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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (home vs. Tampa Bay Bucs) – This is an odd stat, but Ryan has produced better fantasy numbers on the road than at home (12 to 20), but I love this matchup at home against Tampa Bay. He’s averaged at least 250 passing yards in 15 straight games.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – “Superman” should fly high on Monday night against the Colts, who has given up an average of more than 17 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (home vs. Green Bay) – I never thought I would see the day where Manning would be a “Naw”, but this week is it! He’s going against a Green Bay defense that’s tough on quarterbacks and has only given up just seven touchdowns (with eight interceptions).
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (away vs. St. Louis Rams) – Kaepernick has had some recent success playing in St. Louis, but the Rams defense has held quarterbacks in check at home this season.
Aww Running Backs
Jonathan Stewart (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Here’s another person that I never thought would be an “Aww” but Stewart has been playing good in recent weeks and scoring touchdowns!! The Colts have average more than 22 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, which makes Stewart a great play this week.
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens (home vs. San Diego Chargers) – Forsett has been better in the stat sheets recently, and he has a great matchup against the Chargers. San Diego’s defense has been horrific against the run this season, giving up 10 total touchdowns to opposing running backs.
Naw Running Backs
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (home vs. New York Jets) – Murray has had his share of down weeks in the stat sheets this season, and I fear he’s looking another one right in the face based on a terrifying matchup against the Jets. No team has allowed fewer rushing yards or fantasy points to running backs than the Jets, and “Gang Green” has also given up a mere one rushing touchdown to the position.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Seattle Seahawks) – There had been talk of changes in the Cowboys backfield from Joseph Randle to Christine Michael, but it was McFadden who ultimately took over the top spot last week. The Seahawks defense looked much more Legion of Boom-ish last week, so McFadden owners need to beware of this scary matchup.
Aww Wide Receivers
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (home vs. Minnesota Vikings) – Jeffery returned with a vengeance before the bye week, posting 147 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the Lions. This week he faces another NFC North rival, the Vikings. In his last three games against them, Jeffery has put up 25 receptions for 418 yards and three touchdowns. Look for another beast of a stat line.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Allen has been one of the top fantasy wide receivers in the league this season, and I’m expecting his statistical success to continue in Baltimore. The Ravens have one of the league’s worst pass defenses, surrendering an average of more than 31 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Look for Allen to put up a solid stat line in this game.
Naw Wide ReceiversRandall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (away vs. Denver Broncos) – You probably don’t have a better option, but Cobb has seen his numbers decline in the past few weeks. The Broncos defense has shut down Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith Sr., Calvin Johnson, and Amari Cooper to fewer than eight fantasy points each. Not an attractive matchup for Cobb this weekend.Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (home vs. New York Giants) – Cooks has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football this season. Even against the best matchups, the Oregon State product has failed to produce in the stat sheets. This week he faces the Giants, who have allowed an average of fewer than 20 fantasy points per game to wide receivers over the last four weeks.