Thursday is a rare day where we get a three game slate in the NFL, and it is a very important day for fantasy. Your league mates could be distracted by food and their families, so it’s important to be ahead of the curve and make the right plays this week as the playoffs approach. Let’s take a look at each game and breakdown the top plays from each team.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Both these teams are on a roll as of late, but the Vikings are road favorites, as their defense has really performed well as of late. Despite the tough matchup, Matthew Stafford likely won’t post gaudy numbers, but will do fine in this spot, as the running game will likely struggle against a tough Vikings defensive front. Minnesota cornerback Xavier Jones is likely to be matched up with Golden Tate, opening up some downfield shots for Stafford, and even over the middle for Eric Ebron. Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay will both have opportunities to make some big plays. On the Vikings side, Case Keenum has come alive as of late with 7 touchdowns in his last 3 games. The offense is really shining as the running backs have done well with the tandem of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. Lions cornerback Darius Slay will likely match up with Stefon Diggs, meaning Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph should see plenty of work.

Top Plays: Stafford, Jones, Golladay, Keenum, Thielen, Rudolph, Murray

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chargers offense is coming off an explosive game against the Bills, but a lot of that had to do with the defense putting them in great field position after intercepting Nathan Peterman five times in the first half of the game. That being said, the Cowboys defense has not been good without their injured star linebacker Sean Lee, so the Chargers should be able to produce a lot of points again. I can see this predominately coming from the running backs, making Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler very good plays. Philip Rivers might not have to throw too much, making Keenan Allen the only guy that really stands out in the passing game. The outlook for Dallas will depend on whether or not they get their star left tackle Tyron Smith back. If he plays, this upgrades Dak Prescott, Alfred Morris, and the rest of the weapons for Dallas. They have looked helpless without Smith.

Top Plays: Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Dak Prescott and Alfred Morris (If Tyron Smith plays)

New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins

The Giants are a complete mess, and as usual only have two viable options in my eyes. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are weekly starts as they are the only options Eli Manning has currently. The Redskins really struggle against the tight end so Engram is an elite play. The Redskins have their own share of problems, but still have been able to grind out some wins despite losing Terrelle Pryor, Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed, and Rob Kelley the past couple of weeks. All these injuries have opened up some value for Samaje Perine, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Vernon Davis, as Kirk Cousins has played pretty well with his new arsenal of weapons. The Giants are the worst in the league against the tight end so Vernon Davis is in another great spot. Josh Doctson has big play ability, but will be matched up with top cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Crowder stands out to me as the top target this week against a weak pass defense.

Top Plays: Evan Engram, Kirk Cousins, Vernon Davis, Jamison Crowder, Redskins Defense

 

Listed below are my best Week 11 Draftkings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST).

These are contests where the goal is to finish in the top 45% of the total standings to win twice your dollar entry. We’re targeting players who will score 2.5 times their dollar value. (Example: an $8,000 player that scores 20 points or better is ideal for cash games (8 x 2.5 =20).

The type of player we want is one that has a “high floor” — meaning we want players who will likely get the most touches in great game specific situations and opportunities to succeed in a particular week. No need to be sneaky and worry about ownership percentages. Simple, right?

Quarterback

Tom Brady $7,400 In a situation where we want a sure thing, we go back to the well with the 40 year old guy that never misses a beat. He’s just the the most reliable option this week, and while i don’t normally love paying top dollar at quarterback, Brady is a stone cold lock. The Patriots have shifted gears the past few weeks, as they aren’t running guys between the tackles as much. They are back to using the short dump off to the running backs and slot guys as their “running game.” This bumps Brady’s value up higher than it already was, as there is less of a chance of him losing touchdowns to the backfield. Brady is throwing the ball downfield more this season as well, and in a game with a 54.5 point total, Brady getting three TDs and 300 yards feels like something to count on.

Derek Carr $6,400 Staying on this same game, Carr is a cheaper option to Brady. While the Patriots defense has improved, they are still giving up big chunks of yardage weekly. I really believe this is a game where both teams could score in the 30’s, so if Carr can keep pace with Brady, this is a big advantage at $1,000 cheaper.

