Sunday games were pushed back to Tuesday. Those Sunday games, Washington-Philadelphia and LA Rams-Seattle are now off this Millionaire slate. So, don’t put any of those players in your lineups. This $20 slate has a prize pool of $3.25 million, with a cool million going to the winner. We take a look at the best value plays on the slate, offering salary flexibility to go for the big prize:
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants ($6,500):
Prescott has not lost a game he’s started against the New York Giants since 2016. But we’re not about wins and losses here. We’re about production, and Prescott has not been producing the past few weeks. But now we learn the Giants’ secondary is being waylaid by positive Covid-19 tests. Sure, the Cowboys will run the ball. But they seemed much more concerned with getting their quarterback fixed for the playoffs, and this is the spot to do it.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans ($5,100):
I am not a big believer in playing the “narrative” plays, but I’ll make an exception for this one. We have no idea how the Jaguars are going to respond after the mid-week firing of head coach Urban Meyer, but considering how bad it apparently was with Meyer in charge, and how much Lawrence pushed to get him out, I would expect Lawrence to make a major statement in this game. Houston is hardly the 1985 Bears. I think Lawrence could blow up in a big, big way here to stick it to his ex-coach.
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans ($5,400): See Lawrence, Trevor.
Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets ($5,600):
There are two backs of interest in this game. Michael Carter ($4,700) is the cheaper of the two lead backs making their returns on Sunday, but it’s the cheaper Carter who appears to be soaking up the projected ownership. And that makes sense at his price and with Robert Saleh giving a strong indication that Carter will have a normal workload. But no one gives up more running production than the Jets, and if Gaskin is installed as the lead back here, he has a chance to smash at limited ownership. I’m not sure we need the savings that badly on this slate.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals ($5,200):
Don’t look now, but St. Brown is turning into a fantasy monster. Two straight games with 12 targets and 20 receptions to show for it. With T.J. Hockenson out for the year, there are very few mouths for Jared Goff to feed, and St. Brown is taking full advantage. His price only came up $200 after his second straight breakout performance.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions ($5,300):
Will stay in the same game and give a nod to Kirk, who should see an expanded role over the final four games of the regular season with DeAndre Hopkins on the shelf (no elf). Some of Kirk’s best games this season came with Hopkins out, and the Cardinals might put this game squarely in Kyler Murray’s hands this week. Jason Conner is banged up and Chase Edmonds is coming off IR, so this doesn’t project as a heavy running approach for Arizona.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants ($4,900):
Schultz is harder to trust with all the Dallas wide receivers available, but with the Giants having all sorts of personnel problems on defense this week, it stands to reason that all the Cowboys pass-catchers will get in on the fun.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans ($4,500):
I always give the nod to the Steelers’ offense when playing at home, and Freiermuth has at least one touchdown in 5 of his past 7 games.
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