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Kevin Roth tackles Wild Weather Wednesday
Weather Wednesday is back! Cincinnati and New York will see snow, while rain will factor in for games played in Carolina, Los Angeles and Tampa, and we’ll get wind in San Fran.
Deshaun Watson, HOU at TB ($7,000)
Watson’s the highest scoring QB on the slate, averaging 22.8 DKFP. His legs make him a dual-threat, keeping his floor safe, but the real upside here is the matchup. Tampa’s allowed some of the top passing performances in the sims, and a little rain shouldn’t slow Watson down.
Jameis Winston, TB vs. HOU ($6,200)
Winston’s in a solid matchup on the other side of this one. Houston’s secondary doesn’t show much resistance and Winston has the weapons to put up big numbers. This one has the game script to set up a shootout.
Other value options: Jared Goff ($6,100)
Dalvin Cook, MIN at CIN ($6,700)
Cook gets a huge workload for the run-heavy Vikings, and the matchup couldn’t be more ideal. Cook faces one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and the snow, along with a potential lead, could mean more pounding the rock. Cook’s averaging 16.3 DKFP and has topped that number in five of his past six sims.
Tevin Coleman, SF vs. MIA ($5,800)
Coleman’s probably the top overall RB play on the slate, despite being one of the cheapest starters. Coleman averages just shy of 18 DKFP and has the highest ceiling of any RB play — going for 47 DKFP in a previous sim. He has a spectacular matchup against the Dolphins, and the wind could lead to more rushing attempts.
Other value options: Todd Gurley ($5,900), Gio Bernard ($3,700), Patrick Laird ($3,000)
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DeAndre Hopkins, HOU at TB ($7,800)
Hopkins is the ideal piece to start your Watson stack. The Tampa secondary has been atrocious in these sims, giving up some monster games. Hopkins is coming off a string of off-games, so this could be a nice buy-low spot.
Mike Williams, LAC vs. GB ($4,300)
Williams has been a steal as a WR2. His 18.5-DKFP average leads all WR plays on the slate, so he’s obviously been dominant going up against teams’ second cornerbacks. Matchups haven’t seemed to matter much, with Williams going off for 22 DKFP against the Patriots and 28 DKFP in his last sim against the Bears.
Other value options: Curtis Samuel ($4,100), Darius Slayton ($3,900), John Ross ($3,600)
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Jared Cook, NO at CAR ($5,000)
It’s rare to get this deep into a slate without diving into the Saints. They have so many weapons, but Cook might have the biggest advantage. Cook is averaging almost 15 DKFP and has been a consistent force at TE. Of course, Michael Thomas ($7,900) is the sexier play, but Cook is the better value, and is capable of putting up just as big a game.
Mike Gesicki, MIA at SF ($4,100)
The Dolphins have to get production from somewhere, and when they fall behind it usually means dumping the ball to Gesicki. Miami has some impressive speed weapons on the outside, but the wind could make it tough to get them the ball. Gesicki’s putting up top-end TE1 numbers and is coming off consecutive sims with over 20 DKFP.
Other value options: O.J. Howard ($4,300), Tyler Eifert ($3,700)
49ers D/ST vs. MIA ($3,000)
The 49ers have one of the top defenses in football and are at home against Miami. The wind limiting downfield passing could help keep this one a lower scoring affair.
Vikings D/ST at CIN ($2,600)
In a game where D/ST plays are so tough to select, the Vikings are one of the most obvious plays we’ve had yet. They have a knack for playmaking, averaging 7.2 DKFP. It seems like facing the Bengals in the snow is a good spot to target the top D/ST play.
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