Joe Burrow @LV
Burrow had a bye week last week, and struggled against Cleveland, which will make him a bit of a forgotten man. But before that, he was a great play with a streak of fantastic fantasy performances. The Raiders defense has also given up a few big performances in the past month to the position.
Cam Newton v WAS
He is baaaaaack. Newton wasn’t the starter last week, but still was looked to be the guy that could finish a drive. This week he is likely to be the starter against a Washington defense that is the worst against the position and has just lost Chase Young to injury. Yes, there is the fact that Ron Rivera knows what makes Newton feel uncomfortable, but even so Newton should be able to have a good week.
Ryan Tannehill v HOU
Tannehill has been ok in the past two weeks, because he has found a way into the endzone in consecutive weeks. The Titans offense is finding itself, but Tannehill has been decent enough during this time. This week feels like a week where he has one of those massive games where he looks fantastic, against a poor Houston defense.
Kirk Cousins v GB
Cousins has been playing fine this season, making this a risky sit. The thing is, in games against the Packers, it’s been Dalvin Cook that has just run all over the team, and not Cousins airing it out. Don’t go crazy and start anyone over him, just temper expectations.
Ben Roethlisberger @LAC
He might not even play this week, but if he is available don’t play him. The Chargers defense is effective enough to put pressure on whoever plays at QB this week, and the Steelers offense isn’t exactly dynamic. It’s been a while since Roethlisberger was a reliable fantasy starter
D’Ernest Johnson v DET
Johnson continues to be the starter with Nick Chubb continuing to miss time with COVID, and Kareem Hunt on the sidelines. The thing is there is no need to worry even if Chubb returns to the lineup. The Browns love to run the ball, and Detroit struggle to defend the run. Perfect!
Damien Harris @ATL
Harris has cleared the protocol, and should pick his role up of starting straight away. So if you have issues with slotting him in, don’t. The Patriots offense is built around establishing the run, and taking yards when they are on offer. Harris should have no issue running through the Atlanta Falcons defense, who are one of the worst in the league against RBs.
D’Onta Foreman v HOU
So the answer to who was going to lead the backfield without Derrick Henry seems like it is Foreman. He led the team in rushing attempts last week, and while he struggled to make an impact with them, it’s a positive sign that he is going to be used. The Texans defense isn’t a great unit, one of four units to allow over 1,000 yards on the ground this season (with the Eagles playing one extra game)
Myles Gaskin @NYJ
The risky start this week is Gaskin. The matchup is great, with the Jets defense allowing 17 TDs on the ground this season. Gaskin has led the team in rush attempts this season, and has at least 12 attempts in each of the past 4 weeks (with a high of 20). Take a breath and get ready to risk it.
Boston Scott v NO
Scott has been a solid play for the Eagles since Miles Sanders went down with injury, but this week I’m not sure if I want to be starting him with the same confidence. Firstly, the matchup is a tough one against the Saints. Secondly, Sanders is set to return, and we could see some really ugly four-man backfield
Saquon Barkley/ Devontae Booker @TB
The only way I’d feel confident about starting a RB against Tampa is if there is no competition for touches, and Tampa aren’t coming off the back of a loss. None of that is the case. That makes it an easy sit.
Alex Collins v ARI
Collins is likely to be given the majority of touches out of the backfield, which gives him the volume to be successful. The issue is that the Cardinals are a great unit against the run, and the Cardinals offense could force the Seahawks to throw the ball early and often to stay in the game.
Brandin Cooks @TEN
The Titans’ secondary isn’t good, it’s the worst against WRs in the league. The thing is, the Texans’ offense isn’t the greatest either. But, Cook’s target share is massive. That volume gives him plenty of opportunities to be effective.
Rashod Bateman @CHI
Bateman has been doing well since he has managed to get out on the field. The Chicago secondary isn’t a great unit, giving up an average of 27.1 points to the position. With that potential production, Bateman should be a solid start if you need to find a replacement for Cooper Kupp this week.
DeVonta Smith v NO
Smith has had back-to-back great games, and is the lead receiver for the Eagles. With Dallas Goedert missing time, Smith is likely to see even more targets. The Saints defense is a unit that allows production to the position.