Other plays: Blaine Gabbert $4,900 Alex Smith $6,700

Running Back

Kareem Hunt $8,000 The Chiefs should absolutely dominate the Giants this week, as they’ve completely given up on their coach and themselves it seems. Hunt is coming of a bye and will be fresh and ready to handle a big workload against a team that gives up a ton of yards per touch to running backs. He is easily the safest play on the board at the position.

Chris Thompson $5,400 Thompson is the best player on the Redskins. Period. With Rob Kelley, Jordan Reed, and Ryan Grant out and Josh Doctson seeing shadow coverage from Marshon Lattimore, Thompson is in line for a ton of work in the running and passing game. The Saints defense has been good, but their weakness has been pass catching running backs.

Other plays: Melvin Gordon $7,600 Jerrick McKinnon $5,700 Rex Burkhead $3,600

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald $6,900 Fitz is in a great spot this week, and while some will be nervous about it being Blaine Gabbert’s first start, I will be starting my lineup construction with Fitzgerald being locked in. The Texans defense has been diminished to second stringer’s due to injury, and have been getting annihilated by slot receivers the past few weeks. Fitz is another very safe play.

Jarvis Landry $6,400 Landry is not a guy i like to play much, but the matchup with Tampa Bay is great, and it sounds like Kenny Stills will be out, shortening the target tree for Miami to just Landry and Devante Parker. The way to beat Tampa Bay is in the slot, and it feels like it’s lining up for a 10 catch day for Landry.

Other Plays: Brandin Cooks $6,600 Mike Evans $7,900 Bruce Ellington $3,000

Tight End

Travis Kelce $7,300 There is no better matchup this weekend than Kelce vs. the Giants. The Giants have given up a touchdown to the tight end in 10 straight games, and Kelce is the most elite talent they will have seen all season. The price may be tough to fit in, but I don’t see the Giants touchdown streak being broken just yet.

Other Plays: Rob Gronkowski $7,200 Vernon Davis $4,800 Jared Cook $4,800

Defense – Jaguars $4,000 Rams $2,400 Chiefs $3,300 Chargers $3,000

I write a weekly cash game lineup for DraftKings highlighting the “safest” plays for double-up contests. The results for myself have been great this season, as there has been more winning than losing weeks, and even the losses were narrow defeats so the process is certainly working. There are also tournaments that people like to play where we want lineups to differ from the rest of the people in contests. Below are the main players that I am going to be on this weekend.

Quarterback

Tom Brady $7,400 Brady is the most expensive player at the position this week, but that doesn’t bother me at all. The Patriots and Raiders matchup has the highest total of the week at 54.5 points and i expect both teams to score their fair share. This game is being played in Mexico City at an extremely high altitude, and Bill Belichick has now had his players in that environment in Colorado for over two weeks. I am betting on the Patriots going in with a no huddle game plan and pushing the pace to try and tire out the Raiders. A 400 yard 4-5 touchdown game is in the cards for Brady and i want to be all over that.

Blaine Gabbert $4,900 Gabbert is starting for the Cardinals this week against the horrendous Houston Texans defense, and i don’t think a lot of people are looking his way on DraftKings. I haven’t heard a lot of chatter about him, or read a lot of fantasy analysis so this could be the value play that is being overlooked. Everyone remember Gabbert in Jacksonville in a horrible system and really struggling a couple of years ago. Arizona wants to know if this is their QB of the future, and will give him every chance to prove himself. His weapons are much better than they were on his former team, and I can’t pass up an opportunity to attack the team that is playing against Houston.

Running Back

Alvin Kamara $7,500 I’m done being left in the dust by fading the Saints running backs. I think this matchup against the Bills is a tough matchup for Mark Ingram between the tackles, but I do like Kamara as the pass catching back at a cheaper price, even though i think he’ll be a little highly owned. He is leading the league in yards per carry at 6.5, has averaged 30 DraftKings points over his last two games, as well as 19 receptions in his last four.

Chris Thompson $4,500 Rob Kelley is out for the season, leaving Thompson and Samaje Perine to handle the Redskins backfield. Perine has trouble with pass protection and has had his fair share of fumble issues this season, while Thompson has really been Washington’s best offensive weapon. This price is far too cheap, and i think he is being overlooked this week as one of the best plays at the position.

Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks $6,600 Cooks is due to have a monster 150 yard 2 touchdown game, and this matchup with the putrid Oakland secondary could mean it’s time for him to erupt. I like his upside as a mid-priced player this week, in a game where like i said earlier should have a ton of points scored. Chris Hogan being out again is big for Cooks as well, as he saw 11 targets in his absence in week 10.

Mike Evans $7,900 People are sour on the Tampa Bay offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and rightfully so. They have looked awful lately, but I am seeing this as an opportunity to cash in on. Mike Evans has one of the best matchups of the week against the Dolphins secondary, and after serving a 1 game suspension he is probably going to come out with a chip on his shoulder. He’s yet to eclipse 100 yards this season, and I think that streak ends on Sunday.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski $7,200 The entire world is in on Travis Kelce because of his matchup with the Giants, but I would rather play the guy that has the exact same upside at the same price knowing he’ll be under owned. I think i’ve made it pretty clear that I am stacking the Patriots this week, and I don’t need to explain how great Gronk is.

Jared Cook $4,800 Staying on the same Raiders Patriots matchup, Cook is a nice cheaper option who should see a decent volume of targets .He’s been very productive as of late for the Raiders, and the Patriots defense gives up a large chunk of yards to tight ends. I also think he’ll be a lower owned player so there is leverage to be had there. I’m considering playing Cook and Gronk in the same lineup with Cook as a flex player to differentiate from other lineups.

Here is a list of players whose performance is on the upswing or downswing based on their play for fantasy purposes.

Rising Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford Stafford had 300+ yards passing this week as the Lions have pretty much completely abandoned their run game, and rightfully so. His playmakers have really stepped up as of late with Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron playing well. Kenny Golladay also returned from injury last week and added a deep threat to Stafford’s arsenal. He is a QB1 that is primed to continue his hot streak into the second half of the season.

Also Rising: Marcus Mariota, Jared Goff

Falling Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor Taylor, who had been playing pretty well for the past month, had his worst game of the season in week 10 against the Saints. His 9/18 56 yard stat line is pretty alarming considering it was the first week he had a healthy group of receivers on the field. The Bills have lost two straight, and if they don’t right the ship soon, it would not be surprising to see a quarterback change as rookie Nate Peterman is waiting in the wings.

Also Falling: Jay Cutler

Rising Running Backs

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram The Saints have become one of the most run heavy teams in the league, and have had amazing success in doing it. Kamara and Ingram are individually both RB1’s despite sharing a workload every week. While we can’t predict who is going to score touchdowns, it’s certain they will both be very involved in the offense and will continue to play at a high level, especially if the Saints continue to play with a lead.

Also Rising: Rex Burkhead, Tevin Coleman, Demarco Murray

Falling Running Banks

Devonta Freeman: Freeman was having a tough go of it for the past month or so, but I did think he’d snap out of the funk he was in and the Atlanta offense would begin to eventually thrive again. The Falcons smoked the Cowboys in week 9, but Freeman suffered a concussion after just 2 carries, so he was unable to reap the benefits. He will be inactive this weekend, and his status is uncertain for the coming weeks as well. Tevin Coleman will take over as the lead back in Atlanta.

Also Falling: Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller

Rising Wide Receivers

Sterling Shepard This is just about the only viable fantasy option left for the Giants outside of Evan Engram. Shepard exploded for 11 catches and 142 yards against the 49ers on Sunday. He had a whopping 22 targets which is absolutely unheard of in this day in age. Expect Shepard to continue to see high volume and be the number one target in New York.

Also Rising: Robert Woods, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adam Thielen

Falling Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton Hilton has to be the hardest player to gauge from week to week. He has to be in all lineups due to the chance he goes off for 10+ catches and 150+ yards, as he’s done three times this year already. The problem is, in the rest of the games he hasn’t given us even a mediocre performance, as the duds seem to occur more often than not. This up and down production is unlikely to change with Andrew Luck out for the season, but continue to start Hilton and hope and pray he goes nuclear for you when you need it most.

