Welcome back to the daily fantasy sports cheat sheet NFL edition. As always, we will try to get rich doing something we love: playing fantasy football.
Last week was…interesting to say the least. If you played Aaron Jones and the Packers’ defense you probably had a decent day. This week will be a lot different with the Bears, Vikings, Packers, Patriots, Chiefs, and Rams not on the Sunday main slate.
This means there won’t be as many plays all around, which could be a good thing if you’re not afraid to take some risks.
The structure of my “cheat sheets” will change a bit from last season. Instead of just giving out picks for every position, I’m going to list players that are my favorite plays for whatever reason. I will also include one or two players to fade on the slate.
Note: I’m more of a GPP player, so the players I list may have a really high upside, along with a greater amount of risk. Keep that in mind when plugging these players into your lineup.
Let’s get into it.
Theo Riddick, the Pass Catcher
Marvin Jones will miss Sunday’s game with an injury and Golden Tate now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Lions are going to be paper thin at the wide receiver position on Sunday, in a game where they will need to throw the football a ton.
Last week against the Bears, we saw the Lions go back to using RB Theo Riddick heavily in the passing game. He caught six of his seven targets for 60 yards. Kenny Golladay will be a popular play, but the pivot here is clearly Riddick, who should be lower owned than Golladay Sunday.
The PPR format on DraftKings makes Riddick an even better play there, but he is also viable on FanDuel as well.
Each week I will guarantee a touchdown for a player I talk about and this week that player is Riddick, who will score at least once against the Panthers.
Tre’Quan Smith Against the Eagles’ Secondary
The Saints look like the best team in the NFC with all the weapons they have on offense. On Sunday, they will take on the Eagles, who have one of the worst secondaries in the league. The popular play will be Michael Thomas, but don’t sleep on rookie Tre’Quan Smith.
Against the Bengals, Smith was targeted zero, yes, zero times despite playing on 61 of the Saints’ 75 offensive snaps. Again, the Saints have a ton of weapons and Smith isn’t going to always see a high amount of targets.
Game flow also had something to do with Smith’s zero targets. The Saints attempted just 27 passes as a team last week. This week should be different given the Eagles’ weak secondary. Smith also seems to play better at home.
He has scored all three of his touchdowns at home in 2018. The upside with Smith will always be there. In week five against the Redskins Smith caught just three passes, but scored two touchdowns and had 111 yards receiving.
At a cheap price, Smith is worth considering this week.
Player to Fade: Evan Engram
The tight end position this year in fantasy football has been hard to figure out. While the Giants-Bucs game will be a popular game stack for many people, one player to leave off is Giants’ tight end, Evan Engram.
With both Saquan Barkley and ODB healthy, it’s hard to justify playing Engram, who sees his targets decrease rapidly when the Giants are healthy on offense. The GTO move would be to stack ODB, Barkley, maybe DeSean Jackson or OJ Howard, then go from there.
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— The Chalk (@TheChalkTLS) November 17, 2018