Almost everyone has that old pair of sweatpants. You know the one: It’s rough, it’s likely to have a hole somewhere, it’s got some stains that will never come off. But they are comfortable and reliable.
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Of course, you’re not going to wear them anywhere other than to get gas or grab some milk or eggs at the corner store. But for having fun around the house, when you have nothing better to do, they work just fine.
Prefers to use Tyrod Taylor as his fantasy quarterback. He’s been around for what seems like forever. He was never a stylish choice, or someone you’d want to roll out to for a fancy fantasy matchup—like the playoffs. But if you’re going grunge for a week, maybe goodbye with Kyler Murray or Patrick Mahomes, there’s a discount wire option that can provide a comfortable fill-in.
He has been missing this season for a long time due to a hamstring injury. After starting the first two games, he was dismissed in the next six. He returned in Week 9, but was understood to have rusted and had one off game – for 24-43, 240 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions against the Dolphins.
Take that game away, and the other three he’s played in — the first two of the season plus the last week — and Taylor averages 19.7 fantasy points.
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For perspective, it’s the same as Dak Prescott through Week 11 and just percentage points behind Aaron Rodgers. It would also put him in the top 12 QBs in fantasy, making him QB1.
Now, the numbers he has aren’t great—two out of his four games he’s thrown for just 125 yards or less and he’s only had three passing TDs a year. However, he has three quick scores, including two last week.
However, here’s the thing: He looks set for one of his better passing days on Sunday, against a jet pass defense that ranks in the league’s bottom third. Gang Green has dropped at least two passing TDs in six straight games.
Since Week 4, every QB facing the Jets has scored 17.5 fantasy points or better, at an average of 21.2. All of them have thrown for at least 250 yards, something Taylor has done only once in four games.
Taylor also has an established favorite target in Brandin Cooks. Taylor has thrown Cook 14 times in a game twice this season. The Jets don’t feature shutdown corners, or a formidable secondary, so it’s unlikely they could just plan on removing the cook.
We love our chances of filling in a bye using Taylor this week. We’ll also start him over Joe Burrows and Carson Wentz. We have to think long and hard before moving on with Cam Newton or Kirk Cousins. And we want to start him on Matthew Stafford, we don’t have the guts.
So don’t be afraid to slip on some sweatpants and watch Taylor lead her fantasy squad to victory this week.
Russell Wilson QB in the Seahawks, Washington (FanDuel $7,500/DraftKings $6,200)
It’s been a great comeback for Russell. He has zero TD in two matches due to a finger injury. Washington could be a get-right game – Ranked Dead Last vs. Anti-Fantasy QB. WFT has dropped 22 TD passes in the last eight matches.
Lavisca Shenault Jr. WR, Jaguar, Vs. Falcons (FD $5,600/DK $4,400)
With DJ Chark Jr. and no longer Jamal Agnew, Shenault is in line for more touches. The only teams that haven’t made a WR touchdown against this season are the Giants, Jets and Sam Darnold Panthers.
Brandon Ayuk WR, 49ers, vs. Vikings (FD $6,300/DK $5,300)
Have seen increased workload lately – 6.5 goals per game in the last four. The Vikings as a team drop almost five points more than the league average per game for opposing WR groups.
Houston DST, Texas, vs. Jets (FD $4,900/DK $2,300)
Have played surprisingly well in the last two games, suppressing the Texans and Dolphins. A rusty Zach Wilson jet might just be the easiest enemy ever.
Kareem Hunt RB, Brown, in Ravens (FD $7,000/DK $5,500)
He is expected to recover this week from a calf injury that has cost him his last five matches. Even if he plays, wait a week. Given D’Ernest Johnson has proven capable, he probably won’t get the full charge.
Damien Harris RB, Patriots, vs. Titans (FD $6,000/DK $6,100)
He’s just another guy as a runner, but the bigger concern is the part of Romondre Stevenson’s carry. Furthermore, the Titans have left only two fast TDs to trail behind in the last six games.
Odell Beckham Jr at WR, Rams, Packers (FD $5,800/DK $5,000)
Sure, it’s catchy given the name. And he has a week to learn the offense. But we want to see him before playing. And it’s the fifth most stingy vs. WR before even considering Packers rank.
Cortland Sutton WR, Broncos, vs. Chargers (FD $6,000/DK $5,400)
Since the return of Jerry Judy, Sutton has a total of nine goals in three games (JUD has 21) and hasn’t broken the double-digit PPR barrier. His most recent TD came in week 6.
Fantasy Madness Daily Duel
Venue: draft kings
Slate: Sunday. main (10 games)
type: $9 Tournament
Top Prize: $20K
QB – Tyrod Taylor (Hou, vs. NYJ) $5,300
RB – Jonathan Taylor (India, vs TB) $9,100
RB – Nazi Harris (in Pitt, Sinn) $8,200
WR – Brandin Cook (Hou, vs. NYJ) $5,800
WR – Elijah Moore (in NYJ, Hou) $5,600
WR – Lavisca Schenault Jr. (Jack, vs. ATL) $4,400
TE – Rob Gronkowski (TB, in India) $4,400
Flex – Kendrick Bourne (NE, vs TEN) $4,900
DST – Jaguars (Jack, vs ATL) $2,200
QB – Kirk Cousins (min, in SF) $6,300
RB – Ty Johnson (NYJ, in Hau) $4,300
RB – Joe Mixon (Synne, vs. Pitt) $7,500
WR – Jammer Chase (Sin, Vs. Pitt) $7,300
WR – Justin Jefferson (min, on SF) $8,300
WR – Olamide Zackhaus (at Etl, JAC) $4,400
TE – Evan Engram (NYG, vs. FEI) $3,800
Flex – Elijah Moore (NYJ, in HOWE) $5,600
DST – Texan (HO, vs. NYJ) $2,300
Dangerous weather: $87 Season Wins: Jarad $30, Drew $15