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Eli Manning, New York Giants (away vs. Tampa Bay Bucs) – Eli had six touchdowns last week against the New Orleans Saints and now he travels to Tampa Bay and play the Bucs, who defense has averaged over 18 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (away vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Any time you play against your old team you want to play well. Manning is returning back home where it all started for him back as a rookie in 1998. He’ll be ready to shine and put up great numbers.
Special mentioned – Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders and Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Yes….the great Aaron Rodgers is a “Naw” this week. He struggled against the Broncos last week with seven fantasy points and now he faces a hungry Panthers defense who play very well at home.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Read Aaron Rodgers above. Do you truly think Luck will do better than Rodgers?????
Aww Running Backs
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Welcome back to the fantasy spotlight DeAngelo!! He excelled as the starting running back in the first two weeks, leading all runners at the time. This week he faces an improved Raiders defense but should post nice numbers.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Even though Ivory’s production has slipped in the past three weeks, he should remain in your starting lineup as he faces a Jaguars defense that allowed over 21 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Special Mentioned – Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears vs. San Diego Chargers and Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Naw Running Backs
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. New York Jets) – Yeldon has been red hot in recent weeks, scoring 10-plus fantasy points in each of his last three games. The rookie runner is still subject to the matchups though, and this weeks tilt in New York is anything but favorable. The Jets has allowed fewer than eight fantasy points to running backs in two of their three home games in 2015.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Chicago Bears) – Gordon led the Chargers in backfield touches last week, which was a good sign for the rookie out of Wisconsin. Still, its tough to trust him even when the matchup seems favorable. That’s the case this week versus the Bears, who have been far better against the run than the pass this season just allowing two rushing touchdowns this season.
Aww Wide Receivers
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Yes, Bryant had a poor return last week, but this week he has a great matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia has surrendered more than 26 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this year.
Eric Decker, New York Jets (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Decker might not get a lot of yards total, but he is a red zone threat as he has five touchdown catches this year. Now with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting this weekend, Decker should put up some nice numbers against the Jaguars.
Malcom Floyd/Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers (home vs. Chicago Bears) – With Keenan Allen out for the season, Floyd/Johnson will see a much bigger role in the Chargers passing game moving forward. Rivers has averaged 52 passing attempts in his last four games so expect nice numbers from them.
Special Mentioned – Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
Naw Wide Receivers
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (away vs. New York Jets) – Robinson has been a fantasy stud in his last game, but can he put up monster numbers against Darrelle Revis????
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Denver Broncos) – You may not have a lot of options at wide receiver, but an upcoming matchup against the Broncos is not appealing. In their first seven games, Denver has shut down Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith Sr., Calvin Johnson, Amari Cooper, and Randall Cobb to fewer than eight fantasy points each.
Aww Tight Ends
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (away vs. New England Patriots) – When Reed is on the field and at 100 percent, I consider him a virtual must-start tight end in most leagues. The talented veteran posted a massive 19.20-point stat line in his last game before the bye week, and he’s been one of the league’s most targeted tight ends when he’s on the field.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – Miller exploded last week, posting 10 catches and 105 yards on 13 targets in a loss to the Bengals. Not surprisingly, it was also the first game that Ben Roethlisberger played since injuring his knee. This week, Miller faces a Raiders team that has been awful against tight ends. In fact, Miller should be considered almost a must-start option.
Special Mentioned – Charles Clay,Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins and Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. New Orleans Saints
Naw Tight Ends
Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – The Bills haven’t been great against some of the elite tight ends in the league this season, but I wouldn’t put that label on Cameron. In fact, he’s scored fewer than seven fantasy points in five of his last six games. That includes a 1.6-point stink bomb against Buffalo back in Week 3. Unless you’re desperate, Cameron needs to be benched.
Aww Team Defense
Atlanta Falcons (away vs. San Francisco 49ers) – The Falcons defense was a solid fantasy option on paper last week, but was a disappointment. Still, it’s hard to look past a matchup vs. a 49ers offense that is an absolute mess. First-round bust Blaine Gabbert will start at quarterback for the Niners, who have also lost their top three backs due to injuries.
Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – The Eagles fielded one of the hottest fantasy defenses in the league heading into their bye week, scoring a combined 33 fantasy points in their last two games. That sort of success should continue against the Cowboys, who can’t score with veteran Matt Cassel under center. Look for Philadelphia to post a solid stat line in Big D.
Special Mentioned – New England Patriots defense vs. Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings defense vs. St. Louis Rams
Naw Team Defense
Carolina Panthers (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – The Panthers field a top-10 fantasy defense, so it’s tough to bench them. Still, keep in mind that this week’s matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers is anything but favorable. In fact, defenses have combined to record the second-fewest fantasy points vs. this explosive unit.