Last week was a pretty solid one for my fantasy surprises as Alvin Kamara, Will Fuller and Evan Engram all turned in efficient weeks. Despite two teams on bye this week, that number will be much higher in both weeks eight and nine. With that said, if you don’t have a clear replacement in mind, it is never too early to start looking at the wire and seeing if someone with a favorable matchup that week is around to help your team.
QB: Tyrod Taylor vs Buccaneers: Taylor doesn’t have a ton of weapons at his disposal, but he has a nice home matchup against a Buccaneers pass defense that has struggled. Due to the added ability to contribute on the ground, Taylor could make for a nice tournament play in daily fantasy formats. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Joe Mixon vs Steelers: Due to the Bengals offensive line struggles, Mixon despite his immense talent has been unable to get much going. The Steelers have shown they can be vulnerable on the ground and Mixon is also able to catch passes out of the backfield if the Bengals are in comeback mode. He should make for at least a decent flex option this week. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Bennie Fowler vs Chargers: If you’re looking for a deep sleeper at wideout this week, Fowler could be your guy. With Emmanuel Sanders set to miss the game, Fowler figures to be next in line to receive targets after Demaryius Thomas. While Thomas could see as many as 15 this game, if Fowler was to see six or seven he could make for a nice value against a vulnerable secondary. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
TE: George Kittle vs Cowboys: In the past few weeks, Kittle has become much more involved in the 49ers passing game seeing 17 targets. Now with his old college quarterback C.J. Beathard at the helm, it wouldn’t be surprising if that continues. There is a chance the 49ers get down early in this one, and in that case the Cowboys will be fine with allowing Beathard to check it down. Kittle could be a frequent recipient of those, so he could be a very nice play in PPR leagues or daily fantasy tournaments. Expcct around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Josh Lambo vs Colts: After missing what seems like a dozen kicks the past few years that had fans questioning “is this the one that does it?” Jason Meyers’ performance last week is apparently where the Jaguars draw the line. In his place, the Jaguars sign Lambo who was kicking for the Chargers last season and starts right away with a nice matchup. As we all know, the Jaguar passing attack isn’t likely to put points on the board, so if Leonard Fournette can’t punch one in Lambo should get some chances. You could do worse if streaming the position this week. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Titans vs Browns: This play has nothing to do with the Titans defense, but mainly the Browns offense. Despite putting money into the offensive line, the Browns are either shying away or due to the score moving away from the run. DeShone Kizer is once again the starting quarterback which makes sense as he offers far more upside than Kevin Hogan. Most rookie quarterbacks with limited supporting casts and forced into throwing will also struggle with turnovers the way Kizer has to this point. Assuming that happens again in this one, the Titans defense could be one of the highest scoring options available this week. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.