Last week was an up and down one for my fantasy surprises. For positives, Carson Palmer once again turned in a huge game and Pierre Garcon managed to reward those who started him with a touchdown. Other than that, it was a complete washout. The matchups were there, but the results were not. At this point though the one thing that fantasy owners must display is patience. Yes, your top picks may be struggling but all it takes is one game to change that. In some players cases, there is also the chance they got their lesser performances out of the way. You’d rather it happen now than the playoffs.
QB: Nick Foles vs Steelers: Recommending Foles here is mainly as an option for daily fantasy leagues. The price will be low, the Steelers pass defense is very vulnerable and chances are the Rams will need to play catch-up. If you’re in a ten team league it might be hard to justify starting him, but don’t be surprised if he’s among the positions leaders in points scored this week.
RB: Joseph Randle vs Falcons: Randle has a solid matchup in this one, but do you really think they’re going to let Brandon Weeden throw it? In order to limit opportunities for the Matt Ryan/Julio Jones combo and to take pressure off Weeden, I’m expecting the Cowboys to run heavily. Randle should see 15 to 20 total touches so a touchdown could make for a really nice day. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Doug Baldwin vs Bears: Every year there are one or two personnel groups based off the matchup you just gravitate towards playing against. This year the Bears secondary is one of those groups. While the Seahawks may make an effort to get Jimmy Graham involved or have a Tyler Lockett breakout game, Baldwin is the most consistent wideout in this offense. Target wise, you know he will be getting his seven to ten looks and in this matchup chances are he will certainly pay off. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Eric Ebron vs Broncos: Considering the Broncos have two top tier corners, there is a very realistic chance that Ebron is going to be the Lions pass catcher that needs to be the difference maker. The past two weeks, Ebron has been targeted pretty heavily and the Broncos have let up some big plays to tight ends through two weeks. You could do worse for a waiver add or cheap daily fantasy option. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown
K: Graham Gano vs Saints: Nothing seems to be going right for the Saints so far and defense (or lack thereof) has certainly been a big part of that. For that reason, Gano figures to see some opportunities and could be available on waivers or as a cheap daily league option. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Browns vs Raiders: Considering I really like Latavius Murray this week, it seems odd putting the defense he’s facing in this spot. But with the Raiders coming off a huge emotional win there is a chance a letdown game is in the cards (see the Rams last week as an example). There is no guarantee here, but if you “plug and play” defenses, the Browns could make for an enticing one off waivers. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.