Cash Must-Have: Dalvin Cook | Vikings | RB
Cook was finally brought back to Earth on Monday night as his streak of 40+ point fantasy games was brought to a halt by the Bears. His somewhat underwhelming game was not for a lack of opportunities, however, as he saw a season high 34 touches in that game. Cook has gotten 27+ touches in four of his last six games and has not seen fewer than 22 touches in a game since Week 2. The only reason he was limited to 22 touches in that game was because he left with an injury. He gets another great matchup this week against a Dallas run defense that ranks 28th in rush defense DVOA and has allowed the 4th-highest EPA per rush. They’re a great fantasy matchup overall for opposing running backs as they’ve allowed the 2nd-most rushing fantasy points per game and have allowed the 2nd-most offensive touchdowns in the league. With the Vikings coming into this game as a touchdown favorite at home, Cook is on track to see another huge workload in a great matchup this week. While Cook is an absolute lock in cash games, his elevated ownership, high salary and insane workload just 6 days ago do offer enough to make him an intriguing GPP fade, albeit a risky one. Cook is one of the top overall plays in all formats on this slate.
All Sites Must-Have: Jakobi Meyers | Patriots | WR
We’ve heaped a ton of praise onto Jakobi Meyers’ shoulders and we likely won’t stop any time soon. Meyers has led the Patriots in every key category since the IR designation of Julian Edelman. Meyers’ 9.25 targets per game over his last four would rank 9th among all wide receivers for the season. His 65% air yard share is 15 percentage points higher than the next best NFL player! His 38.54% target share is higher than every other NFL player and his 384 receiving yards ranks 3rd behind only Stefon Diggs and Davante Adams. Meyers is an absolute stud and he’s priced way down on both sites. New England has one of the healthier team totals they’ve had in a while (25.25) and the matchup is solid. The Texans have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts, due in large part to their 11th-worst pass defense DVOA. They’ve allowed a 59.7% success rate on targets to wideouts, the 5th-highest in the NFL. Meyers is an absolute smash play this week on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
FanDuel Must-Have: Taysom Hill | Saints | QB/TE
Welcome to Taysom Hill chalk week. Buckle up, because this should be a fun one. Adam Schefter reported that the Saints’ typical gadget player will be getting the start on Sunday, and a separate report from Dianna Russini indicated that the Saints have no packages prepared which include Jameis Winston. Now, listen: Sean Payton is certainly not the most trustworthy coach in the NFL. He even went so far as to say that he hasn’t announced a starter after Schefter and Russini’s reports dropped. While the situation is a bit confusing, we do indeed believe that the Saints intend to give Hill the start and the majority of the work in this game. Not only did they sign him to a substantially bigger contract than Winston this past offseason, but they also have been including him regularly in the game plan. Since it was assumed that Jameis would be the starter when the sites released salaries, Hill is priced incredibly low on each site; he’s also listed as a Tight End on FanDuel. His matchup is phenomenal against the Falcons, as they’ve surrendered the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs (and tight ends, for that matter). They’ve surrendered the 12th-most rushing yards to opposing QBs and the T-3rd-most rushing touchdowns. At his price tag, he’s going to be an extremely popular option on each site this weekend, and for good reason.The fact that he is TE eligible on FanDuel makes him an easy Must-Have on there, and he is an extremely strong value play on DraftKings as well.
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