Clash of the Beards and Bellies

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For some reason, the last couple of weeks have gone terribly wrong in my head-to-head contests. Some of my worst lineups have been rolled out in my favorite format lately and it irks me. Simpson’s lineup was great last week, but it didn’t have to be. Aside from my studly running backs and Jamal Agnew, my team decided to take the week off. Oh well. We’re 4-4 now and I’m steaming mad. I figure it will take another eight weeks for Scott to drop another 174 point lineup on me, so I’ll focus on myself. I hate losing more than I like winning. I love Scott more than I hate losing, but I genuinely hope I destroy him this week to remind him who I am.

Bo’s Lineup

QB – Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – $7,300

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 24: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a rushing touchdown by Devonta Freeman #33 (not pictured) during second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The best quarterback value on this slate is Lamar Jackson. He has the same massive upside as Allen and Mahomes at nearly a thousand-dollar discount. Even as a chalky GPP play, I’m finding it difficult to imagine a better player to roster in every format.

RB – Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – $6,700

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns hands off to running back Nick Chubb #24 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I was very happy to see Chubb get 17 touches in his first game back from injury. That outpaced D’Ernest Johnson’s five touches. Cincinnati’s run defense is suspect at best, so I think this salary under $6k is a treat that I didn’t have to beg for.

RB – Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals – $5,300

Edmonds is nearly averaging a 3x value at this salary. It’s confusing, but I like to take advantage of ludicrous pricing any chance I get. Edmonds gets much more valuable work than James Conner. With Murray hobbled, he will look to his outlet receiving back even more.

WR – Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings – $7,500

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 26: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a catch for a first down as Jordyn Brooks #56 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

This game will be thrilling to watch. I am counting on plenty of passing yards and touchdowns from both sides in Baltimore, leading to an over-60 total. Jefferson has a huge matchup advantage against everyone in the Baltimore secondary. From floor to ceiling, JJ is a great stud to plug in to crush Scott.

WR – Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – $6,000

BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 17: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) in action against Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Trey Marshall (36) during the Los Angeles Charger game versus the Baltimore Ravens on October 17, 2021 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Marquise is bringing back the Hollywood excitement this season, averaging 19 DK points per game. The Vikings’ secondary is terrible, especially if their pass rush can’t get home. Pairing Brown with Jackson will be a fun stack to root for on Sunday.

WR – Hunter Renfrow – Las Vegas Raiders – $4,800

The Raiders are a little lighter in the receiving room after this week’s tragic news, but that’s mostly not a football story anymore. What Vegas has on the field is an offense that plays very well against bad defenses. The Giants are horrendous. Renfrow will be a death from a thousand cuts in PPR going forward. This is a fantastic value.

TE – Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – $4,900

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 24: Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates a touchdown during the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins on October 24, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Gesicki, much like Kyle Pitts, is a wide receiver with tight end eligibility. He is also a thousand bucks cheaper to roster than Pitts this week, despite their points per game being equal. Gesicki also has one of the most favorable matchups possible against Houston. Giddyup!

FLEX – Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos – $5,000

Jeudy reported some soreness in his ankle toward the end of last week’s game but is feeling stronger this week. Most of his snaps came from the slot, where Dallas has really struggled in coverage this season. I don’t expect Jeudy to be this affordable after Sunday’s game.

DST – Kansas City Chiefs – $2,300

Yes, this defense is quite terrible. It is also gaining a Melvin Ingram this week against a quarterback who hasn’t started a football game since he was at Utah State in the Mountain West Conference. I don’t need much from them. Maybe I’ll pray for a special teams touchdown…

Seeing Ghosts

Last week my team in the Halloween edition of the Clash of Beards and Bellies scored over 170 points and had Bo seeing ghosts. My resounding victory surely haunted him all week long like an orange Jolly stuck in between your teeth making his mouth taste like throwup. This week I’m back with a killer lineup with the absolute best Cash plays of the week! I’m going to finally pull ahead of Bo and let him know that there is a new sheriff in town who won’t be eating white dog shit anymore.

