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[author image=”https://www.the3pointconversion.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/20150718_133951-1-e1438220323399.jpg” ]Vincent “The Fantasy Juru”, Atlanta, GA firstname.lastname@example.org[/author]
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (away vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – I truly love this matchup against the Buccaneers defense. Here’s a fact: Tampa Bay’s defense has surrendered multiple touchdown in six of eight games this season and eight passing touchdowns in the past two games. In a must win for the Bears, I see Cutler having a good game.
Eli Manning, New York Giants (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – At home, Manning has been lights out averaging over 320 passing yards in his four games. Now they’re playing in a Monday night matchup against the Bengals’ shaky defense. Manning should torch Cincinnati.
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Even though the Jaguars defense is a bit sloppy, I still wouldn’t start Osweiler. He just doesn’t look good out there and I see them running the ball more than throwing it.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – For those fantasy owners that started Kaepernick last week (if you owned Brady) should have benefited big time. Now he’s being dropped in most leagues as the Cardinals play them this week in a divisional matchup.
Aww Running Backs
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – This is just a gut feeling but I think Sproles is going to have a good game against the Falcons. I won’t say that he will torch them, but an overall stat (140 total yards and a touchdown) is feasible.
Mark Ingram/Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (home vs. Denver Broncos) – The Broncos run defense is not scary, as they’re fifth in the league against the run.. A big dose of Ingram and Hightower should equal nice numbers at home.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (away vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Howard bounced back in a great way when he exploded in a home matchup against Minnesota two weeks ago. He should be the bell cow again as the Bears face a Buccaneers defense who’s surrendered over 100 rushing yards to opposing running back in seven straight games.
Naw Running Backs
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (away vs. New York Jets) – If you’re a Gurley owner, I know you’re very frustrated (I own him in one of my big leagues) and you’re probably going to be more frustrated this week because here’s a stat: The Jets’ defense allow the fourth fewest yards per carry this season and has not allowed a rushing touchdown at home. You probably don’t have a choice but to start Gurley but don’t expect much.
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. New England Patriots) – Michael is in danger of losing his starting running back position. C.J. Prosise played more snaps than Michael last Monday night. Michael did score a touchdown, but with Thomas Rauls soon to be coming back, Michael is closer and closer in taking a seat back to a reserve role. Here’s a fact: The Patriots have allowed just one rushing touchdown at home this season.
Aww Wide Receivers
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – In a possible shootout (if Carson Wentz gets off to a good start), Matthews should be the wide receiver benefitting from it as the Falcons are one the league’s worse defenses against the pass.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – Odell Beckham Jr is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but he can’t do it all!! With a great matchup on Monday night against the Bengals and Victor Cruz injury, why not feel confident with Shepard having a good game?
J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Nelson has led the Cardinals in receiving yards two weeks in a row. I do expect them to run David Johnson more this game, but Nelson has played so well that coach Arians said that he is the No. 2 wide receiver now.
Naw Wide Receivers
Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Snead has definitely took a step back, while rookie Michael Thomas has been Drew Brees’ favorite target in the past few weeks. I am not worried about him facing a stingy Broncos pass defense. Just worried that New Orleans may actually run the ball more this game!
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Washington Redskins) – Diggs should get a heavy dose of Josh Norman this weekend, which makes him suspect to start this weekend on the road against the Redskins
Aww Tight Ends
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – I know the Steelers just activated Green, but I am looking forward to seeing how he’ll be used this weekend against the Cowboys. I expect him to come out the gate producing (depending on his health of course).
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (away vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – One of Cutler’s favorite pass catchers in a great matchup in Tampa Bay. Miller was targeted 10 times in Week 8 against Minnesota. Expected the same this weekend.
Naw Tight Ends
Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (home vs. Houston Texans) – Here’s a guy who has simply underachieved since leaving Denver two years ago and back on my “Naw” list for the second week in a row. Here’s a stat: Thomas has had less than 30 receiving yards in every game since Week 2.
Aww Team Defense
New York Jets (home vs. Los Angeles Rams) – One of the best rushing defenses in the league at home verses the Rams? Sounds like a must start to me!
New Orleans Saints (home vs. Denver Broncos) – My sleeper defense this week. They beat Seattle in a tough home matchup, on a two game winning streak, and now they welcome a battered Trevor Simien and the Broncos.
Naw Team Defense
Seattle Seahawks (away vs. New England Patriots) – This could be a “hate” move because they cheated against my Buffalo Bills last week. Now they’re going to Foxboro to play against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Good luck!