Tyrod Taylor received a good matchup last week against the Jaguars, and he put up a respectable 20 fantasy points. This week Tyrod and his Bills are going to Oakland to face off against the Raiders. I expect Tyrod to use his mobility and get some rushing yards, and throw a couple touchdowns. The Raiders pass defense has been poor, as they are on pace to allow 28 touchdowns passes. They allow the 9th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
The Chicago Bears heard the bad news that Jay Cutler will be out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery on his torn labrum. Now you must be thinking, will Howard score a touchdown. Matt Barkley has noticeably been trying to inflate his statistics by trying to throw touchdowns in the red-zone, and not give the ball to Howard. I believe that this will change. With Cutler future in Chicago in doubt, Barkley will attempt to keep the Bears starting quarterback job by managing the offense, and putting up points. When the Bears host the 49ers, this should take place. The 49ers are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Especially if you’re in a PPR league, Theo Riddick must be in your lineups. I sense a shootout this week against the New Orleans Saints, that will be strongly influenced by the passing attacks, led by Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. Theo Riddick is going to run the football affectively, but he’ll also be active in the passing game, catching balls out of the backfield. I fully expect Riddick to find the end-zone and rack up 100 all-purpose yards. Riddick could score 20 fantasy points this week. The Saints have allowed the 5th most fantasy points against fantasy running backs, and are on pace to allow 78 catches to opposing running backs for 840 yards, and allow 4 touchdowns.
With A.J. Green out for a little while wth a hamstring tear, Tyler Boyd is the Bengals best wide receiver, and Andy Dalton’s favorite target. Last week, in Boyd’s first full game without A.J. Green in the mix, he was targeted 9 times! The reason Boyd didn’t do much with those targets is that he was playing against the Ravens, aren’t quite as soft against opposing wide receivers as the Eagles. They are on pace to allow 16 touchdown receptions to opposing wide receivers. I’d expect to see 50 receiving yards and a touchdown for Boyd.
Sammy Watkins looked fantastic last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I expect more improvement from Sammy Watkins this week against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders allow the 8th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They are on pace to allow 185 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and they are on pace to allow 17 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. With so many players on the Bills banged up on the offensive side of the football, the Bills will rely heavily on Watkins. Book him in for 80 receiving yards and a touchdown, which would give you a great 14 fantasy points.
New Orleans Saints
Coby Fleener has been a rock solid tight end for Drew Brees and the Saints all seasons. This week, he and his Saints play against the Lions, which is destined to be a shootout. I believe that Fleener will catch a touchdown against the team that allows the most fantasy points top opposing tight ends.
Blake Bortles is a very good fantasy quarterback, and is always a good spot start when the matchup is good, but when the Jags match up against the Broncos, the team that allows the least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Bortles needs to be on your fantasy bench. The Broncos are on pace to allow 14 touchdown passes and intercept 14 passes. On top of that, Bortles has a history of pick-sixes against great pass defenses….
Kirk Cousins has burst onto the scene recently, and has been a very reliable fantasy option. Well, not this week against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite their dismal record, the Cardinals pass defense ha splayed according to their expectations. The Cards are on pace to allow 12 passing touchdowns and pick of 14 passes over the course of the entire 2016 NFL season. Those stats are not fantasy-friendly.
Jonathan Stewart is a fantastic running back when he is healthy, but when he and his Panthers face off against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, he would best be left on your bench. He allows the 7th least fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Panthers will rely on Cam to win this football game.
Jeremy Hill is the best running back on the Bengals, but that doesn’t mean to needs to be in your lineup this week against a tough Eagles run defense. The Eagles are stingy against fantasy running backs, and they should limit Jeremy Hill’s performance. Hill might be hard to leave on the bench, but you won’t regret that decision.
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders
This might surprise you, but the Jaguars pass defense has been pretty darn good. They have allowed the 6th leats fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. But this is also about the quarterback situation. Trevor Siemian is out with a foot injury, and Paxton Lynch is their starting quarterback. I’m not sure that he’ll be effective, making DT and Emmanuel Sanders a risky play.
Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed
It doesn’t matter which one starts depending on the status of Jordan Reed’s shoulder, you need to bench them both. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the least fantasy points to opposing tight ends.