New York Giants
Eli Manning is one of the most successful single-callers in the NFL, and this week he enjoys a tasty matchup against the chaotic Cowboys defense. In 2015 Manning ranked 10th among fantasy quarterbacks in fantasy points, and in 2016, Manning’s fantasy value is only growing!
With DeMarco Murray gone, Ryan Matthews is the starter in Philly, and he has a fantastic matchup this week against the horrid Browns rushing defense. When Matthews is healthy, he is one of the most explosive halfbacks in football!
Remember last season when DeAngelo Williams finished 4th among fantasy running backs in fantasy points! That’s right. Williams puts up unbelievable numbers while backing up for Le’Veon Bell in 2015, and the Redskins pitiful defense in no way can defend him.
Cooper was one of the best rookie wide receivers in the NFL in 2015, as he finished 24th among wide receivers fantasy-wise. To start off 2016, he gets a juicy matchup against the historically bad New Orleans Saints defense!
I’m not extremely high on Tate in 2016, but this week, Tate is a must start. The Colts secondary is all over the place. Everyone seems to be either injured, or terrible. Tate has the highest ceiling of any of the guys on this list!
Green Bay Packers
Jared Cook is a physically gifted tight end that finally gets to have passes thrown to him by a serviceable quarterback. The best quarterback he’s ever caught a pass from was Matt Hassellback, case closed. Against the Jaguars inconsistent defense, expect a big day for Cook.
San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers will go down as a fat bargain, but not so much against Kansas City. The Chiefs defense is as solid as they come, and Rivers doesn’t bode to have success against Kansas. I’d leave him on my bench.
Jonathan Stewart is a great running back, but the Broncos defense is a tough test for any halfback. In the Super Bowl, Stewart struggled to get going, and I expect more of the same Thursday. Let him ride the bench.
Foster is a talented guy, but he’s 30, and the most injury-prone halfback in the history of the NFL. Plus, he’s playing the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Doom. In my opinion, he needs to be on your waiver wire, not your bench.
Kelvin Benjamin is coming off of an ACL tear, and the Broncos defense, well, you already know. Ride him on the bench until he’s off of his 35 snap-count.
New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is one of the most respected wide receivers in the NFL, but this is a tough matchup. The Cardinals boast one of the NFL’s best defenses, and Edelman is recovering from foot surgeries. If you’re required to start him, he must be your FLEX.
Jordan Cameron is a serviceable tight end, but not this week. He plays the Legion of Boom this week, and Cameron will struggle to get open. If you own Cameron, put him on the waiver wire.