Marcus Mariota has become an elite fantasy quarterback over the past couple week, and this time around, he and his Titans play against the Indianapolis Colts, who have struggled defending the pass. Their banged-up secondary is mostly to blame. The Colts have allowed the most passing yards in the NFL and they are tied for allowing the 9th most touchdown passes. The Colts defense is on pace to allow 4,606 yards and 30 touchdowns. Over the last two games combined, Mariota has thrown for 608 yards and thrown 7 touchdowns.
I don’t usually trust the Jaguars in the fantasy world, but this week, the Jaguars play against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed a generous amount of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Lions have allowed 20 touchdown passes, and are on pace to allow 35 passing touchdowns for the season. Even though the Jags offense has been inconsistent, Bortles is still a touchdown machine!
When Isaiah Crowell is given holes to run through, he is one of the best running backs in the NFL. The issue is, he doesn’t get those holes when he plays tough run defenses. This time around, I don’t think that should be a worry. The Steelers have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns, and give up an average 4.3 YPC. Crowell has averages 4.6 YPC. Plus, Hue Jackson has talked about giving Crowell more opportunities to succeed, which means more fantasy points. Give Crowell another chance in your fantasy lineup.
Jonathan Stewart is a great running back, and Carolina knows they must use of more balanced attack if they want to win football games. They are struggling just to keep their heads above water. In what should be a high scoring affair against the Saints, Stewart must be in your lineup. The Saints have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns for the season, and are pace to allow 21 rushing touchdowns, which is translated to fantasy gold.
The New York Giants have gotten Sterling Shepard more involved in their offense wit the absence of Victor Cruz, and even though Cruz is returning from his ankle injury, I doubt he will be heavily involved in the offense. This week against the Chicago Bears poor pass defense that has allowed 194.8 yards per game to wide receivers alone. This week, I have Shepard written in for 40+ receiving yards and a touchdown, which would give him 10+ fantasy points, a solid number that he has hit a whopping 6 times this season!
Julian Edelman has been a fantasy football disappointment so far this season, but against the San Francisco 49ers pitiful defense, Edelman is worth a start. Gronk is out, which will mean more target for other Patriots receivers, and Edelman is beginning to find his rhythm with Tom Brady. This is his breakout game.
Jamison Crowder has been one of the best fantasy wide receivers in the NFL this season, and this week against the Packers injured secondary, I’d give Crowder another shot in your lineup. Take a look at how many points the Titans scored against Green Bay last week! That will be an exciting game on Sunday Night Football.
Ladarius Green finally made his debut with the Steel Curtain last week against the Dallas Cowboys, and he looked pretty good. This week against the Browns, I see Green scoring his first touchdown as a Steeler.
Derek Carr has struggled from a fantasy perspective over the last couple weeks and this week against the Houston Texans, on Monday Night Football, in Mexico, I expect more of the same. The Texans pass defense has allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They are on pace to only allow 14 passing touchdowns! Leave Carr on the bench.
Carson Palmer has struggled all season long after a breakout year in 2015. This week, the Cards go to Minnesota and the electric U.S. Bank Stadium. This is not going to be a good environment for Palmer. The Vikings pass defense has been fantastic all season long despite their recent struggles, and I expect for Palmer to make some bone-headed decisions, and for Minnesota to make him pay.
Thomas Rawls will be returning from injury to play as the starter for Seattle, but this isn’t the week to plug him in. The Seahawks are going up against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been very good at containing opposing running backs. The Eagles are projected to only allow 4 rushing touchdowns and 1,337 rushing yards. Leave Rawls on the bench.
The Cowboys are coming to town, and West needs to be on your fantasy football bench. West has been on a cold streak, and the Cowboys have been great against fantasy running backs, as they are projected to only allow 1,152 rushing yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns. If you can leave West on your bench, or even release him onto the waiver wire.
Jarvis Landry has been disappointing in standard scoring leagues this year in fantasy, and this week against LA, I predict the trend to continue. The LA Rams secondary has been brilliant this season, as they are projected to allow only 14 receiving touchdowns by wide receivers. This means that Landry is almost guaranteed to be kept out of the end zone yet again.
Pryor is a playmaker, but this week against the Steel Curtain, it is nearly impossible to trust Pryor. The Steelers are projected to allow 9 receiving touchdowns to opposing wideouts, and are only allowing 165.7 receiving yards per game to opposing wide receivers. I don’t foresee Pryor getting the job done today.
Rudolph and the Minnesota Vikings are hosting the Arizona Cardinals, in what should be a low-scoring affair. The Cardinals are allowing the least fantasy points to opposing tight ends, which leads me to believe that Rudolph will not catch a TD this time around.