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Phillip Rivers (vs NO) We’r continuing our weekly pattern of starting all quarterbacks vs the Saints. The Saints actually did a good job against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the Falcons passing game, but they didn’t need to throw a lot when Freeman and Coleman did so much damage on the ground.
Andy Dalton (vs Mia)- The Dolphins had a tough time stopping the passing game from both Kessler and Pryor last week. The Cincy passing attack has yet to get going, but I like Dalton and the A.J Green to get it going on this short week (Thursday game) at home against the Dolphins.
Kirk Cousins (vs Browns)- The Browns are bad on both sides of the ball, and Cousins should be able to do what he wants against them. We said the same about Ryan Tannehill last week and he delivered for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Granted, that game didn’t go as planned as Miami fell behind and was forced to throw a lot. Cousins did look better in week 3 against a Giants defense that is better than Cleveland.
Joe Flacco (vs Oak)- Flacco took a step back in week 3 and probably hurt those that started him. Week 4 should be different against a Raides defense that has allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. If you’re missing Aaron Rodgers this week, Flacco would be a nice replacement.
Marcus Mariota (at HOU)- Despite the Texans losing J.J. Watt for the season, there is no place for Mariota in your lineup. He just hasn’t been good. And that’s being nice about it. He couldn’t get it done vs a very beatable Raiders defense last week, and its time to sit him down until further notice.
Russell Wilson (at NYJ)- Chances are you might not have a better option, so you’ll be forced to play Wilson. The Jets defense wasn’t the problem last week in the abysmal game vs the chiefs. The defense for the Jets have a done a nice job of getting to the quarterback, and not only is Wilson not 100%, but the offensive line has struggled as well. The Jets may force Wilson to get rid of the ball faster than he would like which could lead to turnovers.
Charles Sims (at Den)- Sims is one of the beneficiaries of the many week 2 injuries suffered by running backs. He already had stand alone value as the pass-catching back before the Martin injury, and now he’ll serve as the primary runner for the Bucs. In his first game as the lead back, he was heavily involved in both the running and passing game. You might be surprised to see a player vs Denver on the “start” list, but truth is, the Broncos haven’t been that dominant vs the run. They allowed Jeremy Hill to run for for over 95 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jordan Howard (vs Det)- Howard is going to get his chance to be the guy in Chicago. Jeremy Langford is going to miss a few weeks, leaving the door open for Howard to take control of the job. He has show good ability and burst with his runs and is able to hold his own in the passing game. The Lions defense isn’t very good and the volume will be there for Howard.
Honorable Mentions: Duke Johnson (at Was)
Jerick McKinnon (vs NYG)- Mckinnon was the main ball carrier for the Vikings in the first week without Adrian Peterson, and the numbers weren’t great. I’m a believer in McKinnon and think he’s going to be very valuable this season, but not against a very strong Giants front line.
T.J. Yeldon/Chris Ivory (vs Ind)- The match-up for these two is actually very good. Problem is, they aren’t. It was an even split between these two and neither was able to do much. I’m avoiding this backfield this week and in the future. At least until they figure things out and the offensive line gets straightened out.
Travis Benjamin(vs Saints)- He’s showing that he’s more than just a deep threat. They needed him to step up in the absence of Keenan Allen and he’s done just that. He’s the go-to guy in this offense, and the Saints just don’t have the man power to cover him. Tyrell Williams us also a must start in this one as well.
Jamison Crowder (vs Cle)- I love what Jamison Crowder is doing thus far this season. He not only is being targeted in the end-zone, but he leads all Washington receivers in targets. He’s a trusted option for Kirk Cousins and is making the Josh Doctson talk go away.
Will Fuller (vs Ten) There’s a good chance that if you sit him, he’ll go off for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. That’s just the type of player he is. I wouldn’t exactly call him a boom-or-bust player, because he’s going to be involved no matter if he goes for a long gain. If he could just improve on his catching ability, he’ll become an every week starter.
Honorable mentions: Phillip Dorsett, DeVante Parker, Qunicy Enunwa, Goldent Tate
Sammy Watkins (at NE)- He isn’t 100% healthy and even if he was, the Patriots would be sure to eliminate him from the Bills game plan.
Michael Floyd (vs Rams)- He’s been cleared to play after battling concussion symptoms earlier in the week, but the fact remains that he been just bad. He’s getting targeted, but hasn’t been able to hold onto the ball or do anything with it. John Brown is getting healthier and will be eating into Floyd’s targets. There has even been rumbling from some within the Cardinals organization, that Jaron Brown deserves more time on the field, and that it could come at the expense of Floyd.
Coby Fleener (at SD)- YES!!! We kept him in our “starts” last week despite being horrible in weeks 1 and 2. Well, I hope you listened and
kept him in your lineup. Fleener went off for 7 receptions, 109 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. The targets have been climbing every week and apparently so is the chemistry with Drew Brees. He’s not going to put up those numbers every week, but the patience may be paying off for those that drafted him as TE1. With the Chargers having a solid group of corners, Brees could take advantage down the seams.
Dennis Pitta (vs Oak)- He’s always had great chemistry with Joe Flacco, we just never thought we would see him again. You can’t ignore the 20 targets over the last couple of weeks, and he has another good match-up against the Raiders. With the tight end position in shambles, Pitta is making his push towards TE1 status.
Zach Miller (vs Det)- The Lions have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He was focal point last week with Hoyer at quarterback, collecting a pair of touchdowns on 8 receptions.
Honorable Mention: Hunter Henry
None to mention.
Washington Redskins (vs CLE)
New England Patriots (vs Buf)
All of them
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