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Hunter Report Week 13 2017
By Dave Hunter
Let’s get right to this week’s suggestions. Keep in mind that I use the DraftKings.com as the basis of my write-up and do not include Thursday, Sunday night or Monday games. Good luck!
Philip Rivers, LAC vs. Cleveland Browns ($7,000) – This may be the first time all year long I’ve listed Rivers as a recommendation, although I’m not going to take the time to go back and check all my pieces. The Chargers are playing fantastic football of late, especially Rivers and receiver Keenan Allen. The price on Rivers is at a value in my mind, and the Browns aren’t exactly tough through the air. I see Rivers netting two TD passes with over 300 yards through the air.
Other choices: Tom Brady, NE @ Buffalo Bills ($7,800)
Drew Brees, NO vs. Carolina Panthers ($6,500) – With the way the running game has been going for the Saints of late, Brees hasn’t had to do as much via the passing game; however, I have a difficult time passing up this price tag for a superstar QB at $6.5K. The Saints/Panthers game is one of the better games on the day and I like a pretty high scoring total, even a bit more than what Vegas has as the consensus total. I’m locking in Brees for cash games, and even tossing him in on some tournament plays.
Other choices: Derek Carr, OAK vs. New York Giants ($6,100); Case Keenum, MIN @ Atlanta Falcons ($6,000)
Josh McCown, NYJ vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($5,500) – If you’re looking for a value play at QB, McCown qualifies. The Chiefs pass defense leaves a lot to be desired and McCown has a lovely target to toss to in Robby Anderson. McCown will earn his price tag, although I know we’re all hoping for more than that with McCown’s almost 18 FPPG this season.
Other choices: Blake Bortles, JAC vs. Indianapolis Colts ($5,400); Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ Chicago Bears ($5,100) – major dart throw here.
Leonard Fournette, JAC vs. Indianapolis Colts ($7.800) – Fournette finally gets a reprieve from tough matchups, which he has had over the last two weeks of play. I’m expecting one of the better days from the RB class this week, with a great chance of even two TD scores. The Jaguars will get back to their bread and butter, feeding Fournette the ball at least 20 times. Use Fournette in all formats of play.
Other choices: Alvin Kamara, NO vs. Carolina Panthers ($8,400); Lesean McCoy, BUF vs. New England Patriots ($7,600); Melvin Gordon, LAC vs. Cleveland Browns ($7,400)
Jordan Howard, CHI vs. San Francisco 49ers ($6,500) – This will be a redemption game for Howard and the Bears, at least affording the offense a chance to win. I really do love Howard facing the Niners. We may not see a ton of scoring, although I do expect 100 yards and a TD from Howard this week. Also, the Bears would be wise to use Howard a bit more than usual in the passing game to create less stress on Mitchell Trubisky.
Other choices: Kareem Hunt, KC @ New York Jets ($6,900); Carlos Hyde, SF @ Chicago Bears ($5,900)
Marshawn Lynch, OAK vs. New York Giants ($4,800) – The Raiders need their running game to succeed more than any other week of the season, with Amari Cooper likely out and Michael Crabtree definitely out. Lynch is in a good situation for the most part, and the Raiders should dole out 15 carries to the Raider’s running back. I see at least one TD score for Lynch and about 80 yards total, which isn’t bad at all considering the sub-$5K price tag.
Other choices: Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. Minnesota Vikings ($5,700); Latavius Murray, MIN @ Atlanta Falcons ($5,200); Duke Johnson, Jr., CLE @ Los Angeles Chargers ($4,800); Danny Woodhead, BAL vs. Detroit Lions ($4,400)
Tevin Coleman, ATL vs. Minnesota Vikings ($7,000) – Devonta Freeman is expected to return to the Falcons lineup this week and that means Coleman’s production won’t be worth the $7K price tag that’s listed here. I’d avoid unless you’re really a gambling man.
Brandin Cooks, NE @ Buffalo Bills ($7,700) – I like that Cooks is heating up. With the injuries that are affecting the Patriots receiving corps right now, Cooks will continue to get a nice chunk of looks from Tom Brady. I expected a little more by way of TD production this season however, although his yardage production has made Cooks a rewarding play. The matchup is bad on paper for the Patriots, with the Bills being quite stingy against QBs this season. Still, we’re talking about Brady and the Pats. I’ve got Cooks reaching the 20-point mark for the third week in a row.
Other choices: Adam Thielen, MIN @ Atlanta Falcons ($7,500); Mike Evans, TB @ Green Bay Packers ($7,100)
Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($6,3000 – Woah, Robby Anderson, eh? Dude has been getting his owners numbers. Anderson has really filled a void for the Jets, providing No. 1 receiving numbers for a team that sorely needed someone to step up. I could easily list Anderson as a value play as well, so feel confident using him this week in your lineups. I love him for cash play especially, although rostering him in a tournament lineup build is A-OK in my book.
Other choices: Stefon Diggs, MIN @ Atlanta Falcons ($6,200); Jarvis Landry, MIA vs. Denver Broncos ($5,900) – without Aqib Talib, Landry makes for a very interesting play.
Seth Roberts, OAK vs. New York Giants ($3,700) – With Michael Crabtree suspended this week and Amari Cooper fighting injury due to concussion and ankle issues, Roberts could make a nice value play to fill out your roster in tournament play. Derek Carr is going to need targets aside from Jared Cook and I don’t trust Cordarrelle Patterson to do much in a step-up role for the Raiders. Call Roberts a risk, or a dart throw if you wish, but one that could prove very fruitful in Week 13.
Other choices: Jordy Nelson, GB vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,400) – at this price I’m definitely taking a chance on Nelson; Tyrell Williams, LAC vs. Cleveland Browns ($3,900)
Julio Jones, ATL vs. Minnesota Vikings ($8,600) – After last week’s game, it will be a miracle if Jones gets close to the 53.8 fantasy point total he rewarded DFS owners with in Week 13. Owners that lock onto Jones are expecting that nutty production again, right? We may see a 15-point game from Jones, maybe 20, but that’s not enough for me to put out $8.6K of my salary cap dollars.
Rob Gronkowski, NE @ Buffalo Bills ($7,300)
Travis Kelce, KC @ New York Jets ($7,000)
Evan Engram, NYG vs. Oakland Raiders ($5,700)
Delanie Walker, TEN vs. Houston Texans ($5,600)
Jared Cook, OAK vs. New York Giants ($5,400)
Hunter Henry, LAC vs. Cleveland Browns ($4,700)
Jack Doyle, IND @ Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,200)
Good luck in Week 13! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter: @TheRolyPolyBoy