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Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Chicago Bears) – This is just an emotional pick this week due to the Hurricane and the Bucs taking an early bye week, Winston should explode against the Bears.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (home vs. Washington Redskins) – Why not? I understand it was a home game against the Colts last week but other than cornerback Josh Norman guarding Sammy Watkins, Goff should not have a problem throwing to his other weapons and having decent numbers.
Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – Personally I was surprised Rivers threw for three touchdowns last week in Denver in a game the Chargers should have won. Now he’s at home playing against mediocre Dolphins defense and should put up similar or even better fantasy numbers.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Look, I know Phillip Rivers threw for three touchdowns against Denver’s stingy defense last week but I just don’t see Prescott doing it. I look for Dallas to run a lot more.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – If one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady, was off key at home last week against the Chiefs, what makes you think sophomore quarterback Wentz will go off in Kansas City?
Aww Running Backs
Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders (home vs. New York Jets) – I know you can’t compare Lynch to LeSean McCoy (catching abilities for example) but it will be Lynch’s first home game in Oakland and they’re playing the awful Jets! Mr. Skittles should have a field day running the ball.
Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – If there’s one running back I would start in Arizona, is Williams. I understand he is only 5’8″ but he has been the most reliable running back the Cardinals have. I expect him to be the first and second down back, while Ellington plays third downs. Chris Johnson will relive Williams if he’s tired. Williams should be a nice flex play.
Terence West, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – With Danny Woodhead out for the next six to eight weeks nursing a hamstring injury, West will see a nice workload at home versus his former team, Cleveland.
Aww Wide Receivers
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Fitzgerald has a team high in targets last week (13) and now he faces a Colts defense who allowed over 30 plus fantasy points to the Rams wide receivers last week. With David Johnson out due to a dislocated wrist, Fitzgerald will be relied upon a lot this week.
Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – Are you surprised by this? This should be the game Cooks should torch his former team that traded him in the offseason.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (home vs. Washington Redskins) – Kupp had a great game last week versus the Colts (76 receiving yards and a touchdown). While Josh Norman will be pretty busy trying to stop Sammy Watkins, Kupp should be Jared Goff’s main target against the Redskins.
Naw Wide Receivers
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – I am very high on Thielen this fantasy season and as much as I was jumping for joy over his performance last week against the Saints, I’m worried about his production heading to this matchup against the Steelers due to Sam Bradford’s recent knee injury.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Until Andrew Luck gets back in the starting lineup, I cannot trust Hilton this season. Now he will be facing Patrick Patterson this week in a home game against the Cardinals.
Aww Tight Ends
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (home vs. New England Patriots) – Fleener has now played two games for the Saints with Willie Snead out. The first one was Week 3 last year against the Atlanta Falcons, Fleener went off for seven catches, 109 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. The second one was last Monday night at Minnesota, Fleener had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on six targets. This home game against the Patriots could be a shootout so Fleener is a good starting option.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Interesting stat – The Panthers defense allowed the second most tight end touchdowns last season. Clay had nine targets in last week’s win over the Jets and should continue to receive the same or even more against the Panthers.
Naw Tight Ends
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (home vs. New York Jets) – This would be an ideal matchup for Cook but since I feel this matchup at home against the Jets will be the Marshawn Lynch Show, Cook won’t get many looks in the end zone. Last week against the Titans, Amari Cooper was getting targeted a lot in the red zone, which limits Cooks potential to score.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (away vs. New York Giants) – Last week versus the Cardinals, Ebron was a no show with just two catches and nine total yards. Now he faces the New York Giants, who will be ready to rumble after a bad loss to Dallas last week. Last season, Ebron just had four receptions for 36 yards against the Giants.
Aww Team Defense
Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – The Ravens defense shut down Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals last week in Cincinnati. This week is a home opener against a rookie quarterback.
Naw Team Defense
New England Patriots (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – Alex Smith absolutely torched the Patriots defense last week in the season opener. Just imagine what Drew Brees will do to them at home.