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Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (away vs New York Giants) – San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard roasted the Giants defense last week. Smith is a much better version quarterback with scarier downfield threats New York can’t cover.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (home vs. New England Patriots) – Carr has the wide receivers and tight ends to compete with the Patriots up and down the field. The Pats defense can still give up plenty of passing yards and potential touchdowns in what should be a high-scoring game.
Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – He’s now gone for multiple touchdowns in the past two games and his wide receivers are young and fast enough to burn the Buccaneers secondary badly. I trust Cutler more playing at home.
Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (home vs. Buffalo Bills) – He might be cleared from his concussion protocol and will play but Los Angeles should want to take a hint from New Orleans and run the ball on a reeling Buffalo run defense.
Jared Golf, Los Angeles Rams (away vs. Minnesota Vikings) – There has not been any quarterback as hot as Golf over the past two weeks (650 plus passing yards and seven touchdowns) but this is the week that he should come back down to earth against a good Vikings pass defense.
Aww Running Backs
Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Drake has wasted no time with two solid games as the lead back. Make it another one against the weakest defense yet in the Bucs.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – With Devonta Freeman ruled out, Coleman will get plenty of work for the Falcons playing against a banged up Seahawks defense.
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – With running backs Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery out, Williams will lead the Packers rushing attack versus a decent Ravens defense that can give up big running plays.
Naw Running Backs
Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals (away vs. Houston Texans) – Only if Peterson can play the Tampa Bay Bucs and San Francisco 49ers every week.
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Denver Broncos) – It’s difficult to trust Mixon on a weekly basis because of the way Cincinnati uses him. Yes he’s scored a touchdown in the last two games but he doesn’t get enough carries. The Broncos rush defense is still one of the best in the league.
Aww Wide Receivers
Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – Remember this guy? Maclin has a terrific matchup with the Packers secondary where he should take advantage of being a clear No. 1 target.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (home vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – They move him around well and Eli Manning never stops looking his way as the clear-cut top wide receiver on the team. This matchup is good too, mostly away from Marcus Peters.
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (away vs. New England Patriots) – While the attention will be on Michael Crabtree, Cooper should get a lot of looks, even if Malcolm Butler covers him.
Naw Wide Receivers
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – I never thought I’ll see the day where Jordy Nelson will be considered a “Naw” but the Ravens secondary is strong and will really make things rough on Brett Hundley to sling it out to Nelson.
Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills (away vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – He’s got to adjust to a second QB, which is a rookie, in his second game with his second team against a tough secondary.
Aww Tight Ends
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – Brate has disappeared in the past two games but should have a nice game against the Dolphins, who are having trouble keeping tight ends out of the end zone of late.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (home vs. Arizona Cardinals) – He should get plenty of looks as quarterback Tom Savage goes to Fiedorowicz even more with no Will Fuller.
Naw Tight Ends
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (away vs. Chicago Bears) – The Bears defense has only allowed two tight ends to score this season. Ebron is just a matchup-based play only.
Aww Team Defense
Los Angeles Chargers (home vs. Buffalo Bills) – Rookie QB making his first start on the road against Joey Bosa and company is a must start.
Naw Team Defense
Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – I’m still hopeful that the Seahawks defense will be a solid fantasy option moving forward but with the recent injuries of Richard Sherman, Cam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, they should struggle against the Falcons offense this weekend.