Tua Tagovailoa @CHI
Tagovailoa is performing fantastically, I mean I hoped he would tie the pieces of the offense, but he is doing it in a great way. Sure, a matchup agaisnt Detroit was going to be soft, but the Bears defense isn’t one to run away from. Especially now they have lost their star playmaker, Roquan Smith. Put it this way, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are going to make plays- grab the guy giving them the ball.
Justin Fields v MIA
Fields is showing that you really don’t need to be a top tier QB talent to be fantasy viable at the position. The amount that he is running gives him a solid floor week to week, and he has limited the turnovers recently. The Miami defense has struggled against mobile QBs, so Fields doesn’t really to add too much through the air to be fantasy viable.
Aaron Rodgers @DET
C’mon do something. Rodgers feels like he has been a sit pretty constantly this season. The thing is, if he doesn’t do it in this game against Detroit, then he just isn’t going to do it at all and frankly should be dropped. I’m hoping the Packers pick up the win with a strong offensive performance this week (although that might be more of my fandom than anything)
Mac Jones v IND
Jones might seem like a decent play as a streaming option, with alot of teams on bye this week- but don’t do it. This offense is build around the ground game, which has massively limited the offense through the air. Even if Jones didn’t have more than double the INTs to TDs this season it’s a hard ask for him to overcome this Colts defense.
Jared Goff v GB
Wasn’t sure who to select here, and then I was asked if someone should start Goff this week and then boom. I had my second sit. Goff has the ability to have a good week, we’ve seen that. But, he comes up against a tough Packers defense, in a run-first offense without one of his better receivers (who was just traded to the Vikings). NOPE
AJ Dillon @DET
Pretty much the same logic for Rodgers as a start at QB follow for Dillon. Dillon has been disappointing this season for fantasy with him struggling for volume more than anything else. Last week, he was given a decent chunk of touches against Buffalo. This week, a matchup with Detroit is one that the Packers need to make a statement in. Dillon should be able to get touches out of the backfield and perform.
Raheem Mostert @CHI
Mostert was a start last week in a great game against Detroit, and it didn’t really pan out. This is another game for Mostert to perform though against a Chicago team that got smashed by Tony Pollard and just weakened their defense with Roquan Smith traded away. Mostert (and Jeff Wilson) are both viable plays here.
Cordarrelle Patterson v LAC
I’m writing this on the assumption that Patterson suits up. The Falcons offense is just fully built on running the ball, and Patterson makes plays. We have seen the team split carries, but Patterson has typically shouldered the full backfield load. With his redzone ability too, against this poor Chargers defensive front, I love Patterson this week.
Darrell Henderson @TB
Henderson shared the backfield touches last week, which could be a product of his injury and illness in the week, but could just be the Rams trying to find some success from their backfield. The Rams offensive line is not good at all and now face a tough Tampa Bay defense.
James Robinson v BUF
Robinson didn’t get the volume of snaps last week in his Jets debut. This week he might get more touches, which is great. The thing is that this week the Jets are set to play Buffalo. That is a tough matchup for anyteam. I can’t see too much production here unless we a chunk of garbage time.
Chris Olave v BAL
Olave didn’t have the best of games last week, finishing with just five receptions for 52 yards. Still double-digits, which I think is his floor. His ceiling is high against this Baltimore secondary, who have given up a huge amount through the air this season.
Joshua Palmer @ATL
The Chargers offense is a pass-heavy offense, meaning plenty of volume. The issue is that the receivers for the Chargers are injured. Keenan Allen OUT, Mike Williams OUT, DeAndre Carter maybe out. Palmer is going to come into this game as one of the only ‘starting’ calibre receivers. Against this poor Falcons secondary, Palmer is an easy start this week.
Devin Duvernay @NO
The Ravens receivers are another group that are being smashed by injury. Duvernay has been an effective receiver this season, working as a deep threat. The Saints defense is a decent unit, but having to deal with the ground game and the deep threat could be too much. Give Duvernay a small gap, and he has every opportunity to convert for a big gain or score.
Allen Robinson @TB
While Robinson has shown some signs of life in his past games, this feels like a bridge too far. The Tampa Bay defense are a strong unit upfront, which means that Matthew Stafford is going to feel even more pressure. I don’t want to start any of the Rams this week other than Cooper Kupp (and Tyler Higbee but that’s more of a statement on the TE position).
Robert Woods v KC
Woods is frustrating to watch in this Titans offense. He worked as a volume receiver for the Rams, and while he is leading the team in targets, this offense is really not built for passing the ball. Woods has 34 targets from seven games…..with 22 receptions. With the way that Kansas City have struggled to stop Derrick Henry on the ground, I can’t see the Titans moving away from that strategy. Even with all of these teams on bye, I’m not starting Woods outside of DEEP leagues.
Zach Ertz v SEA
Who are Seattle playing this week? Arizona. Do Arizona have a decent TE? Yes. Play Ertz with confidence.
Evan Engram v LV
I’m loving how the Jaguars are using Engram in the offense. Getting targets in the offense and converting them into production which was his issue with the Giants. This week, he has a great matchup against the Raiders who have struggled to limit TE production this season.
Gerald Everett @ATL
Everett is in play with the Chargers offense just being smashed with injuries recently. Keenan Allen is OUT, Mike Williams is OUT, and DeAndre Carter is questionable. We could legit see the Charger pass happy offense rolling out with Austin Ekeler, Joshua Palmer and Everett against a poor secondary defense.
T.J. Hockenson @WAS
Hockenson is going to be a start sooner than later, especially now he is on a better offense. The issue is that he has had just a few days with the team. With blocking schemes as well as the playbook to learn, I’m not expecting much- especially against this Washington defense that is great at defending the position.
Green Bay Packers @DET
I’ll keep the Packers love going with starting the DST. The Packers have been a good real-life unit, but haven’t made fantasy scoring plays. But, playing a Jared Goff led Detroit, he can struggle with pressure as we saw with the Cowboys.
Minnesota Vikings @WAS
The Vikings defense has been able to have some decent results for fantasy recently. The thing is, they don’t really need to a top-level defense to have a decent score this week against Washington. Taylor Heinicke has been doing things on offense, but he also been getting sacked and turning the ball over (2 INTs and 3 sacks in the past 2 games)
New Orleans v BAL
The Saints defense has been a decent low level every week starter this season. It’s also tempting to go against the Ravens with the injuries they have, but I just can’t do it right now. Lamar Jackson has the ability to just blow things up, and there are better streaming options this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars v LV
I’ve seen some people going for the Jaguars as a streaming option. I don’t see it and I’m happy to be burned by it. They don’t really have playmakers that make huge plays and even against some really struggling offenses they haven’t managed to get a decent points total.