Last week was another nice one for my fantasy surprises. Sam Bradford had a very efficient day throwing the ball, David Wilson was doing well before leaving with an injury, Greg Olsen and the Rams defense both contributed for owners and Mason Crosby had a huge week with five field goals. After this, a quarter of the league will have been on bye and trade deadlines in many leagues are quickly approaching. Trades are the kinds of things that can completely shift your league’s final results so even if you don’t want to go through with a trade, it is best to at least have an open mind towards them.
QB: Alex Smith vs Raiders: Smith is the type of quarterback who would appear in this section often. He is a better “real life quarterback” but can capitalize on bad matchups if you need a starter. This week he has a vulnerable Raiders defense at home and in typical Smith fashion, should put up some decent numbers. Expect around 225 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Willis McGahee vs Lions: While he isn’t the same player he was even just a few years ago, McGahee and the 26 carries he had last week shows he’s clearly the Browns feature back going forward. Going against a Lions defense that has had some struggles against the run and adding in the workload, he’s worthy of at least a flex spot this week. Expect around 90 yards and a touchdown.
WR: Justin Blackmon vs Broncos: After a four game suspension, Blackmon came out of the gates strong with 136 yards and a touchdown last week. Needless to say, the Jaguars will be in comeback mode very early going against a historically strong Broncos offense. With Chad Henne (who has shown he can move the Jaguars offense) getting the start, Blackmon should be able to put up numbers this week regardless of if they come in garbage time or not. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Garrett Graham vs Rams: Besides Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels has served as Matt Schaub’s favorite target over the years. Now that Daniels is hurt for an extended period, Graham should step into that role. The matchup isn’t great this week, but he should see a nice amount of targets and could be worth picking up if you need a tight end this week or in the future. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Alex Henery vs Buccaneers: The Eagles offense could be in an interesting situation this week. Their offense is centered around the running game but the Buccaneers are among the rest in the league at stopping it. Nick Foles has shown in the time he’s played there is some ability. However, if the offense doesn’t click, Henery could be in line for some opportunities. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Bengals vs Bills: The Bengals defense is one of the more underrated units in the league but could really impact fantasy owners this week. Thad Lewis is making his second career start after coming off the Browns practice squad and if they can’t establish the run (against a tough front seven no less) would be throwing early and often falling into the Bengals plans. Expect around four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.