Last week for my fantasy surprises was a showing of ups and downs. Carson Wentz and Terrance West had nice performances, but others such as Sterling Shepard, Graham Gano and the Dolphins defense (minus their punt return touchdown) did little to help those who played them. As hard as it is to believe, the fantasy football regular season is almost half over.
At this point, your best bet is to just relax, evaluate your roster and then decide how to take action. While your team may lack depth, just remember almost every single year there will be at least three our four running backs who fall into fantasy football relevance. That’s going to happen sooner rather than later so make sure to take advantage. Remember, those moves and not the week two wins are what’s going to ultimately decide who is winning your league’s championship.
QB: Alex Smith vs Raiders: Smith never has and never will be a sexy lineup pick for fantasy football. However, he makes a lot of sense this week if you’re in need of a starter. Despite their record, the Raiders have had their share of struggles on the defensive side of the ball and Jamaal Charles returning only figures to open things up for the passing attack. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Christine Michael vs Falcons: It seems like we’ve been hyping up Michael as a fantasy sleeper for decade now, but in the fourth year of his career it seems things have finally begun to click. The Falcons have shown some vulnerability against the run this season. so if the Seahawks go out to establish the run Michael makes for a very intriguing play. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: John Brown vs Jets: In a passing attack that has struggled and features multiple weapons, it’s tough to recommend any Cardinals receiver outside of Fitzgerald. However, I am a big fan of Brown this week. As you may of seen last week, the Jets got killed vertically by the Steelers and in particular Sammie Coates. Brown has that type of speed and is a more well rounded receiver as a whole. Go in expecting a decent statline, but a monster one wouldn’t stun me. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Charles Clay vs 49ers: Sure the Bills are a run oriented offense, but Tyrod Taylor has to throw to somebody right? With Sammy Watkins out, the Bills are thin at wideout as Robert Woods being the de facto number one option doesn’t necessarily keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night. Enter Clay who is a mismatch down the seams and the 49ers with injuries such as NaVorro Bowman’s are banged up at linebacker. If you need a tight end on the waiver wire that could produce above expectations, Clay is the one for you. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Nick Novak vs Colts: Fantasy football is odd at times because sometimes the success of one player actually could hurt their actual team in terms of winning games. Kicker is the perfect example of this. Justin Tucker for example is a fantastic kicker, but one of the main reasons he has been so valuable for fantasy purposes is that the Ravens have usually had trouble scoring touchdowns.
While he’s had less than a year’s worth of starts to back it up, I can’t go out and say that I’ve got loads of confidence in Brock Osweiler right about now. The Colts defense certainly has their struggles, but if Osweiler can’t get them in the endzone, Novak and those who started him will be the ones seeing the benefits. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DST: Titans vs Browns: Yes, this may seem like easy pickings but the Titans defense actually looks pretty solid this year. Granted, the offensive play calling featuring plenty of runs keeps the defense fresh, but they have proven to get stops and sacks when needed. It’s also worth noting that Dick LeBeau is going against a rookie quarterback, which is something you almost never want to bet against. Cody Kessler shouldn’t take a rough outing personally after this one as he won’t be the first or the last to be stifled by LeBeau’s schemes. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.