Cole Beasley, WR Cowboys (13% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
White slot receivers are en vogue this week, as the best one of all time was just signed by the Rams. But you’re league probably doesn’t get points for concussions, so you should stay very far away from Wes Welker. However, Cole Beasley is turning into a Welker clone, minus the brain injuries (for now). Cole exploded last week, hauling in 9 passes for 112 yards and 2 scores.
Sure, he looks like a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Cole can provide you with some value this week and down the stretch. With Dez back, he commands a constant double team, which opens up the slot. And, with Tony Romo coming back soon, his value will continue to increase. The Cowboys have a great matchup against Tampa Bay this week.
Theo Riddick, RB Detroit (21%)
In a PPR league, Theo’s a no brainer. He ranks #3 in receptions by a running back (and with Devonta Freeman and Danny Woodhead both on byes this week, he’ll be #1 again after tomorrow). He’s averaging over 5 catches per game. We like him to be above that tomorrow. Also, his rushing attempts are on the rise, meaning Theo is being used more on 1st and 2nd downs.
Kirk Cousins, QB Washington (26%)
Why do we like Kirk Cousins this week? It’s simple. It’s all about the matchup. The Redskins play the Saints this week. Here are the stats of the last two QBs to play the Saints:
Marcus Mariota – 371 yards, 4 tds, 0 ints.
Eli Manning – 350 yards, 6 tds, 0 ints.
That’s really all you need to know. Given the matchup, we think Kirk is a Top 10 QB this week. That’s right. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.