Also Falling: Marvin Jones, Will Fuller

Rising Tight Ends

Austin Hooper This isn’t a huge upgrade, but his usage has been rising the past few weeks as he’s seen at least six targets in five of his last six games. It’s significant in respect to how bad the tight end position has been across the league this season. Hooper could be worth a look, especially with Devonta Freeman going down with injury.

Also Rising: Greg Olsen, Eric Ebron

Falling Tight Ends

Hunter Henry Coming off of a one catch performance against the Jaguars, who are if anything a tight end friendly opposing defense, it’s nearly impossible to count on Henry. He is far too volatile at the moment, mainly due to the struggles the Chargers have faced moving the ball as of late.

Also Falling: Cameron Brate

 

Listed below are my best Week 10 Draftkings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST).

These are contests where the goal is to finish in the top 45% of the total standings to win twice your dollar entry. We’re targeting players who will score 2.5 times their dollar value. (Example: an $8,000 player that scores 20 points or better is ideal for cash games (8 x 2.5 =20).

The type of player we want is one that has a “high floor” — meaning we want players who will likely get the most touches in great game specific situations and opportunities to succeed in a particular week. No need to be sneaky and worry about ownership percentages. Simple, right?

Quarterback

Dak Prescott $7,300 With the Ezekiel Elliott suspension finally in place, Prescott becomes the most valuable quarterback for week 10 in any format. Dallas will also be without their starting left tackle, so i expect Dak to dominate this game with his arms and his legs. He’s the top priced QB this week, and there is a lot of value at the position, but $7,300 is not the usual top price so it’s still a value in that sense. If Dez Bryant ends up being out, I would downgrade Prescott slightly.

Matthew Stafford $6,800 This choice is pretty simple. The Lions can’t run the ball and the Browns can’t stop the pass. Expect the Lions to throw 40+ times in this game no matter the score of the game or situation.

Other plays: Ryan Fitzpatrick $4,900 Jared Goff $6,800 Josh McCown $6,200

Running Back

Leonard Fournette $8,400 It’s scary for some people to fade LeVeon Bell in cash games, and I don’t blame anyone for feeling that way. However, Fournette to me is just as much a sure thing as Bell, as the Jaguars will run the ball 30+ times no matter what because they simply don’t trust Blake Bortles. Fournette should be very well rested, as he missed a game with a toe injury, had their bye week, and served a one game suspension last week. The Jags will rely heavily on Fournette once again, and his grind out running style and big play ability will be on display.

Bilal Powell $4,000 Matt Forte is officially out with a knee injury, opening up some nice price value with Powell going against a Tampa defense who really struggles with pass catching running backs. Powell has consistently been an RB1 when Forte misses a game. Elijah  McGuire will see work in this game as well, but Powell is very safe with a lot of upside.

Other plays: Le’Veon Bell $9,800 Todd Gurley $8,700 Carlos Hyde $6,300 Jordan Howard $6,100

Wide Receiver

Antonio Brown $9,500 Brown is expensive, but if you aren’t using Bell, you really have to use Brown, and that is certainly not a bad thing. Last year against the Colts, Brown went for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. This is a similar spot for the Steelers, as the Colts are just awful in all phases on defense.

A.J. Green $7,700 Another great spot for AJ, this week going against the Titans who have one of the worst secondaries in football. On top of the favorable matchup, Green probably feels he’s got something to prove after getting tossed out of the last week for punching Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. $7,700 is a very nice price, and the argument can be made to play him over Antonio Brown for that reason alone.

Other Plays: Sterling Shepard $5,200 Golden Tate $6,800 Adam Humphries $3,100

Tight End

Cameron Brate $4,100 Mike Evans is suspended for this game (seems to be a running theme here) and Brate immediately becomes the best red zone threat for Tampa Bay. This Jets-Bucs game could easily end up being a shoot out, so expect Brate to be heavily involved in the passing game.

Other Plays: Austin Hooper $3,000 Garrett Celek $2,500 C.J. Fiedorowicz $3,400

Defense – Jaguars $3,900 Rams $3,600 Steelers $3,700 Bears $3,000

I write a weekly cash game lineup for DraftKings highlighting the “safest” plays for double-up contests. The results for myself have been great this season, as there has been more winning than losing weeks, and even the losses were narrow defeats so the process is certainly working. There are also tournaments that people like to play where we want lineups to differ from the rest of the people in contests. Below are the main players that I am going to be on this weekend.

