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Big Whip: Drew Brees vs Tennessee ($8,500) – Sometimes you chase the big week, sometimes you don’t. Last year when Roethlisberger threw 6 TDs against the Colts, no one thought he could repeat the next week against the Ravens, but then he did. The Titans are a lot worse than the Ravens pass defense in 2014, I’ll take my shot at another 7.
Pair with Willie Snead or Benjamin Watson
Value Flip: Tyrod Taylor vs Miami ($7,200) – He’s back! Running quarterbacks in FanDuel give you a floor made of pure marble. You can eat comfortably off that floor and provide flexibility for the other skilled positions.
Pair with Charles Clay or Robert Woods
Acid Trip: Derek Carr @ Pittsburgh ($7,000) – There’s no real reason to dig too deep into the barrel this week at QB. Prices have been fairly established and — unless you are a member of the “Blaine Believers” — trip on Carr for ultimate savings. After lighting up the Jets, another shootout may be looming in the Steel city.
Pair with Michael Crabtree
Absent Slip: Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck – This is the true acid trip to me… DON’T PLAY RODGERS OR LUCK. Going into the season, the clear top tier of QB has maintained their high price while continuing to underperform. Going up against Carolina and Denver respectively (flipping the script from last week), you will not get your value worth.
Big Whip: Adrian Peterson vs St Louis ($8,400)– While Gurley has stolen the spotlight over the last few weeks (and very possibly again this week), I expect the old bull to show the young buck what true studly swagger looks like. We could see over 400 combined rushing yards in this game and I’ll give the upper hand to the original gangster.
Value Flip: Dion Lewis vs Washington ($7,400)– Lewis week. No, Blount week. No, Lewis week. No, James White week. No, Jonas Gray week. No more “name your random running-back” week for Mr. Belichick. Lewis got a contract extension after his impressive start to the season and has been the clear back of choice including red zone sets for the Patriots this year when healthy.
Acid Trip: Darren McFadden vs Philadelphia ($6,500)– With Joseph Randle no longer in the picture and the C-Mike hype train stuck in neutral, it’s all systems go for run DMC. His touch count potential is infinite until further notice. Or in classic McFadden fashion, come crashing down on a hammy. In our world, luckily this does not matter.
Absent Slip: Devonta Freeman @ San Francisco ($8,000)– While it’s hard to call 14 points and 16.1 points a let down, Freeman has definitely cooled off a bit as of late. Heading into Levi’s stadium pumped with exclusive Gabbert adrenaline the defense may be fired up and give Atlanta some trouble up front.
Antonio Brown vs Oakland ($8,700) – Big Benjamin likes to throw the ball to Antonio Brown. Even while shaking off some rust, Roethlisburguesa was able to find him for 6 grabs and a touchdown. I am going to double down on that production in Week 9 (12-148-2).
Julian Edelman vs Washington ($8,000)– The only thing that has changed from last year to now regarding Edelman’s game is he has been finding pay dirt with great consistency. Averaging double digit targets from Tom Brady is good enough on it’s own, but the touchdowns make Jules a cool whip.
Eric Decker vs Jacksonville ($6,300)– Decker has caught a touchdown pass in five of the six games he has played this year. The one thing he hasn’t done yet is catch two in the same game. Even if Bryce Petty ends up under center this week, I like Decker against the meek Jaguars pass defense.
Malcom Floyd vs Chicago ($6,100)– While in season long fantasy I like Stevie Johnson to take on the lead receiving role for the Chargers, in FanDuel I like the long receiving role to lead the fantasy for the Chargers. Inception.
Robert Woods vs Miami ($4,900)– If Sammy Watkins does not play, Woods will be the most trusted WR available for Taylor in a favorable matchup. If Watkins does play, coverage will be drawn to him giving Woods more opportunities to make a play. Either way, take the trip.
Marquess Wilson @ San Diego ($4,800) – It’s always nice having someone play on Monday to watch your squad climb the rankings. Wilson will be stepping in for an injured Royal and performed admirably during his initial departure. Queue him up for another ride.
Dez Bryant vs Philadelphia ($7,900) – Yes he’s playing but he does not seem to be fully back at 100% yet. On top of this, Matt Cassel is at the helm. Stay clear at this price and either wait for further depression or Romo’s return.
Colts and Packers Receivers – See quarterback absent slips. Play with caution.
Big Whip: Heath Miller vs Oakland ($5,800) – The toffee candy bar melted with the support of Vick and Jones. Insert Roethlisburguesa and we return to the target factory. Oakland versus tight ends was a matchup to exploit earlier in the year and I expect that to be the case again this week.
Value Flip: Jordan Reed vs New England ($5,700) – Every game that Reed has played, he has finished with double digit points. Health has always been his biggest concern but he should be healthier than ever coming off the bye and most likely playing from behind for most of the game.
Acid Trip: Vernon Davis @ Indianapolis ($4,900) – In case you missed it, Vernon Davis is now on the Denver Broncos. Manning returning to Indy should give confused fans more to cheer for. Vern is better than Dallas Clark so the sky is the limit while the connection is unknown.
Absent Slip: Julius Thomas @ New York Jets ($5,600) – Coming off the hand injury and then a groin injury, it is difficult to expect much against an angry Jets’ defense returning to the Meadowlands.
Don’t really love any of the matchups this week in particular. It seems you can’t go wrong with the Denver Broncos ($5,300) after they shut down the Pack last week. Some others to consider are the New York Jets ($4,700) and New Orleans Saints ($4,200) but play at your own risk. I would take an absent slip on the Atlanta Falcons ($4,900) as they will be highly owned and who knows, maybe Gabbert does have a little magic in him.
Find me on twitter @FDJunkie to let me know if there is anyone else you are tripping on this week. May your cash out be greater than your buy in!