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Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (home vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – One of the hottest quarterbacks not name Tom Brady. Dalton has thrown for three touchdowns in each of the past two weeks. The Chiefs secondary is banged up so look out for Dalton to have a nice game.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Tampa Bay Bucs) – Please stop with the Cam Newton (MVP) talks. Yes, I know the Panthers are 3-0 BUT they’ve only played Jacksonville, Houston, and New Orleans (without Drew Brees). This week, they play against another weak defense in Tampa Bay that rookie Marcus Mariota torched in week 1.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (away vs. Chicago Bears) – If you own Tom Brady and need another quarterback, Carr is your man! He has a great matchup against the Bears, who has allowed eight touchdown passes to quarterbacks so far in three games.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – I can only imagine how Stafford feels right now. Last week he played against a good Denver Broncos defense and now he has to travel to Seattle and play against the LOB (Legion of Boom). Bench him if you can.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Denver Broncos) – Denver defense is very good at home and I just don’t see a 2nd year quarterback putting up great fantasy numbers against a defense that’s allowed just 13 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.
Aww Running Backs
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (home vs. New York Giants) – LeSean McCoy will not be playing this week, which opens the door for Williams, who has scored a touchdown in 3 straight games. He has a great matchup against the Giants defense that has allowed an average of 20 fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (away vs. Chicago Bears) – Murray is playing the Bears, who’s surrendered the sixth most rushing yards to running backs. If Thomas Rawls ran for over 100 yards on the Bears, just imagine what Murray will do if he gets 20 plus touches.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – Home game against Cleveland, who have allowed the most rushing yards and third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. This is a great matchup and I think this is the game Gordon will breakout.
Naw Running Backs
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – The Redskins backfield has become a committee as Morris, Matt Jones, and even Chris Thompson are getting carries. They are playing a good Eagles defense that has allowed an average of 13 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets in London) – Miller has been disappointing in the first three weeks so far (105 yards and zero touchdowns). He also is dealing with a sore ankle, making him not attractive to start this week as they are playing in London.
Aww Wide Receivers
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Moncrief is one of four players who has caught a touchdown in all three games this season. He is currently the 2nd option in Indianapolis. If Andrew Luck plays, I expect him to blaze the Jaguars on turf and get 4th touchdown .
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (away vs. Chicago Bears) – The Bears have allowed the second most receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. I like Derek Carr this week and his favorite target is Cooper.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers (away vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Why did the Giants cut this guy??? Jones has 219 receiving yards and four touchdowns and now he plays against a 49ers defense that has given up the fourth most points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Naw Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – I know you probably have no other choices but I just don’t see a huge day from Johnson. Matt Stafford’s percentage of deep throws is one of the worst in the league. Plus they’re traveling to Seattle, who will bring the heat.
Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Denver Broncos) – See Teddy Bridgewater. Expect more running from Adrian Peterson and Bridgewater than passing to Wallace and Johnson. Denver’s defense has not allowed a receiving touchdown to a wide receiver this season.
Aww Tight Ends
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Bennett should have a great game against the Raiders, who has given up over 16 fantasy points per week against opposing tight ends.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Reed has averaged at least 60 yards receiving in all three games this season. Also he is third overall in targets with 26. I expect this to go back and forth (weather permitted) so Reed should benefit from it.
Naw Tight Ends
Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets in London) – The Jets have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season and zero touchdowns. Plus I’m not convinced that Cameron is 100% healthy.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Washington Redskins) – He has the talent and skill to be a great fantasy tight end but it’s not showing on the stat sheets. Ertz has only 93 receiving yards and zero touchdowns this season. A matchup against a tough Washington Redskin defense doesn’t help him one bit.
Aww Team Defense
Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Detroit Lions) – Lions have committed eight turnovers this season, tied for second most in the NFL.
Carolina Panthers (away vs. Tampa Bay Bucs) – The Panthers have added Jared Allen, which they are top 10 in the league in sacks. That should add more pressure to Jameis Winston.
Naw Team Defense
Houston Texans (away vs. Atlanta Falcons) – They have no answer for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, who should torch them this weekend.