By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro





Justin Fields, CHI ($7300)

How far we’ve come. This guy was left for dead after the first three weeks, and even dropped in some leagues. Since then he’s been the fantasy QB2 over the past two weeks and actually now sits at QB3 on the season. Minnesota presents a very soft matchup for passing games and Fields has DJ Moore at his disposal, and the latter has now become the WR4 on the season in PPR formats. Add in Fields’ rushing prowess (191 rushing yards) and he’s a high floor/high ceiling play for cash.

Other options - Tua Tagovailoa

Mid-tier options - Trevor Lawrence, Joe Burrow, Matthew Stafford


Gardner Minshew, IND ($5000)

It’s Minshew-mania in Indy for at least the next four weeks as Anthony Richardson recovers from a shoulder injury. At 5k, Minshew is easy to justify in cash against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has begun the season as a stout run defense, but has allowed the sixth most FPPG to QBs while also ranking 26th in sacks. At 5k, Minshew’s price tag allows you to fit in many high-profile skill players, and he comes with a legit floor himself for cash.

Other options - Geno Smith, Joshua Dobbs




David Montgomery, DET ($7300)

It’s not that Christian McCaffrey isn’t easily the top play (he is), but he’s $2200 more than Montgomery who’s the second highest priced, which presents a -EV situation for the RB position this week. As we’ve seen (and as I said all preseason), Montgomery is the Lions’ back to lean on, with touch counts of 21, 34, 17, and 21 in his four games. He’s trusted in pass protection and has complete dominance of the red zone touches (24, which is third in the NFL). Tampa Bay is a middling defense against the run (and are usually better than this), but there are few players with a more secure role than Monty.

Other options - Christian McCaffrey, Bijan Robinson, Travis Etienne, Josh Jacobs

Mid-tier options - Alvin Kamara, Kyren Williams, Joe Mixon, D’Andre Swift


Raheem Mostert, MIA ($6400)

This is a little expensive for a “value pick”, but Mostert enters potential RB1 overall territory this week without De’Von Achane. The Dolphins have proven to be beyond explosive, and Mostert currently sits as fantasy’s RB2 overall (behind only Christian McCaffrey). We saw what he was capable of at the beginning of the season without Achane, and the matchup is arguably even better than it was against the Giants. Carolina has already allowed 5.1 yards per carry (YPC), nine rushing TDs, and the second-most FPPG to opposing RBs through the first five weeks. I’d happily pay at least $1000 more for Mostert.

Other options - Alexander Mattison, Rachaad White, Dameon Pierce, Roschon Johnson, D’Onta Foreman (if Roschon sits), Emeri Demercado




Ja’Marr Chase, CIN ($8300)

Chase is coming off an absolutely monster week and there’s a chance Tee Higgins sits again. Even if he doesn’t sit, Chase is still an elite WR1 and he’s still coming at a big discount to the other top options. Seattle has high graded CBs on paper, but they’ve still allowed the most FPPG to opposing WRs. Despite the slow start for the Bengals offense as a whole, Chase is still second in the NFL in targets and first in routes run. To top it off, Burrow and company looked to have no limitations at all in last week’s win.

Other options - Tyreek Hill, Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams

Mid-tier options - DJ Moore, Adam Thielen, Michael Pittman, Jordan Addison, Jakobi Meyers


Christian Kirk, JAX ($5400)

The fact that Christian Kirk’s price tag is dropping is flat-out weird. Since his week one dud, Kirk is a borderline WR1 with 29 catches on 40 targets for 17 DK points per game (PPG). Indianapolis continues to give up monster games to opposing WRs (DeAndre Hopkins being the latest) and now has allowed the eighth most FPPG to the position.

Other options - Marquise Brown, Michael Thomas, KJ Osborn, Josh Downs, Robert Woods, Brandon Powell




TJ Hockenson, MIN ($6600)

I don’t really think paying all the way up for TE is the way to go this week, especially since the MIN WRs are cheaper. However, you can certainly make the case for Hockenson erupting here without Justin Jefferson. After all, the Bears have allowed the seventh most FPPG and the fourth most receptions to TEs, and Jefferson leaves behind a 27.2% target share and 35.9% air yards share.

Other options - Sam LaPorta

Mid-tier options - Evan Engram


Zack Ertz, ARI ($3600)

Zack Ertz continues to be the “safe” cheap TE to roster as his price continues to remain static in the mid-3k range. Ertz is fourth among TEs in targets and is third in air yards, so his floor is fine for cash games even with a paltry 4.3 yards per target. The Rams are a good matchup for TEs, allowing the fourth most FPPG to the position.

Other options - Dalton Schultz, Logan Thomas, Kyle Pitts, Jonnu Smith



New England Patriots ($2600)
Cleveland Browns ($2200)
Miami Dolphins ($3500)
Detroit Lions ($2700)
Philadelphia Eagles ($3800)