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Eli Manning, New York Giants (home vs Philadelphia Eagles) – I know the Eagles has one of the best defenses so far this season, but this is just a gut feeling folks. Eli just got out of a bye week, refreshed and ready to go. With the running game still suspect, Manning will throw a lot against the Eagles.
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – Here’s an interesting fact – The Titans has given up at least 335 yards passing and at least two touchdowns passes in three straight games. This is a no brainer to start Rivers this week.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Loving his confidence each week in running and passing the ball. With Dez Bryant healthy as well as his other targets, Prescott should have a great game against the Browns.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. New York Giants) – Wentz was off to a great start in the beginning of the season, but since, he’s shown why he is a rookie. The offensive line is struggling and now he’s facing an energetic Giants defense who’s coming off a bye, playing at home, and will blitz often to challenge the rookie.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Denver Broncos) – I hope I am wrong with this choice because Carr has played well of late, throwing over 500 yards last week. He’s facing a tough Broncos defense that will pressure him all game.
Aww Running Backs
Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – A must pick up off waivers and guarantee starter this week is Mr. West! Don’t forget just a few years ago before Spencer Ware became the workhorse due to Jamaal Charles’s injury, West was Charles backup and always thrived when given the opportunity.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets) – He’s a must start after his back to back 200 yard performances. I don’t expect him to do it this weekend, but Ajayi has a good matchup vs the Jets.
Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – I’m hoping the sickness that Montgomery had last week is long gone because this matchup at home against the Colts should be a great one. I love that he is now qualified as a running back and wide receiver too!
Naw Running Backs
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Denver Broncos) – I hope I am wrong about this pick (I’m starting him this week due to no other option at RB) and I know the running back position is thin, but it’s still the Broncos defense. On a good note, Melvin Gordon ran over 100 yards against them recently, so there’s hope.
Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Stay away from Jennings if you can, even if you’re desperate at running back. He has not had more than 15 carries since Week 1 plus Jennings is too injury prone. I wonder when the Giants will just let Paul Perkins be the bell cow.
Aww Wide Receivers
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets) – With all the emphasis on Jay Ajayi running the ball, I expect Ryan Tannehill to throw the ball more this Sunday. Landry, who is Tannehill’s favorite target, should benefit from it.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – Love this matchup for Enunwa, who Ryan Fitzpatrick has been targeting down the field in the past few weeks. Brandon Marshall should draw a lot of attention, which will make Enunwa open for big plays.
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – For the last two to three weeks, Hurns has been catching the ball more than Allen Robinson so I expect Hurns to get a few more passes thrown his way in garbage time against the Chiefs.
Naw Wide Receivers
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (away vs. Minnesota Vikings) – What has happened to Marvin Jones in the past few weeks? Well, under 40 yards in three of his past four games is not going to cut it. Now he’s facing a strong Vikings defense, who’s angry after the Bears whopped them last Monday night.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Yes it is sad that I have Hurns as an “Awww” to start and not Robinson, but here’s why. Robinson highest receiving yard total is just 72 and that was in Week 1! Allen is definitely one of the biggest bust this season and is being dropped and benched in fantasy lineups.
Aww Tight Ends
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – I have Barnidge here for the second straight week because I love his matchup against the Cowboys at home. I’m not a fan of Cody Klessler throwing him the ball but I have a feeling that this is the week Barnidge gets a touchdown.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – Hunter Henry is not playing due to a knee injury, so expect Gates to get a ton of looks from Phillip Rivers.
Naw Tight Ends
Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Here’s a fact: The former Pro Bowler has had fewer than four catches and under 30 receiving yards in four straight games. Thomas should not have ever left the Broncos.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. New York Giants) – Here’s why Ertz makes it as a “Naw” for the second straight week: Ertz has less than 25 receiving yards in three straight games. He’s just not getting looks from Wentz.
Aww Team Defense
Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – The hottest defense in the past few weeks has a home matchup against turnover prone Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. A must start!
New York Giants (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – My sleeper defense this week. Off a bye and at home against rookie quarterback Wentz and the Eagles, who’s been turning the ball over in recent weeks.
Naw Team Defense
Baltimore Ravens (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – If Big Ben plays, find another option because the Steelers will score big.
Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Cleveland plays well at home and even though rookie Cody Klessler gets the starting nod over veteran Josh McCown, they still play hard enough to score enough points to make the Cowboys defense a question mark to starts this weekend.