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Kurt Cousins, Washington Redskins (away vs Dallas Cowboys) – In week two at home versus the Cowboys, Cousins threw for 364 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Thursday, they play in Dallas, which should be a shootout. Cousins is a must start.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Washington Redskins) – If this rookie doesn’t get at least one MVP vote!! Prescott has been nothing but spectacular since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys and now he’s a must start every week. Here’s a stat – The Redskins’ defense has allowed more than 20 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – Even though Wentz is a rookie, he’ll be hyped by playing at home on Monday night against the injured prone Green Bay Packers secondary. That’s worth a start.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Taylor has been very consistent as a mobile fantasy quarterback but he’ll be without lead wide receiver Robert Woods this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The good news is Sammy Watkins foot is getting better and should be back by week 13. If you have better options at quarterback, consider them.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Dalton took a huge hit when A.J. Green went down with the strained hamstring. He’s never played great in Baltimore so I would stay away from him this week.
Aww Running Backs
Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – He’s one of the hottest running backs in the last three weeks, averaging 22 carries and over 100 yards. Even though Dallas has a decent defense, they still give up 4.3 yards per carry to opposing running backs so start Kelley with confidence.
Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – I never would have thought Jennings would make this list as a “Aww” but he’s been playing well over the past two weeks averaging 17 carries and 86 yards. Jennings has a great matchup against the winless Cleveland Browns.
Matt Forte, New York Jets (home vs. New England Patriots) – Forte is quietly having one of best fantasy seasons for a running back. He’s currently eighth in rushing with 732 yards and has 170 receiving yards. With Ryan Fitzpatrick back at quarterback, Forte should be primed for a big day against the Patriots.
Naw Running Backs
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Giovanni Bernard is out for the year with an ACL injury, which means Hill will be the bell cow for the rest of the season. He’ll have a tough matchup against the Ravens defense though, who held the rookie sensation, Ezekiel Elliott, under a 100 yards last week.
Any Philadelphia Eagles RB (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – Who’s starting at running back in Philly? Darren Sproles, who’s suffering from a rib injury? Ryan Mathews, who has a MCL issue in his right knee? It looks like Wendell Smallwood may get the start, but Kenjon Barner may also get carries, which means to avoid this messy situation if possible.
Aww Wide Receivers
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – In the past two-three weeks, the Packers defense have been horrific against the run and pass, which makes Matthews a good option this week.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (home vs. Minnesota Vikings) – This is just a gut feeling but I feel like this can be Jones’ “Awakening from the Dead” game. He’s been a complete disappointment since his five catch/205 yards and two touchdown performance in week three. He has a tough matchup against the Vikings defense but this game is for the division lead so Jones will be expected to shine.
Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Here’s a stat – Parker has just one fewer target than Jarvis Landry over the past five games. Over the last two weeks, he has 182 total receiving yards and now has a home matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers, who can’t defend anyone.
Naw Wide Receivers
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (home vs. New England Patriots) – Marshall has not had a 100 yard receiving game since Week 5. In his last five games, he only averaged three-and-a-half catches per game, 48 receiving yards, and no touchdowns. He’s definitely one of my many fantasy busts this season.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Andrew Luck is doubtful for this Thursdays game against the Steelers, which mean Scott Tolzien will start. You probably don’t have a choice but to start Hilton, but I’m a bit worried because I don’t think they have a connection on the field. Only time will tell!
Aww Tight Ends
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (home vs. New York Giants) – I always feel a little better about starting Barnidge when Josh McCown is under center. With the Browns having absolutely nothing to lose with a record of 0-11, I see Barnidge getting plenty of targets.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – With A.J. Green out for a while, Eifert should be Andy Dalton’s favorite target in the upcoming weeks. Expect a lot of double coverage on him while Green is out, but he’s still worth starting.
Naw Tight Ends
Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Let’s not jump the gun on Cook yet just because he had six receptions, 105 yards, and one touchdown. As much as this was encouraging to see, this was Jared’s first game back since week three so I have to see more before I start him.
Aww Team Defense
Buffalo Bills (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – It’s sad to say this because I truly thought Jacksonville would be better this year but you may have to start whoever defense/special teams is playing them. As long as Blake Bortles is under center, you’re bound to get at least one interception and a few sacks. The Bills leads the league in sacks.
New Orleans Saints (home vs. Los Angeles Rams) – Here’s my sleeper defense for this week. An at home matchup versus rookie quarterback Jared Goff and the L.A. Rams. Hopefully there’s a few turnovers in a must win situation for the Saints.
Naw Team Defense
Arizona Cardinals (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – I keep on saying this but there are no team defenses out there that are scary anymore and the Cardinals are one of them. Atlanta has one of the best offenses this season and should exploit Arizona Sunday.