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Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Even without his favorite receivers Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, Rivers still had a stellar game last week against Jacksonville; throwing for four touchdowns. This definitely won’t happen every week but I love his matchup against a struggling Colts defense.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – I like Tannehill this week against a depleted Browns team. Miami has a banged up running game so I expect Tannehill to run a little and throw a lot.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Chicago Bears) – In Prescott’s first two games as the starting quarterback, he’s been pretty impressive. He has not thrown for a passing touchdown yet but I think he’ll throw at least two against an injured Bears defense.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (away vs. New York Giants) – Here’s a stat to know: Cousins has not been impressive when facing the Giants averaging just under 11 fantasy points in four career games against the “G-Men”. There’s a chance he could have a good game since there’s inconsistency in the backfield, which will require him to throw more. The bad thing is the Giants defense has gotten better this season.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (home vs. Denver Broncos) – The Broncos will pressure Dalton a lot, which I project a low scoring, defensive type of game where his numbers take a hit.
Aww Running Backs
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – I said on Mr. Controversy’s show, “The 3-Point Conversion’s Sports Lounge” that Gordon will have 1,000 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season. Now with Danny Woodhead out for the season, this could be his breakout year. Gordon is a must start this week vs. the Colts.
Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Los Angeles Rams) – Starting running back, Doug Martin is out for the next three weeks due to injury, which opens the door for Charles Sims. In a favorable matchup (because it’s Tampa Bay’s first home game this season), Sims should get the bulk of the carries and produce nice numbers against the Rams.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – With a rookie third string quarterback in Cody Klessler starting, I expect him to hand the ball to Crowell a lot against the Dolphins.
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Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – Hyde was a huge disappointment last week in Carolina and it won’t get easier as he faces a stingy Seahawks defense.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Remember when Hill was a top 10 running back two years ago? Last year was bad and already the start of this season, he’s taking a huge step back as he only gained 53 rushing yards in two games. This looks like another Giovanni Bernard fantasy week so bench Hill if you have other options.
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Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – With Adrian Foster out with a groin injury, I don’t think Miami will be able to run much, which will leave Tannehill to throw to his No. 1 target. Expect a great game from Landry.
Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – Love this matchup against the San Diego Chargers, who gave up over 300 plus passing yards in their first two games this season. With Dante Moncrief out 4-6 weeks, Dorsett steps in as the No. 2 wide receiver in this favorable matchup.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (away vs. Washington Redskins) – I always believe in riding the hot hand and Shepard has a chance to do just that as he faces a Redskins defense who is struggling so far this year.
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Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – This is the reason why fantasy owners miss Calvin Johnson so much! Supposed to be the Lions No. 1 receiver, Tate has not had a good two weeks, posting only nine catches and 54 total yards. Marvin Jones Jr, Anquan Boldin, and even Eric Ebron has been more involved in the passing game than Tate. If you have another option, go with it.
Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders (away vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – With “Mr. Inconsistent” Trevor Siemian under center, especially playing his first game away. I don’t see Thomas nor Sanders having great games against Cincinnati.
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Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Last week’s game in Cleveland was a great sign for Pitta owners as he saw 12 targets (caught nine) for over 100 yards receiving. Now playing at 100 percent, I would continue to roll with him as Pitta has a good matchup against the Jaguars.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – I love the rapport Tamme has with Matt Ryan so far in the two games they’ve played. He’s getting great looks and should continue when the Falcons play New Orleans in which it should be a shootout.
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Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – Personally, I have zero confidence in Cody Klessler as quarterback to succeed against Miami so my expectations in Barnidge is very low, especially when they lost Corey Coleman for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Even though this game should be a classic shootout, Fleener has been horrible in the first two games this season, which is why he belongs here. Until Brees builds some type of chemistry with Fleener, consider other options.
Aww Team Defense
Miami Dolphins (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – I am surprised that this defense has not been picked up in some of my leagues. A home game against a third string rookie quarterback, who will not have Josh Gordon nor Corey Coleman to throw to?? I’ll take Miami in a heartbeat.
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Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with how good the Eagles defense has been the last two weeks. Remember who they’ve played – Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears. This weekend will be their toughest battle as they face a great offense at home against Pittsburgh.