Did you miss me?!
I hope your fantasy seasons have gone well since we last spoke, but if they haven’t, I’m here to pick you up with some players that will help you win your matchup this week.
And if not, @ me.
- Brian Hoyer: What do Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger have in common? They’re the only QB’s to have more fantasy points than Brian Hoyer since Week 3. Against the Colts last week, Hoyer nearly threw for 400 yards and had two touchdowns. *Whispers* Brian Hoyer is better for this offense than Jay Cutler. This week is going up against a Jacksonville defense that has some talent but has been a disappointment so far in 2016.
- Marcus Mariota: Mariota played his best game of the season last Sunday as he was 20-29 for 163 yard and 3 touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. He also ran for another 60 and a score. Now, he returns home to take on a Cleveland team that has allowed 20 fantasy points to every QB they have gone up against this season. I expect this trend to continue on Sunday.
- Alex Smith: Smith has some sneaky good trends on his side heading into the matchup in Oakland. First of all, he’s gone for over 20 fantasy points in 4 straight starts against the Raiders and second, the Raiders have allowed the most passing yards in the league this season. Smith is the unsexiest of the unsexy, but he should put up good numbers this week.
- Kirk Cousins: Ohhhh I hope this doesn’t bite me in the ass, but I would definitely sit Cousins this week. Last week, Cousins struggled against the best defense he’s faced this year and will likely struggle again against a better defense. Cousins has been brutal this year even though his stats are trending upward. He’ll also be without his favorite weapon, Jordan Reed, this week which means he’ll have to rely on Vernon Davis. I’ll take that. Also, Stafford was the only QB to score over 8 points in fantasy against this Eagles defense and in the second half last week the Lions only had 47 yards on offense. The Eagles D will be up to the challenge this week.
- Eli Manning: I can’t believe how bad Eli has been this year. He’s doing this weird thing where if there’s any pressure on him he just throws it into the ground. No wonder he’s never missed a start. The Ravens defense has been pretty good thus far and their secondary is ranked in the top 5 fantasy wise. They’ve held 4 of the 5 QB’s they’ve faced this season under 18 points and with how Eli has struggled this year, I can’t start him this week.
- T.J Yeldon: I’m not sure if Yeldon is good at football, but that doesn’t make him a bad fantasy option. He finally got it going a little bit against the Colts in London in Week 4, as he totaled 117 yards against a defense without a pulse. Now, he’s going against a similar defense in the Chicago Bears, who rank 24th in rushing defense. Be weary of Ivory around the goal-line but this is still a good spot for Yeldon.
- Ryan Mathews: You bastard, Ryan Mathews. He fumbled away the game last week but we’re not talking real football– we’re talking fantasy football and Mathews has been solid this year fantasy wise. If you were worried about Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood taking his touches away, they were put to bet against the Lions. Mathews got a majority of the rushes and was even active in the passing game as he caught a touchdown. When healthy, Mathews has had at least 11 fantasy points and this week he’s facing a Washington run defense that ranks 32nd in the league. Mathews will get a goal-line touchdown and a pretty good game this week.
- Frank Gore: The Texans rank 25th in rushing defense and are 1st in passing defense. If the Colts can’t get their passing game going on Sunday, look for them to pound the rock with Gore. They’ve allowed a running back to score over 10 points in every game this season. Gore has had three straight games of double digit points and that should continue on Sunday.
- Matt Jones: Yea, I hope this doesn’t bite me in the ass either, but Matt Jones isn’t very good and the Eagles have only allowed one running back to have over 50 yards on the season and that was in garbage time against Isaiah Crowell in week 1. With Jordan Reed out, the Redskins could try to run the ball more but that might not be the best gameplan against this Eagles defense. Jones also isn’t a threat in the passing game, so they won’t have to worry about Jones torching them like Theo Riddick last week.
- Isaiah Crowell: Crowell has been a pleasant surprise this year but tomorrows game will be tough for him. Tennessee actually sports a really tough run D. They’ve only allowed two rushing touchdowns on the year and Jay Ajayi is the only running back to score over 10 points… he scored exactly 10. The most amount of rushing yards they have allowed in a game this year is 82 to Lamar Miller. Crowell is also coming off of his worst game of the season. Crowell should be good ROS, just not on Sunday.
- Cameron Meredith: Meredith has emerged as the main threat besides Alshon Jeffery in the Bears passing game. Jeffery is a bit banged up right now so we could see Meredith continue to get the bulk of the targets from Brian Hoyer. Kevin White is also out, so that opens up even more for Meredith. He had 130 yards and a TD with 12 targets last week. He’s a solid start with the bye weeks coming up.
- Will Fuller: Vontae Davis will be locked on Deandre Hopkins, which should leave the opposite side of the field to Fuller. The Colts defense is just bad all around so the Texans should have no problem spreading it around. It also helps that the Texans should get the run game going on Sunday, which leaves Fuller streaking down the field on play-action fakes. Also, Fuller has 292 yard and 2 touchdowns at home this season.
- Jeremy Maclin: Are you a fellow frustrated Jeremy Maclin owner? Because I certainly am. Maclin just hasn’t had that breakout performance yet. He’s gotten the targets, 7 in each game so far, but Alex Smith has struggled getting the ball down the field. Now, with Jamaal Charles back, this Chiefs offense should start to take off. This weekend is the perfect time to do it. The Raiders have the worst pass defense in the league and have allowed the most yardage through the air. Maclin will right the ship this week.
- DeVante Parker: The Dolphins are a mess, Tannehill is awful and Parker’s targets have gone down significantly. In his past three game, Parker has only been targeted 13 times. The Steelers have only allowed two opposing receivers to score double-digit fantasy points against them and I don’t see Tannehill and the Dolphins being able to change that.
- Allen Hurns: Hurns is pretty much only viable when Julius Thomas is out, but unfortunately for Hurns owners, Thomas is going to play this week against the Bears. In his last 9 games where Thomas is out there, Hurns has only had two double digit point total weeks. The Bears have also only allowed two receivers to score in their last 4 weeks. You can find better.
- Jimmy Graham: Jimmy Graham might be back. He was dominant before the Seahawks bye week where he hauled in 12 catches, on 18 targets, 123 yards and a touchdown in two games against the 49ers and Jets. Now, he’s going against a Falcons defense that has been torched by tight ends; they’ve allowed 5 touchdowns just to tight ends this year.
- Zach Ertz: This will definitely bite me in the ass. The Redskins struggle to guard tight ends and Ertz had 129 yards in their last meeting last season. Last week, the Ravens two tight ends combined for 15 targets, 11 catches, 87 yards and touchdown. Seems like a good way to light up their secondary and we know Ertz has the ability too.
- Jason Witten: The Packers have only allowed two touchdowns on the year to tight ends and they were in the first two weeks. Witten has yet to find the endzone this year, so I wouldn’t bet on him finding it on Sunday.
- Dwayne Allen: The Texans don’t let the tight end burn them. They’ve faced Gronk, Delanie Walker, Zach Miller, Travis Kelce, and Martellus Bennett and have held all of them below 3 points in each matchup. I can’t see Allen really changing that.