Eli Manning has not lived up to his expectations thus far, but things could be looking up for Eli. After throwing 4 touchdowns and scoring over 23 fantasy points last week against the Eagles, Manning gets a tasty matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have struggled defending the passing attack. They allow the 12th most passing yards per game, and the 9th most touchdown passes. You should be confident that Eli Manning will feast on Monday Night Football. The Bengals are on pace to allow 4,198 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.
Carson Palmer has also been a disappointing fantasy quarterback this season, and like Manning, things are looking brighter for Palmer. He got hot before his bye week, with a solid fantasy performance against the Panthers, and he has another good matchup against the 49ers, who have allowed the 4th most touchdown passes in the NFL. The 49ers are on pace to allow 36 touchdown passes to their opponents!
Terrance West has been absolutely terrible in recent weeks, but this week against the Browns on Thursday Night Football, things are primed to turn around for West. The Browns have just been a guarantee for big fantasy numbers this season.
Jay Ajayi has been the hottest fantasy football player in the NFL, and this week against the San Diego Chargers, I expect this trend to continue. The Chargers have allowed the most touchdown runs in the NFL, and they are on pace to allow 26 touchdown runs. Ajayi has a real shot to score 20+ fantasy points this week again. If you got him off the waiver wire, you are one lucky guy!
Jordan Howard has crushed his expectations for his rookie season and has been one of the best waiver wire pickups of the year. His opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and have been very soft defensively. Howard is going to run all over the Bucs, and score 15+ fantasy points.
Mark Ingram was benched after his costly fumble against the Seattle Seahawks, but answered with an astonishing game against the San Francisco 49ers, and scored 30 fantasy points. I expect for Ingram to reclaim his lead role at the halfback position, and enjoy another great game against the Denver Broncos, who have been very generous against fantasy running backs, especially last week, where Latavius Murray scored 30 fantasy points. The Broncos eliminate the passing game, and force teams to win using the rushing attack. Ingram will get the job done.
Jordan Matthews is scary to watch every week because of his case of the dropsies, but he consistently seems to put up good numbers almost every week. This week against the Falcons pitiful pass defense, Matthews could score over 15 fantasy points. He might drop a few, but I fully expect Matthews to catch a touchdown pass and rack up some yards. The Falcons have allowed the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with 23.
Larry Fitzgerald has been quiet over the last couple weeks from a fantasy perspective, but this week against the 49ers, I believe that Fitzgerald will break off, and catch a couple touchdowns. On top of that, I believe that Fitzgerald will top 100 yards. The 49ers defense has been just terrible thus far, and has allowed 18 touchdowns so far this season. Keep Fitzgerald in your lineup this week, and don’t be surprised he explodes.
Tyrell Williams has emerged as the Chargers top receiver, and the only poor games that Williams has had over the last couple weeks were against Denver. This week, the Chargers play the Dolphins, who have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Philip Rivers will still target Antonio Gates, but write in Williams for a touchdowns and 10+ fantasy points.
Steve Smith has been fantastic this season when he is healthy, and as he comes back from his ankle injury, I expect him to be the lead receiver for the Ravens, and against the Browns, there’s no reason why he can’t explode! He is a must-start.
Travis Kelce missed out on a big game last week against the Jaguars when he got ejected for throwing a towel near an official, but this week, barring another ejection, is almost guaranteed a big game against the Panthers, who, without Josh Norman, have been absolutely pathetic.
Blake Bortles isn’t highly considered to be a starting fantasy quarterback you can trust, but this week against the Houston Texans, he is impossible to trust. The Texans defense has allowed the 2nd least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Texans have allowed only 190 passing yards per game and they have only allowed 6 touchdown passes all year! Bortles might not even hit the 10 point mark!
Colin Kaepernick has made the headlines all season for his protest, and then took over the 49ers starting quarterback job over Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick has been good from a fantasy perspective since taking the reigns, but this week against the Cardinals, Kaepernick should experience a lot of struggle. The Cardinals have allowed the 3rd least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Cards are allowing 194 passing yards per game, and have allowed 5 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.
Isaiah Crowell has been a great waiver wire pickup this season, but this week, you might want to leave Crowell on your bench. Since he exploded against the Ravens in week 2, the Ravens run defense has greatly improved. In fact, they allow the least fantasy points to opposing running backs. I don’t expect Crowell to repeat his week 2 performance. In fact, I don’t even know if Crowell will score 8 fantasy points!
If Carlos Hyde doesn’t play, this applies for DaJuan Harris. If Hyde does play through his shoulder injury, Id leave him on the bench anyways. The Arizona Cardinals have a brick wall for a run defense, and have allowed the 4th least fantasy points to opposing running backs. The 49ers poor offensive line won’t create holes for these guys to run through, and they won’t perform well from a fantasy perspective. Plus, I expect Harris and Hyde to split carries. The 49ers won’t rush him back.
Michael Thomas has been an elite rookie wide receiver, putting up huge numbers in fantasy, and impressing spectators with his strong hands, and exceptional play-making abilities. Despite this, I don’t expect him to make a big impact against the Broncos elite pass defense, which is allowing the least fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Jamison Crowder has been exceptional this season, and those who fished him off of waivers is gotta be happy. However, this week against the Vikings, Crowder should be left not he bench. Despite Minnesota’s recent struggles, they have still defended the pass very well, and have limited the production from wide receivers. They still allow the 2nd least fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Allen Hurns has been meeting his expectations and has been a consistent fantasy wide receiver. Last week, Hurns wasn’t on the field due to a concussion he suffered, and was expected to miss this week’s game against the Houston Texans. Even though is expected to play, I’d leave him on the bench. The Jaguars play the Texans, whose pass defense has been great, allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Gary Barnidge has been consistently disappointing this season after being picked very early in most fantasy leagues. This week, the Browns are playing the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, and the Ravens have allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Leave Barnidge on the bench, and if you need to pick up a tight end, cut Barnidge.