For the most part, last week was a nice one for my fantasy surprises. Blake Bortles minus the interceptions had a solid showing, Anquan Boldin and Delanie Walker had impressive numbers while both Robbie Gould and the Vikings defense rewarded those who played them. One note I have about this week and fantasy sports is to just trust your gut. With so much analysis out there, it is very easily to start second guessing yourself. But sticking to your plan makes watching the games much less stressful and you don’t have to worry about the “I had him in my lineup until the very last minute” scenarios.
QB: Ryan Tannehill vs Texans: After a shaky start to say the least, Tannehill looked improved this past week against the Titans. Granted, he isn’t the type of quarterback where the team is best suited to win if he’s throwing 40 or 50 times but that’s what he was asked to do earlier on in the year. This week he gets another nice matchup at home against the Texans who have shown themselves to be vulnerable in pass defense. With Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton on bye, people are in need of quarterbacks. Tannehill is one that might be available in your league. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Latavius Murray vs Chargers: At the beginning of the season, Murray started off very well rewarding those who took a chance in the earlier rounds. But the last few games before the bye, he wasn’t producing the way many would of hoped and in return some owners may have lost confidence. Now he is well rested and gets a Chargers defense which has been vulnerable to the ground game. Play him this week and don’t look back. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Willie Snead vs Colts: You always have to like players in potentially high scoring games and Snead finds himself in one. While the Saints haven’t established a clear number one wideout, Snead appears to have Drew Brees’ trust and should see at least six to eight balls thrown his way. In a game with big upside scoring wise, it’s at least worth a shot playing him as your third wideout. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Delanie Walker vs Falcons: I put Walker here last week, and I’m going back to the well again. Zach Mettenberger is getting the start in place of Marcus Mariota and if the Falcons offense is clicking, he will be forced into throwing early and often. After just getting torched by Ben Watson, the Falcons showed they can be vulnerable to tight ends. If you’re in need of a tight end this week, Walker is certainly worth a look. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Blair Walsh vs Lions: As I’ve mentioned before, aside from the top ones selecting a kicker is a total crapshoot. But if you don’t have one of those guys Walsh is worth a look. He has a favorable matchup in a dome and also has shown he can hit 50 plus yarders throughout his young career. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Falcons vs Titans: Oddly enough, the same reason I liked Delanie Walker is why I put the Falcons defense here. Unlike Mariota, Mettenberger doesn’t have the ability to beat you out of the pocket and the Falcons defense knows it. They’re going to send the house early and often hoping Mettenberger tries to force some throws with his big arm. Expect around four sacks an interception and a fumble recovery.