QB: Russell Wilson at ATL – Wilson has been playing his best football of the season over his last three games, passing for seven touchdowns and adding another score on the ground. This week he gets his easiest matchup of this stretch, facing an Atlanta defense that allows the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I also like Rivers this week.
RB: Chris Johnson vs. JAC – Although it took him eight games to score his first running touchdown of the season, Chris Johnson has another solid matchup this week. He faces a Jaguars defense that has already allowed opposing running backs to rack up 220 carries for 1,039 yards (4.72 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.
C.J. Spiller at PIT – Despite rolling his ankle early in the season, C.J. Spiller is still averaging 4.7 yards per carry. A healthy Spiller is too talented to not produce like at least a high-end RB2 in a running back friendly offense. We’ve seen that Doug Marrone is happy to feed him the ball and rumors of Marrone saying, he’s “excited to get Spiller more touches” are music to fantasy owners’ ears. With the Steelers allowing a league-worst 11 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs, Spiller should be in for a breakout week.
Danny Woodhead vs. DEN – This one is the PPR leaguers – already proving to be a PPR RB1, Woodhead gets his best possible matchup this week, the Denver Broncos. This matchup reeks of the Chargers playing catch-up – keeping Ryan Mathews and his clock killing carries on the bench. Woodhead has caught 47 passes in seven games since Week 1, that’s an average of 6.7 catches per game. With increased snaps, you can pencil him in for 8+ catches this week.
Mike James vs. MIA – Coming off an 158-yard rushing performance against the Seahawks, Mike James should be in fantasy owner’s good graces. Starting to get comfortable in the Bucs lead-back role, James faces a Miami defense that is tied for the most fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs with the Rams defense. Maybe if we’re lucky, he’ll throw for another passing touchdown.
WR: Victor Cruz vs. OAK – Despite averaging 5.25 catches for 63 yards and no touchdowns over his last four games, Cruz is a player that is too talent not to turn it around. Cruz faces an Oakland defense that allowed Nick Foles to pass for seven touchdowns. I like his chances of scoring.
Antonio Brown vs. BUF – Antonio Brown is having an incredibly strong season thus far – he’s caught at least 5 passes in every game and is leading the NFL with 61 catches. This week he squares off with a Bills defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Bills have allowed multiple touchdowns to enemy wide receivers in six of their nine games. Only the Chiefs, last week, did not to have a wide receiver score a touchdown against the Bills.
Keenan Allen vs. DEN – Keenan Allen has quickly settled in as the Chargers No. 1 wide receiver. In three of his last four games, Allen topped 100 receiving yards AND scored a touchdown. He has a favorable matchup playing catch-up against the Broncos.
Alshon Jeffery vs. DET – Averaging 77.6 receiving yards per game, Alshon Jeffery has looked much improved during his sophomore campaign. With three touchdowns in his last five games, Jeffery is a player worth starting in shootouts. When Jeffery faced the Lions in Week 4, he caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, adding a 27-yard rush on the ground. The Lions are currently allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
TE: Antonio Gates vs. DEN – Despite averaging just 46.5 receiving yards per game over his last four games, Antonio Gates is a must-start against the Broncos. Despite the lack of yards, Gates is being heavily targeted and has at least 5 catches in six of eight games this season.
QB: Matt Ryan vs. SEA – Holding a 2:7 TD:INT ratio over his past two starts, Matt Ryan is looking like a shaky play. Although the Falcons are expecting Roddy White to return, the Seahawks are far from an ideal matchup.
RB: Ben Tate at AZ – Although I’m a big fan of Tate’s ability, he’s simply not healthy right now. In three games of extensive carries with Arian Foster dinged up, Tate has rushed the ball 47 times for 143 scoreless yards (3.04 YPC). Facing a stout Cardinals run defense, I’d call him just a flex option.
Ray Rice vs. CIN – In four games since returning from his hip injury, Rice has rushed 67 times for 170 yards (2.54 YPC). Not only are the Ravens struggling to run block, but Rice also looks like he’s lacking burst. I’m not betting on him running well against the Bengals.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis at BAL – With Giovani Bernard playing extremely well, the Bengals have to start giving him more carries. Running on fumes, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is rushing for just 3.2 YPC and hasn’t scored in four weeks. Facing a Ravens defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and just one touchdown on the season, I’d avoid the Law Firm at all costs.
WR: Roddy White vs. SEA – Although a healthy Roddy White is always worth playing, I would advise White owners to bench him this week. Likely rushing to get back on the field with Julio Jones out for the year, I’d view this as a wait-and-see week for White. Despite playing at home, the Seahawks are an unfavorable matchup for opposing pass catchers.
Michael Floyd vs. HOU – Although Floyd has shown playmaking ability this season – his matchup is unfavorable. The Texans have allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. The Texans are the only team to allow fewer than 1,013 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and they’ve allowed just 792.
Anquan Boldin vs. CAR – Over his last four games Boldin is averaging just 3.5 catches for 44.8 scoreless yards. The Panthers, the 49ers opposition, have been surprisingly strong against the pass. They haven’t allowed an opposing wide receiver to score a touchdown since Week 2.
TE: Heath Miller vs. BUF – Over his last three games Miller is averaging just three catches for 27 yards. He hasn’t been as involved in the passing offense and clearly isn’t the same guy we saw last season. With the Bills allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, I’d bench Miller.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week. Hit me up on Twitter @BraudeM or post below for any lineup questions you guys have!