Carlos Hyde

Quarterback

Cam Newton $6,400: I get the feeling that people are going to either pay all the way up at QB, or go all the way down to the cheaper options. The mid-range is a good spot to get some leverage, and Cam Newton stands out as a sneaky play. The offense moved pretty well without Kelvin Benjamin as he’s been traded to the Bills. The thing I like the most about Cam is he is running again. He rushed 9 times for 86 yards last week, something he hasn’t done as much prior to week 9. The Dolphins defense hasn’t been able to contain wide receivers of late either, so I am very interested in Newton as my favorite tournament play this week.

Tom Brady $6,700: Brady’s price has dropped due to the on paper matchup at Denver, where the Patriots have had trouble winning historically. The Broncos defense was exposed greatly against the Eagles last week, and it’s hard to think that Brady won’t be able to do the same thing after two weeks to prepare for the game. Chris Hogan is out, but Brady should be able to carve up this defense in the middle of the field with Gronkowski, Amendola and the pass catching running backs. When Brady is this cheap, I’ll take my chances that he can explode and possibly be the best play on the slate.

Running Back

Jordan Howard $6,100 Howard is low owned every single week, for whatever reason, and is in a great spot against the Packers. The Bears are a home favorite coming off of a bye against a team that really can’t move the ball at all. While nothing is guaranteed, there is a good chance the Bears defense dominates this game and Howard is used heavily to churn the clock out.

Carlos Hyde $6,300 Hyde is another guy that constantly gets overlooked considering his weekly volume. He is literally the only viable offensive weapon for the 49ers, and his receiving ability is starting to shine as of late. The 0-9 49ers are always trailing, so game script has never been on Hyde’s side, but he is still a top 10 running back this season because of his versatility in the passing game. With how bad the Giants have been, I can see a close game here and Hyde exploding in this spot.

Wide Receiver

Julio Jones $8,000 Jones had a nice game last week catching 6 passes for 118 yards, but also dropped a wide open 40 yard touchdown. If he had caught that ball, I think the public would look at his box score and lock and load him this week against Dallas. Since that didn’t happen, i’m thinking Julio will be sneaky this week against a week Dallas defense at home in a must win game. He is dealing with some sort of leg injury, as always, so keep an eye on his status. The questionable tag could drive his ownership down as well.

Adam Humphries $3,100 This is a price and volume play for me. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans are both going to be out, so there is a good chance Humphries will be the top target for Tampa Bay and Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a revenge game for Fitzpatrick against the Jets and I can see the game being very high scoring, so $3,100 for a receiver who could get 8-10 catches is very enticing.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski $7,000 This is a massive smash spot against a Broncos defense giving up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. When the Patriots have struggled in the past against Denver, Gronk has usually been either injured during the game, inactive or not at 100%. Coming off of a bye week he should be healthy and well rested. The Broncos corners will do their damage on the outside receivers, but cannot cover over the middle. This is a week to pay up for the big man.

Hunter Henry $3,900 Henry’s up and down usage is pretty odd, but he probably has the most favorable matchup against the Jaguars defense. This is the same strategy play as Gronkowski. The elite Jaguars corners cover very well on the outside, but the middle of the field is where they can be exposed. This is a very risky play because we haven’t seen consistency from Henry, but it makes sense if you are looking for a very low owned tight end that is cheap and brings a lot of upside.

Here is a list of players whose performance is on the upswing or downswing based on their play for fantasy purposes.

Rising Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz: Another week goes by and Carson Wentz continues to get better. He threw for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Broncos on Sunday. It could have been even more production, but the Eagles removed their starters in the 4th quarter in the blowout win. This performance shows that Wentz is matchup proof, as the vaunted Broncos defense was thrashed like never before. He is a weekly starter from here on out, and could elevate fantasy teams to the promised land.

Also Rising: Tyrod Taylor, Jacoby Brissett, Josh McCown, Jared Goff

Falling Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston: Winston’s shoulder injury has hindered him slightly the past few weeks, and it took a really bad turn last week when he had to exit the game early. This Buccaneers team is a complete mess right now, and Winston is being shut down for at least two weeks. If they continue to lose, there is no reason to rush him back. Winston is droppable in all formats.

