Murray’s a must-start every week, but against an awful Dallas pass defense, he’s my favorite play of the week.
Even though the Lions have been abysmal, Matt Stafford continues to do his thing. This week, they play the Jaguars, who are giving up over 280 yards per game through the air. Stafford should be starting in all leagues and is a great DFS play as well.
If you’re looking for a bye week fill-in, Minshew is a great option this Sunday. He’s recorded over 19.8 points in four of his five games this season and gets the Lions this week. I expect him to record another 20+ point performance come Sunday.
Fitzmagic is real. The man has scored more than 20+ points in each game since Week 1, which included games against the Bills and 49ers. This week, he gets a much easier defense in the Jets and should be in for another stellar showing.
The Bengals actually did a pretty good job slowing down Lamar Jackson and company, but I don’t think that is sustainable. Their rush defense is still terrible. Taylor should have a field day for the Colts.
If you read this column weekly, you’ve probably caught on that I love James Robinson, and this week, he gets the juiciest matchup of them all. The Lions allow the most rushing yards per game (170.2), making Robinson a top-five running back option this week.
This is about the time of year that Derrick Henry gets rolling, and he looked great against the Bills. I’m expecting another fantastic showing from him this week against the Texans, who allow the second-most rushing yards per game.
Edmonds should be owned in all fantasy leagues and started in most. He’s emerged as Arizona’s primary pass-catcher out of the backfield and has had 15+ points in each of the last two weeks. On Monday night, he will be up against the Cowboys, who arguably have the worst defense in football. There should be plenty of scoring in this matchup, and Edmonds could have a huge day.
The Falcons defense is terrible, and with Dalvin Cook out for Week 6, Mattison will carry the load. He should be starting in all leagues and is a great option in DFS formats.
Montgomery’s value is trending upwards, and that will continue this week against Carolina, who was gashed consistently by the Falcons last week.
Adam Thielen/Justin Jefferson
I don’t hate the Falcons defense enough to put Kirk Cousins on the Start’ em list. However, Thielen and Jefferson deserve to be on here. They should have fantastic days against a battered Atlanta secondary.
Golladay has been good in his two weeks since returning from injury, but he has a chance to turn in a monster performance this week against the Jags, and I expect him to score over 20+ points.
Smith-Schuster has been rather disappointing, outside of a two touchdown performance in Week 1. However, if he can’t perform against the Browns, who are giving up nearly 300 yards per game through the air, it’s time to worry about him.
Jonnu Smith has proven to be one of the best fantasy tight ends this season, and it is no fluke. His success will continue against the Texans.
Once again, Burrow finds himself on the hate list. I love Burrow; he’s great. However, he has a terrible offensive line, and this is another dreadful matchup against a Colts team that is incredible defensively. Burrow shouldn’t be starting in any formats.
Ryan’s been awful the last three weeks of this season, and a lot of that can be attributed to missing Julio Jones, who is questionable to play again this week. Regardless, Zimmer has had Ryan’s number, and even though the Vikings defense hasn’t been great this season, I expect the Falcons to struggle again offensively on Sunday.
The Browns may be improved, but Mayfield still isn’t a starting fantasy QB. That’s not going to change this week against an excellent Pittsburgh defense.
I don’t even think this is a case where you have to start Joe Mixon, no matter how high you drafted him. He should be benched in most leagues. Outside of one breakout game against the lowly Jags, he’s produced nothing, and this week, he’s up against a defense that allows less than 90 yards rushing per game.
The Patriots haven’t been their typical stout selves against the run so far in 2020, but I hate this matchup with Gordon. With no real threat of passing the ball, I don’t see New England allowing the Broncos to get much going on the ground.
The workload just isn’t there for Ingram like it used to be, and he should no longer be started in most leagues. On top of that, I don’t love this week’s matchup with the Eagles.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham has sort of become a feast or famine guy with Baker Mayfield throwing him the ball. I’m leaning towards famine this week against a good Steelers defense, as I mentioned above.
Boyd is the only pass-catcher on the Bengals worth rostering, but if you can avoid starting him this week, do so. As I said above, the Colts have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and I have a feeling Joe Burrow will be running for his life all afternoon.
Jeudy has been a decent fantasy prospect so far this season, but with the Broncos offense limited, I don’t see the Patriots allowing him to beat them.
You probably have to start him, but Robby Anderson has proven to be the most successful fantasy wide receiver on Carolina’s offense. I see the Panthers having trouble scoring and especially passing in this one against a stingy Bears defense.