Washington will tackle Pittsburgh and the LA Rams travel to San Francisco for their first game back in California. Here are our best 5 Fantasy Plays For Monday Night Football (Tuesday morning AEDT).
QB – Kirk Cousins – Washington – $7,800 (with Moneyball)
Cousins played very well at home last season – 16:2 TD-to-INT ratio and 271-yard average compared to a 13:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 249.5-yard average on the road so his stocks are automatically higher than usual. The Steelers weakness on defense is certainly in coverage and Cousins has three solid targets in Garcon, Reed and Jackson to target. We also expect Big Ben is highly owned and worth fading.
WR – Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh – $9,300
How do you not include this guy? He’s the most premium option on the card and for good reason. The Steelers/Redskins game has the third highest total of NFL Week 1 (50 points). He’s without doubt, one of the top three receivers in the league and his ceiling is incredibly high. The Steelers are missing 178 ‘targets’ from their 2015 team and he figures to get even more opportunity in 2016 to raise the bar once again.
WR – DeSean Jackson – Washington – $6,600
DeSean Jackson is a GPP special and a MUST PLAY if you have Cousins in your lineups. For all reasons highlighted with Cousins we like the Washington pass attack tonight. Jackson has well documented big play potential but is often under owned in contests, if you are ever to play him, it’s tonight!
TE – Vance McDonald – San Francisco – $4,700
Vance McDonald looks to have won the battle for the number one TE spot on the 49ers depth chart. He’s also developed a nice rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert who recently won a position battle himself. We expect he’ll have low ownership tonight and he’s a terrific GPP option. Three scores above 14 last season highlight his potential and ceiling.
RB – Todd Gurley – Los Angeles – $8,900
If you like Gurley tonight is the time to play him as he faces stiff run defences in the Seahawks, Bucs and Cardinals over the next three games. Chip Kelly (49ers Head Coach) led teams ranked last for time in possession in all three of his years in Philadelphia and if Gurley gets going tonight he’ll chew plenty of clock up making San Francisco’s offense hard to find. San Fran ranked 23rd against the run in 2015 and the Rams stud running back should at the very least deliver us a solid return on a night where you should have cash to splash.