Also Falling: Sam Bradford, Case Keenum

Rising Running Backs

Alvin Kamara: Since Adrian Peterson left the Saints, the running game has exploded with the tandem of Kamara and Mark Ingram. Kamara has been the more consistent option, and this Sunday was his best outing as he posted 10/68/1 rushing and 6/83/1 receiving. The catches are a big bonus as he’s basically getting the volume of a running back and Wide Receiver combined. He is a low end RB1 as we move to the second half of the season

Also Rising: Carlos Hyde, Christian McCaffrey, Devontae Booker, Kenyan Drake

Falling Running Banks

Devonta Freeman: The Falcons are simply not running the ball, which is odd because it is clear to the average viewer that this would probably help their offense move better than it has. They paid Freeman $40 million in the offseason but oddly refuse to give him a full workload. There are reports that he had a shoulder stinger that could be holding him back at the moment, but the volume hasn’t been there all year. He could still get healthy and return to his usual workload, but it doesn’t look great at the moment.

Also Falling: Doug Martin, Alex Collins, Buck Allen, C.J. Anderson

Rising Wide Receivers

Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery had his best outing as an Eagle in week 9 posting 6/84/2. This certainly coincides with the success of Wentz, as he’s finally starting to click with his quarterback. When healthy, Alshon is a stud and so far he’s managed to stay off the injury reports, which is rare for him. He’s faced a brutal set of cornerbacks in the first half, and the schedule is about to ease up. Lock and load Jeffery as a starter going forward.

Also Rising: Robert Woods, DeVante Parker, Robby Anderson, Doug Baldwin

Falling Wide Receivers

Will Fuller: I thought Fuller would regress eventually even with Deshaun Watson still healthy, but now that he is out for the season, we can forget about Fuller with Tom Savage at quarterback. This entire offense has taken a huge hit, and we can no longer count on Fuller to catch 2 passes a game for 2 touchdowns. That production was sort of flukey to begin with. Now we’ll never know just how flukey it was.

Also Falling: Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, DeAndre Hopkins

Rising Tight Ends

Jack Doyle: Doyle has clearly been Jacoby Brissett’s favorite target lately, as he’s getting 10 targets per game in the past month. With the volatility at the position this year, that target share has been a Godsend. He is a TE1 for the rest of the year giving Brissett’s affinity for him week in and week out.

Also Rising: Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph

Falling Tight Ends

Jordan Reed: I am keeping Reed in this spot as there were no real significant downgrades at the position this week. Reed is still hurt, the Redskins offense is a mess, and Vernon Davis is playing great. There is no way you can start Reed even if he is on the field, because the inevitable pulled muscle is bound to come up during the game, and he will go to the sideline per usual.

Also Falling: Ed Dickson, Eric Ebron

Listed below are my best Week 9 Draftkings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST). We have 6 teams on bye this week, so the slate is much shorter than usual.

These are contests where the goal is to finish in the top 45% of the total standings to win twice your dollar entry. We’re targeting players who will score 2.5 times their dollar value. (Example: an $8,000 player that scores 20 points or better is ideal for cash games (8 x 2.5 =20).

The type of player we want is one that has a “high floor” — meaning we want players who will likely get the most touches in great game specific situations and opportunities to succeed in a particular week. No need to be sneaky and worry about ownership percentages. Simple, right?

Quarterback

Russell Wilson $7,300 The Seahawks are the most pass heavy offense in the league, and Wilson is absolutely on fire. The thing I really love about this situation is the trade for left tackle Duane Brown. It’s going to give Wilson more time in the pocket and should have no problem keeping his hot streak alive against the Redskins who are depleted with injuries on both sides of the ball.

Alex Smith $6,500 The Chiefs head to Dallas this week and are in the highest projected total game of the week. This has been a high powered offense all year long, and Alex Smith is quietly having an MVP caliber season. His price is very generous compared to his production, and should have no problem providing 3x value or more in what should be a shootout.

Other plays: Dak Prescott $6,700 Drew Brees $7,000

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott $9,000 This man has nine lives, as he has survived yet another appeal of his six game suspension. He’s the best running back in the league at the moment, as the Cowboys will continue his heavy usage as they anticipate that eventually he will serve his inevitable suspension. He’s averaging 27 touches per game, and faces a Chiefs defense who are close to the bottom of the league in terms of stopping the run.

