QB: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans ($6,700)
Have you seen what Deshaun Watson has been doing lately? In his last three games he has thrown for 11 touchdowns and has an average of 32 fantasy points per game! He is going up against a Browns team that is 21st in fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. On top of that Watson is at home and I think he has another huge day.
Honorable Mention: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions ($6,500)
RB: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs ($8,200)
The Jaguars had the ideal game plan for beating the Steelers: Force Big Ben to make mistakes and pound the rock on the offensive end. They did just that. Leonard Fournette had over 180 yards rushing against the Steelers last week and I think Kareem Hunt is in line for a big game as well. The Chiefs know that the Steelers have a very good pass defense so their game plan will revolve around Hunt.
Honorable Mention: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons ($7,400)
RB: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings ($4,100)
Jerick McKinnon exploded last week in place of the injured Dalvin Cook, who is out for the year. It seems as if McKinnon has taken over the lead for the lead back in the Vikings backfield. He out touched and out produced Latavius Murray in every aspect of the game. The Vikes are without Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs this week. Therefore, I expect them to rely on their running backs against a weak Packers rushing defense.
Honorable Mention: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans ($5,400)
WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints ($7,300)
I expect a huge week from Michael Thomas as he is well rested coming off a bye. In his two weeks prior to the bye, he and Drew Brees were beginning to click. Thomas surpassed 20 fantasy points in each of those two games and he hauled in a TD as well. This is going to be a high scoring game and the Lions are allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans ($8,100)
WR: Will Fuller V, Houston Texans ($5,200)
Will Fuller missed the first three games due to an injury, but he has come back with a bang. In two weeks he already has four touchdown catches, while surpassing 19 fantasy points in each of those weeks. Teams are focusing on shutting down Hopkins and Fuller is taking full advantage of it.
Honorable Mention: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings ($6,000)
WR: Ricardo Louis, Cleveland Browns ($3,900)
Why am I taking a Cleveland Browns wide receiver as they are in the middle of a QB change? One reason is that I always like to have an opposing pass catcher in my lineups. Second, Kenny Britt is still questionable and he will not be 100% even if he plays, which makes Ricardo Louis the number one WR option right now. Third, last week Louis had a solid week even with the QB change in the middle of the game.
Honorable Mention: Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions ($4,600)
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings ($3,800)
Stefon Diggs has been ruled out this week. Therefore, someone is going to have to make up that production. Cue Kyle Rudolph. Even with Sam Bradford out, I think Rudolph is a viable, cheap option to deploy. I think GB will focus on Thielen down field, which will open up some opportunities for Rudolph. Rudolph also saw a season high 9 targets last week once Diggs went out with an injury.
Honorable Mention: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons ($3,500)
FLEX: Todd Gurley II, Los Angeles Rams ($7,700)
I expect a huge bounce back week from Todd Gurley. He has had a lot of success early on in the season, but he was quiet last week as he went up against a very good Seahawks front seven. This week he is facing a Jacksonville team that has been awful against the run this year. The Steelers did not feed Bell enough last week and I expect the Rams to take notice. Therefore, I think Gurley will see a whole lot of action this week.
Honorable Mention: Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns ($5,100)
D/ST: Chicago Bears ($2,700)
The Bears have been very underrated all year on the defensive side of the ball. They have gone up against some tough offensive units and have held their ground for the most part. They are a cheap option that lets me pay up for players at other positions. I believe they will be low-owned and they are going up against a Ravens team that has been questionable at times on the offensive end.
Honorable Mention: Washington Redskins ($3,400)