As we move through this crazy NFL season, it is becoming harder and harder each week to be a fantasy manager. With that said I have what you need to maximize the production out of your lineup this week.
Start QB1 Kirk Cousins
Please don’t scream at me just yet. Cousins, thus far, has had an awful 2020 season. However, Atlanta’s defense, to put it nicely, can’t stop a nosebleed. Cousins is averaging 15.4 fantasy points per game this season which is not good but it definitely could be worse. With that said, he has a very favorable matchup against a Falcons team that ranks 27th in the league in terms of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks per game and 31st in passing yards allowed per game. Look for Cousins to have his first big game of the season this week in a game that will surely wind up being a shootout. The matchup is good but there is a possibility the game isn’t played due to the recent covid outbreak within The Falcons organization.
Start QB2 Ben Roethlisberger
Nobody can ignore what The Steelers were able to do against Philadelphia. That unit looked elite for the first time since all three of the “Killer B’s” were together. With Diontae Johnson probably returning from injury and rookie Chase Claypool‘s breakout performance The Steelers are fully loaded. That fully loaded offense is facing a Browns defense that is a bit banged up. That same defense ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and 30th in the league in passing yards per game. After dropping 38 points on a solid Eagles defense using an air raid style of offense look for Ben and The Steelers to have the same plan of attack this week.
Sit QB1 Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater’s comeback story is truly one of the best in the league. He was a very productive starter until he had that horrific non-contact knee injury. Since becoming the starter in Carolina Bridgewater has averaged 20 points in his five starts. He looked like a top tier quarterback last week where he threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, I just can’t see this production continue for Teddy. Chicago’s defense has flown under the radar when it comes to the discussion about the best defensive units in the league because of how horrible the offense has looked. This is still a great unit and I’m sure they’ll show it this week.
Sit QB2 Joe Burrow
I think it’s safe to say that last week was Joe Burrow‘s “welcome to the NFL game.” He struggled to do anything let alone move the ball. Burrow put up a season-low 6.3 fantasy points as he passed for a mere 183 yards. He also turned the ball over twice. (One fumble one interception) The task isn’t getting any easier for Burrow this week as he is facing an Indianapolis Colts team that has, statically, one of the best defenses in the league. Indy ranks third in terms of points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and 1st in the league in pass yards per game. I think Burrow will struggle again this week.
Start RB1 Ronald Jones
For a while, it looked like The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to play with a running back by committee style. However, with Ronald Jones‘s performance and Leonard Fournette‘s struggles, Jones looks to be the favorite back in Tampa. He should see a majority of the carries for the second week in a row. Tampa Bay is playing a red hot Packers team. In order for The Bucs to win this game, I think they are going to have to keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers‘s hands. In order to do that I think they’ll lean on the run game. I think Jones is poised for a big day.
Start RB2 David Montgomery
This start is based purely on the matchup at hand. Montgomery and The Bears are facing a Panthers team that hasn’t made a running back work for their production all season. They rank last in the league in terms of points allowed to backs and 25th in terms of rushing yards per game. With Tarik Cohen gone for the rest of the season due to an ACL tear, Montgomery will be on the field for pretty much all the snaps. With The Panthers inability to stop the run Montgomery should be a lock for elite production this week.
Sit RB1 Melvin Gordon
After a dominant performance against a weak Jets run defense news broke that Gordon was charged with a DUI. The league has yet to suspend him however, coach Vic Fangio said that he is unsure if Gordon will be active this week. This isn’t the first time Gordon has ran into off the field issues. This DUI is the only reason why he isn’t a safe play this week.
Sit RB2 Kareem Hunt
I know I know Clevland loves to run the ball and Hunt has taken over the RB1 role with the injury to Nick Chubb. Just hear me out for a second. Hunt is on the injury report and is listed as questionable for Sundays game against The Steelers. The Browns might just sit him due to the fact of how good Pittsburgh has been against the run. They have shut down multiple elite running backs including Saquon Barkley. The Steelers rank 6th in fantasy points allowed to backs per game and 2nd in rush yards per game. If Hunt plays he is not going to have a great matchup.
Start WR1 DeVante Parker
Parker had a slow opener to the season but has turned it on lately. In his last four games he has averaged 16.3 points per game. That isn’t elite production but it is most definitely a number that you would like to see out of him. Last week the Jets got lit up by Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Now I know those two are miles better than Parker and Ryan Fitzpatrick but Fitzpatrick absolutely destroyed a solid 49ers defense last week. I think Parker might be a great play this week.
Start WR2 Marquise Brown
As I said before Chase Claypool made a name for himself this past week against The Eagles. Brown is an established wideout in this league and I’d expect inflated numbers from him this week as well. Lamar Jackson is surely looking to have a better game than last week. Look for Brown to have a monster game this week.
Sit WR1 Terry McLaurin
McLaurin is playing a Giants defense that has vastly improved from last season. That is in large part because of the standout performance of veteran corner James Bradberry. He’s limited the production of many of the league’s top receivers including Cooper Kupp and Amari Cooper. Bradberry was one of The Giant’s highest-graded defenders according to Pro Football Focus. I’d expect the same lack of production from Mclaurin this week.
Sit WR2 T.Y. Hilton
It is clear that Hilton is struggling to develop chemistry with Phillip Rivers. Hilton has not had a single game this season over 13 fantasy points. With The Colts playing a Bengals team that has played well against the pass all year Hilton is not going to break out of his funk this week.
Start TE Robert Tonyan
The Packers have had a revolving door of tight ends since the departure of Jermichael Finley. Tonyan is the latest player on that list. He has had a couple of good games and a couple of bad ones. He’s inconsistent at best but he’s got a good matchup this week.
Sit TE Jimmy Graham
After a productive week last week and a probable increase in the number of teams rostering him I’d leave him on the bench this week. Carolina ranks 5th in the league in terms of defending against the tight end position. They haven’t allowed big games to any tight end this season and I don’t expect the first big game to come out of Graham this week.
Start FLEX Alexander Mattison
At the time of writing star running back, Dalvin Cook was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. This makes Mattison a great play at the flex position this week. Chances are Mattison is on your wavier wire so I’d pick him up and play him if you can. Minnesota will look to get out to an early lead and pound the ball for the rest of the game. Seems like a good play to me.
Sit FLEX Chase Claypool
I know I know he put up nearly 50 points last week. I’d leave him on the bench. As I said before Johnson is going be back for the black and gold. This will take targets away from Claypool. I don’t and you shouldn’t expect the same production out of him.
Start D/ST New York Giants
The Giant’s five-game losing streak is in no way the fault of the defense. This squad has gotten more pressure on the QB and have been much better on the back end. This weekend Big Blue is playing their second straight division game against The Washington Football Team and this unit should have a nice day against the Kyle Allen led Football Team.
Sit D/ST Houston Texans
The Texans defense is a shell of the dominant unit it used to be. This unit is leaker than a boat with holes. They are playing a Titans team that just destroyed an elite defense in Buffalo. Not to mention that the last time Tennesee played Houston Derrick Henry ran for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns.
As always these are just opinions I wish you the best of luck in your matchups ladies and gentleman.