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This is the first game for Kirk Cousins in Washington since he was their starting quarterback in 2017. He is facing a “pass funnel” defense that ranks 2nd in the NFL in run defense DVOA and 28th in pass defense DVOA by Football Outsiders. His top weapon, Justin Jefferson, has been dynamite this season but hasn’t caught a touchdown since week 1 – something that is sure to correct itself soon. Cousins also added a new weapon this week in TJ Hockenson, who is unlikely to have a big game himself but his presence should only improve the outlook for Cousins and the passing game as a whole. Cousins is moderately priced, has a clear stacking partner, a great matchup, and will be sub-3% owned. This is a great stack (and perhaps also include KJ Osborn and Terry McLaurin or Antonio Gibson) with upside and uniqueness, that allows you to play any of the popular RBs on the slate without worry.
Darnell Mooney has had a 29% target share over the last five weeks. This week, the Bears face a Dolphins offense that is primed to run wild on the skeleton defense the Bears are trotting out after the trade deadline. The Bears just added Chase Claypool as another weapon whose presence should draw some attention from defenses away from Mooney but who is unlikely to have a huge role in his first week with the team. If this game turns into a track meet, you can get WR1 usage in a high scoring game facing the 29th-ranked pass defense in the league, all for $4,700 on Draftkings and at likely sub-10% ownership.