Todd Gurley $8,100 Coming off of a bye week the Rams will face the Giants, who could be missing 7 defensive starters. This is a great spot for Gurley, as the Rams should have an early lead and will be able to feed Gurley carries to churn out the clock for most of the game. Whether game flow is in his favor or not, the Rams are the top run blocking team in the league, so he’s a very safe bet to exceed value.

Other plays: Leonard Fournette $8,400 Kareem Hunt $8,600 Adrian Peterson $5,600

Wide Receiver

Tyreek Hill $6,700 This is a gutsy call, but I don’t want to pay top dollar for wide receiver this week, and I don’t think the Cowboys have anyone that will be able to contain Hill. His speed on the turf will be unmatched by any of their cornerbacks. The Cowboys have given up the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers  so far this season. There is no question about Hill’s ability to make big plays and in a back and forth game like this those opportunities will come his way.

Doug Baldwin $6,900 Baldwin put up a bit of a dud last week, but I am going right back to the well here. This again is a great matchup for Seattle at home, and Baldwin should see his usual target share out of the slot, which is where the Redskins struggle to contain people.

Other Plays: Demaryius Thomas $6,000 Devin Funchess $5,400 T.Y. Hilton $4,900

Tight End

Vernon Davis $4,100 The Redskins will be without Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, so Davis is in a fantastic spot. Again, I love this game to see a high total of scoring, and the Seahawks will be susceptible in the middle of the field without their defensive anchor Earl Thomas this week.  Davis has been able to produce even with Reed on the field, so this is a safe bet.

Other Plays: Travis Kelce $6,700 Jimmy Graham $5,000 Jack Doyle 4,300

Defense – Jaguars $3,800 Rams $3,100 Panthers $2,700 Colts $2,000

There are plenty of hot commodities on the waiver wire as we pass the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season, and it’s time to make some moves. If you’ve been holding out for a top waiver priority spot in your league, or hoarding your FAAB budget, it’s time to cut loose. There is an abundance of assets available that we either know have a role cut out of for them in their respective offenses already, or are in a situation where it is clear as day that the production is coming and we want to strike early. Either way, this could be the last chance to make a season altering change to your roster, so don’t hold back. Let’s look at the players that should be targets in arguably the most important waiver add week of the year.

Quarterback:

Josh McCown/Photo: Twitter

Josh McCown – New York Jets – If you don’t have a quarterback at this point, you’re probably streaming week to week (which isn’t the greatest strategy at this position). McCown isn’t a sexy name, but his production has been good enough. He has thrown multiple touchdowns in four straight games, and is at home against the Bills Thursday night who have struggled against the pass as of late. With six teams on bye in week 9, you could do a lot worse than McCown.

Other options: Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett, Teddy Bridgewater

Running Back:

Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris – Dallas Cowboys

No one actually knows who is going to get the lion-share of carries in Dallas following the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, but if you have a chance to get a piece (or both pieces) of the Cowboys running game for six weeks, you take it. The offensive line has really come together nicely over the past few weeks, as Elliott has been arguably the best fantasy player during that period of time. Elliott is great, but the scheme is also very friendly to the running back. If this equates to 10-15 touches per game from one of McFadden or Morris, it will be a big boost to a fantasy team in the playoff hunt.

Other options: Marlon Mack, Alex Collins, Kenyan Drake/Damien WIlliams, Danny Woodhead, Rex Burkhead

Wide Receiver:

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

Martavis Bryant was rightfully benched in week 8, and JuJu Smith-Schuster stepped in and stepped up. He played 76% of the snaps and posted 7 receptions for 193 yard and a long touchdown. JuJu is the wide receiver to own in Pittsburgh now outside of Antonio Brown, as Bryant looks like a lost cause. This could really get this offense going, as it has been stagnant early on having to rely solely on Brown and Le’veon Bell as the only viable playmakers.

