It's an AFC West showdown in San Diego, where your Denver Broncos take on the Chargers. Coming off an impressive overtime victory versus the previously undefeated Patriots, the Broncos will look to keep their momentum going behind fourth-year QB Brock Osweiler.
If you want to keep your Fantasy momentum going, take a close look at the Denver running game. They were instrumental in the Broncos' latest victory, with the 48-yard TD run by C.J. Anderson (DraftKings salary: $3,500) in overtime capping off a strong day. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman ($4,200) combined for 172 yards and 3 scores on the ground against New England in Week 12. Anderson added 40 yards on four catches and is playing his best ball of the season. San Diego is the most favorable matchup for an opposing running back according to NFL.com, putting both Hillman and Anderson squarely on the RB2 radar. Either back is an option on DraftKings as well, with affordable salaries.
The Chargers have given up 7 multiple TD performances and over 2,900 yards to QBs this season. Brock Osweiler ($5,200) should continue his impressive play after going 2-0 in his first two career starts. He looked poised and confident while leading the Broncos to a comeback victory last Sunday night. Expect at least 250 yards and a score versus the Chargers, with upside for more.
Emmanuel Sanders ($6,500) was back healthy on Sunday night, and made an instant impact. He caught 6 balls for 113 yards and showed a strong rapport with Osweiler. He is locked in as a WR2 option and comes with a slight discount this week on DraftKings. Demaryius Thomas ($7,200) is on pace for over 100 receptions for a second straight year. There is plenty of upside for Thomas against a Chargers team that he has repeatedly torched in recent years. Teaming either Broncos receiver with Osweiler on DraftKings could be a tournament stack that pays dividends.
Owen Daniels ($2,900) has at least 44 yards receiving in four of his last five. Both he and Vernon Davis ($3,000) are seeing extensive playing time and targets, making them viable streamers and DraftKings plays. The Chargers defense has allowed over 600 yards and 8 TDs to tight ends.
The Broncos ($3,400) defense remains the highest scoring Fantasy unit with 128 standard NFL.com points. San Diego has allowed 26 sacks and 16 turnovers, which means the Denver defense should be in your lineup once again. Philip Rivers ($6,600) coming off of a strong statistical performance versus Jacksonville, but expectations must be tempered in an extremely tough matchup. The Chargers have also given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing kickers, making Brandon McManus one of this week's best plays. Continue to start him with confidence.
You cannot ignore what Matt Hasselbeck ($5,300) has done filling in for Andrew Luck. He has 7 TDs and over 1,000 passing yards in four starts. With an attractive matchup against the Steelers and a bargain price tag, Hasselbeck should be strongly considered for your DraftKings lineup. Ryan Tannehill ($5,300) should be able to have his way with the Ravens secondary on Sunday. The Dolphins signal-caller has 7 TDs in his last three contests, including his third 27-plus point outing in Week 12. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,200) had his best game of the year with 4 TDs last week and now he gets a favorable matchup versus the Giants. While Jay Cutler ($5,100) has just 1 TD pass in his last two games, he faced off against the best defense in the game (Denver) and less than ideal weather conditions (Green Bay). He should be in line for a multiple TD performance at home against the Niners.
LeSean McCoy ($5,700) has turned in six straight games with at least 94 total yards, including 4 scores over the span. Even in a tough showdown against the Texans defense, McCoy is too hot to keep out of your lineup. DeAngelo Williams ($5,600) faces a Colts defense that has allowed an average of 19.75 standard Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Expect close to 20 touches and plenty of scoring chances. With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington banged up, rookie David Johnson will get his opportunity to shine versus the Rams. He is a no-brainer on DraftKings at his $3,400 salary.
Jarvis Landry ($6,700) exploded last week for 165 receiving yards and a TD. The matchup is favorable this week against a struggling Ravens squad. Martavis Bryant ($5,600) continues to make plays for the Steelers. He has had just one game under 12 DraftKings Fantasy points all year. The Colts secondary has struggled and Bryant offers a high ceiling for a reasonable salary. DeVante Parker ($3,300) stepped in for an injured Rishard Mathews last week on his way to 4 catches for 80 yards and his first career TD. He should be heavily involved once again and the promising rookie is a top waiver wire pickup and intriguing DraftKings play.
Antonio Gates ($4,900) is a weekly must-start, even facing a smothering Broncos defense. He is the focal point of the entire Chargers attack and should see in the neighborhood of double-digit targets. Travis Kelce ($4,700) gets a dream matchup against the Raiders, who have surrendered 11 TDs and over 650 yards to opposing tight ends. Jacob Tamme ($3,700) had a monster performance against the Bucs in Week 8. He is a viable streamer and cheap DraftKings play as he attempts to burn them again.
The Patriots defensive unit ($3,400) should be able to force multiple turnovers against a struggling Eagles offense. The Bears defense ($2,600) has been coming on of late, averaging 8.25 DraftKings points over their last four. They host the Niners on Sunday. The Texans ($2,500) have scored double-digit Fantasy points in four of their last six. While Tyrod Taylor ($5,200) and the Bills are dangerous, Houston's opportunistic attack is worth starting at a reasonable price.
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