Last week was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as Alex Smith, Miles Austin and Josh Brown had nice games while the Browns defense was also a nice contributor. One thing for fantasy this week that is important is to not look too much into week one numbers. This is a trend that occurs every year and it is highly unlikely in many cases that the players will be able to keep the high level of play up for an entire season.
QB: Terrelle Pryor vs Jaguars: I didn’t think going in I would come away impressed from Pryor’s week one performance, but that’s exactly what happened. Pryor is the latest in the line of “dual threat” fantasy quarterbacks and this week he has a very nice matchup at home against the Jaguars. Expect around 220 passing yards, 70 rushing yards and two total touchdowns.
RB: Lamar Miller vs Colts: In standard leagues, Miller was worth a whopping zero points last week as he averaged less than a yard a carry against the Browns. The Browns defense is a very underrated unit so Miller’s struggles shouldn’t be that surprising. Now he has a very nice matchup with the Colts who continue to struggle with the run. It wouldn’t be surprising if there is at least one play or two where Miller can show off his big play ability. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Marlon Brown vs Browns: Brown went from being an undrafted free agent in training camp to now starting opposite Torrey Smith with Jacoby Jones hurt. While I just mentioned how the Browns defense is underrated, they are in need of a second corner opposite Joe Haden. With Haden likely to shadow Smith most of the game, that allows Brown to matchup against the likes of Buster Skrine or whatever other cornerbacks the Browns trout out there.
At 6’5 205 Brown is a big target who can go over the middle or make big plays deep. There’s a good chance he’s available in your league and he could have very nice value as a third receiver this week. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Brandon Myers vs Broncos: In a game that has all the makings of a shootout, Myers has a nice matchup for himself this week. Going against the Broncos last week, the Ravens did have their fair share of success throwing to the tight end. With the defense keying in on guys like Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and now even Rueben Randle, Myers could go under the radar. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Alex Henery vs Chargers: If you watched the Eagles this past Monday night, you are aware that they have the potential to put up a lot of points early and often. This just means more opportunities for the kicker and Henery is the beneficiary here. Expect around three field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Raiders vs Jaguars: If you’re one who likes to just “plug and play” defenses, the Raiders are probably your most desirable option this week. Before just going ahead and assuming the Raiders will fare just like the Chiefs did, here are some warnings. Chad Henne showed last year he can move the ball with this Jaguars offense and they have a receiver with big play ability in Cecil Shorts. That also isn’t include Maurice Jones-Drew who is going back to play in his hometown against a run defense that hovers around average. I would still recommend the Raiders defense this week, but proceed with caution while doing so. Expect around four sacks an interception and a fumble recovery.