Last week wasn’t a great one for my fantasy surprises as only James Starks, Denarius Moore and Greg Olsen had at least solid performances. This is a big week for owners as it is the first one with byes so it is important to play favorable matchups that are available in free agency when needed in a pinch.
QB: Kevin Kolb vs Vikings:
With owners in need of quarterbacks this week, Kolb is a solid option who could be available in some leagues. The Vikings pass defense has struggled and Kolb should be able to exploit that by getting the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and his supporting cast early and often. Expect around 220 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Isaac Redman vs Titans:
Redman has looked very impressive when given opportunities this season and if Rashard Mendenhall is out, he should get a full workload. He is an option that should be available in many leagues and is worth starting as a second running back option. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Julio Jones vs Packers:
Don’t look now, but Jones has started to live up to his preseason hype. Now he goes up against a Packers defense which has struggled against the pass. Considering the Falcons should be passing early and often, Jones is worth starting here. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Jermaine Gresham vs Jaguars:
The Jaguars have been a very bad pass defense in recent history but while they are eliminating long plays, they are getting killed by tight ends. Gresham is thrown to very frequently with Andy Dalton at quarterback and is worth starting this week as an excellent bye week option. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
K: Nick Novak vs Broncos:
Novak has been in this spot already this season but he now has a very favorable matchup against a Broncos defense that has been giving up their fair share of points. Expect around three field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Bengals vs Jaguars:
In real life, the Bengals defense is an underrated unit that has quietly been among the league’s most impressive so far. Now they are a great fantasy option as they go up against the Jaguars starting rookie Blaine Gabbert who doesn’t have a lot of weapons to throw to. The Bengals are also strong against the run which is a huge plus when going up against a player like Maurice Jones-Drew. Expect around four sacks and two interceptions.