Last year's MVP is following up his Super Bowl loss with a disappointing season. However, he should turn it around this week. Cam Newton will go up against one of the worst defenses in the NFL, especially from a fantasy standpoint. The Raiders defense ranks dead last in yards per play, fourth from last in yards per attempt passing, and third in yards per attempt rushing.
Newton is only completing 56.5% of his passes. The Raiders have only allowed 61.9% of passes to be completed thus far, but they've allowed 12.7 yards per reception. Look for Newton to connect on a couple deep passes and even contribute in the running game.
Tyrod Taylor has been a bit underrated as a fantasy option this season. He's averaged over 18 DKP thus far and hasn't had a ton of healthy options around him. He'll go up against an admittedly decent defense in Jacksonville. However, the Bills solid defense going up against Blake Bortles should keep the ball in Taylor's hands. LeSean McCoy is preparing to play this week after injuring his thumb but him being less than 100% should provide Taylor more opportunity to contribute.
Jay Ajayi has been Miami's go-to guy on offense since Arian Foster retired and he emerged as a dominant force. He's taken pressure off of Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins are looking as if they could grab a playoff spot. Ajayi will face the worst rushing defense in the NFL this week in San Francisco. The Niners have allowed 5.2 yards per rush this season. Ajayi has rushed for 5.6 yards per carry. After getting lighter workloads the last two weeks, look for Ajayi to run the ball over 20 times and break a couple large gains.
With Giovani Bernard and A.J. Green out this week and Brandon LaFell questionable, Jeremy Hill is the most dangerous option for the Bengals offense Sunday. Andy Dalton will have no choice but to hand it off to Hill a ton. Unfortunately, Hill will go up against the best defense against the run this season in the Ravens. This is precisely why Hill is more of a tournament than a cash game play. Very few folks will want to play him, but he could have a big enough game to exceed his value quite a bit if he gets all the touches at running back.
In a season where the Cardinals and Carson Palmer has struggled quite a bit, Larry Fitzgerald is having another great season. He's yet to have a game where he's gotten less than seven targets and 49 yards. His lack of touchdowns has driven down his price some, but he should see some positive regression with the number of targets he's getting each week. This week couldn't be a better matchup. The Cardinals will play in Atlanta in a high-paced, turf game. It's safe to expect Fitz to get around double digit targets and amass a lot of yardage.
Corey Coleman came back from injury two weeks ago. In his first matchup, the Browns went against the Ravens, one of the better defenses in the NFL. Last week, they played in a windy game against Pittsburgh. Despite the wind, Coleman saw 12 targets last week after only seeing five the week before. Josh McCown will get the start this week and is a better thrower than Kessler. As Pryor has received a lot of attention as the Browns best receiver this year, look for Coleman to get less attention from the Giants secondary and have a chance at a big game for a cheap price.
The Titans collectively didn't have a great game last week against the weak Colts defense. Fortunately, they'll see another weak team and defense against Chicago this week. As Cutler and Hoyer are confirmed out, Matt Barkley will get the start for the Bears. His eventual poor play should give the Titans a ton of plays on offense. This leaves Delanie Walker, who didn't get a ton of attention from Mariota last week, with more opportunity. As one of Mariota's favorite red zone targets, Walker should get more looks after only getting six targets last week. He may be lower owned than expected after last week, too.
It's still hard to say what to expect from Jared Cook in the Packers offense. He's only played four games this year with last week being his first action since Week 3. However, he received 11 targets from Aaron Rodgers and caught six balls for 105 yards and a touchdown. Cook will go up against a Philadelphia defense that hasn't allowed a 300 yard passer all season. Nonetheless, if they continue to take away deep passes, Rodgers could target Cook underneath coverages as a safety valve. Cook is worth a shot at his low price in a tournament game on a relatively short slate for tight ends.