Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill ($7,300)
- The Texans-Titans game has the third highest over-under this week, with a close divisional game between the two rivals. With a healthy A.J. Brown, Tannehill scored 4 touchdowns last week in a 30 point performance. Since Tannehill took over for the Titans last season, he is QB 4 in fantasy points per game. Last season, Tannehill put up over 20 points in both games against the Texans. I like stacking Tannehill, Brown, and Jonnu Smith this week in what should be one of the highest scoring games of the week.
Running Back: David Montgomery ($5,900)
- The Carolina Panthers have been far and away the worst run defense in football. With the loss of their run-stuffing DT Kawaan Short, the Panthers show no signs of improving anytime soon. David Montgomery has seen his snap rise to over 80% without Tarik Cohen around, and has seen an average of 7 targets in those two games. He hasn’t had great efficiency on the ground in those weeks, but he did play the Colts and Buccaneers, which have great defensive units all around. I expect Matt Nagy to try and run the ball as much as possible to keep his defense rested and the Panther’s dynamic offense off the field. Montgomery is likely going to be owned on a high percentage of lineups this week, but at a RB20 pricing, he’s a lock to outproduce his price.
Wide Receiver: Chase Claypool ($5,500)
- This might look like we are just chasing points, but with Diontae Johnson out, Chase Claypool finds himself as the #2 option on the Steelers. The Cleveland Browns secondary has dealt with injuries all season, and have given up the 3rd most points to receivers in the league. With CB Denzel Ward on JuJu Smith-Schuster, I expect Claypool to see a fair amount of targets this week. After his 4 TD explosion last week, I expect the defense to pay more attention to the rookie, but with his size and athletic profile, Claypool should dominate one on one matchups. With a price around MVS and Russell Gage, I think Claypool is going to be the best budget wide receiver once again this week.
Tight End: Eric Ebron ($5,200)
- Well, for once I don’t have Logan Thomas in this section. Eric Ebron has seen his season high of 7 and 6 targets in his past two games with Diontae Johnson out. The Brown’s defense has all around been terrible against the pass, which includes giving up the 5th most points to tight ends in the league. Ebron hasn’t seen the redzone usage that made him so valuable on the Colts, but I believe he should have a good chance at finding his way into the endzone against a team that has allowed 5 TDs to tight ends in as many weeks.