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Here's the FanDuel lineup I'm going with this week:
I wanted to go with a good stack few players would be using this week. Everyone's been talking about how Drew Brees just isn't having a good fantasy season, but that could easily change this Sunday. Brees is playing a Washington defense that just surrendered four touchdowns to Case Keenum, so there's major potential with Brees. I'm going all in with Brees, Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, though I may change Ginn to Alvin Kamara.
I love Kareem Hunt this week, with Snacks Harrison out. I also think Jordan Howard will have a big game; he's battling a Detroit team that just made Isaiah Crowell look good.
My final receiver is Demaryius Thomas, who should do well versus Cincinnati's struggling secondary. Tight end Cameron Brate, meanwhile, has a terrific matchup against Miami's poor linebackers.
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Chet's FanDuel Picks:
The Patriots and Raiders face off in Mexico City and have the highest expected point total of the week. This makes sense, as both teams have poor overall defenses and good to great offenses. The Raiders' pass defense has been the worst of the bunch, as they are last in pass defense DVOA and they've allowed the highest combined passer rating to opposing quarterbacks. They've also intercepted a grand total of zero passes and trail the entire league in total sacks. Tom Brady will have all day to get the ball out and when he does, his receivers are likely to be open.
I'm not a big fan of any running back plays this week, which might be a good thing, as I've been paying up at the position for studs in strong matchups and it has not been working out that well. This week, I'm going a bit riskier with Chris Thompson, as he's not his team's "lead" back, but he's in a great position against the Saints defense. The Saints have allowed the third-most receptions and sixth-most receiving yards to opposing running backs, which of course sets up well for Thompson, who leads all running backs with 494 receiving yards and is tied for second with three receiving touchdowns.
I am going to pay up for Kareem Hunt this week because he's coming off a bye, has Andy Reid game-planning, and will face a Giants team that has been getting steamrolled of late. Hunt has hit a lull in his impressive rookie campaign, but has had a week to rest and should be in a positive game-script, as Kansas City is set up to pound the Giants in a much-needed game.
Like I mentioned above, I see Kansas City taking it to the Giants, which should get them in pass mode quickly. For the Giants, that means a lot of targets for Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Shepard has been great since returning from injury to take a lead role in the offense, and Kansas City has been poor against opposing wide receivers, giving up the most fantasy points and touchdowns per game. At his price, volume opportunity and matchup, he will be a staple on my teams.
Mike Evans returns from his one-game suspension to a great spot against a Dolphins pass defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers over their past five games. Evans should get every opportunity to put up similar numbers to what Devin Funchess did to this defense on Monday night.
Brandin Cooks has been inconsistent due to his lack of touchdowns, but he's seeing good target numbers and should be a thorn in the side of the Raiders' poor pass defense this week in Mexico City.
Jordan Reed will be out again along with Terrelle Pryor, and Ryan Grant is questionable, which should push Vernon Davis into a big role once again. Davis has had some tough matchups this season, but continues to manage respectable games. Over the last two weeks against the Vikings and Seahawks, he's caught 13 passes for 148 yards. The Saints have been good at holding down tight ends this season, but they've also allowed five touchdowns to the position and haven't faced a strong group this year.
Brandon McManus gets the elevation help once again, and the Bengals have allowed double-digit kicker points in four of their past five games.
The weather for the Cleveland/Jacksonville game does not look good, as there is a chance of snow and heavy winds with gusts into the high 30s. The Browns defense hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher or 300-yard passer this season, and their defensive play has tightened up as the season has gone along. Leonard Fournette missed practice on Friday and looks like he may be limited if he does play. This game could be ugly if Blake Bortles is called on to throw the ball in the forecasted wind.