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Lamar Jackson, BAL at WAS ($7,600)
Russell Wilson ($7,900) has been hot lately, but the Denver defense could represent a little regression. Jackson has a much better matchup against Washington, coming off one of the worst overall yardage sims of his season. This should be a bounce-back spot, with plenty of rushing upside, as Jackson’s been better running the ball in road sims.
Dwayne Haskins, WAS vs. BAL ($5,600)
Haskins is in his biggest slump of the sims, but he’s consistently priced here, and generally has been a solid performer. The key to Haskins’ success has been the production of all three of his WR, so look to stack him with some good value.
Other value options: Drew Lock ($5,400)
James White, NE vs. LV ($5,800)
This is an awful slate for RB plays. Phillip Lindsay ($5,900) is the only other legitimate consideration here, and I give a slight edge to White. White’s been piling up rushing yards compared to what we’re used to in actual games, and also has the receiving ability we’re used to from him (although it’s actually a lower receiving ceiling in Madden). White’s 14.4-DKFP average is higher than any RB on the slate, and he and Lindsay are the only ones that bring 30-DKFP upside. Those are the only two remotely safe plays, and I expect a lot of lineups to use both at RB.
Jalen Richard, LV at NE ($3,200)
If you punt, Richard and Chris Thompson ($3,000) are the only options. Richard’s been a little more consistent and more dangerous in the right matchups. He averages 8.2 DKFP, and while he’s scored 5.0 or less in four straight sims, his double-digit upside is there as a pass-catcher.
Other value options: Chris Thompson ($3,000)
Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. SEA ($6,500)
Sutton isn’t just the WR1 on Denver, he’s the best WR by a pretty sizable margin. That’s meant a lot of volume for him, and his 14.3-DKFP average is tops at his position on the slate. Sutton’s been in a great groove lately, but what’s kept him dangerous is his ability to haul in long touchdowns. Without any other targets capable of the deep ball, Lock tends to always give Sutton a few chances downfield.
Mohamed Sanu, NE vs. LV ($4,300)
Sanu has kind of taken over as the main option in the Patriots’ passing attack in recent sims. Sanu has exceeded his 12.8 DKFP average in four straight sims, and has seven total sims with over 18 DKFP. He’s as safe a play as you can find on this slate, and has WR1 upside.
Other value options: DK Metcalf ($4,500), Paul Richardson ($3,600), Zay Jones ($3,200), Trey Quinn ($3,000)
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Darren Waller, LV at NE ($5,100)
The most expensive TE plays on the slate have been quiet lately, but it’s Waller that brings the highest ceiling. His 10 grabs for 149 yards two sims ago against the Dolphins were his fifth sim of 20-plus DKFP, but the matchup is much more difficult this time around.
Ben Watson, NE vs. LV ($4,300)
On the opposite sideline, Watson’s price is starting to rise but still doesn’t reflect that he’s the top overall TE play in the sims. Watson’s 15.4-DKFP average is the highest of all the skill position players on the slate, and he’s shown the highest ceiling of any of them as well. I’ll keep trusting Watson as long as he’s underpriced.
Other value options: Noah Fant ($3,700)
Patriots D/ST vs. LV ($3,100)
The Raiders don’t have many dangerous weapons on offense and face the toughest defense in the NFL from last season on the road. This should be a tough spot for them.
Broncos D/ST vs. SEA ($2,300)
Targeting a D/ST play against Wilson is never comfortable, but this is a contrarian buy-low spot to consider. The Broncos have one of the most talented defenses in football, with playmakers to force turnovers and sacks.
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