Drew Brees/Jay Cutler- All offensive players in this game are must-starts, just like when the Bears played Dallas last week. These teams have awful defenses and I expect points a plenty in this contest
Matt Ryan/Ben Roethlisberger- I think this game is a shootout too. Atlanta has been putting up a lot of fantasy points while giving a ton of them up and so has Pittsburgh in their last couple games. Another game where everyone who plays is a must start
Joe Flacco- Flacco is coming in hot against Jacksonville. He has scored 20+ fantasy points in his last two games and should be able to torch a bad Jacksonville team at home.
Eli Manning- Washington gives up the most fantasy points to opposing QB’s, making Eli a solid option this week if you are streaming QB’s.
Mark Ingram- see above
Steven Jackson- see above
Latavius Murray- He torched the Kansas City Chiefs on 4 carries for 100+ yards and 2 TD’s last time before having to leave the game before halftime, I can only imagine that he has another good showing against the Chiefs, who have no clue how to stop the run(Kerwyn freaking Williams just ran for 100 yards against them)
Jonathan Stewart- If DeAngelo Williams misses another game then Stewart is a must start. Tampa Bay is a top 10 play for opposing fantasy running backs and with Cam Newton out I think the game-plan will be more run heavy than usual.
Alshon Jeffery/Marques Colston- see above
Roddy White/Martavis Bryant- see above, and I say Roddy White because I don’t think Julio Jones plays in this game, Harry Douglas will be a solid option if Jones is out.
Keenan Allen- He loves playing the Broncos. In 3 games against Denver he has 15 catches on 24 targets for 143 yards and 3 TD’s. It’s just a feeling but I think he has another good game against them now that he has been airlifted off of Revis Island after murdering my money league .
Vincent Jackson- He is a notoriously up and down player but I think Jackson has hit stride in the last 3 weeks. In this stretch he has 17 catches on 29 targets for 300 yards. All that’s missing is a TD(hasn’t scored since week 4) and he’s due. I he does that against Carolina, currently giving up the 10 most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Martellus Bennett- see above
Delanie Walker- The Jets have given up the most TD’s to opposing tight ends and the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. With Justin Hunter, and possibly Kendall Wright out I think Walker should be a focal point of the passing attack this week.
Larry Donnell- He torched Washington for 3 TD’s last time they played and Washington has been leaving tight ends absurdly open the last two weeks, letting Coby Fleener and Jared Cook each score twice against them.
Rams/Cardinals- I see a rock right between two teams with bad offenses
Lions- They have gotten it back together the last two weeks, allowing 17 points in each game while forcing multiple turnovers. The last time they played the Vikings they held them to 3 points as well.
Ravens- Starting whoever plays Jacksonville is always a good idea
Giants- Starting whoever plays Washington is also a good idea
Seahawks- Did you them obliterate the 49ers offense the last time they played?
Colin Kaepernick- He has been awful coming off the bye, where he hasn’t even hit 15 fantasy points. He tanked a plus match-up against Oakland last week and scored a point or two depending on your league rules the last time he played Seattle, he belongs on your waiver wire, not your team, and definitely not in your line-up.
Johnny Manziel- It’s the fantasy playoffs, I’m not going to risk Manziel in his first start, if he proves himself this week I’ll take the flier next week.
Ryan Tannehill- New England just kept Phillip Rivers in check and Ryan Tannehill is no Phillip Rivers. He has cooled off since the Denver game and I don’t want to go anywhere near him against New England in New England.
Jeremy Hill/Giovanni Bernard- Since Giovanni Bernard has returned from injury both the Bengals running backs have been nothing more than flex plays, and will be as long as they are splitting the workload 50/50. Hill has the better shot at a touchdown which makes him a better play, but not by much.
Frank Gore- The 49ers don’t give him the volume to make him effective and he rushed for just 28 yards against Seattle on thanksgiving.
Ryan Matthews- If he scores he will make me eat my words, like he did against the Ravens, but if he doesn’t he will be flex play against a stout Broncos rush defense(ranked 2nd in the NFL)
Rashad Jennings/Andre Williams- Another messy running back situation. If you played Williams last week, kudos to you! If you played Jennings(like I did in a few leagues) than you probably lost. Washington has the 11th best rush defense in the NFL and the uncertainty of the role for both of these players make them stay-aways for me this week.
All receivers in the San Francisco/Seattle game- I did it the last time they played and I wasn’t wrong, I’m going to go with it again.
Mike Wallace- Welcome to Revis Island
DeAndre Hopkins- I don’t love Hopkins playing without Andre Johnson. Vontae Davis has been a shutdown corner this year and if he is shadowing Hopkins with Johnson out I think he will struggle.
All receivers in the Cardinals/Rams game- Are you really that desperate that you need to play Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Kenny Britt or Steadman Bailey?
Any Tight End outside the top 10- It’s really rough out there, good luck and may the fantasy gods be with you
Saints/Bears- If all the offensive players are must start, the defense is a must sit
Steelers/Falcons- Ditto with the Saints/Bears
Chargers/ Dolphins- Playing Denver and New England respectively