National Football League (NFL) Must-Haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
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Josh Jacobs | Raiders | RB The Bama man, the frontrunner for offensive rookie of the year, the baby workhorse, Josh Jacobs, is lined up for a great week against the porous Bengals defense. The Raiders are 11 point home favorites, a great plus for any lead running back. Jacobs has averaged 18.9 fantasy points per game over his last four, along with 22 touches per game. He doesn’t have insane pass-game usage, but he’s still a viable option to catch passes which can keep him on the field in some passing situations. According to PFF, Jacobs has a 0.27... Read More
Christian Kirk | Cardinals | WR The best way to attack this Tampa Bay Bucs defense is through the air with speedy weapons. As we mentioned on the podcast, they've been torched by Tyler Lockett, Sterling Shepard and Robert Woods in different weeks this season. Kirk fits this mold, seeing 16 targets over the last two weeks and leading the team in target share and air yards share. Teams facing the Bucs have passed at the NFL's 4th highest rate, and considering Arizona already passes at the 7th highest rate, we can expect more of the same in this one.... Read More
Jaylen Samuels | Steelers | RB With both James Conner and Benny Snell looking like they are going to miss Sunday’s game, Jaylen Samuels will step into the role of the lead back in the Steelers’ offense at a dirt cheap price tag. In three games last season with Conner hurt, Samuels racked up touch counts of 15, 18, and 21 and averaged 109 scrimmage yards. Samuels saw 18 touches, and also threw three passes, in a Week 4 matchup against Cincinnati. Not only are Samuels’ potential for touches and his price attractive, but he also has a nice matchup.... Read More
Note that we’ve switched our Must-Have RB from Barkley to Latavius Murray Saquon Barkley | Giants | RB | All Sites Despite having a defensive line that historically is good at stopping the run, Detroit has really struggled this year with opposing ball-carriers. The Lions are 3rd worst in rushing success rate allowed, 9th worst in rushing yards allowed and dead last in success rate allowed on zone run plays, which is Barkley’s bread and butter. The Giants run zone at the 7th highest rate in the NFL, so this is an absolute smash spot for Barkley. The matchup would... Read More
Leonard Fournette | Jaguars | RB | All Sites Fournette draws a glorious matchup against the Bengals this week, who rank 31st in yards allowed per carry, and 26th in DVOA against the run. The Bengals have allowed the second most yards, and second most touchdowns to opposing running backs on the season as well. One of the most shocking stats of the season is that Cincinnati has allowed 10 top-24 fantasy performances through 6 weeks. That means four backups have registered a top-24 week against this Bengals defense. The best part about Fournette is that he doesn’t really have... Read More