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Let’s start with the Quarterbacks:
If you just need a one week fill-in because you have Drew Brees or Matt Stafford on Bye, then look for Jameis Winston, and Mitchell Trubisky. Both are on powerful offenses with great weapons, and they are both coming off a bye week, which makes them fresh and prepared.
Jameis Winston has a lot of talented targets in his toolbox: Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries, and Cameron Brate. If the Run game can step up, which they might do with Ronald Jones hopefully getting a bigger role coming out of the bye week, then this team has a tremendous offense that should be able to beat the best of Defenses. Plus, they have a great schedule. With the Tampa Bay Defense giving up plays of all sizes, this week against Atlanta, and going forward Jameis should be a top 12 Quarterback.
Trubiskys schedule isn’t great, but this week’s matchup could be good against Miami. The Dolphins Defense has looked good at times, but they’ll wear out and by the end, They’ll give it all up. My fear with this start is that the Bears get ahead of Miami and run more than throw.
Otherwise, Baker Mayfield is playing against the Chargers, who have not been as good as advertised. If he’s still out there, I would take him for a streamer with season long upside.
Also, look for Blake Bortles. He might be there at 40% owned in ESPN, and climbing. He’s playing against Dallas this week, which doesn’t make him a great start, but he should be a solid one this week, and going forward. Top 12 Quarterback that is available in 60% of leagues.
I want to talk about Taysom Hill too, but I think I’m going to write a whole article about him. Lamar Jackson and Taysom Hill are sort of in the same situation, right?
RUNNING BACKS! – Nick Chubb will have been forgotten, but you shouldn’t forget about him because he’s uber talented and he’ll eventually get more play. It’s worth noting that Carlos Hyde has had injury issues in the past. Although, I think he’s past those issues. Still Nick Chubb is worth a stash.
The Big pickups of the week are Alfred Morris, and one of the Eagles Running Backs because Jay Ajayi went on IR, which means he’ll probably be done for the season – the fantasy season.
While I like Alfred Morris as a pickup because he’s going to get a nice workload, I’m skeptical of the whole offenses ability to score points. Add in Kyle Juszczyk vulturing both touches and targets, and I say spend your FAB or claims more wisely.
I think the eagles will have more opportunities to score. So, I would rather have a piece of that offense. It’s either Corey Clement or Wendell Smallwood. I was really high on Clement last season, as well as coming into this season (you should see my season long best ball leagues). I thought there was a chance Corey Clement would take the job from Jay Ajayi without injury. Clement was injured last week, but it seems like he should be ready to go this week. If he’s healthy, he’s the better back to own. Smallwood is a great filler. If he’s the only healthy back, he will get you fantasy points.
I like a few players to stash, D’Onta Foreman, Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin, and mentioned above Nick Chubb, but my favorite put em on the bench and ask questions later is Ronald Jones. He’s on a high powered offense and he’s a really good running back. He’s quantifiably a better Running Back than Peyton Barber, but we don’t need to get into all of that. Suffice it to say that he will have an opportunity to be the main back on the Bucs. He should emerge sooner than later.
Wide Receivers are a dime-a-dozen, which I will probably say everytime I’m looking at Wide Receivers, but there are a few worth noting.
Keke Coutee has two weeks in a row as a starter, and he’s doing good things – 22 targets, 17 receptions, 160 yards, and a Touchdown. That will continue. They need the pass catchers in Houston, especially since their running game is not working, and this week may only feature Alfred Blue without Lamar Miller, again. So, pass catchers on on the Texans equals good.
Mike Williams is owned in 46.2% of leagues. So, if he’s available, grab him. He had two down games, but I think he rebounds in week 6 against Oakland.
Chris Godwin, Christian Kirk, Taylor Gabriel, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, Rashard Higgins, Courtland Sutton, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Robby Anderson, and the Bye week players, Cam Meredith, and Tre’Quan Smith are all among my favorite wide receivers to break out in the back half of the season, that are less than 50% owned. Not worth much of a stash to me because of how many Receivers are usually available, but if you are feeling a player specifically, go for it. I would rather stash a Running Back because they are scarce and get injured much more frequently.
Tight Ends are difficult to pick, on a week to week basis, but that’s part of what makes fantasy football fun, guessing right.
Cameron Brate is my top TE pickup this week because of his connection with Jameis Winston, and the fact that the whole team is rested, and OJ howard is not playing. Brate is a top 10 TE while Brate is out, possibly even when he’s back.
Austin Hooper is a boom or bust player, and I usually avoid them.
Deep leagues or people who like to take some gambles, may be interested in Hayden Hurst and Hunter Henry. Henry is due back sooner than later, and is the Chargers who score a lot, and Rivers loves his TE’s. Hurst played last week in his first action since injuring himself in preseason. He’s a first round draft pick, but in a crowded TE group. Although, Baltimore traditionally uses their TE’s a bunch. I think he could be something special, but it may take another year. In the preseason, and coming into the league, though, he looked ready to take on a big role.
Defenses under 50% owned that have some week 6 startability: The Jets, and the Bengals. The Jets Defense has been great all season, but their offense left them on the field a lot, and put them in bad positions. If the Jets offense can look like they did last week on Offense, then the Jets may actually be contenders in the division!
The Bengals are nasty! Get em, despite this week’s matchup against the Steelers. The Bengals are going to be playing the Steelers at home, and many of their pieces came back healthy last week, which showed against Miami, getting two picks, and a fumble recovery, 2 of which resulted in touchdowns.
Ok, Kickers are crucial, even if you don’t like it. I love Ka’imi Fairbairn on the Texans because they can move the ball downfield, but they consistently get stopped in the red zone.
While Greg Zuerlein is out I will be starting Cairo Santos. Ryan Succop is an amazing kicker with an excellent leg, and a great fantasy producer considering the Titans have a similar problem to the Texans.
Last Kicker is Dan Bailey because he’s on the Vikings who are a high scoring team, that plays in a Dome, which is good for Kickers, and something I consider when choosing my kicker.
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