Scott’s Lineup

QB – Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – $7,300

Lamar Jackson has scored 20 or more points six out of seven times this year. Lamar’s rushing upside, combined with the Minnesota Vikings’ poor pass coverage, makes him a tremendous play with a huge upside this week. The Ravens’ 27.5 implied team total is the fourth-highest this week, meaning that Vegas is predicting lots of offense. 

RB – Austin Ekeler – LA Chargers – $7,900

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 31: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers takes the field before the game against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Austin Ekeler is averaging 22.5 DraftKings points per game this season. He’s your quintessential PPR back, ranking in the top 5 for targets, receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown. The Philadelphia Eagles rank 31st against running backs, giving up nine total touchdowns and over 1,300 total yards. Ekeler has been Mr. Consistent, scoring over 22 points five of seven weeks. He’s primed for a huge game this week against the Eagles. Bo is going to hate seeing his name flash across his timeline all afternoon.  

RB – Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – $8,200

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 31: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the field during a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Caesars Superdome on October 31, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Alvin Kamara is in a smash spot against the Atlanta Falcons, who have given up eight touchdowns and close to 1,000 total yards to running backs. Kamara is the only offense the Saints have. Their defense is their second-leading scorer on the year, 70 plus points behind Kamara. He’s averaging 20.5 DraftKings points per game, over 24 the last four weeks. I will be stacking Kamara with the aforementioned Saints defense in every GPP contest I play him in. 

WR – Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – Baltimore Ravens – $6,900

This week the DraftKings Gods have decided to create mega chalk and price down one of the most explosive and guaranteed to be highly rostered Marquise” Hollywood” Brown at only $6,000. It might be the worst price on the whole slate. If you stack Brown with Lamar Jackson, make sure that you differentiate yourself with either a double stack, Rashod Bateman at $4,000, or Mark Andrews at $5,500. The double-stack will give you the leverage you’ll need to avoid total Ravens chalk.

WR – Ja’Marr Chase  – Cincinnati Bengals – $7,600

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 24: Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a second half touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ja’Marr Chase has scored the third-most DraftKings points at the wide receiver position. He’s the runaway rookie of the year and might be the best rookie to come out of college in the last 5 years. This week Chase faces a Cleveland defense that has surrendered 1365 receiving yards and nine touchdowns to wide receivers. Joe Burrow has thrown for 20 touchdowns, seven to Chase. I’m predicting at least one touchdown this week, maybe two. 

WR –  Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – $5,100

Jarvis Landry’s 22.7% optimal rate is the highest on the slate. His 17 point projection makes him a perfect Cash play with high upside. The Bengals give up over 38 fantasy points per game to wide receivers, making Landry is a great Cash play but is also worth a flier in GPP tournaments as well. 

TE – Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings – $3,000

The Baltimore Ravens are the worst against tight ends, giving up close to 20 points per game. Tyler Conklin is priced down at $3,000 and has past performances this season, scoring 20 points in Week 3 and over 10 the last two weeks on 12 targets. I love Conklin as a punt TE option this week and will have him everywhere. 

Flex – Albert Okwuegbunam – Denver Broncos – $2,600

Denver is projected to be trailing in their Week 9 matchup against Dak Prescott and the high-scoring Dallas Cowboys’ offense. With Noah Fant on the NFL’s COVID-19 list, Albert “O”, as the kids are calling him, becomes a tremendous Cahs value at only $2,600. All I need is 10 points to hit the 4x.  

DST – Kansas City Chiefs  – $2,300

The Kansas Chiefs are a smart punt option at defense after Aaron Rodger tested positive for COVID-19. The second-year quarterback, Jordan Love will be pressed into action this week, meaning that turnovers are more likely, with a pick-six definitely in the range of outcomes.

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