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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (away vs. Detroit Lions) – Carr has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football in recent weeks, scoring 20-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games with a combined 13 touchdown passes. He should continue to make statistical noise against the Lions, who have allowed an average of almost 20 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – He’s back…and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Cowboys or fantasy owners. Romo will be on the field for the first time since Week 2, when he suffered a broken collarbone in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. This week he faces the Dolphins, who have allowed an average of close to 22 fantasy points a game to QBs since Week 7.
Special mentioned – Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts and Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – This is just a personal opinion, but Wilson is not cutting it this season. Low passing totals and he doesn’t run the ball like fantasy owners wish he could. He’s going against a 49ers defense, who just surrendered 11 total fantasy points to him earlier this season.
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Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (away vs. San Diego Chargers) – The Chiefs’ runner has been a useful option in the absence of an injured Jamaal Charles, and this week’s matchup in San Diego makes him a legitimate No. 2 fantasy back in most leagues. The Bolts have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs (24.46 PPG) in 2015.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – McFadden has developed into a viable No. 2 fantasy runner or flex starter since taking over as the top backfield option in Dallas, and an upcoming matchup against the Dolphins makes him an attractive choice. Miami has been awful against the run, allowing an average of more than 24 fantasy points per game to running backs this season.
Special Mentioned – Latavius Murray/Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions and Jonathan Stewart/Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins
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Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Hill has rarely been productive when the matchup is favorable, and he’s been a massive disappointment for fantasy owners overall. He’ll be tough to trust this week, as the LSU product goes up against a Cardinals defense that has surrendered a mere 14.77 fantasy-points-per-game average to running backs over their last four contests.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Bucs (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Remember when Martin was considered to be one of the best draft bargains in fantasy land? Well, he’s scored fewer than 11 fantasy points in each of his last three games … and he’s done it despite some good matchups. Next on the schedule is a tough game against the Eagles, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to backs.
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Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Johnson’s value is on the rise in the absence of Keenan Allen (and maybe Malcom Floyd), making him an attractive option for fantasy fans in a home game versus the Chiefs. While their defense has been more effective in recent weeks, Kansas City has still surrendered the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers (30.56 PPG).
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – A PPR asset for fantasy fans, Landry has scored no fewer than 13.1 points in such formats since Week 6. The talented wideout should remain on the positive side of the stat lines against the Cowboys, who have surrendered the third-most catches, the most yardage and are tied for the third-most touchdowns to No. 1 wide receivers.
Special Mentioned – Mike Evans/Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Philadelphia Eagles and Danny Amendola/New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
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Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – He has five touchdowns this season, all in games started by Andrew Luck. In the two games Matt Hasselbeck has played, Moncrief has just seven catches for 78 yards combined on 12 targets. The Falcons, meanwhile, have allowed the fourth-fewest catches and yards per game to opposing WRs, and just three receiving touchdowns, tied for second fewest.
Desean Jackson, Washington Redskins (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Kirk Cousins threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over the Saints, and Jackson scored a mere 4.4 fantasy points. He’s unlikely to see an improvement this week against Carolina and Josh Norman, who has emerged into one of the NFL’s elite cover cornerbacks.
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Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Don’t be afraid to start Reed just because they’re playing the Panthers!! Carolina has allowed at least 50 yards or a score to an opposing tight end in five straight games. Reed continues to get a lot of looks from Cousins, including two scores last week.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Miami Dolphins) – I know Witten has to be thrilled to have Tony Romo back under center!! In the two games with Romo at QB this season, Witten had eight and seven catches, his top two single-game totals this seasson. His only TD this season came in Week 1 with Romo at QB. And get this: The Dolphins just gave up more than 200 yards to tight ends last week against Philadelphia.
Special Mentioned – Eric Ebron/Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders and Jacob Tamme/Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts
Naw Tight Ends
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Bennett was nowhere to be found last week, putting up one point last week in St. Louis while his teammate, Zach Miller went off in the stat sheets. Next up for Bennett and the Bears is a date with the Broncos, who have allowed an average of 6.61 fantasy points to opposing tight ends. That makes Bennett a real risk this week.
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Seattle Seahawks (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – I know they’re not the old Legion of Boom from the past, but a home matchup vs. Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers should produce some turnovers.
New York Jets (away vs. Houston Texans) – The Texans offense is already without superstar running back Arian Foster, and now Brian Hoyer (concussion) could be forced to miss this week's game. That means T.J. Yates will line up against one of the better defensive units in the NFL. If Darrelle Revis can contain DeAndre Hopkins, Houston isn't going to score many points.
Special Mentioned – Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Naw Team Defense
Buffalo Bills (away vs. New England Patriots) – Brady at home against a division opponent on Monday night equals big points. Find an alternative defense this weekend.