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Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. New York Giants) – Bradford looks like he’s starting to turn things around (from a fantasy statistical perspective) as he scored 17 plus fantasy points in each of his last two games. A home game against the New York Giants should make it three in a row.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (home vs. Houston Texans) – One of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks in the last three weeks with a total of 9 touchdowns since week two. Bortles success should continue against the Texans, who have allowed an average of over 23 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks tise season.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (away vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Home or on the road, Palmer is scoring fantasy points like an elite quarterback. Last week against the Lions, he only threw the football 14 times and still managed to get over 18 plus fantasy points. He should continue his hot streak vs the Steelers.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – Cam has struggled in three career games against the Seahawks with an average of 145 passing yards a game. Seattle is tough at home so Newton is not high on my list this week.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. Chicago Bears) – This guy is killing me!! He has two good wide receivers, yet can’t produce on a weekly basis. Stafford is playing at home against the Bears so this could be his make it or break it game.
Aww Running Backs
Dion Lewis and LaGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (away vs Indianapolis Colts) – Remember when Jonas Gray torched the Colts last season? This season should not be any different. The Patriots love running the ball and Lewis/Blount will have plenty of touches.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – Let’s be honest, Lacy stats are definitely not 1st round pick material, but he has a favorable matchup against the Chargers. Only two teams have allowed more fantasy points to runners than San Diego.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Can this be Anderson breakout game?? It is against the Browns. Yes, I know he’s been horrific, but Ronnie Hillman is banged up with a hamstring injury. This just got to be Anderson’s week to score!!
Naw Running Backs
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – Stewart is playing in Seattle and the Seahawks are very tough at home. Start someone else if you have other options.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (away vs. New York Jets) – Another fantasy bust and now he’s losing touches to Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Plus they are playing the Jets!!
Aww Wide Receivers
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (home vs. Washington Redskins) – Marshall has been a great draft bargain so far this season and I love his matchup against the Redskins this weekend.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (away vs. Tennessee Titans) – Landry has had double digit targets in all four games this season plus leads the NFL in red zone targets. Even though Landry does not have a red zone touchdown, he should this weekend against the Titans.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. New England Patriots) – This game should be a shootout and with Andrew Luck returning from a shoulder injury, Hilton should benefit from it.
Naw Wide Receivers
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (away vs. New York Jets) – Garcon should be benched this week against the Jets, who have one of the toughest defenses in the league. He would see Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis in coverage, which is not good.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – Sammy is still battling a calf injury and will be a game time decision against the Bengals. I would keep him stashed on the bench even if he does play.
Aww Tight Ends
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Barnidge has been a fantasy surprise over the past few weeks and even though he faces a stingy Broncos defense, I’m expecting him to continue his hot play. Barnidge has been targeted 32 times in the last three weeks, while averaging 16 fantasy points.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – Gates came back with a vengeance last week and it looks like Stevie Johnson may not play again this weekend. Playing in Green Bay, Philip Rivers will have to throw the football and Gates should have plenty of looks.
Naw Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Yes, I know most fantasy fans can’t afford to bench Graham, but if you have Barnidge or Gates, I would consider it. The Panthers have been tough against fantasy tight ends and I don’t see Graham having great numbers this week.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (home vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Rudolph has failed to meet expectations to this point in the season. In fact, he’s scored more than 5.5 points in just one of his first four games. He faces a Chiefs defense who have only gave up one touchdown to tight ends so far this season.
Aww Team Defense
New York Jets (home vs. Washington Redskins) – The Jets are fresh off a bye week and should be able to expose Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offensive attack. They have 13 takeaways this season and Cousins has six interceptions so far. Start the Jets with confidence.
Naw Team Defense
Buffalo Bills (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – I never thought I would put my beloved Buffalo Bills defense as a “Naw”, but they are facing a good Bengals team, who has plenty of weapons at all positions. I’m expecting E.J. Manuel to start and turn the ball over, putting the Bengals in great field position.