We are on the other side of Thanksgiving already. Hard to believe we are in week 13 of the NFL season. Now that we are finished with all of the bye weeks, the slate is full and we have some great picks and bargains for you in this edition of Stream ‘EM.
I use the DraftKings salary cap as my basis for picks, which operates on a 50k salary but I know we have many FanDuel players as well. For reference, Fanduel operates on a 60k salary, so prices will appear higher on that platform.
QB- Kirk Cousins vs. NE @ $5,500
Cousins and the Vikes held down their home turf and beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week, essentially burying their division rivals. Cousins threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns. “You like that?!” Yeah, Kirk, I do.
Now that Dalvin Cook is back, the Vikings have a balanced offense. This bodes well for Cousins, as teams will need to respect the run, giving more space to what may be the best wide receiver duo in the league.
Thielen and Diggs will both get a lot of work in this game against a Pats defense that ranks 22nd in the league in yards given up per game. They rank 25th in passing yards per game. Thielen and Diggs are a tough matchup for any team, and I see Cousins airing it out with a great deal of success. The price tag is favorable, so I say roll the dice with Cousins this week.
RB- Phillip Lindsay vs. Cin @ $ 5,400
The “local boy makes good” story continues for Lindsay. He has taken the NFL by storm, climbing from third on the depth chart to unquestioned starter for the Broncos. Lindsay has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game this season, except once. Three times he has eclipsed 20 points. This week he gets a reeling Bengals team who just lost to the Browns.
Furthermore, the Bengals rushing defense has been among the worst in the league. They have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and fifth-most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. I expect great things this weekend from Lindsay.
WR- D.J. Moore vs. TB @ $5,600
Whether Devin Funchess is available or not, D.J. Moore is here to stay. He has 15 catches for nearly 250 yards the past two weeks. He has a rhythm with Cam Newton that Funchess just hasn’t had. While Funchess’ size is a great red zone threat, Moore has been able to get separation on defensive backs.
Pair that with the tantalizing matchup on deck this week in the Bucs defense, and we could see another great performance from Moore. At an affordable price tag, Moore is a good target for an explosive performance this weekend.
TE- Eric Ebron vs. JAX @ $4,200
Last week I said stay away from the Colts tight end situation. Too muddled on who would have the big game and who would be a dud. What’s changed? Well, Jack Doyle is now out for the season with a kidney issue. Enter Eric Ebron.
The Colts don’t have the depth of pass catchers that some teams do, and Andrew Luck has shown an affinity for throwing to his tight ends. Ebron racked up 21.5 points last week and 0 points the previous week when Doyle was healthy. In week 10, against these same Jags, he tallied 28.1 points. Luck has been on fire and with Marlon Mack potentially out with a concussion, the passing game will need to be the focal point.
Bargain Bin Flex- Josh Reynolds vs. Det @ $4,900
Losing Cooper Kupp was a blow to the Rams, make no mistake. Reynolds has stepped up in Kupp’s absence to be a very productive part of this high-octane offense. When given the full complement of snaps, Reynolds has seized his opportunity, scoring 19 and 20 fantasy points. Last week in the game of the year decade century he finished behind only Brandin Cooks in catches and receiving yards.
While he may be the fourth option behind Gurley, Cooks, and Woods, he is still viable in this offense. The Rams use three-receiver sets as much as any team in the NFL, so Reynolds will be on the field and have the chance to keep producing.
DEF- Chiefs vs. Oak @ $2,500
The Chiefs aren’t a defensive stalwart, I admit. However, the Raiders are a dumpster fire and will be forced to be one-dimensional to keep up with the Chiefs.
I’m not saying KC will blank the Raiders en route to a 20-point fantasy day, but they will be serviceable. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again — I don’t like paying a lot for defenses. The game is so offense-centric, so the best thing to do is find a bargain that will bring you positive points.
Let’s examine the last five games for the Chiefs D. They scored 11, 10, 6, 9 and 14 fantasy points over that span. That’s pretty respectable and the matchup this week gives you confidence they could score double-digit fantasy points. They are an absolute steal at only $2,500 on the DraftKings slate this week.
Best of luck to everyone and here’s to hoping your squad shows out — and you cash out.