Last one was another solid one for my fantasy surprises. Mohamed Sanu had a huge game, Brian Hoyer put together a nice performance and the Packers defense put together another solid week. With only two teams on bye, most owners should continue having the majority of their roster in place. Even if that’s the case when one of those teams (the Eagles) have an offense with big fantasy implications, owners will need to find temporary replacements for key players.
QB: Joe Flacco vs Falcons: Despite mainly getting attention to the five touchdown game last week, Flacco has been on fire in his last three games. In that time, he has thrown for over 800 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception. That should continue this week at home against a vulnerable Falcons pass defense. If you are in need of a quarterback this week, Flacco is one that is available in a lot of leagues who can make a big impact. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Jeremy Hill vs Colts: Hill is still behind Giovani Bernard for carries, but I have my reasons for having him here. With limited weapons at receiver, the Bengals just don’t have the fire power to keep up if Andrew Luck gets going. For that reason, I’m expecting a run heavy approach. Hill is a more physical runner than Bernard so it wouldn’t be surprising if he saw a good amount of work. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Andre Holmes vs Cardinals: Despite having a very good secondary on paper, the Cardinals on a per game average are allowing more than 300 yards through the air. As I previously mentioned earlier this week, Holmes is the most talented member of the Raiders receiving corps. The nice little rapport he has started to build with Derek Carr doesn’t hurt his case either. If you are in need of a second or third receiver this week, Holmes is worth playing. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Jordan Reed vs Titans: Talent has never been a question with Reed, it has always been durability. Last week after returning from a hamstring injury, Reed hauled in eight passes for 92 yards. The Titans have struggled against tight ends, so he’s certainly worth starting. Reed is also available in a lot of leagues, so if that’s the case, pick him up immediately. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Chandler Catanzaro vs Raiders: Through five games, Catanzaro has been one of the biggest surprises in terms of fantasy football. Not only has the rookie not missed a kick up to this point, but he also gets opportunities. So far he has made 14 field goals which adds up in terms of points. Catanzaro should continue seeing plenty of chances this week against the Raiders. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Bills vs Vikings: Last week, Teddy Bridgewater got sacked a ridiculous eight times against the Lions. Now he faces another ridiculous pass rush on the road in the Bills. For some reason, this unit is still available in some leagues. Bridgewater might be able to spark the Vikings passing attack, but start the Bills with confidence. Expect around five sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.