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Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Here’s a fact: The Raiders defense has allowed an average of 300 yards passing per game this season. I like Winston this week, especially when he plays at home.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. New Orleans Saints) – Even though Wilson has an ongoing ankle problem, I’ll take my chances and start him any day against the Saints defense.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (home vs. Minnesota Vikings) – Even though I have Cutler in my “Naws”, I still expect the Bears to compete at home against Minnesota. It’s just difficult to believe in someone whose facial expressions look like he doesn’t want to play.
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Chicago Bears) – Bradford has not been playing well as of late, mainly due to the offensive line not protecting him. The Bears play pretty well at home and allowed an average fewer than 17 points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Aww Running Backs
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Another great opportunity for Rodgers to put up monster numbers, especially with Doug Martin out again with a hamstring injury.
Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – A must start in fantasy leagues and a top priority off waivers. With C.J. Anderson put on IR, Booker will now be the bell cow in Denver.
Naw Running Backs
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (home vs. Minnesota Vikings) – This running back situation in Chicago may get messy. Howard has dropped off his horse in the past two weeks, getting less snaps than Ka’Deem Carey. Now Jeremy Langford has returned to practice so once he’s healthy, there could be a three way committee in Chicago. Avoid all Bear running backs this Monday night if necessary.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Let me explain why Gordon is here: In Week six, Melvin rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries, which is only 3.4 yards per carry. One of those carries was a 40 plus yard run that boosted his total numbers. Now he’s playing in Denver so I can’t envision Melvin topping 60 total rushing yards this weekend.
Aww Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (home vs. Detroit Lions) – Hopkins has been a major disappointment this season and even though I know you may not have a lot of options at WR, he could break out against a struggling Lions defense.
Devante Adams, Green Bay Packers (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – There’s reports saying that Randall Cobb is not playing due to his hamstring, which makes Adams a great start against the Falcons.
Naw Wide Receivers
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – This is just a precaution till I see how he plays Sunday. Bryant has not played in weeks so I’m not sold in starting him versus the Eagles.
Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Denver Broncos) – In week six against the Broncos, Benjamin was held to just 17 yards on three catches. I don’t trust him at all against a great Broncos defense in Denver.
Aww Tight Ends
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (home vs. New York Jets) – This matchup may not be the best, but I love the chemistry Barnidge has with Josh McCown. If the Jets get a good lead, expect a lot of garbage points from Gary.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – DeWayne Allen is still out nursing his ankle injury so that puts Doyle in a great position to excel verses the Chiefs.
Naw Tight Ends
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (home vs. Minnesota Vikings) – Here’s a scary fact: Miller has less than 50 yards receiving total in the two games Jay Cutler started this season. Until I see differ, go with another option this weekend.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – I just knew once Ertz came back from his rib injury that he’ll be the focal point in the receiving game for Carson Wentz. I was wrong!! Zach has been unproductive since healthy and has only scored over seven points in his return.
Aww Team Defense
Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Chicago Bears) – Personally there’s no defense that stands out this week to be an “Aww”, but I am curious to see how the Vikings will play versus Jay Cutler and his return back from a thumb injury.
Naw Team Defense
New York Jets (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – A lot of people have the Jets defense as a top five this weekend just because they’re playing the Browns, but Cleveland plays well at home. Josh McCown returns under center and I know he loves to air it out so don’t get your hopes up too high.