Six byes this week.
That is a ridiculous amount of byes, leaving just a few games to be played this week. Add in the mounting injuries, or maybe not injuries by game time (see the Buffalo Bills irresponsible handling of Shady McCoy), and there is a lot of work to be done this week.
As usual, we got ya covered.
EXPERT OF THE WEEK: Everyone did very well this week that is tough to pick one. Saucy T‘s starts killed it as Mike Wallace and Jacquizz Rodgers both went off. Dunton, Teddy Ballgame and Saucy T all agreed that Marcus Mariota was the right play, who is looking like a weekly regular at this point. EVERYONE DeAndre Hopkins was a good sit and it is looking like that could become the norm, as Dunton discusses below.
QB-Jameis Winston-I feel like this week could be a big week for the Bucs and their QB. Oakland comes in as a formidable offensive opponent but their defense has not what has won their games, and too be honest Tampa Bay’s is not shutting people down either. I expect a shootout that could give Winston owners a solid performance this week.
RB-If you are reading this on Thursday get DeMarco Murray in your lineup, if you are reading this on Friday, I hope you had Murray in your lineup. The Jags defense is dismal and the Titans Offense has found something of late.
RB – Matt Forte-The Jets may have found something that works last week. Feed Forte. This week the Jets play the Browns. This is probably Cleveland’s best chance at a W for the remainder of the season so taking the air out of the ball and avoiding the INT by Fitzpatrick may be the Jets best bet to not have the embarrassment of being the Browns’ only win.
WR-Michael Crabtree is going up against an undersized Tampa Bay secondary. He will be a Red Zone magnet for Derek Carr. Get him in your lineup.
WR – Devante Adams-The reason the Packers looked like the Pack we expected to see all year last week was because of Adams. Rodgers is not dumb and Adams is going to get a lot of looks. He may be the spark Green Bay needed.
There are a lot of favorable matchups this week so I am going to use this time to talk about a huge disappointment in many drafts
WR-DeAndre Hopkins-He was a popular 1st Round pick but the numbers aren’t there right now. Until I see a commitment by Oz and the offense to get Nuk the ball I am sitting him. I hate it but if you have some other WRs who are putting up consistently better numbers play them. If you can trade Nuke, do it now because I feel his value is on a steady decline.
QB: Jameis Winston – The Buccaneers have another favorable matchup this week with the Oakland Raiders coming to town. In a showdown of two of the games most promising young quarterbacks, I expect this one to be shootout. Jameis will look to Mike Evans early and often, which is usually a great recipe for success. Top ten play for this week at the QB spot.
RB: Devontae Booker – Even before the CJ Anderson injury, Booker was seeing an uptick in usage. Now that he’s the only game in town, he goes from being flex worthy to being a RB1 this week. The rookie running back should see 20+ touches this against a Chargers defense riddled with injuries, and going forward should be a top ten back rest of season if Anderson continues to miss time.
WR: Jordy Nelson – This one is more of a gut feeling. A lot of experts believe Jordy has lost a step, and while this may be true, he still has Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. As a Falcons fan, I love the direction our defense is headed, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Falcons have a tendency to give up big plays in the passing game, and that happens to be Nelson’s specialty. Look for him to get back on track this week with 100+ yards and a touchdown
QB: Phillip Rivers – The Broncos “No Fly Zone” defense has only allowed one quarterback(Matt Ryan) to gain over 205 yards this season, and they are yet to allow any quarterback to reach two touchdowns. I don’t expect that to change this week against Rivers and the Chargers. I would stay away from Rivers and any other QB facing the Broncos for the rest of the season.
RB: Jeremy Hill – It’s hard to recommend benching any running back this week with six teams on bye and injuries popping up every day. It’s especially hard to recommend benching a RB coming off his best performance of the year, but Hill still only had nine carries last week and continues to deal with a chest/shoulder injury. He may play the entire game and make me look foolish, or he could he out snapped by Giovani Bernard again and not see the field due to his injury acting up. It’s too risky of a situation for me, so if suggest keeping Hill on your bench until he’s 100%.
WR: TY Hilton – This week should see Donte Moncrief return to action for the Colts, which means Hilton’s time as a WR1 may be coming to an end. Hilton has surprised me this year, becoming much more consistent than the boom or bust player he has been before, but Moncrief’s return will give Andrew Luck another target that he trusts, and will hurt TY going forward. I expect this week to be one of his bust weeks, as Luck attempts to get Moncrief reintegrated into the offense.
QB-Matt Stafford is heading into Houston to face the Texans on Sunday. The Lions backfield is a disaster , I expect him to be throwing the ball a lot against a banged up Houston secondary.
RB-Matt Asiata could get the start on Monday night against the Bears. I would start him even if Jared McKinnon plays, Asiata will see all the goal line play and could score a touchdown or two.
WR-DeAndre Hopkins was a must start option at the beginning of the year. Well thanks to Brock Osweiler we can forget about that!! I think he could have a breakout game this week against the Lions if Brock can get the ball remotely close to him.
QB – Blake Bortles is on the road this week at Tennessee on Thursday night. He has been disappointing all year and these Thursday night games are usually a dud.
RB-Matt Jones has had every opportunity to become the The lead back on the Redskins, and pretty much blown them all. I would expect there will be a very short lease this weekend, One mistake and we could see a lot of Robert Kelly.
QB: You know who has the worst fantasy pass defense in football? The Lions. You know who Brock Osweiler NFL RUNDOWN WITH SBJ: ONE HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR, SWITCHIN’ LANES, LIKE… plays? The Lions. You know who stinks and still won’t get me to tell you to start him? Brock Osweiler. My start this week is Dak Prescott. He is out to prove this is his team, and unlike Osweiler, he has heart.
RB: First thing you do when looking who to start at running back is find out who the Saints are playing. Start Christine Michael against a defense that has already allowed 10 rushing touchdowns this year.
WR: The Browns have allowed the second most touchdowns through the air in 2016. Brandon Marshall should have a nice bounce back week, especially now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is officially at the helms.
TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz has been a big target for Osweiler of late, you know, because he can’t reach his wide receivers. The Lions have allowed the most touchdowns this season to tight ends, so he may be worth the gamble.
DEF: Jets. They are playing the Browns. It is the most you will see me mention Jets in starts and sits for the entire season. Get them in there against this offense that no one is really sure about who will be playing QB come the second half.
QB: Aside from Osweiler, I also think Blake Bortles is a wasted start. I’m tired of hearing how good he is, when half his points came in mop up duty last season. The Titans are the middle of the pack in regards to opposing QBs points, but the short week and on the road point to bad stuff for Bortles.
RB: The Jets are a mess, but their front seven is stout. Isaiah Crowell is a risky start this week especially after what they did to Terrence West last week. I don’t think you can trust Jordan Howard after his performance last week against Green Bay’s No. 1 rush fantasy defense.
WR: I just don’t trust Alshon Jeffery any more. He doesn’t look like a No. 1 wide receiver to me. Hoyer targeted him heavy in the early minutes last week and he couldn’t come down with any catches. I know they weren’t all great, but No. 1 receivers make those plays. There is a big difference between the Packers and Vikings secondary.
TE: Coby Fleener has a tough matchup this week against a Seattle defense that is very stingy against the tight ends. Combined with his inconsistencies, it’s wise to avoid him this week.
DEF: Sit my Texans. I think they can win the game, but reality trumps fantasy sometimes. Stafford and his bunch could have their way with them, but at the very least score some points.