By: Fan Sports Lists Team
With just 2 teams on bye this week, there are plenty of options available for fantasy football team owners. Below are some players to consider starting, some guys you want to avoid and some sleepers to pick-up for the future and/or start in a pinch.
7 Players to start this week:
1. Kirk Cousins – QB – Was @ Det: Cousins has been inconsistent at best this year but this matchup should help him get back on track. If you need a QB this week, Cousins is a guy who may be available to pick up and start.
2. Jeremy Hill – RB – Cin vs. Cle: The Browns rushing D has been pretty bad and one would expect the Bengals to get a lead and run the ball a lot. This game sets up to be a perfect situation for Hill.
3. Kendall Wright – WR – Ten vs. Ind: He showed last week that he is healthy by making a great catch. He is probably the most talented WR on the roster when healthy.
4. T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jax vs. Oak: The Raiders defense is giving up 132 yards per game this year. Yeldon should get the chance to be the lead back again .vs the Raiders. He needs to cash in.
5. Brandon LaFell – WR – Cin vs. Cle: He has been getting a lot of targets the last couple of weeks and has a wonderful matchup this week.
6. Blake Bortles – QB – Jax vs. Oak: Bortles should be able to have his way against a Raiders defense that is giving up a league worst 312 yards a game. As long as he doesn’t turn the ball over he is in line for a big game.
7. C.J. Anderson – RB – Den vs. Hou: The Texans are giving up 126 yards per on the ground. C.J. should be able to wear them down and have his way throughout the game.
Honorable mention: Doug Martin – RB – TB @ SF (if active)
6 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Philip Dorsett – WR – Ind @Ten: He is only getting 3 to 5 targets a game and can’t seem to get open down the field. Also, he has tough matchups the next couple of weeks.
2. Tajae Sharpe – WR – Ten vs. Ind: Titans coach said that he has taken a step back in the last week which is a bad sign. With Kendall Wright coming off injury, his targets could decrease.
3. Marcus Wheaton – WR – Pit vs. NE: With the injury to Big Ben, Wheaton has become too TD dependent unless he turns out to be Landry Jones’s favorite target.
4. Jay Ajayi – RB – Mia vs. Buf: Ajayi went for over 200 yards last week but faces Bills defense that is giving up 103 yards per game but only 17 points. Ajayi will have the volume again this week but he figures to see a down tick in yardage.
5. Emmanuel Sanders – WR – Den vs. Hou: The Texans have given up next to nothing through the air this year, averaging 189 yards per game. With the QB issues in Denver and the Texans defense, it might be a good week to look elsewhere.
6. Philadelphia RBs – vs. Min: Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews should both be benched this week if possible.
7 Players to plug-in or pick-up if possible:
1. Knile Davis – RB – GB vs. Chi: He might not be a player that steps in right away and gets carries but maybe he will be a factor immediately. With the Packers so thin at RB that the receivers were getting carries last week and that didn’t go very well. However, he could be returning kicks since that is all he did for the Chiefs.
2. Jamison Crowder – WR – Was @ Det: With back-to-back double digit fantasy scoring games, he seems to be fitting in nicely in the slot and has breakaway speed.
3. Cameron Brate – TE – TB @ SF: Coming off of a bye, Brate has a string of favorable matchups starting this week. Pick him up if you do not have an elite TE option.
4. Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – TB @ SF: If Doug Martin can’t go Rodgers will be a must start against a bad 49ers defense. Even if Martin plays, Rodgers could still be a decent flex option.
5. Kenny Britt – WR – LA vs. NYG: Britt had a monster game last week and looks to be QB Case Keenum’s favorite target. Look for another good to great week from Britt as the Giants have given up a lot of yards through the air.
6. Theo Riddick – RB – Det vs. Was: Riddick was held out last week with an ankle injury, and his status for this coming week is still up in the air. If he does play, however, he will be a good, safe start. The Redskins are giving up 124 yards a game this year to RBs. If he can play, he should be started.
7. Adam Humphries –WR – TB @ SF: With Vincent Jackson going on IR with an ACL, Humphries is in line to be the number 2 WR, plus the Bucs’ schedule is favorable the next couple of weeks.
Honorable mention: Vernon Davis – TE – Was @ Det (as long as Jordan Reed is out)