We are getting down to the nitty-gritty for the fantasy football regular season. Just like with the NFL, every decision gets bigger and bigger in determining how the fantasy season will go.
Start the wrong player and a three-point differential could be the difference between playing for a championship or playing in the consolation bracket.
Hopefully this article can help you get some extra information and help you make decisions that can take you another step towards a championship.
As always if you have any direct start player A or player B questions you can ask me on Twitter @TheSportsGuy40 or in the comment section below and I will try to help you figure out the best option.
Blake Bortles at Ravens (45% started): As a Philip Rivers owner I have been stashing Bortles for weeks eyeing this matchup. The Ravens have given up at least two touchdowns to quarterbacks in six of the last seven games. The only one to not get multiple touchdowns was Michael Vick filling in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger. Bortles has been putting up points every week, and I expect it to continue in Baltimore.
Kirk Cousins vs. Saints (18% started): This just in, the Saints are not good on defense. Not good could be the understatement of the century. Only one quarterback has scored under 17 fantasy points against the Saints all season, Brandon Weeden. The Saints have given up at least 33 points in the past two games to opposing quarterbacks. I don’t expect that from Cousins this week, but if you had Roethlisberger or are a fan of streaming quarterbacks, Cousins is a good bet for at a minimum 250 yards and 1-2 touchdowns with a lot more upside.
Brian Hoyer at Bengals (6% started): Still no love for Hoyer among fantasy owners. In his past five games (two of those he didn’t play full games) Hoyer has thrown for at least 2 touchdowns every week. Garbage time stats count. Hoyer is a safe bet for about 16 fantasy points per week with upside of around 20.
Peyton Manning vs. Chiefs (55% started): His past two games have made people believers once again. I can’t trust him at this point and would much rather start Hoyer and Cousins over him, I would actually drop him for either of those two – preferably Hoyer.
Eli Manning vs. Patriots (59% started): I think the Patriots take away Beckham in this game and make the Giants beat them by running the ball or going to the other options in the passing game. I think the Giants struggle. Eli could possible get some garbage time stats but I wouldn’t count on it.
Marcus Mariota vs. Panthers (43% started): He doesn’t play the Saints this week, and I don’t believe Martiota is ready to play a defense like Carolina’s. Mariota could really struggle this week.
Jay Cutler at Rams (12% started): If you are desperate I like Cutler as an option. He has been putting up solid numbers all season; although he has a tough matchup this week I think Cutler can have a nice game.
Jeremy Langford at Rams (66% started): The Rams defense is good, but Langford is one of the few running backs in the league who is a good bet to get 20 touches per game. I know Forte got limited practices in, but I would be surprised if he played this weekend.
Giovani Bernard vs. Texans (70% started): He is the best running back in that backfield, and he has been all season. Bernard will max out around 15 touches per game, but he does do some damage in his limited touches.
James Starks vs. Lions (48% started): I think being named the number one back is getting a little blown out of proportion. This is a good matchup for Green Bay. The offense should be able to move the ball against the Lions, and if Starks starts off well he might be able to dominate the touches.
Chris Johnson at Seahawks (35% started): I don’t like the matchup in Seattle in a primetime game. The Seahawks are a great against the run and haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. They have only allowed two rushing touchdowns to running backs, and they both went to Jonathan Stewart in one of the more surprising performances of the season.
Jeremy Hill vs. Texans (71% started): He looked bad against the Browns. At some point one would think they have to throw in the towel on Hill, but as long as they are winning they might not have to. I think Hill spells Bernard rather than Bernard spelling Hill.
T.J. Yeldon at Ravens (59% started): I like Yeldon, but I think the Jaguars use an air attack in this game. The Ravens are horrible against the pass.
James White and Brandon Bolden (20% combined started): If you need a dart throw I would start either one. One of the two will carve out a role in the offense. If you’re desperate then going with a player in the New England offense isn’t a bad idea.
Stefon Diggs at Raiders (47% started): The Oakland secondary has been pretty easy to beat lately. They are allowing more than 200 yards per game to opposing receivers. Diggs is easily the number one option in the passing game for the Vikings. I expect him to get the majority of the yards through the air.
Allen Hurns at Ravens (46% started): Hurns is currently battling a foot sprain and his status for Sunday is uncertain. If Hurns is active he is a must play against a bad Ravens secondary.
Michael Crabtree vs. Vikings (72% started): Crabtree has at least 100 yards or a touchdown in each of the past three games. The Raiders passing game is really taking off and, while everyone else is getting excited about Amari Cooper, Crabtree is going under the radar.