Other options: Robbie Anderson, Corey Davis, Paul Richardson, DeDe Westbrook, Mike WIlliams

Tight End:

Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins

Davis has been the best tight end in Washington this season, and it really hasn’t been close. Jordan Reed did break out in week 7, but injured his hamstring in Week 8, and he had some major hamstring issues earlier in his career. Davis would be in store for a big role if he Reed can’t play in week 9. Whether Reed is on the field or not, Davis holds some value no matter the situation.

Other options: Greg Olsen, Tyler Kroft

Listed below are my best Week 8 Draftkings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST). We have 6 teams on bye this week, so the slate is much shorter than usual.

These are contests where the goal is to finish in the top 45% of the total standings to win twice your dollar entry. We’re targeting players who will score 2.5 times their dollar value. (Example: an $8,000 player that scores 20 points or better is ideal for cash games (8 x 2.5 =20).

The type of player we want is one that has a “high floor” — meaning we want players who will likely get the most touches in great game specific situations and opportunities to succeed in a particular week. No need to be sneaky and worry about ownership percentages. Simple, right?

Quarterback

Russell Wilson $6,500 The Seahawks are at home coming of a bye against a completely depleted Texans defense. This is a great spot for Wilson, as he’s posted at least 29 DraftKings points in 3 of his last 4 outings. The offensive line in Seattle is still pretty dreadful, but that helps Wilson in fantasy more than it hurts him. They can’t run the ball, and it causes them to rely on the quarterback to scramble and make plays whether it’s with his arm or legs.

Tyrod Taylor $5,900 This is really the only value quarterback I like this week, as we’ve seen the minimum priced guys like Kevin Hogan and Matt Moore show their volatility the past couple of weeks. They just aren’t safe enough for me as i want to take the smallest risk posible in cash games. Taylor is coming off of an impressive win against Tampa Bay, and I like the floor he has with his rushing upside. The Raiders defense is one we want to attack, so Taylor is a safe bet to reach value this week.

Other plays: Kirk Cousins $6,400 Carson Wentz $7,200 Dak Prescott $7,300

Running Back

Lesean McCoy/Photo: Keith Allison – Flickr

Lesean McCoy $8,300 The Bills are easy to predict as far as who is going to produce every week. Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy are the staples of this offense and when they have a matchup like the one they have this week, it’s hard to look elsewhere. McCoy is coming off of a two touchdown effort in week 7, is healthy, and has really run well when given the opportunity this season. I don’t expect the Bills’ strategy to change after a big win in week 7 on the backs of their two best players

Joe Mixon $4,700 This is more of a matchup and price play than anything. Mixon is a highly skilled player that doesn’t have a 100 yard game yet this season (mainly due to lack of touches), but who could be better to help him get right than the Colts defense? We have to find value somewhere, and Mixon in a home game against the worst run defense in the league where the Bengals are 10 point favorites is a solid bet for that.

Other plays: Mark Ingram $7,400 Ezekiel Elliott $9,200 Jordan Howard $6,800

Wide Receiver

Amari Cooper $6,600 Cooper finally broke out in week 7 with an 11 catch 210 yard 2 TD effort, and it wasn’t a fluke. The Raiders coaches were specifically looking for ways to get him going, as they moved him all over the field and targeted him 17 times. While he’ll still have his fair share of drops, Oakland knows they can’t win without Cooper playing at a high level. I expect this to be a trend going forward, and $6,600 is a nice price for him. He also has an elite matchup against the Bills cornerbacks.

Doug Baldwin $6,900 I like Russell Wilson a lot, which means i have to love his favorite target. Baldwin seems to be fully recovered from a groin injury he suffered earlier this season and gets a juicy matchup at home in a projected high total scoring game against the Texans. Baldwin always seems to excel in the second half of the year, and i expect the surge to begin on Sunday.

Other Plays: Mike Evans $7,900 Dez Bryant $7,700 Aldrick Robinson $3,600 (If Marquiss Goodwin is out)

Tight End

Cameron Brate $4,500 Brate has 12 scores since the start of last season, the most amongst tight ends. He also has scored four times in five outings and had at least 60 yards in those games. This is safest, most consistent player at a reduced price at the position.

Other Plays: Hunter Henry $4,800 Zach Ertz $7,000 Zach Miller $3,200

Defense – Eagles $3,800 Bengals $3,600