Another Sunday, another chance to pull out a win. We’re getting to the point where some teams need to string some wins together to make the playoffs and some teams need to keep winning to coast in. We all agree, no one wants to loose a game in fantasy and if you have some of these guys, they should be able to help you perform.
The start of the week this Sunday is Andy Dalton. He’s been great fantasy wise this year and should continue his dominance at home against the Browns. Cleveland has forked over 21 fantasy points on average to quarterbacks and Dalton should be poised to take over in a must-win after getting stomped out last week by our savior, Tom Brady. We’ve also heard this week that Tyler Eifert has been practicing and it will be interesting to see what Dalton does with all of his receiving weapons together for the first time this year.
Could this finally be the week that Kirk Cousins goes over the 20 point mark? Seriously, If not this week, then when? Cousins is going up against a Detroit Lions secondary that is giving up on average 23.5 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Also, the Redskins are on four-game win streak, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they find themselves in a shootout with Matthew Stafford and the Lions. Even if DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed are out, there are more than enough weapons to help Cousins dismantle the Lions’ secondary. Yes Kirk, we all like that.
Drew Brees is outstanding in home games, averaging 29 fantasy points per game. Unfortunately, on the flip side, Brees is averaging 13 points per game in away games. The Saints are going up against the Chiefs who are only giving up on average 12.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and with New Orleans going on the road, I’m looking at other QB options this week.
Carson Palmer is still a good quarterback as we saw when he dropped a complete dime to Michael Floyd in the Cardinals Monday night win over the Jets. Unfortunately, for fantasy this year, Palmer has been nothing to drool over. In all honesty, there’s not much to say here. He’s playing Seattle, he’s only gone over 20 fantasy points once this year, and the Cardinals are not his team anymore. David Johnson is the future in Arizona and will continue to be the workhorse in that offense moving forward. They don’t need Carson Palmer to let loose as he did last year and the only reason he’s on this list as a sit is because he’s owned in 88% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Colin Kaepernick is playing at home this weekend against a very average Tampa Bay secondary who have given up 16.4 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. With Carlos Hyde officially out and the Buccaneers strong run defense, Kaepernick may have to take the game into his own hands. If there’s one thing we do know about Colin, it is that he has a strong arm and as we saw last week, speedster Torrey Smith is getting open. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaepernick has another respectable fantasy week adding in his scrambling ability.
Give me James White until proven otherwise. Look, White has 12 receptions in the past two games with Brady back and we all know how much Brady loves to dump it off to the open guy, and White is the main beneficiary right now. He’s a great flex option against a struggling Pittsburgh defense that just gave up 45 fantasy points to the Miami Dolphins backfield.
With Doug Martin doubtful to play week 7 against the 49ers, Jacquizz Rodgers should get the majority of the carries. After seeing 35 touches against Carolina in Week 5, Jacquizz may be poised for another big week against a very friendly 49ers defense, that has allowed over 26 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. If Rodgers gets anything close to 35 touches this week, he should be a top-five fantasy back.
Frank Gore is incredibly consistent and is quietly sitting as a top-15 fantasy running back. However, heading into his week 7 matchup vs Tennessee, I’m not sure how it will play out. He rushed for over 100 yards last game vs Houston but they were in the lead for almost the entirety of the game, just before blowing it at the end. This is a must win for the Colts and I can see Andrew Luck having control over this game and the ball in his hands.
I know Jay Ajayi is coming off an outstanding week against a terrible Steelers run defense, but that performance will not happen again this year, maybe ever. He’s seen 38 carries in the past two weeks which is good and even though I do think Ajayi is on the rise, I could easily see him getting blanketed by a solid Buffalo team that has won four straight, and held San Francisco to 7 total fantasy points out of the backfield.
Duke Johnson Jr.‘s usage rate continues to go up in Cleveland and with them continuing to play from behind, Johnson has been seeing more opportunities to get touches in comparison to Isaiah Crowell. Duke also got carries in the red zone last weekend vs the Titans and scored the first rushing touchdown of his career. He’s quietly on pace for 64 receptions this year, which relates to sweet fantasy points and that’s why we’re all here, right? Johnson could have another solid week against a Bengals team that just gave up 2 TDs to James White.
If this isn’t Jeremy Maclin’s week, then I’ve lost hope in the Kansas City passing game — if you’re not named Travis Kelce. The Chiefs are at home against a very bad Saints secondary, who have allowed the fifth-most yards per game to opposing wideouts, and if Alex Smith can’t capitalize on this perfect fantasy matchup, I’m not sure when Maclin will explode will this season.
Surprisingly, Kenny Britt has been a solid fantasy flex play this year. As the Rams top offensive weapon so far, we could see another respectable week coming out of him in London, against a friendly New York Giants secondary that has allowed 5 touchdowns in six games. It’s hard to predict he’ll have another 137 yard, 2 touchdown performance, but this Giants defense will have their hands full trying to stop Todd Gurley and that could open up the secondary for Britt.
Marvin Jones Jr.
From a prediction standpoint, the Detroit Lions wide receiving core has turned into pictures on a dart board and my dart board tells me it’s not Marvin Jones’ week. He only caught two passes last week out of six targets, but luckily for us fantasy owners, one was in the end zone. The Lions are going up against a Washington secondary that has looked solid in the past three weeks, only giving up one touchdown in that span. Jones is still one of Stafford’s favorite targets this year but with a Golden Tate sighting last week, the ball will fly in various directions even more than in previous weeks.
Thankfully, for the DeAndre Hopkins owners, he has a lot of great matchups coming up. This week, however, is not one of them. Houston is heading to Denver in a Monday Night matchup and it would be ridiculous to expect a good game from Hopkins, especially with the shaky QB play that we’ve seen so far from Brock Osweiler. It should be a no fly zone in Brock’s return to Sports Authority Field.
With Vincent Jackson being placed on IR, Adam Humphries could be someone who sees an increase in the target category — as well as Cameron Brate. Humphries started the year looking like a No. 2 WR in Tampa Bay after receiving 25 targets through the first 3 weeks. Since then, his production has slowed. But now with Vincent Jackson on IR, Humphries could be someone to watch in the Buccaneers’ offense.
Dennis Pitta has been solid all year so far and is approaching a very good matchup against the Jets. New York has allowed an average of 14.2 fantasy points per game to tight ends and Pitta is coming off a game with a team-high 10 targets. With the possibility of Steve Smith Sr. missing another game, Joe Flacco (if he plays) will continue to target his tight end.
Cameron Brate is available in over 75% Yahoo fantasy leagues and, just like Adam Humphries, could see an uptick in targets with the absence of Vincent Jackson. It’s also worth adding that Brate’s Buccaneers have a nice matchup against the 49ers, who have allowed 12.5 fantasy points per game to TEs, which helps make him a solid streamer if you need a TE this week.
Kyle Rudolph has been an outstanding fantasy option this year, and at the moment is a top-10 tight end. Unfortunately, his matchup this week doesn’t sit well with us fantasy owners. The Vikings are going up against a Eagles team that has surrendered less then 5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. There might be better options on waivers this week even if the TE position has been thin this year.
Jimmy Graham has been a monster this year but this is the week we find out if he’s truly matchup proof — like he used to be in New Orleans. The Seahawks are going up against the Cardinals’ top ranked defense against tight ends — who have only allowed 4.3 fantasy points per contest. I think Jimmy Graham can sustain the level of play he’s had in the past 3 weeks, where he’s averaged over 100 yards those 3 games, but this could be the week that he doesn’t perform.
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