Every week fantasy football owners have to make decisions on who to start, who to sit and who potentially to go pick up off the wavier wire to play. Sometimes those decisions can be tough. For help with that check out Breaking Football’s weekly rankings. In addition to that, I will be giving my weekly take on starts, sits and sleepers.
Each week I will be giving two players I like starting, two guys I would like to bench and one sleeper per position (except for D/STs, there will only be one start and sit). Now of course every week you would start Tom Brady, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, among others, assuming they play.
This weekly article is to help fantasy owners decide on their “non-stud” players. If you have more specific questions regarding fantasy football, ask me on twitter (@MikeSports22) and as always happy hunting fantasy friends.
Tyrod Taylor vs Oakland: Last week against the Buccaneers, Taylor had a season high 20 fantasy points. This week he takes on the Raiders at home, who give up an average of 19 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks when on the road and last week gave up 25.7 fantasy points to Alex Smith. Taylor has scored at least 17.8 fantasy points in every home game this season. Expect another 18 plus fantasy point game from Taylor this week.
Andy Dalton vs Indianapolis: Against the Steelers last week, Dalton had a horrible game as he was sacked four times in the sack half alone. Dalton hasn’t been very productive this season, scoring more than 16.5 fantasy points just once. However, this week he faces the Colts who rank 27th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up 19.2 fantasy points per game. In four of their last five games, the Colts have given up at least 16 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Dalton needs to have a good game this week otherwise it’s time to drop him for good.
Deshaun Watson at Seattle: With four straight games scoring 20 plus fantasy points, Watson might be the fantasy MVP this season. However, he did that against four weak defenses and this week he will face the best defense he has seen as a starter. The Seahawks rank fourth in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up just 10.5 fantasy points per game. The Seahawks haven’t given up 20 or more fantasy points to an opposing quarterback this season and have held opposing quarterbacks under 10 fantasy points four times. Understand if you have to play Watson this week don’t expect another 20 point performance.
Matthew Stafford vs Pittsburgh: After a 27.1 performance in week one, Stafford has failed to score more than 16.5 fantasy points in any other game this season. Stafford is coming off his bye and now gets to face the Steelers who are the second best team in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up just 9.9 fantasy points per game. Stafford’s go-to-guy Golden Tate is doubtful to play this week further lowering Stafford’s fantasy value this week.
Trevor Siemian at Kansas City: Siemian played so bad last week against the Chargers that some people were calling for Brock Osweiler to take over this week. However, Siemian has a chance at a bounce back game this week against the Chiefs. Last week against Derek Carr, the Chiefs defense allowed him to go off for a season high 30.2 fantasy points. On the season the Chiefs rank 29th against opposing quarterbacks, giving up 19.6 fantasy points per game. The Broncos need to win this game to avoid putting a big damper on their playoff chances; look for Siemian to score 20 plus fantasy points this week.
Joe Mixon vs Indianapolis: Many, including myself, thought Mixon would finish the season as a top 20 fantasy running back this season but so far that hasn’t happened. However, in three of his past four games, Mixon has had at least 15 touches. Last week the game got away from the Bengals forcing them to abandoned the run, but this week they face the Colts, who rank 31st in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 29.3 fantasy points per game. If Mixon doesn’t get his first 15 plus point fantasy performance this week it might be time to glue him to your fantasy bench.
Christian McCaffrey at Tampa Bay: Last week against the Bears, the entire Panthers offense looked off and out of sync. McCaffrey had a solid 11.6 fantasy points put it was disappointing coming off a season high 22.4 fantasy points in week six. However, McCaffrey is on pace for 101 catches this season, making him a PPR stud. The Buccaneers struggle against opposing running backs, giving up 25.4 fantasy points per game, ranking 23rd in the league. Furthermore, over the last three weeks the Buccaneers have given up an average of 28.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. In PPR leagues, McCaffrey is a RB1 this week.
Lamar Miller at Seattle: After a season high 29.1 fantasy points in week four, Miller scored just 22 fantasy points over his last two games before his bye last week. Outside of his big game in week four, Miller has failed to score over 12 fantasy points in any game this season. This week Miller takes on the a Seahawks defense that ranks fourth against opposing quarterbacks, giving up just 19 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games, the Seahawks have given up just 26.2 combined to opposing running backs. Don’t expect Miller to be anything more than a low end RB2 this week.
Doug Martin vs Carolina: In the three games since returning from his suspension Martin is averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game. However, this week he faces a Panthers defense that rank seventh in the league against opposing running backs, giving up just 20 fantasy points per game. The Panther have only allowed opposing running backs to score more than 21 fantasy points just twice this season and over the last two weeks they are giving up just 13 fantasy points per game. Martin has been solid for fantasy owners but don’t expect this to be the week he goes off for 20 plus fantasy points.
James White vs Los Angeles: White has been nothing but consistent for fantasy owners in PPR leagues this season; averaging 12 fantasy points per game. On the season, White has scored 8.5 or more fantasy points in all but one game and has scored 10 plus four times. White is the only Patriots back with a defined and secured role on the offense; getting at least three catches in six games this season. This week he faces the Chargers who rank 17th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 23.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Chargers have given up 22 or more fantasy points to opposing running backs four times this season.
Keenan Allen at New England: The last three weeks have been rough for Allen; scoring just 9.1 fantasy points per game. However, this week it’s like Christmas for the Chargers wide receivers as they travel to New England. The Patriots rank 30th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 40 fantasy points per game. Last week the Patriots gave up nine catches, 99 yards and a season high 24.9 fantasy points to Julio Jones. Expect Allen to have a 20 plus performance this week in a high scoring game verse the Patriots.
