Believe it or not, Blake Bortles has been a serviceable fantasy quarterback four of the past five weeks. I'd obviously like to stress the fantasy part of that, but that's all we really care about. A recommitment to using his feet has helped buoy his stats, and considering his accuracy, I would advise he continues to run. This week Bortles gets the ever generous Indianapolis Colts defense, at home, in a must win game for the Jags. With Leonard Fournette banged up and Dede Westbrook emerging, this game has the signs of a good Bortles outing. But keep this choice to tournaments only, trusting Blake is always risky.
Dion Lewis continues to lead the way in the Patriots backfield, posting season highs in carries, yards, and yards per carry against the Dolphins. Unfortunately for Lewis, it was Burkhead that scored the two running back touchdowns, but Lewis remains significantly more effective with his touches. In week 13, the Patriots face a deteriorating Buffalo defense that managed to hold Kareem Hunt in check but was previously gashed by Melvin Gordon, Mark Ingram, and Matt Forte of all people. Lewis makes an excellent cash play as a high usage back in a powerful offense.
Alex Collins has taken complete control of the Baltimore backfield, and that means he's now commanding one of the heaviest workloads of any back in the league. I don't know if you watched the Monday night game, but the Ravens are incapable of passing the ball, and will have to continue to lean on Collins down the stretch. The Lions, who are sorely missing Haloti Ngata, are allowing the 9th most rushing yards per game and offer a positive matchup. No doubt Collins will be busy. He makes a solid cash game choice on the cheap.
Other considerations: Jamal Williams vs. Tampa Bay: $5,700 (especially if Ty Montgomery doesn't play)
Uh, hello Cooper Kupp on the cheap! Kupp is coming off the biggest game of his career where he was targeted a whopping 11 times and hauled in 8 of those targets for 116 yards. Jared Goff has peppered the first year wideout with passes the whole season, but with the absence of Robert Woods, Kupp saw an even larger load. The cheap valuation is probably due to the looming presence of Patrick Peterson, but he will likely work the majority of the game against Sammy Watkins, leaving Kupp to exploit the slot. He may not have a huge upside with only three touchdowns and a low yards per catch, but Kupp will definitely be on my team this week, tournament or cash.
A long shot for sure, but Dontrelle Inman has now been targeted 22 times in the three games since arriving to Chicago. That's a volume that is hard to ignore, even in an offense that is averaging the second lowest passing yards per game in the league. San Francisco is allowing the 7th most passing yards per game, meaning the Bears should be able to give Trubisky a little more leeway in the pocket. Regardless, this is a choice best left for tournaments, but Inman is the best passing weapon the Bears have, and the opportunities will be there.
Another tournament consideration: Danny Amendola vs. Buffalo Bills: $5,300
Outside of a tough matchup against the revived New England defense and the top rated Jags, Henry has been one of the better tight ends in the league of late. Since week 4, he is averaging 5 targets a game, has scored 3 touchdowns and topped 8 fantasy points 5 times. While the Cleveland Browns have been an improved defense this year, they are allowing the second most fantasy points to tight ends, meaning that Henry will once again be a favorite target of Philip Rivers. Play the matchup and look to Henry for $2,700 less than Rob Gronkowski.
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