We’re In This Together
My goal is to make the tough decisions for you. You won’t see the apparent starts or sits on these lists. I want to help you choose who to flex between guys like Leonard Fournette and Keenan Allen. Or help you pick which QB to start while Lamar Jackson is on a bye. I can even help you decide which defense you should stream each week. Let’s do this together! I want YOU to win a championship.
Bye Week: Baltimore Ravens & Las Vegas Raiders
Thanks to his special connection with former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Burrow has been on an absolute heater. Anytime these two take the field, you can expect some fireworks. The weapons are plentiful between Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Uzomah, & Joe Mixon. This week the Bengals square up with the New York Jets. Without Wilson this weekend, you can expect the Bengals to dominate the time of possession. This will allow Burrow more chances to thrive against an already poor defense.
Patrick Mahomes should not be on this list. I know this. But after getting manhandled by a weak Titans defense, the guy needs all of the confidence he can get. I have heard some folks in the office considering benching Mahomes. How?! Do not give up on this guy; he plays the weak secondary of the Giants this week and has just one game under 20 fantasy points. Keep him in the game.
The Detroit backfield belongs to D’Andre Swift until further notice. Currently, Swift is on a three-game streak with at least 90 yards and a TD in each contest. He has muscled out Jamaal Williams for carries (see below) the last few games and has emerged as the alpha. Start this man! Dan Campbell loves him some Swift, and you should too against the Eagles’ defense.
James Robinson has been the reason for the season in Jacksonville this year. Robinson scored a TD in each of his four games leading up to the bye. Oh, and he also had 73 or more rushing yards in each game as well. The Jags take on the Seahawks and their 31st ranked defense against fantasy running backs. This Sunday has the makings of a top-three running back day for Robinson, and you do not want to miss out!
Darrell Henderson and the Los Angeles Rams are taking on the Houston Texans. That is all you need to know. I could list some stats on his consistency in the run game. I could talk about how many TDs this guy has scored. But that first sentence is all you need. Start this top 15 back.
When it comes to wide receivers, DJ Moore is as reliable as they come. The Panthers are matched up with the Atlanta Falcons this week. That secondary has been pretty awful this year, allowing the sixth-most points to fantasy WRs. Moore also doesn’t have less than seven targets in a game this season, with five of those games in the double digits. Moore will need to start this week.
The Green Bay Packers have found themselves in a challenging situation. Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard have landed on the Covid/Reserve list and will be out of the game this Thursday. This leaves the newly reunited Randall Cobb as the most reliable target for Rodgers. Expect him to get a ton of looks.
Courtland Sutton has been very impressive the last three weeks. Sutton has stacked up 20 receptions on 30 targets, 282 yards, and two TDs the previous three games. Sutton and the Broncos are also playing the Washington Football Team, who have given up the second most to fantasy WRs. As long as Bridgewater is playing, Sutton should be a WR2/Flex.
Last, we have Marvin Jones Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his last game before the bye, he posted a stat line of 7/100/1 on ten targets. Not to mention, it was the Jaguars’ first win! This week, the Jags take on the struggling Seahawks and their weak secondary. Jones can easily be considered a solid flex play.
With Zach Ertz in the desert, Dallas Goedert should see a nice uptick in targets and production. Even with Ertz on the roster, the Eagles TE was earning his keep as a starting fantasy TE. This week, the Eagles host the Detroit Lions. This matchup has “big game” written all over it. Start him.
Denver Broncos TE, Noah Fant, has found himself in the top ten tight-end conversations. We all know how thin the TE position is. If you have the opportunity, start Fant this weekend. The Washington defense has been vulnerable to TEs this year, allowing the 11th most points to TEs. Exploit this matchup if you can!
Kicker & Defense
Nick Folk has been the number one kicker in fantasy football for the last three weeks. The crazy part is: I still see him on the waivers in some leagues! If I were you, I would be snagging this field goal machine ASAP. The Pats face a tough Chargers defense this weekend, so I see a lot of FG attempts in their future.
The New York Jets host the Cincinnati Bengals this week. The Jets recently traded for Joe Flacco, a reunion from last season. If Flacco is anything like he was last year, you can expect a big game from what has been a very good Bengals defense. Make sure you scoop them up on the waiver wire if you can. This will be the highest-scoring defense this week. The Rams will be a close second.
