If you’ve noticed a theme in these rankings: start the quarterback that is playing the Falcons. Obviously, you’re starting Rodgers anyways, but he’s worth the price in DFS formats.
Fitzpatrick made the Start ‘Em list last week and came through with three touchdowns. I expect him to have another big week against the Seahawks, who have the worst pass defense in the NFL, giving up an astounding 430 yards a game through the air. Miami will have to score a lot to keep this close, and I’m expecting a lot of garbage time. Fitzpatrick is a borderline top-ten QB this week and could have a monster fantasy day.
Assuming there are no issues, and the Vikings and Texans play this weekend, I feel this is finally the week Watson gets things going. Minnesota has been a mess defensively and is currently giving up almost 300 yards a game passing.
Robinson has established himself as the premier back in Jacksonville, and he couldn’t have a better matchup on Sunday against the Bengals, who are giving up nearly 200 yards on the ground per game. He’s a borderline top ten option this week and a good bargain in DFS formats.
Davis has completely taken over the Christian McCaffery role for Carolina, and while Arizona hasn’t been terrible against the run, I see Davis doing enough as a runner and a pass-catcher to have a huge afternoon. The Panthers will have to score a lot of points to keep up with the Cardinals, and Davis is their best bet to get in the end zone.
Gurley was drafted way too high in fantasy drafts, but if you understand his value is nothing more than a flex-play week-to-week than I like him against Green Bay. The Falcons have extra time to prepare, and they have to establish the run against the Packers if they want any chance of keeping the game close. I think Gurley is heavily involved in the gameplan and gets in the end zone at least once.
Even if Davante Adams plays, I like Lazard to have a big afternoon against Atlanta. If Adams doesn’t play, however, Lazard becomes a WR2 with WR1 potential. The Falcons secondary is that bad, and on top of that, they are banged up.
As I mentioned with Fitzpatrick, the Seahawks pass defense is atrocious. The Dolphins may not have very many receiving weapons, but somebody has to catch the ball. Parker could have one of his breakout games this week and should be started in all leagues.
Fuller has been a boom or bust fantasy option his whole career. However, he’s arguably the best receiving target for Deshaun Watson with DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona, and as I said above, they play the Vikings, who are allowing nearly 300 yards per game through the air. The opportunity for big plays is there, and I love Fuller this week.
Brady seems to find himself on this list a lot, which isn’t going to change this week. The Chargers are a top-ten pass defense, and Brady still doesn’t look great in his new system. It also doesn’t help that Chris Godwin is out again.
If you’re still starting Carson Wentz, you’re probably in trouble. He’s been awful this season, and things aren’t going to get any better against a 49ers defense that gives up the second-fewest yards per game.
Kelley saw his percentage of offensive snaps drop tremendously last week, and while he still averaged over 5 yards per carry, this isn’t the matchup for him. The Bucs have been tremendous at stopping the run this season, allowing just over 70 yards rushing per game. Kelley should be on your bench this week.
I’m a big fan of Gibson’s long-term value, but he’s a low-end flex play this week against a Baltimore defense that is stingy against the run. It’s also very possible the Redskins find themselves well behind in this game and abandon the running game altogether.
With Tarik Cohen out for the season, Montgomery’s value skyrockets. However, I don’t love him this week against the Colts, who have invested into their defensive front and turned it into one of the best in football.
Don’t let last week against a terrible defense fool you into thinking the Bears passing offense is turning the corner — it isn’t, and the Colts have the number one passing defense in the league this season, allowing just 132 yards per game. Expect a quiet afternoon from Allen Robinson.
Jackson hasn’t been a great thrower of the football this season, and believe it or not, Washington’s pass defense is actually one of the best in the game, thanks to their tremendous pass rush. I don’t see Brown having a very good game. He’s a WR4 to me or worse.