Blake Bortles ($7,400) – If it doesn’t happen for Bortles this week in fantasy, then it will never happen for him this season. This is a cupcake matchup that Bortles, and the Jaguars must take advantage of. So far every team that has played against the Raiders was able to pass against them. The only team that didn’t pass on them were the Chiefs; they decided just to run down their throats for 60 minutes. Luckily for us, the Jaguars have no running game so the only way the Jaguars will score points this weekend, and reach the projected 25 points Las Vegas set for them, will be through the air. Look for Bortles, and his receivers to click early, and often in this game. A smart contrarian play for this weekend would be to stack Bortles with Allen Robinson.
Marcus Mariota ($7,900) – Everybody is well aware that Mariota will have a big game this weekend. The only reason why he will not be rostered at a higher clip is because he is $100 more expensive than Rivers, and the same price as Matt Stafford. I on the other hand, will make sure that I fade those 2 QBS and play Mariota this week. The Colts are probably the worst defense in the league along with the Cleveland Browns, and New Orleans Saints. They can’t stop a nosebleed to be honest. So with that said, I see major TD upside for Mariota this weekend. I would not be surprised to see him be responsible for at least 3-4 TDs against this putrid Colts defense. Elite QB1 upside is possible for Mariota again this weekend.
Jeremy Hill ($6,800) – Jeremy Hill is a sneaky play this weekend in tournament formats. He will go low-owned this weekend because he is still way too expensive for a player that has a very low floor. However, I’m predicting the Bengals to jump out to a big lead early against the Browns, and that will lead to Jeremy Hill getting a lot of work on the ground. The Browns defense can’t stop the run, and I’m predicting for Hill to have his best game since his surprising 2-TD performance against the Denver Broncos. I have Hill rushing for over 100 yards, and hitting pay dirt at least once in this game.
Matt Jones ($6,700) – This is the sneakiest most contrarian play of weekend. Everybody believes that the Lions and Redskins game will be a shootout with a lot of passing. I on the other hand beg to differ. I think the Redskins will dictate the pace in this game with their running game. Matt Jones has looked very impressive during the early stages of the football season, and I expect that trend to continue against a very shaky rush defense. We are now going into Week 7 and the Lions front seven has yet to stop a running back from having a good game. I highly recommend rostering Matt Jones in an effort to pivot away from the obvious chalk plays of this weekend. Those chalk plays being Jacquizz Rodgers, Mike Gillislee, DeMarco Murray, and Spencer Ware.