I take no joy in counting out the reigning MVP, but this game has all the makings of a stinker. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be without two of their top three wide receivers, they are playing a tough Cardinals defense, and the game is Thursday! All of those elements on a short week do not sound enticing. Try another option this week. It will be hard to do, but you will be glad you did.
I had Jameis Winston on my starts last week; he finds himself on the sit list this week. He could not put up the monster stat line against the Seahawks that I was hoping for, and he has the Bucs this week. Their secondary is a bit battered, but the front seven will do what they do best: force QBs to make poor decisions. I can see this being a high turnover game for Winston. If you have Carr or Jackson on a bye, try other options this week.
This next guy could be boom or bust this week, and I am leaning more on the side of bust. Antonio Gibson faces a tough Denver defense that has been potent against the run. Not to mention, Gibson is dealing with a hairline fracture in his shin that has hampered his performance. Playing him before that injury heals will be a risk each week, don’t roll the dice on it.
As mentioned earlier, Detroit has a new king of the backfield. D’Andre Swift has reclaimed that title and pushed Jamaal Williams firmly into the number two slot. Even their matchup against the Eagles does not give me confidence for Williams this week. Leave him on the bench until he starts to heat up again.
Lastly, we have Miles Sanders. The Eagles RB has a nice matchup planned against the aforementioned Lions, but his injuries and volume concern me. Sanders was carted off in their last game and is questionable this week with a low ankle sprain. This is much better than the sprains of the high ankle variety, but still not great. As was apparent in their last game, Sirianni wants to get Sanders more involved in the offense, but that will not happen this week.
Allen Robinson has been a shell of himself this year. Almost all of the guys I will be talking about next appear that way, but Robinson has been the least impressive. It seems the Monstars are now making a football version of Space Jam and started with stealing Robinson’s talent. The Bears receiver has yet to eclipse 63 yards receiving and has just one score on the year. Regardless of matchup, he should be on the bench, traded, or released until the Bears figure out their QB situation.
If the Monstars started with Robinson, they quickly made their way to Odell Beckham Jr. next. The Browns receiver returned from his ACL injury in week three this season. In five games, he has eclipsed 27 yards just twice. In those games, he has yet to score a TD. Part of that is the nature of the Browns offense, and the other part is the lack of chemistry with QB Baker Mayfield. That stuff I said about Robinson applies to OBJ also.
Finally, they made one last stop at Julio Jones‘ house and snagged his talent as well. Julio was never a TD machine, he has been criticized for it, but his yards aren’t there anymore either. He has had one game with over 100 yards, missed two games, and has not scored yet. Until the Titans decide to utilize Julio more in their limited passing game, you should consider other options.
Tyler Lockett does not apply to the above rule. He has just had a tough break with the injury to Russell Wilson. Since going off for 278 yards and three TDs in the first two weeks, Lockett has posted 159 yards and no TDs in five games. Until Wilson comes back, you should stash him on the bench.
Evan Engram has been a ghost since his breakout rookie season. Hampered by injuries and inconsistent QB play, he is hardly worth consideration in any given week. However, this week he is matched up against the worst defense in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. I am here to tell you not to do it. Just save yourself the headache and avoid it.
Mike Gesicki has capitalized on the poor matchups he has faced the last few weeks. However, the Dolphins are taking on the best defense in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills. When Gesicki faced them earlier this year, he put up a pedestrian 41 yards on three catches. Not necessarily TE1 numbers. Let him ride the bench this week and grab another TE if you can.
Kicker & Defense
Mason Crosby and the Packers are facing the number two team against kickers. With the forecasted limitations of the Packers offense due to covid, I would try other options before putting him in. All I can think about when I see Crosby is that game against the Bengals; it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Bench him.
The Arizona Cardinals are a top-three fantasy defense this year. But I’m not too fond of their chances against a top Packers offense. They are missing weapons, but, still, I’m not too fond of the scoring potential that an Aaron Rodgers-led offense possesses. Give the Cards a break this week and stream the Bengals, Seahawks, Eagles, Broncos, or Chiefs (maybe, not the Chiefs, but that Giants matchup looks good).