Just like the season, fantasy football is heading into the witching hour. Things are starting to get serious and every win or loss makes will no doubt play a huge role in terms of seeding. For many of us, there will be several key decisions to be made this week, due to the number of teams that are on a bye week. The Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles & Redskins are all out of action. Sorry to any of you guys that have Hopkins, Fournette, Lindsay or the Patriots defense. We’re going to be relying on our bench riders to get the job done.
– Start ‘Em –
Kyler Murray – opponent: @ Buccaneers
Murray has been very impressive during his rookie season. He’s coming off a strong start against a great 49er defense and has had ten days of rest. He offers a dual-threat, with 313 rushing yards so far. He’s up against a Buccaneers defense that flat out sucks against the pass and just gave up five touchdowns to Russell Wilson. They’re giving up 293.5 passing yards per game, 31st in the league.
Aaron Rodgers – opponent: vs Panthers
Aaron Rodgers is coming off an unusually poor game, with just 161 passing yards, one touchdown and 12.5 fantasy points. He gets a great opportunity to bounce back at Lambeau Field this week. He’s up against a Panthers defense that recently gave up 51 points to the 49ers.
– Sit ‘Em –
Baker Mayfield – opponent: vs Bills
After all of the preseason hype, who would have thought that Baker Mayfield would be on the Sit ‘Em side of fantasy. Things aren’t quite clicking in Cleveland and the atmosphere could turn sour. In a must-win game, they play a tricky Bills defense that will make things difficult. The Bills are giving up just 184.6 passing yards per game, allowing only three touchdowns. Expect Mayfield’s woes to continue.
Matt Ryan – opponent: @ Saints
The fifth-longest quarterback start streak in history was ended two weeks ago. Matt Ryan played 154 games in a row before missing a game against the Seahawks two weeks ago. He’s set to return this week but will be facing an uphill battle against the Saints. With the Falcons defense playing flat out woeful, he’s going to have to air it out to keep up. The Saints defense probably attacks him early and his fantasy line finishes middle-of-the-pack.
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Ronald Jones – opponent: vs Cardinals
It’s time for Jones to take the reigns in the Buccaneers rushing offense. His coaches have put faith in him as the starter going forward and he’s expected to get more touches as the season moves forward. He has a perfect opportunity this week against a Cardinals defense that is giving up the 10th most rushing yards per game.
Devin Singletary – opponent: @ Browns
For the second week running, Devin Singletary out-snapped Frank Gore. He’s scored 37.9 combined points in his last two games and appears to be the starting running back in Buffalo moving forward. He gets a matchup against a Browns defense that gave up a chunk of yardage to Phillip Lindsay last week.
– Sit ‘Em –
Kenyan Drake – opponent: @ Buccaneers
Kenyan Drake had arguably his best game in the NFL last week. He had a stellar game against the 49ers, scoring 28.2 points. That trend is unlikely to continue. He’s going up against the strongest run defense in the league. Tampa Bay is giving up just 78.1 rushing yards per game. On top of that, David Johnson is expected to return, which will significantly impact Drake’s touches.
Todd Gurley – opponent: @ Steelers
The Todd Gurley of 2019 is just not the same as previous years. His niggling injury has led to a substantial setback in terms of both on-field and fantasy contribution. In four of his last five games, he’s been held to fewer than 45 rushing yards. Meanwhile, the Steelers defense has given up just one rushing touchdown in its last five games. If Gurley can’t find the endzone then he faces a low scoring week.
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Jamison Crowder – opponent: vs Giants
For managers in deep leagues, Jamison Crowder is a great flex option this week. He’s going up against a mediocre Giants defense that has given up sixteen passing touchdowns so far this season. Crowder has become a security blanket for Sam Darnold, putting up 22.3 fantasy points last week.
Zac Pascal – opponent: vs Miami
Zac Pascal has a perfect opportunity this week when the Colts take on the Miami Dolphins. With T.Y Hilton sidelined, he’ll see plenty of targets. He should be full of confidence after putting up 76 yards and a touchdown against a much tougher defense in the Steelers last week. He could finish as a top ten receiver this week.
– Sit Em’ –
JuJu Smith-Schuster – opponent: vs Rams
With Mason Rudolph under centre, JuJu just can’t be relied upon in fantasy leagues. He’s averaging just 6.4 targets per game and is coming off a three catch, sixteen-yard game against the Colts. His next opponent? Lockdown corner Jalen Ramsey. The downward trend should continue, and he should be avoided if possible.
Odell Beckham Jr. – opponent: vs Bills
In PPR formats, OBJ is averaging just 12.8 fantasy points per game. Simply put, he’s no longer a difference-maker for fantasy owners. If you’re in a must-win game, then it’s probably best to look elsewhere and take a high-risk, high-reward approach elsewhere.
– Start ‘Em –
Gerald Everett – opponent: @ Steelers
The first half of the season has been very inconsistent for Gerald Everett. He’s posted a high of 20.6 points in week five and a low of 1.7 in week one. However, he’s coming off a bye week and will face a Steelers defense that has given up five touchdowns to tight ends and has a great chance to find the end zone.
Jared Cook – opponent: vs Falcons
Besides Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, the Saints offense has lacked depth over its last two games. One of the big reasons for this was the loss of Jared Cook to injury. Before going down with an ankle injury, he found the endzone in consecutive weeks. He practised in full this week and will become an immediate target for Drew Brees.
– Sit ‘Em –
T.J. Hockenson – opponent: @ Bears
With the tight end position limited, deep-league managers may be considering T.J. Hockenson as a makeshift starter. Don’t do it. He’s coming off his best game since week one, with 56 yards and 8.6 fantasy points, but he won’t repeat that performance when the Lions head to Chicago this week.
Jacob Hollister – opponent: @ 49ers
Hollister is coming off a breakout game, with two touchdowns and 19.7 fantasy points against the Buccaneers. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, that Buccaneer pass defense isn’t at the level of San Francisco’s. Through eight games, the 49ers have given up the least tight end fantasy points per game, giving up just one touchdown.