QB: Matthew Stafford
In a complete shootout of teams with a strong pass game and mediocre run game, Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees are both sure to rack up points. Going against a Saints secondary that hasn’t improved in years I would expect to see a high scoring game which is always good for your quarterback.
RB: Chris Thompson
With all this Samaje Perine talk I am beginning to think people forgot exactly what Chris Thompson did for weeks. He still has the most cemented job on this backfield, Rob Kelley healthy or not. As a primarily pass catching back he will torch up a 49ers secondary that hasn’t stopped much.
RB: Alvin Kamara
Another pass catching back is set to be a start for me. This backfield was full of questions at the beginning of the year. But now it seems Kamara has answered them all. He is the future feature back in New Orleans and in the high scoring game mentioned earlier, he is bound to go off.
WR: Adam Thielen
With Stefon Diggs out this week the poor Vikings will have to go to their WR2, who just happens to also be one of the best in the league as well. Meeting a beat up Green Bay defense Thielen should be the star of the show. Last year when Thielen met the Packers he had 12 catches, 202 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
WR: Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen received some high praise as Chris Harris Jr. said he was the best WR he’s seen this year. Finally healthy, Allen has been tearing it up and that won’t be changing against the surprisingly bad Raiders team.
TE: Cameron Brate
Cameron Brate had a good game last week and will be squaring off against a Cardinals defense that has lost some linebacker depth. Patrick Peterson cant cover everyone and he’ll already have his hands full with Mike Evans.
Now obviously the guys are arguably the best defense in the league and pretty much a start every week but this week they meet the Giants. Is anyone even still healthy on the Giants? There is nothing threatening about this team and the biggest problem the Broncos defense will have his which player to actually worry about guarding.
QB: Jared Goff
I love Jared Goff this year he has been earning that number one overall pick draft spot. But this week he will be on my bench. The Rams meet the Jaguars this week and that is another team in competition for the most elite defense in the league. Two years ago a Rams-Jaguars game would be a Thursday Night football game nobody bothered watching but this year it has changed. The Jags got 5 interceptions on Big Ben last week, they beat him so bad they made him think about retirement.
RB: Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi has been tough to deal with this year but I haven’t lost hope. The guy that was controlling his offensive line was literally on cocaine… But either way, this week still isn’t the week, he may need another few to get back in his game.
RB: Mark Ingram
Ingram is quickly losing snaps to rookie running back Alvin Kamara. While Ingram might still get the occasional goal-line snaps due to his sheer size and strength, his production is not consistent enough to be in your starting lineup.
WR: Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson has been another struggling player as of lately and this week he meets the Vikings and the infamous Xavier Rhodes. Never say never with Aaron Rodgers but it’s a tough one.
WR: Jarvis Landry
With Devante Parker looking to be out this week, it makes it significantly easier for the Falcons to keep Trufant on Landry. Plus, Jay Cutler hasn’t gotten any better.
TE: Evan Engram
I mentioned earlier the Broncos would have to decide which terrible player to cover, well the best pass catcher on the team is now Evan Engram so you can expect the Broncos to try and shut him down.
The third ranked defense in the league meets the only undefeated team left. Is this the week they lose? I’m not bold enough to predict the answer to that here. But I do know this Kansas City Offense is dynamic and will cause problems for the Steelers
FA Pickup: Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace is only owned in 60% of leagues. I understand why he has struggled so far. But I am confident that he has finally gotten that connection back with Joe Flacco that he had last year. I expect to see Wallace putting up big points again.
QB: Kirk Cousins
Cousins is facing a 49ers defense who ranks 26th against the pass. We’ve all seen this season how bad this 49ers secondary is, and Cousins should take full advantage. The Niners have played back to back overtime games and should be tired headed into the week. You better believe Cousins wants to impress his current team or possibly his future team and show he’s worth the money.
RB: CJ Anderson
The Giants are a mess right now. Their defense hasn’t lived up to how it played last year at all. New York ranks 29th against the running giving up 139 yards rushing per game. It should be an easy one for Denver and can easily see a lot of handoffs to kill clock in the 2nd half.
RB: Elijah McGuire
Powell and Forte are both injured, so someone has to carry the load. New England has been terrible on defense this year. Teams are moving the ball easily and McGuire is going to get most of the workload. He’s got big play potential and should be able to find the end zone.
WR: Golden Tate
The Saints are giving up over 250 passing yards per game and we all know the Lions love to throw the football. Their run game is almost non existent and this one should be a shootout. He’s has not put up great numbers the last few weeks, but the targets are there and should be able to put up similar numbers to what he did in week 1.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
Yup, old man Fitz is making the list year. They play Tampa Bay who has one of the worst pass defense in the NFL. He’s still getting the targets every week and is Palmers favorite wide receiver. Should be able to get at least 1 touchdown on Sunday.
TE: Ryan Griffin
The Browns are the worst in the league at defending the tight end. They have let a tight end score a touchdown in every game this season. It should continue this week with the red hot DeShaun Watson throwing him the ball.
The Chiefs defense has not been lights out this season, but they are on another level when they play at home. The play the Steelers this week, who are not very good on the road. The whole Steelers offense has seemed to struggle this year, and I don’t see it changing this week against Kansas City.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger
I can’t begin to explain what is wrong with Big Ben. He hasn’t played well this season and last week we seen him throw 5 interceptions. I don’t know if age is catching up to him, but something isn’t right. As I said earlier, the Steelers struggle on the road, and it’s not changing this week.
RB: Todd Gurley
Gurley has been one of the best backs in fantasy this season, but his schedule is getting harder. Yes, Jacksonville hasn’t been great against the rush, but that’s because teams can’t pass on them. The Rams travel all the way to the east coast which usually doesn’t turn out to well for the west coast team.
RB: Carlos Hyde
Hate to break your hearts Niners, but Hyde is a sit this week. As I said about Gurley, a west coast team traveling east is never good. Hyde didn’t impress last week carrying the ball 8 times for only 11 yards. Matt Breida looked better and played more snaps than Hyde last week. Shanahan said we will ride the hot hand, so you can’t count on Hyde until he improves his play.
WR: Demaryius Thomas
Thomas has been ok this year, but he’s not been able to find the end zone this season. He had a terrible game 2 weeks ago only catching 1 pass for 11 yards. I think Denver should handle the Giants pretty easily, so look for a lot of the run game in this one, which means not a lot of looks for Thomas.
WR: Martavis Bryant
Easy to say Bryant has been a big disappointment this season. Other than the week 2 games against Minnesota, he’s basically been unstartable. He seems to be losing looks to JuJu Smith-Schuster and only only about 1 point ahead of JuJu depending on your scoring.
TE: Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph is another guy who’s been a disappointment this season. He played pretty well last week, but has done nothing in the previous weeks. I don’t know if it’s Bradford being injured or if Minnesota’s wide receivers are just that much better. I’d look for other options.
Jacksonville’s pass game is pretty bad, but they have this running back named Leonard Fournette who’s pretty good. The Rams are one of the worst teams in the league against the run and can see the Jags running the ball down their throats. Did I mention a west coast team traveling east is not very good?
Waiver Wire Pickup: Matt Breida
It’s getting to be that time of year where you need to start looking at handcuffs. Breida may not be a pick up and play right away guy, but is someone who should be on your roster, especially if you have Hyde. I don’t know what’s going on with Hyde right now, but Breida could be a star if given the opportunity, especially if Hyde falls out of favor with the coaching staff