So how does your team look this week? Between byes, injuries, and just not a lot of great fantasy options there are going to be some ugly lineups put out there this week accompanied by some ugly final scores.
Some of you will be completely depleted and need some home run plays. Guys with a floor of essentially zero, but if they hit potentially 20, think DeSean Jackson except with a lower chance to hit.
A lot of you won’t have too many, if any, start or sit decisions this week. Mostly you will be forced into playing guys.
If you are unlucky and got someone who has no byes, or isn’t hurt much by them, throw some home run type flex options out there and go for the win. Don’t play it safe and try to win 80-78 on the hope that his team doesn’t come through.
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Derek Carr @ Buccaneers: The Tampa defense has not been as good as the season long ranks might suggest. The only “real” quarterbacks to play them lit them up for over 300 and three touchdowns, Palmer threw for three touchdowns. Carr is better than the likes of Case Keenum, Trevor Siemian, Derek Anderson, and Colin Kaepernick, the quarterbacks the Bucs have played well against.
What you can expect: 325 yards, two touchdowns
Russell Wilson @ Saints: I am not sure he is 100 percent yet, but it doesn’t matter this week. Anytime you have someone against the Saints in the Superdome you almost have to start them. Every quarterback to play the Saints in New Orleans has scored at least 19 points.
What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns
Jameis Winston vs. Raiders: This game is going to be a shootout. It is one of this highest over/unders of the week only to be outdone by one game. All of the players in this game should be startable; just be wary that Winston has his random bouts with accuracy.
What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns
Philip Rivers @ Broncos: The Broncos are a team that I wont start a quarterback against no matter who it is. Rivers isn’t close to the guys who I would even debate to start against the Broncos.
What you can expect: 225 yards, one touchdown, two turnovers
Andy Dalton vs. Redskins: The Redskins can be beat on the ground and I would expect that to happen this week. Dalton will be fine for real life, but not for fantasy.
What you can expect: 250 yards, one touchdown
Alex Smith @ Colts: This one should be different than the past weeks. It should be high scoring with how the Colts play. This should let Smith throw more than he has recently.
What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns
Carson Palmer @ Panthers: The Panthers secondary is really bad. Some still remember the great defense from last year, but this isn’t the same unit. The pass rush isn’t doing it and the corners are awful.
What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns
Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Browns: This is all about the matchup. At least two touchdowns for everyone that played the Browns this season, and no quarterback has scored under 16 points.
What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Jeremy Hill vs. Redskins: Like I noted with Dalton, the Redskins are beatable on the ground. If you haven’t traded Hill yet then use him this week and then get rid of him.
What you can expect: 75 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 15 yards
Matt Forte @ Browns: Forte has huge workload splits depending on if the Jets are in games or leading. So tell me, do you think the Browns are going to run away with this game? Me neither.
What you can expect: 100 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches 15 yards
Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Raiders: This is a really easy recommendation with Martin out. He is a workhorse right now. Don’t second guess it. Get him in your lineup.
What you can expect: 100 yards rushing, four catches 25 yards
Devontae Booker vs. Chargers: Easy call here, but including him just in case you weren’t sure.
What you can expect: 85 yards rushing, one touchdown, three catches 25 yards
It is nearly impossible to really recommend sits with how bad the running back position is now. So don’t be shocked when I am saying bench some lower end guys. Odds are, for a lot of you, these guys are actually starting options. This is more of a guys I like less than usual or less than the consensus.
Isaiah Crowell vs. Jets: His touches have taken a hit the past few weeks. Duke Johnson is always going to have a real passing downs role and this is a bad matchup. Avoid him if you can.
What you can expect: 45 yards rushing
Matt Asiata @ Bears: He has been the better back lately. He is better in pass protection and has been the goal line back all season. McKinnon is also dinged and might not play.
What you can expect: 55 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches 10 yards
Chris Thompson vs. Bengals: With Jones out I don’t even think his role changes much, that would go to Rob Kelley. Thompson looks like a lock for 12 and maybe even as many as 16 touches this week. Sixteen touches should make the eyes of a lot of owners light up with how ugly the running back position is this week.
What you can expect: 35 yards rushing, five catches for 40 yards
Dwyane Washington @ Texans: He should be back this week. I trust him more than Riddick because he has been practicing for a couple weeks now, but trust is such a weird word in that sense. I trust him to get like 40 yards and maybe a touchdown.
What you can expect: 40 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 10 yards
Kapri Bibbs vs. Chargers: As of now no one knows what the Broncos are going to do in the backfield this week. Everyone assumes its going to be 90 percent Booker and 10 percent to everyone else. Maybe the Broncos stick with the rotation and it’s closer to 65/35 and Bibbs gets a goal line carry. Here is your home run play at running back. The prediction is if everything goes his way, I would put like a 5-10 percent chance of that happening.
What you can expect: 65 yards rushing, one touchdown
Larry Fitzgerald @ Panthers: See what I said about Palmer above. Fitzgerald is the most reliable (only reliable) receiver in this offense right now.
What you can expect: Seven catches for 80 yards, one touchdown
Doug Baldwin @ Saints: Another see what I said above player. Everyone knows the Saints are horrible on defense. What is a little surprising is that the Saints have only allowed five receivers to score touchdowns this year. It doesn’t mean much, teams can score any way they want.
What you can expect: Seven catches for yards, one touchdown
Michael Crabtree @ Buccaneers: The Buccaneers have allowed multiple wide receiver touchdowns in four games this season; they shutout the Panthers with Derek Anderson starting and the 49ers. Crabtree appears to be the guy when they get in close.
What you can expect: Five catches for 75 yards, one touchdown
Jordy Nelson @ Falcons: He should see a lot of Trufant this week. To this point Nelson has been saved a lot of weeks by finding the end zone. He doesn’t seem to be the same guy he was a few years ago, but who can blame him with the injuries he has had and his age.
What you can expect: Three catches for 35 yards
Alshon Jeffery vs. Vikings: Horrible matchup for Jeffery. He will be in an awesome buy low spot after this game.
What you can expect: Four catches for 50 yards
Golden Tate @ Texans: With Riddick back in the lineup, Tate should see a dip in production.
What you can expect: Three catches for 30 yards
Michael Thomas vs. Seahawks: The Seahawks passing defense hasn’t been nearly as dominant as it has been. Sure, they aren’t allowing many touchdowns, but good passing offenses are beating them with yards.
What you can expect: Six catches for 80 yards
Quincy Enunwa @ Browns: Check out Fitzpatrick above. Marshall can’t get all the work… well, maybe he can. I would put him as a 50/50 bet to find the end zone this week.
What you can expect: Five catches for 70 yards
J.J. Nelson @ Panthers: It’s a home run play. With the injuries to the Cardinals receivers he could get more of an opportunity. This is a DeSean Jackson type player who won’t see the field as much as someone like Jackson.
What you can expect: Three catches for 75 yards
C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. Lions: The best matchup out there for tight ends right now. Fiedorowicz is a great play this week.
What you can expect: Six catches for 65 yards, one touchdown
Jack Doyle vs. Chiefs: Doyle gets a little bump down with Moncrief coming back because now Luck has a third option to throw to. Shouldn’t matter too much, Doyle is still a great weekly option with Allen out. The Chiefs are good against tight ends but I am not concerned.
What you can expect: Five catches for 60 yards
Gary Barnidge vs. Jets: He keeps putting up the yards and that is all you can ask for from a tight end. Safe five to six points and he will find the end zone at some point. It also doesn’t hurt that McCown might be back.
What you can expect: Seven catches for 75 yards, one touchdown
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