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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (away vs Oakland Raiders) – I’m a firm believer in keeping the hot hand in your lineup and Stafford is on fire. He’s passing a lot more now that they do not have a running game with Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve.
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (home vs. Houston Texans) – Minshew is rolling again with 13 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. The Texans’ defense took a fall losing J.J. Watt, so Minshew should continue to shine in London.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. New England Patriots) – This matchup against the Patriots’ defense will be difficult for Jackson. They shouldn’t stop him on the ground but he will struggle throwing.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Tannehill has been good in his first two games since he took over the starting position from Marcus Mariota but this weekend’s matchup in Carolina will be a tough challenge. Here’s an interesting fact: the Panthers’ defense has only allowed two quarterbacks to have over 20 fantasy points this season (Kyler Murray and Gardner Minshew).
Aww Running Backs
Melvin Gordon/Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – Gordon has not done much of anything since returning from his contract holdout but I feel good about this home matchup against the Packers. The Packers’ defense has allowed a running back to score or gain at least 100 yards in seven straight games. Ekeler should benefit as well.
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (home vs. New York Jets) – With running back Kenyon Drake traded to the Cardinals, Walton now has the keys to take over full time as the starter. If there’s any game to start a Dolphin running back, this is the week at home against the New York Jets.
Naw Running Backs
Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – With rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins possibly starting, the Bills’ run defense should rebound from playing poorly last week and stop Peterson.
All the Detroit Lions Running Backs (away vs. Oakland Raiders) – Who’s starting? Ty Johnson, Tra Carson, JD McKissic? I don’t trust any of them even though the matchup is favorable against the Raiders.
Aww Wide Receivers
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. New York Giants) – In week one against the Giants, Gallup had seven catches for 158 yards on seven targets. Let’s see if he will repeat that performance.
Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Detroit Lions) – Williams has scored in every game he has played this season, so let’s see if the streak continues.
Naw Wide Receivers
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – Here’s a fact: only two wide receivers have scored against the Bills this year. Also, there’s a possibility quarterback Case Keenum might not start, so I would be a bit hesitant starting McLaurin this weekend.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Davis burned a lot of fantasy owners last week in what we all thought would be a favorable matchup against the Buccaneers. It’s hard to trust him when quarterback Ryan Tannehill is throwing to different receivers by committee.
Aww Tight Ends
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (home vs. Cleveland Browns) – With wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders traded to the San Francisco 49ers, Fant will be relied upon to pick up some of the slack. Quarterback Brandon Allen will make his first start and should target Fant often against the Cleveland Browns.
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (away vs. Oakland Raiders) – Hockenson has not done anything since week one in Arizona but the Raiders have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year.
Naw Tight Ends
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. New York Giants) – It is hard to trust and start Witten this Monday night against the Giants when he only had 15 yards receiving in their first matchup. He did score a touchdown but saw just four targets the whole game.
Aww Team Defense
Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Chicago Bears) – The Eagles are finally back home from a three-game road trip and they will be fired up against a bad Bears’ offense.
Naw Team Defense
Chicago Bears (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – The Bears have lost three straight games and cannot stop the run. With the offense playing poorly, the defense will continue to struggle by staying on the field.