Last week was a decent one for my fantasy surprises. Brian Quick had a nice game, Khiry Robinson had a solid performance and Adam Vinatieri put up huge numbers in the kicker slot. This week is a tough one for fantasy as six teams are on bye. That means the loss of a good amount of marquee talent. Weeks like this are where depth and smartly working the waiver wire pay huge dividends.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger vs Buccaneers: Roethlisberger has been overlooked in fantasy the past few years. The production has been there, but depth at quarterback from a fantasy perspective is also very high. With so many teams on bye, he is worth a shot this week. The Buccaneers defense is dealing with its fair share of injury issues and Roethlisberger should be able to take advantage. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Matt Asiata vs Falcons: Asiata isn’t the type of runner that will wow you, but he can be effective for fantasy purposes this week. With Teddy Bridgewater making his first start, Asiata could be in a for a good amount of work. He is also a decent receiver out of the backfield which gives him more value against a vulnerable Falcons defense. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Jeremy Kerley vs Lions: Kerley may be a more valuable real life player than fantasy, but is worth a look this week. The Lions are currently ranked as one of the top pass defenses in the league but despite that Kerley can be effective. With a depleted secondary, the Lions have mainly benefited from fantastic play up front. Kerley sees a lot of short to intermediate routes and with Eric Decker having a lingering hamstring injury, could be productive. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Delanie Walker vs Colts: At this point, we don’t know who the Titans quarterback will be on Sunday. Jake Locker is hurt, so we may get a Charlie “clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst sighting. Regardless of who is throwing the ball, Walker is in position to have a nice game. The Colts have really struggled with tight ends in coverage and Walker certainly has the ability to capitalize. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
K: Nick Novak vs Jaguars: If you haven’t noticed, teams that have played the Jaguars tend to score a lot of points. With Philip Rivers at the helm, things shouldn’t change. Novak will get plenty of opportunities. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Dolphins vs Raiders: With the Raiders using a rookie quarterback in Derek Carr, most fantasy players are expecting plenty of turnovers. For the most part, Carr has been good in that department as he isn’t forcing anything. A strong pass rush tends to make a young quarterback force throws and the Dolphins should be able to get to Carr. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.