Alex Smith- The Jets have given up 22 passing TD’s to one interception and are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. Smith will be a top 10 play this week.
Cam Newton- The Saints just gave up 400 yards passing a week ago, I think Newton can take advantage of their poor secondary Thursday night, and more importantly Cam is running again. He has 36 carries in his last 3 games and now that his rushing is back on track he is poised to be a weekly top 10 QB barring a hideous match-up(like last week).
Teddy Bridgewater- The Washington secondary is atrocious. They give up the second most fantasy points to opposing QB’s and have given up 17 passing TD’s to 3 interceptions and allowing an average QB rating of 104.
Andy Dalton- I think “good Andy” shows up in this game with AJ Green slated to return. With Green and the emerged Mohammad Sanu I think Dalton will carve up a Jacksonville defense that is bottom 10 in the NFL in yards allowed.
Marshawn Lynch- He’s due for than 50-60 yards rushing, and the Raiders should be the perfect cure for that. They give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs and are a bottom 10 team in rushing yards allowed.
Ronnie Hillman- The Patriots have struggled against the run. They are currently giving up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs and are a bottom 10 team in rushing yards allowed. Hillman has been playing very strongly since taking the starting job after Montee Ball got hurt, and his owners know if it weren’t for Juwan Thompson he would have had a massive game last week.
LeSean McCoy- He played really well for going against the best rush defense in football in the Cardinals. I think he gets back to putting up monster games in this one against the Texans, who have given up big rushing totals to his NFC East compatriots Alfred Morris and DeMarco Murray.
Ahmad Bradshaw- The Giants are giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Trent Richardson is still banged up. Bradshaw has maintained his role in the passing game. It’s a thin week and I think he cracks the top 10 once again this week.
Mark Ingram- He is the workhorse back on the Saints and should be treated as such, especially with another great match-up against a Panthers team giving up 5.2 yards per carry, the 5th most rushing yards in the NFL and the 5th most fantasy points to running backs.
Kelvin Benjamin- The Saints secondary just gave up 400 yards receiving, if they give up 300 plus against the Panthers it’s not like Cam has a lot of options outside of Benjamin and Greg Olsen to get the ball to. Benjamin has clearly entrenched himself as the #1 on the Panthers and I think he has a good game tonight against New Orleans and their bad secondary.
Dez Bryant- I have him ranked as the #1 receiver for the week. Arizona is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and I think Bryant is due for a monster game here.
AJ Green- I think he plays and Andy Dalton shows his love towards Green and sends a ton of targets his way and Green resumes his role as a top 5 fantasy wide receiver. The Bengals tend to beat up on the bad teams and I think they pile on the Jaguars here.
DeAndre Hopkins- He has played very well for the Texans and is emerging not only as their #1 receiver but as a top 15 fantasy receiver. Hopkins has 203 receiving yards in the last two games and I think he keeps that up against an Eagles secondary that gives up the 7th most passing yards in the NFL and 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Dwayne Bowe- I’m all in on the Chiefs passing game this week and Bowe is no exception. The only fantasy relevant receiver on the Chiefs should score his first TD this week and rack up his normal 40-80 yards receiving.
Travis Kelce- The Jets give up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and have given up the most TD’s to tight ends in the NFL. Anytime you can start someone involved in the passing game against the Jets, you gotta do it.
Bengals- The Jaguars have given up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the Bengals are also one of the few teams in the NFL to have more interceptions than TD passes allowed, a good start this week.
Browns- Tampa Bay gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing defenses, that makes the Browns a solid plug and play this week with quality defenses like the Bills and Lions on bye.
Lose ‘Em(not a lot due to a strenuous bye week, the struggle is real)
Robert Griffin- If you saw where I ranked him(aka the middle) then you know I am not really down on him, so why put him here? The uncertainty. I have no idea who this QB is anymore. It’s been so long since I have seen good Robert that I am more than comfortable starting someone lower on the totem pole than him this week(Brian Hoyer, Teddy Bridgewater etc.). I can’t deny his upside, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it.
Michael Vick- Not a lot of QB’s to bag on this week with Cutler, Stafford, Rodgers, Ryan and Orton, it’s rough out there. That being said Michael Vick is not a suitable bye week fill in. I know the rushing yards may be appealing at times but this Chiefs defense gives up the least amount of passing yards in the NFL and is the 5th worst match-up for fantasy QB’s. Just stay away.
Branden Oliver- The return of Ryan Matthews should hamper his production a little bit, he has also been trending downwards. He has scored less fantasy points each week since his explosion in week 5.
Andre Williams – He has rushed for 51 and 59 yards in his two opportunities as the starting running back, he hasn’t proven to be a good play after being given the role and I don’t see that changing.
Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray- You tell me who is going to be the involved Patriots running back this week. I sure as hell have no idea who it’s going to be. The Broncos have also given up the least amount of rushing yards in the NFL with a paltry 3.4 average.
Vincent Jackson- He has one 100 yard receiving game and 2 TD’s on the year with 4 games under 50 yards receiving. I don’t trust him anymore and think Mike Evans is the Buccaneers receiver you want now.
Andre Johnson- Zero 100 yard games and just one TD all year long. DeAndre Hopkins has proven that he is the Texans receiver you want anyway.
Julian Edelman- Edelman might now be the 3rd option on the Patriots instead of the first, where he started the season. Gronk seems to be fully healthy and is now the #1 and Brandon LaFell has come on in the last few weeks to be the “receiver” Brady looks to the most. It’s hard to trust or rely on any Patriots, especially one’s who aren’t getting the work that makes them worthy of starting consideration.
Charles Clay- I had to hate some tight end right? Clay has scored less than 4 fantasy points in all but one game this year.
Broncos/Patriots- It should be a great game, but I highly doubt it will be a defensive struggle
Miami- After vaulting to the #1 rank among fantasy defenses they run into a really tough match-up against the Chargers, giving up the 2nd least amount of fantasy points to opposing defenses.