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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]
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – Carr has been on fire to start the season, scoring 23-plus fantasy points in three of his first four starts. Continue to lean on him against the Chargers, who have surrendered the fifth-most passing yards (1,230) and an average of 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – This is just a gut feeling but I feel Dalton will have a nice game against Dallas, who has allowed nine touchdown passes in their last three home games.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Detroit Lions) – If you own Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, or Blake Bortles, Carson Wentz is a nice bye-week option against the Lions, who have given up 12 touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points (24.55 PPG) to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Ryan has been awesome in his first four games, but it’s difficult to start him when Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston couldn’t even throw over 210 yards against the Broncos.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – Outside of the good game against the New York Jets in Week 2, Taylor has been limited without a true number one receiver. Without Sammy Watkins, it’s tough to start Tyrod, especially in a difficult matchup versus the Rams.
Aww Running Backs
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Howard has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy running backs. He had a great game last week over the Lions (132 total yards), and an upcoming game against the Colts makes Howard a must start again.
Terence West, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Washington Redskins) – Finally the Ravens decided to make West the bell cow last week and he did not disappoint with 21 carries, 113 yards and a touchdown. I know Kenneth Dixon is supposed to be coming back but don’t let that scare you to start West this weekend against the Redskins.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (home vs. Buffalo Bills) – Being a Buffalo Bills fan, I hope I am wrong but I got a feeling this will be Gurley’s breakout game. He’s been a huge disappointment so far (except in week 3) so let’s see if he goes off this weekend.
Naw Running Backs
Rashad Jennings/Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – I don’t care if it’s Jennings, Orleans Darkwa or Paul Perkins in the back field role for the Giants, none of these running backs are worth a start. Green Bay’s pass defense has been bad, but their run defense has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing runners (9.0 FPPG) so far this season.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Coleman is expected to be back this week, he has sickle cell trait, which can cause complications for people under physical stress at high altitudes. I don’t like his matchup against the Broncos plus his touches will be limited.
Aww Wide Receivers
Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Washington Redskins) – I love this matchup for Smith Sr, who’s been Joe Flacco’s favorite target in the last two weeks. Continue to ride Smith Sr. till he cools off.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Brady is back so Edelman should be back in your lineup. He also faces Cleveland’s suspect pass defense.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Detroit Lions) – Matthews has had issues with dropping the football again this season, but he’s still scored a touchdown in two of his first three games with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. I’d keep him active for this week’s matchup against the Lions, who have surrendered six touchdowns to wide receivers this season.
Naw Wide Receivers
Will Fuller, Houston Texans (away vs. Minnesota Vikings) – Fuller has been a nice surprise to open his NFL career, so benching him will be tough but keep in mind that the Vikings have allowed an average of just 13.5 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. Their defense held rookie wide receiver, Shepard, to three points in Week 4.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – What a disappointment so far this season for Tate, who in some leagues has been dropped. Not a fan of the matchup against a stingy Eagles defense either. In four games played, Tate still has not reached 100 yards total.
Aww Tight Ends
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneerss (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Since becoming the starting tight end in week 3, Brate has been a huge part of Tampa Bay’s offense catching 10 passes and over 100 yards. Carolina defense has allowed four touchdowns to tight ends over the last three weeks so Brate is a nice start this week.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – I truly hope Hoyer remains the starting quarterback because Miller has been one of his favorite targets in the past two weeks, scoring three touchdowns. Continue to ride the Zach attack till Cutler comes back.
Naw Tight Ends
Dennis Pita, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Washington Redskins) – The tight end position has been very ugly so far this season and Pita has been off in the last two weeks. The Redskins defense has not allowed a touchdown to a tight end yet.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Ebron has been one of the most targeted tight ends in the league, but he’s dealing with ankle and knee injuries in addition to what is a brutal matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia has held Gary Barnidge (Browns), Zach Miller (Bears) and Jesse James (Steelers) to a combined “FOUR” fantasy points.
Aww Team Defense
Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. New York Jets) – I like the Steelers defense this week against a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose last two games threw for nine interceptions total.
Naw Team Defense
New York Jets (away vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Did you see what Ben Roethlisberger did at home last week vs. Kansas City? The Jets secondary have been struggling since the beginning of the year and will struggle this week as well.