Last week was hit or miss for my fantasy surprises as Andy Dalton had a solid performance and the Bengals defense came up big but there were some duds mixed in as well. This is another week where six teams are on bye and it could be a tough one to fill voids as potent offenses such as the Patriots and Steelers will be resting this weekend. This week more than ever in part due to some injuries it seems there is more uncertainty than ever in regards to some of the daily fantasy leagues, so if you’re playing those proceed with caution unless there is a lineup you’re very optimistic about.
QB: Jacoby Brissett vs Texans: I initially liked Brissett here because of the chance the Colts would be playing from behind, leading to a large volume of passes. Regardless though, Brissett has a favorable matchup in this one and if you’re really in a pinch you could do worse at the position. If you’re in a 12 team league and stream quarterbacks, he should be available and could produce a solid game. Expect around 260 total yards and a touchdown.
RB: Kenyan Drake vs Raiders: We don’t know how the Dolphin backfield will shakeup with Jay Ajayi being traded, but on a week with numerous backs out Drake is worth a shot. The Raiders defense has struggled against opposing running backs and if he sees 15 to 20 touches, Drake could easily give those who play him a nice return. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Mohamed Sanu vs Panthers: On a per game basis so far in 2017, Sanu is seeing just one less target than Julio Jones and also has one more touchdown. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian seems to be a big fan of Sanu so if the Panthers do sell out to defend Jones in part to his success against them, Sanu could be in for a double digit target day. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Vernon Davis vs Seahawks: While I’m not in love with the matchup, Davis not Jordan Reed has been more of the vertical threat at tight end for the Redskins of late. Even though only three to four targets are likely, he’s worth a dart throw in a game where the Redskins could be playing from behind and six teams are on bye. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Phil Dawson vs 49ers: While I don’t trust the Cardinal offense, I do think they’ll be able to move the ball enough to get Dawson some field goal opportunities. While his play would require faith in Drew Stanton, it is one I think could pay off in daily fantasy tournaments. Expect around two extra points and three field goals.
DEF: Cardinals vs 49ers: Compared to previous years, the Cardinal defense has been disappointing, but this could be a game where they turn it around. They’re fresh off a bye week and get to face C.J. Beathard who the 49ers clearly don’t see as a long term answer after their recent moves, and Pierre Garcon has since been ruled out for the year. If they can’t get it going this week, the Cardinals defense probably won’t have any fantasy relevance for the rest of 2017. Expect around three sacks and an interception.