QB: Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota is meeting a very weak and deflated Dolphins team who has been struggling the past two games. After a loss to the Jets followed by a shutout from the Saints, the Dolphins need to turn it around. But this is not the game for that to work. The Titans will be looking to avenge themselves after a tough loss to the Texans and Marcus Mariota will cut up this Miami defense.
RB: Bilal Powell
I could not have been more high on Bilal Powell going into this season but early on he did not impress. But with Matt Forte dealing with injury Bilal is the number one rusher, when he had that job last week he definitely showed off with 163 rush yards and a touchdown. I expect to see Powell continue bowling through. They are meeting the Browns who have one thing going for them, their run defense but when the Jets don’t have much else to turn to the repetition will have to work out for Powell
RB: Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn has not proven to be the Beast Mode we all knew but I feel like we could see a flash of it this week. With Derek Carr out and EJ Manuel starting the Raiders will likely be leaning on him to win the game. Meeting the Cardinals who will try to keep Amari Coopers and Michael Crabtree covered, Lynch should see an uptake in carries.
WR: Will Fuller
I may still be partial to Will Fuller because of the few games he helped me win last year, but I have extreme faith in him this week. Deshaun Watson is looking like the franchise QB the Texans have been waiting for so long for. Marcus Peters will probably be shadowing DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller will shine in place of that.
WR: Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb leads the Packers in short pass targets and yards in general. As the Packers meet the Cowboys their RB core is dealing with some tough injuries which could lead to even more short passes to Cobb.
TE: Evan Engram
Evan Engram has been exactly what the Giants wanted in a tight end as well as everything you could have wanted in your fantasy tight end. Being in the top 7 fantasy scorers at the tight end spot and scoring points consistently every week. As Engram and the Giants face the Chargers for the battle of who won’t be winless anymore expect Engrams to see some good targets.
The Ravens defense started off the year strong but after a terrible week against London Blake Bortles and then another one against Pittsburgh they have been one to avoid. This week they meet the Raiders offense that is falling apart and maybe they can pull out another good defensive week.
QB: Cam Newton
Don’t be fooled by his week four performance, Cam Newton is not back and that will be proven against the Lions defense this week. Cam should still look better than he has for most of the season but I don’t expect to see him pick apart the Lions like he did the Patriots. He isn’t at full health yet in my opinion and until he is I don’t want Cam as my starter.
RB: Isaiah Crowell
Isaiah Crowell has been a huge disappointment this year and I should have known not to trust a Cleveland Brown. But even with the Cleveland offensive line going against the Jets, Crowell has not proven enough to be a starting back for me
RB: Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy is believed to be the player taking the starting reps after Chris Carson went down for the year. Only problem is we haven’t seen Lacy look good since his rookie year and both Thomas Rawls and CJ Prosise have seen starting reps in the Seattle offense so who will really have the most carries? To make matters worse the Seahawks are playing the Rams and that god-awful offensive line will get torn apart by Aaron Donald and one of the best front seven’s in football.
WR: Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant hasn’t been the model of consistency but he’s definitely got a challenge this week. In all honesty, I was about to put Antonio Brown here instead but I was a little too scared to do that. The Jaguars defense is scary good with a pass rush lead by Calias Campbell and two of the best corners in the NFL right now, AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. While you shouldn’t expect much from Antonio Brown, you can’t really take him out in good conscience. Bryant on the other hand, sit him.
WR: Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins really broke onto the scene in his monster game against the 49ers.They will meet the Seahawks this week and while that once elite defense is falling apart, the secondary is still strong enough to make it difficult.
TE: Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph has been extremely inconsistent but I am scared to put him on this list. The last time Rudolph put up a good number was when Sam Bradford was playing, and Bradford is expected to play this week. You could see the reemergence of Rudolph but I’m not counting on it.
Everyone is surprised to see this team’s defense on here but really why? Yes, they have looked incredible and are undefeated but they are meeting a red hot Houston Texans who obliterated the Titans 57-14. I’m not bold enough to say that this is the game the Chiefs finally lose, I’m just saying it will have to be a high scoring game.
