in his two games prior to that. As mentioned in my WR/CB Matchup article, Marquez Valdes-Scantling gets an elite matchup this week. He has seen an expanded role over his last four games, and he’s averaging a 3.8/79.3/0.5 line on 7.0 targets per game. Davante Adams gets a significantly more difficult matchup this week, as Xavien Howard is expected to shadow him. That may not matter, though, as Adams has been a matchup proof receiver this season. Through eight games, he’s averaging 7.3 receptions for 91.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns on 10.9 targets per game. He has also been an extremely consistent option, scoring 16+ DK points in each of his eight games this season. The game script in this game may be a concern, but Green Bay still comes with tremendous upside as an offense.
Drew Brees/Michael Thomas/Ben Watson
The New Orleans Saints passing offense has been playing at a high level this season, averaging 290.0 passing yards per game. They have also totaled 18 touchdowns, while throwing only one interception. This weekend, they get an elite matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are allowing a league-high 319.0 passing yards per game this season. The Bengals have also allowed 18 passing touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The Saints are -5.5 point favorites in a game set at 54 points, entering this game with a 29.8 implied total.
Drew Brees has been somewhat of a boom or bust quarterback option this season, scoring 30+ DK points in four games, while also scoring fewer than 10 DK points twice. Overall, he’s averaging 292.0 passing yards and 2.3 passing touchdowns on 34.9 pass attempts per game. Brees has struggled at times on the road this season, but this will be one of the best matchups he’s seen on the year. Michael Thomas has been one of the most efficient receivers in the NFL this season, and he has been Brees’ top target. Through eight games, he’s averaging 8.8 receptions for 110.0 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on 9.9 targets per game. He has also scored between 25 and 43 DK points in four of his eight games this season. Ben Watson is a way to get leverage on a New Orleans stack, as most fantasy players would opt to use Alvin Kamara here. Watson has not always produced this season, but he’s averaging 3.3 receptions for 36.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on 4.0 targets per game this season. He’s an extremely cheap option, and Cincinnati ranks 31st in the NFL against the tight end. Watson will likely go overlooked in this stack, making him a leverage play after finding the end zone in two of his last three games.
High Upside GPP Stack
Alex Smith/Maurice Harris/Jordan Reed
The Washington Redskins have struggled offensively this season, as they are averaging only 222.0 passing yards per game. They have also scored only nine passing touchdowns this season. They get an elite matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though, who are allowing 307 passing yards per game this season. Tampa Bay has also allowed 22 passing touchdowns, while recording only one interception in 2018. The Redskins are +3 point underdogs in this game, and they feature an implied total of only 24.3 points this week.
Alex Smith has struggled to produce gaudy numbers through eight games, as he’s averaging only 233.4 passing yards and 1.1 passing touchdowns per game this season. He’s coming off of his first 300+ yard game of the season, though, and gets an elite matchup this weekend. Jordan Reed was injured last week, and is questionable for this game, but he has been Smith’s top target when on the field. Over the last four weeks, Reed is averaging 7.8 targets per game, although he has turned those into 4.5 receptions for only 37.8 yards per game. If Reed is unable to suit up this week, Vernon Davis is a player that can be locked into this stack. Maurice Harris was able to take over for an injured Paul Richardson, and he led the team in receiving last week. In that game, he caught 10 of 12 targets for 124 yards. Harris has found plenty of success on a per target basis this season, and he is likely to see an extended role once again this week. He comes with quite a bit of upside, but should feature low ownership in a plus matchup.
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