Week nine wasn’t a great showing for my fantasy surprises as Delanie Walker had a huge game and then a few players such as Jameis Winston and Stevie Johnson had serviceable outings but that was about it. While I’ve said it earlier this year in another installment, it bears repeating: start your star players regardless of matchup. Last nights game between the Bills and Jets was just another reminder of that for me after seeing how LeSean McCoy performed. While a top pick for many fantasy owners and consistent performer for years, many probably benched McCoy due to playing injured against a stout defense on a short week. McCoy didn’t score a touchdown, but responded by looking like the ridiculously elusive back we’re used to. So even though it’s tempting, don’t try and get cute with your lineups now when every spot could be the difference between a playoff berth or playing in the consolation bracket.
QB: Kirk Cousins vs Saints: Starting Cousins this weekend is not one for the faint of heart. But the matchup is certainly there against a Saints secondary that is extremely vulnerable. If you are in need of a quarterback with someone such as Philip Rivers, there could be a very nice reward. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: James Starks vs Lions: In “something nobody would of seen coming in August” news, Starks has for the time being overtaken Eddie Lacy as the Packers lead running back. His first game in this role comes against a Lions defense which has had their fair share of troubles. With the Packers having lost two straight, they need a win and this could get out of hand early. In that case, game flow works in Starks’ favor. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Stefon Diggs vs Raiders: Earlier this year, Mike Wallace having played with both of them compared Diggs to a younger Antonio Brown. Well, we all saw what Brown did to the Raiders did last week. While Diggs isn’t likely to put up that type of performance, the matchup is a very good one and he should bounce back from an average showing last Sunday in a big way. Expect around 90 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Eric Ebron vs Packers: While Ebron is unlikely to ever live up to being selected with a top ten pick, he has shown a lot of positives as a receiver this year. In the past few weeks, the Packers have been vulnerable to opposing tight ends and in a game where the Lions figure to be playing from behind, could be a nice play. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Greg Zuerlein vs Bears: The man known as “Legatron” has pretty much everything I would look for in a fantasy matchup. Chance for opportunities against a suspect defense and playing in a dome. If you need a kicker, play him with confidence. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Steelers vs Browns: While Johnny Manziel made some nice plays in his last start, I’m not quite sold on him yet. Yes, the Steelers have their flaws in pass coverage but we still don’t know how well Manziel can attack that matchup. If you’re in a bit of a gambling mood for a defense to stream this week, the Steelers fit the bill. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.