Last week was an average one for my fantasy surprises. Justin Blackmon put up ridiculous numbers, Alex Henery had a nice but other than that, the overall performance was underwhelming. It’s hard to believe but in many fantasy leagues this is officially the midpoint of the season already. By now, it is getting to the point where you can go back and evaluate how your draft went. How have your first few picks fared? Have the sleepers you took late in the draft paid off? These are the kinds of things you have to ask yourself and if you’re happy with the results, it is a good indicator that your team is on their way to a playoff berth.
QB: Nick Foles vs Cowboys: I had doubts about how Foles would fair in an offense so centered around the run but he answered them last week with a very nice performance. Now he gets another start with Michael Vick out and the Cowboys have struggled against the pass all year. If you have Drew Brees on bye this week, Foles is an excellent option to replace him. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Brandon Jacobs vs Vikings: When Jacobs ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown last week, many were left wondering what year this was. Well, it’s 2013 and Jacobs has another favorable matchup against the Vikings. With David Wilson out, Jacobs is going to see 20 or so touches so another big game could be in play. Expect around 90 yards and a touchdown.
WR: Keenan Allen vs Jaguars: Allen has burst onto the scene with back to back games with at least 100 yards and a touchdown. This week he gets yet another favorable matchup with a young Jaguars secondary. As an emerging option in a pass heavy offense, Allen should be active most weeks from here on out. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Coby Fleener vs Broncos: The way the Broncos have been playing, there’s a chance Andrew Luck will be throwing early and often. If that’s the case look for him to get his former Stanford teammate involved as he is a mismatch for opposing linebackers. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Caleb Sturgis vs Bills: Sturgis has been a very efficient kicker for the Dolphins as a rookie up to this point. That should continue against a Bills defense that can allow a good amount of points. Sturgis is especially valuable in leagues that reward points based on field goal distance (4 points for 40+, 5 for 50+) as he has one of the strongest legs in the league. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Falcons vs Buccaneers: The Falcons defense has had their struggles this year but this week, there is a lot to like. This the first road game of the Mike Glennon era and a divisional rival in a dome is a tough way to start. If the Falcons can get pressure early on, they could also force the rookie into a couple mistakes. Expect around four sacks and two interceptions.