Tua Tagovailoa v PIT
The expectation is that Tagovailoa is set to return this week, and gets a nice matchup against the Steelers defense. Sure, they held Tom Brady and the Bucs offense last week, but Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are something else. I’m fine to start him if he is set to play (if he isn’t pivoting to Teddy Bridgewater is equally fine)
Matt Ryan @TEN
Is this the breakout of Matt Ryan with the Colts? Last week he looked great in the pocket, throwing for 389 yards and 3 TDs. This defense is definitely one that you can target for QBs too. If you need a bye-week fill-in you found it.
Dak Prescott v DET
Prescott seems set to be able to play this week. If he is able to, he needs to go back into your lineup this week. The Lions defense has given up plenty of points this season, and have allowed 22.5 PPG. This is the return that you needed with his receiving weapons all returning to health too.
Russell Wilson v NYJ
When it rains it pours. Wilson has been struggling in the Denver offense, and now suffering with injury. There have been flashes of the Wilson of old, but not enough to put him as a start this week.
Jared Goff @DAL
I’ll just say it, I don’t want to start a QB against this Dallas defense. Goff could be fine for the rest of the season, he has shown that he can do it. But this defense has a nasty pass-rush. They led the league in sacks, and Goff typically hasn’t done well with up front pressure.
Ezekiel Elliott v DET
Elliott has been a sit for quite a few weeks, you may have forgotten about him. He certainly isn’t the fantasy force that he used to be. BUT he is still getting carries in the offense. The Detroit Lions defense can’t stop anything on the ground. Elliott should be fine this week.
Brian Robinson v GB
A change in QB normally means more carries for the backfield, and Robinson seems to be the leader for Washington. Robinson made his debut for Washington last week, leading the backfield with 9 of the total 12 carries. The Packers defensive line has struggled to stop production on the ground, so I’d put Robinson in if I have him.
Kenyan Drake v CLE
This start needs you to keep some faith, and checking injury reports. Drake stepped in for the Ravens as J.K. Dobbins struggled with stiffness in his knee. Now, with the way that Drake ran the ball it’s likely that he gets a decent chunk of touches regardless, but if Dobbins is limited then he is a great play. The Browns are among the worst in the league at stopping RB production, making Drake a fantastic bye-week streaming option.
James Robinson v NYG
Robinson really is fast being a permanent sit outside of really deep leagues. He just isn’t getting out on the field with three games in succession where he has been on the field for less than half of the plays. With Travis Etienne also looking better with the ball, I think you need to start making a plan to move Robinson off your roster if you can.
Kareem Hunt @BAL
Hunt has really suffered with the change in QB, with far fewer targets than he has had in previous seasons. I’m not sure if it’s a direct result, but he is seeing the field less than he used to as well. With Nick Chubb running the ball effectively, Hunt just hasn’t been needed. The Ravens defensive front has allowed just 3 TDs on the season to RBs, not sure I want to bank on Hunt in this one.
Allen Lazard @WAS
Lazard is the Packers leading receiver, at least from an efficiency and scoring standpoint. Lazard has been a TD scoring machine, with 4 TDs in 5 games this season. With a healthy target share (20% in games he has played in), he is getting volume in the offense. The Washington secondary are one of the worst in the league, and I’m hoping Aaron Rodgers looks to make a statement through the air in this one.
Alec Pierce @TEN
If Pierce is on your waiver wire (I doubt he is) then go out and get him. In a week where we have alot of receivers out on their bye week, Pierce is a fantastic streaming option. Matt Ryan seems to be more than happy to air it to the rookie, and the Titans secondary is a unit to target for fantasy production.
Michael Gallup v DET
There is no doubt that you are starting CeeDee Lamb, but you might be unsure about Gallup. Don’t be. His skill set and path to success comes from getting downfield, which Cooper Rush’s arm couldn’t do effectively. With the return of Prescott to the lineup, you can start Gallup and feel fine about it.
Jakobi Meyers v CHI
Meyers has been a target hog for the Patriots historically, but that didn’t happen last week as the team spread the ball with new QB Bailey Zappe throwing the ball. The game pace for Chicago is slow, and the Patriots equally are happy with a game on the ground. I’m not sure how much volume there would be in this one. Then when you consider the ability of the Bears defense in the secondary, there are much better options this week.
Robert Woods v IND
Woods has been showing the reason why the Titans wanted him on the offense, with a good target share. The issue is that those targets aren’t being converted to receptions and production in the same way as they were with the Rams. With the Titans potential to just hand Derrick Henry the ball, I’d avoid a matchup against this tough Colts secondary.
Evan Engram v NYG
Engram is establishing himself as an effective streaming option, with the volume of targets in the offense. The Giants game brings some revenge game narrative too. But really this is about volume of targets, Engram is getting roughly 15% of the targets in the offense but is yet to score.
Gerald Everett v SEA
Seattle is the matchup to target for TEs. Everett has been getting a decent target share in the offense and has good upside with that target share. He has been able to top 13 points 3 times this season with the 36 targets he has had in the offense. Even with Keenan Allen potentially returning to the offense, I’m fine with playing Everett in this contest. Such is the strength of facing this poor Seattle defense.
Mike Gesicki v PIT
Gesicki is a TE that has long been a consideration, but has let you down at key moments. He hit headlines last week with his two TD performance, and the Steelers defense isn’t good. So why is he a sit? The Steelers have been able to perform against TEs, and with Tua returning, I’d expect the team to go back to dominating through the air with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Logan Thomas v GB
I get it, you see the name on the waiver wire or your bench and you think he is going to walk into a healthy target share. You are without your starting TE due to injury/ bye so you want to put Thomas in. Well, I’m not sure I can trust that. The Packers defense have the ability to get after the QB, and the WAS offensive line isn’t good. That has resulted in one of the fewest points totals given up to the position in the league. Don’t do it- look elsewhere.
New England Patriots v CHI
The Patriots defense has started to look back to it’s best. The thing is, you don’t even have to be at your best to do well against the Bears offense. Poor protection, turnover prone, on the road- all the signs point to a smash start.
Green Bay Packers @WAS
The Packers offense is bad this season, but their defense is looking fine. When you combine that with the fact that Washington are changing QB, and can’t protect the pocket- yep nice easy selection.
San Francisco 49ers v KC
When they are healthy, the 49ers defense is among the best in the league. The issue is that they aren’t healthy and they now face the Chiefs offense. The 49ers are a sit if you can, drop candidate if you don’t have the bench space.
Tennessee Titans v IND
Up until last week, the Colts were a team that you could stream against. Then Matt Ryan threw the ball effectively against the Jaguars. I’m not sure if that was a flash, but the Titans defense isn’t talented enough to make me want to take the risk.