Force looks strong with Allen, Johnson
November 08, 2018 9:28 AM
by Alan Berg
It’s been a good couple weeks for the Fantasy Force. Three straight columns with solid selections capped off by last week’s Captain Obvious Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt.
Hunt finished with 33.1 fantasy points good for No.5 overall and the No.3 running back on DraftKings.
Last week’s Diamond in the Rough Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished No.5 among all QB’s in Week 9 as well.
Personally my best selection was in my 20-team dynasty fantasy league, starting Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling over Ravens WR John Brown.
It was the difference between winning and losing my game. Sometimes it pays to go with your gut over the stats and evidence.
Enough about the past. Let’s drive into the future:
Keenan Allen, LAC ($7,100): Coming off his best fantasy game since opening day, Allen gets a juicy matchup against an Oakland, a team that quit on the 2018 season.
The Raiders look forward to a future full of high draft picks and eventual move to Las Vegas. Projection: 10 catches, 153 yards, 2 TDs.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Duke Johnson, CLE ($4,700): With a change in offensive philosophy for the Browns after the long overdue firing of Hue Jackson, Johnson is a great play this week.
Cleveland offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has done some actual analytics homework as Mayfield throwing to Johnson is a sure thing. As seen last week against the Chiefs, the RB had nine catches for 78 yards and 2 TDs. I don’t think he will have that big of a game but plenty of action to get produciton out of the small salary. Projection: 6 catches, 90 yards total offense, TD.
Top QB: Baker Mayfield, CLE ($5,400): As said above this is the second week with a new play caller and Mayfield should fare well against a shaky Falcons defense.
Top RB: Mark Ingram, NO ($4,500): Just when you think you have figured out the Saints RB rotation, in comes Ingram to muddle things up. After a star performance from Alvin Kamara against the LA Rams, look for Ingram to get a little more work at Cincinnati.
Saints head coach Sean Payton will want to keep Kamara as fresh as possible for the postseason.
Top WR: Amari Cooper, DAL ($5,000): Although the Cowboys lost last week to Tennessee, it seemed Dak Prescott finally has a reliable weapon at WR.
The duo will have growing pains as they need time to find that QB to WR rhythm but I will bet on a bargain with him in a huge game for the Cowboys at Philadelphia.
Top QB/WR or RB Combos: Marcus Mariota/Dion Lewis, TEN ($4,700, $4,600); Dak Prescott/Cooper, DAL ($4,900/$5,000):
Take the two Monday Night Football teams for different reasons.
For the Titans they matchup against a scary New England team, well scary on offense. That game could turn into a suprising shootout. At least if the Titans have finally figured out how to use Lewis, I hope.
Don’t be scared of the Cowboys at Philly. I expect the best game of the year from Dallas so bank on the bargain duo.