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Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Rivers went berserk last week, throwing for over 500 yards on 65 attempts. This week he faces the Oakland Raiders, whose rankked 31st against the pass.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Houston Texans) – Tannehill has quietly been productive this season; throwing two touchdown passes in four straight games. He faces Houston, who is tied for the fourth most touchdown passes allowed in the league.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Of all the games the Ravens played so far, this game against the stingy Cardinals defense, I wouldn’t dare start Flacco. Arizona will blitz, which Flacco cannot handle and takeaways will occur.
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – I like Bradford when they are at home but on the road, he seems to struggle. He is still a good backup fantasy quarterback but not on the road against a hot Carolina defense, who has given up one or fewer touchdown passes in four of five games this season.
Aww Running Backs
Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – A must start every week!! 314 yards in just three games played this season. A young Adrian Peterson in the making and will score his first touchdown against the Browns, whose allowed almost five yards per rush.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Bucs (away vs. Washington Redskins) – Martin has a great matchup against the Redskins, who in the past two weeks, gave up over 340 rushing yards and two touchdowns to opposing running backs. He’s been healthy so far this season and just came off a bye so start Martin with confidence.
Naw Running Backs
Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Many fantasy owners were so astatic when they picked him up from waivers last week, till he disappointed owners against Minnesota. Now West plays against the Steelers, who have only given up just one touchdown to running backs this season.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – A true disappointment so far in fantasy. Gordon was supposed to be one of the top rookie running backs, but has stumbled and fumbled his way in the doghouse. He’s losing a lot of reps to Danny Woodhead, who has been the better running back from a fantasy perspective. It’s difficult to start him right now.
Aww Wide Receivers
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Bryant had a monster comeback game last week, posting 137 yards and two touchdowns over the Arizona Cardinals defense. Now come the Kansas City Chiefs, who is horrific against the pass.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (home vs. Houston Texans) – Landry is second in the league in red zone targets and he’ll face the Houston Texans, who have one of the league’s most disappointing defenses.
Naw Wide Receivers
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – The Panthers defense has been great this season and Sam Bradford spreads the ball around too much, which makes Matthews a very inconsistent play this week.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – The matchup is not bad at all, but it’s the fact that Cooks is not producing for the Saints like I thought he would. He’s only scored over eight fantasy points just once in his first six games. Too risky right now.
Aww Tight Ends
Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (home vs. Buffalo Bills in London) – Last week, Thomas looked like the fantasy superstar we loved when he played for Denver. Fantasy fans should keep him in your lineup against the Buffalo Bills, who have given up an average of close to nine fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Continue to ride the hot hand of Gates, who has 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns since coming back from suspension. This week he faces the Raiders, who cannot stop opposing tight ends.
Naw Tight Ends
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – The Chiefs have allowed fewer than 35 yards to opposing tight ends in five or their six games this season, plus Miller does not have Big Ben to throw the football. Find another tight end this week.
Aww Team Defense
Arizona Cardinals (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Read Joe Flacco above. Cardinals defense always play well at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – You may not be aware of this, but the Steelers are ranked fifth in fantasy points among all defenses after six weeks. This unit is a good option against the struggling Chiefs who lost Jamaal Charles for the season and allowed 24 sacks to Alex Smith.
Naw Team Defense
New York Jets (away vs. New England Patriots) – The Jets have one the best defenses in the NFL, but playing against Tom Brady and the defending champs is a major risk. Don’t risk playing the Jets defense this week. Consider Washington Redskins defense (home vs. Tampa Bay Bucs) or possibly Atlanta Falcons (away vs. Tennessee Titans).