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Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 13?
John Trifone: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans ($7,300)
Like most, I had a lot of concerns about Hopkins and everyone on the Texans offense when Deshaun Watson got hurt and Tom Savage took over. That concern appears to be justified for the rest of the team, but certainly not for Hopkins. Although moving forward with Savage, his TD expectation is lower, with Houston averaging close to 20 fewer PPG, Hopkins more than makes up for it on volume. He’s averaged 12 targets/game with Savage, who uses Hopkins as a security blanket. He is definitely underpriced at $7,300 and I expect he’ll have appropriately high ownership.
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Brendan Donahue: Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers ($4,700)
Ever since Aaron Jones went down, the playing time and more importantly the carries have gone up for Williams. In the past three games, he's carried it 20, 18 and 21 times. And last week he added four catches for 69 yards and a TD. I'm using the same theory as I did on Joe Mixon last week (which paid off nicely). If you can find a running back that gets the bulk of the work for under $5K on DraftKings, then you are getting a bargain. While not as talented as Mixon, Williams has the opportunity to have a big week based on volume just like he did last week.
Kevin Hanson: Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders ($5,400)
Like Brendan, I considered listing Williams as well, but I'll go in a different direction for some variety. Coming off a one-catch, one-yard performance, Cook's ownership may be slightly lower than it otherwise would in Week 13. With Michael Crabtree suspended and Amari Cooper (concussion, ankle) iffy, at best, Cook should be more featured this week and his matchup is as good as it gets. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Giants, who have allowed a league-most 10 TDs to the position this season.
Dan Yanotchko: Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets ($6,300)
This week, I am keying in on Robby Anderson of the Jets. Anderson has certainly had lots of volume lately, as his last-four splits are 28 targets, 20 receptions, 383 yards and five touchdowns. Anderson has a great matchup against a Kansas City defense that allows 246 yards passing per game with 17 touchdowns as well. Great mid-level guy with lots of upside this week.
Sean Beazley: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans ($7,300)
This comes as no shock, but I’m picking Texans WR Deandre Hopkins at $7,300 vs. the Titans. This might be the third or fourth time I have recommended this play, and it usually does not let me down. The loss of Deshaun Watson was huge for this Texans offense, but Hopkins' targets really haven’t gone down as much. He had a great game vs. a very good Ravens secondary last week, and the Titans can definitely be beat through the air. Hopkins will be a staple of my cash lineup and I will be overweight in GPPs as well.
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