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Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – There’s no other quarterback hotter right now than Brian Hoyer, who’s been on a tear the last three weeks throwing for 317, 302, and 397 passing yards. The streak of over 300 yards should continue with a favorable matchup at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – Mariota was the top fantasy scorer in standard leagues (especially in ESPN) in week 5. His passing yards may not excite you, but his ability to run and get touchdowns is enough for me to put him as an “Aww” this week against Cleveland.
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Yeah I know Brock has not lived up to his massive 70 million dollar contract so far, but every quarterback that went against the Colts this year had great fantasy games. It’s a Sunday night prime time game, the Texans are undefeated at home, and Brock feels comfortable playing there so why not take the risk?
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – The NFL’s Most Hated Player (according to reports) finally gets an opportunity to start this Sunday against the newly regenerated Buffalo Bills. In the words of my good friend and host of The 3 Point Conversion Sports Lounge, “Mr. Controversy” Raphael Haynes…STOP IT!!! The crazy thing is he’ll probably have an ok game due to his running ability.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – I was a bit high on Tannehill this fantasy season but he truly has taken a step backwards. He’s had combined 17 fantasy points in the last two weeks, one touchdown, three interceptions, and just 380 passing yards. He could have a decent game against the Steelers, but I thought he would have a good game last week at home against Tennessee!
Aww Running Backs
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – I know Howard has been on here for two-three weeks now but I DON’T CARE!! He is the truth so continue to start him in all fantasy formats.
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – The Falcons defense has allowed over four yards per carry against opposing running backs this season so I expect to see 15-20 touches from Michael, who’s taken full advantage as the starting running back due to the injury of Thomas Rauls.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – If you thought Tevin was going to do what he did in Denver last week (six carries for 31 yards/four catches for 132 yards and a touchdown) you may need to go to the casinos in Vegas because he totally surprised me! So I’m thinking this – If he can do that against the best defense in the league, why can’t he do the same or possibly more in Seattle?
Naw Running Backs
T.J. Yeldon/Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. Chicago Bears) – I’m not a huge fan of split time and this running back situation is a mess in Jacksonville. Avoid them if possible.
Matt Forte, New York Jets (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Ever since Forte’s three touchdown performance against Buffalo in week two, he’s been on a serious 60-40/50-50 split with Bilal Powell, which concerns me. You may not have a ton of options at running back, but I would consider benching him this week against the Cardinals.
Aww Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Here’s a positive note for all you disappointed Hopkins owners – The Colts have allowed the seventh most yards and third most receptions per game to wide receivers this year. Hopkins is due for a breakout game.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Remember this guy? Cooks fell off the planet for a few weeks, while Michael Thomas took a bit of his spotlight, but my gut feeling is that Cooks will come back to earth and have a good game at home against a bad Panthers secondary.
Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Meredith received 12 targets last week against the Colts, which lead all Bear receivers. Now they’re playing at home in a favorable matchup vs. Jacksonville. He is a must get off waivers this week.
Naw Wide Receivers
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. Chicago Bears) – Hurns finally scored a touchdown in week four but has not been getting enough looks while teammate Allen Robinson has been shining the past two weeks. Here’s an interesting stat – The Bears defense has allowed only four touchdowns to wide receivers this season.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (home vs. New York Jets) – In week 5 matchup against the 49ers, Floyd received a goose egg on just three targets. Yes, Drew Stanton was the quarterback, but even when Carson Palmer is playing, Michael only has 12 total catches and 170 yards. Not impressive enough to be starting in my opinion.
Aww Tight Ends
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – I have told plenty of my fantasy football friends before the drafts that if you didn’t get Rob Gronkowski or Jordan Reed, wait because they’ll be some studs you can pick up late. Bennett is one of them. Keep him active in all fantasy formats. Oh yeah, Tom Brady’s back too!
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – This is the Jimmy Graham we as fantasy owners have been waiting for since he came over from the New Orleans Saints!! Two straight 100-yard games and a touchdown. He’s finally healthy and is more involved in the offense. He should post good numbers at home against the Hot-lanta Falcons.
Naw Tight Ends
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – In a PPR (points per reception) league, Witten probably wouldn’t be on here…BUT in a standard format, he’s been disappointing. His last three games (25, 47, and 43 yards total) and zero touchdowns are not cutting it. I would wait till Tony Romo comes back from injury to plug Jason back in your lineup.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Even though this game should be a shootout, I don’t expect Fleener to have a great game against a good Panthers linebacker core.
Aww Team Defense
Tennessee Titans (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – Here’s my sleeper defense this week, who last week against the Miami Dolphins had six sacks and two interceptions. This week’s opponent – at home against the struggling Cleveland Browns.
Naw Team Defense
Carolina Panthers (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – Remember when this defense was ranked in the top three over the last two years? Oh has time changed because the secondary is horrible and they’re playing against the pass-first New Orleans Saints. Good luck if you don’t have options!