The former Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp had his best game of his short career on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He was targeted 11 times and caught eight balls for 116 yards. Kupp is a great player to snag this week in PPR leagues. He has at least six receptions in the last three games, and with fellow wide receiver Robert Woods out at least another game, Kupp could be the number one option for quarterback Jared Goff. The Rams face the Cardinals this Sunday, whose defense has given up the 9th most points to wide receivers this season. If you are in a keeper or dynasty league, you want to pick up Kupp right away.
It seemed like Packers’ Quarterback Brett Hudley was starting to look comfortable with the offense against the Steelers harsh pass defense last Sunday night. He completed 17 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns, putting up his best numbers on the season. The Packers face the Buccaneers this Sunday, whose defense has given up 285 yards per game this season, which ranks last in the league. If you have a quarterback with a poor matchup, Hudley would be a great pick up and start player for a dollar.
With Michael Crabtree suspended and Amari Cooper probably out with a sprained ankle and concussion, fantasy owners might want to take a look at either Seth Roberts or Cordarrelle Patterson. Both players have their pros and cons depending on the type of league. In a PPR league, Roberts looks like the better option. He has 12 more targets on the season than Patterson and three more receptions. He also has 262 yards and a score this season, while Patterson has yet to find the end zone (if you don’t include kick and punt return touchdowns) and has only managed 186 yards through the air. That said, Patterson has a bigger potential for a blow-up type of game. Either way, both players might be a good option considering the Raiders are playing the Giants this weekend, whose defense has given up the fourth most passing yards per game in the NFL.
Another Oakland player that fantasy owners should consider is running back Jalen Richard. He’s not a huge threat in the run game, but Richard is a great player to target in PPR leagues due to his catching ability. He’s spitting time with Marshawn Lynch and DeAndre Washington, which makes him a risky start this week even if the Raiders are playing the Giants’ disappointing defense. He found the end zone last weekend after both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper left the game. With both wide outs likely out this weekend, Richard might be a good play for a dollar.
While Kansas City hasn’t given up a ton of fantasy points to running backs this season, they have given up a ton of yards. Matt Forte may be the beneficiary of Kansas City’s poor rush defense this weekend when the Jets host the Chiefs on Sunday. Forte has battled injuries all season, but when he’s been playing he’s been productive. So far through the eight games that he’s been on the field, Forte has recorded 67 rushes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and 29 receptions for 222 yards. He remains in a time share with Bilal Powell, but I expect the Jets to use Forte in the passing game this weekend against a below average Chiefs’ defense. Pick up and start Forte in PPR leagues this week.
Miami Dolphins’ tight end Julius Thomas isn’t the stud he used to be in Denver, but he may be a good start against the Broncos this weekend whose defense has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Thomas is having a disappointing fantasy season, but he’s been a decent option for owners in the last four weeks. Since week 9, he has 17 receptions for 174 yards and two scores. If you are in desperate need of a tight end, Thomas might be your guy this week for a buck.