Last week was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as Lamar Miller, Marlon Brown, Alex Henery and the Raiders defense all had effective days. This has been an interesting fantasy season so far us up to this point it seems like more key players are banged up than ever before. Due to this, it is much harder to find the hidden gems on the waiver wire any given week. Regardless, it can be done and it is still very early in the year so don’t panic.
QB: Andy Dalton vs Packers: Dalton isn’t a quarterback that puts up crazy numbers often, but this could be one of those weeks. The Packers have struggled against the pass and Dalton does have a nice young supporting cast to throw the ball to. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Joique Bell vs Redskins: Regardless of if Reggie Bush plays or not, Bell is a player that should be in all fantasy lineups this week. The Redskins defense has been awful against the run and the pass both things in which Bell can do damage in. If he is in fact carrying the load due to Bush sitting, a huge game could be in store. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Tavon Austin vs Cowboys: Austin showed some signs of life this past week scoring two touchdowns in the Rams loss against the Falcons. Now he gets a matchup with shootout potential against a Cowboys secondary that is beatable through the air. Austin could be a solid third receiver or flex option this week. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.
TE: Tyler Eifert vs Packers: Of the young targets the previously mentioned Dalton has to throw to, Eifert might be one of the most impressive. He has great size, can move after the catch and has the ability to win jump balls. It is only a matter of time until the Bengals make him a focal point of the offense and this could be the week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Caleb Sturgis vs Falcons: This is another game I feel can be a shootout and Sturgis can be a big beneficiary. This is especially the case in a league that rewards field goals by points (40 yards plus is four points, 50 plus is five, etc). Sturgis has one of the strongest legs in the league and all it takes is a few opportunities for him to become a worthy start. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Vikings vs Browns: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the “plug and play” defense of the week! Much has been made about how the Browns have traded their running back Trent Richardson but the bigger fantasy impact is at quarterback. Brian Hoyer who was originally their third stringer will be getting the start this week. The Vikings are an aggressive defense that can rush the passer and create turnovers. That’s the formula for fantasy success. Expect around five sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.