FanDuel Fantasy Football: Saturday's Slate

FanDuel Fantasy Football: Saturday's Slate

This article is part of our FanDuel Fantasy Football series.

Of the two games on the slate, I'm expecting the Ravens and Bills to have significantly more scoring than the Rams and Packers, so given that framework, that's where we'll find many of our selections for this slate.

Quarterbacks

With the Bills typically being a pass-first offense with a varied set of weapons, even the Ravens defense will have a difficult time holding down Josh Allen ($8,800) at any point during the game. And in a contest with a 49.5 posted total, Allen is likely to have a strong scoring floor.

In a game in which the Ravens easily could be trailing, Lamar Jackson ($8,000) will be a strong GPP option, even though the Bills defense is much tougher against the pass than the run. If forced to chase on the scoreboard, Jackson will likely rely upon his legs to keep the offense rolling, and it also helps that Buffalo has been generous to tight ends, so Jackson should have success leaning on them in the passing game while also running for big yardage on his own.

Running Backs

In his last three healthy games, Cam Akers ($7,000) is averaging 27 touches per game, and with Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp expected to be at less than full strength, the Rams will have no choice but to lean on him. It also helps that left tackle Andrew Whitworth returned to the lineup last week to help boost the performance of the offensive line. If that's not enough to convince you, Akers is playing a Packers defense that's been a bottom-five unit against the run this year.

After the Bills lost Zack Moss for the season, Devin Singletary ($5,700) should step into a sizable role, because when Moss was out in Weeks 3 through 5, Singletary averaged 17 touches. He'll be up against a Ravens defense that will likely do everything in its power to try and slow down Allen and the passing attack, which should provide openings for Singletary to prosper.

Even though the Rams have a top-five run defense, Aaron Jones ($7,800) is someone to consider in tournaments, as he's seen his usage ramped up down the stretch, seeing at least a 70-percent snap share in three of the last four games. With the Los Angeles pass rush and secondary likely creating problems for Aaron Rodgers and the receivers, Jones may have a game in which he contibutes heavily as a runner and receiver, giving him significiant upside.

Wide Receivers

Of the four passing attacks this weekend, the Bills seem to be in the best spot, with Stefon Diggs ($8,600) being moved all over the formation and targeted between eight and 14 times in each of his last 13 games. Diggs should continue to extend the pace he's had over the last five weeks in which he's averaged 125 yards and a touchdown per game. Sure, the Ravens will put extra attention on him, but that's nothing different than what he's been seeing for weeks.

Staying in the Buffalo/Baltimore game, Marquise Brown ($6,500) may be facing a top-six defense against wide receivers, but if this game is a shoot out, his heavy slot usage along with being the most dependable wide receiver for Lamar Jackson, should ensure he sees at least eight targets with upside for more. Of course, he easily could pile up plenty of yardage after the catch.

Even though we expect Diggs to do well, it's John Brown ($5,500) who's in line to be a fantastic tournament option. Although he'll line up on both sides of the formation, he'll likely see a lot of single coverage from Marcus Peters, who's been prone to giving up big plays. Also, Brown has posted at least 72 yards in three of his last four games, and he's always in play to score on a long TD.

Tight Ends

It'll be very difficult to fade Mark Andrews (6,600), as he's typically seeing at least six targets per game, and, in a likely high-scoring game, he'll be up against a Bills defense that's in the bottom-five against tight ends, giving Andrews a high floor and the potential for a high-ceiling game.

Although his salary isn't as low as we'd like, Tyler Higbee ($5,200) is in play as a GPP option, as the Rams have been playing a lot of personnel packages with two tight ends, and he's averaging 4.5 targets over the last four games. If the Rams get the ball into the red zone, he could easily score a TD to help him hit value.

Defenses

Not only are the Rams ($3,600) the second-cheapest defense on this slate, but they're my favorite option. The main reasons are that the Packers will be without LT David Bakhtiari, which means the devastating Los Angeles pass rush could give Aaron Rodgers more trouble than he's seen in a long time, and Jalen Ramsey has the ability to slow down Davante Adams, so if Green Bay finds itself in obvious passing situations, this could be a big day for the Rams defense. 

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Jim Coventry plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mvp1986, DraftKings: mvp1986.
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Jim Coventry
Coventry covers football for RotoWire. He started playing fantasy football in 1994 and won a national contest in 1996. He also nabbed five top-50 finishes in national contests from 2008 to 2012 before turning his attention to DFS. A published author, Coventry wrote a book about relationships, "The Secret of Life", in 2013.
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