Jordan Matthews vs. Dolphins (56% started): I am not buying the one week resurgence and need to see him do this more than once to think something has changed.
Jeremy Maclin at Broncos (32% started): The Broncos present a really tough matchup. Even without a couple of the top players on the Denver defense Maclin is in for a tough day.
Larry Fitzgerald at Seahawks (55% started): The targets in Arizona are going to get split up more now that Michael Floyd and John Brown are both playing significant roles. The Seahawks have only allowed one touchdown to wide receivers this season and only one player to get over 100 yards receiving this season.
Michael Floyd at Seahawks (9% started): I am well aware that I just dumped a bucket of water on Fitzgerald, and Floyd is lower in the pecking order in the same offense. Floyd is more of a desperation play this week as his role in the offense keeps increasing. I would prefer Fitzgerald to Floyd, but Floyd is a nice option if you need a plug and play.
Kamar Aiken vs. Jaguars (14% started): Aiken is now the number one option in the offense after Steve Smith was lost for the season. The Jaguars can be beat through the air and Joe Flacco has to throw to someone.
Danny Amendola at Giants (6% started): The game that Dion Lewis missed and the game that he was limited, Amendola had good games. He could be the biggest beneficiary of all the Patriots players with Lewis out of the picture.
Bryan Walters at Ravens (1% started): He is a sneaky play if Hurns plays this week, but if Hurns is out I think Walters is a great flex play.
Jordan Reed vs. Saints (55% started): Reed is still being under-appreciated. He didn’t have a good week last week, but he salvaged his day with a late touchdown. Reed might be the number two tight end this week with a great matchup against the Saints.
Delanie Walker vs. Panthers (66% started): Walker got a little lucky last week, but he did get eight targets and should get something similar again this week. The tough matchup is a bit of a concern, but if I owned Walker I would still start him.
Benjamin Watson at Redskins (51% started): He has had a nice surge in production over the last few weeks, enough that some owners were upset with his 60 yards last week.
Travis Kelce at Broncos (44% started): I don’t like the matchup and Kelce hasn’t done much since his week one outburst; he hasn’t had more than 90 yards and has only had one touchdown since. The Broncos shut him down earlier this season and this time around the Broncos have one less player to worry about in the Chiefs offense now that Jamaal Charles is out for the year.
Jason Witten at Buccaneers (57% started): In PPR he is a fine play, but in standard he has such limited upside. Witten being started over the likes of Reed and Watson is crazy.
Martellus Bennett at Rams (69% started): Bennett is very touchdown dependent. He only has one game with more than 60 yards this season and that was against the Raiders who can’t cover tight ends at all.
Eric Ebron at Packers (11% started): He has far more upside than Witten and a similar floor. The Lions are going to need to score early and often this week and I think this game turns into a shootout that benefits Ebron.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Browns (51% owned): If Johnny Manziel starts I like them, but I am not sure I do if Josh McCown is starting.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Jaguars (32% owned): Even though the Ravens defense can be beat pretty easily through the air, Blake Bortles is primed for a turnover or two every week.
Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos (23% owned): The Chiefs can get after the quarterback, and as we all know, Peyton Manning isn’t very mobile – he is another quarterback who is primed for an interception every week.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Texans (66% owned): Hoyer has done a lot for the Texans offense this season. I think the Texans put up some points this week and the Bengals have been a much better real life defense than fantasy defense.
Miami Dolphins at Eagles (34% owned): With Cameron Wake done for the year the Dolphins aren’t a great option on defense.
Houston Texans at Bengals (42% owned): The Bengals have a great offense and should put up points in bunches against the Texans.
Connor Barth vs. Cowboys (13% owned): I don’t get why no one is jumping on the Barth bandwagon. Barth has made 3, 3, 3 and 4 field goals in the four games as the Tampa Bay kicker while only missing one kick. If you add his field goal attempts to Kyle Brindza, the Buccaneers have attempted 26 field goals (most in the NFL); the next best has 22 attempts. I think he gets overlooked because of his year to date stats.
Mike Nugent vs. Texans (26% owned): Good kicker on a good offense that should be given a lot of chances to score.
Caleb Sturgis vs. Dolphins (35% owned): He has been one of the better fantasy kickers since taking over for the Eagles.
Josh Brown vs. Patriots (82% owned): I don’t like playing kickers against New England. Too often in the second half teams need touchdowns and don’t attempt field goals.
Graham Gano at Titans (38% owned): When the Panthers get close I think they score touchdowns rather than having to settle for field goals.
Mason Crosby vs. Lions (73% owned): People just set it and forget it with Crosby, but he hasn’t been a good fantasy option this year.
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