Last week was an average one for my fantasy surprises as both Eli Manning and Rishard Matthews had nice performances, but nothing else really stood out. For many, this weekend represents the second to last game before the fantasy playoffs. As crazy as it sounds, there is still a lot of season left. So much from an injury/opportunity standpoint can change for players within a week that it’s tough to assume anything from a fantasy perspective. Regardless, this is an intriguing slate of games for fantasy owners as there are are a good amount of contests which could produce plenty of points.
QB: Tyrod Taylor vs Raiders: At this point with only two teams on bye and none after this week, the quarterback section is probably more designated for those playing in daily leagues. Chances are if you’ve made it to that point, you’re set at the position. In another game that could turn into a shootout, Taylor could be a valuable player that isn’t in as many lineups as you’d suspect.
While there is still doubt to if Sammy Watkins will play, Taylor per drop back is one of the most efficient fantasy quarterbacks. His running ability only makes him that much more valuable. Expect around 260 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Theo Reddick vs Saints: For those in PPR (points per reception) leagues, you’re fully aware of Reddick’s talents by now. However in standard leagues he has made for a 2nd back or flex option in most cases. In terms of production that should change this week. The Lions matchup against the Saints has shootout potential, and Reddick should get the ball around 20 times between the run and in the passing game. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Quincy Enunwa vs Colts: The Jets surely were disappointed once Eric Decker went down, but the emergence of Enunwa has been a pleasant surprise. He is a big, physical receiver that also can win on balls thrown downfield. Now, he faces a Colts secondary that while healthier than earlier in the year is still very vulnerable. While Ryan Fitzpatrick may look Brandon Marshall’s way more frequently, playing Enunwa could pay off in a big way. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Cameron Brate vs Chargers: I feel I’ve had Brate here almost the entire second half of the season, but he still seems undervalued in fantasy circles. The Buccaneers have shown they are willing to throw often, and besides Mike Evans (who is having an incredible year), there is a lack of options. Playing against a vulnerable Chargers pass defense in a game with shootout potential, Brate has some upside this week. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Will Lutz vs Lions: Despite what their recent scores may indicate, the Lions defense has it’s fair share of issues. For that reason there is a good chance Lutz should see a nice amount of opportunities this Sunday. In a dome, with the chance to get plenty of opportunities to earn points? Not much more you can want from a fantasy option at kicker. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Packers vs Texans: Compared to early in the season, the Packers defense for various reasons has struggled. However, a home matchup against Brock Osweiler in a game with playoff implications is a chance I’m willing to take. If the Packers defense is still floating around on your waiver wire, don’t hesitate to pick them up for this week. Expect around three sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.