Last week was a solid one for my fantasy surprises as Kirk Cousins had a fantastic day, the Steelers defense had a nice performance and James Starks while he underperformed expectations still was decent in terms of total yards. After an unpredictable week, this one should be more to the norm but one tip to always keep in mind isn’t just for fantasy but could apply to life as well. That’s to avoid overthinking lineups. These days, it’s almost too hard to avoid.
We live in an information age with so many different outlets discussing fantasy, who to start or sit that eventually it just leads to doubting ourselves. I always have friends or relatives telling me “if only I kept this player in my lineup” stories and chances are you’ve heard them as well. For one week, just try setting your lineup on a Tuesday or Wednesday and go without changing it (barring injury of course). You’ll feel less stressed and will be able to watch games with a clear conscience.
QB: Matthew Stafford vs Raiders: If you didn’t trust Stafford, I couldn’t say I wouldn’t understand why. But if you need to stream a quarterback this week, he very well could end up being the best option available. The Raiders secondary has shown to be vulnerable when defending the pass and this game has potential shootout potential. Don’t be surprised if this week Stafford and the Lions offense are more boom than bust. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Frank Gore vs Falcons: Gore has flirted with mid to low end RB2 numbers all season, but with Matt Hasselbeck starting, this could be one of his better weeks. While the Falcons aren’t an awful run defense, Gore will see more touches just due Hasselbeck being under center. Due to volume in a decent matchup where he could also catch some passes, start Gore with confidence. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Tavon Austin vs Ravens: Case Keenum may not be the most inspiring quarterback for fantasy owners, but Austin has slowly started playing like the player many thought he was capable of becoming prior to the 2013 draft. The Ravens secondary is still vulnerable and Austin can beat you in numerous ways, so he should be worth at least a look as a flex play in this matchup. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.
TE: Jacob Tamme vs Colts: With Julio Jones commanding so much attention from opponents, it figures to only open up things for other players that Matt Ryan can throw to. That is where Tamme comes into the equation as he figures to see a handful of balls his way against a Colts defense that struggles against the position. If you need a bye week replacement, he’s worth a long look. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Sebastian Janikowski vs Lions: I’m all for picking any kicker in a potential shootout and when the game is in a dome, and the kicker has a leg like Janikowski, it makes too much sense. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Buccaneers vs Eagles: There wasn’t a matchup that just jumped at me here, but if you aren’t high on Mark Sanchez this could be a nice matchup for you. The Buccaneers have had some success defending the run which means Sanchez could end up airing it out 30 plus times. There is a chance at least one or two of those throws could turn into an opportunity for the Buccaneers, which makes them worth at least considering in this scenario. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.