By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro




Jalen Hurts, PHI ($8200)

If you’re slow to accept the fact that Jalen Hurts is on the level of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen (both in real life and fantasy), you haven’t been paying attention. What was thought to be a one-horse MVP race earlier in the year has tightened narrowly as Hurts stakes his claim. As far as fantasy goes, Hurts is the overall QB1, both in PPG and total points. He has multiple TD passes in eight of his last nine games, and six rushing TDs in that span as well. I’m usually not an advocate for spending up at QB on DK in cash, but with the values at WR and potentially RB, it can be done easily.

Other options - Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow

Mid-tier options - Dak Prescott



Tom Brady, TB ($5500)

It’s amazing where Brady is in the fantasy circles this year. He’s the QB16 overall, and offensive line play indicates this is probably the middle ground he’s going to stay in this year. If you’re going cheap at QB though, Brady seems to have the most stable floor for cash. He has thrown 54 passes or more in three of his last five games, and his receiving corps is fully healthy (he also has two able receiving backs to boost his score). I’m not in love with it, which is a big reason I’m looking to spend at the position this week, but the price is right.

Other options - Ryan Tannehill, Mike White, Mac Jones



Derrick Henry, TEN ($8000)

Henry came through for me last week in fantasy, but there are still some red flags. After hitting value in the first half, Henry pretty much disappeared for the rest of the game except for losing a critical fumble late. Still, his price only rose $1000 and he’s projecting as the highest rostered RB at this point in the week. The Chargers have been decimated by the run all season, allowing 5.4 YPC and the fifth most FPPG to the position. If Tennessee is to win this big game for both teams, it needs to come on 25+ touches from Henry.

Other options - Austin Ekeler, Josh Jacobs

Mid-tier options - James Conner, Alvin Kamara, David Montgomery, Travis Etienne


Alvin Kamara, NO ($6800)

Kamara is fully rested coming off the bye, and Mark Ingram is probably finished for the rest of the year with an MCL injury. His price has dipped all the way to $6800 on DK which is a low he hasn’t reached since Week 6, and the Falcons allow the fourth-most receptions out of the backfield along with the 11th most FPPG to RBs.

Other options - Isiah Pacheco, Zonovan Knight, Latavius Murray, Kevin Harris/Pierre Strong (if Harris/Stevenson sit)






Ja’Marr Chase, CIN ($8300)

Since returning from injury, Ja’Marr Chase has vaulted himself right back into the alpha role with 17 catches in two games on a 36% target share from Joe Burrow. Tee Higgins’ mystery hamstring injury is only going to help Chase’s cause, and he’s second in the NFL in air yards share since returning. Tampa Bay is far more vulnerable against the pass than the run.

Other options - Davante Adams, Amon-Ra St. Brown, CeeDee Lamb

Mid-tier options - Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson



Nelson Agholor, NE ($3400)

Believe it or not, the Patriots are the prime source of value this week in DFS. Devante Parker is doubtful with a concussion, and Jakobi Meyers has an uphill battle in the protocol as well. In addition, running backs Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris are also both questionable for this one which could really condense the Pats offense. Agholor had ten targets last week, and the Raiders’ secondary has been iffy all year. This is a cash lock.

Other options - Kendrick Bourne, Tyquan Thornton, Chris Moore, Phillip Dorsett, Elijah Moore, Zay Jones





Travis Kelce, KC ($7700)

Evergreen posting. If you can afford him in any given week, he’s absolutely worth it. Kelce is currently projecting as the second highest rostered TE as well, so give a long thought to paying up. The issue is opportunity cost, as the next highest priced TE is $3300 cheaper (and even he’s a GTD)

Other options - None

Mid-tier options - None



Chig Okonkwo, TEN ($3100)

Last week I fell trap to paying extra for Dulcich just because he was cash, even though I thought Chig was a better option for $700 less. It’s the same scenario this week, but this week I’m not falling for it. Okonkwo who is coming on like a wrecking ball at TE. He has 16 targets over the last three weeks while averaging 9.25 YPC. If Treylon Burks returns, there’s definitely more target downside, but the price is right against the Chargers who have allowed the 11th most FPPG to TEs.

Other options - Dalton Schultz, Cole Kmet, Greg Dulcich (chalk)

Denver Broncos ($2700)
Tennessee Titans ($2200)
Arizona Cardinals ($3400)
Carolina Panthers ($3300)
Detroit Lions ($3000)