Waiver Wire Pickup: Mitchell Trubisky
Maybe it all comes from being a Carolina boy but I love Mitchell Trubisky. Yes, I have been on the fence on playing Trubisky or not but at the end of the day, he is starting. He is the future of the Bears and he is worth picking up and giving it a shot.
QB: DeShaun Watson
Watson makes my list for the second week in a row. He’s red hot, having 5 total touchdowns last week against the Titans. Houston faces Kansas City which is tougher, but the Chiefs rank 25th against the pass. I’d expect Watson to continue to put up great numbers again this week as he continues to improve every week.
RB: Aaron Jones
Jones got limited work last week when Montgomery and Williams went down with injury. He definitely looked the part when he touched the ball. He faces Dallas with week who gives up over 100 yards rushing per game. Could definitely be a shootout with the Cowboys. Watch the injury report to see if Montgomery or Williams play this week.
RB: Frank Gore
Revenge game! The Tank goes up against the 49ers for the first time in his career. You best believe he wants to show them he’s still got something left. The 49ers also give up more than 100 yards rushing per game. I can see the Colts making sure Gore scores at least one touchdown against his former team.
WR: TY Hilton
Let’s face it, the 49ers pass defense hasn’t been good at all. Robinson has struggled and this week he goes up against the speedster in TY Hilton. The 49ers rank 22nd against the pass, and even though they don’t have Andrew Luck in the lineup, it’s should still be a good day for Hilton against the Niners secondary.
WR: Jarvis Landry
Yup, I’m picking a Dolphin here. Cutler and the Dolphins offense has struggled mightily these last few games, but look for them to turn it around this week. The Titans were horrible last week against the Texans. They have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the league so far (11). The Dolphins offense should turn it around this weekend.
TE: Charles Clay
Clay has played phenomenal this year. He had 5 catches for 112 yards last week. Although he didn’t find the end zone, he still put up great numbers. With Mathews out this week, they could send more targets to Clay this week, which means he should have a great game.
They go up against the Cardinals this week. Arizona is missing 3 starting offensive lineman. They gave up 6 sacks to the 49ers last week. Look for the Eagles to do the same this week versus the struggling line.
QB: Andy Dalton
They play the Bills this week who only give up an average of 212 yards per game. They’ve also only allowed 1 passing touchdowns this season. Buffalo is playing above expectations this season and could easily see Dalton struggle against this stingy defense.
RB: Jordan Howard
They play Minnesota who ranks 3rd against the run giving up an average of 71 yards per game. They have also only given up 1 rushing touchdown on the season. Howard has had his struggles this year and he’s also losing touches to Cohen every week.
RB: Latavius Murray
Sticking with the same game. Although the Bears have struggled this year, the defense has been pretty solid especially in the run game. They are 6th in the NFL against the run giving up an average of 85 yards per game. Murray doesn’t have the same line he did with the Raiders. Could be a long night for Murray
WR: Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery is going up against Patrick Peterson this week, which as we all know if a tough matchup. He shut down Garçon last week, and expect the same to happen to Jeffery this week. He didn’t have a great game last week only catching 3 passes. Only a touchdown saved his numbers from looking horrible. Expect the same this week.
WR: Amari Cooper
You can’t trust playing Cooper right now, especially with Derek Carr questionable. He’s only had 3 catches for 15 yards combined the last 2 weeks. The Ravens have a very strong secondary. The struggles could continue until Carr is back in the lineup.
TE: Jason Witten
He started out great the first 2 games of the season. The last 2 games he’s been non existent. He’s only had 1 catch in each of the last 2 games. Prescott seems to be looking at other options as he’s even lost a lot of his targets. You have to bench him until his targets come back up.
You seen how much the Titans defense has struggled, especially last week against Houston and a rookie quarterback. Even though Miami’s offense has struggled, they still have a ton of weapons to turn it around. I can see that happening this week against Tennessee.
Waiver Wire Pickup: Wayne Gallman
Maybe you lost Cook or Carson this week (like I did), so Gallman is a sneaky pick up. The Giants run game has been a disaster. I don’t know if it’s the oline play or if it’s the backs, but Gallman got an opportunity last week and took advantage. He had 42 yards rushing on 11 attempts as well as 2 catches and a touchdown. It looks like it could be the new starting running back in New York.