Last week was a nice one for my fantasy surprises. Alex Smith turned in a nice performance, Jeremy Hill had a huge game and the Browns defense performed very well. With another six teams on bye, this week figures to be another tough one. There is light at the end of the tunnel however. After this week, there are only six more teams that will have byes. There will be full sixteen game weekends starting as soon as week 13. That’s perfect timing as it is just enough time to have your team at full strength before the playoffs.
QB: Carson Palmer vs Rams: It is hard to believe for some, but Palmer has been delivering solid fantasy value this year. With six teams on bye, fantasy owners scrambling for options and Palmer might be available. In a matchup against a favorable Rams secondary at home, he is worth streaming if you need a quarterback this week. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Steven Jackson vs Buccaneers: Carson Palmer and Steven Jackson back to back? Is this being written in 2006? The answer is no, and while Jackson obviously isn’t what he once was, should be worth starting this week. Jackson is still the Falcons primary back and if they get out to an early lead, he should see his fair share of touches. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
WR: Martavis Bryant vs Jets: Bryant is still raw, but despite playing just three games he has produced. In that span, Bryant has caught ten passes with five of those going for touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense has been really clicking and having a bigger receiving threat like Bryant is a reason why. If you need a receiver this week, start Bryant with confidence against a depleted Jets secondary. He won’t get a ton of targets, but the upside is too high to ignore. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Jace Amaro vs Steelers: It is tough to really count on any Jets receiver with the quarterback situation these days. However, Amaro gets a good amount of targets and has a nice matchup against the banged up Steelers linebackers. If you need a tight end, Amaro should be available. While chances are he won’t win you the week, odds are the performance won’t hurt you either. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Brandon McManus vs Raiders: For a kicker on a Peyton Manning led team, McManus hasn’t put up big fantasy numbers. This week should be a nice one as the Broncos will be coming out with a purpose after losing to the Patriots. Chances are McManus will get enough opportunities to make playing him worth while. Expect around four extra points and two field goals.
DEF: Ravens vs Titans: Yes, I’m recommending a defense that just allowed 40 points in their last game. After a tough loss to a bitter rival, the Ravens now face a rookie quarterback in Zach Mettenberger at home. While the Ravens secondary has been bitten by the injury bug, they should still be able to find success in this one. Expect around four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.