Kelvin Benjamin at Tampa Bay: After a two week hot stretch the Panthers offense has crashed back down to earth the last two games scoring just 26 points combined. However, that hasn’t affected Benjamin’s fantasy value. Over the past four games, Benjamin is averaging five catches and 14.6 fantasy points per game. This week he faces a Buccaneers defense that is allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers, giving up 44.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Buccaneers have allowed opposing wide receivers to score 37 or more fantasy points in five of six games this season. If the Panthers are going to stay in this game they will need to score points and lean heavily on Benjamin.
Marvin Jones vs Pittsburgh: Never mind the fact that the Lions best offensive weapon, Golden Tate, is not expected to play this week leaving Jones with a tough match up against the Steelers; who rank first against opposing wide receivers, giving up just 20.2 fantasy points per game. Opposing wide receivers have failed to score more than 25.5 fantasy points in six of seven games this season against the Steelers. Meanwhile, the Lions offense has struggled on their two game losing streak, turning the ball over six times while scoring just six offensive touchdowns. Jones has scored 12 or more fantasy points just once this season and with Tate out, all the defense’s attention will be on him.
T.Y. Hilton at Cincinnati: At this point it’s becoming hard to trust Hilton unless the match up is very good. On the season Hilton has scored nine or less fantasy points in five out of seven games. However, when Hilton does have a good game, he gives fantasy owners 24 plus fantasy points. Until Andrew Luck plays, Hilton is a match up based FLEX play. This week, he should be on your bench if possible as the Bengals rank fifth in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up just 25.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Bengals have held opposing wide receivers to under 20 fantasy points in four of six games this season.
Mohamed Sanu at New York: Sanu’s 12.5 fantasy points last week was the third time this season he scored 12 plus fantasy points in a game. This week he faces the Jets defense that gave up 51.9 fantasy points to the Dolphins wide receivers, minus DeVante Parker, last week. Over the last four games the Jets are giving up an average of 40.4 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Sanu should be owned in more leagues and if you play in one where he isn’t owned, go pick him up now.
Jason Witten at Washington: Witten has two straight games with 12 plus fantasy points and now has scoring 12 plus in four of six games so far this season. The Redskins rank 30th against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 17.9 fantasy points per game. Last week against the Redskins gave up 19.9 fantasy points per Zach Ertz and have given up at least 11 fantasy points to every set of opposing tight ends they have faced this season. With the defense beat up and Witten’s safe floor, he is a top five play for me this week.
Jared Cook at Buffalo: After putting up three straight single digit fantasy performances, Cook had a season high 16.7 fantasy points last week against the Chiefs. Cook is currently TE9 on the season and this week he gets a good match up when the Raiders travel to Buffalo. The Bills rank 27th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 14.9 fantasy points per game. Last week the Bills gave up 39.8 fantasy points to the Buccaneers duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. Furthermore, the Bills are giving up an average of 21.9 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends over their last three games; start Cook with confidence this week.
Zach Miller at New Orleans: Many peopled believed that Miller’s fantasy value would increase with Mitchell Trubisky starting for the Bears. However, that hasn’t happened as Miller is averaging just 2.3 catches a game with Trubisky starting. The Bears don’t seem interested in throwing the ball, over the last two games they have thrown the ball a whopping 23 times combined. Don’t expect that to change this week as Saints rank sixth against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 9.9 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Saints have held opposing tight ends to under five fantasy points in three of their last four games.
Jack Doyle at Cincinnati: Much like T.Y. Hilton, Doyle’s fantasy value has seriously been affected by Andrew Luck’s shoulder issues. On the season Doyle has failed to score more than 10.5 fantasy points in all but two games. This week he faces the Bengals who give up the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, giving up just 8.4 per game. In four of six games this season, the Bengals have held opposing tights to under eight fantasy points.
Hunter Henry at New England: Despite having two games early in the season with zero fantasy points Henry is currently TE8 on the season, averaging nine fantasy points per game. However, over his last four games, Henry is averaging 12 fantasy points per game. This week he faces the Patriots defense that ranks 25th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up 14.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Patriots have allowed opposing tight ends to score 16.5 or more fantasy points in five of seven games this season. Henry currently ranks second among Chargers pass catches behind only Keenan Allen in fantasy scoring per games and look for Henry to post his fourth straight double digit performance.
Vikings at Cleveland: Normally fantasy owners can stream D/STs against the Browns offense and turn out happy with the results. This week fantasy owners should be ready to do back flips if they own the Vikings D/ST. Since week three the Vikings D/ST is averaging 9.8 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, opposing D/STs have score nine plus fantasy points against the Browns offense five times this season. The Browns offense has five games this season with at least three turnovers so expect the Vikings to force at least three this week.
Broncos at Kansas City: Many fantasy owners drafted the Broncos as the first D/ST off the board but so far this season they are just the D/ST12. On the season they have scored double digit fantasy points only twice. Opposing D/STs are scoring just 0.9 fantasy points per game when facing the Chiefs; ranking first in the league. Furthermore, three opposing D/STs have scored negative fantasy points against the Chiefs offense. Bottom line is fantasy owners should consider dropping the Broncos D/ST since their next two opponents are the Eagles and Patriots.
Bengals vs Indianapolis: Last week was ugly for the Bengals D/ST scoring negative four fantasy points verse the Steelers. However, despite that poor performance the Bengals D/ST is still averaging 7.2 fantasy points per game. This week they face the Colts who rank last against opposing D/STs. On the season opposing D/STs are scoring an average of 13.1 fantasy points against the Colts. The Bengals average three sacks a game and the Colts just gave up 10 sacks to the Jaguars last week.