Elijah Moore v MIA
Moore is a rookie that gets overlooked, but he has really started to establish himself in the offense. The Dolphins secondary has allowed 26 points to the position, and while Corey Davis is likely to see targets, there should be enough for Moore to be fantasy viable.
Mecole Hardman v DAL
In a game that has a high points total, it feels like you might think that you can just slot in anyone in this game, but you can’t. Hardman is third on the team in targets, but there is a massive drop off from the top two receivers. Hardman feels like a boom or bust option, but this week feels like a bust.
Bryan Edwards v CIN
Edwards has played every game this season, and still only has 39 targets so far. Last week he had his best game of the season, with 3 receptions for 88 yards and a TD. He could end up with a stat line that is roughly equal to it this week, but I wouldn’t bank on it.
Brandon Aiyuk @JAX
I think I’m out on Aiyuk for the season. He just seems to be struggling in the shadow of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, and struggles for opportunity as a result. Combined with the running options that the team has, it’s not great for him. Until next season (which obviously means that he will go off this week).
C.J. Uzomah @LV
Uzomah has had some big games this season, and disappeared at other times. This game though should be one that he has a good one in. The Raiders have given up the second-most points to the position on average, and that should mean.
Adam Trautman @PHI
Trautman really started the season out badly for fantasy, but is now starting to find his feet. He has had at least six targets in each of his past three games- sure one of those he finished with four yards, but still. Against the Eagles, who are the team to target matchups for fantasy TEs. A decent streaming option this week.
Cole Kmet @BAL
Kmet has become more and more involved in the Bears offense, as the entire offense finds its feet. Justin Fields has been looking his way often, and against a soft Ravens defense (at least at TE), Kmet should have a good performance for fantasy.
Gerald Everett v ARI
Everett had his best performance of the season last time out against Green Bay, but the offense as a whole couldn’t allow plays to develop downfield for D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. It just didn’t work. But this week, another week of practice for Russell Wilson, that should revert to normal. meaning Everett becomes a fringe fantasy play.
Dallas Goedert v NO
Goedert left the game last week with a concussion and didn’t return. That might mean he doesn’t even make it to the field this week. But even if he does, the Saints defense is a tough unit. Look elsewhere this week.
Cleveland Browns v DET
The Browns defense is a strong unit, and this week they face Detroit. That means facing up against a banged-up Jared Goff, or backup David Blough. Either way, the Browns are a great play this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v NYG
Tampa’s defense has been hit-or-miss for fantasy this season. This week, he matches up against a Giants offense that has struggled to move the ball, and has allowed several turnovers this season. This is a good start for a team that is looking to make a statement on the field after struggling to a loss against Washington.
Indianapolis Colts @BUF
You had the Colts as a start last week, because they played the Jaguars, but it’s not a good matchup this week. The Bills are a great offense, and don’t allow alot of turnovers or sacks, so don’t feel you need to play them this week. Infact, just don’t play them.
New Orleans Saints @PHI
The Saints defense is a great unit, in real life. That doesn’t always translate to fantasy though. The Eagles have limited production for DSTs in recent weeks, with Jalen Hurts protecting the ball and limiting sacks too.
Chris Boswell @LAC
Boswell is an important of the Steelers team. The offense is a slow-paced unit, that has struggled to always convert. That has led to Boswell having plenty of attempts, which should continue against the Chargers.
Mason Crosby @MIN
Crosby has missed a few kicks this season, but playing in a dome should mean that he can find his feet again. The Vikings defense has allowed plenty of kick attempts this season, and the Packers offense should be potent enough to get the ball downfield.
Jason Myers v ARI
Myers had a zero last week, and there isn’t alot of hope for a big game against the Cardinals. Myers has been limited in his FG attempts this season, with PATs being his main action. The Cardinals have also frustrated kickers production this season.
Brian Johnson @PHI
Johnson has really struggled the past two weeks, he missed two PATs (which would have levelled the game) and only had 3 FG attempts too. There are better options this week, so stay clear of Johnson. That’s before you consider the fact the game is on the road in a difficult stadium.