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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – Love Stafford this week at home vs the Titans. Stafford has been on a tear since Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator late last season and has been very solid at home.
Eli Manning, New York Giants (home vs. New Orleans Saints) – I absolutely “LOVE” any quarterback (except Casey Keenam/LA Rams) that has to play the Saints…especially one that loves to throw first like Manning. He’s a must start!
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Flacco has the wide receivers (Mike Wallace, Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, and Breshad Perriman) and a good matchup against the Browns, who Carson Wentz/Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback scorched last week.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – I know this is weird having a good quarterback like Wilson in my Naw’s…especially playing against the sorry Rams, BUT if you check his stats from the previous year, he has not played well on the road against them. I am also a little worried about his ankle as well, even though he says he’s fine.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Winston was in my “Aww” category last week and had an excellent game throwing for four touchdowns. Now he faces an angry Cardinals defense, who allowed the Patriots to beat them on their home field last week.
Aww Running Backs
Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – I love that the Bears lean on him as their No. 1 running back and he should have a break out game vs the Eagles, who surrendered over 19 fantasy points to Cleveland’s running backs last week. He’s a legit RB2 this weekend.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – C.J. definitely surprised a lot of fantasy owners last week with a great overall game against a good Carolina Panthers’ defense. This week? Their second home game vs the Colts, who gave up 39 points to the Detroit Lions last week.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – I got very nervous after he coughed up a fumble last week against Arizona, but coach Bill Belichick brought Blount right back out on the next series. After seeing that, I finally have a little trust in a Patriot running back!! Blount has a good matchup at home vs the Dolphins and is worth starting as a flex.
Naw Running Backs
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Personally, I believe Gore will have a great fantasy season, just not this week against the Broncos defense, who allowed only eight total points last week against the Carolina Panthers running backs.
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – I hate to see a running back, who looked good last week as a starter, get benched and lose a lot of touches. Well unfortunately, it’s time for Michael to sit down and welcome back Thomas Rawls. Stash Michael on your bench though because these days you never know what could happen!
Aww Wide Receivers
Sterling Shepard/Victor Cruz, New York Giants (home vs. New Orleans Saints) – Read Eli Manning above. This game should be a shootout and I love both Shepard and Cruz to have good games overall.
Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (away vs. New York Giants) – Any wide receiver who Drew Brees throws to, belongs in the “Aww” category! Snead plays in the slot most of the time and love his matchup against the Giants.
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – This is just a gut feeling. Jackson normally plays well against the Cowboys and when you draw red flags on the current Dallas defense, Jackson becomes a nice start.
Naw Wide Receivers
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Kelvin Benjamin ended up having a nice game against the stingy Broncos defense last week, but it’ll be difficult for the speedy Hilton when you factor in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Denver still has one of the toughest units in the league.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Washington Redskins) – I sure hope I’m wrong here because I truly would love to see a Bryant vs. Norman matchup and Bryant beats him senseless. Unfortunately, till I see the ball thrown to him more from Dak Prescott, Bryant is not a great start this weekend.
Aww Tight Ends
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Ladies and Gentlemen, Josh McCown is back at quarterback so please insert Barnidge back in your lineup! Yes, he posted a goose egg last week and in one league I am in, someone had the nerve to drop him! Well, I’m high on him this week and you should be too.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – With Keenan Allen out for the year, I expect more targets going to Gates, especially against the Jaguars, whose defense has allowed the sixth most points to tight ends last season.
Naw Tight Ends
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – Bennett is back on my “Naw” list for the second straight week. He was horrible last week against the Cardinals and even though there’s a small chance Rob Gronkowski doesn’t play, I still would sit him.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – The Eagles defense held Cleveland’s Gary Barnidge to zero fantasy points last week. Not saying that Miller would strike out as well, but he’s a tight end not to trust this weekend.
Aww Team Defense
Carolina Panthers (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – The Panthers did not have good numbers last week in Denver, but should breakout at home vs the 49ers.
Naw Team Defense
Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – This is what I don’t understand, a ton of fantasy owners in my leagues were scooping up the Ravens defense like crazy but if you look at last year’s stats, Cleveland played Baltimore very tough, with the Browns offense scoring 33 and 27 points. McCown threw for a career high 457 yards in one of those games. I wouldn’t trust the Ravens defense that much.