Brian Hoyer – Remember back to the middle of the season when the Texans were playing the Saints. The chalk play was Hoyer and he let down everyone; however, I think this week Hoyer could turn some heads. I really enjoy watching the KC Chiefs play defense and think that they are an elite defense; however, the Texans have some offensive weapons and could enjoy a big day if Hoyer and Hopkins can get going early. I think this pick is a bit of a stretch, but if you are looking to be a bit of a contrarian, Hoyer should be good for a floor of about 10-15 points this week. You can easily pick those points up in other spots.
A.J. McCarron – If there is one thing the Steelers struggle on, its pass defense. A.J. had his best game of the season against the Steelers a few weeks back, which makes me a little weary of this pick. However, McCarron probably has the best draw of any quarterback in the playoffs and could prove to be the key to the winning lineup. I would not put him in 100% of my lineups, but I do think he will be a better pick than Hoyer, but he is not a proven quarterback and will have to rely on his offensive weapons to do a majority of the work.
This is a tough week for running backs in the first place… I probably would not spend much money on any of them, especially with the injury to D. Williams
Giovani Bernard – I know this is a tough pick, because every week it seems like you think “Who is going to get more touches Bernard or Hill”. I think Bearnard could get 5 or 6 catches out of the backfield for 50 yards and could end up with a touchdown or two.
Fitzgerald Toussaint – I don’t see the Steelers offense going away from the passing game, even if Ben throws three or four picks, but if you feel comfortable at least you know he is going to get all of the touches out of the backfield. Also, Ben will probably be going to Heath Miller a lot more as the check down, don’t assume Toussaint will get many catches out of the backfield.
DeSean Jackson – I love Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense. I really think that Jackson could end up having a huge a day here against a Packers team that hasn’t looked good since week 10. A combo of Jackson and Cousins is a low salary opportunity that helps you buy up for Antonio Brown or some other big name WRs.
Markus Wheaton – I think that the Bengals/Steelers game is going to end up in a shootout. Wheaton has had a no less than 5 targets since 11/15 and could prove to be a key for the Steelers offense. He is an extremely cheap option and could be used to buy up at the quarterback or receiver spots.
Heath Miller – I think this is an easy pick at $3300 with Williams out. Miller will be the checkdown for every single play if the 3 headed receiving core of Brown/Wheaton/Bryant can’t get open. Plus Miller/Ben is such a deadly combo and could be the best QB/TE combo in the game.
Washington – I have been VERY unimpressed with the Packers, as I stated earlier. The Redskins defense has not gotten much credit and could pick up a few touchdowns. The only way the Packers have a chance is if there is bad weather and Lacy just unloads for 150 yards, because Cobb hasnt had more than 100 yards receiving since week 1 and it seems like Rodgers is lost.
I hope this helps give you some options on the low end that are not complete punt plays! Goodluck this weekend!
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