Get your team to the next round of the playoffs in no time. I’ve mentioned below the players I am most confident about starting or letting ride the pine. My starts and sits are below.
Palmer should be able to beat up the Vikings on Thursday Night. The Vikings rush defense is still figuring itself out, and I saw a blowout coming last Thursday Night. I would start Palmer any week, he just really stands out this week. Still a must-start quarterback. Why would you sit Carson Palmer this season if you have the option?!!
Fitzpatrick has a lock match-up over the Titans, and with the running game a little banged up, and with the Titans beginning to become a little more scary to face again, passing will be key to beat Tennessee. The main reasons Ryan Fitzpatrick should be started is a) The Tennessee defense still needs lots of work and b) Fitzy might have a QB sneak or two himself to help the running game
The Falcons are just such an “early-season” team, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Matt Ryan has had what might be the worst second half of a season in his career. Well, maybe not. This is how the Falcons typically are, even though last year was the opposite. But I just can’t trust Matt Ryan anymore, especially when he’s trying to stop the undefeated Panthers on the road!!! At home it might be different but this is a lock in Carolina’s favor.
I just don’t trust him and the Raiders against a really good Broncos team. This is a feast or famine team, a young, still developing quarterback, facing a tough, amazing, unstoppable Denver team.
Ivory is one of the only legitimate backs left on the Jets, and this lock match is time for him and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to shine, against a weakling, possibly worst in the league Titans defense. Prove yourself as a star, Ivory.
West has been dealing with injuries, but expect him and backs Spencer Ware and Knile Davis to bounce back versus a practically empty Chargers front seven. West has looked great in Jamaal Charles’ spot.
Crowell may not be on the best team but the Niners defense just plain out sucks, and expect Crowell to break free, even if NaVorro Bowman bothers him. Crowell has emerged into a solid RB1 that could really help the Browns prevent too many struggles down the road, even if they’re long gone this season.
Murray has lived up to feast mode these past couple weeks, but it’s famine’s turn to work its magic on Murray, especially against the amazingly good Denver Broncos, who are very solid and consistent this season, and are also one of the healthiest football teams in the currently banged up NFL that’s missing many of its best superstars, and letting the less noticed guys like Murray get more. But he’s really not. Guys like Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Le’ Veon Bell are.
Woodhead, the team’s passing back has surprisingly led the Chargers horrible running game. But they’re up against a powerhouse Chiefs rush D that will put full force into stopping Woodhead and fellow teammate Melvin Gordon.
Coleman never fully emerged this season, but showed himself when Devonta Freeman was hurt. But against this tough Carolina front seven, only Freeman is a good enough Falcons running back to overcome it. The rest, like Coleman and Terron Ward, likely won’t be able to.
Austin had never had a breakout season until lovely old, injury filled, 2015. This week should be a dominant week for Austin, as he faces a struggling, banged up Lions secondary, who are missing Ezekiel Ansah and Glover Quin, and are left with just James Ihedigbo. Ihedigbo may bother him, but him and fellow teammate Wes Welker should overcome it.
Snead and Brandin Cooks have struggled these past couple weeks, but even though the defense will likely blow the game, I think the offense has a chance to make an impact and really show that this team may be done, but if they improve their defense, they could have some serious potential, even with Mark Ingram now on IR.
I know this isn’t necessarily a win for the 49ers, but veteran receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will not be prevented from having big games against an easy Browns defense.
Cooper is very similar to Latavius Murray. I would just leave everyone on the Raiders to ride the pine. It’s famine’s turn to control not just these players, but the faith of the entire Oakland Raiders team. Last week they fared well, just couldn’t beat the red hot Kansas City Chiefs.
Johnson isn’t the WR1 anymore, but he shouldn’t have slipped away from the Cardinals D as easily as Stefon Diggs should’ve. All these Vikings receivers were not good options, and should be avoided if possible.
Wright really just has a bad match-up against one of the best secondaries in the league when it’s healthy, which it now pretty much is. Wright, along with Delanie Walker, should not expect to have big games today.
Even though I think the Eagles will hold on in this game, it doesn’t mean Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay can’t take advantage of a weak Eagles secondary. Clay, the former Dolphin, has been a key weapon for Tyrod Taylor this season. Clay should overcome a beaten up Eagles secondary that has Nolan Carroll hurt, and despite Byron Maxwell’s presence, him and Watkins can still have big days.
Like Tavon Austin, Cook has potential to have a breakout day. The difference is, Cook might do better as long as he’s left unguarded as expected. Both could make a big impact on your fantasy team’s playoff status.
Rudolph has began to bounce back, but the Vikings are just facing such an overpowered defense. Rudolph still hasn’t fully emerged, and he shouldn’t have a day every week at this stage of his development. Rudolph still needs to work on his consistency, and that won’t call for a good day in fantasy this week.
Green and Antonio Gates are facing a premier defense in the league, and don’t expect them to do much. The Chargers alone have very low likelihood of winning this game. If Gates will struggle, Green won’t be any better. He likely will even do worse than Gates does.
I think Monday Night‘s grudge match will be a game of defense, with the Dolphins having the edge. Both defenses, the Dolphins and Giants, should keep up the good work, but Miami has the edge, so the Giants won’t score as much, earning Miami some extra points for holding them to a certain amount.
I just think Cincy is too good and I don’t think the Steelers are at any edge in this game. This game will be such a shootout, even the Bengals defense will be bench-able, let alone the Steelers defense. I didn’t want to have too little faith in Cincy, or too much in Pittsburgh.
I’ll tell you right now, Denver will win this game in a blowout, but the defense, at some points, will give Denver a challenge, even if their own defense dominates. That’s the perfect recipe for a great day from the kicking position. In Denver’s case, that’s Brandon McManus. McManus has had a great bounce back season, after being held to just kick offs after losing his job to Connor Barth last season. He was meaningless in fantasy. Now he’s back on fantasy owners’ radars.
In this upset I picked in my picks, the Seahawks are left to rot. Kicker Steven Hauschka will be held to just one extra point and not do any better. Horrible situation here for any kicker, even a star like Hauschka. Kickers are really just based on the match-up. You have to go week by week with them.